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  1. I kept a few of my old Nikon lenses when I switched to Sony too and they work beautifully fully manual with an inexpensive adapter. I'll have to check out LensTagger because it would be nice to have that info in the files. I usually add a note somewhere in the info.
  2. Congrats Sally! How did you get them to pose? Are you a penguin whisperer? 😎
  3. That one hit me the hardest too as I've seen it across several newspapers. The blatant white supremacy evoked by the confederate flag coupled with the middle-aged cosplay garbed person - in my mind dressed like a caveman - speaks to the immaturity and sense of unreality these people live in. I weep for my country and I don't know how we reconcile the two sides but I feel some bit of hope in the heartening victories in Georgia and faith in our new president and vice president being able to actually work with Congress at least for the next two years. It is not political to condemn th
  4. 143 mostly garden and some empty storefront or stores with signs up (taken in a nearby town as I waited for my husband to have surgery- my first time out during lockdown). I ventured out rarely- and my favorite local places to shoot landscape images were generally overrun with hikers so the parking lots, allowed to only be half full or less so, were generally full most of the time- hard to time it right. We managed to get away for a week at the Connecticut shore in October and I got some nice images then. I also uploaded several illustrations, not usually something I'd upload her
  5. A flurry of sales stating in November got my sales volume up from last year, but revenue was sadly way down (2nd worst revenue after my first year, 2008, when I had a very tiny port). Of most concern, average price took a serious nosedive - $26. Despite a few exclusives, there were also some distributor sales, so I earned an average of $11 per sale. In most bars & restaurants in my neighborhood (not that I've been to one in a vey very long while), that won't even buy you a single cocktail. Discouraging. Net income from Alamy dropped by about 100% - that's right, I earned less than half of
  6. Hard to decide - lots of great pix.I think I could have easily voted for any of them Congrats to all. It was a tough choice. Happy New Year everyone.
  7. I thought DACS was only for print publications (not including newspapers) and for TV. Did something change?
  8. Lots of extras but it is really interesting how changing the search parameters brings up a variety of different books. I know it's better now that google doesn't put the entire book online, but boy did the old way make it easier to find how your image was used - though I'm sure it also made it harder to sell books when you could read so much online, though there's nothing like owning the real thing IMHO. Anyhow, good tip. I even found my work in a book almost entirely in Russian since my name was still in English. Not good for DACS but fun to find nonetheless.
  9. I had over 100 views for "Westchester County" (where I live) in one search, no zooms so bad CTR but 2 sales in one day that were quite obviously a direct result of that search. Views have been down this year, so I'm reluctant to remove any relevant keywords simply because they might negatively affect my CTR since it rarely correlates to sales for me.
  10. "New England" brings up a ton of false positives for "England" for me, but it also has led to sales so I just can't worry about it too much. "Central Park" has ended up in searches for Central America for me too. I guess I could delete "America" from all those images but is that really the answer? I spent ages changing tags years back to add quotes around phrases which Alamy never implemented, and when they switched to the new AIM a few years ago I ended up with single words suddenly repeated several times since the new AIM split up all my phrases. Fixing this type of
  11. Congrats on your win! Terrific challenge - gave me a new keyword I hadn't considered, too - thanks! "Twin" islands in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden at sunrise. Repeating wares with a lovely shopkeeper in Tallinn, Estonia: Repeating triangular shapes in the buildings and a pattern of Chessie Dragons, fanciful paddle boats, float on the water of Chesapeake Bay (hence "Chessie") in Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD:
  12. Merry Christmas everyone! Hope despite it being a Zoom Christmas for most of us, hope you find joy this holiday season.
  13. I uploaded some of my own skies and have to say the sky replacement tool really saved this image taken on a gray soggy day - nothing like spending a week at the beach to take photos and having it rain or drizzle nearly every day. Gray skies do not sell travel scenics so gotta love this new tool.
  14. I was in St. Petersburg on a gray gloomy day and got some lovely portraits. Not much else though. It was August so it was actually shorts weather, I doubt that lasts long.
  15. I read the first page of comments here before watching the video and was happily surprised and encouraged when I watched it. Thanks Alamy! They covered a lot of the questions asked and seem to be focused on two very important concerns, image size and infringements. I was also pleased to know that PA Media photographers aren't getting a leg up on the rest of us. It also sounds like they've grown their business in this nightmare year. Unfortunately, with ever more photographers, our share of the pie as contributors is likely to keep shrinking, a problem with any crowds
  16. Thank you - that link is messed up for sure - I'll fix it. Thanks for the head's up.
  17. My thought was that I could upload it as Editorial Use Only as long the album cover or pieces of the puzzle were taken in context - spread out on a table or strewn near a turntable - so it's like shooting any other artwork. I certainly would not take a close up shot where the photo taken by someone else is the main thing, but would spread out a collection of covers, that sort of thing, so it's in context. I think that works - doesn't it? There's always competition. I made over $100 this year on the micros with a couple of photos of a brick wall, mostly from a single photo. Someti
  18. Photoshelter is headquartered in Manhattan the epicenter of the early coronavirus pandemic in the US and in a bad way again as is the rest of the country, so I think they've done a lot this year given all that's been going on. But it has been a long wait. Really nice people there. You can call up and get a live person on the phone or, these days, a call back. I updated my template recently. Would welcome any thoughts. I plan to revamp it more but this is the first go-round. https://www.mariannecampolongophotography.com/index I doubt the google images thing
  19. Flower is about midway on that top-100 list. And free is very high. 😒 It's funny how books is in there - I've sold a few photos of books (the first taken for a local magazine some years ago and then I re-did an updated version which also sold). Not something I'd expected to sell but shows it's hard to guess. Wish I had pix of the Beatles - they're in there twice. Maybe I'll shoot some old albums? An our daughter sent us a 1000-piece Beatles puzzle lately. A twofer- stay at home and a popular subject?
  20. I'm still thinking of that 122 degrees - even without humidity it seem unbearable. Like they say you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Maybe you could try and photograph that? Love this thread. Beautiful pix.
  21. Past last year's number of sales by a couple after a flurry of recent sales, but gross revenue is down, net about half of 2019. Still hopeful that November's flurry and one this past week are harbingers of better times ahead.
  22. Maybe they needed it for a Zoom church presentation? Gorgeous image!
  23. John, glad you got the cataract done. I had the first one done wide awake with the shot. Second one three years later they put me out. I shelled out for the pricey lens that was supposed to correct astigmatism which my expensive health insurance didn't cover - an additional $800 10 years ago, thinking I could buy a decent camera lens for that. I was over-sharpening images, and suddenly had difficulty driving at night here in the northern suburbs where streetlights are a rarity. At first they thought I had a problem with my cornea and sent me to a specialist so though I was barely 5
  24. Having grown up and spent most of my life in NYC and environs I can't believe how light the traffic is elsewhere in the US except California where even the 6-lane freeways turn into parking lots, worse than driving in Manhattan (I usually take the commuter train and then use the subway or walk, but sometimes I drive in). I took the Tube when I was in London and in Edinburg pretty much walked everywhere (taxi to & from the airport) so never tried driving on the "wrong" side though I did find driving through the French countryside and stopping for a herd of sheep to be an unforgettable exper
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