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Bill Kuta

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  1. I've looked at the new contributor page, and I can't find the lists of acceptable/unacceptable cameras. Can anyone else find it? Has Alamy given up on that?
  2. Nope. I have 16, 20 and 24 megapixel cameras so that I can produce 16, 20 and 24 megapixel images. The only reductions in size (not downsizing) I do are from cropping, which is usually from straightening. Now, if I had a 36 or 42 or 50 mp camera, I'd have to reevaluate the situation. For now, my lenses are up to the task.
  3. When I got my first SLR (Canon FT in '68), one of the lenses I got for it was a 135mm. That was my favorite (after the 50mm). Sharp and great for casual candid portraits.
  4. One of our sons has the Sigma 18-35mm, and it's a terrific lens. The IQ is excellent, it's f1.8, internal zoom and focus, and all for $800. What's not to like? (it is a bit of a beast)
  5. Varifocal/progressive lenses simply spread the near-to-far focal length for your prescription gradually over a portion of the lens instead of in the single step of bifocals (or two steps of trifocals). (And also don't have the distracting lines between the steps.) This means that to best focus on a particular middle range, you need to tilt your head to the proper angle in order to look through that part of the lens. I have progressives for everyday use, but for me they can result in a little neck stiffness when used for very long on a computer (and they took a little getting used to f
  6. Of course, but that's just a quick first step. Trying to find dust specks (one of the last steps) just by coursing over the whole image at 100% was agonizing for many years, and got more so, the older I and my eyes got. The LR "Visualize Spots" works for me. I use LR6 for all of my post-processing for stock, except that first I still use Canon Zoombrowser (old habit) to decide which images are going into LR. Then they get winnowed down further in various steps in LR.
  7. FYI on card recovery: Good idea to reformat the card once you have everything off of it. I had used recovery software on one card (to retrieve a couple of images someone else deleted in-camera), then reused the card without reformatting. The next time I tried to retrieve from it, I believe I got all the new images, but then it reported that the card was corrupted--I think the corruption (i.e., manipulation of the card by something other than the camera) only affected the images that had been recovered earlier.
  8. And as I've said, I haven't inspected an entire image at 100% ever since LR added the "Visualize Spots" feature to the Spot Removal tool. Just hit "Visualize Spots", crank up the contrast, and the dust specks pop right out in a full-image view. Better and more reliable than my old eyes.
  9. Well, I DO have lot of phrases in quotes in my keywords. But my next question is: do words put together with quotation marks also each count as an individual keyword? If not, then I probably have some work cut out for me as well.
  10. Then the transfer of monies to their US bank and issuance of ACH transfers to individual bank accounts is pretty seamless.
  11. Icon, I figure from your portfolio that you are in the USA. I assume then that you have set up to be paid via ACH for direct deposit to your bank account. That's my situation too. I looked at my last half-dozen payments, and they have been deposited in my bank account anywhere from the 4th to the 7th of the month, depending on weekends/holidays etc. This month's was on the 6th.
  12. From what we can see, I'm thinking cedar/eastern white cedar/arborvitae.Did they have evergreen-type leaf structure?
  13. OTOH, Ed, if someone thrust $10K into my hand and forced me to go to B&H and buy an A7RII and lenses, I would not resist. I could even get my old bones to carry it around.
  14. Sony a6000 with 16-70mm is my main camera. Also use a3000 with 10-18mm, and NEX-6 with various lenses, mainly kit 16-50mm and 55-210mm. I started accumulating them three years ago, and the more I use this stable, the more I like it. No QC failures, sales with about every combo. If they stop making APS-C, I'm sure these will last me a few years.
  15. Yes, it seems the only thing you would lose is having the "Location" line item visible in a zoom--but the location would be visible elsewhere in the zoom, in your caption/keywords. So Alamy: Is the contributor "Location" box an artifact, or are there any other plans for it?
  16. It looks like Alamy is determining that you qualify for the "USA" selection in the buyer's Location dropdown if Alamy finds "US" or "USA" (or probably "United States" or maybe some other geo tags) anywhere they can find it in what you have provided: keywords, Location field, or maybe even Caption. But if you don't have any US identifier anywhere, then you don't go into the "USA" category (and probably not into any Location category). I just want to make sure I understand how it works and how it is supposed to work (and how Alamy might foresee it working in the future), before I go to work
  17. It would be helpful to hear from Alamy of their current view on the Location field, and whether they have any plans for it. I can imagine putting the Location field data through a program to sort it all out, then create a hierarchical dropdown of locations for buyers. Such a thing is difficult and messy to do, but possible.
  18. Thanks all, good food for thought. Does anyone know what happens to anything we fill into the "Location" field? I'm suspecting the contents of "Location" are just thrown into the keyword search. On the buyer end, I see that in the Advanced Search, there is a "Location" dropdown, but it just has three choices: USA, UK, and Europe. Odd that the All of Alamy search won't accept search words < 3 letters--the general buyer search certainly does.
  19. I got the "Our Customers want your US images" email, which reminded me of this keywording question. All my images are from the US. I usually do not put any country identification in my keywords (and stopped using the "Location" field long ago). I figure that someone looking for an image in the US will search for a more specific location, but I've concluded that I need to add country ID. So what to add?: US, USA, United States, America, all of the preceding? How about the location field?
  20. We've been having a CPA accountant do our taxes since before I started doing stock photography, so my form 1040 schedule C for that is just included in what he does, and I'm glad he's wading through that instead of me. (I do gather all the relevant info, which is probably most of the work anyway). Back in the day, I did the tax forms for us, my mother, and our working kids, using the tax software of the day (and of course, manually on paper way back in the day). I have no advice on finding a good tax accountant--our was a recommendation by (and good friend of) our CPA son.
  21. Thanks all - looks like it's time for a little re-keywording.
  22. What are the common keywords for aerial or high-angle images? My grazing of keywords based on the search term "aerial" also came up with "high angle", and some others like "overview". My such images are from buildings rather than airplanes.
  23. Did my own application as I have always done. Took about half an hour. Based on last year's payment, my time spent applying was at about $250/hour.
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