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Phil Robinson

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  1. I don't know about Canons, being a Nikon user, but I must say how important I find it having two cameras with more of less the same controls. I have a D300 and a D200, which are the same to use, with a couple of minor differences. I also have a D5200, which is a great camera, but very different from the other two where controls are concerned.

    Being able to change settings without thinking is very useful.


    "Something smaller, less conspicuous" - maybe not.

  2. When you look at you sales via the pseudonym summary, the total sales and zooms are shown, but the stats do not take account of refunds. If an image has been sold, then refunded and resold with a change, it shows up as two sales. Could the refunds not be included?

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  3. 1 Shoot Nikon RAW

    2 Stick the card into computer slot and drag the files to my 'Raw to Name' folder

    3 In ViewNX2, name the files and add captions, keywords, copyright into etc after deleting any rubbish I missed in camera

    4 Drag files to a pending folder - travel, studio, nature etc

    5 Open RAW files in Nikon Capture, have another check for sharpness, sometimes adjust levels (usually leave until later) and save as TIFF into Processing file

    6 Open TIFF file in Elements, do the 16bit adjustments first (colour, levels) then zoom in to 100% to clean up dust, cigarette ends etc

    7 Save a TIFF copy to 'Archive' folder, to be put on external hard drive later

    8 Save a TIFF copy to 'Transfer' folder, to stick on a drive and take to my parents' house next time I visit (another backup drive there)

    9 Save a JPEG to the Alamy folder, awaiting upload

    10 Upload to Alamy 10 or 20 at a time, then move them to 'pending' folder until they've passed, just in case, then delete them


    I keep track of my workflow by the location of the files, rather than tagging or adding stars in Lightroom or something similar. This way I know all the images in the folder are at the same stage and all need the same things done to them.


    You're right. It does take longer to write about than to do.

  4. I think Alamy know a scan when they see one. I really don't know whether they view scans differently during QC, but from my own experience, I would say that film scans respond much more favourably to sharpening than digital originals. I'm not suggesting that you sharpen them before submitting, but PERHAPS they are given more leeway during QC in the knowledge that they can be sharpened by the client.


    I think only Alamy can really answer that question. 

  5. Thanks for asking the question. I'd never bothered to work it out. It turns out that outdoor ('travel') shots are mostly vertical (just over half) but studio shots are mostly horizontal (c70%)

    I am taking even more vertical outdoor shots now since I bought battery packs with vertical shutter release buttons. (see photo, left!)


    Of my last 60 sales, 39 here horizontal, 3 square and 18 vertical.


    ...and a three-figure sale reported on a bank holiday Monday morning! That's a first (for me).


    Phil - Was it one of these?


    Country: Worldwide

    Usage: Editorial

    Media: Textbook - print and e-book

    Print run: Unlimited

    Placement: Inside

    Image Size: 2 page spread

    Start: 01 January 2014

    End: 01 January 2039

    All terms and rights granted as per the Alamy Preferred Vendor Agreement dated 26th January 2010 prevail. Flat rate per image, license period 20 years.



    I had one also today, my second of these  this month which hopefully demonstrates that the $180 textbook sales which seemed to have disappeared a few months ago are back... :) 


    Kumar Sriskandan

    It did look very much like that - word for word, in fact.

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