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General Stock Discussion / Google Stock
« on: August 18, 2011, 12:27 »

I was reading this thread and thought of a possible pitch to Google that will help us from the boarder-line thieving top-tier microstock sites.

Like Google images, there could be Google stock. It could list all stock images from individual or collective sellers (of course they can choose their own sale prices). Also like Google images.. the user can change the criteria but it would have additions like RF images etc.

So you can list your own website on Google stock which gives you the control over how much you sell the images for leaving micro agencies out of the picture.

Dreamstime.com / How did that happen?
« on: August 11, 2011, 10:20 »
I am new to Dreamstime and I have earned $2.11 without any sales/downloads... how does that work?

General Stock Discussion / I really need some advice
« on: August 10, 2011, 11:43 »
I'm very new to microstock and I submitted my first lot of images to fotolia and dreamstime this week. 10 out of 12 were accepted.


They are all CG renders, which is cool but I want to get off the computer and start shooting some photos of people in situations and activities.

Because I haven't done any proper studio photography before I just want to ask some advice. How do I get started with finding people and the time to shoot? I have tried organising some of my friends to a session at a studio in my town but it was very difficult as the studio had limited slots and my friends were rather busy. So do I go out there and ask strangers if I can take photos of them in a studio? That seems a bit over assertive for me. I am also a bit tight in funds to hire a model.

Are there ways to find models on a minimal budget and if the studio is busy.. where can I shoot?

General Stock Discussion / What sites desire textures?
« on: July 30, 2011, 04:40 »
I have a whole load of hi res textures. Do any of the top tier sites accept texture submissions?

Photo Critique / Pre-submission crit
« on: July 26, 2011, 10:24 »
Hi all, I have not had a studio opportunity to shoot yet so I have been doing some 3d renders.

I am planning to submit my photos (when I have them) before I submit my renders. I just wanted to get the ball rolling and get any kind of feedback in regards to my renders.






The frame below the image is the actual pixel size to show you some of the noise going on and some of the imperfections that come along with 3d.


General Stock Discussion / Video Presentations
« on: July 26, 2011, 08:01 »
Hi all, I found this video from another thread and found it so informative I thought I would share it again.


If anybody knows any other video presentations that could be useful about Macro/Micro it would be great to share them.

Here are a few more:

General Stock Discussion / Using Logos - legal?
« on: July 18, 2011, 07:56 »
Do you need permission to use logos from Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc in your stock?

I have some ideas illustrating social and media networking and I want to include the logos that everyone is familiar with.

General Stock Discussion / Submit multiple images as sets
« on: July 16, 2011, 08:31 »
When I did websites and designs I would spend hours looking through stock and finally find some photos close enough to what I wanted but I needed it to be at a slightly different angle or I need the lighting to be different.

When shooting your stock in the studio for example, you can shoot many varieties of the same subject (angle, lighting composition, etc) but although it is useful, do agencies allow you to upload sets of photos rather than just choosing a few from a stack of potentially useful photos.

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