Posts by jsnover

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jsnover says

If your work isn’t currently up to the site’s standards, just keep learning and practicing. You’ll get there :-)

I have dealt with the reviewing systems at most of the microstock agencies (starting with iStock nearly 10 years ago). It’s true that each site has standards and that no one likes their work being rejected. However, it’s also true that sites need to (a) have some sort of quality assurance process for their reviewers to be sure that the standards are being adhered to (and sometimes to change guidelines if that’s needed) and (b) distinguish between the inevitable grumbles of rejections and contributors highlighting a real problem.

It’s also true that if reviewing decisions are highly inconsistent and unpredictable, contributors can’t learn what that site likes/doesn’t, so no learning can take place.

When PhotoDune regularly rejects work that other major agencies accept, uploads here will decrease, at least from those who can sell those items elsewhere.

My assumption is that Envato’s real bread and butter is other marketplaces, not PhotoDune, and thus you just try to minimize costs in reviewing and don’t worry much about the details.

I’m a great believer that learning never ends, but being told to keep practicing is a pretty demeaning statement.

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jsnover says

I hadn’t updated my portfolio here in a while and was really surprised that the majority of the files were rejected (i don’t know why because I don’t want individual e-mails, the summary doesn’t say and there’s nothing on the site to check.

I’ll leave my existing stuff here, but won’t bother uploading more in the future.

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jsnover says

Not sure if you have a lot in the queue, but I see 14 images in your portfolio. On any of the stock web sites, those would have to be 14 amazing images for you to see regular sales. You will need to increase the number of files as well as change/vary the subjects you shoot if you want to increase your sales or get regular sales.

Shooting what you like is absolutely fine, but that may mean that sales are few and far between. Animal and nature pictures aren’t generally top selling categories.

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jsnover says

I sold an isolated vertical image today and looked at the item details page. I was amazed at how huge the image was:

http://photodune.net/item/holiday-foliage-border/896544

Compare the size of a horizontal image on its detail page:

http://photodune.net/item/sun-rays-on-sand-old-orchard-beach/3367894

And here’s a more typical vertical image (native 5D Mk II image size)

http://photodune.net/item/ferry-leaves-long-wharf/3257281

It appears that your sizing algorithm picks the width and then makes the other dimension proportional. You probably need to have a maximum height, adjusting to a smaller width if appropriate. Given the size of the garland image and the relatively weak watermark, in addition to not looking very polished, it’s virtually giving away a huge size image.

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jsnover says

Well isn’t that lovely! I installed it (Chrome, Mac) and it works a treat – many thanks.

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jsnover says

I was creating public collections of bookmarks as a contributor but I believe this suggestion applies equally to buyers creating private collections for their own projects.

It would be very much faster to add multiple images to a collection if the default position in the drop down list was the last collection to which you added something. As it is, you have to scroll down the list each time to the desired collection name. I think it’s a common workflow to be adding files for a particular project one after another.

Currently there are so many steps/clicks to make a collection of images – you can’t do it from a search result directly, so you first click on the image, then scroll to the desired collection, click “Bookmark this”, return to the search results.

As an aside, the display of a collection isn’t very appealing either. even if you have a large monitor, you don’t get to see very many items at a time and there’s masses of white space, little bits of text in it that could easily be in a popup. What you want to see is a nice spread of all the images, preferably using the available screen real estate more fully.

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jsnover says

Not exactly a workaround, but if you upload via FTP , the model releases for that group of files just go into a sub folder and I’ve had no problems with that method.

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jsnover says

I haven’t seen that error again until today, trying to submit files I FTP ’d. It appears the files do end up getting submitted.

405 Not allowed and the page is http://photodune.net/item_submissions/batch_request

Underneath is “nginx/0.7.65”. Rest of the page is blank

I’m 99% certain that even though I’m checking all on a page of 20 images (I FTP ’d a batch of 100), 40 images are getting submitted with each click of the Submit button.

My allowance went down from 1000 to 900 and I counted what showed in the queue (I wish you’d have a total, I had to count the number per page and then count pages to get a total of files in the queue) and it’s 100.

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jsnover says

It is great to have the monthly organization for the statement tab, but as sales pick up and contributors are here a while, a couple of things will become unwieldy given the current interface.

There’s no total for the month, for downloads or $$. A lot of contributors keep tabs on how things are going month by month and so having to add up the month’s sales by hand (one hopes a nice long list!) is something we’d like to avoid. I know there’s the CSV file and we could grab that and have the spreadsheet add it up, but that’s a lot of extra work for 2 totals.

The other is how you can access prior month’s tabs a year or two from now without having to scroll through month by month using the back arrows. There’s the “Past Statements” section on the lower right, but none of the other pages with sections like this scroll. It’d be great to be able to get to any month and year with a “Go to” interface or picking month and year from two dropdowns. The key thing is having random access vs. serial.

A nice to have would be a thumbnail by the image title – or one that popped up when you hover over the title. I have CoolIris so I can use it to see the image in a popup window, but having a preview on hover is a really nice feature.

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jsnover says

As I’m sure you know, other stock photo sites do have some length requirements for titles (5 words at one site, 7 at another) and one site has a rule against repeating words, but no one has any requirement to use initial caps.

If a fully automated solution modifies the titles in IPTC data of incoming files, I can’t see a problem from a contributor point of view. It does look very old fashioned – most newspapers have abandoned upstyle headlines, although the New York Times still uses it.

From a contributor point of view, it very rarely makes sense to modify files for just one site and so unless you’re the number one site, you just reduce the frequency or number of uploads the more unique requirements there are.

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