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Video Equipment / Sofware / Technique / Re: Video Tripod
« on: February 13, 2017, 09:29 »
For video. Just got a Manfrotto 290 Xtra for $225us. Extends 5'4". Light. Smooth head for panning and tilting. Fairly long arm. Traditional set-up. Would advise checking out tripods with camera in hand to test out and see what suites you best.


I'd love to check out some tripods in person, but no stores near me seem to have any, or any good ones.  Thanks

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Video Equipment / Sofware / Technique / Video Tripod
« on: February 10, 2017, 16:15 »
Is there a reasonably priced, high quality, and smooth Tripod for video that you'd recommend?   
thanks

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Mobile Stock Photogrpahy - General Discussion / Re: eyeem sales
« on: January 06, 2017, 15:49 »
I just learned about Eyeem and i'm very interested.    My question is about getting a quantity of photo's up.  Have you submitted many?   since most of my iphone photo's are no longer on my iphone, what's the best way to get them from my pc hard drive to eyeem? Do i have to reload them back to my iphone, then upload?   is there a way to upload from the pc?    and then, can i use photos that were taken by my dslr?   sorry if these are simple questions, but they're not clear from what i've read so far about eyeem.   thanks

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 28, 2016, 10:43 »
One is needed to work with video files as well, I am actively looking for the best solution. I think a great option is to be able to invite people to submit to your site so you could grow your business in the future if you wanted!
i'd love a relatively small but smart video site for a loyal talented artists.   If i could, i'd set that up in a heartbeat.

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Alamy.com / First time submitter rejection issue
« on: December 05, 2016, 08:40 »
So i finally uploaded my first 4 pix.  They were rejected for dust or blemishes.   They didnt reject just one, but all 4.   Can i resubmit one at a time to see if one or more is ok, since they didnt say which of the 4 were bad?  Edited my post:  ok, i realize i can edit photos, i just thought that alamy had some different rules regarding editing than microstock.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Fotolia -- where to start?
« on: December 02, 2016, 14:59 »
Thanks.   

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Adobe Stock / Adobe Fotolia -- where to start?
« on: December 02, 2016, 13:43 »
I'm sorry if this has been asked, but i'm a relatively new contributor overall, and i'd like to start getting my photos and video on adobe/fotolia but it's just not clear where to start.  Do i register and upload with fotolia, and then my work will get posted to adobe, or do i just start off fresh with adobe and bypass fotolia, if that's even possible.
thanks for the help.    :)

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i haven't been very successful at microstock myself, and now i'm looking to footage as that's an interesting medium i think, and one i may be able to do ok in.  i hope.


I'm not sure if your stuff will sell, but i sure do like your photo's.

Thanks :) That means a lot
I really need to find some way to make some money out of this hobby as it's costing me a fortune and microstock seems to be the only way (I'm trying society6 for prints with 0 luck)

I'd be open for other ideas ^^

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I'm not sure if your stuff will sell, but i sure do like your photo's.

Hi guys,

I've opened a Shutterstock account a couple of years ago, uploaded a few photos and completely forgot about it.
Last month I came back and realised I made about 100$ which is not a lot but still a nice surprise so I've decided to give this another go.
I now have about 250 photos uploaded to Shutterstock, Fotolia and Dreamstime (and a few others). While I am making some money on Shutterstock I've made 0$ on all other services.
I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong and would love to get some feedback. I realise not all photos are great, but most of them (I think) are usable.

My Shutterstock gallery - https://www.shutterstock.com/g/gnesher



Any feedback (serious please) would be really appreciated.

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i can't fathom 10,000 images, but then again, how many can i take of my kids?lol

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This may be inappropriate to ask, but what kind of daily income do you get from 200-300 daily sales at SS?   I know 9000 is alot of images, but if you make a living with your port, that's a great motivator for the rest of us. thanks

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Hi, I'm still new to this footage thing and was noticing other posts where people talk about color correction and other changes they make to their footage. Is this something people are consistently doing to their footage?   I haven't and hadn't intended on making such changes, but maybe i'm missing something.
Does it really help, or do agencies want original unmodified footage so their customers can choose how it's changed?
thanks

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Shutterstock.com / Re: made 215 bucks on a single image?
« on: July 13, 2016, 08:46 »
Great image.   I wonder where you'll end up seeing it used, what kind of ad or book or whatever.    I have to go find all my bird pix now....

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My pipe dream, as in it's never going to happen, is to have my own footage agency.  If i could put one together, I'd want it to be the best. what features and more would you want in the ideal footage agency?  thanks

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General Macrostock / Re: OverflightStock
« on: March 21, 2016, 14:29 »
i'm curious if you take images or footage taken from the top of a tall building

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Video Equipment / Sofware / Technique / iphone timelapse
« on: February 29, 2016, 10:56 »
Hi.  I've been playing with the timelapse feature in my iphone 5 with ios9 and now i'm wondering if it's up to stock footage quality or not.   Any advice? thanks

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Print on Demand Forum / Site for Drawings
« on: October 07, 2015, 15:28 »
A bit off topic, but here goes.  My daughter draws what i would consider to be fantastic portrait drawings.   One is Taylor swift.   Is FAA the best place to try to sell those?   would it be a waste to put them on zazzle or elsewhere?   Thanks

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Newbie Discussion / Software for stock footage
« on: September 23, 2015, 15:45 »
I currently use an old mac with iMovie, but it's not working well so i plan on getting a new windows PC soon and was wondering what software i should use for editing video?    Adobe elements premiere isn't expensive but is it the best route?  Also, has anyone used windows 10 yet?  is it better or worse than win 7 or 8?  thanks

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Alamy.com / Re: New to Alamy
« on: February 15, 2012, 14:46 »
I've hinted around this on other threads, but i'd like to just ask this outright....  Is it possible to start with Alamy now and make a living from it?  I understand it takes time, but is it possible for an average photographer like me to make a go of it in say a year or so if i upload a bunch?  (assuming i get accepted, haven't figured out what 4 pix to get to them for initial QC)  Thanks for all the help.  Roger

In which case the answer would be - no.

No offence intended personally, I'd say you could start with any agency and make a living from it with less than 1000 images, but those images would have to be brilliant and targeted, if you're not even sure what to send in for the initial assessment my advice would be not to give up your day job.

no offense taken.   I really would like this to be my day job, but i have no illusions of grandeur.   I'm a decent photog, but i don't know that my work is good enough technically.    I do think that i might try.....

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Alamy.com / Re: New to Alamy
« on: February 15, 2012, 08:16 »
I can do 50,000 images......  might take me 25 years, but....   

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Alamy.com / Re: New to Alamy
« on: February 14, 2012, 17:46 »
Hmm. If you're shooting regular stock and want to earn a couple of thousands dollars per month, you'd need about 30-40 thousands images. That's take you a while to shoot and upload. Unless you're a stock genius and can do it with 5,000 images.
I have heard that editorial images sell better on Alamy than regular stock, but I haven't tried that myself yet.

Why is that so? I mean working with MS agencies you could earn that with 5k as you said easily, even with half of that. If you're a decent tog (not great or even the best) you can easily get a RPI of over 1$ a year. I'm getting around 2 and I'm sure my RPI is not even at 10% of the best togs.

You're getting around 2 what?  do you mean $2 per year per image?   How many sites are your images on? 

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General - Stock Video / Re: Selling Video sites?
« on: February 14, 2012, 16:18 »
I've been lurking on various boards, including this one, for ages and it seems that POND5 is the way to go for video.   I haven't done any, and i'm not sure my work will be good enough, but if i do proceed i plan on using them first and foremost.

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Alamy.com / New to Alamy
« on: February 14, 2012, 16:17 »
I've hinted around this on other threads, but i'd like to just ask this outright....  Is it possible to start with Alamy now and make a living from it?  I understand it takes time, but is it possible for an average photographer like me to make a go of it in say a year or so if i upload a bunch?  (assuming i get accepted, haven't figured out what 4 pix to get to them for initial QC)  Thanks for all the help.  Roger

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Building up a RM Portfolio
« on: February 13, 2012, 11:15 »
Back to the topic of making money on RM, i read on this forum the other day that there's a guy who has 80,000 photo's on alamy.   Ok, that's alot, but it does present some great possibilities.  He doesn't really edit his photo's, and just posts and keywords them.    I suppose if you have some talent, go to some interesting places and post THOUSANDS of photo's to alamy, you can make some serious $.   I know it's alot of work, but isn't preparing each individual photo for MS alot of work?  I'd rather take  more photo's and not spend my life in photoshop personally.    but i could be wrong, i am not making any $ off my work yet.   I think i may try the "throw alot on Alamy" method, if they let me.   

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Newbie Discussion / Re: Alamy vs microstock
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:58 »
Thanks for all the great answers.    As a follow up, do i need to create separate accounts at alamy for my work and my father in laws?   And how hard is the initial submission to alamy?  What kind of work of MINE should i send in to get accepted quickly.   Again, thanks for all the fish..er, help and this is a great forum filled with great folks.  ROGER

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