Yay ! Our Bounce Rate is 37.27 %


How sticky is your website? Are your visitors hanging around, or are they bouncing right off the page? Lucky for you, there’s a metric for that.

Your website’s bounce rate is a metric that indicates the percentage of people who land on one of your web pages and then leave without clicking to anywhere else on your website — in other words, single-page visitors.

 

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If visitors bounce, it suggests they either didn’t find what they were looking for, or the page wasn’t user-friendly.

Unfortunately, a high bounce rate is significant, since it indicates that your website visitors aren’t looking for more content on your site, clicking on your calls-to-action, or converting into contacts. And to inbound marketers whose primary goal is to attract and convert website visitors into highly qualified leads for their sales teams, a high bounce rate is obviously some pretty scary stuff.

According to Google Analytics Guru Avinash Kausik “It is really hard to get a bounce rate under 20%, anything over 35% is cause for concern, 50% (above) is worrying”. Low/Good bounce rate indicates that visitor engagement on your site is good.”
There you have it.
“As a rule of thumb, a bounce rate in the range of 26 to 40 percent is excellent. 41 to 55 percent is roughly average. 56 to 70 percent is higher than average, but may not be cause for alarm depending on the website. Anything over 70 percent is disappointing for everything outside of blogs, news, events, etc.

So YAY !! StockImageBank.com has a consistent bounce rate of 37.27. Something our digital marketing team has been effectively achieved.  We believe in the quality of visitors than the quantity, Ours is a  B2B product and irrelevant traffic is of no no use to the business. 

So well done Team !! May more clients come and spend more time with us. A fantastic achievement in times of limited mind-space.

A good info-graphic attached for whose who may like to know more about how to decrease it.bounce-rate-(infographic)

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Rakesh Sahai – Well known Indian wildlife photographer passes away


Delhi-based photographer,Rakesh Sahai, best known as the most incredible wildlife photographer passes away.

Sahai is survived by his wife, Ritu Sarin, Executive Editor (News and Investigation), The Indian Express, and their daughter, Rashi.
Obituary – Rakesh Sahai – Finest Wildlife photographer of India

Source : http://indianexpress.com

Images : various sites on google

Royalty Free (RF) – What is it ?


Royalty Free (RF)
“Free” in this context means “free of royalties (paying each time you use an image)”. It does not mean the image is free to use without purchasing a license or that the image is in the public domain.

  • Pay a one-time fee to use the image multiple times for multiple purposes (with limits).
  • No time limit on when the buyer can use an image.
  • No one can have exclusive rights of a Royalty-free image (the photographer can sell the image as many times as he or she wants).
  • A Royalty-free image usually has a limit to how many times the buyer can reproduce it. For example, a license might allow the buyer to print 500,000 brochures with the purchased image. The amount of copies made is called the print run. The buyer is required to pay a fee per brochure, usually 1 to 3 cents, for additional prints. Magazines with a large print run cannot use a standard Royalty-free license and therefore they either purchase images with a Rights-managed license or have in-house photographers.

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Branding – Quote of the week


April 2014 infographics SIBSA

From the collection of over 3 million Indian & International Stock Images, we will share inspiring Quotes in this section.
Please feel free to share if it strikes a cord with you !
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INDIAFRICA – A shared future


INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future is a unique people to people initiative that aims at engaging multiple stakeholders in India and Africa through contests, fellowships, discussions, events, collaborative projects and cultural exchanges.

INDIAFRICA is supported by the Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and is managed by theIdeaWorks, Enterprise partner www.StockImageBank.com
INDIAFRICA works very closely with various institutions in Africa and India to drive this initiative. Visit www.INDIAFRICA.IN

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INDIAFRICA Photography Contest 2014 

Are you interested in photography and like narrating a story through photographs? Participate in this contest to win attractive cash prizes and get your work showcases at international platform.

Theme
My City

Prizes

  • Twenty prizes of INR 25000* each
  • Certificates for all winners
  • INDIAFRICA merchandise for all winners
  • Winning works to be curated into an exhibition
  • Feature the winning entries and winners on www.stockimagebank.com – one of India’s leading image libraries.

Timeline
Start date: 23 January 2014
End date: 30th April 2014

Your imagination will set you apart by Udita Singh


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They say “an image is worth a 1000 words”. I couldn’t agree more. I recently saw an image that pierced me in places I didn’t know existed. It was a picture of a frail old man, a panhandler, standing with a stick for support in one hand and a begging bowl in the other. His head hung extremely low and the people around him in the photograph just seem to walk on past him. Was he invisible to them? My heart just broke.

I wondered. What really is the purpose of this image or images in general?

It is my belief that the purpose of an image then is to be evocative, to haunt you with the unspoken, to alter your state of mind for a brief moment, to transport you to places, to make you wonder, to give you a glimpse of someone else’s life, to capture a fleeting moment, to inspire, to tell a story … the list is endless. Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional photographer, each capture is a once in a lifetime event.

But then how does one distinguish good photography from bad? Coming back to the old man narrative in the preceding section, what I didn’t mention then was the fact that this image was black and white. It was dramatic; it had an arresting center of interest (the subject), the lighting albeit natural – set the right mood and had a strong impact. If the same image was in colour, I believe it would have lost almost all those qualities.

There are certain key elements in good photography in any genre of the art form whether it is stock photography, street photography, nature photography, so on and so forth.

1.      Timing and Composition – Perfectly timed images make for perfect images.

2.      Lighting – It sets a striking mood. And your image will be striking when it’s used effectively. Do not be afraid to experiment with natural lighting.

3.      Editing and publishing – Be selective in choosing your images and pick few to publish. There is sense and satisfaction in exclusivity.

4.      Effects – The right effects can achieve and say a lot about your image.

5.      Consistency – Maintaining the same feel and movement in your body of work, especially individual projects.

6.      Steering away from the obvious – No one wants to see clichéd pictures of sunsets and tourist attractions! Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to see what no one else does! Do not overlook tiny details.

One can write endlessly about the zillion technicalities involved in image making but to me “the” most important element in good photography is that individual’s vision behind the camera lens.

All you really need is your imagination and curiosity to set you apart from the crowd. How far are you willing to go to tell your soul stirring story?

Article Credit : Udita Singh                                                                                      Udita is a dreamer. She works in the creative department at  http://www.StockImageBank.com. A cheerful, bright spot that she is, she is very observant. This ability has created a very honest expression of her point of view on images and photography. We though it was worth sharing with all of you ! Hope it changes the way you look at the image.

Saturation:over-Saturation:Vibrance – a virtual discussion


This is a conversation started by Sugandha Dubey on FB. Saturation versus over-saturation of digital photographs.

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Sugandha Dubey I see a lot of images everyday. I speak to few photographers too. I have a question that I would like to put up here.
I hope I get some interesting answers to my very basic ” duh sounding” query.
Why do you like to over-saturate your images ?

Udit Kulshrestha Sugandha : Compare an image shot on velvia film and digitally saturated. Velvia will still appear with more saturation…

Ankit Narang Mam as in this digital age there are lots of amateur photographers and they don’t actually know, that to what extent the saturation should be pumped up so that the colors wont bleed out . Plus as majority of these photographers use non calibrated monitors . It looks fine on their screen but actually it is over saturated.

Monica Dawar I guess photographers do it bcoz they believe for the purpose of printing photograph is processed normally but for the purpose of online exhibit over-saturation is required!

Justin Rabindra Good question. I tended to do that (loved the artificially richer colours), though now I’ve started to control myself (I think.)

Saptorshi Majumdar overcompensating for the bleak reality around.

Sugandha Dubey Interesting feedback so far… if this goes well I may carry a post on our blog with credits to each one of u

Sanjay Nanda 1 images shot in raw are usually flat, so saturation needs to be bumped up to normal levels. 2 images shot in jpg are automatically saturated by the camera processor. 3 most amateur photographers usually over boost the saturation for a more impactful image. 4 all new flatscreen monitors are backlit and come callibrated at 9600K, so diaplay images more brightly than normal, making the image look saturated.

Himanshu Sharma I understand where this question comes from. I myself see a lot of oversaturation done on a lot of amateurish images. I myself shoot a lot in Raw format. Raw images are flat, and it depends solely on the editor to turn it into something he/she desires. Saturation is something which attracts the eye ( well to some ), but to an extent. what might look as saturation, might as well be lowered highlights, or darker shadows, or just lowered luminance of the colors. A lot of parameters go into editing these images. Its all in the perspective. Do i, as a photographer want people to see what they already see through naked eyes, or do i want to portray what might be more dreamy, more appealing. HDR photography is another example. Some people love it, a lot dont. It feels so unreal, yet so desirable at times. One perfect example of playing with saturation can be of ashot i clicked few days ago. it was of a sunset/ twilight period. Through naked eyes i could not see magenta/purple colors in the clouds. But saturating those colors itself i was amazed with the results. They infact were present in the raw image, right around the extreme edges of the cloud formation. I might have been random in my thoughts here, but i feel its solely on the perspective. Over saturation in most images is an overkill, but it might bring wonders to an image in certain scenarios.

Udit Kulshrestha Front lit images are contrasty and saturated more than the rest. Principles of light say so.

Himanshu Sharma Another rookie mistake most of us make, is to saturate the entire image, than to saturate the colors independently which need it.

Ravi Dhingra If we are talking of digital art and not photography in its pure form, oversaturation may work.

Md Ahasan oversaturation works…

Akshat Jain Good question Sugandha
A quick tip for fellow photographers: Try to increase the ‘Vibrance’ instead of Saturation in PS or Lightroom.

Sugandha Dubey Thank you Gentlemen. It is a pleasure reading the replies. I am sure there are others too who read it
Can I also request Aditya Arya Dinesh Khanna and Ashish Chawla , Samar S Jodha to give their perspective as well ? Would be nice. Also if we have any body from print experience background in this group may be they would like to shed some light how over saturation impacts printing quality ?

Akshat Jain If one is using a colour managed system, there is almost no difference in what you see on screen and in print.
Another tip: While saving photographs to be uploaded on web, use Save for Web & Devices (Alt + Shift + Ctrl + S) in PS, tick convert to sRGB, embed colour profile, optimized and change the quality and image size as required.

Dinesh Khanna I think most of the points one would make have already been made here. The problem, if one can call it that, lies in the amount, and more importantly, the ease of control available to the photographer to work on the image after its been shot. Saturation and sharpening are the 2 things people tend to overdo while using the sliders.

Sanjay Nanda dont agree with akshat. a CMS does help, but an image displayed on screen does not necessarily have to match the image on print, especially over-saturated colours. it is always the saturated colours that are out of gamut for most output devices. most pros process images in aRGB, the gamut of a high end image printer is even smaller than sRGB and the CMYK gamut is way smaller. also most people cannot view the saturated colours on their browsers accurately, the limitation being the gamut of the monitor, OS, browser and website. so all details in the saturated colours is lost and the saturated areas look flat.

Udit Kulshrestha Akshat : vibrance increase leads to loss of detail in the saturated colours.

Dinesh Khanna I am so glad I dont know a lot of the stuff some of the people are talking about here . . .

Samar S Jodha Dont know what to say here, As Dinesh Khanna said most has been spoken out here. I am still a sucker for my 4×5 film..or the iphone.

Dinesh Khanna Samar even I shoot incessantly with my iPhone. Almost everything I post on fb is with the phone camera and I love the spontaneity and immediacy it allows.
And I find that I use my dslr only for assignments and long term projects like Mothers & Daughters’ and Benaras.
The 4×5, unfortunately, is now just a much loved but distant dream.

Jasminder Oberoi Masters have already spoken about it in detail. As per my limited understanding, first they over saturate may be because they like it that way; second reason could be since they have that liking of colors, they do not know where to draw the line. I being a sucker for colors, never knew where to stop and almost always went overboard myself. The monitor calibration also adds to their woes. Some have shunned Vibrance as a bad option but to the best my understanding Vibrance is a better choice for fashion oriented images and saturation (using selective colors and layers) is a better option for almost all other kinds of images.

Akshat Jain You mentioned that Increasing “Vibrance” is better. Udit Kulshrestha You said it is not. Now we need a tie breaker ?? Anyone ?

Himanshu Sharma Vibrance often affects only colors which might appear milder and most of the time does not affect colors which are already saturated to a point. Saturation on the other hand, increases the color intensity irrespective of what they already are.
i prefer vibrance over saturation any day.

Sanjay Nanda vibrancy is just like saturation, but only a selective saturation booster. it effects only non-saturated colours but has no effect on skin tones. btw vibrance is an apple aperture option, not LR or PS.

Himanshu Sharma It sure is an option in Lightroom. have been using it for an year now.

Sanjay Nanda Oh, sorry. Mixed up with some other adjustment option.

Jasminder Oberoi Saturation bumps all the colors uniformally which means that if a color in an image is already little more saturated than others, it has high chance of looking bad (bleeding might also occur). Where as Vibrance just works on weaker colors leaving the already strong colors alone. It also does not make skin look un natural. IMO its a better option..

Sugandha Dubey IMO = ?@ Jasminder OberoiSanjay NandaVibrance is in PS too ver. 6

Himanshu Sharma * in my opinion

Sugandha Dubey LOL now this one foxed me too  I was wondering what is this new control IMO

Himanshu Sharma haha.. a distant cousin of ISO

Jasminder Oberoi lol.. yes its in photoshop as well..

This brings it to the end of the such an informative and interesting conversation on the page of Delhi Photographers on FB. Thank you Monica and all the gentlemen who engaged. This is shared by www.stockimagebank.com to benefit people from advertising, art, students, photographers, professionals … anyone at large who will gain. If you have more perspective on the same please feel free to add here.

We also found a few more interesting links that may be useful and recommend to read.

http://www.photo-mark.com/notes/2009/jan/19/analyzing-photoshop-vibrance-and-saturation/

http://digital-photography-school.com/vibrance-vs-saturation-in-plain-english

Dear Photographers, Your Creation is your livelihood !


Dear Photographers worldwide,
How may of you are aware of your rights ? How many of you actually take the initiative to make friends and family around you aware that plagiarism of images is a crime. Lifting images from google, flicker & elsewhere on the net and using for commercial endeavours is inappropriate. That the creator of that image at the end of the tunnel, is someone like yourself who has invested in equipment, has spent time and energy with a lot of passion to create something that they “Love”, love enough to use commercially !!
There are a lot of more important issues I understand, but unless each one of you make it you personal mandate to speak about it and educate plagiarism will continue.

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Educated professionals from advertising such as visualizers, art directors, creative directors, marketing heads, branding and communication professionals , editors, magazine owners, press, media, business owners  … Lets all work towards sensitising the world around us.

Piracy of images is a crime !! Period. Unite and address this.

I would urge you to share this. Creation of images is a livelihood for photographers everywhere. Only if we join hands and create awareness in each of our circles will this be viewed as unethical. Its a chain.

Images will always be a part of communication. If we want to continue creating good work that enables business to generate revenue ( directly or indirectly ) we should all come together. We at StockImageBank.com are always available to assist anyone who needs guidance to know know more. Please feel free to write to me directly or make it a discussion in open forums !!

Till then Happy Shooting ! !

– Sugandha Dubey, is the founder of http://www.stockimagebank.com, one of India’s Premier Stock Photo Agency.

Silver Nitrate Art – New Beginnings !!


We promote vibrant upcoming and very talented amateurs. We were honoured by the  invitation to inaugurate an exhibition, by wonderful group of professionals from various walks of life, showcasing their works for the first time at India Habitat Centre New Delhi. We were absolutely thrilled to see the amount of talent pool that existed !!

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Silver Nitrate Art ‘s First Group Show : Curator :Mohit Gupta — with Mohit AhujaMani Agrawal,Karan SinghKamal JaitelyDeepti BhatiaLatika Nath RanaMohit GuptaVinamra KumarAnil BudhrajaSugandha Dubey and Geeticka Chauhan.

553010_10151524241783376_873307448_nWe enjoyed looking at some fresh perspectives and what was most enjoyable was that each one of the artist was engaged in an otherwise routine job. Bankers, Finance professionals, advertising agency owners, investors, students, sales professionals homemakers… it was an utter delight !

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The turnout to this exhibition was fabulous ! The interactions with the guests present were interesting, insights drawn and overall a very satisfying experience.

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We would like to give a special mention to Mr. Mohit Gupta, the curator of this exhibition on this initiative. He hold a full time job in a well known organisation and it is his passion in photography that drives him to encourage and bring together a group of likeminded people on this platform. He shares the proceeds of exhibition with NGO’s he is working with and this is commendable.

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This group of young photography enthusiasts are to watch for !! We certainly look forward to some exceptional work. During our interactions with them we spoke about various aspects. Licensing, copyrights and the correct channels of monetizing their works. We as StockImageBank.com certainly look forward to representing them and assisting them in all ways to help them in their Pursuit of Happiness the theme of this exhibition !

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Please accept our Best Wishes in all the future endeavours Nitrates !! We certainly are eagerly waiting for your next !!

to know more about them please visit the FB page of Silver Nitrate Art at https://www.facebook.com/SNo3Art?fref=ts

Context can change the meaning of an image – Anusha Yadav


Anusha has so beautifully articulated, the importance of images in a perspective that I so totally relate to. Images capture the strain of the societies we live in. They say a lot to us. All we need to to is to look. Look Deeper. Understand. Suddenly you will find yourself in that era. Besides the techniques of photography, you can interpret and explore from so many different angles. I hope you enjoyed watching it as much as I did.

ABOUT ANUSHA YADAV: Anusha Yadav is a documentary photographer based in Mumbai. She is also the Founder of Indian Memory Project — an online project that traces a personal history of India through pictures found in family archives. It aims to become India’s first open repository of a visual history made by its own people.

Credit : http://INKtalks.com

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