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  1. It's called the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution - including freedom of speech and expression. Social Media platforms Twitter especially are drawing needed scrutiny for their violations.
  2. Replace with an SSD if possible - longer life.
  3. A free utility for HDD and SSD health is "CrystalDiskInfo". It can show indicators of impending drive problems https://crystaldiskinfo.en.uptodown.com/windows
  4. In the EoY video I noted that video was mentioned as being considered going forward. Maybe integrate with one of the existing video clip providers instead of rolling their own. I know at least one that share with other platforms.
  5. Thank you Alamy for the EOY update. After listening closely to the video I noted 3 of my 4 concerns I mentioned were addressed in general terms.
  6. Print-on-Demand POD platforms such as Fine Art America and others are a tough way forward for most unless you are already a well known artist with a following. You will be in competition with many thousands of other artists including big galleries and millions of art offerings. You will need a large portfolio of distinctive offerings to have much of a chance. POD sites require that you do all your own marketing which is a huge challenge to meaningful success. The big social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have algorithms that limit their viability as effective sma
  7. +1 Not only fast but durable, I have 3 in a Dell desktop, 2 internal and 1 external, In another photo forum I just commented on SSD vs hard disk lifespans info I had found. Pretty eye-opening. Typical SSD = 342 yrs Hard disk replacement suggested in 3-5 yrs.
  8. I would also be interested in Alamy's comments regarding: 1) Why low resolution images are not available for download/licensing where appropriate? 2) Seemingly obvious abuse of Personal and Presentation licenses (related to above). 3) Why continued reliance on outdated and abused post-download billing/payment of images? Why not replace with pay-then-download online system? Alamy and contributors are losing $$ due to current scheme. 4) What are new ownership/management plans/goals for marketing, sales, etc. outside the UK (especially where Alamy has non-UK offic
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Down here in central Texas 90% of our hummer visitors are the Black-chinned's
  16. +1 Highly recommended AlamySizeCheck is part of my normal workflow before submitting.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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 $$
  23. Probably not new news for most here... https://www.selling-stock.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=b865e98a-3320-4c60-89b5-574021525673
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