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Adobe Stock / Re: fotolia acceptance / rejections criteria
« on: June 22, 2009, 07:22 »
I really got annoyed today. I had submitted three textures that were a bit special. I uploaded one where "stripes" were horizontal, one vertical and one diagonal. They accepted only one, the rejection note said

We regret to inform you that photo ******** was not accepted because the same or similar photograph was already submitted to Fotolia.

You may not be aware but if you submit two of the same or similar photographs, Fotolia chooses only those with technical or esthetic qualities that meet our needs and are the closest to its category selected.

They just don't know s*it about graphic design and that it would often be great to have both vertical and horizontal versions to choose from. This is total unprofessionalism.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Sigma DP1 suitable for stock?
« on: June 22, 2009, 05:29 »
It is not good idea to shoot stock with that small sensors, in general. Your acceptance ratio will be much smaller, thats for sure.

Do you even have a clue what the sensor size is on DP1 ? (Hint: It's 7X bigger than in Canon G-series, and same size as in some DSLRs)

edit: DSLR!

Cameras / Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.8 or 70-200 f/4L
« on: June 18, 2009, 06:26 »
A shame it doesn't have IS

Trust me __ it's so fast you really don't need it.

Many also tend to forget that IS doesn't help freezing moving subjects. And if subjects are not
moving, nothing can beat a tripod.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.8 or 70-200 f/4L
« on: June 18, 2009, 06:22 »
it can be a pain trying to carry 3 lenses to cover all your shooting needs.  

I think having a big and heavy lens on your camera is also a pain (70-200/2.8 weights
about 1590 grams and equally as fast 200/2.8 only 765 grams (of course on IS on that one, but still...).
I think the weight is much easier to carry in a bag than on the camera.

I usually carry around three lenses, one wide, one tele and one normal (50mm). I'ts amazing how
limiting your choices of focal lenght increases creativity and trains the photographic eye.
With zooms I tend to stand where I am and just crop by zooming - no creative angles here.

The combination of three lenses weights often about the same as 70-200/2.8
and the camera is much lighter (and looks less threatening)
to handle.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.8 or 70-200 f/4L
« on: June 18, 2009, 03:11 »

Cameras / Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.8 or 70-200 f/4L
« on: June 18, 2009, 03:10 »
That's a weird comparison...

Why not 70-200 f/4L   vs.   85/1.8 AND 200/2.8 (you can get both at same price)

I'd choose primes. I almost entirely shoot with primes; better optical quality, better speed, better price tags... The primes (85 & 200) are also small and black, they don't look as "loud" and threatening when you shoot with them.

Veer / Re: Veer/Snapvillage royalties
« on: June 17, 2009, 11:51 »
Still no email received, no money received.
Maybe I didn't sold anything, but I would rather know it instead of guessing...

Same here. Under $10 in sales sounds too weak...

in return for there business info to be printed on the calendar.

If that's what you agreed on, you need a separate permission to use the images for other purposes. (permission = not necessary property release)

1259 / Re: Are you still uploading there??
« on: June 17, 2009, 05:11 »
I'm still uploading, mostly because it's so easy.

I was overly optimistic when I recently shot a dozen well lit 21 megapixel wooden textures. The wood panels were very beautifully worn and I thought these were the finest wood textures ever.

I was prepared for rejections, but DT rejected them all. DT and FT seems to be very hard on textures nowdays.

BTW, three of the textures sell like hotcakes on SS :)

Veer / Re: Veer/Snapvillage royalties
« on: June 16, 2009, 04:48 »
on par with crestock perhaps. 

Thanks! I'm hoping for growth after they get past beta phase and start some marketing. And hope they soon increase their transparency with some download stats, the current situation bugs me a lot.

Veer / Re: Veer/Snapvillage royalties
« on: June 16, 2009, 04:35 »
got a payout yesterday.  nice to see they are keeping on the ball and getting us our $$ even if it isn't much.

Care to say how many $$ there were and what portfolio size you have? Or is there a site with similiar earnings?

Veer / Re: Veer/Snapvillage royalties
« on: June 16, 2009, 03:40 »
No signs of money or sales reports here (maybe I didn't sell anything?)... I did get my SnapVillage money though.

Veer / Re: Veer/Snapvillage royalties
« on: June 15, 2009, 16:19 »
I am encouraged that the VMP earnings are good for the last few months considering that the site is still under development and is yet to be fully launched and marketed.

I'm still eagerly waiting for my sales report...  can you spare some figures?
BTW did the sales report come to your account log-in adress or paypal adress?

I have some old, noisy and ugly point-and-shoot snapshots from 2004 at iStock. They are only in 1200*1600 resolution, but they sell, sell, sell...  ::)

Off Topic / Re: How to help a friend ?
« on: June 11, 2009, 03:42 »
Wouldn't it be nice if some of the micro sites let you donate some images for some good causes, if they are sold the money would go to help people (maybe with a lower agency marigin too)

Veer / Re: Article about Veer & Corbis
« on: June 11, 2009, 03:37 »
What stuff cannot be replicated by amateurs I wonder?

The very expensive shoots. The images with the best light and the best composition (an amateur can get that only by luck).
Micros doesn't seem to give any info what is needed vs. macro shot lists etc. Most of micro stuff is copies of macro images,
macro is still the cutting edge.

This time it's different. Veer already has a strong brand and an existing customer base. I just wish they had done this some years ago, instead of the horrible snapvillage.

Veer / Re: Veer Marketplace Opens for Submissions!
« on: June 10, 2009, 10:19 »
I think I'm just going to be patient and let them work out all the bugs before I bother trying to upload or do anything.

I'll wait for first sales reports to see if I'm going to bother to upload. (Has anyone got any sales reports yet? How is Veer doing compared to others?)

4) Shoot raw and use a color checker or grey card.

5) Use a (off camera) flash. The image in the exaple would have been very easy to light with a flash.

6) Come back (or wait) when the light is better. I try avoid shooting in boring light.

7) You may have some success with using "negative reflectors", black cards to make the shadows deeper and/or limiting the light falling on the subject.

No post-processing tweak will help here, the main problem is that the light source (overcast sky) is too big.

1271 / Re: Alamy site problems and hostility
« on: June 10, 2009, 08:34 »
FYI I shoot with a Nikon D-300 and top quality Nikon lenses. Problem is, I don't shoot one dimensional brick walls at F/32 like you.

If you think f/32 gives you the sharpest images, then you are definitely on wrong track...
Maybe you have problems because you have a crop sensor camera, or you're exposing wrong or you don't shoot raw?

I'd very much like to see your rejected images at full size (or at least crops)

1272 / Re: Site problems and hostility
« on: June 09, 2009, 10:13 »
I shoot RAW with EOS 5D and now 5D mark II and only prime glass. I have never had problems with Alamy QC. Only two rejections: One image was too small (my bad!) and one had some data error, everything else have passed without any problems. Maybe you should check your gear and workflow instead of barking at Alamy.

I like Alamy more than any micro site, I think they are friendly and really trying their best to sell images.

And macro shooters don't seem inclined to give specific guidance on which agencies are worth the effort.  

One reason for them being quiet is that most macro shooters shoot only for 1 or 2 agencies (compared to micro shooters that try out a dozen sites). Many of the macro agencies are also (image-)exclusive, it's very hard to compare sales between different agencies because it's not the same images that are for sale.

For example I'm shooting for Alamy and one small local agency. I have sales at both, but I have no idea how my sales would be at Getty, Age, Corbis...

1274 / Re: Big up turn all the sudden?
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:43 »
Canstock is very, VERY weak for me. I Uploaded about 400 images (my bestsellers included) a couple of months ago, and have made a whopping $3.15... I make 10 times more at bigstock with similiar portfolio, and about 100 times as much at iStock (I have a 1200 image portfolio there, but I also divided the number by 3 for comparison).

That's strange, I thought the email said we are going to get an "invitation and password" on June 8 before we can get into our transferred SV account on Veer marketplace.

It's still June 8.

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