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General Stock Discussion / Luckyoliver closing down
« on: April 15, 2008, 21:57 »
Luckyoliver is closing down:

It's with great disappointment that we have decided to shut down LuckyOliver on May 15th. All Olivers who purchased tokens must use them to license images before May 15th, 2008. Please note that the user agreement will continue to be valid. Any Carny images that are waiting in the queue for Bouncers will not be reviewed. Carnies who have reached the minimum payout must request payout by May 15th. Carnies who have not reached the minimum payout can convert their earnings to tokens by contacting support.

Anybody want to share some love and purhase any of my photos?  I have credits so will be willing to reciprocate (note: I need more sales to get to payout):

123RF / 36c per subscription DL
« on: July 13, 2007, 10:35 »
123rf are now offering 36c minimum per DL it seems.  previously the minimum has been 30c but they hve been paying 35c after they do the calc.  But they have increased the minimum of 30 up to 36c.

Cameras / Lenses / What head for a monopod
« on: July 10, 2007, 07:12 »
I am planning on getting a Monopod at the same time that I get the 100-400L. I can work out what monopod to get but having never used one, am not sure what sort of head to get.

1. No head. Screw straight onto monopod
2. Ball head
3. Monopod head

Looking at sports events, the pros seem to use (1). However, that isn't practical for me as it means I cant shot portrait or use a quick release plate.

I am also not sure about (2).

Manfrotto makes a special monopod head which just also you to flip + or - 90 degrees so you can shot portrait or landscape. It also has the benefit that it uses the same quick release plate as my tripod. Is this the best option?

Software - General / Photoshop elements 5
« on: July 05, 2007, 08:28 »
Anyone using photoshop elements 5. 

I am currently using elements 2 (free with 20D) but use DPP for Raw, zoombrowser for browsing and a mixture of programs for keywording.  I am thinking of upgrading so that I can just use one program for: Raw, editing and browsing.

I have considered CS3 but this is just a hobby for me and I dont think I can justify it.

is the raw editor the same as CS3 or is it different?
Can you keyword (or is this only done in bridge which comes with CS_)

Can iStock count to 20?  I know it is difficult when you only have 10 fingers but I am sure that I have only uploaded 17 photos this week but they are telling my 20.  On my list of photos, it only says 17.  ??? ??? >:( >:( ??? ???

6 / 5c payrise but with conditions
« on: April 23, 2007, 16:27 »
There was a 5c payrise as most expected but it only applies to those with over $500 in sales.

Very sneaky but I guess rewarding the good supplies is a good think. Kind of like the different cannisters/badges at istock/fotolia.

Read about it here:

Software - General / CS3 or elements 5?
« on: April 13, 2007, 04:47 »
I am currently using Photoshop Elements 2 which came with my 20D.  E2 has no Raw converter.  I am not sure which Elements version has a raw converter but E5 definately does.

As I shoot in Raw and would like to simplify my workflow, I am considering getting either E5 (cheap) or the new CS3 (very expensive).

After answering the poll, the question I actually want answered is, is Elements 5 enough for me or should I invest in CS3?

8 / What do you expect the pay rise to be?
« on: April 05, 2007, 04:11 »
Following on from this:

What are everyones guess.

Note:  This is what you expect, not what you want. (ie like gambling against yoru favourite team because you are postive they will lose (that you you at least get some satisfaction from their defeat)).

Off Topic / Off topic - Need internet help
« on: April 04, 2007, 09:00 »
This is completely off topic but I know there are a few clever people on this forum so thought I would ask.

I am in the UK and want to get access to a US website.  the website however has somehow blocked UK users so you can only see the UK version of the site.

The site in question is .  The reason I want access to the US site is to confirm that the UK really is a rip of (they are charging twice the price in the UK).

is there any way to get around this easily or will they always see my IP address is in the UK and therefore redirect me. The only think I can think of is IP blocking softwre (which sounds a bit extreme though I have no idea really).

123RF / I will get my second payout from 123rf ...
« on: March 16, 2007, 09:54 »
as they have just lowered the payout limit to $50 for paypal users.  And it will come 2 weeks earlier (or some might say "still 6 weeks too late").

That is about the only interesting news from their latest email.  Normal stuff like better, faster, strong search and servers.  A bit about the new brighter site.  Interviews, free photo of the day and other stuff (my mine is a bit of a seive at the moment but I think that was it).

Lower payouts is good - they have finally listened to the submitters.

Cameras / Lenses / Nikon has announced the D40x
« on: March 06, 2007, 06:12 »
After only 4 months or so, they have upgraded the 6mp sensor to 10mp along with a few other changes.

This takes the Canon 400D head on at a lower price point.

123RF / Who likes the new look
« on: March 05, 2007, 06:01 »
Looks fresh and bold but it seems to be designed for wide monitors (although so does this site as I have a scroll bar at the bottom - never noticed that before??).

Other than that I dont think there have been any changes.

Maybe a new marketing push?  It is looking a bit more professional so maybe they will start promoting more.

Cameras / Lenses / Is that all that Canon has got?
« on: February 22, 2007, 05:36 »
What . have they been doing the last 6 months.

One camera, one lens (which replaces a lens that is already extremely high rated with no new features) and a new flash.

Maybe everything else is so good it cant be improved  ;D ???

Site Related / Site advisor
« on: February 21, 2007, 15:41 »


Just updated my McAffee and there is a new site advisor.

This site comes up orange (warning).  You might want to address.  I think they give you the chance to comment but probably best to not have an orange light for newbies to the site.

Lighting / photos of your light box
« on: February 19, 2007, 12:00 »
I am thinking of making a lightbox.

having ready the following blog:

I have a few ideas.  I think mine will involve 3 or 4 drycleaing coat hangers (wire that can be rebent) a white rubbish bag, tape, a few table lamps etc. This should make it free.

Just wanted to see a few to see if I was on the right track.

16 / Dollar bin - any one ever been in it
« on: February 16, 2007, 08:24 »
Was just browsing the dollar bin.  Some good shots in there - even some flames. I thought it was because they were small sizes but no, thats not it.

I cant figure out why they are throwing them out.  Does it cost them much to leave them in?  I could understand if they were getting rid of zero sales and small photos but Large sized flames?

Has anybody ever been in the dollar bin?

General Stock Discussion / What site does Rinder review at??
« on: February 16, 2007, 08:17 »
Just reading a post at SS.  Does anyone know what site Rinder reviews at.

123RF / 123rf: New agreement 6 Feb 2007
« on: February 06, 2007, 05:05 »
I just logged into 123rf and there is a new agreement.  Had a quick skim.  Has anyone figured out what the changes are??

19 / SS: How many DL for a top 50 for the week
« on: February 06, 2007, 04:58 »
Anyone made the weekly top 50 recently?  How many DL's do you need.

20 / istock keyword rejection question
« on: January 31, 2007, 10:00 »
I have just been rejected the second time on the same image for irrelevant keywords.  The first time I accept I may have left a few in there.  The second time I definately didn't (there was less than 10 tags left).

I think what I am doing wrong is removing irrelevant tags but leaving the irrelevant keywords there (with no tags).  Is this my problem? Do i have to delete the tags as well as the keywords!!

Are they doing this to make it harder to reactivate irrelevant keywords once the photo is accepted.

Photoshop Discussion / Photoshop CS3
« on: December 15, 2006, 07:21 »
It is out is beta.  Sounds good.  I have been holding off as I didn't want to spend the money and I didn't think I would use the features but I may get it once they bring out the final release.

My question is this though.  With its increases Raw capabilities (all the good bits from lightroom) and with Bridge,  what is Lightroom for.  It appears to me is redundant?

Second question: has anyone tried the beta?

Off Topic / the MP race - does it matter
« on: November 23, 2006, 06:35 »
Stolen from another forum:

I thought it was interesting so here is the article from NY times tech writer Pogue: (link, ) BTW, test were all done with same camera but printed at different resolutons (down rezzed from native 13 MP) - Will

The Truth About Digital Cameras

 . . . Actually, Ill tell you about one thing right now. We did an episode on digital cameras. Part of the fun involved visiting a couple of big electronics stores, posing as somebody who didnt know much about cameras, and, later, commenting on what they told me.

      The clerks at one store recognized me. The guy at the other store had no clue that Im a tech writer. Both of them were surprisingly frank, pointing out, for example, that five megapixels is plenty for prints up to smallish poster size.

       Now, every time I write that, I hear from furious or baffled readers. I dont get it, wrote one. A ten-megapixel camera produces photos about 3640 pixels wideenough to make a 12-inch print at 300 dpi (dots per inch) on a good printer. Sure, you can go lower, but quality is sacrificed; you cant make an 1114 print, let alone anything bigger.

      I have to say, the math sounds right. But I also have to say that hes wrong.

     On the show, we did a test. We blew up a photograph to 16 x 24 inches at a professional photo lab. One print had 13-megapixel resolution; one had 8; the third had 5. Same exact photo, down-rezzed twice, all three printed at the same poster size. I wanted to hang them all on a wall in Times Square and challenge passersby to see if they could tell the difference.

     Even the technician at the photo lab told me that I was crazy, that thered be a huge difference between 5 megapixels and 13.

      Anyway, we ran the test for about 45 minutes. Dozens of people stopped to take the test; a little crowd gathered. About 95 percent of the volunteers gave up, announcing that there was no possible way to tell the difference, even when mashing their faces right up against the prints. A handful of them attempted guessesbut were wrong. Only one person correctly ranked the prints in megapixel order, although (a) she was a photography professor, and (b) I believe she just got lucky.

      Im telling you, there was NO DIFFERENCE.

     This post is going to get a lot of people riled up, I know, because in THEORY, you should be able to see a difference. But you cant.

     And Im hoping this little test can save you some bucks the next time youre shopping for a camera.


Off Topic / Alexa
« on: November 21, 2006, 08:29 »
From another thread:
Maybe out of topic, maybe useful, but I think you shold notice this:
Web Rank by
Daily reach per million (averages by myself... in alexa there are graphs my months)
IS 1800
DT 450
SS 400
FT 220
BS 220

Please keep in mind these are averages by myself and they are only orientative, just to notice IS has four times visitors than DT and SS, and DT and SS have two times visitors than FT and BS.

Questions: who has an alexa bar and contributes to these surveys.
If so, and you have more than one computer (work and home) is it on both? Just one? which one?
I have a Google bar are work but does anyones work not allow the use of task bars (technically my work doesn't allow but they are lax unless there is an issue).

24 / iStock in the top 300
« on: October 27, 2006, 02:53 »
Interesting tidbit in the latest istock email.  Alexa ratings aren't perfect but very interesting anyway.  i guess one way to get up there would be to have all submitters to get an alexa tool bar and then ask them to check their earnings evey 10 min (that would increase hits!)

iStock Hits the Top 300
Our 6-month average traffic ranking at just moved past the 300 mark the other day. That's right folks: is the 295th most-visited website on the planet. Thank you for refreshing your screens so often everybody.

General Macrostock / Getty will accept ameture submissions
« on: October 25, 2006, 15:26 »
Sounds like they will accept non pro submissions in areas where they need more photos.

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