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About rickboden

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    Bragg Creek, AB Canada
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    Photography, flying, hiking, climbing.


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    16 Feb 2004

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  1. It's kind of funny, I had not planned to upgrade to Catalina in the near future, but my iMac started crashing randomly and I could not figure out why. Even a call to Apple did not help as the suggested fixes (resetting PRAM, etc.) did not work. With little other choice I decided to re-install the OS but decided I might as well try Catalina which I installed yesterday. So far, everything is working fine with a few minor bumps that are not even worth mentioning as it was just a matter of updating some apps. I haven't used any of the fancy new features and likely won't. Rick Boden
  2. My biggest concern is printer compatibility as well as my monitor calibration tools. Here's a nice freeware/donationware app that will let you see which 32bit applications you have and will let you delete them right from the app if you want. https://www.stclairsoft.com/Go64/index.html
  3. I can understand the people who have no problem with the PU sales as really, you can think of it as "free money." But in my case I invest significant money to make my aerial photos and even then, I would gladly endorse personal sales, but please not an 8000 pixel wide image.
  4. I agree with the majority who say the poll should be in pixel size and limit also to presentation/newsletters. I have stopped sending in my 8000+ pixel wide images after seeing one sell full resolution for a 5 year presentation use. Now limiting my Alamy uploads to 5500 pixels but still hate to see them go towards a "powerpoint" presentation when 2500 would be more than enough.
  5. Thanks. In a roundabout way, Bill Brooks got me started on my aerial photography career many years ago when he suggested since I lived fairly close to the oil sands, I should take some photos there. I took his advice but then found there was virtually no accessibility other than from an aircraft. Those photos did fairly well but that market has since dried up with competition and declining oil prices. But I got hooked on flying after that. But just like how the internet changed the stock industry, the advent of drones has changed the aerial photography industry. In both cases, (In my case) for the worse. Rick Boden
  6. Thanks. I don't get a lot of customers but enough to at least pay for the site. It helps, I guess to have a specialty and in my case it is aerials. It probably also helps to promote the photos on social media...for example last week I took some aerial photos of a large Cannabis grow operation under construction and since it is timely, I should be trying to flog them.
  7. Thank you, that is some very useful information for me. I've always been on the RM side but felt pressured into going RF. Also I didn't like the hassle of dealing with usage inquiries for my own RM images. I may start to slowly switch my images back to RM and I'm wondering about doing so with images that have already sold as RF. The most surprising thing to me is reading that RF is more associated with commercial. I think that must have switched over the years, or perhaps I am thinking of more high end use which likely doesn't exist anymore. Rick Boden
  8. Thanks, I don't believe I have much in the way of people but I will certainly check those and make them "editorial." As for property, mostly it is cities and buildings and industrial complexes, not personal property. I thought the common wisdom was to put the decision into the hands of the buyer...at least that is what I read a lot here. But I understand that is not ultimate protection. And one last question...it's late here so it may be clear to me in the morning...but why would RM protect me where RF wouldn't?
  9. For those of you who sell your own stock (PhotoShelter, etc.,) as well as having it on Alamy, I'm curious how you deal with pricing. Do you have the same pricing and structure as Alamy or do you charge more or less? I'm also trying to figure out if there are any ethical concerns in selling for more on your site when a customer could perhaps get the same image for less on Alamy and maybe a better term. Ever since I discovered Alamy gives high resolution files for low resolution usage, I have been toying with the idea of limiting the resolution of my Alamy images to say, 4000 pixels and putting higher resolution versions on my own site. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts about that. Thanks for any replies. Rick Boden
  10. I managed to answer my own question. Playing around with the Alamy Bridge Plugin that Matt mentioned, I see that it will create a new field in Metadata called "Alamy Reference" and it will automatically enter the proper Alamy ref. when you run the "Fetch Alamy Metadata Exporter." That is handy. Rick Boden
  11. That sounds good too, but knowing how I work, I wonder if I could mess this up by separating the files. Something to think about, Thanks!
  12. That would be nice. I wonder if there is any way to automate adding the Alamy reference number?
  13. Thanks, I forgot about Collections. I work similarly but have my sub-collections titled by content so I end up with a lot of them and I'm not sure whether I can keep it this way although if I throw everything in a "submitted" collection it would work. But I like to keep them open in case I want to add new work that has the same content. I am finding the new colour labels that can be applied to collections very handy as I tag the submitted collection folders this way. Thanks for this, I will get a system up in place eventually.
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