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Dreamstime.com / Old images with no downloads
« on: March 08, 2012, 11:48 »
Well, e-mails with this subject kept rolling in for the last month or so.

The following action options are available for you to decide:
- donate the image to the free section (default action) which can provide significant portfolio exposure and increase your sales; images can be disabled at any time later.
- re-keyword the image via keymasters ($0.60/image); choose this option only if you strongly believe your image has sale potential.
- disable the image; this is permanent deletion of your image and should be used as a last resort.

I ignored the first couple of batches, effectively donating the images into DT's free section. My intention was to see whether it would increase paid image traffic. The answer is no. There was no visible increase in sales, however the now-free images got downloaded between 2 and 50 times each over the last two weeks. Some of those images sell at other agencies. As I am not comfortable with such an outcome, I've flagged all the pending "old" images for deactivation. Then I had to manually go though my collection and delete those 70+ images already in the free section one-by-one.
Not impressed.

Yaymicro / Email from Yay
« on: September 19, 2008, 06:03 »
Got a newsletter e-mail from Yay, in Norwegian

Here is and interesting link to historic photo montages to demonstrate editoria no-nos: http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/farid/research/digitaltampering/?utm_source=streamsend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1380252&utm_campaign=YAY%20Micro%20nyhetsbrev%20uke%2038

EDIT: I removed the content of the e-mail from this post on a friendly request from Yay.

Shutterstock.com / TIFF vs JPEG
« on: September 10, 2008, 05:25 »
I am in the process of uploading my portfolio to SS and already have 150 files on-line with 400 more to go (I upload in 20 file batches).
I have just discovered that it is possible to upload TIFF as well as JPEG and that EL would then allow buyers to get a true TIFF instead of the one converted from JPEG, possibly increasing a chance of an EL sale...

- I wonder if there is anyone here who does TIFF uploads and if yes, does it help with nailing ELs?
- If you are not uploading in TIFF, but knew about the option, what's your reason for still uploading in JPEG?
- Ultimately, is it worth re-uploading already approved files in TIFF (my workflow includes TIFF as an output from NEF processing, where I do the final tunings on the 16-bit TIFFs in PS)?
- Is it possible to upload 16-bit TIFFs?

CanStockPhoto.com / Trowing the towel
« on: September 02, 2008, 09:07 »
I am about to give up on CanStock. Only 12 sales over the last year and a half, and now the proportion of rejection, which try to rival Fotolia's. Almost all my files (28) from the last shoot were accepted by IS, SS, ST and 123RF; Fotolia accepted 11, which is a record. Now, CS have not finished reviewing all the files, but I have got now a string of rejections of "Out of focus" or "Not unique enough" for files which were gladly approved by the others...

Rejections, combined with non-existent sales are about to make me pull the plug and delete my portfolio from CS (even loosing $7.25). Would anyone want to dissuade me?

Shutterstock.com / 8 of 10 and I am in!
« on: July 16, 2008, 03:14 »
Since I had 3 rejected initial batches before and I am going for a three-week holiday tomorrow anyway, I decided to submit my 4th attempt yesterday, so that when it got rejected I would be back from holiday and almost ready to submit the next attempt. :) To my surprise this batch got accepted with 8 images! I would even say 9, as one rejection was for focus on a flat scanned texture. :) Anyway, my protfolio at SS will have to contain 8 files until the end of my holiday, but having such a major acceptence is a very nice thing to take with you on a holiday. :)

Norsk / Dansk / Svensk / Skattegrense
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:14 »
Jeg vet at i Norge en kan, fra en arbeidsgiver, tjene opp til NOK1000 kroner skattefritt. Betyr det at vi ikke trenger oppgi denne inntekten p selvangivelsen hvis vi tjente mindre enn dette belpet fra en og hver site, selv om summen fra alle sitene overskrider NOK1000? Kan man klassifisere de forskjellige sitene som separate arbeidsgivere?

Og vordan er skatteregler i de andre skandinaviske landene? Noen p MostPhotos chat nevnte at MP automatisk sender opplysningene til skattemyndighetene nr noen tjener mer enn ca SEK1000 (€100)

123RF / Potential copyright issue
« on: July 07, 2008, 04:02 »
123RF seems to be even more careful than IS. :) These four files were rejected with "Potential copyright issue":

Various permutations of these files were accepted at IS, DT, CanStock, Fotolia and Yay. I can't see what's very copyrightable with a generic tray (the isolated images of chocolates in various geometric configurations were accepted by themselves.)

Oh, and this one owas acepted:

Dreamstime.com / Subscriptions... Is there a way to opt out?
« on: June 28, 2008, 05:46 »
I don't think I like subscriptions, in fact, I think I start to strongly dislike them. I had just now my second subscription sale on DT - It was my 180 degree Tallinn Panorama (8264x2927, used half a day to create it), sold in maximum size for 30 cents. Right after that a Small regular sale of powerline fixtures (10 minute job) sold for 50 cents. Where is justice in it?!

Is there a way of opting out of DT subscriptions (like in IS). I am stillopted in on IS subscription program, because I didn't have a single sub sale there, so I am hedging, while subs in DT start to look counterproductive...

I try to enter 123RF and submitted a batch of 10 files this weekend for initial review. They were hand-picked from my newer work and each file sold between 3 and 60 times on IS and/or DT. The results of inspection have just arrived - 6 accepted, 4 rejected with poor lighting/composition. I can live with that, though 123 will be missing on some sales. (See, I have a relaxed attitude towards rejections after a year of tutorage at IS :D)

I have some questions, though:
1. The accepted images are not in my portfolio - does it take some time before they show up there (like in IS)? Currently I can only see them in the history (nice feature, by the way).
2. Can I upload more images or am I still in review mode?
3. Is this the normal approval rate at 123RF, relative to IS (I have 50% AR at IS and if 123RF offers 60% of that, I can only expect 30% AR at 123FR :) )?

For the curious, here are the rejected files:

Adobe Stock / Rejections, rejections, rejections...
« on: June 15, 2008, 11:47 »
This does it. The 100% rejection streak continues and I have just got an "Overabundant photo category" for a 25 shot stitched panorama of the northern Malta as seen from Mdina battlements.  A search revealed only one panorama from Velletta, and that was uploaded by me... The other 33 files show one-frame views from various loactions on Malta.

Here is the image in questuon, awaiting validation at iStock:

Русский форум / Добро пожаловать
« on: June 15, 2008, 07:02 »
Добро пожаловать на русскоязычный форум! :) Все говорят, что нас здесь много... :D

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