Chuck Nacke

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About 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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  1. Bad Stock Photos

    Alex, Nice and I am embarrassed to say that I have shot many like this for clients and they used them......... Chuck
  2. Upload Trouble?

    Edo, Noticed that the entire Alamy site has been having problems for the last more than a week. At first I thought it was a problem with my hardware, but it was not. In any event something seems to have been fixed in the last few minutes, 10:45 EST ? Chuck
  3. Wolf, I am breaking a promise that I made to myself to not contribute to this thread again, but you really do seem like a decent person, it is a bit off putting to me that you are asking the forum such basic questions, but you are asking nicely and I do wish you the best. I feel that there is a really important part of contributing to Alamy that has not been discussed or pointed out to you: IPTC info. You can have the best DSLR's, the best lenses and post processing skills, but if you do not master your caption and keywording of the images you make and that do pass QC, you have wasted your time and are just taking up space on servers. On Amateurs: Over the years I have seen images, I played a part in bringing them into the Photo Agency that I was working with at the time, taken by complete amateurs of an event or person that have made over $75,000 USD in licenses in one day. The highest was a set of family photos of a person in the news that was licensed for over $220,000 to two publications. Spend time looking at the pictures on Alamy, I do look up anything or event that I am planning on doing to upload to Alamy before I do it. Sometimes I just look at subjects on Alamy for exercise. In my opinion Alamy is mostly an editorial library so it is good to look at magazines and online sites to see what people are publishing. Also looking at the images on Alamy that were shot in your area. Keep in mind that I am not a "Stock Photographer" I was recruited to Alamy after decades of working mostly as a Photojournalist around the world. I've been impressed with Alamy during the more than 15 years I been contributing. I've been a contributor or worked for a number of the major agencies, most are no longer in business, over the decades and no agency or library I've done business with has been better to it's contributors and me than Alamy. PS the D80 is not very good, the D90 at the low end is a much better start. Best, Chuck
  4. WOW, where to start? Going with a good used DSLR is a good start. I've only bought one new DSLR (NIKON D100) in the early 2000's and the most licensed image I have on Alamy was shot with a used KODAK / NIKON DCS 620 that I picked up in 2002 (when new the DCS 620 cost $30,000 and I got it used for $400) but do not touch any used KODAK / NIKON's I would look for a used 12MP NIKON, I still work with a D700, which can be had cheaply these days, I have many images on Alamy that were shot at 3200 ISO with D700's. I also had many FUJI S Pro bodies but they are getting old and don't hold up well. GET the best Glass you can the newer NIKKORS can be really great and I'm not talking about F2.8's or fast glass, again these can be had at a good price. Remember: A PHONE IS NOT A CAMERA...... Next learn the basics of LightRoom and PhotoShop, BASICS Get a good book. If you learn to work with a NIKON D700 and get a decent Zoom the 24-85 f2.8-f4 can be a really good zoom for the money, used. Currently I work mostly with NIKON D800's, but that is a bit more DSLR then you are ready for. Good Luck, Chuck
  5. Artefacts in blue sky

    Don't use the "Windows Viewer" PS, LR or BR or professional imaging software is the only way to view images. Chuck
  6. How was your June?

    Contributors do not have enough information to cause a client to say "Hey, I'm paying X but s/he's paying Y." I am not suggesting that contributors post all sales information, the information that Alamy provides or that contributors post on the form would have very little effect on the daily business of Alamy, in my opinion. P.S. June was just OK, but July is looking up and this year the license fees have improved a bit. Chuck
  7. Dangers of photographer

    My thanks to both of the above for your kind words. Chuck
  8. Dangers of photographer

    I am going to attempt to make a more appropriate contribution to this thread. As a long time "photojournalist" in my opinion, you need to consider if the image and if it is worth the risk to yourself, will contribute to society down the road, if it takes more than a fraction of a second to make that decision, you did not make the image..... I have covered many events and demonstrations that turned dangerous, one in Moscow where my good friend died, he was a video journalist. Photo : was taken ten minutes after he was killed. FYI while this image is on Alamy it has not made many licenses and in my opinion it is not a great image, but also in my opinion it is an important image illustrating to end of the Soviet Union and the Yelstin years. Again in my opinion, when photographing events or news it is important to think about how a person or event will fit into history. It is unfortunate that in 2018 it seems more important to get the images uploaded and out on the web before perspective can be added to the captions and selection of images. In the 1990's I had promised to not cover any more demonstrations and now in the the U.S. I can not sit by and not make images of what is happening in my area, New England. I must add that I've been impressed with Alamy's licensing of the demonstrations photos I've uploaded to Live News, BUT I am more concerned about how images I make for NEWS fit into a long term narrative about the United States during Donald. I've been a "Photojournalist" (PJ) for decades, not really working as a PJ now. In my opinion it is vitally important if you are working as a PJ to think about the image, the caption and how the image fits into "HISTORY". It is not about sales, it is about the opportunity to show the world something important, something that can change the direction of a government or people. My friend Eddy Adams did that and I know how much that cost him. He was not in Viet Nam thinking about stock sales or how much he would make per images, but he made one of the most important images of the pervious century, it amazes me how a 250th of a second can make such an impact. In closing I will say that after ten years staying home to raise children I am back working as a photographer, doing $2000+ per day corporate work and any time I am working on "stock" images or photographing events for Alamy, it is because I love it. I really wish I could make the time to scan and caption the images that I did when I helped move a Salvadorian family to Seattle in the 1980's. FYI: on my third bottle of "2 Buck Chuck" Ah the cost of the business....
  9. Dangers of photographer

  10. I only work from RAW or NEF images. Years ago I photographed an event with an old KODAK / NIKON DCS 620, a 2+MP DSLR and had to work at 1600 ISO. By having the RAW files to work from one of the images from that event has become my most licensed image. If I had worked in JPEG there would not have been much that could have been done with the images. Edit no, adjust and cleanup yes and I save all of my captioned RAW files. Chuck
  11. When I pop my clogs...

    John, I think it is unfair to put "splitting" payment on Alamy, but I've been thinking about the same thing and will follow anything posted on this. I did know several photographers who passed away and Alamy did well for their relatives. Chuck
  12. Nikon Mirrorless

    Thanks guys, For my work the 800's are currently fine and I do not see the D850 in my current future. Hey anyone licensed an image from the old KODAK / NIKON 460? I hated working with those...
  13. Nikon Mirrorless

    Can not take this "NIKON bashing" and Youth is wasted on the young who did not grow up with the F mount. I spent decades bouncing around from Oly, Can, L's, FUJI's (the best DSLR in its day) and Blads for the studio. The F mount is near and dear to me, I still have NIKKORS that are older then many Alamy contributors. I do need to add that currently (2000's) I do not get along with NIKON the company, but the company and the people that worked for NIKON did some wonderful things for me in the 80's and 90's. Lastly I do LOVE my D800's Chuck
  14. Johnny, From looking at three of your images: Your sensor is dirty and there are dust spots. I shoot 7360 by RAW files and convert to TIFF and then to JPEG, even on Live News. You also need to be working with a good calibrated monitor as well. Chuck
  15. DJ, If you do not know how to expose neg film then I would suggest not wasting the money on film and processing, Yes I do have several great hand held meters and I rarely rely on them. I spent decades working with Leica M2's with chromes and learned to see the exposure. Negative film is not difficult to expose and with LR it is easy to correct, which I did not have access to in the 70's and 80's Chuck