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  1. Just had 4 sales drop in, I've never had more than one a day, my average is 1 or 2 per month, quite happy with it. A couple of $, and two $$. After a dire June things are picking up I hope. I started in February last year and am now up to 31 sales since with nearly 4000 images uploaded. 1 refund that annoyed me, another for $$$ that I had the foresight to buy the newspaper as evidence, as a month later it got refunded, I then emailed Alamy the proof and actually ended up 50% better off from it, so there is karma in the world. I still find the Alamy style of shooting har
  2. These days OS updates for Mac are free so unless the hardware doesn't meet the minimum spec then its a good thing to get the choice of updates. Unfortunately laptops these days and to some extent PCs are being sold with very little user upgradeable parts, Macs especially. If people keeping buying them then manufacturers will keep going down that route. And if you don't spec it well enough to future proof it when you buy it then you're out of luck. It's one reason I bought (at the time) a 2nd hand 1 year old T430 as I can upgrade RAM and disks as well as battery, also I
  3. I don't think there is an obligation for people to register correct contact details when they get a domain. If there are no contact details on the website a WhoIs search can sometimes bring up results. The WhoIsGuardProtected probably means that the info is hidden or acts as a middleman for communication. There are phone numbers and email addresses on that page.
  4. Just to mention, you don't specifically need 1333 Mhz RAM, if faster is cheaper (eg 1600 Mhz) and compatible then you can use that, it will just run at the slower speed. Dual channel will give an increase in speed, so opt for 2 x 4GB over 1x 8GB etc depending on slots available.
  5. I don't use smart previews so I can't say how much space they use. I'm limited to a single machine I bought a few years ago, a Thinkpad T430. I primarily bought it as I could swap the DVD drive for another internal drive for storing images. I then have the OS and applications on a 256GB SSD. I put all my Lightroom catalogs, previews and cache on the SSD (which I limit to around 20GB within Lightroom). I edit D800 36mp and D3300 24mp files on it, which it does OK with for its age. My catalogs are primarily by year with subfolders based on date and location within that, I prefer that over lots o
  6. I would do it, Lightroom likes RAM. I doubt you will see a massive increase but it will help with multitasking. I have my catalogs on my laptop SSD and the photos on the secondary drive as it is 4tb, having catalogs and the cache on a faster drive is probably the best way to run Lightroom. I would advise finding the exact model you have (the A****) code, eg A1406 and searching Google for that code and RAM. Crucial have a useful site for picking RAM and its usually competitive prices.
  7. I don't want to jinx myself with a refund but this sold today, French editorial, inside 1 page, distributor bulk discount price but not bad. Two sales in 3 days after a dry spell in December.
  8. I started in February 2017 and managed to get 3000 images uploaded. A lot of work going back through catalogs, being annoyed with myself for not shooting more general shots as I was more into the landscape images etc. Not being in the UK I'm disadvantaged in some ways but I've made a challenge to try and shoot where I am with stock in mind. I'm also taking more video as that can be quite worth doing, sold some footage you wouldn't think people would buy. 10 sales last year but only 1 3 figure sale. 1 refund for $50. December was terrible.
  9. Well, if you aren't wanting to make print sales then I guess you want something to promote you as a photographer, which could easily be a simple website, you just need to showcase your work. If you dont want to spend money then Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc are where you may want to put some effort in to.
  10. Facebook Pages is the free way to start, post up images on a relatively regular basis, cross post to groups, gain a following then point people to a website where you sell images, there are quite a few photographer centred ones. They may cost you around £100 a year to run if you provide a sales option through them but a few sales will cover it. Not sure I can name sites so I will leave it for you to search for. Edit: I would add that having a website is both nothing and everything as anyone can have one and for a relatively low cost, but it shows that you take it more seriously tha
  11. It's all I've been doing this week, researching types of eagles, the various nuanced differences in giraffes, and I'm still none the wiser on some of my vulture shots. But, I've had some searches crop up using latin names so it does help. I don't know where I read it (probably here) but it obviously makes sense to add them.
  12. Taking a quick look at your portfolio I notice you don't have Latin names for quite a few of your animal images, eg crocodiles eagles and kangaroos on pg 10.
  13. With todays surprising sale I'm at 3 sales for $180 in September which is my best month in volume and $$$, which considering I started in February I'm pleased with. I've put the effort in to upload over 2200 images since then and I think it's finally paying off. Not much compared to some but it's reassuring to see what I put up clients want.
  14. IQ sale for a decent price. From a zoom earlier in the month, I hope my other (minimal) zooms get used.
  15. Marketing package for small company, can't complain. Hadn't even fully supertagged it (rectified now). I would say only 20% of my sold images have been zoomed or even come up in views.
  16. Yes, I always seem to have a few wikipedia tabs open but I find it interesting researching and it usually leads to something else, either by related links or the 10w light bulb in my head turns on to photograph something I hadn't thought of.
  17. I checked my phone this morning bleary eyed to see a near $100 sale fall in, had to double check on the computer with a cup of coffee. National non UK newspaper for 1 day which I will be keeping an eye out for. I only uploaded the image a few weeks ago but it's probably the only one I can find on Alamy of it. I will say this, processing photos certainly leads you round the Internet researching places/buildings/animals/birds but it's worth it for the tags and captions.
  18. Rather than start a new thread I'll add my thoughts on AIM. Please can there be a drop down selection box for images that do not have the full 10 Super Tags. Yes there is "Images with poor discoverability" but even with my small portfolio of ~2000 images 1900+ are shown in that category. Some days when I do batch uploads or can't think of any keywords I don't fully complete this. It would be useful to show any images that don't have 10 super tags. Dragging and dropping of tags on to others is just irritating, if its to allow more keywords then at least separate the comb
  19. I've used this one I found on Alamy https://www.alamy.com/contributors/alamy-model-release-form.pdf
  20. Technique, good glass and a fast memory card. Learn the limitations of the camera and you'll preempt issues. Turning off "Image Review" I find helps clear the buffer faster, or just half press the shutter to stop the review. Helps on my D800. A few years ago on a Masai Mara trip I had been shooting all day and my fast CF card had filled and it switched over to a slower SD card, I could really tell the difference when taking numerous photos, since then I've bought fast reliable cards to mitigate buffer issues. Last year my D800 curtain developed a split which meant I had
  21. Very nice, I've had a few searches for the Latin name of the Black Rhino turn up, guess you were the lucky one!
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