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General Stock Discussion / Re: Flags on faces - question
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:12 »
Why not use real face paint on people that look like real football fans?`That would be production value.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: 100% Royalty Day May 14, 2014
« on: May 09, 2014, 06:31 »
If they would give the non-exclusives 100% royalty every day, that would be only 30%. Think about that.

(Yes, I know that you can get a bit more than 15%, you don't have to point that out:))

It's not 100% more, it's 100%.  So if you are at 30% and you sell a $1 file you would normally get .30 but for May 14th you get $1.

Sorry, my bad. Well, it's still small peanuts for monkeys.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: 100% Royalty Day May 14, 2014
« on: May 08, 2014, 16:34 »
If they would give the non-exclusives 100% royalty every day, that would be only 30%. Think about that.

(Yes, I know that you can get a bit more than 15%, you don't have to point that out:))

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General Stock Discussion / Re: about Microstock Golden age
« on: April 25, 2014, 14:41 »
someone say Microstock Golden age is over. we no come back at 2009or2010.

Newbie? For me, the golden age was somewhere in the 2005-2006 area. Decent profits for any miserable image I managed to produce... those were the days...  *sigh*

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... Why woudn't SS want to sell as much as possible and keep their customers happy? What would SS benefit from doing this?...

Actaully you are quite off the mark there. SS sells subscriptions - the less you download after that, the better for them. Less downloads actually means higher profit for SS.

That would have been true some years ago. But now they also sell ODs and other things.

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I don't believe in this conspiracy theory. Why woudn't SS want to sell as much as possible and keep their customers happy? What would SS benefit from doing this?

If someone has experienced their portfolio "dissappearing", I think it's more likely some technical glitch.

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Quote from: Muskoka Imagery link=topic=22341.msg373706#msg373706
I appreciate the feedback.   What about the lighting do you find displeasing?

First thing that annoyed me about the lighting was the "black" knife and fork. Get some nice grey reflections there!

My advice how to make this better: Use rabbit, plate, fork and knife. Throw out the rest. Shoot from (exactly) straight above. A White plate may work better, and maybe some other background than white.

Overall I don't understand the concept. I think I get what you are trying to achieve, but I cannot find any possible uses for the image.

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I suggest you post a rejected image here, so we can take a look at it.

Even if the image is an object isolated on white, it can have a bad composition. If it's more than one object, the objects may be laid out in an unappealing way. Also the choice of focal length and image angle matters.

When I'm cropping my isolated images I don't crop all the white space, I leave some white space, the image looks more pleasing that way.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Living from Stockphotography
« on: April 03, 2014, 13:07 »
Quote from: BaldricksTrousers link=topic=22331.msg373544#msg373544
Norway? Massive taxes and benefits, from what I heard. I'll be heading for Greece in due course. $1,000 goes a long way in Greece.

Finland. Not quite as expensive as Norway, but on-par with Sweden. Massive taxes (good benefits tho).
Average salary 3109 euros/month (about $4200)
Median salary 2774 euros/month (about $3800)

To live like an average Joe and pay for equipment and pension I would need to sell stock images for at least $5000 per month, and I don't seem to be able to do it. But if I moved to Poland or Estonia I could do it instantly.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Living from Stockphotography
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:51 »
The high cost of living where you are probably reflects a lifestyle you are buying into. In places where living is cheap the facilities probably wouldn't fit with your expectations.

I live in a Nordic country, we have pretty high standards here. But I know many (east-)European countries with acceptable standards but with average wages under half of what we have. That would mean that everything produced within that country (food, houses, rents, services, doctors etc.) would cost much less. Of course imported stuff would be only a little cheaper (less markup).

Of course there are those dirt cheap countries too, but they have too low standards (safety, internet, facilities) for long-time living.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Living from Stockphotography
« on: April 03, 2014, 06:25 »
It all depends on:

1) How good and productive photographer you are
2) Where you live

I make about $3000 per month, but that is not enough for comfortable living in my country when all the costs (equipment) are deducted. So I'm doing also commissioned work, and that sucks (makes it difficult for me to plan and schedule my stock work)

In many, many parts of the world I could live very comfortably with $3000 per month and even save a part of it. Thinking of this makes me very sad.

If your images are good (subject matter, artistic and technical qualities, keywording and descriptions) you could make the $600 month already with 1000 images. So try to ramp up the quality and production and you will see results.

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Here is the port you're looking for!

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/5767540/?facets=%7B%2225%22%3A%226%22%7D#138a8f8


Nah, I don't think that portfolio would be enough for $6K per month (it has double the images than in the original post). I don't think it's even close.


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Traveling always costs about four times more than staying at home.

Well, that depends totally on where you live and/or where you travel.

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If the text is in a jpg, it's not editable.

I really don't understand why anyone would like to buy images with text that needs to be erased before the actual use? Does these images sell? Do they sell better than images withtout text?  Are there really "designers" that don't understand the potential of the image without sample text (but still are capable of erasing the text in Photoshop) ?

I think images with text should be rejected...

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Dreamstime.com / Re: Sell the rights request.
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:03 »
(sorry for digging up an old thread, but I didn't want to create a new one...)

I have been asked if I want to sell the rights of one image. I would like to set a high price (for example $3000) to see if I'm lucky.

What troubles me: I would have 72 hours to remove the image from all sites. What if I'm not able to do that? There are some sites, that doesn't allow user to remove files by themselves, for example Veer.

Also removing images from all reseller networks could take time, and almost impossible to verify if the images are deleted or not...

Have anyone succeeded in this?

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The 5D has always been totally overestimated, it's a camera of the past,

Funny, I have made my living with various versions of 5D for the last eight years... not bad by an overestimated camera :P

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Yes, smartphone cameras will totally rival DSLRs, they just need bigger sensors, lenses that can be changed, a decent grip, controls that can be used without looking at them, a flash system, viewfinder that can be used in sunlight..
(don't see these things happening without the camera starting to look like a DSLR... :))

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I would complain on forums  ::)

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Shutterstock.com / Re: This image has styling issues. ??
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:43 »
I don't see the connection between roses(?) and easter eggs. Maybe it's a regional thing that I don't understand...?
Well the idea was "spring - flowers" "easter-eggs". Yeah maybe it should be separated.

Or... you could use some spring flowers... like tulips... (I'm no botanist, so take this with a grain of salt :))

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Shutterstock.com / Re: This image has styling issues. ??
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:50 »
I don't see the connection between roses(?) and easter eggs. Maybe it's a regional thing that I don't understand...?

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: abandoned ship?
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:57 »
LOL.. they are even answered the question this time:

Hi,

Thanks for your feedback but, as pointed our in a previous thread on the same topic here, it's something we are already aware of. The site has most definitely not been abandoned and the various landing pages will be updated in due course.


They are "aware of" it! :D
How hard is it to know that Valentine's day images are not the hottest thing to sell february 15th? Why don't they have the next images ready? Are they just plain stupid? They always seem to need a couple weeks of "aware of"-time before doing any simple task... :P

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Is there a tv show in Canada that specializes in investigative journalism? They should be given a hint about this, I'm sure there would be lots of dirt to dig at iStock...

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It really does seem like istock is constantly having accounting problems. If it is not credit card fraud it is software bugs.

They are not very good with numbers. Here they messed up with $50 and $10. In royalty percentages they thought 15% and 50% are the same :P

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If they really had a legit explanatio for all this, it would not be too difficult to automatically create some sheets with the exact calculations and statistics for each contributor. Assuming that the iStock staff has the needed skill set, which they propably don't have...

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I haven't got an email... am I the only one? :o

(Yes, I had very strong October earnings)

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