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  1. Photographer is Robert Freeman. The image on the alamy homepage is from the same shoot, is reversed, but not the same image as that on the album cover. Mark
  2. Very well put! Even a glance through this forum shows the (over-) emphasis on technical topics, and very little interest for content (the reason why buyers license images in the first place!). If the iPhone helps to renew the paradigm, then power to it! However, I'm sure the technologists will show up sooner or later, chasing technology developments, and feeling inadequate when the next version of iPhone is released!
  3. Blog states: Creative or Editorial? Stockimo is for users to ‘Cash in on their creativity’ we want cool, creative photos, shot with the more conceptual requirements of design and advertising in mind. However we will also shortly be adding a feature where users can submit News pictures via the app. So if your images are more Editorial in nature you may want to hold off for that feature.
  4. Just ordered a 5s. Reasons: 1. if anything like early alamy (early 2000's), maximum benefits (read "earnings") come at the beginning of a hype, not when the crowd recognizes there is a hype. If the Stockimo approach takes off, it will benefit the early adopters first (and most). 2. It regenerates my interest in stock (standard route is getting less attractive....has served me well, but these days, returns per blood, sweat, and tears are falling). 3. Opens new opportunities (carry-everywhere, shoot spontaneous, or less accessible stuff often missed unless I happen to have my rangefind
  5. Perhaps Alamy want to create a curated collection of contempory, up to date and unusual images. Maybe they don't want it filled up with non QC compliant images from everyone's back catalogue going back to the dawn of digital photography and earlier! Perhaps . . . okay, so I'll not use a backlog of Olympus Trip pics, but I'll go out and take some "contemporary, up to date and unusual images" with my Olympus and scan and submit them (if I can find it) . . . now what's the difference? dd You and I can't submit our film and digital images via the smartphone channel. We can't
  6. In my view, the development is not about cameras, or stock, or licenses, or fees. I think it's about markets, speed, and access to new suppliers. The pictures created with smartphones are different to those created by people using Olympus Trip 35s or Canon 5Ds, or to those made by "photographers". Smartphone pics are about real life, provided by people who are "in life" (rather than by those "photographing" life). This is visual "life-sharing", and that is something very different. Smartphone pictures that are extremely easy and fast to source in any situation, there are no (almost) technology
  7. John, I like your idea, but I think your idea is not a qc question but a significant strategic question. Limiting images on submission means contributors need to think much more about content and which images are more likely to sell. This creates and "edited collection" of sorts. It makes contributors think much more about content and the quality they are submitting. The ultimate feedback are the sales made. While I like almay's relaxed policy, I do think it is too relaxed today as far as volume is concerned. A little tightening up on the contributor side may be a good thing. How the a
  8. Try it! Pixel-peeping-paranoia and obsession with equipment limits opportunity.
  9. Most of my pics (and those sent to alamy in my new account) are 35mm slides these days. I just love film. Nikon 4000 + Vuescan + Mac. I leave off any fancy noise/dust removal features (use Photoshop). The lab where I have them developed is VERY clean. Usually, I have no more than five spots, if that, to remove. No scratches, no stains, often as fast as tidying up a digital image. One thing is the DOF of the scanner. If the slide is curved, then you are not going to get a sharp scan across the slide. I have my slides mounted at the lab. They are usually flat. The occasional one has bee
  10. Hi All, I tried to add an HTML signature (Edit Profile > Signature). The check box at the bottom left of the signature edit screen is checked, however, the HTML buttons/controls remain inactive. Tried with Firefox and Safari. Anyone else see this? Trying to eliminate my side. Thanks!
  11. Would that include a Leica M? Surely it depends on the assignment - even a big DSLR would look out of place if you were shooting large sets for major ad campaign in a studio? I would expect the frame lines and composition could be challenging in the studio (unless space is left for cropping). What you see is NOT what you get.
  12. Ignore the file size on disk. Image size counts, as already stated. Colour mode = RGB (red, green, blue). Following applies regarding image sizes, as apposed to file sizes (close approximation): 6MP camera delivers an RGB image file consisting of: 6MB red + 6MB green + 6MB blue = 18MB image size <--- this number is what counts, NOT the file size on disk. Will fail on image size since smaller than 24MB. 8MP camera delivers an RGB image file consisting of: 8MB red + 8MB green + 8MB blue = 24MB (on the edge, may just fail on image size if slightly less than 24MB) 10MP camera de
  13. Also, auctions (e.g. ebay) are (in most cases) the best way to sell at over-inflated prices. The only loser is the winner of an auction. One-to-one negotiations are more difficult, so selling prices are often lower (eg. a forum-based sell).
  14. Here an additional view using MEDIAN rather than average. The MEDIAN being the value having an equal number of values above and below. It is not distorted by unusually high or low exceptional sales. It is just an additional data point that is useful to understand a trend. eg: 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 25, 265 10 is the median (middle number, three above, three below). Average here would be 47.7 (distorted by one large number, 265), but 47.7 is a far way from the majority numbers in the distribution. So median is interesting to know too. From a total of about 10,000 images over 3 accounts since
  15. Mirco, contractually, your images remain on sale for 6 months if all you do is "delete" (or ask alamy to "delete"). You need to terminate your alamy contract to be released from the alamy contract with 45 days notice. Your images will then be removed from sale after 45 days (rights granted to customers remain effective, so you need to be careful of contracts with your exclusive agency). see Termination 20.1 You may terminate this contract: 20.1.1 on 45 days prior notice to Alamy at any time; 20.3 On termination Alamy shall; 20.3.1 delete from its Website each Image provided by
  16. Actually not. They have my permission. Sounds a bit mysterious I know. Just need to check all avenues for loopholes.
  17. Hi Mark, yes, I am the thief! There should not be any copyright issues (my images and texts). Am looking into this, though (again, you never know!).
  18. Thanks Andrew, indeed there could be problems, of course, but the scenario I am thinking of would not generate such problems (I just need to determine if there is potential for any legal friction simply due to bandwidth……the bandwidth "theft" caused by me would be minuscule, but you never know!).
  19. Thanks Mark, I don't believe it IS a crime, but there is a lot of discussion around it (and use of the terms "crime" and "illegal"), the main argument being I (and perhaps 10,000 other people who embed images hosted on one site) am using THEIR bandwidth to display images on MY site. Add it all up, and a website can be pulled down. I think it is an urban myth (example), but just wondering if any facts out there. Thanks, Mark
  20. I wonder if anyone has any facts here (as opposed to principles and assumptions). I am trying to determine if "bandwidth theft" is a real crime in the face of the law. I am NOT thinking about any copyright issues here, just the bandwidth required to pull and display (on my site) an embedded image residing on a site not owned by me. I have read so many statements about "bandwidth theft", reasoning behind it (high load on the server etc), but all statements seem to be assumptions, with no legal facts behind them. Any facts and references much appreciated. Thanks! Mark ps I have
  21. Wobbly Newcomer (like many others) may be a victim of a very widespread phenomenon. That is the apparent ease at which anyone can become a success these days. After all, we can read a lot about success stories in many areas (some true, many overstated to uphold an image), including stock (Alamy tells them in the blog, too). We will not read failure stories from failed businesses and artists with such frequency. The failure graveyard is full of hopefuls who were blinded by the success stories. Also, most businesses fail, whatever the industry. Most artists fail. Sometimes, it is worth a stroll
  22. I've taken till today to reply to this reply. I looked a bit into Henri Cartier-Bresson and I was blown away. It led me down a really slippy road and now I'm thinking of buying my first film camera. There's a magic to film shots. A mystery, and drama that I sincerely believe has been lost in digital. I want to know what that is like. I'm now in the hunt for a Canon AE-1 Program 35mm SLR. Good for you. Film is not the same as digital pushed through a make-it-look-like-film software. It may get close, but it never gets there (how can it? I know it's faked, you know it's faked, just as
  23. Or another way to put it: "the easier the technology becomes, the more poor photographers are exposed" ….. However, the same applies to great photographers. Surely the technology is secondary.
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