Archive for March, 2008

Be careful what you shoot!

Monday, March 31st, 2008

In a forum post at Lucky Oliver Beth Pulsipher (LoonGirl) tells us about what happened when she and her friend where out shooting yesterday. Her friend stopped at a public road near an airport and took some shoots of the radar tower. An airport maintenance guy shows up and asks for his ID and an explanation about what he is doing. Later the Sheriff’s Dept contacts them for an interview. They are told that they are going to report this to the FBI and FFA.

I don’t think they did anything wrong since they where on a public road. But it’s not very fun to be in that situation anyway. If a police would contact me and start questioning what I was doing and telling me he is going to notify the FBI and FFA I would become a bit nervous, even though I hadn’t done anything wrong. Or I would get very angry and contact TV and newspapers to see if they would like to follow up the story.

I don’t think this would ever happen to me since I live in Sweden but you never know. It’s best to be careful when shooting and know about which rights apply. At this site you can print out a copy of “The Photographer’s Right”. It’s a flyer explaining your rights when stopped or confronted for photography.

Going to try midstock!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Today I found a german midstock agency called PantherMedia. You receive a 50% commission if you don’t sell your images on other microstock agencies and 30% if you do sell your images on other microstock agencies. I’m not really sure how that works but hopefully I will find out soon. When you sign up you have to verify your PayPal account or Firstgate account. If you choose PayPal you are charged 35 cents. (I had to pay 0.35 Euro for some reason which is a bit more than 35 cents, but who cares?) I have no idea why they do this, I think it’s a bit strange.

I thought it would be interesting to see if my images could get accepted by a midstock agency too. I’m not sure if they are good enough yet but it will be fun to try!

March image contest at Stockxpert

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

A couple of days ago Stockxpert started a new monthly contest. This month keyword is “timecomp”. Deadline is April 14. The 1st place winner gets $500 and a spot in their monthly newsletter, 2nd place winner gets $350 and a spot in their monthly newsletter, 3rd place winner gets $150 and and a spot in their monthly newsletter.

Have Shutterstock reviewers gone crazy? Mass rejections for everyone!

Friday, March 21st, 2008

It seems like something has happened at Shutterstock the last couple of days. Many contributors are reporting rejections of whole batches of images for strange reasons. Most seem to be rejected due to limited commercial value and some because they are too similar (when there are no similar images). Yesterday the speculations where wild in the forum about what could have caused this. Some thought it was a software bug and some thought it may have been a new reviewer not doing their job properly. Finally a staff member told us that it wasn’t a software bug but a problem with the reviewer. Some time later they left this message:

“Unfortunately, some recent rejections were not reviewed properly. However, I am not stating that all rejections were, but some are very apparent and, again, these will be addressed individually with each submitter, as possible.”

I must admit that I had prefered it to be a software bug and not a bad reviewer. I think it’s easier to fix the software than the reviewer. I haven’t sent any pictures to Shutterstock this last week because I have worked with other stuff and now I’m glad that I haven’t. I think I will wait a couple of more days before I start submitting to them again. But it seems like they are reviewing all the images that has been rejected once again.

Shutterstock staff also said:

“Now, in regards to recent rejections & to allay any concerns with reviews: All reviewers are being reviewed for both quality approvals and rejections on a daily basis. When a situation like this occurs, I will do my best to address everyone’s concerns right away and will move to correct the situation immediately. I have done so today.”

It would be interesting to know the whole story. What happened “behind the scenes”?

Very beautiful and inspiring work

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Today I found a site that contains the artwork – photos and film – created by Gregory Colbert. I think it’s so beautiful and inspiring. I don’t know how he has managed to get people and animal to interact so great with each other but all the photos are real and not “fixed” in Photoshop. Turn up your speakers and go to the site and just enjoy the experience…

Interesting background materials

Monday, March 17th, 2008

In a thread at Shutterstock’s forum people show their photos and tell which material they have used for the background. It’s very interesting to see and I have gained a lot of good tips. One of the best tips was to use a photo as a background. I must try and print out a photo I took of the sky this last summer and use as a background for one of my photos.

How to create a best selling illustration

Friday, March 14th, 2008

On Monday I wrote about an article that analyzed the top 10 best selling photos at Dreamstime. There is a similar article for illustrations which analyzes the top 10 best selling illustrations at Dreamstime. If you work with illustrations this article is a must-read. It gives some very useful tips on how to create a best selling illustration.

How to successfully launch a career in microstock

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Kirsty Pargeter is a very successful microstock contributor. She works full time selling her images through different microstock agencies. She gives her 10 best tips on how to succesfully launch a freelance career in an article at Crestock. Make sure you look at her portfolio also – it’s incredible!

How to create a best selling stock photo

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I found an article at Dreamstime that analyzes the top 10 best selling photos at Dreamstime during 2007. It seems like family and business type photos are the most popular. Groups of people in photos are also popular probably because it’s not that easy to get good shoots of several persons in one photo. I suggest that you read the article because it gives you some really useful information about how to create best selling photos. You can read the article here!

Smart program for uploading to multiple microstock agencies

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Today I found a program called ProStockMaster that can be used for uploading your images to 10 different microstock agencies at the same time. The program also have some other smart features such as keyword generation which means that you can get help generating keywords for all your images. You can also search for keywords in images in your computer. So if you would like to find all images you have created which contain the keyword “woman”, for example, you could do that.

I haven’t tested the program yet but I will. It looks like it could save me a lot of time. The program comes in two versions. The free version is limited to 5 uploads daily but no other limitations. If you want to be able to upload more than 5 images a day you can buy the program for $49. That seems like a very good price if the program is as good as it sounds like.

I will try it during a few days and then report back what I thought about it. Have you any experience of ProStockMaster? Please, leave your comments in the blog!