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I have a question regarding the water splash images you can see across all stock sites. Examples of what I mean are here:

I was always fascinated not only about their shapes but also how people manage to make them. I guess they are not only photoshop made, but acutally taken photos of water splashes.

My idea of how this could have been taken is to have a white background (duh) with few strobes pointed to it on fairly low power (to ensure low flash duration). Then all it takes is to start throwing water on a pre-focused area and hope for a good shot.

Have you ever tried photographing such splashes? How did/would you shoot such images?


I've been dealing with this issue for 3 days now, reading different stuff, but could not find the correct answer for it. Let me show you what i mean.

The picture on left is shown in Adobe Bridge, the picture on right in Photoshop.

The problem is that I thought Photoshop colors are correct (I use sRGB on both of them). That is why I tried to match color from Bridge to Photoshop-succeeded. I thought that problem is solved as windows photo gallery viewer also showed image as Photoshop.

However, when I uploaded the same image to Fotolia and Shutterstock (and also to photolab software) the color of the image was the one at the left. To my understanding this then would be the right color of the image.

My question therefore is the following: 1. how to match the color of image showed in photoshop to the color showed in other software, 2. do/did you have/had the same troubles and how did you handle them.

Thanks for your answers in advance!

General Stock Discussion / Photo collages not desired?
« on: May 26, 2010, 12:48 »

Usually when looking at images that sell good I find that photo collages sell rather well (at least at shutterstock when arranging by popularity collages are among the top images). I tried to make some of them and upload them to the Shutterstock (did not try others yet). Every single collage was rejected due to "Composition--Limited commercial value due to framing, cropping, and/or composition".
Here are two of those collages (btw. each separate image included in collage has already been accepted):

How could they be improved?

What are your experience with collages? Have you been rejected when sending them? Excluding Shutterstock what are your experience on other agencies?

Thanks for the answer,

Illustration - General / How to convert 3d render to .ai file?
« on: August 07, 2009, 03:59 »
Hello everyone!

A day ago I received a request for additional format for one of mine 3d renders on Dreamstime.
Can someone tell me, how can this be done. I already tried live trace in AI, but just don't know what to do to get good results. I know that Scot from Golden Guys saves his renders also in .ai format, and also gradients are looking relatively good.

I'd be really thankful if someone could told me, what to do to make that kind of file. Do you render first and then make ai from TIFF, or do you make .ai file directly from 3ds max?


Illustration - General / How to make a good 3d render?
« on: June 01, 2009, 09:57 »

I'd like to ask some of you 3d modellers what do you do that your renders don't have jagged edges?

With my renders it seems that there is mostly(!) no problems when uploading to agencies, except Istock.

-Visible polygons on rounded edges and Visible pixelation on edges:
Examples accepted on fotolia -> http://www.fotolia.com/id/13814111, http://www.fotolia.com/id/13814008

-3D graphics must be rendered at the highest quality : It need to be realistic and without visible polygons or jagged lines, thanks for your understanding:
Examples accepted on fotolia -> http://www.fotolia.com/id/14306692, http://www.fotolia.com/id/14306787

(some time ago the similar images to last two got rejected on IS because the characters "look dirty"-it was ment the places where shadows were).

Could you suggest what shall I do to make things better?
Thank you

EDIT: I'd also like to tell you that I have already some of the 3d images also accepted at Istock, and those images were made the same way the rejected were... Here's my 3D lightbox: http://www.istockphoto.com/file_search.php?action=file&lightboxID=5410630

Canon / Which 70-200 lens to choose?
« on: April 13, 2009, 02:24 »

It's been a while now, since I started looking for an upgrade of my (kit) tele-lens. After browsing for options I'm now choosing between those:

Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II or Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM (IS-not sure about that).

What would you recomend using for stock. I heard a lot of good about Sigma, but a big cons of that lens is chromatic aberation they say. on the other hand Canon is very sharp, with much better handling of chromatic aberation, but is only f4.

Also if I were to chose canon-is the IS for it worth the 400 more or is the "plane" version without also good enough for stock?

So what would you suggest-sigma or canon? and if canon with or without the IS?

btw i'm going to use it on eos 350D for now (after that i'm looking for full-frame, but not quite sure when) :)

Thanks for your answers in advance,

Illustration - General / Where to learn making 3d images
« on: November 25, 2008, 16:30 »
Hi everybody...

I'm watching some of your 3d images and am very impressed about your work.

What I wonder is where did you learn all those things you use in your renders? forums, books, tutorials?

what do you recommend to a beginner? how did you start?

Zymmetrical.com / Zymmetrical and Moneybookers?
« on: July 26, 2008, 01:26 »

I would like to know whether there is any possibility that Zymmetrical will start making their payouts also through Moneybookers not only Paypal?
A lot of us contributors can't have our own Paypal acc. which you already know, so MB is our best alternative.

Maybe suggestion to Zymm team for implementation...


Adobe Stock / FTP troubles with Fotolia?
« on: April 17, 2008, 13:34 »
Did anyone noticed any troubles uploading images to Fotolia via FTP? Today is my second time in a row I uploaded via FTP and pictures were in a folder on server, but when I checked on the web page there were none. Yesterday I said maybe they have a lot of work and so processing time is longer, but there were no pictures today also. But when I uploaded via flash everything was ok and normal...

Did any one have same experience?

iStockPhoto.com / Pending Approval for two months?
« on: March 16, 2008, 17:45 »
Hey everybody...

I'm not sure what's going on with my istock account but here's how it is:

I registered my account in December 2006. At that time I got answer really fast to upload some pictures and government ID, which I did and also got that ID rejected.

Since I didn't have any other ID to resend I just left my account waiting till January this year.

I decided to try again with new ID, which i sent them in the mid January and since then nothing happened. I was waiting for more than a month when i tried to contact their support to ask them what is wrong, but I didn't get any answer. It just says "Pending Approval" when I click on upload button... and I think that it's saying a bit too long now... if i had just received some mail where they would tell me what's happening (if my pic are not good enough or so)...

That's why I'm asking you what to do? Shall I wait forever or just forget that istock exists? If not, what can I do about it?

thanks for answers in advance.

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