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Bill Kuta

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  1. Now that you mention it, I see that I've had five Presentation Use this year, all for the same price, except for the one that came in yesterday at about half the others.
  2. Also, your results do not mean that the other 74 images are perfect. When QC encounters unacceptable images in a batch, they stop checking at some point. You should check the other images in the batch for the errors specified by QC.
  3. Compared to all of 2016, 2017 so far has about 25% more sales and almost the same gross $.
  4. It also says I (default) opted in on the day I joined Alamy-- so it will cover all of your images if you don't opt out?
  5. Ah, another thread I am glad to see--I also am waiting on a submission from Saturday. Hoping to keep my long streak alive.
  6. If it happens more on weekends, maybe that's because: 1. Alamy's not watching 2. The perpetrator finally has time off from a dispiriting day job 3. It's Russian trolls with time off from their day jobs, taking a busman's holiday trying to sow chaos here 4. ..............
  7. So glad to see this thread--I thought my zoom streak was faltering.
  8. Have you done a keyword search to see if Alamy already has images of this place?
  9. If you go to My Dashboard/Account Balance, it shows "DACS Payment 2017".
  10. OK, all good now, some weird hiccup on my end. All the images of places would benefit from identification of where.
  11. One of our sons shoots a lot of ice skating by his daughters and their club. Lighting is generally poor (usually basically the house lights for hockey), and the skaters are moving fast. He's used a 70-200mm f2.8, a 50mm f1.8 and other lenses on his full-frame Nikon, but now his go-to lens for that is a Sigma 135mm f1.8 (one of their ART lenses).
  12. Some questions for you: What camera/lens do you use? Do you shoot jpeg-only, or raw? What software do you use to post-process?
  13. You're doing fine, Edo. I realized that 1967 was the wrong year, and corrected it later to 1968. I'll reiterate that the Canon FT was a good camera to learn on. You did match-needle metering, and adjusted aperture/shutter speed manually, while viewing the stopped-down scene--no full-aperture metering. What you saw in the viewfinder reflected the changes you were making.
  14. A variety of box and small film cameras, both family and my own, first. Waiting for prints from a roll that might have weeks or months of shots on it. First SLR, a Canon FT, purchased from the US PX exchange while I was in Vietnam in 1968. Took a lot of mostly slide shots with that. Match-needle metering with manual aperture setting got one well educated in the relationships between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO (and light, of course). While raising our own batch of kids, a variety of point+shoot type film cameras served well. When retirement was in sight in late 90's/early oughts, I set about to play catch-up with a lot of used Canon film cameras (manual and EOS), accumulating a good collection just in time for the digital revolution. Joined Alamy, bought Canon FS4000 film scanner, and submitted scanned slides via CD/DVD. First serious-enough digital, Canon G7. Used mostly for family shots, but have sellers and multiple sellers from it on Alamy. Decided to jump into the DSLR pool with the Canon 5D. Got well acquainted with dust specks. Now almost all Sony mirrorless.
  15. My zooms had been at a personal high, now down to below average. An $89 sale yesterday.
  16. Yeah Ed, I meant that country should be in both the tags and the caption. I'm talking about country in particular because, although Russell has location in the captions, it did not include country, and I found it annoying to look at the tags to find out. Granted, buyers would probably include country in searches, but still I like to make things easy and obvious for them.
  17. I think that, where appropriate, the country name should be included in the caption.
  18. I haven't done anything with file size ever since the days when we had to upsize to 48mb (and submit tif files on CD/DVD, as someone just reminisced on another thread). I just submit the native size of 16//20/24 megapixels, depending on camera, minus crop/straightening.
  19. Alamy does now sell prints through art.com. But it's not primarily a "print-on-demand" site.
  20. I don't see the need. I've looked at a number of older images and there's not much I would do other than select a few more supertags. Nothing like the previous great re-do of a few years ago. My zooms/sales have done better since AIM. The conversion seems to have worked well for me. Or perhaps it worked badly for others. I still much prefer the way the original (not previous) IM worked, though.
  21. We would all like to do just the more easy/fun part of taking the picture. This thread should show you that most photographers feel that taking the picture is only the beginning.
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