Getting Bored?

37 posts
27 March 2014
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
With the same old PS Home Page pictures? The ones up there have been the same for weeks now. Time was they would change whilst I was on line, so what's goin' on. Can't be bothered or an admission that week in, week out, nobody is posting work good enough or suitable for the Home page. Frankly, I doubt it! Come on PS, lets see some activity
Posted 27 March 2014
RupertRudd
Photographer
RupertRudd
Getting bored myself, especially when a picture I dislike seems to come up first every time. There seems to be a loss of heart hereabouts which is saddening.

Posted 28 March 2014
DragonGraffix
Photographer
DragonGraffix
 

A while back I used to use Purestorm quite a bit. I used to book models from here and contribute to the forum quite regularly! I also used it to communicate with photographers, answer questions on the help forum and post help needed questions myself!

In recent times, I believe that there have been comparatively fewer new models joining. If I look at the forum every 3 months virtually the same subjects are on the front page of each forum so very few entries are being added. Much of this may possibly be due to posters getting unnecessarily ridiculed by members who seem to get some kind of kick out of trying to upset people for absolutely no reason other than to inflate their own ego.

The one time I needed the help of the moderators, the moderator who dealt with me was very unhelpful.

As a photography teacher, I approached 5 different photographers for help with their techniques that I wished to replicate in my class. All 5 were unhelpful.

Don't get me wrong, some of the photographers and models I have met on hear have been superb and helpful and several are what I would now describe as good friends. So tolerating the many unhelpful photographers and unreliable models has been worth it to meet with the excellent ones!

I am hearing the same story from other photographers and models who were once quite active on here but now very rarely use this site, favouring using other similar portfolio hosting websites. I have to ask myself the question of what I get from Purestorm these days and the value of using Puretorm anymore!

I do not know what has gone wrong, but as a user, something has. The question is, can it be mended?

Posted 6 April 2014
Edited by DragonGraffix 6 April 2014
w4pictures
Photographer
w4pictures
OldMaster

With the same old PS Home Page pictures? The ones up there have been the same for weeks now. Time was they would change whilst I was on line, so what's goin' on. Can't be bothered or an admission that week in, week out, nobody is posting work good enough or suitable for the Home page. Frankly, I doubt it! Come on PS, lets see some activity

Yes, they stay there awhile but I disagree that they of insufficient quality. Over the past few months, there have been some excellent pictures on the home page.
Posted 6 April 2014
Shootsyou
Photographer
Shootsyou
I'm very bored with PS I have approached a number of new models local to me they read your question and the choose to ignore you, how rude is that sorry.

Then I sent a message, infact this message just to say I think it's rude not to reply :::

(It's obvious you're not interested not to worry I wont ignore you I always reply, either yes or no thanks it's only polite to do so take care)

Then I receive this message back only because I sent the the one above, then she blocked me lol, sorry just a complete waste of time I will stick to my favourite site.

((hiya I think that your a little to rude for my liking I have a busy life with out sitting on my laptop all day but no thanks Im not interested in doing a shoot with u))

The part regarding not sitting on the laptop all day, I don't log in here that often but every time I visited the site she was on it, yes I am BORED with this site, very few genuine people on it sorry.

Posted 19 April 2014
Kiboko
Photographer
Kiboko
Members should be REQUIRED to log in every so often, how often is debateable, - I'll kick off by suggesting once a month, - if not their account is suspended. Every winter I put aside details of models I'd like to work with. Come the spring I check them out and find that none of them have visited the site for 6 months. Sometimes I might contact a model and request a spring shoot, - I get a reply stating, "yes, would love to" - come the spring..... you can guess. Disappeared off the face of the earth.

Posted 19 April 2014
stolenfaces
Photographer
stolenfaces
Shootsyou
I'm very bored with PS I have approached a number of new models local to me they read your question and the choose to ignore you, how rude is that sorry. Then I sent a message, infact this message just to say I think it's rude not to reply ::: (It's obvious you're not interested not to worry I wont ignore you I always reply, either yes or no thanks it's only polite to do so take care) Then I receive this message back only because I sent the the one above, then she blocked me lol, sorry just a complete waste of time I will stick to my favourite site. ((hiya I think that your a little to rude for my liking I have a busy life with out sitting on my laptop all day but no thanks Im not interested in doing a shoot with u)) The part regarding not sitting on the laptop all day, I don't log in here that often but every time I visited the site she was on it, yes I am BORED with this site, very few genuine people on it sorry.
Presumably they ignore you because they don't want to shoot with you (and maybe don't understand your English). Her message probably meant that she thought your profile photos too rude, which is any model's right. It is perfectly normal not to reply at all if the message is unsolicited (ie not a reply to a casting), and the model doesn't like your photos as otherwise she may have to put up with people who write back pleading or insulting (which it does sound like you might do). If you are happy on another site why are you posting here? Unless you were offering decent money it would seem unlikely that many models on any reputable site would be interested.
Posted 19 April 2014
Edited by stolenfaces 19 April 2014
Gerry99111
Photographer
Gerry99111
Another site does that but I think its 2 or 3 months. If someone is abroad on a long break and doesn't fancy logging in to an internet café or is in hospital, then it does seem a little drastic to cut them off. 1 month is too short.

But I never understand this complaint because you can customise the search to include only most recently logged on.

Some models have come back after a year or more where they were more active elsewhere. Should we then make it difficult for them to re-start using the site?

The site has made it clear its a portfolio hosting site and booking shoots is an optional extra. You don't need to log in to use the site to host your portfolio so suggesting people are kicked off for not logging in is not in accordance with the site's designed use. Maybe you ought to try and persuade the site owners that it should be something else other than a portfolio hosting site

Posted 19 April 2014
Gerry99111
Photographer
Gerry99111
Shootsyou

I'm very bored with PS I have approached a number of new models local to me they read your question and the choose to ignore you, how rude is that sorry. Then I sent a message, infact this message just to say I think it's rude not to reply ::: (It's obvious you're not interested not to worry I wont ignore you I always reply, either yes or no thanks it's only polite to do so take care) Then I receive this message back only because I sent the the one above, then she blocked me lol, sorry just a complete waste of time I will stick to my favourite site. ((hiya I think that your a little to rude for my liking I have a busy life with out sitting on my laptop all day but no thanks Im not interested in doing a shoot with u)) The part regarding not sitting on the laptop all day, I don't log in here that often but every time I visited the site she was on it, yes I am BORED with this site, very few genuine people on it sorry.


I am with Stolen Faces on this, you chose to argue when then didn't reply proves why the models were sensible to ignore your message if they were not interested. They probably think if you can argue with them when they haven't replied, WTF will you do if they did.

Most models are pretty clued up on which photographers are not going to offer them anything of value [cash or images]. Maybe you need to approach different models and offer to pay them and put together a portfolio and get some references that means models will be interested in responding back
Posted 19 April 2014
Paul_Jones
Photographer
Paul_Jones
Shootsyou

I'm very bored with PS I have approached a number of new models local to me they read your question and the choose to ignore....

yes I am BORED with this site


So, is it Purestorm's fault that new models don't want to be photographed by you?

I have been around Internet forums for 15 years.  There are plenty of websites that I used to be active on that I no longer visit.  If I get bored, I stop going to it.

Best regards
Paul

Posted 19 April 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
I think PS has lost its edge. I'm not really sure why. Other sites are very active and the level of creativity and helpfulness is way up there. I don't know how PS recovers.

Posted 19 April 2014
Maybe lack of premium members uploading work safe images?

I downgraded last year and haven't got round to upgrading again (I plan on upgrading eventually when an alternative payment method is available.. or if the membership price comes down to be a little more competitive).

I don't really pay much attention to the front page images so doesn't really bother me, its always been a mixed bag - some good/some awful.

Posted 19 April 2014
Shootsyou
Photographer
Shootsyou
Thank you to the members who took the time to comment on my post. I always find these forums amazing, I find it strange how so many people who reply to these threads think they know more about the person who posted the comment than that person actually knows about themselves, I appreciate we are all entitled to our opinion of someone, but do you actually know me ? No I don't think so, you may think you do, but trust me don't. I am a very polite person in every way, and if someone takes the time to contacts me, I will always reply as I believe it is rude not to. I don’t think I said it was PS fault the models didn't reply or want to shoot with me, it will always be the Model / Photographers choice to whom they wish to work with, I don't have a problem with that. What I did say was I believe it is rude as a model or photographer when someone takes the time to contact you not to reply, and as a member the same as the rest I am entitled to post on these Forums if I so choose to. And to some of you who replied remember !!!! Sarcasm is the lowest form of whit
Posted 19 April 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
I think sometimes models and togs get bombarded with messages hence why people don't reply to every message. there was also some confusion as to whether replying to someone's message used part of your daily allowance which is why there's now a helpful message saying that it doesn't.

there's always many perspectives on a situation and sometimes it's good to try to see the situation from the other party's perspective and not immediately go jumping to the assumption that someone is being rude and ignoring you. it could be they're just busy with other messages or other non work related activities. we're all human and you shouldn't expect instant replies.

Posted 19 April 2014
Edited by HowardJ 19 April 2014
Gerry99111
Photographer
Gerry99111
Shootsyou

Thank you to the members who took the time to comment on my post. I always find these forums amazing, I find it strange how so many people who reply to these threads think they know more about the person who posted the comment than that person actually knows about themselves, I appreciate we are all entitled to our opinion of someone, but do you actually know me ? No I don't think so, you may think you do, but trust me don't. I am a very polite person in every way, and if someone takes the time to contacts me, I will always reply as I believe it is rude not to. I don’t think I said it was PS fault the models didn't reply or want to shoot with me, it will always be the Model / Photographers choice to whom they wish to work with, I don't have a problem with that. What I did say was I believe it is rude as a model or photographer when someone takes the time to contact you not to reply, and as a member the same as the rest I am entitled to post on these Forums if I so choose to. And to some of you who replied remember !!!! Sarcasm is the lowest form of whit


Who said we were being sarcastic? We were giving you blunt advice from what we know about why models don't reply to messages. You can chose to do something about it or sit there and accuse them of being rude and carry on not getting replies to your messages.

Plenty of people get replies from models on here
Posted 19 April 2014
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