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  1. 15 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I saw a video where someone gave two teenage boys a working old-fashioned rotary phone. They tried for ages to make it work. First off, they left the handset in the cradle while dialing. Not that they knew to take each number all the way to the stop anyway!
    It was hilarious.


    I remember we had a rotary phone when I was a kid, before it got replaced by one with push buttons. I loved the sound it made as it wound back before turning the dial to the next number. It was part of the phone call experience. It is funny to realise they might not make sense to teenagers today, just as probably many things we do today will be mysterious to future generations.

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  2. 39 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    Spot on. It's a pendant, heart-shaped, Croatian I think- bought in Venice but nothing like expensive enough to be Murano glass!

    I gave everyone a "larf" because I loved all the answers. Especially the orange slice.

    It's about 4cm. across. That's with my new bellows with the old 100mm. process lens glued on the front. Not the sort of thing for Alamy (unless anyone thinks so) but good fun.

    I'll try another. No secret here unless you want to try to identify the material.


    Ah ok! What made me think of blown glass was the mention of bubbles above. I'm guessing the one above is a gemstone in a pendant, maybe amber?

  3. 6 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

    NO Sally,


    According to what you have written both you and Alamy have corrupted the term "Editorial" or you have taken something written by Alamy out of context.


    Editorial According to Merriam-Webster: Traditionally, the word editorial operates firmly within the realm of the written word. As a noun, it most often refers to a newspaper or magazine article (or an online equivalent) that gives the opinions of that publication's editors or publishers. 


    In my opinion; Editorial Photography is a different way of seeing and making images and magazine photography, newspaper photography and wire service photography and very different subsets of Editorial.  Over the years I have also done a lot of "Corporate Photography" and "Advertising Photography"  Those are very different than "Editorial Photography."  I have tried to do "Stock Photography", but was never happy doing it.


    To put it in context for Cal:  Editorial, at least in the way I used it, was meant to mean that I make an image (s) with the idea that it or they will be licensed by a publication or editorial web site (see definition above in bold).  I have made "Editorial" images that I had signed model releases from the subjects appearing in the images, but do not do that very often.  One more important factor for "Editorial Images" is that they be unaltered graphically (see Alamy's own guidelines) and have complete and accurate caption information.


    I would also add that an "Editorial Image" also illustrates a story or event.  




    Ok Chuck, I think I understand what you are saying. I was trying to answer that question for Cal as I could see it hadn't been answered yet.


    My understanding of editorial was on the basis of images that cannot be used by the purchaser commercially. I do get that editorial images are used to illustrate a story or event, and are used in a range of media publications. I guess what I was also including in editorial were images that cannot be used commercially because of the lack of a release. For example, if I photograph a branded can of soup but I don't have a release, then it can only be used by the purchaser editorially. However, the can of soup on it's own is not telling a story (and is less interesting). Someone writing an article may still use the image though if it helps to illustrate what the article is about (maybe something on the canned food industry, cooking fresh meals rather than eating canned food for a health magazine etc).


    So if I get you correctly, you are talking about the craft and profession of doing editorial photography, and that involves storytelling via capturing a moment in time. And as you point out, it is possible to take an editorial photo even where you may have a release. It is a qualitative thing, rather than being defined by the presence/absence of a release.


    So I guess a better answer for Cal than what I gave above would be to say that editorial images that illustrate stories and events that are used with the written word in various forms of media sell better on Alamy.



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  4. On 10/06/2020 at 00:49, spacecadet said:

    Can I crave your indulgence for another not-quite-nature image. I've run out of plants.


    If you can guess what it is (not very hard) you get a larf on your post😀


    At first I thought it might be some kind of colourful rock or mineral, but now I am guessing that maybe it is blown glass, such as you might find in a pendant, bowl or other blown glass type of creation?

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  5. 13 hours ago, Cal said:

    What do people mean here when they say editorial images sell well? Is this referring to checking the "sell for editorial only" checkbox or referring to the subject type?


    People would be referring here to the subject type - specifically images with people that lack model releases and images with property that lack property releases. So images of Black Lives Matter protests, general street scene with property and people, basically anything unreleased.


    My general understanding is that if the license type is RM, ticking the editorial box is mostly not essential, but the photographer can choose to at their own discretion. The important thing is to indicate that you don't have model and/or property releases. However, Alamy states that images including artwork must be marked editorial and photographed in a wider context.


    So I think what people are saying here is that a lot of the kinds of images that sell here are unreleased images, and often of the type that appear in newspapers, news websites, magazines etc. There is a greater focus on those kinds of images over the kinds of commercial images that appear a lot in microstock, such as model-released photos of a family eating dinner, business people around a table, that kind of thing. You can still get editorial images on more commercially-oriented stock sites and vice versa, but not to the same degree. The fact that there are contributors on Alamy who are photojournalists or work for magazines makes sense, as Alamy is more oriented to the kinds of subject matter that are editorial in nature.

  6. That's wonderful news Michael! I think my good thing for today is reading your post. It is challenging enough starting out in a new career, but to be at the start of your career as a nurse during the time of Covid-19 is incredibly challenging. I have great admiration for your daughter. I hope the pressure she's been working under keeps going down as cases decrease. It's so wonderful you are the photographer for the story as well!

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  7. Early this year I decided to go exclusive with Alamy. At the end of July last year I first joined a microstock agency (that rhymes with what you hit when playing badminton). Two months later I joined Alamy, choosing to upload different photos there, rather than replicating what was with the ms agency. But by the start of this year, it was starting to feel not great getting mostly 25c per image on the ms agency, and I was starting to submit images there that I wasn't even that happy with, while reserving better ones for Alamy. This wasn't good for my photography. So I ended up removing all my photos with them and that I would be exclusive with Alamy.


    The result is that I have definitely lost some income in the short term, but I'm hoping it will be better in the long term. What I can say is, I feel more at peace with this decision. I prefer Alamy's position as a midstock agency in the market, and I feel like I will grow more as a photographer working with an agency that gives a higher value to contributors' work than some other agencies do. I also find it simpler just focussing on the one agency.


    I think Steve is likely correct in what he says above about potentially making more money across multiple agencies, but that it is also a matter of time commitment. It is hard to know what is best, and we don't know what will happen with Alamy in the future, but it feels at least a bit more hopeful with them that they won't go the same way as other agencies who have kept on reducing commissions. As I understand from others comments on this forum, contributors are getting smaller sales here, but not to the same degree as elsewhere.


    If you do go exclusive, you could focus on editorial given Alamy's emphasis here, do some direct marketing of your Alamy images, develop images for particular markets etc. I think you have to think creatively and outside the box, as it is clearly harder than ever to make significant income from stock. So I don't think you are crackers for considering exclusivity. It probably comes down to the time available you have to dedicate to stock and what feels comfortable for you.

  8. 17 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

    Washed the car.


    Hung it out to dry.




    My previous landlords lived on the same property as me. They used to bring their baby out in the laundry basket when hanging out the washing and joking that they were hanging the baby out to dry. I wish I'd taken a photo of her in the basket with her floppy hat on. She was very cute.

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  9. On 07/06/2020 at 16:47, gvallee said:

    A good thing that happened today... Almost. It will happen tomorrow. I'm anticipating because I will be out of reach for some time. At last, the access ban to biosecurity regions has been lifted in the Northern Territory of Australia. We can now travel to an idyllic one million acre wilderness private property where I'm hoping to stay a million years! A gem in the Australian Outback with hot springs, rivers, coastline, zillion wildlife, fishing. Four wheel drive access only, 3 hours on corrugated dirt roads to get there. Then inside the wilderness reserve, rivers to cross with lots of crocs, so doing a reccie is not a good idea. 33C forecast tomorrow. Betty, who wants to be outside? Me me me!! Camping in the wilderness with a campfire and cooking in a camp oven. What more could life has to offer? For me anyway. Bliss. I'm pinching myself for being so lucky.


    That sounds fantastic Gen! Look forward to seeing some of the many photos I'm sure you will take!

  10. 40 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

    My new bedroom furniture will be arriving within the next two hours but not the bed. Just wardrobes, drawers and bedside cabinet/table.


    They are flat pack so will have to start building and placing myself. Hopefully I will be able to manage the two large wardrobes on my own.




    Enjoy setting up your new home Allan!


    Make sure you get some help if you need it. I moved in December and did almost everything myself, managing to injure my right forearm tendon which is still not right now. Hoping it gets better soon so I cam hold up my big telephoto lens for bird photography.

  11. On 03/06/2020 at 05:37, Dolorous Dave said:

    Thank you for your new comments, they have been helping with my decision. They are very nice pictures Sally, they suggest the new camera will be many levels above what I have now! Cal makes a very good point about falling into a cycle of spending way too much. I have been swaying back and forth but I think I have settled on the longer lens. It will give me more options and scope before I will feel the need to get a second lens, I wont mind the extra weight (I need the exercse to work off my lockdown-related gut), and any reduced techinical befits caused by choosing the longer lens will be more than outweighed by my lack of skill. Now I just need to build up the momention enough to commit to the purchase!


    All the best with it Dave. If you are looking for a particularly small and compact system, it might still be worth looking at the micro 4/3 system, as Marianne mentions. I know people who have traded in their DSLR gear for micro 4/3 systems that they find better for travelling with. And I think Miz Brown's advice to get to see and hold the cameras in a camera store is good too. I've been very happy with my gear, but that's all I know, and there's plenty of options out there. I think mirrorless systems have caught up with DSLRs in many areas now. I'll probably stick with DSLRs, in that when my Nikon D5200 dies, I wouldn't mind replacing it with a Nikon D500, as it is one of the best cameras out there for capturing action such as birds in flight, something I'd like to do more of. Only downside for me is I have small hands and it's quite a bit bigger than what I have now. Then again, mirrorless systems may have excelled for action wildlife photography by then.

  12. On 02/06/2020 at 23:19, Cal said:

    they called it GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) on a forum I used to read.


    Cal, my brother talks about GAS too, in relation to audio equipment, as he is a musician who does sound recording and mixing. He is often eyeing off the latest microphone. I have to admit, I love looking at what lenses are out there and can see how easy it is to go down the path of acquiring more and better gear. But I think you are absolutely right, that liking and feeling comfortable with your kit is the most important thing.

  13. On 02/06/2020 at 19:19, MDM said:

    Yeah - forget that Tokina thing. You can't beat perfection and the Tamron 90 is virtually perfect. I  wonder if the Tokina is in the same ballpark (I would want to see a proper review to judge).


    Yes well I looked further at the specs for the Tokina and it is not image stabilised, so I think that might be a factor if I was considering it. I have Tokina's wide angle 11-16mm lens and I've been very happy with that, so always curious about their lenses. That's not image stabilised either but I usually use it on a tripod.

  14. 2 minutes ago, MDM said:

    That is the one I have as well. It is a really excellent lens. They increased the price a lot with the new one in 2016 although I can't imagine it is any better. Tamron have been making a 90mm macro lens since the 80s and it has been their real flagship lens over a long time. 


    Yes I find it fantastic. I think quality-wise it is actually my best lens. It is so reliably sharp.

  15. On 01/06/2020 at 06:09, Dolorous Dave said:

    I think I have settled on a D5600, hopefully I wont have any issue wityh QC with that! Next decision - which lens? Will 18-55mm be ok or is it worth splashing out the extra for a 18-140mm?


    You won't have any issues with Alamy with the D5600 as it definitely meets their requirements. I got to hold one my friend bought and it is quite small and compact, more slimline than my D5200.


    A problem you might encounter with a lens such as the 18-140mm is lens distortion in that it goes from fairly wide angle to a short telephoto. It does seem to get quite good reviews as a general purpose lens though. I just read this one which seems quite a balanced review https://www.photoreview.com.au/reviews/dslr-lenses/dslr-lenses-aps-c/af-s-nikkor-18-140mm-f35-56-g-ed-vr/


    The 18-55mm won't be good for wildlife, and it can't do true macro, but I have used mine a lot for wildflowers in the past and it has done quite a good job. It does have VR too. So I guess it is a lens to use to get familiar with DLSR photography, but you would need something longer ranging for wildlife. This is a photo I took 10 years ago with the older version of the 18-55mm on a Nikon D3000 body, so basic, inexpensive gear:




    Another option that might help to cover two bases for you might be to go for a 90mm or 100mm macro lens. This will enable you to do true macro images and also give you some reach, though probably not quite enough for many wildlife subjects. I have a Tamron 90mm macro that I have sometimes used for wildlife, and Tokina have just released a new version of their 100mm macro that looks very good. But the downside here is it might be just too frustrating not having a zoom and too limiting.


    Nikon's basic 55-200mm VR telephoto lens is actually quite good value even though a kit lens, but if you got this and you were really getting into wildlife photography, I think you would be wanting to upgrade eventually, but would be a good lens to begin with. Sigma not too long ago released a 100-400m lens that gets good reviews, but it would push you over your budget at this point I think. I have the Sigma 150-500mm for birds and wildlife now and it is very good, but very heavy too. I have one example of a wildlife image with the Nikon 55-200mm here on Alamy, again on a D3000 body. It can do good animal portraits when the subject is close to you and is very light weight to carry.




    So I don't think there is a definitive answer about what is best, but just thought I would share that info in case it is helpful. I think you will find that having two lenses instead of trying to get an all-in-one lens will not be as much of a hassle as it seems. They are not difficult to switch over, just have to take care to do it in a non-dusty environment to avoid dust getting on the sensor. 

  16. I have the second last version of the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F004). I'm really happy with it. It is beautifully sharp, and doubles really well as a walk around street photography lens. The most recent version of this lens would be excellent too I think. There is also a new Tokina 100mm macro lens out now that might be worth a look at  https://tokinalens.com/product/atx_i_100mm_f2_8_ff_macro/  


    I have turned to small insects as photography subjects in the backyard over the past few weeks. It's made me pay attention to what's there and I've discovered just how much of an insect ecosystem there is. This is a green bottle blowfly from about 2 weeks ago (with the Tamron):



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  17. 3 minutes ago, george said:

    Hi Sally,

    I think you are correct and that it is one of the Metrosideros. I did not manage to get out yesterday to get an image of the flowers, I have them on my mobile but not sure how to upload that here. I did ask on a local FB page and that seems to be the consensus of opinion. I should of mentioned the photograph is taken in Portugal and they do grow well here along the coast. 

    I will try to get out and take some pics today and get them uploaded to confirm, the other one I now think is a quince bud, again need to upload a photo of the flowers open. Hopefully I will manage to get around to it today. 

    Thanks for your imput.



    No problem Jenny. I am not familiar with the other one at all, but the Metrosideros is familiar as they are sometimes grown here in Australia and I saw them in NZ too. I just googled quince bud, and that does indeed look like what you have there.

  18. On 29/05/2020 at 15:07, The Blinking Eye said:

    I had been in isolation for two months and they came right up to me, ate grass from my hand. I visited them three times and stayed and watched and took photos. Their presence was so peaceful, it stuck with me for days afterward.


    I know what you mean. I get this affect too from time spent with animals or out in nature. There is something really sustaining and nurturing being around them, and especially nice to come across them as a surprise in a place you would not be expecting them. It's nice just to be in their presence.

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  19. Hi George, I'm really not sure, but I'm just wondering if the second one is a New Zealand Rata tree. They do have red flowers that are a bit bottlebrush-like. I'm going by the shape of the leaf and the look of the buds here. There is a southern Rata (Metrosideros umbellata) and a northern Rata (Metrosideros robusta). There are other species too that grow in NZ plus other areas of the Pacific https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosideros So I'm guessing maybe the genus Metrosideros, but beyond that I'm not too sure.



  20. Hi Dave,


    Remember that whatever system you start with, you have the option of beginning in auto mode and sticking with that until you want to branch out in manually controlling different parameters on the camera. So while it may all seem a bit overwhelming to begin with, it is possible to start out simply and then build your knowledge from there. I borrowed a number of library books when I began in digital photography as well as learning from the internet, and did some workshops too. It does all increasingly make sense as you go along.


    As far as having a single lens for macro and distance subjects, I agree with the above comments that this will be difficult with a single lens. When I started out in digital photography in 2010 I bought Nikon's entry level DSLR (D3000) with the twin lens kit (18-55mm and 55-200mm) and the cost at the time fitted within your budget above. I agree with Joe's comment above that kit lenses are not the best, but Nikon's ones are actually not too bad and were great for learning with. The 18-55mm was actually very good for close-up flower shots, though not true macro, while the 55-200mm enabled me to begin doing some wildlife shots of subjects that were not too far away, such as birds down at the local lake. After a couple of years, I started to invest in some new lenses, including macro and a long range telephoto for wildlife. I've managed to keep costs down by buying mostly third party lenses (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina) which have still been excellent and an improvement on the kit lenses. I now have a Nikon D5200 which is still fairly compact (thought not with the telephoto attached!). Entry level DSLRs are fairly small, but the micro 4/3 will be more compact again, and may be quite sufficient for what you want to do. So you could start with one lens and use that all the time, and then when you feel comfortable and can afford it get a second one with a different range. John's info above on the micro 4/3 system sounds very helpful in this regard.


    All the best!

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  21. 16 minutes ago, Olivier Parent said:

    Hopefully, Alamy will keep a large collection of unique and exclusive images for which prices can be negotiated.


    I agree. From what I can tell Alamy offers something a bit different from what else is out there, and I think maintaining that unique position may actually help them to stand out from the similarities among microstock agencies. At the same time they are different from other mid/macro stock agencies that curate their collections with a particular look/aesthetic in mind. Sometimes while those agencies are trying to be unique by curating a particular style of image, they actually start to also become a bit predictable in their own way. I think Alamy's acceptance of a wide variety of images is its strength, along with maintaining high QC standards. It also has its editorial focus too, while not limiting itself to that. Before deciding to join Alamy, I read some positive reviews from both customers and contributors, and that was an encouraging factor in me wanting to sign up with them. I do hope they can maintain their unique position in the market into the future.

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  22. On 27/05/2020 at 06:51, The Blinking Eye said:

    I live in a hyper urban area near lots of highways. I can't express the joy I felt at finding a herd of goats grazing here on my daily coronavirus walks. A local non profit organization hires them around to clear out bramble and weeds.


    Rented grazing goats hired by the city to graze and remove weeds under the highways on the Bay Bridge Trail. Oakland, California Stock Photo






    Rented grazing goats hired by the city to graze and remove weeds under the highways on the Bay Bridge Trail. Oakland, California Stock Photo


    What a great thing to discover in your neighbourhood, and a great way to deal with brambles and weeds! There is something about farm animals that softens the urban landscape. I too recently discovered goats on a local walk, three of them in a makeshift paddock at a school. It's so nice to know they are there.

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