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  1. I think my motorcycle buddy has a system of gloves and socks that plugs into the bike battery and charging system. This is not so time limited on battery life as are gloves with integrated batteries. But I don't think photogs want to be plugged in and tied to a motorcycle. My buddy also has a story of heated socks that developed a short and overheated, burning his leg to a blister, before he could get off the highway and unplug the cord. On his current bike he has heated hand grips so the heated gloves are not so much a cold requirement. Hmmm.... I don't know of any cameras with a heated hand
  2. I just bought some battery operated heated gloves. I'm in southern Ohio USA - not Canada. But with very cold fingers and toes (Raynaud's Syndrome?) I'll give them a try this winter. They were found by a motorcycle riding buddy that takes trips in the cold. So check motorcycle accessories as well as hunting, hiking, skiing, fishing, and outdoors suppliers. Possible search terms: electric, battery, rechargeable, heated, gloves.
  3. My first submission was in early 2003. My first sale was $420 (Alamy price) as I recall. I had dreams of making money. I wish I saw $420 sales today! That $420 might actually be my highest sale of all time - I'd have to go back for a look.
  4. I use iMatch by Photools.com. There is no image retouching/editing capability. It is all cataloging of the image database. Keywording capabilities are nice and can be thesaurus based if you build the thesaurus. I manage 175,000 images now and started in 2003.
  5. I've shot cars on and off since 2003. You might add keywords (if they apply): car, cars, auto, autos, automobile, motorcar, motorcars, transportation, [country of origin, i.e. Italy, Italian, USA, United States], classic, old, vintage, historic, historical, history, antique, nostalgia, restored, custom, customized, hotrod, hot rod, streetrod, street rod, muscle car, race, race car, [colors], [year], [decade i.e. 2010s], [make i.e. Chevrolet, Chevy], vehicle, convertible, coupe, sports car, super car, exotic. Here are a couple keyword helpers. Plug in your basic info and see what ke
  6. I often use a cell phone to record a item on the shelf in a store. But I do it to recall the packaging, model number, shelf price, and the phone GPS location - all as a reference for shopping. I have never been accosted by any of the store employees. If I was approached, I would indicate the above reasons for shopping with a phone and if they didn't want me to consider buying at this store I could erase the image from my phone. I also have used a phone app for price comparisons against Amazon, online, and local stores. We have the technology and I figure this store has to compete. I have not b
  7. Many years ago, when I was shooting a lot of cars, I read an article by an IP attorney about such topics. As applied to my cars and being in the USA, this is my memory (so take it with a grain of salt). I was barely a car photographer and certainly not a lawyer. I could walk into someone's garage and take a pic of a car. The car manufacturer and the paint shop flames would be copyrighted but there is no legal penalty to taking a picture. The copyright problems come from the picture use and especially if it can imply commercial use or commercial recommendations of the copyright hold
  8. I still sell PU. I have not voted. A file size or pixel size file reduction will not help in the cases I've reviewed. I find some of my sales being used on web sites that are more towards commercial and less personal. For example, I found 2 PU sales used on two different (but related) web sites created by the same web site developer company. Alamy extracted a change in pay for one site use and wasn't able to extract a new payment for the other. Alamy said I could chase the 2nd issue. For the difference Alamy got on the first issue I couldn't justify the time nor expense of chasing that second.
  9. Yes, you CAN licence an image as RM on one site and RF on another. However, there are a lot of concerns that make this a bad idea. The sites you use may include competitive restrictions in their contributors agreements. Exclusivity agreements at sites will certainly specify limitations across sites. RM licensing is intended to track uses and a reuse requires a new licence (money). RF is a free for all on usage. You may be competing against yourself in terms of sales and pricing and repeat licensing. Tracking of RM use and infringement will be dif
  10. I went to click and noted the missing forum link. Alamy is messing with my automated brain/click sequence.
  11. If 3/4 of the stop light is in one frame, do I click both frames with the light or just the main frame? Does the light post count for a stop light or just the light fixture itself? This CAPTCHA thing can be a real lesson in frustration.
  12. I see a change of format on the Account Balance page. Color coding is nice for the currency values. However reading the Cleared/Uncleared entries are now a bit tougher than just finding the previous x/o symbols. Please add color coding to Cleared/Uncleared.
  13. I have uploaded a group of images from a shoot where there are 3 basic subsets. I want to be able to search for "locomotive 6777", or "locomotive 365", or "locomotive 765" from within only this one submission set. Then I can keyword and annotate that subset of images. I don't want to search (in this particular usage) my whole portfolio. Please add the Search capability to the confines of 1 or more selected submission batches.
  14. So Alamy thinks it can grow it's business by damaging the relationship with it's suppliers? I really don't think there are many companies that can make that work. As a supplier, now I have less income. So my products have to be reduced in value and/or reduced production. I really don't think there are very many suppliers that can increase their business based on reduced income. I think Alamy is stepping onto the very slippery slope with this decision to reduce contributors royalties.
  15. I check each image at 200% and 100%. 100% is a zoom to 1 pixel of the image projected to 1 pixel of your screen/display. You are looking for concerns such as: chromatic aberration, sensor dust/dirt, things in the image that would resemble sensor dust/dirt, bad sharpness (lens/camera quality and shooting technique issues), noise, hot pixels, dead pixels, bad retouching (I often retouch at 300% to get clean edges and tone transitions), copyright concerns (logos, trademarks, art/buildings/designs where the copyright is enforced), people (even small parts or silhouettes may need model releases). S
  16. The captcha for my login today asked for "taxis". Two were obvious with marking and top light. I was forced to also select a yellow Ford Mustang with no markings and no light. I don't think a Ford Mustang small size will ever masquerade as a taxi!
  17. I have a new thought. These Captchas are the new Alamy artifical intelegence to check image submission keywording. Are you spamming your images? Your peers will help find you out! ;-)
  18. I had to click for street signs. So is the sign post still a part of the sign? If somebody has a finger in the edge of our submitted photos then we need a model release. So is a post a part of the sign? Is the sign small border corner in a segment still a sign? Is that thing way down the road still a sign or an unrecognizable object? I think it took 4 screens to get in here today. Do Alamy submission rules apply to the Captcha images?
  19. Look up the tour bus sites. They would be hitting the sites and attractions to fit the tastes of visitors. It's been years since I've been to NYC, but the tour guide said that visitors tend to do it wrong. They should take the bus tours on the first days and then decide if they want to spend more time at any of the stops they can visit again on the later days. People too often go out on their own and then take a bus tour before leaving - only to again hit some of the places they've already been too and don't really need to see again. But for your question, what are the highlighted bus tour sto
  20. Many years ago I landed on the next to last page of the BHZ game. My sales were better there than when I was around page 10. Good Luck! It will be interesting to see if you note any sales change.
  21. I haven't looked at BHZ in many months. For years I've hung around pages 9 or 10. I found myself at page 4 just now.
  22. My quick flash through a few of your pages indicates the images are good enough on a technical and visual basis. Now the question is who will buy them? What will the image be used for? What does the customer want and why will he choose your image over some other? These are tough questions to answer when working through an agency. Some of my work sells to textbooks, tour guides, and magazine articles. Do your images "sell" a location? Do they represent the total essence of a given location? Do they strongly invite a viewer to come to the location? Do they invite exploration? I've sold a
  23. car cutout = 4792 car cut out = 6802 car cut outs = 612 car isolated = 71,326 car isolated on white = 18,350 car vintage = 166,194 car vintage isolated = 5837 I sell some clipped cars. Most of my sales were via Microstock on my best days in the mid 2000's. I've sold some via Alamy but in recent years it is only the "real classics", not just of any old vintage. Yours will likely have people to deal with and may not end up in commercial uses without model releases. The challenges include: the clipping time required, creating a decent grounding shadow (to offer with and without), removing
  24. If this is as simple as it looks, I may be motivated to go back and review those very old images keyworded before the current 3 tier system.
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