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1 / Adobe plug-in for SS Collection
« on: September 12, 2016, 03:48 »
"Access the largest, freshest image collection without leaving the Adobe Photoshop application.
Design smarter with the new Shutterstock plugin"

« on: June 30, 2016, 03:42 »
Anyone else have this problem:

Emails from DT are always a cow for me. When I open them up all I can see is their banner but no content beneath it. More pertinent now since they send an email for you to confirm payment request... which of course I can't open. Tried fiddling with my email filters etc but I've missed something. Ideas/experience appreciated.

Illustration - General / JPEGS look like trash in Ai
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:26 »
I had to perform a restore on my windows PC and since then couple of sites rejected my JPEG files for being "corrupted". EPS files look fine.
I checked the files along with other JPEGs created from before the restore and when I open them in Ai they appear fuzzy and are sized at 100% or more. Also the image exceeds the size of the artboard i.e. it is not restricted to the size of the artboard but fills the whole screen area in Ai. Have tried installing Ai from the loud again but no change. PC is telling me display drivers are up to date and made sure I have updated my PC on restart.
Clearly the restore has changed a parameter somewhere but  I'm struggling to find the source of this issue. Assistance would be greatly appreciated.

4 / Shutterstock Computer Vision Algorithm
« on: March 15, 2016, 05:27 »
Not seen an announcement from SS on this ( maybe on the buyers side?) But this is interesting from the point of view that using "computer vision" will lead buyers to similar images that are ACTUALLY similar at a deeper level - take a look at the examples.

Kevin Lester at SS When we quicken the speed, we found that people search more, because what we did was reduce the cost of them doing the search, which means they were exploring our site more. And that in turn meant that they were more likely to sign up as customers,

Illustration - General / RETRO FEEL
« on: January 05, 2016, 09:22 »
Dear Readers - I'd like to give my vectors a more vintage/retro feel by adding some textures eg. make a book cover design look grubby and well read.

There are tutorials out there but most talk about importing a texture file from PS - which is fine but none of them cover whether this creates bitmaps and if so how to overcome it to avoid bitmap rejections. Is it a question of just expanding appearance? Are there alternatives inside Illustrator I can use? Anyone found a decent tut that might help?

(The attached is similar to the effect I am trying to reproduce)

Pointers/Suggestions much appreciated.......Ed

Illustration - General / Have I got a clean edge?
« on: October 14, 2015, 05:12 »
I've made my first basic vectors using the shape tool in Illustrator but I'm not sure if I have a clean edge - especially on larger curving edges created by using the elipse shape. In the EPS file they look clean at 400% - However, in the JPEG which I save at around 4000 x 4000 I see a slight fuzziness on the curving edges when I view the original size....although this could be the pixellation of the moniter screen

1) Am I checking at the right size for both the EPS/JPEG?
2) Can I expect to see a slight jagged edge for curves during inspection at 100%
3) If not is there something I'm doing wrong or am I being overly fussy?

Would appreciate your guidance please. Here are a couple of 100% crops from the JPEG

Illustration - General / Why is the Illustration Section Quiet?
« on: October 11, 2015, 09:58 »
Honest question....since I am on the verge of being a vector producer. Given the number of illustrators out there why is there so little conversation. Not just here but on the SS forum. Are you all too busy with your crayons or am I in the wrong place if I want to communicate with and annoy people in the illustration community?

Off Topic / Improving Stock Photography Concepts
« on: January 20, 2015, 15:04 »
This might cheer a few of us up. Man photobombs stock photos....In actual fact, the "bombed" images are pretty good concepts in themselves. 

My cover via Photoguard is up for renewal and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend an insurer(s) most favoured and used by photographers in the UK based on service, reputation and cover. I'd be prepared to pay a higher premium than 160 annually for a trusted and popular company. If they come cheaper so much the better.

I'm spending much more time in London and elsewhere shooting travel/editorial and need to make sure I'm with one of the top insurers in the field.


10 / What happened to their review times
« on: February 10, 2013, 10:15 »
Not uploaded there for several months, but now I have a editorial work to upload. Problem being the images I have uploaded recently are pending for days. My current batch will be a week old tomorrow. Has there been a general drift in their review times?

General Photography Discussion / Insurance
« on: April 30, 2012, 05:10 »
Dear readers, I have a paid gig with a couple of clients to teach them basic DSLR skills and beyond, which I will be doing in a local public park. All well and good but I'm new to this and wonder if I need some kind of liability insurance? I mean what if one of my clients suffers an injury in the park would I be liable? Or if one of them damages their camera?

Very difficult to track this stuff down online so I would really appreciate any advice/links please. I live in the UK


I have a commission to shoot some corporate wallahs on location...headshots, working at their desks, prancing about the office etc. And I'd like to use the best shots as part of my portfolio on my business website - to show the scope and standard of work we can do I need a release to be able to use the images that way?

Advice very much appreciated.

I have submitted some "fine art" work to companies that specialise in cards,posters etc but with no experience in this field I'm confused about their royalties. Anyone have any experience? Eg. one company states royalty will be 10% of the wholesale print price on anything from a framed wall image to large-scale canvass pieces for offices and business premises. Another I'm waiting to hear from will pay $350 for three year world rights (greetings cards).

On the face of it the 10% royalty on the sale of a massive canvass print for an office foyer (assuming its per sale) sounds better than giving away rights for $350. But in the absence of understanding I'm reaching out here.


14 / Shiny new website.
« on: May 19, 2010, 14:17 »
.....looks lovely. Hope it generates sales.

15 / Earnings Survey Results
« on: March 12, 2010, 02:45 »
Only a small sample but roughly in line with the % for IS. A timescale would have been more revealing ie how long it took to hit 5k for example.

16 / Accepted and Thanks!
« on: January 06, 2010, 15:04 »
Just received notification that my application to submit to iStock has been accepted - on the first attempt.

I can honestly say I wouldn't have been able to do it without the advice and assistance provided by members of this forum - both in the forum and by direct correspondence.

My sincere thanks to all.


Cutcaster / anyone out there selling?
« on: September 28, 2009, 16:51 »
I've had one of my images up on their front page this week where they have a revolving 5 feature pics - which is nice and might bring some buyers my way - but on balance I haven't made enough money to buy a new lens cap out of this site.

Is anybody selling here?

General Photography Discussion / Favourite time of year
« on: September 18, 2009, 04:58 »
I know stock is a 365 day enterprise but I'm curious about other photographer's and their preferences when it comes to seasons. My preference is September through to December. I find the autumn colours drive me out into the streets and woods. A blue sky seems more vivid (less haze I suppose). The low sunlight really zings in the city or the country and I don't have to get up at stupid o'clock to catch the light.

Plus I can wear a big coat with pockets for extra gear and a hat which makes me feel less conspicuous for street/editorial work. (Tried a false beard but that made me look weird).

Be interested to know if you have a preference.

Canon / Canon 85mm 1.8 versus Tamron 90mm macro
« on: September 05, 2009, 15:33 »

I'm looking to buy a prime lens for portraits/general purpose and I've seen a lot of praise for the Canon 85mm 1.8 in this forum. However, I've also read great reviews for the Tamron Macro on the web - it has been described as a great general purpose/portrait lens, as well as macro.

At present I don't have a macro and the Tamron appeals to me in that respect. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.


A New York based web magazine has asked me to contribute some of my work to their website and "possible" publication in a hard copy magazine they expect to launch around November. I'm chuffed at the invitation and to me it presents an opportunity for some free marketing. The quality of photography on their site is generally high and they seem to be genuine.

However, I'm in two minds about giving away images. They are a start-up so I'm guessing cash is going into the launch. They say they plan to start paying contributors if the magazine picks up additional sponsorship.

Has anyone come across this in the business? Am I missing an opportunity if I pass on this.

Kind Regards.

Photo Critique / Sharp enough?
« on: August 08, 2009, 13:20 »
Ladies and Gents,

I would appreciate your opinions please. I'm not submitting the image in question (not entirely happy with the composition) but would like a view on the quality of the image. Is it sharp enough? Is it free from noise? I think it is - but want to be sure my checks at 100% are right and my JPEG's are turning out okay. Also, any comment on colour etc would be gratefully appreciated.

100% view available at this link. I shoot RAW 100% and carry out minimal processing before compression.

Yours in anticipation,

Lighting / What Light Stand for Speedlite/Flash please
« on: July 29, 2009, 14:34 »
Need a new light stand for my Canon speedlite. Use Manfrotto/Bogen as a rule but looking at the Giottos range as they have air-dampened columns. Wondered if anyone could recommend or have any other suggestions. Budget around $150

Newbie Discussion / Sizing images for submission
« on: July 27, 2009, 14:53 »
Dear Photographers, I haven't submitted a damned thing to any stock sites yet but I'm getting there. My stumbling block is the image size requirements. All sites as far as I can see require JPEG with a minimum size of 4 or 6 MB and 72 dpi (although I think that's out of date) and strictly NO up sizing.

Now, I shoot RAW and image size is 3888 x 2592 and when I convert to JPEG generally end up with a 6MB file at 350 dpi output. My question is, have you any tips about file size or have I got it right as far as Microstock is concerned?

Would appreciate your sage advice.

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