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  1. How to improve discoverability of a photograph

    Think of the keyword catalogue as an upside down forest. There is a tree for locations. There is a tree for architecture. There is a tree for plants. There is a tree for animals. There is a tree for geology. There is a tree for history. There is a tree for time. There is a tree for image treatment. There is a tree for weather. There is a tree for whatever you decide to add to the keyword catalogue. Click on a subkeyword at the end of a branch and it zips up the branch to the trunk taking every other subkeyword above it. For instance: Image of people walking in autumn beside a swan in Grenadier pond through the forest in Toronto's High Park. Click on subkeyword phrase GRENADIER POND on the LOCATION tree and you get Canada; Grenadier Pond; High Park; North America; Ontario; park; Toronto Click on subkeyword SWAMP on The ENVIRONMENTS tree and you get: marsh; pond; swamp; water CLICK subkeyword PIONEER on the HISTORY tree and you get: historic; history; pioneer Click on subkeyword CYGNUS BUCCINATOR on the LIFE tree and you get animal; bird; Cygnus buccinator; Olor buccinator; Trumpeter Swan; swan Click on the subkeyword EXERCISE on the LIFE tree and you have: exercise; hike; hiking; people; person; walk; walking Click on the subkeyword CHANGE on the TIME tree and you get: autumn; change; color; colour; fall; season Click on CAROLINIAN FOREST on the ENVIRONMENTS tree and you get: carolinian; carolinian forest; eastern deciduous; eastern deciduous forest; forest In Bridge these keywords accumulate in the Keyword metadata so with 7 quick clicks you have the following 39 keywords in the file’s metadata: Canada; Grenadier Pond; High Park; North America; Ontario; park; Toronto; marsh; pond; swamp; water; historic; history; pioneer; animal; bird; Cygnus buccinator; Olor buccinator; Trumpeter Swan; swan; exercise; hike; hiking; people; person; walk; walking; autumn; change; color; colour; fall; season; carolinian; carolinian forest; eastern deciduous; eastern deciduous forest; forest Save the file or multiple selected files in Bridge and upload to Alamy. In the new AIM select the supertabs and answer the questions. I might also decide to add ; people walking; autumn colour; autumn color; autumn colour; to the keyword catalogue for next time. I would also add them to the 39 keywords for this particular image, making a total of 43 keywords. It is important to note subject trees are separate. Therefore I could click on the subkeyword EXERCISE on the LIFE tree and have: exercise; hike; hiking; people; person; walk; walking; added to keywords for a hiking image taken in California.
  2. High Sierra?

    High Sierra introduces a new Apple file structure, and the way the computer deals with drives. There is a potential for great mischief here, even with the most stable software by both Apple and third parties. So I will be holding off upgrading High Sierra, maybe even until the next upgrade.
  3. How to improve discoverability of a photograph

    The keyword tree is much more effective, flexible, and faster than the metadata templates. Think of it as an inverted tree with the trunk on top. The top Keyword could be “North America” then it branches into 3 keywords “Mexico” “USA” Canada” Then “Canada” would branch into “Ontario” “Quebec” etc. Click on “Ontario” and you get Canada; North America; Ontario. The software ignores “Quebec” and “USA” and “Mexico” because they are not connected to Ontario. If I click on the word “Rouge River” at the bottom of the inverted tree it will select all the way up the tree to the trunk at the top “North America” It will insert all of the following keywords all at one time. Canada; North America; Ontario; park; Rouge National Park; Rouge National Urban Park; Rouge Park; Rouge River; Toronto; If the Rouge River is not in the image but the image was taken in the park. Then move up the inverted tree a few notches and click on “Rouge Park” and get: Canada; North America; Ontario; park; Rouge National Park; Rouge National Urban Park; Rouge Park; Toronto If there is still a particular keyword you do not want then unclick it on the keyword tree. It and only it, will be removed from the resulting keyword list. You can also keyword any number of images all at once simply by selecting them. To John’s point if the keyword is correct and you have the space you are not overdoing it. The keyword "conceptualism" is put in the particular image keyword list automatically, once you put it on the keyword tree. Input a keyword only once on the keyword tree, and output many times to particular images at no extra work. You do not have to build the keyword tree all at once. Build it as your shooting enters new areas and you have a need for it. For instance my keyword tree has no branches for “Finland” because I have never been there. Reimar; You do not see the keyword tree because you have not yet built it. I think you are looking at the other keywords section that has all the keywords of the current images in the content panel. As an experiment type the keyword NORTH AMERICA in the input box at the bottom of the keyword panel. Hit + symbol at panel bottom you should see NORTH AMERICA appear as a keyword in the keyword panel. Then highlight NORTH AMERICA in the keyword panel. Now type CANADA in the input box and hit L+ (subkeyword) symbol in the panel bottom and CANADA should appear as a subkeyword of NORTH AMERICA. You have now started to build a keyword tree. If you are still interested but confused, pull down the HELP menu in BRIDGE. There is an entire page on how to build a keyword tree. You can also do much the same in Lightroom.
  4. How to improve discoverability of a photograph

    I think the best thing to do is to try to get into the green by using the largest number of the most relevant keywords possible. I first use the thesaurus and then wikipedia. If I shoot the same images frequently, then I input multiple keywords into the keyword panel in Adobe Bridge. One time entry into the Bridge keyword panel, so thereafter one click gives me a series of related keywords. One click, when appropriate, gets: decoration; design; motif; natural pattern; natural patterns; ornamentation; pattern; pattern in nature; patterned; patterns; patterns in nature; texture One click: abandoned; ironic; man-altered landscape; manufactured landscape; obsolete; post-industrial; postindustrial; suburban; topographics; urban One click: Bob Hunter Memorial Park; Canada; Little Rouge Creek; North America; Ontario; park; Rouge National Park; Rouge National Urban Park; Rouge Park; Rouge Valley; Toronto; urban wilderness One click: concept; conceptual; conceptualism; idea; symbol; symbolic Look up “Canada Thistle” on Wickipedia and you get: Cirsium arvense; creeping thistle; Canada thistle, Canadian thistle, lettuce from hell thistle, California thistle, corn thistle, cursed thistle, field thistle, green thistle, hard thistle, perennial thistle, prickly thistle, small-flowered thistle, way thistle; stinger-needles, eudicot, weed, injurious weed, noxious weed, wildflower, flower, perennial, purple, thistle. Alamy is an international agency so local names are important. The keyword panel in Bridge makes the process fast and foolproof for subjects you do often. I also have my entire collection keyworded on a hard disc. I can search for old similar images by keyword. I then copy and paste the keywords and caption from the old similar shot in the collection, to the new image I am keywording. All the keywords in this post look like a lot of work. But they were not. A few clicks in the keyword panel in Bridge, and then a trip to cut and paste from my archives for a Canada Thistle, that I had keyworded before. So it is not all that hard to get 50 keywords, cover all bases, and still not use a lot of misleading keywords. Do it well only once, use many times.
  5. Public Domain - wild west - need for some order?

    I think there is a market for distributing public domain images from various sources. Copy the engravings in the London Illustrated News from 150 years ago, and no museum would object. The museum world is a small group. Part of my business was going into museums on behalf of publishers and photographing artifacts paintings etc. I believed reselling the images as stock would lead to my being blackballed by the museums, and maybe the publishers. I abandoned the idea. But today?
  6. He always does Marb, don’t worry about it, and keep asking questions. Don’t be driven off the forum. Just do not mention the name of other agencies or any euphemisms for them. To do so is against the forum rules and to game the forum.
  7. Public Domain - wild west - need for some order?

    Just the opposite. It is more difficult to access public domain images from the original museum source. Being able to quickly search and download a good public domain image from Alamy would be considered a plus by the client, and not cause a loss in credibility. Public domain images will draw more clients to the Alamy site, and that benefits photographers like you and me.
  8. Po'olenalena Beach in Makena on the island of Maui in the State of Hawaii USA. Have been there many times over many years. It never disappoints.
  9. Log in just going round in circles

    Captcha itself is not precise, so it trips up those who are more precise. It is a phycological test to keep out the anal retentive. Without captcha there were forum posts by robots advertising how one could be rich by raising cabbages in your garage. When you click on squares do not be exactly precise, and you will probably get in the first try. For instance if there is just a very small edge corner of a street sign occupying only 5% of one square do not click on that particular square, or you will be asked to try again. It was cars for this sign in and I ignored a car in the extreme distance of one square. Technically wrong answer but the right answer for Captcha that let me in first try.
  10. Does it have to be editorial?

    With the new AIM there is no must. The choice is up to the photographer. If a RF image !!!!! FEATURES !!!! people or private property without a release, I check “editorial only” If an RF image is an overall street scene, for instance, that has unreleased people or property that are in the image without being featured, I do not check “editorial only”. Otherwise you could never sell a RF city skyline or a crowded beach, or a street image as commercial. If I shot RM images, I would apply the same logic. I think there should be no difference between RF and RM on this issue. The new Alamy Image Manager (AIM) leaves the choice of what to do, and any risk involved, up to the photographer. It is one of the big changes over the old AIM where any person bigger than a pixel forced the image into RM. I should state that I am not speaking for Alamy, just myself.
  11. Older Images selling very well.

    Hi Betty: I think your keywords were always truncated etc before the new AIM. The new AIM, did not actually do the truncating, just pointed that truncating out, and gave you a chance to correct it. If you corrected the truncation in the new AIM then you should see better results particularly with old images. In the old AIM my keywords appeared in the bottom box like so Keyword1, keyword2, keyword3 Then I used that keyword string to cut and pasted keywords into the top two boxes. The the top box had cut and paste Keyword1 The second box had cut and paste Keyword2 The third box had Keyword3 left in place. Note the loss of commas and spaces. I thing that was the problem. The system saw the string as one keyword only Keyword1keyword2keyword3 because of the loss of commas and spaces due to my cut and paste. It should have seen it as Keyword1, keyword2, keyword3 and would have, had I left the commas and spaces in when I cut and pasted. This did not help my search position.
  12. Why Alamy for generic RF?

    Here is an interesting combination Alamy and microstock sale. It is the cover of Dan Brown’s new book Origin. The circle on the cover is an Alamy image of a circular staircase. The background on the cover is a microstock image of a pattern. It is my contention that Alamy could have sold both images if the client came to Alamy first for the staircase image. Alamy should be going after both image sales, and I intend to help Alamy and benefit myself. That is why I recently uploaded a bunch of background images that have been sitting on my various hard drives and locked into PSD files as backgrounds for over 20 years. Click on my image number beside my avatar to see them. I also intend to shoot new pattern images when out shooting. Today shot some trees really disappearing into a fog. Distant blue on blue trees almost not there. That is needed for a background on a book cover. Can’t have detail interfering with the book title and Author’s name.
  13. Christmas noise

    If Alamy did as you suggest, QC failure rate would go up. The nurturing workload would be so expensive that contributors that get it right the first time, would be receiving a 40% royalty cut instead of today’s 50%. I think they should go back to a 30 day ban for QC failure. Two failures in a row and you are banned for a year.
  14. Reporting in on RF

    “RF, RM And Model Releases “By Jim Pickerell | 996 Words | Posted 11/27/2017 | Comments “Must all Royalty Free photos be model released?” This question came from a stock agent who is considering converting his collection from RM to RF. The answer is NO. An increasing number of images are being offered under a Royalty Free License for Editorial Use Only. What the Editorial Use Only means is that “we don’t have a model release for this image,” and thus it can not be used for commercial purposes.” The above from this website. RF marches ever forward, and I wonder who that “stock agent” is?
  15. Greetings from the Adirondack Mountains

    Hi Dave Nice images good captioning and keywording. The only suggestion I would make is that because Alamy has a lot of British clients, keyword both the USA and British equivalents. For instance a “truck” in the USA is sometimes called a “lorry” in the UK. Spellings “colorful” in the USA “colourful” in the UK I use the online dictionary/thesaurus that comes with the mac OS. It has the British/American equivalents