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  1. Wouldn't say we were happy with the Flickr photo - just that the photo posted to Flickr bears little resemblance to the image at full resolution and 100% magnification. ISO levels are irrelevant if you've manipulated the image beyond what it's capable of taking. No matter what label it has, "Noise, Soft" etc, the image is severely degraded and lacking technical quality. Alamy
  2. To confirm, this level of image quality is way off acceptable. There is a highly insufficient level of sharpness and detail. We also wouldn't recommend using the free photos window software to post process your images, and would always recommend shooting and processing in RAW. Alamy
  3. Yes, we can confirm they are the dimensions of the image. Here is a 100% crop of the tree area, right of centre: And here is a 100% crop of the top of the centre tree area with the roof in the background: Can we just ask - what software are you using to process these images? Alamy
  4. Are you happy for us to post a 100% crop of an area of the image that shows the issues? This may help you identify the problems we're seeing. Best Alamy
  5. Just to step in here before anyone thinks that the example posted above was representative of what we were sent. To confirm, it isn't. The file QC received, when viewed at 100%, looks nothing like the image posted above and is one of the most extreme examples of a QC failure we've seen in recent times. We wouldn't post a 100% crop here without permission but this really was nowhere near the borderline of acceptability. We don't normally intervene in threads like this but the problems with the image that was sent to us are excessive. Alamy
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    Unfortunately it's not possible for us to provide this. Although we do sometimes have visibility of ISBN numbers, this isn't always the case and retrieving this information for claims incurs considerable cost and internal resource, which varies per individual claim within the overall large claim. Alamy
  7. A simple admin error on our side meant a delay in sending the funds to transfer. Contractually we are bound to pay within the month but we'll always try and get the money sent asap. Cheers Alamy
  8. Hi all, There is a slight delay in payments made to US bank accounts but you should receive payment by Tuesday - at the latest. Thanks, Alamy
  9. Hi All We've removed any posts referencing Shutterstock and their processes as this isn't the platform to be discussing this on. We suggest that you get in contact with them or use their forum if you wish to discuss this further. Thanks, Alamy
  10. Hi everyone - I think we can all agree that at certain times, certain pockets of tourists can cause frustrations for the seasoned stock photographer and the general public. That said, we'd appreciate it if you could all refrain from making sweeping national generalisations in the way certain groups behave based on their country of origin. Many thanks Alamy
  11. Just to clear this up, we may have recommended that Adobe RGB was a preferred workspace for processing back in the day for various reasons including processing compatibility, but it's never been a QC requirement. Some of our standard responses still included that reference and we've now updated them for clarity. There is no conspiracy to uncover - just process your images in whatever works best for you then when you upload we will: Convert to sRGB Display in sRGB on the website When ordered by a customer, provide a file without a colour profile for compatibility reasons We won't keep an Adobe RGB version of your file if you do send one. We have no recorded cases of a client asking for one, but if they did, we would contact you directly to see if there is one available. Cheers James A
  12. No payment was received and no payment would ever have been received as it was credit card fraud. The sale was cancelled rather than any money refunded. This is another reason why credit card sales don't clear instantly, as we need to allow time for potential fraud to be reported to us so we can cancel before a contributor is actually paid. It's likely the user in question had no actual interest in that particular image, however it's impossible to know for sure. These situations are unfortunate but thankfully rare - frustratingly they are impossible to prevent 100% of the time. Alamy
  13. This was a sale cancellation as we had actively spotted some fraudulent activity on the purchasing account and banned the user in question. Also, to pick up another thread of conversation here, differences in price and territory are common depending on what type of user you are and whether or not we are running any a/b pricing tests at the time. Thanks Alamy
  14. Hi everyone We have deleted the last couple of comments as they were becoming personal (as one of you pointed out). We'll be locking the thread down as we feel the main points have been covered. Many thanks, Alamy
  15. We can confirm FTP should be back to normal again, do let us know if you experience any further problems! Thanks Alamy
  16. Hi everyone Thanks for flagging this issue, our IT team is working on a fix and we'll let you know as soon as we have an update. Many thanks Alamy
  17. Hi Sheila Thanks for your suggestion. This is in the queue for improvements to the portfolio page. As you see with the continuous AIM improvements, we do get round to doing these. Thanks, Alamy
  18. Hi All, Please remember to stick to the topic of the thread. Many thanks, Alamy
  19. Hi everyone We removed the thread as some of the criticism given were not as constructive as it should have been. Although the comments may have been written with good intentions, they were fairly harsh on the contributor and included unnecessary wording about the subjects of the portfolio. Thanks Alamy
  20. Hi Javier Vector files don't go through the normal QC process, so there should just be a short delay before they appear in your Image Manager. The processing time may vary depending on how much content we are receiving at the same time and can take up to a few hours. Thanks Alamy
  21. Marianne We recommend you get in touch with contributors@alamy.com about this. There should not be any images marked as exclusive on the CSV unless the box is ticked in the Alamy Image Manager for example. Please add some examples in your email so the team can look into this for you. All the best Alamy
  22. Hi Jools Devon, We noticed this is a Stockimo image. Contributors with news images uploaded via Stockimo and later sold as stock will get access to the Archival/reportage upload route too, but we have not yet got that far in the process. You will receive an email once the upload route is activated in your account. All the best Alamy
  23. Reportage/Archival We have an additional upload route for collections of reportage or archival images which might not meet our technical standards for regular stock imagery. What do we mean by reportage images? Photojournalistic images illustrating a story but captured under difficult circumstances and might not pass our standard QC checks. Examples include photo essays or features. What do we mean by archival images? Images that are historically or culturally significant, examples include film stills, press archives and specialist collections. Alamy
  24. Just a quick update on this from us. Firstly - there is no cover-up/conspiracy here. As previously mentioned, we took the decision to remove automatic access to the news feed to all as this past year we’ve seen a dramatic increase of imagery that isn’t suitable, either due to the content itself or from incorrectly formatted captions. Dealing with this was taking up a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent pushing the best content to our Live News clients. For this reason, news access was limited to those who used news upload regularly and had made live news sales. If you didn't use it regularly or didn't make many live news sales, then access was removed. Applications are open if you lost access but want it returned. As you can imagine, demand has been high for this and we're working through the applications as quickly as possible. As this process involved tens of thousands contributors, we took the decision to only email those who had used the live news service since January 2018, as anyone not uploading since then were effectively not active. We're sorry this has not been welcomed by some of you who didn't get the email notification. We also recognise that some of you had uploaded images as live news that later had sold as secondary stock, so you were concerned that without news upload then these images would not have been available. As a result of this, as from today, if you are someone who has uploaded news imagery that has later sold as secondary stock, we’ve given you access to the archive / reportage route which means you can upload similar work for secondary sales, but it won’t end up on the news feed to be pinged to the news desks. This means you should still be able to benefit from those stock sales of "news style" imagery, even if it's not live news. This does not affect your live news application if you have already submitted one. For those who don't have access to the archive / reportage route, as with Live News, applications are open and are available via your contributor dashboard. Alamy
  25. Hi JacksonStock It's been bank holiday weekend here in the UK, but our Contributor Relations team are now back in the office and will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks Alamy
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