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Chuck Nacke

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    Boston, MA, USA
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    Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad....


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    21 Mar 2005

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  1. Marianne, I'm sure I am the last person you would like advice from but..... I am currently working on a DELL Ultra-Sharp 24' and I hate it. Before I had a NEC monitor that I loved. I hardly ever view images at 200%. For digital I work with NIKON D800's and shoot RAW or NEF, My camera tells me, via a window, what face is sharp and I know looking at the image at 7360 X if it is. There are many times when I am photographing on the fly and the image is not 100% sharp so I just downsize it to 4200 X at 300PPI and 99% of the time it is "Sharp enough" 200% can be deceptive, I work on PC's and I would not recommend to do that, but I am not working on a Retina display? Keep in mind that in over ten years of contributing to Alamy, I have only had one image fail QC and that was because I cropped it so that it fell below the 36.5 MP size. Best, Chuck
  2. Rebecca, You asked so here is my opinion of the first page of you images that I saw. I love to photo of Belle (Great image in my opinion), I also have a wonderful feline named Bon Jovi and he was adopted from a shelter. BJ was abandoned because his family lost their house during the last downturn in the U.S., but who is going to license it your picture of Belle? What cat, how old? Who, What Why, When and How in the IPTC or captions. You are in a great place in the world to be making images, Wish we could trade places, I have half a foot of snow on the ground in New England... Please keep in mind that I have over forty years working as a photographer for publication and I am often surprised by contributors to Alamy that sort of do this "part time" and do not take making images seriously. Take a look at this please his pictures and view of life and images are interesting https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/lens/a-year-of-quiet-contemplation-led-to-the-rebirth-of-alec-soths-photography.html Best, Chuck
  3. Marianne, First, I must say that I agree with most of what you wrote (pasted above) and I apologize if one of my previous posts seemed to be "harsh", but I come from a harsh world and I stand by what I wrote. While I have taught photography, I am not teaching now, nor have I been asked to. I was simply trying to point out several things that should be obvious to anyone truly involved in photography and producing images for the market. Again, If I offended any on the forum, I do apologize. Chuck
  4. WOW, You are so wrong. Sorry, but you really do not understand photography and photojournalism. I've been in the business since 1975 and shot my first assignment for NEWSWEEK in 1978. I do appreciate Alamy and do everything I can to help Alamy succeed, the same for Alamy contributors, but there is a lot more to making images for publication then knowing PS and LR and having an acceptable camera. See my pervious post and I will add that I brought into one of my agencies at the time an image the was licensed for $80,000.00 in the first 6 hours on the market and it was shot using a disposable film camera......
  5. Because I am also doing commissioned work, where I make more in a day than I make from Alamy in a year. As per your statement; "It's nothing to do with the rarity or quality of the image, it's just the end usage which determines the prices." NO that is ALL WRONG, I have an image of Steve Jobs, wearing a black turtle neck shirt on stage, a year before he died, that image has been licensed by Alamy more times than I have time to count, in just the first week of March It has been zoomed four times, and licensed twice. I shot that image with a KODAK / NIKON DCS-620 (2.1MP) at 1600ISO. It took me two weeks to prepare that image and so far it has been well worth my time to do it. I have many images that have become iconic and Alamy does a good job of getting them out for licensing, I just wish that Alamy had the trained staff to negotiate higher fees? I come from decades in the News Photo business and to date the most valuable set of images I've been involved with was 1st time U.S. rights $150,000.00 and European for about $175,000.00 (in the days before the EURO) all of that was negotiated by one of the major photo agencies at the time. I do believe, I may be wrong, that Alamy does need to have more experienced staff on the News side that can take valuable images and negotiate better fees. Chuck
  6. I have only bought one EN-EL3 battery during the last three years and all four of my OEM batteries still work exactly as they did when new. I use my 800's daily and rotate my batteries. Guess I've had good luck? Hey, can someone tell me how to add a banner photo to my Alamy about me page? Plus I've grown a beard due to a really bad skiing accident, did a "face plant on ice" Chuck
  7. Don't know why, but I seem to always be defending Alamy on this forum.... RE: Micro, in my opinion Alamy is not turning into a Microstock agency at least not from where I sit. So far, 3/8/19 Alamy has licensed seven of my RM images for an average of $76.00 per image, while that is an improvement over most months it is still in my opinion low, but an improvement none the less. Again it is my belief that it is up to the contributors to make and submit images that are worth higher fees and then it is up to Alamy to get those fees. I would like to see it go back to the days when $250.00 was an average licensing fee. Chuck
  8. MB, I had always been lead to believe that if you spent less than 30 days during a calendar year, don't quote me on that it was a long time ago, Americans were exempt from income, up to $75,000 earned while working outside of the United States. I did not think that it mattered who or where the income was from as long as the person was living and working outside of the U.S.? The French were a completely different story and I've always had tax issues with my French agents. FYI, I did live in the Ukraine and Russia for ten years and worked with agents in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Finland, Spain, Italy and my favorite Japan, great agency. I would suggest to you and all Alamy contributors get good tax advice and not from the U.S. internal Revenue Service. At the time my best friend was a tax attorney. Chuck
  9. Wim, Datacolor is the company that makes the Spyder calibration tools, I'm currently using the Spyder5Pro. Chuck
  10. Steve, Just took a look at the first page of your images on Alamy and to me and on my monitor the last ones on your first page look a bit too contrasty. I work on a PC running Win 10 64bit my current monitor is a 24' DELL Ultra-Sharp. I calibrate with a Spyder5 and I keep my brightness down to about 60%, before I run a calibration. In terms of printing, I also photograph a lot of art work for artists as well as large auction houses, just finished photographing a large painting for one of the largest in London. Each time I shoot a painting or any photographic copy work I shoot the piece with a full color chart, have both DATACOLOR and PANTONE, I use which ever the client prefers. I shoot everything with 36MP DSLR's and strobes, The first image that I process from RAW or NEF in LightRoom (LR) is the image with the color chart and then I use exactly the same settings to process the final image of the painting, then I save all images as 16bit TIFF's in aRGB color. On large pieces when I need to do multiple exposures or frames that I stitch into one large image, to match the actual size of the art, my finished file is often over 700MB's in 16bit color at 300PPI. By working this way it is easy for the client to make large prints, reproduce in a print catalogue or to downsize and convert to sRGB for web and email use. I also do not go by what I see on my monitor, I go by the histogram in LR and Photoshop. I use to do a lot of inkjet printing, but now I just refer the client to a lab and I always get the lab's color profile to save images for them to print. Chuck
  11. For the record, I only use OEM camera batteries. Just not worth the risk of damaging bodies.
  12. Svetlana, I've been self employed since 1980 and from 1989 to 1996 I lived and worked outside of the country (U.S.) I never dealt with 1099's, except for U.S. Companies. I just total my income from each source and do my taxes. With Alamy it is easy to do I.E. Payments to XXXXX contributor. MBrown, When I lived in Europe, I was exempt from the first $75,000 income and I did maintain a U.S. Bank account. For U.S. Taxes there is a restriction on the amount of time you spend in the U.S. and I was always below that. My largest problem was working for my French agent, their tax system is a mess for Americans. Chuck
  13. I currently have four EN-EL-15 batteries and two of them I purchased new from eBay. No problem, just check the seller and their feedback.
  14. Edo, Enjoyed looking at your recent photos, makes my want to visit Spain, Hey you should talk to them about paying you to promote Spain? Think I can get Russia to do that for me..... Hope you are well my friend, it is snowing in New England and school is cancelled tomorrow. Best, Chuck
  15. Wow, Really love your images. You do need to add more IPTC, Caption Information, but it is good to see someone that understands quality over quantity.
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