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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, etc incomes in the low single digit percentages.
  4. 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 $$$ in photography - find something to sell to the photographers".
  5. Probably not new news for most here... https://www.selling-stock.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=b865e98a-3320-4c60-89b5-574021525673
  6. I'm in the US. In 2019 I received 2 DAC payments from Alamy. One I assume for UK and the other payment indicated DAC Germany payment. I did nothing to apply. Payments added to my Alamy balance automagically.
  7. This coincides with my understanding of how Google's search engine algo works - it ignores all keywords/tags associated with image - at least on FAA - and only "sees" the image Description/Caption. Maybe it's been this way all along. Dunno if this also applies to other search engines like DuckDuckGo, Bing, etc. or if unique to Google.
  8. I've had a small portfolio on Fine Art America for the last few years. 3 sales so far. I have their premium plan which is $30 USD/yr and allows unlimited images whereas their freebie account will only host 25 images. Premium also provides a personal pixels.com website that can be customized to some degree. FAA has a huge number of member artists and art on it's web site. Unless you're an FAA sales superstar they essentially do no marketing of your portfolio - it's all up to you to market your own FAA stuff. FAA member's comments in their forums seem to indicate that external marketing via social media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter provide little if any meaningful results. I tried marketing my FAA portfolio images on Facebook and Instagram. I was able to entice some interested visitors from my FAA image/Facebook posts to my FAA image portfolio pages until FB changed something so that no longer works. IG and Twitter provided no noticeable results. FAA's search engine bubbles their sales superstars to the top of their internal search results for buyers - otherwise there is no ranking etc. similar to Alamy's search that I'm aware of. Difficult to claw one's way to higher FAA search results without big sales from what I've gathered. External search engines ie. Google do not look at keywords/tags in FAA's images - it looks at the image Descriptions. Maybe that's just Google's algorithm. For me it's worth $30/yr for the premium account and it's personal web site - and maybe an occasional print sale will show up.
  9. Apple's recent WWDC 2020 announcements including their new proprietary made-in-house ARM processors is likely to further enhance Apple's strategic efforts to tighten their integrated and closed hardware/software ecosystem being built inside the increasingly higher walled Apple garden. There will likely be some eventual benefits for customers and developers who choose to stay within the confines of Apple's walled-garden. But in an increasingly interconnected world there is a downside for both those who stay in the garden and those outside. A developers perspective: https://tinyurl.com/y8jz898q
  10. There is at least one fundamental difference. The processors each are designed and built around different instruction sets. Intel is CISC Complex Instruction Set whereas ARM is RISC Reduced Instruction Set Computing. https://www.maketecheasier.com/differences-between-arm-and-intel/ I seriously doubt that software written/compiled for either will run on both.
  11. If Apple's new systems use ARM processors instead of Intel that will preclude use of all MacOS software based on Intel processors on the new ARM hardware. Adobe and other MacOS s/w producers will need to produce new versions of their software that will run on the ARM processor based systems. How long will MacOS s/w producers support their old Intel based s/w? How long will Apple support their old Intel based hardware? Will future versions of MacOS s/w be made available for both the old Intel and new ARM processor systems? I've a soon to be delivered new Dell Windows 10 desktop system ordered to replace my old 2011 iMac and none too soon it seems.
  12. I don't purchase images but like most purchase lots of other "stuff". I compare prices when convenient but price comparison is only one factor in a purchasing decision - be it images or an automobile. But price alone is not the final and only factor in purchasing. And the old saying still applies.. "the cheapest price is not always the best value".
  13. Many visual creatives seem to favor Apple laptops and iMacs. Apple's hardware have used Intel processors for quite a while to run Adobe's and other software. That may all be about to change with strong rumors of Apple dumping Intel in favor of ARM processors: https://www.macrumors.com/guide/arm-macs/ This begs the question of how Adobe's imaging software (Lightroom, Photoshop, their video s/w, etc) will deal with such a change going forward. With a large installed user base of Apple hardware using Intel processors and running Adobe's s/w and a new generation of Apple ARM systems coming perhaps very soon it will be interesting to see how Adobe in particular reacts.
  14. ViewSonic has a line of "professional" monitors that promise "colour-accurate, true-to-life images with industry colour standards including sRGB, Adobe RGB, calibration and uniformity". https://www.viewsonic.com/uk/products/lcd/professional-vp.php
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