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About IanButty

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  1. In days gone by once you had set a licence type you couldn't change it via the interface. The only way to change it was to delete the image and upload it again. Also looks like the images I thought were exclusive to Alamy no longer are. They were set to have a licence of "RP" (Rights Protected) which meant the image was exclusive to Alamy. It appears that at some point in the last 15 years (they were some of the very first images I submitted, set with that licence in error) the licence has been changed, scrapped and they aren't tagged as exclusive either!!
  2. With Jame's announcement about 50% commission for Alamy exclusive images, we all need to get our heads round how to manage this. I'm creating this thread to deal with those technical questions. I really don't want it to be a thread about the rights and wrongs of what has been announced. So here's some of my questions: Is there a way to bulk change images to being exclusive? Is setting an image as exclusive a 'once for all time' decision on the Alamy website (such as setting RM vs RF) - I'm more than happy to make my images exclusive (at least for a while) but at a later date I may decide that I'm better off switching to non-exclusive - can I switch images back? I know I have some images currently set to exclusive - how do I search Alamy to find out which of my images are exclusive and which are not? What really counts as 'Exculsive to Alamy'? James mentioned we can still sell these images directly - what counts as a direct sale? The grey area for me is "Photographers Direct" it's a site that puts people looking for images in contact with photographers who can supply images. All sales are handled directly by the photographer and not by PD - do that still count as a direct sale? (It may be academic for me as I haven't had a sale via a PD referral for years so I might just pull all the images off there anyhow to avoid any conflict) If you have your own questions about exclusivity why not add them to this thread so we have one place as a point of reference? And if you have answers to any of my questions I'd be grateful. Ian.
  3. This may sound a strange one, but does anyone know if it is possible to change our own reference numbers (aka "Your Ref")? I devised my current naming convention for my images back in 2003 to solve a particular problem I was having at the time. Partly because I needed to obfuscate the date in the filenames and partly due to a limitation in the software I was using at the time. 15 years later my system still works but the need to hide the date and the software limitation has long since gone, and I am starting to think that a more friendly naming convention would be worth implementing in my workflow. Renaming all my past images is relatively straightforward (thanks to Lightroom), but if I did so the numbers would no longer match the reference numbers in Alamy - which I suspect might prove to be an issue for me further down the line. I don't think there is any way we can change our own reference number via AIM. But does anyone know if Alamy has any system to allow contributors to do it - eg in years gone by keywords, captions etc could be updated in bulk via a spreadsheet? Thanks Ian.
  4. Those were my thoughts exactly, which was why I've asked the question. To throw yet another variable into the mix, my wife is convinced that the creature top left is a ram / lamb - again another very strong Christian connection with that symbol. Ram was my first thought too, but I now think that Lion is more likely. Alan, I think that may be the most likely explanation. Especially as historically there have been some variances in the sequence in the past, although I have not found this sequence listed anywhere. Thanks all for you input - all I need to do now is work out what keywords to add and how best to describe it in the caption! ;-) Ian.
  5. Hi Alan, That's what I thought initially, but the angel is never associated with Luke, almost always Matthew, and in very rare occasions Mark.
  6. While I was in Alta in Norway last week, I photographed this representation on the wall of the cathedral. At the time I thought it was the standard symbols of the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John), but it is only now I am back in the UK I have realised it isn't as simple as that. The four symbols are normally: Matthew: An Angel; Mark: A (winged) lion; Luke: a (winged) bull and John: an Eagle. I am trying to caption/keyword this for alamy submission. Anyone any idea what these symbols are (particularly the one for Luke) and how they relate to the four evangelists? They look like a lamb, a bull, a clam and a pigeon!
  7. Hi Marianne, Thanks for forwarding the link to your Adobe Contact. I've retweeted your tweet, and also tweeted about the blog post again. @ianbutty is my twitter id, if anyone wants to find it and retweet. The whole Classic vs CC thing is a complete mess - and not just about keywords. I really want to stick with LR but I find myself, now reading up about alternatives - just in case the worst happens and Classic get no or minimal development in the future.
  8. If you know any way to get that list on Adboe's "to do list" then please do it. I've been trying for ten years and had no success - thus my campaign to get people sharing this open letter on twitter and other social media platforms. Let's make some noise out there!!
  9. Metadata preset always add keywords - you can't use remove keywords with them - which is inconsistent with all the other IPTC fields you can set in a preset.
  10. Thank you Michael. Re combining keywords, At the moment if you end up with two duplicate keywords, the only way to combine them is as follows: a. Filter on the keyword name, b. Click the little arrow to the right of one of the keywords to show all the images assigned to it c. Ctr-A to select all the images d. Assign them to the other keyword e. Delete the old/duplicate keyword It would be much nicer to just drag one on to the other - or select one and right click on the other and have an option saying "combine" As for keyword sets, these are the quick pick lists of keywords For example I have one that lists weather conditions - mine has "blue sky", sunny, rain, snow, windy, overcast, rainbow, frost, ice - but I'd like to have clouds, and stormy on that picklist but can't because it is limited to 9. They could be a quick way of assigning your most used keywords but 9 is a silly limit to have.
  11. Is anyone else frustrated with the lack of development in Lightroom when it comes to keywording? LR has been out for ten years and there has been next to no development in the area of keywording in that time. I have written an open letter to Adobe outlining just ten things that would make a huge difference to us as professional or stock photographers - you can read it here: https://www.ians-studio.co.uk/2017/10/an-open-letter-to-adobe-lightroom-keywording-ten-years-of-neglect/ I'd love to get this open letter in front of the powers that be at Adobe - if you agree why not tweet or share in social media tagging adobe and lightroom. Thanks Ian.
  12. @Aylish As the OP of this thread I am really interested in understanding your thinking behind this. It is never something I have considered doing myself. As you know I started this thread because I am updating the training notes I have on stock photography. I've been selling stock for 14 years and still wouldn't call my expert at it. I'm always keen to learn new techniques and to pass on to others what I have learned. It would be really helpful for me (and others) to understand this strategy if you can give some data on how the strategy works. As a trainer, I need facts so that I can explain it in the training I give to would-be stock photographers. 1. How have you got photo buyers following you on twitter? 2. Is there a minimum number of buyers following you needed to create the critical mass for this to work? If so how many? 3. I'm a bit of newbie on pinterest, but again how are you attracting photo buyers (as opposed to other photographers etc) to look at your pins? 4. Do you have any empirical evidence that the strategy improves sales (either from your own experience or documented evidence from other sources)? 5. How are you selecting which images to promote in this way? 6. Even if you haven't seen an increase in sales, have you seen any increase in views & zooms in Alamy measures through using this sort of strategy. If so, how much did your CTR improve? Thank you for you contribution and I look forward to learning more about this strategy, Ian.
  13. Glad I found this thread. I was starting to panic. As of the end of last month I started the process of updating my keywords, captions and image data. So I have been carefully monitoring the effect it had on views and zooms (looking at the views/zooms recorded under 'This Month') and for the first 10 days to 2 weeks it all looked as though it was having the desired effect. Then it all appeared to go pear-shaped. I was beginning to think the updates I had been doing weren't making any difference after all. And that the improvements I was seeing in measures early in the month was just a blip. I hope they can fix this soon and without loss of data. A 'hole' in the data won't help the analysis of my changes.
  14. I'm in the process of assigning categories to all my images, I too would be interest to hear from Alamy about this.
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