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« Reply #125 on: January 25, 2013, 19:47 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".


ShadySue

« Reply #126 on: January 25, 2013, 20:01 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".
If you were a customer swithering between two images and one was 6Mp and one was 18Mp, and you could choose either under your sub deal, which would you probably choose, if there really wasn't anything else in it?

Poncke

« Reply #127 on: January 25, 2013, 20:13 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".
If you were a customer swithering between two images and one was 6Mp and one was 18Mp, and you could choose either under your sub deal, which would you probably choose, if there really wasn't anything else in it?
ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes

ShadySue

« Reply #128 on: January 25, 2013, 20:22 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".
If you were a customer swithering between two images and one was 6Mp and one was 18Mp, and you could choose either under your sub deal, which would you probably choose, if there really wasn't anything else in it?
ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes
Ooops, sorry - they upsize?

lisafx

« Reply #129 on: January 25, 2013, 22:59 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".

I don't know that this qualifies as a "technical specific", but if you are uploading small files and they are being uprezzed to meet the larger file sizes, then that would degrade quality somewhat.  So a buyer who downloads one of your files which has been considerably blown up would most likely notice it as inferior quality to one which had been uploaded at full size.  Offering lower quality to buyers is a good way to avoid repeat business to your portfolio IMO. 

« Reply #130 on: January 26, 2013, 01:04 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".

If you were a customer swithering between two images and one was 6Mp and one was 18Mp, and you could choose either under your sub deal, which would you probably choose, if there really wasn't anything else in it?
ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes


It is not true that every image offers the same choice of sizes. If your original is large enough, they skip the upsized "Super" and offer s-m-l plus a large TIFF. With smaller images you get s-m-l-super plus large and super TIFF

« Reply #131 on: January 26, 2013, 01:39 »
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What's with the TIFF? It looks a tad misleading, considering the original upload is a lossy JPG.

« Reply #132 on: January 26, 2013, 01:46 »
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It's a daft idea - SS, DT, 123rf do it. They don't even offer contributors the option to upload a TIFF. The insanity is that 123rf charges an arm and a leg to get the upsizing "professionally" done - I can't imagine why customers would pay for this, but a few do.

The argument the agencies made when they introduced it was that customers expected it so rather than arguing they gave them what they expected. I would guess that was largely customers used to the old world of drum scanned slides who viewed output from digital cameras as "less" even though in many cases they got bucket loads more and sharper detail from Yuri's Hasselblad or everyone else's 5D Mk II :)

« Reply #133 on: January 26, 2013, 03:14 »
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Looks like Istock is sinking ... fast. Man the lifeboats, women and children first!

yes and get the boats, women and children from the Titanic over to Lucitania, much safer place. ;D

« Reply #134 on: January 26, 2013, 04:56 »
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Does SS still take off a chunk of earnings in withholding tax? As my expenses exceed my income I don't actually make a profit (yet) and don't want to jump through hoops to keep what income I do make.

ShadySue

« Reply #135 on: January 26, 2013, 06:29 »
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Does SS still take off a chunk of earnings in withholding tax? As my expenses exceed my income I don't actually make a profit (yet) and don't want to jump through hoops to keep what income I do make.

I don't know if this thread might help:
http://www.microstockgroup.com/shutterstock-com/tax-thing-for-non-us-contributors

ShadySue

« Reply #136 on: January 26, 2013, 07:00 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".

I don't know that this qualifies as a "technical specific", but if you are uploading small files and they are being uprezzed to meet the larger file sizes, then that would degrade quality somewhat.  So a buyer who downloads one of your files which has been considerably blown up would most likely notice it as inferior quality to one which had been uploaded at full size.  Offering lower quality to buyers is a good way to avoid repeat business to your portfolio IMO.
Understood, but I don't like that practice.
If I've uploaded a photo on iS at M it's either because a 400mm lens often isn't long enough or the photo was taken at a high ISO, or both. I wouldn't expect or want them to be upsized.
I'm perfectly aware that many low ISO photos can be upsized considerably with little visible effect,  esp from the 5D2, but upsizing as a matter of course doesn't work for me.
I'm also wondering if this could be the reason for some apparently strange 'focus' rejections. Maybe SS inspectors upsize to their max size and judge the images on that?

Batman

« Reply #137 on: January 29, 2013, 22:10 »
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Some technical specifics as to why full size downloads help sales would be nice.
I've got files on there ranging from 6MP up to 18MP and logged in as a buyer every single one of those offers me the same choice of sizes and licences to download.  Going by that i really cant see how a full size image is in any way "better".

I don't know that this qualifies as a "technical specific", but if you are uploading small files and they are being uprezzed to meet the larger file sizes, then that would degrade quality somewhat.  So a buyer who downloads one of your files which has been considerably blown up would most likely notice it as inferior quality to one which had been uploaded at full size.  Offering lower quality to buyers is a good way to avoid repeat business to your portfolio IMO.
Understood, but I don't like that practice.
If I've uploaded a photo on iS at M it's either because a 400mm lens often isn't long enough or the photo was taken at a high ISO, or both. I wouldn't expect or want them to be upsized.
I'm perfectly aware that many low ISO photos can be upsized considerably with little visible effect,  esp from the 5D2, but upsizing as a matter of course doesn't work for me.
I'm also wondering if this could be the reason for some apparently strange 'focus' rejections. Maybe SS inspectors upsize to their max size and judge the images on that?

I thought that 100% was what they looked at anything more would be bad.


 

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