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06/23/2005 12:31:26 PM · #101
Doug, no Alamy sales for us yet - mine only appeared for sale today, and there's just 26 of them. Pete has even less and they've been there only a couple of months, less I think.

We'll work on adding more when we can.

But we're more likely to make a sale if they're on there than if they're sitting gather digital dust, so to speak, on our hardrives at home!
06/23/2005 12:39:19 PM · #102
True true. I plan on submitting more too, but I don't think I could ever come close to 1,800!!! Wow.... I'll be lucky to reach 180! :-)

Good luck to you!

Doug
06/23/2005 12:48:12 PM · #103
Well, it's been a long, slow road getting there... :) I try and make between 10 and 20 images a day and send off a CD every week or so.

It's turned into a living for me, but only because my very understanding husband thought I should follow my dream to be a stock photographer and was willing to live frugally for a long time while I built up my inventory of images. :)
06/23/2005 03:44:19 PM · #104
so - are you literally just shooting with the D70 - upsizing, and sending off?

my workflow for my own prints is more long winded, as theres only select shots which i upload to my gallery after some touching up.


Message edited by author 2005-06-23 16:06:21.
06/23/2005 04:01:17 PM · #105
MAGNUM is a closed shop, you have to be invited to join
Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by e301:

Alamy? Now, come on: getting in here is the real challenge.

E


It sure would be. Magnum is a different type of agency. It is much more specialized in the editorial areas of stock photography.
06/24/2005 03:13:06 PM · #106
Originally posted by dr3amz:

so - are you literally just shooting with the D70 - upsizing, and sending off?

my workflow for my own prints is more long winded, as theres only select shots which i upload to my gallery after some touching up.


I can only answer for me but... the ones that just got approved for me were D70 images, taken last summer as jpegs not raw, processed in Photoshop for levels and everything else I felt they needed included masked layers to burn in skies etc. Some had minor crops too. Then upsized. No noise reduction. No sharpening.

I know have a Canon 20D and shoot in RAW so will change that workflow somewhat as more processing will be done during raw conversion but, otherwise similar.
07/04/2005 03:09:51 PM · #107
Any news from anybody?
07/04/2005 03:27:53 PM · #108
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

Any news from anybody?

No sales yet...
I've since heard that Alamy isn't the first call for travel photography which I kind of knew already but I can't get my stuff onto those sites as they either have minimum number requirements that are far above my portfolio or they are still accepting slide only.
Still... one never knows.
I have too few images there to expect much though I have sent another CD with another 66 images and will try and build on that as and when I can.
07/04/2005 04:42:59 PM · #109
has anyone tried upsizing with the newer Photoshop bicubic smoother and bicubic sharper algorithms?

i demo'd genuine fractals, but i found the results using bicubic smoother to be just as good. we'll see what alamy says, i suppose.

rob
07/04/2005 04:46:21 PM · #110
Originally posted by muckpond:

has anyone tried upsizing with the newer Photoshop bicubic smoother and bicubic sharper algorithms?

i demo'd genuine fractals, but i found the results using bicubic smoother to be just as good. we'll see what alamy says, i suppose.

rob


How do you do that Rob?

If you shoot RAW, in the RAW pluggin (CS 2), you have the option of upsizing directly. From what I've seen, it looks just as good as GF if not a bit better when looked at 100%.

Any body else think so?
07/04/2005 04:51:44 PM · #111
[quote=kosmikkreeper
How do you do that Rob?[/quote]

in the Image Size dialog box, check the "resample image" checkbox and then choose "bicubic smoother" or "bicubic sharper."

i will post some 100% crops soon, but i can't get to my "real" computer right now.

i'm very interested to hear other opinions, though. i send in a trial disk to alamy using the Photoshop upsizing.
07/04/2005 06:44:05 PM · #112
My original submission of 15 has been up for a couple weeks now, and no sales. :-) We can dream about quick results, huh? :-)

I've got another DVD with 41 images on it just waiting to be mailed. Hopefully that will help.

The one thing that bugs me is that you can't even see how many times your images have been looked at on Alamy. So you don't know if nobody has even SEEN your images yet, or maybe 100 people have looked at them but nobody has thought they were good enough to buy... Which is it? Or am I missing something? Is there a way to see how many times they've been viewed by people? Anyone found it?

Doug
07/05/2005 06:23:51 AM · #113
Originally posted by muckpond:

[quote=kosmikkreeper
How do you do that Rob?


in the Image Size dialog box, check the "resample image" checkbox and then choose "bicubic smoother" or "bicubic sharper."

i will post some 100% crops soon, but i can't get to my "real" computer right now.

i'm very interested to hear other opinions, though. i send in a trial disk to alamy using the Photoshop upsizing. [/quote]

Ahh I see now!! Thx!
07/05/2005 06:37:20 AM · #114
Originally posted by muckpond:

i demo'd genuine fractals, but i found the results using bicubic smoother to be just as good.

I agree. With PS7 I found it to be visually almost identical at 100%.

Edit: That's with 250% up-sampling from a 6.3 MP image.

Message edited by author 2005-07-05 06:39:12.
07/08/2005 08:33:38 AM · #115
Here's a sample image, upsized from a 6.3 MP 300D shot to 250%, then cropped at 1:1..

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For people that have got into Alamy - do you save your TIFFs with or without compression? Also, what size images do you submit in pixels?

Message edited by author 2005-07-08 08:34:47.
07/08/2005 09:01:20 AM · #116
Interesting... to my eye the GF version looks to be sharper than the PS one, but I'll be interested to hear if that's just my subjective eye!

On the TIFF compression front, I have been using uncompressed TIFFs but looking at their submission guidelines they don't seem to insist on this - I've dropped them an email to check, and will let you know what they say!
07/08/2005 09:05:17 AM · #117
I agree about the Geniune Fractals one being sharper. I think the simple shapes help. For the kind of work I'll be submitting I think I might invest, not sure yet..

Thanks for the query email, Pete.
07/08/2005 09:11:01 AM · #118
Finally got my CD ready for submission.
I'll be sendging it out in the next day or two.
07/08/2005 09:20:05 AM · #119
Originally posted by PaulMdx:

For people that have got into Alamy - do you save your TIFFs with or without compression? Also, what size images do you submit in pixels?


As per their submission guidelines: TIFFS with no compression at all, 8 bit colour depth, no layers.

I resize images to ensure they are 48 MEG files, which is, depending on their ratio, very roughly 5000 x 3300 pixels. That's a rough idea.
07/08/2005 09:24:01 AM · #120
Originally posted by Kavey:

Originally posted by PaulMdx:

For people that have got into Alamy - do you save your TIFFs with or without compression? Also, what size images do you submit in pixels?


As per their submission guidelines: TIFFS with no compression at all, 8 bit colour depth, no layers.

I resize images to ensure they are 48 MEG files, which is, depending on their ratio, very roughly 5000 x 3300 pixels. That's a rough idea.


and if I'm correct they prefer the Adobe RGB color space.
07/08/2005 09:52:43 AM · #121
Yep, that's right.

07/08/2005 09:53:35 AM · #122
Ahh yes, it's buried halfway down their submission help page:

"Please ensure that the file is not compressed in any way"

Damn, now my email will make me look like I can't read ;-)
07/08/2005 10:01:50 AM · #123
Originally posted by ganders:

Ahh yes, it's buried halfway down their submission help page:

"Please ensure that the file is not compressed in any way"

Damn, now my email will make me look like I can't read ;-)

Weirdo. You're the one who pointed these details out to me when I first asked.
07/08/2005 10:07:50 AM · #124
Originally posted by ganders:


On the TIFF compression front, I have been using uncompressed TIFFs but looking at their submission guidelines they don't seem to insist on this - I've dropped them an email to check, and will let you know what they say!


They do allow you to use LZW compression, though it doesn't say it on their site. I've received confirmation from member services on that and it makes waaaaay more images fit on a CD or DVD. I've been sending my images that way since last November.
07/08/2005 10:14:32 AM · #125
PaulMdx or anyone-

How do you resize-up, to such large files. My images with the D70(6.1)are at 2000x3000. Is it a RAW thang?
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