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Paul Mayall

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  1. Sensor cleaning is no real challenge unless you have bad eye site or shaky hands,  in most cases it is just dust statically stuck to your sensor nothing more, i use the Arctic Butterfly by Invisible Dust, no wet solutions and swabs that can get messy,  another tip is to shoot with open aperture around 2.8 to 4,  of course for the landscaper with skies and small apertures cleaning can be a daily chore if you are changing lenses.


    Give it a go, providing you don't use finger nails, steel wool, vacuum cleaners and high pressure hoses , you will be ok.



  2. This is the problem with internet publishing, once on a site anybody can use it,  there are not to many sites using methods to stop copying,  and what annoys me is the lack of credit lines,  perhaps some people might use the credit line as a means to contact the supplier or © owner and pay for the image without resorting to copy and paste theft.



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    Currently looking covetously at the new Sony a6300 and can't quite get that Zeiss 16-70 f4 out of my mind. Have to do something to ward off the taxman before the end of the month, but that camera is still way too expensive and the pound is rock bottom ( I hope) presently.




    I had the a6000 combo, took it to Iceland, no problems the a6000 is a great camera although i found it a bit small and fiddly after spending most of my years with dslr's,  the Zeiss 16-35 f/4 is also great, so if and when you bite the bullet for the a6300 i am sure you will be happy that you did as i am sure build quality would be the same.


    By the way the a6000 Zeiss is durable,  i went for a slide down a shallow cliff then later got it soaked in seawater spray, I mean really soaked, never a problem.


    Very good job!!!!


    Well if you want to catch up with Jeff you would need only 10 sheeps, a spray bottle and a lot of space (grass field, dessert etc.).


    1. Put the 10 sheeps on a row

    2. Spray the numbers 1 till 10 on the left sides of the sheeps. On the right side you spray A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J.

    3. Now you can make hundreds of combinations with the sheeps. Put sheep A next to sheep 6 and make a foto. Put sheep B next to 6 make second photo. If you are out of combinations just add an extra number 2 to sheep 1 so he will be number 12. Now you can go on and mix sheep number 12 with others.


    I think in few months you should then reach Jeffs number  :)  :P


    PS. For all the new contributors....Dont try this at home.



     Thanks everybody!  and Mirco, for  a great sense of humour.

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  5. All much the same for me, i cannot see any changes,  the corporate agencies still seem to be running within the 1st 10 images on the first page,  even though some of their keywords are irrelevant to the given images, kinda makes me wonder how the ranking system works,  i have a sneaky suspicion it is more to do with quantity of sales than perfect key wording to get into the top 10.

  6. Yes Callie,  we hear you, but the real question is doing the archives really care?,  i must say that Alamy  in general is getting better fees for me than most others although not enough to live on,  not by along shot.


    Every contributor here could stop sending in their material and Alamy as others will survive because they already have the numbers.


    Years ago a image archive CEO told me that being in stock is no different than gambling, and if you want to make money get a proper job.


    Have a good weekend,



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  7. The good old days certainly bring back fond memories,  however when i think of all the running around buying film trying to calculate how many rolls to take how to best store them on long trips especially in outback Australia with temps from 30 to 50 c,  not forgetting airport security and their x_ray machines and so on,  we seemed to make more of a effort then, trying to use only 50 or 100 asa film, No Image stabilization,  yes often a challenge,  and more rewarding in $$$.


    The best times were waiting hours sometimes days even weeks to see the results on a lightbox. AH yes the good old days!


    Now back to my DSLR and computer that i am so much in love with ;).



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  8. The size of the checks/cheques and the insurance payouts on lost slides........ahhhhh..... indeed the good olde days

    Yes Geoff i also remember, one particular insurance payout for damaged slides netted me $12,000 plus a few other claims on lost sales, and some of those cheques/ checks, yes the good old days! and the gear also seemed to be cheaper.



    Low prices due to bulk sales. ONLY Alamy profits from those sales, NOT the individual contributors. All we get from those is frustration and high blood pressure   :wacko: 





    We better get used to this,  it has been the trend for some years now and getting more popular with buyers and sellers alike!


    As a friend of mine with 40 years experience in commercial photography told me many years ago that i am putting a rope around my neck and it will get tighter as the stock industry grows,  Now he tells me i told you so  :rolleyes: .


    The worst sale in the hand profit was 02 cents non micro from another distributor,  just how much tighter can the rope get?


    Have a great new 2016 with a few thousand $8 sales.



  10. Hi All Canon Users!


    I have been thinking of getting a Canon 6D for low light light shooting, cheaper than the 5D3 and from what i hear is just as good in low light.


    What concerns me is there are so many on Ebay that have low shutter counts  therefore not old cameras,  why so many, is there anybody here who has experience with the Canon 6D.


    Thanks in advance.



  11. In the past 2 weeks i have been waiting 2 days for QC clearance,  it came very late one night,  a big change for me as i have always been cleared with 24 hours, normally by 11 am the next day.


    (QCAS) John! mine starts when i click on upload.


    Have a good weekend everybody.



  12. For some time now i have experienced lower fees for my work from other suppliers,  today i received a record all time low of 02 and 29 cents = 31 cents for 2 RM images,  the images were sold as a print on demand to a  calendar company in Germany.


    The images were supplied by a well known broker agency.


    I have often seen here contributors complaining about low fees with Alamy,  personally i have found Alamy very reasonable over the years,  i am sure that Alamy would never license images where the contributor would receive a measly few cents.


    Any positive thoughts?



  13. My various suppliers have told me that the condition of copyright being mentioned is in their contracts with buyers,  however they have no control over the buyer placing a credit line.


    If publishers would show credit lines it would make it easier for everybody to know if the image has been licensed or not and where it came from.


    How many times have we photographers seen our work published without credit lines then wondered where it came from,  hence the long process of chasing the source.


    Credit lines save a lot of time and help keep some honesty in our business.



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