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Phil Crean

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  1. £800! Got mine about 2 years ago for €750Euros...Tenerife pricing Also use it with Vuescan... Phil
  2. XT1 eats battery power... I never leave the house without 2 spares. Phil
  3. I've played with it a bit in processing but not found many times when I liked the effect. This is probably my favourite: Phil
  4. +1 for the Think Tank belt. Versatile options for using different pouches. Phil
  5. Same here, Very strange... Phil Very strange indeed. Dropped from page two to ................... bloody nine Contacted MS. Doesn't look right at all. The drop is certainly not in accordance to my sales / daily uploads / steady CTR. Cheers, Philippe (NOT amused!) I know that on at least 1 previous occasion they got the ranking wrong and re did it. Will be interesting to hear MS response.... Phil Got an answer from MS. Sit down 'cause you ain't gonna believe it: I should keyword better "The key to success on Alamy is to have a well edited and well keyworded collection to make sure the right images are appearing in front of the right customer." I N C R E D I B L E !!!!! They sure know how to demotivate people. Cheers, Philippe Sounds like major avoidance of looking at the problem and just giving out stock answer.... Not good.... Phil
  6. Happened to me, but I have absolutely no idea why/how...Just doesn't make sense. Phil A simple proxy is the amount of views divided by sales (of one pseudo). It's not perfect, but a good number that you have easily access to and can check on a monthly basis. Even daily, if you sell enough. Think of it as CTR for sales ;-) It's definitely not one on one with rank though. But it will show your progress very easily and quite accurately. With Pseudonym Summary, you can even plot the numbers for each month or week for the past year. wim edit: Err.. not just progress... ;-) OK, With figures from 1/7/2015 to date: Number 1 Psuedo: Views/Sales = 1557.37 Number 2 Pseudo: Views/Sales = 5119 Still don't see the How/Why of reversal of Pseudo position.... Phil
  7. Happened to me, but I have absolutely no idea why/how...Just doesn't make sense. Phil
  8. Same here, Very strange... Phil Very strange indeed. Dropped from page two to ................... bloody nine Contacted MS. Doesn't look right at all. The drop is certainly not in accordance to my sales / daily uploads / steady CTR. Cheers, Philippe (NOT amused!) I know that on at least 1 previous occasion they got the ranking wrong and re did it. Will be interesting to hear MS response.... Phil
  9. Noice!!! Very, very noice!!!! Sort of a double-double-bluff . . . the rainbow stands out, grabs the eye immediately, demands to be the centre of attention, proclaims itself the subject . . . but the window and raindrops cover the whole frame and thereby have a technical claim to be the subject and by default have to pass QC muster, if they're sharp . . . and they are, they're sharp as a tack . . . but the real subject, the one the eye keeps guiltily sneaking back to, sits there in all its blurry glory, daring QC to say the focus is in the wrong place . . . Hey, okay, sometimes when I'm not too busy my mind wanders . . . others collect stamps . . . dd Muchos thank yous for your comments....Wander on... Phil
  10. Just recently shot this rather blurry rainbow... Phil
  11. View over Garachico at dusk. Pre dawn lenticular clouds over Teide. Moonrise over Santiago del Teide. Phil
  12. Have a look at the Metz 58AF-2 Fully compatible and a lot less dosh than Canon... Phil
  13. Velly clever! Why didn't I think of that? Phil
  14. Just seen this: https://photoarchivenews.com/2016/01/25/confirmed-demotix-goes-to-vcg-and-getty-images/ Phil
  15. Yes- and with it the fee for an assignment from Sept 15 that demotix failed to pay me - pleased to see the back of them I wouldn't write it off just yet. Corbis were never the best at communicating... From my experiance of such takeovers in the past it sometimes takes a while after the initial kaboom of announcement for the dust to settle. I know of a few usages of my imiages via Demotix and I expect to get some sort of recompense. Demotix did have some advantages over similar organisations... for a start they made sales. They just didn't pay out on all the sales!!! Phil
  16. What I see in Tenerife, Spain!!! "Choose a license from the list below that suits your needs. Presentation £ 9.99 Website £ 29.99 Magazine £ 79.99 Marketing package: Small business £ 39.99 Marketing package: Large business £ 149.99 Or choose a royalty-free license Quick and simple checkout - no credits, no subscriptions, no need to register! Download" I'd expect to see price in Euros, local currency. I'm not hiding my ip address through a proxy so they should know where I am. Phil
  17. Done well it can be good but, as we often see at Alamy, they haven't spent enough time testing it or, thinking about how it looks. A few observations, from a design PoV... constructive criticism you may say. 1. Too many similar images displayed. 2. Similar Thumbnails look too big. They're often the same size as the image the client WANTs to see. Very distracting. 3. Metadata for the zoomed image appears way down below the similar images, completely detached from the image it relates to. 4. The partial caption under each image adds nothing but clutter. If you can't see it all why have it. It's not enough to understand what the image is.... "A something at......" "A plane flying across......." ?!? 5. Often there is a random image stuck on it's own line. Just lucks untidy and adds to the feel of clutter. 6. While we're at it, the pricing on the right of the zoomed image. There is large space between image size and price. If you reduce the column width you can give the Zoomed image a bit of a size boost. It is what the customer is most interested in so make it clearer. As it stands, visually, the image looks small against the payment info block Changes. 1. Two lines tops of similar images. Whether you have 1x8 of Similar images from same artist plus 1x8 from alternative artists is up to them but, I feel it would be a fairer way to split it. 2. Drop the text on the thumbnails and make sure a higher % of keywords match between the two files. At the moment I feel they may be relying on too few or only Essential keywords to determine a similar image. Either way, they need to be more relevant / accurate! 3. Make changes as suggested in (6) to give more space to the Zoomed Image. 4. Bring the metadata cut off at the bottom back up to the top where it should be. 5. Add a break/space between the last section of metadata on the zoomed image and the start of the similar images. 6. 2 lines of similar images, one from the same artist one from other artists using the current <h4> header settings separating the two lines. Yeah I know it will probably be dismissed as ideas coming from "A photographer" but it's just a thought, input from someone who used to spend a lot of time as a graphic designer / illustrator. You should get hired by Alamy immediately... Phil
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