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Bill Kuta

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  1. Is there a way to pin threads together? I'm thinking of this one and "Are Alamy photographers all ages?" Or maybe a whole Senior section on the forum.
  2. +1 And to pile on further, I'll say what some others have--though I am not currently opting images out of PU, I do occasionally reconsider. When I looked at the last year's sales, I was surprised at how many were for PU (or presentation).
  3. OK, I bit--apparently it's a blue checkered shirt. Wonder if the photog got models all the same size to save on wardrobe?
  4. Kumar, you beat me to it--I just signed back on to say: Alamy, thanks for asking! Also, who is the intended market for PU sales? If non-professionals, then shouldn't the terms be spelled out at more length than the pro shorthand that's used for everything else?
  5. I currently allow PU sales, but I've never cared for the way the terms are stated, with plurals for "prints, cards and gifts," and "not for commercial use, not for resale." What's not for resale, the downloaded image, or resulting prints, cards and gifts? How many PU buyers know what "commercial use" means? I personally understand what is meant, but how about someone looking for images to put on cards they intend to sell? I suspect they will interpret most favorably for themselves. And if Alamy is catering to the professional image buyer market, why list Personal Use and Presentation first? The usages don't all have to be in ascending price order.
  6. Hi Rob - A lot of forum threads will show you that lots of Alamy shooters ( well, forumites anyway) have been using aps-c and full-frame mirrorless for a long time now, and even cameras with 1" sensors, especially the Sony RX-100's. I've been using the Sony a6000/a6300 etc for several years now with nary a QC issue.
  7. I remember mailing in Cds and DVDs of upsized scanned images from slides and having to wait longer to see if they passed. Sort of the digital equivalent of waiting for your prints.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 🙁)
  11. 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?
  12. I just figured anythink must be a thing from some dystopian novel.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. I don't believe in jinxes, so I'll put this out there: last week marked 10 years since my last QC failure.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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).
  23. While researching for keywords/ captions from your latest trip, you discover all sorts of things you wish you'd done & photographed.
  24. 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.
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