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  1. Try Google Maps. I usually take a reference photo of the street name before taking pictures and then it's relatively easy to track down what the buildings are.
  2. Hi Andrea and welcome. Whilst you are in the early stages I would suggest some of your captions need attention since they don't really describe what is in the image. Check out the Alamy blogs on captioning and key wording. If you get that right before you upload a lot of images it will save you a lot of corrective work in the future and will help to make your pictures more discoverable. Best wishes for a successful future with Alamy.
  3. No doubt somebody will correct me if I'm wrong, but the way I see it is that you commissioned and paid somebody to produce the artwork. As long as you have a written agreement with the artist that you own the rights then it is yours to do with as you please. If you need to provide a release for it to be used it is only you who needs to provide it.
  4. Sorry for not responding sooner. Just small things really, for example:- Image WF8DC2 has FISHERMEN and FISHERMAN in the key words but there are no people in the picture. T5GTMN has PEOPLE, WINDOW, JAIL, INJUSTICE, PRESIDENT none of which appear or seem relevant to the image. Check out the Alamy blogs where you will find good guidance to keywording and captioning your pictures. Get on top of it now while you have a small collection which can be easily checked, apply the advice already given by others and you will be on top of things as your portfolio grows. All best wishes for a successful future with Alamy.
  5. I agree with Alan's comments, however whilst your portfolio is still small I would advise you to check through your key wording. Good luck and keep building your portfolio.
  6. I rarely, if ever, seek to obtain releases. By default all my pictures are RM for editorial only. That way there is no doubt about how the images are intended to be used and I am covered. On a couple of occasions Alamy have emailed me to say that a buyer has asked whether I will remove/change restrictions. I can decide depending on the intended use. Some may say I am over cautious but that's the way it is and I won't be changing anything. Bear in mind that one cock-up has the potential to be very expensive. I opted out of PU.
  7. I guess the question may have been asked before, but should images of people on posters, e.g. film advertisements, be included in the people count when filling out the optional info?
  8. Looks a bit like a dahlia, but that's all I can offer.
  9. That is the dilemma you have if you want to pursue using this kind of material. I wouldn't touch it with the proverbial bargepole! I would never advise you as to what captions and keywords you could use in these circumstances. There is a lot of advice being given but some is contradictory and that is where you need to exercise caution. I don't know if any of the other respondents in this thread are legally qualified and whether the advice being offered is reliable. If you choose to go ahead and take a chance, then you are gambling. You may think that the subjects in your images will never find them, but I would caution you that it may not be impossible. I will give you a first hand example. A couple of years ago at a seaside resort, I took a picture of a guy who was painting seashells and stones for sale as decorative souvenirs. It was a fairly loose shot and included the general surroundings. Some time after posting the image I received an email from Alamy advising that the person in the image had contacted them complaining that the image was breaching his artistic copyright. It wasn't because his material was incidental in the general context of the image and, to their credit, Alamy did tell him that. But it just goes to show that whilst you may think the pictures won't be found, there I always a chance of it happening. When all is said and done it is ultimately your decision whether you put your head in the noose or not. Good luck.
  10. I agree it's possibly overkill, hence my question as to how much the pictures could be expected to make. There is a lot of advice being given in this thread which in some cases is contradictory, so unless one can be 100% certain that the captions and keywords are OK it's a bit of a gamble. It only takes one error and the chance that a subject could discover they have been the victim of a defamatory piece and the result could be the whole thing blowing up in the authors face and that could prove to be extraordinarily expensive. How likely is that? As I said it's a gamble.
  11. It's a great debate and I dare say there is a lot of good advice being given, but if you want to be as certain as you can be in your captions and keywords for these types of picture I would advocate seeking professional legal advice. It's your neck on the block if you get it wrong and things go pear shaped. I guess another thing to weigh up is how much money do you think you could make from the pictures against the potential cost of getting professional advice. Unless you have a good friend who happens to be a lawyer. Good luck.
  12. ..........and just supposing he happens to find it. There will be others who won't agree, but in my view this is dangerous territory. I wouldn't even go there. Get a good lawyer.
  13. Seems I'm a bit behind....................Lightroom 5 and Maverick. HELP!
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