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  1. The simplest answer to the OP's problem is that his "cheap" (his words not mine) 70-300mm is simply soft to begin with (especially at the extremes) and in that case, one can cement the camera/lens in concrete and that still wouldn't change anything.

    Also his 9000 x 4000 px is upsized from the camera's native resolution, which is 6000 x 4000px I believe. Isn't that against the SS rules?  If this is true, you have your reason for rejection(s) right there. Unless his 9000 was a typo, then see answer number 1

  2. 46 minutes ago, Phil Lowe said:

    At 70mm?

    Large format, extended bellows. f64,  70mm is nothing. If you do use aluminum with longer lenses and longer shutter speeds, take the battery grip off and use a lens collar if possible. Don't even think about the center column. (I know you know Phil, but just in case somebody else might read this)

    I have one vintage camera with a 4 inch wide cloth roll up focal plane shutter. (once you hear that shutter, you will never forget)  If I use an aluminum tripod with that camera, the whole camera shakes. Even though I use an overweight heavy duty ball head. Wood? no problem.


    That particular camera was actually designed to be handheld. The human body absorbs vibrations and all that much better than aluminum or carbon fiber too.

  3. 1 hour ago, Phil Lowe said:

    First, a 30 second exposure on the best of gear is inviting camera shake through ground vibration.  You can't control that. 

    You can if you use a good quality wooden tripod. Wood absorbs more vibrations than either aluminum or carbon fiber.

    Wood is the way to go. I do long exposures all the time (very often minutes) and never a problem.

  4. 11 minutes ago, Matteo Chinellato said:

    as said in years and years of work this is the first time that I have been asked for such nonsense, neither Getty, Alamy, nor others ask for similar things because they know that it is impossible to request similar things

    As I tried to explain to you, it is not nonsense. If you think it is nonsense, then maybe stock is not for you.

    The other agencies are taking a risk that SS is not willing to take, which is not only for their protection, but also for yours!

    Needless to say that I agree with SS on this one.

    Anyway, we can only help people that want to be helped, so suit yourself. Why don't you send SS an email, telling them that you think they completely suck instead of (somewhat cowardly) complaining here on the forums?

    I am out.

  5. 25 minutes ago, Studio 2 said:

    Good. And what was the conclusion?  🤣

    it's an ongoing discussion. For me, it is. (Except selfies!)

    In the professional art world, photography has been recognized as art since the inception of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in NY in 1929. However, it was a struggle until 1966 when Dorothea Lange had her one person show in MoMa with her depression era documentary photos. That was the moment, the greater public got to know what collectors already knew about photography.

    (I only know about the US. It might have been different in other parts of the world. Especially in the UK and France)

    Since I brought up Dorothea Lange, Maybe I should start a thread about women in photography. Women play such a big part in yesterdays and todays photography, graphic design,  illustrations, and art in general.


  6. 11 minutes ago, Rudra Narayan Mitra said:

    "......any brand of cameras will do the job. The best image ? lies two inches behind the viewfinder !"

    Sorry I forgot where I read that so many many years ago. Forgot whose quote it is. It still inspires me, hence shared with you.




    Many years ago there was a contributor from New Zealand, Kenneth ..(can't remember his last name). He used to say that a lot.

  7. 4 hours ago, Studio 2 said:

    Thank you for these threads @Rudy Umans They are like therapy compared to last year's conflicts.

    It's all your fault!  When i was lurking during my "retreat", I read your thread of some time ago "Is photography art" and I thought that was inspiring.

    Obviously in the world of microstock, a lot of people do whatever without much thought other than the dollars at the end of the month. That is fine. It is their  prerogative and I have no problems with that whatsoever. None of my business anyway. On the other hand, there are  a lot of contributors who would also like to grow in whatever it is they do. We see a lot of threads and posts about that and threads like this are meant for them.


  8. 8 minutes ago, Starsphinx said:

    I am not at all sure that is a useful quote - especially for newbies and those wanting to learn.  I am currently working on learning/improving drawing skills.  One of the things I am being encouraged to "unlearn" is the idea that copying and imitation are bad.  They are only bad if the intent is to pass them off as the work of the one you copied - otherwise copying and immitating is a hugely important tool for learning.  I feel the suggestion that copying and immitation are only for those who dont know what they are doing to be over critical and down.  It may put people off doing the very thing they need to develop. 


    Thank you for pointing that out. It is great that you didn't take that quote at face value. It means you care and how else do we learn?


    This is how I read the quote,

    Learning and imitating are two different things. Trying to replicate an existing work can be an important learning tool. I agree. Imitating on the other hand, might have a less honorable intend and that is what was meant by Jan Groover. Her underlying message was for upcoming artist to develop your own style and for that, one has to learn the rules, which can be broken once you know them.

    If one doesn't follow those steps (Learning, developing, knowing when and how to break the rules, etc ) one might never be able to pass step one and those are the people who (most likely) don't know what they are doing and some might resort to imitation to compensate for their lack of willingness to learn or hide their laziness




  9. for photographers, Graphic designers, and illustrators

    There are quotes that are helpful and applicable for what we are doing here. Some of those memorable and might even get stuck in your head.

    Looking for something a little bit memorable, meaningful, and useful.

    If you have any of those, you can post them here, but please give credit if you know where the quote came from.

    I start:

    If nobody has any quotes, at least remember this one

    "Imitation is only for those who don't know what they are doing" - Jan Groover, (famous) Photographer 1943-2012

    (so, don't let that happen to you)

  10. 10 minutes ago, Sari ONeal said:

    Rudy do you remember the name of the lady on SS that took pics of her two little boys in a very story-telling way? She was from some place in Eastern Europe, I think I remember seeing some pics from Prague? I'll have to see if I can find her port.


    edit - haha, found it like in two secs...LOL


    Looks like the little ones grew up and she might have a third one, too? :)


    She has so many good ones, but the real gems are hard to find now :(

    I do now! lol  ("Do you remember...."  is asking a lot Sari :) )


    I like these a little better then the one Whiteaster link to frankly. Not so much post processing

  11. 37 minutes ago, Whiteaster said:

    Hi Rudy, nice thread.

    Just like Sari, I don't know famous photographers or care about but I've seen some that amazed me right here on SS (won't name them).

    There is still a famous photographer, Elena Shumilova, a mother who photographs her kids in everyday life in the countryside, in a magical way that I've never seen before.
    I would like to learn to use the light the way she does, (just dreaming).

    Thank you and no, they don't have to be famous.

    I have seen her work before. She is very good indeed

  12. Thanks Wendy. I understand about trees (and forest)needing fire. Same here in South Florida

    We have a lot of your Melaleuca trees and Australian pines (at least, that's what they are called here and thanks for that btw.) They can burn all they want, but fire doesn't seem to kill those invaders. Especially not Maleleuca. they seems to be as hardy as Australians :)

  13. 52 minutes ago, Milleflore Images said:
    Apologies for hogging the thread, Rudy. I must go! lol

    You're not hogging the thread. Discussions like this are a welcoming side effect of this kind of threads. They open our minds and widen our horizons.

    As far as Annie Leibovitz goes, I liked her better in the "old" days when she was a little bit more hands on instead of being a production manager, but either way, she is a heck of a photographer.  Maybe for me personally her best days were when she was a photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine.

    (every freakin' time I want to write Photographer I write Photogrpaher! Why is that? lol)

  14. 13 minutes ago, Studio 2 said:

    Going to sneak in another one and be disobedient. She is 19th Century. Julia Margaret Cameron. Amazing for a woman to achieve what she did at the time. I have visited her house on the Isle of Wight. I find her images very evocative. 

    She is amazing. Her pictures had a great influence on the pictorialism movement.

    Check out  Gertrude Kasebier


  15. 20 minutes ago, Marco Fine said:

    Yes of course, I'm interested.
    My idea on the first photo is that, in addition to the crooked lines, the colors are quite far from reality (too strong PP), and also the focus is rather soft, especially on the sides.
    I think that this same image would not be accepted today by SS.

    Not looking at the focus since I can't tell that from these images anyway, the first (crooked) one is better I think because of the composition and exposure. The horizon is in a much better place in the first one. There are also less distracting elements on the right side. Unlike you apparently, I think that the colors in the second one are not realistic.The colors are overcooked, the skies are all blown out and there is too much distraction going on on the left. It would also be hard to crop the second on on the left side because then you would cut the bridge in half and a bridge to nowhere doesn't look all that great.

    just my opinion. Yours (and others) may vary

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