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  1. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    I quite like this one (Women's March London yesterday) - she is leaning against the statue of Viscount Alanbrooke, who appears to be "holding her down" with his whip. Pearly Kingdom. The Pearly Queen of Greenwich with her pet dog, in matching pearly outfits, in front of a historic London cab, at the LNYDP Bernie/Bernice performing with the London Borough of Hillingdon float, also at the LNYDP
  2. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Thank you Gen, I may well come back to asking you for tips on Borneo!!
  3. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Gen, I for one am very envious, I absolutely love being in the rainforest, it's like being in another world, quite an insult on the senses. Especially all the weird sounds at night! Borneo is definitely on my list now. Sadly, that list is so long. Enjoy!!! (apart form the tarantulas)
  4. For travel, I tend to also go for first choice shutter priority and, as vpics, dialling exposure compensation up and down, plus a lowish ISO (whatever I can get away with, I used to go as low as I could, but these days, higher ISO is much less of a problem on the better camera models), occasionally variable ISO (bracketed). On the pre-programmable settings, I have one for unexpected faster sports/moving shots/need to freeze type shots with a 400 or 600th/s, and a second one with f5.6 for shots with several people, with lower shutter speed. I avoid using the pre-settings when I can afford to spend time and go manual, but if not, then they are quite useful. But as Phil said, it depends on the lenses as well, I tend to use a 24-70 F 2.8 as my walk around lens when travelling, with a 70-200 in the bag (F2.8 or F.4 depending on how much walking is involved due to weight), plus a little 50mm or a 100mm macro.
  5. Totally understand that this has happened a few times. And yes, you have my complete symphathy in terms of even attempting to re-work a large portfolio like yours. I wish I had such a big port. What I would say though is that this one [if it is indeed the case] appears to have a stronger effect on which images come up where than some other changes e.g. description on/off or location on/off, given that a smaller % of customers are likely to search by description, and location is, if relevant to searches, likely to appear somewhere in the keywords and/or heading as well, especially since the googlemaps location tool seems somewhat plagued with inaccuracies. Imho. Agree that it would be great if they'd be closer to IPTC data standards and ability to export from the software of choice with data already in place they could get, the fewer changes need to be made in AIM once uploaded by each contributor. I wonder, wouldn't that also be easier on the system overall, if fewer contributors were constantly finding the need to fiddle and adjust (of course a degree of that will always exist as and when info needs to be added to legacy images to keep them relevant etc).
  6. geophotos, I appreciate the comment, but spending many, many hours for potentially absolutely nothing, when alamy encourage the use of and change to supertags and phrases, is kind of a big deal for me. It either has an effect to use them, or it doesn't. I don't see the 'not as great as it would have been' option there. If supertags are do not make any difference (and you are right that we don't know this for sure, yet), then 'the positive effect is not as great as it would have been' isn't quite accurate. Rather, 'you've spent those hours choosing and clicking supertags when you could have earned money doing something else'. Photography is my job. Stock is a minuscule part of it in terms of revenue, and if I do spend time on alamy images, rather than on paying client work, then it ain't great if that time generates zero outcome.
  7. The Good Old Days

    Yes, quite possibly. I wish there was more clarity around all that, I've marked far too many of my pics as containing property just to be on the safe side, probably a bad decision.
  8. Gnaa, gimme a break. I've just spent so many hours over the Christmas break trying to improve/set those bloody supertags on a whole load of images and work through a lot of older images to get them more aligned with the new AIM. Do I understand this correctly, that if the algorithm suddenly favours images without supertags, it would also, sort of by default, favour a. older images that have been in the catalogue for ages and where contributors haven't made changes to keywords for a while, and b. images by large libraries/mass contributors who do not bother supertagging in the first place? That wouldn't seem particularly perhaps it's just a temporary thing? (please?)
  9. The Good Old Days

    Out of interest (because I probably categorise most of my images far too conservatively as containing property and may well be losing out on sales that way) - would the statue of Queen Victoria (?) not have some sort of copyright on it that would make it tricky to use this in a commercial advertising campaign? (assuming the grounds around Windsor Castle are public/shot from public land?) Or did the client in that case buy the image knowing there was property in the image? In any case, agree that was a very impressive sale!
  10. Have you found any Alamy images in January 2018?

    Many thanks, hadn't spotted these yet!
  11. stock agencies owned by private equity firms

    I would disagree with that statement, but maybe I worked with and for PE for too long in a previous life.
  12. December Challenge, "Taste" as in anything food or drink

    Steve, I think I found the top half of your carrot! (PS. not a competition entry, please forget immediately after viewing :-) )
  13. Will Alamy be closed for the rest of the year after today?

    Yes, someone somewhere in QC and sales updates is definitely working hard today - merry Christmas Alamy and cheers!
  14. Noise free skies?

    Yep, my chosen method, too. (also works well for night skies and large non prominent background areas in high iso shots). Alternatively, if there are details in the that area that should not have noise reduction applied, then a brush with medium feather also works well.
  15. I've just uploaded a smallish batch. At the end, the web uploader showed "36 of 35 images uploaded". Had to look twice and, after a few head scratches as to where the mysterious extra image may have come from, decided to press finish upload anyway. AIM now shows 35 in QC (there were always just 35) but thought I'd mention it in case it's a tech glitch that causes any issues. In other news - Merry Christmas everyone, have a lovely weekend!
  16. Yes, but he used a tardis instead of FTP, so was immediately rejected by the news team.
  17. Update for LR 6 users

    yep, and it's very annoying indeed!
  18. I'm Chris, so if there's a Sally also, then I'm definitely not alone, Gen, but I may be hallucinating after all. Happy Christmas!! PS. fotoDogue - I reckon images dated 18th January were more likely to be an export glitch or someone accidentally changing their in-camera info.
  19. Should I be worried?

    Those spy drones look damn realistic these days.
  20. AIM from mobile phone?

    Same here, tried adding a few keywords/making changes on AIM to existing images on mobile a few times,but the interface doesn't allow me to do so (also Android).
  21. December Challenge, "Taste" as in anything food or drink

    The elephant looked a lot happier with its lot than the pig.
  22. Favourite pics uploaded Dec 2017

    "I luuuurve you, Santa!" "I looooouuurrrve you, too, Santa!"