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Bill Kuta

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  1. Sand castle on a beach in Florida, sold to UK television - new DACS category for me!
  2. Ah, thanks much for the Never10 reference. I've applied it to my desktop (which has a 128Gb SSD for a C drive, with little empty space), and our laptop (on which I've already fought off a "scheduled upgrade" to Win10). Happy with Win7 on both, don't need any upgrade hassle. I also had Never10 delete 5.5 and 6.9 Gb of Win10 files, respectively. Ever since seeing the Win10 box announcing in how many minutes my upgrade would start on our laptop, I've been afraid to leave any PC unattended for more than a few minutes. Edit: Wow, I see that most of the 5.5Gb of Win10 deleted from my desktop was on my stressed C drive.
  3. I started with Alamy in 2004 with self-scanned slide images, and went through one or more periods where I emphasized increasing numbers of images over anything else. So a couple of years ago, I finally deleted a couple hundred images that were just plain not good or unique enough in various aspects. Also finally spent the time to finish cleaning up my remaining "more details required" images from the first Great Rejiggering of the input process. Also spent time cleaning up my early over-enthusiastic keywording. Those three factors definitely increased my standing here.
  4. Also bear in mind that the Alamy Measures only go back one year (if you reset the beginning date). It can take years for a particular subject to come up. Alessandra, you might want to add "Pratt truss" to the keywords for your railroad bridge images. You have it only in the Description, which is not searchable.
  5. I've used the sony NEX-6, a3000 and a6000, with various lenses, for Alamy since mid-2013 with no problems. I don't reduce the sizes. Good technique is always important, but I think for Alamy the most important technique is self-editing. Don't fall in love with any photos, for stock purposes.
  6. Good zooms over the last week or so for me. Anxiously awaiting associated sales.
  7. Or you can just memorize where all the dust boogers are, to speed up cloning them out. You can give them all names if you like.
  8. I think that some kind of flogging system might be more effective.
  9. And while we're at it, the caption for your mannequin head photo starts off with "A butterfly lighting...", but I don't see any butterfly. Leftover part of the caption from another photo?
  10. Had my first sale after one month, with about three dozen images. But that was 12 years ago. Things are way different now. And the next sale was five months later.
  11. My soft head shots are generally due to softness inside my own head.
  12. Ditto on a Metz for a lower-cost alternative. I got a Metz 44AF for my Sony a6000. If a Metz can fully integrate with Sony's goofy multi-interface shoe, a Canon should be no problem.
  13. One of our sons wants to bulk scan a lot of 4x6 prints from his many travels, for his own use. I've already in the past scanned his negatives from some trips. About all I can find for a reasonably-priced device is an Epson feeder on B&H, compatible with the V500 scanner which seems widely available on ebay. Can anyone recommend a good device or service? He is a technophile (has his own software company), so drugstore scanning won't do. thanks
  14. Hmmm... My collection: 62% landscape 38% portrait All my Alamy sales: 69% landscape 31% portrait My 2015 sales: 83% landscape 17% portrait So I wondered whether my more recent images are more landscape, but from a casual look the proportions seem to be in line with my collection as a whole.
  15. Definitely what RedSnapper and Foreign Export said: Lightroom > Spot Removal > tick the Visualize Spots box at lower left > then I like to crank up the Visualize Spots slider most of the way. What's the difference? I used to go blind going over images at 100%. Now I never inspect the whole image at 100% for dust spots. I see all the spots on the whole image, then only zoom in to correct them. Another tip if you use this method: within Spot Removal, when zoomed in, you can use all the usual navigation tools by also holding down the space bar. I can't tell you how much time and vision the Visualize Spots function has saved me.
  16. This is similar to analyses in another thread in the last 2-3 months, but I can't find that thread. Here's mine. Letters, percent of my images for that letter, and percent of my 2015 sales for that letter: A: 46% 33% B: 25% 28% C: 1% 6% D: 10% 0% E: 17% 33% F: 1% 0% As you can see, I took a break in submissions somewhere from late B to early D. I attribute the better performance of my E's to better image selectivity on my part, maybe a little fresh inspiration from new equipment, and, in some cases, the newness of the image. Also, the continuing performance of the A's and B's is partly supported by older images that are multiple sellers/resellers.
  17. Happy New Year from me and my wife, and the five grandchildren who are over for a sleepover (we're very hopeful about the sleep part)!
  18. Sensor size matters. The SX160IS is a point-and-shoot camera with a 1/2.3" sensor. That sensor is not on this chart, but it's slightly larger than the smallest sensor on this chart, the 1/2.5": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_sensor_format#/media/File:Sensor_sizes_overlaid_inside.svg Most people here use cameras with APS-C or full-frame sensors, with some people successfully using newer cameras with 1" sensors, and also the intermediate sensor sizes.. There have been a few point-and-shoot type cameras, generally with 1/1.7" sensors, that can produce acceptable photos shot with good technique under good conditions, but they have had better lenses than yours. Check out the forum threads about the Sony RX100 cameras if you want a smaller camera, with a 1" sensor.
  19. One of our sons uses the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Art lens on a Nikon D7100, and it's a fantastic lens. Internal focus and zoom, great build. But it's designed for APS-C, so probably not what you're looking for.
  20. I used to sometimes use my 5D with a monopod attached (at its shortest length) as Wim describes. And for verticals, I just held the bottom end of the monopod in the crook of my arm, and it still provided some damping that way. Too lazy now, I guess, although I have been thinking about using the monopod to extend the camera up, or sometimes over the edge of bridges, cliffs, etc, with my small light mirrorless of course. Want to try using it that way with a remote shutter release.
  21. I got the bank transfer on Dec 4, and the mailed statement with tax certificate on Monday. I'll just include it in the stuff I send my tax guy. I'm in the US.
  22. Regards Alamys reply to Ian D ("The order in which you enter isn’t important, all it matters is the relevancy of the keywords"), I have recently noticed some strange (to me) results regards positioning of my photos returned using only search words included in my 'essential keywords'. I have a few landscape images taken in USA, and all of these use the same format for essential keywords, ie, usa landscape, followed by area name, then State, so an actual example would be: usa landscape grand teton national park wyoming. When I search using just the first two words in my essential keywords (usa landscape) filtered for photographs, ie, not all images, 305,313 results are returned and I have 2 images displayed on page 1 of 3,393 pages. When I search using third and fourth words in my essential keywords (Horsehoe Bend, again filtered for photographs), 1,261 results are returned and my first image appears on page 5 of 15 pages. Using search words three to six in my essential keywords (Grand Teton National Park), 9,743 results are returned and my first image appears on page 19 of 109 pages. If, according to Alamy, order of keywords is not important, it seems strange that the positioning of my images in returned search results are so variable using examples above. If I get page 1 of 3,393 pages for example 1, should I not get higher positioned results for examples 2 and 3 above??? This is not about whether my images are included or excluded in search results as mentioned in previous posts above, but trying to comprehend the positioning variability of my images when they are returned in searchs. Although I have no idea what my Alamy Rank figure is, its unlikely to be high given the small number of sales I make (just 10 reported this year), so while its nice hitting page 1 in my first example, personally I think this considerably overstates my rank, and the results obtained are some sort of freakish behaviour by the Alamy search engine (although I would love to be proved wrong!!). My annualised CTR tends to be slightly above average, so examples 2 and 3 above are more likely to be representative of where my images would be positioned in a search. Given these examples of wide variations in image search position results, essential keyword order does seem to make a difference in search results......and therefore.....Alamy are wrong????? Not sure of the details of your search based on what you said, but if you're not including "usa landscape" in all three searches, then it's not a valid comparison. You're assuming that all images by everyone involved in your searches include "usa landscape" in their essential keywords.
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