George Munday

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About George Munday

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    Spain

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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={658201A8-1A22-4BCE-BBBE-563DEAFA65E6}&name=George+Munday
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    24 Jan 2006
  1. New portfolio area

    In the portfolio, it would be very helpful if I/we could select a specific pseudonym for our latest uploaded imagery under the "All Images" tab. Thanks George
  2. Tag count

    Here's a thought... Occasionly an image is worthy of many tags. In that situation it's easy to exceed the required amount of 50 if say Photoshop Bridge is used. It's not a problem until one discovers a critical tag has inadvertantly been left out. However, before adding that new tag, the number of tags needs to be reduced to 49. So, we just have to blindly delete the less-important tags until that number of tags is reached. It would be helpful if above the tag listing, the number of tags are shown. Currently in the situation outlined above, it merely shows 50/50. If it could be reconfigured to show the actual number of tags eg 55/50 - and better still - reduce accordingly it would very helpful. Thanks George
  3. Ability to replace one image with another via AIM

    Perhaps not as simple as Allan suggests, so perhaps I can address this to Alamy directly... I've over 5,000 images on file and there's probably a couple of hundred among those shot ten or eleven years ago that could be improved. However, after carefully reviewing the aesthetics and subject matter I've whittled it down to about 50 that ought to replace the existing images. Thinking about this problem logically, if I and other members are prepared to spend time re-processing images to improve them technically and aesthetically, then it will make them more commercial and attractive to buyers. The result should be more sales, something that benefits both the contributor and Alamy. So, surely it can't be beyond the abilities of the techno buffs in Alamy to work out a system to replace images that are worthy of sales, yet currently tend to be "passed over" by clients due to the aforementioned reasons. Facilitating this can only be a win-win situation. George
  4. Ability to replace one image with another via AIM

    Thank you Allan ... I'll work on these over the coming weeks and send them to CR. Absolutely delighted.... George
  5. Ability to replace one image with another via AIM

    I'd like to add a thought to this... I began submitting images to Alamy in 2006, and during those 11 years I've learned a lot about processing images through Photoshop. When AIM was introduced I spent a lot of time working on my existing imagery, adding tags etc. Whilst doing so, I found a number of images which although they've passed QC, could be improved hugely with the post-processing knowledge I've gained over the intervening years to make them far more saleable. It would be a one-off request and I'd be more than happy to add the Alamy's own image number and help in anyway I can to make it an easy task, but how would Alamy feel about replacing 50-ish images? Or have you any other suggestions how I might do this? Many thanks George
  6. Tag Overload

    It seems like I'm not the only one who's somewhat confused, +1 to all for your thoughts and opinions. Meanwhile, it would be great if someone from Alamy could answer the question: is the orange/green bar critical from the viewpoint of the clients finding our images? Many thanks
  7. Tag Overload

    I'd like to preface this by saying I like the new Alamy Image Management system. It's taken a little time to get used to, but seems to work well and I particularly like the ability to add phrases to tags. But I do have one query. Checking through my earlier images, their "Discoverability" levels are mostly indicated as "On Sale" with an orange bar. I gather that it's preferable for them to be "On Sale" with a green bar. To do this is simple enough, all I need to do is bring the number of tags up to 40 and 'Eureka' it changes to green. If I add 50 tags, then an image's discoverability is fully optimised. In AIM Q&As, It's stressed that all images should have at least 5 tags and serious contibutors will add many more, but I've always understood that tags should be pertinent and reflect the nature/location/concept etc of the image. Then question I've always asked myself is "Are my tags relevant to the researcher/buyer?" The briefing about this aspect is not completely clear, so before I spend hours in front of my monitor - rather than shooting new stock - does the orange/green bar really matter from the viewpoint of selling our images? Please can someone advise. Many thanks George Munday
  8. Keyword Upload Changes?

    Delighted that my additional post was able to help... I reckon it would take one hell of a powerful algorithm - if one exists - to link disparate keywords amidst a whole pile of them and turn them into a phrase. Idon't think I'll be holding my breath. Although having said that I hope it will differentiate those within inverted commas, because I've been doing that ever since I started. But one thought occurs ... when I look back at my earliest images, they're good pics, but the years of subsequent keywording illustrates that those existing keywords are somewhat lacking. It seems a good opportunity to remedy that, I just hope the job of changing individual keywords to phrases and/or adding new ones is intuitive and fast. Fingers crossed.... George
  9. Keyword Upload Changes?

    Hi ... I should preface this by writing that I'm looking forward to the new system. At 71 years young, my philosophy is Viva la Change. And the inability of the old system to produce keyphrases, was just one of many small problems that the new one will fix. I'm sure it will be rolled out as an when it's fully debugged. Anyway to figure out what to do until the new system has been rolled out, I wrote to Alamy contributor relations and this is their very prompt reply. It answereds my questions succinctly and I figured might help others...... We used to strip out commas you embedded in your metadata, now we will be using commas on the new system we have stopped doing this. At the moment separating keywords with a space is still fine and will be recognised as a separator with the new system, but if you would rather leave the keywords as they are with commas and no spaces that is also fine and will be recognised by the system. If you want to add multi-word tags (phrases) it makes sense to use commas to separate each tag. EG: America, USA, New York City, United states, times square, buildings, people This way the new system will recognise "New York City", "United States", and "Times Square" as single tags. Using " " marks around words or [ ] will also transfer to the new system as a single tag. We would not suggest waiting for the new tools, you should continue to keyword and get your images on sale as you have always done and once the new tools go live all your information will transfer across. It also seems remarkably logical. Roll on the roll out! George
  10. Keyword Upload Changes?

    Thanks Mark...Sound advice. Thank you for the link to the relevant blog page, it sounds like it could be pretty good when complete. (thinks...I should have been looking anyway!) So, I think my "work around" is going to be ... leave the existing keywords, watch whats happening on the blog, enjoy the Christmas break. Hope you all do too!
  11. Keyword Upload Changes?

    Okay thanks Geoff and Mark. I guess I can work around it, just takes longer... Maybe the powers-that-be will advise at some point..
  12. Something strange occured in my last submission (by FTP) and I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced it. When I keyword my images I use Photoshop Bridge. Once done a check in 'File Info' reveals that the keywords are seperated by a semi-colon and a space. eg shrine; solitary; crucifix; etc When they reach "Manage Images", the semi-colon is removed and there's a single space between each keyword. eg shrine solitary crucifix etc - which is how it's been for years. On this particular upload each keyword is seperated by a single comma and no space. eg shrine,solitary,crucifix, etc Has something changed in the last 7 days that I'm unaware of? It's not the end of the world, but I'd appreciate knowing if this the new norm, or there been an error in the upload. Many thanks George
  13. Stockimo process

    I agree Stephen, iPhones are over-rated, over expensive and a pain. For the reasons stated in my earlier email, along with the software problems that mean I can't upload pics, I'm giving up on Stockimo... The two other agencies I send the images to make it easy and straight forward, and frankly I can't be bothered with the hassle, so no more Stockimo uploads. Over and out....
  14. Stockimo app

    Much as I dislike missing the opportunity of(potentially) making cash from my iPhone pics, I'm giving up on Stockimo... I have to download images to my PC, on which I normally process the images in Photoshop on my PC. It's also where I can keyword them in Bridge from the my archive. Then I have to upload them to an Ipad and from there to Stockimo, where infuriatingly none of keywords in the metadata are available. So I have the chore of keywording on the app which is desparately time consuming. Now due to some software shenanigans I can't progress any further. The two other agencies I send the images to make it easy and straight forward. Frankly I can't be bothered with the hassle, so no more Stockimo uploades.. So when and if Alamy put in a system to faciliate the millions of android users perhaps they'll let me know and I'll review the situation.