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    I only used RF on pictures that are not special at all and are probably found in many portfolios (i.e. flowers, trees, ...). 

    I believe that RF can be purchased and then re-sold, without me getting any further royalties - so I will use RF only on images where I do not care.


    Anything else is RM - specially where I do not have property and model releases (which I rarely have or can provide) - but these need to be RM anyways. 


    It doesn't matter what anyone believes, it's facts that matter. The fact, for instance, that most RF license agreements specifically forbid reselling, or enabling reselling to take place illicitly.


    The crucial thing about RF is that it facilitates commercial sales, but also that it is increasingly the license of choice for serious editorial buyers.  It is now where the money is.  If photography is your hobby, then Alamy's version of RM (RM lite) is fine.  You'll earn enough to buy some equipment, maybe pay for a couple of holidays.  But anyone professionally involved in stock photography, with the exception of press togs perhaps, has to consider RF as the license of choice, and selling through a number of agencies, with RM reserved for personal work, or work aimed at the top end of the market.


    See Duncan's post above - that's the reality



    Stock is my ONLY income and I ONLY sell RM (and when I look in the mirror in the morning, I don't look too undernourished)

    All the full-time pros I know personally, all sell ONLY RM and - as you know - many do here as well.


    "See Duncan's post above - that's the reality"

    See Duncan's port: it's all typical RF material and NOT the kind of pictures the vast majority submits here, at Alamy.








    I don't often disagree with you but, nearly 4,800 of my 7,600 are RM and probably only 2k are typical RF stuff that doesn't sell well here (but does still sell).


    I have a feeling you just skipped the first couple of pages without looking deeper into my port. I think it would be wise to amend that statement as it does sound derogatory but is also inaccurate.


    I have a standalone port of 4,500 RF images that are elsewhere as I don't believe they would sell very well here. They make nearly 7 times the income that 7,600 images make here. I'd need to make many $k's p/month here to replace it. But that is my point, we aren't supporting football teams here, we can support both sides and make plenty of money from both.


    Edit. P.S. I did give you the greenie as I don't believe you meant anything bad by it. Sort of know what you are saying i.e. here at Alamy RM is king but it just sounds a little like you are applying it to everywhere when reality says RM is only one part of the system.





    So how can they tell between a LR export from RAW and a LR export from jpeg- surely the software flag will be the same.


    My understanding from the comments below the story is that the EXIF gives the game away. But I don't know if it's possible to edit that. 





    Yeah it's possible. Whenever I buy a new camera that isn't on C1's list, I change the camera details in Raw files with an exif editor so I can process them (provided its the same make of camera, fuji pro - x-t1). Some apps allow you to do bulk routines for this if you have large volumes.



    But of course if anyone does that and Reuters find out, or identify the changes in other ways they are in deep doo-doo! If you are selling work through a channel like Reuters can you really afford that risk of seriously upsetting them? And do you have the time to mess about with converting raw and editing EXIF on news images?


    I know I wouldn't.



    Just to point out, I was only confirming it was possible and not that I would be bothered to do it (I'm not with Reuters so it has no impact on me). It's still a faff altering exif data on mass even though it's possible.


    Personally, I'd just set the camera to Raw + Jpg. Hell, on the Fuji you can set bracketing to create your three favourite jpg styles at the same time. Or, select the Raw in camera and tell it to create a jpg from it. These would all be easier than trying to process Raws out of camera and then trying to cover it up!



    So how can they tell between a LR export from RAW and a LR export from jpeg- surely the software flag will be the same.


    My understanding from the comments below the story is that the EXIF gives the game away. But I don't know if it's possible to edit that. 





    Yeah it's possible. Whenever I buy a new camera that isn't on C1's list, I change the camera details in Raw files with an exif editor so I can process them (provided its the same make of camera, fuji pro - x-t1). Some apps allow you to do bulk routines for this if you have large volumes.


    Is this genuine? 





    if yes, then is Alamy likely to be following suit, particularly in the news uploads?


    I see little difference, except a possible drop in quality...you can `process' in jpeg too.

    No one submits RAW images to Alamy anyway.



    I'm sure the article is referring to .jpgs produced from Raw Files. They will now only accept .jpgs produced by the camera directly with minimal adjustment

  5. It's up to you if you want to loose control over your work (RF) or keep it (RM).


    I started years ago with RF only, because all friends did RF and I had no idea what I loose with this choice. After all these years of experience I've learnt that all I need is RM, and this is my goal to produce RM only.

    About pricing, it's not that RM is cheaper. Some RM orders can give you xxxx $ for only one usage! Consider also that many clients don't want to use RF images in their projects to not meet the same picture everywhere... That's why they are ready to pay more for RM.


    RF loosing control? Yes, you don't have the control as RM BUT, there are images that don't require that level of control. Shoot for the market your aiming for and choose the licence type accordingly.


    I see a lot of black and white approaches but the reality is, there's a fair bit of grey in between. RM is barely 10% of my overall income, there's no way I'd want to chuck away several thousand $'s a month by discounting RF. At the same time, I want the option to put the right imagery as RM. I really don't get this "One Size Fits All" approach. It sometimes feels like it's a football game and you have to support one side or the other.

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  6. It's not just a case of what's the best Licence format, it's what's the best format for the image.


    Some images I would only ever use RM for, hard to get / unique imagery. However, for something that is very easy to get a hold of or replicate, then I often use RF (provided I have MR & PR). 


    The type of images you're supplying should dictate the type of licence to use. For instance, I produce a lot of images for micro market that are low to near zero cost to produce in high volumes (apart from time on the computer). I would never put these up as RM. An image taken at the top of a 6000m peak, no chance at all it would be anything other than RM. Horses for courses.


    What you will now be gathering is that it isn't a simple yes/no answer. You have to assess each image you produce and more over, think about how the image will be used before you pull the trigger. We shouldn't sell images we take, we take images that will sell. It all takes time, practice and experience.


    In terms of sale price, this month (as with others) an RF sale has been a three figure sale while some RM have only been two. Swings and roundabouts

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    It could be that it's simply because there are no ref # on the default page anymore. I hope this does not mean we just have lost all those clients that used ref # to select images. Some have found the button for pre-9 Oct  page lay out: a quick look through AoA set with 09 Oct as starting date will show quite a bit of ref # still being searched.



    Wim, in my OP, I'd already stated that searches by reference number were still showing in AoA (but often with additional search terms). I don't think that the disappearance from My Measures has anything to do with customer behaviour.



    With the greatest respect, you really aren't commenting on exactly what I said.


    EDIT: Discussion on minimum sample sizes / the true validity of statistical validity / causal reductionism / generalisation etc etc etc deleted  . . . suddenly can't be bothered, although I think Wim has some interesting observations on what may be happening.



    Dusty Dingo, I'm fully aware of statistical significance and have, on this forum, often pointed out the error of individual contributors looking for trends or patterns in very small numbers.


    While you're correct that the statistical validity of sample size of contributors could be queried, that's actually irrelevant. The important figure is the volume of data available for analysis. To take an extreme example, there are around 38,000 contributors on Alamy but if I had 20% of all the images, then any data I alone produced would have statistical significance.


    In my particular case, we're talking about thousands of events occurring over a period of years compared to zero events over a comparative sample period of 40 days. With around 80,000 views per month, my own figures are a reasonable sample size. The fact that this is only my data doesn't make it any less significant, except in the highly unlikely event that my account has been chosen for special treatment - hence the need for verification by only a handful of other contributors.



    Ian D



    Correct. Before turning photographer I was a Risk Analyst used to using SAS to build statistical programmes to carry out analysis. The volume of lines of data is the critical part and not the number of sub categories you can divide it by (i.e. contributor, day,month and year etc). The number of contributors is important if you are looking to confirm the trend between contributors, but this can only work if the contributor themselves have sufficient lines of data.


    If a contributor has sufficient data you could easily carry out some simple checks. For instance,


    1. Does it happen at all. This would be a simple Y/N answer and once added to the line of data, you can create a table show how many days, weeks or months each year it happens. The results can be used to calculate other statistics.

    2. Volume of times it happens each day. As above, can be used to produce weekly, monthly and annual results.

    3. How often it happens / is likely to happen. Divide the number of times it happens out of X amount of searches over a previous years data (rolling 12 months) to work out a long term average to compare it to a current week / month etc or to work out the likelihood of it happening.

    4. Hell, If you're using SAS you could easily work out how many times it happens to a particular Keyword in order to try and reveal the types of customer carrying out this type of search. Or, whether it's being carried out at a certain time of the month etc etc.


    Personally, I would say once you have over 10k searches a month you should be able to make some reasonable conclusions and 80k would be more than enough to split the data into Days /Weeks as well as months when working out the probability of the event taking place. Especially when we all have at least 12 months past data to compare the current week / month too.


    However, this would be grossly overkill to start afresh for something that collectively I think has already been confirmed by a number of people with high vol of searches each month.

  8. "Besides, most major players are exclusive"  Phillippe


    Actually, under the new Gateway agreement, you have three options for every image you upload: exclusive, co-exclusive (you can also sell images yourself) and non-exclusive.  Photographer share is: 37.5%, 35%, 30%.


    Many wildlife, nature and documentary photographers submit there in order to get access to lucrative commercial markets.  Of courser, nobody walks in.  You have to have work they think they can sell, particularly in those markets.  Unfortunately, the editorial market there, as everywhere, is at rock bottom. 


    Unfortunately since my editor left / retired, the 1-2k sales have also gone awol. The new one just doesn't seem to give a one! Obviously had all this persons photographers dumped on him as well as his existing ones. Service has gone down hill rapidly.

  9. So if a photographer has the same photo on both Corbis and Alamy.

    if it sells, where would the photographs get the highest selling price !

    If it's alamy why would you leave photos on corbis ?


    Corbis commission is lower than Alamy so you'd be better off with the image being with Alamy only if the direct sales at Corbis did not make up for it. Of late, I'd say they don't (or rarely do) and my future editorial will be heading to Alamy first.


    I uploaded one a few months back that I deliberately added grain to. It was obvious and all over the image. It was an image where I used a nik filter. It failed.

    That one sparked a conversation about creativity not being accepted well. Alamy has accepted some of my creative images, just not the grainy one that had an all-over nostalgic old-photo effect.

    It makes me a bit leery not knowing where the line is, or the fact the line moves from time to time. I think sometimes it depends on the person doing the QC. One QCer may be a hard-liner, another may have creative bones of his/her own and sees the merit and intent in those images.



    Betty, not commenting on your image in any way I must stress, but I have seen some examples of filter-added grain that looked truly atrocious . . . not as bad as faux-HDR or Elvis-on-black-velvet mind you, but . . . :) , which leads me to suspect the variability in opinions of what is acceptable is much, much greater within the photographic community (and by association I assume within the Alamy contributor community) than it is within the ranks of Alamy QC folk.






    I tend to agree, although  the Nik filters are very good and can look great if used well.


    When it comes to grain, it's too easy for it to be failed here so I would only submit them to agencies that embrace that level of creativity and don't ban you for a month if they decide it's not to their taste. They also tend to have a space to add comments so you can say, "This has added grain & colour balance effects" so the reviewer is aware it isn't a fault but a creative decision. Maybe with all the tweaks Alamy are doing they could include something like this?


    I don't believe anyone should be sidelined for 30 days for trying to be creative, even if Alamy don't want the image. After all, it isn't a technical fault that you've failed to pick up, it's a creative decision to add something that they personally don't like. It's hard to ban someone for 30 days for doing something that you don't like but others do. That's like banning someone for having a different opinion to you. It's subjective. If they don't want it, don't accept it but don't sideline contributors for non-technical fault issues. It is a test for quality/technical competence after all.


    That said, if you see a load of uneven grain and the image has a high ISO, that's a different matter. That would be a technical issue. I would imagine most people though apply filters to their better images. Most of mine tend to be ISO100 - 400. So Alamy should be able to see that the level of grain doesn't match the ISO.


    As for downsizing. Only to tighten an image slightly, reduce 7900 to 7000. I mainly use the extra pixels to crop if need be or keep it as is for extra $ potential.

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    Just upgrade to El Capitan now that Cintiq & C1 are both working well on it and it seems to be a lot better (more responsive) than Yosemite, especially WiFi internet connections.


    Thanks for the update Duncan.





    You're welcome. It feels like a new laptop after the upgrade.... after the previous two I was a little cautious, email and wifi problems were terrible on the last two but everything works great. I also came out with an extra 30-40gb of free space.... bonus!


    Another thing I've noticed, Macbook Pros with the dual graphics cards are not running as hot and the fans are kicking in far less. I've got an app that tracks core temperature at the top of the screen  and it seems that it's running at about 10C less when under normal stress. Before, it was very easy to trigger the fans to come on as core temps pushed over 55- 60c. So, it would seem they have worked on the efficiency of the code a lot which it turn, reduces the stress on the machine

  12. Doesn't matter how you achieve a cut out, pen path or otherwise. Getting it as right as possible in camera just saves time.


    Main thing, if possible, is to offer as clean a cutout as possible and a nice drop shadow.  Lots of examples from graphic designers in back of recent award section of GDUSA.  People might want to read the bit about trends in what clients are actually using....rise of mutiple channel use etc.


    Agree, set up correct lighting on subject + white background and all you have to do in PS is adjust levels slightly to ensure a pure white background while retaining drop shadow below the subject. Speeds things up no end!

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  13. If you had to shoot everything all the time with a single prime, what focal length would you choose? 




    If I could only have one prime lens I guess it would be the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 (FF). Close call with the 50-140 f/2.8 on the Fuji though (1.5 crop) if zooms were allowed

  14. Adobe have released a fix in the form of a Photoshop plugin for the scrubby zoom problem (and a few other minor problems). Although it says PSCC2015, it works for me with CS6


    See the following description of known problems and available solution https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-and-el-capitan-mac-os-10-11.html


    Cheers. I think I will wait a while longer until they have a full fix. Still waiting on Wacom anyway.

  15. I've upgraded - more like an update than an upgrade. It's mostly under the hood as they say and the main claim is that it speeds things up which is why I decided to do it.


    The only annoyance I've seen is the known problem with the scrubby zoom in Photoshop (CS6 in my case) which Adobe are working on with Apple. The scrubby zoom is choppy and deosn't work properly. It's not a killer - if it was I wouldn't have upgraded as I was aware of it beforehand.


    Lightroom graphics seem to be faster though. Raw conversions are about 5% faster than in Yosemite from a test I devised a while back - not worth upgrading for in itself.


    Everything seems to have carried over smoothly apart from Apple Mail. I had a few mail accounts set up and only one carried over so I had to redo that. I'm not seeing the swiping issue that fotoDogue reports mainly because I'm not much of a swiper in general. My Office 2008 appears to be working as normal, not that I use it much - I know there have been serious issues with Offics 2016.


    Compared to the problems with Win10, this seems ultrasmooth. 


    Sounds promising, just need to wait for C1 Pro and Wacom to provide updates then.

  16. World View winner for Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2010 for an image of the Julian Alps from the summit of Triglav in Slovenia. Link.


    I only ever entered two competitions but stopped after quickly realising they were more concerned about making money from entrants than recognising talent etc.... It was nice though  :D

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    The main issue I find with checking images on a Notebook is the variation in contrast with screen angle. Some Notebooks are better than others. My old Toshiba was fine, but my newer Dell is awful. It's so bad that the contrast varies from the top of the screen to the bottom when viewed at normal distances. The best Notebook displays I've seen have been Retina displays on Apple Macs.


    The retina screens are excellent but they make everything look supersharp which is actually not what one wants when judging sharpness. I can't judge sharpness properly at all on my 13 inch Retina MacBookPro (it is otherwise a fantastic machine with 16GB of RAM and an SSD internal drive).


    David - if you can afford it, go for the more expensive machine - the SSD drive alone can make quite a difference to performance but, as you already know, lots of RAM is essential. It's often false economy to buy cheaper anyway - you can end up upgrading again too soon.



    I agree. The MacBook Pros are great for processing and I've been able to match the screen to the calibrated colours of my main monitors through ColorMunki but as far as sharpness goes, you only get a rough idea. Some say the retina screens represent the true sharpness of an image and softness highlights the weakness in older monitors not being able to resolve images correctly. That maybe so but it makes no difference if the majority of Agency Editors are reviewing images on non retina screens.


    Personally, I'm not sure if that's the case and would always have a non-retina 27in + screen for reviewing images for sharpness. I wouldn't buy a iMac retina for that reason (as a main computer), I wouldn't know if I could trust what I was seeing.


    Now I just use the dual graphics card 15" macbook pro to power the two 27 screens instead of an iMac.



    To start of with I am no stranger to macs ( my brother was a authorised mac dealer/repairer, so i had all of the old part ex,s starting with a lc II, quadra,powermac,emac,imac G3 and my last mac 17 inch imac which is still in the roof ) I never really liked the last imac that i had and so changed over to pc's guessing around ten years ago.

    Thing is i have had iphones for ages i have also had ipads for some time including the lastest ipad air II ( nice bit of kit ) and i love the way the iphone and the ipads work together and of course transfering jpegs from the fuji XT-1 to the ipad is a breeze....

    This is my dilema my windows 7 laptop is big, old, slow and on the way out so i need to replace it and with windows 10 on the cards i just dont fancy it, (and the plan is that maybe next year I will get a 27 inch imac ) so I am now thinking about a macbook pro for a laptop ( must be small for when i am on the move..possibly 13 .3 inch i5, but i have a few things that I would like to know before i make the move to a macbook pro..

    Will it run lightroom and ps creative cloud ok ( not worried about lightening fast but do want it to work ok ) ?


    second thing I work from two different places and at the moment have dell 24 inch ips screens one that i plug my window lappy into and one with my desktop attached, so would the macbook pro connect ok and work ok with my dell screens ?


    I also use a wacom intuos graphics tablet, so would that work with the macbook pro.


    the idea would be that I could cart the macbookpro around with me using it either as a compact laptop or at either end of my journey attached to a 24 inch monitor..


    any views on my above ramblings or am i just expecting to much from a macbook pro (as i would rather not purchase a new 27 inch mac just yet as i have a few things to sort out before i am ready .


    Thanks for reading, Steve.


    Thanks for posting. I'm currently running an old laptop and Windows 7 and am considering the same idea (13" Mac Book Pro with HDMI link to big monitor) so I'm following this thread with interest. :)


    Me too! I'm sick of Windows update and everything else and as I have windows 7, I don't want to get 10, not until I've moved everything onto a mac. I'm even looking at e-bay, but think that may be too dodgy, but price is an issue after a hard drive failure and broken lens on holiday!

    I did go into apple yesterday and the himself uses a Macbook air with 128g for all his graphics work, but whilst he seemed to think it would be ok, I'd like a pro, then a desktop, think I need to sell some stuff!



    I used to have a Macbook Air 11", did have a 13" Macbook Pro and now have the 15" Macbook Pro with dual graphics cards.


    If you have no need to process 4k video or heavy HD footage manipulation, go for the 13" Macbook pro, ideally with 8-16gb ram. The Airs are nice but there is little processing headroom for Capture One and Photoshop etc. The 13" is a great all rounder in a nice size system! Connect to a monitor via Thunderbolt though.



    I recently sold my Fuji cameras and lenses on Ebay and started at low low prices like £0.99 without minimum BIN. All returned excellent prices.








    Yes, sorry Betty.


    I was being given too many SoLD gongs because of, to my mind, the upside-down sensor processing algorithms.


    With the money I received from the sale I was able to buy a Nikon D750 plus Tamron 24-70 and 70-200 lenses, all new, which will cover me for most shoots. Now I get sharper images and, because of Bayer matrix, there are no problems processing images with foliage etc.


    Allan (A happy bunny again)



    I sold one of mine, keeping the newest one with the 50-140 but I was tempted by the darkside when someone placed a Sony A7r with a 16-35 lens in my hand to have a play with.


    Now, after 2 weeks of ordering and returning various lenses, I have a Sony A7rii with a 28, 55, 90 plus 16-35. Got a load of good deals with Amazon where they were selling 2nd hand lenses directly from them that also qualified for an additional £100 cash back from Sony :)


    I would never get rid of the other T1 & 50-140, love that lens and the dials, just needed more resolution & 4k video.

  20. C1 is (probably) the best raw convertor around and has been for some time. I haven't upgraded from V7 as I don't get the time to use it much of late. CC/LR provides a fairly decent bulk processing workflow along with a pretty good DAM software so for bulk client work it's a current no-brainer.


    The Professor's blog has loads of good tutorials, if you have the time and can get your head around the UI, it's well worth the effort....advice I must take up myself. I highlight this section of AW http://blog.phaseone.com/author/adrian-weinbrecht/ in the hope he will see this link and buy me a drink at the next agency meeting..... :)


    and LR>C1 http://blog.phaseone.com/3-steps-to-an-easy-switch-from-lightroom-to-capture-one/


    +1 Best raw converter by someway. Not perfect but then nothing is. Bags of control at the finger tips.


    I changed from LR to C1 Pro when I bought into the Fuji X System. I Still use the Fuji X-T1 but I've been testing a Sony A7rii with it's traditional Bayer sensor and the results are also stunning. It just gives the most detailed results at the moment.

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  21. RM = Rights Mangled


    (a sign of the times, unfortunately)


    Haha, yeah.


    I've just adjusted what apply RM & RF. If I think it has potential elsewhere and I have MR & PR's, or it doesn't require them, it's now sold as RF. Everything else goes down as RM.


    Julie... Yeah, that's a bummer. No choice but to leave it as RM. I think someone had a brainfart when they came up with that condition for an IQ sale (and think it wouldn't be abused).

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  22. I have been looking at my sales and notice the following sales detail seems to be on the increase.


    Country: Worldwide

    Usage: iQ sale: Magazine, Editorial print and digital use. Repeat use.

    Industry sector: Media, design & publishing

    Start: 05 August 2015

    End: 05 August 2020


    I realise we hand our image over to Alamy and agree that they are able to negotiate prices etc etc... I also recognise that the market is very difficult and prices reflect this BUT we mark our images as RM for a reason over RF and I can't help but feel that this is RF by the back door. Yes it has a 5 year term but the wording "Repeat Use" basically means its a 5 year RF license ...


    Maybe we need an iQ opt-out the same as Novel UseDistribution etc.....


    I'm not saying I would opt out but it does need a great deal of thought.....


    Your Thoughts?


    I posted about this a few months back after contact Alamy about it. Their response was, "They're unlikely to use it more than once and it's just in case". That was after I'd already told them that it had been used 3 times in in the space of 6 months. I mean, a walking magazine wouldn't really find a use for a walking image more than once in 5 years would they  :blink:  :wacko:  It effectively means Micro would make me more money for these images based on that licence given the increased volume of sales, enhanced licences and commercial sales.


    Anyway, as a result I've been converting certain images to RF where possible to increase my options. 

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