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  1. Shutterstock, Inc. 350 Fifth Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10118 EIN: 80-0812659 This is the same for Big Stock if you happen to have an account there/
  2. To be registered with SS as a business, you need to be registered in your country as a business as well and have a local business registration number. Once you have that, you need to complete IRS form W-8BEN-E (which is a pain) for foreign business entities. A W-8BEN (without the "E") is for foreign individuals, including Sole proprietors. It's not worth it
  3. Just finished my semi educational book about the Everglades with about 35 or so B/W images So, it's either that or a calendar or a jigsaw puzzle (with my pictures obviously) or a bag with trail mix Other than that I am making a family picture book for my wife's birtday in December
  4. Y'all enjoy it while it last. January is around the corner. I just got an email from SS congratulating me for making it to level 4. Was I jumping of joy? Did I care? There was time I would have I suppose, but now it felt more like another spam email.
  5. Zero effort and skills in that image and yet he gets an award. That's what really amazing, not the picture. We have wildlife photographers right here on SS (at least before "The Big Dump") that are actually great wildlife photographers and do much more than just tying some Velcro around a tree and wait for luck to do the rest.
  6. Maybe I should have said "on a regular basis".
  7. Congratulations! Now the hard part begins, you have to repeat what you did to get in on a monthly basis
  8. The resolution is too high, which makes it hard to find little flaws etc, They are too small with 4K and so will be any text. So, post processing will be harder. Also the images you already edited on a non 4K monitor might not look sharp anymore on 4K monitor. Keep in mind though that I might be alone in my opinion. (wouldn't be the first time lol) I just do stills and I use this one (I sell 60 - 72 inch prints): https://www.benq.com/en-us/monitor/photographer/sw2700pt.html The 4K version would be this one: https://www.benq.com/en-us/monitor/photographer/sw271.html
  9. since you are asking for 120Hz refresh rate (which is not recommended btw) I assume you are looking for mainly video? 4K is not recommended for stills. Either way, I love BenQ monitors although you can't go wrong with the Dell Linda linked to either
  10. Why? Greater leeway in editing and better control and/or prevention of blown out skies, banding, noise, sharpness, degenerated pixels. etc. etc. None of that is lost when you edit in 16bit uncompressed Tiff and save the end result as JPeg, but it will be lost if the image information wasn't there in the first place. (32bit and "extended memory graphics cards" is a little much) There are many people, like the OP, who buy cameras they had to work hard for and if we can help them to get the best out of their equipment, we should. The cell phone crowd might not be al that interested in any of this, but even cell phone cameras are getting better and better. Some do RAW now I understand. (I could be wrong) For people who just upload to microstock, especially editorial pictures, sure, who cares? But the photography world is bigger than that and with the way microstock is going, I assume that more and more microstock submitters realize that and are looking for other outlets, of which some do require the higher standards. Even if they don't, maintaining a higher standard would be an advantage for the photographer either way I would think. Feel free to disagree Personally it doesn't matter all that much anymore, I am blowing this pop stand and going back to film. Already have for 80% on medium format and I might dust off my trusty F3 35mm with motordrive for color action shots as well. Why? Because I can. The drawback is that I am turning your 3 pound back into your 10 pound back lol
  11. You could have saved me some time Pete, but hopefully my lengthy post was helpful to somebody anyway
  12. Don't blame you. It's as boring as hell!
  13. I know that many PoD sites print art prints in 100-150 DPI and they look just fine. Recently I sold four 60 inch prints to a hotel and they were all printed at that DPI and they look just fine. Book and calendar printers prefer 300 DPI and for magazines it depends. sRGB or any RGB has nothing to do with 8 or 16 bit. (any) RGB determines what colors within the color gamut are covered. Adobe RGB for example covers a greater range of colors than sRGB. (Adobe cover more in the green areas.) That's why images look more dull when edited and saved in Adobe RGB, but converted to sRGB later on. RGB is not related to the number of colors, which can be the same for any RGB. With Adobe and Prophoto RGB for example, a larger number of shades within one color goes at the expense of fewer shades in another color. 8 or 16 bit (or 32) is about the color density, meaning the number of colors within a particular color space. 8 bit shows 16 million colors and 16 bit 280 trillion colors. It doesn't matter what particular colors are covered or not, That is what RGB gamut is for. The number of bits, and therefor colors, determines how smooth one color flows into another. 16 bit images have usually more leeway with editing than 8 bit images and things like banding etc. are less likely to occur with 16 bit. For that reason, everybody should make it a habit to work in 16 bit. especially for stock or any other curated site. The only thing is that JPG images are not capable of showing that number of colors, so if you want to work in 16 bit (and you should) , you have to work in RAW of TIFF (converted from RAW). So, shoot RAW, Convert to 16 bit TIFF and work in sRGB. At least that's what I do when I work in color. I am gonna stop now, Don't want to give Debbie a hangover.
  14. Actually, don't mean to be frank, but if you care about photography and you want to upload your images to stock sites or PoD sites, you should care because sooner or later you will run into this issue and it would be good then if you know the difference between MB, MP, and DPI. (I threw in DPI to make it more interesting and I could throw in 8bit and 16bit, but I won't. lol)
  15. As long as you don't go for the bottle, you will be fine.
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