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John Mitchell

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    28 Jan 2003

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  1. Jan. and Feb. were above average for both sales numbers and revenue. Things have slowed down in March but it should end up being an average month. Zooms have been holding steady. It's much too early to gauge what effects, if any, the recent changes are having IMO. P.S. I'm about 90% "exclusive" (still not totally sure what that means).
  2. Question is how do you tell if it's a fake. I ordered a 46mm HOYA HMC filter from a highly-rated online dealer in Asia (China or H.K., can't remember). The filter looks legit. However, the glass is a bit wobbly, so I'm wondering if it's the real thing. Results seem fine, but who knows.
  3. My Vancouver "Live News" event images always get accepted as well. Mind you, they never license until long after the fact (as general stock). Cleveland sound as newsworthy as anywhere else to me.
  4. Just checked my data, and out of 41 (43 if I include two refunds) sales so far this year, only 10 had people in them. I used to live in Montreal, and I try to go back every year for a visit. Have to say that while there I don't usually worry about including people in my images.
  5. De rien. My hope is that Alamy will be able to make inroads -- at better prices -- into the microstock market, but that hasn't happened, not yet anyway...
  6. I'd say that 75% of my images that license on Alamy do not have people in them, so I don't think it's really a big issue. The main thing is to think editorially -- i.e. think images that can be used to illustrate articles, books, etc. If you've been submitting to microstock agencies, you'll find the market here quite different. It will probably take awhile to get used to.
  7. That's a good point. Putting images on social media is a type of publishing. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why these privacy laws don't seem to have gone anywhere. That said, I always look the other way when I'm in public and spot someone pointing a phone in my direction. You never know where you might see yourself these days. I'm also a lot less comfortable photographing people than I used to be.
  8. The Quebec case that I linked to above dates back to 1998, I believe. Not much seems to have happened since then. At least, I can't find anything on the Web.
  9. That's probably why the Quebec laws haven't been enforced much AFAIK.
  10. Quebec is different from the rest of Canada in a lot of respects. It even has its own legal system for civil law. Quite a bit has been made of Quebec's privacy laws when it comes to street photography and the like. However, I don't think there has been much in the way of enforcement or successful court cases. But please don't quote me... That said, here's an exception that I came across. Again, it concerns photography in Quebec, but the Supreme Court of Canada was on the side of the individual involved. P.S. If the image was taken in a place where there were no restrictions, I don't see how there would be a problem publishing it in Quebec or anywhere else with restrictions as the privacy laws would only apply to residents of those places. But I'm no lawyer...
  11. Great idea. Come to think of it, I've seen some "Sasquatch for hire" ads on Craigslist lately. 😃
  12. Third distributor sale (Canada) in a row. Decent price (high $$) this time. Business use, trade magazine.
  13. Thanks for this, Maria, now I know what a hipster looks like. 😥 An interesting comment on life in the digital age...
  14. Many of your Nicaragua images look ideal for education use (e.g. textbooks). However, I'd suggest spending time improving captions and adding more keywords. Check All of Alamy to see what search terms buyers are using.
  15. No doubt you have the right idea. I enjoy photographing architecture, so I found Granada a fruitful locale because of all the restored colonial buildings. I liked Leon as well, but for different reasons. I haven't been to San Juan del Sur since the late 1990's when it was still a sleepy little seaside village. No doubt it has changed considerably and is more of a resort now. I've been in the highlands as well, but not to Jinotega or Boaco. Actually, some of my best selling Nicaragua images are from the mountainous areas.
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