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  1. Since time immemorial I have had more than one disc in every PC I've used. I normally have one smallish disc for the OS and applications, and one or more much larger discs for data. Last year I added a new PC to my line-up which for the first time was an up-to-date model, built around a Ryzen processor - in the past I have always been behind the curve because it was so much cheaper to buy yesteryear's technology. The reason for the change was my recently-acquired enthusiasm for video and music production and I needed a fast modern computer on which to do all my creative work while keeping the
  2. Is this perhaps a sign that Alamy are now using software for QC rather than humans (at least for contributors with a high rating)? Alan
  3. My experience this year has been somewhat different. Like you, I have sold exactly the same number as last year (after a steady year-on-year increase since 2012). But my total income is 77% higher than last year, in fact higher than any other year apart from 2015 which was boosted by a $$$$ sale. Alan
  4. Quantity can be good but two much more important words are quality and variety. A million uninteresting, poorly exposed images with a lack of variety will do no favours to anyone. As for making money, it's very unlikely that you'll earn a living from stock but if you get the balance of your portfolio right you should be able to pay for your vacations and a few luxuries. Alan
  5. It's not an easy question to answer. Back in those days you couldn't easily view images at a large size (other than projecting on to a screen which lost a lot of detail anyway) so both photographers and publishers had to rely on lightboxes to judge whether a slide was of sufficient quality for the desired purpose. I'm sure that camera shake played a part because there was no IS back then, but I think in my case it was probably mostly down to my preferred technique which was to use shutter priority to avoid shake and just let the aperture take care of itself. This often resulted (especially wit
  6. Just a couple of final points in response to Michael's comments. I don't know if they're of historical value but they're sitting there doing nothing. There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of slices of life across Europe in the 70s and 80s. And I already have a Coolscan 5000 and a well-established scanning workflow, including a scanner profile for Kodachrome which is quite important since the vast majority are Kodachrome. Alan
  7. Unfortunately ICE doesn't work on Kodachrome (unless you have a Coolscan 9000 which I don't and can't afford a mortgage to get one). and most of my older slides are K64. Luckily the vast majority of the sharper ones were on Ektachrome so I was able to scan those with light ICE and upload them without further ado. Alan
  8. Most of my slides are horribly unsharp. I got a huge shock when I first digitised them and looked at 100%. I've already extracted and uploaded the ones that I thought would pass QC (a tiny percentage) which is why I'm only looking at the archival route for the rest. Alan
  9. I've been thinking for a long time that I should investigate the possibility of uploading some of my 70s and 80s scanned trannies via the archival route. As a matter of interest, if you're making use of this facility how much effort do you put into preparing the images? Many of mine have accumulated dust over the years. Do you remove them from the mounts and clean them before scanning? Do you laboriously spot them before submitting? Or do you just upload them as they are and take the view that at small reproduction sizes the dirt won't be noticeable anyway? Alan
  10. Liverpool has a strong historical connection with Neptune. He appears on the city's coat of arms, and in the past was also featured on Liverpool FC's crest. The Epstein Theatre was originally called the Neptune Theatre to reflect this connection. I think you're on safe ground with this identification, Edo. Alan
  11. And the willpower to resist the temptation to try to slip a dodgy one through just because you like it. Alan
  12. There's probably nothing wrong with the ones you've already had approved. Alamy judge images purely on technical details, and they always inspect at 100%. If it's not totally sharp where it should be it will fail. If there are dust specks it will fail. And in terms of over-processing, there may be tell-tale signs of interpolation artefacts that are not easily spotted at less than 100%. Don't get unduly worked up about it at this stage - most of us have had to go through a learning process via a few QC fails until we get the measure of things. Once you're fully confident that you know what will
  13. The OP has not told us which camera he's using. Alan
  14. Not as angry as Alamy would be if they had to look through all your other submissions and find another one that needs rejecting. If one image does not meet the standards it suggests that your technique may not be perfect and there could be more failures among your other submissions. We would all prefer it if they concentrated their efforts elsewhere rather than hire more QC staff and reduce our commission. All businesses require suppliers to meet their standards time and time again. It's up to you to prove that you can do that. Alan
  15. Perhaps you could tell us which model of Canon it is? Alan
  16. I've just had my second Alamywhack zoom in the space of about a year. This proves that there are still, even among 180 million images, opportunities to take unique shots that give meaningful results for buyers. Alan
  17. This one is a world away from the skunk cabbage picture. I think it would stand a chance of passing as it is, but if you downsize I think it would sail through. Alan
  18. Sorry, but this is not correct. If you view the picture at 100% (which Alamy does) the whole image is VERY unsharp. As described earlier, if one fails the whole batch automatically fails. It's exactly the same as QC in any other industry - if you supply a supermarket with apples and one of them is rotten, the whole batch will be rejected. This is why the batch is shown as a failure but the email only listed one image. This doesn't mean that all the other images would have passed - it's up to you to implement your own pre-QC quality control to ensure that all submitted images are go
  19. I've got a house full of retro kit (14 at last count including a Dragon32 but mostly Acorns) but I haven't used any of it for years. I'm partway through a project to refurbish them all with a view to selling but have difficulty finding the time. Alan
  20. It's perfectly possible to straddle the two worlds seamlessly. I've been fascinated by technology ever since I pulled an old radio to pieces when I was 14. At the same age I became hooked on photography (in the Kodak Brownie days) and tried developing my own films. By the early 70s I was building electronic kits and when microprocessors came along I was fascinated by what they could do and saw the potential of digital immediately. I ordered a Sinclair Black Watch the moment they were announced, partly because of the possibility of being able to build a digital watch myself. I've built my own h
  21. I'm not an out and out jazz fan either but I watched it because I'm interested in understanding musical influences and I knew that Blue Note was very influential. Some terrific photographs. Alan
  22. The general consensus here is that this is misleading. Yes of course more keywords will lead to more people seeing your images, but if the keywords are irrelevant or peripheral the pictures are never likely to get zoomed or sold, and so all that will happen is that your CTR will be low and you will gradually sink to the bottom of the rankings. On the other hand, the late Keith Morris reckoned that if you put enough effort into thinking about keywords that might be totally relevant, by considering concepts as well as objects, you could very often fill the quota of 50. Al
  23. I have a similar dilemma. My 5D2 and 24-105 are ten years old now - and my shoulders are ten years older! But I don't have a big budget so I can't afford to make a mistake if I replace them. I tried an X-T1 a few years ago but didn't like it. I also bought a NEX6 and although I've found it useful as a pocket camera the quality isn't as good as the 5D2 for Alamy purposes so it's been underused and I'm about to sell it. I would like to do more video but the 5D2 is showing its age and I would really like to get better video quality. I've eyed up the Sony A7ii, mainly for the video, bu
  24. My photographic sideline is this: http://www.alanwrigley.photography/impsold My interest in photography took me in this direction: http://www.humblestation.co.uk Which in turn resulted in this: http://www.rheingoldtrauma.co.uk So photography has a lot to answer for. But I still make more money from Alamy than any of the others (just). Alan
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