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  1. 6 hours ago, Richard Gray said:

    I've been wondering this for a while, but just checking the Live News photos now, aren't some contributors playing the system a bit by submitting single photos from the same event in independent submissions, knowing that each photo will get its own feature on Live News? This obviously clutters up the feed so other sets of photos perhaps get overlooked.



    I uploaded two separate Live News submissions yesterday from the same event.Different uploads, different headlines.  The first batch was a celebrity who is running for governor. The second batch was the event itself. I post-processed the celebrity photos first because I thought there might be more interest. I wouldn't call this "playing the system." I was just trying to make it easier for anyone looking for one aspect or another.


    I did notice two stray images with, apparently, no headline and no captions. I presume this was a mistake on the photographer's part and they seem to have been removed today.

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  2. If I had received it I'd say work out all the little bugs. Resolve the login issues and figure out why we get logged out and back into the forum.

    Interact with contributors more often on the forums. Give us a bit more feedback on subjects that confuse people.

    Use stickies on the forum for most often asked questions or add a FAQ for new contributors.



    EDIT: Last but not least, figure out why some of us don't receive these surveys or various updates.

  3. 1 minute ago, funkyworm said:


    Maybe our spam filter may have kicked in.



    I checked my Junk Mail box but it's not there either. I did get a Payment Notice from Alamy this morning so at least that's coming through.

    This isn't the first time I've missed a survey from Alamy. Maybe it was only sent to people who've contacted CS in the past few months?

  4. I have a Nikon LS 5000ED that I picked for about $1000 US just before Nikon discontinued them. They're available on Amazon and eBay at various prices up to $2500 or so. At 4000 ppi it will give you approximately a 55mb 8 bit tiff.


    If you decide to buy one used, you should ask about the last time it's been cleaned and maybe ask for a sample scan. Last time I checked Nikon charged $250 for cleaning, plus shipping and insurance - Or you can find cleaning instructions on the internet. I cover mine with a plastic bag and clean it every two years or so. 


    I'm currently using VueScan on a Mac. I find it less than ideal but it does what I need it to do. Then I just clean it up in PhotoShop CS6.

  5. Funny, most of the photographers I follow on Instagram do relatively "straight" photography, shot with DSLRs and other more traditional cameras.


    I would think "Instagram Style " could mean photos with over processed color, either bold high contrast color, low contrast unsaturated color, or even tinted.

    There are a number of Instagram Pre-Sets available for Lightroom, on the Adobe site or elsewhere on the web. Try a Google search.


  6. 12 hours ago, Marianne said:


    I suspect that most of the News photos are sent primarily  to the British rather than the American press, which is why I asked. I'm guessing you mean the Times (of London) and not our NYTimes? 

    Thanks  for the info. 



    I've seen plenty of Alamy photos in US publications but I don't remember ever seeing Live News photos in the American press. I always presumed it was intended mostly for the UK.

  7. Several of my lenses, particularly the older ones, are scuffed and have other defects. I haven't noticed any degradation in image quality except maybe when I shoot directly into the light.

    Years ago I felt  there was some degradation with a Sigma lens that developed internal dust. I replaced it with a Nikon and felt the images were significantly sharper.


    Since lenses are coated I'd take it into the shop, see what they can do and get an estimate rather than attempt to do anything myself.

    There are various pens that are supposed to help but there's no guarantee.


    Here's what Petapixel has to say about it.



  8. 1 hour ago, Marianne said:


    Curious how others in the US who shoot the occasional newsworthy event have done licensing via live news as actual news rather than secondary editorial? I've done better placing photos locally myself as "news" but the images do have legs here.



    Funny you should ask. I shot an evening event on April 3rd and uploaded some photos to Live News that night. I think it was Bryan who reported spotting one in the April 5th issue of the Times. I've been uploading to Live News since the beginning but this was probably my first, maybe second, Live New sale.


    I suspect the time difference is one issue, but what's news in New York, or the US as a whole,  isn't necessarily news across the pond.

  9. 23 hours ago, RogerG said:


    I don’t think Alamy could or should issue credentials based on 10 Live News submissions, hardly the qualification for an official press pass issued through the UK Press Card Authority (UKPCA).

    As Allan hints Alamy News is very good at helping with press accreditation for events if requested but that is very different from a Press Card.

    A few years ago another agency, did for a fee, issue a Press Card ID which was not recognised by any of the normal authorities, UK Police etc.




    Agreed. Here in New York City, NYPD wants to see published work for a Working Press Card, not just submissions, and a Working Press Card doesn't guarantee access. Generally it's intended to cross police lines. Larger events may require pre- accreditation which is probably what Live News does when they want to send a photographer.

  10. 1 hour ago, MDM said:


    Actually many of these abbreviations go way back before mobile phones became common, never mind smartphones - back to  the early days of the Internet, before the World Wide Web was invented, internet pioneers (often in academia) used simple text terminals on Usenet newsgroups and email. 


    Back in the days of slow dial-up connections.


    There's also IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

  11. On 4/5/2018 at 02:09, Bryan said:


    MAT405 New York, NY, USA 3 April 2018 The arch in Washington Square Park was lit in orange with images of Dr. Martin Luther King projected on the south side as a recording of King's speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” was played, to mark the 50th anniversary of its delivery on the eve of Dr King's assassination. CREDIT ©Stacy Walsh Rosenstock/Alamy Live News



    Thanks Bryan for spotting and posting this.



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  12. 4 hours ago, TeeCee said:


    3)      The GDPR legislation becomes active on May 25th, but deletion of Alamy images  takes 180 days. If we wish to remove remove pictures before that point, will there be a facility to do so?


    I would think photographers could simply edit captions and keywords rather that delete images. Of course for those with larger ports this is quite a task.

    I feel we need clearer definitions from Alamy before making any changes.

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  13. 39 minutes ago, MDM said:


    I would stick with the 13" rather than a MacBook Air as I think they are too lightweight in terms of processing power for serious image processing. I bought an early one in 2011 shortly after Apple released them and it was not really usable for image processing and that was when I had a 12MP camera. Of course they will have improved since then but they are not really designed with image processing in mind. 



    Yes, the slower processor, limited RAM and storage are some of the reasons why I haven't bought one. It's probably better than a new iPad for processing images but neither one is really intended for this kind of work.

  14. 1 hour ago, MDM said:


    Fragile compared to desktops - maybe. Fragile in themselves - definitely not in my experience. Maybe New York City is a tough place to be a laptop.  The only problem I ever had with a Mac laptop was with the first PowerMac laptops around 1995 where the screen started to come away. Apple did a general recall and free repair. The 13' Mac I'm typing this on has been dropped on the floor a few times and lived to tell the tale - literally.


    Not fragile in general but a bit more subject to various issues because we tend to move them around, plug and unplug various peripherals, etc. We've been through a number of Power Adapters which usually aren't a problem with desktops.


    I'm only 5' 3" so carrying around a 13 inch model is enough for me. I've actually considered a MacBook Air which is even lighter and easier to stick in a bag. They don't tend to have as much storage or RAM but as a second computer they seem like a viable option.

  15. 3 hours ago, Niels Quist said:


    Yes, it's not only news images or "journalistic". What should I do with my images of buildings by famous architects f.inst - if I couldn't use their name and company name  as key words. It may not be images I would define as news images as such - but images for which I would prefer to use the stock upload route.





    It seems to me that without names many of these images would have little stock value.I recently had a zoom based on the keyword "Frank Gehry IAC." it's unlikely this client would've waded through thousands, if not millions, of photos looking for "post modern architecture." And how would the client even know they have to use such generalized keywords? Most likely they would presume Alamy has nothing on the subject and go elsewhere.

  16. We've had about 5 Apple laptops over the years. The last two were 13 inch MacBook Pros. The major drawback is they're all about conserving power and seem to be more fragile than desktops. Our latest MacBook Pro is currently sitting on the coffee table waiting to go back to Apple due to some kind of Battery/Power issue.


    If you do decide on a MacBook Pro I would highly recommend a mouse to avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries from the trackpad.

  17. 4 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:


    Yes, it's an old hypothesis. I'm basing things on my own experience over the past couple of years (after "the fall"), which sounds as if it might not be typical. My uploading is slow, low volume, and fairly steady, which might have something to do with it. I imagine that contributors who submit large numbers of images over short periods of time will probably see a much different pattern.



    Editing is also a factor. Digital photographers tend to shoot more. If you upload a lot of similars then revenue per image is likely to be lower. A tightly edited port can sell just as well as a loosely edited port twice its size. When I first began contributing to Alamy I chose mostly images that had already sold elsewhere and my RPI was rather high. Now that I'm contributing newer work my RPI is lower. 

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