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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={2E481F98-76AB-46AE-9B6B-95C3305F00B4}&name=Dennis+MacDonald
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  1. "like many other things that are enjoyable -- such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast -- " ​I fit into the "pound of bacon" category.
  2. I am not sure of the specifics of the above rejection. I will say that Alamy along with all other major agencies have changed their attitude in what they will accept and what they will accept images from in terms of devices (cameras). Last fall I sent images shot from my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone to Alamy through regular submission channels (not Stockimo) and they passed. To be sure it wasn't a fluke I sent more and they were also accepted. It could be that Droning On might well get images passed if he were to send them in today. He would have to speak to this.
  3. Phantom 4 camera is better than the 3.................quote from a review below. Also more information here. It’s Sharper: Superior Camera Quality and Ultra-Smooth GimbalThe Phantom 4 camera and gimbal is similar to that on the Phantom 3 Professional, but with a few tweaks. The Phantom 4 gimbal has a support link mounted into the drone, thus providing sturdier camera-work. Tweaked software gives quicker feedback between pilot and camera, as well as in auto-focus. Like the Phantom 3 Pro, the Phantom 4 camera puts out 12 MP and 4K video; unlike the Phantom 3 Pro, the Phantom 4 can fil
  4. Using the Samsung Tab A and while there are a few compatibility issues at times it does a commendable job. Most are using Apple tablets. Many use cellphones and my Samsung Galaxy s6 is also compatible. I did consider the other models but figured I needed to find out if I could find enough saleable subjects along with getting a handle on this whole drone concept first. If this goes well then I wouldn't hesitate to go for a more expensive model. For now I shall crawl a bit.......then perhaps walk, then run. The big surprise with the Phantom 4 for me was how really easy it is to fly. It is
  5. Thanks Bill, Agree that all of this is part of the total "tool" package.....phone, drone, dslr, etc. FWIW....the fall color shots that follow the drone images on my link were shot with the Samsung S6 cell. They are all (agencies) taking images from any device if it will pass the muster. I am in Port Huron, just across from Sarnia, Ont so you can imagine the type of shipping and industrial images that are at my front door.
  6. Yes, the perspective can give new life to old subjects in all sorts of ways and yes it is very easy to fly. It virtually cannot get away from you as there are redundant computer controled come to home features. There are a few sensors that keep you from crashing into things. If you look on youtube you will find all sorts of examples and help. They advertise battery life @ 28 minutes but I have been bringing it back home after about 23 minutes with 20% left in the tank. It takes about 1.5 hour to recharge and I picked up a car battery charger for when I am on the go. I did get get two bat
  7. This is no longer the case Geoff. The first 13 images (fall colors) on my collection page are from a Galaxy S6 cellphone with a tiny sensor. I ran these through REGULAR Alamy upload channels. Not Stockimo. I have since added similar images at Getty, AGE, and PhotoEdit all through regular upload channels I have already had a couple of sales. The point of this thread is about Drone photography, not keywording, and finding and producing images with a new PERSPECTIVE. Lord knows that few of us are able to shoot something for stock that has not already been taken. We must find a way to pre
  8. This is no longer the case Geoff. The first 13 images (fall colors) on my collection page are from a Galaxy S6 cellphone with a tiny sensor. I ran these through REGULAR Alamy upload channels. Not Stockimo. I have since added similar images at Getty, AGE, and PhotoEdit all through regular upload channels I have already had a couple of sales. The point of this thread is about Drone photography, not keywording, and finding and producing images with a new PERSPECTIVE. Lord knows that few of us are able to shoot something for stock that has not already been taken. We must find a way to pre
  9. Reimar, This might make the most sense at this point. I could set up a sort of trash bin sort of pseudo and start culling into that. Establishing another pseudo for finely tuned re-keyworded images might do the trick. It would seem a good place to start. Would you suggest that starting with my best selling images be the first to go into the new pseudo? Would their rank establishing power go with them? I am not certain which to place in their first. While I may not be at the top of the rankings now I am not as far down the list as some would like to believe. I still see at least
  10. This statement is more profound than you may have intended. Few full time stock shooters are able to recoup shoot costs for new material based on what the return per image is bringing. About the only way forward those of us who already have more than a hand full of images is to do what I have been talking about. Even then it is not probably worth my time.
  11. It appears the DJI is finally figuring out that there is a market for a less expensive way for professional photographer to get into the aerial photograph game by announcing a new camera with a zoom lens. For now I will probably go with the Phantom 4. None the less it is coming our way.
  12. Thanks to all who invested valuable time to offer serious suggestions. They are truly appreciated. Because of what has been noted here and other boards and because of further serious research on other successful Alamy shooters I have come to the conclusion that minimal keywording more than any other single factor is the most important tool for our success. I am reminded that Getty only allows 5 keywords in total when I submit to them. I checked and I sell between 75- 100 images there on average each month on a collection of less than 3,500 images. This helped served as a wake up cal
  13. After a dozen or so years of extremely successful selling via Alamy the past couple of years has showed sharp declines in sales. This is in spite of adding a steady stream of new images. My wife and I have done a comprehensive look at our keywording over the years and have noted that we have done an average job at best with keywording our images. Downright sloppy in many instances. We have talked of re-keywording and the editing of our entire 70k image collection at Alamy. We are thinking that this would be the best thing that could be done to boost sales at this point in time. Better th
  14. I have done further research on drones for photography and have found tha DJI makes a 4/3'rds sensor chip model drone. Problem is that it is close to $4,000 with a few extras. I also found a review of the Phantom 4 on the B&H Review site from a professional photographer.................copy below. 7/7/2016 Exceeded every expectation! By Photoman "I'm a professional photographer/videographer in the midwest with 25 years of experience. After trying out all the latest drones through friends and contacts in the field, I can honestly say the Phantom 4 is by far and away a level a
  15. I now have done even more research and am finding a lot of negative comment on the image quality of the small sensor. I will do as you suggest and wait for something with better image quality. I plan to do some serious stock shooting and patience would seem to be the best course of action at this point. Flying a drone appears to be quite easy with these advanced drones so that's not the problem.
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