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Shutterstock.com / Re: Goodbye Shutterstock
« on: December 05, 2016, 04:59 »
Please let me say something to you. Most of the people here doesn't have link to their portfolios, but judging from the ones I could see... your content is s**t.

Could you post a link to yours? I would love to learn from you on how to improve.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock search change??
« on: November 23, 2016, 06:54 »
I noticed that too. Old images that never sold are starting to sell and new images sell too. Unfortunately it's just a shift from a group of images to another since I don't see a change on the total number of images sold. Still it's good to see new stuff being sold. I haven't seen that for a while and it is frustrating to add new images daily that aren't sold.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Monitor Color?
« on: September 08, 2016, 04:07 »
You really want to set your camera to Adobe RGB shooting in Raw format and also the iMac. Don't know how involved you are in photography but most of us will calibrate our monitors with an external calibrator at least for professional use.

I too do it like gyllens said. Just want to add that I convert the images to sRGB at the end. All the shooting and editing is made in AdobeRGB and before saving to JPG at the end I convert to sRGB. The AdobeRGB color space represents a wider range of colors and sRGB is the standard in the web, devices and printers.

Do you approach modeling agencies to find models for your microstock shoots? Ive found very difficult to explain the stock photography concept to them. And when I do, and talk about the model release in the terms that stock agencies request, I always get absurd price quotes to get me a novice model for the photoshoot (last time it was around 1500 usd for 4 hours). Whats your experience with this?

And I had 29 "single and other downloads" from the same image on the 14th. Never happened to me before and I'm on Shutterstock since 2008. I thought it was a glitch from the site but so far no one asked for the money back. :)

And how about:

"Effects--Image has quality issues from digital in-camera effects and/or techniques done in post production"

Recently I started getting some of my images rejected that reason. Since I always post process my images the same way, with basically the same workflow, and this kind of rejections never happened before, was there any change of evaluation criteria that I'm not aware of?

Dreamstime.com / Re: DT Review Madness
« on: August 07, 2015, 06:14 »
Agencies link all images of the same model by use of the MR. In the image you describe she might not be recognisable, but in other images of her you may have, where she is eating the orange for example, she will be recognisable. I guess they want to CYA and have an ID just to be sure.

This is a good point. I hadn't thought about that. Thanks for the input.

Dreamstime.com / Re: DT Review Madness
« on: August 07, 2015, 05:24 »
Same here! LOTS of rejections mostly for the images being similar (even vaguely) to other images I have online. But that's not the only reason. Today I had this one too:

"For all nude images (body parts or whole) you must attach a model release + an official ID document of the model (ID card, passport, driver's license)."

The image they are rejecting is the classic "woman holding orange next to her thighs", it's model released and it's a closeup of her thighs and bottom and she's wearing a thong. They want an ID card for this?! Really?!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock SEO Testing‏
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:47 »
"Our expectation is that the test will yield a more positive customer experience and increase their purchasing of your assets."

Got that email too. I wish that they focused on promoting a more positive seller experience. I would be so happy if I could upload to iStock the way I do to every other agency. I don't remember the last time I uploaded to them just because of the pain it is to put the files online. :(

Still stitching releases together and uploading a new one for each and every photo, even if there's 50 in a series?
Apparently DeepMeta is a big help with this.

But even with DeepMeta, keywording is sooo time consuming!! I just wish I could upload the files the same way I do with every other agency. I felt so bored having do deal with all those clicks on the keywords in DeepMeta that I just quit uploading a long time ago.

Alamy.com / Re: DACS Payback at Alamy
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:30 »
Tomorrow is my first official day back shooting after almost a year off managing my mothers death and dealing through blood * lawyers via greedy family members. trust closed, I am freed up to shoot.

I hope you have bright days ahead!

Alamy.com / DACS Payback at Alamy
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:48 »
Just got an email saying

We believe you're owed additional money based on a selection of your UK sales. There are 5 licences you can claim for.

The funds are available using the DACS payback scheme. As you're based outside the UK, you can't claim directly but the good news is that we can claim on your behalf. We'll take care of all the paperwork and make the claim for you. We expect the funds to be paid out in December but don't know the value of these yet. We'll cover our costs and then we'll split the remaining funds with you (50/50). Your Alamy account will be credited in the usual way.

If you're happy for us to claim on your behalf we need your permission. Please sign and complete this form.

Please return it to us as soon as possible - no later than Sept 1st 2014. Either email a digital copy to [email protected]
Remember, without this signed document we can't claim on your behalf.

Do anyone know what this is about? Anyone's familiar with the DACS payback scheme and can tell me what kind of money are we talking about?


Shutterstock.com / Re: ShutterTalk?
« on: May 02, 2014, 05:56 »
Got invited too. It's a pitty this things never happen in Portugal. :(

Shutterstock.com / Re: Review Times Super Fast!!
« on: May 02, 2014, 04:08 »
Same here. Unfortunately I'm starting to get some odd rejections too.

Great tips JPSDK! thanks!

it is fine, hair, arms, etc

On the 2nd version I filled some minor gaps of hair where some light kind of could be seen coming from the background. I even added a levels layer and dragged the slider all the way to the right to see if I was missing something on the background but couldn't spot a thing.

Anyways, I think I'll quit fixing and resubmitting images with this kind of rejecting to SS. It's not worth the extra time I spend.

I am not, since the start that I think you can nail nicely some conceptual pictures

Thank you very much Luis. I know your work and am very pleased by your comment.

Post image for a lookie.

I don't know if it is alright to post this url here, if it's not, I'm sorry.

This is the image, on another agency. This is the first version. I did a better one after for resubmitting but it was rejected again for the same reason.


I would resubmit, your work is top notch, I just don't understand how they approve junk from other folks

I did and it was rejected again.

About my work being top notch... I feel you are kidding me Luis. :) It's just average stuff I think.

Lately I've been having rejections for bad isolated images, although I'm pretty sure they are well isolated. They are accepted everywhere, as always, so this is only a SS issue I'm having. I even tried to fix some irrelevant details that I think could have displeased the reviewer and resubmitted the images again with a note but it gets rejected again. Anyone had this problem recently?

I don't know if it's related but this started happening when I started submiting 24mp images (from the D800) instead of 12mp images (from the D90).

that can't be right, my October earnings, with my "overpayment" taken off, put October as pretty much the worst month of the year (excluding jan/feb/march Dday drama). half the earnings of june, july, august, september, november, and lower then . That seems incredibly fishy to me.

Me too! I feel I'm getting scammed!

Just go the email. I have to pay back $126.12! I'm so f* pissed of! This is unbelievable!

Off Topic / Re: Fired!
« on: January 28, 2014, 09:48 »
Probably the guy is trying to get is hobby to the next level and see how things are when you are shooting a live performance and doing it for free is the easy way to get the job (from you). And he has the D800 because he can, and probably has expensive glass also and that has nothing to do with that job. He just has it because he can. But like others have said, there will be times when he won't be available. A 200k job isn't something you just do from 9 to 5. There will be times when he will be in Bora Bora on vacations with a dancer and there will be times when he will be trying to improve his personal best in Nrburgring with his beloved 911. By then the club will call you back.

Photography Equipment / Re: Advice on lenses
« on: January 28, 2014, 09:30 »
But now, can anybody tell me WHEN exactly fast lenses are important?

The ability to focus in low light conditions can be useful. For me it is. I like to shoot in a low lit studio environment.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock site down?
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:55 »
Yup you will get the chain one more time after you log in. Once you do that change it over to https:// again and you will get in. You have to change the site to https to first get to the login page and then change it again to https after logging in and getting the chain.

Thanks for the tip. I could get in and got the usual sales for a monday.

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