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Bill Brooks

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    Photography, Outdoors, Hiking, Travel, Reading, Philosophy, Shoveling Trouble


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  1. RF web and social media use $$ 50% commission, Alamy direct sale to a French speaking client. My photoshop surrealistic images selling. Build it and they will come.
  2. Not sure of your definition of abstract John. Here is a very small sampling of my past sales that might qualify as abstract. Prices are all over the map.
  3. Edo Select a subject that is at hand, and which you are interested in, and photographically explore it deeply. Not just the surface, but explore the subject deeply over a year or so I suffer from the same subject matter malaise. I am going to start doing more surrealism in photoshop. Move over Rene Magritte. First attempts will depend heavily on Magritte, but hopefully I will be able to go my own way with later images. https://www.google.ca/search?q=Rene+Magritte&lr=&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjYrL2vmtHkAhVCqZ4KHfX5AtUQ_AUIESgB&biw=1751&bih=1248&dpr=2 I have also considered 36 views of the CN tower. The CN tower dominates the Toronto skyline and seems to be always in view from anywhere in the city. If printmaker Hokusai can do it with 36 views of Mount Fuji in 1830 so can I . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-six_Views_of_Mount_Fuji
  4. I think Alamy is showing abstracts so they can expand their client base and retain present clients. Good for Alamy. A photo editor needs totem poles for one project and abstracts for the next project. If they need an abstract should they go somewhere else for their abstract, and maybe never return to Alamy when they need a totem pole? If Alamy meets all of the editor's needs, Alamy becomes a one stop shop for the editor. We all benefit.
  5. RF editorial Alamy exclusive 50% $$ magazines and books. Green roof on the podium of Toronto City Hall. One of a series of 9 year old shots that have done well. An example of getting in early for soft news, for which there is an ongoing interest.
  6. It reminds me of the GREAT BRA STRAP DEBATE. When Madonna started to wear her underwear on the outside, some pioneering fashionistas started to show their bra straps. Editors at some stock photo agencies refused to accept images, otherwise normal, but showing bra straps. However 2 years later bra straps were on those same agencies want lists. Today I see older women and men with tattoos in the most amazing places. Tattoo time has come, and may have peaked. Photographer friend of mine did a photo story on people who had surgically altered their naughty bits, not just breasts and bums. Altered in order to make their naughty bits more interesting. Surgically altered naughty bits, and not just breasts and bums, next big trend. You heard it here. Get out the model releases.
  7. You are photographers. If you do not like zoos, then take images like these. Your power is in your camera. Use it
  8. Great information, both posts. I am glad students are learning to pay for use. My only concern is that students may keep using the images after they graduate. I had a number of NU sales last month but it is not all bad. My CLR on a number of images was 100 not 10 or 1 or .01 but 100. In addition they sold for NU, and might have been saved to a lightbox, so that NU activity should put me nearer the top of the search order for the $$$ sales.
  9. RF $$$ High and low tide two shots in one image. Timeless images taken in Blacks Harbour New Brunswick Canada. Top image the evening before, while reconnoitering the ferry to Grand Manan Island. Bottom image taken just before boarding the ferry the next morning. This was film, so I marked the photographer location of the low tide first shot, so I could stand in the same place at high tide. Images taken in the 1980's while on paid assignment, so no stock production costs. The beauty of a well organized digital stock archive.
  10. Thanks to some inspiring comments back in July and August from Johnnie5 and Autumn Sky regarding faces in the water I came up with this in vertical and horizontal format. I stand on the shoulders of giants. Just got to make sure I do not fall off.
  11. Thanks to Mr Standfast and everyone else we know images sold in the USA attract USA prices. So how do you sell more images in the USA, particularly if you only have images shot in Europe and the UK? My suggestion would be to create images that drip British and Euro culture. Georgphotos shot C8RK0B of the draft horse in front of the historic pub comes to mind as very English. Pomp and circumstances, Royalty, Morris dancers. Then the reverse. USA personalities living in UK/Europe. Pubs with a fake USA motif. Hockey, American football games in the UK or Europe. Obvious USA citizens on tour. Watch some TV series set in the USA. There is a US people look. Transportation hubs because all the USA airlines fly there, and USA airlines need images of where they fly. USA terminal at UK airport. Planes with USA livery. USA photographers tend to MAKE a photograph rather than TAKE a photograph. More photographer as director. Do the same. Then make sure your keywording is designed for the mind of a USA searcher. US spellings. Circumpolar plants and animals should have common names for US as well as UK. red deer/elk/moose conundrum. Wikipedia is your friend. Fill out the optional page, as US clients will be more concerned with legality. Any other suggestions?
  12. No shame at all. The US side of the business helps to keep the Alamy doors open, so that helps all contributors. Where would Alamy be, for all contributors, without the US sales amounting to 50% of revenue? If the British pound drops in value because of Brexit, the US dollars will be even more help to all contributors. You need some place to put your images of the UK. One thing I noticed, was that back when Alamy opened the USA office, some astute UK based contributors took shooting trips in the USA, in preparation for the US business.
  13. I sometimes take a shot of my meal when dining out after selecting a table positioned for photography. I do not shoot down, but shoot with a wide angle at 45 degree angle and show part of the restaurant, thereby taking the studio look out of the photograph. Like this 24mm shot of Opah (moonfish).
  14. Lot of Monarch Butterflies in Toronto this year. Counted 30 in a flower patch about 25 X 25 feet in size. They were so busy nectaring they were very approachable. They gather on the North Shore of Lake Ontario, at this time of year, before migrating to Mexico. 200 mm with extension tubes.
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