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General Stock Discussion / Re: Won a great prize in a contest
« on: December 28, 2012, 16:28 »
Congrats to the win! But unfortunately ruxpriencdiam is correct IMO. A light tents is no good! In fact its not good at all despite what you've seen on youtube. You'll have no control of the ligt and the images will look flat and unappealing.

You CAN control the light in a light tent somewhat by moving the lights (both position and distance). You can also use black cards to add some contrast/shadows.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Won a great prize in a contest
« on: December 28, 2012, 16:26 »
I have a couple of light cubes. But I'm not using them the traditional way. I put a few compact fluorescent bulbs inside them and use them as a substitute for paper china lanterns when I'm shooting videos.

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Illustration - General / Re: Shutterstock terminated my account
« on: December 27, 2012, 19:24 »
The funny thing is, that we never get to see the images in question (the illustration and the watermarked image for "comparison purposes only"). My hunch is they look a bit alike...

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This is not a positive nor a negative thing. It's a NEUTRAL thing.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: # Sites > 10% of your income?
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:53 »
Three for me (SS, IS, DT)
FT, Veer and Alamy are just below 10%.

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An image is sharp only when the camera isn't moving. Every hand held image has some degree of motion blur caused by camera shake. It all depends how much you will tolerate blur in your images. And the more resolving power your gear have (megapixels, lens quality) the more it will resolve camera shake also. An image that may appear sharp on a 6mpix camera can look blurry on a 36mpix camera when viewed at 100%.

And the camera shake isn't constant. One image shot at 1/30 sec may be sharp, but the next shot at 1/60 sec may be blurry, it's all about technique and luck. When I'm shooting with "borderline" shutter speeds I usually shoot series of two images. Every time one of the images are sharper (usually the second one because there isn't shake caused by pressing the shutter button).

I have noticed that I can only hand hold at 1/100 with my canon brick w/ 24-70 lens.

If you don't get different results at 24mm and 70mm you are doing something wrong...

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Instagram can sell your pics under new t&c
« on: December 18, 2012, 10:14 »
I tried instagram briefly, but now - bye bye!
https://instagram.com/accounts/remove/request/

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Alamy.com / Re: Why do people buy from Alamy?
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:31 »
There are many niche images at Alamy, and also images that would get rejected at microstock sites just because they don't like the subject matter or certain technical aspects like noise. They also understand what is an editorial image (most of the microstock sites doesn't have a clue, they are only interested in "news" images which is very, very, very STUPID!)

Because the images are generally more expensive, they also can provide better service and search assistance.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Do you purposly keyword mistakes?
« on: December 15, 2012, 08:47 »
I don't think you should keyword wrong locations at all. If they buyer thinks that a country or state near by will do, he/she propapbly can search for it.

As a buyer I get very upset when "wrong" images pop up when I'm searching. Thanks to keyword spammers, many times the wrong images are a majority in search results. Yes, the sellers might get a few extra sales, but as a whole keyword spamming is a huge problem. In the long run accurate search results benefits us all.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Do you purposly keyword mistakes?
« on: December 15, 2012, 08:21 »
for a koala I use the keyword "bear". It is not a bear but my job is not educate but to sell and meet their needs. For a very young koala I have used the keyword "cub" and had the image rejected by the reviewer. "Cub" is correct "bear" is not. Not my job to make it difficult for buyers or to educate reviewers.

I think you should not keyword "bear", but "koala" and "koala bear". (if an agency's systems separates the words it's their problem!)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Do you purposly keyword mistakes?
« on: December 15, 2012, 08:05 »
A tomato is technically a fruit.. does that mean you should leave out the keyword vegetable?  In reality it seems like spam to use the keyword fruit as buyers will most likely be searching for vegetable and tomato if the image is of a tomato you eat.
How about if you have a shot of a Mule, would you use the keyword Donkey?  They aren't the same animal.
Or if you had a spider, would you keyword it with insect?
How about shooting a heifer, would you keyword with cow? A heifer isn't a cow


Tomato - yes - I would, keyword "vegetable".

Mule - is not a "donkey", I would leave that one out.

Spider - not an insect, I would leave that one out. if someone searches for "insect", I'm pretty sure there are already enough REAL insect pictures to choose from.

Heifer - If I understand correctly, a heifer is a young cow. So keywording "cow" would be totally right. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heifer

I try to include both spellings (british/american) and some misspellings like plural for tomato is both "tomatoes" and "tomatos"

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And this cant be changed? Feck. I wish I had known/.

there are many in the same situation, FT is pretty smart

Smart and evil/greedy isn't the same thing

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Just had to share this...
« on: December 10, 2012, 16:04 »
Can't see the image(?)...

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: The Fall Of An Empire
« on: December 05, 2012, 18:50 »
If we could manage to coordinate something like that, and it were widespread,

How about organizing "a week without uploads"... or a month? What if they would get only half of the uploads they usually get? Maybe that could scare them a bit?

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: The Fall Of An Empire
« on: December 05, 2012, 09:01 »
Exclusivity is what counts and the ones that havent got the balls for it should be only too happy they are prepared to sell any of your stuff

Some of us prefer to think with their brain. Some of us do their thinking with their balls, obviously.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: What are your goals for 2013?
« on: November 30, 2012, 16:29 »
This year I had a goal for making a certain amount of images. I didn't quite accomplish my goal, but I have thought that measuring the quantity of images makes no sense and might prevent me from creating more time-consuming imagery.

So next year I will have only a goal measured in earnings. Depending on how much I earn in december, the goal is somewhere in the +20%...+24% region for next year.

My goal is also to do less commissioned shoots this year, that leaves more time for stock and more freetime.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: iStock photo trends report 2012
« on: November 29, 2012, 13:35 »
there are a few confusing % over there thats right...

gotta be Licensed both RF and RM 32%

Your math is wrong.
98% purchased RF
32% purchased RM
2% purchased only RM
30% purchased both RF and RM

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Stats haven't updated since Nov. 14th?
« on: November 26, 2012, 15:07 »
Can't access my stats page... is something finally happening? :o

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Suomenkielinen keskustelu / Re: Ketn suomesta?
« on: November 23, 2012, 12:06 »
Uskoisin ett helpointa on olla "individual", suomalaisen verottajan kanssa ei pitisi olla mitn vli tuolla, pasia ett menee kirjanpitoon ja maksetaan veroa :)

Itsellni on microstockit "Royaltit alv. 0%".

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Suomenkielinen keskustelu / Re: Ketn suomesta?
« on: November 23, 2012, 08:25 »
Jees, Suomesta ollaan... :)

Jarih, mik on yhtimuoto? Itsell toiminimi ja verotus "individual"-periaatteella, sill sithn toiminimi on...

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Slow November
« on: November 22, 2012, 05:29 »
About the missing images, I just found this (I'm very, very rarely on SS forums)
http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=114196&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Slow November
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:53 »
My images are still in "limbo"... Does anyone else beside me and Warren have the same problem?

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Adobe Stock / Re: Shocking Fotolia Earnings Drop
« on: November 21, 2012, 13:17 »
That chart looks familiar  :'(

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Slow November
« on: November 21, 2012, 13:13 »
At least they are slow at showing up new accepted images... My new images have been hanging somewhere for the past 24 hours, can't understand what is taking so long.

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