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Hi guys

I've had a few hard drive issues and I'm missing some high res photos.

Which stock site let you download your own photos in high res?


iStockPhoto.com / Istock deleting files without warning
« on: July 30, 2009, 17:08 »
Hey guys

I'm currently getting emails from istock informing me that image#xxxxxxx has been deleted because the new guidelines now require a model release for this file.

Why not give us a chance to upload a model release? Maybe a 48 hour window?

The worst part is that since the image has been deleted, I don't know which one it is! :( Very frustrating.

Your thoughts?

For those of you who don't know me and just to put you into perspective, I'm a full-time photographer and 75% of my income comes from microstock earnings. I'm no Yuri Arcus or Lise Gagn, but I make more in microstock earnings than my previous full-time job as a school director.

OK. I've waited a complete month of new best match before commenting on IS's new best match search and how it has impacted my sales. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a glitch. It's been roughly 6 weeks since the new best match search was implemented and even during the first week my sales dropped dramatically.

As you can see from my graph, my November sales have, on average, been cut in half. For me, this represents sales that I was making back in 2005, 3 years ago. Before the October implementation of the best match my sales were steadily going up and October looked to be close to my September revenues. Then October became my worst month of the year.

What does this all mean for me (and possibly other high-ranking non-exclusives)? Let me give you my  thoughts on the future of IS for non-exclusives.

I personally think that my sales will continue to slowly decline (from it's November low) even though I continue to upload regularly because:

1- My acceptance ratio has declined from 80% to 50% because of non logical, subjective image evaluations such as: chromatic aberrations, artifacting, and irrelevant keywords. I don't need to go into details here since all of these have been talked about ad nosium here in the forums. Less acceptance means less images, not to mention that we already have a small upload limit compared to exclusives (which is fine).

2- The new best match search sends my top selling images that used to show up in the top 3 pages into non-existence by placing them on pages 97 or farther still. This means declines in sales from those high earners which means they will also move back in pages from "download" search. In th long term those images will vanish from the eyes of buyers. To go even farther still, non-exclusives will become less known since their images won't be at the top anymore so even rare search by "contributor" will become obsolete. The only search that could help us is "age" for our newer images but that will be short lived because of high volume.

3- New non-exclusive images are pushed back just like top images so they'll never (or rarely) get the sales to take off. I already noticed this happening.

In 2008, IS went from #1 to #2 when I made Emerald at FT (no fault to IS). In November it dropped to #3 behind SS (where sales are stagnant but not declining) and barely beat DT by a few $$. I predict that it'll be #4 in December. It won't take long for it to fall to #5 behind StockXpert since my sales at StockXpert are healthy and keep on increasing. It might take a few years for IS to fall behind BS and 123RF but it will happen if best match stays at it is.

I predict that many non-exclusives who currently make at least $100/month at IS will stop uploading once they can't get a regular monthly income. They will focus on agencies that do. I know that if this happens to me in a few years, I'll stop uploading since it make perfect business sense.

What does that mean for IS? I don't know. There are 1000s of possible scenarios. And my thoughts are purely based on current events.

Just thought I would share my view..... what do you think?


Hi Guys

Here's my latest video tutorial using Photoshop Lightroom. In this video I'll show you how to create the trendy orange sky image we see a lot of lately.

Check it out!

I hope you enjoy it.


General Stock Discussion / My Microstock Workflow from A to Z!
« on: September 04, 2008, 09:09 »
Hi guys

I just wrote  a post on my blog giving my complete workflow. I hope this can help some of you! Part 2 next week!



Shutterstock.com / Missing day in July payment
« on: August 01, 2008, 07:13 »
Hi guys!

I hope this is just me but I got the usual SS statement with my July earnings... and it's missing July 31st in the total! I wrote to them. It's probably just a glitch. But check your numbers.  :)

Just checked the forums and it seems to be for everybody. http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43277

HI guys!

I'm back with a new tutorial! This time I'll explain the ins and outs of an often overlooked button on our camera: the EV compensation button. I explain what it is, how it works and when I use it.

Check it out http://image-y.com/blog/tips/understanding-the-ev-compensation-button/.

Have a great week!


Hi Guys

I finally got the last part of my Portrait Makeover video tutorial series done! :)

In part 3, I go over how to add eyeshadow, blush and lipstick.  Click here to check it out!

If you missed part 1 on Whitening Teeth and Eyes you can view it here. And part 2 on Removing Pimples & Wrinkles is right here.

Have a great week!


Lighting / Acupuncture Shoot Explained
« on: June 09, 2008, 17:29 »
Hi guys!

I recently did an acupuncture stock photo shoot and I thought I would share with you how I set it all up!

You can check it out  HERE.

Enjoy! :)


All right guys! Here's part 2 of my Portrait Makeover series - Removing Pimples & Reducing Wrinkles

I hope you like it!




PS: Don't forget to sign up to my email RSS feed to get all the latest tips & trick directly in your inbox! :)

iStockPhoto.com / PayPal Problems
« on: June 02, 2008, 06:49 »
Anybody else are like me and can't get an Istock payment through Paypal?

When I click on request earnings, I get this message in red: "Due to PayPal's maintenance, PayPal is not currently a payment option. We hope that this service will be available again on Monday June 2nd."

Funny that the other agencies are paying me through Paypal.....

HI guys!

I'm back with a new video tutorial on my blog. It's the first in a series that'll focus on face touch-ups. I hope you find them useful.

You can check it out HERE



PS: Don't forget to sign up to my email RSS feed to get all the latest tips & trick directly in your inbox! :)

Shutterstock.com / How to update keywords?
« on: May 21, 2008, 11:04 »
Can anyone help me? For the life of me, I can't find where to update keywords at SS.


Hi Guys!

I know this tutorial has been done a gazzilion times... but not on my blog so there!  ;)

As promised, here's my Photoshop video tutorial on creating a dark blue sky without filters. I hope you find it useful.

If you missed my other video tutorials, you can check them out here. And there are plenty more to come! :)

Have a great day!


PS: don't forget to sign up to my email feed. That way, you won't miss a single post!

Hello everybody!

I was just interviewed on MicrostockDiaries. Have a read and let me know what you think!  :)


Hi guys!

I'm back with a new video tutorial on dodging and burning with a twist! NO more rejections for "artifacting"!

You can view it here. I hope it helps.


PS: you can also receive my latest blog postings via email by clicking here

Hi guys!

I just wanted to let you know that I just finished reading Joe McNally's new book: The Moment it clicks. Buy your X-mas present early! ;-) It's probably THE best photo book I've read... and I've read quite a few.

Check out my full review here on my blog! And while you're at it, I invite you to register to get all my upcoming goodies via RSS! :-)


General Stock Discussion / My new BLOG!
« on: April 07, 2008, 16:32 »
Hi guys!

It took a while but I finally got my blog up!

Check it out!  ;D http://image-y.com/blog

And feel free to subscribe to my RSS feed.


General Stock Discussion / What to shoot in Miami, FL?
« on: November 13, 2007, 11:31 »
Hi guys

I'm going to visit a friend in Miami in December and, of course, I'll want to shoot stock! So I'm asking for your help. What's stock-worthy to shoot in and around Miami?

Thx!!  :)

General Stock Discussion / Water reflection
« on: November 06, 2007, 08:43 »
Hi guys....

I'm looking for a way to make water reflections like in in this shot http://www.canstockphoto.com/Girl-standing-in-water-0350287.php (but a bit more realistic) but I can't seam to find a good tutorial.

Any ideas?


iStockPhoto.com / Publ;ic Lightbox?
« on: September 21, 2007, 06:30 »
Hi Guys

I have ceated a few lightboxes at Istock that have more than 20 photos but I can't seem to find where to make the lightbox public. Can anyone help?


Albumo.com / Albumo.com (new stock site)
« on: June 22, 2007, 10:43 »
Hi all

I just got an invitation to join Albumo albumo.com, a new micro site.

I don't have the time but maybe some of you might.


admin edit: changed the subject

General Stock Discussion / Macros who bought micros
« on: April 16, 2007, 19:45 »
Hi all

I'm working on a business plan and part of that plan is to show the growth of microstock. One way is to see which macros have purchased micros or who started their own micro.

So far I know that Jupiter Media bought StockXpert and that Getty bought Itsock.

Any others?


iStockPhoto.com / Never though this would happen...
« on: March 22, 2007, 18:27 »
Ialways thought SS would be my main stock agency $$ wise but for the 1st time this March IStock just blew SS out of the water and the month isn't done yet.

I'm very surprised to say the least sine I have roughly 500 images LESS on IS than SS. I think it has to do with the fact that SS give priority to the newest images in their search engine.

And ith IS's weekly limit have have roughly 300 images backlogged so I keep uploading the best of the bunch all the time so that must help as well.

My IS income in March will be roughly 30% higher than SS this month. WOW!  :D

Shutterstock.com / SS submit down?
« on: March 04, 2007, 07:42 »
Yes, I know there's that little green light on the right side... and SS site is working... but I can't get on SS submit.

Anyone else having this issue?  ::)

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