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  1. Waiting since late on the 6th...I'll be the one who gets hammered.  I really do pour over my images, bit by bit. I don't try to palm off inferior work, because of a couple of failures in the past few months, I know they check each and every image I upload.  I only upload small batches, so it is easy for them to look at each.  Maybe I need new computer glasses.

     

    No, what I need is a beer. Happy for your success and pass, but your success makes me depressed. :(

    Same here.. Still waiting, and hoping...

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    We capture in both raw and jpeg (we used to do alot of weddings, and it's a leftover from there...), however, we almost always use the jpegs. Most of the time we use the Velvia setting btw.

    About Lightroom, there is a setting to import to the jpegs too, but it takes a while to find it, we've been struggling with it too. I think it was in the catalogue settings, but I'm not sure, and I don't have a LR here to check...

     

    Many thanks, I have been playing around with the settings and keep going back to Velvia, I like it. :) I will check out the catalogue settings in Lightroom.  I must also say, I am very impressed with the sharpness, almost like its been sharpened :)

     

    I always used the Fuji Velvia rolls when I was still shooting film (except for portraiture), and these X-Sensor bodies are the first that give me the same wow as when I was using the original film. Love it!

    The sharpness of the Fuji X is indeed incredible too, I was really baffled when I first saw it (and still am regularly).

  3. We capture in both raw and jpeg (we used to do alot of weddings, and it's a leftover from there...), however, we almost always use the jpegs. Most of the time we use the Velvia setting btw.

    About Lightroom, there is a setting to import to the jpegs too, but it takes a while to find it, we've been struggling with it too. I think it was in the catalogue settings, but I'm not sure, and I don't have a LR here to check...

  4. Phew. I had started mentally reviewing every image (a small upload thankfully) - mainly in the "it won't sell anyway" category of worry.

     

    Why dies this always happen to me when I haven't uploaded for a while and therefore feel I may have let standards slip. QC may have got toughter. etc...

     

     

    I know the feeling... My last upload was from last year. Still waiting for my upload from 3/3 to pass (or fail....).

  5. "Is stock shooting + an income still attainable? Yes, it is but what folks don't appreciate is that you have to keep going all the time."

     

    Just a small note here... I live in Belgium, just like you Philippe. Do note that (which you without ANY doubt know all too well) we are in one of the most expensive countries in the world, and are amongst the most heavily taxed people in the world (as you are fully independent, just like I am). If you compare what we need to earn from stock to make a living, to what someone in, say, the Philippines needs to earn to make a living, that's quite a difference.

     

    So, do I believe it is still attainable? No... I managed to make a living out of stock around 2006. I managed to make a living out of social photography around 2008-2012. These days, with the increase in tax and cost of living, and the way the crisis keeps taking down more people and companies, photography in general becomes a hard way of earning a living. These days I think of stock as a way to complement our income. Find other cheese, find several sources of cheese....

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  6. As a broad rule, I discard 60% of personal RAW files immediately on import into Lightroom and export perhaps only 40-50% of those to tiff>jpeg for Alamy and other sites. 

     

    But in the days of assignments, those percentages were much higher although I regret keeping all those hopeless/similar frames that the client wanted to see anyway, but which are now taking up valuable space on external hard drives. 

     

    Rgds,

    Richard.

     

    Ah, sounds familiar :-) Shooting 500 images, to sell 10 to the client, but not being able to delete the other 490, because you just know that now and then, they come back x months later for something else from that shoot :-)

  7. When I started as a complete newbie, I kept all of my beloved babies.

    When I became more interested in photography and got better at it, I kept 50%

    When I became more serious about photography and started selling, I got me a much bigger wastepaperbasket, reviewed what I had in stock and threw away another 50% (That was in the prehistoric times when we, cavemen, went hunting with slidefilm)

    Now - while I think I have enough experience to know when NOT to take a picture -   I keep more than 80%.

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

    Well, that's more or less what I meant, but said way better than I did :-)

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    Forgive me my ignorance, but, what is this "creative images" exactly? I've noticed it in some searches...

     

    On the main search page you can choose to search under the tab "New" or "Creative" or "Relevant". Relevant is the old search taking into account our rank, etc. and New is recently uploaded. How they choose the Creative is a mystery except that they are selecting images that would be suitable for the  (higher paying) commercial clients -- as opposed to editorial. Something like that, anyway. Some images are hand-picked and some end up in Creative because a client zoomed or bought them.

     

    Paulette

    Thank you! Part of the mystery is solved now for me ;-)

  9. If we don't have pride in our work (counting me in here) then how do we expect to sell anything? 

     

    Can't but agree!

    Pride in your work, and a constant eagerness to improve, that's what makes you stand out in the crowd (eventually). It's not the gear (I don't even want to start counting, but it's a 5 digit number), it's the eye and the mind.

     

    Bjorn (in a bit of an "up" day, after shooting a great wedding on saterday ;-) )

  10. Especially since single figure licences or low double figure licenses are starting to be the norm!  I wish I could tell my utility company that I shouldn't pay their bill until I reach triple figures!  

     

    Sheila

     

    Indeed, having a 150€ treshold or whatever isn't a big deal if the average sale brings you 150€, but with 5€ a deal... that hurts... and if you then even have several months between two sales... Well, then you're giving big presents to Alamy... Or no, no big presents, but many many small ones!

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