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  1. And now to return to the topic at hand. Editorial use, an Italian magazine. Fun timing since I just met cousins of mine from Italy yesterday who were here in NY. The photo is from that 2011 Scandinavian trip I mentioned in passing above - of the Kerid crater lake in Iceland. RM, Print, digital & electronic, 10K print run. High $$ not bad as it says bulk discount. As Steven had asked about mirrorless cameras and I wrote a small novel above, I'll continue briefly off-topic here. I hope to visit my Italian cousins next year and I'll want the Sony for those amazing caves in Matera, were one of my grandfathers hails from. One of my cousins, a very talented amateur photographer, brought me an amazing coffee table book of images from the town as a gift - so beautifully bound. My Nikon 20mm f/1.8 on the Sony will be ideal for the caves as well as those incredible landscapes and for navigating the narrow streets of that ancient city. And it will be a joy to use either the Olympus or the Sony in Rome, which I last visited in 2007, shortly after I started out as an advanced amateur with my 6MP D70. When another fellow Alamy forum member and I were planning the 2011 Scandinavian trip, one of you old-time forum members - and I'm sorry I forget who - recommended getting the 20mm to use on my D700 for the narrow medieval streets of Tallinn, Estonia. I am forever grateful. His advice was spot on. That 20mm with a manual adapter is now my go-to lens on the Sony, thanks to some excellent advice from a blogger. The landscape photo that I've posted today was probably taken with it. I was leery of the plastic build originally but it is much lighter because of it. And the optics are superb.
  2. Sorry for the delayed response I took an online holiday - anyway - here are my thoughts: I got the full frame A7rii - I'm a petite 4'11" grandma with a bad back and neck. While my Olympus OMD E-1 is noticeably lighter if I'm carrying it and a few lenses (mostly because the micro-3/4ths lenses are lighter ) it can't compare to the Sony in low light. I bought the E-1 in 2015 as an experiment while keeping my heavy Nikons and then sold them all off earlier this year other than a few prime lenses that I've used with the Sony. I did not buy the top of the line lenses for the 16MP Oly and the quality in daylight with the non-pro lenses up against my D-700 with top of the line glass was comparable except when I pixel peeped at 200% and even then I might have been biased toward my Nikons. The 42MP Sony is amazing but the files are huge. I like that I can make gigantic prints and shoot at a high speed - it was great taking photos of my grandson indoors without a flash right after he was born, but the Olympus lets me take more kit along. I bounced between the two cameras on a trip to the Great Lakes last month and found both were light enough for a couple of hours hiking or touring punctuated by some time in the car or getting a bite to eat, but if I was going to be on my feet all day touring through a European city or wandering around Manhattan, I'd opt for the lighter Olympus, or if I knew I wanted night shots without a tripod or indoors, I'd work in breaks to be sure I gave my back and neck a rest with the Sony. Now, I had vertigo for two years and am out of shape and never was all that strong to begin with, and I have fibromyalgia to boot, so you might find the Sony gear is a big enough weight difference for you. It's a tad lighter than my backup D5100 (which I bought in 2011 for a European trip as a backup and to give me a break from lugging my D700 every day - I didn't get the D7100 because the weight was just a tad more than I wanted. I'd just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia then and had been through a couple of accidents that had taken its toll on my back). I looked at the earlier model Oly mirrorless cameras then and felt they weren't up to par. I have to say the Olympus, which is 16MP like the D5100, is a far superior camera at a fraction of the weight. I can be out for eight hours on my feet with the Olympus and three lenses, including a lightweight zoom, and I feel fine. I found myself taking the D5100 more over the much better D700 purely for the weight difference, but sometimes regretting the quality difference. When I got the Olympus I only felt the difference shooting at high ISOs - and then more when I had to push a photo because I had under exposed it - or when I used the same Sd card all day or was shooting so constantly that the camera was hot enough to impact quality. I finally realized that's why some night shots were cleaner than others. If I was buying all new mirrorless kit now, I'd still opt for a Sony full frame ( 25 or 42 MP - I had a hard time deciding between the two) as my high end camera for studio work , when I won't be out all day, and for shooting in low light - I have no issues hiking a couple hours before sunset with it and then capturing shots in low light without a tripod. Then I'd get one of the smaller sensor models as a backup and for when I wanted lighter kit, so they could share lenses. At this point, I'm keeping both the Oly and the Sony since the Oly is so much lighter, but I hear the low light capability of the E-1 MarkII is an improvement. I'm hoping to tour Italy and Spain next year for a couple of weeks and will probably get a midrange zoom for the Olympus for easy travel - the Sony zooms just seem to put the weight beyond my comfort zone for being out all day. Still, the bokeh I can get with a full frame is hard to beat and I'll probably want it for night photography. That's why I'd lean toward Sony. The one big disadvantage of the Sony living in NY as I do is that the screen shuts off when it drops below freezing. Useless for snow pix if it's really cold out. It's much fussier than my workhorse Nikons or the sturdy little Olympus. I'm not sure how people manage those amazing Northern Lights photos with them. I played around with a friend's Canon and found the menus fairly intuitive after years of using a Nikon. The Sony and Olympus menus are both counter-intuitive (I know I'm using the term incorrectly but I think you get the point). I have wrist straps for both cameras that attach to one side of where the neck strap would go. This makes my neck and back much happier. Then I have Black Rapid cross body straps that attach via the tripod socket, so I can give my hands a rest. Both the wrist and cross body straps can be attached to the camera at once. Hope this helps.
  3. Country: Worldwide Usage: Marketing package - Small business, Use in marketing materials, worldwide for 5 years (excludes advertising). This license is for small companies - up to 10 people. Start: 30 October 2018 End: 30 October 2023 I took this handheld at some ridiculously high ISO the first night that I had my Sony. And they say sunsets don't sell as stock...well we know someone who seems to sell them to the UK newspapers daily ... anyway, when I got home and saw this shot I fell in love with my Sony...so I'm happy it sold.
  4. I can only speak to the full frame Sony, but have a suggestion for a much cheaper alternative too. I just bought the 90mm f/2.8 Macro FE G Master lens - the guy at B&H gave me great advice correctly telling me it doubles as a beautiful portrait lens. It's new but so far I like it a lot - beautiful bokeh on portraits & macros. You can't get the same kind of depth of field and bokeh with an APS sensor as you can with full frame, but I wouldn't let that stop you. It's a great lens, and would be particularly good if you were considering moving up to FF in the future. I would also suggest that you consider the Nikon 52mm closeup filter for macro. It is a really a small lens that is about three times as thick as a regular filter and screws onto the front of any brand of lens that takes a 52mm thread filter. It can be used with a step up or step-down ring to fit lenses close to that size. They come in different strengths depending on what focal length lens you'll attach it to, and turn your lens into a pseudo-macro. I used the +2 and +4 when I first started taking photos, and I still take them along with me if I don't want to lug a large macro lens, despite having bought a dedicated macro for my Nikons. I've gotten some nice shots with them on my Nikon 50mm, 35mm, and on my Olympus 40-150mm lenses. They let you focus closer. The link above is to their modern successor. You might look on eBay too. Hoya has sets with +2, +4 etc too. I took this with one of them threaded onto my Olympus 40-150mm, and the bokeh is pretty nice despite it being a micro 4/3rds sensor. I've blown it up pretty large and sold it as fine art too. Here is a true macro taken with my Nikon 105mm micro-Nikko (i.e. actual macro lens). The bokeh is smoother but the close up filters are really high quality Nikon glass and give you an inexpensive "macro." The photos pasted small so here are links to the photos if you want to take a look: Bee with Close Up filter True Macro: https://tinyurl.com/ycylxsvu I haven't uploaded any taken with the Sony 90mm macro yet.
  5. Thanks for the link Michael. Jeff, sensor size affects noise but it's not always the only variable. My 16MP Olympus with a tiny micro 4/3rds sensor is much cleaner at significantly higher ISOs than the CMOS sensor on my old backup camera, the 16MP Nikon D5100. With so much content ending up on the web instead of in print, it almost seems like ever larger MPs are a waste. Still, I opted for the 42MP Sony. I shoot a lot of fine art and also often sell travel images as large prints, and I also shoot for some magazines and calendar companies, so I figured I might as well go for it. If I was just shooting stock, I might have gone with 24MP, and even for fine art and the other work I do, that would have been more than adequate. All of today's cameras are so much better than what I started out with - the 6MP Nikon D70 - back when Alamy required them to be up-rezzed to 42MB. I used to dream of owning a medium format camera, but for the type of work I do, which most of the time requires lugging my equipment around for hours or days at a time, I'm happy to get FF 42MP in such a small package. I'm sure the MF has its advantages, but for my budget and needs the A7rii (which was on sales since it was replaced by the iii), seemed like the best bet for me when I bought it earlier this year. I look forward to checking out all sorts of equipment at PhotoPlusExpo this week, though right now my next big purchase is a new Mac.
  6. Paulette, I usually meet up with a friend and get that time with folks we seldom see is precious, so happy to play it by ear. I sent you a note via your website with my contact info if you find time for a quick coffee. Enjoy the Expo.
  7. Glad I read this thread. I used FTP here in 2012 (Not via Filezilla) while away from home using a neighbor's internet (with her permission) and it seemed glitchy so I didn't try it again, but since then I've used Filezilla for a client several times to upload several folders at once and it's a breeze. I am so behind here and have hundreds of new images, so I should definitely give it a try again for Alamy. Could get my numbers up significantly. EDIT: I lied - inadvertently - it's Cyberduck - will see how it works for Alamy and report back. Not this week since I'll be heading to PhotoPlus Expo tomorrow. Look forward to meeting the Alamy team there. Anyone headed there?
  8. I went from using a Nikon D700 and D5100 (as a lighter weight/backup camera) to mirrorless and I haven't looked back. I have a micro 4/3rds and a full frame mirrorless - the OMD E1 (16MP) and the Sony A7rii (42MP). 8 GB RAM and a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 on my 2013 Retina Laptop, where I usually sort and do some processing, and 8GB RAM on my 2011 iMac, which also has an Intel Core i7. I notice a huge decrease in speed between the Sony and Olympus files when using lightroom and while I love the Olympus for its incredibly light weight and stellar photos in good light, and even up to 600-800 ISO at times (I have to expose them pretty perfectly), the dynamic range of the Sony and the low light performance even above 16,000 is amazing. I regularly shoot handheld at night at 2500 and get beautiful low light images. I thought the D700 was amazing but the Sony even blows that away. If I wasn't 4'11" with a bad back and neck I might have gone for the D850 and kept all my old lenses. You can keep some of your old glass with the Sony. One favorite is the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 which I use with a manual adapter (Velo - about $40-50) on the Sony and get amazing shots. Both have great steady shot features and while I could hand hold back in college film days at 1/8-1/15, since having Lyme Disease back in my 30's before I began my photo career, I was lucky to hand hold at 1/60th until I went to mirrorless, where I've even gotten decent results at 1/4. The 42 MP does show every flaw at 100-200%, so you need excellent glass, but you may find that you can keep some of your Canon glass if you go to Sony. Not sure a move to the D850 would let you do that. The Sony G lenses are excellent, but even the Sony/Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 (not one of the Master lenses) is terrific. The Olympus is noticeably lighter since the lenses are much smaller. Although the Sony isn't much lighter than the D5100 (which I got to save my back and neck after a bad car accident), the picture quality is in an entirely different league than any other camera I've owned. I worked as a photo assistant for a photographer using a $30,000 medium format digital back (24MP - back in 2007-2010) and this tiny and light camera that costs of fraction of that blows it out of the water. Hard to go wrong with today's cameras as long as your lenses are good. That's why I went with primes to start, and kept some Nikon glass. I'd love to know if anyone here has the 24-105mm f/4 for the Sony. What do you think? I only have primes for it so far but thinking a zoom for travel would be a good investment, though the Olympus is a great travel camera.
  9. Best single sale for me here was $400 for commercial, web, banner and social media. The license was for 5 years but the fine print said 6 months - that was in 2015. I've had a few for $250 as early as 2009 and as recently as 2017, highest this year was $125, for a simple sign taken a few miles from my house. I shoot a lot of editorial. I've had a lot more repeat sellers in the past few years, and have netted over $1,000 from some one-day, or even a few hours' shoots from licenses here, but no single sales in the four figures. I hope to break the $1,000 barrier for a single sale one of these days (best license elsewhere was $750 for one-year exclusive use of an image rejected by several other sites including this one - so you never know what sells).
  10. These are mostly from my first uploads back in 2008 - taken in 2007. I need to attend more festivals! Fun subject. Just back from spending time with my new grandson - the most darling little one ever! (Grandparents are allowed to brag, right?) No pix allowed even on FB so sorry nothing new to share there - although I did get him a cute little costume for Halloween. From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 2007: And from my first (and only) trip to Las Vegas - spent most of my time photographing the desert. I think of the amazing organ as part of the costume.
  11. Yep - saw the example image - I shot the one I posted a year or so ago, and quickly went on my phone app and added porridge as a keyword and in the caption after seeing the Alamy blog post. Being lactose intolerant, I make it with almond milk; in fact it's one of the image's original keywords. Cashew milk is also nice.
  12. I added porridge as a keyword to this one - I didn't know oatmeal was porridge lol. Too busy taking photos of my beautiful new grandson (not for stock) but maybe I'll shoot some more when I get home. I have it every day for breakfast.
  13. I do bulk keywording as part of my upload/download process from my SD card into Lightroom. I may then tweak batches of them in LR after I've culled a shoot, but I don't usually fine tune each photo until after I've processed them. I check each processed image before upload to Alamy or elsewhere to make sure that there aren't any irrelevant or missing keywords so each image has only the keywords that are specific to it. Since different sites have different requirements and limits - for example, I also upload to fine art sites - I usually have to tweak both captions and keywords a bit for each site. Despite my best efforts, there is always something I've forgotten or missed so I periodically go in and check the live images, although now with the new tag system here, it feels daunting. But I know that while a picture is worth a thousand words, it is the keywords that get those pictures to show up in the first place.
  14. Being in the US, I have no idea but I'm lucky that my two Nikon repairs were done for free. The first was a jammed kit zoom lens for my D70 still under warranty (an 18-70mm I think - it was long time ago). The second was a failed shutter on my D700 just after the warranty ended. They fixed it for free anyway and they had just stopped doing most repairs at their Melville, Long Island (NY) location but as a favor they let me ship it there overnight anyway (I'm a couple hours away) rather than to the west coast and rushed the job since I desperately needed the camera. I was still a relative newbie and had sold my D70 so I didn't have a backup camera. That convinced me to always have a backup. After the prices you are quoting, I realize I got off really cheap just paying for shipping!
  15. You were probably smart to get the A7 instead of the A7riii - I love the 42 MP but my computers don't - I need to upgrade anyway, but with the new camera it is very obvious. I also love my little Olympus EM-1, and 16 MP is fine. Glad to put your mind at ease - I may be generalizing here but I think that guys don't realize how much harder it is for most women to lug all that heavy equipment around. I crack up every time some guy says his hands are too large for a mirrorless. At 4'11" I can't even image. I turn 60 in a couple of weeks and just became a grandma so I figure I need to keep my back and neck as healthy as I can.
  16. I'm happy I went with a full frame Sony. I bought it in March. The camera is fiddly but the photos are awesome. Low light is great. I got the A7rii and the battery life sucks but I saved over $1,000. Was torn between that and the A7riii. I kept my Nikon 20mm lens and use it with a manual adapter, I also kept an old 50mm f/1.4 (A mount?) I bought on eBay with its original leather case when I started that has the most awesome bokeh. I am torn that I didn't keep my 24-70mm. Sold my D700, D5100 and all the rest of my lenses to fund the purchase of the new camera and some Sony lenses. Even with the 90mm macro (a large lens) it is smaller and lighter than my Nikon kit. I also have an Olympus mirrorless - the Em-1 I got a few years ago. No one thinks an Olympus is a pro camera. Back during the elections, I was photographing our local Memorial Day Parade (the Clintons live three blocks from me) and used my Olympus with its tiny 40-150mm non-pro, super light zoom. I also had my 17mm with me. I had left the press area because I'm short and wanted to get some images I wasn't tall enough to shoot from that area. Heading back in under the ropes, one of the Secret Service guys looked at my tiny camera and said, "This is just for press." (none of us had anything around our necks - it was all very informal) One of Hillary's press people intervened as she'd met me before but I've been to many similar events with my Nikons and that hadn't happened, so I'd have to say the Olympus does NOT scream "pro," which I like. No one gives me a second look when I'm in NYC or any other city taking photos with either of these cameras. I'd get stopped a lot or people would duck my camera or smile and pose when I was out with my Nikons. Mirrorless are much less obvious. And it's easy enough to explain that yes, I'm a pro if I need to. I could've talked my way back under the ropes on my own if needed, grabbed my editor who was around somewhere, or handed them a business card. Took my Sony to the beach in 90 degree weather. Even then, no overheating problems.
  17. 8 zooms 1 sale in August. Jill, I wouldn't worry - For years I would get sales and very few zooms, and even with zooms they often don't coincide with my sales. The past year or so zooms seem to be up, and they have been pretty steady this year, but this year sales are down. I'd take a couple more sales and no zooms any day. Hoping to see things pick up now that it's September - the summer is often slow.
  18. Earlier this year I sold all my Nikons except my 20mm lens and an old manual 50mm f/1.4 I bought on eBay when I started shooting digital for $40 that has the best bokeh I've ever seen (I even have the original leather case - saw similar ones on eBay for $499). Bryan, I also have the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 (from my first SLR - the Olympus OM-1) and it is gorgeous. I bought the adapter to use it on my Olympus wireless and then bought another so I could use it on my Sony - small and light and easy to focus with lovely bokeh. I didn't keep my heavier Nikon lenses since that seemed to defeat the purpose of switching to mirrorless, but I would have considered the Nikon full frame option if I hadn't just invested in the Sony. I went with the A7rii because I got a great deal saved about $1200. Battery life is awful but otherwise love it.
  19. I've had sales from between $60 for small images to $150 for larger wall calendars - one year duration. For one client, for example, if the same image was in a large and small version of a wall calendar it would be $100-150 for the large calendar (depending on print run) and $60 for the small calendar. They pay in December of the year it is published so it can be two years from the time they get an image until you are paid. It works out well if you license two or three photos for each of several calendars, but it can be a lot of work to find calendar companies that are looking for new providers and of course they all require different sizes, different keywording, captioning and naming conventions. Personally, I like seeing my work in calendars that are sold nation-wide. I haven't tried making my own calendar but it could be nice.
  20. My MacBook goes through stages where the fan runs really hard and loud for no apparent reason. It has done this for years. It will go on for a bit and then stop and it's back to normal. I brought it to Apple years ago and they said they just run hot. I got an external fan that attaches to the USB port but it's noisy itself. I usually just shut down what I'm not using and put it to sleep for a bit and it seems to stop. I have an Intel MacBook Pro Retina 13" late 2013. I worry that it is past its prime and just keep it lean - I was filling up most of the 500GB hard drive with photos all the time and now am making sure most of my photos get reviewed and then I offload them to an external hard drive and process them on my iMac. With a 42MB Sony my files really got huge, and that's when I realized I needed to keep at least 100GB free - it's running fast although still not as well as it could. I really thought it was on its last legs yesterday as I couldn't get the fan to stop it was so loud even when I shut down and rebooted but today I've been working on a writing project for hours and also still have PS, LR and firefox and safari open and it's been quiet and nowhere near as warm so all that noise must have cleared something out. Bringing it in to have it checked sounds like a good idea. I should probably do that as well with mine but I fear that the "geniuses" aren't all that, so I'll look for a third party since I'm well out of the extended warranty.
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