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  1. AKaiser

    potentially objectionable... ???

    Ah, ok! You're right, I didn't notice that - my bad. Just thought so, because Heide knew what the flyer was about.
  2. AKaiser

    potentially objectionable... ???

    That's why I said "... If this actually applies to a person, ..." Heide probably had to ask for a release, so I guess they chatted a little. So, IF she was there in order to e.g. support immigrants' rights in Germany (= the appropriate context), why not refer to it then? *Of course* you need to know whether a person actually is or isn't whatever you describe them as. (In a city like Munich you'd need less than five minutes to understand that you can't base *any* presumption on skin color at all! )
  3. AKaiser

    potentially objectionable... ???

    But neither of both is objectionable, I'd think? This simply says that someone doesn't live anymore where they used to live. So, if this actually applies to a person ... Would probably be the same as taking a photo of me in Italy and describing me as a "tourist".
  4. AKaiser

    potentially objectionable... ???

    A few years back the word "colored" was unacceptable here altogether and already got deleted during the uploading process. I remember I once tried to keyword an illustration (without any person in it at all) and was simply looking for the right expression to tell it wasn't black and white, but "colorized" - like in the word "coloring book". Theses political correctness things are really difficult for non native speakers at times, especially as they seem to change all the time. In the US at least.
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    Comments like "Here we go again.", "FML" and such resulting in "LOL"s and general laughter aren't "the truth" nor plain honesty - IMO. We all know why this keeps happening and is being said, but the OP doesn't. If there's someone complaining about the total absence of QC in here, it's me for sure. We won't change that, though. All we can do is decide on how to deal with this fact and the newbies who indeed get mislead. As far as I'm concerned, I'd like to plead for a little bit of empathy. This simply isn't their fault.
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    I hope so, as the OP doesn't deserve it!
  7. AKaiser


    This place starts feeling hostile somehow, at times. And Germans are even known for being quite blunt ...
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    Gosh, ... you're being mean guys. Really. 😕 I know, everyone's tired and bored by the same question(s) being asked over and over again, but there isn't such as a "crowd" of new contributors expecting "money for nothing" - they're individuals who were probably told the very same "make money by contributing images collecting dust on your hard drive" story *we* were told when we started out doing this. There's just one tiny difference: Ten or fifteen years ago those "crappy" images actually sold while they don't anymore today. (And I swear my own first steps into photography didn't look much better than Chediel's! I simply had gathered enough experiences within the industry to be smart enough *not* to show them to anyone or even upload them. Even my first vectors were ..., well, I guess you get the idea.) Step back and pretend this were the first time you had an inside look at a stock agency. Chediel hasn't yet said anything about his expectations or willingness to learn - he just asked for help! *This* isn't a reply (or "welcome" for that matter) I'd expect, if I were him. @Chediel: Take your time and do your homework! Get yourself as many tutorials on photography as you can find, do a research on each topic you just covered (in here and in other agencies or photo communities) and then compare your work to the most popular images on that topic. Analyze what other photographers did better than you and then start from there and try to improve. If you're *really* willing to learn this craft, you will.
  9. AKaiser

    Zero (0) sales this month

    +1 And what I really don't get: Isn't this about *skills* for you at all?? For me, personally, it is. I actually want to get better at what I do and as soon as I'm able to create "original and technically perfect" photos, I don't see why I should go for snapshots instead. Unless you really think you'll earn better by submitting more/faster at the cost of quality - what I honestly doubt. I think, the best way's to find the right balance between offering the best quality you're able to offer (and trying to improve!) and keeping your costs (both regarding time and money) low enough to keep your business profitable. Or in other words: How much more time can it take to make a good photo instead of a bad one? Not that much, I'd say - IF you're good enough. With your attitude you most likely won't get there, though, because you won't learn without thinking about what to shoot and how.
  10. If there's going to be another revolution, count me in.
  11. AKaiser

    Zero (0) sales this month

    I don't think you've been "downgraded". Your problem's still the same it was when you started your first thread: Southern Italy (can't say too much about Calabria, but I actually *can* about Sicily, which you seem to visit quite frequently!) is *pure beauty* in so many ways, but your photos simply don't reflect that! For example: You have the most elegant bars I *ever* came across in my whole life. Super stylish chromed coffee machines on clean marble counters and the very best espresso being served by waiters with a whole lot of dignity, simply because they love what they're doing. Not too many places in the world where you could find such. What do you show instead? Such: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/machine-cup-1074486110?src=Ltfmt8uMyTOerRc2o8qQXQ-2-2 An ugly, dirty plastic cup with some remains of what was once an espresso. IMO, you don't need to upload more or more frequently, you need to learn how to discover the *beauty* and details of your environment and actually capture what others would love about the region you live in. :) Hey, I could spend several *years* photographing Sicily - and I'm not even a photographer!
  12. AKaiser

    Rejected images - Property Release

  13. AKaiser

    Rejected images - Property Release

    I think the neons on the left and right side don't read "Wiesn" but "Wiener Christkindlmarkt" instead. (Wiener's the adjective for Vienna, while the Wiesn's another word for the Oktoberfest in Munich.) Just in case you don't speak German, Lara. But I guess, it's rather the event lighting - SS probably knows what "Frohe Weihnachten" and "Christkindlmarkt" mean.
  14. AKaiser

    What about this site?

    Unless they're a partner site and use the agency's API. In this case they don't (have to) buy extended licenses upfront. Their selection of images gets displayed on their own website, but the images don't get licensed until a customer orders one of their products. That's basically the same scenario as "working for a client", therefore we only get subs for those sales.
  15. AKaiser

    Selling your own images directly. Best way to do it?

    And why so? This information's available, anyways.