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General Stock Discussion / Re: to be a reviewer
« on: March 11, 2007, 17:01 »
- it's a full time work? part time work? or you can dedicate to it a few hours per week?
It depends on the site

- can a submitter be a reviewer at the same time?

- how can someone become a reviewer?
It also depends on the site.  For example, when SS needed to add some reviewers, they asked for it in the forum section.  For their last request a few months ago, you could email your application if you had more than 250 pictures (approved) in your portfolio.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Creative Networks Whats the point
« on: March 11, 2007, 13:27 »
Since this thread started quite a few people responded to this CN group.  Very inspiring.

I also noticed that some members were adding some five star ratings to the newly approved pictures.  Wow!  thanks!  Now I understand better how the CN can be very dynamic and fruitful.

Being new to the whole CN process, I just discovered a few days ago that there was a link for "New Uploads by Members" under the CN tab.  I wish that they could show the pictures chronologically rather than randomly, but it is still a good help for finding new pictures.  I may have missed some photographers because of that.

The idea, as I understand it, is to support each other by rating ONLY the images we like with a 5-star, so that when there is a search the image wouldn't be buried.

Also, for the photographers who would like to join, here are below the names of the people participating in this MSG CN.  Some are still guests on this forum.  Rather than wait for being invited, invite them to be part of your CN, and you'll be automatically added to theirs if they accept.  Sure it does takes time to go through everyone's portfolio, but I see it as a win-win situation...

Leaf, maybe  you'll find a way to make the MSG CN more functional on this forum rather than to go through this thread?  You seem to be a very creative person.

Updated MSG CN  list:

Area Photography

Microstock News / Re: Why isn't 123RF "submit" page working
« on: March 10, 2007, 14:18 »
Because even with the best intentions 'migrating' doesn't happen in one day...
They encountered an unexpected  big hitch that they are still trying to solve, see this thread:


Some people must be quite nervous up there.

Off Topic / Re: Someone from Italy?
« on: March 10, 2007, 11:22 »
Not me... but Snem is from Naples.  He is in the member's list.

123RF / Re: 123RF upload suspended until March 5
« on: March 08, 2007, 19:00 »
The link for the different pages on the site have changed in the 'migrating' process.  In order to access them, we have to go through the main page.

I contacted them 2 days ago about uploaded images not showing.  The answer was very quick.  Here is part of the message:

"Due to some unforeseen technicalities during the server migration exercises we regret to inform you that we have to temporarily suspend all forms of uploads to 123RF for the moment.  We will take this opportunity to review all pending submissions and clear any backlogs that are exist."

I hope that they can fix the problems very soon.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Should I bother?
« on: March 07, 2007, 23:51 »
Tina, there was a similar thread recently:


If your keywords are already prepared with the picture, the uploading is quite simple.

Microstock News / Re: France Bans Citizen Photo Journalists
« on: March 07, 2007, 10:28 »
Not a good sign.

123RF / Re: 123RF upload suspended until March 5
« on: March 05, 2007, 10:53 »
Not up yet ( at least FTP):

Notice: We would like to inform all 123RF photographers that the FTP upload process will be temporarily restricted from now due to server migration.

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Background - a little reading for you
« on: March 05, 2007, 00:08 »
Very interesting indeed!

123RF / 123RF upload suspended until March 5
« on: March 03, 2007, 14:13 »
The 123RF upload is temporarily suspended.  Here is the message:

Notice: We would like to inform all 123RF photographers that the upload process will be restricted from now and will resume on March 5, 2007 due to server migration.

Here are some sales with the dates:

02/27/2007 (maximum, RF, $1.00)
02/27/2007 (maximum, RF, $0.50)
03/02/2007 (large, RF, $0.50)
03/02/2007 (small, RF, $0.50)
03/03/2007 (large, RF, $0.25)

Does this make sense?  Can someone explain?

General - Top Sites / Re: Feb earnings breakdown
« on: March 01, 2007, 13:02 »
Up till now, SS had always been in 1st place, but this month, it ranked 2nd, IS performed very well.  SX comes 3rd and DT 4th.
The other sites (in order BS FL FP LO CS 123 RF) performed less than 10%

StockXpert.com / Re: Is StockXpert Down?
« on: February 28, 2007, 23:55 »
I tested it yesterday and today, uploading both times via FTP FileZilla.
No problem with the login, and the review was very quick as usual.

Tom and Sim, I hope that the connection can get re-established soon for you.

Shutterstock also accepts Vector Art which is certainly not created with a "Shutter."

Dreamstime is not a site full of dreamy images.

StockXpert does not have images full of expert created stock, nor are the stock experts or they would be selling more than they do.

So... PureNatureStock can feature natural images of all sorts, including people and things in natural settings.  The name will attract buyers who want PURE nature stock, and there will be a much higher degree of that type of images on PNS than on any other site.  My original name for this agency was SmokyMountainStock.com, but I shot in more places than the Great Smoky Mountains.  Maybe I'll buy five different domain names, and change the headers per the user click thru.   8)

True, you can call your site any name you want, but since, as you said, the name you have chosen is to attract buyers who are looking for pure nature stock, then don't deceive them with other shots which wouldn't qualify.

"Well begun is half done"

On the other hand, I agree that accepting only the nature shots will limit you, that's why I suggested 'natural' instead, which would 'naturally' encompass a broader range of pictures, like the cabin above.

In the end, it's up to you anyway to decide what you wish to convey.

DD, the images we expect should reflect the name you choose for your site.

What you seem to envision as criteria for acceptance is the natural feel of a picture, not limited to a nature setting.  The title thus would be misleading.

Then change your name to something like 'PurelyNaturalStock' which encompasses the elements you describe in your previous post.  Photographers, as well as buyers, would exactly know what to expect, and it will make your life much simpler and enjoyable  :)

Since my new nature stock agency is in its infancy, I am asking for your input as to the creative aspect of "nature" images.  My desire is to have a nature stock agency unlike SS, IS, DT and the others.  It is still going to be an RF agency, with similar pricing, but better commissions (50%), but, it will be a boutique with limited photographers (50 to 100, haven't decided yet).  The official name, according to my attorney is PureNatureStock, LLC.

Now, what exactly is a Nature Image, in YOUR opinion?

If you want to differentiate your site from the other agencies you cited, you have to stick with the choice of your name.

For me, a nature image is only associated without interference from the civilized world.  Or, the interference would be to enhance the natural beauty of a place without noticing the human intervention.
Even though humans are part of nature, I wouldn't put any.
Animals in their natural environment would be good.  Animals in a zoo wouldn't.

That's what I would expect from a site with such title.

If you think that it's too limited, then don't be frustrated from the very start, and change the site name.  Although if you do that, then with luck you'll become 'like SS, IS, DT and the others'...

123RF / Re: What's wrong with 123rf?
« on: February 27, 2007, 00:00 »
Slow but consistent sales for me every month.

Also, my experience with the review time is very positive.  The pictures are reviewed either the same day or the next day the latest.

Since Inmagine owns it, I see some potential success in the future for this site.

Shutterstock.com / SS Privacy and Login Info
« on: February 26, 2007, 23:44 »
From SS forum:

Site Admin
Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:30 pm

Please do NOT give out or save your username and/or password information to any website, program, or browser except directly to submit.shutterstock.com. Doing so will only jeopardize the privacy of your personal information and the integrity of our payout process.


Here is the link...


Kyle, I thought the same at first, but it's nice to have it automatically refreshed and visible without being too intrusive when you are working on other windows or tabs.

Sorry to hear that Michael.

Another photographer has made available a free Firefox extension only valid for SS.  It was posted on the SS forum.
I have been using it for several months, very convenient.  It automatically refreshes every 15 minutes,  SS does refresh its downloads every 15 min too.


I hope that this photographer doesn't get in trouble because of it, that wouldn't sound right.

Off Topic / Re: Flickr
« on: February 23, 2007, 10:01 »
It seems to me that people here are interested solely in getting a cheque.

Stephen the checks for me are only the byproducts of my investments, which may not be the most productive, but correspond to an art of living I aspire to which is broader than only receiving financial gains.

LuckyOliver.com / Re: Shameless Self Promotion - LO Contest
« on: February 20, 2007, 16:09 »
Very nice.  Congratulations!

Is anyone else starting to think there is a lot of hot air with the Lucky Oliver? All the wonderful things, all the growing sales... just no one's really seeing it, eh?

We'll get the answer very soon, when LO will start their marketing outreach in mid-March.  Up till now my understanding is that they were focused on building their library, as well as make sure that everything was working properly on a small level.  The December promo was a huge incentive which attracted some big names.  Now that all the basic functions have been tested through the token use photographers were given and used and probably a few clients, the foundations are well established.

The verdict will come in a few months max.  In the meantime, patience and high expectations for a site whose team is quite inspiring in the way they communicate with their fellow photographers.  I sincerely hope that their strategy is right on schedule.

Site Related / Re: Two new features
« on: February 19, 2007, 15:58 »
Yes, like on the front page...  that's the only page I normally check to keep an update about the different sites.  Very convenient page where everything is at a glance.

Hey Tyler, did you check the stats?

Total Posts: 9994
Total Topics: 1047
Online Today: 28
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(January 17, 2007, 07:17:14 PM)

Site Related / Re: Two new features
« on: February 19, 2007, 15:28 »
Thanks Tyler  :)

About the first one (new thread droplist), could we have it on the 'recent topic page' too?  That would save us one more 'click'  ;)

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