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1 / DACS Payback at Alamy
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:48 »
Just got an email saying

We believe you're owed additional money based on a selection of your UK sales. There are 5 licences you can claim for.

The funds are available using the DACS payback scheme. As you're based outside the UK, you can't claim directly but the good news is that we can claim on your behalf. We'll take care of all the paperwork and make the claim for you. We expect the funds to be paid out in December but don't know the value of these yet. We'll cover our costs and then we'll split the remaining funds with you (50/50). Your Alamy account will be credited in the usual way.

If you're happy for us to claim on your behalf we need your permission. Please sign and complete this form.

Please return it to us as soon as possible - no later than Sept 1st 2014. Either email a digital copy to [email protected]
Remember, without this signed document we can't claim on your behalf.

Do anyone know what this is about? Anyone's familiar with the DACS payback scheme and can tell me what kind of money are we talking about?


Lately I've been having rejections for bad isolated images, although I'm pretty sure they are well isolated. They are accepted everywhere, as always, so this is only a SS issue I'm having. I even tried to fix some irrelevant details that I think could have displeased the reviewer and resubmitted the images again with a note but it gets rejected again. Anyone had this problem recently?

I don't know if it's related but this started happening when I started submiting 24mp images (from the D800) instead of 12mp images (from the D90).

3 / Model Release Nightmare
« on: September 18, 2012, 17:44 »
Not happy enough with being a nightmare to upload photos to, IS recently decided to give me an hard time with my model releases (that are accepted elsewhere). My images are being rejected with the following reason: "Please provide a model release with a meaningful and accurate shoot description. Thank you". What am I supposed to write in the release? That we drank a coffee just before the shoot and that I had to take a break one hour later to go to the toiled? Come on! This is a waste of time for everyone! Should I track down my models with new releases to sign, write down a "meaningful and accurate shoot description" and submit the files again so that they could go: "ohhh he took a piss during the shoot! Let's accept this image then."  :o

Cameras / Lenses / Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Flare Problem
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:11 »

I have a Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro (the old, non OS, version) and I noticed that sometimes I get a magenta halo on the centre of the image. It doesnt happen when I use natural light. It usually happens when Im doing macro photography, with a softbox at 45 from the subject, on a white background. Is this a common problem with this lens? Is it prone to backlight flaring or is it damaged?

Im attaching 2 examples, straight from the camera. The magenta halo and lose of detail is noticeable on the centre of the image. f/11.

I've been thinking about this lately. Images from some photographers look very professional, no matter what the subject is and images from other photographers, like myself, look just ok, again no matter what the subject is. I've been reading this blog and, to me, most of this images look great!

So what is it? What make one look at an image and immediately think it was taken by a top pro photographer?

Is it
- perfect composition
- attention to detail
- low depth of field
- Color processing that made them stand apart (low saturation/high color contrast)
- ... what else?

I know that all of those factors matter a lot but if you chose one, what would it be?

Most of my rejections in SS are due to "Poor Lighting--Poor or uneven lighting, or shadows. White balance may be incorrect.". Most of the times I don't understand them since the histogram looks good and I use a grey card for WB. I'm lighting with a 100x80cm softbox, 45 left of the subject and a reflector right so fill shadows. So could you help me understand this problem and correct it?

Here's an exemple of a rejection:


7 / Hurray! My first EL!
« on: October 20, 2011, 12:01 »
Just sold my first EL in SS after a couple of months there. I wonder where it will be used.

General Stock Discussion / Do you resubmit?
« on: September 29, 2011, 18:49 »
When you have a file refused, do you resubmit the same file again some time after that to see if you have more luck with the next reviewer? Do they know what files we submited before?

Just wondering...

General Photography Discussion / White balance and studio strobes
« on: September 15, 2011, 05:56 »

When I'm shooting indoors with studio strobes I shoot in raw and use a grey card to set the white balance later. Every time I change the power of the strobe or the distance from the strobe to the model, I take one shot with the model holding the card. My question is: is this necessary or I just need to take *one* image with the model and the grey card in the beginning of the shoot? The color temperature of the strobe is the same no matter it's power settings or distance to the subject or am I wrong here?

Adobe Stock / Fotolia and me?
« on: September 08, 2011, 05:28 »
I'm trying to figure out what sells on FT with no luck. I'm new to this game, my sales and climbing in SS and DT but I can't sell anything in FT with the same portfolio. What do you think works best there?

11 / property release for wallpaper?
« on: September 07, 2011, 12:34 »
I submitted some wallpapers I did on photoshop and they were rejected for possible copyright infringement. I contacted support and they toldme I had to provide a property release for them. How do you do it? Should I make a generic release and attach it to each image?

PicNiche Toolbar / Picniche popups
« on: August 29, 2011, 16:12 »
Is there a way to make Picniche show a popup again? Sometimes I see a popup I would like to click, usually a forum or blog post, but I'm not fast enought to get it...

I'm wondering how one knows when an image is sold. Some agencies send an email when that happens but most I use dont. So besides logging in constantly to see if something happened, what else can we do? It would be really cool to have an app on my mobile phone to keep track of that but its just wishful thinking. :)

123RF / New to 123RF. Initial thoughts.
« on: August 23, 2011, 11:52 »
Just applied to 123RF the other day and started uploading the portfolio I have on other agencies. Three things that got my attention:

- Image review was almost immediate!! I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw that as my ftp transfer ended, almost half of my images where approved (50) and the other where pending. Then I hit F5 and more images where approved. How do they do that??

- Most images I sold on other agencies where rejected with Poor light / composition

- Most of the images rejected on other agencies where approved.

Does anyone else have a similar experience?

Photo Critique / New to Microstock. Care to critique me?
« on: August 21, 2011, 11:31 »
Hi all!

I'm new to the microstock world. I'm just around for 2 months, although I'm shooting for some years now. In these 2 months I tried to shoot a lot thinking microstock and was able to sell 12 images in DT and 3 in FT. I know this is kind of a slow start so I was wondering if anyone was kind enough to take the time and critique my portfolio. Were should I improve?

Here's the link to my portfolio in DT:

Thanks! Help is much appreciated.

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