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« on: November 03, 2014, 14:15 »
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Not much to explain here.

You can apply here: https://www.offset.com/contributor/apply/success


« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2014, 20:42 »
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2014, 02:39 »
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i applied....no answer  ;D

Lightrecorder

« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2014, 04:30 »
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 10:05 »
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Me too. No answer at all. Atlas tell me no if you don't want my images..... geez.

Buffalo Bill

« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2014, 10:23 »
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maybe my logic is off but wouldn't Shutter tell the artist that they should apply to offset based on their already existing portfolio? For example, in my day time job if you are doing very well the upper management will tell you that you should apply for a higher position.

Photominer

« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2014, 10:26 »
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It took months for me to finally get a rejection. I've been with SS since 2006.

« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2014, 12:53 »
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I gave no interest whatsoever in applying to Offset or Stocksy.   I already know I don't make the kinds of trendy images they seem to like.

Dook

« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2014, 12:55 »
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maybe my logic is off but wouldn't Shutter tell the artist that they should apply to offset based on their already existing portfolio? For example, in my day time job if you are doing very well the upper management will tell you that you should apply for a higher position.
Maybe they do  :(

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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2014, 13:16 »
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maybe my logic is off but wouldn't Shutter tell the artist that they should apply to offset based on their already existing portfolio? For example, in my day time job if you are doing very well the upper management will tell you that you should apply for a higher position.

http://www.microstockgroup.com/shutterstock-com/offset-opened-doors/msg346395/#msg346395

« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2014, 20:26 »
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I applied yesterday and was rejected today.

OM

« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2014, 20:45 »
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I think you need to be invited!  ;D

Buffalo Bill

« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2014, 20:52 »
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I applied yesterday and was rejected today.

I applied today and was rejected yesterday  ;)



Rinderart

« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2014, 00:09 »
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Honestly...Not Interested. I search a lot. what I see is Images that would have been rejected for Lighting On SS in the past and especially Now. I don't get it. And...If there doing that well and folks who are there are doing that well, Then why don't they Look at ports that do very well and invite them?????
« Last Edit: November 05, 2014, 00:14 by Rinderart »

Lightrecorder

« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2014, 06:37 »
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Honestly...Not Interested. I search a lot. what I see is Images that would have been rejected for Lighting On SS in the past and especially Now. I don't get it. And...If there doing that well and folks who are there are doing that well, Then why don't they Look at ports that do very well and invite them?????
You need to break from the microstock mind set. Preach what you practice. OFFset is not microstock, its a completely different animal, same as Stocksy. You need to get into a different mind set to shoot for those agencies. For someone who sold images  for $50k, it doesnt make sense to get worked up about microstock and OFFset et all.

« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2014, 07:12 »
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Honestly...Not Interested. I search a lot. what I see is Images that would have been rejected for Lighting On SS in the past and especially Now. I don't get it. And...If there doing that well and folks who are there are doing that well, Then why don't they Look at ports that do very well and invite them?????


Because the whole point of OFFSET was to be different, separate from run of the mill microstock.  If they started promoting the best or better selling microstock portfolios they would lose that flavor.    I have to chuckle when I see comments about somebody target shooting for OFFSET.  They have clearly stated they were looking for existing, working pros ie: assignment type shooters who had great outtakes.  Sound familiar?  To anyone involved in stock since the 70's, as I have been, this will ring true.  That is the very origin of stock photography.  This is how stock agencies in the 70's and early 80's approached photographers.  They sought out existing assignment pros who would be willing to market their outtakes.   This eventually morphed (mid and later 80's) to the image catalog mentality.  Where photographers would actually shoot to get image placements in the stock photo print catalogs of the day. 

So no, I would hope that OFFSET continues to be blind of true microstock.  If someone thinks they can go out and "shoot for OFFSET" they are already not what OFFSET is looking for in a photographer.   All you have to do is look at the photographers they are representing.  To a person they are almost all active shooting professionals working for clients and organzations.  They are not sitting around thinking of generic microstock concepts. 

« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2014, 09:46 »
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Honestly...Not Interested. I search a lot. what I see is Images that would have been rejected for Lighting On SS in the past and especially Now. I don't get it. And...If there doing that well and folks who are there are doing that well, Then why don't they Look at ports that do very well and invite them?????

I agree. I responded to their rejection and made similar statements. It's okay. I am busy trying other stuff.


Rinderart

« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2014, 10:58 »
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Honestly...Not Interested. I search a lot. what I see is Images that would have been rejected for Lighting On SS in the past and especially Now. I don't get it. And...If there doing that well and folks who are there are doing that well, Then why don't they Look at ports that do very well and invite them?????


Because the whole point of OFFSET was to be different, separate from run of the mill microstock.  If they started promoting the best or better selling microstock portfolios they would lose that flavor.    I have to chuckle when I see comments about somebody target shooting for OFFSET.  They have clearly stated they were looking for existing, working pros ie: assignment type shooters who had great outtakes.  Sound familiar?  To anyone involved in stock since the 70's, as I have been, this will ring true.  That is the very origin of stock photography.  This is how stock agencies in the 70's and early 80's approached photographers.  They sought out existing assignment pros who would be willing to market their outtakes.   This eventually morphed (mid and later 80's) to the image catalog mentality.  Where photographers would actually shoot to get image placements in the stock photo print catalogs of the day. 

So no, I would hope that OFFSET continues to be blind of true microstock.  If someone thinks they can go out and "shoot for OFFSET" they are already not what OFFSET is looking for in a photographer.   All you have to do is look at the photographers they are representing.  To a person they are almost all active shooting professionals working for clients and organzations.  They are not sitting around thinking of generic microstock concepts.

I do agree with a lot of what you say, But I wonder how those folks are doing?  Especially agree with your last Line. I also wonder who is curating for Offset.

« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2014, 11:18 »
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I see the virtues of both Stocksy and Offset and have made it a goal to get into one of them in 2015

It should be easy enough to get hold of some bearded hipsters and have them stand around looking at mud and trees....Flippancy aside, I see a lot of work that crosses over into reportage and "fine art"* - very reminiscent of work by Justine Kurland, Alec Soth et al and a long way removed from microstock. I like it.

* I put this in quotation because I've never  fully understood just what it constitutes and I dislike labels as a rule
« Last Edit: November 05, 2014, 11:23 by Red Dove »

Uncle Pete

« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2014, 11:30 »
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I'm in the same club PB. I won't waste their time, or mine, applying when I know I don't have the kind of images they are looking for.

Did you apply (get accepted) to OFFSET?

No + No

I gave no interest whatsoever in applying to Offset or Stocksy.   I already know I don't make the kinds of trendy images they seem to like.

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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2014, 14:58 »
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Most us piss poor peons aren't in the class of offset, besides even  some of the so called best weren't even allowed the bridge to BS!

Big Whoopee!

I'm in the same club PB. I won't waste their time, or mine, applying when I know I don't have the kind of images they are looking for.

Did you apply (get accepted) to OFFSET?

No + No

I gave no interest whatsoever in applying to Offset or Stocksy.   I already know I don't make the kinds of trendy images they seem to like.

OM

« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2014, 18:28 »
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Honestly...Not Interested. I search a lot. what I see is Images that would have been rejected for Lighting On SS in the past and especially Now. I don't get it. And...If there doing that well and folks who are there are doing that well, Then why don't they Look at ports that do very well and invite them?????


Because the whole point of OFFSET was to be different, separate from run of the mill microstock.  If they started promoting the best or better selling microstock portfolios they would lose that flavor.    I have to chuckle when I see comments about somebody target shooting for OFFSET.  They have clearly stated they were looking for existing, working pros ie: assignment type shooters who had great outtakes.  Sound familiar?  To anyone involved in stock since the 70's, as I have been, this will ring true.  That is the very origin of stock photography.  This is how stock agencies in the 70's and early 80's approached photographers.  They sought out existing assignment pros who would be willing to market their outtakes.   This eventually morphed (mid and later 80's) to the image catalog mentality.  Where photographers would actually shoot to get image placements in the stock photo print catalogs of the day. 

So no, I would hope that OFFSET continues to be blind of true microstock.  If someone thinks they can go out and "shoot for OFFSET" they are already not what OFFSET is looking for in a photographer.   All you have to do is look at the photographers they are representing. To a person they are almost all active shooting professionals working for clients and organzations.  They are not sitting around thinking of generic microstock concepts.

Nailed it perfectly!

« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2015, 14:54 »
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They reply in an hour now. Just expect sugestion to join SS in back mail :P

« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2015, 23:46 »
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I was contacted by someone at Shutterstock about Offset a while ago when I posted a question about it on here.   I do very well with some of my travel landscape photos on SS, however I wondered if I might have a better market at Offset.    I spoke on the phone with the rep from Shutterstock (can't remember her name, sorry), and she liked some of my images I sent her and the ones in my existing SS portfolio.   However, I needed to have a minimum portfolio size for uploading,  and those images needed to be not in the micro world, which I wasn't ready for at that time.  I could be allowed to use images from my SS port, however they would need to be removed from SS and since some of them were such good performers she wasn't keen on doing that (neither was I). 

She was going to send me some more information, but never did, and I never followed up.   

I ended up deciding that I was too small potatoes to do Offset if they were going to have upload miminums.   I do stock because I can do it on my own time and upload at my own pace (slow as that is) since I have another day job.   So Offset isn't for me at this time.   

I am much more interested in their new Premier thing since that sounds like it will use the existing SS catalog.    I will probably be too small potatoes for that too, alas.   






« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2015, 01:39 »
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maybe my logic is off but wouldn't Shutter tell the artist that they should apply to offset based on their already existing portfolio? For example, in my day time job if you are doing very well the upper management will tell you that you should apply for a higher position.
Why they should be interested? Looks like competing collections in this case.
BTW - ss portfolio often is not representing the photographer, because what was accepted is filtered by other people, not always following pure ss interest as was discussed already. They invent own rules every time. The last one - it is not permitted to use toning on editorial images. For me, but they accept tons of editorial toned with different themes. Accidentally only 2 such images got in, but it was long time ago.
And never in my life i saw a company which was interested in growing of their personnel. They prefer to replace people.

« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2015, 09:07 »
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However, I needed to have a minimum portfolio size for uploading,  and those images needed to be not in the micro world

What was the required minimum, if I may ask?

« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2015, 17:59 »
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However, I needed to have a minimum portfolio size for uploading,  and those images needed to be not in the micro world

What was the required minimum, if I may ask?

I am embarrassed to admit that it was only like 25-50 images.   Not a huge amount.     


« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2015, 18:07 »
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Honestly...Not Interested. I search a lot. what I see is Images that would have been rejected for Lighting On SS in the past and especially Now. I don't get it. And...If there doing that well and folks who are there are doing that well, Then why don't they Look at ports that do very well and invite them?????


Because the whole point of OFFSET was to be different, separate from run of the mill microstock.  If they started promoting the best or better selling microstock portfolios they would lose that flavor.    I have to chuckle when I see comments about somebody target shooting for OFFSET.  They have clearly stated they were looking for existing, working pros ie: assignment type shooters who had great outtakes.  Sound familiar?  To anyone involved in stock since the 70's, as I have been, this will ring true.  That is the very origin of stock photography.  This is how stock agencies in the 70's and early 80's approached photographers.  They sought out existing assignment pros who would be willing to market their outtakes.   This eventually morphed (mid and later 80's) to the image catalog mentality.  Where photographers would actually shoot to get image placements in the stock photo print catalogs of the day. 


Hm! Here's the quote from the offset, contribute page:

If you are sitting on a large archive of images or if you are just starting to build your portfolio, this is a great opportunity to generate revenue from your existing imagery. We work with exceptional artists who are the best in their class in the fields of photography and illustration.

While it's true what you said, it's only one side of the coin. The other side says that they would also work with someone who's just starting out but is very talented and - exceptional. At least that's how I interpreted that bold sentence.

« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2015, 18:22 »
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wasn't it Offset or Sotcksy too that specified ---microstock-ers need not apply.--- ???
imply that even if you were a pro and now doing microstock, you don't know how to shoot for assignment

sort of kick in the face of all those pros who made ss what they are today.
like someone else said, not microstock-ers  we looking for professionals

i chose the colour brown because it is the colour of ... ;)

« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2015, 14:16 »
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My initial application was rejected, I was subsequently invited and accepted.  Their contract terms do not mention that their minimum payout is $500.00.  This is more than double of any rights-managed, macro or micro agency that I know of.  They are reinventing the wheel with their submission process excel sheet, renaming of image files and release files, you must request an upload link for every submission.  Every inquiry is returned with  a response that seems computer generated or english as a second language.  Their edit of captions and keywords for accepted images also reflect a computer generated or english as a second language feel.  Anyone else have these experiences?

Its always an ego check browsing through an agency collection and seeing average to poor images, in technical and creative quality, what started out as a good platform for unique images seems to be turning into just another agency with millions of images to wade through to find a decent photo.

« Reply #30 on: March 20, 2015, 18:38 »
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So the only microstock people whom Jon really wants to move from SS to OFFSET are the customers. (Hence the link to OFFSET on the SS front page but no such link to SS from OFFSET.)  The contributors who built SS's revenue stream are to be excluded. :'(

« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2015, 19:35 »
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They reply in an hour now. Just expect sugestion to join SS in back mail :P

haha.. got it!  ;D

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2015, 05:54 »
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i chose the colour brown because it is the colour of ... ;)

chocolate ?

« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2015, 11:28 »
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i chose the colour brown because it is the colour of ... ;)

chocolate ?

Yes, the kind you wipe off your shoe when you step in it.

« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2015, 15:37 »
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i chose the colour brown because it is the colour of ... ;)
chocolate ?

Yes, the kind you wipe off your shoe when you step in it.

hmm, let me see if  i know, pixelbytes ???...
(robo-optics on)..looks like chocolate !!!
(robo-tactiles on) ... feeeels like chocolate !!!
(robo-nasal on)... waaaaa!!! :o :o :o :o :o :o this is no chocolate

« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2015, 11:33 »
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I applied and they told me to apply to shutterstock.  Lol, I am already on shutterstock.

If you look at their curated collections they are quite nice and somewhat unique from shutterstock's guy shaking hands and iphone on white.  Not that that is all shutterstock has.

Now, if you do a search directly and bypass their collections then you see quite a bit of crap.  I inquired about this discrepancy and never got a response.  My take on it is that it is a "club" of sorts where they are trying to find some unique photographers who are pushing the envelope a bit so they can market that to the end customers.

Are they any better than the best at Shutterstock?  I don't know, maybe but I have seen quite a bit of junk also.  Oh and they also look for photographers with clout.  In other words, photographers who have a following on social media and who might have a podcast.  I am not mentioning any names mind you :)
« Last Edit: April 30, 2015, 11:36 by mcuda »

angelawaye

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« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2017, 16:19 »
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I know this is an old topic but I was just rejected to Offset. I spent a couple of months preparing exclusive content for them. I was not good enough. I'm not submitting the content to SS. I'm not sure where to go with my images anymore ...


Shelma1

« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2017, 17:52 »
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I don't think it's a matter of not being good enough. I think Offset is for established photographers and illustrators who already get assignments from major ad agencies and publications. I see some work there that isn't particularly good. There are some much more accomplished (in terms of quality) illustrators on SS.

« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2017, 01:39 »
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I don't think it's a matter of not being good enough. I think Offset is for established photographers and illustrators who already get assignments from major ad agencies and publications. I see some work there that isn't particularly good. There are some much more accomplished (in terms of quality) illustrators on SS.

No, it is for snob

derek

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« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2017, 03:14 »
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Go for Plainpicture, Trevillion or Arcangel or Sciensphoto instead. Different class. :)

« Reply #40 on: February 08, 2017, 12:24 »
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What type of images were they? Offset is far from your traditional stock look.

I have a friend who has a portfolio but stock is by no means their goal with photography. She is an amazing photographer in the ski and snowboard industry which has drastically different ideas of what a "good" photo is.

https://www.offset.com/artist/Ashley+Barker

You can check out her portfolio here if you're interested in seeing the type of content they look for.

Good luck with your photos

« Reply #41 on: February 09, 2017, 16:36 »
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What type of images were they? Offset is far from your traditional stock look.

I have a friend who has a portfolio but stock is by no means their goal with photography. She is an amazing photographer in the ski and snowboard industry which has drastically different ideas of what a "good" photo is.

https://www.offset.com/artist/Ashley+Barker

You can check out her portfolio here if you're interested in seeing the type of content they look for.

Good luck with your photos

Awesome portfolio!

« Reply #42 on: February 09, 2017, 17:00 »
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Idon't see any amazingness in those snapshots.

angelawaye

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« Reply #43 on: February 10, 2017, 10:32 »
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I just submitted my application for ArcAngel. I'm really hoping I get in...

This is what I submitted: http://creativeangela.com

Not sure if I need more samples? If I don't get accepted I really don't know what to do anymore... Micro is going down the drain and not worth it anymore.

« Reply #44 on: February 10, 2017, 10:38 »
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Personally I like your images way more than those from the link, posted few posts above.

angelawaye

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« Reply #45 on: February 10, 2017, 10:53 »
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Thank you for looking. I think I have to come to realize I'm not a "snapshot" photographer. I want to be - but I can't seem to fight my style ...

derek

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« Reply #46 on: February 10, 2017, 11:40 »
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That should get you in! they sell lots of bookcovers so standing pics are of help of course.


« Reply #47 on: February 10, 2017, 11:46 »
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I just submitted my application for ArcAngel. I'm really hoping I get in...

This is what I submitted: http://creativeangela.com

Not sure if I need more samples? If I don't get accepted I really don't know what to do anymore... Micro is going down the drain and not worth it anymore.


Nice portfolio, I guess that you have Arcangel style images there. I am quite new in Arcangel and about 35% on my images are approved (microstocks 85-100%). I just tried to Offset because I think it's better for RF images, but they reject my application. My Arcangel portfolio is still small because we shoot new material there. But I am frustrated for microstocks and I like to work rather for premium stocks in future.

angelawaye

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« Reply #48 on: February 10, 2017, 12:27 »
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Sorry to hear about Offset rejecting your application too. It isn't easy getting in from what others say. How are sales at ArcAngel for you? Do you reach a payout quickly or does it take a long time to get established there?

« Reply #49 on: February 10, 2017, 13:03 »
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Idon't see any amazingness in those snapshots.

Hence why I wrote.
"the ski and snowboard industry which has drastically different ideas of what a "good" photo is."

 ;)

« Reply #50 on: February 10, 2017, 13:23 »
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Sorry to hear about Offset rejecting your application too. It isn't easy getting in from what others say. How are sales at ArcAngel for you? Do you reach a payout quickly or does it take a long time to get established there?

During couple of months hard to say nothing about income, only couple hundred images online up to this point. We increase portfolio day by day and let see how it goes.

« Reply #51 on: July 27, 2020, 14:24 »
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I`ve applied in 2017 and still when I go to the "Apply to be an Offset artist" page have the message:

"Thank you.
We will review your portfolio and be in touch if you have been accepted as an Offset artist."

Sent them mail/message, but no reply. Anyone else have the same problem?  :)

Shelma1

« Reply #52 on: July 28, 2020, 05:11 »
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Theyll be in touch if youve been accepted.

« Reply #53 on: July 28, 2020, 07:56 »
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Most us piss poor peons aren't in the class of offset, besides even  some of the so called best weren't even allowed the bridge to BS!

Big Whoopee!


well, your images are rubbish, you actually might get in

« Reply #54 on: July 28, 2020, 23:59 »
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Theyll be in touch if youve been accepted.

So, in this case, no news is definitely not good news.

Seems a very rude way to treat people. I'm not sure I'd even want to be accepted to an outfit that treats applicants so callously.

Reminiscent of SS and iS.

MxR

« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2020, 06:58 »
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I was accepted a few years ago directly and also collaborated through w61 in its day and at the beginning the sales were fascinating. However, there is a flood of archives and the burial of the oldest and today it is an agency that is not worth it. They have not updated the upload system and have not made it sustainable.

« Reply #56 on: July 29, 2020, 14:36 »
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Theyll be in touch if youve been accepted.

So, in this case, no news is definitely not good news.

Seems a very rude way to treat people. I'm not sure I'd even want to be accepted to an outfit that treats applicants so callously.

Reminiscent of SS and iS.
Offset is SS


« Reply #57 on: July 29, 2020, 21:04 »
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Theyll be in touch if youve been accepted.

So, in this case, no news is definitely not good news.

Seems a very rude way to treat people. I'm not sure I'd even want to be accepted to an outfit that treats applicants so callously.

Reminiscent of SS and iS.
Offset is SS

Hey, then it's no wonder they're reminiscent of SS! :D


 

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