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risamay
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 12:29PM
Posted By kelvinjay:
One thing iStock could do for us for virtually free is to give some more of our images much needed exposure on the site's front page. One of my gripes about iStock is the lack of imagery turn-over. I like the idea of a slideshow on the front page showing everyone's favourite images. Maybe we could nominate 3 images each.

Sounds like a decent idea to me. Each contributor could have an hour of front page feature-time, as such.

Would be a nice year-round program/gesture.
PrairieArtProject
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 12:45PM
Posted By stacey_newman:

I see a theme that always seems to pop up in threads like these. the mentality that we should be grateful as contributors and not be upset when funds are removed because of how good we have it. Personally, I'm not upset about the Punctum Day thing. I think it is entirely within their right to remove 100% day and it doesn't bother me at all that they did.


but to suggest that the people it DOES bother are petty or ungrateful is something I'm tired of seeing. this is a business. yeah, we love the community, but we all love and need our income too. it is like a parent telling their kid they should be grateful for being fed. doesn't work that way.

+1 classic groupthink tactic
slobo
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 12:51PM
Posted By risamay:

Posted By kelvinjay:
One thing iStock could do for us for virtually free is to give some more of our images much needed exposure on the site's front page. One of my gripes about iStock is the lack of imagery turn-over. I like the idea of a slideshow on the front page showing everyone's favourite images. Maybe we could nominate 3 images each.


Sounds like a decent idea to me. Each contributor could have an hour of front page feature-time, as such.

Would be a nice year-round program/gesture.


I like the slide show idea. I think it should have max of 100 images and should last at least 24 hours.


Hourly rotation is tricky since there is a prime and totally dead time.
risamay
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 12:53PM
Posted By slobo:
I like the slide show idea. I think it should have max of 100 images and should last at least 24 hours. Hourly rotation is tricky since there is a prime and totally dead time.

Hm. Okay. I like your twist better. More images. More time in the front page sun. So it may take a few years for everyone to have their day, but at least you know your day is coming. Sounds kosher to me. Though, in terms of dead time, here's hoping I don't get a weekend, or a major holiday

(Edited on 2010-07-08 12:55:02 by risamay)
risamay
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 1:01PM
Posted By PrairieArtProject:

Posted By stacey_newman:
it is like a parent telling their kid they should be grateful for being fed. doesn't work that way.

+1 classic groupthink tactic

Yes, but Stacey left out the classic "because there are starving people in Africa" bit. My mom used to try and use that BS line all the time to get me to be "grateful" and eat her stank-nasty tuna casserole (with peas, to make it even more vomitose). I picked off the cheese and had that. Sometimes. Other times, I chose starvation with my African brethren. Eventually, over time, I trained her to only cook the things I liked. I was way grateful and our relationship improved by leaps and bounds, after that.
kelvinjay
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 1:16PM
Posted By slobo:


I like the slide show idea. I think it should have max of 100 images and should last at least 24 hours.


Hourly rotation is tricky since there is a prime and totally dead time.




I started off thinking there should be a limited number, but after consideration, I don't see why it should be.


I'm not sure what the best way to do it would be, but in my mind there would be a pool of say 3 images from each of the contributors who nominated them - perhaps via some kind of lightbox mechanism. I know there are a LOT of registered contributors, but I think the number of active contributors would be a fairly reasonable number to deal with. No vetting of them would be required by an admin, which saves time & costs.


The slide show I pictured would just play constantly from this large pool of images with each image being on screen for 5-6 seconds before the next one appears. If it takes someone's eye or they want to skip back an image, that would be cool for the clients, who could then click on it to visit the image page. By just playing round constantly nobody would get lumbered with having their moment in the spotlight being a 1hr feature at 4am EST on the 25th December etc.


I figured if each image gets 6 seconds, that's 10 images per minute, which is 600 each hour, which is 14,400 a day which could be shown. That's a lot of images that could get their little moment in the sun. I dunno maybe 10 seconds per image would be better... but whatever, you could showcase a lot more stuff to a lot more people. And if it's just running constantly all year round I figure it's got to give everyone a few extra sales and costs iStock almost nothing.

I dunno - I just thought that Punctum was all about arresting images and that we could all get a few more eyes on the ones we'd like most to promote. If 3 images each is too many then maybe just one image each - or maybe make it exclusive only (to make up for 100% day being taken away) although I'd prefer it to be fully inclusive if the numbers allow. Just random thoughts...

(Edited on 2010-07-08 13:25:25 by kelvinjay)
shaun
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 1:20PM
Posted By risamay:

Posted By PrairieArtProject:


Posted By stacey_newman:
it is like a parent telling their kid they should be grateful for being fed. doesn't work that way.


+1 classic groupthink tactic


Yes, but Stacey left out the classic "because there are starving people in Africa" bit. My mom used to try and use that BS line all the time to get me to be "grateful" and eat her stank-nasty tuna casserole (with peas, to make it even more vomitose). I picked off the cheese and had that. Sometimes. Other times, I chose starvation with my African brethren. Eventually, over time, I trained her to only cook the things I liked. I was way grateful and our relationship improved by leaps and bounds, after that.

So what you're really trying to say is that you're going to kick and scream until iStock cooks does what you want?
dmax-foto
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 1:39PM

I love tuna casserole, peas are yummy !!


ps you didn't really choose starvation, you chose to go without knowing fully well that there would be more food later !

(Edited on 2010-07-08 13:45:55 by dmax-foto)
fotoVoyager
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 1:42PM
Nobody really objects to the loss of the 100% day, we realise it was a treat not a right.

What we object to is the accretion of tiny slights, pokes, ignorings of concerns and changes of direction that all add up to a feeling in a remote community like this one that we are no longer valued. You will no doubt say this isn't true, but then you are not the architect of these changes.

If we're told how well things are going by the bosses on one hand, then on the other that costs must come down, if wholly owned content is manipulated to the front of searches or whatever it is we're up in arms about this week then we are right to feel aggrieved because without us there is no iStock. Be nice. Play fair. Don't be too greedy.
slobo
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 1:48PM
Posted By kelvinjay:

Posted By slobo:

I like the slide show idea. I think it should have max of 100 images and should last at least 24 hours.
Hourly rotation is tricky since there is a prime and totally dead time.


I started off thinking there should be a limited number, but after consideration, I don't see why it should be.

keep in mind, I am talking about hand picked (self nominated) exclusive images. Less contributors by default and than people will have to nominate their images.
kelvinjay
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 1:57PM
Posted By slobo:

Posted By kelvinjay:


Posted By slobo:

I like the slide show idea. I think it should have max of 100 images and should last at least 24 hours.
Hourly rotation is tricky since there is a prime and totally dead time.



I started off thinking there should be a limited number, but after consideration, I don't see why it should be.


keep in mind, I am talking about hand picked (self nominated) exclusive images. Less contributors by default and than people will have to nominate their images.


I see. Well, I doubt it would ever happen anyway, but it's fun to dream.


I appreciate why the thread was started but I think it's not really going anywhere here as long as people just keep going on about the end of the 100% thing. I wish they'd just lock this and start a new thread which is ONLY about suggestions for how to celebrate Punctum day. At least something positive may come of that.
shank_ali
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 2:00PM

" In addition to moving Punctum back in the calendar we'll also make some changes to how it works. We want to get more of the community involved in the part that its supposed to be about: celebrating and rewarding the best content here at iStockphoto. Please note though that we will NOT be doing the 100% royalty day anymore."


It quite clearly states some changes to how it works this year will be different.I think this has probably already been decided  at HQ but asking the community for ideas to better theres is still ok !
PrairieArtProject
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 2:19PM
Posted By kelvinjay:

Posted By slobo:


Posted By kelvinjay:



Posted By slobo:

I like the slide show idea. I think it should have max of 100 images and should last at least 24 hours.
Hourly rotation is tricky since there is a prime and totally dead time.




I started off thinking there should be a limited number, but after consideration, I don't see why it should be.



keep in mind, I am talking about hand picked (self nominated) exclusive images. Less contributors by default and than people will have to nominate their images.



I see. Well, I doubt it would ever happen anyway, but it's fun to dream.


I appreciate why the thread was started but I think it's not really going anywhere here as long as people just keep going on about the end of the 100% thing. I wish they'd just lock this and start a new thread which is ONLY about suggestions for how to celebrate Punctum day. At least something positive may come of that.

The lack of suggestions speaks volumes, though, about what Punctum Day meant/means to many contributors. Or maybe they just all have ideas that are at least as costly.
kelvinjay
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 2:20PM
Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever - show me the money, is what I've so far gathered it was about.
sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 2:21PM

Posted By kelvinjay:
I appreciate why the thread was started but I think it's not really going anywhere here as long as people just keep going on about the end of the 100% thing. I wish they'd just lock this and start a new thread which is ONLY about suggestions for how to celebrate Punctum day. At least something positive may come of that.


That's a good idea. There have been some good suggestions, and I'd rather they not get lost.

I can assure everyone that none of us are gladdened at the canceling of the 100% royalty day for exclusives. I certainly don't regret that it happened for three years, despite the disappointment around its ending. But it is what it is, and it is time to move on.
caspixel
Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 2:21PM

FWIW, one buyer's (mine) opinion about a slide show: Highly unlikely I would watch any of it. I don't pay much attention to that kind of stuff. I couldn't tell you what the current FIOTW or IOTW are. And I spend a lot more time on this site than probably the majority of the buyers who are not also contributors.


So, I think it's dubious on how much exposure such a thing is actually going to garner anyone, IMHO.


 
sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 2:26PM
So, we'll start up a new discussion based on some of the new ideas for punctum day some time next week.
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