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  1. I have regular Alamywhacks but, although they often sell, it does not necessarily mean that they sell for the price they should sell, given their rarity. That is one of the sad facts about today's Alamy, no consideration is given to the rarity or uniqueness of the image. A historical or unique image of something that cannot be found elsewhere on the Internet demands no premium, it is sold under the same rules as a sunset image, of which there are millions.
  2. I claim myself for everything except TV use which Alamy does for me. I got £280 direct this year, plus £52 from Alamy for the TV use. It all helps. Marc
  3. I was told at by Alamy at The Photography Show recently that exclusivity is not currently a factor in the search algorithm, but that they are working on the introduction of a tick box option for customers to see exclusive images only (named perhaps "only available at Alamy"). Marc
  4. Has anyone else had issues with the date from the metadata not transferring correctly to Alamy? I uploaded 40 images last week and noticed that all the dates were different from the metadata, all of them had been changed to the same date about 2 years away from the time of the shoot. I had to highlight all images of the batch in AIM and change it back to the correct date. Marc
  5. Basically, better overall rating means your images will appear higher up in search results, which in turn means they are more likely to be seen and chosen by potential buyers Marc
  6. I had a very long chat with Alamy staff at the Photography Show last weekend and thought I would share a few things which some of you may find useful: Keywording If, like me, you keyword your images in advance before uploading to Alamy and, like me, put the 10 most important keywords in the front, you can ask Alamy to turn the first 10 keywords into supertags. This avoids you having to go into the AIM to pick your 10 supertags manually. A simple email to Contributor Relations is all that is required. Valuable Images I never realised you can ask to create sever
  7. Thought I would share this very useful summary of copyright developments over time from DACS : https://www.dacs.org.uk/latest-news/copyright-uncovered-photographs?category=For+Artists&title=N&utm_source=DACS+General+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=f7a41f8e79-DACS_newsletter_Q1_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_de159500fe-f7a41f8e79-223246869&mc_cid=f7a41f8e79&mc_eid=abf8554838 https://www.dacs.org.uk/knowledge-base/factsheets/copyright-in-photographs Marc
  8. I posted the following in November last year, I hope this helps ... If you have a look at my portfolio, you will see that almost all of my images are studio shots of objects against a white or black background. As others have said, if you want to do this well, it takes time and it is not a skill you learn overnight. Perhaps I can share a few things with you, after shooting 100+ images in this way almost EVERY DAY for the last 10 years. - Make sure you separate your background from your subject by sufficient distance to avoid light spill (flash bouncing off the backgroun
  9. Looks like Google have made it (slightly) harder to save images on their image search facility, which has to be a good thing. It's not going to solve the problem of image theft but every little bit helps in my view .... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43085053 Marc
  10. I have used Photobox for my photobooks for around 12 years. They are very good value for money. One thing however they CANNOT do by their own admission is print pure WHITE on WHITE. If you send them images with a white border / surround such as cutouts (RGB 255 all the way round), it will not blend invisibly with their white paper. Either their paper is whiter than white or they can't print white ... I would definitely calibrate your monitor, but only if it's a decent one. There is no point calibrating a poor monitor. The best £250 I ever spent was on my current HP LP2475w 24" moni
  11. Views: 10,169 Zooms: 66 Sales: 16 Gross: $381.21 Average CTR: 0.93 Below average month, let's hope we can finish the year with a bang, I am only 6 sales away from my 2016 total. Marc
  12. Before I joined in 2010 I was blissfully unaware of Alamy. Just today, I happened to meet a photographer who has an enormous archive of potentially valuable aviation images and he was blissfully unaware of Alamy. No doubt, in ten years time, there will still be people blissfully unaware of Alamy.
  13. Yes, I don't know how many cans of air I've used over the years! Hundreds! Ultrasonic cleaning is also very useful sometimes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrasonic_cleaning Marc
  14. Yes, I miss him too, he was a tremendous contributor to this forum, I don't think I've ever come across anybody more knowledgeable about photography than him. He is on Facebook, and dishes out occasional wisdom there to people so I follow his feed. Marc
  15. If you have a look at my portfolio, you will see that almost all of my images are studio shots of objects against a white or black background. As others have said, if you want to do this well, it takes time and it is not a skill you learn overnight. Perhaps I can share a few things with you, after shooting 100+ images in this way almost EVERY DAY for the last 10 years. - Make sure you separate your background from your subject by sufficient distance to avoid light spill (flash bouncing off the background onto the rear of your object) - It helps to put a large sweep in the back
  16. Yes, it can easily be removed in ACR as I said. Much of my back catalog was taken with a Canon EF-S 18-200mm, such a poor lens comparing it now against my current lenses, shocking really, but you can't turn the clock back ... I was just making the point that if you want to avoid CA, buy premium glass and try not to use it wide open. Marc
  17. Virtually all my images are on a white or black background so I have always had to pay special attention in my processing to CA. I find it helps to attack it early on in the process, the only thing I do before ticking the CA box in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is colour balance. The CA box will get rid of most of it, sometimes it needs further tinkering with CA sliders. It goes without saying you need to be zoomed in at 100% before ticking the CA box, so you can see what is happening. I then move on to other processing such as vibrance, contrast, highlights, etc. Quality of your lenses i
  18. Total Alamy images = 115 million 23,710 / 115,000,000 * 100 = 0.02% Yes, I would agree that is a small sample ... I believe there are several contributors with 100,000+ images and plenty of agencies with 1 million+ images. Most individuals starting out now won't get to 5,000 is my guess, most are likely to be disappointed quite quickly and will stop submitting due to unrealistic expectations, bar a minority of course, there will always be those with exceptional talents or dogged determination who will make a success of it. My biggest regret is that I only discovered Alamy
  19. I prefer to keyword all images in Photoshop CC, including the caption and separating each keyword or phrase with a semi-colon. That way, the keywords are imported into the Alamy Image Manager in the same order as I've typed them in orginally. Then, all you have to do in the AIM is pick your 10 supertags but there is no rush as the images are already on sale. Marc
  20. Maybe I gave the impression that I had a problem with the content or quality of the photograph ... I don't. It is the exposure card and reference number at the bottom that bothered me, the fact that someone would upload without cropping this. I, along with hundreds of other contributors, spend hours and hours inspecting each image individually at 100%, removing dust spots, correcting exposure, cropping, editing, etc. This contributor, and others like him/her, just uploads the content of a hard drive (several of them more like), job done. I could do the same as him, I ha
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