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any chance to do it on the 8th ?

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Looks nice. it seems to behave in FireFox the same way it behaves in Chrome, is there any difference?

Or did you mean that it works not only in IE and FF, but also in Chrome and Opera? When I read it first I thought the preview ONLY works in Chrome and Opera. :)

Preview doesn't work in Safari (but editing works)

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Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia director of content?
« on: March 23, 2010, 13:00 »
But then how come this wasn't a problem before?...

That's very strange indeed, I'm seeing that with FL for at least last 9-12 months. Perhaps they did acknowledge your high rank and you did have a special treatment, and it is either over or it's a wrong inspector?

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Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia director of content?
« on: March 23, 2010, 11:25 »
Elena, I think the issue with FL is with the subject of your picture. Don't know why it wasn't the issue before... FL is very picky on the subject - while they accept >90% of my studio (and outdoor when set up, not candid) people pictures they reject vast majority of my nature, landscape, architecture, location pictures. As you have a lot of those in your portfolio this is most certainly the issue.

I do agree that many of such pictures are perfectly sellable, you don't need to convince me :) But that's the way FL plays it...

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DepositPhotos / Re: Who has had sales at DepositPhotos?
« on: March 22, 2010, 03:57 »
so far have 1 subscription sale (from about 400 photos uploaded)

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it doesn't open because it failed in the middle of the download! Same with me.

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yes weekly limit would have been more convenient. Although my production isn't high at all, I usually upload 30-40 photos at once...

but it's quite clear that DT doesn't want the customer to see many similar images when they browse the site.

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Computer Hardware / Re: Online storage - does anyone use one?
« on: March 13, 2010, 09:25 »
I use Amazon S3 for backup copy of my best sellers and most important files.

I use 2 external hard drives for backup, when they are full they are taken away from my house

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Dreamstime.com / Re: Unable to Request Payout at Dreamstime
« on: March 12, 2010, 11:40 »
yep I tried and got the same issue.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock has roughly 85k contributors
« on: March 12, 2010, 04:37 »
stockcharts show active contributors, and 85k is simply registered ones.

In reality the number of people submitting to istock on more or less regular basis doesn't exceed a few thousand.

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I think even 500 is a pretty high estimate.  Once I review the 2009 poll results perhaps we can make a more educated guess.
the definition of "full time" hugely depends on the place of living. In many places making $300/month is a normal full-time income...

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Canon / Re: 5d mark ii new firmware update 2.0.3
« on: March 04, 2010, 17:52 »
no words on 60fps though
I am afraid it can't make it at full HD (not enough processing power, not enough CF throughput). But they could have made it for small resolution...

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yeah I made similar mistake couple of times, and they wrote "image already approved" which looked much better :)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: The Blame Game
« on: March 04, 2010, 02:54 »
I also have a perhaps-related quesion:
it seems that people are differentiating "less-pro" (to avoid derogatories) people versus pros by the size of the portfolio.
Shouldn't we be measuring the user's level by something like RPI (or your favourite similar stat)...?
Speaking generally, there are always certain tendencies typical for certain groups of people; and there are always some individuals within these groups who don't follow these tendencies.

What we see quite often in this forum is that "new" contributors argue very hard and make very strong conclusions about microstock market being there only for a short time and having very little portfolio. Of course "new" here is just a label, some people remain such "new" for years. And not all "new" behave like that. And no, portfolio size isn't a bulletproof indicator of a "pro" but it gives some idea about the person, and how reasonable his/her judgments are.

I like how jsnover explained that:
There are a few people who have more posts here than images in their portfolios and for the most part I think the best way to deal with incivility from this group is just ignore them. If people don't have any stake in the game, why feed the trolls by arguing with them?

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General Stock Discussion / Re: The Blame Game
« on: March 03, 2010, 17:52 »
Lisa, I think your post pretty much repeats what was discussed recently (http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/what-has-happened-to-this-forum!!!/), even though phrased differently.

I think forum got some mass of new members, and there is occasionally some turbulence. I hope it will not develop into anything seriously unpleasant.

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At my own lower scale I've been reaching a "plateau" several times. I mean my sales keep growing for some time, and they stay at one level for a while even though I continue supply. Then I improve in some area, and sales start to grow again until the next plateau.

Such plain periods is a part of my personal development as microstock photographer and are much less related to the state of the industry.

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Off Topic / Re: Excellent video...
« on: March 01, 2010, 18:38 »
Thank you Patrick, I liked it too!

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Adobe Stock / Re: Did It - Dumped Fotolia
« on: March 01, 2010, 13:39 »
FL acceptance ratio hugely depends on the subject. They accept wast majority of my studio people shots, and they reject most architecture and many of nature pictures.

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I plan to be there. Conference looks quite interesting; and Dublin has been in my "to see" list for a long time :)

Flight and hotel booked already. Waiting for CEPIC to open their conference reservation.

Good opportunity to finally meet Lee and Tyler in person, and many others :)

Do you happen to know whether attendees to your day would benefit from the reduced hotel rates the 'congress' delegates get.

yes, look here - http://www.cepic.org/congress/2010/where_to_stay
However I found cheaper options myself, and took one of those.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Did It - Dumped Fotolia
« on: February 28, 2010, 14:05 »
I don't like their attitude to contributors; yet still Fotolia is a good and successful agency. Consistently good earner.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Yuri admits he's losing money !
« on: February 28, 2010, 12:45 »

Most of Yuri's photos are made by Yuri himself. Last August he said that it's maximum 30% from some shoots that is made by his assistants (i.e. the average nr in his portfolio is much lower). I doubt it changed much since then.

But it's not just photoshopping all these people are doing - it's location scouting, organizing with properties, models, accessories; assisting during shoots, etc. I believe it's 1-2 doing some processing in Denmark, and it's mainly Indian people doing photoshopping for Yuri.


to me it all sounds verrrry expensive, especially if he's also paying the models.

we'll see how it goes, and we'll laugh.

Yes I totally agree - Yuri isn't running his business at low cost at all. I am sure costs of Ron Chapple are much lower and I am almost sure costs of Andres are much lower too.

I think it was too easy for Yuri when this market was young; and now it's changing. I am sure Yuri can survive that successfully, but his rather luxury style will need to change. Of course his costs of production are high if he flies models from another countries in business class and lodges them in luxury hotels (http://www.arcurs.com/german-model-eva-marie-tells-her-story-on-working-with-yuri-arcurs); and he keeps ten full-time employees in Denmark - but all these is relatively easy to squeeze.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Yuri admits he's losing money !
« on: February 28, 2010, 08:26 »

but what are the 10 from denmark doing ?
are they shooting or just photoshopping ?
Most of Yuri's photos are made by Yuri himself. Last August he said that it's maximum 30% from some shoots that is made by his assistants (i.e. the average nr in his portfolio is much lower). I doubt it changed much since then.

But it's not just photoshopping all these people are doing - it's location scouting, organizing with properties, models, accessories; assisting during shoots, etc. I believe it's 1-2 doing some processing in Denmark, and it's mainly Indian people doing photoshopping for Yuri.

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Crestock.com / Re: What the heck is going on with Crestock?
« on: February 27, 2010, 16:47 »
In my opinion it has been doing better than canstock (I mean canstock itself, not recent partners); but Crestock have had way too high ambitions. As they admitted most of their team left the boat, and it stays like that for around half a year. Thus most likely scenario if will quietly sink... or it might stay as a low-profile "1-man-company" as it managed to collect certain base of pictures and buyers.

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ImageVortex.com / Re: how is ImageVortex?
« on: February 27, 2010, 16:41 »
I think they were on the rise in 2006 (and maybe 2007) and virtually dead since 2007-2008. No visible activity at all, no even minor change of design, no news no nothing. Web site exists, microstock business not.

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