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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 t
  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 q
  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.
  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 g
  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 Pho
  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 e
  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 da
  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 amaz
  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
  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 newbi
  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
  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
  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 se
  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
  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
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