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About Derek_nb

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    http://www.braidimage.co.uk

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    North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, UK
  • Interests
    Panoramic Photography and Photography using top quality carry everywhere camera

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  • Alamy URL
    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={907B8E5A-C956-4068-AE97-D77E2E7B927C}&name=Derek+Braid
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    1228
  • Joined Alamy
    03 Oct 2006

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  1. There is no problem, its a question of what is the easiest and most useful way of working. If you use AIM only, then the data (captions, sales etc etc) only resides in Alamy. By using Lightroom Alamy Bridge, then all the relevant data is held locally and uploaded to Alamy, and it also downloads data from Alamy concerning the images. My related question is whether the Lightroom Alamy Bridge plug-in is fully compatible with the new Alamy Image Manager?
  2. Yes, but its more than just 'before or after' captioning and tagging. If you caption and tag using the Alamy Image Manager (AIM), then the data is only held in AIM. If you do the captioning in Lightroom, and use the Alamy Lightroom Bridge, then the data (all data not just captions) is held in Lightroom and then transferred to Alamy.
  3. I have been using the Alamy Lightroom Bridge plug-in for Lightroom supplied by JKCC Ltd, and therefore doing all the captioning and keywording etc off line in Lightroom, rather than using the new Alamy Image Manager. What do Alamy contributors think, do you recommend Alamy-Lighroom Bridge as a good alternative to Alamy Image Manager?
  4. I have also received a similar email from Alamy today, and 2 of my pictures taken at Kings Cross Station, London have been removed because quote: - "'Network Rail' the rail transport company, has been in touch with us requesting the removal of the below listed images of your's" and "They say you’re selling these without authorisation and this is violating their exclusive intellectual property rights...." One of the pictures is of my wife as a traveller, that happens to be in the station, and the other is specifically of the station. In both cases the pictures were on Alamy as having Property in the photograph which would require a property release to sell commercially, but I have also stated that I do not have a Property Release. I cannot check now as they are deleted, but I would think I put them on Alamy with restrictions, so that they would be for Editorial Use Only. I have other pictures on Alamy showing stations, and I am wondering if I need to remove them from Alamy as well. As an individual, I am not going to contest the removal of the pictures from Alamy, but I do wonder what Alamy's view is, on this overall issue. From other posts it is clear that there are many thousands of pictures showing stations, which I presume do not have Property Releases from Network Rail.
  5. Of the panoramas on my web site, all from 2010 are Sony Sweep Panoramas, which is probably about 50% of the images. I now regard my web site as a shop window, rather than for direct selling. A few years ago, I actively marketed my web site, via traditional printed adverts in local magazines, and that did produce reasonable sales of say about 6 to 8 per month for panoramic canvases. However, that was not cost effcetive, when taking account of the cost of advertising, and I also reached the stage of hoping I would not get too many orders, due to the effort involved in making the orders, as I did everything in house. I would rather be out there taking pictures, than spending hours in my workshop making orders. I now get orders made by third parties, but of course that drastically cuts my margins, and I can't put the selling price up too high, for direct web sales.Also, I do not have the enthusiasm to market the web site via social media. That is why I am now concentrating on selling my images via Alamy or direct to magazines, although I have a number of local outlets for my panoramic greeting cards. Probably what was the most effective way I found of selling my images, was via local galleries and gift shops, even with the commission, it did produce profit.
  6. So far, I only have a few images for sale on Alamy that were taken using Sony Sweep Panorama. Although many of my sweep panorama images are fine for Greeting Cards, Canvases, and framed prints that I sell, I am ultra careful when submitting to Alamy QC, as I would not want one bad image to spoil my batches of submissions. Regarding minor imperfections that can occur in Sony Sweep Panorama images, such as people with two heads in the distant background, Sony introduced 'Intelligent' Sweep Panorama for their lower end cameras with 1080 pixel height. I found that system to work very well, and handled movement in pictures, most of the time, without fault. However, these 1080 height pixel cameras are not on the approved list for Alamy. The cameras that are approved, with 1856 pixel height, do not offer 'Intelligent' Sweep Panorama, so the pictures you can take are more restricted. Overall I think Sony Sweep Panorama is excellent, and is fine for most purposes, but has to be used with care for Alamy.
  7. I have looked again, and found out where to set Default Licence type in Alamy. It's in Alamy, not the Lightroom Plug-In. This is the sequence: My Alamy - Manage Your Images - Defaults and pseudonyms (click on this text along the top of screen) - Select Default Licence (radio button) and Select Default Pseudonym (drop down list) - Save. By doing this, the images that you upload are set to the default license type and default pseudonym, in the first instance. You can then change the images to different license types and different pseudonym, during 'Manage Your Images' before the images go on sale. What I now realise, is that you cannot set default restrictions, such as 'Editorial Use Only'. That has to be set during 'Manage your Images' but you can do that in batches. You mention you were not familiar with the plug-in, it is 'Alamy Picture Manager' by www.lightroom-plugins.com - I'm still a fairly new user of the plug-in, but I have found it very useful so far. Derek
  8. I use the Lightroom Alamy plug-in to initially upload the images, and Alamy sets them to RM as that is my default. I can then go directly into MI at Alamy, and I can change any of the images from RM to RF. I then complete the Keywording and other metadata in Lightroom, and the Lightroom Alamy plug-in updates the images at Alamy and then they go on sale. Derek
  9. Jools I usually have pleny of pixels to play with using Sweep Panorama. A sweep panorama with 1856 pixels height has 7424 pixels when cropped 4:1 aspect ratio. When taking a sweep panorama, I tend to identify a potential scene, capture it using Sweep Panorama, then do the detailed composition, when cropping it during post processing - almost the opposite when taking a 'standard' shot, where I would do most of the composing before taking the shot, then only tweak the composition during post processing. However, my latest camera, the Sony A5100 (like my previous NEX 3), can been zoomed to different focal lengths in Sweep Panorama mode, so there is a greater degree of composing before taking the shot, unlike my Sony RX100M2 and RX10 where sweep panorama mode automatically sets the lens to minimum focal length, with no override. Derek
  10. For almost 15 years I have been taking panoramic images, initially stitching individual images together with various software. Then when Sony introduced Sweep Panorama in 2010, I started using Sweep Panorama (in camera stitching) and although relatively low resolution (1080 pixels height), presumably using video technology in the camera, it worked well and completely speeded up the taking and post processing of images. However, I recognise that the Sony cameras that initially offered Sweep Panorama do not appear on the recommended list of cameras for QC, and I have not submitted any. More recently, Sony Cameras that are on the recommended list, offer higher resolution Sweep Panorama mode, and produce panoramic images with 1856 pixels height. I always crop these images to 3:1, 4:1, 5:1 or 6:1 aspect ratio, and I have recently submitted some, and they have passed QC. However, I have been very careful about the quality of individual images, and I have found, when looking at closely, that Sweep Panorama images, can have quality problems, and I do not submit them if I have any doubt about the quality. Does anyone else have experience of using Sony Sweep Panorama and submitting to Alamy? Would I better, especially for images with 3:1 or 4:1 aspect ratio, simply using a wide angle lens and crop the pictures, where appropriate, to 3:1 or 4:1?
  11. Although I have been a contributor since 2006, I have onty recently started submitting in earnest. As a matter of principle (or perhaps lazyness) I do not obtain model or property releases. Here are some questions:- I set up my default, some months ago, as RM. I cannot find out in 'My Alamy' where I did that. I am probably being stupid, but any advice about where I set up that default would be welcome. Having set up RM as my default, at the same time I also set up my default as 'Editorial Use Only'. Like question 1 above, I cannot find where I set that up, and in particular I wish to check I set it up correctly, as I remember it was a complex, with a number of restrictions for different countries and territories. When I upload images, because of the defaults I set up, I assume that they will all be set to default 'RM' and 'Editorial Use Only' and for most of my images, that will be fine. However, I have started reviewing my uploaded images during the 'Manage Images' stage, and changing 'RM' to 'RF', where I think no Model or Property Release is required. In general terms, is that I good idea to maximise my sales? By changing images from 'RM' to 'RF' will that then remove 'Editorial Use Only', as 'Editorial Use Only' cannot be associated with 'RF' images? Many thanks
  12. The problem is that I uninstalled the plugin some time ago, because I was having problems (not all software related - some were due to 'operator error'). I'll either reinstall the version I already have, and then check for upgrades, or contact Jim Keir direct. What is your experience of the latest version, is it working well. I'm slightly concerned that it no longer appears in the 'official' Adobe list of plug-ins for Lightroom.
  13. I previously used Lightroom Alamy Picture Manager in 2013 but stopped using it after some problems with Lightroom 5. I have just restarted submitting to Alamy and I am manually managing my images in Alamy, and its a pain, as some of the data is already held in Lightroom. You say there has been an update release - looking at the Lightroom Plugins web site, it does not appear in searches from Lightroom, but going straight to the web site http://www.lightroom-plugins.com/AlamyIndex.php the latest version quoted is 3607 dated 11/8/13. Can you advise how I can obtain the latest release that you refer to?
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