Jump to content

DHill

Verified
  • Content Count

    239
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by DHill

  1. Have people seen the survey the US Library of Congress is conducting as part of community consultation on the next Register of Copyrights? The Copyright Alliance appears to have some serious concerns about whether the new Register will be on the side of creators. Thus, they are encouraging creators such as photographers to take part in the (very quick) survey, and have provided a model response. This looks pretty important - and deadline is 31st, i.e. today (presumably east coast US time). Full explanation and links here: http://copyrightalliance.org/get-involved/register-copyrights-survey/ Any thoughts about this? [apologies to those on the Facebook forum as I've posted there as well - but it looks as though the Copyright Alliance's thoughts deserve a wide audience.]
  2. No need to avoid posting, Baco. You're right in that yes, change does happen. Some of us are lucky, and are in a position where it's easy to adapt. However, that's not the case for everyone.
  3. @tarsierspectral (I quoted just that part as the text was getting long) You have a point, but that's assuming the same picture would sell here just as well. Of course from a buyer's perspective 25c is more appealing, but who's to say they wouldn't search for a similar picture to keep it at the 25c price? I'm new at this game, and I'm still trying to understand the needs of the different sites, etc. I'm not in it for the money, or I'd be going crazy. With all respect, but if you're not here for the money, why are you here? This is not a photography club. Cheers, Philippe Let me rephrase that, I'm not obsessed with it, nor do I depend on this to make a living. Is that better? Baco - it's a sensitive subject around here. Think about your day job - if people started doing the same work for very little money - a job you've invested years of your career in - and said 'the money isn't so important to me' - and wages in your industry started going down dramatically as a result (down perhaps 80% or so), that's a similar situation to what many here are facing. I hope this goes some way to helping understand the sensibilities of the topic ;-) David.
  4. Truly a memorable journey!! We seem to have hijacked the topic ;-) To get it back - yes, that trip will certainly increase your opportunities for more uploads!!
  5. Another one you might want to consider that fulfils your size and weight requirements is the tiny little Fuji X-M1 with its kit lens (XC 16-50). Hardly bigger than the Sony, probably cheaper, and much better image quality - it has the same APS-C size sensor as the well-regarded X-T1 and in terms of noise, is I find at least two stops better than the RX100. I replaced my RX100 i with the X-M1. There's also a Panasonic micro 4/3rds that's even smaller, though their kit lens isn't as good and the smaller sensor may also have noise issues. Whichever you go with, I strongly suggest getting something with a hinged screen - RX100 ii and X-M1 both have this. I was at first very hesitant to use something with only the back screen for composition (RX100 i always felt awkward to use), but the tilt screen has transformed my photography through the new angles that become a lot easier. Using the X-M1 feels a bit like using medium format with a waist-level finder, or an old TLR film camera! I haven't used the X-M1, but I do shoot Fuji and love the output. I began with the X-T1. Simplicity of use for those grab shots? I'd probably have to go with the Sony. I mostly just set it on Raw, Intelligent Auto, the green camera icon, mostly. The camera makes the decisions and almost never goes wrong. For low light, that has been covered in other threads with the RX100s. I used the Night Scene or the other one, I can't remember. The one that allows Raw. Shot some night scenes (no tripod) in St. Croix that I could never have gotten with my Nikons or Fujis without a tripod. Edit: see F9BNPF, F854R2, F854P4. Interesting - I found the X-M1 far more versatile than the RX100 i (and it also has programme and auto modes, as well as a very useful auto-ISO function). Each to their own, I guess - diversity is what makes life interesting :-)
  6. Spot on David! I wasn't really trying to be secretive, it's just that there are too many places to mention and as you say, it's easy to click on those blue numbers. The problem in Australia is distances. As you say, going anywhere away from big towns is expensive. Although I am lucky enough to have my own campervan, my sales will only cover a tiny fraction of the trip cost, perhaps the expenses of fixing the aircon on the van when it failed in 45C temperatures? I'll give you one example. The Pink Roadhouse in South Australia is an iconic landmark. It's a little piece of civilization after hundred kms on the Oodnadatta dirt track. Total on Alamy? 27 including 2 of mine. Sold for $210 (cover of CDs). I guess it's hard to imagine how remote some of these places are - I think a lot of people don't realise how urbanised the country is, with such a large proportion of our relatively small population living in the major cities. You're brave driving the Oodnadatta Track in a campervan! And congratulations on that big sale!
  7. It's just a matter of looking at her portfolio :-) Genevieve has done a great job at finding places far from normal striking distance from the major cities - places that would be uneconomical to reach if the purpose was only to photograph for stock, given the cost of transport, car hire etc in Australia.
  8. Another one you might want to consider that fulfils your size and weight requirements is the tiny little Fuji X-M1 with its kit lens (XC 16-50). Hardly bigger than the Sony, probably cheaper, and much better image quality - it has the same APS-C size sensor as the well-regarded X-T1 and in terms of noise, is I find at least two stops better than the RX100. I replaced my RX100 i with the X-M1. There's also a Panasonic micro 4/3rds that's even smaller, though their kit lens isn't as good and the smaller sensor may also have noise issues. Whichever you go with, I strongly suggest getting something with a hinged screen - RX100 ii and X-M1 both have this. I was at first very hesitant to use something with only the back screen for composition (RX100 i always felt awkward to use), but the tilt screen has transformed my photography through the new angles that become a lot easier. Using the X-M1 feels a bit like using medium format with a waist-level finder, or an old TLR film camera!
  9. This seems a more positive thread than last year's, if memory serves - so hopefully there's cause for optimism! However, things were not so good for me personally. I didn't add any images,so it might be a good comparison. 'Gross' revenue down by roughly a third compared to 2015 (haven't calculated what really counts, 'net', yet). Sales volume down 18%. No $100+ sales. Some historical comparisons: - My first two sales on Alamy went for more than *all* my sales from Jan to Nov 2016. - 2016 'gross' was two fifths my revenue for 2014, with quite a lot fewer images then. - 2016 'gross' was my second worst out of nine years on Alamy - yes, I've had seven years better than 2016! So, for me, hopefully the only way forward from 2016 is up!! :-)
  10. Absolutely - I've very deliberately, for a number of years now, avoided uploading similars. Often, I'll only upload one image of a particularly subject, especially if it's quite specialist. As a result of being a 'good boy' like this, I don't benefit from that kind of search, unfortunately! Hmmm. And, as alluded to above, if the intention really was to show the rest of the 'shoot', surely it would show that photographer's images first so that they appear as a nice cohesive set, rather than mixing in other photographers' images.
  11. Same here. If I'm not 100% sure of the name, I don't upload, but place them in a special folder where they wait for me to have time to do further and deeper research. Some mushrooms are in that folder for more than 10 years. Still didn't figure out what they are Just did a little check for one of the most recognisable and widely encountered mushrooms: the fly agaric. Who doesn't recognize those? But guess what's on place n°6 of 5,947 images? ...... a panther cap. Another one? Check the little wading bird "red knot". Guess what's on place n°3 of 559 images? ..... a ruddy turnstone (have distinct ORANGE legs) Try the very common "peacock butterfly". N°11 of 4877 is a small tortoiseshell butterfly. You must be blind to miss the four distinctive, black, blue and yellow eyespots Cheers, Philippe I agree wholeheartedly with all that is said here. I'm wondering whether those of us who care about accuracy in our captions should use some common wording in the description: "special care was taken in establishing the accuracy of the information in the caption and keywords of this image" or something like that. If buyers become familiar enough with this, perhaps they will start looking out for that wording. Probably this idea is a bit pie in the sky, but I feel we need to do something!
  12. I couldn't live without a viewfinder myself. .... That's what I thought, originally. I then bought an original RX100 not long after it first came out as something my wife could use as her main camera (the size was important to her) and which I could use as a briefcase camera, and found it awkward but kind of a fair trade-off for the fact it was the camera with decent image quality that could fit in a laptop bag. Somehow, though, using the X-M1 with the back screen is so much better than the RX100 - it just feels more natural. And I've just bought a cheap second-hand X-E2, which does have an EVF, and find myself using the back screen just as much as the EVF. So, these things can change ... :-) Oh, and just a personal thing, but after seeing the difference in image quality between the little RX100 sensor (I think the GX5 is the same size) and the APS-C sensor in the Fujis (probably better than my old Nikon D7000), I wouldn't want to go back to a little 1 inch sensor. But that might just be me ;-)
  13. I must say, as a member of both ALCS* and DACS, it's really sad to see them fighting off each other. (*For those wondering, ALCS is kind of, roughly, similar to DACS but for authors.)
  14. Might I suggest another alternative - the Fuji X-M1. You can probably only get it second hand now, but with the kit 16-50 lens - which is surprisingly sharp - it's not a lot bigger than the Sony RX100, but with much better image quality due to its much bigger sensor - in fact, the same as the one in the Fuji X-T1. I bought mine new for less than any of the RX100 series. And of course you can also change lenses - I often carry the X-M1, 16-50 and 50-230 lenses in a laptop bag with laptop inside. This camera replaced my RX100. No viewfinder - you have to use the screen on the back - but I quickly got used to that, and the fact that it rotates is very useful - I often find myself composing in the same way as an old film medium format camera with waist-level finder. Alternatively the X-A2 or X-A3 have the same form factor as the X-M1 but with a bayer sensor, which some feel makes processing easier.
  15. Is it working for you after my edits, Edo? It's is for me!
  16. Strange - it works on my laptop, but not on my desktop! This one works on my desktop: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/teleconverters/af-s_tc-14e_3/spec.htm Edit: it seems you can't just copy and paste links here; you have to use the button showing the chainlink and a tiny green plus sign! I'll edit the link in the other post, too.
  17. Heré's Nikon's compatibility list for their 1.4x converter. The lens you mention isn't on it. http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/teleconverters/af-s_tc-14e_3/spec.htm Generally, I understand that teleconverters are intended for use with telephoto lenses, not standard zooms (i.e. those going from wide to short tele). I would imagine things would get a bit messed up interesting* optically if you tried to use a teleconverter with a lens that covers wide angle. * Edit: thinking about it, perhaps 'ínteresting' is a better word than 'messed up' here. it would be interesting to hear if anyone has experimented with a teleconverter on a non-telephoto!
  18. Here's one way to look at it: 1st priority: market focus - provide subject matter, compositions etc that the buyers want 2nd priority: quality - how good the photo looks 3rd priority: quantity You need all three, but prioritise them in that order. A photo with competition-winning aesthetic quality that isn't of a subject that buyers want, won't sell. Even if you get the first two right, without quantity you'll be lucky to cover the cost of your SD cards.
  19. I suspect even the photography gods get it wrong sometimes. When the realise their mistake, perhaps they'll reward you with a run of three figure (net) sales.
  20. I think that's the punishment the photography gods give out to people who keyword or caption without due care and attention to accuracy, or who plagiarise others' keywords. At least, I hope so ;-)
  21. Volume back up a bit - back to over one sale per thousand images per week, my long-term target. Revenue still low though - barely covers fixed expenses (insurance, Adobe subscription, etc).
  22. Hmmm, I guess this is one of the ironies of the forum - it's important to discuss these things, but because it's a public forum, we're in danger of informing infringers about how to get away with their dirty work. Perhaps one of the closed groups, hidden from Google, such as the Facebook group that Martin runs, might be useful for this kind of discussion.
  23. The big drop for me in gross rpi was last year: 2014: 80% of 2013 gross rpi 2015: 45% of 2013 gross rpi 2016 so far: 40% of 2013 gross rpi The real problem this year has been volume. I think the decline in textbook sales may have affected that as well as the revenue per image. Alamy barely covers my expenses now, whereas it used to be reasonably profitable. However, there seems to be some positive news on the forum and things seem to be turning around for some - that's the impression I'm getting, anyway. So maybe we turning the corner! David.
  24. The best business advice I've been given was to never compete only on price. A business consultant once quantified it for me - he claimed that if around 40% of enquiries walk away because of price, your pricing is about right. To my mind, letting some customers go because they won't pay enough just makes good business sense.
  25. If the change means that IPTC keywords automatically go into the middle or lower (comprehensive) keyword field and that's all we need to do for the images to go live, and then we can later move them into 'essential' or otherwise as we want to help control where the image appears in searches, I think that would be a good outcome. David.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.