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Adobe Stock / Re: Contributor ranking changing
« on: December 05, 2008, 12:00 »
Oh, just got home and got caught up on all the FT news.... ah, so sorry, Bobby, to hear what happened.

+1 for the petition.

Agency-contributor relations should evolve symbiotically, and here's an example of an agency that doesn't quite get it....aaah!

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Shutterstock.com / Re: No Shutterstock Sept. Payout
« on: October 17, 2008, 11:47 »
I think I know the reason why...$75 minimum and I only had $73 something. But usually the money stays in my account until the next payout. This time, on Oct. 1 it disappeared and my account showed 0. I have emailed support, after explaining the problem they asked for my username and I haven't heard anything back from them. Sent another email a few minutes ago, restating the problem and asking for resolution.

Anyone else have this problem this month or is there a new rule whereby if you don't make the $75 minimum they just take your money?   :'(

Are you sure you are looking at your "totals" and not at your income for the new month? To see your September stats you have to select it in the drop down menu... just checking :) Hope it gets sorted out.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Rejections, rejections, rejections...
« on: August 19, 2008, 06:56 »

If I managed a library, I would have a rule that any image which goes 2 years without a sale gets tagged for deletion.  I'd have the tagged images get sent to the reviewing team, and if they didn't meet current standards they'd be cut loose.  If they met standards, then fine.


Eeeh.... and you know what would happen immediately after all the allegedly crap images deleted? They'd be promptly reuploaded by authors thus jamming reviewers' time... of course they mostly wouldn't be approved, but you never know...there are plenty of amazing "unsold" stuff out there

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Adobe Stock / Re: Rejections, rejections, rejections...
« on: August 18, 2008, 11:11 »
I am in the process of pulling my port from there. I stopped uploading after getting so many overabundant rejections. Sales certainly weren't overabundant ;-)

I am not pulling my port, but I am not uploading any more images until FT delivers some COHERENT statement about criteria/policies, categories they are looking for and categories they are not accepting and WHY.

I don't want any more "arbitrary". I don't want any more hit or miss. I don't want any more uncertainty. Uploading and processing takes time, which is valuable and FT has sent me a clear message that it does not respect my time and does not take effort to communicate clearly about the images it is looking and standards it is adhering to. I want a coherent statement about its "aesthetic quality" standards and I want a statement about categories that are overabundant because, well - a bunch of people images i submitted have fallen victim to these two beasts.

Experience shows that photogs can influence behavior of agencies. Is it too much to ask FT to make explicit and clear its acceptance policy? I can live with harsh, stringent acceptance and review criteria. I refuse to play the game of uncertainty.  I think we as photographers should demand that FT communicate with us.

I personally am not uploading to FT any more until my concerns about FT acceptance standards and criteria are alleviated at least in some fashion.

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All government buildings are considered public property, so you don't need a release.

http://www.asmp.org/commerce/legal/releases/

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A property release says that the owner of a certain property, such as a pet or a building, has given you consent to take and use images of the property. You dont need one for public property, such as government buildings (although you may run into problems just from photographing them, for security reasons). But for images of private property and particularly of objects that are closely identified with specific people you are safer if you get a release.



Thank you, That's exactly what I was looking for.

Just fyi, after I submitted a request via their "contact" option, I received a follow-up email and the images in question were all approved. That's one thing I really like about 123rf - they respond very fast, wow!

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No it don't need one, look here... Send them a mail or resubmit, it must be a newbie reviewer?
http://www.123rf.com/search.php?word=capitol&match=and&itemsperpage=100&exclude=&cko=&imgtype=0&colorrange=0&colorhex=FF6600&exppl=0&orderby=&clcount=

Sorry it's a bit long


Oh, thank you!!! Yay!!!! But I can't find anywhere the actual statement that would say that there's no release required... I'm going to send them a site mail, yes.

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A bunch of images rejected at 123rf for "no or incomplete property release". Never had one with either the Capitol or SC rejected for THAT! Everywhere else accepted.

123rf needs a release... huh?

Anybody? If this is true, then there are endless images across all stock sites, including 123rf, that need to be removed, if not - well...no comment there.


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Cameras / Lenses / Re: Dust Cleaning
« on: July 26, 2008, 20:11 »
bulb usually does the trick for me. Just keep the camera with the sensor/opening down... gravity, you know ;)

Had to brush the sensor a couple of times (copperhill static brush) when air bulb didn't quite get all the dust - love it.

Never had to scrape. Do look into copperhill packages though.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Can't login to SS
« on: July 20, 2008, 09:53 »
Did you maked a search? Under login problem:
http://www.microstockgroup.com/index.php?action=search2

OR
http://www.microstockgroup.com/index.php/topic,1360.0.html

SS is ok for me at this time


Yeah, I did, thanks.  Actually, it was something on my end -  I had to use a program to slean up all the cookies from my computer, and then I updated IE... and then it worked...

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Shutterstock.com / Can't login to SS
« on: July 19, 2008, 10:40 »
All of a sudden, this morning. Keeps bouncing me back to the "please enter your login name/password" page...

Can login from firefox.

Can login to all other sites...

Anybody? Help? What's the trick here? I saw somebody had a similar problem not too long ago but can't find the post.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Rejections, rejections, rejections...
« on: July 08, 2008, 12:58 »
Parsimonious is a mild word.

I contacted FT several times following up on their rejections. NOT ONCE did I get a reply that was anything but "FT reviewers follow standards... blah blah blah... due to high volume can't address your individual request". That's just bad taste. 

In my book, FT is really starting to get a bad rep.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Your Website
« on: July 07, 2008, 08:22 »
All right, here's mine... unless you know what you'r doing & you want some bells & whistles for your site, may be buy a template, or a ready made site - will save you a lot of time & won't be such a pain in the neck. Here's mine, and I spent a few sleepless nights figuring things out with it:

http://www.chasingmoments.com

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: IS Illustrator Test
« on: June 30, 2008, 17:34 »
You make great illustrations ChassingMoment. I really like your planets and space environments. Good luck!


Thanks! Those planets were all done in photoshop, unfortunately IS is not too fond of rasters. I had one sneaked into IS due to an exchange with an inspector.

Well, if anybody is curious to see what the IS community says, here's a link to the IS forum I just posted along with small versions of my vectors : http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=72418&page=1

let me know if you are curious to see bigger versions, I also have all these files accepted on SS

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: IS Illustrator Test
« on: June 30, 2008, 17:16 »
Ok, just failed my "second" attempt to pass the IS illustrator exam. All rejections - "not what we are currently looking for".  Could somebody who recently passed the IS illustrator test share their experience and, if it's not too much to ask, show the images that passed review.

Fyi, I did browse through what's been getting accepted by way of illustrations, and I've read their "what IS needs" section. I will upload a new set of three in a week, but I"m sorta hoping to know that I am working in the right direction...

Thanks :)

Just wanted to say , be careful , I wasn't careful enough ,  first two times I uploaded backgrounds which they apparently don't approve on initial test , than in the third attempt i got 2 accepted 1 rejected , then I had that one rejected again and I have to wait 3 months for next attempt.

God knows how much will I have to wait if I fail next time , so you better use your attempts smartly .


My advices ,  ask options of your possible submissions on their forum , don't submit background, design elements,buttons,  check your work for open  paths , don't use textures , use smooth paths , avoid gradients , avoid strokes,  be careful about proportions ......

ugh! thanks for the tips - didn't know about the 3-months rule!... ouch! I didn't have any bgs, designs, buttons, textures. had everything echecked for open paths, no gradients and strokes. ... am going to the IS forums...!

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iStockPhoto.com / IS Illustrator Test
« on: June 30, 2008, 16:42 »
Ok, just failed my "second" attempt to pass the IS illustrator exam. All rejections - "not what we are currently looking for".  Could somebody who recently passed the IS illustrator test share their experience and, if it's not too much to ask, show the images that passed review.

Fyi, I did browse through what's been getting accepted by way of illustrations, and I've read their "what IS needs" section. I will upload a new set of three in a week, but I"m sorta hoping to know that I am working in the right direction...

Thanks :)

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Adobe Stock / Re: first sub sale!
« on: June 12, 2008, 15:48 »
Wow, that blogger also has other "collections" - plenty of seamless SS backgrounds, patterns and vectors ...

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123RF / Re: New Reviewers or new Quality requirements?
« on: June 11, 2008, 21:04 »
Just fyi. Got a nice little note from Alex via email (after I sent a site mail and explained my take on composition in the images in question). When I logged in to 123rf all images in the batch in question went form "rejected" to "accepted" .

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There was a thread about this a few weeks ago.

Regards,
Adelaide

Yes, I saw it. It was quite short, too, may be one or two replies. Which begged me to raise this issue again hoping to get a broader perspective. Thanks for pointing it out though :)

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123RF / Re: New Reviewers or new Quality requirements?
« on: June 11, 2008, 10:19 »
La la la... Is this "lighting/composition rejections anonymous" for 123rf? 

I am in :) Got hit by the composition bug. Whole batch people! Sent them a site mail :)

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For those of you who are submitting both to micros and macros.... how do you decide? Do you keep your "best" shots for macros? Or the other way around ("best" shots, if they get picked up in micros can make a lot of $ monthly at micros)?

How about splitting a series? Same subject, different angles/zoom/etc? Same subject but some are clearly better than others? Or do you base decisions based on substance?

Where am I coming from with this? Just spent half a day at Niagara falls today... can't make up my mind about where to upload the images now ;)

 Arghh :) any tips appreciated!

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...what's upsetting is that FT is absolutely silent on this.... no comment, no communication with photogs, nothing...upsetting.

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CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Any thoughts...?
« on: May 22, 2008, 20:56 »
Ah, interesting... I saw some earlier CanStockPhoto threads, I just wasn't sure if they were a result of CanStockPhoto's changes...Thanks for the replies. I am sure CanStockPhoto performs much better for heavy-weight stockers :) I've never really bothered to upload much there - for the very reason that they didn't sell - and I mean... what, 10 bucks in two years? Now, after their super big announcement about changes, I uploaded a few batches... and, still no sales, but half of those batches rejected (all of these shots are everywhere else)...

Here's the thing. I've learned to take rejections and learn from them when I see that the site that's rejecting knows what they are doing and has a solid customer base. But CanStockPhoto seems to be rejecting without that broad customer base that 'gives back' to all the contributors. For all I care, IS can reject 95% of my shots - cuz the ones they accept are SELLING. These guys.... maddening and unprofitable. And I, just like the rest of us, am a busy busy girl :))

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CanStockPhoto.com / Any thoughts...?
« on: May 22, 2008, 15:49 »
Hi all, any thoughts on CanStockPhoto? What's up? How are things there?

I"m just about to pull the plug on CanStockPhoto... the most maddening rejections and the least sales.

Hehe... anybody wanna tell me "it's not you, it's them" :) ?

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wow.... that's bull.

Good for IS, I guess, which will probably see a lot of photogs going exclusive. Not competitive given inflation & changes in currency exchange rates. Not competitive given positive changes/pricing elsewhere. AND, they pissed off a lot of people in the process. SS is no longer the go-to place for many of us. Not for me, starting as of today, will be working to get over my IS uploading block as IS seems like the place that'll be making $ in the long haul.

Lack of a 'good' raise with all this building up may mean one thing - that SS can't afford anything bigger and has no other options but to announce this really low raise.

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Thank you all for replies, it is somewhat of a consolation to know that some people have hit the the same wall on IS with non-vector illustrations.

Of course, i will keep working on improving my illustration skills and try again later. In  the meantime, an image from the series is among 'editors choice' on DT... hehe... c'est la vie.

As for the "i've got a flood filter and I"m not afraid to use it" remark - well, the flood filter is just a quick shortcut to create reflections, you can achieve the same result with simple photoshop steps - copy, paste, flip, ripple/motion/blur effects and you are done - same flood filter, just by hand. All filters are, in the end, basic photoshop commands condensed for convenient use into one, stand alone, operation. My images are more than just the flood filter - planets and details were created manually (not using some planet generating software0, and at 100% you see that the planet's landscape and mountains are shaped as clovers and shamrocks, of course there is no way to see this on the tiny preview, but anyways. As I said, more work went into my images than just the flood filter. And images are all 18-20mp, which means that designers have plenty of leverage to crop as tight as they wish.

I am really happy to be the editor's pick thought, it's my first on DT :)

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