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Joe Gaul

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  1. Been using Nord VPN for a while and no Alamy issues. Haven't put it on my mobilephone so can't comment on that.
  2. My cleared balance just went from £2 to £3. Sort of reminds me of the Sainsburys director singing I'm in the money.
  3. It's good and encouraging to see that some are doing well here. I must admit to being slightly disappointed with only three sales when another agency where I only have 400 images produced a greater return from three sales there and paid out.
  4. As one who is passionate about animal welfare (one of the first cartoons I made my grandchildren watch was The Meatrix) I try to highlight in my own way any animal "cruelty" I observe. One of my best selling microstock (I wasn't sure it was up to Alamy QC standards so didn't want to take the chance) images is of caged animals; and whilst I don't know where thy were used I can be certain it wasn't to promote this behaviour.
  5. I seem to have Corel Aftershot and Cyberlink Photo Director image editing programs installed. If they weren't free I wouldn't have installed them. Haven't had time to find out if they are any good; everything has a learning curve.
  6. The RX100 2 is my constant companion and always seems to pass QC. Only problem is lack of a viewfinder in bright light. Later models don't have the focal range but do have a viewfinder. Hope this helps.
  7. As Mark says above the obvious step is to convert your camera raws to dngs using the free dng converter. That's what I used to do but now use dxo as my raw converter from which files can open directly into Lightroom. Hope this helps. Joe
  8. Thank you both for your input and experiences. KHA, I experienced a similar problem which seems to be rectified now. Not sure whether the pending Windows update or VPN or another problem caused this, and may never know. As this problem does not seem to be widespread I presume it to be a local issue so you could be correct KHA. thanks again Joe
  9. Just tried to keyword, caption etc. photos and the save does not seem to work for me. It is impossible to get photos on sale. Is anyone else experiencing this or is it a local problem to my system?
  10. Thanks for asking that question Alan. I always thought that Elements (I still use E8 but mainly for keywording) did not support layer based editing. After your post I tried it and it does; good to know. Joe
  11. I don't really understand how the rights could be managed if on sale at multiple agencies. All of my RM images at Alamy are only at Alamy and marked as exclusive to achieve the higher commission rate.
  12. If you are happy editing in 8-bit and not having layer functionality then Elements should be fine. My own workflow is DXO to Lightroom 4 to Photoshop (an old version). So long as you are not pushing the processing too far then I don't see a problem with Elements.
  13. If your requirements are for a small general purpose indiscreet camera for general stock use then I would echo those above in recommending any of the RX100 series, with reservations on the newest slower one, I had considered this to supplement my RX100 11 but the small aperture and small sensor combination seems less than desirable. For size and weight reasons I am currently experimenting with a Panasonic GX80/85 but am not feeling the love for the raw files and actually prefer the smaller sensor RX100 11 files possibly with the exception of in combination with the Olympus 12mm f2 lens but the jury is still out and better lenses may make a difference (I don't even try to use the 12-32 kit lens anymore). I owned the original Canon G9 (don't know if there is a more recent one) and could not recommend that camera due to shutter lag, start up time and noise; and with only 12mp it is now very dated it really put me off Canon compact cameras although my main kit is Canon aps-c. The Sony a6000 series look like excellent cameras and I would have preferred one of those to the Panasonic with smaller sensors but I feel that the available glass (basically a fast standard zoom) for that system is lacking. Hope this helps rather than confusing you more.
  14. It may be the cynic in me but I see this as a consequence of the commission reduction aftermath. Some who consider themselves big hitters at Alamy may have threatened to walk, and as usual (National Trust, Graffiti, image theft etc.) they back down this time by killing the competition. However I believe that this will back fire by reducing the diversity and geographical reach available to Alamy which has always been their main strength. Last year Alamy mailed me asking if I would cover an event which I was happy to do even though I would not have otherwise attended; this option will not be available to Alamy now as they have revoked my privileges and I am only one of the many assets not now available to Alamy. I just find this so short sighted. If time was the factor they could have simply have reduced the deadline from 24 hours to 2 hours. I'm sorry but this has a stench to it and we now have a two tier contributor structure. This has little impact on me a I rarely submit live news but do enjoy covering the odd hard news story, however as others above I will now be looking for alternative, probably direct, outlets for this work.
  15. MY standard lens on aps-c Canons is the Sigma 17-50 f2.8. It isn't perfect but very rarely have a QC failure and it's cheaper than the Canon equivalent. My workflow is DXO as a raw converter through lightroom to photoshop. Hope this helps. Joe
  16. Also had similar problems this week. One submission refused to upload in the evening but zipped through next morning. Another submission did upload but took a while. So sort of relax cos it ain't your system.
  17. Don't use macs or have any idea what your duckthingy is but can confirm that Malwarebytes is legit. It's free for home use and I use it every day. Good luck with removing the software.
  18. Could only find football stuff, and as I'm originally from Newcastle I no longer have any interest. Unfortunately alamy is now the Mike Ashley of stock.
  19. Perhaps the real question is whether Alamy can define Alamy? The initial idea of an unedited collection with no curation was never sustainable. The result would be picture buyers trawling through thousands of similar and unsuitable images, becoming frustrated and heading to the big G. As this became a reality Alamy headed down both the subscription and semi-microstock routes in it's search for profitability, cutting prices and reducing it's viability for contributors in the wake. To continue this route is pure folly. If Alamy would like to remain viable then they must amend their business model to curate the collection, assess every submitted image at least for saleability as other agencies do, weed out the crap (have been doing my own weeding recently), decide exactly where they want to be in the market, and grow some nuts - unreported use and image theft is pretty much tolerated if not accepted at Alamy. To penalize suppliers for your lack of a clear business model is just not on.
  20. Now I don't know if this is feasible, but now that we have an infringement team would it be possible for them to go through the newspapers in the scheme ( presume that they still credit at least Alamy) and check usage? If that's unworkable then fair enough. My feeling is that there is no financial incentive for Alamy to ensure complete reporting and it may therefore be beneficial to opt out, although I haven't done that yet.
  21. A whole pseudo of mine recently disappeared. I have three and the one containing images for possible deletion vanished, although my total image count did not change. I mailed CR and a week or so later it reappeared.
  22. As Mirco and Jill say above there could be valid personal use reasons. However as we can probably never know about such usage or not my belief is that there should be a no refund policy for PU images.
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