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  1. Country: Worldwide Usage: Marketing package - Small business, Use in marketing materials, worldwide for 5 years (excludes advertising). This license is for small companies - up to 10 people. Start: 30 October 2018 End: 30 October 2023 I took this handheld at some ridiculously high ISO the first night that I had my Sony. And they say sunsets don't sell as stock...well we know someone who seems to sell them to the UK newspapers daily ... anyway, when I got home and saw this shot I fell in love with my I'm happy it sold.
  2. I can only speak to the full frame Sony, but have a suggestion for a much cheaper alternative too. I just bought the 90mm f/2.8 Macro FE G Master lens - the guy at B&H gave me great advice correctly telling me it doubles as a beautiful portrait lens. It's new but so far I like it a lot - beautiful bokeh on portraits & macros. You can't get the same kind of depth of field and bokeh with an APS sensor as you can with full frame, but I wouldn't let that stop you. It's a great lens, and would be particularly good if you were considering moving up to FF in the future. I would also suggest that you consider the Nikon 52mm closeup filter for macro. It is a really a small lens that is about three times as thick as a regular filter and screws onto the front of any brand of lens that takes a 52mm thread filter. It can be used with a step up or step-down ring to fit lenses close to that size. They come in different strengths depending on what focal length lens you'll attach it to, and turn your lens into a pseudo-macro. I used the +2 and +4 when I first started taking photos, and I still take them along with me if I don't want to lug a large macro lens, despite having bought a dedicated macro for my Nikons. I've gotten some nice shots with them on my Nikon 50mm, 35mm, and on my Olympus 40-150mm lenses. They let you focus closer. The link above is to their modern successor. You might look on eBay too. Hoya has sets with +2, +4 etc too. I took this with one of them threaded onto my Olympus 40-150mm, and the bokeh is pretty nice despite it being a micro 4/3rds sensor. I've blown it up pretty large and sold it as fine art too. Here is a true macro taken with my Nikon 105mm micro-Nikko (i.e. actual macro lens). The bokeh is smoother but the close up filters are really high quality Nikon glass and give you an inexpensive "macro." The photos pasted small so here are links to the photos if you want to take a look: Bee with Close Up filter True Macro: I haven't uploaded any taken with the Sony 90mm macro yet.
  3. Thanks for the link Michael. Jeff, sensor size affects noise but it's not always the only variable. My 16MP Olympus with a tiny micro 4/3rds sensor is much cleaner at significantly higher ISOs than the CMOS sensor on my old backup camera, the 16MP Nikon D5100. With so much content ending up on the web instead of in print, it almost seems like ever larger MPs are a waste. Still, I opted for the 42MP Sony. I shoot a lot of fine art and also often sell travel images as large prints, and I also shoot for some magazines and calendar companies, so I figured I might as well go for it. If I was just shooting stock, I might have gone with 24MP, and even for fine art and the other work I do, that would have been more than adequate. All of today's cameras are so much better than what I started out with - the 6MP Nikon D70 - back when Alamy required them to be up-rezzed to 42MB. I used to dream of owning a medium format camera, but for the type of work I do, which most of the time requires lugging my equipment around for hours or days at a time, I'm happy to get FF 42MP in such a small package. I'm sure the MF has its advantages, but for my budget and needs the A7rii (which was on sales since it was replaced by the iii), seemed like the best bet for me when I bought it earlier this year. I look forward to checking out all sorts of equipment at PhotoPlusExpo this week, though right now my next big purchase is a new Mac.
  4. Paulette, I usually meet up with a friend and get that time with folks we seldom see is precious, so happy to play it by ear. I sent you a note via your website with my contact info if you find time for a quick coffee. Enjoy the Expo.
  5. Glad I read this thread. I used FTP here in 2012 (Not via Filezilla) while away from home using a neighbor's internet (with her permission) and it seemed glitchy so I didn't try it again, but since then I've used Filezilla for a client several times to upload several folders at once and it's a breeze. I am so behind here and have hundreds of new images, so I should definitely give it a try again for Alamy. Could get my numbers up significantly. EDIT: I lied - inadvertently - it's Cyberduck - will see how it works for Alamy and report back. Not this week since I'll be heading to PhotoPlus Expo tomorrow. Look forward to meeting the Alamy team there. Anyone headed there?
  6. I went from using a Nikon D700 and D5100 (as a lighter weight/backup camera) to mirrorless and I haven't looked back. I have a micro 4/3rds and a full frame mirrorless - the OMD E1 (16MP) and the Sony A7rii (42MP). 8 GB RAM and a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 on my 2013 Retina Laptop, where I usually sort and do some processing, and 8GB RAM on my 2011 iMac, which also has an Intel Core i7. I notice a huge decrease in speed between the Sony and Olympus files when using lightroom and while I love the Olympus for its incredibly light weight and stellar photos in good light, and even up to 600-800 ISO at times (I have to expose them pretty perfectly), the dynamic range of the Sony and the low light performance even above 16,000 is amazing. I regularly shoot handheld at night at 2500 and get beautiful low light images. I thought the D700 was amazing but the Sony even blows that away. If I wasn't 4'11" with a bad back and neck I might have gone for the D850 and kept all my old lenses. You can keep some of your old glass with the Sony. One favorite is the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 which I use with a manual adapter (Velo - about $40-50) on the Sony and get amazing shots. Both have great steady shot features and while I could hand hold back in college film days at 1/8-1/15, since having Lyme Disease back in my 30's before I began my photo career, I was lucky to hand hold at 1/60th until I went to mirrorless, where I've even gotten decent results at 1/4. The 42 MP does show every flaw at 100-200%, so you need excellent glass, but you may find that you can keep some of your Canon glass if you go to Sony. Not sure a move to the D850 would let you do that. The Sony G lenses are excellent, but even the Sony/Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 (not one of the Master lenses) is terrific. The Olympus is noticeably lighter since the lenses are much smaller. Although the Sony isn't much lighter than the D5100 (which I got to save my back and neck after a bad car accident), the picture quality is in an entirely different league than any other camera I've owned. I worked as a photo assistant for a photographer using a $30,000 medium format digital back (24MP - back in 2007-2010) and this tiny and light camera that costs of fraction of that blows it out of the water. Hard to go wrong with today's cameras as long as your lenses are good. That's why I went with primes to start, and kept some Nikon glass. I'd love to know if anyone here has the 24-105mm f/4 for the Sony. What do you think? I only have primes for it so far but thinking a zoom for travel would be a good investment, though the Olympus is a great travel camera.
  7. Your highest sale

    Best single sale for me here was $400 for commercial, web, banner and social media. The license was for 5 years but the fine print said 6 months - that was in 2015. I've had a few for $250 as early as 2009 and as recently as 2017, highest this year was $125, for a simple sign taken a few miles from my house. I shoot a lot of editorial. I've had a lot more repeat sellers in the past few years, and have netted over $1,000 from some one-day, or even a few hours' shoots from licenses here, but no single sales in the four figures. I hope to break the $1,000 barrier for a single sale one of these days (best license elsewhere was $750 for one-year exclusive use of an image rejected by several other sites including this one - so you never know what sells).
  8. October Challenge - "You Wear It Well"

    These are mostly from my first uploads back in 2008 - taken in 2007. I need to attend more festivals! Fun subject. Just back from spending time with my new grandson - the most darling little one ever! (Grandparents are allowed to brag, right?) No pix allowed even on FB so sorry nothing new to share there - although I did get him a cute little costume for Halloween. From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 2007: And from my first (and only) trip to Las Vegas - spent most of my time photographing the desert. I think of the amazing organ as part of the costume.
  9. porridge

    Yep - saw the example image - I shot the one I posted a year or so ago, and quickly went on my phone app and added porridge as a keyword and in the caption after seeing the Alamy blog post. Being lactose intolerant, I make it with almond milk; in fact it's one of the image's original keywords. Cashew milk is also nice.
  10. porridge

    I added porridge as a keyword to this one - I didn't know oatmeal was porridge lol. Too busy taking photos of my beautiful new grandson (not for stock) but maybe I'll shoot some more when I get home. I have it every day for breakfast.
  11. I do bulk keywording as part of my upload/download process from my SD card into Lightroom. I may then tweak batches of them in LR after I've culled a shoot, but I don't usually fine tune each photo until after I've processed them. I check each processed image before upload to Alamy or elsewhere to make sure that there aren't any irrelevant or missing keywords so each image has only the keywords that are specific to it. Since different sites have different requirements and limits - for example, I also upload to fine art sites - I usually have to tweak both captions and keywords a bit for each site. Despite my best efforts, there is always something I've forgotten or missed so I periodically go in and check the live images, although now with the new tag system here, it feels daunting. But I know that while a picture is worth a thousand words, it is the keywords that get those pictures to show up in the first place.
  12. Lens repair

    Being in the US, I have no idea but I'm lucky that my two Nikon repairs were done for free. The first was a jammed kit zoom lens for my D70 still under warranty (an 18-70mm I think - it was long time ago). The second was a failed shutter on my D700 just after the warranty ended. They fixed it for free anyway and they had just stopped doing most repairs at their Melville, Long Island (NY) location but as a favor they let me ship it there overnight anyway (I'm a couple hours away) rather than to the west coast and rushed the job since I desperately needed the camera. I was still a relative newbie and had sold my D70 so I didn't have a backup camera. That convinced me to always have a backup. After the prices you are quoting, I realize I got off really cheap just paying for shipping!
  13. Ability to change the name of a pseudonym

    +1 wish we could do this.
  14. Editorial Photographer Income Survey

    Done. Nice and quick.