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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 film at a rate of 120fps in 1080p res. Lastly, an eight-element lens and some nifty sensor mods produce a more dynamic range of colors and saturation than either the Phantom 3 or the pricier Inspire 1.
  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 easy to concentrate more on photography and less on flying. The 3 gimbal camera system is extremely steady and some photographers are reporting exposures as long a 3 seconds without any shake.
  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 batteries. I think this is a must. The price has already come $200 I think since I bought mine 3 weeks ago. I did save about $125 + sales tax by buying it off of ebay.
  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 present ordinary people, places and things in a different manner with a different perspective. Drone aerial photography is one of those avenues. After doing more research I find that the camera in the Phantom 4 has 9 elements while my Galaxy S6 has 6. It is not what I want but it is a fair start. **Betty** it is for the above reasons that I have purchased the Phantom 4 and have bypassed on the Fuji XT2 for now. I will trust my Fuji X Pro 1 for now for every day stock. When and if I get images online at Alamy I will let you all know. Sorry but this very much is still the case. Many images get through when they shouldn't, as Alamy QC cannot check every image and I'm sure only check a tiny percentage. There is no way that the image from an S6 (I am familiar with that phone and camera) are adequate for stock whether they make it into the database and have sold or not. Many poor images sell, including a few of my own older ones! Also Alamy's database is full of very poor images that wouldn't have passed QC had they been checked. I mentioned keywording as I am one who wrote a very full reply to your recent thread about that, so I thought it was worth mentioning that your time is better spent sorting your keywording out and removing images with an incorrect license. It affects your own sales and rank, and as you have such a large number of images it potentially negatively affects other contributors too. Like you rightly say though, it isn't the subject of this thread so I'll leave that there. I just wanted to explain why I brought it up. Geoff. This is the second time you have taken a swipe at me regarding keywording. If you want to jump my ass on this subject then go to the thread on the other forum. This thread is about drone photography not keywording. As to the drone photography. I went ahead and bought the the DJI Phantom 4 and shot some images and submitted them to Alamy, Getty, AGE, & PhotoEdit. So far they have PASSED QC in three of them. I am waiting on Getty which will take a month. I have no doubt they will pass Getty QC as I routinely have Galaxy S6 cell images pass there. I am trying to pass some legitimate image making suggestions here and you want no part of it judging from your constant negativity. My suggestion to you is to move away from this thread so we can move forward with some intelligent talk. Regarding the Phantom 4. View the 41 images I submitted to Alamy here. The camera is certainly not an end all. It's just another tool for us to make some sales. For me it is all about perspective. Trying to shoot simple subject matter from a different perspective. That's it. Nothing more. I will let the perspective of the images speak for themselves. Sensor size is a limitation but one that I can live with. It IS more than adequate. I did crop one image of the lad tossing the ball in a tennis serve. Otherwise all images are not cropped. All images were shot in DNG raw and processed with Adobe CS6 DNG RAW. I thought all came out rather well. I noted that it is best to shoot early to late morning and the same in the evening for contrast reasons. I am limited to shooting in horizontal format....... 2 different widths. The drone was extremely easy to learn to fly and to control while shooting. I am not a video guy but it does shoot 4k video and I did spend a fair amount of time playing with it. If you are into video then this might be the machine for you. All agents will take the footage as one can achieve some spectacular results. That's it for now................ except to let the keyword police know that AGE rejected 8 of my images due to too few keywords on those images (10 is minimum). I have since added enough keywords to have them pass there.
  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 present ordinary people, places and things in a different manner with a different perspective. Drone aerial photography is one of those avenues. After doing more research I find that the camera in the Phantom 4 has 9 elements while my Galaxy S6 has 6. It is not what I want but it is a fair start. **Betty** it is for the above reasons that I have purchased the Phantom 4 and have bypassed on the Fuji XT2 for now. I will trust my Fuji X Pro 1 for now for every day stock. When and if I get images online at Alamy I will let you all know.
  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 three of the top sellers with a sizable collection using only one pseudo. A couple of them told me they can't be bothered with messing with the pseudo concept and don't need to waste the extra brain matter in trying to figure it all out. I am seriously considering in keeping pseudos to an absolute minimum. If I am to do a major overhaul I may as well do it all at one time. Your thoughts are appreciated.
  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 call for me as Getty boasts of more than 90 million images. I know Alamy is no Getty but the process of selling is much the same. Someone has to search via keywords and who know what my ranking might be at Getty or why my images get in front of a buyer. In my research at Alamy I am finding that a couple of successful shooters are using several pseudonyms and all appear on page one of my search. Their keywording isn't anything spectacular but it is minimal to a great extent. I am not sure what to make of this. Others only use one name ......period. I am scratching my head as to the course to take forward. I do know that I will wait until the next Manage Images is due out "hopefully by the end of summer (according to MS)". Until then I could start the deletion process and use a temporary pseudo to hold them until I figure out what to do. **Wim** yes, the early days of keyword spamming was rewarded to the extent that it put me into the top 10 individual money makers at Alamy. Recently though I am finding the fall every bit as fast as the rise. I suspect it is totally do to inadequate keywording and a search system that punishes poor keywording. It will take an enormous amount of time and effort to edit and re-keyword the entire collection. In order to do it right it will take 6-12 months to do the necessary work. It's work that both my wife and I see and absolutely necessary. We will only shoot minimally new material for stock. Cheers, dennis
  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 than shooting new material. 1. What say you ? 2. Have you redone your entire collection at Alamy (regardless of size)? 3. Has it paid off for you in Ranking and subsequent sales? 4. How much dead wood % have you deleted from your collection. 5. Have you use a pseudo for a trash can? If so wouldn't your over all ranking still be affected downward because the images are still in one account. 6. Have you tried a second account? How did that work? 7. What approach (philosophy) have you taken when re-keywording. Your general thoughts on this entire subject of fine tuning your collection to increase sales would be appreciated.
  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 above anything on the market around this price. I've been wanting to jump into aerial photography for a few years but couldn't find anything that would give me professional quality shots at this price until the Phantom 4. Not only is the 4K camera amazing but the drones stability and intelligent flight features help even the most rookie (me) drone pilot capture professional images. I've already had huge success when telling clients that I now have a 4K drone and paid this off in one shoot! If you're into aerial photography and don't want to spend an arm and a leg the Phantom 4 is a sure bet!" Generally the reviews are very positive for this unit. It looks like, under favorable lighting conditions, that this could give me an advantage with stock photography. For now low flying aerials could provide a somewhat exciting view to some very old but saleable subjects that most have already shot. In the next week or so I will pull the trigger on one of these units and for go the Fuji XT2 for now. Thank you all for some interesting thoughts and if I get this program off of the ground (did I just make a pun?) I will post some images here.
  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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