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Sheila Smart

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  1. Generally speaking, you only need property releases if you take snaps within the property itself (such as inside buildings and not on the foothpath outside) but I assume that there are different rules for each jurisdiction and particular buildings. There are, of course, exceptions such as the Sydney Opera House where you will need property release if the SOH is the main subject of the work but not if its just part of the Sydney landscape. I do have a property release for the SOH but the restrictions are so tight it was really not worth having! As far as Alamy is concerned, you just tick
  2. Recently I had a case of photographer's block so I just sat down with a couple of good photographer's hard copy books to give me inspiration and on Sunday, I strolled down to the beach where I live accompanied by my husband on a warm autumn day (too warm due to climate change!) and took this pic. Hopefully I will snap (excuse the pun) out of my block! Sheila
  3. Like Linda, I pursue infringers and the first thing I check when I find one of my images unlicensed on a company's website, I see if they have a Facebook page and if the image is also appearing on their FB page, they get a "double whammy" letter of demand! One particular image (which is USCO registered) was shared on several other commercial Facebook sites (all without obtaining a license) and they ALL received letters of demand and I was successful in settling about 50% of them.
  4. Thanks for your responses. I certainly don't expect to sell any prints as in my own past experiences, folk do not buy prints from exhibitions, possibly due to the subject matter of my work. I have sold prints from an exhibition I had in a local restaurant but that was mainly local landscapes and the buyers were friends who went to the restaurant! A few years back, I had an exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery in London which was a complete waste of time and money. The complete lack of communication by them after I had paid for the space indicated exactly where their interest in art lay.
  5. I have always said I would never do another exhibition and even asked my husband to talk me out of it for just thinking about it but I have been debating exhibiting my work in virtual form – rather than spend a whole heap of money on prints and canvas and hanging in an exhibition, I will just burn my work to DVD (or whatever) and having a large monitor placed in an exhibition with the DVD on repeat. I am thinking of doing it in the same format as my latest Youtube offering where the black and white image gradually changes to colour.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nauqlh0WsA0&feature=youtu.
  6. By "custom pricing" I assume you mean rights managed. You would have to contact Alamy and request the change. Sheila
  7. Rule of thirds! Glasses at Opera House - not set up The visitor The Rocks
  8. Contest is now over (as its the 8th here in Sydney!) and congratulations to Russell for his entry of Broom, followed closely by Kumar. Over to you Russell for the May Challenge. Cheers Sheila
  9. Regarding FotoSketcher, I emailed David, who produced the software, regarding any plans to have a Mac version and here is his response: Unfortunately, there won’t be a Mac version of FotoSketcher. I did have plans in the past to port it to the Mac, but due to technical (and now also contractual) reasons, I have had to abandon them. The good news is that it is still possible to run FotoSketcher on a Mac, although it requires a little expertise. Some Mac users have reported running FotoSketcher successfully using Crossover, Parallel Desktops or WineHQ. I have no idea what the last three
  10. This challenge was far more difficult than I had anticipated! Not only the choice of excellent work but my 9 kilo cat, Teddie, who insists on sitting just in front of my computer touch screen, decided to turn around and swiped my screen with his tail and deleted the post just as I was about to finish....ahhhhhhh. You might have heard the expletives from 12,000 miles away! Anyway, here is my pick of the many great entries. I have tried to make them as varied as possible. The vote closes on 7 May 2014. John Morrison - lone dog on beach Paulette - Dunes in Namibia
  11. I guess Sheila should answer this one. I can't try fotosketcher because I have a Mac, and it doesn't work on a Mac. So I can't see what is possible with it. I find with my other painting software that usually landscapes and florals work best. Other still life. I do use the CS6 watercolor filter a lot, but only to fix images that aren't worthy alone. Like I've said before. If I have an image I've cropped and need it to be larger, the image gets soft when enlarged. I can run it through the watercolor filter (say, birds, butterflies) and it works. I like to offer larger images on FAA j
  12. Caught this interview on Carolyn Wright of Photoattorney's website explaining to photographer, Ben Long the vagaries of copyright infringement and licensing arrangements. It can be found at http://www.lynda.com/Design-tutorials/Discussing-copyright-international-level/160107/170938-4.html Photoattorney is my US IP attorney and am familiar with most aspects of her interview but what I didn't realise was one can claim damages under DMCA legislation even if the work is not registered if the infringer removes your watermark. If you have a spare hour, it's most informative. Sheila
  13. AVG gave me a threat warning when I tried to download fotosketcher. After the threat was supposedly dealt with, I downloaded the program but couldn't get it to work on my computer. Oh well, guess I'm not destined to be the next J. M. W. Turner. Apparently it doesn't work on Mac so if you have Apple, you are out of luck. I'm using a PC. Might try downloading fotosketcher again when I'm feeling brave. But I have mixed feelings. My father painted watercolours, and I know how difficult it is. Turning photos into paintings by digital means seems a bit like cheating to me. Painters
  14. Just to bump this! You can submit up to three and they are not necessarily on Alamy! Cheers Sheila
  15. AVG gave me a threat warning when I tried to download fotosketcher. After the threat was supposedly dealt with, I downloaded the program but couldn't get it to work on my computer. Oh well, guess I'm not destined to be the next J. M. W. Turner. Apparently it doesn't work on Mac so if you have Apple, you are out of luck.
  16. 30% of the base price? That's rather low. Can you decide the percentage at Artflakes? Sung I usually choose 40% or 50% markup depending on the image, but then I've never made a sale through Artflakes. Had I realised that it was a percentage of the base price, I would have raised the percentage but that would make prints out of reach of most folk. I prefer the FAA model where you place a price on what you want to actually receive for the print, not on a commission basis. Sheila
  17. I have had a couple of sales on Artflakes but it took three emails to them before they responded to my question regarding the amount of commission they paid on the last sale where I had placed a 30% commission. The full sale price of the print was $290 approx and I received $50.00 approx. Does not compute! I was eventually advised that the commission was on the base price, not the selling price. Hmmmm... Sheila
  18. One minus is that the software strips metadata. I have brought this up with David and he is working on it. Sheila
  19. I had no problems with it and McAfee did not have any problem either.
  20. I have just discovered a superb software to "convert" a photograph into a watercolour and/or painting in a most realistic fashion. And best of all, its free! The site is Fotosketcher http://www.fotosketcher.com/ I have actually donated to David's site as I am so impressed with this software. Here is my first experiment with this software. http://fineartamerica.com/featured/portrait-of-the-rocks-sydney-sheila-smart.html Cheers Sheila
  21. I have had work on Saatchi for a few years and always thought that it was a UK based site but when I recently sold an image via Saatchi I was asked for my US tax ITIN which I do not have. I was advised that the sale was in the US and that I would have to pay a percentage to the US Tax Office. As an Australian resident, I do not think I should support Uncle Sam (no representation, no taxation!) and I asked them why Fine Art America has been selling my work in the US for many years and I have never had to pay US tax. They could not explain why. They did state that I could avoid paying US tax
  22. Very rarely, Paulette. My Canon 5DIII is pretty high res in any event so do not feel the need to upres any more. If I do upres, usually on old images, I generally use Genuine Fractals (or whatever it is called these days as they changed the name). Sheila
  23. If I could give a word of advice to those stock photographers thinking of uploading to sites such as FAA (and those who already have) - stop thinking "stock" and think abstract, minimalism and even black and white, all of which are probably not great sellers on stock libraries. Before I upload anything to FAA, I ask myself "who would want this on their wall" (and pay for the privilege). Also get Photoshopping!! Use the "flood" filter or any Nik software to change images to "art". Turn an image into a "watercolour" if you have some expertise in this area (and good software). And as Betty d
  24. It's fine Allan. A couple of years back, I was part of the jury of a photo comp based in California and I had to mark a score out of 5, of about 1,000 images. Hopefully it won't come to that on Alamy. Sheila
  25. Thanks Geoff. Just received another email from FAA - another sale overnight - $100 for me. Sheila
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