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George Munday

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  1. Thanks Kay and John for taking the time out to answer my query. So just in case anyone else has a similar problem - just follow their instructions. I set the date to 2007 - when I started with Alamy - then pasted the downloaded CSV file into Google Sheets. From there it was easy to search on the code of the specific pics. Oh that life was always so simple!
  2. Thanks guys, something to work with. I'll try in the morning, see what happens and report back.
  3. Does anyone know if it's possible to check through the dashboard if an individual image has been sold, at any time, by Alamy. I've one or two oldish pix appearing on websites and before chasing the user, it would be helpful to exclude Alamy as a scource. Many thanks.
  4. 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
  5. George Munday

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    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
  6. 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
  7. Thank you Allan ... I'll work on these over the coming weeks and send them to CR. Absolutely delighted.... George
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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..
  15. 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
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