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General Stock Discussion / Re: why does RF offer lower % than RM
« on: November 21, 2006, 11:48 »
i guess that being part of getty, some info should show up in report to shareholders

General Stock Discussion / why does RF offer lower % than RM
« on: November 20, 2006, 09:19 »

why is it that royalty free places like iStockphoto off lower % of the sale price than rights managed places? Considering that the overhead of Rights Managed is higher than RF. So why is this?

... and you have to wade through a heck of a lot of junk to find anything worthwhile on Flickr ...
i see you've never been on

4 / Re: Funniest Forum of All Sites!
« on: November 02, 2006, 07:44 »
Yes ,I know , i actually had an argue wit the man who claims ISO has absolutely nothing to do with noise. He posted some samples overloaded with noise and claims he made his point and the have no noise at all. Then he shoot a gray card with also with ISO 1600 , and blurred that , you can clearly see the artifacts that are left after hard blur. But more interesting is that the man never uses raw format , he finds it unuseful.

I saw this image - it is so clearly faked that it cracks me up, there is no noise what so ever, they guy should learn to fake things better it would not be hard to shoot something at ISO 100 and claime it was 1600 ;D ;D


So is microstocks biggest competitor flickr, full of loads of great, easy to find images, all keyworded, for free. If mr or ms business-person wants an image for the killer presentation why would they pay $1 when they can get one for free?

6 / Re: Funniest Forum of All Sites!
« on: November 02, 2006, 07:04 »
can someone link to this guy - could do with a chuckle

General Stock Discussion / Re: time for stock to be unionised?
« on: November 01, 2006, 10:02 »
start you own stock site

General Stock Discussion / Re: I can't believe this ...
« on: November 01, 2006, 09:03 »
here is a "great" getty image

General Stock Discussion / Re: time for stock to be unionised?
« on: November 01, 2006, 09:00 »
The marketing guys at microstock sites are * in loads of photos from people who'd never sold their photos before (me included). People like iStockphoto really push to get lots of people on their site (fair enough that they want to do this) with this huge supply they can get away with giving people very little %

what can be done about it - do some publicity for the sites that give better %. Education that's the only way.


10 / Noise reduction for alamy submission
« on: October 31, 2006, 11:25 »
I'm in the process of getting my CD of 10 images ready for alamy

my only experiance is with iStock, who jumped on ANY noise

if I'm shooting at 100 ISO on my Canon 30D and the image is basically got very little noise, should I use Noise Ninja on the images as it reduces sharpness?

Any other tips for getting the CD ready


General Stock Discussion / Re: I can't believe this ...
« on: October 31, 2006, 11:16 »
being from the UK please wsay what mag it was from?

also remember that it could easily be a bad print of a good photo

General Stock Discussion / Re: Aaaaaaaagh!
« on: October 31, 2006, 11:13 »
been there done that

why oh why isnt there a reset to defaults option on cameras

13 / Re: Review of
« on: October 30, 2006, 10:12 »
3) If you don't like iStock's reaction I'd challenge you to find a RF site that would react differently.
Thats what I'm doing, and if other sites show that same bad attitude I won't use them either. At the end of the day why support a company that treats you like that - and it kind of shows you how they view the people that submit photos to their site

Have some respect for yourself and stand up for your rights and the rights of photographers

14 / Review of
« on: October 30, 2006, 06:31 »
I have been signed up for about 3 months and received a fair number of downloads. I thought that I would share my though, tips and tricks with you.

Over all I have found the experience a positive one though there are some points that I found less than positive. I am leaving the site for the reasons below

First off what I found to be good
1. Being on a stock photography website has improved my photography loads. By making sure that my shots that were used for stock were of a sufficient quality has improved the quality of my photos in general.
2. The feeling you get from selling your first image is amazing.
3. The approval process whilst being slow (it takes about a week) is always fair, and provide links to good on-line tutorials that can help you with the area that the photo was lacking in.
4. The articles and tutorials on the site are great
5. The forum on the site is very helpful and full of great people who are happy to help
6. There are 3rd party applications that make uploading images a lot simpler than using the site itself
7. The site layout and design is good and makes managing your photos simple and easy

Now what is less than good
1. You do not know where your images are being used and are completely reliant on iStockphoto making sure that images are used appropriately. However there is this example where the image of an elderly man was used in a flyer showing him looking at a topless dancer with sextoys lying around. See here

iStockphoto seemed to be OK with this use. If you were using images of your friends and family in ways that you would not approve. What makes this worrying is that you do not know where the images are being used. This is like the episode of Friends where Joey's picture was used in an advert for Herpes
2. You only make 20% of the images that are sold unless you are exclusive. There are many other microstock sites that offer a better percentage. You need to make sure that you are happy with a photo that took you time and effort to make, to make you 20c a time. Are you happy for a huge company with a massive markets budget to use your image for a $1 and make loads of money off the back of it?
3. With an upload limit of 20 images per week it takes a long time before you have enough images to get enough downloads to become exclusive, in the mean time you have to put up with limited upload limits, longer approval time, receiving only 20% of sale price
4. As there are many other microstock websites it would appear that you could make more money per photo if it was uploaded to many sites instead of being exclusive
5. Whilst the number of downloads may be great there are so many images on the site both good and bad it makes it hard for your photos to be found by buyers.
6. Without using one the 3rd party tools uploading images is a very time consuming process

So what tips and tricks can I offer people
1. iStockphoto don't like noise. Very important that your photos have as little noise as possible, shoot at the lowest ISO as possible and use noise reduction
2. Think about how your images are going to be used, so if you are shooting an image take a few different options like portrait and landscape; also leaving space around the subject for people to add other design elements.
3. Don't over sharpen your images
4. Always save at the highest quality jpeg you can

After finding out about the inappropriate use of the image I am withdrawing from the site. However if you are happy with the terms and conditions and receiving very low commission for you photos feel free.
Remember that there are many other microstock websites out there please also check these out. From some research it appears that people are making as much money from other sites as iStockphoto, if not more. Some images may be better off on specialist stock sites.

Has anyone made the jump from microstock like IS to one of the big boys like Alamy or Corbis, or even Getty. How was it, how did you do it, is anyone else thinking of doing it

Just get the feeling that: Its all about being the best photograph I can be. There isn't much insentive for me to push myself when i only get 20c to $1 for each image I make.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Uprezing files
« on: October 27, 2006, 05:08 »
so you could edit the EXIF data to make it look like the image was shot on a Canon 5D

would this work?

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