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iStockPhoto.com / Re: New iStockphoto web design - IT'S LIVE!
« on: August 11, 2010, 14:21 »
Paulie , Sjlocke,etc..
What is meaning of  Istock BEST MATCH ?
Is it the same as other site Most Popular?

Newbie Discussion / Re: Who has had sales at Graphic Leftovers?
« on: August 11, 2010, 13:24 »
excuse , what is GL Collection Images?
I got some there but I not remember I do anything different .
Can I get explaination how my pictures got there?

Yes thank you very helpful answers. I understand.
Another thing, my friend who is referral for me get the bigger pay per use , I think that is the name for it, as well the 25 cents. I work only 4 Mega to 6 mega size
but friend up to 10 mega size.
Is it pay per use for bigger than 6 Mega size or just my friend picture is better?

Yes, I also got Fotolia. They very surprising because not many sales than Shutterstock . Then sudden download to catch up on Shutterstock for one single Extended Lic.
I agree when you say buyer is different for top big 4.
So now I will not worry much and give all the same because maybe I am robbing my own for not giving to everyone. Is true , yes?

Many thanks for all good advisors.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: New iStockphoto web design - IT'S LIVE!
« on: August 10, 2010, 17:00 »
After working for a while with the new template, I have to agree with the critiques. The underlying functionality didn't change of course, only the navigation and the skin. It's just too spacious. I have to scroll much more. Less thumbs on a page. I CTRL- as much as I could (rendering the fonts in an ugly way, but still readable) but the old skin just gave more info on one screen without having to scroll too much and the fonts were still pleasing.

I also don't like the "friends" thing at all. It must be spill over from the whims of useless sites like Facebook. It's a creative network, so why just not call it like that?

Of course they won't change since they put too much effort in it and they hailed it as the next best thing next to the invention of the wheel. But I wish they had the old template back. I find myself going less and less to iStock and I wonder whether it will have the same effect on buyers.

I found a new name for the template:
iStockphoto's carpal syndrome template.

I did what you said Ctrl -
but the page only go small but the Logout is not there.
I have to clear cache to see Log In. So I hope that mean I log out.

How to find Logout? On old one it is so easy.
I hate this one, sorry.

This is interesting to me . I am new and both IStock and Shutterstock give me same earning . But Shutterstock more downloads . IStock more money.
Is this normal and good sign to keep upload. IStock restriction so I am slower
to build portfolio. Shutterstock no limit I can give all.
Only my question. Do you experts old experience earner give to two agencies
the same? Or is better you divide .
I ask because pay per download is bigger on Istock. Do I lose download when
I give Shutterstock first? Or no problem. Buyer is different?

Thank you in advance, your input.

Off Topic / Re: Anyone else ever get an email like this?
« on: August 09, 2010, 14:10 »
Just curious, what can they do with our bank acount number? 

I the Nigerian dead millionaires scam, I suppose they ask us to send them some money for the legal papers, but here I can not imagine what they do, unless they rob you when you arrive at the location.  A Brazilian guy was robbed in South Africa like this, he had been contacted by an "import company" and went to ZA to sign a contract or whatever, and was held by the scammers.

No, not like that. You get big transfer or check more than your price. You keep the fee and send back the extra. You get big bonus for favor. But check is stolen and bank hold responsibility for you.

Off Topic / Re: Anyone else ever get an email like this?
« on: August 09, 2010, 10:37 »
Ya, they have been in business for many years. From telemarketing, to sending prosperous proposition to professionals with bait of big money. Next step is to ask your price and they offer a bonus on top to reward your speed. Aks you for your bank account to deposit overnight your advance in full + extra cash.
If you delay, you get  phone call to sweeten you.

It's big business

iStockPhoto.com / Re: New iStockphoto web design - IT'S LIVE!
« on: August 08, 2010, 17:16 »
If I'm honest I really dislike what they've done and much prefer the original (with Istock blue banners). Change isn't always good or necessary __ even on the internet. When the first cars were designed about 100 years ago they worked out that the best number of wheels was 4 and they were best placed one at each corner. Other designs have been tried since but they just didn't work as well.

ha!ha! funny but true. Why they spend money for old site work so good? Maybe best to save the programming fee
and give the saving to extra commission to you and me.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: New iStockphoto web design - IT'S LIVE!
« on: August 08, 2010, 10:25 »
In addition, Creative Network sounds more sophisticated than Friends. Many people in the former CN cannot be said as friends at all. Only a few have become friends. To think everyone in your CN is a friend is a bit pre-mature.
Agreed, 'friends' is so downmarket Facebook-like. They're probably trying to appeal to a much younger audience.

Ya, like 3,650 friends on facebook. Who got time to have so many friends, ha!ha!

General Photography Discussion / big fish big photo op . wow
« on: August 08, 2010, 08:28 »

Imagine he makes big money just on newsprint . wow. lucky photographer

iStockPhoto.com / Re: New iStockphoto web design - IT'S LIVE!
« on: August 07, 2010, 21:16 »
I like much the format, nice and neat. But I spend many minutes looking for the LOG OUT button. old one is easier to navigate. This one is a programmer intensified show how smart is designer but nightmare for user. 

My friend is hobbyist for stunt sport, sky dive, parasail,etc. She and huby want to do colaboration with me I shoot for stock. But they don't like 25 cents low commission I make . Is it chance I get Rights Managed with Alamy , Feature Pics, Deviant Arts,etc
And how I choose for best practical price to sell.
Is it bad to give to Rights Managed, because I know many of you are Royalty Free
contributor. Is any one here experience for Rights Managed with Alamy,
do you think better or Editorial, for picture like this ?
Thank in advance .

General Stock Discussion / Re: downhill trend all too obvious!
« on: August 06, 2010, 09:57 »
Maybe it is the end, and the only one or two left will be
Shutterstock and Istock. I not sure if others are necessary.
My thinking is maybe good to have monopoly. Buyers keep with
these two who consistent for performance history, and maybe
commissions go up for all of us due to centralized market.

Alamy.com / Re: IN in less than 5minutes..
« on: August 05, 2010, 14:07 »
Unfortunately, if you want to sell that photo as RF on Alamy, you gotta have a model release. It doesn't matter if people are recognizable or not. Alamy is pretty strict about it.
Alamy is always fast in QC. never more than 24 hours, if your approval rate is high.
As for people, and MR, I think at 49MB or the new 24MB+ it could require MR. but yes, agree, it's impssible to
get MR for everyone on the beach. To clone off empty beach would look not to appealing. Best ask Support,
they always very reasonable and  extremely helpful.  Only complain for me is Alamy don't sell so good.

The image content is inspected.  However, there are no guarantees on keyword or description validity, etc.

Ask away here, however thousands of others haven't taken issue or had problems with it.  I doubt you will .

Yes, agree  sjlocke is with IStock  long,  so, I believe he know what he is talking. It  affect his
work if not , but so far he see no problem.
Also, lately  IStock  Shutterstock  a bit more restrictive, rejection  on possible copyright or trademark problems. I think  is good safety measure . I don't want to get into problem for 25 cents commission.
Not even for a lot more.

I think SS subscription model benefits new files and solid portfolios with new files. So size of the whole collection relative to your uploads is less significant when you carry on uploading. As fractions or ratios: (the size of IS / the size of your portfolio at IS)  is increasing much faster than (all new uploads at SS / your new uploads at SS). At SS you are competing more with new members. You have solid body of work so you carry on ok. At IS you are competing much more with the total size.

akias, thank you for wisdom explanation. Now I also understand importance to regular upload to Shutterstock.
But I do that anyway because each time download arrives same day with approved status.
Last week was big surprise for me Istock also one download instantly with approved status, but for
little money, still same commission as Shutterstock. I think maybe Thinkstock is beginning to take affect.
Istock also slowly giving me confidence with some more download lately. I like Shutterstock for regular download
and big numbers, but I prefer IStock for dollar per download is more attractive. Except unless Thinkstock.
Lucky , my little download is Istock $ and hope this continue because although small number to download,
the money go up faster with IStock.

Hello,I readd and all this is scary.I think the person honestly didnot know issue and agreement meaning. What more scary is how many more you did not find.
Maybe this is reason for dip in sales for many as explained here in form.
Soon, if stock agencies not careful, many of our work will be free on cd for sales on ebay or download free torrent like porn movie and movie problem.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Rejection policy or NOT!
« on: August 03, 2010, 10:54 »
They have new editor. It say in news today. Explaining maybe it is reason for new policy of sudden subjective rejections vs past objective.
Also, we know it is all about volume, not rocket science to sell micro stock. More amateurs with little or no overhead can easily replace serious contributors. Put new exclusive on frontpage and keyword ranking and agency  not lose any sleep even if many old contributors go exclusive with IStock or quit Dreamstime.
Again, my impression only.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Rejection policy or NOT!
« on: August 02, 2010, 14:04 »
I don't know. If you look under the tab "Latest Submissions" you will see egg noodles, a spring landscape, a hand with money, a dark chocolate bar, a woman with a gift package, an apple with a tape measure around it, tomatoes and a "beautiful young model". Nothing unique, nothing that doesn't have stiff competition. I don't get it.


Yes that is the oddness I find with Dreamstime . Maybe they are trying to be Veers , not take anything you got on Shutterstock, Istock, Fotolia but I cannot see reviewer checking before rejecting "not what we looking", "poor compostion" or any subjective reason.
It is strange new policy. I think they again are looking for amateurs because they will jump exclusiveness with Dreamstime.

I am small peanuts so maybe it don't count , but for me;;

Shutterstock was consistent 3 months same earnings.
IStock was second best
Fotolia was a big surprise after many months no sales to come in with one Extended Licence .
Dreamstime was consistent although I still only get downloads for my oldest stuff.
I wonder whether it is going to make any difference if I stop giving them new stuff because for many months no downloads for the new stuff.

The amazing thing is for Shutterstock, even though I make so little por download
my earning is now as much as what I earn for the others. Even though for the others I have been with them for many many many more months with many many
more pictures in my portfolio.
 Shutterstock I am only 3 months old and tiny portfolio.

But cash per download is still Istock the best.
But this month Fotolia pay the best due to Ext Lic.
But dreamstime still made me most money. I wonder if I go exclusive I make more with them. But I like Shutterstock and Istock too, but Istock is too diificult
to catch up on submission because Shutterstock is no limit.

Thank you for chance to my view :)

Bigstock.com / Re: New Rule at BS
« on: July 31, 2010, 15:43 »
It is not new rule. It always before. Also, if background is even a bit off white,
rejection is sure, for even not isolation . This is something not good for stomach. even IStock, and Fotolia , is not so strict. Only Bigstock don't sell so many so it is no big problem, I forget it, don't submit to Big stock  long time already.

Congratylation to you. The application is the easy part for Shutterstock.
The challenge is to keep making pictures with selling potential because for Shutterstock you must be always on your toes.
But, like jcpjr say, you must now show you are serious. Then all will be ok.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Rejection policy or NOT!
« on: July 30, 2010, 12:00 »
Dreamtime is mystery to me . Um not me only my friends too say same for them that only old stuff gets downloads. I have no problem with rejection for new stuff, but since many months now I only get download for my stuff 2 years and older. So now , I don't even know if worth worrying about submiting to Dreamstime the new stuff.

Like maybe other person here say, they have already too many new work that are not moving. Why take anymore? This only my thought on issue.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Copyright question
« on: July 30, 2010, 11:55 »
I would classify the Palm Springs venue as a "protected property", that is one who would rather not have their property exploited in any way for commercial gain. It's possible that some reviewers are familiar with the venue. They don't all live in Romania


I think I agree with stormchaser.
But you can submit it as editorial for dreamstime etc, no?

Off Topic / Re: Do you have a life away from microstock
« on: July 29, 2010, 11:05 »
Yes I do. But I do not earn enough in microstock to make it a life .
But I want very much to success, so I am now trying very hard to make less time for  life so I can make microstock my life . :D

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