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  1. 18 minutes ago, FocusUno said:

    but what effect lower CTR on ranking and sales, haven't many reported none


    There are many factors that go in to a contributors placement on pages, CTR is one.  Having green discoverability is not one. If you are new and don't have any reputation of sorts as good sales percentages, etc, CTR is going to be a higher marker as there aren't a lot of other factors to include.  Useless views are just that, useless.  Telling the contributor to put in a better caption, such as "Portrait of Cute Purebred Black and White French Bulldog Sitting and Looking At Camera" would get the contributor more relevant views than keywords such as muzzle and walk. And they left out plurals such as "dogs, French bulldogs, purebred dogs, Frenchies etc.  Alamy doesn't do auto extensions, so if someone searches French Bulldogs, this person's images won't come up.


    That would be better advice than just slap in a bunch of stupid words.  Where is the countryside?



  2. 19 minutes ago, Craig Yates said:

    Have a look at the images and see how many keywords could match. It is one of 4 images. HR205X, HR205W, HR205T, or HGKH7H.


    If these are the images, lets add standing, reflection, countryside,  and walk to the list of useless words.


    And if these are the images, the caption is crap.



  3. I checked out Alamy's new blog on discoverability, and it seems they are pushing really low low important keywords that will give people more false views than real views.


    This is there image of good discoverability for keywords on an image. They don't show the actual image, so not sure how many other's are relevant.




    Now maybe the people at Alamy don't know anything about dogs, but French Bulldogs and Bulldogs are two different breeds of dog.  So there should not be a Bulldog tag.  And using idiotic keywords like ears, muzzle, patches. snout, nose, eyes and even small and big at the same time. Yet they don't have "Purebred Dog"  or "pushed face dog" as one of the keywords. And they have outdoors and small as both supertags and a regular tags.  And really, 'fresh air" is really pushing it.  I could go on and on.  So Alamy is saying to put in useless words to get that magic green bar that in the long run is only going to drop a contributor's CTR because of all the false views.


    Shame Alamy.



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  4. I have started shooting in live mode on the camera, and since it sucks a lot of battery power, I bought a battery pack for my 90D.  Of course it makes the camera/lens combo even heavier, but I am finding it sort of balances the weight and with the pack on, I get a firmer grip.


    I was out on my porch this afternoon and did a pile of shooting with the camera mounted on a gimbal head on my tripod.  First time I have bothered to use it since I got the tripod and head.  But with the battery pack, figured I'd let the tripod carry the weight.


    Anyway, I drift.  When I turn off the camera, should I turn off the battery pack as well?  Will it still drain power if the camera is off?  Most of the time I don't turn the camera off, just let it go in to sleep mode so it wakes up quick when I want to use it.  But I don't want to be sucking power from the batteries if leaving it that way will drain some of the power.



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  5. 1 minute ago, meanderingemu said:


    There is no misidentification, caption reads


     "new Canadian GG Mary Simon , The Inuk leader the first Indigenous person has held the role in Canada."  


    actually only misleading here is that she is only GG designate, but this is in line with all media.  


    the point is, do you deprive yourself from a sale because some people think she is "Mary Simon, First Nations"  .






    If someone is looking for Mary Simon, they will know who she is.  But someone else could be looking for a female First Nation's person and she would come up.  There is where you would have your problem.


    And now to the Zoo.



  6. 5 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:

    and there are plenty of images which fit what the client needs.  My goal with KW is for clients to find what they need.  


    Can i use "Winter" in this image, even though it was taken before the solstice?  It wasn't "winter" but this is likely what someone wanted "Ottawa, Winter" would think about.



    is "menacing" appropriate for this image, i think so, and 2 licences seemed to agree,  but i can't guarantee this is what the animal was doing. 




    None of these are of equal comparison.  You cannot intentionally misidentify a race of people.  End of story.  That is all  I will say.  Time to go to Toronto Zoo for my appointment and see the wolves.


    It is up to your conscience what you choose to do.  Also, you are setting yourself up for one of those law problems in the future.



  7. Just now, meanderingemu said:

    but it wasn't at the time the image was taken, so no it would not have been correct.  What is correct is adding the KW for people to be able to find the specific image which more than likely fits their needs looking for Skydome Toronto. 





    Sorry, but comparing Skydome/Roger's Centre to intentionally incorrectly identifying a race of people is not an equal comparison.  



  8. 3 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:



    here is a simpler example from your images


    Image ID: F32WY1-  Fans leaving the Rogers Centre




    Plenty of people erroneously still refer to the stadium by its old name, Skydome,and the term was used in the last year in a search.  But they never got to see your image 


    Yes, but it was once Skydome.  The Inuit was never a First Nations person.  I just missed adding that keyword and it would have been correct.



  9. 1 minute ago, meanderingemu said:




    i know what the term is. others don't.  So how do i educate person who uses the wrong search word, since they will not get to me image?


    I have this image up and have sold it a couple of times.




    He is Ojibway.  I could have included a whole stack of different First Nations tribes, but didn't as he is Ojibway and I'm not going to identify him as anything else.



  10. 20 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:



    but sometimes you are forced to put erroneous KWs because the people searching don't know the difference.  I am struggling if it's ok to add "first nations" to images of our new GG who is Inuit, which are not part of First Nations,  because many don't know the difference so i don't want to lose sales because of that. 


    It is up to us to help those that don't know the difference.  Identifying something intentionally incorrectly means the ignorant buyer assumes the photographer knows what they are talking about, since no buyer can know everything about every subject they search.  They in turn look like fools when they print an image and identify it incorrectly. This has been one of my tirades on this forum in the past. 

    Inuit are not First Nations and should not be identified as such.  If someone is looking for a First Nations person then why would you want them to buy your image of an Inuit person?  They are both aboriginal peoples though. Perhaps that is the term you are looking for.



  11. On 05/07/2021 at 07:15, gvallee said:

    Our campsite by the beach at sunrise. Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia




    Sunrise at Pender Bay, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia



    Pindan cliffs at Pender Bay, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia



    View from the lookout at Pender Bay, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia





    Gen, your images are just awesome.  Make me want to pack up and head to Oz. 



  12. 40 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:



    thanks...   not fully happy with the background, working on smoothing out that top left darkness. ....  


    I have one of those.  I kept from uploading this image of a Grackle for ages as I hated the background.  Finally gave up and uploaded as is.



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  13. Just now, hsessions said:

    Tnanks Jill.  But how do you tell the difference between Adult Male and Adult Female?



    The males have that distinct iridescent blue head. Body can look black, but in bright light is a deep bronze.  Females can have the blue head, but not as iridescent and sometimes almost totally bronze. I have two females with young that hang around and both have the blue head, but not as bright and smaller than the males.



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  14. 17 minutes ago, hsessions said:

    Been meaning to return to this thread with just an update.  So after asking about whether that common grackle I posted was a Fish Crow, some days later I went out to the lake to see what birds I could find there and I certainly did not have fish crow on my mind.  There were supposed to be some Cedar Waxwings and some people had spotted Orioles and pointed me to where to go find them.  What I saw instead (talk about chance, or coincidence) was a bird which I have now ID'd as a Fish Crow.  I am pretty sure I got it right this time and this is the bird.



    The other thing I've been meaning to do is read up on the Common Grackle as I found that I may have made the mistake of captioning and keywording (mostly copy and paste from one image I initially captioned as such to the rest) Adult Male, even though I can't tell the difference they look the same to me.  I have an image of what I think would be the female with her juvenile but you never know, and if it is a female then honestly I don't see the difference between a male and female.  Read that the female is less glossy, but with different lighting they can all look 'glossy'.  Unless, Betty if you happen on this thread since you posted an image where you identified your grackle as a male you can give me some tips as to how you tell them apart.




    Common Grackles (both male and female) have golden eyes. Juveniles will have dark eyes.



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  15. 3 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    I've often done OK at 3200 with just the NR in LR. As long as they're not too far under. Then resize to 3250 long side for here.


    I will certainly be trying.  But I do find with bird feathers, reducing noise removes some of the detail in the feathers.  There is so much detail on birds, you can't denoise too much, unless it is quite close up and you can downsize the image.  These fledglings are a small part of the image, so I double I'll be able to downsize a lot.  But I shall see.



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