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    Good $$$ at direct 50% RF sale. Had a second image of same general area on same day for same price




    RF only sold for $ for presentation, but this fish sandwich image gives me more personal pleasure than the $$$ image. For the reason see the people in the non selling image below





    This image did not sell, but here is the reason for the personal happiness with $ image above. My sister-in-law on the left and my wife on the right. Happy times.





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  2. 4 hours ago, DDoug said:

    To solve a problem such as Steve described, or to change the overall appearance of an image, I sometimes use channel substitution.


    For example: select and copy the green channel; convert to LAB color; select Lightness channel and paste the green channel; convert back to RGB color. This yields an image which has the same colors as before, but with the tones such as they would be on a black and white photo shot with a green filter.


    Using LAB is a new one for me. I have always used all RGB swap with less control. Thanks DDoug I am going to try it.


    If you want to make big colour changes without affecting the neutral and other colours, swap channels in RGB only.


    This green maple leaf original was turned to red, by swapping the Red and Green channels. In such a swap any neutral colours or other colours will remain neutral or the same because there is very little difference between channels in neutral colours. Notice the blue colour at bottom left has not changed very much from the top original, only the green





  3. The in camera histogram is read from the extra small JPG file made for the RAW file header. This header JPG is made from the camera's JPG settings acting on the RAW info, but does not capture all of the info in the RAW file.


    I only shoot RAW, and so I have the camera's JPG settings set as bland as possible. Everything in the camera JPG settings turned down, shoot in Adobe RGB. This bland setting produces a camera display JPG, and the camera histogram from it, close to the unprocessed raw. So now the in camera histogram, although read from the bland camera JPG settings, is very close to the information in the RAW file.


    I still get a slightly misleading JPG camera histogram, but it is only slight, and I can usually mentally adjust for it in order to get individual RAW colours at no more than 254, when necessary.

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  4. Jim Pickerell has been dispensing stock photo advice since the early 1980's at least.


    He considers himeslf a journalist. He has got under everyone's skin, both agency owners and photographers, at one time or another.


    He has been right more times than wrong.


    Many photographers have made more money because of his advice. Myself included.


    I think some of you are shooting the messenger.

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  5. Yellow is a combination of the red and green channel with red higher than green. Images with yellow should be underexposed to hold detail in the red channel. 


    Take a test shot at normal exposure. Consult the camera 3 colour histogram and note the red channel climbing up the right hand side, indicating that the red channel is overexposed and has lost detail and shifted the yellow colour towards green. Cut back exposure until the red channel meets the end of the histogram but does not climb up the side. So now, on the final exposure, you probably have red 254 Green 235 and blue 20 in the yellow areas of the image only.


    This means that the red channel is as exposed as much as it can be and the green is bright and the blue is dark in the yellow areas of the image. All colours have the same ratio to each other so colour is correct without detail loss. However elsewhere in the image all colours are correct but underexposed.


    Raise all the shadows in software so that the Red and Green are not changed in the yellow, as Red and Green are considered highlights. However all shadow underexposed RGB are brightened elsewhere in the image. The final image is correctly exposed overall and retains the correct yellow without loss of detail.


    Full harsh sunlight. Note the open shadows on the blue and correct yellow.




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  6. 36 minutes ago, wiskerke said:


    Have you ever seen this one from 1999?


    Cranberries album cover.

    It features prominently here:

    Unless that really is an actual giant eyeball tormenting that naked man, like his soul. In that case, I apologize.


    Maybe because Storm Thorgerson (of Hipgnosis fame) omitted the dropshadow. 😂

    Could he have known yours? Or is it a case of great minds think alike?

    Yours somehow reminds me a lot of number six btw.




    I was unaware of the album cover when I did my shot.


    It was The Prisoner closing that inspired me. The shot of Patrick McGoohan being chased across tidal flats by a giant balloon.


    Made my man naked because there is no hiding anything from surveillance


    We all stand on each others shoulders.
    A few years after I made my image there was a Canadian movie made by an Inuit filmmaker called "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner" that had a naked man, showing all of his naughty bits, running across a vast ice field. In a fit of patriotic fervor the CBC ran the film after midnight in the Inuktitut language, naughty bits and all.

    read about it here.



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  7. loon-diver-gavia-immer-calling-on-a-nort


    Wilderness call. Composite illustration made from 4 photographs taken over the last 35 years, combined in photoshop.

    Style inspired by this top of the page 100 year old illustration with the scenic background here. Story of the artists is inspirational as well


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  8. Photographers having to refund proceeds of a sale paid four years old is just another nail in the coffin of Stock Photography.


    What happens if a photographer closes the account after a large refund of an old sale? Does the stock agency seize the images and continue to sell them until the debt is paid off? It would take an eternity at today's prices. Photographic sharecropping.


    The internet cries out for regulation. Facebook and others are now being asked to explain themselves by the US congress, so maybe it will happen.


    In the meantime if you are selling your stock photographs to generate a small amount of money to help pay for your expensive hobby, without much risk, you may want to look at means other than selling them as stock.


    With todays absurdly low stock photo prices, and now chargebacks for old sales, there are better ways of covering your photography costs.

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  9. I use a Thinktank Urban disquise bag. I am wearing that bag in my forum picture. The horizontal bag in this video.




    I wear it with the strap on my left shoulder and then across my chest, holding the bag under my right arm, at my waist.


    When walking around shooting I have the camera on my neck on a neck strap long enough so when I open the top zipper on the bag the camera nestles inside the bag out of sight, but is also around my neck ready for instant action. Nestling in the bag supports the camera so it takes the camera weight off my neck.


    I like to work out of a loosely packed bag so the bag contains a facing downward 5Ds, with a 70-200 F4 attached and also a couple of other lenses. The rest of the pockets contain all the other equipment like cable release etc.


    When flying and not shooting I pack the same small bag tightly so it also contains the camera stuff but also the travel stuff like passport, reading material, tickets itinery, food, water bottle etc. It fits under the seat.


    I also have a much large version of the same thinktank bag that will hold all of my equipment including a 400mm F5.6.


    I have a very cheap consumer roll on case sized to international standards that I have gutted. This will contain the large bag fully packed and the smaller bag slipped over the towing handle. Or it will accept the smaller bag inside, along with my clothing and other personal effects.


    The bags look like standard luggage and do not look like camera bags. So great for safely rolling into a hotel from a car. The thinktank bags wear like iron, so are like new after 8 years of daily use.


    Highly recommend anything from Thinktank



  10. 13 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I’m surprised someone hasn’t given them a start in the UK. Must be the climate, since ours fly over land to Mexico when the weather  turns to autumn.  Maybe there’s not a “highway” to warm weather in your part of the world. There are definite migratory paths they use here. I do know y’all have a butterfly that looks like our “Painted Lady”. They have to be kin.


    In early fall the Monarchs pause on the north shore of Lake Ontario, where I live, before flying south across the 80 KL wide lake towards their wintering ground in Mexico.

    They are easy to shoot and I have so many of them, that I have made a note to self to stop shooting Monarchs.


    In a case of Müllerian Mimicry the Viceroy (top) closely resembles the Monarch (bottom).


    I find that making a point, with two images in a single image, has more sales potential.




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  11. On 26/06/2020 at 17:42, John Mitchell said:

    I'm still not a big fan of RF licensing. However, I think that it does have a place with certain types of images. What I'm wondering is if RF images tend to do better with distributors than RM ones. Is there a case to be made for offering an image as RF if you hope to increase the possibility of its licensing through Alamy's distributor network? Any thoughts on this this?


    I have heard that small distributors are in trouble. They can't make sales, and can't pass on royalties when they do make sales. I hear of one once healthy agency, heavily dependent of many distributors, has voluntarily closed down because of this.


    I know nothing about the financial health of Alamy distributors, only the industry in general. I have tracked down only one Alamy distributor. Google street view shows that it is located in a private home. So I think that one is small.


    My Alamy 50% home business has been rising while, like you John,  my Alamy 30% distributor business has been falling. I am 100% RF, so RF or RM probably has nothing to do the falling distributor business.


    As a photographer I would prefer that Alamy do more promotion of their own website and eliminate the distributors altogether. Higher commissions all around. Alamy have done this somewhat by opening their own foreign offices and translating the website.


    I know a package designer at a major manufacturer who was under a management decree of RF only. He appealed and got management to also agree to RM with RF terms, in addition to the original RF only decree. Hence the hybrid license when necessary.


    For RF me, hybrid or pure RF license does not seem to affect the price. My individual RF images sell multiple times, and the RF license price is in the same ballpark as my hybrid licenses from RF.

  12. In Toronto about 3/4 of the people are wearing face masks and social distancing. The worst offenders are people in their 20's who are not social distancing or masking at all.


    I have a theory that that behavior has something to do with their sex life since lockdown, or lack thereof. Difficult to send subtle signals through a mask.


    Had a haircut on Friday last. Hope my 65 year old barber is still alive in 5 weeks time, when I will need another haircut.

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  13. For some time market analysts have been concerned that SS has run out of options for driving future profits. Whats next? Buy a rival? Raise prices? Sell software, music, or RM? Nothing seems to be available. This negative view of SS future prospects, could result in the value of investors SS shares being worth a lot less.


    SS executives are big investors in SS. So if the value of the SS shares drop, then SS executives will see their net worth plummet.


    The cut in photographers commission will drive profits next year, without a lot of collateral damage to the overall SS collection. The collection will still look the same, clients will not care.


    So this lowering of photographer's commission only confirms stock market analysts negative view of SS prospects. There is not much else SS can do to drive profits, except lower the photographer's commission.


    It would seem that a downward spiral is starting. Not because of photographer's ire, but because SS is a mature business and has run out of expansion options. The future SS prospects do not justify the higher price of the shares today.


    I will be looking to see if, while preserving the price of shares in the short term through the commission cut, SS executives start to sell some of their overpriced shares.


    This has nothing to do with SS photographers being happy, angry, or stupid. It is about the value of the SS shares.

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