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  1. Yep - there will be some bigger/heavier than others based on manufacturer and design. But generally mirrorless offers noticeable weight/size reductions especially with native glass. Hanging bigger DSLR glass on a mirrorless body in many cases just seems counter-productive. The OP mentioned full-frame mirrorless - specifically Canon. Consideration of switching systems and glass to something other than Canon opens more possibilities. Such as mirrorless APS-C system bodies and the glass designed for them - example: for APS-C a Fujifilm X-Mount XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 wei
  2. Changing to a mirrorless camera without also moving to the lenses designed for them is kinda missing the point and defeating the significant weight and size reduction benefit of mirrorless. DSLR lenses are a major contributor to the weight and size. Make the switch while DSLR lenses still have reasonable residual value.
  3. If you mean on-line courses that's likely correct. For the many wildlife, landscape, travel, etc. photographers whose incomes were slashed as a result of the world-wide flood of digital images - that income was replaced in many cases by them hosting in-person workshop courses and on location photo workshops to exotic locations around the world. Of course Covid-19 has bashed most all that.
  4. Years ago the local community college's Photography Dept Head told students that the way to make money in photography was to find something to sell to photographers.
  5. In Alamy's email the stated premise is - "standard licence prices (industry-wide) are now much more in line with the pre-negotiated rates, in most cases virtually identical." No doubt after everyone is put back in the "scheme" pre-negotiated rates will be renegotiated to bring the newspaper rates back to the previous inequality.
  6. Alamy's captcha during login is terrible. The images used are too small and low resolution even on a new large monitor. If the intent is to provide login authentication it's a poorly implemented effort. If Alamy is serious about login authentication they should ditch captcha and replace with 2-factor authentication using text message or email to us. If not - then at least use larger higher resolution images so we can tell what's in the images.
  7. Down here in central Texas 90% of our hummer visitors are the Black-chinned's
  8. +1 Highly recommended AlamySizeCheck is part of my normal workflow before submitting.
  9. Thanks for the suggestions I installed the Seek and PlantSnap apps and gave them a quick test run outside the house. The technology is pretty amazing. Should help a lot ID'ing flowers/plants etc. and not get bogged down so much when trying to figure out what vegetation I've photographed.
  10. I know that providing scientific names in an image's Desc & keywords for critters and plants is highly recommended. I'm OK figuring out what kinda critter/bird I've snapped - but for other than the most common bugs and trees/flowers/plants I'm pretty clueless. Are there some good on-line methods/resources of ID'ing North American bugs & trees/plants/flowers suggested?
  11. Some great images in this thread. I recently procured a Tokina 100mm 1:1 macro lens and considering adding more nature close-ups/macro images to my Alamy portfolio. Anyone have a feel for how nature close-up/macro stock images on Alamy sells - or not? Bug-eyed insects and flowers are over-represented I suspect.
  12. IMO - most of their clients are hobbyists/amateurs that do not have professional aspirations. So competition and poor-income outlooks are likely not a factor.
  13. My observations since the rise of digital imaging for the masses seems to indicate that photographer education is a high percentage of income for many new and established photographers trying to make a living. YouTube and other video platforms in connection with their advertisers & affiliate incomes have many types of photographers offering photography education, advice, workshops, etc. to other photographers. Numbers they've disclosed show that their YT videos along with their education offerings are easily their primary source of photography incomes with print, stock, e
  14. Not making excuses but Mr Pickerell's advice to an aspiring pro photographer student on the cusp of starting a full-time photo career might be somewhat different than to an established experienced pro photog with a substantial portfolio. In any case - I took Community College professional photography classes in the waning days of film and the beginnings of digital. I was not aware of stock photography then - as I recall it was never mentioned. But the college's photo Dept Chair's prophetic words to us back then ring even truer today were "If you want to make $$
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