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Messages - Paulo M. F. Pires

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It is a page count. I believe there is 20 Partner sales per page on iStock.

Hmmm... On PP page, I have 20 images per page, almost 15 pages. Still not figuring how it get to more than 700 ( this month almost 900 ).

Anyway with i'm getting the following error ( report sent ):

Error: iStockphoto: Total Earnings for 2011-11. Difference between reported and expected value is -5%
Error: iStockphoto: Partner Program Royalty for 2011-11. Difference between reported and expected value is -7%
Error: iStockphoto: Total Earnings for 2011-12. Difference between reported and expected value is -3%
Error: iStockphoto: Partner Program Royalty for 2011-12. Difference between reported and expected value is -8%

123RF / Re: 5 weeks and still pending
« on: February 29, 2012, 06:39 »
At least I understood why my Editorial images took so long on queue.

I sent it trough prostockmaster, and those images go always to "normal" queue. After finish upload, I need to check each image with "Consider Editorial if refused" option.

"123RF" says that Editorial queue is faster than normal one. Need to pay more attention in future.

( Thanks Alex )

I start use chrome since I notice how fast it works with images.

Personally I use:

Exif Viewer: http://code.google.com/p/exif-vewer-extension/

Search by Image ( By Google ) https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dajedkncpodkggklbegccjpmnglmnflm

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia Review Times Question
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:41 »
Last ones.. less 24 hours... and far as I remember never send a box of whiskey to them.

After all, any agency have bad and good periods over review time.

General Stock Discussion / Two Questions about Editorial
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:31 »
A) There is any "common law/guideline" regarding "RF Editorial License"?

I'm asking because, there's agencies that still not accepting Editorial ( commercial decision or "legal" decision ? ), and those who accept it, have different criteria over content:

- Some accept it without any exception.
- Some refuse if image shown any brand name/plate. Yeah, I know that some agencies change their policy, but how it's possible same agency refuse many images because brand when , for example, the car only have a sequential number plate visible, without any pub over it ( which means that brand name reefers to car brand ) and accept others with.. a Ferrari?

My concerns are more about future legal issues, not regarding rejections.

B) Editorial on Alamy: Can I have same image as RF Editorial on several agencies and at same time as RM with "restricitons" to permit "Editorial Only"?

So far I've read different opinions about RF vs RM ( non-exclusive )... but still applies to Editorial content.

Thanks in advance.


- why should we use your banner? e.g., on my site (www.microstockphoto.co.uk) I have a list of all sites, with small icons all of the same size; your favicon is perfect for my site; I am not going to put a larger banner for a minor site; please consider giving a simple text link

Isn't something like: http://www.allyoucanstock.com/index.jsp?ref=xxxx

where xxx is our ref. id?

Shutterstock.com / Re: What is going on with Shutterstock?
« on: February 27, 2012, 10:47 »
Try on cmd:

ipconfig /flushdns

try again.

Shutterstock.com / Re: can't log it, dumb security system
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:48 »
Strange, because after reloading captcha code I get one "readable".

One thing I notice is that, sometimes, just one of 2 words correct works.

As "stock rookie" shooting mostly what I like, I'm working with 18 agencies ( including Alamy and a private one ) , and will evaluate which ones will prevail, when hit 2 years of work ( + - Oct 2012 ).

Probably will keep those that I can easily feed up with my type of work, with regular income.

Even not shooting "People, Business & Lifestyle", when I ran out of inspiration:

- Drive like a crazy everywhere. More than once on same place. Then I leave car somewhere.. and walk.
- Go shoot birds at 5 am. While standing hours in complete silence, looking to the same empty tree.. inspiration returns.
- During some "works" with too much "timeouts" between "sessions", I take a read over some photography books.
- Avoid check stats on every agency.

For your specific case, leaving behind regular workplace, can refresh Your mind.. 

123RF / Re: 5 weeks and still pending
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:01 »
And 123RF isn't an exception. I have notice that 123RF, IStock, CutCaster aren't... reviewing files at all. I sent same batch to all agencies ( same day ), and SS, DT, YaY, BigS, PM, CS are reviewing faster. Even Veer is reviewing files faster than those 3 agencies.

ETA: It's just 123RF. IS and CutCaster as clean the "queue". Still, timings aren't the best.


Alamy.com / Re: Zooms on Alamy
« on: February 22, 2012, 07:36 »
Had 2 sales this month ( 1 RF and 1 Novelll Useee... ) without any zoom.

I prefer more sales than zooms too ( or views ).


Image Sleuth / Re: Reselling microstock photos
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:56 »
Language is dutch, and probably they aren't paying an EL ( printed products for sale demands an EL ) . Contact SS.

General Photography Discussion / Re: Sensor needs to be cleaned?
« on: February 21, 2012, 15:18 »
Since this is a brand new camera, I ownder if it would be a problem to have it cleaned in a non-Canon lab here in Rio? Canon lab is in So Paulo and a friend's experience sending a lens with fungus was disappointing.

Dunno how it is on Brazil, but these kind of "non canon  labs" in Portugal don't gives warranty. Even a Canon professional can damage low pass filter, sensor, etc... but they gives You warranty over a clean work ( even with body out of warranty ).  Maybe for that reason I pay almost 80 with taxs in Canon and 25 on non canon service.

It's better take it to Canon Service.

123RF / Re: 5 weeks and still pending
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:59 »
A batch since 6/2... Editorial.

At least You should give some priority to Editorial content. Almost all agencies check my ( and others ) editorial images withing 24 hours...

General Photography Discussion / Re: Sensor needs to be cleaned?
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:52 »
I'm the type of guy that can't sleep with dust on sensor :D ( Next body will be "Hiper WS" )

Actually, when I contact Canon CPS, they know me better by name and model than serial LOL... Now guess how many times I screw up things ( my 450D got 4 focus screen in 2 months.. 2 mirrors supports... )

Anyway, after some DIY tragic events and after change some ideas with Canon:

- Blower: For real big one "intruder" ( lets say a spot with 100px :D ). Probably we will get more dust on sensor, even with the best one blower with filter. Once, while cleaning a lens with a blower I notice that got a   greasy stain on it. Now suppose that was while blowing dust on sensor  ::)   

And remember where is dust removed by Auto cleaning system... blowing it isn't the best idea :D

- Brush/Artic butterfly: For me, the best/safe dry method. Used already 2 times, and avoid Canon Service ( 98% dust removed.. rest 2% just visible at f/22-infinite that i never use )

- Wet method ( swabs ): Few liquid no cleaning... Too much liquid and we get "On camera special effects". I never try, but I'm sure that isn't for all people.


Now looking for Your problem it seems to be a "small brush hair" ( line.. it's moving ). So I would start with blower, because another brush will move for one side to other, and a wet method could lead to damage ( swab dragging hair ).

Shutterstock.com / Re: Editorial Information
« on: February 18, 2012, 16:40 »
Solved: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=95473363

With an extra help on SS forum, finally I understood what went wrong with caption.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Editorial Information
« on: February 09, 2012, 18:02 »
@Gunter Nezhoda

I got the point about caption, and probably main reason for rejection was around "content" ( LCV ) than a caption problem ( even with new changes ). Who will "buy" a editorial picture of a non-official race, without official cars and/or teams.. :D

I can easily access to pilots names, but worth it? Probably not.

I will do about 2 events , 3 or 4 times each month. Some events are official and I have the full list of teams and pilots. Will try with "better content" and with news captions changes.

Thanks Guys!

Just a noob question:

When fetching data from Istock I see something like "Updating Partner Sales xxx/760". What actually means that numbers?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Editorial Information
« on: February 09, 2012, 07:13 »
Thanks to both replies.


I need to pay more attention for each agency rules changes. I rarely resubmit and don't know if justifies for these batch's.

I start working with "private" agency, that cover some sports events. Some of them are non official. Perhaps I should only submit the images where i can fill teams and pilots information ( official events with federation authorization, etc )


Caption is : LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JANUARY 28: Go Kart Race with some national rally pilots in Leiria, Portugal on January 28, 2012.

On example on DP:


Shutterstock.com / Editorial Information
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:42 »
I got a full batch of editorial images refused with the following reason "Please identify Team/Drive".

Images came from 2 different events:

A)- Kart race between National Auto Club members ( Some pilots participate regularly on Portuguese national, open and classic rally's ). Karts were rented for the race ( nothing professional
B)- 4x4 "adventure" with a off-road club members.

After a look on some editorial images at SS, over same subject,  I notice that no one have such identification....

Should I batch it with justification ( with a sample  over already accepted files on database ) or the main reason for refusal was the fact of being "non-official" race?


CanStockPhoto.com / Re: no salses at canstockphoto
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:43 »
Yeah these distribution sales can bring some nice sales, site itself is a joke, I'm only getting 0,25-1$ sales. And I get then rarely, I wouldn't complain if was getting them hourly, but I don't even get them every day...

In my particular case ( tiny portfolio, specific subjects, beginner, etc ) and looking to the few sales so far, is a question of "numbers". The files sold so far on CanStockPhoto have "enough" sales on top tier agencies.

Now, or i work on same "series" and try got 10x more images there, or work until find a "niche".


CanStockPhoto.com / Re: no salses at canstockphoto
« on: January 18, 2012, 11:09 »
Got surprised today :

1 Sale - Distribution - Regular -> 20$

Image views = 0


Shutterstock.com / Re: SS running late on approval time?
« on: January 16, 2012, 04:37 »
Nope. My batchs are 20~30 files each, and Editorial take less a day, and others around 1-3 Days.

Here is too "quiet" . But this happens on December.. first 15 days too bad ( had 2 days without sales!! ) and then get up ( almost BME ).

The worst this month was a entire batch refused with LCV...  Around 99% of this batch are same subjects that I've already online.. with sales.

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