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    If I had made any sales, then perhaps I could afford to have my shots reviewed  :D :D :D :D

     

     

    (back in the sin bin again!!!!!) :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

     

    Barking, looking at your portfolio on Alamy I could say this to you.

     

    1) Take a look at what you have. The very first page comes up with three pictures of a crab. The first two look nearly identical. This is also not the only example as there are others.

     

    2) As a landscape/ travel photographer I would say watch the blown skies on some of your images. E19N9X is one example where to me it looks like there are blown highlights in the sky. From looking at it I would say there is a possibility they could be toned down using the grad tool in Lightroom. However, I would always emphasize getting it right "in camera" before you get back home. It is always about time and if like me you are shooting a lot then time is everything and you don't need to faffing about once you get back to the digital workstation.

     

    3) Composition. E19NAG is a good example of timing for me. The two people have their legs chopped off. It may not bother some but it does me. It's something that is easily done but also easily avoided.

     

    4) Exposure. DPENEW looks very underexposed. It could be that is what you want but looking at it the image looks way too dark.

     

    Is it all negative? No, of course not. What I would say is that you have a good variety of subjects from a good variety of places. Bear in mind some of the above then just keep shooting and uploading :)

     

    Any help?

     

    Thanks, Jools....always grateful for help :)

    The Crabs...admittedly similar, but my thinking was they were different enough in case a `buyer' wanted a slightly different angle/pick?

    E19N9X - Lightroom histogram does not show any blown highlights

    E19NAG - Yes, the cut off has been pointed out eslewhere...you only get one chance, sometimes

    DPENEW - Yes, I agree...was trying to get the atmosphere

     

    all very useful tips/comments...must try harder.  I had a brief blip with QC and then got another batch through but my latest seem to have `failed' again - yet I felt I had ben really careful...aaaarrrggghhh!!!


  2. Would be interesting to see Alamy's end of financial year balance sheet to see what accruals they have?

     

    Why can't we just extract (withdraw) the money when it's in our account? - as you can with online betting etc.....if Alamy allow sufficient time for potential refunds (say 60 days), then there shouldn't be any risk of them having to come back to the subscriber.

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  3. I have just had a small batch of images failed because a random sample found a `smudge' (further inspection reveals nothing untoward in the camera) which I accept is not up to standard.  I re-examined others in the batch and was happy that the problem wasn't re-occuring.  However, my attempt to re-submit is thwarted as the Lightroom Exporter tells me that the file has already been submitted.  I have re-named them and get the same answer.  Am I doomed to lose this batch?


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    I've set My Alamy as my home page - it opens every time I log on. For those of us who check for sales 20 times a day it saves a lot of time.

     

    Probably the best option...but still shouldn't have to do it

     

    Would you rather Alamy spent time and money on drop down menus or sales and marketing?

    personally, I think they shoul be able to do both without compromising either. They must have a dedicated it team (or outsourcing) which manages the web site?

  5. I've set My Alamy as my home page - it opens every time I log on. For those of us who check for sales 20 times a day it saves a lot of time.

    Probably the best option...but still shouldn't have to do it


  6. Does anyone else find it irritating to have to click through several menus every time they want to access particular pages on the web site?

     

    Under `My Alamy' could we please have a drop down (floating menu) that allows you to select the various links without having to re-select `my alamy' each and every time :)

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  7. Managed to find the adobe flashplayer in the archive but my Android 4.2.2 still won't open flash. I'll keep looking

    talking to myself...but that's normal anyway....found the Puffin broswer( from the above link)...that seems to work .....thanks for the links again

  8. Start here...http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/selfemployed/........the amount of tax and national insurance you pay depends largely on your income(s) but if you estimate around 25-28% of your gross income as being the taxable part, you shouldn't go far wrong......(unles you expect to eran big bucks!!! in which case it can be between 40-50%!!

     

    There are however lots of ways of reducing your `burden'  .  You have to register within 3 months of starting, but HMRC can be very helpful, sometimes they run courses or provide self help.

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