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  1. I have one of the smaller (and cheaper!) Wacom pen and tablets (A6 size, Intuos range) which I got for under £100 a few years ago - for my day to day Alamy stuff frankly I dont use it -the mouse is fine, but I can see if I was doing more intricate photoshop work then I can see it would be very useful Kumar Sriskandan
  2. Remember that although you dont need model or property releases for RM images, if you have them it often will make them more saleable for both editorial and then also commercial uses! Kumar Sriskandan
  3. Paul - A straightforward answer would be anything above average, but I guess a good CTR would be 1 or above (I hasten to add I dont approach anywhere near that!!). Its all subjective?! Kumar sriskandan
  4. Dear Southpole Thank you for asking for comments - Firstly, most people dont make any sales till they have many hundred images available - I am afraid you need to increase numbers! Secondly although you have 142 images you have a lot of similars - eg. 33 images of statues in salisbury cathedral grounds and many images of big cats which further reduces your chances of sales You have however, got an average CTR on Alamy (0.53) so people are seeing your images, and within your collection you have some very nice ones I think - the one of the New Forest pony suckling its foal, and the pony sitting down outside the pub are interesting, colourful and in nice light However you also have quite a few images with grey skies and whilst they can sell on Alamy, images with blue skies tend to do better! Keywording is also important - No image however good will sell, if it cant be found - your image of the horse sitting down which I referred to above (D5J9GF) has horses mis-spelled in the essential keywords, and the image of the cholesterol tablets has an unrecognisable word (colestrial) in the essential field, and only half the drug name. In summary; you need to continue uploading images; less similars, and improve keywording! Hope you feel this is positive good luck Kumar sriskandan
  5. The first thing I would have to decide in terms of order of keywords and their their importance was whether I was going to aim this image mainly as a straightforward stock image of the Costa Serena cruise ship in Istanbul harbour, or as an image mainly representing contrast between the large liner and the small boat. If the former I would put something like in the essential keywords, - Costa serena cruise ship liner harbour port turkey and then in the main keywords - costa cruise line lines istanbul moored europe european berth berthed cruising holiday ships boat boats cruises - followed by all the words below If the latter, then in the essential field: big large cruise ship liner little boat contrast and then main: ships boats big and little large and small contrasting comparison comparing- followed by all the words above I would tend to stick with the commonly used obvious keywords rather than using every word under the sun for big and small but thats my preference - others may well use more and there are arguments for and against I dont use brackets, parentheses etc - Alamy said they were going to introduce them into searches but that was more than 5 years ago and life's too short!. I note that the search term - big ship little boat - was used as recently as this week! Good luck! Kumar Sriskandan
  6. I would not count simple to conversion to B&W as being digitally altered, but addition of grain is an interesting one...In those occasional photos where I have been unsure, I tick the "Digitally altered" box, and then make a comment in the Description field as to what I have actually done; for example "The only way this photo has been digitally altered is in the addition of some grain" so the purchaser knows that nothing else has been done. (In fact whenever I tick the digitally altered box, which is only very rarely, I always qualify it with a comment in the description field) Kumar Sriskandan
  7. Presently getting about 200% views per month c/w images on sale - (note that prior to improving from p4 to p2 on BHZ, and also the move by Alamy to make 120 images per search the default it was about 140%) Kumar Sriskandan
  8. The British Museum is about as exotic as they come for me at the moment! Kumar Sriskandan
  9. 1. Take photos which don't involve the sky 2. Go to the pub 3. "people pictures" are often better in flat lighting as no deep shadows to cope with 4. Go back to the pub 5.. Do some mono shots (not necessarily for Alamy) 6. Return to the pub and stay there Kumar Sriskandan
  10. Hi Stephen You dont say whether you are taking RAW images or not - If you are not, then I would strongly recommend you do, and then when you do the initial RAW processing, in ACR or Lightroom or whatever software is used, always look at a few parts of the image (borders between light and dark areas) at at least 300% to check for chromatic aberration, and remove it with the tools provided. Most lenses have some degree of CA, even the best, and it is well worth removing it at the processing stage Kumar sriskandan
  11. And heres one of Christmas decoration excess!! (NOT my house!) Kumar Sriskandan
  12. Thanks Mark - very useful - can now enter the image of the month competition in "Lets talk about Pics" Kumar Sriskandan
  13. Heres one of my own collection of DVDs when I was trying to put them in alphabetical order... Kumar sriskandan
  14. Cameracraft;occasional PhotoPlus - Canon Edition and occasional Practical Photography Kumar Sriskandan
  15. I think from Alamy's point of view there are two issues here which obviously have a big overlap: 1. If you are hoping the image may be used for commercial purposes, as opposed to editorial purposes, and particularly if you have set the licence to RF, then the number of people is important because of potential legal problems arising from people in the photo who have not given consent to their image being used in such a way. In these images the total number of people must be accurate, and for each person, identifiable or not, there should be a model release signed (definitely if RF, and ideally if RM). This is true even for parts of a person, even if the person is not identifiable, even if they are a smudge in the distance, even if only their finger is in the photo, and even if they are seen in a reflection. 2. Even if you are only expecting the image to be used as editorial, many purchasers of editorial images are still looking for a certain type of image and often want one with a specific number of people in it, so they will not be happy if they do a search for example for "punting Cambridge" and specify 2 people in the image, and come up with images with other than 2 people visible. This doesn't help Alamy or us. many of my images have people in them, but there are still occasional situations where I am unsure as to the correct way to decide the number of people in certain rare situations, for example in my image B7JE7T - In this image of mine of a girl using a TV remote control there are photos in frames of other identifiable people on the window sill in the background...How should that be annotated? (I have said there is one person) Also what about people's shadows being in the photo but no part of the person themselves is visible - I would tend not to count them as a person but is that right? I, like many above always have either Lightroom or PS open and as I am keywording, if I am unsure, I open the image to look more closely. Hope that helps Kumar Sriskandan
  16. Hi Stephanie J, I also do much of my RAW processing in Lightroom, and then transfer to Photoshop for final editing and saving as a JPEG prior to sending the images to Alamy What you have heard so far is excellent advice - 1. For your first 4, choose safe images; put the camera on a tripod if necessary, shoot at an aperture between f8 and f16 in reasonably bright light, 2. Check each image at 100% resolution for sharpness and dust spots 3. In Lightroom, check and ensure it exports to photoshop in TIFF format, so you then only convert to JPG at the end when finally saving the image to send to Alamy 4. In Photoshop, make sure you can see the overall uncompressed size of the image you are working on all the time - the easiest way I find, is down at the bottom left of the Photoshop pane there is a small arrow pointing to the right - and to the left of that, the size, uncompressed, of the image is shown. If its not there click on the arrow and then on "show" - a range of options opens up, one of which is "document sizes" - click on that and you will see the size of the uncompressed image in MB in that area. 5. Persevere - dont give up - you sound like you are doing most things right ! Good luck! Kumar Sriskandan
  17. The ability to do this would be an extremely useful tool for contributors and several people have asked Alamy if they could provide this. Kumar Sriskandan
  18. QC for me has been absolutely excellent over the past year - I upload images in the evening and they pass the next morning (assuming its a normal working day) - most recently last night/this morning. No obvious problems here! Kumar Sriskandan
  19. Signed and passed on; there are now approx. 25,000 signatures on the petition Kumar Sriskandan
  20. Hi Philo122 I tend to use Lightroom to do the RAW conversion and then transfer to Photoshop for final adjustments and saving; but in Lightroom you should be able to discover the actual file size in the Metadata section in Library when you open the image. For comparison I use a Canon 5D Mk2 which produces images which are 5616x3744 pixels in size, which equates to an uncompressed file of 60.2 MB, but the final JPEG files uploaded are much smaller than that Kumar sriskandan
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