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  1. What does "Instagram Style" actually mean?

    Instagram Style = St*****o
  2. What does "Instagram Style" actually mean?

    Funny, most of the photographers I follow on Instagram do relatively "straight" photography, shot with DSLRs and other more traditional cameras. I would think "Instagram Style " could mean photos with over processed color, either bold high contrast color, low contrast unsaturated color, or even tinted. There are a number of Instagram Pre-Sets available for Lightroom, on the Adobe site or elsewhere on the web. Try a Google search.
  3. What about offering clients RAW files?

    Jpgs are universal. RAW files are often proprietary and not all clients have the latest software to support them. Raw files may have dust and other defects that QC checks for. Jpgs are also smaller and faster to download.
  4. Live News forum

    I've seen plenty of Alamy photos in US publications but I don't remember ever seeing Live News photos in the American press. I always presumed it was intended mostly for the UK.
  5. Several of my lenses, particularly the older ones, are scuffed and have other defects. I haven't noticed any degradation in image quality except maybe when I shoot directly into the light. Years ago I felt there was some degradation with a Sigma lens that developed internal dust. I replaced it with a Nikon and felt the images were significantly sharper. Since lenses are coated I'd take it into the shop, see what they can do and get an estimate rather than attempt to do anything myself. There are various pens that are supposed to help but there's no guarantee. Here's what Petapixel has to say about it.
  6. Live News forum

    Funny you should ask. I shot an evening event on April 3rd and uploaded some photos to Live News that night. I think it was Bryan who reported spotting one in the April 5th issue of the Times. I've been uploading to Live News since the beginning but this was probably my first, maybe second, Live New sale. I suspect the time difference is one issue, but what's news in New York, or the US as a whole, isn't necessarily news across the pond.
  7. Live News forum

    Agreed. Here in New York City, NYPD wants to see published work for a Working Press Card, not just submissions, and a Working Press Card doesn't guarantee access. Generally it's intended to cross police lines. Larger events may require pre- accreditation which is probably what Live News does when they want to send a photographer.
  8. IMO?

    Back in the days of slow dial-up connections. There's also IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
  9. In reality, it probably depends on the individuals working there, what kind of mood they're in, and what kind of camera you're using. Now that I think of it, I took a few iPhone photos in one of our nearby post offices while waiting on line for a package. Nobody said a word. Of course if I had used a DSLR with a large lens they might've gone postal, so to speak.
  10. This probably depends on where you live. Here in New York City, where the Post Offices are probably larger than Montana, they usually have a separate lobby or vestibule. People sometimes tie their dogs there, because they weren't allowed beyond that point, and there may be stairs and doors separating it from the main area. Counters and Windows are in the main area where people wait on line, purchase stamps from a machine, fill out various forms, etc. For decades the Soho Apple Store was a Post Office Substation. The area up to the first set of stairs was once the vestibule/lobby in this photo.
  11. Live News Take Down

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  12. Have you found any Alamy images in April 2018

    Thanks Bryan for spotting and posting this. Stacy
  13. Ambiguous new contract clause 4.11

    I would think photographers could simply edit captions and keywords rather that delete images. Of course for those with larger ports this is quite a task. I feel we need clearer definitions from Alamy before making any changes.
  14. Yes, the slower processor, limited RAM and storage are some of the reasons why I haven't bought one. It's probably better than a new iPad for processing images but neither one is really intended for this kind of work.
  15. Not fragile in general but a bit more subject to various issues because we tend to move them around, plug and unplug various peripherals, etc. We've been through a number of Power Adapters which usually aren't a problem with desktops. I'm only 5' 3" so carrying around a 13 inch model is enough for me. I've actually considered a MacBook Air which is even lighter and easier to stick in a bag. They don't tend to have as much storage or RAM but as a second computer they seem like a viable option.
  16. Ambiguous new contract clause 4.11

    It seems to me that without names many of these images would have little stock value.I recently had a zoom based on the keyword "Frank Gehry IAC." it's unlikely this client would've waded through thousands, if not millions, of photos looking for "post modern architecture." And how would the client even know they have to use such generalized keywords? Most likely they would presume Alamy has nothing on the subject and go elsewhere.
  17. We've had about 5 Apple laptops over the years. The last two were 13 inch MacBook Pros. The major drawback is they're all about conserving power and seem to be more fragile than desktops. Our latest MacBook Pro is currently sitting on the coffee table waiting to go back to Apple due to some kind of Battery/Power issue. If you do decide on a MacBook Pro I would highly recommend a mouse to avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries from the trackpad.
  18. A dollar per year for each image

    Editing is also a factor. Digital photographers tend to shoot more. If you upload a lot of similars then revenue per image is likely to be lower. A tightly edited port can sell just as well as a loosely edited port twice its size. When I first began contributing to Alamy I chose mostly images that had already sold elsewhere and my RPI was rather high. Now that I'm contributing newer work my RPI is lower.
  19. A dollar per year for each image

    That's my impression as well. The $1 per image theory has been around as long as I can remember. Of course things were different 30 or 50 years ago - fees were considerably higher and photographers often received more than 50% of gross sales, but photographers usually had less distribution options. Another important factor is the estimate was based on film images but even with dupes, the likelihood of making multiple sales of the same image, in a week or two, was less common.
  20. Like Julie, when I "Fetch Alamy Metadata" I usually just set it to go through all my files in Lightroom. It seems to go through every file uploaded to Alamy anyway. I had to do this several times in the beginning for it to retrieve all the data to include all of my files in the "Submissions" Smart group. It takes a long time so I often leave my computer to do it overnight. FWIW all of my filenames are date based but I've haven't had any problems with .NEF, CR, TIF, PSD, or JPG extensions.
  21. Live News: Headline and Caption for newbies

    In PhotoShop, under the File Menu, go to File Info. It will bring you to a panel where you can add Headline, Description (Caption) Keywords and other IPTC Information. Lightroom has a similar panel in the Library module but Headline and Description aren't always visible.
  22. Live News: Headline and Caption for newbies

    Headline and Captions should be written with whatever software you use, before you upload.
  23. A dollar per year for each image

    You really can't make any generalizations based on a month. Some sales take longer than that just to be reported.
  24. Photoshop 2018 crashing

    Have you checked the Adobe Forums?
  25. iPad Pro 12.5

    I love to sit on the couch with my iPad, looking up various references when I watch movies. They're great for checking email and social media, watching Netflix and yes, you can even edit photos and upload, but they were never intended to replace computers for photo editing or storage. The largest model only has 512gb storage and, as far as I l know, there are limited back-up and storage options. Given the cost, I'd much rather spend a little more on a MacBook that runs real PhotoShip, Lightroom, and allows you to store photos on an external drive.