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Yeah, can you post a screenshot.  In chrome 14.X I can't see the problem.

Here is the screenshot (my mouse was pointing on the 3rd picture) :

I just got my little stock photo site up

Leaf, I can see a display bug on your site using Chrome (13.0.782) : the roll-over previews of all your images appear as a vertical slice (crop) of the intended preview. I tried with IE and Firefox, the previews are displayed correctly. Just wanted to let you know so that you can try it by yourself and eventually contact Photodeck. If you can't reproduce the problem and need a screenshot, let me know.

Photoshop Discussion / Re: Unfortunate Bridge 'feature'
« on: September 15, 2011, 07:05 »
I never use color labels in Bridge, but I just checked how it works (bridge CS5). It seems that a file is associated with a text label, not its color. For example, if RED = "selected" and a file is given this label, when you change "selected" to "FlickR" in Preferences, your file is still associated with "selected" label. As the new label for RED is now "FlickR", the text label "selected" is given a white color by default. Yes it's a weird way to manage labels, I agree.

A solution exists though for you to fix your labels without too much effort. Use the Filter tab to filter your files by their original text labels, and then assign them the new labels, then they will be colored again. Do the same for each previous label you had assigned, and you're done.

Hope that helps

Off Topic / Re: Spams in my site
« on: August 21, 2011, 17:26 »
Hi Adelaide,
I use the WP-SpamFree plugin on my blog and since I installed it back in 2009, I didn't get any spam comment. You don't have anything to do other than install the plugin, and visitors aren't bothered with captcha's or similar annoying things when leaving a comment.
Hope it helps

Illustration - General / Re: Call for illustrations
« on: March 09, 2011, 12:52 »
Thanks for the link and suggestion, Traveler. I didn't know that, as I almost never read the agencies forums.

Illustration - General / Call for illustrations
« on: March 09, 2011, 11:19 »
A friend of mine works as a benevolent for a NGO, and she currently works on a flyer to explain (and fight against) torture. She needs a few pictograms to illustrate the following four concepts :

1. Violence : Acute pain, with injury, blood, shouts
2. Intimidation / forced confession : To threat, to fright or to hurt in order to get information
3. Arbitrary detention : Arrest without ground and without a judicial decision to maintain the detention
4. Lack of care in prison : No medicine, no visit of a doctor

They need to be plain, explicit and easy to understand pictograms, rather than detailed illustrations, as they will be about 1.5" x 1.5" thumbnails on the flyer. For the same reason, they don't have to be vectors, bitmaps are ok too.

I already made a few searches, but those are very specific concepts. So if you have some pictures in your portfolio that could illustrate those concepts, feel free to link to them in this thread or send me a PM.

Note that this is not a call for free stuff. Although the NGO she works with doesn't have a huge budget, they can afford a few microstock images.

Please also note that this is not a call for discussion about torture, NGO's, or politics either.

Thanks in advance for your help !

Leaf, you may add Smugmug and Zenfolio to the list.

I still have my Clustershot Pro account, and wait to see what the new owners will make of it. But as I try to concentrate my efforts towards macro / RM / editorial, the only hosting solution that seems to fit my needs (for now) is Photoshelter which allows RM licenses with a price calculator. I particularly like Photoshelter's ability to be seamlessly integrated to an existing website / blog, and also the virtual agencies that could be used to collaborate with other photographers and drive more traffic to the group. Because whatever software or hosting solution is chosen, the main challenge is still to drive traffic and buyers to our websites.

How come I have more of my pictures at Photogenica than I have at Veer ? In fact, hte number of my images at Photogenica is the exact same number as at 123RF. If Photogenica is both a partner of Veer and 123RF, how can we know which commission we get, 123RF's or Veer's ?

Canon / Re: Canon 5D Mark III 3 - Rumor Page :)
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:27 »
December 22, 2012 Update
Well here's an update with no real updates...

No-one's to blame, I know time flies so quickly  ;)

Off Topic / Re: Cost of Living round the world
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:46 »
Paris, France (more expensive than elsewhere in the country)
Currency Euro
Minimum hourly wage : 9 (gross) / 7.06 (net)

Pint of beer : 6
Cinema ticket :  10
Expresso : 1.5
French baguette (250g) : 0.90
Cigarettes (20 pk) : 6
Rent for a two room apartment : 1000 / month
Visit to the doctor : 23 (reimbursed by SS + insurance - but 16% to 23% tax on salaries for health care and retirement + cost of private insurance)

Note that during the last 10 years, since we switched to euros, prices have "officially" raised 18% in France, while independant studies demonstrate that prices inflation was more like 38% in average. In 2000, a french baguette cost around 3.20 FF (0.48 ) and now costs 0.90 (+87%), one liter of milk cost 1.30 FF (0.20 ) and now costs 0.59 (+195%), the same 2 room apartment cost 800/month, now 1020/month (+27%).

StockFresh / Re: StockFresh - from Peter Hamza and Andras Pfaff
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:24 »
Just had my first sale on SF.
Does anybody know what the second  Earnings  number (greyed out) in the dashboard is for ?

That's for affiliates. If it's grey you're not an affiliate yet.

Oh, I see.
Thanks Peter !

StockFresh / Re: StockFresh - from Peter Hamza and Andras Pfaff
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:01 »
Just had my first sale on SF.
Does anybody know what the second  Earnings  number (greyed out) in the dashboard is for ?

123RF / Re: Does 123RF really pay 50% ?
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:54 »
This is really very low. For my last PEL I received 22.5$.
Yes, $22.5 earning seems to be more in line with the 50 credits price.

Maybe buyer used some promotional credits which 123rf offered in past (last year???).
I remember some sales (small size) which nets me 0.2$.
But you may try to contact support and ask them..
A few years ago, I contacted support about a similar issue. I had an EL sold for 25 credits instead of the 99 credits they sold for at that time. Alex answered to me that in a way to  secure the business  they gave a bulk discount to a  loyal customer  and that they hoped this was acceptable to me. Of course, my answer was that I didn't think it was acceptable to give the customer a discount of $55.50 while giving their  loyal contributor  a mere $9.375 leftover.
Seeing that many other standard sales don't add up to the 50% commission, I wanted to ask here first if others have noticed the same issue before contacting support.

I'm not sure about the percent, but sales gone crazy last few days. :)
Im having and awful month. Maybe a change in search?
Average sales for me this month, except for those 3 PEL's which are a rarity for me at 123RF.

123RF / Does 123RF really pay 50% ?
« on: September 16, 2010, 08:26 »
I checked 123RF's FAQ, and it still says :

Sample Credit Download Calculation:
A customer downloads a Ultra High Res ($3) version of your photo.
You'll receive = $3 50% = $1.50 from that sale.

Nothing specific is said about EL's royalties in the FAQ.
So I guess we (should) get 50% of all credit sales, standard and EL's.

Today, I had 3 PEL sales (Print Only EL) which earned me $10 each. How can an PEL sold for 50 credits earn me $10 ?

Being in France, I can only see the credit package prices in euros, and they sell from 0.89/credit for a 56 credits package down to 0.68/credit for a 7400 credits package (I didn't consider the lower 2 packages, as a sensible buyer would by at least a 56 credit package for an EL). Based on today's rate, it converts to US$1.16/credit and US$0.89/credit. So a PEL price ranges from $44.5 to $58 depending on how many credits were bought.

So my cut for those EL's is somewhere btw 17% and 22%. Far from 50%.

As I said, I cannot see credit package prices in US$. But let's say they sell for the same amount in $ as in (from $0.89/credit to $0.68/credit). It makes my cut btw 22% and 29%. Still far from 50%.

And some of my standard credit sales (not EL's) earnings, considering they represent 50% of the price paid, would correspond to $0.57/credit to $0.65/credit, which are below the cheapest credit price available.

Did I miss something or do some of you see the same discrepancies ?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock changing royalty structure
« on: September 12, 2010, 06:17 »
I don't care what other people do but I wont be uploading any more to istock and will be leaving if the commission cuts go through.  I haven't left other sites when they have cut commissions because they have never gone below istock's 20% but this is too much for me, I would rather do another job than accept this.;

100% agree with that.

If each contributor waits for others to do something before taking his/her own decisions, nothing will ever change. Each of us has a different situation w/r to microstock. For some it's a full-time business, for others just a hobby. Some rely on the income to feed their family, others still have a main job that brings food to the table. Therefore, expecting all contributors to make decisions and act in the same way, at the same time seems illusory to me, at best.

I for one won't be deleting my images at iStock for now. I have invested too much time and energy in it to do so. I won't be uploading any new images there, but then, I already stopped uploading to most micros many months ago, since I decided to concentrate my efforts on macro instead. But building a profitable macro portfolio takes time and until it brings me enough earnings to live on, I will need my micro income.

Not that it is the best way to go for everyone. It's just my own business decision based on my own numbers, and it's a long-term move, not an emotional reaction to what just happened at IS.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock just blew it!
« on: September 10, 2010, 20:30 »
Go get yourself a gallon of kool-aid. Then you shall believe.

Or not.

Well I've just sunk a fair bit of Drambuie after several strong lagers and some red wine __ but it still isn't getting any more believable. Is it me or is it Istock?

It's just a matter of proportions. Try a 15% / 85% mix. You'll see the light.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock just blew it!
« on: September 10, 2010, 20:18 »
I literally cannot believe what I'm reading from the Istock management.

Go get yourself a gallon of kool-aid. Then you shall believe.

Or not.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock just blew it!
« on: September 10, 2010, 19:56 »
But money isnt going to be what makes you all happy

Indeed, it won't be what makes us happy. We'll have less of it.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock changing royalty structure
« on: September 10, 2010, 16:49 »
But I ask again -- how can we trust the accuracy when it shows 105 base level exclusive contributors?

Just a wild guess, but it seems the canisters shown on iStockCharts are determined after the # of downloads. But the # of DL are given by the API in ranges, not exact numbers. Contributors with >200 downloads seem to be at base canister, while contributors with >300 are bronze. Maybe the API doesn't deliver the canister info ?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Buyers Bailing on Istock
« on: September 10, 2010, 16:34 »

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Buyers Bailing on Istock
« on: September 10, 2010, 15:51 »

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStockphoto.com 2000-2011 R.I.P.
« on: September 10, 2010, 15:47 »
I would write :

 We told you it was unsustainable...  *

* I once read an epitaph on a gravestone in Pre Lachaise cemetery in Paris saying :  I told you I was ill 

iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock lies......
« on: September 10, 2010, 10:49 »
For Exclusives at IS thinking about alternatives I have some help for them which is found here below.

Do you really need to spam your * referal code all over the board ?
Talking about greedy [email protected]@rds... you should join IS management team.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock changing royalty structure
« on: September 08, 2010, 08:21 »
If there is diamond contributor, currently taking 40% and if you sold 39,999 credits worth of images in 2010.
That means for your sales in 2011, your rate would drop from 40% to 30%.
That is a 25% pay decrease from what you were earning! not to be confused with a 10 percent rate decrease!
Is there any reason why to reduce 25% pay for this contributor???

And it can be even worse for contributors who upload different media types, as the redeemed credits are split btw media types.
To keep your exclusive diamond contributor example, currently getting 40% :
If he/she sells 30,000 credits worth of photos only, it means a drop from 40% to 30% (25% pay cut)
If he/she sells 30,000 credits, split btw 10,000 from photos and 20,000 from illustrations, it means a drop from 40% to 25%
That's a 37.5% pay cut.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock changing royalty structure
« on: September 07, 2010, 17:01 »
Maybe a union!!
Nah, that's too proletarian. We need a guild!  :P

 ;D ;D ;D

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