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  1. Very disappointing

    Exactly, my image licensed yesterday was a Mardi Gras themed studio shot that was zoomed back in February. So a 60-day lag time.
  2. Very disappointing

    $75 license today on one of my "B" prefix images. Gotta say my images here have legs. But other sales in the past year include C, E, F, G and K prefixes including some licensed shortly after they were uploaded, so they don't always have to percolate. But you have to be patient. Not sure if this applies to the OP, but as has been said here ad nauseum, people coming from a micro background where they are used to daily sales need to realize this is very different.
  3. Wish I had your talent shooting birds Betty - for me landscapes and architecture have always been a passion so I'm enjoying getting to know my little full frame Sony mirrorless and it weighs next to nothing - about the same as my Olympus micro-four-thirds and with the lenses I've bought not terribly heavy. Biggest one (the 90mm macro - not for landscapes) makes the entire setup about 2 pounds. Even I can cart that around. But all the other lenses even with adapters are much lighter. I opted for f/2.8 over 1.4 for some to keep it light. Any longer teles/zooms I purchase will probably be for the Olympus because yes, when you get into tele/zoom lenses the weight of the Sony can climb too high. I sold my 7 1/2 pound monster 50-500mm Sigma (for Nikon) to a bird and wildlife shooter who was looking for a light alternative zoom to take on Safari to Africa. I'm firmly in the mirrorless camp with you, and glad that I have a light full frame alternative - but I'm sticking with mostly wide primes so I can keep the weight down. For the work you do, I can see why even a mirrorless a full frame alternative would be a literal pain in the neck (and back).
  4. Images sold in April (Max. 1 per day)

    $75 web use: Just realized I'm well over 100 licenses here. Maybe I knew that already.
  5. Live News forum

    Yes, that seems to be the case. Wish they were licensing those "photo of the day" type images to the American press. But at least taking and uploading them helps me build my portfolio and they have licensed some blizzard and hurricane pix for me after the fact. Even sunsets.
  6. Trade in or sell privately?

    Maybe I'll try Craigslist next time. That extra 50% would have been another lens or two....
  7. Which Shooting Format

    I find the auto WB with both my Olympus and my new Sony to be mostly on target. I usually play around and then almost always go back to "as shot." But I always shoot RAW - I now shoot small jpegs with the Sony because it's the only way to check pix on the back in expanded mode without having to wait several seconds for the camera to build the previews from the 42 MP RAWs, but I delete them once I pull the RAW files into LR. I'm still using LR for organizing my images, although I'm liking Capture One for initial RAW processing. More work but the end result is worth it. The only time I shoot full sized jpegs and use them is if it's an editorial situation and I need to upload fast - even then I'll be sure to shoot RAW as well. I'd never shoot just jpegs.
  8. Trade in or sell privately?

    I just went through this and settled for a compromise. i traded in my backup camera for more than I'd have gotten on eBay as part of the Sony trade in event on B&H, so that was a win. Digital cameras don't hold their value like lenses do. I then sent an email to a couple of photo groups I belong to or have belonged to in the past with the list of my equipment and what I was asking (priced at a slight discount compared to what they were going for on eBay and the used departments of various online retailers in hopes of a quick sale). I gave it a week and sold a few lenses for my asking price, then sold the rest through mpb which gave me the best price (I checked out KEH and B&H too). mpb later lowballed some of the equipment after receiving it, but I was able to get them to go back up to the close to the original price they'd quoted. I know I lost a lot on the equipment I sold them compared to what I'd get on eBay but they took it all, and since I was selling off all my Nikon cameras and lenses except for one I decided to keep, I just couldn't deal with all the hassle of eBay listings, mailing it all off, etc. Selling locally to people I knew or who were friends of friends was easy. I packed up all the rest in one box and was done. So, lazy me won out, but the few pieces I sold locally made up for a lot of what I lost on the lazy end, and I now have a new Sony A7rii and some lenses I'm happy with, and a lighter kit. I think I might go with KEH in future. I wasn't really happy with mpb but the cash in my bank account is better than a bunch of unused equipment on my closet shelves. I've got a lot going on in my life at the moment, so speed and ease of sale won out.
  9. Live News forum

    Congrats on the sale. Good to know. I suspect that most of the News photos are sent primarily to the British rather than the American press, which is why I asked. I'm guessing you mean the Times (of London) and not our NYTimes? Thanks for the info.
  10. IMHO, I'd opt for a full frame camera if you are planning to shoot architecture. In my experience, either a full frame DSLR or one of the Sony A7/A7r models with a couple of good prime lenses will start you off on the right track. I just got the A7rii after using the Nikon D700 for years, and would recommend either a full frame Nikon or Sony for the work you enjoy. There are several good prime wide angle choices for the Sony full frame (FE) mount and you could get a camera and a few lenses for far less than a medium format and with something like the A7rii you'll have photos you can blow up really huge. You could also buy a used Nikon D700 or 750 and start with the 20mm f/2/8 prime and it will blow away anything you're used to shooting. IMHO, a full frame camera will let you take advantage of wide angle lenses better than an APS-C sensor, you can get better bokeh and just the feel somehow ... I shot with both a D700 and a D5100 (as a lighter backup camera) for years and for architecture always fell back on the D700 (its 12MP blew away the D5100's 16MP, pixel count isn't everything, though having a 42MP Sony is a truly amazing experience and yes, you need good lenses). When I sold my Nikons, I opted for a Sony because as much as I love my Olympus mirrorless (OMD E-1), I didn't want to be without a full frame option. I also opted for the A7rii because it is amazing in low light. I researched a lot of the Sonys and the low light capacity of that one (and some others, can't recall which at the moment) was the deciding factor for me. If you are shooting indoors or at night, you might not always have a tripod, and even when you do, it's great to have a camera that gives you such a clean photo. I know the D750 and D850 blow away the D700 so if you're going the DSLR route, I'd grab one of them. Opting for a full frame DSLR or mirrorless camera over a medium format also means you're not stuck using a tripod most of the time and can branch out to any kind of photography, since it sounds like you are just starting out. Good luck.
  11. Live News forum

    They've helped me get accreditation a couple of times when I didn't have an assignment to get me in the door. I've found the Live News people are very helpful - I just hope they keep growing their base in the US - I've only seen my live new images licensed as secondary editorial (which is fine) the time difference seems to be an issue but it could just be that nothing I've shot caught an editor's fancy on the first go-round. Curious how others in the US who shoot the occasional newsworthy event have done licensing via live news as actual news rather than secondary editorial? I've done better placing photos locally myself as "news" but the images do have legs here.
  12. SONY LENS

    Congrats on the Sony - loving my new A7rii - the longest lens I've purchased so far for it is a 90mm macro so no help on your query except to encourage you to get the lens that will inspire you and fuel your creativity, and to share my experience in making the Nikon-Sony switch. I just sold off all my Nikon cameras and nearly all my lenses in order to buy the Sony A7rii and a few primes. We all have to look at how we shoot, our budgets, and where it makes sense to splurge or hold back. I don't think you ever regret getting the best equipment that you can afford when you can afford to splurge. I know that using a 42MP camera means I need lenses that can live up to what the camera can do, so for me that meant a few new primes. This included choosing the smaller and lighter f/2.8 Sony 35mm over the much larger and heavier Sony and Rokinon f/1.4's as a walk-around lens, knowing my kit would also include the heavier 90mm macro and some other larger lenses going forward. I was eyeing the pricey Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 (US $1,500), but after further research decided to keep my Nikon 20mm f/2.8 and bought an inexpensive (about $35) manual adapter since I didn't think it was worth spending $300 on a metabones or equivalent simply to get autofocus on a lens that wide. It's fantastic. For wildlife shooting of course attaching a huge Nikon lens with an adapter to your Sony makes no sense since the point is to keep weight down, but you might want to hold on to a few choice wide primes if you have them. I wish I had experience with either of the zooms to share, but for the kind of work you do, having the best tele zoom you can afford makes sense. I wouldn't spent thousands for a lens to shoot ordinary boring serviceable stock photos, but I would spend it to shoot the kind of stock that was also the kind of photography that fueled my passion - and if your passion is wildlife, then go for the best you can afford. I added a used 12mm Rokinon fisheye to my arsenal - not a necessity when building a new Sony kit from scratch and at $360 not a cheap toy considering all the other kit I was buying - but I felt I needed something to get my fine art creative juices flowing. If I sell one or two fine art prints, it will pay for itself and if it gets me inspired then it has paid for itself already. So - best of luck! Can't wait to hear what you choose and how it works out.
  13. Printing photos at home or in the office

    I used a high end pro Epson printer when I was a photo assistant and hated it - I had to drive it in to the shop too many times. We had a regular Epsom at home. One of the original Epsom ink tanks that came with the printer exploded when my husband removed it and it destroyed a very expensive shirt and sweater, so I swore off Epson years ago. I bought the Canon Pixma Pro-10 and have used both the Canon Platinum glossy paper and various Moab and Canson infinity papers for color printing with excellent results. I also use the Ilford Gold "true black and white" paper for my black and white images and even a few NYC galleries (at a portfolio review) remarked at how cool it was that I was using film. Love that Ilford paper and the Moab and Canson are also gorgeous - the Moab was very nice for black and white too - even the Canon Premium glossy is lovely depending upon the print. Many have been matted and framed for shows (and some sold, more that recouping my investment with a single sale), some are loose prints for my portfolio, some prints for clients on commissioned work. I use my regular business printer (a Canon MX290) and the many boxes of free matte paper that Canon sent me whenever I bought ink , for contact sheets, to avoid wasting the pricier photo ink, unless color was critical. I didn't use the printer for a very long time thanks to a lengthy stretch of vertigo. Big mistake. When I finally went to use my printer again (right after the extended warranty ended), I found it was a mess and I need to clean it and waste whatever ink is left - I even have a spare box with inks that are expired - so I'll have plenty to waste. CLEANING ADVICE PLEASE: Does it make a mess when you run the cleaning process or does all the excess ink end up on the paper? And can I use matte photo paper to run through the machine or should I buy some inexpensive glossy paper? I know you shouldn't use regular paper as it can gunk up the inside. Until leaving it idle for well over a year, it worked beautifully. I rarely wasted a print. I'd highly recommend it and would buy another if this one turns out to be toast. I have some good labs that deliver overnight but I find I like being able to print fine art work myself (up to 19" on the long side) - it feels more like it's mine and it's also nice to experiment with different papers.
  14. How was your March 2018?

    Wow! I'm really shocked and disappointed. Back in 2012, when I realized that I was still missing some images even after I paid to have a crashed hard drive recovered, one of my POD sites let me download a bunch of images and one of the big (probably the biggest) micros actually sent me links to other images I was missing so that I could download them, in both instances at no charge. Last year, I had somehow managed to lose the base file for a series of concept images I was working on, perhaps with a boneheaded "save" instead of "save as." That image was already uploaded to the aforesaid micro. I wrote explaining the situation, got a rude response, and wrote back saying how disappointed I was in this treatment. I then received an apologetic email explaining that the person who had answered my original email was new, and a link so I could download the file. Did you get a response to your second request? If not, here's hoping that it falls on more sympathetic ears. It just seems wrong to expect you to pay for your own files. I get that they aren't a file storage platform but things happen and the goodwill it engenders when someone helps you out certainly seems to be the image I would imagine this photographer-friendly site would want to be putting out there. With nearly 60,000 files on here, I'd think they'd want to keep you happy. I'm a tiny contributor to that other site, but they still went out of their way to help me out. Let's hope you get the right person this time. You shouldn't have to buy back your own images.
  15. Cuteness wins out every time! Great shots!