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Martin Carlsson

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  1. Did the same thing (live chat). Free of charge they cancelled my two current subscriptions, CC Photography Plan and a single-app subscription for Premiere Pro. Instead I got the CC All Apps (really wanted to get After Effects) for almost half of previous total cost, as well as three months (90 days) totally free. Adobe are very understanding and accommodating. Did the same thing with the bank, whom cancelled some service fees until after the summer. Sitting on the board of a quite well-off (a bit too much in the coffers currently) home-owner-association (a peculiar typ
  2. Regardless of the validity or seriousness of the allegations I can't but help to find it all very tragic. Sincere sympathies for his family, his kids.
  3. Ouch! Doesn't Finnish law require the Police to inform you at the time of a arrest what you're arrested for? Never had any issues with Police nowhere whilst working, which is mainly London, England, Scotland and now Sweden.
  4. You can change playback speed. Click the "cog" symbol (settings), then change "Playback Speed" to your liking.
  5. Canon 5D Mark IV which is perfect, but big and "suspicious", wanting to "scale back a bit", so consider going mirrorless - frontrunner being the Fujifilm X-T2 or X-T3, but also considering Sony RX-10 or even RX-100. We'll see.
  6. Started with stock at the age of 29, back in 2003 - blink and now I am 45! It has always been tumultuous, as well as imminent doom and gloom from the start! Oddly enough, this summer there wasn't the usual summer slow down, so actually my "indicators" are positive, been a while! Don't know what the future holds, take it year by year, trying to not stress hahah.
  7. another vote for the X-Rite i1Display Pro, way better then the Spyder Express that I had before. The i1 does a great job of calibrating a dual screen setup, a bit of a challenging dual screen set up with one wide-gamut full HD Dell monitor and the other one being a 4K Benq rec709/sRGB monitor. Re-calibrate about every 2 months. The i1 can basically calibrate anything with a screen, so even calibrated computer connected TVs, which was a revelation in terms of betterment of colours and contrast etc.
  8. Have for as long as I can remember had Lightroom set to automatically convert RAWs to DNGs at import, together with some basic metadata. DNGs with everything embedded into them, both images edits/setting, as well as metadata, has caused zero issues compared to back in the days when lost sidecar files threw spanners in the works from time to time. This works great, especially if working on multiple computers. I don't embed the RAW in the DNG.
  9. About 65% of zooms convert into sales, a number that has been increasing over the last 2-3 years.
  10. - Definitely a correlation between views/zooms and sales. - More uploads = more views, zooms and sales.
  11. Pretty sure that Alamy is reasonable with granting access for those that potentially could submit newsworthy images. Think it is good if they increase the "standards" a bit and becoming more competitive. Perhaps moving away from the frequent "could be any day really" weather images? Personally, I hope that they are making headway in their reach outside of the UK i.e. with other national or regional news images.
  12. If wanting full-frame I would just go backwards within the Canon 5D original to Mark IV lineup until within budget... The original 5D is missed, a truly great camera to this day - I still edit or re-edit raw images from it and it has big beautiful pictures with an organic look/feel to it. However, I'm biased, been a Canon 1D and 5D line-up loyal for a long long time, with a few sprinkles of APS-C ones as side-kick "convenience camera" or backup, currently on the 5D Mark IV which is an absolutely fantastic workhorse camera, capable of everything and muscle memory from having been wi
  13. I agree with the others here that you're slightly confusing as you state "First Batch Submission" in the title for the thread + there are 0 images in your portfolio + joined late last year = that would very strongly indicate that this would be your first assessment submission - but you're saying this is all wrong and you've been contributing, with success for a while and know how it works - I'll take your word for it. So if this is a regular submission - if in Alamy Image Manager you click in on the the submission it probably stated "One or or more..." on most images, but isn't the
  14. Re. "f/4 and beyond". Don't know exactly why, but on a full frame I tend to find the too shallow depth of field just too gimmicky in many cases. Sure it can look great sometimes and has it's place, but personally I think I care less about effect and more about the image as a whole. Also, depending on the situation you might want to have a bit of critical sharpness "cushion" around whatever you intend to lay the focus on, the less controlled environment the more you may need. f/1.2-f/2.8 can be very very shallow and if not places exactly right, especially on high resolution cameras, the image i
  15. After many years of swapping around both brands, primes vs zooms, max aperture speeds etc. I settled on an all stabilised Canon L lens line-up of 16-35L f/4 IS, 24-70L f/4 IS (with useful macro function) and the 70-200L f/4 IS. Currently used with a Canon 5D Mark IV. All these lenses are fantastically real life sharp, especially the 16-35 is an amazing lens, super-sharp corner to corner - replaced my much loved, but soft-cornered 16-35L f/2.8 II. Today, with modern lenses there is negligible trade-off going with a zoom instead of a prime, so why not choose convenience? I also used
  16. Sorry for the off-topic! I refer to them as my hairy children, very proud of them all. Female Chihuahua dog - Chloe. Best dog ever, with a preference for the wife. Female Bengal cat - Athena. Amazingly beautiful and a coat that is unbelievably soft, unreal. Born in our bathroom, lost her mummy and our beloved Caiua at 4-5 weeks due to veterinary incompetence/negligence. Best friend with/to my son. Young male Bengal cat - Titan. A complete "boy", with no limits and thoughts of injury to himself or property. A total daddy's boy. Bred for size (my sister is a breede
  17. I know - trust me, she (the wife) would love some, but as a photographer's wife, two kids and 5 pets it's just not happening. However, she's quite content with the fact that the budget for fancy footwear is quite extensive as they have paid for themselves many times over and of course looks good on her too! No complaints from me. Maybe one day a pair of Louboutins will make there way into her shoe closet
  18. A "classic" that still, after 12 years, keeps selling regularly several times a year every year. This time as a time-limited worldwide RF sale for pretty bang on my average net price. Usage: Commercial electronic, Websites, apps, social media and blogs (excludes advertising). Worldwide for 5 years. Media: Website, app and social media.
  19. Been through quite a few HDR programs over the years and Aurora HDR 2019 is IMHO "great". Not at all a fan of the over-processed look - just want to be able to achieve natural looking images, sometimes extracting a bit more detail and of course not at the expense of quality (noise and halos). Aurora lets me do just that, with a lot of control, yet remains simple and fast by using most of the time my own saved presets, but on occasion the built-in ones or the ones made by the community. Great piece of software.
  20. Thank you @Docfor sharing the info and for Alamy for providing it. One of the many things that make Alamy stand out from the crowd, in a very positive way.
  21. Nice to see a relatively recent image selling - taken this summer and now 5-6 months later in the middle of winter licensed for editorial use in Slovenia.
  22. I think you're mis-understanding the general sentiment, which IMHO is finding ways too soften the blow of the proposed reduction for the most committed of Alamy contributors. The exact implementation of "exclusivity", or if it is even a genuine offer from Alamy, is a bit unclear. Anyhow, an open discussion in the hope that Alamy picks up on the good suggestions that also works for them as a business and the way forward that they feel the need to embark on. You're right i the sense that there is no way around a reduction somewhere if money is needed ASAP and other ways of facilitating that is o
  23. By keeping stats on your numbers over time using sales data and Alamy Measures. I do it by month by month - views, zooms, number of sales, total net sales values, portfolio size changes (how many I upload) etc. I do this pretty much everywhere where I license images and video - tells a lot, statistics is a powerful thing and works great as guide to ensure you spend your time right/wisely.
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