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Image Sleuth / Stolen images sold by MHSKYPIXEL
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:25 »
Today I discovered that contributor MHSKYPIXEL is selling a large number of my wildlife images under his name on Envato (PhotoDune & Elements) and also Pond5.


I suspect there are a lot more stolen images in his portfolio. Better check to see if there are any of yours. Still investigation if he is also selling stolen images on other agencies.

Shutterstock.com / Footage sales not reported on SS?
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:09 »
Anyone else noticed a problem with reporting footage/video sales on SS lately? This is the message send to SS support. Still waiting for an answer.

"Just want to find out if footage sales are reported accurately or if there may be a bug? Yesterday I observed the thumbnails of three of my video clips displayed on the "world map" of latest downloads. Yet, 12 hours later none of those clips are reported as sales. In fact I did not have any footage sales for a few days now. The images displayed on the world map of latest downloads at the same time as my video clip thumbnails all appear under my earnings summary, but none of the footage sales. Is there an explanation for this discrepancy?"

Albumo.com / Albumo rise from the dead
« on: March 16, 2011, 12:00 »
Some time ago I joined a site Buy Stock Sound to sell my sound effects. Now they have changed their name to Fantero and here is the interesting part: Albumo is now part of their network. Very surprising. I though they disappeared from the face of the earth. I still have bad memories from Albumo. Probably the worst site that I have ever contributed to and I remember all the effort it required to get my account closed.  Now they emerged from the dead. Wonder what is the source of the image that they have online? Here is the newsletter that I received:

Our main news is that the new brand name of our network is Fantero. We will work hard to make Fantero.com one of the best sites for your digital needs. Fantero.com is a positive, young company, constantly brimming with new ideas, and our goal is to make life easier for the online world by providing a one-stop shop for all your digital needs.

We are glad to inform you that site for stock photos Albumo.com is now a part of Fantero creative network. As new owners of Albumo.com we`ll do our best for promoting and improving this site.

Everybody who already has account on Albumo now can visit the site and find photos, withdraw earned money and submit new photos.

Bigstock.com / Scientific/Latin names in keywords
« on: December 02, 2010, 06:51 »
As a wildlife photographer I take great care to identify the animals/plants I photograph and to add the correct scientific/Latin names, also in the keywords. Now suddenly a whole batch of my images was moved back from the "pending" section to the "pending your edit" section with a note: "Please re-edit keywords. Please remove all Latin/scientific names as they are not parsed". What does this mean? I think they lost their minds.

Bigstock.com / BigStock don't understand Editorial
« on: October 18, 2008, 01:13 »
Now that BigStock accept Editorial images I submitted a few that are also on some of the other Microstock sites. Normally I don't submit editorial images to MS (they go to Alamy), but since I have these already on MS I submitted them to BigStock. Imagine my surprise when most of them was rejected for ridiculous reasons. Here are some examples:

This image of Valentino Rossi: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-1138025-motogp-racing-valentino-rossi-phakisa-racetrack-welkom-south-africa-april.html
was rejected for "Potential copyright / trademark / privacy issue with photo (could be: copyrighted art, visible logo, license plate number, etc)"  ??? There were several more from this event that were also rejected and yes I made 100% sure I clicked the "editorial" box when submitting the images.

This image of a Himba boy was accepted: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-1706686-a-young-himba-boy-with-traditional-cultural-decorations-kaokoland-namibia.html,

but this one: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-1706687-a-himba-child-raised-in-a-traditional-rural-village-kaokoland-namibia.html rejected for "not editorial. Recognizable person without Model Release..."  >:(

I did send them an e-mail, but just beware if you intend to send them some editorial images. They are currently clueless what an editorial image is.

General Stock Discussion / Isolation, Image on white, cutout??
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:13 »
Just started to do some images of subjects on a white background using a diffuser softbox.  Unlike a cutout where you select the subject and delete the background, my images (like so many others) are photographed on white and the levels adjusted in PS until the background is absolutely white (255), EXCEPT for a faint and diffused shadow just beneath the subject. I like this better than deleting the whole background since it gives the images a bit more depth and a 3D look.

I am just a bit concerned about my description and keywording of these images. When is it an isolation and when can you use the words isolation and isolated in the description and keywords? To quote Steve-oh in another post: If in your keywords or description you say the image is isolated against white and it isn't, then it will be rejected. You need to make sure the whole white isolated background is pure white (255, 255, 255). Make sure there are no off-white spots any where, no matter how small.  Looking at many isolated images on all the big stock sites I could not determine any consistent criteria. Just dont want to have my images rejected for naming it an isolation while there is a shadow area that is not pure white.

Any opinions or suggestions on this?

StockXpert.com / Another case of illegal use of an image
« on: January 07, 2008, 10:37 »
I don't want to use the word "stealing", but doing a search for "cricket player" on StockXpert and right next to each other this is what I found:


This photo of a cricket player is mine:


and this vector image was created using my image:


Looking at a bigger version of my image it is clear that the vector image is an exact drawing of my image - even the folds in the clothing is in exactly the same positions.

I really don't want a photographers account closed. We all know what happened recently. Just want to get your opinion on this before I take action.

Adobe Stock / New Fotolia watermark
« on: June 29, 2007, 03:00 »
What do you think of the new Fotolia watermark?  Look at this image for example.  It will take me 15 seconds to clone out the small 'Fotolia' letters and have a perfectly usable web size image without a trace of a watermark.  I wonder why they have changed it.


I started with a Canon 10D (6 MP) and later a Canon 20D & 30D (8 MP).  Recently a got a Canon 400D as a light travel camera and the pro 1D MK III (both 10 MP). 

I am somewhat undecided on whether I should submit images of the full 10 MP to sites such as SS that offer subscription sales.  To give away a 10 MP image for 25 or 30c does not feel right.  Alternatively I can submit the full resolution images only to those sites that charge according to size (such as StockXpert) and submit a smaller version to the subscription sites but then how much smaller?  Two further problems with this: It will complicate my workflow and it may happen that a site that do not offer subscription sales today may decide to do so tomorrow (as was the case with Dreamstime).  What about the future?  10 MP may seem quite large today, but in a year or two that may be quite average.     

I will appreciate your thoughts on this.

General Stock Discussion / Must share my excitement!
« on: May 23, 2007, 07:50 »
Just need to share my excitement with someone.  Just today received my brand new Canon 1D MK III the first one delivered to South Africa. This would not have been possible if it was not for my earnings from MicroStock. Now for the first time I have a proper camera to put behind my Canon 400 /2.8.  Well I am off now must find something to shoot ?  ;D

Crestock.com / Interview by Crestock
« on: January 10, 2007, 13:34 »
I was interviewed by Crestock some time ago and the interview now appears on their site.  Lately I did not submit too many images to Crestock. After this exposure I will have to start uploading some images again ;D


Adobe Stock / What price do you set for your extended RF license?
« on: November 12, 2006, 02:44 »
At Fotolia you are allowed to set you own price for an Extended RF License within a range of 10-50 credits (of which you earn 35% as a contributer with a bronze rating).  What criteria do you use to set the price?  Obviously you want to earn the maximum revenue, but you still need to be competitive with other similar images (which varies widely). 

When I first started uploading to Fotolia I did not pay too much attention and at the time I left the price of the extended license on the default of 10 credits.  Lately someone is buying quite a number of my photos at this ridiculously low price (good for him, bad for me).  Now I am increasing the price on all my photos still set at 10 credits, but I am hesitant to increase it to the maximum of 50.  Obviously the more popular images should be set higher and the less popular ones lower.  What do you do?  Also, is there a way to change the price on all your photos at the same time, or do you need to go to each individual photo?  Doing this for all 450 photos in my portfolio is quite time consuming. 

Dreamstime.com / Dreamstime message
« on: November 06, 2006, 02:18 »
Hi all

Just joined the group and this is my first post.

Today I received this message from Dreamstime:

Dear Nico,
This notification was sent by a potential buyer, who is interested to download one of your files in an additional format. If you are able to provide such format please use the following link in order to upload it:
Buyer needs the RAW image.

Did any of you receive such a request before?  I am not sure what to do ???.  I don't feel too comfortable to send out my RAW files.  As it appears there no additional compensation for doing so.

Thank you for your advice.

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