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  1. Haven't posted in this section before, so not sure if I'm doing it right, but found an Alamy photo among these images of people on their balconies from around the world in the Guardian, 19th March:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/mar/19/balconies-sites-hope-coronavirus-in-pictures

     

    The image is the sixth one down and the details are:

    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

    A woman pulls up a bag of groceries from her balcony as neighbours help out with shopping

    Photograph: Alan Dawson/Alamy Live News.

    Image ID: 2B7GNPT

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  2. Unfortunately there's no way you can brighten the images already submitted. What you could do is just have a go at some of those images again and upload those. For example, with the one of the kettle you could use the natural light coming through the window to illuminate the kettle rather than shooting into the light through the window. I'm not sure if you have a tripod, but if the level of light makes it difficult to shoot handheld, this is a way of overcoming the difficulty of shooting still life images indoors at lower shutter speeds. If using a tripod just remember to switch off vibration reduction/image stabilisation on your lens if it has it, otherwise the image will be blurry!

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  3. Hello, you have some nice images with some nice colours. I love your cat too (assuming he/she is your cat!).

     

    I'm new to stock myself, so not necessarily the most well-placed person to give advice. But the main thing I noticed was that a few images appear a little too dark/underexposed.

     

    For example, the one of the work bench, WGJFPK, appears quite dark to me, and I think it would really lift this image if it was a bit brighter and easier to discern the items in it.

     

    Another thing I noticed is there are several images with a very bright background of sky that leads the eye of the viewer away from the subject of the image. So, for example, with the one of the aluminium kettle, WMXDWK, the very bright light through the window commands all the attention, and the kettle itself is quite dark and hard to discern.

     

    So perhaps you could think a bit differently about where the light is coming from and what it is falling on or not, and whether it is distracting attention away from the main subject.

     

    You have a good eye for interesting things, so keep working at it! And yes my understanding is you will need to upload many more to start seeing sales more often. I have a very, very long way to go in this regard myself!

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  4. 2 hours ago, losdemas said:

    I would think that doubtless, overall, the pandemic will have a negative effect on sales (excepting news, of course), but I got a rare Sunday zoom yesterday for someone searching on the Danish town of Aarhus.  Could it be that, as the Danes went into lockdown on Saturday, there are lot more people worldwide in this industry working from home: searching for, downloading and (hopefully) licensing images?

     

    Trying to remain positive! 🤞😀

     

    I did wonder about this myself. I think it is good to have a glass half full approach. I imagine there will be many people working from home and possibly spending more time looking for images out there on the internet, whether for their line of work or other interests. People will be travelling less and thus quite possibly in front of their computer more. I am also imagining people in lockdown may be thinking now is the time to write that novel they've always been thinking about doing, and thus are looking for a cover photo for their book, or developing a blog that they will want images for, or other creative and/or business pursuits.

     

    There will be hurdles and challenges ahead, but quite possibly unexpected opportunities too, so I think good to stay positive 😀👍

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  5. 17 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Awww, I want one! But it must stay a baby!

     

    Yes they are adorable as babies. I remember a worker at a wildlife park telling us that she was caring for several babies in her house and they followed her everywhere. She then had to go away for a couple of weeks and worried they'd have forgotten about her when she returned, but when she sat down they just all came up and jumped in her lap and went to sleep. I think the adults are quite formidable and independent though!

     

    15 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    I just had a very negative, sinking feeling -- I'll never see a live wombat. Such lovely little creatures.  I did hold a baby Kuala in Brisbane and a Big Red gave me a look that said, "Don't get one step closer." She was taller than me and had a Joey in her pouch.

     

    There are many baby wombat videos on YouTube Ed, so should you not get to see one in the UK, you can at least see them there. If you ever visit Tasmania, I can recommend Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary http://trowunna.com.au/ where there is a chance of getting to hold a baby one, which I had the joy of doing on two occasions. I went to Tasmania thinking Wombats are cute and friendly and Tasmanian Devils are aggressive and not quite so friendly. I learned that baby wombats are indeed very cute and friendly, while the adult ones seemed kind of nonchalant and to have quite strong personalities. Tassie Devils on the other hand I learned are really quite shy and that a lot of their seemingly aggressive behaviour is bluff. We even got to pat one and she had the softest fur (though still recommend taking care as they have incredibly strong jaws!). I came away in love with baby wombats, slightly scared of adult wombats, and rather fond of the Tassie devils.

  6. 18 hours ago, dustydingo said:

    If that was for me, thank you 🙂

     

    A deviation . . . it's nice seeing a portfolio that includes a number of shots of the Swan, but has no shots of the bloody blue boat shed in Crawley 🙂 🙂 🙂

     

    cheers,

    DD

     

    No worries and thanks DD 🙂 Yes the boatshed must be the most photographed thing in Perth! I recalled seeing one image that I thought was more original than many of the others, and I just did a search for it and found it. It is by Luke Austin and he took it during a storm at high tide in gale force winds. The long exposure created a misting effect over the jetty. He must of done a good job of keeping the tripod steady in gale force winds:

    https://lukeaustinphotography.com.au/gallery/product/persistence-crawley-boat-shed-perth-western-australia-113

     

    I enjoy discovering new angles on the river, and have explored the Canning River too. Images from there are not necessarily likely to sell here on Alamy, but I love doing them anyway 🙂

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  7. 5 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:

    sorry, wasn't specific at you, but your comment was leading to it.  I was seeing posts of people on FB yesterday doing "Last night out" diner parties in restaurant in Paris, and all i was thinking, is what do you think changes at midnight tonight?

     Sorry I just realised I forgot to quote you in response to your last post, in case it was confusing what I was answering above.

  8. 2 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:

    sorry, I understand the pain of Self Isolation, i'm on day 3, but i wish people wouldn't see the cut off date as a "yeah, i came in 5  minutes before I can do whatever".   If you are a risk to your surroundings, you should consider self isolation, or at least strong social distances.   This is the only way we will be able to flatten the curve....  

     

    I agree with you. My brother and his partner were going to self-isolate anyway, but I was just pointing out that it is mandatory now.

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  9. I haven't followed all of this thread so not sure what the core issues are that are being debated, but as of midnight tonight anyone coming into Australia (where I am) has to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes my brother and his partner who had their flight delayed from Dubai, and so now will be affected by this. It is a good thing for the community as a whole as a precaution, just a bit limiting for them for 2 weeks, not being able to go to work etc. I'm in Western Australia and a state of emergency is being declared by the state government from midnight. The federal government is considering lockdowns but no decision has been announced regarding this yet https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-15/coronavirus-covid19-self-isolation-announced-for-australia/12057772 

     

    I think the most important thing in all of this is we be kind to each other and keep ourselves as healthy as we can. Eat healthy, get good sleep and try to do some exercise (even if it means dancing in the lounge room if you are locked down, wherever you are). All of these things help our immunity. So take care everyone, be kind and maintain a sense of humour - it is good for your health! And if you are stuck at home, it could be an opportunity to work on some indoor still life images, or post-process images you've wanted to get around to doing but haven't had a chance up until now. Sometimes creative opportunities emerge out of limitations!

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  10. 8 minutes ago, MDM said:

    I think I meant that there are various buttons on the BenQ that you can use to change all sorts of settings whereas the iMac is extremely limited. I think the only thing you can control on the latest iMacs is the brightness.I would always advocate using hardware calibration anyway. I don't know if they are stlll making that same model I mentioned but they are very good value for wide gamut monitors (or at least they were when I bought mine). 

     

    Ah got it, thank you. I do calibrate (with Spyder) though probably not as often as I should. Still a few months away from purchasing a new computer, but the BenQ is looking like a good option for a monitor at the moment. Cheers, Sally

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  11. On 18/01/2018 at 07:33, MDM said:

    If you do find the spare cash at some point for an extra monitor, these BenQ Wide Gamut 27" stills photograpy monitors are very good value at $595 considering what wide gamut monitors from the likes of Eizo tend to cost. I got one of these a while back and it is very good - holds in highlight detail which tends to get lost on the Retina screen on my MacBook Pro.  It has all sorts of other functions not available on the iMacs.

     

    Thanks for providing this info MDM. I am hoping later this year to be able to buy a new computer (fearing the potential imminent demise of my 10 year old iMac). From the research I've done so far, the BenQ was standing out to me as a good, affordable option, so it is great hear your opinion on this. As I'm on a limited budget, I was thinking of going with a mac mini and hooking it up the the BenQ monitor. While mac retina displays look fantastic, I've read that they may not be the most optimal for photo editing. I was wondering what were the other functions the BenQ has that you would recommend it for?

  12. 6 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I think it’s fine. But I understand where you’re coming from. A bit aggravating.

     

    Thanks Betty. Yes once I saw it I couldn't 'un-see' it. I also feel like the eyes are such an important point of communication between the viewer and the image subject.

     

    Wombats are such characters. This one ambled right in front of me and began dining on buttongrass for dinner. They are incredibly cute as babies, and I've been lucky enough to hold a baby a couple of times at a wildlife park. They form quite close bonds with their carers if they have been orphaned, as sometimes happens when a mother wombat is hit by a car. If you would like 46 seconds of baby wombat cuteness, here is a short video:

     

  13. I've just uploaded a photo of a Common Wombat taken in Tasmania. Unfortunately an 'a' from the watermark is directly on the wombat's eye. You can only see it without this on the small thumbnail. I suspect anyone who clicks on the thumbnail and zooms it will be put off by this, and my inclination is to delete it. Have other people done this with unfortunate placement of watermarks?

     

    I was feeling ambivalent about the image anyway (as much as I love wombats), because it wasn't well-exposed to start with and while I did my best with post-processing, I still think it is a bit flat and not quite right. This is the photo (sorry, can't remember how to post large image directly in as it appears on Alamy website so sending link instead):

    https://www.alamy.com/common-wombat-vombatus-ursinus-feeding-on-native-buttongrass-at-cradle-mountain-tasmania-image348502054.html

     

    Cheers,

    Sally

  14. Really enjoying seeing the foggy images. Great photo topic. Here are my foggy offerings:

     

    Perth city and the Swan River with some mist, shortly after sunrise:

     

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    Fog at sunrise on Bibra Lake (Perth, Western Australia):

     

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    Point Walter Jetty in morning fog on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia:

     

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  15. Very impressive reclining Buddha!

     

    Yes staying with PS micro might be good to keep your eggs in more than one basket. I hope I haven't overly influenced you to ditch micros based on my decision to do so if they are a source of income. I just got an overwhelming sense that it was the right thing for me to do. It simplified things and made me feel clearer about what I was doing. So make the best decision for you that feels right.

     

    Also, ignore the info below from my previous post. It just automatically pasted in when I went to reply and can't seem to be able to remove it. All the best! 

     

     

    On 08/03/2020 at 02:52, geogphotos said:

    Trying to go in more than one direction at the same risks confusing yourself

     

    This is precisely what I was doing and yes it confused me 🤔 I realised I'm not a great multitasker, but also it starts to get messy trying to figure out what you are doing with two different models for licensing images at different price points that make you think about your photography differently.

     

    On 09/03/2020 at 11:22, Autumn Sky said:

    So it is some sort of transition phase, and in the meantime I am looking for optimal way of managing what I already have and what is long term asset.  

     

    I think this is a good place to be. It means you are growing forwards with your photography. I wouldn't worry too much about not being up with astrophotography or other specialised skills yet. I did an astrophotography course a few years ago, and our teacher said how images that he took earlier in his career looked good to him at the time, and that they look like rubbish to him now. The wonderful thing about photography is it is an endless learning curve where you never run out of things to learn. Like you, I used to be less fussy about corner sharpness, now soft corners annoy me. So don't worry too much about what gear you have. As you make some sales, you can put some money towards maybe lenses you would like to have, but also work with the strengths of the lenses that you have now. Sometimes I find limitations can also make you think creatively and differently. I have a 90mm macro lens that I do use for macro, but I have also used it as a general walk around lens as it is beautifully sharp, and because of being limited by the focal length I think of new ways of photographing subjects that I might not otherwise have thought of.

     

    So I would say your transition phase is a good thing, and you are heading in a positive direction!

  16. On 08/03/2020 at 02:52, geogphotos said:

    Trying to go in more than one direction at the same risks confusing yourself

     

    This is precisely what I was doing and yes it confused me 🤔 I realised I'm not a great multitasker, but also it starts to get messy trying to figure out what you are doing with two different models for licensing images at different price points that make you think about your photography differently.

     

    4 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

    So it is some sort of transition phase, and in the meantime I am looking for optimal way of managing what I already have and what is long term asset.  

     

    I think this is a good place to be. It means you are growing forwards with your photography. I wouldn't worry too much about not being up with astrophotography or other specialised skills yet. I did an astrophotography course a few years ago, and our teacher said how images that he took earlier in his career looked good to him at the time, and that they look like rubbish to him now. The wonderful thing about photography is it is an endless learning curve where you never run out of things to learn. Like you, I used to be less fussy about corner sharpness, now soft corners annoy me. So don't worry too much about what gear you have. As you make some sales, you can put some money towards maybe lenses you would like to have, but also work with the strengths of the lenses that you have now. Sometimes I find limitations can also make you think creatively and differently. I have a 90mm macro lens that I do use for macro, but I have also used it as a general walk around lens as it is beautifully sharp, and because of being limited by the focal length I think of new ways of photographing subjects that I might not otherwise have thought of.

     

    So I would say your transition phase is a good thing, and you are heading in a positive direction!

  17. I can relate to your dilemma. I started with an MS agency two months prior to joining Alamy. I quickly got sales there but mostly at the 25c subscription price. As I began to upload to Alamy I tried to upload what I thought were better images which I was making exclusive to them, while ones I thought were not as good I was now uploading at the MS site. While images continued to sell at the MS site, it was a momentary happiness of getting a sale, and then a kind of heart sinking feeling at the tiny price. I was also starting to upload images to the MS site that I didn't feel that good about, because I was valuing them less.

     

    I then thought about the future, and how in a few months I would like to maybe do more with my photography, perhaps start approaching clients directly, build my own website etc. If I were to do this, I felt like maybe it is not good to be selling images for such tiny prices at MS agencies, and that it is better to value the images more by keeping them with a midstock agency. I felt compelled to remove the images from the MS site and then upload them here.

     

    This was possibly a silly decision in that I was at least making regular sales there, whereas I've only had one here. On the other hand, I'm feeling better about my work, and some of the more average images on the MS site I decided not to put here. I'm also aware that a number of the images I've put here may not be likely sellers, but then again, the unexpected can happen, so it is so difficult to know what to do. So I don't think there is an easy answer, and I have been doing stock for such a short time that I don't have much experience to go on.

     

    You have some high quality images, so perhaps you could think about longer term goals and maybe ways of directly marketing them in the future. Another way of looking at it may be considering how much effort you have put into a particular image, and if it has really taken a lot to get that image (travel or trek to the place, scout locations, set up your tripod, post-process etc), then maybe these are the ones you don't want to sell for tiny amounts, or at least ones that are quite unique and not as likely to be replicated by others on MS sites.

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  18. Hi and welcome Chris. You have an interesting and good variety of images (have only looked at the first 3 pages or so). At first I was thinking the Icelandic ones were a little dark, but then I thought that really captures the ambience of that environment, especially with the spooky looking plane. All the best for sales with Alamy!

     

    One thing you may want to think about is with some of the wide angle shots, especially where architecture is involved, you may want to apply lens distortion correction in post-processing. Then again you might want those angles! I'm actually working with old editing software that frustratingly doesn't do lens correction (so trying to minimise it at the point of capture) but will be getting new software soon that can do it. I know it is a quick fix in Lightroom.

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