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Bill Kuta

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  1. 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.
  2. I don't believe in jinxes, so I'll put this out there: last week marked 10 years since my last QC failure.
  3. 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.
  4. First 10 gross amounts, beginning in 2004: 97.17 215.18 114.19 66.82 150 125 101.01 101.01 140 165 avg 127.54 - paid at 70%, except for distributor sales last 10: 19.99 88 108.99 108.99 3.22 48.17 36.66 15.99 19.99 30.30 avg 48.03 - paid at 50%, except for distributor sales
  5. I'm at 80% of last year's sales and 86% of revenue. Also currently in mid-year slump, but lots of zooms lately.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. While researching for keywords/ captions from your latest trip, you discover all sorts of things you wish you'd done & photographed.
  11. 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.
  12. Woohoo! Also got both emails. I think 2016 was the last year I did the claim myself.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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?
  19. Now last night's submission has passed and email received before the images even show in "Images not on sale" on the dashboard.
  20. Had one yesterday. Last submission was April 10, finalized long ago.
  21. Not seeing a problem. So far this year, I have 47% of my total sales for 2018, and 57% of the revenue.
  22. Sorry, this one is just too soft and mottled. Cool shot, but not for here. Heed Betty's advice about not falling in love with an image that ultimately won't work. Another waste of time would be setting up an Alamy account to just try to sell one or two images. This is a long game where numbers count. Look up forum threads about "how long to first sale" to see how many hundreds or thousands of images you need to expect sales.
  23. Maybe their biggest problem with your images was that they could actually tell whether there were cars, buses, lights, crosswalks, etc., eliminating all their perverse fun.
  24. On these kinds of questions, I think we have to remember that the projected-light image on a monitor and the reflected-light image from a print are simply different things.
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