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John Mitchell

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  1. The discounts aren't that great really, especially on the small packs, so it doesn't seem like a bad idea to me if it means more sales. I can see why Alamy wants to move more inventory (as they say) at this point.
  2. Could it be that people who download W10 as an upgrade experience more problems with it than those who buy new computers with W10 already installed? I'm hoping that the answer is "yes."
  3. Download packs have been around for a long time. I've had quite a few sales that seem (?) to fit the pricing.
  4. Uh-oh. Keeping up with the hackers has become a full-time job for a lot of people, sort of like cyber cops and robbers. Thanks for the link.
  5. Turns out that the machine I purchased comes with W10 Pro. I'll probably not use the extra features, though.
  6. The computer that I bought has a 256 GB SSD. I wanted a 500 GB SSD but had trouble finding a refurbished machine with one. The RAW processing software that I use has a lighter footprint than LR. Also, I use PS Elements rather than the full version of PS, so I think I should be OK. I'll be popping in a 1TB conventional HD (about $60 CAN here) for data storage, which is easy to do with a PC tower.
  7. First $$$ sale of 2020 -- Jaguar mask from El Salvador, book use
  8. That's what I find -- it's pretty well impossible to get rid of that kind of colour fringing with branches against a blue sky. QC understands this, but I'm always a bit nervous about uploading images with a lot of it. No problems so far, though.
  9. That's a good idea about making a list. I will do that. First I'll need a couple of sessions with my shrink, though.๐Ÿ˜ญ P.S. I have a KVM switch and plan to keep my W7 machine running without being connected to the Web. It should help ease the transition. Also, there could be some issues with older software.
  10. I may have confused it with the Guinness Tower. ๐Ÿ˜›
  11. Well, the big day has arrived. Windows 7 support ends today. So far, the sky hasn't fallen in. However, I did take the plunge and buy a refurbished Windows 10 machine during the Boxing Day sales. I settled on a Dell tower with a decent 4 core processor, plenty of RAM, and an SSD. It wasn't exactly what I wanted but close enough, plus the price was irresistible. It's actually supposed to arrive today (good timing). However, it will probably sit in the box for some time as I hate setting up new computers.
  12. My first $$$ sale (book use, exclusive image) of 2020 showed up today. The year has started off quite well with nine sales so far. However, I can't help noticing that every image that has licensed this month is a dependable repeat-seller. I guess there is a message there.
  13. I revisit subjects fairly often, especially if images of them have licensed. However, I try not to make my similars too similar to my older shots. I agree with Bryan's comment about the importance of having fresh images that will come up when buyers click the "new" button. How else are you going to sell an image of the Eiffel Tower these days? ๐Ÿ˜
  14. Thanks for the reply. I'm actually experimenting with single-shot HDR only using the presets in DxO as starting points. So far so good. There seems to be little or no effect on sharpness. I've had to clean up some noise (using the "prime" setting in DxO) in opened up shadows. That was a bit of a concern, but again the results look fine to me. Here's one I uploaded yesterday that was pretty much unusable before the HDR treatment. It was taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a very colourful town, a number of years ago.
  15. Editorial images that can be used to illustrate books and articles ( magazines, newspapers, websites, etc.) tend to do best on Alamy. If you've keyworded your images for microstock, as it looks as if you might have, you will have to make some changes for Alamy -- think Who? What? Where? When? Alamy has suggestions for tagging here. Good luck!
  16. Very irritating, but at least you're still in the black. We might call this "seesaws and teeter-totters" over here. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
  17. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of HDR images. However, the winter blues have got me experimenting with "artistic" HDR (in post-processing) as I've got quite a few old images that would probably lend themselves to this effect. Is there anything to watch out for as far as HDR images and QC are concerned? There are plenty of HDR images -- some of them pretty extreme -- on Alamy, so there doesn't seem to be a problem with acceptance. Thanks.
  18. I'm not trying to change anyone's mind, just pointing out that the microstock business model takes advantage of photographers, even if they are thriving. ร€ chacun son goรปt, as the French say. I actually placed some images with a certain "tier one" MS agency as an experiment. I'm debating whether or not to remove them now or wait for the unlikely possibility that I'll hit the payment threshold one day. I now realize that in the microstock game, you have to either go whole hog or not at all. Personally, I'd rather keep "soldiering on" here FBFW.
  19. When it comes to clothing consumption, attitudes are starting to change somewhat. However, the "shop until you drop" addiction fostered by the advertising and fashion worlds isn't going to go away any time soon. I'm frugal by nature, so I tend to wear my clothes until they fall apart. Also, I buy most of my camera equipment secondhand now. There are masses of it out there. One negative aspect of the digital revolution is that photographers feel that they have to keep upgrading in order to keep up with the fast-moving technology. I used the same film cameras and lenses literally for decades.
  20. Giant steps are necessary in a lot of areas. Tragically, our current economic system based on mindless non-stop production and consumption is working against our survival on the planet. Concerned scientists like David Suzuki warned us about this a long time ago. As it is, every time the stock market goes up 10 points, the health of Earth goes down 20. I'm pessimistic but not totally so. I think we have the smarts to change things, but it's going to require a lot of waking up. I agree, the cavalier and isolationist attitude of the current US administration towards environmental challenges is highly worrying, especially if other nations start following suit.
  21. Sure, when we hurt other species we are hurting ourselves as well. Yes, I'd call the Vogue article green-washing. But perhaps it's better than no green-washing at all -- i.e. a glimmer of self-awareness is better than none at all.
  22. That may be true, but it doesn't change the fact that microstock is a highly exploitative (of photographers) business model.
  23. I'll vote for marketing B.S. (and irony). However, I'm willing to give Vogue some marks for at least fessing up to some of its wasteful practices. I've never felt totally comfortable with the term "environmentalism". It suggests that nature is something "out there" that we aren't a part of. In reality, when we damage nature, we are hurting ourselves.
  24. During the gloomy winter months, I often go back through my old files in search of any "hidden gems" that I might have overlooked. Last week, I came across this shot of a deserted beach on Big Corn Island in Nicaragua that for some reason I had never processed. Kinda wish I was there now...
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