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John Richmond

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  1. I've never found it a problem - it's just selecting a subject view that fits the framing. I don't usually crop myself but the end user always has that option. One thing I forgot to mention is the ability of the EM-1 to focus bracket. I find I'm using it more and more for getting even better depth of field for longer focal length shots. A couple of examples: It needs a tripod and a still day but the front to back sharpness of a compressed perspective shot is impressive, even with the limitations of the 16Mp sensor of the first gen EM-1
  2. I picked up a OMD EM-1 mk 1 this time last year for exactly the reasons you gave. 1000+ images submitted without any QC problems and the sales have come and are starting to come in greater numbers as the images come in reckoning for seasonal articles. I love the IBIS, sensor cleaning that actually works, lack of a low pass filter, and the small lenses. My carry round kit is the 12-40 f2.8, 60mm macro and tiny 35-100 Panasonic and it all fits in a tiny bag and is easy for my aged frame to lug around for a day's shooting. Above all it doesn't attract the attention which my bigger and heavier Canon gear does. Do I miss anything? Yes. The ability to really separate out plant portrait backgrounds with my 180mm macro on the Canon. For the moment I'll stick to both systems.
  3. #1 is the botanical tulip, Tulipa saxatilis (Bakeri Group) 'Lilac Wonder' #2 is Pieris formosa var. forrestii - probably a named variety but I couldn't tell you which as there are quite a few and I'm not sure which would be grown in your location..
  4. No need to do this if all your images are to be "Editorial Only". Go into Alamy Image manager (AIM) from your dashboard, click on the Apply default settings cogwheel button - just to the left of your name in the black strip at the very top of AIM - and you can set all future uploads to whichever defaults you choose.
  5. In programming circles this is known as an infinite loop 😊
  6. Bryan I have 6500 images on Alamy. Not one is 'in the green' as far as discoverability goes. I've no shortage of sales for my portfolio size, 101 so far this year, so it doesn't seem to matter. My images seem to be found easily enough by the buyers without meeting the 'discoverability' criteria. Relevance is more important than quantity in keywording. As far as descriptions go, simply tell a story in up to 150 characters. You've got a good example in your image G31CF4 - Cliffs on pathway down from Roundham Head to Goodrington, Torbay, Devon, England. You've said what it is and where it is, a description that could be lifted by any editor and slotted straight into a usage for that image. Contrast that with your description of MNCR0G - Devon stone wall. The more information section 'Beginning of a new Devon wall being built, near Ivybridge, England' is far more informative but isn't searchable so you lose all the benefits of doubling up keywords in the caption and the keywords section. No need to say where an image might be used - that's for the buyers to decide. John
  7. Hi Bryan Just down the road from you in Plymouth (UK). Looks like we shoot some of the same things so I feel a little bit qualified to critique 😊 Watch your captions and keywords. Your keywords seem to be either glut or famine. Too many is just as harmful as too few. What matters are the keywords that buyers within your market are likely to use. Latin names for flora and fauna are a must and I'm glad to see you are using them. But anything ambiguous or not directly relevant to the image / subject runs the risk of showing up in searches for other subject matter, harming your CTR. I'd also expand your captions. You have 150 characters. Use them. My own technique is to write a description which could be used verbatim by a buyer. For my flora and fauna shots I always include Latin name, varietal name if appropriate and common name together with as many of my keywords as I can shoehorn in. Oh, and always strive for accuracy. For example your image RXWAK7, captioned Hazel and cob nut kernels has hazel nuts - but the spiky stuff is sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa and you have five incorrect birch/betula keywords in the list. Additionally, your small white butterfly image EJ03F8 is actually a green veined white, Pieris napi. And try and ID your fungi - buyers will be looking by Latin name. Take and upload more images. 483 in 6.5 years isn't enough to have more than an insignificant presence on Alamy. You're not competing against the full 150 million images here - but you will be competing against many thousands for a lot of your shots. Will they even be seen. You've got diversity. You now need quantity. But always consider what the market is for your shots. Who is likely to buy - books, magazines, newspapers, websites - and what are they looking for? Sometimes it's a direct illustration for an article, sometimes it's more of a concept. Research the markets for your chosen subjects and shoot for what they need, rather than what you like Hope this helps John
  8. Good for numbers with 35 sales but average prices low to give a total of $667 gross. Highest $75, lowest $3.76. 1.03 CTR with 75 zooms recorded. Best month this year so far but the declining prices are increasingly evident.
  9. Brizbee is right on the celandine. Not sure of the cultivar but #1 and #2 are a form of Chaenomeles x speciosa, Japanese quince. I could wish my 'Crimson and Gold' flowered as well as that one - but it is still young and needs further wall training.
  10. But without the wings and pollen basket, I hope! Sorry to hear about your recent trials.
  11. One of three in today, distributor sale to Brazil for $ nett to me. One of my favourite images, taken in my own garden, and the 100th sale of images taken at home. Pollen covered garden bumblebee, Bombus hortorum, feeding on the hardy passion flower, Passiflora caerulea
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