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  1. I hesitate to critique photographer portfolios in particular those who shoot the kind of stuff I don't. Don't think I am qualified to do so, but... David, your images are really quite good, okay, really, really good. Your port is alive, images tell a story, they are full of emotion, they convey the message etc. You do photojournalism very well, you're good at it, and you probably already know that. I am always envious of all the photographers on here, who go out and to this kind of thing shoot events, live news and that kind of thing. In looking at theirs and your ports I can very objectively (I think) criticize my own. My port is very static, and lacks, action, emotion, there's no adrenaline anywhere. I'll just say that if I were to do photojournalism I should like it to be on the kind of level yours is. Well done. Only, as MizBrown mentioned above remove some of the similars. Helen
  2. Stephen, what I meant about very long wordy captions was that they might not translate well to another language, something might get lost in the translation. When I search Google and find my images with Italian, Spanish, Japanese descriptions (distributor Sites) I think, I sometimes wonder how accurate ithey are, I have also found that some words were not translated from English at all, so the translating tool could not find an equivalent. Well, don't mind me, I may have just been thinking out loud when I made that suggestion, but I will be reviewing my captions anyway. I do have quite a bit licensed through distributors and the older images seem to be doing quite well. Shorter captions could be the reason, and they aren't 'optimised' and most have poor discoverability. Could be that a good per image CTR has something to do with it though; still will test the captions thing. And see how that goes. Helen
  3. Hello Stephen, I like how you compose your shots. Looking at your port each shot I see I think, this is exactly how I would have shot or composed it. Makes your subject/s stand out. Can't even think how you could improve on the images, only thing which if I may suggest is to review the captions. Don't know if you are in the distributor scheme, but simplifying or shortening the captions so they are easier to translate to different languages might help (not referring to News images), although I am guilty of having longish wordy captions myself which does not help with sale-ability. I shall be reviewing and fixing soon so that instead of an entire sentence there are just basic descriptive words. Very good composition and variety, is my opinion as a 'non-pro' FWIW; you did say all criticism was welcome. Helen
  4. Hi Russell, Can only add experiences with the original Cotton Carrier looks almost exactly, like the G3 you mention. Have used it maybe 5 times max. It worked well on a cooler day with more clothes on, fleecy, jacket (extra padding) made for a comfortable snug fit. Also had a backpack on, Found it uncomfortable especially the straps on the shoulders wearing it on a thin shirt or any thin fabric. On a hot day, very,very uncomfortable, ready to faint after a couple of hours walking, almost did in California. If backpack does not have enough heavy stuff in it the weight at the front starts to pull you forward (with one camera) you might be okay though and, if you have strong shoulders and back. The camera on the hip seems to get in the way at times especially if you kneel or squat to shoot something and it did for me at least hit the ground or swing and knock against the hood of the 70-200 attached to the carrier at the chest while walking. I'm sure a lot has to do with body size, your weight, height etc. could make a huge difference of how comfortable it might feel on you. I am 5'5", 113lbs, at the same time I wouldn't say that I am a total wimp I have walked around with two cameras around the neck from morning til evening with a few stops and lunch break and I did it exactly this: and the second smaller camera hangs also from the neck but sort of to the right side of the hip. But the cotton carrier I don't use at all anymore and don't like remembering what it was like on a hot day. If that helps at all. Helen
  5. Thanks Paul for sharing your experience. Perhaps I had too high hopes when I first signed up. It was from reading some of the success stories in the threads and one contributor praised and rated them quite highly. Should have known better, infringements are not easy to chase and recover be it for alamy or ImageRights, how could they recover something from an infringer in China for example, just impossible. So I have only bothered Alamy a few times in all the 11 years . Now I won't at all, ask them to chase anything; a waste of their time and mine. Helen
  6. Thanks Ollie. I have four cases filed so far based on their sightings, will see what will come of that, I've only uploaded 45 images so far. You are right about having to be careful not to file a case where there was a legit sale. So I am not in hurry, doing lots of research on the found images. One was easy the infringer put their own copyright on the image. I'll give it some time, continue my subscription and then I will post an update if recoveries are good might even recommend them. If not will be looking at Pixsy and others. Helen
  7. That's disappointing, had high hopes. I'm starting to feel I might be lucky to break even after a year, orworse could end up in a negative balance. Was busy last night uploading more images. Sightings are almost immediate but there are just pages and pages to go through and most are unpursuable. I'll try it for a while see how it goes. Thanks both for your input. Helen
  8. Never heard of Copytrack before; just checked them out. Thanks for that, thanks very much for that! I don't have a Facebook account so might not be able to see what's posted in that group. Not on any social media/network sites, just anti-social I suppose I know I don't have the greatest social skills either, just pretend I do
  9. Thanks losdemas, I suspected as much. I saw your post and the thread you'd started. So they probably have more luck with US/North America infringers, I can forget about Asia, Africa, South America. Not 'worldwide' reach then, would have been too good to be true. Helen
  10. Would any experienced or keen infringements chasers be able to answer this one. Just how much reach do ImageRights have chasing infringements? I mean, do they have more success chasing US, UK, North America, Europe for example and give up on everyone else, or what. I ask because I have subscribed for a monthly fee, so very new to all this; have only uploaded a few images so far, will upload more. Several 'sightings' for certain images in particular, but there are just loads fr sites that they have labeled as either Unable to Pursue or Outside of Recovery Area, which is fine I understand about the social media sites, bloggers and so on. It just seems a bit difficult to accept though that sites like Alibaba can get away with selling products using Alamy watermarked images and just get away with it; they are similar to eBay I believe and have various trading companies selling via their site, so one would have to chase the trader. Actually, anyone ever find their image on Alibaba what if anything did you do about it? There is also this eBayer I'd like to file a case against. This is one Alamy abandoned for not being able to contact or get a response from the seller, alamy said I could chase it myself; selling signs and banners, every image he/she /they are selling has been ripped off someone, I am almost sure. I think I recognized some Alamy images on there so you might want to have a look here in case one of yours is on there: https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/thesignstore?rt=nc Thanks in advance for any responses or helpful tips. Helen
  11. Okay, so not just late to the party, but the party might be over. Played with the header/banner until the page refused to update it and just left it blank, so I think I'll leave what I have there ffor now. Wish it were possible to move categories tabs around to change places or change their order. Not quite happy with what I've done with mine but would have to delete an entire category and start over just to have the tab where I want it to be. This so far https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/helensessions Helen
  12. Better than last month for number of sales only though. 29 for $479. While some were talking about a sales surge last month, I had a pretty decent refunds surge to start things off. On the plus side zooms slightly up as is CTR and I sold my first Alamy Print ever, Framed to the US. Pleased about that, hope there may be more in the future. Helen
  13. CUCs. As soon as you can, get some loose change in CUCs. You might want to tip the 'Cigar Ladies', I mean the models in Havana if you want a picture of them, and there will be other characters that might approach you asking if you would like to take a photo of them for a fee of course; even in Vinales. I mean you might not have to tip at all, depends on your cameras, what and who you point them at and how much attention they draw. Other than that have no more advice, was only in Cuba shooting for two days in December, best weather they had then as well. Helen
  14. Just last month I predicted a not too bright future on account of almost non-existent zooms. And so, this month sad, quite sad, 15 for $494.00. Almost feel like it is some kind of punishment for getting a nice cleared balance to be deposited this month. November has started off with 2 already, hoping it will be a better month, even though zooms are still quite pathetic.
  15. Not sure if this answers your question exactly vpics; I don't have experience with light tents but have and do shoot products (cut outs). This is a set up I used for years with not bad results. A box made of five sheets of poster board, I used duct tape on the outside seams to put it together. The front side facing me is open and the top has a square hole cut out, not too small or you could leave the top board off completely and use a strobe/soft box over it. I liked working with continuous lighting so I used some white gift bag tissue paper to cover the smaller hole on top and put a light (floor lamp) above it or you could use a desk lamp, the wider the shade diameter the better. Light is distributed very evenly within the box. Might not be the thing for you it all depends on the size of the product/s you would be shooting. In all the years I used this setup I never felt I should go out and buy a light tent, and I did not think that it would give better results, for me personally anyway. Size of your product/s matters, I wouldn't put anything large in it but smaller stuff turns out great, with a bit of post processing in Photoshop of course; to clean up the background. Cheap setup as well. Helen
  16. Thanks very much Clare. Must set aside some time to search and post, return the favour for everyone that's ever found one of mine.
  17. So I am back with an update. I now have the A7III with a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8. I just got very lucky to get either or both we have a shortage here in Canada. I decided on the Tamron for better low light shooting, and it has not disapointed. I decided to go with the A7III because as some have said Sony has been at it longer than Nikon; not disrespecting Nikon in anyway but as hard as they try I am sure there will be something that might need to be fixed/improved as this is their first attempt, so did not want to risk it. Also did not want to use adapters and use the same big heavy lenses I have on a small body. wim, they didn't have any pink ones! Took some test shots in good light and very low light, just blown away; so happy with IQ just want to point it at everything and shoot anything all the time, just incredible. There is a second lens I'll be adding but will report back later on that, when I actually have it. Also at some point further along in the future I will be looking at adding a second body (maybe), another small one APSC sensor, to get the most out of the lenses I'll have. I say maybe because for the first time I feel kind of freed from all that kit. Sometimes more is not better, I was so tangled up in cameras and lenses, that I think it was just stifling any creativity I had. Was too busy trying to decide which body lens combo to grab for a shot while enviously looking at tourists who were getting all the shots with their mobile phones and tiny point and shoots, and for a split second would think I bet he or she is going to get a better comp and shot of that, than I will. I started to feel ridiculous with all that gear. Thanks everyone who contributed to this thread, I hope to be shooting a lot more and better now. Helen
  18. 34 sales for $1289. CTR dropped so low the past month, was lower than Alamy's and this is a first I think in all these years. So sales are okay today, but how this drop in CTR and zooms which are so low, don't want to talk about it, will impact future sales remains to be seen. Definitely not complaining very happy with this month's sales. Just have to work harder and keep up.
  19. If it were about being cool Colblimp, I'd get the A9 add a GM lens and buy it all from a store that sells at the highest price, then I'd be real cool, I think. No I am doing it for practical reasons. reasons. Will be hanging on to some of the Nikons until I am convinced the A7III was not a mistake. Going all in is what I did the last time. Duncan, thanks for understanding. Allan thanks for your feedback as well. Thanks to everyone for their recommendations, suggestions and advice. Might not have had a chance reply to everyone but that's because I'm busy researching the cameras and lenses some have recommended, there is quite a bit of reading to do. I'm looking at and comparing all of them. them, the RXs and so on. Helen
  20. Yes I've fallen for the hype; it's not all on impulse, it's a good Sony from what everyone is saying, the A9 and A7RII are better but I am going with what is reasonable to me for stock, all those MPs on the A7RIII would start wanting the GM lenses and all that, now that, would be utter madness. As a back up I am going to keep the D7200, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8 and the 60mm Nikkor Micro (macro). It is still hard to part with my other Nikon stuff especially the 80-400mm. Marianne, you basically were once where I am now, from your feedback one more reason I don't think I am going to screw up with the move. So far everyone that's responded likes or loves there A7 system, no one has regrets or wants their big DSLRs back, that's what I needed to hear. Thanks Helen
  21. Thanks for the feed back Stephen I was looking at the 28-75mm 2.8 Tamron that Marc mentioned now also looking at the 24-105mm, might be a tough decision, although the Tamron appears more appealing and I could forget about the 85 1.8 I was looking at if the iso it's good as you say, I was considering it for low light shooting. The weather sealing and 4K video are not major concerns though. I had the D90 the longest, when I sold off the first one to upgrade to the D7000 which had issues with back focusing (returned it) I bought another D90. I agree about The Z6, Z7 I think Sony would be the safer bet and I think I'm pretty much decided but will look at those two just to compare, thanks for your input. Helen
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