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Phil Robinson

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  1. Just checked - 'Alamywhack' brings up no results. A gap for someone there.
  2. The location field in Image Manager has stopped bringing up a map for me. Is it the same for everyone or is it my old computer playing up?
  3. One of the good / bad things about stock photography is that your month's income has absolutely nothing with how much you do that month. You can be ill in bed for four weeks and have you best month ever for sales. On the flip side, you can have weeks taking the best pics you've ever taken and make no money. But it sort of averages out. More or less.
  4. I have a rather arbitrary target of 100 a week. I sometimes do more and if I've done fewer I don't upload substandard pics to reach the 'target'. Big news weeks can mean more, rainy, studio-based weeks will usually mean less. You can't stress enough what Wim said above - keywording and captioning are at least as important as image quality these days. You may have some of the greatest photos (and yours are really good) but if nobody finds them, they won't sell.
  5. My problem also started when I got a new camera (D7100 - well, second hand new camera) but I think can now do everything with the latest version of View NX2, Capture NX-D Elements 14 and Nikon Transfer, though I'm not sure if that's essential yet. I had a very bad Wednesday morning but I've recovered now.
  6. I find embedding metadata in RAW files EXTREMELY useful, not dumb at all. It makes my workflow much easier if I can add captions and tags to RAW files before starting the editing proper. Of course, the developer of a competing program might disagree.
  7. I've gone back to NX2, which does actually change the data in the image. I'd had a problem with it doing weird things to files with some cameras (forcing RAW files to open at 1680-1090 pixels for some inexplicable reason) but I downloaded the news version and it seems to work OK now.
  8. I have discovered the answer. In this 'updated' verson of View, you cannot edit metadata! You can change some of it which is then 'stored as a separate file' but can't actually be added to the image file itself or be used for any useful purpose - like captioning a photo for example. One to be avoided.
  9. I have always used Nikon View Nx2 for adding captions and tags to RAW files and never had any problems until recently. I have updated to View NX-i but find the captions, tags and any other metadata I add simply doesn't appear in any other program. When I open a file in Photoshop or even right click with windows explorer I get nothing. I have tried over-writing files I captioned with other programs and though the new information appears while in View NX-i, in any other program I can still see the 'overwritten' data. Any idea what's going wrong?
  10. I am encouraged by how many natural history subjects appear on this thread. I have always enjoyed taking them but have never devoted much time to them because they haven't sold - because I haven't devoted much time to them - because they haven't sold - because....... I am now doing more and trying harder. We'll see.
  11. There are still some surprising whackworthy gaps on Alamy. I spend a lot of time lurking around Westminster and I am often surprised how few/absent are the pics of some MPs. The pic I mentioned above was of a Tory MP and I was amazed that there were NO images of him on Alamy before my two. Mind you, his name is spellt funny so he might be there somewhere misspellt.
  12. Big Issue - three days after it stopped being a live news pic. Almost made the two hours standing in the rain worthwhile.
  13. I had a Thailand museum display too! A prehistoric fly in amber - looks like it could be the same museum
  14. No, "two word search" brings up 169 results
  15. I had one last week that only brought up two very similar pics of mine - if I edited more ruthlessly it would have been (and yes, it resulted in a sale)
  16. This one has just shown up - I'd love to know what keywords the buyer was using to find it. [edit] Turns out it was for a jigsaw puzzle! Tricky one
  17. I also send about 3000x2000 and JPEG quality 10 or 11 and upload as soon as possible. I get a lot of sales from pictures I take at news events but sell later as stock -- I don't get many live news sales (not as many as I'd like) Any news pictures I get that will make good stock, I redo later, spending more time on the post-production to get better quality images - and larger files. I then upload them and delete the identical 'news' versions when they drop off the live news feed. Only if the original news pics aren't sharp enough to get through QC do I leave them - after carefully re-captioning and keywording. I've sold a lot of portraits of politicians and pics of police like this that might not have sold in their original news versions.
  18. From the days of good old-fashioned medium-format transparencies. Nice to see the old ones selling occasionally.
  19. I have been covering the tennis at Eastbourne for four years - this year I had my first live news sales (mostly because Andy Murray turned up). I have had small stock sales later but nothing in the news before. I was up against a lot of full-time sports photographers and was amazed that I got into the Times and the Sun. I am certainly not a sports photographer for 51 weeks of the year, but it seems if you get the right pics well captioned and uploaded VERY quickly, it is possible. I'm hoping Andy turns up next year too.
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