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  1. I sometimes report my sales to my Academy Members that's the reason for the post - I then talk a little about creating the image. I've just release the 'security' on that post so you can see it - it won't help much with finding out about the licence. The only thing I can say is that the sale I got this week with the same licence info was for the same image!
  2. Now here's a strange thing! 23 December 2020 - over two years since this thread was started. I have just had a sale with this licence and I was just googling to find out who "E-Feat Film Prodn Co" company might be and I found this thread - what a strange world - I don't even remember having had a sale with that licence before and I don't remember posting about it on my website either.
  3. 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!!
  4. 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)
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. @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
  15. 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
  16. I'm in the process of assigning categories to all my images, I too would be interest to hear from Alamy about this.
  17. Matt, You have just reminded me of something from the old days when I first started with Alamy. I *think* back in 2004/5 when I need to replace an image the advice was as follows: 1. Upload the replacement image. Once it is through QC, note the ID (lets call it NEWID) 2. View the image to be replaced note down its ID (let's call this OLDID) and make a note of keywords, captions and other metadata 3. Caption and keyword the new image include the ID of the old image, OLDID, as one of the keywords and set the metadata as per the old image. 4. Wait for the database t
  18. I started in 2003 and I am in the process of revisiting my images from the first few years and in many cases I'm sitting here with head in hands going. Why on earth did I process them like THAT! I'd like to replace a couple of hundred of mine, but I am sure that Alamy would not be happy with me sending them a list of replacements that long. Perhaps if they could give us an indication of how many they would be willing to do, and how frequently. (Eg. 2 images at time once a week, or 50 images in on go every 6 months) then we we can concentrate on replacing the ones that are in mo
  19. Interesting. I studied physics at University. One of the principals of physics is that the way to solve problems is to come up with a theory. At this stage you don't have any evidence, it's just an idea. Then... you look for ways to either disprove the theory or ways to confirm the theory. If you can prove the theory fantastic. Job done. If you disprove the theory you come up with a new one and design a new set of tests, until you can either prove it or more often than not just run out of ways to disprove the theory. If the later is what happens then you have the current b
  20. It gests even worse when dealing with Arabic place names as the translitteration in to english can yeild several equally valid and different spellings. All of which eats in to the 10 available super tags.
  21. D'oh! I'll stop storing that information in my Lightroom catalog then! Thanks, Ian. PS. Did they give any reason why they did away with it? I know when they did away with "Is a cut out" it was because they could determine that by analyzing the image. I doubt they could determine if an image was digitally altered the same way. PPS. Now if they would just do way with people "1,2,3,4 and more" and replace with a simple yes/no then I'd be happy.
  22. I am still getting my head round AIM since I started uploading again. I know this is stupid but for the life of me I can't find where I set whether an image is digitally altered or no. Can someone point me in the right direction. Thanks Stupid of Stockport
  23. I'm sure I must have lots of misspellings in my keyword collection. I try to avoid them but unfortunately I am dyslexic and have trouble spotting them.
  24. Sorry folks, this is another of my what's changed since I was active posts. I've done a search of the forums and read a few interesting posts suggesting that pseudonyms are no longer independent of each other. When I was active and submitting regularly the general thinking was that it was good practice to split the images into different pseudonyms because it meant that an unpopular pseudonym wouldn't drag down a popular one. At the time I started creating a new pseudonym for each country of the world I had photographed, each region of the UK, and in the case of models one for eac
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