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  1. Thanks Duncan. I ended up with the i9 because B&H had a huge sale on particular items in stock and this had everything that I wanted and ended up being nearly $800 off. They only had two left so as I was beyond frustrated with my 2013 8GB i7 taking forever, I just went for the i9 (I was leaning toward the i7 but I couldn't get one with as good a price). I ordered around 5pm yesterday and it arrived today. Just migrated everything over. My old lap fan is too small and was starting to get so noisy so I'll have to get a new one since this thing does run hot. Love the screen - It seems huge after my 13" and it's so light - blazing fast too but the keyboard makes so much noise as you type it's really annoying. You have to press a lot harder. Most important, the thunderbolt adapters work well, which had me worried and was the reason that I had held back on updating before now. Hope this takes me into 2025 with all the power under the hood. Was hoping to upload new work but they forgot to send the card reader that I ordered. Wish these things had SD slots. I never use my camera cord but I'm guessing I can find it in the box. Hopefully some new work to upload soon.
  2. Wow, lots of nice upgrades. I'm glad I waited for the cut and paste option and that delete all will be a big help for my older keyword-intensive images. Thanks! Getting a CSV file with all that data will also be very helpful.
  3. As you Brits say, rubbish month. CTR , which was mostly over 1.0 for my main pseudo all last year, was zero all month and my views are down by 50%. December was dreary as well. Longest dry spell in a long while. Meanwhile, that other place, where I have 300 images mostly shot between 2005-2009, roared back to life in December and is back to multiple sales daily, mostly small but single sales do fall in the $80+ net range from time to time. Alamy's new 40% is only 4% higher than my commission rate there (it's tiered), which is a sobering thought. Of course, a couple of $$$ sales here will have me singing a different tune, so I really don't know where to put my efforts on the agency front. I'm hoping a new blazing fast computer will help me get motivated to churn through my backlog and grow my portfolio to the point where month to month variations are not so stark. iIf February is truly the cruelest month, I'm really in trouble
  4. Getting ready to bite the bullet and buy that new 15" MacBook Pro with 32 GB RAM but still have a few questions re: the processor and graphics card . Getting the 2TB hard drive because I like working on my lap, no cords attached to drives until I'm backing stuff up. The 4TB would be awesome but not $1,700 more awesome. 1) Does it make sense to pay ~$300 more for the 2.9GHz 6‑core Intel i9 processor vs the 2.6GHz 6‑core i7? I'm working with layered PS files and processing 42MP Sony RAW images in LR and PS, and want to do image stacking and those huge panoramas (with up to 50 images, I think) with my Olympus as well. 2) Am I correct that the base graphics card is sufficient since I'm not a gamer and don't envision much in the way of video? 3) If I want to try 3-D renders, would your advice be different? If any of you tech-savvy folks could chime in on these specs, much appreciated. Thanks.
  5. You might have some near duplicates stored, which is the only thing I can think of that might possibly slow you down, but I have over 80,000 photos in my main catalog and I don't have any lags with keywording using either my current late 2013 Macbook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 and 8 GB RAM nor with my older iMac, so I don't think the size of your catalog or your equipment is likely to be the problem. Do you automatically optimize your catalog? I always back up my catalog automatically when I close it after I'm finished working at the end of the day, and I have "optimize catalog" ticked. It takes a few minutes for the catalog to back up and optimize that way. I have only had one instance since starting with Lightroom v.1.0 several years ago where I had to restore my catalog. I go through the backups every month or so and cull them when they start to take up too much space, keeping a few in case I ever have a problem. I'm not sure how long it would take to optimize the catalog if you've never done it, but once you do I'd keep it ticked. I do all my keywording in Lightroom - I enter basic keywords when I first import images from a shoot, usually from metadata presets that I have for places and subjects I tend to shoot often, and then add or delete new keywords for specific images after I have reviewed and culled the imports, which I may then refine further during processing and/or before uploading. When you quit the catalog, you have the option of clicking on "optimize catalog." I'd try that and clearing out any misspelled keywords (before deleting them you can search your catalog for any photos with that keyword and correct it) since having several that are too similar might possibly be what is slowing things down as it autofills them for you. I think you can save metadata presets in your Adobe Account and then use them between catalogs, but I'm not certain. Since I currently use two computers, I have a smaller catalog on my laptop so I can cull and keyword images without the need for attaching another drive and then I export the finished folder as a catalog to an external drive and import it into my main catalog, deleting the exported catalog when I'm done and just leaving the images. It's not the most efficient way of doing things, but it works well enough for me. I'm hoping that once I upgrade my Macbook to a 2TB drive (I wanted the 4TB but it would cost just under $7,000, which is insane for a laptop), I can keep a copy of my catalog on the laptop, with newer photos, and leave the older ones on my backup drives. Where I've gotten into trouble with multiple catalogs in the past is when I've made changes to some images on my iMac and then edited the same shoot on my Macbook so that I end up with two versions of the same shoot. Once I put together one huge catalog on an external drive, I knew that any images that were only on my Macbook would be backed up to a different portable external drive, so I would not duplicate them by adding them to the main catalog until they were culled and keyworded. The ability to sync folders in Lightroom now makes the move between computers easier, but it still wastes a lot of time and I'm really looking forward to having one computer and one monitor so I don't need that extra step.
  6. Peter, Even if your image is the only zoom, it may not mean a sale, but it does increase the chances for one. Sales related to a zoom generally show up around two months later although they could show up even a year later. Magazines usually plan out their publications 2 months in advance but stories can be planned out much further in advance than that, and they can also end up getting delayed during the process. Sales won't show up until the sale is invoiced by the publication, which is generally upon publication, hence the most common 2-month interval. Newspapers, on the other hand, may zoom and purchase a photo on the same day, although depending on their invoicing arrangement with Alamy, they may not be required to invoice it until some time later. Once an image is invoiced, it still needs to be paid. So, even once you have a sale, it may be some months before you see the balance cleared in your account. Then, you need to meet the minimum payout before Alamy actually pays you. You may also see sales of images that have never been zoomed. I'd say nearly half of my sales over the years were never zoomed. And I've had dozens of images that were the only zoom and yet did not result in a sale. So, bottom line, you can feel optimistic that if your image was the only zoom for a search term, the chance of a sale is increased, but it is not a sure thing until you see that cleared balance in your account. Good luck.
  7. I see you’ve gotten answers that yes you should rename. I’ll just share the system that has worked well for me. I’m in the US so I use the state abbreviation for travel & nature pix (or country) and then go with 4 consecutive numbers so I’ll have NY18-0123, CT18-1234 and for still life I’ll use a descriptive term such as Pumpkin18-5666. I keep the numbers consecutive starting with 0001 for the year so with multiple cameras I have a sense of how many photos I’ve shot. I prefer a descriptive name to the date, but that’s purely personal preference. I also like the 4-didgit naming because some clients require me to use my name or initials to rename files so I can have a duplicate named MC18-1234 and if I want to find the original of that photo later I’ll know it’s NY18-1234 or Pumpkin18-1234. I also use the same 4 digits in the names of any different fine art versions of an image so I can again trace back how many different versions I’ve done. I might end up with NY18-1234-texture, NY18-1234-lowers, NY-1234-BW etc. I’m unlikely to shoot more than 9999 photos in any one year so it works for me. I’ve used a substantially similar naming convention since the mid-2000s. Pick something that works for you and rename and do basic keywording as you upload your photos via Lightroom and when you hit 100,000 photos, you’ll be glad you did.
  8. Over 50% of my sales were F images (a few old reliable repeats in there), with B, C and E (also some repeats) making up the rest, other than one K and one M. Two were illustrations, one was from Iceland and the rest were from the US, mostly travel with a couple repeat sales of one prosaic editorial image.
  9. Sales Volume up 14% Income down 36% Portfolio increased by only 5% I made significantly more in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Average price per sale : $33.60 Average price per sale in 2017: $60.54 The only other time my income here went down was from 2015 (my best year to date) to 2016, but then the drop was less than 10% and it increased for the following years. I saw smaller but noticeable drops at some other agencies, with others staying relatively stable or increasing a little, and surprisingly, over 30% increase in fine art POD sales revenue, my best RPI this year.
  10. Thanks. I know that I can always find lost files and even lost folders. I've been using Lightroom since v. 1.0 - but I was starting to question the fact that I'd made this monster catalog and didn't think about the fact that I can point the catalog to more than one backup disk, so that the catalog size isn't really important. I find that using Lightroom to move my files saves me that extra step - I really like it for organizing as well as editing - and for searching for photos since it is visual so I can see the photo(s) once it's/they are found - by number or keyword - and quickly be sure that I've found what I'm looking for. Sometimes an editor or client will be looking for a location and it's an easy way for me to quickly review what I have and send them previews - or even here with the monthly contests if I don't have something on Alamy already I can search and find something new (or old) to upload. I'm getting a new Mac so I'll need a hub to connect my various hard drives and it will be easy to split my collection and still keep it all in one catalog. Again, thanks all for the advice. Sometimes the answer is so obvious but you miss it anyway. Glad you all have got my back.
  11. Thanks for your replies. I do automatically write everything to xmp for my RAW files and I keyword my images automatically as I upload them to my computer/backup drives via Lightroom, so I can find them independent of the catalog. I have my catalog on my iMac hard drive with backups on 2 external drives. I guess because I have organized all of the files associated with that catalog on the same 2 backup drives (they are clones of each other), I felt that I was running out of room. If I split the photos associated with the catalog onto different external drives, and keep the catalog intact, then that will work. Thanks for helping me to realize where the problem lies. As long as I sync the folders that I'm working on before signing out and backing up my catalog, or moving images (which I do via Lightroom so it keeps track of their location), even if something happened to the catalog, I'd have all my changes other than any Virtual Copies, and with catalog backups that should be okay. I think splitting the photo locations will do the trick. I use two computers, my laptop and my iMac - so I've always had to be careful about keeping them synced. I just wish that I could keep my catalog on a network drive (prohibited by Adobe) or back it up offline as well as onto my external and portable drives. Again, thanks for sharing your thoughts.
  12. Do you have one huge Lightroom catalog with all of your images or do you have several? How do you divide them up if you have more than one? I thought this would be an interesting discussion and I also could use some advice. I have one huge catalog. Organization is tricky for me, thanks to ADD, so I like having everything in one place, but with over 100K images, it is just so large I'm not sure that one catalog makes sense anymore. Back in 2011, I organized all of my photographs going back to 2005 from various backup drives and CDs/DVDs (remember them?), into one giant LR catalog. It took me over a year to get through a slew of disorganized drives and discs and determined which was the most current version. But the hard work paid off and I was really happy with how it turned out. But now it is getting unmanageable. The current catalog is backed up to two duplicate drives - a 4TB LaCie and a 6TB G-Tech - and most of it is also on a WD RAID array that got too small for the entire thing, so I split it into one for Europe and one for the US, leaving only my US photos on the RAID and backing up the Europe catalog (much smaller) onto another drive. I also have several smaller backup drives - mostly 1-2TB - with smaller "working" catalogs of various sizes - which I find to be far less organized than the two large ones. Since I often rework images or have shoots where I've only developed a handful of images (I used to use the Nik Capture software which was so slow compared to LR where I can process a slew of images at once), I find that having everything in one place is helpful, but the catalogs have gotten so huge now that I'm considering going back to a smaller catalog system, but could use some organizing tips. I'm considering using the two huge catalogs primarily as archives - and starting a new large "working catalog" for each year, then backing them up as I go to the large archive, so that I'd work on older images from the backup drives, while keeping everything current - the last two years - on my laptop (with 2 backups). I also back up everything to Sync and Photoshelter on the cloud, but neither of these back up the catalogs - just the photos - which means extensive edits in Lightroom, stars, colors, organization, are only on the hard drives. Is there any online backup solution for catalogs? Please discuss. Thanks!
  13. Thanks so much for all your help everyone. In a perfect world I would get a small SSD on the laptop and a second HD drive, but that only seems to be an option with iMacs. I much prefer typing and sorting through photos, keywording, researching, surfing the net etc. on my laptop and as I am also a freelance writer, it makes the most sense to upgrade the Macbook. Since I really tend to use it on my lap, I like the idea of a larger hard drive rather than having to put it on my desk or a table so I can use an attached hard drive. I have a ton of backup drives and back up dutifully after having both my iMac and Macbook crash within 3 days of each other back in 2011with the Macbook being destroyed by a freak lightening strike directly to the transformer outside my house while I was backing up to my primary hard drive, so I lost a fair amount of stuff and paid a pretty penny for hard drive retrieval (partially covered by insurance), hence I now have too many backup drives. After years of doing this, I know that a large hard drive is something I need although I don't need so much of it to be an SSD. Wish I could get a dual drive Macbook. Still debating between 2TB and 4TB - very pricy I know but assuming it's something I use daily for 5 years, it makes sense to get what will work best. It will blow my budget and it means I have to really hit my goals before I buy any new lenses - but I certainly have some great camera equipment to work with so can't complain. I believe I can run my iMac as a second screen from the Macbook, so that a powerful laptop makes the most sense, even if it is not as stable and powerful a similarly equipped iMac. I have one giant LR catalog going all the way back to 2005 backed up to two huge drives - a 4TB LaCie and a 6TB G-Tech - and most of it is also on a WD RAID array that got too small for the entire thing so it's time to upgrade that too. I held off on upgrading the RAID and got the G-Tech last year because I knew I'd end up needing adapters once I got a new computer. I'm thinking that I may start making my catalogs smaller - another topic for discussion and advice. Thanks again!
  14. I tried to piggyback onto an older thread but that didn't really work, so here's my query regarding upgrading my computer to deal with the 42MP Sony RAW files and the latest versions of LR & PS CC. I have a late 2013 13" MacBook Pro Retina, 512GB SSD with an Intel i7 processor and 8GB RAM (not upgradeable) and a late 2011 iMac (128GB SSD & 1TB HD), with an Intel i5 (I think) and 4GB RAM upgradeable to 16GB. My iMac is still working well enough, though it's slow, but my MacBook Pro is just limping along. I can't replace them both at once so I am going to replace that laptop since using one on my lap is easier on my neck and back than sitting at a desk with my iMac. I also travel fairly often and I like to be able to work at a local coffee shop for a change of scene. I'm headed to the Apple Store to look at laptops tonight - I've done some research online and they cost nearly twice as much as I thought they would (hopefully the deals available as an ASMP member through their vendors will help) but I really want to see them in action first. I didn't want to succumb to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness, but wanted to give it some thought. It's a huge purchase. Probably close to $4,000! (I was thinking $2,300) Hoping if I purchase a new maxed out MacBook Pro with 32GBRAM and a fast processor, it will last me at least another 5 years (or more I hope). I'll keep my iMac since I can add RAM and get a monitor when it dies on me. No way am I buying two computers again, especially since the newest generation of MacBook Pros are nearly as powerful. For those of you with newish Macs, any suggestions on what to look for? Is the upgrade to 32GB RAM rather than 16GB worth the difference, especially as a way to future proof it? I'd love to get a 13" since it weighs a pound less but the processing power does not seem like it will be enough to replace a desktop especially down the line. I hear the 6-core i9's run hot but even my current i7 runs hot - I think that is just a function of these machines. The 13" is a perfect size for travel but the real estate is small for even reviewing photos if it is going to be my main computer - so going back to a 15", even if it weighs more, has other benefits besides speed. So - I'm thinking of getting a 15" with an i9 processor and 32MB RAM and a 2 or 4TB SSD drive, so I can use it on my lap without the need to keep it attached to my backup drive all the time. I have super fast internet but using a networked drive is a non-starter with my lightroom catalog and defeats the purpose of having an SSD drive. At night, I can put it on my desk and back it up to my two large hard drives. What are your thoughts? I have a Sony a7rii - 42MP and an Olympus OM-D 1 - 16MP but with the latest update it lets you stitch a ton of photos together - something my current computers aren't up for. I don't see going beyond the 42MP Sony and over the next five years plan to buy more lenses for both of my mirrorless cameras, so those needs shouldn't change, although I may dabble in video too - not sure. I just bought a new thunderbolt 2/USB-3 6TB G-Tech drive to replace a 4TB drive as my main photo library early last year (which gets backed up to a thunderbolt 1 RAID array and various firewire and usb-3 hard drives) and I know that I will need all kinds of pricey adapters to use with the new laptop. It's part of what kept me from upgrading earlier but I just feel that my current setup is keeping me from working efficiently and I worry every time I see that beach ball of death, babying this thing along as much as I can. Right now I feel stymied since working on my files is so very slow, especially with the latest upgrades to PS and LR. I also constantly find the 512GB SSD filling up and it drives me crazy - the idea of a laptop with enough room to carry around a good chunk of my portfolio no matter where I am is appealing. With my iMac, the 1 TB additional hard drive also fills up too fast. I work on large layered files a lot and also kept so many uncompressed tiffs - many of which I finally deleted just to pare things down. I didn't realize until some time last year that I could losslessly compress the tiff files using zip compression, so I have been going back through them as time permits. I have many old files that need to be worked on and many new ones on my current SD cards, so having a large hard drive on my laptop is worth the cost to me. I find wires attached to my laptop defeat the comfort of working on it. Wim - I saw what you said about Eizo monitors in the "laptop or desktop" thread and I will check them out assuming that they work with Macs and are available here in the US. Thanks again for any advice.
  15. Wim - I need to upgrade both my 27in iMac and my 13" MacBook Pro - I find the laptop much better for reviewing and keywording images - although for fine work and to check if I'm not sure of sharpness I use the 27in iMac since the Retina display makes everything look sharp. The laptop is easier on my back and neck - I love the 27" iMac but I can never get my field of view at the center because I'm really short (4'11") and my knees would hit the underside of the desk if I made the chair tall enough. If I buy another iMac it will be the smaller one, but you mention the Eizo monitor, a brand I've never heard of. It really makes more sense for me to get a powerful MacBook that I can use when I travel, when I want to get out of the house and work at a coffeehouse, and just to save my back, and then get a monitor to hook it up to when I'm doing more detailed work. Does the Eizo work with the Macs? Everyone - In 2013, I went from a 17" MacBook Pro to a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display because the weight factor made a huge difference. I'm a petite grandmother with a bad back, so I really liked the change and while getting used to the smaller screen at first was tough, the ease of carting it along with me made it worthwhile, and I always had the 27"iMac on my desk. What do you think about just getting the best specs on a new 13" Macbook Pro Retina and then using say a 24" monitor for detail work, checking sharpness, fine art work, etc.? If your laptop and desktop were both old and fading, what would you get these days? Would a better option be a 24" iMac and an iPad Pro or does that mean you can only use PS Express and LR Mobile (or whatever they call the one that isn't LR Classic)? I welcome your thoughts.
  16. I found this again in my search so instead of starting a new post am wondering if any of you have successfully opened their MacBook (via the tiny screws on the back) and cleaned out the dust? I'm wondering if doing so may lengthen my MacBook's life. It runs hot and I know I have to replace it and my iMac but it's a big expense, so thinking maybe I can keep it running longer. I know the next move also means adapters for my large 4 and 6TB hard drives as well as several smaller ones, migrating files, and just general headaches. Thanks for any advice.
  17. I recently cleaned out my sock drawer. Now I have to attack 20 years of accumulation up in my attic LOL, so I have no time for culling my collection here. I've always been pretty picky when uploading and usually don't have too many similars. The older stuff I took and uploaded back around 2008 certainly could be better but since it sometimes sells, it will stay. I got rid of about 300 photos at one point - mostly "live news" images that wouldn't have legs. It took a lot of time, and it might have been easier to move them to another pseudo but that seems like just throwing them up in the attic. I'm trying to shoot a lot less these days when I go out - I pretend I have a roll or two of film instead of a 64GB card in the camera. My socks now take up just one-half of a drawer, and I haven't filled up my second 64GB card yet, so I'm getting there.
  18. And in New York? It would be fun to meet up and I would love to learn how to use my phone to actually send off live news photos. I don't do that much live news these days but if I see something I might just shoot it with my iPhone rather than trying to shoot with my camera and then transfer to my phone. I've carted my MacBook along when I've shot serious news - many shots - all day - that sort of thing - and using the connection instead would be great. I'll have to check out shutter snitch.
  19. Overcast skies are great for portraits but they really make it difficult to get what you want when you are traveling and won't be back that way again. My favorite skies for travel images are just after it rains when the sky turns blue again and is full of well defined and interesting clouds, although a clear blue sky is great for copy space. Waiting for the perfect light is a discipline we all learn, but if it is gray and blah while you are on the road, you really have to get creative if you are not in a position to change your location. Shooting indoors, visiting a museum, or, as you say, going for a good meal (and photographing it) are all options, as is scouting locations for a future trip back when conditions are more favorable. I've pared down my portfolio but have also been surprised by which photos sell - sometimes those I questioned uploading - but more often just good practical images that may not be the most striking but tell a story nonetheless. However, my best sellers are primarily the landscape and travel photos that I also like best . They tend to sell well both as stock and as prints. Waiting around for the perfect light rather than just snapping away. I was traveling earlier this month in the cold gray midwest and south, so I decided to work on collecting material for blog posts on gluten free restaurants and waiting to shoot outdoors when the streetlights came on. If only it had snowed rather than rained - oh well! An excuse to go back.
  20. Tough choice voting Lots of excellent photos! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Have a very Happy New Year!
  21. So many ships to choose from but here's one of my favorites with converging lines: Alamy helped me get a press pass to OpSail 2012 so I took this from another tall ship during the Parade of Sail. It's gotten me into galleries and was my first print sold online.
  22. Not anymore thanks to this post, but still a work in progress: here it is - just getting started ... and by coincidence the first gallery I set up was "Snow"
  23. Thanks for the info. I've been trying to get it to work for an hour with Safari - glad I found this thread instead of starting a new one. I'll share mine once I get it working. Got an avatar I like so far at least.
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