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RX10 has a really tiny sensor (13,2 x 8,8 mm), that may cause the problem. There isn't a lens in the world that will resolve 20 megapixels on that tiny area. There are reasons why people like cameras with full size (36 x 24 mm) sensors. (Or cameras with even larger sensor)

Sorry to ask this, do you know how a tack-sharp image looks at 100% on your screen?

My first idea is for you to make your images smaller, even the minimum size.

But you really need to post an example so we can be sure what this is about.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Predictions For Microstock For 2015
« on: January 03, 2015, 18:10 »


In 2015, some agencies are planning to screw the contributors even more.

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Canon / Re: What is the Advantage of IS on Canon Lenses?
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:23 »
Actually there is a relation between focal distance and exposure time needed to make a staady shot, so if you shoot at 200mm, you need 1/200 exposure time.

That's from the time when images were watched from 4*6" paper prints. If you have a modern SLR with 20-ish megapixels and peep images on the screen at 100% the images have to be totally shake free.
With 200mm and 1/200 may get lucky once in a while if you have the time to take it really slow and take many shots, but it's far away from a guarantee to get shake-free images.

i.e. 200mm and 1/200 is a borderline combination, which would work fine with IS.

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Canon / Re: What is the Advantage of IS on Canon Lenses?
« on: December 29, 2014, 07:43 »
The cost of IS... it's an interesting speculation. You may shoot microstock in studio without any benefit from IS. In some other cases the IS can be paid with just one great shot that would not be as good without IS.

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Canon / Re: What is the Advantage of IS on Canon Lenses?
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:33 »
If you happen to find yourself with an unexpected and totally amazing low-light opportunity ... with only a non-IS lens to hand ... you could always up the ISO by a couple of stops to have pretty much the same effect.

What if your ISO is already on the borderline to make the noise really ugly? And in many places, there isn't the possibility to lug around a tripod.



If you shoot borderline ISO you need to ask yourself will the image will get past the reviewers. At that point IS is not going to get you a massively better quality image. If you are not shooting for stock, 2 stops ISO doesnt make much difference IMO. I have images of 5000 ISO accepted on SS mainly because of the 6D performance. IS could have helped me shooting at ISO 3200, but I dont see the necessity. This is just my opinion. YMMV.
There is always a borderline what is acceptable, depending on the application (There are also other applications than microstock!) I think two stops make a massive difference in noise, depends on the camera how great the difference is.

How do you calculate that two stops from ISO 5000 is ISO 3200? Two stops from ISO 5000 would be ISO 1250. And with a modern IS lens you propably would have gotten away with ISO 800.

If you think ISO 5000 would be enough, you would alternatively have the option to use a smaller aperture and/or if your shutter speed is borderline you might get more sharp photos with IS.

I still think IS gives more FLEXIBILITY in shooting things. How much this is worth to you of course depends on what you shoot and how much money you have.

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Canon / Re: What is the Advantage of IS on Canon Lenses?
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:56 »
Thats why I chose the 6D as it has great low light and ISO performance, making IS redundant.

You should call Canon and tell them their range of IS lenses are redundant.

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Canon / Re: What is the Advantage of IS on Canon Lenses?
« on: December 28, 2014, 05:31 »
If you happen to find yourself with an unexpected and totally amazing low-light opportunity ... with only a non-IS lens to hand ... you could always up the ISO by a couple of stops to have pretty much the same effect.

What if your ISO is already on the borderline to make the noise really ugly? And in many places, there isn't the possibility to lug around a tripod.

Quote from: gostwyck link=topic=24067.msg403375#msg403375
Practice the correct grip of a DSLR camera/lens assembly and how to 'freeze' when clicking the shutter. That's way, way more important than having an IS lens __ and much cheaper too.

Yes, a correct grip and technique is essential, but I wonder if you have any real world experience on (modern) IS lenses? When shooting at borderline shutter speeds, IS will dramatically raise the percentage of acceptably sharp images! I'd rather shoot 50% acceptable images than 15%.

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Canon / Re: What is the Advantage of IS on Canon Lenses?
« on: December 28, 2014, 05:24 »
it allows you to hand hold at slower shutter speeds or better ISO settings than compared to a lens without IS.

No. Slower shutter speeds AND better ISO settings.

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Canon / Re: What is the Advantage of IS on Canon Lenses?
« on: December 28, 2014, 05:20 »
They reckon IS can make up to 2 f-stops of difference.

A modern IS can be better than that, I'd say in some cases almost 4 stops. I have many images that would have needed me to crank up the ISO on my camera without IS.

I love the IS on some of my lenses, but let's not forget that you can't freeze motion with IS. Also IS don't work as well in closeup/macro distances.

Also a modern IS can be used for panning motions, resulting in greater amount of sharp images when panning for moving objects.


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Selling Stock Direct / Re: Are u happy with PicFair?
« on: November 16, 2014, 08:22 »
I have uploaded about 10% of my portfolio (mostly images that aren't selling well on other sites). I like the idea of Picfair, but I don't want to upload my best images because of the large vertical previews and weak watermarks.

Many of us seem to think the same, it's very strange they don't make any comments... maybe they are working on it, or maybe not... it would be nice to know.

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Quickest submission is 123RF

No it isn't. There are a couple of sites where you just put your images in your FTP folder and that's it! (Too bad they are lowballers)

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2. IPTC keywords would be mapped to Main Keywords. Either recognising but removing separating commas - or else making comma separation the norm.

You mean "Essential Keywords" ????
If you mean, then a big +1 for that!

I also can't understand why Alamy counts the letters in keywords, not the amount of words (?)

And for those really big batches of images I would like to be able to see more than 96 images per page.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: Are u happy with PicFair?
« on: November 03, 2014, 16:12 »
What is the current exchange rate for stars to EUR? :P

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Travel photography Sales
« on: October 25, 2014, 04:36 »
I just wanted to share this without starting a new thread:

http://news.distractify.com/fun/fails/seeing-these-9-famous-landmarks-from-far-away-might-shatter-your-perception-of-them-forever/

(These 23 Far Away Perspectives Of Famous Places Will Change The Way You See Them Forever)

Yes, I'm guilty of making idealistic travel stock photos...

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Lighting / Re: Elinchrom 500BXRI misfires randomly, in series.
« on: October 19, 2014, 05:44 »
I had the same problem. About 1/3 of shots misfired, and it didn't depend on how I tried to fire (button/radio/slave), and when the flash misfired I could only hear a "snap".

My solution: I just tried to push the flash tube (use clean gloves!) and it it was a bit loose. When the flash tube was attached properly, the strobe worked OK again. The flash tube must have loosened in transport or something like that.

I've had this problem in two of my four BXRIs, so I'm suspecting this is a quite common problem (?)

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How does anyone edit images on Picfair? Is it even possible? How do I delete an image? *sigh*

edit: Oh, now I see an "edit" button under my image... I'm sure it wasn't there a moment ago... maybe a site/browser glitch? :o

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock's back
« on: September 14, 2014, 16:27 »
You haven't uploaded your images there?
I have, but why do you consider that as investment?

Of course the time and effort put in uploading is an investment! Especially with their PITA uploading/keywording system.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock's back
« on: September 14, 2014, 15:59 »
Well, I haven't invested anything in iStock, so the analogy stands (for me, at least).

You haven't uploaded your images there?

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock's back
« on: September 14, 2014, 15:09 »
Quote from: spike link=topic=23445.msg393815#msg393815
This bitching is like going to the supermarket, finding out that a liter of milk costs 5 euro, and then shouting "you screwed us BIG, mr. supermarket!".
You can just walk out of the store, never come back again, buy milk elsewhere and let the economy and the free market do the rest.

No. That's not the same thing. In your example the consumer has not invested anything (time, effort) to the supermarket -> Not the same thing at all.

Here is a better milk-analogy: Mr. Supermarket promises the milk producer 50 cents per liter. Milk producer thinks this is a fair deal, and buys more cows. Suddenly Mr. Supermarket says the producer can only get 20 cents per liter. And according to you, he shouldn't be mad or dissappointed.

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Off Topic / Re: Apple Watch is magic
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:13 »
I tried to think why I should get one, and could not find any reason why I would buy one. I don't even use watches any more, why would I want a thing hanging from my wrist?

iPhone 6 looks nice... that I could buy... :)

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Photo Critique / Re: Are these photos good enough?
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:17 »
To the OP: You really need to learn photography before starting in the stock photography business. Many of the successful stock shooters are professional photographers - that's what is your competition. There are many shooters that can produce tens of quality images per day, and also Photoshop them into perfection.

You also need to start to look how images are used in magazines, ads and on the net. Look at your three images and ask yourself this question: Where could these images be used? On a magazine cover? Postcard? Calendar? Web banner etc. I can not think why anyone would need to use those images for anything. Try to shoot images that are NEEDED and that ARE NOT IN OVER-SUPPLY!

I don't want to sound too harsh or discouraging, but you need to be very critical of your own worl, "a guy with a new camera" might have been ok in 2005, but now it's 2014 and the competition is very stiff.

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DepositPhotos / Re: Deposit Photo's - 3% Royalty Confirmed
« on: August 11, 2014, 07:38 »
I have stopped uploading to Depositphotos since this fiasco started. This is the first time ever I'm also considering pulling my whole portfolio (I have invested much time in uploading and keywording, but 3%? - No thanks!)

Many of the sites have pulled incredible stunts like this, but this might be the worst one yet...

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General Stock Discussion / Re: PC recommend compare to imac
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:26 »
If you are doing photography as a business, you also need to count the hours used in comparing/buying components and time used for building and installing the machine. And that should be multiplied by your hourly rate.

You must be incredibly busy if you don't have any spare time at all in which to do research on parts.  ;)

If I had spare time, I'd rather shoot and upload some new images :)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: PC recommend compare to imac
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:32 »
you'll get much better value if you build your custom machine:
http://www.tonymacx86.com/home.php


If you are doing photography as a business, you also need to count the hours used in comparing/buying components and time used for building and installing the machine. And that should be multiplied by your hourly rate.

You can buy the latest Mac in almost no time.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: PC recommend compare to imac
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:30 »
My overall result is 128.1 sec.
My configuration (without the monitor) was 955 euro, which means I paid 7.45 euro for a second.

That's some misleading math you have there... So you are saying that if your time was for example 955 seconds, you would have paid only 1 euro per second and that would be better? :o

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