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General Stock Discussion / Copyright protection????
« on: July 31, 2009, 13:12 »
Boy am I ever confused of this.

I do some stock photography and I also do some website designing.  When I'm working on a website, I usually either take the pictures myself, or use the pictures supplied by the site owner.  Occasionally I'll buy a pix or 2 through iStock.

Lately I have been question my customers about the origins of the pix they provide, warning them they need to be careful about copyright infringement.  Of course they always ask "How can I tell if it's copyrighted?"  I usually tell them to assume it IS unless it specifically says "public domain."

I've been wondering lately how much I am sticking my neck out as a webmaster by publishing these files provided by my customers that I don't know for sure where they come from.  But it's there site, right?  And I shouldn't be responsible, should I?

I became even more confused today when I bought 2 pix from iStock for a website.  Whenever I use a purchased picture, I always edit the IPTC data, adding "Licensed by iStock to Carrolls' Creations for use on whatever.com" to the Copyright Notice field. 

Well, neither of the pix I downloaded today had any IPTC data -- NONE!  The Copyright Status field said "unknown."  And they were from 2 different photographers.  So if someone stumbles upon one of these pix somewhere, how are they to know it's copyrighted?  And as a webmaster, how do I know if my customer really took it himself (I always look) or if they swiped it from a google image search.

I'm really surprised and shocked that iStock doesn't insert some kind of copyright information into the IPTC data!  I'm equally surprised that not all photographers insert that information into their files before they are uploaded.

So, what do y'all think a webmaster should do in terms of pictures???

Steve Carroll

Photoshop Discussion / Photoshop Camera Raw -- "Clarify"
« on: June 29, 2009, 14:20 »
I have a question about the "Clarify" adjustment in camera raw. 

Do y'll think it may cause artifacting?

I like the effect it creates and tend to use it quite a bit.  But I've been wondering lately if maybe I shouldn't use it as much as I do.  My monitor is not the greatest, and I have a hard time seeing the artifacts that reviewers see.  I also have a hard time picking out the examples of artifacting that have been posted on this forum.  Therefore I'm kinda in the dark, so to speak, on this so I'm hoping some of you can help me.

Yaymicro / New Website Layout
« on: May 20, 2009, 16:36 »
I just made my evening rounds of my micro sites to see if I made enough today to have a beer, and I noticed that YAY has redesigned their website.  Didn't spend a lot of time checking it out, but it seemed a little confusing to me -- at least in trying to get to the "my account" page.

Hint: click on your username at the top of the page.

Anyway, I see that they are now listing views and downloads on the "my portfolio" page.  WOW!!! If those views are for the entire year I've had pix up there, it's no wonder I haven't sold anything.  Hardly any views at all.  I think I've sold more pictures on most other sites than I"ve had views on YAY  :o

Perhaps those views are just from today since they turned on the new site???

Cutcaster / FTP Problems
« on: May 20, 2009, 09:05 »
I posted this several days ago on the cutcaster forum and still haven't gotten a reply.  Maybe someone here can help me??

Hi all -- I'm new here, obviously ;)

I'm having trouble logging in to ftp. Don't understand it, never had problems with ftp before, but I'm sure it must be something I'm doing wrong as nobody else if reporting problems :oops:

I'm using FileZilla, and have the host set to content.cutcaster.com with the default port of 21.
Loggin type is set as Anonymous and in the advanced section, default host directory is set to /mynumber/

When I click connect I immediately get an error message "Error: Unable to connect!"

I use FileZilla to connect to other micro sites with no problems.

Thank for your help,


Site Related / istock lightbox problems
« on: May 17, 2009, 11:30 »
I have been working today on updating some lightboxes -- some of my own, and also adding pix to the new microstockgroup boxes. 

While reviewing what I already had loaded in the older MSG boxes, I noticed that the MSG banner/link thingy had disappeared from about half of my images!  I know they used to be there -- they would have had to be or I couldn't have added them to the lightboxes.

So how did they disapear?  Did IS remove them? 

For those that have images in the MSG boxes, please check yours and see if some are missing the banners of if it's just me.


Dreamstime.com / rejection humor
« on: March 04, 2009, 13:40 »
Being fairly new at this, I get my share of rejections and I thought I'd see all the reasons until I got this one from Dreamstime (of all places) the other day....

There are misspelled words in the title, description and/or keywords of your image OR the info submitted is in a language other than English. Without correct information the image cannot be found and your sales will be low. ** Read the following articles to read how to improve your keywording and therefore, your sales: http://blog.dreamstime.com/search-tag-keywords Please resubmit and fix this problem or use the Keymasters program. Make sure to verify the spelling using the spellcheck buttons placed at the right of the description and keywords areas.

Here are the Title, Description and Keywords...

Mature DIYer Admiring Hammer

Mature DIYer admiring the hammer he is holding, isolated on a white background. 

50s admiring background copy copyspace diy flannel gray graying grin hair hammer handsome isolated male man mature plaid portrait rosacea senior smile smiling space tool white

And here a thumb of the picture...

The really odd thing about this is it is but one of several in the series, all with identical keywords and very similar titles and description -- all of which were approved on Dreamstime.

I resubmitted the picture thinking it must be an error, and it was rejected a 2nd time for the same reason  ::)

StockXpert.com / Change is sort at StockXpert??
« on: September 30, 2008, 10:31 »
I logged in this morning to check progress and noticed that all the pictures in my gallery have been rearranged since yesterday.  I wonder if this means the best match for keyword searches has also changed???

I also had a SALE, the first in two weeks, so I hope something has changed and that he keeps working for me ;-)

General Stock Discussion / RPI calulation
« on: September 29, 2008, 12:05 »
both my wife and I have finally gotten enough photos uploaded and are getting enough sales to begin to make tracking meaningful.  I do, however, have a question about obtaining a meaningful RPI calculation, and that is what to use for portfolio size.

We both uploaded a fair amount this month. I probably increased my port size by 30% and my wife by 50%.  If I use the portfolio size as it is now, end of the month, I actually see a fair sized drop in RPI over last month, even though my sales are much higher.  I'm wondering if a more meaningful approach would be to use an average between first of month and end of month portfolio size for the calculation.

What do you think?

I know I only seeing this discrepancy because I don't have that many files on-line (about 150 or so), but even with mid-sized portfolios a busy month of uploading could skew the RPI results, right?

iStockPhoto.com / How to delete an image on istock
« on: September 05, 2008, 17:08 »
I finally talked my wife into shooting more stock photos and am helping her get her port into order....

How do I delete an image on istock?  I've looked all over and can't find the delete button.  I need to delete some she uploaded some time ago.


Site Related / Names in bold??
« on: August 29, 2008, 12:14 »
When I look at the names of members that are online (in left hand column) why are some of them in Bold.  Are they moderators?

Arian here from Mostphotos.com.

We have been in the planing stage for trough the summer and we are now ready to start implementing some new features and marketing campaigns.

We will be working hard to improve the number of sales from now to December. And we need to hit some key points in order to that.
* Increase the over all traffic
* Create better market awareness of our brand
* Get more links to the site to improve our search engine rankings.

We have been trying to come up with ideas on how to market our brand without spending large amounts of cash and we came up with a method.

We can offer a API solution that will allow users of big blog services like wordpress.com and blogspot to search our database directly from their blogtools.
They can then pick an image and use it on their blog. NOT for commercial purposes.

We will deliver a lowres image with a reduced watermark containing the photographers name and the address to his or her profile at mostphotos.
The image will also be linked to the view page of the photo.
This will be free of charge for the blogger that gets some nice images to use in the blog post and we get publicity and a new way for the photographers to show off their work.
We can also provide a list of links to all the blogs that are using your images so you can check it out.

So we need your input on this feature, would anyone be interested in letting us use their photos for this service?
There will be an opt-in so we wont force anyone to do this.

Please post your comments in this forum thread:

Best regards
Arian Barhami
Ceo Mostphotos.com

Shutterstock.com / Hello, SS. Is anyone there?
« on: August 12, 2008, 10:15 »
I am only a small player with a small port.  However, I almost always sell something on Shutterstock each day.  I am now on my 4th day without one single download.  Really strange.

The other strange thing is my last 3 downloads were all of the same picture -- one that had never sold before (been online for about 4 months).

General Stock Discussion / MR image on more than one site?
« on: May 10, 2008, 10:25 »
Is it appropriate to have the same MR photo on more than one site -- such as both photoshelter and alamy?

thanks for your input....


General Stock Discussion / portfolio management
« on: May 03, 2008, 12:39 »
Is there another program similar to chushy stock, but without all the bugs?

Thanks for your help,


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