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Photoshop Tutorials / Re: I need a good next level tutorial
« on: August 17, 2013, 01:54 »
Thanks guys for good links!

Xanox i fully agree: i dont want to save any images but i just want to tweak them. I cannot imagine that those funky retro images that i am thinking of were shot that way. I always add the basic contrast, saturation etc, but there is def more photoshop in the pics i am thinking of. Or have i missed something? I can shoot a good, sharp photo but with my canon 50d and shooting RAW the photos are not automatically as super eye popping or tweaked as the ones i am thinking of. Sorry if sound fussy but i think you know what i mean...?

Photoshop Tutorials / I need a good next level tutorial
« on: August 14, 2013, 10:26 »
Hey i need help with finding a good tutorial to lift up my photoshop. I take a lot of teens pics and i want to tweak them in a funky way which is in fashion now. But am really nervous re photoshop as i dont want refusals due to overprocessing. Does anyone know of  good tutorials?

General Stock Discussion / Re: When to post
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:11 »
OK! Sounds like there is consencus! Thank you guys

General Stock Discussion / When to post
« on: August 12, 2013, 02:15 »
Goodmorning! A small reflection: am in Sweden and shooting a lot of summer images. Summer is however soon over and stock sites are asking for autumn, halloween, even christmas content. SHould i upload these images now, or would it be better to save them to spring? Does it matter when i upload seasonal content?

Thanks for advice!

Hey i am realising that i am not visiting this forum often enough as i miss big chunks of info... Like this one... Symbio is new to me, and have spent an hour now trying to read through posts and understanding what it is about. I would love to be part of something that promotes free trafe stock photography!

I do miss some basic overview of what it is and how it works, but will hopefully find when i continue reading.
Something i wonder is whether i can hook up my existing site or if i need to set up one from scratch to be more customised to symbio? I have a wordpress site already promoting my client work, but maybe it would be possible to add this through plug ins?

Adobe Stock / Re: Categories
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:53 »
Ah, ok! SOunds like good advice, i will try!

Adobe Stock / Categories
« on: June 28, 2013, 23:33 »
Hi all
sorry if this has been asked before but couldnt find anything in the archives:

Just wondering re fotolias categories: when processing images, the categories seem totally random. I can only see 10 main categories, and they all have confusing numbers that seem to indicate that there are other categories in between that are not visible. Am i missing something?


Cameras / Lenses / Re: Wideangle for canon
« on: May 10, 2013, 14:39 »
I cant afford upgrading my body at the moment, have decided to prioritise the lens..

Now reading that both Canon zooms have neg comments re sharpness. Does anyone here know anything about them being soft?

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Wideangle for canon
« on: May 10, 2013, 10:52 »
eclaire would you go for it even if not fullframe? I have a 50d

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Wideangle for canon
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:35 »
Oh dear... i think i decide and then i hear new comments that makes me confused again...

I want to be able to take large crowd photos, receptions, interior. Sharpness is really important. Brandname is not important. I can pay but obviously would be happy to spend under 1000 euro...

Grateful for any suggestions!!

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Wideangle for canon
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:42 »
Thank you all for good comments

I have a 50 mm and a 70 - 200. I then only have the kit zoom which is really bad, so this would be a complement to the two good ones i have. I would need it mainly for crowd photos, like receptions and weddings, and also for some interior. I don't do extreme wideangle, guess i would like one day but maybe better then to get a fish eye or the 10-22 mentioned by sgoodwin4813 at a later stage?

Cameras / Lenses / Wideangle for canon
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:14 »
Hi i need to buy a wideangle for my canon 50d. Have been recommended two: either Canon EF 17-40/4.0L USM or a Canon EF 16-35/2.8L II USM.

As you pro's know, one is twice the price of the other. Is it worth saving for the more expensive one? Would love to hear your comments

Shutterstock.com / Problem with receiving payment
« on: April 05, 2013, 05:37 »
I was sent a payout check by Shutterstock last year, which unfort didnt make it to me. I have been in contact with them, and they have acknowledged that the check hasnt been cashed and they can transfer to paypal. Last time they wrote, a couple of months ago, they said i had to confirm my paypal account, which i did.
Since then it has gone dead.
I have written and written, but get no reply.
Does anyone have a good email to contact them through, as the submit email doesnt seem to have anyone looking into it.


Veer / Re: Cannot upload via browser
« on: March 26, 2013, 15:16 »
Thanks... guess there is nothing to do... I also upload very randomly. These are my testimages... Wonder how i will work through my other 400 pics. Maybe the ftp would work better...

Veer / Cannot upload via browser
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:25 »
Hi all!
I know there was another similar thread, but it was a bit old so am starting it a fresh... I cannot upload my 10 test images via browser. Have tried for a couple of weeks now, and almost everytime it uploads BUT then it says the file could not be processed - unknown error. Have tried to write to them but no reply. Anyone knows what to do?

Alamy.com / Short film about Alamy
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:46 »
Just got accepted to alamy, hurra!!

Found this little film, thought i share


Photoshop Discussion / Re: When is it too much?
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:53 »
Thanks all. Yes i feel a bit silly for having missed that black weird thing on her hair. Will try to take it out and see if that does the trick. Will also try the suggestion of adding noise to sky. The vibrance thing in RAW is great!

I guess these are the tricks of the trade which have to be learned through many rejections...

Photoshop Discussion / Re: When is it too much?
« on: January 04, 2013, 10:51 »
Thank you all for many useful replies! I will def try to the RAW road... Any other tips greatly appreciated.

Veneratio suggested i post images for feedback, so here goes:

This is one where i tried to make it more popping, and to make the background a bit funky by tweaking it. It was accepted by many but was rejected from one of the big ones due to spots on sensor:

This one was again approved by many but yet again a big one said it was overfiltered:
- again i wanted to tweak it to create an amazing blue sky, which is also a bit metallic if you know what i mean. But somehow i didnt manage

Photoshop Discussion / When is it too much?
« on: January 03, 2013, 04:48 »
Hi am struggling with the amount of tweaking i can do in photoshop, and need help!!

When i look around on all amazing stock images, my conclusion is that most are seriously photoshoped. You agree? I just cant understand how those amazing greens, blues, popping crispness is created if not in photoshop... And i want to do it too! But whenever i try to tweak my images a bit, i almost always get the images rejected. I am told i have overfiltered, over processed etc.

So i guess i have to learn more, get better! But how?! I have searched for help, tried to find classes, tutorials, books but i just find the general stuff. I can do a cool pic good enough to show off on a website, but not to get through the inspectors quality control. I think i need more advanced help. How do i get to the next level? Anyone knows where i can go?
I shoot RAW and fix most of general issues in the RAW program before i open the file in photoshop.
Thank you in advance

Just got an email promoting this site

Instagram is extremelly appealling for the man on the street. As is iphone photography etc. A whole new market seems to be emerging with iphone artists etc etc.

Re the above site: Not sure how they can be printed as 20 x 20 inch canvasses though without being completelly pixelated... Not sure the so called topsellers are shot with mobile phones and then processed in instagram either...

And just got an email promoting this site


Shutterstock.com / Re: New Shutterstock TOS update
« on: February 10, 2012, 05:45 »
I mostly shoot kids, and many pics are of my own  children. I will opt out, for same reasons as stated above: i am aware that i cannot stop all but if being ask, better safe than sorry. Having said this, i am aware that any upload anywhere can be misused. And with a global market, how will we even know? How do you guys find out where your images are being used? Have done this for soon two years, and have maybe found out where 10 downloads were used, out of maybe 1000 total downloads.

I am ok with my kids being an anonymous face for any causes stated in the existing agreements. I think i would even be ok with them being the anonymous orphan for an AIDS campaign or unwanted teen pregnancies etc. I would not want some sicko to use them for anything porn related tho, but they can just steal my personal facebook images and do the same without going through a stock agency. And again, how would i know?

Alamy.com / Re: Approval of first batch
« on: November 01, 2011, 01:25 »
Hi again,

thank you all for helpful answers.

the 4 images were quite different. The one that got denied was a high office facade. I dont know in what order i submitted them, but in the report sheet back, it was the first one listed.

Racephoto: i agree, there should be more good ones! But these were the best ones!! Guess a bit nervous too, first time for macro and all...

Alamy.com / Approval of first batch
« on: October 29, 2011, 05:03 »
First of all, my apologies if this has been covered before. Did a search but couldnt find...

Am struggling with getting my first batch of 4 images approved by Alamy. Have had three batches with Failed QC. I think that my first two batches failed cause the connection got cut and i didnt upload my 4 images fully. There is no explanation as to why my first batches were rejected, only image processing error stated next to one of the images.

My third batch had an explanation for Failed QC. One of the images was soft or lacking definition. The other three has no motivation as to why they have Failed QC.  I am guessing they have failed by default as one image was soft or lacking definition. My question is: shall i take my chanses and reload the three that 'only' are Failed QC and then add another image to the mix? Or should i submit four completelly new images?
Thanks in advance

Photo Critique / Re: Why was this rejected?
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:08 »
Thank you all for very useful input. Funny with the chair - for me it was part of the concept but it clearly seems to confuse the viewer. So will remove it...

Averil: Thing is, they did not shoot it down due to lack of composition, but of the above reasons poor lighting etc. Yes i can tweak it a bit more, move levels more to the left, but then the image will turn more intense, more yellow, and move away from the mood which i loved in the picture. But sure, i can light up her face more, just seems like very picky considering other images i have gotten thru in the past...

Am glad to hear i am not going nuts, and that the image is stock value. Am annoyed tho as i had a perfect 100% upload for the month for once, was sure that would be kept for the month when i uploaded this, and wham! Also uploaded similar from the same series and they got rejected for more or less same reasons... So down to 40% again, despite what i think are my best pics to be submitted!!

click click - thanks for kind words. Yes model is SUPER (and my daughter, so slightly partial!)


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