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Since starting out I've found that one of my images accounts for over 50% of my total earnings. Do you find a similar trend?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Sales slump
« on: August 27, 2010, 09:58 »
Summertime???  here in Sweden its been bloody rain from start to finish.

You'll be relieved to know it is almost over, then, and you have autumn to look forward to  ;D

As it happens Autumn in Sweden is a lovely season, really colorful stuff. My second home is in the UK, London and Cornwall and boy, even more rain every single day.

I'm starting to think that London is Atlantis. We havnt had a classic blue sky stock day where the light is perfect for weeks.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Feeding the beast
« on: August 27, 2010, 04:51 »
Sales are still going strong after two weeks on SS. 2 -3 d/l per day on average from my first batch of 50. I thought it would have died down after the first week. How hungry is the beast for you?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Feeding the beast
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:01 »
@Warren - I'll console you. I was rejected twice, trying my third time, and procrastinating it until I'm in a better mood. Better? At least you are in to feed the beast  ;D

Keep going Blufish. Its worth contacting them if you are rejected again - if you have 7 accepted images across previous batches then they are likely to be understanding and reset your account to review mode so that you can upload your best batch.

If you feed the beast what comes out the other end? :-[

Shutterstock.com / Re: Feeding the beast
« on: August 19, 2010, 12:33 »
The other beast only chew your b--ls and give nothing back.

I dont like the sound of those other beasts.

Shutterstock.com / Feeding the beast
« on: August 19, 2010, 08:40 »
When "The Beast" is hungry how long will it feed off my fresh meat before hunting for a new carcass? ??? For example, if I upload a batch of 10 and get downloads on the day it is accepted, the following day and the next.... how many days is it before the downloads from new search results goes?

I hear that this beast doesnt seem to like carrion.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Imediate downloads after acceptance
« on: August 13, 2010, 06:11 »
Same, I was only accepted yesterday and I've already had three sales which seems unprecendented in my experience. Why is it so different to istock and DT and FT? What is the catch with SS?

Yesterday I had 8 rejected out of 10 from my 6th submitted batch. 8 out of 10 of the images had been accepted in previous batches so I emailed support out of fraustration and got a helpfull response. They reset my account to 'review' status and asked me to submit 10 files that had been accepted before. Today I was finally accepted! Its worth asking if you find yourself in the same situation.

fljac your english is fine, understood and thanks for your help. Good luck Blufish and others!

I have been trying for several months now. If the response to half of my 10 images that are submitted is simply "Not Approved:" with no further detail, but the other half do have reasons such as "Compositon" or "Commercial Value" are the former accepted at first but rejected because I've had less than 7 in the batch approved?

My first tear sheet!

From page 10-11 here:http://www.publications.saltmedia.co.uk/saltmedia/58/

iStockPhoto.com / Re: IStock iPhone App.
« on: July 07, 2010, 10:41 »
Last few days the app will Autologin but my stats don't load. Anyone else?

Working now!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: IStock iPhone App.
« on: July 07, 2010, 07:45 »
Last few days the app will Autologin but my stats don't load. Anyone else?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Give me strength
« on: June 10, 2010, 06:44 »
do it.

Adobe Stock / Re: A Thief on Fotolia
« on: June 10, 2010, 06:42 »
They do look very similar. However there are alot of stock images out there and it could be pure coincidence. The world will look the same no matter how you draw it.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia offline/slow approvals
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:44 »
1) No, I haven't had any problems getting on the site.
2) No, I've never had an image seriously forgotton or lost in the queue. Normal pending time for non-exclusives is 5 days, the longest I've waited was 7 days. Next day or the day after, as you say, that's the normal pending time for full-exclusive members.

ETA: I get an error-page if I try to click onto your portfolio.

Thanks Pheby - Im an amateur as Christian Bale would say.

UPDATE: Its just the UK site.

Adobe Stock / Fotolia offline/slow approvals
« on: June 05, 2010, 04:51 »
1. Fotolia seems to have been offline since last night - does anyone know whats going on?

2. I have had uploads waiting for approval for a week and a half now (its normally same day or the day after) - has anyone had experience of this in the past? By my own admission they are particularly good images and I am keen to see them accepted or rejected. Has anyone had to prompt Fotolia to review an image in the past?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Watermarks
« on: May 14, 2010, 06:13 »
You should have shouted to high heavens! The problem is no one would understand your point if they dont understand microstock. People will use photos from google searches in presentations, no matter what the web location is, and this will always be a problem. I guess its not really a problem if its not being published or presented outside of a small group of people?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Picture Nation
« on: April 28, 2010, 15:41 »
Yes your right I will keep them online. But only as long as my subscription lasts. What I really mean then is in my situation I should probably focus on uploading to the big sites that I'm finding some success with.

I'm going for a read of your blog - are you full time now then?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Picture Nation
« on: April 28, 2010, 06:32 »
Anyone had any sales since they came back online?

With >200 photos in my portfolio and not 1 sale after a year (including the downtime) I'm tempted to close my account here.

It probably because they accepted all of the guff I initally thought was worthy of being counted as stock.

Thoughts (David)?

Since iStock and Fotolia don't support digital signatures, I am having the model fill out all of the info for the release on my iPhone, then emailing it to my desktop where I print it and have them sign it.  One advantage I like is having their picture (taken with my iPhone) on the release as well.

I have been using Easy Release. I've found almost the same. However, FT will accept the digital signature. You should try using it with them.

The app doesnt save much time but if the big sites move towards accepting digital signatures it might be more useful.

iStock gives you the highest sales and most satisfaction IMO. Fotolia gives you the quickest feedback and if you start out with alot of images to upload then it will help a newbie to gauge what will be accepted on the other sites and what won't be accepted anywhere. DT is good and my largest portfolio is there but their standards seem to be lower (many of what I would rate as my poorer images, from when I started out, are located here and getting the fewest views/sales). In, summary I've learnt and earnt the least from DT; iStock is the most satisfying site to get a sale; and Fotolia teaches you the most.

\/ give it a wide birth.

Lighting / Re: Which Alienbees Flashunit?
« on: April 03, 2010, 05:31 »
Thanks for every one of your responses.  :o

Lighting / Which Alienbees Flashunit?
« on: April 02, 2010, 11:25 »
I am considering getting a lighting setup as I live in a very dingy flat with minimum natural light. I've been experimenting with a daylight bulb in a desktop lamp but I don't achieve the results I want - natural light with no shadows. If I go for some flash units (I'm considering renting a US mailbox and getting Alienbees forwarded to the UK):
  • What is the difference between "the B400, the B800 and the B1600"? I guess its the amount of light its capable of creating.
  • Do I need two flash units - or could I use one combined with the daylight bulb in a desktop lamp?

What would you do?

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