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  1. I remember helping you when you were new here, privately giving you advice via DM. You weren't so discourteous then.
  2. It's a good thing. When people view your images on the Alamy website do you get paid? Do you get paid for views on your own website? So why should social media be different? It's about getting as much exposure for ourselves and Alamy as possible. That drives traffic to the Alamy website and that is good for all of us. It also builds credibility for Alamy. Can anyone name a successful creative brand that is rejecting social media, not working with the opportunities it provides? Watch a few of Gary Vaynerchuk's videos to see how to lever social media. If you don't think social media
  3. The standard advice has always been to get as much RAM as you can. These days I think getting a machine with an SSD is equally as important. I'm happily using a late 2009 iMac with the Superdrive replaced by an SSD. It's performance is night and day compared to when it had a spinning hard drive.
  4. Thank you! I think I did the right thing, I'll be glad to check for updates. Tell me, does that affect my rating, or each alias will have its own, independent from each other? I think each pseudonym has an independent ranking and also gets a medium rank when created.
  5. Before you sign up do some research and see if you can get any discounts on CC. I got a 20% limited deal direct of Adobe. Flickr also had a deal for members. One of the advantages I saw going from PSE to full PS was in my Alamy workflow. The ability to run actions has made processing quicker/easier by automating repetitive tasks using actions. For example I have one for dust spotting that creates the layers, inverts the colours and selects the correct brush.
  6. The are no drawbacks to filling it in except a few seconds in your workflow. Usually the location details are in the caption so I just copy and paste them across.
  7. I'm in the UK. Prices are in £'s for me. Are any of the people who are not seeing prices in their home currency using something like a VPN?
  8. I use the same machine as you (not literally) and I edit in a darkened room. The reason is eye strain. If it's bright in the room and I have reflections on the screen that reduces the amount of time I can edit significantly (I have regular eye checks). I bought black out material from Amazon and that reduces the light enough to help.
  9. i respect that point of view but it's not a like for like comparison. Your €126 won't last you forever...because that copy of LR will have stood still whilst CC has improved (I don't think LR6 has de-haze yet). If you get a new camera it might not be supported etc. Buying standalone LR would cost me 18 months of CC and I also get full Photoshop (previously used Elements). I usually upgraded LR every two generations anyway so CC isn't a major difference in price.
  10. I haven't noticed it but it does make sense. Sometimes news images can be very specific and maybe not what's needed for general stock. They can also be of 'bad news' stories so for less of what a client is looking for in general stock.
  11. BBC News Magazine CWR8GT Keith Morris http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35978328
  12. I was happy using Flash. Is it just me ? Like the Exclusive to Alamy tick box thing. Won't be restricting my images to editorial only. I'd have missed out on 2x four figure $ advertising licences had I restricted my images to editorial only. I can understand editorial only when covering events etc., as mentioned in Martin's post earlier in this thread. To comply with accreditation limitations is the only time I would use the editorial only button. For the reasons you suggest. Don't like Flash though but not as vehemently as some. I have it switched off and only switch it
  13. Hi Jacob, My advice is to get more variety in your portfolio. At the moment you have 22 images of daffodils out of 61. A lot of those images are similar too. This effectively reduces the size of your portfolio. You don't need to spend money to make money at this stage. All the information you need to tackle keywording is in the Alamy help pages and especially in the forum where there is lots of discussion about it. Talking of the forum, there is so much good info here. I would set aside a few hours, make a pot of tea and start to search the forum for subjects as Sales, Critique,
  14. I pay monthly for CC. I got it with a 20% discount that Adobe was running. I have always used Lightroom but this also allows me to use the full version of Photoshop too for not much more than the price of an Lightroom upgrade. It's well worth it as the benefits it has give me a faster and better workflow. It's also less than the cost of a couple of takeaway coffees!
  15. And how to remove faster? Maybe I should write in support? But in principle, I can post a photo without release in RM? Without an agreement with the person The fastest way is to go into Manage Images and remove all of your keywords. This will take it offline until the six months arrives. In the sections Essential keywords, Caption data why not exiting, although I first removed and then only clicked Delete photo.? I would wait until tomorrow and see what happens when the database has updated. As Wim suggests, send an email to Member Services asking for it to be immediately
  16. And how to remove faster? Maybe I should write in support? But in principle, I can post a photo without release in RM? Without an agreement with the person The fastest way is to go into Manage Images and remove all of your keywords. This will take it offline until the six months arrives. In the sections Essential keywords, Caption data why not exiting, although I first removed and then only clicked Delete photo.? I would wait until tomorrow and see what happens when the database has updated. As Wim suggests, send an email to Member Services asking for it to be immediately
  17. And how to remove faster? Maybe I should write in support? But in principle, I can post a photo without release in RM? Without an agreement with the person The fastest way is to go into Manage Images and remove all of your keywords. This will take it offline until the six months arrives.
  18. Congratulations :-) You don't need to increase the size of files from those cameras for Alamy. If the client does want something bigger than I would expect you would receive a request from Alamy.
  19. I think it's six months for it to be deleted by Alamy. However if you remove the keywords, it won't appear online. To your acquaintance it will appear as if deleted. Only yourself and Alamy will be able to see it.
  20. Hi Andy, Welcome to Alamy and the forums. You've got the process a bit mixed up. The process is this: 1. Upload photos via FTP or web upload. You won't be able to see them in the FTP stock folder after upload. Your FTP client or the Alamy web interface will tell you if the upload has been successful. 2. Check that they have been received by Alamy on the Track Submissions page - they generally appear within minutes but FTP sometimes can be a little later. Certainly no later than overnight. 3. Wait for QC approval - you can see this in Track Submissions or you can wait for the email
  21. Same here, I'm having to sign in several times a day. OSX 10.10.5/Chrome Browser
  22. With High Street labels you should be fine so long as there is no identifying logo on. If it's womanswear it's less likely to have one. Mens is more common, it might be a small logo on a polo or shirt. If it's higher end product sometimes the pattern etc is legally protected (Burberry etc). High Street Jewellery is unlikely to have issues if it's fairly generic. If it's distinctive or designer than you may well need a property release. Certain brands like Links of London design is their trademark even without a logo so would need one too. Having a chat with the model about where th
  23. It definitely works with LR5. Happy to help with tips but would need more info on how it's not working i.e. can't install, can't launch etc.
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