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  1. Thanks you Craig for your openess :).

     

    The images doesnt look like a cut out so this answers my question. I really dont like cut outs even if it is easy to do with square and round objects. Somehow i doenst look real enough. I prefer to have a not 100 percent white background with natural shadows and edges then otherway. Or you need of course a nice tabletop with light coming from under like Philippe has.


  2. Thanks!

     

    My point is that i dont have time and feel to isolate images. Some people like to do it but it is not really my thing. Even if the sales changes are maybe less i prefer to shoot them on wooden tables or outdoor. I see many photographers shooting on wooden backgrounds or whatever.... but i have to admit they have far better context then mine here. Maybe this example has to flat background with nothing adding. Maybe some real fruit around the product would make it better.

     

    But Craig.... Do you isolate your images?

     

    Mirco


  3. Hello everyone,

     

    Like i said before i will transfer all the unsold Editorial Microstock images to Alamy.

     

    I am just curious about what you think about images like the following. Sorry for the Istock watermark :(... i am not at my home computer so i had to take it from online somewhere. I hope to have it deleted soon and replacing in Alamy. What do you think... since my first sold image was a glass of beer with the brand Lech i feel that Polish product images could fit Alamy.

     

    stock-photo-30412446-fruit-yoghurt.jpg


  4. Pictures aren't sold because they are pretty. They are sold because they are fit to illustrate an article. You can have the most beautiful picture in the world but if nobody writes about it, it won't get sold. That's why you rather sell a close-up of a glass of beer (Mirco where are ya? :D ) instead of a stunning sunset.

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

    Dont forget to mention the LECH logo on the glass :)..... and the fact that i started drinking allready before. So it was an ugly looking glass of beer. The most real glass of beer i could make. But it is indeed true what you say. I can not take example (yet) from my Alamy portfolio but on other agencies i see most sales from things that are so straight forward to produce.  Actually most of the things that we consume or use can sell. I got rejections on one agency of a single chair in a empty room .... reason "no commercial value". On other agency it is one of my bestsellers. But off course subjects has to fit on some articles. I will not shoot a rusty screw on a piece of cheese..........useless. A close-up of the rusty screw himself is a different story. Article about old fixet assets as example.


  5. I've been on Alamy since Nov 2012. I sold my first image at 100 images and was hooked. Since then, here's where I stand. 

     

    Total Views: 13,599

    Total Zooms: 42

    Average CTR: 0.35

    Sales: 5 (reported) 

     

    I have no problem sharing that info. Some would say that's not bad, some might not. 3 of those sales were via newspapers. I will be doing better next year. 

     

    I think you did really great! Just started in end 2012... 1000 images online and many zooms.

     

    Maybe i started uploading in august 2013 but i have 5000 images with only 1 sale until now and at least 1 unreported. So your numbers are relatively great!


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    Actually it is clear how to pass QC. Just check them for sharpness and all the points. If there are ok then you dont need to cross your fingers ;). They will pass for sure. If you are unsure then the issue is to learn how to "check and recognize" technical errors. on your own images. This needs practice. It is crazy when i look back at my images made 6 years ago what i considered as sharp. Some of them i would delete directly if i would see them now. My own images.......

    It seems to me that Alamy QC has also drastically changed its idea of sharpness. They now seem to expect images to look as sharp at 100% as they do at print size. I would say that probably half of the digital images that I uploaded a few years ago would not pass QC now. Also, I have at least 1500 scans that I submitted in 2007-2009. Not one of them failed QC. These days, I wouldn't dare upload a scan for fear that it would fail. I think that things really started to change when Alamy stopped requiring that images be uprezzed to 48MB. However, I'm not totally clear about what is behind this apparent change in policy.

     

    P.S. Mirco, I don't think that in-camera sharpening can be turned off with the NEX cameras. Correct? Then again, you can't turn it on either, so perhaps none is applied. I don't know. Another question for David K. perhaps (poor David, we expect so much of him).

    John, i guess you are right... i dont see the off switch either. Never felt for checking it....... But anyway John .... it is allowed to keep it on. Off course it was adviced to turn it off because you can not guarantee that all cameras do a great job. But in the Nex case there is nothing to be afraid of. I dont see any strange errors made by the camera.


  7. Actually it is clear how to pass QC. Just check them for sharpness and all the points. If there are ok then you dont need to cross your fingers ;). They will pass for sure. If you are unsure then the issue is to learn how to "check and recognize" technical errors. on your own images. This needs practice. It is crazy when i look back at my images made 6 years ago what i considered as sharp. Some of them i would delete directly if i would see them now. My own images.......


  8.  

    Mirco - forgetting about Alamy, QC and all that, I would say that it is not a good idea to have in-camera sharpened JPEGs as your only copies of your images. Somewhere down the line you may need unsharpened versions.

     

    I say this from my own experience from the days of slide film. I made a large number (probably over 1000) of slide scans and applied sharpening in Photoshop after doing everything else -spotting etc. Even from a good scanner (I used a Nikon 4000 for the later ones), the scans look incredibly unsharp in comparison to what I get from my DSLRs. Unfortunately I didn't keep the unsharpened scans. The sharpened images would have no chance of passing Alamy or any other QC. They look fine as A4 prints but, viewed 100% on-screen, they look dire - noise is not the word for this. I have no intention of going back and rescanning - far too much work - so for stock purposes they are useless.

     

    This may be an extreme comparison as in-camera sharpened JPEGs will not look like these scans but the principle is the same. Best of luck.

    I understand what you want to tell.....

     

    But the images coming from the camera are really extremely sharp. I would never need to do anything more. I would also not imagine that i would need them again. I never touched my images anymore that i made 6 years ago. This is more a personal thing. I tell you i tried everything. I add sharpness in raw but then i get more noise and vice versa. The camera makes it somehow in JPEG very sharp with no added noise. I never had this with my Canon 50D. I really think it is this days advanced technology.

     

    The same with ISO performance. I shoot iso 1600 in JPEG on concerts and it looks relative amazing. Saving a 1600 iso raw file is far more difficult for me. I could never get it as good as the camera does now. It is working optimal.

     

    Mirco


  9.  

    I know how to use Lightroom very good after almost 5 years of practice. But i have to say on my Sony Nex-6 i can not come with RAW as close as with JPEG to sharpness. My images processed by camera in JPEG are so much sharper then i ever can get with RAW. I can not explain why. With the Canon 50d i always created sharper images with raw but the JPEG images of Sony Nex are just very great. I want the best quality and in this case i can not get around the in camera processed images. I do everything the same as i would do with Lightroom. Adding brightness and colors, adjusting white balance and contrast. I set it in the camera and see on the screen directly the results. This is not different then on Lightroom ,....just done before. After i check the images one by one for spots or other small errors that i eventually fix with photoshop but most of the time it is not nescessary.

     

    Again.....this is my way. It is not the right way... i doesnt exist. To many different people with different tastes and needs. Anyway this thread was about how to work more simple. For me i work faster and have better images then before. Using the new technology of the newer cameras. You can do anything you want as long you know why and what you are doing.

     

    Mirco

    Mirco, I believe the NEX cameras automatically apply some sharpening when you shoot JPEG. It certainly appears that way with the JPEGs produced by my NEX-3. They look much crisper than my RAW files. Perhaps David K., our resident Sony guru, can verify this.

     

    I'm beginning to agree with you. Why not take advantage of all this new technology built into today's cameras. Also, If you shoot RAW+JPEG, you can always process the RAW file if the JPEG doesn't work out.

     

    The fact that you use JPEG mode and never seem to fail QC (wish I could say the same) seems to indicate that you are on the right track. Hopefully, though, you won't have to upload another 5000 images before being able to buy another beer.

     

    About the QC thing i really feel that i have it fully under control. Yes John.... lets use the technology for us. Shooting in JPEG doesnt meant that somebody doesnt care about quality. I totally care. I do all the checking per image if it is sharp, low noised, dust free. I just try to make my life easier and accept the new gadgets. I think a lot about the light before i shoot the image. Many thinks i skip just because the light is not good enough. In other cases when it is difficult situation is shoot in RAW. Everything depends on the light. My luck i choose the most optimal moments to shoot in JPEG.

     

    And i am waiting for my second beer ...

     

    Mirco


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    Mirco, I believe the NEX cameras automatically apply some sharpening when you shoot JPEG. It certainly appears that way with the JPEGs produced by my NEX-3. They look much crisper than my RAW files. Perhaps David K., our resident Sony guru, can verify this.

    I know how to use Lightroom very good after almost 5 years of practice. But i have to say on my Sony Nex-6 i can not come with RAW as close as with JPEG to sharpness. My images processed by camera in JPEG are so much sharper then i ever can get with RAW. I can not explain why. With the Canon 50d i always created sharper images with raw but the JPEG images of Sony Nex are just very great. I want the best quality and in this case i can not get around the in camera processed images. I do everything the same as i would do with Lightroom. Adding brightness and colors, adjusting white balance and contrast. I set it in the camera and see on the screen directly the results. This is not different then on Lightroom ,....just done before. After i check the images one by one for spots or other small errors that i eventually fix with photoshop but most of the time it is not nescessary.

     

    Again.....this is my way. It is not the right way... i doesnt exist. To many different people with different tastes and needs. Anyway this thread was about how to work more simple. For me i work faster and have better images then before. Using the new technology of the newer cameras. You can do anything you want as long you know why and what you are doing.

     

    Mirco

     

    I'm beginning to agree with you. Why not take advantage of all this new technology built into today's cameras. Also, If you shoot RAW+JPEG, you can always process the RAW file if the JPEG doesn't work out.

     

    The fact that you use JPEG mode and never seem to fail QC (wish I could say the same) seems to indicate that you are on the right track. Hopefully, though, you won't have to upload another 5000 images before being able to buy another beer.

    In-camera sharpening is supposed to be turned off according to the submission guidelines. Point 5 in the link below.

     

    http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/digital-camera-images.asp

    First of all... Hi MDM :) nice to read something from you again.

     

    This are not the rules you need to follow. This is only a advice. I know what they all mean. My endresult is the same. Coming to a sharp, low-noise, dust free image that passes the QC. I am not blindly following my camera, i do it because i feel comfortable with all the technique of photography.

     


  11. Mirco:

     

    I am shoveling trouble on this forum, but I would suggest you put your images in both Microstock and Alamy. Just designate each image as either microstock or Alamy. Why must you quit microstock? For the record I do not have any microstock, but that is because I am lazy.

     

    You need to work on your captioning and keywording. You are doing well for someone whose first language is not English but it still needs work.

     

    In your captioning, rather than stating the obvious, that anyone can see by looking at the image, why not give the caption writer some facts to work with? The 4 W plus How. Try to answer What, Where, Who, Why, and sometimes How. 

     

    Are you using a translation program? Some members of my extended family cannot speak a work of english, but I can communicate with them through a translation program on my iphone. Type in all of your keywords in your native language and then output english. There must be a translation program for your computer.

     

    Thanks Bill for your honousty. Very appreciated. I was saying to quit microstock because then i could add them all here on Alamy. Many editorial images on Microstock are not sold yet so i can add them here as RM. Would be like 5000 images more here :)....

     

    I will check my caption again.... thanks for your time to look at my portfolio.

     

    Mirco


  12. I know how to use Lightroom very good after almost 5 years of practice. But i have to say on my Sony Nex-6 i can not come with RAW as close as with JPEG to sharpness. My images processed by camera in JPEG are so much sharper then i ever can get with RAW. I can not explain why. With the Canon 50d i always created sharper images with raw but the JPEG images of Sony Nex are just very great. I want the best quality and in this case i can not get around the in camera processed images. I do everything the same as i would do with Lightroom. Adding brightness and colors, adjusting white balance and contrast. I set it in the camera and see on the screen directly the results. This is not different then on Lightroom ,....just done before. After i check the images one by one for spots or other small errors that i eventually fix with photoshop but most of the time it is not nescessary.

     

    Again.....this is my way. It is not the right way... i doesnt exist. To many different people with different tastes and needs. Anyway this thread was about how to work more simple. For me i work faster and have better images then before. Using the new technology of the newer cameras. You can do anything you want as long you know why and what you are doing.

     

    Mirco


  13. I guess we all go through many moments of doubt on the way. It took me a few years to organize my portfolio so as to get the most out of Alamy. I have looked but have yet to find another agency which suits me and my photography better. I would not presume to be able to advise you which is the best option for you and your style of photography. It sounds as if you have already made up your mind and are looking for confirmation that you have made the right decision. As most people on this Forum are Alamy users or contributers I suspect that they may have difficulty being objective.

     

    dov

     

    Hello dov,

     

    Like i said i dont expect somebody making my decision. I just want to see what other people would do with their own portfolio and if they also are on both boats. The "right decision" is a difficult term and right can always turn out wrong. Exactly like most say here.

     

    Thanks for giving your part.

     

    Mirco


  14. Firstly - I am not really one to give advice, only my opinion!  Reason being that I have a small portfolio, only half a dozen sales under my belt with Alamy, and almost no experience compared to many others here.

     

    However, for what it's worth, in your position, I would first sort that keywording out, both here and on the images which you are thinking of migrating to Alamy.  Once that's done, wait a few months and then migrate your images over - if that's what you choose to do.  The reason I say this, is that things move slowly over here in Alamy-world and until you have given the new keywording strategy time to take hold (which could take months :(), then your images (even 10,000 of them) will likely be buried near the bottom of a big pile of more than 40,000,000!  Giving the new keywords time to bed-in will allow you to retain that income that you already have (however small) over on the Microstock sites until the sales start to kick in here.  Then move everything over.

     

    Having said that, there are those on Alamy who submit to Microstock with some success and will have their opinions (owing to their success - here and there - doubtless more valid than mine!) to offer.

     

    Good luck, whatever your decision, I wish you much success - with both photography and parenthood! :)

     

    You also thanks for your valueable input!

     

    Mirco


  15. Congratulations on 5,000 images here, Mirco, and for the prospect of becoming a dad (I'm afraid the one won't pay for the other :( ).

     

    Microstock is a bit of a 'dirty word' round here... contributing, as many think, to the poor prices achieved by stock photographers. I would not contribute to microstock myself. I'd like to say I value my skills and my pictures at more than a few pennies... but, of course, some sales on Alamy are little better.

     

    My only advice to you would be to take more time to build up a strong set of pix here, and keyword them better. Otherwise your ranking will go down, and you'll have a big portfolio of pix that clients don't see.

     

    Thanks John.... i know about the wont paying the other issue :(.  Thats why i dont want to have 3 babies. My son, Alamy and co and Microstock. So i will say to Microstock goodbye. Thanks for you message!


  16. Good morning everyone,

    I know that i am between many experience stock photographers and i would love to have some opinion/help from you .......... ;).

    First of all i am not a full time photographer. I am doing this next to my regular job. I still want to continue doing stock photography wat is now most editorial that is not news related. So general lifestyle images of shopping people, cityscapes and so on for editorial use.

    I know that many will not like me for that but i started to enter stock with microstock like almost 5 years ago. So i am the one that helped to make that drastic changes in traditional agencies. Sorry for that :(. Anyway.... now i dont want to do both microstock and "traditional stock" anymore since my time will be less and i only want to concentrate on one direction. Especially because i will be father on february :). I understand that i should not use your opinion fully to make my decision because there are different experiences from different people. I only would like to know if you think that only Microstock will be the future. I know that everything can happen and you are not future tellers but i hope we can still swim on traditional boats for at least a while more. I earn money from Microstock but if i would stop it i would have a lot more images to add to Alamy.....like 5000 more. After all this upload work i think the right decision will be to choose between one of them and i have to say i prefer more the environment of Alamy and co. Actually i feel that i am competing against myself.

    I am thinking to leave microstock for good and concentrate only on Alamy/*****/******
    My head is all the time going up and down.....diffcult decision. I dont ask you to make decision for me but only what is your opinion about my maybe to plan move.

    I thank you allready and i am looking forward for your message.


  17. I think there is no right way.... serious means having a good technical image at the end. How you reach the end is everybodies own thing. If somebody know the way how to do it only with JPEG then it is fine. I can add more colors, brightness or adjust white balance with lightroom but i can also choose to do it before you make the shot. As long you understand what you are doing. Some people prefer to do it directly in camera to save time afterwards and other prefer to shoot without loosing time and process the images in peace at home. Whatever you do it doesnt matter.

     

    When somebody sees a great image on a magazine you will not think is it processed before or after....the image is important and there are many ways to come to that image.

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