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iStockPhoto.com / How did THIS one get through?
« on: February 21, 2008, 15:31 »
I am not a complainer (doesn't every complainer start their post that way?) but, I couldn't help but to really feel as though the review process needs to be a little...no...ALOT more fair at most of the sites. 

Let me start by giving this image as an example:

If you use the zoom function, you can see a few problems with the image:

1.  The lens is dirty.  We all know that no self respecting photographer is going to shoot through a lens that dirty.

2. The removal of the word "Canon" from the lens is horrible.  The clone is obvious and not even or blended.

3. The blown highlights (which is seemingly 'the old standby' when it comes to rejection reasons-  we all know that digital cameras suck for retaining highlights AND that sometimes we sacrifice highlights in certain parts of an image for proper exposure in the main subject...but I digress)

Overall, it is a pretty simplistic image and well photographed subject.  I can see overlooking some of the issues, but when there are that many, on a subject that well photographed, it seems ludicrous to accept another mediocre (at best) image.

Here is the ....'and then...':  The photographer is exclusive to Istock!  Could that be the golden ticket?  Being exclusive means that you can submit so-so images and build your portfolio faster?  I am submitting quality images, 15 at a time per week, and getting silly rejections on one or two of them, so I am not complaining that I never get any images accepted, but I just wonder if those one or two would slide if I was exclusive?

General Stock Discussion / More Microstock talk
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:27 »
I found this online Microstock club that is just getting started.  The overall site is kind of like myspace, but the members get a part of the advertising income for contributing content.  I would never stop coming to this site to talk about MS, because this site rocks, but we could really use some more insight at our club if you can stop by and check it out:

Microstock Club

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Shutterstock.com / My dog selling like hotcakes
« on: January 26, 2008, 17:00 »
I don't usually do this, but I had my dog in my studio last month and I caught this image of him:

I love my dog, and have a good number of pictures of him throughout my portfolio, but this capture has almost made Simon famous.  It is one of the images in my SS folio that gets downloaded just about everyday. 

Don't you just love it when you find that one image that gets the attention that you feel your whole portfolio deserves?????? :o

Photo Critique / Tear me apart
« on: January 26, 2008, 10:45 »
OK, I have been dead in the water on sales for the following series of images:

The one I provided is the only one of the series that has a sale.  I have already been told that the images are "cute" but are "inanimate".  I should have photographed them with a briefcase or sitting at a desk.  I am going to redo the series, but before I do, I want to hear what you really HATE about the images.  I just installed a new background support, wooden floor, and seamless paper backgrounds in my studio, so the wrinkled black material on the floor will also be gone.  I am looking for some things that just aren't hitting me in the face.  I think this is worth reshooting, I just want to make sure that I maximize my efforts.  Thanks for your help!  Please be BRUTAL!  I can take it.   :-X

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