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  1. I saw my views on this has created a minor debate. I forget that on Alamy you don't apply the releases until after clearing QC so there would be no way to check. BTW, as an aside, a lot of us use reverse image searches for our images, these frequently show similar images and can guesstimate what it is you photographed. I can upload a photo of a cat and it knows it is a cat. Its not improbable for that to be used in an automated fashion to screen images. A few video sites I upload to process videos and suggest tags already. The technology is already available to read image data and
  2. I see we will go round in circles on this. Yes the photographer should know, but the stock agency should have a little knowledge of well known off limits areas.
  3. I do realise that, but I would have thought that going through QC there would be a list of main landmarks that are off limits. Anyway, I've not uploaded any from there personally due to the restriction.
  4. I'm also slightly perplexed by this, Top of The Rock (Rockefeller) in New York clearly states images can't be sold that are taken from the top, yet I have seen probably hundreds on Alamy alone.
  5. Paulette, I don't know Octavios secret but personally in Lightroom in Develop > Effects module I find adding 10 - 20 to Dehaze is a quick way to get some more punch to an image, depending on subject. Of course that's a quick fix, if you have the time, patience and storage space you could export to Nik (free Google imaging product) and try and few settings. I use it for landscapes, it can be like peeling back a veil on an image. The best process is to export to Photoshop and work in various layers and masks with the Nik filters, be careful with skies, my first submission was rej
  6. I've always just used sRGB as for the most part that is what everyone uses. AdobeRGB is the more accurate with a wider colour gamut but unless the end to end process is done in AdobeRGB you may run in to problems. Colours will look wrong when viewing AdobeRGB files on sRGB monitors. I am by no means a colour expert but the safest and trouble free method is to use sRGB. As for Lightroom, I export at 90 quality and 300dpi for Alamy at whatever resolution the image is.
  7. Yes, there are days I have cursed myself for not investing in any, mainly my telephoto lenses, but I try and make do, I admit I have probably lost a few images due to it. I have usually gone for primes, the only two zooms I have are the 18-35mm and an older 80-200mm. The 80-200mm has its "characteristics" shall we say but is still capable on the D800. I bought a few older AIS lenses which are very nice and sharp, and apart from manual focusing they meter fine and can work in Aperture priority without issue. Yes always turn off VR on a tripod, it will work against you
  8. Unfortunately I've never owned a lens with VR (minus the d3300 kit lens) so I have to try my best without. Landscapes i turn on exposure delay mode or use mirror up.
  9. You can still use DX lenses on FX, either with vignette on full frame, or you can use the crop modes in the camera to mitigate it slightly. You will have to find out if the camera will out resolve those DX lenses though. Depends what you shoot, I love the high MP for landscapes, wildlife, the extra reach of DX is nice to have for sports and smaller animals etc. Even with 36mp I like to do multi shot panoramas, I'm hoping that some buyers will want those larger dimension images for certain uses. The biggest pain is the storage cost and increased processing times, Lightro
  10. Yes, but this happens every election, it was relatively trouble free this year but there is always tensions between the various tribes. Odinga has lost several times. Unfortunately not enough really gets done for the average person in Kenya, reliance on foreign aid and charities etc seems common. I've been to several of the city slums, I think everyone should visit one at least once in their lives to gain some perspective. I could go on but who knows who reads these posts :-) The image licensed from 1st July in South America, may have been election related but hard to say.
  11. When I got my D800 it was a learning curve, very unforgiving of camera shake or too low shutter speeds, but I've adapted to it. I did buy it primarily for landscapes where it excels (for 35mm). Even on a travel tripod in windy conditions it would show shake, your image taking process needs to be aware of it. The one weakness I have with the D800 is the relatively low FPS for sports and wildlife, the D850 seems to be able to go to 9FPS which is good.
  12. I dont have inbuilt GPS on my SLRs, I probably wouldn't use it as they do use a fair amount of battery. Also as you mentioned, they aren't that accurate. If I need to record where I've been then I usually just take a phone camera shot which has GPS in.
  13. 2nd sale this month, a small book licence but my highest earner so far. I've sold a couple of videos from here too, I need to go back it seems.
  14. Thanks, I guess I won't rely on it, although it would save time.
  15. For the past few years whenever I remember to add photos to the LR map I have but I've never seen places use it. I imagine that AIM, which uses Google Maps, can extrapolate the GPS co-ordinates from the file to a location, and then show this as what it thinks is the correct name for the place, if it has one. Or at least that is what should happen. It doesn't really matter if their is no name as such for the location, it should at least just drop the marker pin to the embedded co-ordinates. All online maps are are co-ordinates and the background software translates that
  16. Hi, I've been adding my images to Lightrooms map but the embedded GPS co-ordinates aren't being used in "Location" in AIM, I still have to manually add them. Has anyone got this to successfully work from Lightroom? I've double checked they are in the exported image files, under "GPS" and Lat, Long, Altitude. Thanks, James
  17. My D800 is at times a nightmare for dust spots, but it's a case of preparation, if I get lazy and not clean the sensor before a trip or shoot I can only blame myself. Changing lens frequently when out in dusty or windy places usually does it. I am a stickler for cleaning dust spots in LR or PS, I use the "visualise spots" in Lightroom. Alternatively I used to just push Contrast and Clarity to 100% and that showed most spots. I bought a "sensor gel stick" which is very fast to clean it. No more liquids and pads, just dab round the sensor and 99% of the dust is gone in a
  18. I've just been going through and changing that this evening, that was what made me think of the EXIF issue. Would have been a PITA to re-upload a few hundred images.
  19. Thanks, I've been venturing out of my normal shooting habits so that's reassuring.
  20. A quick question, when I upload to Alamy I usually don't remove the copyright field in the EXIF data. Is this stripped from the images when they are purchased? I can think of a few privacy issues that may cause if someone was able to get hold of it (say if you were photographing a sensitive subject). It hadn't really crossed my mind previously but was something I wanted to confirm. Thanks, James
  21. 2nd sale a few days ago, a dubious PU and judging from people here those may get refunded. Of all the places I've been and photographed in the world this one must have been the dullest photo I've uploaded, not even nice light! Still, had a fantastic few days taking photos on the Kenyan coast which I was more mindful to shoot for stock, hopefully they sell.
  22. I've submitted a few D800 stitched panoramas, largest being 45mb JPEG, no complaints from Alamy on any.
  23. As mentioned, your keywords need work. I picked the elephant painting and no keywords for elephant or painting. You need to spend time going through all your images and keyword correctly.
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