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  1. These things can be handled pretty easily with a script to automate the page opening and button clicking.
  2. The quote thingy doesn't seem to work... Bill makes good points but isn't there a problem in that the buyer must rely on keywords to do the search? This means that the same subject matter expressed differently or with more feeling is still going to be buried with anything else having the same keywords.
  3. These are cool especially the middle one
  4. Confusing "good" with "successful" I think, Substitute this one word and the statement makes sense. There is a lot of commercially successful stuff out there, not just in photography, that is utter dreck and an equal amount of the very good that makes no money.
  5. Things were a little different back in the days of dial up and film. I don't really subscribe to the "race to the bottom" theory, it's simply a case of supply and demand and, as supply goes to the infinite, return per image goes in the other direction.
  6. Landed here also so looks like 10 days to process - expectations now managed
  7. The question really is not whether the image would contain more detail (it unquestionably would), but whether the human eye could tell the difference.
  8. So I got the email at the start of the month to say payment (first from Alamy) was being sent but still hasn't hit paypal. My experience elsewhere is that payment actually arrives at the same time and, certainly, by the next day - is this delay usual here?
  9. Nothing constructive to offer but, I looked at you example an wondering how to tell where the frame of an isolated on white on a white screen is
  10. That's certainly how it appears. Wonder how it affects folks who legitimately use isolated, isolation etc where it's not referring to a cut out picture - "isolated country farmhouse" sort of thing,,,
  11. So I have 71 isolations (isolation is perfect as rendered against transparent background or from an alpha mask created at run time). The cut out filter shows 52 in a search. Something under half the missing images aren't on white so that's fair enough if Alamy want to define isolation differently to the rest of the world but the software selection is clearly faulty within its own parameters for the remainder. Slightly irritating is the fact that searching with the keyword "isolated", which is present on all the images, returns the same images as using the cut out filter.
  12. Dunno, the micros are what they are and I get that folks don't like licencing for peanuts. That said, acceptance standards are higher on the main micros and the returns are considerably better notwithstanding the low unit commission. OK my best nett sale here of $80 beats the best I've had in micro (but not by much) and individual images have earned far more. For the amateur, it's also nice that an image that doesn't sell is the exception.
  13. Ain't that the truth!! Over the payment threshold on sales since last September and still not cleared. Say what you like about the micros but as soon as your sales meet the threshold you get paid.
  14. $0 for 0 but having at least had some sales I can say "worse than average" instead of "average"
  15. You have a couple of choices here: Rail against the industry standard and supply/describe/communicate according to your wants/preferences or Supply/describe/communicate according to what the customer prefers/wants--in most examples given by your peers here, that would appear to be in line with the industry standard. One of the above will make your customers happy as you will be seen to be doing what they prefer, the other will make you happy. dd This is true Actually my only point is that, in communicating something, it is usually better to use terms that are readily understandable by your audience. The pros and the more IT literate will understand but the majority of new people starting out / joining apparently don't, based on the number of times it come up. @MDM That MP to MB calculation is slightly off - your method can be used to derive the total number of bytes but you have to divide by 1024*1024 to get MB (a 6 MP image is approx. 17 MB, not 18 MB). Also, I don’t believe (although open to argument) that PPI means a whole lot in image terms as the physical size of what you view depends on, and only on, the resolution of the monitor – it does make a difference when printing though which is more a DPI thing
  16. It is industry standard to use MB, I have never met a client that talks in mega pixels....... yet OK so some people refer to spades as earth inverting horticultural implements. The fact is that the uncomplessed file size is is a consequence of the image dimensions in pixels so it is a case of adding a layer of abstraction that has absolutely nothing to do with photography and is confusing for those who don't understand information storage or are unaware of "industry standards". Megapixels is the equvalent of earth inverting horticultural implements, MB and pixels dimensions were about from the days of film and scanning so megapixels is the cuckoo in the nest.......... I'd love to know how I work out what the megapixel size of a Blender render is....... and yet I can just look at the file in PS and see exactly what the pixel lengths are but more importantly, the size of the uncompressed file which is the one asked for by all my agents. When I render, I specify DPI, width and height and know (before rendering) the dimensions in MP. I can figure out the uncompressed file size but that does involve a calculation. The uncompressed size is something that is only relevant while the file is in RAM but the real world bits that are important are the size when viewed / printed (surely this is the end game?)and, to a lesser extent, the space required for storage. MP relates directly to the image whether cropped or not and is totally understandable and accessible. If this is the industry standard I would have to ask why, i.e. is there a solid practical reason or is it just smoke an mirrors to confuse the unwashed masses?
  17. It is industry standard to use MB, I have never met a client that talks in mega pixels....... yet OK so some people refer to spades as earth inverting horticultural implements. The fact is that the uncomplessed file size is is a consequence of the image dimensions in pixels so it is a case of adding a layer of abstraction that has absolutely nothing to do with photography and is confusing for those who don't understand information storage or are unaware of "industry standards".
  18. 17 MB is another way of saying 6 MP - why they don't just say this and persist with file size (most people have difficulty in understanding) rather than image dimensions (everyone understands) is beyond me
  19. The more examples I see of disagreement on whether or not an image "should" pass, the more entrenched a supporter of Ed's philosophy I become. I can judge the technical quality of an image no problem--I've been doing this long enough so I should be able to fgs (and so too can most here, I have no doubt). However, my images do not pass because of my ability to hit "perfect" images every time (I can't). Nor do they pass dependent on what camera I use or what noise-reduction I don't use, or what RAW converter I use, or what post-capture software I use. And they especially don't pass because Alamy should take account of the difficulties I overcame to take them. My images pass because of the decisions I make at the time of sorting for submission. I have a standard I apply, and it works very effectively. And again, paraphrasing Ed (and many others): if it's a tad doubtful, no matter how much I like it and how much I think some buyer somewhere would love it, I don't submit it. dd And that friends is how to ensure acceptance!!
  20. Oddly enough, the file size didn't change even though half the image is missing, so SizeCheck didn't flag it. It wouldn't - the uncompressed file size would be the same even if it was totally black.
  21. Is the any way to name and shame this wonderful human being (more form the abuse point of view than for using the image)?
  22. The advice to submit small batches at the beginning is probably down to the "one fail / all fail" QC approach until you get a feel for the standard - once you're comfortable that all your submissions meet the standard, add as many as you like.
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