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Bill Kuta

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  1. Yeah, I can identify with this profile--definitely a loner (but married 51 years so far). Not sure that the ability to work well under pressure is relevant to whether one does stock. I've always worked very well under pressure (used to say I work only under pressure, but that gives the wrong impression). The ability to work under pressure affects how I do stock photography when I'm at a site, applying self-pressure to maximize the opportunity. But we all do that.
  2. A youthful mid-70's here. (My wife recently got a birthday card from my sister. Outside of card: "We're not getting older, we're getting better." Inside of card: "Now you say it to me." They both have August birthdays.) I also got my first SLR in 1968, from the PX catalog while in Vietnam (along with stereo system and all the other stuff everybody got). But didn't get into stock until about 2000, anticipating retirement from the paying job.
  3. Looks like you're covered for USA, Betty. The issue only came up for me this morning because I was looking at AofA on an iPad. I entered "Washington DC" as a search term, and iOS suggested "Washington, D.C.", which I accepted. If some buyers use mobile devices for searching, they could also be sidetracked into suboptimal search terms. (A suboptimal search term is one that I don't have 🙁)
  4. This came back to my attention this morning while looking through All of Alamy searches. I've known about this for years, but also seem to have forgotten it for years. Apologies to those for which this is old hat. Let's take Washington, DC. "DC" is the official US Post Office designation for "D.C.", which is an abbreviation for District of Columbia. If you enter a keyword of "D.C.", any subsequent search for it on Alamy will strip out the punctuation and search for "d c". If you enter a keyword of "DC", the Alamy search will look for "dc". If you have only one of "DC" and "D.C." keywords for an image, that image will not come up for the other keyword. Searches on those two keywords show that some images have both and some have only one or the other. And All of Alamy results show that both forms are used for searches. There are lots of other examples, such as "USA" vs "U.S.A." So my questions: How much do you take this into account for keywording? What are some major examples?
  5. I just figured anythink must be a thing from some dystopian novel.
  6. Regions since 2004: EU = 12.6% ROW = 8.4% UK = 11.2% US = 67.8% I could divide it into before and after US office opening, if someone could remind me when that happened.
  7. Sorry John, I haven't tracked it that way. But until the last couple of years, all of my subjects were within the US, so my sales have probably always been mostly US.
  8. Yeah, if I look at "Country" over the last year, my sales are 76% "Worldwide". If I look at "Region" in the download version, I'm 74% "US". All of the sales over $50 are Region=US.
  9. What clearest is when they say you are prohibited from making any money from images of their property. And that's probably what some of them mean when they say no commercial photography. Or some might be parroting language from their liability insurer concerning possible hazards from tripods etc. And some want to monetize commercial photography with fees.
  10. I don't believe in jinxes, so I'll put this out there: last week marked 10 years since my last QC failure.
  11. I agree that such statements usually refer to commercial shoots with tripods and lights that can get in the way and create hazards. Sometimes I have tried to discuss with the staff that I shoot stock photography. In almost all cases, they don't know anything about stock photography and their eyes glaze over. In my view, the line "No problem with publicising, you can use them for your own purposes" in the reply to Geogphotos indicates that their eyes glazed over too. In general, I think that when the rules are unclear, it's better to apologize and take photos down than to never have put them up.
  12. Well, when I'm keyword-searching for my content to see my placement, sometimes it's a bit challenging to pick out my own--but that's when it's a famous site with obvious positions and angles for the money shot. But I don't think that's what you're talking about, John.
  13. I have a couple of heat haze shots on Alamy (long shots down a summer boardwalk). Of course, I don't know if QC looked at those images in particular, but I made sure I mentioned heat haze in the caption and keywords.
  14. I use form 1040 Schedule C, for a business as a sole proprietorship. Income, deductible expenses, amortization of equipment--or I should say, our tax guy does that.
  15. I might have written a similar post, around 2010 or so, but the numbers would have been a little different. I had a day with a half-dozen sales to the same buyer. I guess I had generally been getting sales that weren't dramatically different from the price calculator, which indicated that I had a record $1500 day. Imagine my ire when it turned out to be a mere $400 day, with most of the sales at $50. A reply from Alamy explained the bulk pricing, apparently my first encounter with it. I stopped submitting for some months, while concentrating on a couple of other stock sites, both of which then closed years ago. At the time, I had projected being at 5,000 images within a couple of years. Now, I'll be there sometime this summer. I do agree with Phil that many prices in recent months have been more encouraging (this week's dollar-to-me sale notwithstanding).
  16. While researching for keywords/ captions from your latest trip, you discover all sorts of things you wish you'd done & photographed.
  17. Anytime Adobe asks us to fill out a survey, I always comment that I'd like to see a plan with just Lightroom. Looks like they'll keep bundling it, though.
  18. Woohoo! Also got both emails. I think 2016 was the last year I did the claim myself.
  19. Above average for me, 7 for $681 gross. Two dropped in today. Cool test, Wim. I'm the Producer. Hey Betty, my ideal collaborator is the Dreamer.
  20. You're using the Canoscan FS-4000? I have one and used it many times 15-20 years ago. So you put the unmounted slide in the film/negative holder?
  21. Chuck, after cleaning the slide, do you put it back in the mount and use the slide holder, or leave it unmounted and use the negative holder?
  22. Or, depending on size of handbag, one of the many mirrorless, like the Sony a6xxx series--interchangeable lenses, APS-C sensor. The now-older a6000 is available at good prices, and the very compact kit 16-50mm is usable. The a6000 is still one of my main cameras.
  23. Yes, thanks Colin, I’ve done similar with a macro lens + ext tube, copy stand & light box for old family slides. I probably won’t be getting into scanning anytime soon—I’m currently two trips behind in my digital processing!
  24. Recent threads about scanning prompted me to: update my ancient copy of Vuescan (bless Ed Hamrick); get my Canon FS4000 out of the cabinet where it's been sitting for 15 years; hook it up via USB; and run a couple of random slides through. Darned if it didn't work! Darned if it didn't also remind me of the perils of trying to clean up slides, before and after scanning. And how slow it is. Back in the day, I connected it via SCSI, but I can't say that the USB (2) connection seemed any slower. So: What do you use to clean up slides before scanning? Any tips on maintenance/cleanup for the FS4000?
  25. Now last night's submission has passed and email received before the images even show in "Images not on sale" on the dashboard.
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