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Octavio Campos Salles

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  1. I came here today to make a topic about this issue, but then I found this one already with 7 pages of comments. I just had a sale of a Rights Managed image for USD 3,00... and that is gross! If Alamy is going to sell my images for that price, I don't have any interest whatsoever. I prefer to NOT make the sale! This is micro stock prices.If it continues this way I will delete all my portfolio. I refuse to sell my images for nothing.
  2. Very weak begining of the year for me. A few sales, but very small ones... I mean, the last one was $6 dollars! And the one before $11! This is micro stock level for Rights Managed images, hardly worth the time to upload and keyword....
  3. With prices like this, and I've been getting some very low sales as well, I do get discouraged to keep uploading and keywording images on a regular basis. It's just not worth the time.
  4. Yes I live in the Mata Atlantica of Ilhabela, another island about 300km north of Ilha do Cardoso
  5. I live on the coast in SE Brazil, in and around the Atlantic Rainforest. You do have to take precautions with humidity otherwise within a few months all your lenses will have fungus. What I do is probably the cheapest yet an effective solution. Just get yourself a large transparent plastic box like the one below and put in the blue silica gel and a simple humidity clock to monitor it. Don't cover your lenses, light is your friend. Ideally you should glue eva foam on the edges so that you don't have a lot of outside air coming in. You will need to recharge the silica whenever the humidity gets over 45 or 50% more or less. In my case it lasts around 3 weeks. An even better solution is if you can find one of these dry boxes designed just for that: Another alternative that I also do with part of my equipment is to use a Pelican case. That is completely air tight and the silica will last longer, the drawback is that it's not transparent, so you must open it to monitor the humidity. Also it's said that the darkness is a friend of fungus as well.
  6. I already use some portuguese keywording on my images, as I have a few regular brazilian buyers (normal, since most of my work is here). Looking forward to a portuguese version of Alamy, it should increase the reach for the brazilian market. However, I keep my portuguese keywording just to the basics, like the subject name. It is still an english-speaking site so I expect buyers to search mainly in english.
  7. Had 3 sales today, quite small sales but happy with it! This is one of them, a pit viper snake from the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil.
  8. First DSLR - Nikon D70 back in 2004 But my first digital camera was a Kodak DC20 in 1996, boasting amazing 0.2 megapixels and 1 MB of internal memory. It was horrible even for those times standards, lol. Still have it today.
  9. This is very surprising to me. I would have never guessed that with such a low number of images one could make as much as $25k with micro, congrats. But that is gross profit I imagine, correct? What percentage did you get from that? Also, I imagine you are the exception of the exception in the micro world - not too many people shooting underwater I guess. Even then, if you compare the number of images you have here with the number of images you have in micro and your profits, I wonder why you are not moving everything to micro? Could you explain the logic here? These numbers are hard to explain by themselves. I kind of agree with geogphotos idea of a micro price for truly micro uses. By micro I mean personal use (that already exists here, actually), school/university presentations, tiny business website, etc. However, wouldn't that open a big door to infringement?
  10. Why are you killing yourself, and other photographers, making pennies at micro stock? I mean, how much do you really do with micro stock? Most buyers will first look at micro stock for what they need. If they don't find it then they come to Alamy. This should answer your question. Of course, once you move everything to regular stock, don't expect the same volume of sales you had at micro... but volume alone means nothing if you are making pennies with a sale that could go over hundreds of dollars.
  11. Oh, I should mention that I use RM 99% of the time. For RF I probably would consider some downsizing... maybe.
  12. I use a D800 (36mp) and I always send full size. A large size will never hurt IMO and it appeals to those that need a large print. I don't think anyone would NOT license an image because it's "too big".
  13. With today's low stock prices (and you only get 50% of that, at best), IMO it's crazy to do stock specific photo trips. All my stock photography is done "incidentally", either when I'm on a photo assignment or when guiding a photo tour, or just when I happen to be somewhere else with a camera.
  14. I didn't know LR does panoramas now, to be honest I rarely ever do panoramas and when I do I use PS as I think it does a terrific job as well. Soft proofing is about the same as in PS, except that I like to do this when I'm finishing the image for print, which also means resizing and then selective sharpening - all this finishing process for fine art I do in PS. IMO sharpening should always be done after resizing, also I do it in a pretty complicated way using layers and channel masks that is impossible in LR. Now for color balance, 95% of the time or more LR is good enough, but there is that odd case when the colors just seem strange and no matter how much tweaking in LR I can't really get it to my liking. Then I edit as a smart object in PS because there I can do another process where I get mathematical samples of whites and blacks and correct the color based on those, using color curve masks. The difference can be quite big and you get consistent results.
  15. Of course you have your workflow and if it works for you, great. However, if you use LR you don't really need to save the TIFFs, you are just occupying a lot of extra disk space. With LR you can go back at any time and edit the NEF any way you want (including crop wise, something you can't with TIFFs in PS) and then save it as wherever file type you need at every color space available. Of course this is considering you shoot RAW, as any self respecting photographer should do. To be honest, today I only use PS when I'm soft proofing to convert to an inkjet printer profile or for the odd advanced tasks that LR won't do, such as panorama, removal of objects, difficult color balance fix or for selective sharpening for web or print. All the other cases, such as exporting to Alamy, I use LR only.
  16. I like the feature of "My Alamy Homepage", however I think the design of it is rather poor. When we search a certain term the results appear as small thumbnails, not the much more attractive large thumbnails that appear with a regular site search. Also, the first time we click on the link we go to a page with only a search field, no pictures. I think the ideal would be to go to a similar page such when we click on the number of pictures here on the side, on our forum profile, and then have a search field there exclusive to search our personal collection.
  17. The subjetcs may remain largely the same but new technology is pushing the levels of what is possible higher all the time. Take wildlife photography for example (my main area of work), and compare today photos with just a few years back... lots of difference. The idea, on every kind of photography, is to go beyound what everybody else is doing, whenever possible. People are placing cameras on flying eagles, on the back of sharks, using drones, underwater remote photography, etc. Where and when this is going to stop I don't know... maybe it will never stop.
  18. Thank you! I was just finishing working on captioning those images but thanks for pointing it out!
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