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Philip Hutson

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  1. Actually thats a good question "whats the big deal". It seems that Stockimo is targeting a new generation of contributors and buyers. It is targeting the Instagram generation and allowing them to start thinking about photography as a business. Since its also a curated collection its going to match the tastes of the target audience more so than the general Alamy collection. -Philip
  2. I also use crash plan. Its a lot cheaper than getting 2tb of storage on something like dropbox. I needed a backup solution to go along with my in house backups. I still use dropbox, google drive and iCloud. The only one I've bought storage on is iCloud just for backup for my i-devices. The only downside with crash plan is the lack of encryption. If you want a secure no knowledge storage solution look at spider oak. -Philip Hutson
  3. Couple of things to keep in mind. Only one of my sales (not that I have many) was a result of a zoom. It seems the alamy staff searching do not produce zooms. My zoom rate is around 1% Only one of my sales have been a good scenic shot. The rest of the sales have been plant and animal specific (illustrating a specific plant or animal for a guide). Dig through the forum one of the big contributors just posted they sold a grab shot in a walmart (from a walk around camera) for be a two page spread in a text book (should have been a good dollar sale). Like Ed said you images are already well covered so I would expect a zoom rate very low <1%. Look at the recent alamy blog post where a contributor has sold $200k of images and then browse through his images. If you have family members that are not camera phobic grab them and spend the day shooting them in every different every day life scenes as you can (shopping in the store, drinking coffee, reading a paper, doing yard work etc. One thing to remember is the more you put into it the more you get out. If you want to be serious about this treat it like a job and go out everyday and put in the hours (notice I said hours). Take pictures of everything! -Philip
  4. Linda thats a shame you got a bad product. I have never bought something from China. I have only purchased from north america (US, Canada). Your experience makes me less willing to deal with China except for lens shades. Ed, If selling on ebay gives you heartburn since you are in the city you can find a number of ebay consignment stores. You just drop your items off and they take care of selling/shipping/payment and give you a portion of the proceeds. You can check a combination of there ebay rating and yelp to find a good one. Other options are http://www.fredmiranda.com they have had a very good for sale section of their website for years. The sight is aggressively policed by admins and members. or talk to https://www.keh.com they've been doing used equipment for years (I have never dealt with them I have just seen other people recommend them) -Philip
  5. Typically if its a shutter that needs replacing before it failed completely you would have noticed your images looked like you were using a graduated neutral density filter. -Philip
  6. Didn't see this was July Challenge. Sorry for the post outside of the timeline -Philip
  7. So I was doing some digging about spectrum response of light sources. What I came up with is when its available I would look at the induction light bulb from the finally light company (http://finallybulbs.com). Induction lighting in general has a better spectrum curve than fluorescent bulbs. The interesting thing I found is the term full spectrum is marketing gibberish and doesn't indicate the quality of the light. What one is looking for from a lighting source is a smooth curve across the visible spectrum without large peaks and valleys. Todays incandescent bulbs have a good spectrum curve while fluorescent and led have some sever peaks and valleys. I was hoping to find out what places that do art reproduction use but I was unable to find anything solid. I would imagine that someone doing art reproduction of the masters would have the same issues as you. Some colors of paint were created by crushing gems and so they will reflect very narrow spectrums of light similar to what is happening to you in some of the jewelry you are photographing. One final source of information I found was Robert Weldon who is the manager of photography for GIA (Gemelogical institute of America). He has done a few articles (jck magazine about lighting for gems/jewelry. One of his papers specifically mentions that fluorescent bulbs have an uneven spectrum (read peaks and valleys). The article I saw was written 17 years ago, before incandescent became banned so it is of limited help. He has a linked-in ( www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-weldon/89/4b2/832) page that you maybe able to use to get in contact with him to get some advice on lighting and best practices for photographing gems/jewelry. The x-rite passport should help but may not be the complete solution. I would still look to replace your light source when you can. This kind of problem brings out the obsessive compulsive geek in me so I have to keep digging until I have a solution. -Philip
  8. I've noticed recently (this week) that my uploads are going through qc within hours or less. Recently I have changed my workflow (adding the lightroom plugin for alamy) and I'm wondering if that in combination with changes at Alamy accounts for the reduced QC time. So here is my workflow. Import into Lightroom Check for potentials (Composition checking and quick focus check) Once narrowed down Detailed focus check develop in lightroom move to photoshop or a plugin if required Check for spots in Lightroom then upload via the Lightroom Alamy plugin ( http://www.lightroom-plugins.com/AlamyIndex.php link for those that don't know about it ) What method are other people using to upload? -Philip
  9. It does sound like your bulbs should be good but generaly there are large gaps in the spectrum from cfl lights. One of the really bad parts of the cfl spectrum output is the blue/purple areas there is a very narrow spike in the blue areas with lots missing on either side of it. As an cheap experiment I would go down to your local hardware store and get a few full spectrum incandescent bulbs and shoot a few comparisons shots between that and the cfls you are using. -Philip
  10. 1/1/1970 is the linux epoch date there upload system (probably running on a linux box) is probably occasionally having problems with reading a date from a file. By the description it sounds like the system first tries to read the creation date (from exif or something else) then uses the file date and if that fails it uses the default linux date (epoch). -Philip
  11. I just had a QC pass in 3 hours. I must of just gotten in to the evening's batch. I uploaded it around 6pm on pacific time and saw a passed QC at 9pm. This was my first upload with the lightroom plugin. The plugin is wonderful. -Philip
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