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Yaymicro / attaching releases to multiple photos
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:52 »
I wonder if yaymicro could make it possible to attach model release to multiple images at once. It is very annoying to click images from the same session one by one to attach the same releases.

I was expecting somebody to post that yesterday but to my surprise I don't see it on this forum.

So this is the link: http://tinyurl.com/2cjldso

New Sites - General / again new site - fstockphotos.com
« on: January 05, 2010, 03:48 »
this time from South Africa

at least they are not anonymous - show address and phone nr on their website
website already translated to several languages

But sending invitation email from a gmail address - come on! Not very professional.

If anybody wants to spend time with it let us know :) I am not going to bother.

Adobe Stock / fotolia acceptance / rejections criteria
« on: May 06, 2009, 16:18 »
Some time ago I felt that rejections by Fotolia were rare and random.

However recently I've noticed increase of rejections and some regularity:

  • virtually all of my non-people shots are rejected (accepted by all other microstock; they are architectural photos; textures; street views, flowers, and landscapes);
  • virtually all my studio people shots are accepted (except those where I play with side light, strong contract etc);
  • outdoor people shots are partially accepted / partially rejected - kind of fifty-fifty. Those that are more "alive/candid" to my eye; and those that have "creative" kind of lighting (some strong shadows, high contrast) are rejected.

I wonder if others have similar observations (please do not complain about high rejections rate; the question is about regularity of rejections in order to understand what Fotolia wants from photographers).

I often hear a phrase "my photo was rejected for noise/artifacts despite it was made at ISO 100". Some people don't realize that the issue is not with the ISO but with sufficient exposure. Underexposure will result noise and artifacts in shadows even at low ISO.х.

To give you an opposite example:

this picture was taken with ISO 800 (Canon EOS 40D), no flash, fluorescent light and manual focus. It was accepted by iStock (and others) even without downsizing.

No special tricks used during post-processing. Normal RAW conversion, then standard retouching, brightness/contrast using curves etc. The only filter I used is a slight touch of deJPEG that I apply to virtually all photos.

Site Related / endless site loading in browser
« on: November 18, 2008, 10:07 »
Not sure if it's since today or for a couple of days already - the site shows that it's "loading" forever. I can see everything on page, but some piece of google ad code takes forever to load... a bit annoying

Photoshop Tutorials / skin retouching tutorial for beginners
« on: September 24, 2008, 10:19 »
I've published an illustrated step-by-step skin retouching tutorial in my blog.

The article focuses on how to clean skin effects, and how to do edits like a nose form. Skin smoothing technique isn't included and will be described separately.

Your feedback is welcome - either here or under the main article at http://miklav.blogspot.com/2008/07/beginners-skin-retouching-tutorial.html

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