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You may have all already seen this but well done again to Freezing Pictures

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia V.2
« on: June 18, 2007, 13:31 »
Is FTP working for anyone at the moment. Mine isn't and I can't see where else to upload?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Quality or quantity?
« on: May 22, 2007, 16:21 »

Personally I wouldn't worry about what Ron or Dreamstime is doing. At the end of the day the way I see it is his kind of contribution is going to raise the profile of the industry and that will have some knock on benefit for everyone. Everyone's work needs to sell on its own merits and if it isn't good enough then it wont sell. As the standards raise we all need to get better or fall by the wayside.

Any time looking at his EXIF data & comparing this against the allowed standards might be more profitably spent taking pictures yourself.

As for having lots of pictures from different angles then surely this is good for the buyer - I've bought artwork myself and have always appreciated being able to get many variations on a theme to better fit whatever vision I had at the time.


Off Topic / Re: UV Filters
« on: May 17, 2007, 14:00 »
Hi CJ,

I don't know that the lens would have broken but it's not an experiment I'd like to repeat at 500 a lens. On the second bounce off the concrete it bent the metal on the hotshoe so badly it had to be bent back into shape before a speed light would go on!

Having the filter on makes me feel a lot safer even if it doesn't do much.

Off Topic / Re: UV Filters
« on: May 17, 2007, 10:14 »
I have dropped my camera twice onto concrete from a reasonable height. The most recent time it was attached to a brand new 18-200 Nikon VR lens. Both times it landed lens down and the UV filter whilst cracking itself, protected the lens.

My investment of about 30 in UV filters protected several hundred pounds worth of equipment and I would always buy one with a new lens. Maybe I'm just clumsy though!

Off Topic / Re: sharply_done on dreamstime login page!
« on: May 03, 2007, 15:13 »
That's a fantastic picture. Good work fella!

Off Topic / Re: customs tax on Lens?
« on: April 16, 2007, 16:35 »
Can't help on the seller but tax wise you will pay an import charge of probably around 20 duty and unless you are very lucky VAT which at the current exchange rates would be about another 43..00 ish

Still probably well worth buying from the US though if the shipping isn't too bad and you are happy seller is trustworthy.

Microstock Monitor / Re: Microstock Monitor is BACK! :-)
« on: March 26, 2007, 15:04 »
It works fine with vista. Nice one!

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia
« on: February 14, 2007, 17:57 »
I think that the only thing you can base your judgment on is sales not views. I'm also new to Stock having only started in December but find that Fotolia is one of the better sites for me personally. It ranks 3rd for me behind Shutterstock and Istock and I like the way you can see where your photos are going. By comparison Dreamstime is just behind Fotolia.

It still has had loads less views than most of the sites below it but as it is making more money that doesn't bother me

10 / Re: Initial 10
« on: February 08, 2007, 01:38 »
Thanks everyone for your advice - I was accepted last night with 8 out of 10 and now have about 30 files up there.

For the record the others that were initially marked as rejected without a technical reason were ok -wish I had realised that from the 1st attempt.

I resubmitted about 6 of these again -one of which was rejected for noise.

Leaf - I agree totally about the fire ones - I was messing about with Photoshop and thought i may as well stick it up there!



11 / Re: Initial 10
« on: February 06, 2007, 01:07 »
Thanks that would be great

12 / Initial 10
« on: February 05, 2007, 16:34 »
I have had 2 of the initial 10 submissions knocked back now. Some of these are for reasons like noise but some only say "Not approved"

I assumed that this was just because the reviewer did not like these images even though there was nothing wrong with them technically. I have read on a post on the Shutterstock forum that suggests if there is no reason it is because the image itself is ok but I did not meet the 7 out of 10 so all images are marked "not approved"

I'd like to know as if some of my past submissions are good enough I'll resubmit them.


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