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Shutterstock.com / Re: Am i going good?
« on: March 17, 2016, 23:46 »
The Levels tool in Photoshop does a good job. Ctrl+L. I forget what menu it's under.

Is there a manual of how to get rid of the grey? I also have this grey on my images.

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Out of curiosity, did you get a big payday for the illustration recently?

Well, I just found out when watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver....my favorite show. Now my REALLY favorite show.  :)

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Newbie Discussion / Re: I need a vision
« on: March 07, 2016, 19:22 »
2 cents. My photos are generally landscapes, buildings, and animals, so I can't speak to isolated object, people, or emotion concept photos. That said...

My "best" photos are not my big sellers. In micro stock, many people are looking for what I think of as purely "functional" images. I have several photos of a historic building up, and the one that sells is a straight on, boring, centered image. The other, more artistic photos, taken at angles and using the rule of thirds, have never sold. 

I think if you're someone putting together a brochure or some kind of advertisement using a stock image, you're generally going to want something basic, and not an arty kind of shot. A question a lot of folks post here, and I try to take it to heart is, "What would someone do with this picture? Why would someone buy it?"

In landscapes, you'll probably have a bunch of shots rejected for issues with shadows. I'm actually surprised you had luck with the tent picture; reviewers are often negative about that sort of thing. Overcast is usually not my friend when it comes to getting images approved.



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Anything that old is in the public domain, at least in America. You could still face trademark issues, but that would only be on logos.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia - Keyword Ordering on Upload
« on: March 05, 2016, 05:47 »
I know Shutterstock and Dreamstime show you the keywords people are using to find your images, but do any of the other sites?

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Off Topic / Re: Spam
« on: March 03, 2016, 00:30 »
Although, impressively, all of the posts have been to the off-topic message board. So at least he's courteously obnoxious.

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General Stock Discussion / Quickest Review
« on: February 25, 2016, 22:26 »
 I just had a photo on Shutterstock reviewed and approved in 12 minutes.  Am I currently in an alternate universe, or does this happen to any of you at least occasionally?

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Bigstock.com / Re: review inconsistancy
« on: February 07, 2016, 03:31 »
On resubmitting - Sometimes I realize the rejection was warranted, usually because there is noise in the photo I overlooked. Sometimes I think the reviewer was high and I resubmit.

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Software / Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
« on: December 20, 2015, 23:53 »
That took care of it. Thanks.

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Software / Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
« on: December 19, 2015, 23:05 »
I love this program. I am having an issue with the latest release. It loads fine, and imports photos fine, but when I go to the Upload screen and then click Start Upload, I'm getting a weird error, and the uploads do not go forward:

"The program can't start because VCRUNTIME140.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."

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Software / Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
« on: November 21, 2015, 01:39 »
I love your program. It took me a little bit of time to realize I didn't have to save separate backups of every file, but it's been smooth sailing since then.


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Adobe Stock / Taxes
« on: November 18, 2015, 18:30 »
Hi! First time poster, long time reader... okay, I've only been at this a few months.

I've sold some images on Fotolia, but had not given them my tax information. My perception was they only took withholding when you asked for a check, but in reading posts on here, I realized I was wrong. I've now done their tax stuff, and been approved.

A five year old post here said Fotolia would give me back the withholding on images I'd already sold once I had done the tax stuff, but that hasn't happened. Is that still their policy and it just takes a week or two, or am I out the money?

I'm in the USA, if that makes a difference.

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