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About Olli

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  1. Thanks, good point. Had just read a particularly disturbing report about Xinjiang, and it got the better of me. Not even some of the words would benefit the search (imprisoned, computers, duration...) Removed it now. Thanks for flagging this. Agreed too on the subjective terms in keywords. Might end up muddling the results. So far (3 months in ) my enhanced keyword overhaul has been resulted in better visibility though, but it remains to see if the sales go up too. But I am also not here to make a living from this (not from less than 2k images anyway). However, I thought its be
  2. Most likely a correct assumption, seeing that I sold a particular image (of masked commuters in Beijing) and variant of it over and over.
  3. Thanks all for the critique and thoughts and hints. I have not overhauled the entire archive, and already starting to see improvements. If a week is anything to go by (which I think it isnt), then the 1st week of Feb compares like this: 2020: Your Views: 55 Average CTR: 1.82 Zooms: 1 2021: Your Views: 129 Average CTR: 4.88 Zooms: 4 So hopefully this is going in the right direction.
  4. Ina addition to what has been pointed out by David, I think there are also a number of images that have no real subject focus, or where the subject captured is rather un-important or not well presented: 2AW5R3Y 2BFB9KR 2C4R442 2AXPKB9 there may be more.... didnt look through all of them
  5. Totally agreed. Plus if your images are editorial in nature, then you'll have even less of an issue regarding size. Many images on news wire services are no bigger than 4000 px longest side. Anything bigger we usually downsized to about 3500px
  6. Interesting... This would make sense, as it is now 'industry standard' (to my best knowledge neither Thomson Reuters or AFP add keywords, but they are extracted from the captions)
  7. Thanks for all your inputs. My past work on the news wire picture desk is rather different from your standard picture editor I think. We almost never 'looked' for images, but instead verified and validated the images (that were already preselected) from the regional photographers, and doing live filing to the wire from events etc. So hence I mentioend it was rather different - not comparable to being a picture editor here I think. So we all seem to agree that (ideally) the perfect caption will go a long way, so this is what I will focus on for future submission. My only 'concern' is that we
  8. Hello and thanks for your critique. All taken on board. I like to reply and explain a little about the points you mentioned. 1. Totally agree that keywords are best incorporated into a meaningful and informative caption/description. The reality of it is, that this is not my main job here. So when I add images I do them usually as a set, and try and use a caption that can be used for all. Obviously there are always a few images where the caption is not entirely accurate. I decided to live with that so far, as it means not spending vast amounts of extra time on it. 2. I see a number of to
  9. Thanks, I imagine you mean this: "location, date, creditline" by Alamy Live News specific stuff?
  10. Hi all, Hope you had a decent and healthy start to the new year - and 2021 will be huge improvement over the one just gone! I have been with Alamy since around 15 years, and despite a constant fall in commission, have so far stayed with them. In the last ten years on teh 1300 images I have up here, I made a average sale of just under 5 a year. Obviously nothing to make a living of. Most of my images are from China and editiorial. I have been a live news contributor. After working on the picture desk of the Asia hub of one for the four major news wires I have changed the way I keyword, f
  11. Here is my few pence worth... (coming from a news Picture Editor background) I actually like your portfolio! Nice selection of a variety of shots. A bit heavy on the repetition as others have pointed out (some I would just crop when I need a tighter shot, so no need to upload variations of the same pic). This goes mostly for the food shots. The landscape pics also are a too many of the same scene - pick the best, dump the rest. And if its not a killer shot, it helps the landscape ot have people or human activity in it... useful for editorial stuff!) For the obvious model shots, get a re
  12. Yes, I imagine that might be a danger... Worked at AFP Regional HQ picture desk in the past, and you might be surpised that they dont use keywords directly. Its all extracted from the description (which must include the 5 'W's'). What I find most frustrating is not the issue of adding 50 relevant keywords, but having such a clunky interface... I mean, come on Alamy... at least let us see the friggin keywords in alphabetical order, if we cant have a simple text list!
  13. Well, you seem to be one of the few people with simliar amount of pics on sale. I have only very recently started going through most in order to 'optimize' them, as I almost exclusively uplaoded to Live News in the past, and hence none were optimized. Lets see if it makes much difference: TBH, I see most my sales from the China pics I shoot mainly. They fit into categories often used by editorial clients, and hence often get used over (smog, housing bubble, construction...). I think this might actually be key to getting more regular sales, shoot subjects that are repeately in the news, have
  14. Totally agreed, same boat, same thought! Whats up with this, Alamy?! want to increasingly allienate your suppliers as time goes by?
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