Гр. ШУМЕН – Изключително лоша организация и обслужване при издаване и подновяване на лични документи

Отркито писмо до МВР (nspab@mvr.bg) и регинална дирекция на МВР гр. Шумен (shumen@mvr.bg).

Здравейте,

С това писмо бих искал да подставя под вашето внимание лошата организация и процедура за подновяване и издаване на лични документи в МВР гр. Шумен и да дам препоръки за подобряването им.

На 20 Юли 2015, бях в МВР гр. Шумен за да подновя личните си документи (паспорт и лична карта). Бях напълно разочарован от лошата организация и лошото отношение на служителите. По-конкретно:

  1. Имаше огромни опашки с по 200 и повече чакащи без нито един „цивилизован“ начин за контролиране на реда за подаване и получаване на документи.
  2. Полицейски служители, редовно излизаха отвън и по унижаващ начин се караха с чакащите на опашката. Фамилното име на един от тези служители е полицай Драганов.
  3. Много хора познати или по-друг начин казано „връзкари“ на служителите в МВР прескачаха опашката и подаваха документи без да чакат.

В резултат на тази лоша организация се наложи да чакам 2 дена, 1 за подаване и 1 за получаване на документи. Имаше хора, които идваха няколко дена подред за да подадат или получат документи.

Всички тези проблеми и лоша организация може да се разрешат по много икономичен начин като се внедри система на чакане. При такава система гражданите могат предварително да вземат час за обслужване или просто да си вземат билетче с номер и да бъдат повиквани по ред. Ще очаквам след 4,5 години когато отново подновявам документите си да видя тази система внедрена в гр. Шумен.

С уважение,

Ферад Зюлкяров

WARNING – Scam – European Patent and Trademark Register

Few days after I made a trademark application I have received a scam letter by post with a fake invoice 960 Euros to be paid by wire transfer.

The name of the institution written on the invoice was European Patent and Trademark Register. Note, the only EU wide institutions dealing with patents and trademarks are:

European Patent and Trademark Register is a scam and fake name. There is no such institution or legal entity.

Payment details

The scam and fake invoice gives the following information about the payment.

Beneficiary: EPTR

Bank name: WBK Bank

IBAN: PL51 1090 1711 0000 0001 1624 7840 (PL51109017110000000116247840)

BIC/SWIFT: WBKPPLPP

Bank address: Rynek 9/11, 50-950 Wroclaw, Poland

Payment by cheque:

Benefifiary: EPTR

Address: Ul. Morska 35, 75-212 Koszalin, Poland

Company details

Name: EPTR European Patent and Trademark Register sp.z.p.o.S.k

URL: www.eptr-register.com

VAT: PL6692519281

Email: info@eptr-register.com

Address: ul. Morska 35, 75-212, Koszalin, Poland

Registrar lookup for eptr-register.com

After I did a lookup for the domain name eptr-register.com I found that it is registered to:

Registrant Name: Piotr Lesisz

Registrant Street: MORSKA 35

Registrant City: KOSZALIN 

Registrant Country: POLAND

Registrant Phone: +48.728526609

Registrant Email: P.LESISZ2011@GOOGLEMAIL.COM

Admin Name: Piotr Lesisz

Admin Street: MORSKA 35

Admin City: KOSZALIN

Admin Country: POLAND

Admin Phone: +48.728526609

Admin Email: P.LESISZ2011@GOOGLEMAIL.COM

Scam European Patent and Trademark Register

The Consul General of Ukraine in Barcelona Oleksandr Khrypunov booed at EuroMaidan

Today, (February 23, 2014) the consul general of Ukraine in Barcelona, Oleksandr Khrypunov (Олександр Вікторович Хрипунов), who previously showed in many ways his support to the corrupt and oppressive regime of Yanukovych has appeared at the EuroMaidan in Barcelona. He started reading a pre-written speech expressing the condolences to the victims of Maidan but was interrupted by the angry protesters. Just few days ago (on February 21, 2014) in a one of the main national newspapers in Spain, El Periodico, appeared an article in which the consul general of Ukraine, Oleksandr Khrypunov, described the EuroMaidan protesters in Kiev as ultra nationalist and nazis who are the sole responsible for the unrest. Ukrainians in Barcelona want his immediate resignation. During few other earlier protests in front of the Ukrainian Consulate in Barcelona which were organized in solidarity with the first victims in Maidan, Oleksandr Khrypunov, refused to appear in front of the protesters to express condolences to the victims and referred to the victims as criminal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0gRACcgxXo also read here).

Soon after the video was posted online, an anonymous person with the nick name “sasha Costa” has published the first comment. The comment had criticized the protesters referring to them as betrayers, and waste of Ukraine who serve to the Spanish king, pay their taxes to Spain and implying that they are spoiled because they only know to complain for abroad but do nothing for their country. While piling these negative critics to the protesters, in his comment “sasha Costa” has also sympathised the consul, and asked people watching the video for understanding and empathy.

I answered the comment with detailed arguments against the sasha’s statements. Later followed two more comments by sasha Costa. In the following comments sasha took it more personal with me and he even did a free psychological profile for me. Unfortunately, besides leaving my last comment unanswered, sasha decided to delete his comments and because of youtube’s recent change of the comment system all comments were since they were replies of the deleted comment. Luckily, I could recover all of them except, the second comment of sasha Costa. I include them below. As you will see, the profile of the contents by sasha Costa, suggest that sasha Costa is either the consul or a close person to the consul.

[Comment by sasha Costa – 1]

Посмотрев это видео вывешенное (судя по его имени и внешности) кавказцем и который на ломаном английском распыляется перед толпой дезертиров которые греясь под Испанским солнышком высказывают свое недовольство демонстрируя свою тупость и жадность – большинство которых работают на испанцев и платят налоги Испании, половина (если не все) из которых отреклись от своего Украинского Гражданства давая клятву королю испании, а теперь обмотавшись Украинскими флагами и на английском языке, на главной площади Каталонии, требуют (провокационно используя факт о принятых тогда правительством законах ) чтобы Украинец который работает для них и для Украины был с ними за одно и даже чтобы он уволился…

мне как Украинцу который гордится своим народом, стало очень стыдно и обидно за Украинцев в Испании так как они совсем не похожи на тех которые стоят на Майдане. Это видео это пример того что до Европы вам очень далеко хотя вы в ней и живете, это пример того что вы не умеете конфликтовать и только хотите чтобы было по вашему (а это жлобство и та же диктатура), это пример тому что вы не умеете мыслить и видеть причинно-следственные связи и т.д.

Единственное что меня порадовало это тот факт что Украине, как стране, действительно будет проще стать Евро-Державой если большинство ее отбросов будет продолжать жить за границей.

Слава Украине!

[Answer by Ferad Zyulkyarov – 1]

Sasha, since you have understood my "broken" English I have no doubt that you would be able to read it. I feel needless to answer your rhetorical comment. First, I would like to facilitate my ethnicity so that you don’t try to guess – I am Turkish.

At Placa Catalunya, the only betrayer that I could tell immediately was Oleksand Khrypunov. All the rest were people with dignity who came there to shout against the terror that one notoriously corrupt and oppressive regime did and also to honor the memory of the victims who died at Maidan. Some of these people at Placa Catalonia were immigrants from Ukraine who left their country because of their systematic humiliation, pervasive corruption, unfairness, poor life standard, inequality, poor welfare, malfunctioning judicial system and many more. Others were local as well as tourists passing by who gave their support against the tyranny just like many other people did around major European capital cities.

The consulate in Barcelona with the head Oleksandr Khrypunov is well known for being corrupt and systematically mistreating and humiliating the people who call for its services. The staff of the embassy, like scavengers, uses every opportunity to get the maximum advantage from the poor Ukrainians who seek any type of a consular service.

Sasha, what Ukrainian are you if you are writing even in Russian? :) The Ukrainian diaspora (in Barcelona) had contributed to Ukraine and the Maidan in Kiev with concrete actions such as donations, publicity, as well as people who participated at the front lines in Maidan. Even if this might not be appreciated by you or many like you, the contributions of these were sincere and it was best possible that they could do. Unlike you and people like you, who like to talk only after the events these people acted during the events. Sasha what is your contribution and merit for Ukraine?

[Comment by sasha Costa – 2]

Unfortunately, I could not recover this comment. However, as far as I remember, in his second comment sasha Costa explicitly attempted to defend the consul. He has said that his contribution to Ukraine and the Ukrainians are his comments that he hopes that people will read and understand the situation that the consul is at. Also, sasha Costa has explained that he writes in Russian instead of Ukrainian with the hope that he can reach a broader audience.

[Answer by Ferad Zyulkyarov – 2]

Sasha Costa, I am somehow very suspicious that you are the very same consul or some close friend of him and my suspicion is not based on your nick name. Anyway, this does not matter at all.

Sasha, I don’t care much if my grandparents will understand me or not, though I have utter respect to them. Most likely, as you say, they would not understand me. Of course, this is very normal. Most likely I will not understand my grandchildren either (nor you).

Sasha, the only good think what the consul can do is to resign. The sooner the better. Rest assured that people do not see on him the scapegoat to vent out their rage. People do not want him (Oleksandr Khrypunov) because of very concrete reasons. People do not want and like him because he is the head of a corrupt institution – the consulate. People do not want him because he mistreats and humiliates them. People do not want and like him because he is a hypocrite (have a look at how Oleksandr Khrypunov refers to the protesters in an interview to El Periodico). Simply, it is not only that Oleksandr Khrypunov closed his eyes to all this horrible events in Kiev, but it seems that he even supports them. This is not what a consul is supposed to do. Moreover, his name is missing in this list here http://ukrdiplomat.wordpress.com. Oleksandr Khrypunov, betrayed the Ukrainians in Spain. He must go on his own, ashamed and with the little dignity that he has left. Oleksandr Khrypunov, should take an example of his colleagues like Andriy Berezniy.

Sasha, I want to return to your first comment, regarding to the people in Placa Catalunya whom you referred to as betrayers, losers, greedy, and who do not do anything for their country, serve and pay their taxes to Spain. Did you know that the money which Ukrainian expats send home via bank transfers only constitutes 4% of the Ukrainian economy and thus makes them the main investors in Ukraine?

[Comment by sasha Costa – 3]

По профессии я психолог, и одного видео мне достаточно чтобы поставить вам диагноз, причем бесплатный: у вас явно выражений синдром неполноценности и это очень видно в вашей манере выражаться и жестикулировать, и по этому вы при каждой вам данной возможности всячески пытаетесь опровергнуть этот факт и занимаетесь разной ерундой.

Я предполагаю что если у вас есть девушка или парень ( по вашей внешности сложно определить) то я уверен что вам у вас же дома не дают вам сказать ни слова, хотя я тоже думаю что часть проблемы вполне может тянутся из генетики.

Поэтому вам мой профессиональный совет: то время которое вы тратите на ваши провокации потратите в первую очередь на себя, станьте и почувствуйте себя полноценным человеком, потом наладьте дела у себя дома, потом в Турции где проблем не меньше, только потом если на это у вас хватит времени (в чем я сомневаюсь) занимайтесь проблемами других стран, так как в Украине к вашему сведению есть грамотные люди которые и без Турков разберутся со своими проблемами.

Был бы я Хрипуновым, и зная контингент публики, я бы вообще к вам не вышел, и думаю что это была его ошибка которая ему тоже послужит уроком.

[Answer by Ferad Zyulkyarov – 3]

+sasha Costa I enjoy reading your comments! I would like to inform you that your psychological profile is a non-sense. It is a nice story without any grounds. Just think a bit, is it possible that a person who feels unconfident/inferior/insecure (неполноценный) would be able to say a word in the middle of 500+ crowd and at the very center of Barcelona.

If you had tried to answer the simple question “Why I spoke there and why these people gathered at Placa Catalunya?” you would not say all these irrelevant comments. I will answer. The people gathered at Placa Catalunya because of the many reasons that they don’t like in Yanukovych’s government. For example, one thing these people including me do not like is the protesters at Maidan being heinously gunned by snipers and automatic machine guns. Do you think this is correct? I spoke against Oleksandr Khrypunov not because of any weaknesses but because I truly believe that he and the staff at the consulate does not do their job correctly – I find them corrupt, arrogant, unwilling to help the Ukrainians.

Sasha, why do you recommend me to not get involved with the problems of Ukraine? Do I bother you? What would you recommend me if I were an Ukrainian?

Sasha, why do you say that if you were Oleksandr Khrypunov, you would not show up at Placa Catalunya to READ your speech? What would be the reason – 1) the speech, 2) the people, 3) the victims whose memory was honored, 4) you yourself (the consul)? Please, can you elaborate?

Sasha, why do you sympathise with Oleksandr Khrypunov? Do you think that he is right?

The consul general of Ukraine hints about his support to Yanukovych’s regime

The consul general of ukraine in Barcelona

On Friday January 24, 2014, the consul general at the consulate-general of Ukraine in Barcelona, Oleksandr Khrypunov (Олександр Вікторович Хрипунов), has refused to appear before the people who were protesting in front of the consulate building. During his short meeting with the representatives of the protesters the consul has expressed his support not to the protesting people but to the authoritarian government of Azarov and Yanukovych. Also, the consul finds the recently passed anti-protest laws in Ukraine as normal democratic laws that exist in every democratic country including Spain.

Spyder4Pro vs X-Rite ColorMunki

Spyder4Pro and X-Rite ColorMunki are the two most popular consumer-level monitor calibrators available in the market. Like many people, I also asked myself the question “Which one is better and which one should I buy?”. They both are priced similarly and therefore the money is not an important factor for the decision.

Previously, I had borrowed Spyder3Elite from a friend to calibrate my laptop’s monitor (Dell XPS 15z) and my external monitor (HP ZR24w). Then I was quite happy with the result. Later, with the increased importance of the accurate color representation in my photos I had the necessity to buy one for myself and stop borrowing from friends.

Since I was already familiar with Spyder I decided to buy Spyder4Pro. However, the calibration results for my laptop display didn’t seem satisfactory to me, although the calibration for the external HP monitor was very good. The laptop had some green tint on grays and yellow to beige cast on whites. I tried many different types of calibration configurations but the green tint did not go. I even get in contact with the customer support at Datacolor but they happened to be quite unhelpful.

Then I start reading in forums about the issue. I found that many people complain against Spyder4Pro because of different reasons including a green tint but also there were quite satisfied users. At several places I read that X-Rite is the choice for professionals. Then decided to buy X-Rite ColorMunki, too. I bought X-Rite ColorMunki together with a Color Passport Checker for the same price as Spyder4Pro.

Unfortunately, X-Rite did not provide satisfactory results, either. The calibration with ColorMunki had also green tint on grays and yellow to beige tint on whites. I would say that the perceptual results were even more disappointing mainly because the calibration with X-Rite ColorMunki somehow had less contrast compared to the calibration with Spyder4Pro. It is well studied that the higher contrast makes the perceived image more aesthetic.

Like with the Spyder4Pro, the calibration of the HP monitor with X-Rite was also very good but again with slightly lower contrast. Having consistently bad calibration results for my laptop display and consistently good calibration results for the external monitor I concluded that my laptop’s monitor is not as good as the external HP monitor. In fact, Spyder4Pro reported that the laptop’s display covers 79% of the sRGB color space whereas the HP cover 98% of the sRGB color space. Probably, the calibrators fail to make a proper calibration for not so good monitors that have poor sRGB coverage. In few forums I have read reviews people complaining about green tint on grays and yellow to beige cast on whites. This further supports my hypothesis – you cannot make a monitor display a color if it simply has no capabilities to do so.

Differences between Spyder4Pro and X-Rite ColorMunki

So here I will outline the main differences between these two calibrators by giving examples and referring only to the calibration of my external HP ZR24w monitor. These two calibrators definitely operate in different way and generate different results.

The Luminance Reading

During the calibration process, both devices ask you to manually adjust your monitor’s brightness and contrast until the calibrator reads 120cd/m2. I find this the most important difference and a proof of how different these devices are. Spyder4Pro reads 120cd/m2 when the monitor’s brightness is set to 70 and the contrast to 75. However, with the same monitor settings X-Rite ColorMunki reads 163cd/m2. On the other side, X-Rite ColorMunki reads 120cd/m2 when the monitor’s brightness is set to 60 and the contrast to 64. But then, Spyder4Pro reads 91.3cd/m2. The mismatch in this reading shows that Spyder4Pro is less sensitive to light or simply one of the devices malfunctions. I would ignore the latter option.

High vs Low Contrast

Spyder4Pro generates a profile where grays appear darker or as if there is more contrast. As shown in the photo of the monitor below, somehow the gradient is not liner. The darks become suddenly too dark. On the other side the gradient on a calibration with X-Rite ColorMunki looks smoother. In fact in a properly calibrated monitor (with proper gamma value), the luminance (perceived intensity) of the grays should be linear (smoother). Because of this I would say that X-Rite ColorMunki achieved better gamma setting than Spyder4Pro. Nevertheless, these two calibrators seem to be good enough for most people out there.

1920x1080 same luminance reading without text

You can also watch the short clip which I took while doing this experiment.

Vodafone ADSL Turbo 35Mb/s in Spain – Speed Test

For some time I have changed my ADSL internet provider to Vodafone.

I have contracted the marketed ADSL Turbo – which promises download speed up to 35Mb/s and upload speed up to 3.5MMb/s.

Here is my actual speed results which I got from http://www.speedtest.net.

Download speed: 30.3Mb/s

Upload speed: 4.65Mb/s

 

Vodafone ADSL Turbo Speed Test

 

Well the download is not 35Mb/s but it is still good. I mostly care for the upload becaus which seems to be good. Typical ADSL providers offer upload speed up to 1Mb/s which is quite a junk – especially these days when we share quite a lot of home media files. Overall I would say I am quite satisfied for the price quality – probably it is the best on the market as of today.

Image Mixer Java Tool

Image Mixer

I have recently developped a simple Java GUI-based tool which combines multiple images into one. It supports selection of the images to be mixed and the intensity at which they are mixed.

You can download the source code from BitBicket – ImageMixer and an executable JAR package from ImageMixer.jar.

Image Histogram Java Tool

I have recently developped a simple Java GUI-based tool which plots a histogram of a JPG image. The tool manually implements the code for computing and plotting the histograms. It also uses a suple histogram smoothing. The following types of histograms algorithms are computed:

  • Luminosity – the histogram for the luminosity of the pixels is computed.
  • Grayscale 1 – a red-blue-green color pixel is converted into a representative gray pixel based on one popular forumula and the grayscale histogram is computed.
  • Grayscale 2 – a red-blue-green color pixel is converted into a representative gray pixel based on second popular forumula and the grayscale histogram is computed.
  • Red – the histogram for the red color is computed.
  • Green – the histogram for the green color is computed.
  • Blue – the histogram for the blue color is computed.

You can download the source code from ImageHistogram.zip Eclipse Project and a JAR package from ImageHistogram.jar.

Income from Selling Stock Photos – How Much Money I Earn

Here I would like to share my experience with earning money from stock photography sites and agencies like iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Fotolia, etc. I am an amateur photographer and I do not upload photos regularly to a stock photography sites. By writing this article, I hope to answer the questions like “How much can I earn?”, “Which photos sell most?”, “Which site is best?” which most people ask before they start uploading photos.
In a 4 ½ years period, from February 2008 (when I first entered stock photography) until October 2012, I earned approximately 1515 USD by selling photos online at numerous agencies and web sites. The table below is a summary by agencies and web sites.

Summary of my earnings by selling photos online.
Agency or web site USD Member Since Member Until
iStockphoto 673.08 February 2008 now
Getty 290.84 May 2011 now
Flickr 470 July 2007 now
Shutterstock 96.35 October 2010 June 2012
Fotolia 30 October 2010 June 2012
Total 1560.27

At the moment I upload photos only to iStockphoto and Getty Images only. I am a member at iStockphoto since February 2008 and an exclusive contributor since June 2012. The table below is a summary of my profile at iStockphoto since my membership (until October 28, 2012).

iStockphoto statistics since membrship (from February 2008 to October 2012).
Uploaded Active Rejected Deactivated Acceptance rate Downloads Earnings
616 343 203 15 63.18% 329 $673.08

Does being exclusive pay more? – In my case, yes

Before continuing with the numbers I will first explain what exclusivity is to those who are not familiar with it. Almost all stock photography agencies have exclusivity program. Exclusivity may apply for a specific photo or the photographer. If you select a specific photograph to be exclusive then you must sell this photograph only at that agency and you are not allowed to sell it in other agencies. In return the agency may provide you some more benefit for the exclusive photographs such as higher commission or let you sell the photo for higher price, etc. If you opt to be an exclusive photograph at one agency then you must sell your photos only at that agency and you are not allowed to sell you photos in other agencies. In return the agency gives you more preferences such as higher commission or sells your photos for higher price or shows your photos within the first search results.

Now let’s compare my earnings before and after becoming exclusive contributor at iStockphoto. This might be helpful for those who do not know what the world look like being an exclusive.

Total earnings from iStockphoto before and after becoming exclusive.
All earnings Royalties from iStockphoto Royalties from partner program Downloads from iStockohoto Downloads from partner program
Before exclusive (June 2011-May 2012) $184.38 $117.07
(64% of earnings)
$67.31
(36% of earnings)
117
($1 per download)
212
($0.32 per download)
After exclusive (June 2012 – October 2012) $232.41 $223.29
(96% of earnings)
$9.12
(4% of earnings)
49
($4.56 per download)
24
($0.38 per download)

I will also put average per month statistics as well because I do not have statistics for 1 year after I became exclusive contributor.

Per month earnings from iStockphoto before and after becoming exclusive.
All earnings Royalties from iStockphoto Royalties from partner program Downloads from iStockohoto Downloads from partner program
Before exclusive (June 2011-May 2012) $15.36 $9.76 $5.61 9.75 17.7
After exclusive (June 2012 – October 2012) $46.48 $44.66 $1.82 9.8 4.8

From these numbers you can clearly see that my income at iStockphoto only has increased 3 times, from $15.36 to $46.48. But, to be fair I should account for the fact that my income from the other agencies has become zero after becoming an exclusive. Nevertheless, in my case I would clearly conclude that becoming an exclusive at iStockphoto is a win-win situation because two reasons:

  1. it is much easier for me as an amateur to organize and upload photos to one web site only –simply my life became easier;
  2. being exclusive at iStockphoto only still pays me more than what I earned altogether when I was uploading to multiple web sites.

Which photos sell most?

The approach of taking photos is fundamental for how they sell. As I said, I am an amateur and I do not take photos with the sole purpose to sell. Instead, I first take photos as a pleasure and hobby and then I try to sell those which look beautiful. Because I do not take photos with the purpose to sell they do not sell much :). Typically the photos which sell more are simple, with one (or few objects which constitute a big object), and convey a certain message or describe a certain concept such as happiness, success, frustration, etc. You should always keep in mind that, stock photos are used mostly for advertisement. Therefore, if you want your photos to sell then try to answer the following questions: “What can I advertise with this photo?”, “What advertising message can I use together with my photo?”. Below is my most downloaded photo of a flower shop. It can be used to advertise fertilizers, flower shop, flower market, companies for flower decorations, etc.

Review: Which stock photography agency is best?

There are quite many stock photography agencies where you can sell your photos. I tried few of them. Below they are ordered based on my personal preference:

  1. iStockphoto
  2. Shutterstock
  3. Fotolia
  4. BigStockPhoto

iStockphoto

Stockphotography agencies differ by commissions which they pay and their customer model (the people whom they sell photos). I started with iStockphoto and I continue with iStockphoto only. Somehow, iStockphoto matches better my approach of selling photos – I do not take photos with the sole purpose to sell. Compared to the other 3 agencies which I used, iStockphoto generated most money so far. Also, iStockphoto has many professional contributors which I guess are happy with their income. Moreover, iStockphoto has pay model which favors skilled and loyal professional photographers – the more photos you sell the more royalties you get. On the other side, which is also very important, iStockphoto has a lot of clients who have different needs for photos. This, unlike some smaller and less popular agencies, opens an opportunity for beginners to explore and find their niche in this big and also very competitive business.

Shutterstock

The second agency which I found as most profit generating is Shutterstock. Compared to iStockphoto, Shutterstock has different model with respect to how its clients buy or pay for photos and consequently the money which the photographers are given. Unlike the pay-as-you-go model Shutterstock encourages subscription based payment. In this model, photographers are paid tiny commissions of $0.25 but they have many downloads which at the end of the month may sum to a nice wage. In my case, I did not earn good money from Shutterstock – only $96 for almost 2 years. One reason and probably the most significant reason for this low income was the style of my photos – they were not taken with the sole purpose to sell, or said in other words, my photos did not have stock value. Because of this reason many of my photos which were accepted at iStockphoto were rejected at Shutterstock. Like iStockphoto, Shutterstock is a very popular stock photography agency and it has many clients. Because of the subscription program, they have loyal clients which download many photos trying to fill their download quota. Certainly there are many professional stock photographers which make good money from Shutterstock. Just I think it did not work for me as an amateur.

Fotolia

The third agency which I tried is Fotolia. Although the high number of photos which I have online at Fotolia I made very small profit. Most of the downloads were from subscription users for which I was being paid the nothing $0.25. I guess it is less popular than iStockphoto and Shutterstock but I might be wrong. Still you can go and try it.

BigStockPhoto

The fourth agency which I tried BigStockPhoto was a waste of time for me. I think it is really unpopular and has few customers. I did not have any download from this web site. My wife, who is trying to start selling photos as stock also has disappointing results with this agency. But if you are a professional photographer who can clearly see the stock value in the photos and takes photos with the sole purpose to sell; this agency can be an opportunity to grow. Why? Because it is easy to become authority in small community with inexperienced and non-established stock contributors. However, I repeat again, you need to have the eye to find and see the stock value in the photos. I think inexperienced, beginners or even amateurs like me are not going to get much of the byte in this web site.

Other stock photography agencies

Certainly there are other smaller stock photography web sites which I will mention for your record:

In summary, if you are a beginner I would suggest you to go for a large popular stock photography agency such as iStockphoto, Shutterstock and Fotolia. These websites have many clients with different needs and the probability somebody to download your photo is higher than other web sites. After gaining some experience you will adapt yourself and take on your own direction.

I and the readers of this blog post would appreciate if you share your insights and experience by writing comments under this blog post.

Related

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Upload speed on Ethernet very low

Today I had installed fiber optic internet – 100Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. I was eager to test the speed. I immediately run to speedtest.net which measured download at the rang of 93Mbps but the disappointing 1Mbps upload. Then I urged to check the speed on my wife's laptop. Her upload was about 11Mbps. Then I tested the speed with on my laptop (Dell XPS 15z) over the WiFi. On the WiFi the download was 20Mbps and the upload around 11Mbps. This was a really strange situation. Then I searched on google and found this article on Dell's forum describing the exact problem which I had – http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19427881/20015112.aspx. The problem was that I had installed a program Expact Shield which I used to watch BBC iPlayer. Expact Shield installs a VPN which somehow tunnels and slows the upload speed (probably they get a copy of what I send). After you uninstall it the problem upload problem over the Ethernet disappeared.