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Bill Kuta

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. So, a 16-70mm Zeiss for the NEX? David Kilpatrick, did you get a preview of this one?
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks, it's all a bit vague, but it's heartening to see it's happening (and happening for me).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. What David Kilpatrick said. Especially about the tight compositions.
  14. 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
  15. This thread reminds me of a few years ago, when everyone was shooting film and saying that digital wasn't quite there yet. Then the next day (so it seemed), everyone was shooting digital and not looking back. The message is: if you're waiting for the day when a smaller, lighter camera can rival your DSLR, that day has arrived. Pick out a model and jump in.
  16. I recently sold my Canon 5D, three lenses, backpack & other gear via Craig's List to willing full-frame acolytes. With some of the proceeds, I bought an NEX-6 with kit 16-50mm, and the 10-18mm. After using it a bit, I felt that for some uses I would still prefer DSLR ergonomics. We still have a 10mp Canon XTi and some lenses for it, so I also bought a Canon honey-I-shrunk-the-DSLR SL1 with kit 18-55mm. The duplication of that range is not a problem since my wife sometimes shoots at the same time. Also, the other lenses we have for the Canon fill in well at the long end and for macro. Also
  17. Country: Italy Usage: Editorial Media: Textbook - print only Industry sector: Retail books/magazines/newspapers Sub-Industry: Education and Test Guides Print run: up to 50,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 1/4 page Start: 14 August 2004 End: 14 August 2007 $97.17 Over the next couple of years, my sales ranged from $65.82 (only one under $100) to $215. My two latest were distributor sales for $8.96 and $18.71.
  18. I have 69% horizontal and 31% vertical in sales (began with Alamy in 2004), but in the earlier years it was 67%/33%. I have no idea of the breakdown for my collection.
  19. Yep, all of the above. Plus, in some images with overhanging branches on some border, I have sometimes eliminated a stray small branch or two that were off by themselves and interrupted the flow of the scene.
  20. NEX-ers, what's your experience with sensor dust? I recently got my NEX-6 and am still in the getting-acquainted phase (sold off my 5D & lenses). For now, I'll be using the kit 16-50mm and the 10-18mm while I await further developments in NEX-world (the Sigma 60mm is tempting, though).
  21. Chuck, I assume you're using the filmstrip holder to scan your unmounted slides? I might be hauling out the FS-4000 to scan some family slides (and maybe even stock). Does anyone know whether the FS-4000 will work on Windows 7? (seems to be a lack of available driver) Will maybe the Vuescan drivers work with it? I've inquired at hamrick.com but no answer yet (Vuescan is what I used to use).
  22. I shot slides until I sprang for a Canon 5D in early 2006. I scanned them myself on a Canon FS4000. I just sold one yesterday, of a 17-year locust. They're coming out again this year, but the shot I sold is of course pre-DSLR. I will echo/paraphrase others that, unless it's a very good scan of a very good slide, you'll probably be disappointed pixel-peeping it compared to DSLR output (just talking 35mm slides here). On the other hand, if it is a very good scan of a very good slide, it'll be the equal to most DSLR output, with some characteristics you'll never get from digital.
  23. I think there should be only a green button for forumites to push, and an automatic red-button push for things like: - indulging in a pissing contest (just have the program search for replies beginning with "If you had read my post,...", or have more than two nested forum quotes) - (can't think of much else, except maybe a list of bad words, but we'd need a linguist) Bill
  24. I've typically been in the top 10-20%, but weakening more recently. Somehow in the previous re-rank, I wound up on the last page. Now I'm on page 8.
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