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Bill Kuta

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  1. Compared to last year's totals, I'm at 74% for sales and 61% for revenue.
  2. Yes, I've been finding this very annoying, as I typically go into the forum without putting it into a new tab, and now the route back has disappeared.
  3. I've been opted out but would like to know more--anyone care to give typical newspaper scheme license fees?
  4. Thanks, all.We will arrive in Jerusalem and depart from Tel Aviv, going to Tiberias, the Dead Sea, Eilat, and Masada along the way. Optional side trip to Petra. Minor question: do hotels have the two-prong European outlets or the three-prong type H? I have seen it mentioned both ways online. I know we can buy adapters there, but would rather be prepared.
  5. Or create an 8-bit TIFF file from the image. That file's size will be the same as the uncompressed JPEG size. Just do it for one image from your camera to see--all uncropped images from your camera will have the same uncompressed JPEG file size.
  6. Later this year we'll be participating in a family trip in Israel. It's a 12-day guided tour, so times and places are mostly laid out already. I've looked over Israel images already on Alamy, have seen the recent travel threads, and know what to pack where. Any Israel-specific advice appreciated. thanks Bill
  7. 30 March 2017--but very unusual for me, at least over the last several years.
  8. Make sure you only have one image selected. But better, have the metadata on the images before you submit--like Betty said. Winner and still champeen--the OLD old image manager.
  9. I'm looking to back up my images while traveling, and not just have them on the SD cards. The Ravpower devices are small hubs with 3000 or 6000 mah batteries (that can also recharge phones). They have an SD slot and a USB port, and are controlled with a phone app to transfer files between devices. All for under $40.
  10. I'm looking for an inexpensive mobile backup solution that doesn't require a laptop. Has anyone used one of the Ravpower Filehub devices?
  11. Do you blame "discoverability" -- i.e. people packing images with too many keywords / tags? P.S. I should add that I'm not noticing the irrelevant images phenomenon -- at least it doesn't seem to be a big problem -- with my collection. I concluded early on that "discoverability" was irrelevant and haven't tried to "improve" mine. In real-world searches on my admittedly modest number of subjects, I rank very well, at least as well as before AIM.
  12. I've been steadily getting my usual low number of sales, and had a very good March ending with a $300 sale, and nothing since. But zooms have been good.
  13. Yep, fiber. We measure at high 80's down/low 90's up. I'm always amused by our fiber provider's ad that seeks to distinguish itself from our non-fiber cable provider: "We're not cable."
  14. DJ, your images strike me as being focused on nothing in particular, which probably means they're focused on whatever the autofocus selected, like somewhere on the dragon's body, or somewhere on the water in the middle distance in your shot of a boat prow with a beach in the background. Your compositions are good, but to succeed in stock photography, one of the things you must do is get the primary focus on the right point. Mark has told you the primary method for getting a camera to focus where you want. I see also that the G9X has a touch screen that lets you select the focus point (presuming that one of the 31 focus points is where you want to focus). Figure out how to get it into the touch-focus mode, and give it a try with that.
  15. Well, with regard to motivation, I've always found that new gear gets me out the door! Note: Solution may be incompatible with reduced sales.
  16. Ah, that explains it--I've only looked at AIM once (haven't submitted for a good while now).
  17. Hmmm...I just went to look at my submission history (I have three stars), but I don't see the button for that anywhere. Is it gone?
  18. I had a good-for-me March, in terms of sales and revenue. My zooms and CTR are trending up nicely. Re the new Image Manager: I tried improving a handful, then gave up. But I've been a user of quotes for my multi-word search terms ever since the last notational change, so maybe that put me in good stead.
  19. I have 47% of 2016 number of sales already, and 50% more sales than at this time last year. But 30% of revenue, and nothing over $60 yet.
  20. A good choice for a limited budget, and Nikon will give you more lens options in the future.
  21. Jan, you're talking about the Nikon D3300, which is a crop-sensor DSLR--i.e., it has an APS-C size sensor. The Sony mirrorless a5000, a6000 etc also have APS-C size sensors. The cameras are smaller because they're mirrorless--the lack of a mirror and prism results in a shorter lens-to-sensor distance, which allows for a smaller camera and lens. I've been using the Sony mirrorless for 3-4 years now, with no QC failures, including with the kit lenses (and the 16-70mm and 10-18mm, which also have their critics). All fine for Alamy work. The D3300 is also fine for Alamy work. I opted for the Sony's because of their smaller size.
  22. 235, all in May after a winter in Florida, except for one submission in July. Have been meaning to upload about 50 from Charlotte. I'm a very part-time stock shooter, mostly a full-time grandfather.
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