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  1. CGI can't compete with "real" photography . . . can it?

    Ikea uses a lot of 3d renders for their catalogues, instead of photography... Creating photorealistic renders nowadays is getting more and more democratic: hardware is the same as a good gaming pc and for software you have so many options free (unreal, unity, blender...) or for reasonable prices... assets (3d models of people and whatever you need to create a scene) are readily available... I know a bit on his subject as I’m an architect doing archiviz... Will stick to photography though, as it much more pleasant to discover places and being outside...
  2. Are Your Zooms Falling?

    2018 has been a rollercoaster for me in terms of views, zooms and sales, but with a downwards trend... views and zooms have plummeted the last 6 months of 2018... views are still much lower, but zooms and thus ctr better so far in January than last months of 2018... will see in the coming 2-3 months if the zooms became sales...
  3. How much to charge?

    You need to be much more specific about what is expected, imo. 100 images seems a lot for an arxhitecure office to put on their website, is it 100 pics to chose from? If not shooting 100 quality pics of a shopping mall can be huge job, considering selection and pp... I suppose they want facades + some interior shots to showcase the architecure, maybe a few shots to show the ambience and maybe a few details... To make a long story short: - architecture shots takes a lot of time to shoot and pp... in a mall that is functioning might be difficult to have the perfect shot... - interior shots even more - details too - lifestyle a bit less maybe, but you then you can spend a whole day finding interesting scenes? so calculate how much time you will spend to cover all topics that are expected... but I think you might consider asking for more info before starting such a job, my two cents
  4. How was your 2018 (and December!)

    December was a bit better than average for me, even with only two sales. In 2018 I have earned 25% less than in 2017, with the exact same number of sales and over 3.000 uploaded in 2018. Am very disappointed.
  5. Desktop or laptop?

    I've used a MBP 17" for many years... now that I have a PC with 27" screen, wouldn't go back. Never used the trackpad for editing, and frankly for anything else, but a normal mouse... Not only the screen size, but also the speed (even with similar specs, a desktop will usually have better performance due to better thermals) and having large internal drives to have all my data avaible are also factors...
  6. Use of 360-degree panoramas?

    Personnaly, haven't seen any website that use them... 3D artistst (mostly in architecture) use half-domes or domes (360) to create the environment, and have reflections in windows... but usually HDRI ones. The HDRI's take even more effort to make... Frankly, I have a few horizontal pano's on Alamy and they don't seem to have much success...
  7. Lightroom file capacity

    I had until beginning of 2018 a catalogue of over 225.000 pictures, although workable... not fast enough imho... so I started a new catalogue for 2018 and have around 33.000 pictures... Frankly, as much as I like using LR and it’s workflow, it’s painfully slow batch editing, switching between pictures etc... and I have, I would say a pretty powerfull machine i7 6700k, 16gb ram, os and software on a m.2, LR catalogue and recent pictures on an SSD, gtx 1060 6gb graphics card etc all in large case that’s well cooled... and reinstalled the all system recently... normal resolution monitor... yesterday I moved a bunch of folders from the SSD to an archive drive (internal WD black...), took about 10x the time it would have taken Windows to move the files... and it scattered my files all over the place, some files where not copied (had alot of error msg’s), other well but not in the right folder... a real nightmare... not even close to have solved the issue... spend too much time with adobe customer care who couldn’t help me... anyway, seriously disappointed....
  8. Tel Aviv timelapse 2018

    Thank you very much Domf!
  9. Tel Aviv timelapse 2018

    Just finished my timelapse of Tel Aviv: Hope you enjoy it...
  10. Tel Aviv timelapse 2018

    Yuri, A non stop city indeed ;-) Thank you very much for your reply! greetings, michael
  11. Images with payyments outstanding

    Indeed, Alamy will confirm that there was a download and notify when you can expect a sale popping...
  12. AIM update notes - **Updated Jan 2019**

    Thank you Alamy! Keep uo the good work!
  13. Zooms/sales ratio

    In my case ir is about 1 sale on 4-5 zooms... and as said by others plenty of sales without the photo being zoomed... i would very much like to have different stats on Alamy: being able to see the views per image and being able to see which images where viewed, zoomed in etc the most... This besides the stats as they are today.... shouldn’t be very complicated to implement?
  14. Have you Found any Alamy Photographs October

    https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3720137 First one is mine... others are uncredited, but might also be from Alamy contributors...
  15. How was your September 2018?

    6 sales for half what I earn on average :-(
  16. Have you found any Alamy images September 2018

    https://www.cntraveler.com/story/the-best-antique-shops-and-flea-markets-around-the-world - 21/9/2018 First image is mine Third: INAKI ARBULO / Alamy Stock Photo
  17. Verboten or Tricky Subject Matter

    I still don't understand this whole property release issue and I really want to understand. Lately some of my images where refused (not by Alamy) for not having a property release. The reason was that they where unsellable without PR. Subjects where in Paris, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem... both free and payed entrance... the same kind of images, same venues etc where accepted by them btw. I argued that: - for some subjects there was no way to get a PR, the Church of the holly sepulchre in Jerusalem for example... 5-6 Churches are in charge of the place and there is a ladder on the facade that can't be moved and wasn't for the past few hundred years (read it on wiki if you're interested) + nothing mentioned on their website and no contact at all to ask about their policies - for some places they didn't own any copyright on the design since the place was built a few hundred years ago... - on the websites of the 5 places I took photos, nothing mentioned - nothing mentioned on the tickets either - I wasn't told anything when entering... and I sure you will all agree that a D700 and D750 with battery packs, 24mm PC-E and 24-70 are not the most discrete... - and in some places it was free entry and no security, reception whatsoever... etc... Then I looked for similar photos in articles on the web and found plenty. Some of them I recognised and traced back to the agency that rejected my pix as ell as Alamy. And what would do you think, NO PROPERTY RELEASE WHATSOEVER. Most (I didn't check them all) of the images by well known architecture photographers Hufton + Crow and Iwan Baan have NO PROPERTY RELEASE. They where, I suppose, appointed by the architect to take exterior and interior shots... and after while threw them onto stock sites... If they don't succeed to get PR who would? Next question is WHY WOULD ANYBODY GIVE YOU A PR? You can basically sell a picture ad vitam eternam to whatever end: mugs, posters, postcards... or maybe sell the image of a museum, somebody's house to sell KKK flags? Background of a porn video cover? Even more trickier is there is no one person/organisation that can give you a PR... in the case of the Tate Modern as an example you will need the PR from the architects Herzog and De Meuron + The Tate, maybe some other firm involved in the design, probably the ones responsible for the exhibition and layout... and in some cases artists... any photographer has the time to deal with all those people??? And lastly what about freedom of press? Can't a journalist write an article even a review about a place and add a picture that he seems reflecting the space, building, exhibition???
  18. Yom kippur in Israel

    Thank you very much dlm... it is indeed a good day to bicycle, skateboard,... or just have a stroll ;-) a very special day... because almost all people refrain from using the car, it is the quietest day of the year, in an otherwhise hectic city, you can hear birds, stray cats are super relaxed, no barking of dogs... plenty of bats having a good time...
  19. Yom kippur in Israel

    Holiday here in Israel and besides a few Live News pics also made this timelapse: Yom Kippur in TLV | 2018 Let me know what you think about it?
  20. Yom kippur in Israel

    Thank you! Happens once a year...
  21. Have you found any Alamy images September 2018

    https://www.ft.com/content/85734f8c-7e04-11e8-af48-190d103e32a4 A few Alamy pictures in this article, credited to Alamy alone. The Antwerp university picture is mine... Zoomed past month, no sale yet...
  22. Slide Copy

    Sorry to also hijack this thread... how much time do you typically spend on “scanning” slides this way and how much on post processing... I had a dedicated Minolta scanner to scan slides and I remember it wasn’t much fun... asking this as I have some nice slides from travels (chile, peru, brazil...) that I would very much have digitally...
  23. Storage and backuo...

    I suppose many of you have huge amounts of pictures, and I was wondering how you manage this? I have now around 5TB of files, mostly photos, both professional and private and also plenty of files related to my day job - architecture... I have a 500gb SSD for current projects, that is both photography and architecture. In terms of space around 75% is filled with RAW files. My lightroom catalogues are also on this disk 3TB of archive for my pictures, almost full And then two other 1TB hard drives for pro and private documents... And a small M.2 for operating system and all my programs... backup on external hd’s which is far from optimal, I know... How do you manage you terabytes of data?
  24. Storage and backuo...

    Thanks Matt! what cloud/internet solution would you suggest?
  25. I was wondering how to get the proper releases for musea and similar locations? I haven’t had any success and was wondering if any of you succeeded? And if so, if they could share some tips...