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Bill Kuta

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  1. 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).
  2. While researching for keywords/ captions from your latest trip, you discover all sorts of things you wish you'd done & photographed.
  3. 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.
  4. Woohoo! Also got both emails. I think 2016 was the last year I did the claim myself.
  5. Above average for me, 7 for $681 gross. Two dropped in today. Cool test, Wim. I'm the Producer. Hey Betty, my ideal collaborator is the Dreamer.
  6. You're using the Canoscan FS-4000? I have one and used it many times 15-20 years ago. So you put the unmounted slide in the film/negative holder?
  7. Chuck, after cleaning the slide, do you put it back in the mount and use the slide holder, or leave it unmounted and use the negative holder?
  8. Or, depending on size of handbag, one of the many mirrorless, like the Sony a6xxx series--interchangeable lenses, APS-C sensor. The now-older a6000 is available at good prices, and the very compact kit 16-50mm is usable. The a6000 is still one of my main cameras.
  9. Yes, thanks Colin, I’ve done similar with a macro lens + ext tube, copy stand & light box for old family slides. I probably won’t be getting into scanning anytime soon—I’m currently two trips behind in my digital processing!
  10. Recent threads about scanning prompted me to: update my ancient copy of Vuescan (bless Ed Hamrick); get my Canon FS4000 out of the cabinet where it's been sitting for 15 years; hook it up via USB; and run a couple of random slides through. Darned if it didn't work! Darned if it didn't also remind me of the perils of trying to clean up slides, before and after scanning. And how slow it is. Back in the day, I connected it via SCSI, but I can't say that the USB (2) connection seemed any slower. So: What do you use to clean up slides before scanning? Any tips on maintenance/cleanup for the FS4000?
  11. Now last night's submission has passed and email received before the images even show in "Images not on sale" on the dashboard.
  12. Had one yesterday. Last submission was April 10, finalized long ago.
  13. Not seeing a problem. So far this year, I have 47% of my total sales for 2018, and 57% of the revenue.
  14. Sorry, this one is just too soft and mottled. Cool shot, but not for here. Heed Betty's advice about not falling in love with an image that ultimately won't work. Another waste of time would be setting up an Alamy account to just try to sell one or two images. This is a long game where numbers count. Look up forum threads about "how long to first sale" to see how many hundreds or thousands of images you need to expect sales.
  15. Maybe their biggest problem with your images was that they could actually tell whether there were cars, buses, lights, crosswalks, etc., eliminating all their perverse fun.
  16. On these kinds of questions, I think we have to remember that the projected-light image on a monitor and the reflected-light image from a print are simply different things.
  17. So, are they still updating Measures? My zooms graph is still at zero for this month--but I have a number of zooms that continued (& dwindled) from last month.
  18. Yeah, I was trying to straighten something out with another company, and, after finally getting a live person (and then a supervisor), still didn't make much headway. The other person's accent and scripted way of talking made me ask where they were located, and they said the Philippines. Outsourcing sometimes doesn't work well (except for the front office).
  19. Shooting is the fun part. Most everything else is work. OK, there is the occasional enjoyable "Aha" moment while researching for keywords. Unless it takes a long time, like trying to figure out exactly where I was while wandering around the Old City in Jerusalem.
  20. Yes, I also had a few days of 0 zooms, very strange. But a couple of decent sales this week, and finally a couple of zooms. One of the sales was a distributor sale, but decent nonetheless. To Canada (!?)
  21. I sent a similar email. Didn't work for me--they told me how to do it myself.
  22. I don't think we can assume anything here, but I figure that the other printable items are also prints--just not on the various "art print" media. I think it's also significant that items purchased on FAA are essentially one-offs for personal use (there are some weeds one could get into here, but I think it would amount to over-analyzing).
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