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Computer Hardware / Re: Computer System question
« on: April 04, 2009, 08:07 »
My Compaq has the exact same problem. Eventually I just said screw it, and instead of taking all the time to try and return the pc and all the hassle wasting the time, I just went to Staples, bought a $10 external card reader and plugged it into my USB port, problem solved. Heck, figured best way to go, I can use it in my Dell laptop as well.

Some things simply aren't worth the frustration. Especially when it comes to something that is 10-

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New Sites - General / Re: redbubble experience?
« on: November 10, 2008, 09:01 »
Well I am certainly a RB fan here myself, as far as the watermarks go, they now also have a 1px gif overlay, so anytime u right click on someone's image that has this protection enabled (yes, it is up to the artist if they wish to enable this) it only downloads 1px.[/url]

It still does not protect an image from a thief that uses screen capture (e.g., via the PrintScreen button).

That is why a proper watermark is the only true protection from pirates.




And your work there is watermarked. If you are worried about that, why even put your work online to begin with then?

The smaller view of the image (which is about 550 pixels on the longest side) does not have a watermark at all.  This would be considered a blog size or web size image on most stock sites.

The larger view (which is about 650 pixels on the longest side) contains a small watermark in the bottom right of the image.  Someone could just crop this out or remove it with Photoshop in less than 5 minutes.

The watermark there is pathetic.  To even call it a watermark is crazy.

To not protect the intellectual property of the contributors makes absolutely no sense to me.

They will never see any of my stuff (and lots of others on this board) on that site until they fix the watermark (and their attitude).


Well I spose that's fine, less competition then for me lol I do great on there personally. I think though you may be looking at this from the wrong POV, this isn't a stock site, it is more along the lines of a fine art photography site, and images are in frames and such, think above the fireplace photograph. The last thing a customer whom is dropping big cash on a shot wants to see is a watermark plastered smack dab in the center of an image. It is an entirely different market and an entirely different need than stock.

I haven't experienced anything bad as far as attitude there goes, in fact, quite the opposite with seeing several things I suggested implemented, like direct reply to comments for instance.

There is always 2 sides to the coin and this is mine. I have had nothing but an awesome experience there and have sold quite a few things! I think, I will double check this later, that the watermarks have been updated to where you can move it within an image though to where ya want it be at. I will check that out

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New Sites - General / Re: redbubble experience?
« on: November 10, 2008, 08:28 »
Well I am certainly a RB fan here myself, as far as the watermarks go, they now also have a 1px gif overlay, so anytime u right click on someone's image that has this protection enabled (yes, it is up to the artist if they wish to enable this) it only downloads 1px.[/url]

It still does not protect an image from a thief that uses screen capture (e.g., via the PrintScreen button).

That is why a proper watermark is the only true protection from pirates.


And your work there is watermarked. If you are worried about that, why even put your work online to begin with then?

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New Sites - General / Re: redbubble experience?
« on: November 10, 2008, 03:32 »
Well I am certainly a RB fan here myself, as far as the watermarks go, they now also have a 1px gif overlay, so anytime u right click on someone's image that has this protection enabled (yes, it is up to the artist if they wish to enable this) it only downloads 1px. The BubbleSites ROCK! I honestly tip my head to RB for this, giving artists an actual website that stands on it's own OUTSIDE the community atmosphere, where people can order directly from. My BubbleSite is far from done at the moment, but I am seriously considering pointing my domain to here once it is: http://kkart.redbubble.com/

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Adobe Stock / Re: What is up with Fotolia??
« on: April 10, 2008, 13:57 »
higher standards. they cant have the same quality standards 2 years ago, and now.

can you post few examples what was rejected, please? Tnx.


These were accepted at DT, BigStock, and SS, all were rejected at Fotolia, for "Type of Photograph".










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Adobe Stock / What is up with Fotolia??
« on: April 10, 2008, 04:04 »
Seriously, what the heck is up with Fotolia, I am this clsoe to taking down everything I have there, I don't make much with them anyhow, they are at the bottom of the pot, but to have my recent submissions thrown back at me with some generic 'type pf photograph' rejection, while BS, SS, and DT virtually accepted all 50. I had all but 2 of my images rejected. What is going on over there??

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New Sites - General / Re: Beware of Red Bubble
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:15 »
I wouldn't mind leaving comments if there were good sales but they are very poor and it just isn't worth the effort. 

Those that do well there are making a fraction of the money you can with the micros and they are spending lots of time on the site.

I would say true to an extent, but a lotta the images I have on RB, aren't very marketable in a micro sense. So that is where the flip side comes in...it allows me to sell more of my landscape and fine art images

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New Sites - General / Re: Beware of Red Bubble
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:12 »
As it stands at the moment, because of the increasing size of RB - if you don't get involved in the community your images won't be seen or go anywhere.
Community site is just newspeak for sites that make you lose valuable time commenting instead of doing photography  ::)

On Topic: what is the status of RedBubble now? This thread has been very confusing with the trolling. Is the site reliable and clean and was it just all gossip?

The site is clean, reliable, and well I honestly love it! Heck, if they were hiring I would send my application off to them!

I really believe in what they are doing and I will explain why....basically youhave one other model for a system like this, deviantArt, and yes I sell on there too. The difference is though is that Redbubble.com is free, 100% so, and deviantArt actually charges you a yearly fee to have a prints account! So to make anything above a mere 10% and set your own markup on deviantArt, you have to purchase a prints account there. This is non-existant with RB. I have found the staff and the owners of the RB very helpful and they are all ears and eyes when it comes to implimenting new ideas, they are big time open to suggestions. All of which can be done on the forums.

As far as the community goes, I don't mind that at all, in fact I have learned a few new techniques! It is a much more serious crowd on RB than most community art sites, where the skill level is quite high. I have seen no beginners on there for instance. They also have a referral program, where after so many refrrals you can get free prints, tshirts, greeting cards, etc.

One thing that DOES make them stand out and unique is they have taken a step forward and have actually been advertising in print magazines, something I have never seen any other site similar do...big props on that!

All in all, I say yes, go for it, it's free afterall. Nothing to lose! :)

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New Sites - General / Re: Beware of Red Bubble
« on: March 03, 2008, 05:36 »
FYI on RB....
It seems some of ya postiung above may have RB mixed up with micro's, which they aren't. They are yet another avenue for revenue for your images, the print arena. I have actually done quite well on there, but the key is being active over there, think of it as kinda a flickr meets a sales strategy. I will say this, the quality of the cards and prints is pretty  nice! Seeing my work on greeting cards is something I have always dreamt of, and I am seriously thinking of ordering quite a few and hitting up some local card retailers and seeing if I can get them carried. I haven't spoke with RB yet, but I do recall something about a big discount on your own work, and also more if it's in bulk. So far I have sold 6 prints and 19 greeting cards. I am here if anyone wishes to add me http://www.redbubble.com/people/kkart or shoot the breeze sometime :)

Just remember, it isn't like a micro where you upload and 'fuhget' about it. To be seen and your art to be seen, you have to make yourself known and that does require some time and work, though not a lot. Get in groups, and most of all comment on people's work.

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New Sites - General / Re: Beware of Red Bubble
« on: March 03, 2008, 05:28 »
As an Australian, I hate to have to admit that an Australian site is not playing fair.

Last night I had a huge fight with the organisation on a number of issues - including manipulation of a forum posting - and have cancelled my account.






Wow how exactly was your post manipulated?? I honestly am a huge mark for RB and really think what they have going is wonderful, there really isn't another site like it, though one I recently learned about "Artist Riding" http://artist.artistrising.com/Community/CommunityHome.aspx does look like it may have some promise to it! :)

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New Sites - General / Re: Beware of Red Bubble
« on: March 03, 2008, 05:25 »
This is really bad news... I know people who are selling well there, but the no watermark policy was still keeping out of the site.  Now this...  It's a shame.

Have you contacted management?

Regards,
Adelaide

What do you mean by 'no watermark' policy?? As in your own custom watermark? Because you can actually choose to have watermarks on your images, but you must select it, and it is one provided from RB

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General Macrostock / Re: Art.com - anyone there?
« on: December 19, 2006, 16:36 »
Is anyone here selling at Art.com?

I received an email saying I had a request from a visitor and that I should log in to my account and go POD Setup, but I can't find it anymore in the new site design!

I was so excited with the chance of my first sale, now I will probably miss it!

Regards,
Adelaide


ewww 10% is all they give you?!?? You may wanna check out DeviantARt.com where you can sell your prints at YOUR price and make 50% on sales...I do well on there

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ya kinda sad, there should be a standing rule the photog gets credited

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New Sites - General / Imagecatalog
« on: December 04, 2006, 07:55 »
Well here is a new one, just received this email.....


Hi John,

 

We came across your site and wanted to pass on our new stock photography website, ImageCatalog.com (http://www.imagecatalog.com/index.php)

 

Our site allows photographers to upload their photos and earn a commission from each sale. The site has not yet been publicly released as we are currently working to build our database of images. Our goal is to offer the highest quality images to designers..

 

For a limited time we are offering original content providers a 40% commission on your images valid for life. If you have colleagues who are interested in the stock photography market, we would appreciate you would pass the message on.

 

For information on what type of images we are currently seeking please visit:

http://www.imagecatalog.com/handbook_valuableimages.php

 

If you have a large number of images to upload and would prefer to send in a CD of your images, please let us know. At this immediate time FTP and reading IPTC data is currently unavailable. This IS something we are working hard to complete before the end of December.

 

We have banners that are also available to link directly to your content on our site in our affiliate area.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Warmest regards,

 

Michael Iwasaki

Business Development Advisor

[email protected]

From photographers to designers

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New Sites - General / USPhotoStock.com
« on: November 22, 2006, 09:34 »
Anyone know anything about them? http://usphotostock.com I like the layout so far. New to me, I know nothing of them

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123RF / 123rf Down?
« on: November 17, 2006, 08:02 »
Can anyone access the site at all? I am getting time out errors

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Alamy.com / Any news on FTP?
« on: November 16, 2006, 11:43 »
It's been awhile since this was discussed, but is there any news on Alamy and FTP yet?

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General Stock Discussion / A question on keywords
« on: November 13, 2006, 07:57 »
Ok all after the argument and issues I have had with Fotolia with my rejection on images that were said to have images (which they obviously did not.....thread here http://microstockgroup.com/forum/index.php?topic=717.0 ( I was wondering if it might in fact be my keywords. What are the restrictions when it comes to keywords. We'll use this shot as an example http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/363/hotrodwithflamesrw2.jpg which they rejected for . I used the words Chevy, Chevrolet and Impala for keywords in this. Is this actually allowed?
  Thanks all!

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Dreamstime.com / Re: Dreamstime message
« on: November 13, 2006, 07:47 »
Hi all

Just joined the group and this is my first post.

Today I received this message from Dreamstime:

Dear Nico,
This notification was sent by a potential buyer, who is interested to download one of your files in an additional format. If you are able to provide such format please use the following link in order to upload it:
http://www.dreamstime.com/modify.php?imageid=824150
Buyer needs the RAW image.

Did any of you receive such a request before?  I am not sure what to do ???.  I don't feel too comfortable to send out my RAW files.  As it appears there no additional compensation for doing so.

Thank you for your advice.



Uh uh, not me. They want a RAW file they better be prepared to shell out the cashola for it. I am not giving my negatives to anyone for under a couple 100 bucks at least. That is where I draw the line.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Confused on rejection letter from Fotolia
« on: October 31, 2006, 18:28 »
I think that, if you're going to keep sane in this game, you've got to come to terms with the fact that selecting pictures is a highly subjective process. There's no right or wrong answer.

The other forums are full of rants by people who have had pet images rejected (except for the iStock forums who squash anyone like that immediately). There's a particularly long rant on ShutterStock at the moment.

Don't waste your energy. If an agency doesn't want one of your pictures they don't want it ... full stop. They're not idiots ... or blind ... or tasteless.

They just don't want it ... for whatever reason.

Get on with it and take some more photos.




Ummmmm okay whatever.
Actually I just received an email back from them saying that they are looking into the issue directly and agreed with me that yes this is strange. Soooooo it seems one of their reviewers doesn't have a clue.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Confused on rejection letter from Fotolia
« on: October 31, 2006, 07:45 »
Have you sent them an email/sitemail.  they normall repsond to those in a few days and might give you a more specific answer than they would on the forum.

I am guessing that their line of thought is that the paint job is copywrite in much the same why a tattoo is????????

Ok that would be seriously sad lol However, now that I think about it, I also had a few shots turned down that were also crops but showed a solid color??? Ya I think I'll have to email them

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Adobe Stock / Re: Confused on rejection letter from Fotolia
« on: October 31, 2006, 06:44 »
well i would have to agree that that is a pretty tight crop not showing much and that other images they have accepted are more questionable copyright infringement.  Not sure what to say here though.... i guess it was just one reviewer who was a little unsure of what was expected.  Perhaps chad will chime up here as well :)  Let us know what you find out.

Honestly, it is makin me crazy! One shot that they declined is my Number 1 seller on SS, BigStock, and DT. :( People just really seem to groove on em I guess....I just haven't any clue what to do

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Adobe Stock / Confused on rejection letter from Fotolia
« on: October 31, 2006, 06:23 »
Maybe some of you here could chime in on this as I am getting NO help on the legal board over there. My biggest selling shots on all the sites I belong to have been my photos of Hotrods. However, it seems that fro some reason, Fotolia doesn't like them, and I keep getting declined on "Intellectual/Industrial Property issues" even though most are hard crops with NO identifiable logos in them! Heck I find it ironic that they actually accepted this one here http://www.fotolia.com/user/foto_indexation.php?IDFoto=1148937 (1 of 2 they have accepted outta the 200 some odd I have uploaded) but they declined this shot here http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/363/hotrodwithflamesrw2.jpg & this shot here yesterday http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/4043/flamedfordhotrodgc9.jpg  Needless to say I am getting VERY frustrated with Fotolia as they are the only site giving me problems with these shots. I posted this on the forums there http://www.fotolia.com/forum/?thems=24208  but it still is unanswered. Thoughts? Suggestions?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: FTP'ing to shutterstock ... problems
« on: October 03, 2006, 08:58 »
Me too.  I finally gave up and just use the Active X transfer instead.

Hmmm just uploaded 30 to them about 1/2 hr ago and all went smooth

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Upload limit
« on: September 30, 2006, 09:03 »
20!!!! uploads per 168!!! hr period? Effectively 20 a month?!?!? Sigh....this doesn't even make it worth my time.

168 hrs is a week, not a month.

Gee can ya tell who didn't have coffee in em when they wrote this? lol

And can you tell who didn't attend grade school math?  ROTFL


Ya well that is another story entirely, but perhaps that says why I am "Right Brained" and not left lol I don't think I was up more than 2 minutes when I posted that...spose this will teach me from now on lol

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