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Bill Kuta

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  1. Edo, this is from the sticky topic "The importance of being accurate when marking images as exclusive to Alamy": You can sell your images on a personal print site (without a stock licencing option) and still mark these as exclusive to Alamy. Selling prints and stock licences on your own website is also fine. Although FAA does have a stock licensing option (do they still?), I take the above to mean that if I am opted out of the stock licensing on FAA, I can have images there and still have those images exclusive on Alamy. That's what I'm doing. And yeah, my
  2. I got into stock photography as a retirement avocation--started planning and gearing up in the late 1990's. What appealed (and still does) is the chance to make a little money (although "little" is becoming a bigger factor) while shooting photos, which I have been enjoying since the 1960's, with a large degree of freedom. I'm still enjoying the whole stockosphere, including this forum. Along the way, I got to experience submitting slides, then digitizing slides, then the digital epiphany. Tried a variety of stock sites, most of which have disappeared. Alamy is the last one standing
  3. I was going to reflexively say that the big time consumer is captioning/keywording and the internet research that goes into it. But after rethinking it, I'd say it's a toss-up between that and all the culling/post-processing that precedes it. But it depends on the shoot. If it's a case of my being rushed, or in an unfamiliar place with a lot of detail, then the research and keywording definitely takes the most time. For me, the best example was being on a tour in Jerusalem. So many things to discover online, a few feet from where you were. As to why it's more complicate
  4. Have you tried a print-on-demand site?
  5. I haven't been keeping track of which parts are slowest, but today some parts (such as Measures) seem a lot better. Some parts (especially account balances) are still very slow. I have the impression that the more a function touches my financial data, the slower it is. Or maybe it's random.
  6. I take it back. It's worse. If this happened to me on the customer side, I would simply go on to the next image source.
  7. Yep, everything on Alamy has been very slow here for a few days. We have a high-speed connection.
  8. When I was very young, my family had a 1939 Ford woodie. I can remember that eventually mushroomy fungus grew on the wood panels.
  9. Verticals are one-third of my Alamy images (according to "Portrait" selection in the search), which is way more than I would have estimated from looking at recent uploads. Verticals accounted for 17% of sales over the last five years.
  10. I'm up about 25%, but mine's only around $100. My sales tend to be US and Worldwide. I agree that Alamy's accounting regarding DACS should be more transparent to us.
  11. I received mine on Oct 6. But that's through the US ACH system.
  12. During the 1918 flu, an Anti-Mask League formed in San Francisco. At least we don't need no-spitting rules anymore.
  13. I figured if they retained both, it would be like offering f1.8 and 1.4 85mm, which is classic.
  14. B&H has the a6000 body only now for $448. I have the a6000 and a6300. I don't see that any of the subsequent models were that big of an improvement, unless you wanted the in-body stabilization of the a6500. Heck, I'm still using my NEX-6 with kit 16-50mm--my recent non-archive shots were all taken with it. Just too handy a size.
  15. I've been wondering why Sigma stopped making the aps-c 60mm ART lens, which has been one of the sharpest e-mount lenses on photozone. I have it and it is very sharp, currently doing service digitizing old 6cm slides. It wouldn't necessarily have competed with the new 56mm--the 60mm cost less but was f2.8, neither is stabilized.
  16. I checked on that website, and no problem with the email I use for Alamy.
  17. Ever since we've had the new sign-in window this week, whenever I sign in, I get a pop-up message from Chrome that a data breach in a site or app has exposed my password, and that I should change it. Anybody else getting this?
  18. For 35mm slides, I've been wiping with a lens cloth, then with a lens brush, then a blower. Shooting with an APS-C Canon SL1, extension tube, 50mm macro, spacer ring, and ES-1, shooting into a florescent studio light. For 120-size (6x6 cm) slides, I'm shooting with an APS-C Sony a3000 (great use for this odd model), extension tube, Sigma 60mm ART lens, and lightbox on a little copy stand. If the slide (all family shots from the 40's - 60's) is in a glass and metal mount, I remove it from the mount, wipe it with a PEC pad and 99% isopropyl, put it on the lightbox and cover (flatten)
  19. I've shot about 3-400 slides, and am generally pleased with the results, but today I'm wondering what is the optimal aperture and why. A search of the forum topic we're in shows recommendations of 6.3 to 11. Googling on the internet doesn't show many specific recommendations, mostly f8 or 11. But one link was from someone shooting at f4.5 (full-frame) who claims that it makes the dust/scratches very out of focus. I'm skeptical of this. But I'm going to try some test shots with a variety of apertures. I realize the optimal aperture depends on whether you're shooting full
  20. This month is historically average for me, but for the year I'm way down on revenue and now down on sales. My FAA net is threatening to overtake my Alamy gross for the year.
  21. Good-looking slide scans, Ollie. On the several I looked at, I see that your Date Taken is the recent date when you scanned them, and captions don't indicate a date. I think it could maximize a buyer's interest in an archival image to know the original capture date, or a best approximation.
  22. Ed, what I've been carrying for 2-3 years now is a bag with a6000/10-18mm, and a6300/18-105mm. The 18-105mm is a G lens, f4, with internal focus and zoom. Been working fine for Alamy purposes. It's $650 at most places; I see Walmart, of all places, has a few for $570. Downsides of the 18-105 are: it's zoom-by-wire, which doesn't bother me; and if it's idle for a few minutes, it reverts to widest-angle, which I find annoying.
  23. If you submit images from your 1000D, then the next QC surprise could be dust spots. If you've done much changing of lenses on it (or even not), there could be dust specks on the sensor. When you're post-processing your raw images, be sure to check each image at 100%, especially sky areas, for grayish spots, and clone out any that you find.
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