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  1. Regular new Duracell batteries (AAA) exploded in my iMac keyboard and destroyed it. A week before some exploded in my TV remote (but that I was able to open and clean - the defective batteries sealed my keyboard shut). Personally, I'll never buy a Duracell battery of any sort ever again. Just my two cents. (I bought them at one of the major office supply stores, so they should not have been the counterfeit ones which I've heard can be a big problem). I'd stick with the manufacturer or a reputable third party brand. I have two Sony batteries that die out in hours and bought RAVpower ones that last twice as long or even much longer. I read the reviews, love that their charger works with a USB cord so I can power them up in my car or with a battery pack, and the charger does two batteries at a time and finishes faster than one in the Sony charger. They are a US company and have favorable reviews by wirecutter and others. I've had them for just over a year and they still get a full charge. If you can't find a Nikon replacement, I'd check them out.
  2. I completely agree John. I was just agreeing with what I though Chuck was saying, that there should be some assurance that Alamy will negotiate for better prices for particularly for exclusive images - but I think they should be negotiating better prices for all - they have licensed some of my images to a particular national magazine for web and print use for $50-100 and yet when that same magazine downloads directly from my site they pay $200 for the same use ( a few times now, starting in 2010 before Alamy ever licensed one of my images to them, and as recently as 2018). Even on the micro sites where you can chose to make an image exclusive, you get a higher price for each tier from subscriptions to actual limited time exclusive use of those photos. I don't want to see a micro priced option here. (If they do that, I'd rather take my chance on a micro site that licenses several of my images daily, not a few a month). Your quoting what I said leads me to believe you thought I was advocating for a tiered system. I am not - I just think that if I'm going to make an image exclusive here, I need to know that it will not be licensed for $10.
  3. I like the idea of a higher-priced exclusive group of images. I don't think Chuck suggested micro prices, just the usual Alamy mid-to-lower prices we're seeing now. I think Alamy has to realize that thanks to their unique non-edited collection, they have a lot of unique images that you can't find anywhere else and that people are willing to pay for those images. I've licensed work myself from my site from out of the way places - e.g. small towns that are suddenly getting "hot" - and spoken to web designers who said that my photos were the only good ones they could find from that location. Alamy needs to take advantage of that. Those are the kinds of images I keep only on Alamy. For example, Alamy licensed one of mine for $250 from a town near a very popular beach community that does not have a beach front like the others, so it is not as well represented as its neighbors whose photos number in the thousands. They licensed 4 more from that little town for $75-$100+ and I bet they could have gotten $250 for each of them too, because there isn't much competition. These are images that I would not put on the micros because they won't sell that often and when they do, I don't want it to be for a few dollars. I have a lot of images however that could be exclusive (because they are on other boutique macro or midstock sites) that I have not put on micros (although they would do well there) because I expect Alamy to get significantly better prices for them, so I don't want to see non-exclusive images fall into some micro-like category, especially without micro volume and without immediate payment. Is Alamy really going to chase down a $10 unpaid use? It's bad enough to get $10 for an image that could be earning me hundreds each year elsewhere, or even a few hundred here if price was negotiated better, and then have to wait 60 days to be paid. I've been a big Alamy supporter but I'm starting to feel very disillusioned.
  4. You have a lot of great images like this one but the keywords are very general and you are missing obvious ones such as Tejate, traditional drink, cacao, corn, (what god is this drink for?- add that to caption and to keywords), Tlacolula market, Oaxaca Mexico, traditional Mexican market, woman serving drink, Latina woman, (what State in Mexico? - add that), authentic, real people, food stall, food stand, street food, indigenous, latin, Central America, Mexican food. I'm sure there are a few more. Check out this site: http://microstockgroup.com/tools/keyword.php I know it says micro but if you put in your primary keywords, it might give you some other ideas. I did these off the top of my head but I put in "Mexico, Oaxaca, and food stall" and it gave me many more options. Check it out. Great portfolio. You need better keywords, particularly more specific ones. Good luck!
  5. If they did this I would certainly put a large selection of my images here as exclusive. I think it's a great idea. Perhaps we should all get together and send a letter to Alamy suggesting this. Anyone know how to set up an online petition we can all sign? Seriously, this could be game-changer. Maybe it's time for them to do this and perhaps even edit/curate that part of the collection.
  6. I have done my best to keep my two portfolios separate, and only have 100-300 photos on four of those other sites. I was going to remove them and just stick with Alamy but my RPI on those other sites is still over $1 per image per site (and it went down a lot this year) - at one time it was as high as $5 per image on each of two of them and around $3 on the others - so I kept images there. I haven't added new files in a few years other than the occasional illustration - most of them are from 2008-2010 - but I have added new ones here. I hate the thought of getting a 38 cent download (or even a $26-28 extended license) for an image that could sell here for hundreds (I have netted as much as $120 per download on that site - I get close to 40% - and as much as $375 net for a one year exclusive on another, but mostly it's 38 cents-$16). Watching prices plunge here this year leaves me feeling confused about my decision to concentrate all my efforts here. My experience in terms of what sells is interesting. I have about 100 photos that are on both and I put them in a separate pseudonym here. They do not include images that I thought were my best, but more average ones, and it is my highest CTR pseudonym on Alamy and includes my best sellers on all four of the micros, so for me, there are images that sell on both, although I also believe that there are many times when they were zoomed on Alamy and licensed elsewhere. I also have images that do well here that I don't think would sell on the micros (I haven't tried) and I have images on the micros that sell very well that I would not upload here. It's a different market but there is overlap and I could add a few thousand to both Alamy and the micros that would sell on both. I've done well with editorial on one of those sites, even though I uploaded my best from various editorial events here to live news, not there - but perhaps because I'm based in the US. Live News is great because they get reviewed immediately - the micros will put editorial into the regular feed and they won't get online fast enough. Secondary editorial sells on both. Better on Alamy. I'm still uploading most of my work here, even though I would probably earn more elsewhere, because I also license images directly for $$$ and don't feel comfortable putting those on a site that licenses them so often for so little - here one might go for $10 once but not 100 times or more. It still freaks me out when I see Alamy license an image for $450 one day and that same image for $10 another day. I also sell a lot of my travel photos as fine art, for mid-high $$$ and seeing Alamy license them here for PU for $19.99 is killing me, because I followed their lead and let several be RF (they are also on another nonexclusive macrostock site that requires RF) so I can't restrict that use and as a result, have many sitting my hard drive that are only on a POD site, where they are selling. I wish Alamy would allow you to restrict PU use even on RF, because it cuts into fine art sales. I turned down an invitation to another macrostock site because they were going to put my images on a POD site for about half of what I charge on that same site. I wonder if thinking of my photos as precious images rather than a commodity is keeping me from making real $$$$ with theItm. If I had uploaded 1000 or 10,000 images on each site in the days when I could earn $3-5/image RPI per site, well, too late now, but it makes me think...Am I cutting off my nose to spite my face? Micro has been a reality since 2008 when I first heard of stock and even Alamy is following their lead. The best thing here though, is being able to license images as RM, and that will always keep me here for certain images. I probably have 800 images that are only on Alamy, but I'm not going to tie them up as exclusive, unless they have a client who is seeking exclusivity.
  7. Agreed - loved that "Forest Couple" - as well as the whimsical carrots - so many good ones to choose from, I'm not quite sure which to vote for. Great job everyone.
  8. Still in QC - thanks for waiting for midnight EST rather than GMT Michael. If only it was a leap year, LOL.
  9. 2 Sales, Average monthly revenue. Views, CTR and Zooms were way down until the last week of the month. Zooms spiked up to 40% above average, Views up 25% and CTR back to normal - 0.63 in my main pseudo (my name) and to 1.61 in an actual pseudonym that I would delete except its CTR is often above 1.0 I hate seeing the pseudonym in travel book credits under my photos, not that anyone except we photographers read those credits pages. (When I was editor of my college paper we did a spoof paper for April Fool's Day and my brilliant photo editor credited about half the photos thusly: "Only photographer's mothers read photo credits.") That was in 1978. Some things don't change
  10. Thanks Michael! Had to give you a 💙 for that. I always get caught out by the UK being so many hours ahead of us, and as I uploaded the new photos around 2 AM EST, I figured I need as many hours as possible for them to clear. When I realized you were from the US, I thought perhaps I might sneak in under the gun. PS Wim - loved 💕 your keywording suggestion!
  11. Hoping I have until midnight NY time since you're in DC to see if my new image has uploaded. Love this topic 💕
  12. I'm waiting for the one I really want to post to clear QC. It should be RT6NYA. Here are 3 meantime, but I'll probably replace one if my new one clears in time. Great theme. Liked January's toot never got new stuff online.
  13. After a slow month, had another sale as the month ends: (It's after midnight here so figured it's okay to post again) A mill pond on Cape Cod. Unlike the last one, which was an RF image licensed as RM for low $$, this one is for high $$ and is a straight RF license: 46 MB4608 x 3456 pixels 3 MB compressed I thought this was RM but I guess it must gone in under the default RF license. Not that it matters much since licensing seems to be whatever the client is seeking. Of course the low $$ image came in before the royalty cut, and this one after. It's only on Alamy, but I haven't gone through and made any images exclusive. Oh well.
  14. Link to image ERY0BK Country: WorldwideUsage: Presentation and/or webinars, Use in a presentation/talk and/or webinars. In-context video library use included. Worldwide 5 yearsMedia: Use in a presentation/talk and/or webinars. In-context video library use included. Worldwide 5 years39 MB4552 x 3012 pixels 1 MB compressedStart: 19 February 2019End: 19 February 2024 RF image. Low $$ I get bored sitting in the car when I'm not driving, and often end up with something worthwhile. Simple and useful grab shots often end up doing well. I've had a lot of signs licensed recently.
  15. I had one a couple of years ago for $950 - it was a simple, nicely shot, image of a herring gull - one never licensed before. I said yes, but nothing came of it. A few years ago one of those sites we don't mention offered me $750 ($375 to me) for a one-year exclusive of a simple background image. I"d made a bit over $100 on it in the two years prior, so I said yes. The restriction seems pretty narrow and I'd guess that you could put the restrictions in the caption and that Alamy would be aware of them since they are handling the license. If you're not making over $100 in royalties a year on the image, I'd guess that $750 ($475 to you) over ten years might be worthwhile. I have some images that don't sell more than once every 5-10 years, and many that haven't sold at all, so I guess it depends on how well the photos in question do for you.
  16. I thought this didn't post but when I reposted both showed up. So duplicate.
  17. LOL - you gave me a good laugh on a gray sleeting and snowy day...I don't mean to be critical since I agree with everything you've said. Gotta love spellcheck. It's like the doddering old uncle who doesn't realize his malapropisms.
  18. I know, I'm a real pixel peeper too, but I'd love to have a light backup with acceptable quality that doesn't require carrying two full bodies and assorted lenses - which I guess would be where a good zoom comes in, except that if something goes wrong with a camera then you are in trouble without a backup, although I suppose that if a camera died on a trip away from home, I'd be really bummed if my second camera option was a point and shoot, however good. I agree with your assessment of old primes. My Nikon 50mm f/1.4 that I bought on ebay for $40 back in 2006 when I got my first Nikon digital camera - A D70 which seemed like a big expense at the time, so I turned to ebay to supplement the kit lens (LOL as I type on my new $4,500 laptop) - is my absolute favorite - the bokeh is amazing. My old Olympus Zuiko 50mm prime (from my first and only SLR, the Olympus OM-1) is also a beauty as far a bokeh is concerned. I have the original leather cases too for both of them! I should really sell one of them. I've seen the same Nikon lens go for nearly $450 - which, ironically, is why I didn't want to sell it, because the price only reinforced my love for the thing. I have used it very often on a variety of cameras and even as a lightweight semi-macro with one of those screw-on Nikon diopter lenses, and it never disappoints.
  19. Interesting thread. Bryan, it's hard to beat good prime lenses but, to save my back, I keep thinking about a zoom for my Sony A7rii - my favorite lens on it is my Nikon 20mm f/2.8 that I use with a manual adapter - perfect edge to edge - the 35mm Zeiss is lighter but nowhere near as crisp although it is a great carry around everywhere lens as it's reasonably wide (since my camera is FF) and can also get in close. Good to know the 28-70 f/4 is reasonably light - I assumed it would be heavy and I've heard the 28-70 f/2.8 master lens is a beast. Of course, even primes can be beast, like the 90mm Zeiss macro - I got some shots of my grandson that are truly superb - the folks at B&H suggested it since it doubles as a portrait lens and it is outstanding. But hiking with it and tripod for nature macros means it's the only lens in my backpack. First time I really travelled extensively on foot for several days in a row (rather than in and out of car) with both the Sony w/ one lens on - 20 or 35mm and Oly w/super lightweight zoom on foot all day was last month in Louisville - we parked the car and took their free public buses or walked - by the third day, my back was shot - so thinking that I should just get a zoom for the Sony and leave the Oly at the hotel/motel as a backup if something goes wrong. Bryan, wondering if a better option for both of us is a high end fixed lens camera for the extra reach of wide to telephoto zoom with a prime on the Sony - but I already find having so many different cameras with different and confusing menus to be tougher - I don't know if I have the patience to learn another system. But it would solve the problem of having to change lens frequently and have the added benefit of being a backup camera.
  20. For me, it's been exactly what every site says they have too much of - travel near the beach! I have straight shots of the beach that have sold here for $$$ as do all types of nautical scenes - boats, lighthouses, etc. These have been my highest $$$ sales and highest number of sales by far. It is the kind of work that I would shoot for pleasure and I never thought it would do so well for me, but I've had my nautical images in magazines such as Smithsonian and Coastal Living, in numerous calendars and guidebooks, and all over the web. These are my best sellers here on Alamy, on every other site as well (mostly different images, same themes), via direct licenses, and on POD sites. There is a photographer here who shoots primarily sunsets, another genre that is highly saturated, yet he has made over $100,000 from those images - he shoots what he loves and it shows. Other travel and Concepts are next best in terms of $$$ for me, and editorial sells consistently. Everyone's portfolio is different. You should look at All of Alamy - it gives me ideas especially when I am going to a location to shoot - I shot a non-beach themed location on a trip to Cape Cod a few years back that I saw someone was looking for on AofA and it sold for $ 250 here shortly after upload - but you need to discover what sells for you.
  21. Congrats Keith - lots of variety - I love your famous sunsets & those starlings are amazing.
  22. Clearly I was not an English major, although I love poetry and have several books of poetry I've bought over the years - both classic and contemporary poets - but I've never read that famous poem and always thought, since February is so dreary and cold, that is was the month in the quote. So now I've gone and read T.S.Eliot's poem - I always love April as the lilacs outside my office window, which were a mother's day gift nearly 21 years ago when we bought this house, begin to bloom and, as they are my favoiite flower, bring me such joy after the winter which always has me feeling dreary - especially when there is no snow to brighten things up. I'm glad the spring does not make me sad, but the poem certainly gets you thinking. I'll have to read more poetry and less internet chatter. Thanks for the head's up. Always good to learn something new. I did study with Robert Mezey out in California having spent my junior year at Pomona College, and he would recite lots of poetry aloud to us. I worked as a cub reporter for a newspaper the summer before and one of the reporters who had studied with him when he taught in Pennsylvania, recommended that I take a class with him. It was very small - 10 of us he hand-picked from our writing samples and interviews - but it turned out tsouthhat he hated everyone's work - It was supposed to be creative writing but he insisted we write only poetry, not short stories - and then decided after a few weeks to recite poetry to us since nothing was worth reading, and wine an other libations were involved, so if he recited that poem to us, that may be why I don't recall. I worked hard in college but that turned into an easy pass/fail - I was taking one grad level Political Science course (I was a Government major at Smith) and was Editor in Chief of the college paper that semester, and doing volunteer work as well, so I can't complain. If you like poetry , I'd recommend Mezey's "The Door Standing Open." Well, my views are up and I have a blazing fast new computer so hopeful things will turn around by April. Currently working on black and white fine art photos for a portfolio review in a couple of weeks - yikes! So it may be a while before I get any new work up - I travelled a lot in January through the midwest and the south and back home to the east coast, but weather was dreary no snow, though I got some gorgeous barns in West Virginia and some Louisville nightlife. And my darling grandson.
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