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  1. I've used easy release and releases that say the consideration is a photograph. Submit them to Alamy and see if they are accepted. You should be okay.
  2. Nantucket Island Cape Cod in the autumn with lots of fall color: I couldn't get the thumbnails to load. You can see more from this series here: http://www.alamy.com/search/imageresults.aspx?qt=Nantucket%20autumn&imgt=0 (Nearly all of them in this search link are mine)
  3. Amazing how free you can feel, and how much fun can come back into photography. I get that with the RX100 and my Fuji kit. Have you tried Stockimo? I just got the app to work yesterday at last - uploaded a bunch of grainy tweaked fun images - all but one of which passed - they only failed the un-vintage-processed ones LOL and the fails are by the image and don't count against you. Very freeing to be creative and not worry that a fun saleable image will fail on technical grounds and land you in the sin bin for weeks. Very very freeing! Just wish I could find my images online. Maybe it takes 48 hours and it's been about 36. With the kind of fine art work you do Betty, you could really have fun with it.
  4. I had a fail for the first time in years back in July and when I reviewed the image in question on my iMac I scratched my head and wondered why I had even tried uploading it - I was traveling and working from my Macbook with Retina display and just took a look now and it looks so much better on here (the laptop) - I have just learned a very valuable lesson here. I thought that with the Retina display I'd see detail better since my 13" screen has more pixels than my 27" screen but now realize that means just the opposite is true. More pixels compressed on a tiny screen means the image looks much sharper on here. Duh! Thanks for pointing that out. And I've made gorgeous 16 x 20 inch prints from photos that would never pass QC at 100% - pigment inkjet printers are far more forgiving than even magazine pages, let along pixel peeping at 100% on a large monitor. While I can easily spend more time than I should on photography forums, I usually learn something valuable. In fact, that's how I first learned about stock photography in general and Alamy in particular. I'd have more photos online if I spent less time here and on similar boards, but I'd probably know less too. For Robert: If you have the RAW files start with them and you may see a big difference. Compression artifacts can quickly degrade a jpeg especially if you're downloading it from online and saving a few times before you even start your workload. Use Photoshop layers and don't save as a jpeg until all your work is complete. Don't use the default noise reduction and sharpening setting either, this can cause all kinds of problems, you need to tweak them so they work for your camera/lens combo, and for the particular lighting conditions etc. Congrats on biting the bullet. Feel free to share the photo crops here and good luck!
  5. On a Mac: Right click on large image > click on copy image from the dropdown > click the little picture icon on the top bar here > command-V to paste
  6. If you have large RAW files Time Machine isn't a very good solution IMHO. Much better to get a RAID system. You can get a fairly inexpensive 6TB WD Mybook RAID dual drive - it's pretty small if you don't have room for larger servers. When my macbook pro died a few years ago, I discovered that the Time Machine backup which I thought I was keeping up to date had run out of space without notifying me and I lost 6 months of photos and documents - a very expensive lesson as some were only backed up to Time Machine and it cost a fortune for data retrieval. When I set up my RAID and other backup solutions and spoke with some knowledgeable folks, not the Apple "geniuses," they confirmed that Time Machine is meant for the casual photographer who shoots jpegs and not for pros with large RAW files. Now I do the triple backup - RAID, an additional hard drive and my Photoshelter account for cloud/offsite storage. SSDs are great for running software but I wouldn't pay the premium to use them for backup, either. Supposedly if they fail the data can be retrieved easily so that's the advantage but they are still pricey compared to a regular HD. Worth every penny as the main drive on your computer though. If I waited to take new photos until I had processed my last batch, I'd have a few more online, but I'd never grow as a photographer. I think a backup solution and finding more time to process images makes sense, but IMHO never stop taking photos because you have batches that you haven't processed yet.
  7. In 2011 I flew Icelandair and they had an 11 pound carry-on limit. Since I was headed to 4 countries to shoot stock I very very carefully packed some of my equipment in my check-in baggage and told them as I was checking it that there was camera equipment in the bag (I had called earlier and was told that the 11 lb limit was firm). Well, the gate agent said they didn't want to be responsible and let me carry on three cameras and various lenses in a couple of camera bags and my carry-on Lowepro backpack. Had 3 other flights after that and they let me carry on everything. I don't recommend this as I think I was very lucky and wish that more airlines were more accommodating. Now that I have a mirrorless, I usually can manage with my camera backpack, taking that and my D700 with the 24-70 and a couple primes, but leaving the rest of the larger lenses behind, relying on the zoom lens for my Oly, but it's not an ideal solution, though it's easier on my back as well as making plane travel simpler. If I was planning a wildlife shoot I'd certainly have to rethink that solution, but it works for more general travel images. I look forward to learning which airlines are best and which to avoid from the article.
  8. Marriage Equality Concept Crime Prison Concept Save the Earth/Eco-friendly/Earth Day Concept These have all sold at least a few times for me - concepts are key. PS Lisa, I have the sheets that match your comforter - love them!
  9. I thought about getting a 4TB wireless drive but wouldn't that be much slower if you keep your catalog and photos you're working on on the drive? Even with fast Verizon fios I'd be worried about lag time - not to mention a problem if your network is down. Don't want to highjack the thread but would welcome comments on working with wireless externals as your main HD vs. thunderbolt. Thanks! SFL, I'm way too slow at processing my images so I had the same problem you did - getting that 4TB drive ( and an even larger RAID backup) really helped.
  10. I have a 4 TB LaCie powered drive with my main LR catalog because my 1 TB second internal drive on my iMac filled up way too fast. Thunderbolt connection is fast and seamless. I shoot a lot of travel and nature, and often shoot a lot and don't process it all right away and also have client files I'm processing right away so they fill up fast - especially when you bracket your shots it's a lot before they are culled. The 500 GB drive on my macbook seems to fill so quickly when I'm traveling too. Working off the LaCie has been great and lets me have all my images from the past 6 years organized in once place with older files in a second catalog. I upload from the cards directly to the LaCie and work on them there and it's super-fast. I only have 8GB RAM and using CC and LR6 have no lag time. After I cull my images I now back them all up to Photoshelter, as well as backing up to a WD RAID and various external drives - some kept offsite - and make sure everything is on at least three hard drives before reformatting the cards from each shoot. When I'm traveling I sometimes find my 500 GB macbook drive getting too full because I will leave some photos on there from other trips to process - I don't like working off an unpowered drive but use them for travel and extra backup.
  11. Good discussion Betty - I've had some chosen for creative and they sell here but they are mostly concept and travel images that meet alamy's sharpness standards. Did get a few more "creative" images past QC a whilte back but they were also mostly sharp albeit filtered composites. I'd welcome an alternative to Stockimo especialy since despite back and forth with member services trying to help, I can't get the Stockimo app to work on my iPhone. Thanks Robert B. for the list of alternative outlets. It can be time-consuming to try out many agencies but also rewarding to have other outlets for your work. Good luck with other outlets Betty - love your creative and painterly stuff and there are outlets for it besides POD, though here on alamy it seems straight photography is the best seller and it's really nice to have an outlet for good serviceable photography here as well. This thread is really a wake-up call/reminder to me that I have thousands of sharp serviceable images of locations across the US and Europe and as the weather gets colder in a couple of months, it will behoove me to get them uploaded here. I can't even count the number of times I've looked on the "Have you found any alamy images for ..." thread over the years and kicked myself that my images from a location featured are languishing on my hard drive. Stock is a time-consuming mistress!
  12. June and July were much better but had one sale in August for $50 a repeat seller for me so that's always nice. All in all not too bad for the summer which is usually slower for me. Hoping September brings some more sales from the zooms I've gotten earlier. 8 zooms so far this month with 769 images so that's a positive. Still waiting to see if sales show up from zooms by image number. Found some unreported stuff so hoping for a decent September.
  13. Congrats! Great job and with such a small portfolio!
  14. I have the Sigma 50-500mm and it is sharp all the way to 500mm. I love it. Hefty but I've gotten some nice images all the way at 500mm. Here are a couple: Bought it refurbished at B&H in 2009. I just shoot really fast and on my D700 or D5100 in good light, don't worry about using a higher ISO. Have also used it on a tripod (for the boat photos) - it has a tripod brace and works well. (handheld)
  15. I use commas and a space in LR 6 and commas or semicolons and a space in PS CC or Bridge (I tend to do my essential keywording in LR when I download from a card and then finish up wherever I happen to be before upload) and I've never seen this happen. When the keywords arrive in the Comprehensive field in Alamy they no longer have commas and I wouldn't put them back. I had CS5 before CC (upgraded <2 yrs ago) and never saw the problem occur then either. On the other hand, I can't get the Stockimo app to work with my iPhone no matter what I do, so I guess we are all plagued by some gremlins of one kind or another.
  16. Good luck John! I bought some nice MF Nikor lenses on ebay and keep thinking I should try it for selling stuff. Had good experiences buying stuff there. I keep bringing carloads of stuff to Goodwill (a charity thrift shop here in the US) because I'm trying to downsize my house, and every once in a while I'm tempted to try selling the stuff instead. For those of you who've sold stuff there, is it worthwhile after the hassle of packing, shipping, etc?
  17. I filed for the first time last year - and should have done it the year before. I used my CSV file from Alamy - I also went thorough most of the process to avoid the VAT then realized it would cost me $85 and since I didn't know what I was getting from DACS, and assumed it wasn't going to be over $500, which is roughly where I'd break even after bank fees, I decided to let them take out the VAT and DACs wired the money to my bank account. Even with VAT and bank fees it was a decent amount for a little bit of work. Alamy told me I had more eligible images than I could find in my account when they offered to do it for me, perhaps some RF sales to book publishers or magazines, and I asked them about it and they told me to use the CSV file if I was doing it myself so I sent along what I had and it worked out. If I had a lot of RF files and Alamy told me I had significantly more eligible images than I could find myself, I'd consider giving them half, but for now it seems more prudent for me to deal with DACs directly, especially since most of this year's UK licenses are RM and I've found some ISBNs on my own. The website and the people at DACS are very helpful and easy to deal with.
  18. Thanks Lisa - now all I have to do is get the Stockimo app to work for me. You've had a lot of success with Stockimo. Really good of you to share tips.
  19. I got one of those $50 5-year iQ sales on one of my better-selling RM images Friday ($25 to me, less to me net than an EL on the micros). Nevertheless, I think I've learned to take the iQ sales in stride, but I get what the OP and others are agonizing over. I have tiny ports on a handful of the largest micros and my RPI on even the worst of the bunch is much better than here, but I still put most of my better work either only on here, or on here and on some on other small mid stock sites. Since I license some RM work directly, I feel it's worth keeping the better stuff RM, although my stats from the past several years show me that if I had put my best stuff on the micros as RF, I'd probably have made a lot more from stock photo sales during that time. But giving it all to the "dark side" just doesn't sit well with me, and the occasional $200-400 licenses here and from direct sales make me feel better about RM licenses. I think the suggestion to approach those magazines directly is a good one. I also think that spreading out the work on different outlets makes sense. I started with Alamy and feel a certain loyalty here, but I got into stock photography just as the micros were on the rise and learned a lot from having multiple sales daily there. Despite the drop from 60% to 50%, Alamy has kept their royalties reasonable and I feel better about having work here than on the micros but I've earned over $1,000 apiece (net) from some of my best-sellers on the micros - and hundreds from others - so I won't give up on them completely either. Alamy is still licensing images for good sums in a very tricky market, and IMHO the iQ sales are a much better way to stay competitive than the old novel use sales were. My iQ sales add up to a decent amount, so I wouldn't opt out of them in if I could. I think we all have to find what we're comfortable with and what works best for us. I entered stock photography in the current declining market, so my expectations are not the same as traditional stock photographers who've been doing this for years. That doesn't mean I don't value my work - I do - but I am also trying to be practical and find the markets that will help me maximize the potential for my work, recognizing that markets change. From my limited experience it seems that RM is on an upswing, so I wouldn't rush to put all my best-sellers out there as RF, but there are certain types of photographs that might do better as RF - and some that could be RF or RM - I wouldn't rush to make them all RF despite a few iQ sales, but I might experiment with a few as RF elsewhere and see how they do.
  20. It will be so good when they finally give us an "Editorial Use Only" restriction to tick instead of going through that long list. We've been waiting a long time - hope it happens.
  21. +1 This would also be helpful for "old-timers" - I often struggle to decide whether an image would be more likely to be licensed as RM or RF and would love to know the advantage of RM-exclusive, since I have many images that, for all intents and purposes, are exclusively on Alamy although I haven't made them "exclusive" there - e.g. Do exclusive images rank higher in searches?
  22. +1 These are very helpful. I also like the idea about 10 best and others that will attract buyers.
  23. Florida Beaches all from Alamy - the article is from July but I just spotted it now & don't recall seeing it in the July thread. Beautiful images: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/secret-florida-beaches Boneyard Beach - Dawna Moore/Alamy Cayo Costa - Purestock/Alamy Santa Rosa - Ron S. Buskirk/Alamy Playalinda - James Schwabel/Alamy Gasparilla - Marla Holden/Alamy Caladesi - Charles Crust/Alamy Pensacola - Colin D. Young/Alamy I couldn't get the 8th image to load so if you have uncrowded Florida beach images check it out.
  24. I thought this example of programatic architecture found in Pennsylvania was fun: I was also happy to get a bunch of cyanotype florals online. I think this is my favorite of the bunch: I love lighthouses:
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