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  1. To be fair, even with a few tiny licenses of late, I hit last year's revenue with half the number of licenses. It's just that a few months of micro=priced licenses since then has me cranky.

     

    @meanderingemu I think your suggestion about the "what to shoot" list is spot-on

     

    I also wish they would do more marketing. Like last month they asked us to tag our autumn photos on twitter. I tagged a bunch of mine via Buffer so they'd be spread out but Alamy only RT'd one of them - several have sold so it wasn't that the pix weren't worth the RT - and i had gone and RT'd a bunch of theirs. I have just over 7,200 followers, not huge but certainly worthwhile as it's 50% of the size of this huge stock agency's following, but instead of making me feel noticed for my effort, I felt like it was a waste of time - they have a marketing idea but no one seems to follow up. 

     

    Ideas like that on twitter and other social media, getting us involved and then following up and tweeting links to images that, if sold, garner them the lion's share, would be really nice and getting some feedback would go a long way toward making me feel appreciated as a contributor. Sure, my primary goal here is to make some money, but we all like to feel appreciated for our effort. 

     

    I used to be able to count on Alamy News to give me feedback and to help me get a press pass when I didn't have an assignment, but then they kicked me out of the scheme (which I had been invited to join when it wasn't originally open to all), thanks to having been sick for a couple of years and so far less active. I'm also at a disadvantage being US based as most Alamy news seems to be directed at the British press. I haven't even re-applied, though I believe I have the requisite credentials. Why spend $24 for a train to Manhattan (& another $5 for the subway) to shoot a protest when the photos are being shopped around for $6? They don't seem too be targeting the local press in my area, and the last sale I had to a US newspaper group for about $15 remains unpaid for nearly 5 months now. 

     

     

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  2. On 01/12/2019 at 14:15, John Mitchell said:

     

    I didn't mean to give the impression that I'm having a "banner year", just that after several years of plateauing, my sales numbers and hence revenue took unexpected and welcome upturns in 2019. Time will tell whether or not this is just a spike. I've seen a couple of those in the past.

     

    Interesting to hear about all those perks available on the dark side. Are there any particular incentives that you'd like to see Alamy provide?

     

    P.S. There is very little hair left on the top of my head at this point, so I'd be afraid that it might hurt too much. 😏

     

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    I'd just like to see better prices and I'd also like to see them collect up front for small one-off or new client licenses, I'm still waiting months for some sub $10 licenses to clear. That's just adds insult to injury. 

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  3. On 27/11/2019 at 04:23, Mr Standfast said:

     

    I prefer a kitchen calendar to outlook.  Just more spontaneous and the puchase encourages a photographer somewhere... Outlook is what you do with a window.

     

    When I was a mature student I drew lots of mind maps to get ideas into order, then took a picture on my phone so I could revise when I was away from my books.

     

    Analog or digital? They are just tools.

     

    My husband loves having a calendar on our fridge. I have a couple to chose from who've licensed my photos when January rolls around. Thank goodness people still buy calendars.  (Just don't tell anyone, I prefer my iPhone for keeping me on track.) But the calendars are so much nicer to look at. 

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  4. On 26/11/2019 at 01:22, Chuck Nacke said:

    Making images for me has never been "leisurely." I had written a rather long rant about the difference between Digital V.S. Film, but I deleted it.

    I do Love my old K-14's (Kodachromes), but film can no longer come close to what you can get out of a NIKON D800.

     

     

     

     

    I didn't mean that taking images was a leisurely pursuit; I was really thinking more of how much faster it is to type than to write by hand, and probably should have used a more precise term than "leisurely." I meant it more in terms of "unhurried," because while you can shoot or write to a deadline, which is often the case, the best work often comes when you have the time to pace yourself and feel that "flow" that arises when your natural rhythm and your artistic nature are perfectly in tune. 

     

    "Lethargically" and "deliberately" are both synonyms for "taking one's time," but I think that they miles apart from each other. "Deliberately" was really the more precise term I should have used. Or "thoughtfully."   But then I've done some of my best work while taking a leisurely walk along the water's edge, so perhaps that term wasn't really so imprecise. I've also done some of my best work thinking on my feet or trying to get that split-second shot, or with a deadline looming. But I'd rather think with a pen in my hand and an uninterrupted hour stretching out in front of me. 

     

     


  5. I think incentives make sense. Most of the other agencies pay you a higher rate once you surpass different milestones. One starts off easy, bumping you up at just $500 in earnings to a higher rate, with another incremental bump or two on the way, but once you hit $10K in earnings, there are no more incentives. A few offer a higher commission and, most important, a better search position for exclusive images, even if you are not an exclusive photographer. Others have incentives by the photo, with the rate going up for each image the more often it is licensed.

     

    One is offering a free year of Adobe CC if you get 300 files accepted during the year (no editorial, very strict on similars, so it's not quite as simple as it seems, especially if you don't upload much and they announce the deal when there are only three month left in the year....) From the "prize" it's easy to guess who the latter is, doesn't really cost them much and while it's not a huge prize, it is incentive. The 99 cents they pay out for a subscription download didn't seem worth the trouble, until I started getting single digit sales here for a few months (including one RM print license for $1.18 (roughly 40 cents to me), and decided the $120 I'd save on my CC subscription was worth the effort and that there was really no downside to putting my images there. I also have been uploading them elsewhere as time permits, so it's a win-win. 

     

    If I'm not taking photos for a client, stock helps me to really think about the purpose of what I'm shooting, although some of my most successful images, those that are licensed again and again, are often images I shot for the pure joy of it. My family always thought it was odd that I would be off taking photos of nature and architecture while on vacation, as well as photographs of interesting strangers, and not just family snapshots, until I was off at college and my dad got a few of those rolls of film developed for me. Then he bought me my first 35mm SLR. You have to love photography, or doing this just wouldn't make any sense.

     

    Some of the large micros give sweetheart deals to their biggest producers, which certainly makes sense from a business point of view, although there is plenty of griping by those who don't get such treatment, but personally I've never seen the point in begrudging other's success. John, I'm glad you're having a banner year, it keeps my spirits up to hear of other's success. It means that there is hope. 

     

    I was really sure that this year was going to be great here but the second half of the year has been my worst ever. I make more in a day on those sites many scoff at than I've made here the past couple of months. I've increased my portfolio by about 15% but can never imagine having tens of thousands of images online, although I have uploaded a couple of hundred in the last couple of months, so I may hit 10,000 before I die. My new images uploaded elsewhere are being licensed right away, so I feel like I'm uploading the kinds of images people need, and I'm uploading similar content here, as well as a fair amount of exclusive content to Alamy, but i'm still waiting for that long tail to wag the dog, which is what I would expect for new content here. 

     

    My income here rose steadily and sharply, roughly doubling each year to the next from 2009 through 2015. It seesawed up and down after that, but not by more than about 15% in either direction. Right now 2018 to 2019 is pretty much a straight line, and has been one since July which is disappointing. . 

     

    I got one $250 license earlier this year, so I know that they are still out there, and am feeling like it's time to see at least one more of them before the year ends.  @John Mitchell , may I rub your head for luck? 😎

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  6. i first got a Kindle Fire thinking it was the cheap woman's iPad - nope but good for reading magazines, newspapers and books at home (and playing those distracting video games). Fast forward to the summer and I realized you can't use it on the beach unless you get the beach umbrella just right and given how windy it is in New England where we go to the beach, it was a no-go as the umbrella often wouldn't stay up (we got a tent-like thing for the baby this year and it is far more solid and has room for two chairs) . After two summers of frustration, my husband's Kindle paper white gave up the ghost right before Mother's Day last year so I got us matching refurbished Kindle paper whites on sale for Memorial Day as Mother's and Father's Day gifts. So light and actually waterproof. Haven't dropped it in the tub  yet but good to know it's safe. 

     

    The Kindle Fire is good for email (reading) but it's a bit hunt and peck for writing,. Now that there is PS for the iPad, I might consider getting one, but I blew my electronics budget this year on my mega laptop. Less than a year old and I need to bring it to Apple at some point to get the keyboard replaced as not just the "e" but about 8 of the letters have worn through. The E wore out in the first month. I just figured I'd wait and hope that they fix the problem before getting a new one  that will just wear out again so quickly. $4,000 for blazing fast innards, a beautiful light design, and a dime store keyboard. 

     

    The inexpensive Japanese fountain pen I bought will outlast it by many years. 

     

    John, I want a self driving car when I'm 80 so my daughter doesn't have to take my car keys away. Without a garage there's nowhere to power an electric car or I would have looked into a hybrid. I get well over 32MPG with my Subaru Forrester despite its large size (I'm on a private road and we pay for snow removal but the guy can't get there until fairly late in the day - our road is too narrow for the town's trucks - so we need to have one car with 4-wheel drive - it's also good for carting artwork to shows - and with all the huge SUV's on the road, it feel a bit safer- hubs has a tiny sporty Hundai Velocter which gets awesome mileage and is fun to drive). 


  7. @John Mitchell  I think my iPhone would be the hardest thing to give up. Mostly because of all the photos of my grandson that my daughter messages me... not to mention the adorable photos I take when we FaceTime.  Amazing that I can take a photo of a child in Ohio from my home in NY.  Of course, the photos are all magically on my computers too, thanks to the magic of MAC. It will never replace my camera, but it's great little tool. I had my last one (a 4S) for 4 years and want to replace my 6S, but the price tag is holding me back. I think they do a price break if you get a slightly older version, but everything MAC, much as I mostly love it, is overpriced, even at a discount. 

     

    I don't need the latest and greatest....though sometimes I think that as things get outdated so fast, maybe the latest makes sense rather than starting with something that's already outdated. 

     

    The thing I liked best about tuning in my 13-year-old Ford for a shiny new Subaru was, admittedly, the gas mileage and the heated seats, but the link to my iPhone that lets me listen to audible books from my library and take calls hands free was a close third I've had it for nearly 5 years now and to me it's a new car,  If the Ford had gotten decent gas mileage I'd probably still have it. And those heated seats are technology...we don't have a garage, so they really are more of a necessity than a luxury in winter, and they actually warm your lower back so I sometimes use them even in warm weather when my back is achy or before it gets achy on a long ride. 

     

     


  8. More hijacking - I have views from several ferries on the east coast of the US, including from the Staten Island ferry, but the only actual photos of a ferry I could find were from Sweden, like this one. I was more interested in the little castle, LOL:

     

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    On the Beatles front, my husband's grandfather worked in a music hall in NYC where the Beatles were practicing before their gig on the Ed Sullivan Show. He came home and mentioned to my brother-in-law (then a teenager) that these musicians caused such a racket, of course my BIL was so disappointed he'd missed a chance to see them live. Hubs wasn't born yet. I was 5 and, like my teenage cousins, was in love with Paul. Seeing him on TV was enough of a thrill. 


  9. The Staten Island Ferry in NYC (takes you from Manhattan to Staten Island or vise versa) is still free for everyone, no 65+ passes needed. I remember the first time I had to handle a court case on Staten Island, I was surprised that any kind of city transport was free. That was years ago. Just checked online and it's still free. I remember my parents taking us for a ride on it sometimes as kids (you get a nice view of the city). 

     

    NYC kids who live far enough away from their schools get a free bus pass to ride the buses and the subway. I lived 4 blocks from my grammar school as a kid growing up on City Island (a tiny island that is part of the Bronx, one of the boroughs in NYC) so I walked to school. But if I was going home with a friend who lived far enough to need a bus pass the driver would waive me on free anyway.

     

    City Island was once a major boat building hub. A childhood friend of mine now runs the only boat yard left on the island.  There used to be several even when I was in high school. All those boats, but we did not have a ferry, but my grammar school was right on the water and every street pretty much dead-ended in a beach. Easy to understand where my obsession with the beach comes from, even if I'm technically a "city kid."  We swam from late April til late September. The water is warmest in autumn,  even if you needed to race into a very warm towel when you got out. 

     

    Never knew the Mersey was in Liverpool until Ed moved there... but I know that song...


  10. On 24/11/2019 at 03:29, John Morrison said:

    In my working life (still not over; I will expire one day, but will never retire) I have combined writing and photography. The two disciplines, though very different, can work well together.

     

    I’ve never been a photographic ‘gadget freak’, and try to keep my equipment to a minimum. Less is more. But writing really is minimal. My tools include a notebook and pen, though my ‘go to’ gadget is a tiny voice recorder which I always keep in my pocket. I use it to ‘jot down’ ideas, photo captions, snatches of overheard conversation, shopping lists, etc. It’s ‘analogue’ in that it just serves this one purpose (ie it doesn’t plug into my computer).

     

    The ideas are what count (no editor ever asked me what kind of typewriter I used!). I write articles and books on a MacBook Air (because I’m familiar with the Apple ‘architecture’, and don’t want to spend time learning new ‘computer stuff’ unless I have to). It presents me with a blank ‘sheet of paper,’ a cursor and a keyboard. I turn off predictive text, and don’t want my grammar ‘corrected’ or my spelling mistakes flagged up. This is about as analogue as I can be… in a digital world.

     

    It’s easy to allow the technology to get in the way (I watch people gazing at their smartphones: tapping, scrolling and swiping for hour after mindless hour). I read books, but also love my kindle. I’ve loaded up the text of a book-in-progress to the kindle… which helps me to read it with more objectivity. Very useful.

     

    I try - but don’t always succeed - to keep the tech as servant rather than master. When the photography is going well, and I’m ‘in the zone’, the camera almost disappears. When I’m writing, and the ideas are coming, the laptop almost disappears (a book called Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes this happy state of mind)… 

     

     

    John, like you, I write articles (as well as marketing and corporate communications) and it took me several years before I stopped printing out what I wrote to proof so I could revise it by hand before then typing up the handwritten changes. Now I can't imagine doing that, but then most copy is about 250-600 words these days, so I can pretty much see it all at a glance anyway. 

     

    I love that feeling of flow, both when I'm shooting, writing or when I've decided to really transform a photograph into something else via Photoshop and other programs. If only I got into that zone while keywording or uploading photos. 😎


  11. On 24/11/2019 at 11:23, MDM said:

    I am almost entirely digital. I never write anything down anymore - I can't read my own handwriting anyway. I use my iPhone or more recently my SonyRX100 to take pictures and make short videos as notes. Like hdh I take pictures of explantory signs and interpretation panels for info about locations. The video snippets can be really useful and are much quicker than making notes. If I was to make notes though it would be digital notes. I keep these images and videos in a separate Lightroom catalog from my images and can coordinate them easily with my images based on the dates and times in the metadata. 

     

    I do almost all my reading nowadays on my iPad apart from a few hard copy photo magazines I subscribe to but I am even thinking of going digital with those. I love the convenience of having everything in one place and the iPad is very easy on the eyes - much better in general than reading on paper.

     

    However, I am not entirely digital as I do love photographic prints and I like to print my own work myself - digitally of course using an Epson SC-P600 nowadays which gives amazing print quality. I love experimenting with different papers types and I have loads of mounted prints on the walls of my house. 

     

     

     

     

     

    I broke my reading glasses last week (my eyes are very different from each other, so I need to get prescription ones, can't use the over the counter kind) and it made me realize how much easier a lit screen is to read. I never thought I'd use my Kindle much but I actually prefer it.

     

    I also love making prints. I have a Canon Pixma Pro 10. Love experimenting with different papers. 


  12. On 24/11/2019 at 10:02, Allan Bell said:

    I enjoy using the computer but my office desk, walls, ceiling and floor are covered in handwritten notes. I even have notes mentioning notes, BUT WHERE ARE THEY?

     

    Allan

     

     

    Allan, that was me... notes all over...and that is the greatest joy of my laptop, the search function. And I've even found a solution for those handwritten notes. 

     

    The bullet journal is where I now jot down all those little snippets and since my bullet journal has an index in the front, I can actually find them. I have a small travel sized journal I sometimes take to the coffee shop or wherever, and if that's not with me, I use the Notes section of my phone (also wonderfully searchable from the phone, my laptop, and iMac). 

     

    Here in the US, there is an office supply store called Staples. They had these TV ads with a big red button the size of an old fashioned hotel lobby bell that says "Easy" on it. Push the button and suddenly a messy office is organized, notes are found, etc. Wouldn't it be great?

     

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  13. I was having a great year - making as much by July as I had all of last year. Then, since August my sales have trickled in for amounts such as $1.00 or $7.00 and the meter has barely moved at all. A four month slump is at least 3 months too long. But I've also gotten $$$ sales this year, and hope for a few more ... anything's possible.. it seems as easy to have a bad month as a good one. Fingers crossed that something good pops in before the month's end.   😎

     

    Ironically, I've uploaded more in the past couple of months than usual, so feeding the beast as it were isn't necessarily the answer. Though again, there's a long tail so that I guess any benefit from increased uploads the past couple of months won't show up until December. Still 2019, so the year could improve. 

     

     


  14. I live in the New York suburbs, not much of note happens editorially. 

     

    When Hillary Clinton was running for president, and when Bill Clinton was president and first moved to my town, there were some nice editorial moments, but not enough to qualify as regular news. Then again, a dear friend of the forum who we lost very recently shot "photo of the day" images on the coast of Wales that made the national dailies on your side of the pond all the time. There is always plenty to shoot if you use your creativity. 


  15. Are you more digital or analog? I'm not talking about whether you shoot film, I know most here shoot primarily or entirely digital ... and have done so for more than a decade. 

     

    I mean in your approach to life. 

     

    I love the digital world but my approach to life still has a very strong analog component. 

     

    For example, I love Lightroom and have used it since v 1.0. I started using it while working as  a digital tech for a photographer several years my junior. I love technology. But....

     

    I expected that once I got all 80,000 or so images completely organized, it would make it easier to keep track of where everything was, which photos I uploaded where, which are RM or RF. That occurred around 2012, but while I  can find any photo in the blink of an eye, it still doesn't do everything I want. For organizing some projects printing out old fashioned contact sheets make the job easier. Sometimes I just need the ability to jot down notes.

     

     I've been using a computer for about half my life now, but those first 30 analog years still mean I sometimes feel better with paper and pencil in front of me - easier to jot notes. I also have been loving the concept of keeping a bullet journal, which I've done for about a year and a half now. I have one for everyday stuff, and a second with sections for stock and fine art photo ideas and processing notes when I do something artsy or learn something new in PS or other software. 

     

    So, we know that a fair number of us belong to the 60+ crowd. That means in college a computer took up an entire room, but a few years later PC's were on the scene. My husband is  years younger than I am, so he used a computer (in a school computer lab) rather than an electric typewriter, though we are probably both equally proficient on the computer by now. He likes to keep a notebook too.

     

    How about you? Interested to know how your organize your day, your notes, your work, your ideas?

     

    e.g. I have a notebook with blank pages where I draw out photo shoot ideas. I do most of my reading (NYTimes, Washington Post, and various other magazines and newspapers as well as most books on my Kindle) but I love a notebook for writing in, even though I keep scores of notes on my laptop too. Still love the feel of paper and pen. I even bought a fountain pen recently. 

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  16. My life would be much easier if Lightroom did not alphabetize keywords. I got a huge batch organized and tightened up the keywords in Bridge, but then I used the Adobe Stock uploader to upload to their site and of course it meant that all the keywords were now out of order. I like that Alamy now lets you pick the 10 most important as supertags, so order is not an issue, but Adobe requires that the most important 7 be up on top. 

     

    Each site has their own quirks, so it becomes time-consuming if you upload to a bunch. I really just concentrate mostly on 3 plus a fine art site, but each of these has different captioning and keywording requirements. Lately, I've shortened up all of my keywording and captions, so that they need less tweaking if I submit to more than one place.  I still have a lot of old images here on Alamy with too many keywords or weird single word keywords from the transition over from the old 3-part AIM. I found it a nightmare to fix 800-1,000 images and gave up partway through - don't know how those with 10s of thousands managed. I wouldn't want to have to go back and fix so many photos later but each of us has our own way of working. I'm just glad that all my new ones have fewer tags and that helps it all to go faster. 

     

    To answer your question, it really varies greatly month to month whether I sell more editorial or commercial - also a lot of my travel photography can be used both editorially and commercially, but if that counts as editorial, then that probably wins out everywhere except dreamstime where I license a fair number of abstract backgrounds from a small portfolio that I haven't added to in years. They license travel too, but backgrounds do especially well there. Adobe, which is commercial only, sells more travel than anything else for me, and until recently half my port there was backgrounds, now it's maybe 1/3rd. Here, editorial wins (counting all travel as editorial) nature isn't really commercial but it's not editorial either - it sells but travel is my bread and butter everywhere (but DT, and strongish there too). As much as editorial is by far Alamy's strength, I've had some nice $$$ licenses with commercial studio concept shots. But the couple of sales I had over $400 here were travel shots. 

     


  17. I'm still blown away by how many photos you uploaded so quickly. Knowing you already had them up elsewhere though makes it easier, but it is still a huge number. 

     

    I have a huge backlog I try to get to in between other things but seriously this month I added about 100 to another site (well, about 105, 100 accepted and another 20 pending right now), 60 here (uploaded and accepted), and maybe 10-25 on various other sites, snd I felt really good about that. Hoping to get another 50 together by the end of the month. Now, that includes some new work that I processed, some concept ideas (photo illustrations) that I did from scratch, and even some new stuff I shot, as well as older work I hadn't gotten around to processing before.

     

    For the past two months I've been working on adding images primarily to a site that does not accept editorial work, so that slows things down there, as I have to do a lot of cloning out logos etc where possible or just stick to nature and concept images. I mostly shoot travel so, while all those shots are fine for Alamy, they are not all appropriate for the other site. I also still have a large number of RM images here, particularly images that I've licensed as RM in the past and images that sell frequently as "fine art" either in galleries or via other sites, since, by offering them as RM  here I can protect them from being sold cheaply for "personal use" here ... but that means I can't upload them to most other sites since most now only want RF....so  ... it's complicated

     

    ....perhaps more complicated than it needs to be... I'd have 1,000s up if I just uploaded the same photos everywhere. Sometimes I think I spend more time agonizing over where each batch should go than actually processing and keywording. 

     

    Much of what I shoot professionally isn't the type of work that lends itself to stock. But I'm hoping to get a lot more of the stuff that is up online. 


  18. I was so proud of myself for adding about 60 new images in the past two weeks. My goal was to add 50 new images this month and I surpassed it. 

     

    That drone footage sounds like fun. I'd think that you'd be required to have liability insurance all the time. 

     

    Wish I could upload 1,000 new images a year, I'd feel good about that. Like Chuck, I usually upload 10 out of 100-300 shots.

     

    Good luck. I'd tone down the icons, but at least you have a large enough portfolio to judge how things are working. Just remember you start with a medium rank and it can go down, so monitor how things are going so all 6K of you images don't disappear from searches. 

     


  19. Sad that $$ sales are looking so good now. I started in photography when the micros were strong, so after the "good old  days," who knew that what you more experienced old-timers saw as a time of decline would now look like the "good old days." 

     

    I follow the micros on another forum and iStock has been sinking for a long time. They chased away a lot of their best people. Getty must be dropping their regular prices by even more though as they have grabbed a lot of places that used to purchase from Alamy.

     

    Here's one example that makes me unsure whether these clients will be lured (back) by RM. I regularly license work to  a publisher that I would have thought wanted only RM but years ago they told me that even though they purchase images from me with a nonexclusive RM license, they have no issues if I"m licensing the same images elsewhere as RF. I used to see that they would fill in gaps with images from Alamy, but the last two years that has switched to G, and they seem to be getting at least half their work from G, rather than just filling in gaps. They have also dropped their prices. They still pay $$$ but low $$$. 

     

    A friend of my daughters used to work at the largest publishing house in NYC and he spent lots of time searching for free photos! My husband is with a large financial services firm and they source all their images from S. 

     

    The only hope is for magazines that hire photographers to shoot articles and need to fill in gaps, hopefully they want RM. I am encouraged to see that Alamy is no licensing to NatGeo - they've licensed at least one of mine to them for a book, so hopefully they will be attracting that type of high end prestigious clientele. I still get the occasional inquiry on PS from magazines, and they generally pay $200-300 for RM images, so hopefully that market will remain, and Alamy will be able to grab more of it.  

     

    Of course, if top photographers from G upload their RM images here, we will face much stiffer competition with so much top work coming in at once. 


  20. I had fun playing with this one (I uploaded the original and another modified version too):

     

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    As Betty mentioned, fall colors this year haven't been great due to going from a warm September with green leaves, to such cold that many leaves went from green to brown. So, I figured it behooved me to process and upload some from the past. This is one from last year:

     

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    A few from a cute little town on the Hudson River called Cold Spring:

     

     

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  21. Forgot about this one - it has sold four times - once for the cover of a Sunday magazine in one of the British papers:

     

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    I shot a bunch of different cakes for a client and then gave her a break on the price in exchange for letting me style some of them. 

     

    And this one of baking supplies has also sold:

     

     

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    Out of 20 images, no a bad percentage. Ed, you've inspired me to add more food and food-related pix to the mix. 

    I shoot a lot at restaurants but usually end up deleting them, they don't seem to come out well for me. You do so nicely with your restaurant pix. The two above were both done with strobes and softboxes. I haven't set up my home studio in ages - takes up a lot of room. A good winter project. 


  22. 11 minutes ago, MDM said:

     

    There is nothing worth talking about it seems between the Sonys and the Nikons in terms of image quality at equivalent MP size so decisions on which to go for should be made on other criteria.

     

    His older lenses appear to have been through the mill (repaired many times) so probably still usable but not a decision criterion on what to buy I would say. Also if going for mirrorless on the basis of weight, sticking an old 24-70 2.8 on is going to negate the advantages of the weight loss. While an F2.8 is highly desirable on a DSLR if shooting in low light, with mirrorless the wide aperture is not so important because the electronic viewfinder will brighten things up a lot. The Nikon 24-70 F4 that comes as part of a kit with the Z6 and Z7 is an astoundingly sharp lens.

     

    I didn't think about that in terms of aperture with mirrorless,  and I guess for me with old lenses I only kept my lighter primes, so they don't add appreciable weight. 

     

    I sold two cameras and a ton of lenses, used the money to buy one camera and two lenses, so it worked out, really lightened up the kit in more ways than one. 😎

     

    It's a hard decision switching systems. Easier for me since I tend to shoot more landscape, and those lenses are much lighter. Only heavy one is the new Sony 90mm macro - which doubles as an awesome portrait lens. 

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