‘Mug of Poison’ for very best friend

Mug of poison This time I present a slight ‘scratched’ mug with multicolor photo of leaves covered by the fresh falling snow.
“Poison Fresh – energy drink” such a joke.

Posted via web from Shuzzle

This is a test post from web services above, all works great so from time to time i’ll show there some interesting designs this way.

Zazzle offers a large variety of customizable gifts and i did there also my own valentines section. Enjoy:)

Similar images again – Dreamstime rejections 2

Blue cologne bottle colseup

© Photographer: Achilles | Agency: Dreamstime.com Views: 1093 Downloads: 0 ?? ;)

Nice article at Dreamstime blogs by Achilles
Similar images – how to upload and how much is too much

But i have my own vision as always and already replied there.

See my previous post about DT refusals, ZERO download files and reviewers inerrancy.

Once upon a time at Dreamstime – rejections

Battle of Grunwald reenactment This isn’t a ‘whining’ post but situation seems to be happening fairly frequently, thus maybe You’ll find it useful.

Me @ Dreamstime forum

“Hi there, maybe anyone can give me some info about that issue faster than the support staff.

My question is where i can find some information about the single SERIE rules.

I’ve just got rejected about 8/11 shots from big Battle of Grunwald event.
Accepted 3 and not the best of whole 11.

Completely different photos and carefully SELECTED out of about 2000 taken shots.
There was about 100 thousands of people, about 1400 actors and the whole thing wasn’t some tiny 5 minutes show.

People submit single object multiple times so how the… my batch could be a problem.

Got this funny message:

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Masuria – landscapes in blue

The past weekend was a great catch of landscape photography for me. I like the wide open space, water, tranquility of the Polish Mazuria lakes.

Cloudy summer

I ‘ve got my camera and it was a great pleasure to shoot.  Especially the landscape photos are not so easy as they might look.  Many factors acts together like the sun light, clouds whiteness, water reflections and color, dark parts of the forest, ground and so on.

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Microstock / Shutterstock balance

Sometimes it sales and sometimes it won’t. And these questions appear at each microstock site forum:

Is anyone having good luck with new images?

And various info and opinion can inspire and open Your eyes.

“Subscribers demand a steady pipeline of fresh, quality content and at affordable prices, and our submitters upload their work vigorously with sales goals in mind.”

Read the whole story: Jon Oringer, CEO and founder, Shutterstock

Shutterstock or “ShutterTax”

AnglerFollow the new Shutterstock Taxes for non U.S. Submitters story through my twitter posts (first entry).  Also you may read whole newly created Tax related forum at Shutterstock site.

The story about why now, about double taxes, about the solutions (deleted by SS – found in another tread) not considered just “pay or leave” statement (i see Shutterstock has changed their original message – but i did saved it:P if needed will show).

I didn’t make my decision jet just rised PayOut amount to 1000$ and wait.

Images sales report – April 2009

Antiviral Vaccine What happened in April? That was my second full month. There was many changes compared to March earnings and my first sale period.

Shutterstock (SS) – 20% less downloads (DL)
Fotolia (FT) – over +50% DL
Dreamstime (DT) – over + 50% DL
StockXpert (SXP) – almost no changes

But DLs are not everything, each site pays different amount of money for each sale and there is a surprise. In April Fotolia left Shutterstock behind with earnings! I thought there will be no competitor for SS (except iStock but have no time to apply jet) and in April SS slowed down for me despite of regular submissions. I did realized that just writing this report cause i believed so blindly in the SS;). Total DLs count in April = 47

Dreamstime and StockXpert disappointed and ended about 1/4 of Fotolia sales. April was very slow and this time was no site crashes but the swine flu got hit the world.

And that’s the whole report. My portfolio of photos and illustrations grows slowly and every day i know more thus create better i think. I didn’t ever learned english language, had no school lessons or any, learned from computer and internet, but the microstock adventure bumped my vocabulary few hundred % up. I learned a lot about photography and illustrations altough i knew much about. I also enhanced my social net connections which i’d never liked cause i am the real  maverick. When i start to design something just can’t stop and i disappear for the whole world;).

But there is one more interesting point. May

In May Shutterstock introduced their new search engine solution which got hit many submitters with very low sales.  SS just overcomplicated in it and for example my sales dropped just about 100% in the first 7 days. That’s a real nice surprise. You can read more about on SS forums here - New Most Popular and New Marketing Program and here – what would people change at Shutterstock  If You Owned Shutterstock ).

So we have 8 days of May and what is the short summary ?

1.  Dreamstime – earned over 100% more of March and 200% of May (in cash $) – there is a real boost in sales there for me.
2. Fotolia – 100% of March already and 1/4 of May
3. Shutterstock – shame! i can tell You – 0.75$ after 7.5 days ! That’s below anything.
4. StockXpert – less than SS

I do not count 123RF and BigStockPhoto cause the sales are to small there for me altough they’re moved lately.

Thanks for watching, i’ll update if needed and You can always watch me on Twitter or many other places.

Greetings

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New image search results browser at Dreamstime

The search engine interface improved. Wow that’s really cool feature!

Smooth and clean scrolling.

Now You can get closer look through out the found images and preview these without hassle of zooming every single picture.

dreamstime_search_browser

A quick way to compare and choose images. Nice done, useful thing for buyers and contributors also. Just go to Dreamstime.com , enter search phrase – then click FLASH BROWSER icon and check it out.

Also you can read forum thread here.