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Bill Kuta

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  1. I see that I have a pending wire transfer of US$118.99. I hope that's net of the wire transfer fee.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. They want Headlines and Captions: http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/news-picture-guidelines.asp
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. So if you have some of your images in Creative, and you moved one of them to another pseudonym, would it still be in Creative?
  17. Well, I'm glad I sprung for the 10-18mm. It's reawakened my wide-angle perspective, and has been passing QC, including at the 10mm end. Also I consider it to be on the smallish and lightweight side. But I've always been one for zooms.
  18. So, a 16-70mm Zeiss for the NEX? David Kilpatrick, did you get a preview of this one?
  19. As usual my timing was impeccable, getting into stock photography (late 1990's/early oughts). Just in time to have to move from film to digital, shift processes a couple of time, and both contribute to, and be a victim of, the downturn. But I'm still here, and contributing again after a break of a couple of years.
  20. Thanks, it's all a bit vague, but it's heartening to see it's happening (and happening for me).
  21. I see I have some images in Creative now too, based on searches by subject. How does this work, again? I thought it was just by application for a whole pseudonym. I tried that but was turned down. But I only have a portion of my images in a given subject search in the Creative section, with most of them in the Relevancy section. So in effect, Alamy is doing image editing beyond the QC technical edit, correct? Based on my results, it does not seem to track to sales history.
  22. Now that the Description field is not searchable, I'm only using it occasionally (rarely) if I feel there is worthy extra information about the subject that a buyer might not know. But mostly I assume that, if someone is searching for a subject by keyword, they already know about the subject. Buyers don't browse through Alamy looking for things that sound interesting.
  23. What David Kilpatrick said. Especially about the tight compositions.
  24. I work in LR5 in folders by shoot or some generic topics. For everything that becomes part of my stock collection, the final raw version is renamed in LR into my own name-sequence scheme. Everything going to Alamy from those renamed raws then gets exported as jpeg into an "Uploads for Alamy" folder, and exported as tif into a general stock archival folder. Thus, for a particular image, the raw, the archival tif, and the uploaded jpeg versions all have the same file name, in case I ever want to revisit the raw. The "Uploads for Alamy" folder gets emptied frequently enough so that I know where I am in the sequence. My numbering scheme is simply name-sequence; I make no attempt to identify shoot or any other metadata in the file name--that's what the image metadata are for.
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