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Everything posted by Marianne

  1. Edo, LOL I was diagnosed with two different language processing learning disabilities at the ripe old age of 48 (along with ADHD), after 15 years as a trial attorney in NYC, arguing in court and writing lots of appellate briefs and motions, not to mention editing some for the partners I worked for, at their request, and I have been working as a freelance writer and editor for years. Sometimes we just learn to adapt because we don't know any better. 😎Hope I'm still taking pix when I' m 84! I don't feel qualified to comment on your portfolio except to say two thumbs up!
  2. Not sure where you have the measurements - but your site in progress looks wonderful so far! I'd contact contributor relations as suggested. I have some wildflowers found by the side of a lake in NY that look somewhat similar to some of yours and hope it'll give me a place to start. I wish I'd majored in botany although I do love looking through some huge books of flowers I bought from the remainder table back when you could actually walk into a bookstore and browse. Nice site - and please keep become a forum regular!
  3. I was thinking that being in the US might be the difference. Hopefully it'll be down for you soon! It would be nice to collect something and not just do all that work simply to get an image taken down.
  4. My new grandson - the only pix I'm allowed to post. Too bad he is the smiliest cutest baby ever.
  5. I get an error message. I was able to drag the screen into my reply and as you can see the the URL showed the :large after the jpg but I got image not found I'm using Chrome on a MAC. No clue why that would make any difference. I was on twitter earlier today, but I was using LR and PS and did just restart my MAC. This pbs.twimg.com page can’t be found No webpage was found for the web address:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DuN-yJ0WkAAK4X1.jpg:large HTTP ERROR 404
  6. I could not drag an image in using Safari, but was able to add this one using Chrome. I wish they would fix it so that we can more easily add images again. Anyway, I am waiting for one of my photos to show up in the database, it passed QC today. Here's another meanwhile: Pollen covered eastern carpenter bee Xylocopa virginica feeds on bee balm Monarda didyma
  7. Wonderful capture LOL - it looks like a cartoon - fabulous! Lots of excellent photos here but had to a special thanks for this one for giving me a good laugh today! Guess this one posted twice too - it seems that I can't get the forum to work with Safari. Anyway, drag and drop in Chrome seems to be the only way to paste.
  8. Couldn't get the photo to post - didn't realize double post till now
  9. Wonderful capture LOL - it looks like a cartoon - fabulous! Lots of excellent photos here but had to a special thanks for this one for giving me a good laugh today!
  10. Just a placeholder - got notice that image T17R29 was approved. Still waiting for it to show up online.
  11. I've sent you an email. I got a warning that your email address did not appear to be valid, but it seems to have gone, so please hit reply to the email if you get it - and if not reply here.
  12. Most agencies let you advise them not to distribute your photos to the same place, though I guess if you have many different ones on different agencies it's worth the risk. Tough to get a percentage of the 40% though.
  13. Hope all of you who are ailing feel better soon. Some good advice here for ideas of what to shoot. You have some lovely shots of scenic areas and I would definitely say start with or add more to POD sites and look into local galleries/shops/etc. While prices for stock photography have stayed at the same level or dropped drastically, as prices for everything else around us seem to rise, prices for gift items and prints are not dropping, and processing and uploading beautiful images can also lift the spirits as can getting out and walking on the beach to take more when you feel up to it. And of course add them here too.
  14. Agree with what everyone here has told you - from the fact that "discoverability" is just asking for keyword spamming and IMHO should be removed, or at least should only take into account whether you've added 10 "supertags," that the keyword tool can help you discover relevant words you may have missed, but do not be tempted to chose 50 if your image doesn't warrant it, and especially Joseph's comment that you learn so much from keywording. I'm an info junkie and love researching my images. Some days I wish I'd majored in botany but I've gotten quite the education about the natural world, travel far away and close to home, and all kinds of interesting facts.
  15. I just saw that 11 of your photos are in Live News, so perhaps they edited down the number you sent? They told me that 10 images was usually a good number when I asked recently, and perhaps that explains the response. Live News is the one place where they do edit what goes on the site. I've uploaded and had many more accepted at times, but I think 10 is a good rule of thumb, with a few more if you have a lot of variety. The time difference works against us here in the US as far as News is concerned, which is why I sometimes use my iPhone for the quick upload, but I'd suggest that you contact local media when you know that you're shooting an event. I've licensed breaking news that way and given what you shoot, you probably have too. Sometimes your photos are better than what their regular stringers or staffers might shoot and a good editor will often pay for the better image to help get eyes on the story.
  16. I'm surprised at the response you received. I've been with Live News since they started in 2010 and like you I am in the US. Here's my experience, which should explain my surprise: Although Alamy has never licensed an image as breaking news, many have been licensed subsequently, including years after the fact. Some of my images were certainly news that might appeal to a wide audience - e.g. political figures such as Bill and Hillary Clinton - I live in the same home town they do in the NY suburbs, so even our local Memorial Day Parade has been news when they were marching while in office and during the campaign, the NYC Marathon, Hurricane Sandy, and some major snowstorms - but many were local and some were unlikely to appeal to papers in the UK. I have covered the Parade of Sail in New London, CT for the 2012 bicentennial of the War of 1812 and a few local Fourth of July small town parades in Connecticut (and in both cases being on the wrong side of the pond in more ways than one has not kept Live News from accepting those images). I've also sent along photos of people milling about close to your neck of the woods in the Columbus, OH airport when summer flights were cancelled due to thunderstorms, and lots of suburban weather shots across the US, including one of boats in the harbor in CT that was just licensed to an Albany NY paper years later (thanks to Lisa for finding it in the "Have you found Any Alamy Images March 2019?" thread). I've done a lot of snow and sunset weather shots, and people at various beaches (including lakes in Upstate NY even I never heard of) and many have often sold after the fact. The only time I got a rejection was when I used a filter on a Live News photo uploaded via S, and they took everything else in the bunch, and sent me a message explaining filters were not allowed for any news photos, even via S. (I upload via regular Alamy Live News as well as via the S app, depending upon whether I use a regular camera or my iPhone). The Live News folks have always been very helpful. One time while in Baltimore, MD, a bunch of my images were uploaded without any caption info showing (some glitch I believe) and the news desk called me. I was back out shooting by then and they took dictation of a headline and fixed all the photos for me. Another time I took shots of boats in the harbor in suburban Mamaroneck, NY and realized I misnamed the park and they corrected the headlines for me when I emailed them. And they helped me get press passes a few times (including that War of 1812 Bicentennial). The latest of these was this past November, so it's not as if the policy has changed over the years (other than 24 hrs to upload rather than the old 48). All of the occasions you mention sound as though they should have been accepted as Live News and I'm at a loss to explain the response you received. I have been told that they send the photos to various US news desks. It could be that someone new made a mistake. With another agency I once received a response that did not seem right so I wrote again, explaining my surprise and received an apology and an answer in line with my expectations, as well as an explanation that the initial response came from someone new on the job. So, I'd email explaining your surprise and dismay and ask for a more detailed explanation from one of the supervising editors.
  17. Thanks again! Me too - it's the first one I've had reported. I was reading the article and never heard of Wainscott NY, though I've lived here over half a century - turns out it's a hamlet in East Hampton, which makes sense since the Hamptons and all of Long Island have some of the best beaches anywhere. Looking at home prices I'm not surprised that California, your home state, is still the most expensive. I spent my junior year at Pomona College and even though I was used to the relatively high home prices in suburban Westchester County in NY, I was shocked by how expensive homes in California were by comparison. I remember a friend's grandmother had a tiny two-bedroom cottage on Balboa Island that was worth more than actual mansions were going for in NY.
  18. Thanks Lisa. I knew the location of this image (a small town not far from the Rhode Island border) was not the most expensive town in Connecticut -but was surprised it was Darien rather than Greenwich, CT, although both are beautiful towns, and both are NYC suburbs. Anyhow, thanks for finding my photo.
  19. Chuck, I'm always willing to listen to your advice. You've been at this a long time. We may not always see eye to eye, but I'm an open minded person and I am always eager to learn. As Michael says, the retina screens are unique. I'm quite used to them as my current 2018 MacBook Pro is my second one. I had a 13" MackBook Pro before this one, great for travel but definitely very small for checking image sharpness even at 200%, though I often used it on the road and never a fail here as a result. I mostly use my old 27" iMac to check sharpness and for detailed editing, but using the laptop is easier on my back and with the smaller screen, checking at 100% instead of 200% is definitely a help, since I can see more of the photo. Also, at 200% I'm never sure if any noise I see or CA, etc. is really as bad as I think it is. I had a bunch of beautiful blue hour photos of lighthouses with all sorts of junk in the sky which was filled with beautiful colorful clouds - at first I thought there was awful dust and specks on my lens or in the camera, but it was only on some photos. I finally realized that shooting hand held at 1/20th of a second had made swarms of tiny bugs show up as lines, which were in different positions in different photos. I spent three hours cleaning up one photo at 200% and still wasn't sure if it was okay, but at 100% at "low res" the issue is barely even noticeable and can be resolved by downsizing the 42MP files, a shame but I can't devote three hours to each one. I love my new Sony but sometimes all that super high definition is more than I want! Imagine bugs 100+ yards away high up in the sky showing up in a photograph!
  20. Thanks! I had checked LR before and didn't see the option. After reading your response, I realized I had clicked "get Info" on the outer folder which looks just like the icon. So, glad to see the option is available in both programs.
  21. I'm afraid they are rather dull. They need to be brighter and they need more "pop" which means they also could use some contrast, and maybe a little clarity, a levels adjustment, and maybe dehaze. What settings are you using in your camera for the light meter? If you are exposing for the entire photo, the camera will be picking up those white winter skies, thinking there is much more light than you imagine on a dull winter day. You should spot meter for the buildings. Read your camera's manual about exposure. I would guess that is where you went wrong. You might also need to hit +1 to get a lighter photo. Do you bracket your shots? Try bracketing and see the difference. You can only learn by doing. Go out and take some bracketed shots and that will help you learn how to set your camera's light meter in different situations. If you are using automatic settings, then learn about shooting using aperture or speed priority (which I'd guess you use when shooting sports, but aperture is usually preferable for landscapes and architecture). Since we can't connect via the forum anymore, if you want to follow me back on twitter (@campyphotos - I followed you some days ago) then send me a PM, I'll give you my email and maybe you can send me a couple of the RAW files, tell me what your settings are, and I can do a quick edit, and give you a sense of how much punch they need. I wouldn't normally take this on, but I'd like to help you out. However, you really need to learn to get it right in the camera. Image ID: RRW2FE (snow) and Image ID: RNCA7E would be good choices. I've been shooting for many years now and I can still end up with a shot that needs the shadows raised or even an entire exposure adjustment, but most shots should look good when you shoot them. Learn to check the shots . How is the screen on your camera set? Maybe it's too light giving you a false sense of how the shot looks. That's why learning how to read a histogram is essential for you. Honestly, I rarely glance at mine because I learned to set exposure and aperture on a Yashica rangefinder camera with film in the late 1970's as a high school senior. It was my dad's old camera and the light meter did not work. I read all I could about exposure and looked at the info on the different films I was using, and set my aperture and speed accordingly. I mostly shoot in manual mode to this day because I studied and learned to get my exposure right. Prints don't lie. And film was expensive for a 17-year-old, since I went through a lot of it. Today, you have a histogram and you can see what you've shot, but don't let the fact that you can correct so much in Lightroom or Photoshop make you forget that getting it right in the camera is always the best practice. Concentrate on learning your craft rather than uploading hundreds of photos for a month and you'll be surprised at how much better you feel about your work. Maybe an experienced friend from those club competitions can sit down with you and go over the images on their computer to help you see the difference between what you are uploading and how they should look. What computer are you using that you can't calibrate the screen? Laptop screens are tough to calibrate, but your colors look okay. The laptop should still give you a sense of how the photos look even if it's not perfect. I can't imagine trying to check them out on a flat screen tv although it's a great way to show clients images and it gets them to buy more. (If you've got a Retina Screen see the new topic I just started). Seriously though, go out and shoot and learn to make photos that pop, then start up loading again. Spring weather should be coming soon, it's a great time to learn. Good luck!
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