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Bill Kuta

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  1. I joined FAA sometime in 2010, and had very promising sales the first year, but sales have fallen off some since then for me. I have about twice as many images there now (600+) as I did in 2010, but FAA has many times more than then. I don't play the commenting game much and don't do social media, but sometimes enter some of the contests. If you look at "Recently Sold" (last link down the left side of the FAA home page), you'll see that the great majority of sales appear to be of "traditional art," or photos made into digital art. Many of the straight photos that sell are tarted up well beyond what would be acceptable to Alamy, but hey, it's not a stock site (although the founder did recently make an announcement about a possible upcoming licensing aspect to it, to much alarm). My most multiple sellers are a simple closeup of the US and Maryland flags flapping in the breeze, and a white boat prow with reflection. Overall, it's a fine deal for $30 a year (why are we even debating $30/year?). Allan, if you check out some of Betty's photo artwork, you'll see that no automated process would achieve the same effects.
  2. Take notes? Used to, with paper and pencil, but now I'll just pick up a pamphlet if I'm visiting a site that has them, and if it's something like a specific plant in a garden with labels, I'll shoot the label. But otherwise, I just google afterwards. And if it's a multi-day trip, I'll load the images onto a laptop with descriptive directory names. What gizmo am I talking about here? Mostly about how digital and computers and the internet have obviated the need for some accessories.
  3. I haven't noticed that with my clone battery, as I don't charge in-camera. However, yesterday I noticed that my clone battery didn't want to go into my A3000. Turns out it's a hair larger than a Sony battery (not swelled up, just a tad bigger). The clone fits fine in my NEX-6, and in fact worked for quite a few frames after the NEX-6 said it had 1% remaining. I bought it the same time as I bought the NEX-6, and have been using it for several months.
  4. Maybe not. "Toronto streetcar" yields 504 results.
  5. I feel very safe saying "No Way!" It has the smallest of the three common point&shoot sensors and a tiny lens. This type of water-resistant p&s has been around for a long time. I have a Panasonic version that I use for family snaps and videos at the pool and ocean, but I consider the images on the soft side even for that use.
  6. Similar approach here--lightbox, paper cut-out frame around the slide, macro lens with extension tubes, camera on copy stand. Once you get it set up, it's very quick. So far, though, have only worked my way to 10-megapixel copies using an 18 mp camera. Got to fill the image space better.
  7. Another vote for Craigslist--I sold my Canon 5D and associated lenses middle of last year. I had gotten quotes from B&H, Adorama and KEH, but didn't like the amounts. I sold it all on Craiglist for almost twice what they offered, and met a lot of nice photography folks in the process. I don't know if you have Craigslist or similar where you are. Another advantage: listing stuff is free. I always sold "local only, cash only", and doing the deals in public places. I tried selling it as a package deal first, but soon realized I had to break it up into discrete items.
  8. I see that I have a pending wire transfer of US$118.99. I hope that's net of the wire transfer fee.
  9. I have 147 out of 2698 currently awaiting deletion. There was a period where I went a little overboard in loading everything in sight, and many/most of the deletees are from a 7-mp Canon G6 or from less-than-stellar slides. Yes, I know that the last one you decide to throw in from a shoot is sometimes the one that sells, and trust me, I do have plenty of those not awaiting deletion, and have sold some of them. But it was just time to clean house a little.
  10. Just curious, Bill, have you been shooting mainly RAW or JPEG with the NEX-6? John, I've been shooting raw + jpeg, but always use the jpeg for initial selection of keepers in Zoombrowser (old Canonite habit), and the remaining raw to evaluate and process in LR5. Also just jpeg for family stuff, and for some HDR experiments. Early on, I did look at whether the processed raws were better than the jpegs, and for enough of them they were.
  11. Ed, I haven't really analyzed that aspect of it, as I've been satisfied with the sharpness. I might have done that if there were a physical switch to toggle the OSS, but I got off and running shooting with it and haven't done that test.
  12. Libby, I've been using the NEX-6 since May, with the 16-50mm kit zoom, and the 10-18mm. I'm never been much into primes. All of my NEX-6 images have passed QC, including a fair number from either end of the 10-18mm and every mm in between. I like that lens--it has reawakened my wide-angle perspective.
  13. My philosophy is that an HDR image should let you see what your eyes could see at the scene if you kept looking around at the lighter and darker areas, and thereby adjusting your eyes' aperture, er, iris. So many of the examples you see are more like cartoons--but apparently cartoons that are hanging on many buyers' walls.
  14. It appears that the sensor size is 1/2.3", which is the smallest size in this diagram: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_sensor_format Put that together with a small lens and I doubt it would pass QC or even be accepted, at least for stills. And there's probably already a lifetime supply of videos on youtube.
  15. Paul, this is probably just restating the bromides, but: Is it possible that you've fallen in love with the sharpness, contrast, etc. of your grand new lens? That everything you shoot with it looks like a good photo to you? Like when you first get an HDTV, everything looks so better that you just sit and watch anything for a while. If so, the honeymoon is over. It's time to accept the new lens as another one of your tools, and get back to selecting good subjects, in best light, and edit carefully. (Run-and-gun style can work, but you have to edit ruthlessly and expect a low hit rate.) And as others have said, really learn your new equipment. When I first got a good DSLR, the good shots weren't coming like I thought they would. It turned out that the more options and potential precision you have, the more mistakes you can make. Just don't submit any mistakes to Alamy.
  16. Cozmic, I think what makes this confusing for many people is that the term "file size" is used in different ways. The Alamy requirement of at least 25 Mb is sometimes referred to as the "image size", and that's how I'll refer to it here. When you open an image in your photo software, it has an "image size", which as David Kilpatrick points out, is determined purely by the pixel dimensions. If you take two photos at the same resolution with the same camera, they will always have the same image size. "Image size" can be found in various places in various software (but usually called "file size"). What some people (like me, coming from an IT background) automatically think of as "file size" is output file size: - the size of an 8-bit tiff output file is the same as the image size - the size of an 8-bit compressed jpeg file varies, depending on the level of compression and the content of the image but Alamy is concerned with the "image size." They do also have an upper bound on the output jpeg file size, but I can't find the specific reference at the moment. And as David also points out, you quickly know what image sizes your cameras produce and don't worry about it thereafter, unless you're doing a big crop.
  17. They want Headlines and Captions: http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/news-picture-guidelines.asp
  18. When I first got my Canon 5D in early 2006, I quickly set about to capture and send in a lot of those fine images. This was still in the DVD days, so I managed to send in four or five batches before I heard about the first. Before that, my digital submissions were from a Canon G6 p&s (great lens), so I had never had to worry about dust spots. Yep, I soon found out what the D in 5D stands for. On the plus side, there was no sin bin then, so I got back on track quickly. Sold the 5D and associated stuff earlier this year and am now using a Sony NEX-6 and Canon SL1. And loving the LR5 "visualize dust spots" feature.
  19. Judging from the Alamy home page images I've seen in recent weeks, even ocean scenes with rather curved horizons are acceptable wide-angle effects.
  20. Jill, if you'll be shooting midway rides at night, you might also try some shots with slower shutter speeds to get the blur of the lights. Again, digital is great for narrowing down exactly what speeds will give a good result. Then you can join the throngs of shooters for those shots (search "carnival ride blur" etc. on Alamy).
  21. Vincent, I have one that I haven't used for a few years (and for a few OS updates). What OS do you use it with? Do you use USB or SCSI? All the slide scans that I have on Alamy were done on the FS4000.
  22. But seriously, though--are your file names the ones that the camera automatically applies? Many people rename their files for various purposes, and all sorts of naming schemes exist. One reason for using even a simple renaming scheme, like your name and an incrementing number, is that sometimes cameras will start a numbering sequence anew and you could wind up with duplicate file names. Most major programs, like Lightroom, have renaming functions. If you save a raw file and another format or two for the same image, you'll want all of the versions of an image to have the same file name (with different extensions), so just rename the raw files first, then export from them.
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