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  1. They don't own them. It's an agency, they licence them.
  2. Rather than spend time trying to correct the skin tones, why not just gel your interior lights (providing they are not too hot) and then white balance the camera https://www.stagedepot.co.uk/lighting/lighting-gel/high-temperature/65-daylight-blue-lighting-gel-sheet-1?gclid=CjwKCAiA5o3vBRBUEiwA9PVzandAFiOs0Qxtz4f_UBgTTZJp_xpH5FP3JdPYnIEDvC8cgt9Zw1p0pBoChAIQAvD_BwE Or block out the natural light, and then white balance Also, if you are looking to sell these images, I would get a manicure.
  3. The Savile Row gig was the last time the Beatles played live together: 1969. They only managed one song, Get Back, as the police were called to stop the noise. Did your Dad end the Beatles?
  4. I am also a writer and make a small distribution magazine (about 7,000 per issue). We often featured film, TV and theatre stories, and when I need an image to illustrate the story I will go to the relevant press and PR company and get the images I need. In the case of the War of the Worlds I would go the BBC. Newspapers and magazines will all have images ready to go.
  5. I am also a writer and make a small distribution magazine (about 7,000 per issue). We often featured film, TV and theatre stories, and when I need an image to illustrate the story I will go to the relevant press and PR company and get the images I need. In the case of the War of the Worlds I would go the BBC press department. Newspapers and magazines will all have images ready to go having been sent them along with a press release.
  6. If you had read it, you would have found that it is not only about microstock sites.
  7. I thought it was a very interesting blog which any photographer could learn something from.
  8. You need more specific captions. Which canal in Venice? Too many similar shots, so while you have 1400 photos you actually have maybe 400 different subjects. Your photos are good, but there are thousands of generic shots of the canals of Venice and you are in there with the rest of hem. Remember to shoot stock photos for newspapers which is Alamy's key market.
  9. My zooms started crashing in December and then sank to nothing at the start of January. They have picked up from about a week ago, but the crash two months ago seems to have led to very low sales this month so far.
  10. Actually I have 7 zooms remaining from last month, so after 4 working days it should have shifted from zero if it takes an average over the last month.
  11. 1354 images. Been aiming for over 1000 a year, so am happy with that. Target 6000 by end of 2019.
  12. Yes, complete collapse in the last month to the extent that my CTR is now stuck on 0 and I have no zooms at all this month at all and barely anything in December. For the last four years my CTR has been above Alamy average so something has changed. I have little confidence in the Alamy's tinkering with their ranking system as it does little to reward regular contributors as far as I can see. You would assume that unless there was a radical change in a portfolio content (or in buyers) the last four years should be a good way of indicating the strength of an individual portfolio.
  13. Total Sales: 106 up around 30% revenue up by 30%. Around 1000 images added.
  14. This is part of Alamy's stated mission statement. "We share the rewards with our suppliers with fairness and transparency, and our business is underpinned with a philanthropic ethos." No. You don't share rewards with fairness when you reduce the payment to contributors by 20% but increase the pay of your staff, executives and employees Please remove this statement from your website. And while giving money to charity is a laudable idea, doing so at the same time as cutting the earnings of hard-pressed photographers, many of whom rely on income from the library is hypocritical. If you want an ethical mission, perhaps you should actually execute one or stop pretending.
  15. Never had a problem with the NHM. Tate museums, on the other hand have been an issue. I can understand this for artworks that are in copyright, but for the interior that contains no artwork it is a bit annoying as these are public museums sustained partly from UK taxes.
  16. Ignore that nonsense about hype. Sony (and FUJI) has been making mirrorless for 5 years, and while Nikon and Canon users once dismissed it as some kind of fad, both companies are now playing catch up and have both put out models that are about one iteration behind the current Sony offering. It has become obvious that the DSLR is going to be replaced by the DSLM in the next five years or so. Sony (and Fuji) now has a mature lens line up for their FE range, and it will take a few years before Canon and Nikon have the optics to go with their new cameras. There is nothing a DSLR can do that a DSLM can't. There are lots of things a DSLM will do a DSLR won't: OVF/LCD that shows your correct exposure, face and eye tracking, silent shooting, electronic shutter (no black out while shooting) these are a innovations that will become standard for cameras and will spell the end of DSLRs. If you match an A7III to the Tamron 28-70 2.8 you will be into the system for $3000 and can add other lenses new or second hand. The Tamron lens is lighter and shorter than the Sony GM 2.8, is as sharp - some say sharper - in the middle, though not as good at the edges. But at $700 compared to $2000 it's a fantastic offering. Forget about the initial F4 24-70 Sony kit lens. Probably the worst FE lens made. Sony menus take a while to learn, but the cameras are very customisable, so you can set it up to work quickly. You can then add smaller fixed focal length lenses for more discreet work.
  17. I have an A7rii with a Sigma 105mm lens. Any thoughts about a copy stand, or bellows or attachment that would allow me to slide copy from this set up. The illumitrans on ebay are currently quite expensive.
  18. I would go and try the A7RIII in a store and see what you think. The viewfinder in the A7III is the same as in the A7rII and it's not as as bright as the new Sony viewfinders. That said the A7III is a lot of camera for its price and I suspect it will be difficult to come by for a while. Particularly as neither the Nikon or Canon first gen cameras have moved ahead of the current Sony lineup, and a lot of people are going to swap systems to Sony and maybe Fuji.
  19. meanwhile people take exactly the same pictures on thier camera phones, and nobody bats an eyelid. As if taking pictures on a camera was any different.
  20. I use the Sony A7 system (A7rII/III) and have been for 2 years. I have had none of these: artefacts, banding, moire, weird bokeh, doubling of the image edges strange or unexpected splotches of colour. I very much doubt that any of them are real except banding when shooting silent mode under some artificial light, which will happen with any camera. You do need time to work out how you like your colours when migrating from a different system. The colour is good out of the camera, particularly for landscape, but I sometimes tweak portraits for skin tones, particularly in artificial light. Easily done in any good software. The A7RIII is now nearly the same price as the A7III in the UK from some outlets. The viewfinder is much better in the A7RIII. You might look at the new Tamron 28-75 2.8 as a walkaround as it is a lighter and smaller than the GM 28-70 and half the price. Would be a bit less obtrusive. You could also add a second body A6500 which is APSC and even smaller. Prices will probably drop soon as there is a A7000 coming, so wait for that announcement. The good thing about Sony mirrorless is that you can shrink the kit with smaller lenses, or use the GM lenses when you are looking for the very best range and resolution.
  21. sorry to hijack this thread, but anybody using the Sony FE mount (A7/A9) got a good solution for copying slides and negatives at good quality. Which lens, which slide copier, which software.
  22. I shoot full day events photography with the first gen battery on the Sony in 9 hours days. My clients have no interest in what camera I use and changing (and carrying) a small battery two or (rarely) three times is 3 mins out of a day’s shooting has no impact on the workflow. I can shoot 2000 images if I want - through this would mean hours of time wasted in editing so it's a pointless statistic. No doubt the D850 is a very good camera, but the notion that it is better than the current gen Sonys, or that it allows you to achieve improved work is misplaced. There is now nothing a DSLR can do that a DSLM can't and there tangible advantages to a DSLM: lighter, focus peaking, zebras, face tracking, eye AF. I also use my Sony for film making and the new Nikon Z’s are the first to have good video - whereas nobody would use the D850 as a first choice video camera. The autofocus criticism in the article is incorrect for the new generation Sonys, and the article is about 2 years out of date as it cites the Sony A6300 which has been replaced by the A6500, which is also about to updated in the next month or so. As it turns out, the author is also wrong about the mount size for the Nikon DSLM and – looking at the rumours – the new Canon.
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