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  1. Welcome Dave. My experience, for what it's worth: I sell a fair number of B&W images as prints and on average make about $250 net per sale. While I can see that adding them to Alamy now that there is a PU license might add sales, at $10-20 gross I would be competing against myself, and earning less than 5% of what I normally make, so a good reason for me not to add them here. I wish the PU license was more expensive and was akin to a normal license where the size of the image made a difference so that the price went up per sale. Honestly, if I could earn $50 per PU license, I'
  2. Liam, I think that sounds good. I really wish I'd known about their conversion service. I have a few different adapters I've bought for my mirrorless cameras to use my original Olympus lenses (from my SLR, an OM-1) and from my Nikons to use on the Olympus and Sony. I didn't want the added weight for the larger zoom lenses, so sold them. They are all manual and I use them with various prime lenses, some manual, some autofocus that I now use manually. They all work well but I had read that using the autofocus with an adapter did not work as well, which is why I think that having the mount conver
  3. Haven't but wish I'd known might have tried it for the one Sigma lens I had that I really loved. Sold it for nearly what I paid for it though, so not the end of the world. I'd imagine they do an excellent job. If you use the service let us know how it works. It would make the lens lighter than using with an adapter, so it seems like it might well be worth it.
  4. Yes, I think that's why it's probably less of an issue since it's more obvious, whereas atmospheric haze can look like noise. Fortunately, all my images with atmospheric haze (taken back in 2011) passed quickly. I took them with a Nikon 70-200mm lens and my D700 from a moving boat at 4:30 in the morning - using an inexpensive lens I bought because I didn't want to tote my heavy and much better and sharper Sigma 50-500mm around Scandinavia and being half awake, I still got many shots that I loved. Here's one that I didn't shrink:
  5. I wrote an article about the new Texture slider last month but it hasn't been published yet. My editor is supposed to let me know when it goes live, I'll post a link. Great slider. It really helps with architecture and landscape images bringing out the details without adding noise. It's also great for portraits, by using it to lower texture - so skin looks more natural than when you take away clarity. My article focuses on landscape and nature images. On the haze front, I just uploaded some photos taken back in 2011 as the sun began to rise in Sweden turning the white
  6. I've been with them since 2008. For years it easily paid for itself, but no more. As you have experienced, I used to find lots of my Photoshelter images showing up in google (word) searches and in image searches, but lately they seem to be nearly invisible. I've had some really good licenses via Photoshelter in the past, to excellent magazines such as Smithsonian, to web designers from all across the US; I also got clients and invitations to show my work at galleries - all through google or site searches - in addition to getting clients and making sales from people who I sent to my site. I s
  7. By the time my daughter was in high school, the kids had to run every written assignment through a computer program that was there to catch plagiarism, that's how bad it had gotten. I forget the name of it, but they used it at her university too.
  8. Wow Betty - I remember seeing those images at the time - one of the most powerful images I've ever seen. I probably am recalling both your husband's and the other as I had subscriptions to both of those publications at the time. It still brings tears to my eyes to recall it. They should have shared the Pulitzer. I'd guess the other photographer's editor put him up for the prize. Who knew that such a shocking and horrible attack would be followed by so many others - both foreign and domestic terrorists - from teens with guns to well coordinated crashes. When we feel squeamish about intruding by
  9. I meant newly uploaded too - and yes, they either sell quickly or they usually get lost forever - it's a very different model than Alamy's since there are multiple sales. I've got a lot of old images that keep selling (taken and uploaded back circa 2010-2013) but old ones that haven't been licensed before rarely license now - they used to have an algorithm that would throw up previously unlicensed images from time to time - but that's rarer now.
  10. Great news! I always love it when I sell one of my favorites. Even better when you find it in use. Hope you do.
  11. In contrast to Reimar and John's expectations, I was surprised that my new editorial images (taken in 2019) have been suddenly selling well on "dark side" the past couple of months. For me, newer images often seemed to languish, while older photos, especially general travel/editorial, seem to sell day after day, I have a handful from as far back as 2010 that still show up on page one on the biggest of those sites for general place name searches from popular tourist destinations and sell regularly on all of them. After not uploading for a couple of years, in May I uploaded some from a recent
  12. Low $$ 😑 and my average CTR tanked as well (though my editorial pseudo was at .98) . This was in contrast to June when my CTR soared to its second highest average for the past 12 months, so hoping that will mean August picks up for sales (when it happens, zooms seem to turn into sales either immediately or two months later).
  13. Wow - tough choice! All excellent! I could have voted for any of them but forced myself to make a choice so I would not forget to come back and vote. Congrats to all the finalists.
  14. Adie, I've been watching the British crime drama Vera where this statue appears in the opening credits. I've been intrigued by it and kept thinking I should do a google search to figure out what it is. Well now, thanks to you, I know. Gave you a greenie. Well-deserved as you always work hard to find so many photos.
  15. I've seen my keywords here copied including misspelled keywords - but your name - wow! It would be nice if people could think for themselves.
  16. I haven't done much still life, but one of my best selling shoots was copied on another site years ago, back in the day when they would share top sellers via twitter and facebook every day. I would guess that with travel photography it is less likely, although if someone lives near a place you've shot or is traveling there, it certainly could happen. I had work in a show once with a photographer friend who told me he had been fighting with a large reputable site because he was convinced that the rather prosaic shot he had in the show of a building in Ireland had been stolen. I suspected that i
  17. I bought an $11 rubber housing at a sporting goods store for my iPhone last year summer (it's a 6S and I was and still am overdue for a new phone - our carrier gives us a break on cost every two years - so I figured I could risk it). Specifically got it for kayaking. Got some beautiful images and some footage that would be suitable for S. Not the quality you're looking for I'm sure, but fun and inexpensive. It floats and has a tie you can attach to your wrist or the kayak so it doesn't get lost. I wouldn't chance it with a new phone but it was good enough that I'd keep my old phone and use it.
  18. At our town's Memorial Day parade back in 2016, something I've covered for a local magazine many times since 2006, one of her people was attempting to chase me out of the press enclosure, since I'd decided that marching along the route with my mirrorless Olympus made more sense than carting one of my big Nikons. Another member of her press contingent saw what was happening and quickly came by and explained that I was supposed to be there. Sometimes a small camera helps you be incognito, but it can also cause problems. You just never know. But it's certainly hard to decide which cameras are "p
  19. Perhaps a number, then a letter? 2A....(since 1 and I are easily confused)? Then 2B.... or 3A.... I'd think they'd stay with 6 letters/digits but I don't know enough about databases Live News are already at W so we'll find out very soon. The explosive growth is really obvious when you track by letter. When I started in July 2008 with my 4 test images they started with B1.... Everything from 2008, 2009, and 2010 is also B. So it took around 2 1/2 years to get through one letter at that time. The C images started in February 2011. My D images start in Feb 2013 so it
  20. I agree that if Alamy bend their own rules, while a few month's grace period might arguably be reasonable, after 10 month Alamy should absorb the loss , not us. Most magazines that commission an article and/or photos pay a "kill fee" of 50% (sometimes more) of the agreed-upon price if it does not go to press. We should be able to rely on the terms of the contract, as written. If Alamy want to waive those terms and refund a sale which has already cleared and been paid to the photographer, giving clients an unlimited grace period, then there should be a "kill fee" equal t
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