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Mark Collinson

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About Mark Collinson

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  1. A suggestion for the "Picture Needs" feature. Previously I've done pretty much the same thing by downloading a week's worth of "All of Alamy" from measures and filtering the spreadsheet, initially with a macro to exclude search terms I'm unlikely to be able to shoot, and then by hand, which can be quite time consuming, so this new "Picture Needs" feature is very welcome. Although I do upload speculatively, the majority of my uploads are in response to what customers have been looking for and not finding, or not finding many of. I find this approach is giving reasonable sales from a relatively small portfolio. Could I suggest a couple of additions to the picture needs section which would be very useful. A "last updated" date. A "recently added" subset or "added in <time period>" feature. A "date column" for when the search term was used or request made. In a nutshell, having been through the list already, it would be handy to know what's new to save having to trawl through the whole list each visit. Out of interest, how often do you intend to update the list or is it more of an ad-hoc "as and when" approach?
  2. The others will just have "One or more images.... etc" written across them. You need to recheck all images before re-submitting.
  3. If you look in AIM and bring up that submission, the offending image will have "Failed QC" and the reason why written across the image.
  4. My first thought was "looking up" as many of the images found are looking up, but then many others aren't. I then realised that if you type anything in square brackets it finds all keywords containing those letters, which is actually very useful. ie. van [LU] would find luton van or any other keywords containing lu.
  5. Thanks John. Off topic, but I just happened to park by the Bonneville in a car park in Selby. Just an opportunity shot. You don't see many classic British bikes about these days, and although I'm no biker nor an expert on bikes, it did catch my eye. It sold a while back with quite a cluttered background and I thought it might be more saleable as a cut out. I spent a good few hours removing the background and re-uploading. It's been zoomed recently but so far no sale reported.
  6. I've been using a couple of LED spots for over a year for table top work. All my cut outs uploaded since June last year are done with them and I predominently do cut outs. I'm using Luceco GU10 5W (50W equiv.) 4000K natural white on the box, but actually nearer 4200K-4300K to get the right colour balance post processing. I have them in small retractable leg tri-pod spot light units. I've actually uploaded images of GU10s - See G85FHG. Bought them from screwfix for less than £10 a box of four and I already had the housings from a light tent kit. Biggest advantage I find is very little heat. Halogens get too hot for close up work, can affect the subject, are also short lived and expensive. Before halogens I used two slaves and a master flash, but setting these up and test shooting to get them in the right position and the right output was a pain and then there's the constant battery charging to keep them running. I've found the LEDs far less hassle than any other lighting set up I've used and if I change anything at all it will be to get extra units. Results are always consistent and predictable. Most of the time I don't bother with the light tent (you only really need the tent for reflective subjects) and just position the lights for best results, sometimes with a "make shift" diffuser. I just sit the subject on a white backsheet curved up at the back and move the lights around until it looks right through the camera. I make sure there are no other light sources other than room lights which are also LED. Mixed light sources can make colour balance a problem. Hope that helps with your decision.
  7. If you have an image of "white flowers" you may want to ask yourself whether you should use the keyword "flower" at all. If someone searches for "white flower" to find a single white flower, your image of white flowers would be viewed, but unlikely to be zoomed or sold. This would just damage your CTR and Rank. There will be circumstances where you would include the singular and others where you might choose not to. With regard to keywording "white flower flowers" or "white flower white flowers" the word grouping will affect where your image appears in the results. With "white flower flowers", if someone searches "white flower" you'll come higher up the results than if someone searches "white flowers". With "white flower white flowers" then a search for "white flower" or "white flowers" should have similar ranking and would appear in similar positions in search results. Personally, I'd probably keyword "white flower flowers" or just "white flowers". Edit Or in hindsight, "white flowers flower" might be better if your image is of flowers rather than a flower.
  8. A few uses come to mind. Fabric/textile/material design. Ceramics. Tiles, borders and kitchenware. Carpets/rugs.
  9. The "so many hours ago" seems a good solution. The logged in/out issue also affects voting. Logged in, the blue star says correctly what I voted for. Logged out, it shows next to the next choice up. It doesn't affect the results though.
  10. The requirement not to remove copyright information is already expressed several times within the buyer's End User License Agreement, so removing copyright data is already a breach of contract. What your really after is assurance from Alamy that they will enforce these contractual requirements.
  11. Deleted. Same post duplicated when the two threads were merged.
  12. Only two people at Alamy even know the formula (and they never fly together)... I must admit, I did think that was the case, but telling us our rank in "Your Images" along with CTR shouldn't pose a problem.
  13. Waikiki Beach got my vote too. The composition, colour, crispness and interest just made it stand out for me. Acer Pseudoplatanus = Sycamore (in Britain) = European Maple = Sycamore Maple = Great Maple = Plane Tree (in Scotland). I do have sycamore in the main keywords, but maple is more universally known. It may be imprudent to divulge all the details at this stage, but the clue's in the caption "Maple Seed Static against spinning background". The only other thing I'll say is that the motion blur is genuine, not photoshopped. The aim was to create a Maple Seed's Eye View, rather than a view of a maple seed. To be honest, I personally find the motion blur a little disorientating and uncomfortable to look at, but I suppose that's what it would feel like to ride a maple seed.
  14. Mark Collinson

    Alamy Rank

    Could you, within "Alamy Measures">"Your Images", tell us our Alamy Rank as well as our CTR, or tell us how to work it out ourselves. I do recall the simplified formula being in the guidelines as Views/( Zooms + Sales ) over a 300 day period, but many forum entries suggest that there's much more to it than that.
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