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  1. No worries - I did not take offense. It was a very good question. I just wanted you to understand that I was aware of how it all works and that I did not make that mistake. I'm way too busy too and shouldn't be wasting time here but I'm procrastinating from work I'm just not in the mood to do ... better get back to work myself.
  2. Just to clarify further, on my MAC, before I open an image in Photoshop, I can highlight it and see whether or not it has a color profile assigned. When I highlight an image that is untagged in Photoshop, it shows (RGB) as the color space, but it is missing a color profile, which is listed below the color space when an image has a color profile imbedded. What we are really talking about here are color profiles (AdobeRGB vs sRGB) and not color spaces, which for both of these would be RGB. I believe I used the two terms - color space and color profile - interchangeably.
  3. No need to apologize, I realize that I was assuming you'd all know that I had checked the color space properly since I mentioned that the "client" download was AdobeRGB and the preview image was untagged, without providing my bona fides by setting out how I have Photoshop set up vis a vis color management. I don't have any sRGB images uploaded to Alamy to test because, as Allan notes, early on we were told to upload AdobeRGB and that has always been my practice.
  4. I have been using Photoshop for over a decade, and shortly after I began working as a photographer, I spent two years working as a digital tech doing color correction for a food photographer, so I understand how it all works. While I currently have AdobeRGB set as the working profile, since I have been processing stock photos, Photoshop is set to warn me if image is not in that profile and then gives me the option to preserve the profile or convert it to the working space. So, I did not just assume the profile was AdobeRGB because it opened in AdobeRGB. Hope that clarifies things. The untagged low res image also opened in fine in AdobeRGB, but I was aware that it was untagged, as I mentioned. I also opened it in sRGB and soft-proofed it in both color spaces and the image looked fine either way.
  5. EDIT: Last month, I downloaded a file as a "client" would from Alamy and that is the file I thought that I was checking. It had AdobeRGB as the imbedded color profile. Unfortunately, it turns out that while I checked the color profile correctly, the image that I checked was the edited file which I had saved with the Alamy file name, but it was not the original that I downloaded from Alamy. The file that is in my downloads folder, which has not been edited, is, in fact, untagged. I thought I was checking the unedited file. So, it appears that the files are untagged. It still looked fine and seemed to have a full range of colors, but I don't have the original to compare it to. The original file and the backup were both damages, which is why I downloaded the full resolution file. Even if Alamy leaves the files untagged, AdobeRGB would be my preferred color space, even if I was shooting RAW with jpegs for fast upload to Live News, so images can be both printed or used on the web. I'm guessing that for breaking news it may not matter to a publication if they need an image right away, but with many of my Live News images selling years later, sometimes for peanuts but also for $$$, I'd rather provide AdobeRGB. It's the color space my publication clients (magazines & calendars mostly) prefer, so using that color space makes the most sense to me, and my images look fine on Alamy, so I don't intend to change what I'm doing. But I'm sorry I goofed by check the wrong file. It appears that all the files, previews and full resolution, are untagged.
  6. Sorry it didn't appear to post and then posted 3x!
  7. It would be helpful to see the full caption of the image Wim posted, but, as noted, it has been pulled. You would think that even the small amount of context in the photo would have been sufficient to alert a photo editor to the fact that they should investigate who shot the image, and the caption may well have credited the original photographer. We can't be sure that the google image that showed up hasn't cropped out more of the context, but even if it hasn't, it is certainly troubling that a photograph of a photograph was used on a magazine cover, when the magazine could and should have contacted the actual photographer. IMHO, the photo editor (or the staffer who sourced the image) should have known better. In these days of bloggers and citizen journalists, it seems that even legitimate journalists' standards have slipped. Sad state of affairs.
  8. I'm not sure why you don't think my test wasn't objective? I downloaded an image that was uploaded as AdobeRGB and it opened properly in that color space and looked perfect when I soft-proofed it. I didn't print it since my photo printer is currently on the fritz. I'm interested to see what you've found but I'd like to understand why you are discounting my observations.
  9. As Michael said, the 4th is a big US holiday. Many in the US took the entire week off - or at least Wednesday-Sunday - so I wouldn't fret. And not everyone posts their sales here. To be honest, since I don't sell here that frequently, I might go a week or more without checking my sales or posting on the forum even if I have one. Hopefully, there will be a bunch of posts Monday - just like the end of the month rush. In summer a lot of people are on vacation too - buyers and Alamy photogs.
  10. I don't think they are mishandling anything. The images I referred to were my own, and they all looked good - both the AdobeRGB and the unmanaged one. They had all been uploaded as AdobeRGB and when I color proofed them in AdobeRGB and sRGB they looked fine. We have had this discussion before and I thought that Alamy suggested that we use AdobeRGB to give all clients the largest color space. It is easy enough to convert from AdobeRGB to sRGB and bump up the vibrance and/or saturation depending on what the image needs, since an AdobeRGB image will look more muted if you convert it to sRGB or assign it to that profile, if you don't enhance the vibrance &/or saturation. Adobe PS even has an action for it that bumps up the vibrance and saturation when you convert - I find it's a good place to start when I'm getting an image printed and need to convert it. I believe Photoshelter and most stock sites properly convert AdobeRGB's to sRGB so they look saturated enough on screen. I'm not sure if Alamy does, although my images seem to look fine. I try to make sure that most of my travel images have a bit of pop but only increase the saturation and vibrance slightly to avoid that overly-procesed look. I have others where I keep the color more muted and might even decrease the saturation a bit if I think that suits the image better, and I find that both types sell. I have to believe that Alamy know what they are doing with regard to color or they wouldn't be licensing thousands of images.
  11. My experience is that the free preview images open as unassigned RGB but a full size regular download opens as AdobeRGB. The metadata is also stripped from the preview image but not from the full size image you would receive as a client. I'd go with AdobeRGB. Both types of images look fine in the proof setup of either one of my calibrated color spaces, sRGB and aRGB.
  12. Beautiful work. I can only see the keywords in German, can't get it to change to English, but it looks like you've got some good advice above.
  13. Michelle, I see that Joseph gave you a very thorough answer. When I saw the reference to Gamla Stan, I had to check out your portfolio. Great variety and lovely travel images around the world.
  14. Actually, Betty, we have them in NYC and I've seen them in many small towns up and down the east coast (the original 13) as well as out in Columbus, Ohio. What we often think of as "cobblestone" is sometimes actually 'Belgian block" but they both have the same feeling - uneven but long lasting unlike our asphalt which gets potholes every winter. There's an area in Columbus called Victorian Village that has cobblestones, Belgian Block, red bricks in different patterns, each street seems to vary. Where my daughter used to live in Clintonville (another area of Columbus) also had several cobblestone alleys, so there are some out in the midwest too.
  15. When I have images printed by a pro lab that was recommended to my by several top wedding photographers, they always have me convert the files to sRGB for prints, and, as I soft proof them, they always come out true to what I see on my screen, but when I shoot for magazines, they always prefer AdobeRGB, although some eventually convert to CMYK when printing. A calendar publisher I send my files to also requests Adobe RGB. As far as I recall, Alamy has always preferred AdobeRGB so that it gives customers who plan to print images the widest space to work from. I'm surprised that some people said MS sites ask for sRGB. I've had a small portfolio with the 4 largest MS sites for years and they all accept AdobeRGB. In fact, I believe that they all convert them to sRGB so they look punchy on the web, but since they sell a lot of extended and regular licenses for books and magazines too, I'd expect that they still want AdobeRGB. I don't recall any of them changing their requirements. I'd continue uploading AdobeRGB here, and if you are happy with the conversion that your print lab does, leave it to them. I let my lab make corrections on photos of people since skin can be tricky when you do the conversion, but if I've got a sunset or something where I am happy with the color, I tell them to print as is (after converting to sRGB and soft proofing). I have had that same question for POD sites, but the largest one seems to do the conversion well from the samples I've bought there, whereas r says that shirts and other clothing should be designed in CMYK, which can vary a lot especially if your image has a lot of green in it. I learned that the hard way when I ordered a shirt. They re-did it for me anyway and explained why AdobeRGB wasn't right in that instance. Color space can be tricky, and it's best when the lab sends you ICC profiles to work with. But if the final color space is out of your control, I'd stick with AdobeRGB, so nothing is lost. Just my two cents/pence 😎
  16. I've opted most of my RM images out of PU - at least all the landscapes and seascapes and such that I sell as prints on POD sites, on which I usually make $$$ rather than the $6.99-19.99 fees I've received for PU sales. I wish I could opt out my RF images as well, or that we could set our own PU prices. The only saving grace so far is that all my PU sales are images I tend to sell as greeting cards. I think most people looking for framed prints aren't looking here, but worry it's only a matter of time before there's an "Alamy Collection" on FAA. That would hurt my POD sales and I'll have to consider removing some RF images, which would be a shame. My average prices went up considerably this year (six months in my revenue is roughly even with last year's and I've only had about half as many images licensed as last year.) . Although most of my RM images aren't in the PU scheme, I have many RF images that are, and I'm also in the newspaper scheme and with all the distributors, and don't have exclusive images here either, so perhaps Alamy is managing to get better prices. At least that's my experience this year.
  17. I don't know about credibility, but in a perfect world I would list all of those I have available on POD sites as RM here, to insure they could be marked not for sale for PU, however, since I have some photos available on other sites as RF, I can't do that with all of them. I also have many artistic images that aren't available as stock, but find that many photos that sell well as stock are also photos that people like to hang on their walls, so there is a fair amount of overlap. It's funny, a boutique macrostock site contacted me a few years ago inviting me to list some of my work exclusively with them, and I ultimately decided against it since they put all of their images on the POD site you mention at prices well below what I sell my prints for, so I was concerned that would interfere with my sales, earning less per print and having to pay a commission as well, although it is far better than only earning $3-10 for a PU sale when I usually make $$$ on a fine art print sale. I'd be upset if one of my better sellers sold as PU, but so far my PU sales have been images that tend to sell as greeting cards, so that hasn't been an issue, but it is a risk. Just be sure that you mark all your RM images as not available for PU, otherwise, making them RM won't actually make any difference as far as fine art sales are concerned.
  18. @Michael Ventura I like the idea. And @Allan Bell I've got that dry sense of humor too, inherited from my dad. Not just a Brit or Irish thing - 😎 @Betty LaRue if you're on a MAC, you can right-click on the photo and choose Get Info - it will tell you make, model, lens, f/stop, speed, even some other settings. No need to open Photoshop or Lightroom.
  19. Really hard choice - all so moving - glad I have a few days to think it over. Congrats to all the finalists!
  20. Glad to hear. Relax and take it easy and keep recuperating well!
  21. Just a couple of $$ sales, Alamy & iPhone - but interestingly while I'm at just over 50% of last year's volume, I've broken even with last year's revenue ,so that's a great thing. Additionally, zooms and CTR really ramped up in May and June, so I'm hopeful that the year is going to be a good one.
  22. To be fair, while I do see a pattern here, I also have analyzed my sales here as part of a much bigger pattern across other sites (both stock and POD) as well as my own direct stock photo sales. In analyzing it all, I see similar patterns across most of them, which helps me to decide what is worth shooting, but I also look at trends and other marketing analyses. I also look at my zooms and the other photos that come up for words that aren't zoomed and see if I can improve on them. I have many more US photos than European ones, as I've only been to Europe twice since getting my first digital camera, so I don't think I have enough to make a fair comparison. I do know that my images taken in Scotland in 2007 sell better than those from the continent taken more recently, and I always assume UK photos do better. My sales here seem to be quite varied - some to the US but as many to the UK, a fair number to Germany, and then some to Italy, Norway, Russia, so there is definitely a worldwide market here.
  23. I lose what I write if I upload more than two pix at once - hopefully third try is the charm: Seeing these brings back good memories too. It's a fun city. Ironically, I'd uploaded these with some daytime shots taken at ISO 100, and one of those got me my first fail in quite a few years. These sailed through on their own (on my second try without the ISO 100 pix) with no problem.
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