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Photography Equipment / Re: Is Ebay a Waste of Time?
« on: July 06, 2019, 19:26 »
My experience of doing business on eBay is that it is full of untrustworthy buyers, scammers. eg, I was selling a Hassleblad digital camera and lens etc. I had an offer to send it to an address  in California, so I googled the address and it was a derelict building on the edge of town.
And in Aus, all buyers want to do is beat your price down, auctions no luck.
We have a thing called Gumtree which I think is world wide, that is not as bad but still issues with buyers.
In the past I sold an item to someone in the same city, during the sale process they winged about pricing because they had lived in singapore and how bad Australia was, then once the item was delivered they complained to eBay about the product and I did not get my money for weeks, after contacting eBay on numerous occasions and had some kind of restrictions on my eBay account. There was nothing wrong with the product this person was just horrid.
The way I do business on these platforms now is I send the item when the money is in my bank account, not just on PayPal or cash on delivery.
Really sad that a few bad people spoil it for evryone.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Deceased model
« on: July 06, 2019, 18:33 »
I personally think if this person is not a family member then you should ask their falily for their feelings.
And if you are generating income from those images you should stand by your original contract.

Adobe Stock / Re: Puzzled by video rejection
« on: September 06, 2018, 17:47 »
For me stock, both still and moving iarea bit like retail one never knows what will get approved and what will get accepted.
Perhaps AS uses software to check images and not a human being.

As I was told a longtime ago, don't worry about an individual image, if your images are being accpted other places. "JUST keep shooting and uploading".

The more we shoot the more we learn about our craft, just a shame the people that have control of our images are not as passionate as us.

David May

I closed my account over a year ago and again it was about the so called brief's they sent out.
I spent a couple of days shooting images for this particular brief, uploaded my images, waited, waited waited and guess what the images they said were chosen had NOTHING whatso ever to do with the brief.

There has to be a niche in this modern marketplace for an ethical organisation that can do this surely.

Thanks for the link, and yes all my AS images are there.

Much appreciated.

This "Some of our editorial customers report usages to us over a period of time" sounds like the company has already got your image and they only pay for it if they use it or am I reading this wrong.

I really like the concept but unless it is operated in a similar manner as Stocksy, were the original owners had great contacts in the advertising industry, I am sad to say I don't think it will work.
I do not know for sure but I reckon they have agreements with agencies that they are the first port of call for images and a lot will be shot as if the photographers are contracted by the agency, so that they get there bases covered and then the other work is the cream on top.

Hello, I'am a swiss director who has some Switzerland related footage, turned with a Gh4 and an Inspire 1 drone.
I would upload the files but I have to trim the footage.
Can someone suggest me the best export setting for uploading on pond5 and videoblock?
Thank you.
Best regards,

Me and my husband using these 4K export presets in Premiere Pro, they are accepted by all stock sites I know (except Istock but they doesn't worth much of your attention). I guess the settings are pretty much the same to Premiere CC.

The screen shot yu uploaded is really thoughtful but is there any chance that you could up load a higher res file when I look at it I am unable to read any of the detail.
Really appreciate your sharing.

I am a Newbie to Video.

David May

General - Stock Video / Gear Confusion
« on: January 22, 2017, 00:20 »
Can anyone please kick me in the right direction.
I want to start shooting stock video footage and am trying to find gear that will give me 4k @ 30fps, hopefully if not full 35mm frame then close to it.
I shoot Nikon and have a d800 and a number of good quality nikon lens that I would like to be able to use.
Got very excited about the d500 but it is dx and so my fx lens will be out of sinc with the camera, ie 50mm becomes 75mm etc.
I really like my 800, so  should I just keep the nikon and buy a high end point and shoot with a fixed lens.
I am getting the end of my tether here.
Have gone through Canon xc10, panasonic, sony, all of these are OK but one has to give up one or two features.
I don't want to make a feature film, just shoot good quality 4k stock.
Can someone please stop me going around in circles.
Thanks guys!

General Stock Discussion / Re: Uber vs microstock
« on: October 31, 2016, 17:29 »
These companies are just following the already successfuliy established stockphoto market for their company structures, how we have allowed ourselves to be  truly shafted by companies that have NO interest in photography commercially or artistically they just see us as a GREAT source of CHEAP labour. We are just not desribed as that. Can you imagine a Barrister, Accountant, Surgeon working for an organisation that tells them that they will take 90% of the fees they charge and not allow them to work elsewhere, then sell their services to third and fourth even 20th parties, and then saying you will only get paid 50% of what their services are paid for.
Or and when someone steals your images (services) they say, it's to hard to procecute.
And worst of all they HIDE behind corporate business structures.

How about this a a bit of an alternative, Photographers that have their own online offerings gather together in a cooperative way and promote each others sites with some form of central locations where image users can go to search and then license the images they want.
Limit contributors to say less than 5000 images with NO similars.

Just my 2 bobs worth.

Selling Stock Direct / Re: Your Stock Site: Link Exchange
« on: May 31, 2016, 19:35 »
Name of Site: DownUnderShooter

URL: http://downundershooter.photoshelter.com/index

Owner/Photographer: David May

Decided it was time I got a little exposure of my own. Site is set up for Licensing both RF and Editorial. The software displays my images in a way that I am happy with.

Thanks for the opportunity to add the link.

David May

Before photographers post images to Imagebrief, I suggest that you look into the ACTUAL sales they make, I have entered a number of briefs, at least 2 of these were URGENT must be filled promptly, they sat around for literally weeks, then closed and the briefer did not purchase one image. When you look carefully at the briefs listed and the briefs that are filled is is pretty small.

123RF / Re: Unusual high downloads (520 USD) at 123rf
« on: February 29, 2016, 23:37 »
Take care there is some kind of CC scam, might be around the exchange rate, so you spend up big when the $ is low, then ask for refund when the $ is higher, had it done to me a few times. Not only do you loose the money you also loose the image because the stocklibrary has no control over your image once it has been downloaded.

I looked at Pond5, very early on for my still images and decided that they were a bunch of hoods then and have watched with interest, how they have performed as an entity, abusing there contributors all the way.

It's time us image creators started our own coop and got rid of the rip off artists.

Provide a good honest service to users as well as contributors. Like Stocksy but more reasonable prices.

Symbiostock / Re: Symzio is now LIVE
« on: December 31, 2015, 18:46 »
ALL you contributors will be sorry in 12 months time!!!!

Yaymicro / Re: YAY closing
« on: December 31, 2015, 18:38 »
One things ALL you contributors don't have to worry about is that YAY will make sure they get their pound of flesh out of this "Streaming deal".

The best thing to do is move your images elsewhere, if they ain't got images they can't rip you off.

There are numerous sites that give you a much better return than .27c.

Stocksy / Re: Call to Artists 2015
« on: November 25, 2015, 18:10 »
Good to hear that you guys are selling images on Stocksy, by the look of it though you are only selling each image once. Yes you get a couple of hundred dollars, but unless that images sells many more times how will it cover your ROI, if you shot a model and had to hire equipment or a studio. Does not really matter that you got a couple of hundred dollars for a one off sale infact if you look at it like that it is a bit of a rip off.
I should think thet stocksy makes you exclusive and certainly the client will want exclusivity.

Just my two cents worth.
Some of the NEWER sites seem to be allowing images that are obviously NOT RF into the RF section, saw this great pic of a melbourne alleyway full of coffee shops, people looking at the camera, logos everywhere and they were licensing it as RF and this site originates in Melbourne, you'd think they would know better.
So you should also be doubly careful submitting images to sites that just accept images as RF when the obviously are not.

Remember it is your responsibility, you took the shot!!

If you are shooting stills best of luck A, getting your images approved and B/ getting any sales!!

Image Sleuth / Re: Copycat
« on: November 12, 2015, 04:22 »
Best of luck sunshine, all the people you quoted are international celebrities with huge music companies and corporatre lawyers behind them.

Image Sleuth / Re: Copycat
« on: November 09, 2015, 22:35 »
Is'nt copying the best form of flattery.

I think you are drawing a bit of a long bow here, I seen some of my images online on other microstock site for licensing then when I have a detailed look they are just a little different and unless this person as actually copied your work in it's entirety then it is not your work.

Perhaps you should take strength from it because they have got inspiration from your work.

General Stock Discussion / Re: ImageBrief "premium" membership
« on: October 31, 2015, 20:24 »
I's worth looking at their closed and ended brief's that have NOT had any images shortlisted before you commit to spending money.

I upload what I have on file, been shortlisted a few times but not licensed anything yet and I sometimes think I am speaking another language to the person whom writes the brief's because the images chosen have NOTHING whatsoever to do with the brief wording.

Again they have a lot of hype on the site and talk about shoots that have been commisioned and just like Stocksy they do not disclose any information regarding sales JUST potential sales.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Fair Trade?
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:21 »
Interesting link but the person said nothing except marketing hype and the graphs are a lovely bit of graphics but thats all they are, what does 50% more than before mean?

Still NO real information.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Fair Trade?
« on: October 21, 2015, 23:08 »
50% sounds good but without the data to back it up it is just Marketing hype.

So why don't you tell us potential Stocksy image creators firstly, what your sales figures are and % of images that sell for the magic $500.00. so we can concentrate on getting SELECTED to be part of the Coop.

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