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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 - fol
  5. 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) K
  6. 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
  7. The British Museum is about as exotic as they come for me at the moment! Kumar Sriskandan
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. And heres one of Christmas decoration excess!! (NOT my house!) Kumar Sriskandan
  11. Thanks Mark - very useful - can now enter the image of the month competition in "Lets talk about Pics" Kumar Sriskandan
  12. Heres one of my own collection of DVDs when I was trying to put them in alphabetical order... Kumar sriskandan
  13. Cameracraft;occasional PhotoPlus - Canon Edition and occasional Practical Photography Kumar Sriskandan
  14. 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 ide
  15. 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 ima
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Hello Philo122 It sounds like you are mistaking compressed JPEG size for uncompressed size. The uncompressed size (ie the size the file is when you have opened it in photoshop or similar ) must be over 24MB, which means the compressed size ( the size the file takes up on disc) is usually 2-5 MB. You seem to have been trying to send Alamy 25MB compressed files which are too large. Read Alamy s' guidelines on file size which are stuck to the top of this section of the forum - they are very clear on this Cheers Kumar Sriskandan
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