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Microstockgroup Buy and Sell / sold
« on: June 12, 2015, 11:20 »
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Anyone using the nikon 28mm f1.8g.  I have not performed a lot of wide angle work and was wondering if any rejections have occurred because of the few flaws in the lens, CA, vignette, distortion etc.  most problems are usually taken care of PP but but it does need larger f stops to help it along.

General Stock Discussion / Banner shots / wide images
« on: August 07, 2014, 14:22 »
Are wide images mostly the result of the photographer or the customer editing.  The shots used on the top of web pages that extend across most of the web page? 

Thanks for answering another dumb question for an old crow.

I am sure there is a term for an image that has never been sold and is only available for sale one time to one customer for a higher than normal price like a commissioned shoot would be.  Does any agency do this.  Do you get request or does SS DT etc ever communicate a customers desire for such and remove it from public sale ?  I was looking at some forums that have customers requesting images but I would be afraid that they are just looking for ideas.


General Stock Discussion / Do angencies link key words
« on: July 07, 2014, 15:11 »
Are there any internal key word links that the agencies do automatically,  such as sand and dirt ?  Or is it all up to keyword skills?  The keyword generators,  are they problematic and cause rejection? Some of the stuff key generators do seems odd.   How do I educate myself on keywords that are neccessary but most new folks wouldn't even think about?

Thanks for your help.

iStockPhoto.com / Collections growth, looking back on why.
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:29 »
The massive collections growth at istock,  why?  Was there even one reason for it.    Has it had a benefit??  The massive black hole as it is known seems to have damaged istock,  both  for contributors and customers,, I wonder how it has been for istock profit.  It seems all of this could have been forseen by anyone, everyone.  It is however still occurring right,  why?

Several times inside agency forums I see customers complain that images are getting to expensive.  Can someone explain this,  do the customers realize who are in the forums and how much they get??  What task are they accomplishing that they're budgets are stretched ??  If they are using that many images there business must be good right. 

There are times I feel as though half the forum is biting their tongues,  kicking the dog and everything else to keep from cussing these people out.  Some of this stuff is used in big places.

Maybe I need a lesson in who buys images,  how much they cost the customer and what types of customers there are.  Sometimes I wonder if some guy with a BMW M6 in his driveway is complaining of image cost.


After the dollar photo club punishment to several members,  are you afraid the agencies are watching and you no longer speak freely? 

Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock, where to next ??
« on: June 21, 2014, 19:09 »
Photographers are supposed to see the light,  I guess in the literal sense only.  Prices have gone down, down, down and special offers have poped up. Some photographers that said they would never  .....   actually did, others sold out, others changed, some quit.   The ever changing landscape of microstock keeps people asking why did they, how could they,  did they just do that.   Shutterstock was always the rock of gibraltor.   Going public made Oringer and others very rich.  It reminds me of young people with internet start ups that grew the business then sold out.  In an article by xconomy, Oringer says the reason for going public was to elevate Shutterstock.


Now some of the profit goes to share holders,  will any more of it ever get to contributors??
Is the truth right there in front of everyone and no one wants to see it,  was there some true substance to going public?   

Everytime I see an article asking about unionizing photographers several people jump in and kill the thread and make the OP feel ashamed.  Then I saw that everyone had actually unionized after all,  It was called the dollar photo club union,  and it got results.   What is a union?  dues paying line picketing sign carrying auto workers that need a shave ??   Maybe there is more than one kind.
The ride from here on out is going to be rough, unlike mustard and ketchup that need to be manufactured, driven to the store and placed on the shelf,  digital images never go away.  Microstock photographers are being lead around by the nose, and the *B*****s* that are getting rich do not give a *d** about you.

Now can you see the light   ??????

I see that SS appears to like very bright images.  Do they accept on white or must it be isolated ?? Still gathering images for first 10. 


Are the first few key words or the image name weighted in the search.  With all the really far fetched key words it would seem that sites / agencies should give (for example) the first 5 words special weight.  Fine art america could especially use this.

So are all the key words given the same weight during search ??

General Stock Discussion / Old aircraft property releases
« on: January 20, 2014, 14:31 »
I see a lot of B-17 P-51 type images with what looks like no property release.  Most have the registration number removed in PP I am guessing.  So few of these aircraft left, it would seem the unique paint jobs would make them Identifiable.  Are these just old images and no new ones accepted without release  ??

Shutterstock.com / White balance for submissions
« on: January 19, 2014, 13:45 »
As a guy who likes all things blue,  a dark work area and cool colored things I am often told my images look a little blue.  I have warmed things up over the last year but before I make my 10 shot submission I wanted to ask about white balance.  Working with NEF's makes WB subjective.  Do you have any words of wisdom on white balance you would like to offer ??

Thanks for any help.

General Stock Discussion / When does common sense say quit ??
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:43 »
Every time I type what I want to ask about where this industry is headed I erase it for fear of sounding stupid.  So much time, effort and money spent to get better results.  I read the black star rising website and sometimes I think bloggers are detatched from this industry.  All of the "photography is dead" posts and all of the "no it's evolving" replies just seem to be outdated in a matter of months.  It seems dump truck loads of images are coming into the marketplace daily.  Now we have crowd sourcing. 

I am a nobody newby that just wonders whether more images, of better quality, will actually be a winning stratedgy for earning money.  Is it possible that newcomers really are too late ??

Shutterstock.com / Should I be angry at shutterstock ??
« on: January 07, 2014, 13:33 »
I have quite a few years at learning photography but never turn my nose up at any possibility to learn.  When Shutterstock emailed the "skillfeed" free month offer I said why not.  As I proceeded through the "not working so smooth" sign up it ended up wanting a credit card number.  That pi**ed me off.  Should I be angry  ??

General Stock Discussion / When do you blur ?? Always ???
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:59 »
An easy question at first.  Blur one area to highlight another right ?? Blur to create an effect, etc etc.  But there are times I think a few pixels of gaussian takes some of the "digital" out of digital.  I would like to ask if your workflow always includes a bit of blur ?  Sometimes my images seem too, something,  I am afraid to use the word sharp as it is what we strive for.


iStockPhoto.com / Istocks future ?
« on: November 16, 2013, 12:31 »
I was going to write about the website and the quirks it seems to have.  Then I realized that people here earn part or all of their living there and I did not want to be negative toward them.  Is the website still in transition to the new layout ??  Listening and reading for a year now I know they were changing but the site seems as though it is managed by a skeleton crew now.  This format is not the end result of the changes right ??

General Stock Discussion / Rough shadows from paper
« on: July 08, 2013, 13:57 »
I am using #1 super white widetone seamless background paper and often get ugly, rough grainy looking shadows where a black object meets the paper.  They look really noisy. 

More light or different paper/material ???   Even when I light with three and pop it with two SB 700's I can still occaisionally get this dark rough area.

General Photography Discussion / DOF calculators and stock
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:55 »
Good Morning,   
I would like to ask if DOF calculators are accurate enough for stock images?  is there a rule of thumb by which you reduce the calculators measurement to insure the images in focus acceptance? 

Thanks to all who help.

General Stock Discussion / When to convert to 8 bit
« on: April 22, 2013, 08:28 »
Hello Everyone, 

I hope your day is going well.  The workflow suggested by stock agencies show to convert from raw to 8 bit tiff and edit.  Is this neccessary or can it stay 16 bit until ready to convert to jpeg ?? 

Thank you.

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