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  1. I was wrong. Just checked my 2017 numbers. 260 processed images over 6804 clicks is 3.8%. GI
  2. I assume the question is directed at me... Most of my current shooting happens in the studio. I tend to "dial-in" the shots. Roughly, it goes like this: I start with a picture in mind, put camera on a tripod, place the props, adjust their position, place and adjust the lights (size and position), gobos, reflectors, re-adjust the props, camera and lights. Take shots along the way, checking histogram and thumbnails on camera's LCD. Last thing, I take several shots bracketing the focus. For simpler shots or shots with the same styling but different props, the process is greatly sped u
  3. 0.1-0.5% of shutter clicks become final processed images. GI
  4. I do not worry too much about commercial sales on alamy. Not worth it. People - yes, released - no. GI
  5. Call up eastnews.ru. They are a Polish (I think) agency that apparently has an office in Moscow and a Russian version of the website. They also distribute quite a few western agencies in Eastern Europe. GI
  6. Agency A: 1 per 1000 per month Agency B: 10 per 1000 per month Agency C: 100 per 1000 per month Real data, no microstock. Drastically different material among A, B, C. It takes more effort to create Agency C image than Agency A image.
  7. Depends on what kind of wildlife... If it has any potential for commercial uses (ie can be used to sell something), then probably RF and preferably not on Alamy. If purely editorial (animals doing animal things: hunting, eating, mating, hiding, chasing, caring for the young, etc), then it won't matter much on Alamy. RM elsewhere. GI
  8. I thought those 5 keywords were keyword suggestions? Getty is doing keywording by themselves, not leaving such an important part to contributors? That is probably a very smart approach. For Alamy's secondary editorial market keywording is easy: who, where, when..., just describe what's in the photo. For commercial, concept keywords are probably an art in itself. Does that facial expression and body language, and the lighting, and styling represent thoughtfulness or loneliness or something totally different? Is that togetherness or it's a perfect example of freedom? GI
  9. I much prefer continuous for tabletop. I take far fewer shots with a lot less PP. If it works, it works. I'd be curious to know why you need to do less post-processing with continuous lights? Reading your post more carefully, are you sure your ABs were not confused by a pre-flash that on-board flashes tend to emit? GI
  10. Strobes are not that difficult to learn, but they are so much more convenient to use compared to continuous light. These days you do not need to meter anything, you get an instant review of the results on the camera's screen. You can shoot many frames and adjust lights to your heart's content. Plus studio strobes always have a modeling light. AlienBees are very popular and not that expensive... GI
  11. Do a lot of research of what's in demand in the market place that you are concentrating on. Make a shoot list, revise as you learn more or as market changes. That's is not "anything and everything" that has a remote chance of selling, but those images that are in constant demand. Once you understand that, you'll immediately recognize a real opportunity when you see it. Better yet, do not spend time chasing "found" images. Create and set up "opportunities" at your convenience. GI
  12. A lot of great shots. Sales will come. Two comments: 1. Young women in a gym - great sales potential there, but models somehow do not look "real", possibly too much make-up. Take a look at work of Corey Jenkins: http://www.imagesource.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&VBID=2FABXZNBZJW1C&SMLS=1&RW=1771&RH=981 this style is very much in demand currently 2. People of different nationalities are in demand. Identify your subjects properly. For example, instead of: "portrait of a beautiful girl with a scythe", caption as "Young Russian woman in a traditional Russian headscarf
  13. 1. real people doing real things shot in contemporary style 2. business 3. concepts Or something like this. GI
  14. You really have to stand out from the crowd, especially in a crowd-sourced model which Alamy certainly is. Do not do what crowd does. Turn around and learn/invest in the shots that the crowd does not do. Any and all of: model-released, hard to access, contemporary styled... Think production values. If you keep telling yourself: I can not do that because of [insert your favorite excuse here], you'll never stand out of the crowd. GI
  15. A flat plate of glass in front of a lens in an imaging system should introduce zero chromatic aberration. It will introduce non-zero spherical aberration but that will be noticeable only for very thick plates. GI
  16. Finding those gaps isn't easy. If you can find a productive gap that hasn't been filled, it can be a real boon. For example, I have a series of older images that -- amazingly -- no one else has, and they have been selling regularly for almost ten years, including three licenses this month. Finding new and fruitful gaps to fill is definitely a real challenge, though. Have to stay that I haven't stumbled upon any winners recently, but they are still out there, of course. Finding the gaps is not that difficult. They are those images that we all see everywhere but think that we can
  17. Mac. Life is too short to deal with Windows. There are meaningful things to do in life, and Windows is not among them. Speaking from experience. GI
  18. Go to an edited library, preferably commercial, do a search for your favorite still lifes, look at the results, make a conclusion for yourself. Hint: it won't be black. GI
  19. Highkey, on a very light but graduated white background with a bluish tint.
  20. That is certainly true for straight run-of-the-mill still lifes. For shoots involved specialized subjects, access may mean access to the props and/or the knowledge of where to get them. Couple that with the knowledge of the market that needs those specialized shots, specialized knowledge about how to setup the props and how to shoot them. "Specialized" could be anything you have a passion for (or a special knowledge of), provided there is a market for that specialized thing. My 2c GI
  21. Well, some of those "destined for library" academic books do sell retail to professionals in the respective fields for $200-600, which is quite a bit more expensive than the test book prices that student's parents complain about.. So publishers are probably not exactly losing money on those...
  22. The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen comes to mind... GI
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