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Dreamstime.com / Re: DT managed collections
« on: November 01, 2007, 10:46 »
Great!  thank you Digiology  :)

Dreamstime.com / DT managed collections
« on: November 01, 2007, 10:25 »
Post the DT collections you manage in this thread, and if you have any pictures which would fit a collection, ask the photographer to add it to theirs.  A personal message on MSG or on DT with the picture numbers and the collection it corresponds to would keep this thread mainly with the list of collections available.

This will add richness and diversity to the collections we personally manage, and of course will create more exposure.  I hope that some of your pictures fit into one of these categories, I will be glad to add them.

Here are my collections:

Iowa, USA


Madonna (Mary)

Musical Instruments

Church Details

Kitchen Related



Whenever it reaches $100.
I also appreciate the professional approach of SS with their monthly automated payment.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Current Review Times
« on: October 29, 2007, 10:45 »
Thanks Pixart.  Just being busy with other projects not connected to stock:  family matters and genealogy details.  Cruises don't tempt me, I prefer by far being home, although we definitely enjoyed a family gathering this Summer!

General Stock Discussion / Re: Current Review Times
« on: October 29, 2007, 09:20 »
Big 6:

Shutterstock - 2 days
Fotolia - 1 day
Dreamstime - 3 days
Istockphoto - 7 days, and still pending
StockXpert - 1 day
Bigstockphoto - 6 days, and still pending

Up and Coming:

123RF - 1 day
Canstockphoto - 7 days, and still pending
Crestock - (not registered)
FeaturePics - 2 days
LuckyOliver - 7 days, and still pending
Scanstockphoto: (not uploading anymore)
Albumo: (not registered)

Got recent information? Post it here so this can be as up-to-date as possible.

if you press the quote button then take out the quote headings, you can copy and paste the whole set so we can keep it updated easily.

General Stock Discussion / Re: FeaturePics Blog license option
« on: September 19, 2007, 16:15 »
Oh wow, Lee!  That's great information. Thanks for posting that!

Definitely!  :)

What you wrote Lee makes sense.  I'll wait before I opt in.

General Stock Discussion / FeaturePics Blog license option
« on: September 17, 2007, 09:58 »
Featurepics added an option for licensing small resolution Blog pictures.  Use of such pictures is free.  The idea is that it would be a good way to promote the photographer's portfolio.  Has anyone used this option? Does anyone have an opinion on this option?   I'm still undecided and would appreciate any of your feedback.  Thanks!

Here is the site explanation:

"If you allow Clients to use your thumbnails (130px max) in the blog and news content, the users will be required to place a link to your image where other types of licenses are listed.

This type of seemingly free service will go a long way to promoting your Portfolios.

All thumbnails will have an authorization code inside of the image tag that will include the date when the code was used. If you decide to stop assigning "Blog Use License" for your images - we can identify that the image was placed prior to the license withdrawal, so we have extra security on this transaction. "

(note:  Leaf, I didn't find a specific forum for Featurepics, did I miss it?)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Dreamstime suspended our account
« on: August 29, 2007, 18:15 »
Yes Pixart, in some circumstances we do have to think 'inside the box'...   :)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Dreamstime suspended our account
« on: August 29, 2007, 12:27 »
Perrush, I understand.  I included the word 'beach' because if a buyer wanted to do a search on 'beach erosion', I thought that this picture would be appropriate.  For me 'forest' is definitely not an appropriate keyword, knowing that there is quite a cliff with strong waves at its basis just behind this line of the trees you see, and which won't be there soon.

As I said, my mistake was not to convey enough into the pictures what my eyes saw.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Dreamstime suspended our account
« on: August 29, 2007, 11:54 »
ArtmannWitte, I hope that you didn't intentionally spam, and can sort through your portfolio easily and make it live again.

Regarding spamming, sometimes the reviewers can make some mistakes.  I'm not speaking about DT here, but today I had an image rejected at IS because the keywords used didn't appear to be fully relevant to the subject.  The keywords in question were "beach, ecology, environment, environmental, power, white ETC..."  I uploaded this picture specifically for the environmental concern on part of the French Atlantic beach, where a few blocks of a village already went into the sea, and this house is the next one to go:

The Ocean is just behind the dune on the left.  I know the place very well and witnessed the drastic changes and the power of the elements over the years.  The house is white, but with the sunset it looks cream.  I always check thoroughly my keywords before submitting.  I thought that the keyword 'white' was appropriate.   The purpose of this shot for me was to convey the disasters happening now due to the sand erosion, but it didn't work out.

Just to say that there can be some keywords that could be considered as spamming by the reviewers, because the angle the picture is shown doesn't convey enough of the reality, which is probably the case for this picture, but in fact are not intentional spamming.  In this case, I consider it my mistake to suppose that the reviewers knew what I saw but unfortunately I couldn't capture enough from one single spot.

I agree wholeheartedly that intentional spamming is a no-no.

Edited to add how the picture was received on the other sites:  FP, LO and SS approved it (they probably saw the concept I wanted to convey), BS and SS still in the pending mode, 123RF refused it without explanation, DT refused it for "Lack of composition", FL for "Your photographic work is excellent but does not meet the needs of the Fotolia customer base", and of course StockExpert refused it for "Thanks, but we are not looking for such image..."

General - Top Sites / Re: Istockphoto vs. Shutterstock
« on: August 28, 2007, 23:32 »
(Hint --->  Hatman = "grouchy smurf")  :)

StockXpert.com / Re: StockXpert slowed down reviews?
« on: August 28, 2007, 23:20 »
Got all of mine reviewed today  :)

General - Top Sites / Re: Istockphoto vs. Shutterstock
« on: August 28, 2007, 22:56 »
Yes ozbandit, dynamics are different on different sites for sure.  They seem to complement each other in some ways, so it's great for us.

a.k.a.-tom, same here. Leaf succeeded in building a great site for the community of photographers, and keeping it light, informative, and lively.  I also appreciate that the owners of some stock sites participate here on a regular basis.  The transparency and the good will makes this place a must.

General - Top Sites / Re: Istockphoto vs. Shutterstock
« on: August 28, 2007, 11:43 »
(...) If you just want to focus on small folio and can't shoot/upload at least 50 new images per month then don't count on SS to give you big growth or income but rather concentrate on iStock, Dreamstime and StockExpert.

Ozbandit, once a picture is ready, why not include SS too?  It doesn't take too much more time and energy, since SS FTP uploads are easy, and it gives more exposure (and income) to the picture as a result.  When a buyer wishes for a croissant, for example, I assume that he will do the search for the word 'croissant' without checking first whose photographers have the largest portfolios.  Although I see your point in searching for 'beautiful blonde', a single picture would be lost in a tidal wave of thousands of pictures  :)

General Stock Discussion / Re: How to advertize your porfolio?
« on: August 28, 2007, 10:00 »
SS has 2 separate sites, one for the buyers, another one for photographers.  The page you're looking for is this one:


I would also advise you to check the forum pages to know what to expect as a contibutor.  For example this post is from today:

Requirements for new members?

I agree that FL isn't a big earner compared to SS and IS.  Not yet...

LuckyOliver.com / Re: Congrats to Leaf
« on: August 28, 2007, 08:31 »
Congratulations Tyler, very nice series!
I also read the explanation you gave in the comment section, quite an amazing achievement to have taken these pictures while hanging yourself on a rope with all your equipment!  not only you need a good backpack, but dexterity too!

Microstock News / Re: Canon SX100 IS
« on: August 27, 2007, 16:45 »
Is this model an improvement over the Canon PowerShot A640 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom or does it only cover different shooting needs?

StockXpert.com / Re: StockXpert slowed down reviews?
« on: August 26, 2007, 20:42 »
Still waiting too...

Off Topic / Re: Newbie ArtmannWitte
« on: August 24, 2007, 17:05 »
Oui cette region est tres belle, bonne integration dans la culture francaise!  :)

With your Brazilian and German background, you're quite a cosmopolitan ArtmannWitte!  It's good that you've found this place.

Yes, very creative Tyler.  Thank you for taking the time to create the lightbox.
Here are 3 pictures that could be added:

iStockPhoto.com / Re: A Punctum day finalist is among us...
« on: August 21, 2007, 15:54 »
Very nice!  Congratulations to both of you!

Microstock News / Re: ShutterStock press pass
« on: June 06, 2007, 12:37 »
Remember the classic National Geographic photo of an Afgan woman with the stunningly haunting green eyes? 

The English-speaking photographer got her name (he probably had a translator with him).  Years later when National Geographic tried to find her for an update on how she was doing, they couldn't locate her and wrote a story about it. 

They did find her in 2002:

Shutterstock.com / Re: Subsites of Shutterstock
« on: May 24, 2007, 23:42 »
I only know about this one:


Off Topic / Re: Photography homepage
« on: May 22, 2007, 10:53 »
Don't forget to use the referral links available for each site  :)

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