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Off Topic / Re: How to answer at telemarketing
« on: October 26, 2008, 13:17 »



This is most likely to be the worst month this year for me.
October in 2007 was the BEST month that year... This sure doesn't look good... :(

1354 / Re: Can Anyone Login to StockXpert Yet?
« on: October 17, 2008, 05:02 »
I can... but the site shows some very strange earnings...

       Current earnings
   Total earnings

I almost fell from my chair when I saw that I had over $2000 in earnings instead of the $50 or so...

The current earnings to me seems to be total earnings minus my first payment in 2006 (It shows up as "Last payment")

1355 / Re: Account hi-jacked?
« on: October 15, 2008, 05:05 »
The same problem seems to repeat itself, of the last maybe 10 times I have tried to log in only one has been a success.

Sorry to say, but with almost non-existing sales and this log in problem I'll stop uploading - It's just not worth the bother.

1356 / Re: Account hi-jacked?
« on: October 04, 2008, 08:03 »
Or maybe corbis took the money and ran..  ;D

What money?   ::)

Software - General / Re: fake sun plugin ?
« on: September 30, 2008, 05:30 »
A example of a photo is below, any idea how it is done ?

I have no idea, but it looks horrible. A much better idea would be to go out and photograph the real sun in different skies and daytimes and then combine those images with other photos.

1358 / Re: It's nice to know I'm not alone...........
« on: September 27, 2008, 08:54 »
I had another picture of coffee beans rejected for the word Cappuccino.   True there was no Cappuccino there..

You said it yourself... You should only keyword what is in the image, not in your head.

1359 / Re: Is this the reason for slow sales at BigStock ??
« on: September 27, 2008, 04:20 »
Funny, this is my Best Month Ever at BigStock with $42 so far (with only 341 images online)
Maybe I have gotten your sales? :D

Second best month was last month (august) and third best february 2008.

7 years of happy amateur time
2 years of part-time
=9 years

1361 / Re: Higher payout at Alamy
« on: September 24, 2008, 09:12 »
Oh crap... I need to learn to read... :(

I was already wondering how everything sounded so amazingly good...
Luckily the removing of the stupid bank transfer fees and currency conversion fees
will (almost?) make up for the lost 5%

1362 / Changes at Alamy
« on: September 24, 2008, 08:43 »
(I edited this to sound more pessimistic than before...):

To summarize:
- Alamy's percentage for direct sales and for distributor sales will
rise by 5%
- An end to bank transfer fees
- No more cheque fees
- No charges on foreign exchange fees for payments

more info:

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Canon 5d mark II / 7D
« on: September 11, 2008, 16:27 »
According to a swedish source, Canon will release the camera September 17th.

1364 / Re: August payment?
« on: September 08, 2008, 12:20 »
Checks - Will go out on 9/15/08
Paypal - Will go out by 9/10/08
Moneybookers - Will go out by 9/10/08

Let the dross settle to the bottom, and then sift it out. Get rid of it. More high quality imaging, less to crowd out searches. Or at least let it go to a sister company of some sort that sells them at lower prices with higher limit of uses.

This can easily be implemented by every photographer on a personal level: good and great images to macrostock, and the mediocre ones to microstock.

[edit] PS: and if I decide to put my images on sale with RM license I can't sell them on different sites? right?

No. Photoshelter and Alamy (Licenced = "L") are non-exclusive.

Alamy comissions generally tend to be no more than 40% after all the fees, so that photographer got $4000 for his image.

The istock photographer gets on average $1.00 per sale, so he earned $12,000 from that photo.

But after the alamy or photoshelter sale has been made, there is still market for 12,000 image sales left.

Btw I like the photoshelter version much more, it has better colors (the face doesn't have weird green tint and the greens look more natural) and no stupid photoshopped gradient-sky. The hand is also the other way and does not look like a lump of meat.

Please, don't dilute the midstock/macrostock market with microstock images, you have to decide the price point for each image. In the real world you can't get a $200,000 Mercedes anywhere at $200, and that's why someone wants a Mercedes.

Try Alamy, but with different images, You'll find it rewarding if your images are good enough. You'll love the bigger sales without feeling yourself as a thief.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Gradual Slowdown?
« on: September 04, 2008, 12:40 »
I'm still of the assumption that eventually this business will be overstocked.

It already is. The RPI has dropped significantly and keeps dropping. I have already moved my efforts toward macrostock and niche photography. The micros are already full of isolated objects, handshakes and call center women. Other sort of content is either impossible to shoot with current RPI and other kinds of images does not sell on micros (or they will be rejected in the first place)

I think we have gone a circle here... the wonders of microstock have vanished in the air...  :-\

1. Hasselblad H3DII-39MS SLR Digital Camera Kit with 80mm Lens

I'll rather have the H3DII-50 with more megapixels...

And for the resolution a 4x5" scanning back would be nice too

And then of course the boring EOS 1ds mk III

1370 / "not downloaded yet"
« on: August 27, 2008, 06:02 »
What is this? I just checked my earnings and the total number of $ had gone down. When I looked at the earnings page some of the images had a red text saying "not downloaded yet" and they were withdrawn from the total sum.

Some of the images were sold already in 2007 and now they are taken away from me?

1371 / Re: Sending DVD
« on: August 26, 2008, 02:48 »
My dvd adventure went well and most of my images turned up on their site. Only thing they emailed about was what I wanted to have as a default price and opt in/out for subs (you may set the default price on their site just to be sure)

The easiest way to make this happen would be to move to a country with cheaper prices. There are some places in the world where you can live like a king with $2000/month.

If the RPI (return per image) would have stayed at the year 2005 level I would propably already live from my stock photography.

My dream is also to live only from stock, but that would require really hard work for a few years time. And with falling returns all the time, it would be a struggle. I'm already struggling with my 2000'ish images to get more revenue, I have to upload all the time just to keep my income at the same level. With three times more images I would have to upload three times more to keep up the earnings... :(

General Midstock / Re: Why does midstock not work?
« on: August 25, 2008, 10:00 »
There is one possibility for successful midstock. And that's localisation ie. images that represent a lifestyle and culture of a smaller country/nation. I have some images at a local midstock agency and they do sell a bit, not great tho. Those images would never really sell at microstock, because they don't look "american" enough.

I have also been a on the buyer side, sometimes I just can't find anything at the micros that would look like it was shot in my homeland. People somehow look a bit different even if they have the same skin color. And then there's the small details that seem "wrong", it may be just some electrical poles in the background, a house door etc.

I believe there's some point in midstock agencies that approve only images shot in a certain country, the higher price (than micros) comes from the fact that the market is smaller. The advertising budgets for a local market are also smaller.

me too.  It is hard to tell when you have a background at 253, 253, 253 but it gets pretty obvious on the net in a thumbnail for some reason...  but making crazy contrast in the whites makes these areas pretty obvious.

That's an easy one. Just make a curves adjustment layer and make a very steep curve, that will show if you have anything else there than 255,255,255.

General Midstock / Re: Why does midstock not work?
« on: August 25, 2008, 09:10 »
Some people even upload their microstockimages to macrosites. I can foresee a slow death to Alamy by this behaviour.

Yes, I'm also worried about that. Photoshelter says in their contract that the same images cannot be sold for under $50, at any size - I think that's a good thing to be clear about that.

I really hope that Photoshelter will succeed, they seem like professionals and nice people, but the times are hard... :(

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