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Off Topic / Re: Will the Cell Phone Replace the dSLR?
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:25 »
Will the Cell Phone Replace the dSLR?

Agreed. If you take a cell phone, add a decent sensor, interchangeable lenses for flexibility, fast autofocus, decent manual controls and buttons, good viewfinder, a good grip, connections for flashes, big memory cards etc... If you add that up you get a DSLR.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia - Unsold contents (ANNOUNCEMENT)
« on: July 24, 2013, 16:58 »
Once the image has sold 3 times, the contributor will have the ability to reset his image price once again.

... ... I really don't have the time and/or energy to start resetting my image prices file by file :(

iStockPhoto.com / Re: PP Sales Anxiety
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:14 »
Well the IS forum discussion thread on this has been locked by Lobo. Why has he done this ?

It's because IS is a dictatorship.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Rough shadows from paper
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:39 »
Just don't use paper when you shoot small objects, use plastic.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: PP Sales Anxiety
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:43 »
I don't know which is worse: Hiding cashflow problems by pretending it's an IT problem or having a totally incompetent IT department in a company that operates mainly on the internet.

How can they take 85% of the sales price and not be able to work out a simple glitch? And if it's not a small glitch, with the money they have taken from my sales (propably over $100 000, maybe even $200 000 - I don't dare to do the math) they should be able to even make a new PP statistics system. (It can't be THAT hard, it's just adding some numbers)

iStockPhoto.com / Sn
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:37 »
Anyone else having poor sales in July? Of course it's summer, but my earnings are about 1/5 of my SS earnings, and that's incredibly low (usually the number should be about 1/2 of my SS earnings). I'm still saying this is a cashflow problem.

I wish we had a "Snowden" working at IS who could inform about all the shenanigans going on.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: PP Sales Anxiety
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:21 »
A part of me is delighted to see IS one step closer to bankruptcy. They have run out of money, and are trying every way to keep the sinking ship afloat. No sympathy or good will from me.

The other part of me is angry and worried because my earnings are suffering because of this YAFbIS (Yet Another Fiasco by Istockphoto)

My main problem is that I'm living in a nordic country. It's very expensive to live here, If I'd move to - let's say - Poland, I could quit my other work instantly.

I also like some of my commissioned work: I like to meet interesting people and visit interesting places - I would not like to quit that completely. But I would certainly like to be able to say "no" to certain clients :)

Using prime lenses also help. I usually use just three different lenses, I have learned their DOF at different apertures and distances. With zooms learning is more difficult because there are too many combinations to remember.

I think the best thing here is to learn the theory (1/3 of DOF is in front of the focal point and 2/3 behind) and always know what aperture you are using (Aperture priority or Manual mode. Soon you will learn what aperture to use and where to focus to get sufficient sharpness.

The rule of thumb is to not use a DOF calculator, especially when shooting digital - you can check your DOF by zooming your images. Never used a DOF calculator, never needed one.

Guys, you are replying to 3 1/2 year old comments, technology in cameras has advanced a whole lot since then.

It has? I don't think so.

I'm still shooting with my old 5D mk II because I didn't find 5D mk III that much better. (Waiting for the mk IV... :))

And the Canon vs. Nikon is still continuing... :)

I'm just curious as to why.

Thousands of euros invested in Canon lenses, flashes, adapters, cable releases, TTL-cables and other accessories. I'm also familiar with Canon products, their usage and design etc. (I don't have the time and energy to learn Nikon's quirks - and "unlearn" Canon's) That's why I'm sticking with Canon as long as possible. D800 is a very nice camera, but I can't swap systems just because of one model without knowing what Canon is developing...

The bottom line: Both Canon and Nikon have great cameras and great systems. I would get equally good (or bad) images with both.


following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain: a professional builder.
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Yes, but about 2/3 of my income comes from commissioned work :)
(Only 1/3 from (micro)stock)

Wow... I thought I was a professional photographer... Now I really need to find out where my money comes from - it can't be photography! :o

GLStock / Re: Racist blog post at GLStock
« on: May 21, 2013, 13:48 »

I lost about 1000 images. I don't know the exact amount or the reasoning behind this :(

Shutterstock.com / Re: Had a great April! :)
« on: May 01, 2013, 05:24 »
My April was very good, maybe even BME when PP sales are added. Especially SS rocked :)

It's a Nikon D5100. Still in its waranty but it will be gone for another 4 weeks now for repair and this will cost me many new images I could make in that time.

There is always a  plenty that can be done without a camera; planning next shoots, finding props etc.

132, 48, 41, 33, 23 have all the same problem: the text says Micro Stock Group, when it should be Microstock Group (as in 104 and 27). 128 says Micro Stockgroup.

I don't like the brown color, It's a very difficult color in logos.

If the site has an extremely easy uploading process and there are at least some sales, I can't see any reason why not upload.

I have a dozen of sites where the active uploading time (just a few clicks) is about 1 minute per month and each site makes be around $200/year. And that's just for 12 minutes of extra work per year. That's $1000 per hour, a very nice rate.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Uploaded limits raised to 999
« on: April 23, 2013, 16:27 »
I love how they are PANICKING, they have finally realized that they are not the number 1 site... :D

If i calculated correctly, a 200Ws Strobe should be around 4x as strong as an average Speedlight. is that round about right??? ???

It's about right. Speedlights and studio strobes aren't directly comparable, all depends on reflectors and light beam angles and such, but I'd say speedlights are in the 50Ws... 80Ws area, depending on make and model. But using speedlights at full effects is quite painful with long recycling times and battery consumption, while the same done with mains operated strobes are very easy :)

Maybe a combination of one 200Ws unit and one 400Ws unit would be a perfect start?

Just remember that when you are buying strobes, you are buying a "system", remember to choose wisely. Bowens has a decent range of accessories, and there is also a big market of 3rd party accessories. Don't buy strobes of an unknown brand, you will be sorry later.

Have you looked at used gear? Well kept 5...10 year old units are completely usable but will cost only a fraction of the price of new ones.

I used to shoot with 2 x 200 Ws when I started. It's perfectly fine for objects, for fill lights and accents. But don't try to use them as main light for people. Not even for one,

You mean 200Ws isn't enough for shooting one person? I have to disagree with you on this one. Of course it all depends on light modificator and distances, but I'd say you can shoot a person using a 1 meter softbox 2 meters away with 200Ws and 100 ISO and about f/8... disagree?

If you like to shoot images using big apertures, you should buy strobes that are adjustable to small effects. Those Bowens 400Ws go down 5 stops (25Ws....400Ws). The 200Ws version goes down to 12Ws. 25Ws is a plenty, propably like a speedlight on 1/4 or 1/2 effect.

There is some difference between different brands and models. For example Elinchrom 300RX is 9Ws...300Ws and 600RX is 18Ws...600Ws. Cheaper Elinchroms are not as versatile.
Profoto D1 500 goes from 7.8Ws to 500Ws, I'd like that :)

You can always fake a smaller power setting by setting some ND filter gel in front of the flashes, but It's not as convenient as having a smaller power setting available.

200Ws is a plenty if you are used to small battery flashes and are using large-ish apertures and/or in a small room. But if you need to bounce light from the ceilings, use ISO 100 and f/16, then you need as much effect as possible, in worst cases thousands of wattseconds.

I don't think you can go very wrong with either (Bowens 200Ws or 400Ws), just buy a set and you'll soon learn if your next strobes need to be smaller or bigger, you'll need to buy more strobes anyway soon :)
(I have 12 units :D)

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