27 December, 2007

My latest upload :: Cute Sitting Lion

You may found this image at Shutterstock, dreamstime.com, 123rf.com & fotolia.com.

26 December, 2007

2008 Credit & Extended License Adjustments for iStockphoto

iStockphoto is adjusting the credit pricing structure in the Photo and Illustration categories. These changes are detailed below.

Photo credit pricing
  • X small = 1 credit
  • small = 3 credits
  • medium = 5 credits
  • large = 10 credits
  • X large = 15 credits
  • XX large = 20 credits

Vector Credit Pricing
  • basic = 1 credit
  • moderate = 5 credits
  • detailed = 10 credits
  • complex = 15 credits
  • elaborate = 25 credits
For details, please visit iStockphoto.com

18 December, 2007

No idea what to submit?

You have your DSLR camera ready and don't know what to shot? Don't know what type of picture people wants?
If you already join Shutterstock, then you can always click on the "Most Popular Images" link & check out what type of image people like. For the member of istockphoto, you can check out the "Most popular Files" link at the side banner.
But you don't need to be a member to view the top selling images at fotolia.com.

11 December, 2007

File Requirements

Stock photos:- Only JPG files, RGB, at least 3 Megapixels, saved at the maximum quality will be accepted.
Vector illustrations:- Vector files should be saved in raster format, JPG at a high resolution, saved at highest quality and submitted in this format. As soon as they are accepted or right from the first submission you can also upload an additional format (ai, cdr or eps extensions accepted)

Stock photos:- Images should be at least 4 Million pixels (2200 x 1700). Anything lesser will be automatically rejected. JPEG format only with minimal 80% quality compression.
Vector illustrations:- Vector image file in EPS format. Each file must not exceed 5MB. Attach a RGB JPEG preview of your image at 1600 x 1600 pixels or larger.

Stock photos:- You may upload photos in either JPEG or TIF format. The minimum size of uploaded images is 4.0MP. For example: a photo which is 2400x1800 adds up to a total of 4.32 million pixels.
Vector illustrations:- upload two files for each vector illustration you want to submit. One file is the vector in EPS format (.eps extension) The second file is a JPEG preview of that vector. The preview should be approximately 400x500 pixels. Each file should be named the same - except for the extension. (e.g. vector_example.jpg, vector_example.eps). Please keep your vector files under 5 megabytes and be sure to save them for compatibility with Illustrator 8. Also please note that Illustrations go only in the Illustration category.

Stock photos:- Image must be in JPEG format. Resolution must be greater than or equal to 2400 x 1600 (4 Million pixels) & file must be less than 20 Megabytes.
Vector illustrations:- Vectors illustration in SVG format is accepted.

Stock photos:- iStock accepts RGB, JPG files only. All files must be 1600 x 1200 pixels or larger.
Vector illustrations:- When uploading Vector files, one (max) 270x270 preview/thumbnail JPG is required. The source file for Vector/Illustration files must be a zipped EPS or AI file.

10 December, 2007

Keyword Tips

(part of the text was taken from iStockphoto.com)
Keywords are the most important information you can provide to help buyers find your images. While people often know the specific subject they are looking for, concept keywords may help to inspire the end-user to choose your images.
Describe the subject of your image. You can have 20~50 words to describe all the pertinent details, and the more specific you are, the more likely your image is to be found by the right searches. Those are what you can describe:-

  • the subject (tree, car, butterfly, man, women, children...)
  • physical appearance (muscular, powerful, fit, strong...)
  • what they're doing (walking, reading, talking...)
  • where is the place (garden, home, school, beach, ocean, sea...)
  • how they feel (healthy, powerful, happy...)
  • the kind of picture (cartoon, caricature...)
  • technical aspects of the image (vector, illustration, vertical...)

04 December, 2007

What is Model Releases and Property Releases?

A model/property release is a written agreement between the model/property owner and the photographer whereby the model/owner gives his/her permission to the photographer to use the photographs commercially in perpetuity (meaning for all time). Releases can permit the use of the image(s) for all purposes, or may contain exceptions for certain usages. (text taken from 123rf.com)

Each RF site have their own release form. Download only when you need it.

What is First name? what is Second name?

For chinese name, always remember "first name" is your surname. ex. Chin king kong, first name is "Chin" & the second name is "King Kong". In this way, when they issue you the cheque your name will come up correctly.

02 December, 2007

Use Paypal

If you want to get your money faster, register a paypal account and change your payment method to paypal. Some of the RF site they take to 2 weeks to process your cheque. After that it take 2 weeks for the cheque to reach your door step (depending on your location). Finally you get the cheque & bank-in to your local bank. Your bank then will take 4 weeks (1 month) to process a foreign cheque (also depending on your bank).