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  1. I thought this didn't post but when I reposted both showed up. So duplicate.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 N
  4. 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
  5. 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 si
  6. Congrats Keith - lots of variety - I love your famous sunsets & those starlings are amazing.
  7. 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 -
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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 her
  11. 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
  12. 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 cata
  13. 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 t
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 tha
  18. 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
  19. 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?), i
  20. 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 af
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
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