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Steve Valentia

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  1. So much for ABC's reliability then. https://www.abc.org.uk/product/7723-national-geographic-magazine
  2. Thanks Guys. The region is US. I was just wondering if it might be National Geographic, when I saw the region. I've hit the Big Time, after 40 years (hopefully!) UPDATE: NG figures are only around 97, 000 per issue as of June 2020.
  3. Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic Print run: up to 5 million Placement: Inside Image Size: 1 page Start: 01 December 2020 End: 01 December 2025 Print run: unlimited; Duration: Life of Licensee’s Media for all editions; Reuse Included across all of Licensee’s Media
  4. Thanks Wim. I went there before I posted, to be honest. Couldn't find anything that was close to the 5M. I assume Alamy's categories are broader (up to 2M, up to 5M etc)?
  5. My first sale of December dropped in this morning (possibly from the 30th November). A shot of the Millennium Ball at Waterford Crystal factory, nice (low 3 figure) price. What I'm curious about is that it sold to a magazine with a worldwide print run of up to 5 million, for 5 years starting 1st December 2020. Does anyone know which magazines have that sort of print run size?
  6. Felt compelled to reply, in order to qualify for my pedantry license. 1) It's not 'a Latin language', it's Latin. 2) Biggus Dickus is not Latin, it's Python. In absentia lucis, Tenebrae vincunt. P.s. I didn't use a bad word.
  7. No, not Valentia Island, Cork Opera House (a band on stage). I looked at the Culture Trip website, but I haven't found it, yet.
  8. Good question. The short answer is, no. The slightly protracted answer is...I considered it but having sent them 2 other messages in the last 10 days, both of which were ignored, I didn't think it would be worth the effort and came to the forum instead.
  9. Thanks. Usually, I just adopt a Tabula Rasa and accept the pricing, but I felt that this was such a Nota Bene that I should Carpe Diem and ask about it. My 'mean' sales amount this month, so far, is $17. Highest $60 and lowest $3.07. Quid Nunc!
  10. It's bad enough that in my 16 years with Alamy, I've seen my sales drop to near non existent and their fees tumble to 'micro-stock' level. Now, I find that 2 sales with similar uses have different fees attached. In fact, the lower fee has the phrase 'in perpetuity', which in my view should command a higher fee. Any thoughts on why this might be? Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Editorial website Image Size: Any size Start: 07 July 2020 End: 07 July 2025 One use in a single editorial article used within the digital versions of
  11. Just tried another (single) image. Passed QC in approximately 20 seconds! So far, I've not had random wait times since I got 5 stars. I doubt there will be any greyed out stars. Previously, it was only ever 3 stars, then jumped to 5. Live News should go through immediately, otherwise, it would be yesterday's news.
  12. Then there are a lot of silly contributors; choosing to fail their own images, after upload.
  13. I'm doubting that " f5.6 is right on the edge before diffraction" with that lens. But, you may be right. However, unless you've seen it, then I wouldn't worry about it. Don't believe everything you read in the photo press. (I say that as Associate Editor of a fairly well-known UK camera magazine. )
  14. With a maximum aperture of f2.8? I doubt it. Anyway, it's working for me - the 30-odd sales and 100% QC passess (and a 5* QC rating) would testify to that.
  15. Just got an email from Alamy saying response times from QC will be slower over Christmas. I tried an upload (1 image) and checked it, 3 minutes later. It had passed. Go figure!
  16. Just got an email from Alamy saying response times from QC will be slower over Christmas. I tried an upload (1 image) and checked it, 3 minutes later. It had passed. Go figure!
  17. The mechanical shutter only has an advantage over the electronic shutter, if you want to use higher ISO settings - and I don't. Certainly not on a drone camera with a 1" sensor. Image quality has to be very carefully controlled for QC to pass a drone shot. I keep the ISO as low as possible (usually 100), and the shutter in the middle(ish), around f5.6. It's been argued that the DJI lenses have better image quality when set away from the extremities. I also avoid flying in low light, although I have done so, a few times (see below), but carefully. I also always shoot in Raw.
  18. I've now got 5 (Gold) stars and I passed QC today with 10 images in a few minutes - on a Sunday. Didn't use Reportage or News upload. Very puzzling. Merry Christmas!
  19. Thanks Phil; no I hadn't seen it, although I did look for something in the QC thread before posting. I had a browse and there's no real explanation of what's changed, and it doesn't explain why I passed in minutes on a Sunday (there hasn't ever been QC at the weekend before). I wonder if the 5* rating (which was only 3* max previously, is connected. Or maybe QC is on holiday!
  20. I uploaded 10 shots 30 minutes ago and they've just passed QC. Incredibly fast considering I didn't use reportage or Alamy News upload routes (I have reportage, not news). I've also noticed that my QC rating is now 5*, when (I think) the maximum was previously 3*. Those better informed are welcome to enlighten me. Happy Christmas!
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