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  1. The front suspension in #1 is unlike a Rolls Royce. Could the head lights be WW1 blackout lights? The bonnet looks like it's covered with canvas or tarpaulin. wim
  2. Check every keyword on AoA and see if clients are actually using those. Or even looking for images of the subject at all. Like there have been 8 searches in all of 2019 for an image of a Ford Focus, and this is what clients have used to look for them: ford focus 2019 2 ford focus black 1 black ford focus 1 ford focus 1999 1 ford focus 1 ford focus 2018 1 Ford Focus ST 3 1 It's a wise move that you have photoshopped a UK license plate in. The first image that comes up for ford focus 2019 looks to be your car, but with a rather prominent Polish number plate. Which will only sell to Poland I guess. wim
  3. Maybe he's too busy over here. wim (not a fb user)
  4. Sales down -2.4% from 330 to 322. That's not very dramatic. However gross revenue down -19.6% from 14680 to 11802. Ouch! (Best year to date 2016 was 351 for 16798) Main reason: not adding enough new work due to all sorts of reasons. wim
  5. Subjects? Ehh..: Damp, Dark Winter. How can be a problem though. 😁 wim
  6. (not mine:) Not the ones we get in Europe. They're from China. The ones for the US are not made in Austin either: they're being assembled there. Which btw is quite normal: most systems are build to order, certainly high end systems. A look inside a US one: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac+Pro+2019+Teardown/128922 No mentioning of any of the dozens of components made by American companies. Which technically could still be manufactured in China of course. The press release is a very clever bit of obfuscation in that department. wim
  7. Santa probably has figured out by now how to wiggle everything through the internet cables and how to surf the wifi waves with his sleigh and reindeer too. 😁 They do have some funny customs over there: a Christmas cracker is not for eating, though it looks like an oversized sweet, and people are wearing funny hats at the table. On the table is the turkey they didn't have at Thanksgiving because there's no such thing at this side of the pond. But the fretting about the cooking is much the same. Happy Christmas to you too! wim
  8. And some more here. UKNS - yes; fillers for very small stockings only. - $ Priest hearing confession. wim
  9. Lots of ideas and answers on the blog also: https://www.alamy.com/blog/ On the front page, check out the regular light boxes. Currently: https://www.alamy.com/search/lightbox/3678761.html or: https://www.alamy.com/category/lifestyle.html wim
  10. If you own the copyright (or if it's free from copyright), why not convert them to video and sell them at an agency where they sell video? wim
  11. Go to: https://www.alamy.com/AlamySearchHistory/contributorsearch.aspx (you have to be logged in) There it says: What are “Your Zooms”? The number of times customers have clicked on your images to see the larger zoom view. wim
  12. You would be surprised. However - ah John beat me to it - the subject is far more important plus of course the keywording. Learn how to use All of Alamy, or AoA for short, to your advantage. It is the most valuable tool you have here. Close to 500 searches for something creative for the rolling year. Artistic is mostly used for something else, like artistic nudes (a lot) or artistic gymnastics or swimming. Not like swimming shot artistically. No searches for cycling creative but quite a few for cycling in the rain and variations on that. No use having great images without the right keywords. But the right keywords with great images will win here in the long run. I think this is a good shot. The red gives it something extra and the droplets are evocative. Maybe shoot a vertical one for a cover. And maybe have one with a shoe being splashed as well. The reflection in the puddle looks important to me. On black the image looks good, but on white (like here) it's a bit dull. Appropriate for the weather probably, but I would give it a bit lot more splash and pop in pp. wim
  13. Not entirely true. You cannot publish them, but you can do almost everything else. Like buying and selling; hang them on your wall; show them to your friends; show them in your classroom to your students; throw them away; print and send them as Christmas cards; wait until the copyright runs out and publish them then. It's entirely like a piece of art. Or like when someone buys a print of one of your images. wim
  14. Maybe when the Kiwi's wake up? 😁 (world clock time for Auckland) wim
  15. It looks so much better than my own 2 tiles. Great that my own 2cts are paying off though! You didn't carry it around in your backpack did you? 😁 wim
  16. Maybe add one: re-selling. And maybe another: sensitive issues. Because even with releases that is a possible restriction that will always be necessary. That goes for editorial and commercial. What happens with restrictions to regions/countries? Some agencies and individual contributors on Alamy have very broad restrictions, some narrow. Usually to protect their home market or to comply with regional legal issues. Like freedom of panorama or privacy issues like in France or Quebec, which also affect editorial. Those issues will increase. And what happens with an image that's been restricted by a client for say, use as a cover or a billboard? This can now be set by Alamy, but seemingly not by the contributor. Which makes no sense because one's image could get restricted on another agency or because of a personal sale. Anyway if the restrictions are getting too broad and too simple, we would need a kill switch on an image level, including those in the pipeline with clients. News agencies all have this, but like with Alamy now, it can only be set by the agency. I would argue for some simple procedure: please restrict/kill my image xx. And a reasons tick box. So Alamy would still have their finger on the switch. wim
  17. The most productive in Italy were the Alinari brothers. The business still exists and is still owned by the family. When there was a huge retrospective of their work in Florence in 1977, I went into this smallish camera store to buy some film, and noticed their name on the door. Got talking, and yes it was still the same family. From then on it has bounced back quite a bit and is now proudly the oldest photographic firm. (wiki) (site) wim
  18. This may be where it originated from. This image of this sign seems to be on line since 2003. I have been telling it as well 👴 . A lot 🙄. wim
  19. Because the reflections are probably just from warped parts of the image, if you put the whole thing upside down the reflections are either somewhere else or gone, if you're lucky. It's also a quick test to see if it's the object or the place of the light source that's the problem. I use the shiny sheet in the exact plane as the original, but if the artwork is uneven, I may angle it around somewhat like the planes in the object. Nowadays it's easy to do on your own: I have a tablet (connected to my Sony) in my hand while walking around. With the Canons it was back and forth all the time or enlisting somebody as an assistant. For smaller tabletop stuff, I had a tethered laptop though. Then again I tend to solve everything just with exposure bracketing and some pp now: The Sony's are so much more forgiving than the Canons were. wim
  20. Great images! They look much better in their original colors I think. You do have some reflections though, like in the street pump's upper left corner. Sometimes, with a warped subject, it's enough to just put it upside down. I use a piece of shiny black plastic (back cover from some report) to check for reflections if I have to work in natural light. wim
  21. Somehow an image of this sign is still not available from Alamy. 😂 Ok it's quite a drive. Or it may not be there anymore. wim
  22. Do we have a theme here? Less than peanuts. NU Editorial website and app multiple use, in perpetuity. However: End: 10 December 2024. Once again, It's the end of the world as we know it... wim
  23. Mine are smaller and thicker material, but that's because I have only used them on my strobes. (To copy artwork behind glass in museums.) I have a sheet peeled off from a display screen somewhere, which polarizes, but I've not tried it yet. That would be a free diy solution. All lcd screens seem to have them. I've just checked: I have one peeled off, but one still glued to the plastic sheet and that's much easier to use. Because it's in front of your light the optical problems with the lcd layer still in place don't matter much. I had expected it to work as a polarizer also. (I've not done any research on those. Just looked at them and had a light bulb moment a while back.) Anyway: the bigger the lights (like the Kaiser strip lights that Krugh uses) the bigger the polarizer films, because you will have to be able to turn them a bit to get the best result. At a 90 degree angle to the one on your lens. If you're in a dark studio, the ones on your lights will be the reference and they can be small: 2 from 1 Lee sheet. But when you're in a well lit museum, no such thing: your lens filter will be the reference. The usual color cast of polariser sheets are no problem anymore with digital, as long as you use the same material on both lights. Which gives a Lee filter the advantage. wim
  24. Finally. Shot in the days of the referendum. Wondering in which campaign this will turn up. 😁 Commercial electronic, Websites, apps, social media and blogs (excludes advertising). Worldwide for 5 years. One cent under $$ 🙄 wim
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