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1 / Alamy "discoverablity" revisited
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:29 »
I got out of microstock years ago - except for Alamy.  Amazingly, I still get a sale now and then and it pays at least a few dollars, so I'm thinking about adding some new ones just for laughs.

I see most of my images have "poor discoverability" despite good descriptions and keywords.

It's been years since I looked at this, and I remember that tedious keywording interface.  Can anyone cut to the chase and tell me the most likely cause of "poor discoverability" on Alamy as it is today?  Or does it even matter?

General Photography Discussion / other photography forums?
« on: December 19, 2019, 15:37 »
MicrostockGroup is great and I've followed it for years even though I no longer shoot microstock.  People here can pretty much say what they want, unlike the captive forums of the microstocks and PODs.

For general photography discussions, the DPReview forum seems most active. 

Then there's FredMiranda, Lumininous-landscape, and a lot of others that don't seem very active anymore.  I recently did a search and found on most forums, current activity was a trickle.  Some were ghost towns.

Does anyone here know of a good and currently active photography forum, besides DPReview?

General Stock Discussion / WikiMedia contest
« on: September 16, 2019, 12:54 »
Wikimedia has a photo contest for 'monuments' in the U.S..

I have a couple I might enter.  But I know nothing about WikMedia or the " CC BY-SA license" required for a submission.   I followed the link to the pages of legalese and my eyes instantly glazed over.

Is the bottom line simply that I'd be putting my full-size image file in the public domain?

I've been contacted by an art consultant who wants to license some photos for prints.  I'd like to find a standard license agreement that I could use, granting them a one-time right to make a print, but stating that I retain ownership of the images.   And that's all it really needs to say; I've dealt with these people before and they're totally on the up-and-up.

Can  anyone point me to a generic license agreement that I could download and use?

Print on Demand Forum / Advertising on FB
« on: January 25, 2018, 13:10 »
I'm trying to learn about FB advertising:  artist/business pages, boosting posts, targeting audiences, hashtags, etc.   A Google search turns up endless sites supposedly giving you the whole inside story; they're all rubbish, endless vague hype, clickbait for ads for ads for more ads.     

And FB just announced they're changing the game again, in ways no one really understands yet.  So I assume a lot of what's out there is partially obsolete.

I'm an old school guy who reads books and doesn't want to sit through videos, seminars, online courses etc.

Anyone want to recommend a good book on advertising with FaceBook?

General Stock Discussion / copy/paste IPTC
« on: November 20, 2017, 18:28 »
I know this comes up every now and then - but I need an application to copy/paste all the IPTC data from one photo to another.  I used to use Nikon CaptureNX but that's dead and buried.   I've tried a number of applications, and they're either junk, or they don't  have this feature - except for Photo Mechanic, which does it well but has a nosebleed price of $150 (I let the trial expire).

Surely there is something.

General Stock Discussion / real estate walkthroughs
« on: March 05, 2017, 18:02 »
Any have experience with 360 interactive panaoramas for real estate walkthroughs?  I've done 360 panoramics, now I have an opportunity to do this for a client with a couple of properties he owns.  I'm looking for a hosting site and some examples of typical apartment walkthroughs.  I'd like to find out how to do the 'clickable' doorways that let you move between rooms, etc.

8 / how to disable all files on DT
« on: January 02, 2017, 11:18 »
Getting out of DT has always been a royal pain.  Besides the 6 month lock-in, there's no way to disable multiple files. Does anyone know of something like a Greasemonkey script that will disable everything? 

UPDATE:  I'm doing it with iMacros.

Print on Demand Forum / who sells prints on Redbubble?
« on: January 01, 2017, 13:23 »
Who's had any luck selling prints on Redbubble?   I'm not interested in t-shirts or coffee mugs, just wall art.

I've never really tried to get going there, because they don't read IPTC and pounding in all the keywords seemed like too much work for tiny returns.  But with FAA steadily morphing into Zazzle, and Crated going nowhere,  I'm looking for any alternatives.

I haven't submitted anything to microstock in a long time and will probably never do so again.   With about 300 old images online, my expectations are pretty low these days.  But I'm thinking about starting the new year by cleaning house.

In the last couple of months DT has completely dried up;  I barely made enough in December to pay for a latte.  Time to end it.

For SS it's been a year of out-of-control spamming, junk portfolios getting side-loaded without inspection (like those 30,000 photos of pot), crazy rejections wasting everyone's time, and steadily declining sales for individual contributors.   I've been waiting for them to make some "exciting announcement" about a new giveaway or royalty cut, but at this point they're in such chaos they probably wouldn't even announce it.  So I'll dump them too.   

I was ready to give up on Alamy after months without a sale, but got one a few days ago that netted me $10.   I really have nothing against them, so I'll leave my stuff there.   

The wild card, once again, is GL stock images.   I thought the new ownership might take it somewhere, and I got a couple of sales after the transition, but it went cold.  Unsure about this one.

Bottom line, I'm dropping SS and DT on New Year's Day. 

General Stock Discussion / keyword/metadata editor
« on: December 20, 2016, 14:27 »
Funny how often this comes up...

I'm moving off of LR and will be needing a new way to edit keywords and other metadata.  I've searched in the past and have always been surprised to find nothing really good for this purpose.   The basic requirements never change: browse the images, view/edit/copy/paste metadata between them.  If the program were really good, it would let me do things on groups, like add a single new keyword to a bunch of photos.

What I don't want is something like Irfanview - dated, clunky and hopelessly overgrown with features I don't need.

Something lightweight and focused on metadata and keywords.....?

General Stock Discussion / ISO simple license agreement for print
« on: November 10, 2016, 10:56 »
An art consultant wants to do a print of one of my photos for a client - just one copy.   Does anyone know of a simple licensing agreement I could download and use?

I'm not worried about this consultant, they're a small local company and I'm dealing with a single person.  They say they don't have a standard agreement and normally the artist provides it. 

Print on Demand Forum / - still fogs a mirror?
« on: October 27, 2016, 13:11 »
Every once in a while I post the question here: has anyone had a sale on lately?

From my experience, it's a place where crickets chirp.

General Photography Discussion / Shooting from a moving car
« on: August 15, 2016, 20:07 »
Does anyone have some good pointers for shooting stills from a moving car?  The subject I want to get is big, and far away, which is good - but the view is only available while driving across a bridge.  And I need to shoot in early evening so I won't be able to use a really fast shutter speed.

I know nothing about camera stabilzers.  Would some sort of gyroscopic rig actually help, or are they just for video?

Print on Demand Forum / Photo4Me
« on: May 22, 2016, 11:01 »
I just discovered Photo4Me and put up a few images to try to understand how it works.  Photo4me used to have a forum, but it seems to be shut down following a rework of the site.

Before I get going on this topic - is anyone else here even interested? 

I've been contacted by an art consultant who wants to use one of my photos in a local hotel.  I don't know the details yet but they want to license the image and do their own print.  I'd like to make this happen and am not really worried about them ripping me off somehow; but I'd need to gin up some sort of licensing agreement, giving them rights to some number of printed copies.   Can anyone point me to a generic agreement I could use?

Print on Demand Forum / Imagekind: pay to play?
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:31 »
I just found out about another POD, Imagekind.   Does anyone here have experience to share?

First of all I need to find out if they read IPTC; if not, forget it.

But the thing I saw right away is that if you pay a monthly fee you get "highlighted search placement" and even, apparently, become a "featured artist".  This is the first time I've actually seen this offered and I'm trying to decide if I think it's evil, or not.   

Print on Demand Forum / FAA now talking about 'subscriptions'
« on: March 24, 2016, 10:50 »
When logging in, FAA contributors are now being asked for a 'yes' or 'no' opinion on a new plan.  Here's an excerpt:

"Fine Art America is in discussions with a major electronics manufacturer about co-developing a large-format digital picture frame which would hang on a wall and allow the owner of the picture frame to stream FAA images to the picture frame using an iPhone or Android phone.

The owner of the picture frame would pay a monthly subscription fee (e.g. $10 per month) for the ability to stream any image from Fine Art America to the picture frame at any time.
You (the image owner) would get paid based on how many minutes your image appeared on the digital picture frame during a given month.   Please read below for complete details."

Needless to say, your markup is ignored - you have no control over pricing, you get whatever they decide to pay, and I assume that will be pennies.   I couldn't click "NO" fast enough.   But watch the FAA forum for gushy posts thanking "Sean" for this "great new opportunity".

Print on Demand Forum / FAA listens to contributors
« on: December 26, 2015, 19:08 »
A contributor recently started a thread on the FAA forum, suggesting that the maximum file size (25mb) should be increased.   He asked that contributors who agreed with him post "+1"

An admin quickly jumped in with this reply:

"You do know that this is not a democracy and that the size isn't changing, don't you? Good, as long as you realise that......"

Even for FAA,  this is a new low.  And yes I know 25mb is still big enough for prints; it's just the tone of the response that made me angry.  But, the rude and defensive forum administrators actually fit in with the overall dated, unsophisticated look of the site - which is one of the things they're most defensive about.

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.  I'm really frustrated with clunky, lowbrow online businesses like FAA that think they control the market and will never need to change.   I hope they get some competition in 2016.   

Print on Demand Forum / Crated - dead or alive?
« on: November 18, 2015, 12:03 »
I decided to give another chance, maybe things had changed.  I put up a couple dozen of my best wall-art photos, including some that have sold on FAA.   Not expecting anything, really, and after a couple weeks they still don't show up in search, so the mystery 'curator' either hasn't looked or didn't like me. 

What bugs me, though, is that I now see plenty of seriously mediocre photos that do appear in the search.    I'm talking about really lifeless snapshots, some just as-is,   many with the typical artsy Photoshop filter or  'vintage' app applied.  Click on the contributor and you find they've submitted nothing but a handful of similar shots.    There's a lot of good work on Crated, but I'm seeing a lot of questionable 'art'.

No, I'm not going to post links and embarrass people, or talk about how great I am.  They can apply whatever standards they want, it's their show.   I'm just wondering if Crated is still alive.  I see pretty much the same photos and artwork on the main page every time I look. 

Software / major downgrade of OneDrive
« on: November 04, 2015, 19:35 »
Anyone using Microsoft's OneDrive for their cloud backup (like I am). should be aware of big changes they announced a couple days ago - just search on "OneDrive changes" and you'll see a firestorm in progress.  They're walking back all their promises of unlimited free storage, raising prices and - apparently - dropping some paid options altogether, although it's hard to be really sure because it's wrapped in the usual fog of corporatese.

I'm on a paid plan for 200gb and, while it's apparently not being shut down immediately, the future is clouded.

This represents a big step back for MS.   They'll lose all their credibility in cloud storage.

22 / "featured"
« on: September 18, 2015, 10:28 »
I quit submitting to microstock over a year ago.  I recently got an email from someone at Alamy, saying they planned to 'feature' me later this year and wondering if I might submit some new photos. I don't want to seem unappreciative or rude, but given the few sales I get at Alamy, I can't believe even a 'feature' would be worth the effort.

It appears that a 'feature' just amounts to a paragraph and a thumbnail on a 'featured artists' page.  Have others gotten these emails, or already been 'featured' and if so, did that generate any sales?

23 / Alamy messes with my head
« on: July 17, 2015, 17:47 »
My earnings in 2014 were just a fraction of 2013 so I decided that I'd just close the account at the end of the year.  But right at the start of 2015, I got a couple of sales.  Wow, I thought.   

Needless to say, absolutely nothing since then.  It was just a trick, to get me to start checking the account again, every day, waiting for that next sale....

24 / "your images are trending"
« on: March 09, 2015, 11:40 »
How many of you have received the nice email saying "your images are trending", telling you your CTR is in the top 10%, and you should submit more images to sit there without selling, until the end of time?

Has anyone else been unable to download the 1099? I download the verification pdf, type in the word (yes, case sensitive) and enter my account password in the other spot, and get "The verification word does not match the image."   Tried many times and yes, I've sent a message to support.   

Update:   Had to log in again and start all over - then it worked.

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