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posted by bosela, Jun 16, 2007 2:32 AM — 14 comments






SXC is great. I've downloaded many images. I began to upload images as a way of repaying the community. My images have been received pretty well by my standards. I am not a stock image photographer. Any usable stock that I produce is incidental to my creating interesting images that please me and others.

On many occasions I have had pictures rejected for technical reasons. Those rejections have been helpful for the most part. Rejections for specific reasons allow me to focus on what I need to do to improve. On many other occasions I have had pictures rejected for reasons that are not so helpful. "The subject is already well covered", "thanks but we are not looking for such images now", or any other reason used for rejecting and image that is not grounded in a specific technical inadequacy is a reviewer substituting their opinion for the opinion of the people I am trying to assist.

My response to having images rejected for the non-technical reasons mentioned above has been to become a member and active contributor at morgueFile. morgueFile is another photo sharing community that has a huge collection of high resolution images. I'm told that my participation has coincided with their annual lull period, but the atmosphere there is more sedate than the one here in any event.

morgueFile has never rejected a submission of mine. Iím sure that they have acceptability requirements, but I have not had them used as a reason to reject an image that I have submitted.

I prefer morgueFile over other sites, like Flickr, because there is no limit on the resolution of pictures you can submit and they have no limit on the number of pictures they accept. Flickr is just too gigantic for my tastes on a regular basis. I'm glad that it's there to visit occasionally, but I don't want to spend a great deal of my time there. Other sites Iíve encountered have limits and restrictions that are annoying or are not a marketplace where image producers and consumers interact.

The download activity at morgueFile is also sedate. It is certainly not comparable to SXC. But, pictures that I feel may be useful to others are now available on the web. If I have a picture rejected for one of the reasons mentioned above, I will upload it and others like it to morgueFile where they might find an audience. Once there, I can share access to a full resolution image with others for discussion purposes.

Another benefit of morgueFile being un-reviewed and less download driven community is that a lot of the emotional turbulence that we find here does not exist there. I have observed no conflict regarding the stock value of contributions because morgueFile takes a broader view of the potential uses of images in its archives. It doesnít seem that people's egos are tied up in a debate about weather an image is stock or isnít. Since pictures are rarely rejected, people have little to rant about? (I hope that I haven't jinxed them!)

If you are interested in a structured digital photography training program, morgueFile has a free Online Photography Course developed by Jodies Coston which I feel is a great resource for those wishing to take control of the photographic process. It is written in an easy to understand style and those taking it are given the opportunity to post assignments and receive feedback.

I also like the fact that the morgueFile administrators are active participants in the forums. I don't want to suggest that any specific changes have occurred as a result of my interaction with them, but it is nice that know that they are accessible.

Did I mention that I have never had an image rejected at morgueFile! Imagine that.

The morgueFile homepage can be found here: morgueFile

My morgeFile portfolio is here: Bosela's morgueFile Portfolio

If you have any opinions regarding morgueFile or another high resolution photo sharing site please share them. General responses are also welcome.

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1. posted by crisderaud, Jun 16, 2007 4:23 PM

I signed up with MorgueFile after reading your blog. I knew of it before sxc and I found it difficult to navigate (browse) and I still don't know how they have it set up to look at new photos without doing a search. sxc is much easier to browse.


2. posted by bosela, Jun 16, 2007 6:14 PM

Cris,

There is a navigation menu on the right of each page. Clink on the "Archive" item. You will see four pictures displayed. Just above the pictures is the phrase "Click here to see more". The first two words are the link to the equivalent of "Most recently added".

The problem that I have had in browsing the "New Images" there is that many people use the ftp upload option and you will find a lot of images by one person clumped together.

I tend to search for particular subjects or types of pictures using the "Advanced Search" option at the top of the navigation menu and then sort the selected set using the sort options at the top of the result screen. I usually sort in descending downloads sequence.

Any of the archive display screens will present twelve images as the default, but you can use a drop down list at the top of the screen to select 24, 48, or 96 as an alternative. Once you set this the value it is retained for the remainder of the session.

George


3. posted by crisderaud, Jun 17, 2007 8:02 AM

Thank you George.


4. posted by chanceag, Jun 19, 2007 2:53 AM

Cris,

Another site that offers free photos is http://www.freerangestock.com, but there is a new ad revenue-sharing program that can let you earn some income with your contributions. The site will let you sign up for a Google Adsense account.

Yes, I'm involved with the site, so I'm sort of promoting it, but I also give away a lot of my own photos to the web community. Thought you might be interested.


5. posted by chanceag, Jun 19, 2007 7:26 AM

Sorry George, I meant address that reply to you (And Cris)!


6. posted by bosela, Jun 30, 2007 6:22 PM

As with any resource, there are definitely things that I would change if I were calling the shots. First and foremost, I would institute a full size display function at morgueFile. Currently, you get a 640x480 version of each image when you click on the thumb nail view. While you can certainly get a good idea of what the image is like, you don't see the full sized version until you down load and unzip the file containing the image.

I believe that not being able to view the image at it's full size discourages commenting and downloading of images. Personally, I would not make a comment on any picture without having seen the full sized version. I also think that people are less likely to take the time to download an image if they are not certain of the quality that they will receive.


7. posted by teambo, Aug 21, 2007 9:03 PM

I think telling people about MorgueFile is a great idea. I've found some items there that I don't here and vice-versa.

I still prefer SXC because it seems much more active.

I don't consider Flickr a stock photography repository since it was not set up for that purpose.


8. posted by cecilek, Sep 4, 2007 4:50 PM

Thanks for this good article. i'm going to have a look right now !


9. posted by tutness, Nov 4, 2007 12:25 PM

I understand your frustration with rejections first hand, though I still like SXC better than MorgueFile ...

What frustrates me most here though is uploading an image, getting a technical comment like "please reduce noise" and "please improve cropping" just to later on after re-uploading get for the same images a "thanks but we're not looking for such materials at the moment" and a "copyrighter material" noticed pecifically on an image that does not contain ANYTHING copyrighted in it, no logos, no brands, not on the object and not in the background ... if you don't see yourself using the image to begin with (since both copyrighted material and the topic are obvious on the first loading) why give technical comments and have people re-upload them at all?


10. posted by creativei, Jan 15, 2008 3:36 PM

Well, Even I think I will sign up with Morgue, Its bit weird the way our pictures are treated during approval process. Anyways still I like SXC for all those beautiful images which was indeed very help in my projects.

I have written a blog about a new idea please I suggest everybody to read and vote.


11. posted by admin, Jan 15, 2008 4:11 PM

@9
I understand that rejections can be frustrating but you can never make this process 100% objective. We have several admins and you can't make 2 people think the same way. Some admins would probably approve something that other admins wouldn't.

We have to be strict with copyrighted material because we want to reduce the risk of users getting into trouble. It's not fun when you download a picture, use it in a design and then you get a message from the copyright holder of the subject to take the picture off immediately or else... Contributors often don't consider this.


12. posted by creativei, Jan 15, 2008 5:27 PM

We all agree, if the image doesnt meet the SXC Standards, then it should be refused, but if the image meets the standards then the image should be approved. Also I suggest, any image on the database, if in certain period of time if its not reached the set downloads, then its should be moved to archive or deleted. Any Takers......


13. posted by contactsA, Jun 21, 2013 1:23 PM

that is hillarious :) because it is sooooo true


14. posted by inizjall, Nov 6, 2013 3:44 AM

morgue is good option

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