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General Stock Discussion / If I had a time machine
« on: July 28, 2012, 05:15 »
If I had a time machine, I would burn my current microstock portfolio on some DVDs and travel back to 2003 and upload the images to IS and SS.
In 2012 I would propably be a millionnaire.  ;D
I remember the times when a crappy image could sell tens of times per day, but I had a very tiny portfolio back then.

Too bad my images aren't that hot selling today...   ::)

This propably doesn't apply to the original question, but... :

I propably retouch 90% less than I did five years ago. Especially when I'm shooting a series of images, I rather tinker with my lights and props for 10 more minutes in the beginning than retouch 12 hours. I'm not kidding.
It's almost always a stupid thing to think "I will fix it in Photoshop" instead of fixing the problem right away.

Of course I make some images that are heavily photoshopped, but I still try to shoot the raw material in a way that will make it as easy as possible to make the final image in Photoshop.

Even if YOU think your images are good, it doesn't mean the customers find the suitable for their projects.
You may have photographed the prettiest girl and retouched your images masterfully, but if no customer need an image like yours, it doesn't sell.

Can you provide us a link to the images so we can find reasons for the poor sales? Otherwise we can only speculate...

Another approach would be to limit the amount of church you want as background and light accordingly (just a small part instead of the whole cavernous light sink!) All that's then required is a reasonably fast long telephoto lens to cut down on the expanse of background in the shot. Lighting could then be placed just outside the angle of lens view and close to the background wall requiring to be lit.

^ That's the right way to do it, if you don't have access to unlimited amount of wattseconds.

One last some HMI daylight lamps for lighting the background. No worries about recycling times as they are continuous and an input of 1 Kilowatt produces the equivalent of 3.5KW of tungsten light but then at daylight Kelvin to match the flash. They may however be rather pricey to rent from a movie/film light rental agency.

Do they allow such lights inside a medieval church (I'm thinking about the old pieces of art etc. + amount of UV light) ?

And yes, they are very expensive, even to rent.

I've no experience of this kind of thing so take this with a pinch of salt, but how about a large number of small slave flashes concealed throughout the building?

They might work as some accent lights, but generally speaking they are just too weak. And also the recycling times are very long when used on full effect.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Best summer slowdown ever?
« on: July 26, 2012, 15:52 »
Thanks, Lisa. And I also know that good luck can turn into something nasty in just a few moments, so I'll try to enjoy this as long as it lasts...

General Stock Discussion / Re: Best summer slowdown ever?
« on: July 26, 2012, 15:39 »
I thought the title of this thread was sarcastic.  Sales are worse this summer than in any I can remember.  Perry, I guess you are getting everyone's sales.  Congrats!  ;D

I guess I have been lucky for a couple of months (or unlucky the whole spring)... I wasn't sarcastic, I can't understand why my sales doesn't show any summer slowdown, usually my july figures are horrible.

Maybe it's my new stuff that sells (I have been uploading more than ever this year)

General Stock Discussion / Best summer slowdown ever?
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:18 »
It has been a very strange summer: I had best month ever in june and july is also very strong. Especially SS and 123RF are doing well, and even IS and DT has been nice. Anyone else think this is the best summer slowdown ever? Can't wait for the next few months when the real selling begins... haven't felt this optimistic in years :)

I'd use my 5-1000 f1.2 IS L - since we are in fantasy land.

That lens is just too heavy for me :)

335 / Re: SS Facelift
« on: July 25, 2012, 15:50 »
Can't see my earnings for the current month without clicking. FAIL!

I think that you get the greatest light through the windows, that's what really creates the mood in an old chapel. With a limitless budget I would put a serious amount of strobes outside (triggered with radio) the church to create some window light.

Tell us more about the theme of the shoot...?

337 / Re: We recommend??
« on: July 25, 2012, 03:50 »
Also, we recommend you upload the selection of images in one batch (the entire series) so that our editors can select the files with highest sale potential.

This really encourages me to do the other way around.

Why do you call this a "fear"? To me, this is great news! If all buyers would migrate to "macrostock" agencies, that would make the whole stock photo business 10 to 100 times (I cannot estimate this more specific) bigger!

There is already a thread on this subject:
(+ you posted this question in the wrong area of the forum)

Veer / Re: Odd Veer Rejection Reason
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:02 »
Hi. I submitted 10 pictures which had the most sales from my other MS sites and received this back: Majority of images have a dated aesthetic.


Can you show us the images?

Veer / Re: Odd Veer Rejection Reason
« on: July 18, 2012, 04:59 »
Oh... I didn't notice the age of this thread  :o :D

And yes, I also think the text is very likely the problem.

342 / Re: Number of Sales of Image
« on: July 17, 2012, 16:40 »

But there is no way of searching for images, so if you have a lot of images it's almost useless. It also doesn't separate between different types (subscription, EL, OD etc.) of sales.

Veer / Re: Odd Veer Rejection Reason
« on: July 17, 2012, 16:16 »
Maybe it's the overall appearance of the file; colors are wrong (or too weak or too strong), the tonality is ruined by too much adjusting etc. ?

If you are brave enough to show us the image we might have some idea about the reason, without seeing the image it's just guessing.

344 / Re: hahahaha oh iStock
« on: July 11, 2012, 04:38 »
One can argue about their royalty rates, but they are very honest about it.

The redeemed credits system is anything but honest.

You have absolutely no understanding how fantastically clever marketing, over several decades, by major fast food chains has totally changed the expectations and portion size of their customers.

I was on a trip to USA recently, and it was interesting to see that all the drinks were much larger in the US compared to Europe. A "Small" drink (coke, coffee...) was as big as a "medium" or "large" in Europe.

Still, I think it's every person's own responsibility to understand what and how much they are eating. I'm not a supporter of bans and regulations here. Children should be protected tho.

Btw, I liked Shake Shack burgers :)

Envato / Re: closing account at PD - the fine print
« on: July 03, 2012, 18:00 »
I never understood what is the point of closing an account?

I hate the provocative title on the article/vide (and this thread). There were just about 10 seconds of "Photoshop" in the video.

Photo Critique / Re: Submission to Istock critique
« on: July 01, 2012, 13:57 »
Sorry to say this, but these images are way too weak. Subject-wise, artistically and technically. You need to improve on every level.

General Stock Discussion / Re: June Microstock Earnings
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:17 »
IS: Business as usual
DT: Up, just a bit from BME (my last BME was in 2010 if I remember correctly, so this seems like a nice rebound)
FT: Weaker and weaker (FT has always been a steady number 3 or 4 on my list, but now it's behind 123rf and even Veer.)
Veer: pretty weak month, lacking in extended licences.

A Good month, and a very good month for a June, no summer slowdown here! :)

In order to maintain priority placement in the database you do need to consistently upload and submit images.  The more you submit the better your chances of visibility.  

So they want just quantity, not quality? They seem to get more stupid every minute.

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