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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)
  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 w
  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 no
  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 lik
  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, the
  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
  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 s
  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 bl
  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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