TIFF image file format support
For approximately four weeks now, you can upload files in either JPEG or TIFF format.
The new support for TIFF images is our response to pro photographers who do not want
any sacrifices on quality of their photos. TIFF format normally means very large,
uncompressed files that do not have any loss in quality related to JPEG compression.
Most modern professional or near-professional digital cameras can save files in
either TIFF or JPEG format. If you believe the TIFF format is for you, be prepared
that high-resolution TIFF files will take much more storage space than JPEGs.
Finding similar photos with "More Like This", and what it means to you
You probably noticed this new link under ”Buy Now” button - when clicked,
it attempts to find photos similar to the one that is being viewed. While this search
tool is primarily targeted to photo buyers, you, as the photographer, may find it
useful to know how it works so you can ensure your similar photos are found in
searches for relevant images.
”More Like This” uses categories and keywords to find similar photos. If
you are viewing a photo in Landscape and
Nature category, it will look for other
photos in either one of these categories. Following that, the
”More Like This” search will use keywords to further narrow down
results - it will only keep the photos containing keywords found on the keyword list
of the viewed photo. The priority is given to keywords that appear on the list before
others, so if the viewed photo keyword list begins with ”oak”, the search
will give priority to those photos that have ”oak” on their keyword list
first, then second, etc. Just like the Photo Search engine,
”More Like This” understands plurals, so it will treat ”oak”
and ”oaks” the same way when comparing keywords.
Now that you know how this new search tool works, here are some tips to make your
photos better positioned, and therefore found in searches more often:
What's Selling Section
- When setting the keyword list, use more relevant keywords first, followed by less
relevant ones. For example, ”daisy, white flower, flower” is the
better choice of keywords than ”flower, white flower, daisy”
- Try to avoid keywords that are not relevant to your photo. Even if you have a
photograph of a dog looking right into the camera, using the word
”portrait” in the keyword list is not a good idea.
- Try to identify the subject of the photo in the best way and use that identity as
the first item on the keyword list. If you have a photo of a flower, find out
its name, if it’s a dog, find out its breed, if it’s a more abstract
photo, think of the best way to describe it.
You can find the What's Selling section at the front page of our website.
If you are interested in sales, this new section, along with
the Search Spy may give
you some pointers.
Photography Articles and How-To’s
Become a better photographer! By popular demand, we have added our newest
Guides section, which
features quite a significant number of photography articles on various subjects. We
hope the information in the articles will be useful to our members who want to
improve their skills or learn new techniques.
Another new feature that our members have requested is ability to keep a list of
favorite photographers. You asked for it, and you there you have it! Keep a list of
favorite photographers, albums or photos. Favorites are easy to find on the menu in
the Photos section,
and the tab-based design makes it easy to jump from one favorite to another.
Number of Views
Starting from August 24, we started counting how many times each photo gets viewed.
Views are shown in the same section where you can see ratings summary. A few things
to know about views counter:
Ratings scale definition
- When you are viewing your own photo, your page view does not get counted.
- If you reload the page, only one page view gets counted.
- Thumbnail views never get counted.
- Pages showing photos submitted before August 24 may not represent the total number of received views.
It seems like this one was long overdue, and we finally put it together to the best
of our own knowledge of photography. Ratings can be a sensitive subject to each
photographer, and whenever someone receives lower than expected ratings, it may be
causing frustration. Keeping that in mind, we tried to define the numbers on the
ratings scale, and give some guidelines about what qualities actually should be
rated. We hope that you will find item useful, and we strongly advise that all
members thoroughly review these guidelines at least once. Ratings scale definition
can be viewed by clicking "How to rate" link, which is shown underneath
rating option buttons for each photo.