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Messages - MikLav

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I think your are focusing on a wrong point with your question. Instead of thinking on how to get more pictures at SS, it would be more useful and efficient to work on "how can I produce better photos". Just MHO.
I don't think I was understood correctly. Perhaps my statement was too generic :)

I did not mean at all to start discussion about creative photography and whether is suits microstock.

What I meant is that focusing on SS acceptance criteria alone, in isolation from other aspects is not efficient. First, it will not help you to get very many sales. Second, it will not help you to get your images accepted elsewhere. Getting most your photos accepted just to SS is actually a pretty simple and rather technical task.

What I am saying is that getting good quality photos that will be accepted at most microstocks is more efficient approach.  I am talking about "good quality photos" meaning "photos suitable for microstock". If you understood "good quality photos" as blurry/grungy/out of focus "creative" pictures - this is your problem, I didn't say that and I didn't mean that. If you understood that as "sterile" images made with F32 (which is technically challenging with most lens being not so sharp when completely closed) this is also your problem - I didn't mean that.

What I mean is that a "good quality photo" is well exposed (no clipped lights/blacks and correct gamma), is sharp, not noisy (it does not need at all to have a "plastic" look though). It should not look like a family/touristic snapshot; and the lighting of the scene should be good.

As long as the picture doesn't make an impression of an amateur snapshot, and fits the abovelisted technical criteria, it is what I call a "good quality photo". The content can be quite different. It can be creative - contrary to stereotypic opinion stocks do accept creativity and do sell it. They don't always accept all types of creativity, but they do accept much.

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StockXpert.com / Re: Long wait for moneybookers payment.
« on: February 29, 2008, 03:12 »
I also experienced 2 week delay a few recently. I decided to write a letter to support. Result was quite interesting - first I got payment same day; and second I got an email later same day, explaining that they experience some issue with Moneybookers and expect to resolve them soon.

SX is not the first stock experiencing issues with Moneybookers, it seems to be much more tricky system comparing with PayPal :(

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I think your are focusing on a wrong point with your question. Instead of thinking on how to get more pictures at SS, it would be more useful and efficient to work on "how can I produce better photos". Just MHO.

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Panthermedia.net / Re: Is Panthermedia worth a shot?
« on: February 26, 2008, 06:33 »
Just checked, they translate the keywords. I recently submitted images with English keywords and I can find them if I switch language to German and search with German keywords.
Thanks! This is good news.

And I am mainly selling penguins...
If taken outside of context, this phrase sounds just great !  ;D ;D

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Panthermedia.net / Re: Is Panthermedia worth a shot?
« on: February 26, 2008, 04:26 »
do you know if keywords entered in English are somehow translated to German for German buyers?

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I use a simple Excel spreadsheet. One column with file names, and one column per stock. Cell shows status - can upload, pending, accepted or rejected. I can get a good overview in one glance.

I use a separate sheet for sales statistics - I only track totals per stock per month.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Genuine Fractals 5
« on: February 17, 2008, 12:54 »
I did some tests myself, already a year or two ago. I compared Genuine Fractals, Bicubic Resizer, and also some other tools (don't remember their names).

My conclusions are:
a) there is no notable difference if upsizing is not too big
b) when upsizing too much, the quality is not acceptable anyway, regardless the software used.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Interesting Photographer Statistics
« on: February 17, 2008, 12:42 »
The tool is nice. Not sure if you aware of istock-only statistics/comparison tool at http://www.istock-apps.com/compare/

I wonder if you can get more numbers in your tool for stockxpert, similarly to istock-apps...

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