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« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2014, 03:46 »
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I knew they were something else before, photorankr


« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2014, 06:21 »
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@Sean Locke Photography

The stock site was literally released today into Beta. There may still be a few bugs that we'll fix ASAP.

So, your declaration that you are the "The world's most popular photography network " was a bug?

« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2014, 07:46 »
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We're working on some bugs still. Most large company websites have bugs and severe security issues, and we just released this into Beta, so please consider that.

Hope everyone enjoys the new site and considers joining. We're going to get to be the "the world's most popular photography network" eventually. We encourage feedback. So please respond or email us. We want to  make a great experience for photographers on the web.

« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2014, 08:06 »
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We're working on some bugs still. Most large company websites have bugs and severe security issues, and we just released this into Beta, so please consider that.

Hope everyone enjoys the new site and considers joining. We're going to get to be the "the world's most popular photography network" eventually. We encourage feedback. So please respond or email us. We want to  make a great experience for photographers on the web.

why have you left photorankr behind?

stealthmode

« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2014, 08:27 »
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Search is also very slow currently.
Probably it can't handle the 12 people that are currently viewing this topic and trying the site.

« Reply #30 on: June 18, 2014, 08:51 »
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@luissantos,

We got feedback from photographers after releasing portfolios late last year, and they simply wanted a platform like this, more of an e-commerce solution and less of a social network.

« Reply #31 on: June 18, 2014, 09:42 »
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Looks nice. I'll keep it bookmarked to see how it develops.

ShadySue

« Reply #32 on: June 18, 2014, 09:43 »
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@luissantos,

We got feedback from photographers after releasing portfolios late last year, and they simply wanted a platform like this, more of an e-commerce solution and less of a social network.
What feedback did you get about why they didn't like the existing solutions?

« Reply #33 on: June 18, 2014, 10:45 »
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Feedback I got from photographers was that they really wanted one ideal platform online for photographers. Why should photographers have to build their portfolio solution on one site, license their work on another, and socialize on another platform? Why can't they do it all on one platform, online? Why cant photographers control their license types and price points?

In addition, the team is composed of four strong product-focused engineers. Weve build some stunning portfolios, that well only get better over time. Some photographers were really excited about SymbioStock. Were actually even cheaper. For less than 10 dollars, we take care of all e-commerce and hosting. Were the cheapest on the web. If you need a place just to display photos, thats completely free.

« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2014, 10:51 »
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Feedback I got from photographers was that they really wanted one ideal platform online for photographers. Why should photographers have to build their portfolio solution on one site, license their work on another, and socialize on another platform? Why can't they do it all on one platform, online? Why cant photographers control their license types and price points?

In addition, the team is composed of four strong product-focused engineers. Weve build some stunning portfolios, that well only get better over time. Some photographers were really excited about SymbioStock. Were actually even cheaper. For less than 10 dollars, we take care of all e-commerce and hosting. Were the cheapest on the web. If you need a place just to display photos, thats completely free.

But it's not free if you want to make any money there, assuming you can muster up some buyers. Your original message was a bit misleading.

« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2014, 11:21 »
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To the OP: you started this topic, inviting prospective contributors to have a look. So I find the "it's just beta" comments a little defensive.

Your site is, IMO, not really ready for a public walk through, but given that you wanted us to look at the beta site, I'd suggest you just make a list of all the broken/missing/confusing things we found and use the feedback to your advantage.

http://stock.photorankr.com/terms.php

I found these terms while looking at the stock.coverspash.com link you pointed me to.

In addition to lots of references to photorankr, Campaign Tender, Success Fees  (which I assume are obsolete), you have nonsense like the following:

" "Model Release" "Image Provider Award Amount" means a written release signed by or on behalf of any living person or the estate of a deceased person who is depicted in whole or in part in any photographs; "

and

""Award Amount" or "we" means the amount to be paid by the Campaign Tender Holder for an image or images, as the case may be, as specified in a Campaign; "

The word "we" means an amount of money??

The stock site has lots of images with no keywords (tags) at all and very few on lots that I looked it. You probably should consider requiring some keywords before images go live on the site. For example, the image on your home page (which I assume is Santorini) isn't clickable and I couldn't find it searching for Santorini or Greece. If I liked it and wanted to buy it, I think it'd be a good idea to make that easier.

Some images are free - confusingly with three sizes all priced at $0.00 - and some are priced high enough that I think buyers would walk. It's good that you can sort results by price, both high to low and low to high.

It's good to be concerned about photographers, but if you're going to try to license images, you also need to make the site appeal to buyers - otherwise, what's the point? Right now, I'm not seeing anything that isn't already on many other sites already, so what do you think will bring buyers to you? Are you hoping that your contributors will market the site or are you planning to do that? Are you exercising any control over what's uploaded - technical quality, editing or ...? I'm assuming that you aren't - just looking at the images already on the site.

Have you given any thought to how a free-for-all collection with poor keywording, poor search and no new features might make a place for itself among the many other sites that currently license images?


ShadySue

« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2014, 11:33 »
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If you need a place just to display photos, thats completely free.
So is Flickr, which most people know about; and all the local / 'special interest' groups I'm in are there, so why would one move 'just to display photos'?
And what's in it for you if people use your site 'just to display photos'? (Mind you, I wonder the same about Flickr.)
« Last Edit: June 18, 2014, 11:48 by ShadySue »

« Reply #37 on: June 18, 2014, 11:33 »
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There's not even any indication on the image details pages what I would paying money for.  It's just an image and some prices next to it.

« Reply #38 on: June 18, 2014, 11:54 »
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Guys,

The stock site has not been formally released to the public. Were aware of the issues. You guys are the first to see it. The only reason I listed it, is b/c someone wanted to know where the 250k images were. Were fixing all these issues ASAP.

Does anyone have any feedback on the photographer side? The portfolios? The network? Please let me know.

Best.

« Reply #39 on: June 18, 2014, 12:03 »
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Also,

If anyone wants a free site, for one year, (to take advantage of print provider and e-commerce solution), please PM me or email me at coversplash@coversplash.com. I will upgrade you directly.

Best.
« Last Edit: June 18, 2014, 12:28 by photographyplus »

« Reply #40 on: June 18, 2014, 12:59 »
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idea is great...but you guys should fix it :) i'll keep an eye on it..when is fixed i'll upload!

« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2014, 17:58 »
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Does anyone have any thoughts about the stories feature? This feature will hopefully be the best way for photographers to blog about their work online

« Reply #42 on: June 24, 2014, 19:51 »
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« Reply #43 on: June 24, 2014, 20:02 »
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"1. Your Own Website, Free Forever
When interviewed, coversplash co-founder Joe Laresca stated, We want to do whats right for the photographer, and not just squeeze every penny out of them like most sites do. That's why we chose to give every photographer their own free website, forever.""

Nothing is 'forever'.

How did you go from beta-not-ready-for-the-public, to ready for press release in a week?

« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2014, 21:01 »
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Strange, I randomly chose few images from different portfolios I could download them all by clicking on "download raw". All is free here?

steheap

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« Reply #45 on: June 24, 2014, 21:11 »
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I just tried that with a nice landscape from Yves Gagnon - a 4000 x 3000 pixel unwatermarked image was downloaded at a very high quality level - the image was about 5M as a JPEG.

Interesting approach to a photography website...

Steve

BD

« Reply #46 on: June 24, 2014, 21:31 »
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There are still reasons why I wouldnt upload my images there yet, but I think they have been listening to the stock photographers posting here. I appreciate this. I noticed they got rid of the i button and have made things more intuitive for buyers. Buy print is now right next to each image instead of being hidden.

I also dont understand the Download Raw. I dont want people downloading my image unless they have licensed it. Why would they license it if they can download it for free? Unfortunately, most people would just steal it. Can this be disabled?

I am still waiting for some of the other changes, such as links next to the images to descriptions of the royalty free standard license, watermark options, etc. I think without such things they will have trouble getting stock photographers to upload to their site.

« Reply #47 on: June 24, 2014, 21:39 »
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I also dont understand the Download Raw. I dont want people downloading my image unless they have licensed it. Why would they license it if they can download it for free? Unfortunately, most people would just steal it. Can this be disabled?

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@BD, please let us know any other changes. We encourage your feedback. We are in the process of adding the license descriptions.



« Reply #48 on: June 24, 2014, 21:45 »
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I still don't know what the site is for.  I go here:
http://stock.coversplash.com/photo/136830/No+Fishing+Today

What am I buying?  Am I licensing an image, am I buying a print?  Am I buying a screensaver?  Where's these portfolio pages?  I click on the top left logo and go to: http://stock.photorankr.com/index.php 

Wow, look at this non-watermarked image at more than 1000x1000: https://photorankr.com/userphotos/alyssaff37f91f90a37de76900dc562cfb77f6.jpg  Here's a big flower: https://d21z1jiwri71d0.cloudfront.net/userphotos/rose2e1ffd9a03830ab24da537107bd914ba6.jpg

I just don't get it.  Looks like a scattershot approach at something, but I'm not sure what.  Kind of like a prettier flickr, I guess.

« Reply #49 on: June 24, 2014, 21:56 »
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Our mission is quite simply to create the most beautiful outlet to promote, share, and sell as a photographer. Flickr doesn't do e-commerce at all, personal sites, or licensing. We have all this on one platform on the web for photographers.


 

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