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Colin Utz

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  1. I want to bring this topic up again, because I´m really unhappy with this, too. I´ve tried a workaround with a simple link to the page you get, when clicking on your name under an image. But then, a search in the search field returns not only yours, but all Alamy images with this keyword. Not good! Is it really that complicated to give the customer the possibility to chose the number of thumbnails he wants to see, e.g. up to 120, like on the other pages? I have about 1400 pictures at Alamy, only. But this small number means a customer has to go through 96 pages! Alamy do us this favour
  2. If you want to support the German economy - Leica, of course!
  3. I crop sometimes to clean the edges, but that´s it. I think, the less you fiddle around with your original files, the less is the chance to make a mistake in some state of the process. If my original file looks not sharp enough, I don´t upload it.
  4. Exactly. Everybody who offers a service like this, has to state in their terms of use. "Because I am not the Alamy reviewer who is checking your batch, I can´t give ANY guarantee if my judgement is right!" And that would make it wothless.
  5. A good tip from Colin, i tried this at a masking setting of 30, it certainly takes away some of that textured noise look, not sure how far masking can be pushed before degrading the image though. Thanks for your tip Colin! Paul. You can push it as far as you like. It is not degrading the image, it only limits the areas, where sharpening is applied. If you want to sharpen edges only, you can do that, if you like.
  6. To avoid sharpening the sky, for example, I use "Masking" (press "alt" or "opt" key, to see exactly where sharpening is applied).
  7. If you use Lightroom, a rather small investment can make your life a little easier: Alamy Picture Manager
  8. To delete an image from a collection totally, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Backspace (Mac: Cmd + Opt + Shift + Del).
  9. The caption in news images is generated by Alamy. There should be no reason to change it.
  10. After checking my keywords, I found out, that 1/3 of my images contain my name and website in the comprehensive field. This happened automatically, because I have it in my metadata presets. I didn´t pay attention to this, because it showed up in the comprehensive field, only. This time, I was really happy, that I use the Alamy Picture Manager (Lightroom plugin). It was a matter of a minute to delete my name and website, and to upload the corrected versions.
  11. Although the plug-in is not perfect, it works for me. The smart-collections alone, are worth its price.
  12. If you stop uploading, while waiting for QC, you are wasting time. If your batch passes, now you have to wait again, until your next upload passes. If your batch fails, simply upload the "good" images again.
  13. All my images here, haven´t seen Photoshop. They are edited in Lightroom 3 and 5, only. I have CS3 on an old computer, but I never used it, since I have Lightroom 5. I´ve installed Gimp, but until now, I didn´t use it one time. Only the reduced price, and an upcoming project made me subscribe.
  14. Tomorrow, Dec 2nd, the offer to get Photoshop CC + Lightroom for € 12,29 per month, without having an older version of Photoshop CSx, ends. The last days, I spent hours in the internet, to figure out the pros and cons of this offer. Finally, I subscribed. I´m a beer drinker. € 12 are 4 beers in my local pub. I´m a smoker. € 12 are 2 packages. What do you think?
  15. Random sampling is not an invention of Alamy. It is common in most industries. If an apple-wholesaler finds one bad apple in a container full of apples, he will send you back the whole container, no matter if he found the only bad apple, and all the others are good.
  16. Hi Paul, after so many failed submissions, you are most probably on the "black list". Whenever a batch from you comming in, all QC monitors become red, and every image gets checked pixel by pixel. A vicious circle, you have to escape. I can imagine, that´s easier said, than done. I would start to submit flat, non moving objects (road signs, house fronts, ...), in small batches. Hopefully, sooner or later, the red alert changes to orange, and then to green again. Colin
  17. Maybe interesting for travel photographers: The TOP 100 sights and attractions in Germany Die TOP 100 Sehenswürdigkeiten in Deutschland
  18. @Sprocket Thank´s for the link! I tried this one already, but it´s not working, although it shows exactly my problem.
  19. I´ve upgraded from Win 8 (64) to Win 8.1 (64). Since then, I have a very annoying problem: whenever I wake up my Laptop from standby (f.e. after closing and opening the display), my color profil is lost. This happens also on my attached second monitor. To get the the right profil back, I have to reload the profil, or restart the computer. I haven´t found anything, what solves this problem, yet, only a workaround, which makes it a little easier. Very annoying! Has anyone the same problem?
  20. Most of my images require model and/or property releases, which I don´t have. But, that´s also the reason, why I´m here.
  21. "I have read the T's n c's very well for alamy" "This is the first 3 images I have uploaded [...}" You must have a reading problem. 4=4. 34.
  22. When I use an exact quotation from somewhere, I do the same, I expect from somebody using my images: I name the source. F.e. (Source: WIKIPEDIA). I use WIKI a lot for scientific names, synonyms, or the exact naming of landmarks. I normally don´t use the description field. I try to give all relevant information in the caption.
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