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Off Topic / Studio Shots
« on: December 12, 2012, 11:50 »
A few of you may know me for my illustrations (nicemonkey)  ;) I have been working on a side project, designing mountain bike frames.

At present I am still at the prototype stage, it is being made in China as we speak..hopefully landing in the UK in around 3 months. The problem is I need some studio shots of the frame but I just don't have the skills to produce quality images for my website...or the cash!  :-[

I know its cheeky but would anyone be interested in helping me producing the images? in exchange I would be willing to model for outside mountain bike shots, or offer some coaching in offroad riding (I race at quite a high level) or if that's not your bag I would be willing to offer my illustration skills for logo design etc.

I live in the South East of the UK (Essex).

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I have written a tongue in cheek blog on the shortage of microstock fuel (petrol/gas) images within the industry, poking fun at the uk politicians.

UK fuel image shortage

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General Stock Discussion / Rejected illustrations
« on: February 01, 2012, 13:47 »
Suddenly I have been getting lots of rejections for poor quality of jpeg files (when viewed at 100%) with my illustrations across a couple of agencies. I have done a little digging and it seem that they do not like the sharp/jagged lines that can be cause around the edges of objects when converted to bitmap. Has anyone else had this issue and found the best solution for sorting it out in batches...antialias etc

I still find it extremely irritating that they reject a file because of the jpeg when in reality it (on most occasions) is just for preview

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General Stock Discussion / Shutterstock "submitted image" queue
« on: December 13, 2011, 03:12 »
Is there a time limit to how long images can stay in the "submitted image" queue? i.e. if I upload now can they stay unedited in the queue until after the New Year?

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General Stock Discussion / Vectors on iStock
« on: November 29, 2011, 12:37 »
I have always just uploaded my Vector files manually to iStock but it is so time consuming that I have given up doing it...what is the easiest upload method. Most methods I have looked at don't support vectors

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General Stock Discussion / Just been contacted by two sites
« on: September 27, 2011, 01:21 »
Just been contacted via email by two new sites does anyone know anything about either of them? first one is VectoRain and www.photokore.com

Neither of them are referral links!

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Off Topic / Drawing you a horrible logo
« on: September 10, 2010, 05:28 »
Not sure if this is a really great idea or a really bad idea but some of the logos made me smile :)

Drawing you a horrible logo

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Just wondering if the owners/employees/reviewers from one site submit their images to other site? or is this a big no no?

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Shutterstock.com / From 100% approval to rejection over night
« on: August 24, 2010, 01:57 »
I am not normally one to moan  ::) and I tend to keep my head down but recently I have noticed that my approval rating for my illustrations on shutterstock has flipped from pretty much 100% to 100% rejection. I understand that rejection is all part of the game and its just something that you have to take but the thing that worries me is the swing.

The main reasons have been either "Too Simple--Overly simple vector" or "Too many on site--We do not need this image at this time". If my images were not selling or just one type of (category) image I would understand but I have they are not. Has anyone else had the same issues?

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Off Topic / combining my two loves
« on: June 26, 2010, 12:35 »
Not related to microstock in any way but I just wanted to tell somebody of my latest project.

I have combined my two loves illustration and mountain biking and with the help of the people at Kingdom bikes, may I present...the Mud plugger

Its always been a project that has been bubbling in the back of my mind and with some encouraging feed back on the website it might make the light of day  ;)

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Off Topic / Do you have a life away from microstock
« on: January 15, 2010, 15:00 »
What do you like to do away from microstock. I will start things off....I love mountain biking and being a bit of an anal person my bike has to be perfect so I spend probably spend more on the bike than I do on microstock  :) I hear the gasps of disbelief but its true. I am a bit of a weight Weenie! The lighter the bike gets (the emptier my pockets gets) but the bigger the smile!

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Off Topic / Help with apple script
« on: November 15, 2009, 10:10 »
Help, I need some trouble shooting advice with apple script, I have set up a script to convert a jpeg and eps into one zip file but come up with an error. which is below

Cant make class cfol "zip folder" of class cfol "Desktop" of class cfol "michaeltravers" of class cfol "Users" of class sdsk of application "Finder" into the expected type.

This is the script

tell application "Finder"
set startFolder to (folder "Macintosh HD:Users:michaeltravers:Desktop:zip folder")
set startFolder_POSIX to quoted form of POSIX path of startFolder -- we'll need this later

-- get the JPEG filenames
set JPEGfiles to (name of every file of startFolder whose name extension is "jpeg") as alias list
-- iterate through them
repeat with eachFile in JPEGfiles
-- get the base name (without the extension)
set baseName to (characters 1 through -6 of eachFile) as text
-- do we have a corresponding .eps file?
if exists file (baseName & ".eps") of folder startFolder then
-- if so, create a zip file containing the two items
set zipfilename to quoted form of (baseName & ".zip")
set jpegfilename to quoted form of (baseName & ".jpeg")
set epsfilename to quoted form of (baseName & ".eps")
do shell script "cd " & startFolder_POSIX & "; zip " & zipfilename & space & jpegfilename & space & epsfilename
end if
end repeat

end tell

any advice on where I am going wrong would be gratefully received.

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iStockPhoto.com / istock illustration rejections
« on: November 06, 2009, 06:01 »
I know istock are tougher than most to get images approved on but I have been getting some frustrating rejections. I keep getting illustrations rejected and the reason given is that I haven't supplied the original artwork/image that the illustration was created from, so I e-mailed support to explained that all my images are hand drawn and not traced or copied from source material they agreed and told me to write a short note and sign it and then attach it to each file as I submit them.

Great I thought but no, some reviewers clearly read the note and pass the illustrations but then I can have similar files rejected for the "missing rgb source files" reason the next week.

Has anyone else had this issue and how did you get round it?

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Is there any restrictions on using Standard Royalty Free licence for CD cover? The reason I ask is that an musician has contacted me about using one of my images for the cover of the CD. It will be a small first run.

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General Stock Discussion / Database exposure on Dreamstime
« on: March 18, 2009, 05:07 »
Does anyone know what "Database exposure" refers to on Dreamstime (under the "my profile tab")

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General Stock Discussion / Shutterstock rankings
« on: October 05, 2008, 13:21 »
I dont understand how shutterstock ranks our images. When you look at the Illustrator and vector categories my image appears in the No1 position but when you look at the "top 50 most popular" my image appears at 19 in the Illustrator queue and 26 in the vector. My image has been selling well but I am not sure that it is selling well enough to be at the top of the list.

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General Stock Discussion / Customer wants image for Billboard
« on: September 12, 2008, 04:41 »
A customer wants to buy one of my image for use on a bill board. They have contacted me directly and also want a new piece of work created but do not want to buy the rights to any of the work. Should I deal with the customer directly or direct them to where my work is for sale on a stock site. Which license would they need and which site would give me the best return.

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General Stock Discussion / Selling art
« on: August 15, 2008, 04:48 »
Is there any restrictions on selling our own artwork on canvas that we have submitted to stock agency's on a royalty free basis?

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New Sites - General / Stock photo spot
« on: June 18, 2008, 01:26 »
Has anyone else had an e-mail from stock photo spot. I was caught out by them in my early days of uploading (when I sent my images to anyone who would take them) and after 3 or 4 months I stopped submiting to them because they never paid out or answered my e-mails.

Today out of the blue I received an e-mail apologising for non payment and asking for my paypal e-mail address so they can pay the outstanding balance. It sounds a bit dodge to me but I cant see what can go wrong should I trust them?

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General - Stock Video / Flash or video
« on: January 27, 2008, 06:00 »
I have always done mainly Illustrations within the stock industry but now I am looking to diversify into another area. I have narrowed it down to either video or Flash. I was edging towards Flash because of my Illustration background (and because of cost and I have it as part of my adobe suite).

Does anyone do both? do you know how well flash files sell against video?

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Photoshop Discussion / Illustrator tutorials
« on: January 05, 2008, 08:33 »
I have just created some tutorials on my site for illustrator, more will be added soon but I would be greatful of feed back or suggestions for subjects to cover.

www.nicemonkey.co.uk

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General - Top Sites / Fotolia Svg settings
« on: November 04, 2007, 12:21 »
I was wondering how many people submitted svg images to Fotolia? I have just started doing so but I cant seam to get the IPTC data to appear on the site even thou I have entered it using Illustrator CS3.

Does anyone have any experience of it?

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