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About JamesH

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  1. personal websites

    Well, if you aren't wanting to make print sales then I guess you want something to promote you as a photographer, which could easily be a simple website, you just need to showcase your work. If you dont want to spend money then Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc are where you may want to put some effort in to.
  2. personal websites

    Facebook Pages is the free way to start, post up images on a relatively regular basis, cross post to groups, gain a following then point people to a website where you sell images, there are quite a few photographer centred ones. They may cost you around £100 a year to run if you provide a sales option through them but a few sales will cover it. Not sure I can name sites so I will leave it for you to search for. Edit: I would add that having a website is both nothing and everything as anyone can have one and for a relatively low cost, but it shows that you take it more seriously than just places like Facebook which are free. You could of course just self fulfil on Facebook but usually dealing with people and pricing can be a pain, a website with set prices for sizes and fulfilment through a 3rd party means its hands off for you, you'll get less people moaning "it's too expensive" etc.

    It's all I've been doing this week, researching types of eagles, the various nuanced differences in giraffes, and I'm still none the wiser on some of my vulture shots. But, I've had some searches crop up using latin names so it does help. I don't know where I read it (probably here) but it obviously makes sense to add them.

    Taking a quick look at your portfolio I notice you don't have Latin names for quite a few of your animal images, eg crocodiles eagles and kangaroos on pg 10.

    With todays surprising sale I'm at 3 sales for $180 in September which is my best month in volume and $$$, which considering I started in February I'm pleased with. I've put the effort in to upload over 2200 images since then and I think it's finally paying off. Not much compared to some but it's reassuring to see what I put up clients want.
  6. IQ sale for a decent price. From a zoom earlier in the month, I hope my other (minimal) zooms get used.
  7. Compensation for having to go to Birmingham.
  8. Marketing package for small company, can't complain. Hadn't even fully supertagged it (rectified now). I would say only 20% of my sold images have been zoomed or even come up in views.
  9. Post your positive results here :)

    Yes, I always seem to have a few wikipedia tabs open but I find it interesting researching and it usually leads to something else, either by related links or the 10w light bulb in my head turns on to photograph something I hadn't thought of.
  10. Post your positive results here :)

    I checked my phone this morning bleary eyed to see a near $100 sale fall in, had to double check on the computer with a cup of coffee. National non UK newspaper for 1 day which I will be keeping an eye out for. I only uploaded the image a few weeks ago but it's probably the only one I can find on Alamy of it. I will say this, processing photos certainly leads you round the Internet researching places/buildings/animals/birds but it's worth it for the tags and captions.
  11. Image Manager: issues/suggestions

    Rather than start a new thread I'll add my thoughts on AIM. Please can there be a drop down selection box for images that do not have the full 10 Super Tags. Yes there is "Images with poor discoverability" but even with my small portfolio of ~2000 images 1900+ are shown in that category. Some days when I do batch uploads or can't think of any keywords I don't fully complete this. It would be useful to show any images that don't have 10 super tags. Dragging and dropping of tags on to others is just irritating, if its to allow more keywords then at least separate the combined words with a space, eg "Kenya Africa" not "KenyaAfrica" that it does. Single image previews that scale to the image section box so I can see if there are people in it, how many, other things for keywords. At the moment I usually have to open up the jpeg on my computer to reference.
  12. I've used this one I found on Alamy https://www.alamy.com/contributors/alamy-model-release-form.pdf
  13. Nikon D7100 anyone?

    Technique, good glass and a fast memory card. Learn the limitations of the camera and you'll preempt issues. Turning off "Image Review" I find helps clear the buffer faster, or just half press the shutter to stop the review. Helps on my D800. A few years ago on a Masai Mara trip I had been shooting all day and my fast CF card had filled and it switched over to a slower SD card, I could really tell the difference when taking numerous photos, since then I've bought fast reliable cards to mitigate buffer issues. Last year my D800 curtain developed a split which meant I had to send it off to be repaired, that left me with my D3300 for 5 days in the Masai Mara. I thought I wouldn't get much usable but it was pleasantly surprising, apart from being smaller and lack of buttons it did well. ISO noise above 400 was a slight problem and the D800 files are just much "cleaner" but I have several shots I'm happy with. This was mainly as I used my FX glass on the camera.
  14. Very nice, I've had a few searches for the Latin name of the Black Rhino turn up, guess you were the lucky one!
  15. Shooting from non public places

    I saw my views on this has created a minor debate. I forget that on Alamy you don't apply the releases until after clearing QC so there would be no way to check. BTW, as an aside, a lot of us use reverse image searches for our images, these frequently show similar images and can guesstimate what it is you photographed. I can upload a photo of a cat and it knows it is a cat. Its not improbable for that to be used in an automated fashion to screen images. A few video sites I upload to process videos and suggest tags already. The technology is already available to read image data and extrapolate what it is, even without tags. Anyway, thanks for clarification.