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About wilkopix

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  1. I think deep shadows / blacks will look noisy at that iso especially at 100% (I also use a Nikon 850). Personally I try not to go above iso 400 for stock shots but that's just my preference. I'd use the noise reduction in photoshop as a starting point to see if you can smooth it out. Reducing the texture slider and a slight increase in clarity might help too.
  2. I Use Adobe Lightoom for my catalogue and basic editing and Photoshop for more complex work .. their Creative Cloud photography plan is good value and can be used on two machines. I have Affinity Pro as a back up which also works well.
  3. Here is a comprehensive guide as to what to do: http://www.epuk.org/opinion/stolen-photographs-what-to-do This is written by a photographer / lawyer .. Obviously for the UK Good luck
  4. I'd certainly second (or third) the Godox on camera flash heads .. very reliable, not too expensive and can later adapt into a bigger system if required. Lots of options on ebay and Amazon (it might be work looking at a couple of the YouTube tutorials/reviews to see which option best suits your need). For a bit more money the Nikon Speedlights are also worth looking at. As for Martin Parr he's a bit of a 'marmite' photographer .. you either love his work or you don't. Rumour has it he was paid over quarter of a million (pounds sterling) for his advertising work for Gucci .. ht
  5. I'm sticking with the my Nikon DSLRs certainly for the time being. I have so many lenses and bits and bobs that I have accumulated over the years that the change to mirrorless would be too expensive at the moment. The Z series looks lovely and I'm sure they are excellent but they don't really give me anything extra that I need that the D850's don't already give me.
  6. The Sky replacement filter can be very useful for some stock images to make the image more saleable if used carefully. Obviously not to be used for news or factual images. In photoshop it is easy enough to add your own skies to the tool and to alter colours, opacitity and blending to make it look real. Used sparingly I don't really see the problem.
  7. Bit slow here too .. with the rubbish (UK) weather I'm busy re-keywording older images and hope that might lead to some additional sales.
  8. I hope Member Services can help by making it easy and quick to mark them as exclusive .... otherwise I'm going to have a very boring Christmas ticking the 'exclusive' box over & over .... At least it seems Alamy were listening.
  9. Totally agree. I urge Alamy to re-think this rapidly. Alamy want greather than 2% growth achieved by cutting their suppliers royalties by 20% ... The 'tier 1' agencies have a slightly lower royalty rate but a far higher return per image with increased sales volume. There are other 'fairer' ways to achieve a similar result. One already mentioned is a staggered royalty rate 40% for £x of sales and 50% for £x etc ... surely this would encourage your contributors to supply quality images that will sell ... All this has done is alienate your contributors who will now be l
  10. December sport and fitness photoshoot in my London studio (Hackney Wick). Two models, male and female. Hair & makep + styling all booked. Currently storyboarding it to get the maximum number of saleable images from the day.
  11. a. Yes I do pay models for shoots (although it is nowhere as much as it used to be due to the low returns). The only way is to have a well planned 'story board' of images, plus props and styling also need to be planned and shoot hundreds of frames (actually, thousands!) b. Not anymore! c. Yes, I bought a Mazda Bongo for travelling specifically for doing shoots it also doubles up as a location vehicle for my commissioned fashion work ... I somehow doubt that it will ever pay for itself but it is early days as yet (I did sell one image this month that goes half way to paying 6 months road tax)
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