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Pixmac / Re: Pixmac no longer a partner?
« on: January 19, 2011, 04:10 »
If Pixmac is no longer a partner of Dreamstime, Fotolia or Big Stock... why are 147 of my images still there?  Kinda curious.... do they have other "partners"?
I don't remember seeing any note about cancellation of Fotolia partnership, I think it's still there.

[upd] ok, I don't see Fotolia in Pixmac's own web page of partners, but on the other hand Colossus is still there even though Pixmac said it's terminated.

127 / Re: Can Stock Blowing Up!
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:01 »
my sales at CanStockPhoto are low and random - but I only have 1/3 of my portfolio there and haven't done regular uploads. Perhaps need to start doing that.

I believe it has a f/1.8 lens, which means you can also do shallow DOF stuff, like you do with a DSLR.
no you can't get anywhere close to DSLR shallow DOF with the sensor size 1/3"

Off Topic / Re: Nice story on a photo treasure find
« on: January 04, 2011, 14:59 »
wow, that is really very impressive. Thank you for sharing!

General Photography Discussion / Re: Save as Tiff or PSP?
« on: January 02, 2011, 13:38 »
The way I do it (for what it is worth) is that I keep three versions of each file:
RAW - PSD layered - Jpeg (for agencies)
I used to do it the same way but I just found that saving uncompressed (layered) tif works several times faster than saving a PSD file - important when you need to edit multiple files in a row.

131 / Re: FTP uploaders
« on: December 30, 2010, 14:35 »
Not all file names are accepted at shutterstock via FTP, e.g. I can't upload my files containing spaces and brackets. Either have to rename files or upload via website.

Same with canstock by the way.

Adobe Stock / Re: Slow Payments from Fotolia . . . again
« on: December 27, 2010, 06:59 »
requested 13-Dec, got it today the 27th. 2 weeks isn't too unusual...

I was expecting somebody to post that yesterday but to my surprise I don't see it on this forum.

So this is the link:

General Stock Discussion / Re: first Russian usage
« on: December 23, 2010, 16:02 »
It's Belorussian not Russian :)
Congrats with the finding. I very rarely see my own photos in action.

135 / Re: This is getting ridiculous
« on: December 15, 2010, 17:02 »
Hilarious. 17 identical shots.   what?

Might I ask, what led you to search on "Baby Frog Outfit"?

just look at "Latest additions", i.e. , starting from picture and older...

Usually Dreamstime would reject 90% of such pictures for "too many similar", but in this case the whole batch passed through...

136 / Re: Has anyone noticed...
« on: December 14, 2010, 04:29 »
If they can exclude my photos will they do that or not? I suppose I'll need to wait at least till February or March 2011 before making any conclusions about "new istock".


0.29 is online

Please test it, hope I fixed all major bugs

I didn't see any bugs in previous version, but I am less lucky with 0.29 ! :)
First, it didn't install from your site so I had to take it from Mozilla.
Firefox could not install the file at

because: Invalid file hash (possible download corruption)

- I tried a few times with same result.

After installation now it opens statistics window when I try to see my home shutterstock page. Empty one, with little rotating sign on the left. And not reacting to "Close".  This one was easy to solve - the previous version of your add-on was installed via Grease Monkey and the new one isn't so they seemed to have conflict. When I disabled the old version the new one works fine.

So, if You want stats for a photo You don't see actually in the Live Panel or on Home Page, You have to search for it using standard -Shuttterstock image search engine- and then click EDIT (pencil) ICON.

cool - thanks!

As for " statistics for groups of photos" - You mean batches? Like @fotorob described in his article from the post above
Well it's easy, maybe in 0.3

No I meant groups that I would define myself. Pictures from one session spread across multiple batches. I guess it's not so easy to do...

General Stock Discussion / Re: iofoto interview on John Lund
« on: December 07, 2010, 17:54 »
I don't believe search engines could compete/replace stock sites in a foreseeable future. Too many irrelevant pictures in the internet (wrong keywords, crap pictures, low resolution); too many problems with non-unified licensing, lack of model releases, etc. Too many troubles for buyers that aren't easy to resolve. And other logistic issues like no single payment method applicable globally.

If google would make a site that would be yet another stock agency. But google/yahoo/any_other_search as it is to day can't replace stock...

DepositPhotos / Re: Is it worth it uploading to Deposit Photos?
« on: December 07, 2010, 17:44 »
I uploaded when they paid for uploads. Since then very few sales, only subscription or SMS ones. Thus I don't wase time any longer.

Some people though report (relatively) decent sales...


Currently statistics for one enlarged photo only shows for a few last accepted pictures. Other pictures are enlarged, but don't have any data underneath (i.e. last sales on the map and pictures in my gallery).

Is it possible to get such statistics? Sometimes I want to check how particular photo is doing so it would be helpful.

(and as a possible next step beyond the request above - statistics for groups of photos - not sure if it's feasible to do within a plugin)

Edited to add: and once again many thanks for your great tool!

142 / Re: JoAnn is a DIAMOND!!
« on: November 27, 2010, 17:33 »

Veer / Re: Does VEER actually sell for any of you?
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:20 »
unfortunately it's not doing very good for me - only 2 sales in November, and 6 in October. No ELs at all. So far I uploaded about 800 pics.

144 is indeed a valid russian site - a forum similar to

General Stock Discussion / Re: Yuri A?
« on: November 22, 2010, 16:13 »
He participated in CEPIC conference in Dublin back in June.

His entire portfolio doubled in size in one single year - so I guess he's much more busy shooting lately compared with previous years.

146 / Re: How do you keep motivated?
« on: November 16, 2010, 17:52 »
My question is, how do you keep motivated in an inconsistent and unpredictable business?  

My answer is simple - shoot more and keep improving yourself!

To support the idea, this is an anecdotal story I've heard about the Great Depression (don't know if that's a true one): one French emigrant was producing wine in the US during the Great Depression, and he succeeded and his business has grown. When he was asked later how he managed to do so well during such hard times he responded that he came from France not knowing much English. So he didn't read the newspapers and didn't listen to the radio, and he didn't know much about the Great Depression. He just kept working.

Whether it's a true story or not, there are real true success stories. Basically, those companies who not only survived but did well and grew during the Great Depression are those who continued to act as though there were nothing wrong and that the public had money to spend.
More details can be found here:
and here:

Geez, I only have one follower! :D
now 2 ;)

works great, thank you!

Video Equipment / Sofware / Technique / Re: 5D Mark II Microphone
« on: November 10, 2010, 05:44 »
I confirm that very cheap (about $5 - most likely fake) Sony ECM-DS70P that I bought on ebay from Hong-Kong (that one: works flawlessly with 5D Mk II.

From what I can judge, the quality of my voice is quite good.

genuine one costs $48 on B&H.

some notes of genuine vs fake:

150 / Re: Upsizing for Alamy - is it worth it?
« on: November 08, 2010, 08:22 »
yep, please re-read the requirements more carefully.

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