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About Southmind

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    French Riviera

Alamy

  • Alamy URL
    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={42F47D33-7CB8-4DA9-ADB9-77AC8ED2E6C8}&name=Serge+VILLA
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  • Joined Alamy
    30 Aug 2014

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  1. Second sale on Alamy!

    Exactly the same path for me too. I joined Alamy in 2014 without uploading images . Then decided to try to pass QC this summer but failed my 2 first submissions : one because there was a problem with upload : only 2 files of 3 where uploaded, and the second because of 'no meta data' reason for one file (in fact there was metadata in all 3 files so I did not understand). Finally I passed QC in september. My target is to reach 1000 images before the end of year; and mainly exclusive images... I think I'll make it happen but I am still waiting for my first sale. Wait (work) and see...
  2. Last 2017 supermoon (357 495 km)
  3. fifty/fifty ? And in addition I offer a coffee after the (your) shower . About Raw files, I am currently testing DxO PhotoLab (the demo version can be fully used during 30 days) and I am impressed by the speed, the quality and the lens corrections .I feel like I changed my lens. I think I am going to invest in this software.
  4. What a pity, I would certainly make a nice picture of you running under the fountain ! Certainly a top seller . Glad that you had a nice weather for your short trip.
  5. Steep drop in zooms this month?

    Thank you John, but it was humor. I do not expect sales now, because it was just 3 months since I started uploading. However, I would not be against one zoom from time to time...
  6. Steep drop in zooms this month?

    Same observation, Zooms and CTR are down but sales were not affected, they stay to 0.
  7. Just to add a tips about calibration. For MacOSX users, in the last versions of the system the 'Expert Mode' is hidden when you want to calibrate your monitor. When you open the Monitor setup window, hold on the OPTION Key when you click on 'Calibrate...'. You will enter in 'Expert Mode' to setup you monitor calibration.
  8. Christmas noise

    Lol . Maybe it's better to repeat . I send you a green arrow, in case of...
  9. Christmas noise

    Can you upload your rejected photo on dropbox ? What ISO do you use to take your shoot ?
  10. Glad that you could take pictures. I hope you did not arrive Friday or Saturday because the weather was really bad ! I read that it was the coldest temperatures for a month of November since 1963. I am waiting to see the pictures of the Ferris wheel and the surrounding villages ! I just have one of the Ferris wheel/fountains years ago :
  11. South African newbie here!

    Welcome on board Warren ... I am from the South too but the south of France so it is something like the North pole for you !
  12. Yes , I use Rawtherapee to process my photos and I finish the last settings with photoshop before saving the file as jpg: RAW-> png-> jpg. I am more comfortable with PS to get the rendering I want. Plus, I have some filters that I use regularly , but they have more interest for my microstock activities than for Alamy images.
  13. Slow month?

    I certainly agree with you, but to be honest, one of my bestseller (since 2011) exceeded 1400 sales 2 months ago, and the licenses are not always at 50c (by the way it is rather 35c ... lol ) but for example, I got 2 licenses of this image at $13.50 and $20.62 on Sunday. Alas, this is not always the case and other times it is 35c or 1$. I would have liked to sell it on Alamy and that's why, like Kay, I upload now almost exclusively images here . It's been just 3 months that I upload for Alamy, but for now, unfortunately, the score is not in my favor... I will do my best during one year and see what happens.
  14. No problem MDM. Every one can use its own setup and it's good to share our experiences I just use an old version of PS so I don't provide any good advice on Lightroom. I fact, when I want to correct (save) an image , I create a Threshold layer to find the darkest area on my image. Same thing with the whitest, and then use Curves to set black, white and neutral grey points. Generally , the result is correct but it is just my point of view . As long as our images are accepted by agencies we tend to stay on the same procedures.
  15. Slow month?

    So true. I was not too familiar with editorial, except for sports events or festivals. I have to work on it.