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William Caram

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    25 Jan 2006

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  1. Welcome Kent, as you have now unfortunately experienced being sent to the sin bin for images that do not meet Alamy's image quality control...Well just read the guidelines for image submissions and comply...As you know if only one image in a batch has a problem, then the lot get rejected..So watch out for noise, or avoid it better still and make sure your images are sharp and the main subject matter is in focus...Clone out dust marks in clear areas of your image especially the sky..Colour noise or over processed images that cause loss of image quality..Camera shake etc.. Just create a good workflow and stick to the guidelines and you will be fine....The photography is up to you, and there is plenty of saleable subject matter to shoot...ATB to you Kent, by the few shots that you have already submitted tells me you like your travel so you will have plenty go great subject matter to submit. Cheers Bill
  2. Those Sony cameras look great, and i have had a look at Ed Rooney's folio and his images taken with these compact versatile cameras are impressive...I can see along with others here that they can be your main camera or go to for ease of use and portability.I am still using a Canon full frame 5D3 and 5 lenses...heavy kit i know but i like the quality.I have thought of changing over to the Fuji TX3 to shed some weight or maybe a Sony RX100 V and Sony RX100 V1... Then i look at the new Canon RF L lenses for their mirrorless system and want them..Well i like great gear and i have great gear lol so i will resist changing over and spending money i don't have...I will most likely buy a Canon 5D4 for the extra dynamic range in the future and stick with what i have, but when i am over the heavy gear then i will look at these more compact alternatives..Until then like Chuck i will keep doing my push ups and weight exercises for my arms....and envy you people with the compact gear 😀
  3. Ahh the old "Race to the bottom" Well we've been going down for a long time.....sometimes in denial, other times a sense of false hope...and sometimes we face that reality....but no-one makes us shoot stock, and if it's not worth the effort verses the return then it's up to the individual photographer..I had a few good sales last year, but a lot were low value sales....I still enjoy shooting stock so i will keep contributing. It's now 2020 and i have made my first sale for the year a P.U Licence sale for all of $ 9.73....my last five sales of 2019 were all under $12... Ahh well "It is what it is" maybe i can do better this year 😀 Stay optimistic and find time for a good laugh.
  4. Well done Michele on your image sales improving, increasing your image numbers is a good thing as more images equals more potential sales...I also have made more of an effort this year and have at least equaled my last years image sales and actually past it by 2 sales...The general consensus around here is we have to increase our folio size to keep sales at least stable or better still increasing.. The two things that i have come to realise are very important as total image numbers, is attention to your keywords and good description information because if your images don't come up in searches then you have no chance of sales! Also a variety of image topics help give us a chance in the image sales lottery 😀
  5. Fine with me, to the proposed changes.... In regards to the Personal Use Licence i am still in with 5 P.U sales and 1 Presentation sale this year....( these extra low value sales have topped up a modest sales tally for me this year ) I agree with others suggesting a restriction of file size.. RM Licence Personal Use with restrictions on size 1200px wide...... Look after your contributors Alamy, as photographers we value our images and if you stop / moderate the loop holes where buyers are ripping us off....and value the product that you market more then we all will be better $$ off..
  6. Very sad to hear...an inspirational photographer who loved his work & creativity...my condolences to his family and friends
  7. I really like these portraits Gen...great to see you are getting confident to get right in there and get the shots! If you ask politely and smile, they can only say no or oblique you.The tight composition works well, but you got the environmental shot also....the details like his nicotine stained fingers and the bandaid on his hand...This guy could tell you a lot of tales about his life...Keep it up Gen..
  8. I've had a few Alamy requests like 2 to 3 hours drive away from Ballarat...eg The Big Hay Bale located to the west of Ballarat or the The big Ned Kelly statue in North Central Victoria....I would cover these solely only when making a trip to do other photo things of interest in that area too...so on the to do list lol
  9. Well done Genevieve...filling that request paid off for your effort...great that it was on your doorstep too. Cheers Bill
  10. Like others have said Ian, i'm sure there are younger photographers dabbling in stock...but maybe using phone cameras more so and most likely doing it for a giggle, and the chance to get some easy cash...as they have not invested lots of $$$ buying full camera kits ( SLRS or Mirrorless kits with good glass ) It's their choice of course, but long term commitment? well they maybe more interested in crypto currency speculation... Crowdsourcing is the buzzword for attracting large numbers of people...even if they only contribute in a small way, it adds to the total collective.....The one thing that is certain is things change....and when you have been around for a bit..i'm going on 67 and seen things have changed since i picked up a camera in 79. Made a living out of it, and started shooting stock in 85 as a supplement income to commissioned work...( you got more $$$ for less then..Ha I`m now retired and still enjoy taking images but not driven to chase the $$$...well i have my moments but i don't know any better...i'm happy that i still enjoy taking pictures...and being part of the Old timers group!
  11. Pleased with 3 sales for $439.97 Gross....All @ 50/50 split 😀 I have been around awhile on Alamy ambling along, so might try a bit more effort to build my portfolio now that i have more time..and hopefully be rewarded with more consistency in sales...
  12. After some low end sales tail end of last year, and into this year as well..there were a few nice sales too...ok the small sales help the bottom line i know....A nice single $330 gross sale dropped in this month 😀 yes!...It was a travel guide use full page plus extras, an architectural cityscape from 2007...a shot that looks like i took it yesterday finally finds a good buyer...Very happy with that....Thanks Alamy
  13. Well done Andy it takes real commitment to build a quality portfolio and get the numbers up as well...
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