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Gimmestock.com / Re: News from Gimmestock
« on: September 13, 2006, 18:05 »

And then I became an enemy.


Very bold and accurate Adelaide, there is no reason to become an enemy if you say things with integrity.  I was not aware of what you had written but am happy that you did.  I understand your comments as a wish to shake-up the CanStockPhoto leadership so that they realize that in order for them to be succesfull they have to take it wholeheartedly as a business.  It's like a store.  You get the goods for selling them, not for collecting them.  And the photographers expect that from any stock-store.  Marketing strategies are very important, and cannot be succesful if they are dealt on a free-time basis.  I found your comments very supportive and well-intentioned.

Gimmestock.com / Re: News from Gimmestock
« on: September 13, 2006, 17:12 »
'Jerry Maguire' movie, Rod Tidwell  line!

Thanks StockManiac.  I hope that more photographers wouldn't hesitate to express themselves on these sites so that the admin would invest more into a defensive marketing like SS does so well.

I didn't put any comments on the Gimmestock site, I'm not registered there, and probably won't in view of what madelaide mentioned. But here is my small personal contribution today at CanStockPhoto:

Forums > CanStockPhoto Discussion > Feedback wanted!

Berryspun  Photographer with < 50 sales
 5 posts       
 September 13, 2006 (5 hours ago)
Oh, and I forgot... I would like this balance counter to be less static, so... more good exposure, go and reach the designers, which leads to more sales, and you will have plenty of happy photographers! All the rest is secondary.

ImageVortex.com / Is IV freezing?
« on: September 13, 2006, 10:58 »
I have not had any pictures sold there yet, and most of the ones which are approved and doing well on other stock sites are not approved on IV along with this robotic ansswer - "This image does not look stock-like according to our style".  I still continue to upload, hoping that one of the 23 lucky pictures which have been approved will sell one day soon...

Up till now (I joined last March), the approval process was always the next day the latest.  But my last batch date is Sept.8, and it is still in the pending mode.  Very unusual.

Do you think that this site is having trouble?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Micro Stock Watcher
« on: September 13, 2006, 10:24 »
well this site has something similar also in the works. Homefully soon at at the top where you see the word Dreamstime, you will see the headings of the major stock sites, as well as your downloads, and earnings.

That would be fantastic!  I hope that you can implement it soon.  Thank you Leaf for creating and improving this site.  I realized that checking on every stock forums was quite time-consuming, and to know that there is this central place where I can quickly get up-to-date with the major site events is really great.

Thanks hospitalera, I saw your warnings on the SS forum.

LuckyOliver.com / Re: LO Review time
« on: September 12, 2006, 08:54 »
For me the batch from Sept.1 was reviewed Sept 2, but the batches from Sept.2 and on are still in the queue.
On Sept.6, they mentioned that, in other words, they were swamped...  here is the thread:

New Sites - General / Re: GalaStock any experiences
« on: September 09, 2006, 16:21 »
Hi Valerijs, thanks for coming.  I have not registered to your site yet because I heard the kinds of suspicions like the ones above on different sites, and people were also wondering about the future of the GS site.

I know that competition is hard, and I'm glad to hear that you have upgraded the system for the speed, it's a very good sign.  I really appreciate the fact that you are ready to face any questions.  I may go and sign up soon.  I wish you the best.

Adobe Stock / Re: Does Fotolia Really Have Over 1 Million Images?
« on: September 08, 2006, 23:08 »
You're right, there is no confirmation in this answer about the million.  It seems that to justify this number FL counts the different websites which are translated but share the same pool of pictures.
I definitely like the emphasis on the sales, and hope that their bold (hopefully honest) marketing strategy will bear its fruits.

Here are the numbers I found on Answers.com via Wilkipedia:

Social marketplace for royalty free stock images (available in english, german, french and spanish)
Wikipedia:  Fotolia. 58,000 members - 4,000 new photos every day - 664,000 pictures

Reading more into the page, I see sites that are not existing anymore, so I'm not sure about the date of these referred numbers.  I didn't find a date associated with the chart.  The numbers are probably higher now.

CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Worth continuing?
« on: September 08, 2006, 22:23 »
I'll definitely continue, hoping that the sales will catch up  :)

123RF / Re: down?
« on: September 08, 2006, 19:07 »
It works now :)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Newbie....Hi
« on: September 08, 2006, 19:00 »
Hi back to you Pichunter  :)

123RF / Re: down?
« on: September 08, 2006, 18:56 »
No connection for me either at this time...

General Stock Discussion / Re: keeping track of images
« on: September 07, 2006, 11:11 »
Yes, it would be...
I submit to more sites, but I am not that prolific... you have more that 10x more pictures than me on DT, and quite an amazing portfolio!  Are you doing stock full time?

General Stock Discussion / Re: keeping track of images
« on: September 07, 2006, 10:39 »
Leaf, t doesn't bother me to keep track, it frees my mind...

Mike, MS Excel is what I use, one column per site, the first three ones being for the file name, the title, and the thumbnail which I copy from one of the site and reduce to fit.

In each box I put the site file number (if any), the date submitted, the result date with any useful comments given from the site regarding the picture. Plus a color code for the practical visual aspect: blank for waiting, yellow for approved, grey for refused, and green for deleted by myself.  I also use bars to differentiate the dates submitted.

I find this system very practical.  This way, I don't have to think too much about what I did with what and with who, just entering the new info and go on shooting   :)

Have fun with whatever you choose!

General Stock Discussion / Re: Street Shots as Editorial?
« on: September 06, 2006, 23:30 »
When a person can be identified, he/she needs to sign a model release.  To my knowledge Shutterstock is the only stock site at this point which accepts editorial pictures, and they are quite strict about that policy.  There was a post in the forum a while ago about the legality of it, or rather the lack of when there is no MR, and the consequences of it.  Sometimes there are celebrities marked as editorial, so there may be some exceptions to the rule.

General Stock Discussion / MSP no more...
« on: September 05, 2006, 16:59 »
After a few months when the site went into a ghost mood, even encouraging us lately to upload out pictures on other sites, I emailed MicroStockPhoto directly, wondering if they even had the desire for us to upload...  no answer.  This didn't prevent the admin to take off all the posts about the site news (it's blank now).  I wish that the owner John would have left us a little "thank you and sorry" note instead...  I checked the forum as a last farewell and saw a feeble sign of activity... from one of the photographers.  I'm quoting him:

"MSP is A Dead Parrot. It ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet his Maker. It has been. It's deceased. It's an ex stock site. It's like the Norvegian Blue
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYWA8DdVEw0" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYWA8DdVEw0</a>
. "

That video made my day  ;D

Well, my last activity was to empty my portfolio, one by one, just in case the site itself would vanish or be sold for its content...

Thank you for this short ride, and Farewell MSP :(

New Sites - General / Re: Soupmeister.co.uk
« on: September 03, 2006, 23:24 »
Adelaide, I really appreciate your feedback.  I'm not on SPK (nor on soupmeister to keep the thread in focus), and won't, it's better to stick to the sites which have more exposure and a good marketing strategy, and where they don't hesitate to invest some finances for running a  full-page photo magazine advertisement etc.. Those sites are professional, and not surprizingly give us a return in sales.

I'll give a few more days for MSP to answer my email, and then I'll see.  But I will probably end up removing everything.

Funny I just went to the MSP site to check when was the admin last post, and it's May 31st... definitely dormant...  Here it is:

"How about the new status, 'Image Reviewed'? If the status is Image Reviewed and the title hasn't been replaced with NOT APPROVED, does that mean it is approved ?

Site Admin
Joined: 05 Nov 2005
Posts: 238
PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject:    Reply with quote
err yep Smile it means approved"

New Sites - General / Re: Soupmeister.co.uk
« on: September 03, 2006, 20:20 »
Thanks DBV and Adelaide.  I had 2 sales total at MSP, the same picture, the same day... someone must have clicked twice by mistake!  It seems that the owner isn't putting his attention into it anymore.  Yes, it's probably a waste of time at this point to continue uploading, the attention shifts from one stock site to another...

Do you think that it would be wise to take off the pictures from the site before it closes or before it's sold to someone else ?  The TP experience remains present, where we don't know yet why the new owner bought the library and how he intends to use it.  It just '*poof*'.. disappeared...

New Sites - General / Re: Soupmeister.co.uk
« on: September 03, 2006, 16:42 »
Regarding sites without hardly any sale/site activity, I don't see MicroStockPhoto listed as a stock list here, and when we submit we now are encouraged to go to other stock sites, LuckyOliver being highlighted.  Is MSP getting out of business?  I emailed them to ask if I should still continue to upload or not, no answer yet.  Does anyone know?

123RF / Re: 123rf Notification results
« on: September 02, 2006, 08:22 »
dbvirago it seems to confirm that they have a mix-up in their photographer's email notifications, or it's manually done by the approvers, and then mistakes can be made.
Since I track the pictures individually, I would prefer to receive a notification email for each photo, whether it may be an individual or group email.  Individual would still be my preference:  an approver reviews the picture, decides a result, the 'click' decision automatically sending an email to the photographer.  We then don't have to wait for a last pending one to know that everything else has already been approved.  It also gives a hint about the ones they are not sure about, for whatever reason.
123rf is the only site where there is an individual reference when you submit, and then another new publicized number when the photo is approved.
MSP and SX don't even send a message about the results, so knowing with 123rf that some anonymous pictures have been approved isn't that helpful, but is a first step in the right direction.  I hope that they will be more precise in a near future :)

General Stock Discussion / Re: review times
« on: September 01, 2006, 12:01 »
Yes, I noticed a freezing trend, was wondering what was happening behind the scene...

123RF / 123rf Notification results
« on: September 01, 2006, 09:47 »
This is the format email notification:

"Accepted: 3
Rejected: 0"

No references to either the batch nor the picture.  Very vague.
The last ones I received didn't change my pending numbers, so I think that the emails were mistakenly sent to me.
I wish that the message would be more specific.  I would prefer to receive an email for each picture result, like some other sites do, I find it very practical and easy to follow.
What do you think?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Shutterstock advice needed
« on: August 31, 2006, 22:39 »
Yupgp, I hope that you can make it on your next submission.  What could help you, if you don't mind some straight answers, is the SS critique forum.  People are there to normally help and support each other.  It will also give you the sense of what is expected to submit.  Since you already are registered up there, you can get some feedback on your own pictures from your first batch.  Don't forget to have at least part of it as a crop at 100%.

The SS standard has become harder with time, so I'm quite sure that most of the first 10 pictures I submitted wouldn't be approved now.  I had to adjust and improve my skills to fit in the more demanding stock expectations, and it's still a work in progress for me at this point.

All the best to you, I'll be glad to see you around.

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