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  1. It could be a few potential buyers. I just had another zoom this week of an image I've sold 3 times recently of a fairly obscure location - licensed direct from my own website in March, then Alamy licensed it to a buyer in April and I sold an FAA print of the same photo last month - all to different people and now it's been zoomed again, so you never know.  B)


    I've also had a few with two zooms lately where the second is by file number - one of them was licensed so fingers crossed the other will be too. I also tend to do a google images and tineye search when they come up like that if a sale doesn't show after a while.

  2. 1. ***A default option for Editorial Use Only***

    2. Ability to delete an image before QC

    3. A better batch keywording interface with the ability to see what keywords are already in there along the lines of the Lightroom keywording interface. I realize that's proprietary but just as an example of what I mean. 


    Thanks. Any improvements to the system would be much appreciated. 


    Shortening the time in the "sin bin" to 2 weeks would be nice too - that's not part of the upload/keywording process but just thought I'd mention it. 


    Happy to beta test

  3. I'm with State Farm as well - I have a regular liability insurance policy for my business and a marine midland policy which covers theft of my equipment anywhere in the world. Marine midland is a type of insurance policy that started out centuries ago for protecting cargo at sea I believe. Anyway, ask you regular insurance agent about a marine midland policy - there are also specialty brokers who deal with photographers. 

  4. I had gotten a press pass thanks to Alamy News to shoot OpSail 2012 and was invited aboard one of the beautiful old wooden sailboats for the Parade of Sail from Niantic Connecticut to New London, CT. Got to the harbor before sunrise and was taken by Zero about a hour and a half later out to the sloop. After about an hour more of sitting out in the blazing sun on a rocking boat on a day that would eventually approach 100 degrees, we heard that the anchor of the lead ship, the Coast Guard barque Eagle, was fouled so we could not get underway until they could start. A total of three hours passed on board the rocking ship before we even began our journey, at which point I was lying with my head over the side incredibly seasick. Spent several more hours on the ship as we eventually sailed to New London, taking turns between taking photos and being ill. The crew and my fellow shipmates were great and I got some beautiful shots despite it all. Haven't licensed any of those photos here but I've exhibited quite a few and have sold prints, including one to a woman who told me her husband used to climb the Eagle's rigging as a young USCG cadet. 






  5. It would be great if the sin bin time was shortened especially so that you're not risking a month of lost upload time for trying to upload more stylish current work - the kind of contemporary stuff that sells well elsewhere. Two weeks will still make people think twice about the quality of their work but it is short enough to let you risk trying something different.


    It's easy to pass QC with serviceable images but if you're trying to be more creative in your processing it can really be a problem. I hadn't been in the bin for about two years and uploaded some work that I've licensed to a calendar company (and had to upsize for them - did not have to upsize it here). My "fail" was on that sharp image - though there were also some in the batch with a grungier modern feel and I'm thinking those were the ones that really failed and they just put the little "i" by the first photo in the batch. So, now I know not to try and upload that type of thing here again, but it would have been nice if the technically "perfect" photos were online. Waiting a month to upload again has me tempted to put a lot of my new and technically sound work elsewhere instead.


    Alamy, maybe you'll consider two weeks instead of a month in the bin?  


    Don't get me wrong, I get the QC thing. When I started out here as a new photographer - back in the days when I had to uprez a 6 MP image to 48MB  I really learned to perfect my technique - those old images from my D70 are still selling - but a month for a longtime contributor with a good current record seems like a lot. 


    I knew I was taking a risk with some of those photos but as creatives I think we should be encouraged to take risks sometimes. IMHO, it makes for better photos.



    Make sure your write it into your will so your heirs can divide the booty in 3015 if the licence is renewed.


    I suspect the copyright might have run out before then.



    I have a feeling that there won't be any such thing as "copyright" in 3015.


    I'd like to give this a thumb's down instead of the thumb's up I gave it because I wish you were wrong but sadly the way things are going...


    BTW, Good laugh today Phil on that millennium license. Certainly a world-record. 


    My next goal is to reach 1,000 images by the end of the year, which means about 50 a month. I've been averaging two sales a month lately....



    Two sales a month of approx 750 images is good going. I've just looked at your portfolio and you have some really nice images.




    Thanks so much Michael!

    Looks like you have a strong editorial portfolio. Nice work!


    I was gung-ho uploaded 21 images in two batches earlier this week. Those with shallow DOF passed but the second batch landed me in the sin bin for the first time in two years. Bummed because I have a large number of images that I was ready to upload. They rejected one that I licensed directly to a very large calendar company which the company is using cropped and upsized so no clue where it was soft and out of focus. Oh well, next month I guess. Waiting a month is really a pain. 

  8. High view of Reykjavik Iceland skyline harbor harbour and mountains from above with blue sky and cumulus clouds



    Baltimore Maryland skyline at sunrise.




    And a non-urban "skyline" Wide angle view of the island from the ferry arriving at Nantucket Harbor in the Fall, Nantucket Massachusetts, USA, 2010.wide-angle-view-of-the-island-from-the-f


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  9. Last year  I condensed my two Alamy accounts into one. I used to have one account for regular photos and one for Reportage since 2 separate accounts was the requirement back when "Reportage" started. I was told by MS at the time that the ranking would move with the images - they moved the images into one account for me - but that it would take until the next re-rank for that to occur.


    My zooms and rank seemed to drop precipitously afterward but it has now picked up and my zooms are back to normal and sales are better than they've been in years. Doing that BHZ thing still shows my photos all clumped together despite the fact that I have a couple of good pseudos and a couple of bad ones, so I'm not really sure what's going on, but the upswing in sales and the fact that broad searches show my best sellers from the other account on page one of searches makes me think that those photos found their place. That wasn't the case initially and for a time I was really regretting the move, but now I'm glad it's simplified. 


    Stock is such a long-term thing that it may be worth it even if you have up to three months where things sit -- given that the summer is often slow, this could be an okay time to make the change. I'm not sure when the next re-rank is but if it's September, your timing could be pretty good. 

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    The day before Hurricane Sandy hit, we drove out to the beach in Connecticut to bring my mother home to a safer location. I went down to the beach to get some images before we headed back to New York, and was photographing the crashing waves when this one hit. It nearly knocked me down but I managed to keep my equipment dry other then some spray on the lens, however, despite having rolled up my jeans and being barefoot I got very wet, making for a soggy ride home. The photos I got were well worth it though, with a series of the waves building up being featured in a gallery show.

  11. I do an initial fast pass in LR and try to find the sharpest in a group of similars to delete the rest in my initial pass - -I'll flag for picks, x for deletes and use various colors and stars to rank them and separate out where I might want to upload them.  If I've been bracketing, however,  the sheer number to review can seem overwhelming.  I've been trying to upload in small batches by location - just drove out to the midwest and back from New York and have a ton to go through from three different cameras. 1600 in a hour sounds like pie in the sky to me I can't imagine even doing a fast first pass that quickly. 


    I will take the occasional iPhone photo for GPS info. I used to take photos of flower names in public gardens, streets, signs etc on my iPhone but now find I'm better off taking them on my camera as it's really more efficient. I'll also use Notes on my iPhone to make any notes about a certain location, since I can then access the info from either my laptop or desktop. 


    I usually pick my favorites, process them and upload them to POD sites, Alamy or other stock sites, or into collections for various calendar companies and other places where I send my images directly, then go back weeks, months or even years later to wade through the rest and see if there are others worth processing. 


    I do major keywords when I first upload to LR  and then tweak them later on - but if I have a big group of similars that I'm uploading to alamy, POD sites etc, I'll also end up copying and pasting the keywords into a pages document so I can order them the way I want and keep that open while I "manage" the images on the various sites, since LR insists on ordering keywords alphabetically. I save all these keyword documents in iCloud since I work on my laptop a lot when I'm traveling but prefer to do major edits on my iMac when I'm home. 


    For processing, I used to use NX2 and found that when I switched over to LR I could process much quicker. Now I sometimes use the Nik filters straight from LR and occasionally take a photograph into PS, but do about 90% straight in LR. 

  12. My next goal is to reach 1,000 images by the end of the year, which means about 50 a month. I've been averaging two sales a month lately so hoping that if I add some more places and variety it will bump me up to three a month once I hit my goal. I've built my portfolio more slowly than I'd like, and am in awe of how many image some people have on here. 


    I had abandoned upload goals for quite a while, and didn't grow my portfolio much at all. I think that goals are a good way to make sure that I'm building my portfolio steadily. I was discouraged when I saw my RPD dwindle over the last few years, so I gave up on trying to build my portfolio, but sales have been pretty steady this year, my average license this year has been around $75 (vs. $40 the last couple of years), and this month one of my images was licensed for $400, so I'm feeling more positive that the effort will be rewarded. 

  13. Just got a comp copy of the 2015 Maine Coast Calendar from BrownTrout today (I licensed some photos including June's image to them directly) and found a couple from alamy so thought I'd share - haven't been on here in a few months so hope this isn't a repeat - beautiful images:


    May image - Portland Head Light Maine Henk Meijer DDG49B 



    September Image - Stonington, Deer Isle, Maine - Danita Delimont  I can't find the photo but it is the lobster shack shown in this one  E63TPB



    (This photo is by Pat & Chuck Blackley)


    It's by Pat & Chuck Blackley who have the April image C6MWWK (it does not appear to be via alamy) bernard-harbor-bernard-mount-desert-main


    It's so great to be able to upload the images - should be much easier to find your work. I'll be enjoying all of these - nice work!

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