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Betty LaRue

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  1. In Oklahoma and Kansas, it’s probably called wide open spaces. Things aren’t packed densely. Businesses are usually close to other businesses, mostly in strip malls or shopping malls. Abodes are generally in neighborhoods. There may be an occasional convenience store on a corner within a block or two of some homes, but not that many unless you get in small towns. A car or bus system is pretty necessary. Zoning is pretty much residential or business, seldom the two mix. Although in both cities I’m seeing new residential apartment complexes planned with food stores and a few other businesses like restaurants or fast food in the mix. That’s what young people want, now. In Oklahoma City, the nearest bus stop to my home was two blocks away. I’ve never even passed a Wichita bus when I’ve been driving somewhere, let alone know where a bus stop is. They do have bus routes, (I’ve heard) but they must be ghosted. I've never ridden a city bus in my life, or ordered an Uber. I think I took a taxi to and back from an airport once. Where I am now, the nearest convenience store is a mile away. I drive a 4 year old Subaru Forester, bought new. These days, I drive just enough to keep the battery charged. When I shop for groceries, I usually shop for a 2 week supply. I need a car for that, to haul them home. I have a freezer downstairs and I use it, along with a refrigerator/freezer upstairs. I even freeze milk and bread. Shopping for 2 weeks keeps my Covid exposure down. Often I just order and pick up. When I get too old to drive, I’m stuck.
  2. You’ve saved me with your humor (humour) many times!
  3. Something Gen posted in the Sales thread about selling a rare vertical got me thinking. My verticals are about 18.5% of my portfolio. Out of my 12 rolling month sales, 10% were verticals. So yes, it seems horizontals sell best, but verticals sell, too. And remember, verticals can be cropped from a buyer’s horizontal and unless someone spots a sale, we don’t know how often that happens. It could be that the final printing output from a buyer leans toward verticals. Which brings up the possibility they may prefer to crop the vertical image more to their specifications than what we frame in a vertical at capture. I do take a vertical when it’s possible. (Mostly ) Often, if I’m shooting a butterfly or flowers, I’ll take several horizontals and throw in a token vertical. And I’ve cropped many a vertical out of a horizontal when I forgot to take one. A few years ago, there was a thread that mentioned squares, and how well they displayed in searches. I made a concerted effort to crop some squares, but as time passed, that fell by the wayside. I think remembering to take verticals is one of the hardest things for me. You? It's a below freezing, snowy day in Kansas. Is that what’s making me cerebral this morning? Am I already stir crazy? I’ve started 2 threads already. I’ll tape my fingers together now and stop that. Betty
  4. Lower $$$. Up close to 30%. I didn’t expect a payout for this month. I assume I’ll get one, now. Saved by the bell. Umm...DACS.
  5. I have a repeat seller that was nothing more than a grab shot. Years ago I had a garage (rummage) sale in Oklahoma City. A neighbor boy bought a classic game that my kids played growing up. He and 3 friends immediately went across the street and began playing it on the lawn. I ran in and grabbed my camera, took a few images with my zoom lens from my driveway. A couple have sold, one repeatedly. I think the first license was to Japan. I should have taken an image of my frazzled mother having to handle the shoppers alone in my garage while I played with my camera) Goes to show that one can do a deliberate carefully planned shoot that nothing from it is ever zoomed, let alone licensed. But if one is observant to things happening around one, take advantage of it, sometimes it pays off. Like you, Ed. Your above image wasn’t totally planned. You spotted the great table. Unplanned. Observant. Then you “planned” how to take advantage of it. If I ever had to say what an important component to stock photography is, I would say being observant and taking advantage of grab shots would be one. Often those come with a bucket of inconvenience that can turn a photographer off. Embrace the inconvenience.
  6. When I photograph something, I take anywhere from two to 10 shots of it. Especially if it’s something that moves, like an insect. Then I look at each one, often picking one for a horizontal, one for a vertical, and sometimes another one or two depending on the subject. Once these are developed and ready to upload, I go through the folder and delete everything I didn’t use. It keeps my folders tidy, and it saves me from having my HDs get too bloated. If I were a lot younger, I might save an occasional few for later uploading down the road for that subject to fit in the “new image” category. I have no interest in going back and developing old photos. I have enough trouble these days finding the time to develop the new. My back issues limit how long I can sit at my computer now. I used to have upload sizes of 20-30 images, these days they are more like 8-12. I could do more if I bulk developed, but that's not my style. So what do you do? Save everything that’s in focus with no glaring faults? Or only save what you've chosen to upload at this time? For myself, when I first got into stock, those early few years, I tended to save everything. No longer. Betty
  7. Sometimes real is what’s wanted. Not that “perfect” image. You captured it perfectly, that’s what counts.
  8. A man after my own heart. Waste not, want not. I would have just had a smaller lunch. I grew up being told to clean my plate, don’t waste food. It’s weird how ones upbringing can stick for life.
  9. Agreed. I was surprised at how well one pseudo did, which caused me to photograph that genre more. They were more incidental images, taken for “what the heck it’s there” while shooting other things. Now they are deliberate. Of course, zooms will tell you a lot even if everything is in one pseudo. Zooms will not tell you, though, the CTR of a particular genre unless that genre is in its own pseudo.
  10. Ok. I can see that. You didn’t mention reference. You said “title” which I assumed to mean caption. You know what assumptions get you!
  11. I agree. That way, anyone wanting to cull their collection could readily see the images never zoomed or sold.
  12. No, friend. You upload an image with wrong keywords and caption. The image passes and is in Image Manager. In Image Manager, you delete the caption and keywords and put the right words in. So very easy to do. Done. No uploading the same image again. No contacting Alamy to request deletion of the first. Instead, you fix the original image’s annotations in a few minutes, no need to do anything else. Those captions and tags are never written in stone.
  13. This will probably be my first month without a payout in a long time. But that’s ok. I’ve sold a couple this month.
  14. Are you getting a new set of teeth? Your lips are folding over in your avatar. 😉
  15. It would have been easier to just delete the wrong information and input the new. It’s easy enough to do in image manager.
  16. Lol. I called Mike and asked, “Do you and Darla like coconut cream pie?” He answered, “Does a bear (his polite words) use the bathroom in the woods?”
  17. I Use the X to enlarge and copy my image in Image Manager after doing a search In IM. On my iPad. Then go to the text box in a thread and choose “insert image from url”.The bottom of two choices. Thanks to, I believe Cecile Marion, for advising me how to do it sometime back. The images are never distorted, not oversized, but of a decent viewing size.
  18. I made a coconut cream pie this morning. I’m giving half of the pie to my neighbors. Mike has done so much for me, helped me with this and that. Stuff a man does, and I’ve lost my handyman.
  19. Oh my gosh, Mark. I didn’t know that. I know once upon a time we couldn’t delete them, or at least that's what the consensus was on the forum. Great information. Thanks.
  20. I have about 5 pseudos, but wish I had no more than 3. I have one for plants of any sort including trees, one for all wildlife such as birds, butterflies, any other animal, and one for everything else. Those are the main ones and I pretty much ignore the other two pseudos. Once you get them they are there forever. You can’t delete a pseudo. I did put some of my photos in one of the extras while awaiting deletion, or if some images were what I considered not up to par. Once in awhile, one of those sells! 😂 You might consider making one more. Put a category in it, maybe one that seldom, if ever gets zooms, so it won’t drag the good images down. See how that goes for some months before even considering another. Many here only have one pseudo. But I have distinctly different areas of interest with a lot of images in each.
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