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Everything posted by StanRohrer

  1. I saw a research report recently that said roughly 75% of stock photos sold these days are now RF. Makes me wonder the Rm/RF strategy going forward. Alamy sells RF so if one doesn't want the microstock sites to sell RF then Alamy might be the choice.
  2. Photographer of the Year in 2013 at Focus Photo Club. This is a group of about 125 members in my area. Competition is based on the total of 11 monthly contests with 3 entries per event (33 total entries in the year). Oh, well, I'll have to raise my bar to try for something international. Oh wait, I did get a 5th place in a 2014 competition between 3 photo clubs from Ohio (USA), Australia, and the UK. My Bald Eagle among the top 10. http://www.focusphotoclub.com/images/winners/Intl%20Comp/2014/1.png
  3. Been having problems with Chrome in Win 7 for the last week. It hangs and doesn't complete a page load. For a while i thought it was a stalled advertising site or some hidden page beacon but I'm not convinced now. USA operations.
  4. +1 This would also be helpful for "old-timers" - I often struggle to decide whether an image would be more likely to be licensed as RM or RF and would love to know the advantage of RM-exclusive, since I have many images that, for all intents and purposes, are exclusively on Alamy although I haven't made them "exclusive" there - e.g. Do exclusive images rank higher in searches? Maybe even to present the Alamy rules/philosophy of the putting the same files on Alamy, other macros stock sites, and other micro stock sites. We see some of these discussions repeat here and at other discussion boards so the "real" take from Alamy's perspective would be very helpful.
  5. Went to my first Ultra-Light airplane fly-in. Had shot my fill of action games and flight maneuvers and the candy drop for the kids. The day was getting pretty hot. I thought I would make one more pass down the short flight line before hitting the air conditioning of the car. I ended up chatting up a pilot, for a long time, which ended up in an invitation to go for a ride in his 2 seater Ultra-Light just before dusk. At the appointed time I arrived, put on the safety gear and helmet. Left the camera bag and extra gear with my wife. I got a picture of my wife standing in the grass praying hard as we left the ground. A few photos to the right. A few photos to the left. I was having a bit of trouble with the camera and helmet interference but worked around it. Then "MEMORY CARD FULL". Argh! Rookie mistake!
  6. Somehow I missed this thread for a while. Button pushed.
  7. I bought the Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head thinking I would add video to my repertoire. I didn't (yet). But I love the head. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/760106-REG/Manfrotto_MH055M8_Q5_MH055M8_Q5_Photo_Movie_Tripod_Head.html
  8. Got a deal to sell my 7D that I couldn't refuse. When the check arrives I need to hit the store for the 7DII. I'm hoping for 2 or better fStops of noise reduction so I can do some more low light work. With the 7D at ISO 400 I could pass Alamy inspection but it was iffy at 800.
  9. I don't use Lightroom so my help here is limited. I use iMatch in place of Lightroom and it, Win7, and Photoshop with multiple images open I can approach 8GB of RAM in use. The only time I bumped into the RAM limit was when I mistakenly tried to open 100 images in PS at the same time. So 16GB could well do for now. I just added to my 8GB and decided to fill the 2 slots with sticks to make a total of 24. Not that I needed it today but didn't want to toss out memory sticks if I ever did want to get to 24. An SSD is worth it's weight in my book for the database chugging of new files and adding keywords and descriptions into image files. Likely not needed for Photoshop editing unless you run a lot os scripts/actions. It does make opening Photoshop, programs, and PC boots very nice and fast. I went with 500GB and can do all my photo work without an additional drive. I do have a 1 TB D drive but I currently use it as a backup copy of my main drive. I have had 2 occasions where the SSD lost it's cookies and having a full bootable backup was a bonus. A month or so back my database said I had 15,000 images (JPG and Photoshop) on my SSD.
  10. My understanding is 5 maximum of "similar" images. So if your batch of 24 had more than 5 images that were of the same subject and close to the same setting/view the batch would be rejected.
  11. The car photo should be good if the car is sharp. The other image should be good if the building and landscape is sharp. The point being that the subject or significant portions of these kind of images needs to be sharp. Motion of people and other vehicles should be acceptable. The easiest side approach is to identify the out of focus items in the description text. That way a buyer can make their own choice.
  12. I figure something like: http:/tinyurl.com/anGb1 doesn't look professional on a business card to link to a "searched" version of my portfolio with more images on the page. Both Alamy and I look bad when the URL isn't an obvious link to Alamy. Then some day Alamy makes a site change and the underlying search link doesn't work - very unprofessional - we both lose business.
  13. I understand your issue Lochlomond. I'm often there. One method is to get your self hooked up with the festival committee or parks department, or city, as their photog and give them copies of the pics. Then when in public it is easy to do this as a "job" motivation (gotta bring home some shots) and on inquiry tell them you are shooting for the Parks Dept or Festival Committee. I often get cooperating models with big smiles if there is a chance they will end up on the event web page. I wear a lanyard at such events indicating EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER with my name address, and contact info. I find it much easier to use this as a forward reason to be shooting and not be in the mindset of a bad weirdo. Failing such a connection my excuse can be I'm just shooting creative images for my photo club competition next month. Having a quickly explainable shooting reason in mind helps with the personal mental attitude and questions from people around.
  14. Now that work is being done on the user interface (I like it!), can Alamy also make adjustments to the My Alamy Homepage pages? Either by doing a search or clicking the page portfolio link I can see results from the portfolio. However, there is no way to change the thumbnails displayed per page. It needs a drop-down selection just like any other site image search result. Poking through a portfolio of 3300 images, limited to 15 per page, is awful! I'd like the option of 120 thumbnails per page. Thanks!
  15. In Photoshop I size the print to 24x16 (or whatever) and then view Full Size/Print Size. Not sure how this applies to the raw converters.
  16. The source image has to be dead on perfect but I've printed a couple at 90 DPI. You and I could see pixelization but the casual observer won't - even from close range.
  17. Canon 7D: I have had blue sky day pics rejected for noise at ISO 800 (trying to stop moving objects in an otherwise landscape scene). I've had other cases where ISO 800 seemingly passed. I have done some mild denoise on ISO 800 images and passed. I think Alamy has gotten just a bit more sensitive to the noise in the past couple of years and ISO 800 is now rolling the dice for me.
  18. Make your deal up front and relatively immediate and be done with the money/value exchange. You don't want to try sending a 20 cent check, twenty years from now, to an unknown address 20 states away because you lost track of her.
  19. Hmmm..... can I upload enough photos at McDonald's to pay for lunch? ;-) Better hurry if you want to be the first to get burgers and fries in the photo stream.
  20. I wish the Alamy Submission Status page would tell us when we are in the Sin Bin and not leave us hanging when there is a QC back up delay. My ulcers would fare much better. Alamy? Please?
  21. I remove spaces. So 123 ABC becomes 123ABC. Not sure if this is a good plan or not.
  22. PacSafe http://pacsafe.com/carrysafe-100-anti-theft-camera-strap
  23. I think Spacecadet is close. My understanding is that the whole LED panel flashes on and off. The amount of time On is the apparent brightness. Car LED tail lights are doing this now I notice. Medium brightness using a repeating cycle where the On time is about 50%. When the car brakes are applied they go brighter to 100% On time. The cycle frequency is usually just above human eye perception but try this: hold your head still, swing your eyes around quickly in a large circle, and mentally see if you can pick up dots or streaks. Dots will be the blinking LEDs, streaks will be 100% on LEDs or incandescent. Spacecadet might also be right if the case is a "moving" image on the display. The image shows a B, then the image panel goes Off and the B steps one LED to the left, then the image lights, and repeats. The bus and the lighted/blinking sign are speed mismatched enough that each successive sign blink is at a different bus location by enough distance to be able to see the individual blinks.
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