Bill Kuta

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About Bill Kuta

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  1. Changes to Alamy Contract

    Yes, I'd like to hear more about this too. How much has it been done, are there newer plans to do this on a bigger basis, will we at least be notified if one of our images is used in this way?
  2. Exclusivity

    They said that an image on a POD site would be considered on sale elsewhere. I have about 600 images on a POD site, and might want to put more there, so I don't think I'll go the exclusivity route. Unless some benefit to it arises.
  3. Exclusivity

    I asked Customer Service if exclusivity gives me any advantages in placement or sale price. The answer is: At the moment there are no benefits to your images being exclusive, it’s just useful for us to know whose images are exclusive or not. Now I'll ask about POD sites, as I have a few hundred images on one.
  4. Approved cameras

    Hi Alan - This sensor size chart has been useful for explanations: Your Lumix camera has a 1/2.3" sensor, which is in between the 1/1.8 and 1/2.5 on the chart. Currently, 18mp on such a small sensor doesn't cut it for Alamy. On the other hand, I suspect that some were surprised (OK, I was) when 1" sensors produced Alamy-acceptable images, so who knows what future models will bring? Fifteen years ago, we were saying that digital cameras weren't good enough.
  5. So how is your 2018 going, eh?

    Just got a Saturday sale, which put me over my 2017 revenue total. Number of sales is at 81% of 2017 total.
  6. How long before you sold your first stock photo?

    After five months, with 174 images, which had been added 10-13 images at a time from March to August--of 2004, that is, when we were mailing in CD's containing TIF files of at least 48Mb each, which were produced from scans of slides, and possibly upsized. So things have changed a bit, and your results may vary. There's enormously more images to compete with, but at least you can add them more quickly and easily.
  7. Time to thin the herd?

    I did some weeding 2 or 3 or 4 years ago, carefully, bearing in mind the observation that you never know what might sell. I'm done.
  8. A new dawn cometh

    Some of this discussion is reminding me of the film-to-digital debates. But that was a revolution. This is more of an alternative.
  9. A new dawn cometh

    The Nikon website says it has a "...focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter." So I assume it has a full-function mechanical shutter, and some form of silent electronic shutter, like on the later Sonys. I remember when when I was l first looking at an nex-6 at a store and heard the shutter. I assumed that mirrorless cameras would have silent shutters, and that someone had turned on a shutter noise, only to find out that my own new nex-6 did indeed have a mechanical shutter. Not a problem--it's pretty quiet. Happy here with with my various Sony mirrorless.
  10. Few Keywords - High ranking images

    Aren't rankings by photographer, not by individual image?
  11. Zooms into sales?

    Some do, some don't. Some sales do not appear in my zooms. Many zooms don't result in sales. Haven't tried to keep track. I did notice I had a zoom of the Watergate steps here in DC. Mine was one of three zooms. Then I saw that someone else's image of it appeared in Washingtonian magazine. Also I noticed that a recent sale of mine of a particular subject was a different shot than the one that was zoomed. All kinds of fun with zooms.
  12. So how is your 2018 going, eh?

    2018 sales are 62% of 2017 total. 2018 revenue is 87% of 2017 total. So, am in good shape for late-year slump
  13. Hmm...I was looking at it on my laptop; there the notation for "more images for this photographer" was "| more". Don't know why it's different on my laptop. My desktop shows the more current format for search results, where icons appear under an image when you hover over it. But on my screen, there are 3 or 4 icons, for: add to lightbox ; add to cart ; calculate price ; and the stack of frames indicating more images if any. But either way, when I do the "Jerusalem" search, my image on the first page does not have the icon for more images. And looking through the first 20 pages of results, I don't see another of my images. I have 120 images with "Jerusalem" in the keywords (and captions). So I'm wondering whether only one of my images is in the results for that search. I realize there are 1,669 pages of results for that search, so maybe I didn't look deep enough. And yes, the search is overly broad, but the results are the results.
  14. I was just checking my placement in searches, and was pleased to see I was on page 1 (relevant) or 2 (creative) of a search simply for "Jerusalem". I was not pleased to see that the "| more" notation did not appear on my first image, although I have 119 other images for Jerusalem. Has anyone else noticed this? (Pardon me if it's been discussed before.) Bill
  15. Who Are We?

    Started using an SLR 50 years ago, but didn't try to make money at photography until I decided it would be a retirement avocation. Just looked up "avocation," it says "hobby or minor occupation." Yeah, I'm somewhere in there. A retired, full-time grandfather who got into stock in time to get some good fees--briefly.