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26 / Re: Trying to get approval on SS
« on: January 06, 2011, 07:38 »
where i fall short is in understanding lighting. 

Microstock sites tend to prefer light and colorful images over the dark desaturated murky ones. They also don't like dark/hard shadows or very much contrast in general.

They don't like to many highlights either.

General Stock Discussion / Re: When does it pick up again?
« on: January 06, 2011, 06:44 »
Thursday, January 6, 2011.

Can you predict the weather too? We need you in the UK.

General Stock Discussion / When does it pick up again?
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:03 »
When are you expecting to get back to an average days downloads?

feed the beast!
I'm going to feed the beast until its sick.

Lighting / Re: Isolated photos setup
« on: December 16, 2010, 03:57 »
All really useful. Thanks. :D

Lighting / Re: Isolated photos setup
« on: December 15, 2010, 18:38 »
Can you suggest how I need to change my setup/techniques to improve the lighting:

You might try some black of grey "reflectors" on the both sides of the syringe. You may need to put them so close that it shows in the image, but removing them in PS is a quick procedure.

I'll try this. Thanks.

Lighting / Re: Isolated photos setup
« on: December 15, 2010, 18:37 »
Try putting some distance between your subject and the light table. 
Can you explain what you mean?

Lighting / Re: Isolated photos setup
« on: December 15, 2010, 14:08 »
Great! I appreciate your input.

Lighting / Re: Isolated photos setup
« on: December 15, 2010, 07:51 »
I'm having a few problems with isolation.

  • I've purchased two interfit flash units. I position them either side of my object on a white surface. One unit has a softbox and the other an umbrella to diffuse the light.
  • WB is set to flash.
  • The only processing I do is to adjust the levels in photoshop.

Can you suggest how I need to change my setup/techniques to improve the lighting:

35 / Re: iStock iPhone App Users
« on: December 14, 2010, 08:27 »
What on earth do you use it for?  I downloaded it but have never used it since then. I check my stats once a day online and that is enough.

Its good to check when I have a spare moment. I started contributing a year ago but I still get excited when my balance goes up. Even if parts of the site don't work the app plays a useful role for me.

36 / iStock iPhone App Users
« on: December 14, 2010, 07:55 »
I use the iPhone app daily. One thing I wish it has was push notifications when I make a sale. I also wish it was possible to review sales at image level. Do you you use it and what would features would you find useful?

37 / Re: My Uploads Lag
« on: December 12, 2010, 16:51 »
OK. Ta.

38 / My Uploads Lag
« on: December 12, 2010, 16:37 »
I've had a few downloads (which is great) this weekend but none have appeared in my uploads when I order by Last DL. I can't see what has been downloaded. Has anyone experienced this?

Newbie Discussion / Re: Upsizing
« on: November 28, 2010, 07:47 »
I just noticed that Alamy requires 48MB uncompressed minimum. Does this mean that I just upsize my JPGs, and submit it? Or would I be best if I RAW, and processed it, and upsized it? Can you clue me in about this who upside business?

Thanks  :)

Answered in email, but in case someone else comes across the question.

I make the file the size I want it, over 48.2 MB, before I do any editing and edit as a TIF. (save the TIF) Save as JPG level 12 as last step.

Cheers, I just experience the confusion around this subject.

At least one eye and a dslr with some sort of a lens. Maybe even an iphone is enough if you know how to use it:

Wow. I don't believe it.


You need this when waiting for images to be reviewed and when waiting for sales if your going to see any progess in microstock. iStock review times are currently 7+ days for me but in the past as short as 4 days. It can be fraustrating waiting a week for a photo to be rejected but this only adds to the importance of submitting only your best content.

Generally Dreamstime  will review images faster than iStock but at times i can be just as long.

If you are looking for faster review times try Shutterstock and Fotolia which are a couple of days.

42 / Re: What's up with SS???????? rejections
« on: October 17, 2010, 12:21 »
Although I've been selling video clips on SS for some time now, I have yet to be accepted as a still photographer.  After four unsuccessful attempts, my fifth attempt included ten photos that had all been approved in one of my previous attempts.  (I didn't reach the requisite seven out of ten in my previous attempts, but some of the photos were approved.)  Much to my surprise, the photos that were approved previously were disapproved!  It even included photos that have sold on other sites!  It seems that the initial batch of ten is a moving target.  :o

Keep going with that. If you have 7 or more accepted across all previous batches its working contacting them - they let me upload a batch of my previously accepted images and I was accepted. More here:

Very impressive. How are sales?

44 / Fast-track approval
« on: September 29, 2010, 12:54 »
Recently one of my images was fast-tracked for approval ahead of others that had been uploaded a few days before it. Do iStock ever cherry pick images in the approval queue?

General Stock Discussion / Re: My first $1000
« on: September 27, 2010, 08:40 »
Hi I'd love to know what your "income" curve was - I've been loading up images to some sites for about a month and think I've learn't a lot already but waiting for that first sale. How long was it to first sale, first $100 say. I'd like to think I could have about $300 towards a lens by April but thinking I'm being optimistic!?

It took me 6-7 months to get my first $100 across IS, SS, DT and FT. I got my first payout from IS 9 months after my first sale.

General Stock Discussion / Re: My first $1000
« on: September 18, 2010, 10:57 »
Congratulations. I've been going almost a year and I'm still a long way off the $1000 mark but I will get there. Keep going!

47 / Re: How are your DLs over at iStock right now?
« on: September 15, 2010, 05:34 »
Mine are slowly increasing, as indeed they are everwhere else. The 'summer slump' appears to be coming to an end.

It'll probably take weeks or months for any sales fall-out to become evident at Istock. New accounts would need to be opened and credit packages used up. It's not going to happen overnight.

Unrelated but one thing I have noticed is ever-increasing PPD sales at SS. At the beginning of the year they were about 25% of total SS earnings but they have been slowly creeping up each month and for September are now at 34%.

The other day I found one of my images on own-brand food packaging at Tesco's, the UK's biggest supermarket. The only EL I had sold recently was at SS in May. From previous images-in-action I'm pretty sure that Tesco used to buy from Istock but it appears they may have switched to SS.

What was the product, I'd like to check it out?

I'm also keen to know. 8)

If you in London between now and 16th January 2011 make sure you visit the Eadweard Muybridge exhibition at the Tate Britain. I had a preview last night and its very good.

closed so soon?

Sorry! My first poll (amateur!). I don't think I can reopen the voting without stating a new poll.


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