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  1. I think that a professor who doesn't teach his students about how to use free-but-give-credit photos is committing malpractice. The legal system should be biased toward the photographers and others who do creative work.
  2. Okay. He wanted to be accepted by the more literary poets. Lewis MacAdams, who was arranging the poetry reading at San Francisco State, had someone who knew McKuen approach him to get him a reading at the SF State Poetry Center. The better known poets like Robert Duncan said, "sure." A lot of the people who hadn't been invited to read at SF State got extremely upset. Lewis arranged for a larger hall since supposedly McKuen had all sorts of fans. I didn't go, but heard from MacAdams that it was a bust. McKuen fans weren't going to go to a SF State event, and the SF State regulars stayed home. The Wikipedia entry on him has him more a song writer than a poet. I have an original first edition small press Patti Smith book. She was both a poet and a song writer and singer, but I think she was more musical performer -- and she had amazing stage presence the times I've seen here.
  3. One thing is that most of us don't sell until we have more images up. The other thing is a lot of us cat owners could thin the cat photos down to cats doing something and make sure the what the cat is doing is in the caption and keywords (me, too). I've found that an animal or person doing something is more engaging that static portraits. Two recent sales posted to the sales in September thread were of one fish tending developing eggs and another was of a cleaner fish working on a much larger fish.
  4. If you just started here, and only have around 400 photos up, don't worry other than to make sure your keywords are specifically pertinent to each photograph and that your captions give as complete a description as possible in 150 characters. The first poster has other problems.
  5. My guess is it's a combination of number of submissions per year, number of rejections, and proportion of sales to photos in one's portfolio. If you submit a lot and sell well, Alamy probably would want you to submit more and quicker approval might encourage that. If you're not submitting a lot and don't sell well, possibly slowing you down isn't a problem for them. I have three stars and tend to hear from QC the next day or day after. I got my third star after maybe a year of being on the site, and have had some rejections. If I start selling better in proportion to the photos I have up and get additional stars, I'll suspect I'm right. Uploading thousands of photos that don't sell more than a few a year is not not as helpful to them as selling more out of a smaller portfolio. Some people report monthly sales with portfolios under 1,000 photos. Some of the five starred have fewer than 10,000 photos in their portfolios, but report multiple sales per month. Makes sense for Alamy to make it easier for those people to submit more frequently. Makes sense to slow down people whose portfolios are large but not really selling that much. And those of us who don't upload more than six to twenty photos once a week or less (like me) really aren't going to lose uploading chances with three stars. If that is Alamy's thinking, it makes perfect sense to me. Encourage high volume sellers; slow down people uploading everything in focus and properly exposed that they've shot in the last two or three decades; and not either encouraging or discouraging people who sell some but not in high proportion to what they've uploaded, but who are uploading fewer than 500 photos a year and selling some for decent enough prices. We're the three star colonels. Last couple of weeks, I've been thinking I've got better technical control of my photography and post processing, but need to think more about viewer attention, framing, and how to make photos with more visual impact.
  6. My helper borrowed my cordless drill this morning after fetching me breakfast and walking my dog. He installed cat shelves for my British friend, then came back and cleaned my house, did laundry, and did a partial water change for the fish tank, and went out for laundry soap and a used towel to use as a mop. I will be starting him on photo assisting Saturday as I want someone with me when I go up the staircase to the studio and someone to help get the various things I want to photograph up and arranged. Next week, he's going to take my money to buy another clothes rack for the hall so we can take down the courtyard clothes lines to set up an outdoor table and two folding chairs that's been in the studio, and to have space for more plants. I have two empty terracotta pots from the last purchase of a set. The only bad news is the cats find some of my plants tasty, so another next step will be planting some chia seeds and popcorn kernels so they can have more acceptable greenery, I hope, than my coleuses, geranium, and one of my orchids, and the new plantlets growing from one of my succulents. Had a pot of local coffee this morning and feel cheerful. Submitted six older but re-edited photos to Alamy. Now have 1,000 and some submission to my portfolio, so probably the next step is seeing what needs to be deleted and what needs to be reworked. And two of my Convict cichlid pairs have fry -- and the two pairs have taken over either end of a clay roof tile and serve as four sets of eyes to run off their conspecifics who'd like to snack. I don't need more Convict cichlids in that tank without an out-cross, but I also think about getting some flake food that I can crush for the babies because they're working so hard to defend their babies.
  7. Nicaragua has mariachis, and sometimes, they're hired to show up at 3 or 4 a.m. to serenade someone on his or her birthday. And one neighbor plays some kind of electronic keyboard, not well, but fortunately, not that often. Buskers in the Anglo/Irish/US sense probably are more common in Managua, or in Granada when the tourists are in season. And we have traditional masked and costumed musicians who play in the streets at times. And then brass bands accompany political and religion parades.
  8. Check picture size by opening them in Photoshop and seeing what that program reports as the uncompressed size. If taking photos with smaller than APS-C cameras or older APS-C cameras (Nikon D-50 for me), you may not be able to crop much or at all. Newer APS-C and larger sensors give more room for cropping. You can check the compressed sizes in Finder in Mac (not the icon view) and probably in the Windows equivalent directory and file viewing tool. Safest size for uploading is compressed JPEG at 6 MP or bigger.
  9. Had to debate with myself over whether submitting to Alamy would ruin my nice hobby. Actually, this has enriched it, but I'm not sure how I'd feel if I were trying to submit 100 new photos a week. As is, this keeps me mentally active in my seventies.
  10. The last poet to make enough to live on from readings and books was Allan Ginsberg, and even he ended up teaching. I've figured that some people make more on a weekend from teaching a high aspiration course (movie script writing, song writing, writing fiction), than they make on average from writing scripts, songs, or fiction. People get to feel like part of a creative community while the class is on. The writers teaching these vary from people who love teach to people who use their students as a substitute for an audience. People who are too critical and not encouraging enough don't get classes. My impression is that while the instructors see their teaching often enough as recruiting an audience for better work outside the class room, that most people taking graduate courses or writer's workshops are hoping to escape the jobs they have by becoming creatives. In Fine Arts MFA programs, there's Yale where a third of their graduate MFAs get NYC gallery representation and pretty much every other MFA program is lucky if five percent makes any money as artists. My brother had some local gallery representation in North Carolina as a landscape painter. One of the galleries mentioned that he had a Masters from Wake Forest in their promotion material. Um, in Business Administration. When my brother lived in Philadelphia, he made friends with a retired Pennsylvania Academy painter, driving the car to places where they'd paint and where the old painter would occasionally give pointers. Probably a purer form of craft transmission than the usual classroom.
  11. I wonder what the actually native resolution is of a half inch sensor. I think there’s a older thread on buying a drone for stock that suggested it was a bad investment. Shooting through a lot of air degrades images, so I can see that MFT would be the minimum requirement for Alamy.
  12. The Mavic Air Pro V2 has a 1/2" CMOS sensor and is under $1K US from a major retailer. The Inspire V1, version 2, has a camera with a Micro 4/3rds sensor. That model has been superseded by the DJ Inspire 2, which is $2599 US and which doesn't have a camera, gimble, recharger, and controller as part of that price package. Camera and gimble is another $2,899.00. Alamy said that the minimum cameras for drones are Micro 4/3rds. This gives relative sizes of the various sensors. 1/2" sensor are inferior. I've shot MFT and Sony APSC at the same time, and gave the MFT system away. One inch sensors in good hands can produce photos that Alamy accepts, but not all of them. This shows the relative sizes of the different formats: http://photoseek.com/2013/compare-digital-camera-sensor-sizes-full-frame-35mm-aps-c-micro-four-thirds-1-inch-type/
  13. I had a number of plant and insect photos, plus some others, that I'd taken in 2006 with a Nikon D50, and wasn't sure they exported at a large enough size, so checked in Photoshop and the smallest was just over the minimum required at uncompressed size, so I uploaded 20 of them. They're my favorites because of the associations and that I could get D50 shots through Quality Control. These are Stella de Oro daylilies growing in my East Falls walled garden.
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