Michael Ventura

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  1. Trafalgar Square Photographer

    Here are two photos taken at nearly the same instant, taken by two different photographers on VJ Day in Times Square, NY....the top one, by the legendary Alfred Eisenstadt and was made famous by Life magazine. The other was taken by a government photographer that got nowhere near the press. Of course I think that Eisenstadt getting the full length of the sailor and nurse, made a big difference in the impact of the photo. They could have very well used the same camera and lens but no two photos are ever alike when taken by two different people.
  2. Have you found any Alamy images September 2018

    USA, Travel + Leisure magazine, September 2018 issue Pg. 96, Cabrales cheese in the Asturia region of Spain, AGE Fotostock Pg. 98, Capri, Italy, Barry Mason
  3. Have you found any Alamy images September 2018

    USA, The Washington Post, Travel section, Sept 2nd 2018 issue Pg. F5, The Douaumont Ossuary, France, Hemis
  4. How was your August 2018?

    I did get an end of the month surge. It was super slow until the last week. Ended up with 18 for $869. Close to average.
  5. How long did it take you to make 1000 sales?

    Congrats Andre! I joined in 2005 and it took me somewhere between 8 and 9 years to tick over 1000. I am now just over 1800!
  6. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    I guess I am experiencing an end-of-the-month surge. I have a sale a day, each day this week....has helped fill the well some! Police in schools (a hot subject in the USA sadly). Presentation use.
  7. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, The Washington Post, Style section, August 30th 2018 issue Pg. C2, Charlie Chaplin in Berlin, 1931, Everett Collection Historical Could be this one or another three identical from same contributor
  8. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    The New Yorker magazine, Sept 3rd 2018 issue Pg. 12, Still from "Distant Voices, Still Lives", United Archives GMBH
  9. To the users of the SONY RX10 mk IV

    Yes, it is a bit pricey but I am glad I got it. I have a two week trip to Europe coming up and I am pretty sure this is the only camera I will take......Maybe my RX100 III as a back up. Definitely no DSLRs.
  10. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    Another sale popped in this morning. Not exactly an end of the month surge but better nothing!! My zooms have flatlined this past week so I am happy any sales are coming. This shot is of a poster at a bus stop warning people of the Zika virus, the virus bad a year or two ago so a little surprised it sold now. Magazine use for $$.
  11. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    A wounded American soldier on a climbing wall at a government rehab facility, used in a Canadian magazine
  12. To the users of the SONY RX10 mk IV

    Hi Allan, Probaly more due to post processing. They also were not taken one right after the other, there was some time in between. The clouds had moved off by time I shot the tighter image. Michael
  13. Selling other people's photos – ?

    I may be wrong but I would think the only concern is if someone challenges the copyright but if you inherited the film, then who would challenge that? I agree with VPICS that you should create a new pseudo just for those images, perhaps with person's name.
  14. To the users of the SONY RX10 mk IV

    I forgot that I had taken these photos with the RX10 IV. Here is the same view of the capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, one shot at or near 24mm and the other at or near 450mm, both handheld. I don't have one uploaded yet taken at 600mm.
  15. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, Smithsonian magazine, September 2018 issue Pg. 53, some keys were cutout to spell "SECRETS", Tony Smith/Alamy
  16. To the users of the SONY RX10 mk IV

    John, it is so much better than I expected, this is a true optical zoom, not a digital zoom. I don't have a 600mm sample to post but I will take one soon and upload to Alamy so you can see. It is truly one of those cameras that can cover just about anything.
  17. New laptop help

    If I were shopping for a new laptop and just needed one for on the road, I would consider the super light Microsoft Surface. Probably not great for editing photos but works like a tablet and has a USB port and real keyboard. My brother-in law has one and travels more than he is home and loves his (tho he is not a photographer).
  18. Logging into forums without Captcha.

    It has happened once in a while for me lately.
  19. To the users of the SONY RX10 mk IV

    I have it and absolutely love it. For travel stock, it is the only camera I take. It is a tad larger than its predecessors but the built in 24-600mm zoom is astonishing. It is worth the little extra weight. I don't shoot much video but what I have, the 4K video is amazing. I have a two week trip coming up this winter and all other cameras are staying home. I really haven't found any cons with it yet but will post here if/when I do.
  20. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, The New York Times, Travel section, August 26th 2018 edition in print and online Pg. 9, Bridges of Ross, Co Clare, Ireland, Design Pics Inc (credit to Alamy only)
  21. Going to Disney with the kids

    Back in 2000, I was invited to come on the first ever Disney photo press tour, it took place at the Orlando, FL location. The chief Disney photographer ran the tour and he said that he convinced the corporate suits to relax the photo rules. Those relaxed rules may have been re-tightened since, but we were allowed to shoot whatever we wanted for stock and they even hired model “families” for some set up shoots. I was shooting film then and have never scanned the photos for Alamy....maybe when they are more dated, they will have some value. One of the highlights of that trip was meeting the renowned American photojournalist, Eddie Adams, who was among the photographers invited. Sadly he passed away a few years later.
  22. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, Washingtonian magazine, Sept 2018 issue Pg. 90-91, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Jim West (credit to Alamy only) Pg. 90-91, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Amy Cicconi (credit to Alamy only) Pg. 90 Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum, Amy Cicconi (credit to Alamy only) Pg. 90, Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum, Amy Cicconi (credit to Alamy only) Pg. 90, Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum, Amy Cicconi (credit to Alamy only) Pg. 91, Colonial Williamsburg in the fog, Edwin Remsburg (credit to Alamy only)
  23. I am better with the video tutorials. I sometimes have my iPad next to my computer so I can stop and start the video on the iPad while working on the photo. I just finish an architectural photo shoot today for a builder client and I am using the Upright tools on every photo! So useful!
  24. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    Took the kids to Coney Island a few years back. I always love when a meal you had (i know, not much of a meal) gets somewhat paid for, in the long run. A U.K. newspaper use.
  25. Here is a YouTube tutorial for using the upright tool in Adobe Camera Raw