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John Morrison

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  1. Yes, good lighting, in terms of stock, is just appropriate lighting. Lighting should lift a pic (making it catch the eye even at thumbnail size). The combination of grey skies and raking sunshine can be spectacular, but don't sell too well as stock. There are millions of drab and dreary pix in the Alamy collection. I thought that learning about light was one page one of the photography manual, but not so. Maybe people think they can recover detail in PP... but no software can recreate what the light can do. I like the low-tech approach: being prepared to wait for the light to co-operate...
  2. Remote house on the Isle of Mull, mid $$ (and a rare Sunday sale)...
  3. Your CTR is a rough and ready guide to the way clients relate to your images... but no more than that. Converting a view into a zoom is good... but converting a zoom into a sale is what counts. And, yes, you'll need a lot more pix before your numbers become relevant. Upload your best pix, keyword accurately... and don't bother so much about CTR...
  4. I've often wondered what happens to Alamy portfolios once a photographer, for one reason or another, stops adding new pix. That is: how much does our ranking depend on supplying new content?
  5. Putting two and two together... but making five. At this time we have no idea what happened...
  6. I can't see any issue at this resolution (but then I'm normally inspecting skies - mostly for dust-spots - at 100%)...
  7. I can't see any issues with the sky (apart from all those 'a's!)...
  8. It would certainly be easier (with less possibility for mistakes) to have this bar in one colour if one image is selected, and another colour if more than one image is selected. A colour warning (green, say, and red) would provide a better visual clue...
  9. Like most here, I only knew Keith from his posts in this forum, but I learned a lot from them. Principally the importance of taking pictures in a place, rather than of a place: a seemingly minor distinction which nevertheless makes all the difference. He proved that you don’t have to travel far from home in order to take saleable pix. From reading our newspapers over the years, a lot of people would have assumed that Britain looked like Aberystwyth! He used his local knowledge to take pix that other photographers would not know how to take (with access to schools, colleges, etc). And he worked harder than most of us. On mornings when I’d happily turn over and have another hour’s kip, Keith would be up and about and chasing pictures…
  10. I'm hoping we'll soon get one of Keith's typically brief forum posts to say he's alive and well...
  11. But isn't it customary to remove one's hat when entering the forum?
  12. Yes my postman will always be the Consignia man to me...
  13. Well, it's selling already, so no problem. But, even though the hand is so small, I find it really distracting. I'd be tempted to 'zap' it - and straighten up the vertical bars - and upload it to replace the earlier version. Or am I being too picky??
  14. Yes, I'm sure you'll make plenty of sales with this shot over the years (though I'm aching to 'disappear' the hand on far left with the clone tool!)
  15. Nice... and proof that planning generally pays off...
  16. Too late. But look on the bright side: your guys got the silver medal...
  17. I think they're in the same race... and the Brits are in the lead...
  18. Or that 'royalty free' has nothing to do with our royal family... and nor is it free...
  19. And a few dozy people seem convinced that what they're buying is not a picture at all... but what's in the picture. 😮
  20. It's instructive to spend a bit of time being a consumer - rather than a creator - of images. Searching the Alamy database, and taking account of the results, gives us some useful hints about the best ways to caption and keyword our pix...
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