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1 / Moving backwards with iStock
« on: July 15, 2011, 13:25 »
I am pretty new to stock, and I wanna ask u couple of questions.

Its almost a month since I got accepted to istock, SS, alamy and all the smaller stock agencies. Everywhere it works more or less ok. SS are actually awesome. They sell a lot of my photos and they review everything within hours.

I got a problem with iStock and I start to think its gonna be a hard one. They keep rejecting my photos, but not for low commercial value, noise etc. They keep finding wrong keywords, problems with releases they previously accepted etc. I can understand all of that BUT:

1. they reject releases they accepted earlier
2. After they reject some keywords, I upload again without those and they find some more (14 - 15 keywords). For example - model in bedroom - they reject "interior" etc.
3. After they reject a photo for keywords, I upload it again corrected, they reject it for release etc.
4. I got a release with ID of the model and they reject it for "no date of birth" - COME ON, u got a  ID with a DOB in print letters - can u get it any better?
5. No date of shot (yuri's release). Date is written in 3 spots - photographer, witness and model - 3 x date of shot, still - no date of shot
6. Reject reason - the place of shot should be on the release - I might be wrong here but iStock release doesnt have "Place of Shot" field either...

I keep on updating my release form with all the new fields they want, but how long will it take... Also - sometimes it makes no sense at all

I start to think its gonna be really hard to overcome. I got 99% photos accepted into SS, Alamy, fotolia, dreamstime etc. iStock starts to be "unuploadable", and not cause of the photos but cause of some different things I cannot understand.

Lately situation got so frustrating that they rejected 1 of my photos that was previously accepted... I got "DEACTIVATION NOTICE" :D Of course - cause of a release (that is still attached to 1 or 2 of accepted photos).

And now - my question to u guys - do u have a way to get across all that problems? I mean - there is so many contributors, there must be a way to upload the photos to iStock :):):)

Also - I dont wanna start a new subject, but does anybody have a release that is not iStock release and is accepted by all the agencies ? (I use Yuri's release with some extra fields for iStock).



Got a problem with creating shutterstock lightboxes... Everytime I click Shutterstock/G/my-username in top right corner, I can see my portfolio/gallery but SS is loggin me out. I cannot do anything before logging in. After I log in, I come back to the point I started (submit.Shutt... etc.)

Anybody got a way of creating a Lightbox on SS?

Thanks !


Its my first post, but I actually read this forum quite a lot lately.

Anyways - I see this add in a top right corner (CanStockPhoto). I sign up, then I upload some photos etc. Im after all the exams and I upload 1st batch of photos (about 25). After 8 minutes I thought - OK, maybe it is a timezone thing. But now it is something about 4 days and still "Pending"....

I wrote to support at canstockphoto if they can actually see that there is my batch pending, but no reply.. Anybody else got a similar problem or is it just me?


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