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iStockPhoto.com / IS keywords not showing in English
« on: November 19, 2007, 23:27 »
I am not sure if it affect the sales, but today all my IS keywords are in a foreign language, for example: "Цветок Руководитель"

Is it the same for you?

iStockPhoto.com / IS managed lightboxes
« on: November 09, 2007, 19:11 »
If you wish, list the IS lightboxes you manage in that thread so that other photographers can PM you to add some of their related pictures to it.

Or just PM a photographer to add your related pictures to a specific IS lightbox, you don't have to manage a lightbox to participate  :)

Note: a public lightbox will not be visible to other members until it contains more than one artist and over 20 images.  Don't forget to checkmark the make it "Public" box.

Here are the collections I manage:

Kitchen Related
Iowa Heartland
Church Details
Madonna (Mary)
Musical Instruments

What are yours?  :)

Dreamstime.com / DT managed collections
« on: November 01, 2007, 10:25 »
Post the DT collections you manage in this thread, and if you have any pictures which would fit a collection, ask the photographer to add it to theirs.  A personal message on MSG or on DT with the picture numbers and the collection it corresponds to would keep this thread mainly with the list of collections available.

This will add richness and diversity to the collections we personally manage, and of course will create more exposure.  I hope that some of your pictures fit into one of these categories, I will be glad to add them.

Here are my collections:

Iowa, USA


Madonna (Mary)

Musical Instruments

Church Details

Kitchen Related



General Stock Discussion / FeaturePics Blog license option
« on: September 17, 2007, 09:58 »
Featurepics added an option for licensing small resolution Blog pictures.  Use of such pictures is free.  The idea is that it would be a good way to promote the photographer's portfolio.  Has anyone used this option? Does anyone have an opinion on this option?   I'm still undecided and would appreciate any of your feedback.  Thanks!

Here is the site explanation:

"If you allow Clients to use your thumbnails (130px max) in the blog and news content, the users will be required to place a link to your image where other types of licenses are listed.

This type of seemingly free service will go a long way to promoting your Portfolios.

All thumbnails will have an authorization code inside of the image tag that will include the date when the code was used. If you decide to stop assigning "Blog Use License" for your images - we can identify that the image was placed prior to the license withdrawal, so we have extra security on this transaction. "

(note:  Leaf, I didn't find a specific forum for Featurepics, did I miss it?)

Off Topic / Get well PenelopeB!
« on: May 03, 2007, 09:27 »
Hi Penny!
Thinking of you and wishing you a prompt recovery from your surgery  :)

(Post some of your images for Penny - flowers, food, treats, everything to cheer up her mood)

General - Top Sites / Graph comments please
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:47 »
What do you think about this Alexa 3-year traffic ranking graph?  Does it predict some trends for the months or years to come?
Any comments welcome.  Thanks.

Traffic Details (daily page view) for:
(graph edited - I don't know why it ended up showing only 1 line)

    * istockphoto.com
    * Shutterstock.com
    * Dreamstime.com(Beige)
    * Fotolia.com
    * stockxpert.com

iStockPhoto.com / What is your all-time $/DL at IS?
« on: April 23, 2007, 21:58 »
Adelaide got me curious in the SS 5c raise thread:

(...) the average earnings in IS are high above the minimum. 

OK, I calculated my total average, and it is... 50 cents per picture!  :)

(note: in terms of total revenues, both sites are head to head for me)

What is your IS average per picture?

General - Top Sites / Different waiting times
« on: April 21, 2007, 10:19 »
As the majority of photographers here are non-exclusive, I would like to have your opinion about the waiting time in the submission process.  Just in the context of microstock (macros have different sets of rules), and not taking in consideration the results nor the upload limitations, just the timing.

I have always been impressed with how SX gives very quick results.
SS is pretty quick too, usually a few hours.
123rf and SPM, although slow earners, are handling the volume quite well, with a result within 24 hours.
DT takes the longest time, 8 to 10 days.

How does the waiting time reflects about the perception of the site?  Or does it?  What do you think?

CanStockPhoto.com / CanStock has FTP !
« on: April 13, 2007, 14:49 »
What a relief!  I tried the new FTP (via the free FileZilla software), and it works  :)

They now have 4 upload options to choose from:


Well, life gets simpler everyday!

Now, if IS would do the same...

StockXpert.com / SX - Inconsistency in approval process
« on: March 29, 2007, 14:03 »
Yesterday I uploaded a picture of a candle, which was approved - the whole series was.  I was very pleased.

There is an edit for each picture, as an option to replace the picture for an improved version.  I thought that I would use it this morning.  The only thing I changed is one small part of the isolation, to refine it further.

Well, I got the result:  "please upload better quality images"...

I emailed the site about it, still no answer.

I hope that in these kind of circumstances there would be an option to keep the previous approved version, even though it is of a slightly lesser quality.  Anyway, it does not inspire me to use this edit function in the future...

Mistakes are made, but it is sometimes frustrating.

iStockPhoto.com / Creative Network - Lightboxes contributions
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:52 »
Regarding the CN community, another way to help support each other is to add to the lightboxes we personally manage some pictures from other photographers which correspond tho the specific lightbox themes.

The dynamism and the variety of styles will enrich the personal lightboxes, making them more interesting for designers.

(edited for more simplicity)

123RF / Accepted images not showing online at 123RF
« on: March 14, 2007, 17:57 »
This is for the pictures approved after the 'migration':  they don't show up online.  I understand that there is a delay, but it used to be no more than an hour.  This is more than 48 hours...

Do you have the same problem, or are yours showing online?

123RF / 123RF upload suspended until March 5
« on: March 03, 2007, 14:13 »
The 123RF upload is temporarily suspended.  Here is the message:

Notice: We would like to inform all 123RF photographers that the upload process will be restricted from now and will resume on March 5, 2007 due to server migration.

Shutterstock.com / SS Privacy and Login Info
« on: February 26, 2007, 23:44 »
From SS forum:

Site Admin
Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:30 pm

Please do NOT give out or save your username and/or password information to any website, program, or browser except directly to submit.shutterstock.com. Doing so will only jeopardize the privacy of your personal information and the integrity of our payout process.


Here is the link...


This is the intro page:

Energize: Microsoft PowerPoint - FrontPage - Outlook - Excel
with PowerPlugs templates, Flash, animation, pictures, 3D and more!
CrystalGraphics is the #1 provider of tools, templates and content to enhance Microsoft Office.
PowerPlugs is the brand name of our award-winning product line that will make you look good.

Here is the link for the pictures (100 pictures for $99):


 I saw that some of their pictures come from microstock photographers (some of their names I could recognized  - and definitely not exclusives - are credited)

Is this the IStock deal  referred in the Corbis thread?  Or is this something else?

StockXpert.com / Hungarian Law
« on: January 07, 2007, 23:25 »
Since Scott is a very reliable photograph, and that he mentioned that the conversation can be copied on another forum, I thought that I would mention the link here:

edited - the link has been deleted.  Here is the 1st post from that link:

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:08 pm
Hungarian Law & Accounting at a micro site we will name "x" Requires the answering of a identity security question in the U.S. that is used almost exclusively for Identity in credit verification process?????????
And the site is willing to bribe you for it by paying $20usd for that answer?
I am going to promptly delete my entire portfolio there if it is required to be in their database.
Your Thoughts?"

Site Related / Suggestion for the "Up and Coming" list
« on: January 03, 2007, 13:54 »
The way it is presented, the 'up and coming' link shows a list of 10 sites which didn't make it into the Big 6 list:


If it is easy to do, I would suggest splitting this list into 3, which would reflect more the reality of these sites.

Out of this list, I only see one site rising (LuckyOliver), and the other ones either stable (FeaturePics for example), or declining (the photographers having pulled out or never joined for different reasons).

This way, it would save the energy for the photographers who visit this forum and who are new to microstock not to waste their time at first with old non-successful sites.  I find the 'up and coming' title misleading as it is.

What do you think?

Shutterstock.com / Christmas card for SS team
« on: December 22, 2006, 14:06 »
For the SS contributors interested, lilcrazyfuzzy is preparing a Xmas card to present to the SS team.  Here is the link if you wish to be addded.  No downloading of the card anymore, too many signatures  :)


Featurepics.com / FeaturePics solar power backup
« on: December 09, 2006, 10:27 »
I tried to find a kink on the left for FP, but there is none, although at this point it generates for me 10 times more than LO and  SSP (I am not at GimmeStock...),  Tyler, could you add one please?  They really deserve a spot.  Even if the sales are slow, they are steady, the site is well taken cared of, and the spirit is good.  Thanks.

On their site this morning there was an announcement about  their solar power backup which was put in use successfully, I really appreciate this kind of information.  Here it is:

power outage and SOLAR SYSTEM BACK-UP
FeatureImage, Elena
on 12/9/2006

We always were aware ot the fact that solar panels are an excellent solution for generating power to run our servers.

A power outage that began about 6:00 pm, friday, December 8, left most of the downtown Santa Cruz without lights.

FeaturePics.com (our main servers are in Santa Cruz) was responding...


Having solar system back-up will be a requirement for all our future server expansion as we go forward.


Shutterstock.com / SS: How to delete pictures?
« on: December 01, 2006, 11:00 »
I am in the process of 'cleaning' my portfolios, and withdraw some of my earlier pictures before they get downloaded - yes, I prefer that  :).  In the SS Q&A I found this:

"Can I remove a photo I submitted?
Yes. Any photo you submit can be removed by you at any time. Removal is immediate and not reversible."

But no explanation for how to do it.

I went to the 'Edit Photo ID' on the 'Status of submitted photos' page.  I only found options to change the title/description, keywords, categories, and the watermark, but couldn't find an option for deleting the picture itself.

Can you help me find the page I missed ?  Thanks!

Off Topic / Monitor Calibration
« on: October 23, 2006, 17:36 »
For monitor calibration, I am using Adobe Gamma, but would like to get at least another independent comparison check-up without having to pay for another software.  I googled 'monitor calibration', and found quite a few pages of free calibration, so there is a good support for this topic.  Would you know which ones are the most reliable and practical ?  Any advices I should be aware of ?  Thanks.  madeleine

iStockPhoto.com / IS Search engine
« on: October 16, 2006, 23:47 »
On the "Current Search Issues" topic, page 28, I found an interesting comment made by qingwa, which would favor first the 5-star rating as first choice in the searches.  What do you think?  Here is the comment:

"Just noticed that rating appear to still play a significant part in determining best match.  I searched on "orchid" and sorted by age to see what was new.  My newest file appears on the 20th spot of the first page.  If you search on "orchid" by best match, you find that same image shows up at number 12 on the first page.  Why is that?  I did notice that all the images before it have a least one 5 camera rating.
One thing that is very interesting is there is a newer file in the age sort that has a download, that does not show up until page 14 of the best match sort.  I could not understand why this would be, newer then mine, and it has a download, so it should be a better match I would think.  After some investigation, I realized that all the images on the proceeding 13 pages have one thing in common, they all have a rating of 5.  On page 14, you start with images that have no rating, but are newest.  I would conclude the best match is sorting in something like the following order: Matching tag>rating of 5, sorted newest first> no rating, newest first.  Maybe other tags sort differently, but I'm not sure how else to interpret these results.

LuckyOliver.com / (edited - deleted)
« on: October 15, 2006, 09:29 »

New Sites - General / microstockphoto changed hands...
« on: October 07, 2006, 09:49 »
Just received this email:

Dear Microstock Forum user and Photographers,
We are still waiting for the domainname microstockphoto.com to be moved to us as new owners and were planning to wait with moving the microstockphoto.com website to a new server untill this was finished, but because of this delay, we don't want to wait longer and will start moving all content this weekend.
Because of this, we will close the login to the Forum and photographer login just untill the movement of the website is completed.
We will also present some screenshots of the new design for microstockphoto here later today, which we will try to implement into the site asap.
We will send out an email to all photographers about this and hope you all have understanding if any problems should occur. (which we don't hope so offcourse)
As stated previously, many updates are planned, concerning updates, marketing etc. and we will try to keep everybody updated on it.
please check the forum announcement page now and then for updates.
Denne melding og oppdateringer ligger ogs p: http://www.microstockphoto.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=152

iStockPhoto.com / IS option: Allow Prints
« on: October 06, 2006, 19:16 »
Right now I'm going through my portfolio to rectify the new definition keywords.  I noticed that for each picture, above "Allow All Extended License Options For File", there is another checkbox for "Allow Prints".  I have 3 questions about it:

1.  Do you think that ckeckmarking it would make a difference in the download numbers ?

2.  Are there some consequences which I should be aware of if I checkmark it?

3.  If I decide to do it, is there a way to do it in one stroke, or do I have to open every single picture to checkmark it?


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