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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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  1. riccarbi, First when I am covering an event that I want to get online quickly, I choose my main images quickly (usually less than 10). I have the main part of my captions or IPTC information written before I leave for the event. Since I work on PC's I do all this in Word. I also have a second folder for RAW images, usually over 400 that will be selected and edited latter to upload as "Stock" or "Archival", that I do not need to move out as "News." Keep in mind that I shoot most everything as 7360 by RAW. I also do not try to get the first uploads out within the hour of the event, Currently three hours is the best I have done. I go back to the days of shooting chrome film at events on the U.S.West Coast and for a decade in Eastern Europe and driving the film to the airport to find a passenger to carry the film to Paris or New York. The worst was in the 90's when you had to shoot neg film and process it onsite or in a hotel room and then scan and transmit quickly often via a satellite uplink. Since Alamy's tightening of the Live News Upload, I drop Alamy Live News a quick note about the event to let them know what is happening and what I think I can do and every time I've done that they have gotten back to me quickly about their interest in the event. As I have written on the Forum before, I am more interested in licenses for the decades to come then I am about some less than well processed and captioned license (s) for publication the next day. Every month I see Alamy making licenses of News images that I shoot up to 30 years ago and they are usually for higher fees than a newspaper usage for the next day. I do not do Live News Often, In my opinion there is no reason to, I only shoot, process and upload images that I think have long-term value. In the "Good Old Days" of "Real Photo Agencies" you could call your agency and they would negotiate "First Look", "Second Look" etc. with major publications worldwide. On one event in 1989 my agent negotiated "Fourth Look." On that event I was making $4,000 per day for a week and many of the images from that week have been licensed over and over and now Alamy is licensing scans that I did over 15 years latter. Chuck
  2. Alex, I really like the images that you have up. Please keep in mind that I am not a "stock photographer" I just appreciate the images. Best, Chuck
  3. Yea my response was a bit harsh, but so is the world..... I am just tired of people putting Alamy down, without proper reason or understanding. Chuck
  4. Alamy's terms are quite clear and my experience during the last 10+ years is that Alamy sticks to their terms, which you agreed to before you uploaded to Alamy. I hope the door hits you hard on your exit.....
  5. Just to give an idea, As of this morning, 5/5/19 I have returns from images spanning 31 years. some done with a D800 and some done on K-14 and scanned with a CanoScan FS4000. Some uploaded to Live News some uploaded to Archival and some uploaded through the standard Stock route. Do not understand the complaints about going through QC? Some of the above images go back to the days of mailing a CD to London. Many of the scans were done before I was working on a calibrated monitor connected to a desktop, IE my old LENOVO T-62 laptop. Chuck
  6. I have a U.S. bank account that the only thing that comes into it is my payments from Alamy, I simply told them that it is a "Direct Deposit" so I pay no bank fees. I did not know that Alamy covers the PayPal costs, but I have a good idea of how they do that. Lastly I receive my payments via direct transfer very quickly with my bank. When I was in California, I also told Bank of America that payments from Alamy were "Direct Deposits" and they did not charge a bank fee.
  7. As Per Scanning Unmounted Slides. You get more image area from scanning an unmounted 35mm chrome. The mount covers a small amount of the frame. Real simple. The CanoScan FS4000 was a really great desktop 35mm scanner and I keep an old LENOVO laptop with a PCMCIA slot just to use it. For anyone using the FS4000, Do Not Use it with a USB connection. I have an old ADAPTEC 16bit PCMCIA card that I connect it with. My first submissions to Alamy as well as a few other agencies was in the days before Alamy had the Archival upload route, so I spent a lot of time spotting Scans and they are licensed often. It is like uploading News, Most often it is not in my best interests or Alamy's for that matter to upload poorly processed images. I'm not perfect, but I do my best. It is not uncommon for me to spend over 20 hours preparing a scan. Chuck
  8. The bottom line is that the "Best Camera" is the one that you have in your hand. As I have written: I like the Canon G series, the ones with a built in view finder. I keep a G9 in my autos glove compartment and have used images from it as evidence on two occasions and and a few of the images I've shot with it have been licensed by Alamy. Not my first choice but it is always near by. To answer a specific question, it is not good for action or sports. In this day the G9 is not really good at much, except for being handy. I carry it when downhill skiing and have taken some nasty spills with it on my neck and it always works. Chuck
  9. Sas, I am not a fan of SONY, even though they make most of the sensors in modern digital cameras. I would suggest a 12+MP Canon g series pocket cameras. I started with the G-2 and currently keep a G-9 in the glove compartment of my car. The G series are great "grab and go digitals" they can also be had for very little money. Chuck
  10. Francis, I would suggest that you take a look at Edo's images on Alamy. You are located in a place that you should be able to produce a number of licensable images. Chuck
  11. Big, To the best of my knowledge, News Photo Upload must be done on Alamy within 24 hours of the pictures being taken. I usually make it within 6. Chuck
  12. Bill, The CanoScan is a desktop scanner and I never scan a mounted chrome. I do the best that I can to make sure the emulsion is clean and flat and then scan the "unmounted" chrome. You also get more image area without the mount....
  13. I quit worrying about small news papers in 1975. I am only interested in images to be licensed for publication, over and over again and Alamy has become my favorite vehicle to do that. I was dropped from the Live News upload and within hours and via a bit of communication with the News Desk was approved again. There were a few small hoops to jump through and like a good trained Donkey I jumped through them. As I have written many times on this thread, "I've worked with most of the major news photo agencies over the years and Alamy is the best I have seen." If there is a problem it is most likely with the contributor. The only real concern that I have is, is Alamy really capable of distributing news photos for the highest dollar amount? I do not know the answer, but I am trying to see how Alamy does? I will also add that Alamy's idea of uploading news images within an hour of an event is not smart. As an experiment on Joe Biden I photographed the event and then left to upload. In the process of leaving early, I missed some important images that I could have done. The oldest rule in "magazine photojournalism" is show up early and leave late. I am not interested in trying to compete with the wire services, their pictures are published for pennies on the day of the event and then forgotten. I am only interested in making iconic images that are licensed over and over for decades. Just my opinion, Chuck Nacke
  14. Martin, As everyone on the forum knows, I have scanned a lot of 35mm chromes for Alamy, and as soon as I have time, will start scanning 35mm chromes again. I would say that more than half of the images I have on Alamy are scans from 35mm chromes, most of which are from Kodachrome 200 or K-14. I have exclusively worked with CanoScan FS 2710 (early days) and currently the CanoScan FS 4000's. Never had a QC Fail. My workflow is pretty simple. Remove the chrome from any mount, clean chrome with PEC-12 scan and then spend hours manually spotting and retouching a 16bit TIFF file before dropping of 8bit and a JPEG to upload to Alamy. My record for working on a scan for Alamy is 2 weeks.... and that image has been licensed many times. Another VERY Important thing: I pay close attention to world news and if I have an image that illustrates a current major story, I spend the time to research the current news as well ad the news that prompted me the shoot the image in the first place. Then as carefully as I can I write the IPTC information (captions and keywords). Chuck
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