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  1. Totally agree - also with everything else you said. Excellent explanations about why you can't save certain images as jpegs (size, layers, no background layers) LR is great and as they have added new tools it has gotten even better - I've used it since LR 1, but there are some things I still open in PS to do such as spotting (unless it's very minor) and of course retouching, removing people or other things (love the way it can do so much automatically these days). One thing I do differently than you for dust spotting skies (and with my Sony mirrorless, I get so much more dust than with any of my Nikons or even my Olympus mirrorless - the auto sensor cleaning function helps a little but it can still be a mess - and with 42MP viewing at 200% there is probably just a lot more to notice which may be why it seems such a nightmare). Anyway, I make a new layer from the background (and/or final layers if I am saving a layered file for some reason) and then I do a curves adjustment layer and set the blend mode to multiply. I then heal the layer below the curves adjustment (i.e. the copy of the background) - this lets me see the dust much more clearly. I turn off the curves layer when I need to clone rather than heal or if I'm using the blur tool to deal with very dusty gray clouds (or else it will use the blending mode and mess it up - I don't know why that doesn't happen with the healing tool but it has been this way as long as I can remember). I then delete the curves adjustment and flatten. Clear blue skies are so quick and easy this way but I think I probably overdo it with cloudy skies since it is sometimes hard to tell a dust spot from rounded gray cloud shapes. I love the large Sony files, but dust spotting is sometimes a slow slog, especially with cloud filled skies at dusk or sunset. I shoot a lot of blue hour photos by the sea or over the Hudson River and while the sunsets are great, if there is dust I'm in for a lot of post-processing. I had a mess on my sensor one day last fall when I was shooting Lake Erie lighthouses - I have gorgeous blue hour, sunset, and night photos but the skies are a huge mess. I have been using different primes with my Sony and change lenses often. I also use legacy lenses with adapters and while I've bought additional lens back covers to keep them clean, it still seems to add to the problem. I never had much of an issue with any of my other cameras.
  2. My only abstract to sell here in the past few years: I believe it was used by an energy company low $$. These types of images tend to sell a lot on certain other sites - but I think many clients are interested in a one-stop shop so that pushing this type of image may be a good idea. It sure would be fun to see one of my photos as an Alamy cover. Have any of you had Alamy cover images? Do they tend to sell? I guess you could have one and not even know it if you don't check daily. And kudos Betty & Bridget for your work helping others. My daughter and I got a booth together after Hurricane Katrina at our community day and with the help of our town and trucks and drivers from surrounding towns managed to collect two huge truckloads (large semi-sized trucks) of clothing, toys and small appliances for Hurricane survivors. It was a last minute effort due to the timing, but so many people saw what we were doing, went home, got stuff and brought it back. Folks from Mississippi and Louisiana paid us back after Hurricane Sandy when their energy companies sent crews here to help us get the lights back (I'm talking about the guys who were working on our street - and of course people around the world helped us after 9/11). That human urge to help is thankfully ingrained especially when disaster strikes. It would be good if we felt as charitable toward our fellow man every day, but thank goodness at least disasters bring out the best in most people (with some notable exceptions). And kudos Betty and Paulette on winning your battles with cancer. That's real courage.
  3. 1596 x 1062 pixels331KB compressedNU Editorial website and app multiple use, in perpetuity $1.18 (How is an Editorial website novel use? Isn't that in fact a customary Alamy use? Insult to injury, my first micro sale of the day earned me more than this) UK but as it's web no help with DACS either. πŸ˜• I came back to add the camera used. My Nikon D700. Not sure if it was my 20mm lens or my 24-70mm. Great memories of that trip. Actually, that one day is the most I've made from a single day's shooting stock. It was on Nantucket - you can only get there by boat or plane. I want to go back Taken in 2010, traveling with two non-photographer friends, so I shot a lot less than usual and got my photos processed and up. A lesson not yet learned. Still trying to shoot less when I travel.
  4. My first camera was a Brownie - an old one that my globe-trotting grandmother gave me when I was 6. I've always loved photography, took a couple of classes in high school and college in the 1970's and even at ICP in the 1980's when I was a trial lawyer in Manhattan (all darkroom - I took pottery when I was in law school - I always needed an art outlet). I wanted to go to RISDI (Rhode Island School of Design) but my parents were not about to pay for a "frivolous" art degree so I did photography (and some painting and pottery) as hobbies. In my 40's I started freelance writing and took photos to go along with the images. At age 50, I learned about stock photography, took Photoshop at a local community college, and joined Alamy. I'll be 61 in a little over a week. The knees are okay but my back was wrecked in a car accident over a decade ago, doctor told me to give up photography before I'd barely started. I didn't. Love my mirrorless cameras (though I miss my Nikons sometimes). Heading off to the acupuncturist. He keeps me young. My daughter sends photos of my grandson taken on her iPhone pretty much daily. I'd rather she do that than shoot stock. 😎I love that I can take iPhone photos of him 800 miles away when we facetime. It may not be DSLR quality, but those pix sure make me smile. I can be very social, even outgoing at times, though deep down I'm a shy person who developed those skills from necessity. I need my alone time and love getting lost on the internet when I'm researching for keywords or lost in the woods shooting photos. I love research, photography and writing. If I could do the job faster and it paid better, it would be my dream job - but it's close. Sometimes I like shooting assignments and making my clients happy but weddings would be way too stressful - the pressure to get it perfect - I'd rather get up in front of a jury LOL. I guess we have found our tribe here.
  5. My first S sale was for an article on all 50 US states and, from a pretty thorough reviews, it appeared that every other photo in the article was from the regular Alamy collection. The article appeared on smaller city newspaper websites across the country and the quality of my heavily filtered image (taken with an old 6MP? 4S) was good enough. While iPhone photos can't compare to those taken with a decent lens on a DSLR or mirrorless, it's not always relevant since most of the demand for images these days is for the web. Ironic and frustrating to those of us who spend thousands on equipment, but the reality. Anyhow. the point here is it would be great to be able to manage S images online and not just from our phones. Please Alamy. It would also be nice to discuss S without incurring your wrath. Or open an S forum for contributors? Pretty please?
  6. You're welcome! That's when a waterproof camera would in handy 😎....some day
  7. πŸ‘πŸ» Good plan! 😎 (p.s. Loved your image!)
  8. Great advice from the group here - use your farm experience and contacts to your advantage. Every few months update your research and think of new ideas, but most importantly enjoy what you are doing - your love of photography shows. Beautiful photos. Congrats on your sale too.
  9. @Joseph Clemson Absolutely, and those discussions may have stepped over the line. It is a slippery slope ... but I have never seen Alamy close down a discussion where, for example, contributors have explained to newbies that Alamy isn't like the micros, that Alamy's focus leans toward editorial, that artsy photos are better on POD sites, etc. This doesn't hurt Alamy, it helps new members learn. It seemed like people stopped replying to the OP once the Guidelines were mentioned.... freezing out potentially helpful responses based on a misinterpretation of the Guidelines. This is the second time this has happened this month. As a long-time contributor, I thought that I could be helpful by speaking up. I do not believe my response was disrespectful nor heated. Nothing I said was critical of Alamy or other sites, In fact, I didn't mention any other sites. I also was not critical of anyone here, merely disagreeing with your interpretation of the Guidelines, opining that Alamy encourages debate and does not limit our discussion so drastically, while agreeing with @meanderingemu that the OP should be more circumspect in discussing Alamy and other sites. I didn't promote myself nor did I link to any other photo forums, so I am confused by the Guideline language that you are quoting now. Everything I have said here has stayed within both the letter and the spirit of the Guidelines. But I get your point, you don't want to see this get shut down, and having wandered off topic, I'm concerned too although I think all three of us were trying to help the OP understand how Alamy works, so in that respect this tangent isn't completely off-topic. No one is name-calling or immaturely giving others red arrows. I was a NYC trial lawyer for more than a decade, so I have a pretty thick skin. I also understand there is a difference between disagreeing with someone's point of view, or their interpretation of what something means, and attacking that person. This is not a personal attack. I sometimes forget that for the average person, when someone disagrees with them, they are bound to take it as a personal affront. It was not meant that way. We are all trying to help here. @Aaron I'm glad you found my comments on your images helpful. You asked to get in touch. You can find me through the contact me form on my personal website but I am not permitted to share that info here. Google is your friend.
  10. @meanderingemu Sorry for the misunderstanding. And not to confuse things further, but I meant the language that you quoted from the guidelines, not from the OP's post. More importantly though, please don't feel defensive. I agree with what you wrote. it was good to bring the guidelines to the OP's attention. In re-reading and editing what I wrote, I realized that you were not the one to say that we could not mention other sites. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to add a second quote once I had hit reply. I considered taking out your quote all together, but then I saw that you had replied and it seemed wrong to then edit my post after you had replied. My intention was simply to point out that while Alamy bans the kinds of discussions that you rightly point to in your posts, they do not ban every mention of other sites. It's so easy for assumptions to turn into "facts" on a forum and the only way to really understand how things are going here is to do so in the context of the larger stock photo market. I think Alamy's Guidelines reflect that. And I think that reflects well on Alamy. Anyway, I hope there are no hard feelings. I really was trying hard to be constructive and I wasn't challenging what you said, just trying to clarify the conclusions others drew from the Guidelines that you pointed to. There have been a few cases recently when contributors became somewhat heated when others mentioned sites other than Alamy. It seemed like this discussion might be heading that way and I was trying to jump in and maybe steer things back on course. Hope I haven'[t derailed it instead. I see more replies popping up as I write. Uh oh...
  11. @Aaron I have taken a quick look at your portfolio since you have asked for constructive criticism. You have a lot of similar images - e.g. way too many similar shots of the American flag - and this will reduce your CTR (click through rate - do a search for CTR or click through rate in the forum and you will then understand why having all these similar images will hurt you). Also, most of your images don't have captions. They have strings of keywords which is not permitted. But, more important, it means people have no idea what the photos are about. An American flag is obvious. People milling about in front of others at a table outside - are they signing up at a rally? Are they at a garage sale? Just out for a walk? I have no idea what they are doing and neither will a buyer. Are they doing something that might be of interest to a news outlet for a story? Think about why you took the image and how it could be used by a buyer. If you have no idea, don't upload it. Quality is as, if not even more important than quantity. Uploading 40,000 images won't help you make a living if many of them are virtually identical and/or if they were not taken with a purpose in mind. I have over 100,000 images on my hard drives since I started taking digital photos in 2006 but I only have about 1,200 images here. Admittedly, I am slow at uploading and very particular about editing, But even if I had uploaded every image on my hard drives that I felt was suitable for stock, I'd still have less than 10,000. Just because the Alamy collection is unedited does not mean that you should not edit your images carefully, which includes limiting how many you upload from each shoot and thinking about what each image could be used for. Again, read the discussions here on CTR and you will understand why. Also spend some time reading discussions here like the images sold threads and discussions about Alamy rank, then take a look at your portfolio and upload photos that you think people will actually be able to use to illustrate a book or magazine, newspaper or web article (editorial) or, if the image has releases or does not need them, a commercial concept that an advertiser might want. On making a living here, I guess in part that depends on what you need. At one point, I anticipated that having a large portfolio of stock photos would give me a nice nest egg for retirement, but as the stock photo market online matured and changed, I continued to do do the math. That is part of the reason my portfolio is at 1,200 rather than 10K. Even if I spent the time to get another 9K images online, I do not anticipate that I would earn what I would expect to make from that effort, so, for me stock is just one segment of my photo income. But I still see it as a nest egg for retirement, just a much smaller egg in the nest. You need to track you sales here for a few years and do the math for yourself. I make more from some other stock photo sites, even with far fewer images at them, but I like Alamy's pricing structure better and I have many other reasons for putting more of my photos here than elsewhere, Everyone's needs and portfolios are different. Finally, Welcome to Alamy - and good luck!
  12. First, Jean-Francois @meanderingemu and Joseph @Joseph Clemson I want to be very clear that I am saying this in the spirit of trying to be constructive and to help a newbie, and not to start a fight here or lead this discussion into one that will be closed. But, I think we need to be clear here, nowhere in the language Jean-Francois quotes and in fact, nowhere in that entire Alamy Guideline post link, does Alamy forbid us from mentioning other sites if it is done to help someone better understand how Alamy differs from POD, microstock or other midstock and higher end stock sites. They do indeed forbid discussions that are defamatory or that promote competitors (as Jean-Francois rightly points out). It is a fine line at times, and some of the OP's comments may straddle that line, so it is good that you brought it to his attention, but that does not mean he should be dismissed out of hand for asking questions. Obviously, he is considering moving his images over here and maybe deleting some from other sites, so he seems to be honestly seeking advice, albeit some of his comments may be problematic. The forum guidelines also say: The Alamy forum is for contributors to spark debate and find answers from each other. Although Alamy will jump in from time to time, this is your forum! Be inclusive and welcome new members. Only provide constructive criticism if it’s asked for. Remember, we were all new once. That's one of the things I really like about Alamy, I think that they make an effort to foster free discussion and to be reasonably transparent. They accept criticism without banning people for honestly but politely expressing their anger when they make decisions that photographers are unhappy about. And they give their contributors the benefit of the doubt. We need to recognize that this is an Alamy forum, so they are free to run it as they wish, but as an outspoken Yank I have to say that I have never felt that my opinion here is being censured. Don't scare the OP off. Let him ask his questions. @Aaron I would suggest that you heed Jean-Francois' advice and read the Guidelines, and be more careful when you discuss other sites and be careful not to discuss rumors that hurt Alamy. There has never been any suggestion that this site is going the way of subscriptions, and in fact for many contributors, myself included, the price per download has risen substantially this year. I also took a quick look at your portfolio as you asked. See me advice below.
  13. Just came here to check - 2pm EDT - Dashboard loads but measures won't. Zooms have surged since a trough in July to an all time high and I was hoping to check new ones (and had hoped to see a sale by now). Glad my internet isn't down which was my first thought. Wind this time of year tends to take down old tree branches on the lines, even when we don't get anything near hurricane force gales. You'd be surprised how rural the 'burbs can be less than an hour north of midtown Manhattan.
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