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  1. I have several photos from my old D70 that are still selling - though most were uploaded in 2008-2009 when I had to uprez to 48MB, it looks like more than a third of my sales in the past three years have been from those old images. I'm wondering if it is ironically the large uprezed size vs. the actual MP of the camera (6MP). I do see lots of [FS] searches. I rarely downsize my 12MP and 16MP images.
  2. You can buy a new card and get Lexar Rescue for the same cost as buying the software: https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=lexar+camera+memory+card&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=77785962785&hvpos=1t2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16349092464986683312&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9004193&hvtargid=kwd-2324930717&ref=pd_sl_8yyzpncwd0_b I searched for SD cards but there are CF cards too. I used an older version years ago when I hit "reformat" on a CF card I hadn't uploaded to my iMac yet and it recovered the new photos and older ones. It only recovers them as jpegs even if you just shot RAW. No idea how the newer versions work but it's worthwhile. I'd also contact Delkin - maybe they'll replace it for you. A year is very fast for a card to die.
  3. I uploaded this during Hurricane Sandy - taken with the light from my kitchen window and uploaded when I went out and found a Starbucks with power (we were out for 11 days so I was very glad to have this survival kit). It wasn't licensed for anything to do with the hurricane but some years later for a Swedish website. Reminds me it's that time of year to stock up on batteries and candles again. So glad Hermine gave us a pass!
  4. When I started getting my first cataract, I was suddenly over-sharpening everything. Got fails for over sharpening and couldn't understand why everything I shot was suddenly blurry. Went for new glasses and ended up with 20-20 vision after surgery in that first eye after being at 20-250, so quite the silver lining. Still need reading glasses which are prescription and correct for my astigmatism. I can drive without glasses but wear them at night to help so I don't have to squint at signs and see halos around lights. Dry eyes can still make things look blurry - I have Sjogren's Syndrome which makes mine super dry and sometimes painful - but not as dramatically - and hilariously if we may laugh along with you - as yours Betty. Life really can be tough sometimes, it's great that your sense of humor gets you through! Hope that toe heals up soon - given how hot it's been guessing you may be able to get away with sandals for another month. Otherwise, maybe try some soft canvas sneakers? Good luck!
  5. I've been considering the EM-1 but was put off by noise on long exposures, have firmware updates addressed this yet? Could do with selling my Canon 5d2 gear to lose some weight (too many arguments with airline staff about my camera bag). I haven't done much in the way of long exposures on a tripod since it's so light, so can't really speak to long exposures. I did try the blood moon on a tripod last year, but had to keep it under 1 second (or else you get blur with the moon, so I have been told) and the slight noise seemed acceptable. Can't beat the D700 for low noise, but the slight trade off for the weight makes the bit of luminance noise I sometimes have to deal with, acceptable. Interestingly, when I bump up the ISO in the dark, the noise seems less. It's really great at ISO 800 and even 1600 - I shot a fire a few doors down from me during the wee hours of the morning the day that the camera arrived and the photos were excellent. I also just shot a concert for a local magazine at ISO 1600 and the photos came out nice and clean - but short exposures, high ISO in both of those situations. I have to update my firmware. When I test it out, I'll let you know.
  6. Welcome! That Northern Lights photo was amazing - from your porch - wow! Look forward to seeing more of your work in the days ahead.
  7. I always assumed you Brits had the advantage with Alamy, especially with Live News . Most of my sales are from the US since that's most of my portfolio, but I've sold a smattering of images from Italy, Scotland, and other European subjects too. Scariest presidential election in my lifetime. Stranger than fiction IMHO. It seems most of us here are on the same page.
  8. I'm happy with my Olympus OMD-E1 - so light even if I'm bringing along three extra lenses compared to my D700 (which I still use for some client shoots - though I now use the Oly for most of my magazine assignments). I originally bought a D5100 to have a lighter backup camera but the Oly is so much lighter and great in low light. Am thinking of selling the D5100 and some of my DX lenses to help finance a second Oly body - will probably hold on to the D700 for studio and client shots, though I may sell the entire lot. I just got back from a week on Cape Cod - out all day taking ferries, hiking up to 8 miles one day on Martha's Vineyard - carrying three lenses and the camera in a tiny backpack, didn't need the backup battery one lasted all day though it was starting to fade by sunset.
  9. Three fewer sales than this time last August and $150 less in revenue. Got my first PU sale. Not a stellar August but the summer is often slow. Sitting on the deck of my room in Cape Cod watching the rain. Had hoped to make a lot from this current trip as sales from my Cape Cod forays any time of year usually do well - last trip in October saw a $250 license less than a week after I uploaded a new photo. The sun is supposed to reappear tomorrow - fingers crossed. Off to take photos of souvenir shops and foggy marshes.
  10. Tried it today - did some fun stuff for the fine art sites. Thinking it might be good for some blurred backgrounds for Alamy too. Thanks for the heads up! I like the mood it creates.
  11. Thanks Betty - checked out their site and it looks like it could be great for POD sites as well as for bringing out detail in stock images. Hard to believe a software that used to cost over $500 is now $6! Certainly worth trying at that price!
  12. Wow - lots to learn and think about - great advice - thanks. I've shot a fair amount of video using a tripod, but I'll have to learn all the editing first - going to try an iMovie class as Lisa suggests, but will also check out the free software others have mentioned. A couple of years ago, our town's local TV station was offering free video editing classes with X cut pro ( ?) (the pro Mac software ) and was also going to allow people to use their equipment to shoot video, but there wasn't enough interest so it was cancelled. After that I sort of gave up on my idea of doing much video, but have shot some when I've been out with my tripod - and also some hand held, so we'll see how that stuff is. Hopefully, I'll have plenty of time this winter to learn all these programs and give it a try.
  13. Nope. I'm afraid it is OK only for very basic video editing and format-changing etc. It won't stabilize yr shaky videos. My videos are still less than 5K and I organise them only manually, with basic help from PICASA. Thanks!
  14. Thanks Kumar! Is that sufficient for most editing needs or do you recommend something else too? Is there something you recommend for cataloging/organizing too or does that organize your clips as well? Like the OP, I'm considering how to locate all the .MOV files I have lurking in Lightroom and organizing them so I can start editing and uploading them. Does that or any software do ITPC/keywords or do you have to do that manually for each agency you upload to?
  15. Great info and here are my newbie questions: I have a ton of unedited video taken on various cameras and my iPhone and when I look at the kinds of clips seen on TV, I know some have potential. I just need to figure out how to edit them. No clue how to edit - I have iMovie on my Mac - is that sufficient? Any good links to learn how to use it? Any other software I should consider? For travel stuff that might be editorial only - worthwhile or not? Would backgrounds used on TV be considered editorial? i.e. if you have say boats in a harbor with people in it, is it worth uploading? Especially if they're tiny and unrecognizable. Thanks!
  16. How do I upload an avatar to the forum? Can I do it via dropbox somehow? At one point I had two accounts on Alamy - one for reportage and one for commercial way back when they required me to do it that way, and I had an avatar in the forum. When Alamy later combined the two for me into my reportage (newer) account, I had to re-join the forum and haven't been able to upload an avatar. Thanks for your help!
  17. Hi, the Nex does shoot RAW and jpeg. (Don't know what those are yet!) And yes it does a lot of things the photographer should do, so that seems good for a beginner. Think I've picked a good camera to suit me. I have started with the instruction videos. There are are plenty, luckily. That's a superb photo. Vickie Thanks Vickie! Enjoy the learning process and your new camera!
  18. No advice, but just some links that might be helpful: The IRS has publications for self-employed people which I found helpful when I first started freelancing: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/self-employed Sales tax varies widely by state and I've found the NY State sales tax people very helpful in giving advice. No clue about North Carolina. TurboTax has a small business version which I find very helpful in doing my Schedule C. But if you're just starting out and are unsure about all this, an accountant might be a better bet.
  19. Point and shoots can be handy especially as back-ups and if you get one that shoots RAW, and gives you lots of options, it may not be a bad place to start if you can't afford a DSLR. I often take my Nikon P7000 along as a backup and I like the ultra wide to close up zoom, like in this photo: Read up, take lots of photos, watch lots of videos, maybe take a class on digital photography at your local Community College and good luck!
  20. Peter, a second option for adding a photo here: Open two windows, this one and the one with the photo you want to add in Alamy You can then click on the picture tab above here and a box will open, then in the second window, right click on your image, click on "Copy Image" in the drop down, and put that address which will end with.jpeg into the open box here.
  21. Where to see fall foliage in New England http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/colorful-new-england-fall-foliage-pictures?xid=NL_TLDaily081516 Greensboro, Vermont © David R. Frazier Photolibrary, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo Litchfield Hills, Connecticut © Photofusion Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire © James Kirkikis / Alamy Stock Photo
  22. Betty, if you move stuff off the computer to another hard drive, you can click on the little spot that comes up in the catalog and ask LR to find the missing file and all those near it. Another option is to make a new catalog on each external hard drive and import into that, so it's easy to see what's on each hard drive, and you can keep the same files linked to the other main catalog. When I'm backing up and taking stuff off my computer, I'll go in and synchronize the folders fist to get any strays processed in PS I might have missed, then I'll export the entire folder as a catalog to the new hard drive. I'll then open a larger catalog in there, do import from catalog, and now all my images backed up on that hard drive are nicely organized.
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