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Everything posted by Marianne

  1. I think it would be great if Alamy enabled us to write to the photographer directly or let us notify them (Alamy). It harms the site's reputation when there are such mistakes, muddles up search and would be helpful to have a way to flag mistakes. Here and on another site I had an place mis-identified and someone brought it to my attention. Since being properly identified, that image has been licensed several times.
  2. I tried to tweet my live news images directly from Alamy today but the share link didn't work. Anyone else have this issue?
  3. Welcome. Nice portfolio. I ticked yes to all the schemes figuring every little bit counts.
  4. Though I bypassed QC I was happy to see my photos of our spring snowstorm here in New York up on Live News early this afternoon less than an hour after I uploaded. I had been having processing problems uploading to Live News and this batch went through quickly on the first try. The snow is already gone but it looked lovely if odd to see it on flowering trees.
  5. Ed beat me to it - tinyurl.com works great - you can even customize the URL
  6. I was in a toy store and saw one of my lighthouse photos on the cover of a puzzle - it was one of many lighthouses on the cover but easy to recognize as mine. I get a daily email from travelandleisure.com and occasionally have found one of my photos in a slide show - before the sale shows up on Alamy. Always makes me smile. Another time I was on Facebook and a post from Coastal Living showed up with a photo I took when I first got a digital camera back in 2006 - since then Alamy has licensed it a couple of times. Totally unexpected. All of these were nautical images which seem to b
  7. Stunning and moving work. I plan to get down there to see it. Thanks so much for sharing.
  8. A little girl and her doll in the airport on a holiday to Paris
  9. About 9 months with a couple hundred images. That was in 2009 though so there's really no way to tell - but you've only got a handful of images and have been here such a short time that it's way too early to feel discouraged. Your work looks to be of high quality so keep it up.
  10. I uploaded one photo via the Reportage route around 6 hours ago and after over an hour it didn't show up so I uploaded it again with one more photo. 5 hours later all three have shown up as one batch still "processing" - hope it will complete by tomorrow so I can finalize the keywords etc. I don't get fails via the Reportage route - they just sometimes don't show up for hours, which is what happened tonight.
  11. I've had my 4S for over 4 years keep it on nearly all the time and the battery is still going strong. I haven't uploaded a ton of images to Stockimo but like it and plan to upload more - have sold a lot of iPhone pix on Fotolia Instant, shutterstock and dreamstime. Have been planning to upgrade to a 6S for ages (I get a pretty good deal since I'm overdue for a new phone with my plan) but the 4S is still working fine. I hear the 6S camera is a big improvement. Wondering if I should opt for a 5S instead since it will be so much cheaper?
  12. travelandleisure.com 3/12/16 http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/great-spring-weekend-getaways Great Spring Getaways Hiking Pinnacles National Park, CA - Tom Bean Mount Hood Wildflower Walks, OR - Spring Images Coulee Corridor Bird-Watching, WA - Rolf Nussbaumer Desert Wildflowers in Tucson, AZ - Dennis MacDonald Explore Mount Desert Island, Maine - Colleen Miniuk-Sperry Other images here from Zuma Press, many from iStock - a good reason not to have the same images on Alamy and the micros IMHO.
  13. Travel + Leisure (.com) 3/13/16 Best Places to Travel in 2016 http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-travel-in-2016/15 Belize - Peter Donaldson San Antonio, TX - George H.H. Huey Interesting that they had 50 photos including many from individual photographers (perhaps from other articles?) as well as from Getty, Corbis, EyeEm, Image Brief, and others. It shows me that they will look all over to find the photo that they want, which is encouraging.
  14. The link works. No clue without the bill and the legs though so sorry I can't help. Nice capture.
  15. POD means Print on Demand - agencies such as redbubble, Fine Art America, Crated and the like. I have some illustrations that I've made from photographs that sell very well for me on microstock sites. I didn't just use a "painterly" filter but did a lot of work "by hand" via my pen and Bamboo tablet - mostly very specific travel images. I think they might have done well on Alamy too but felt that most Alamy buyers are looking for straight unmanipulated travel images. I wouldn't say don't try them, but I'd say start with straight photographs and build up your portfolio before you start
  16. I had a $250 sale today. The search the buyer used brings up 20 images, 4 of them mine including one I took around 2006. That image was zoomed in September and as I was returning to Cape Cod in October (a search that brings up 13,300+ images) I decided I should update it and am glad I did since one of the new ones sold. The point is, there are buyers looking for those hard to find places, slightly off the beaten track, and that is why Alamy offers their "jumble sale." It's not a slick commercial site - though there are some fine commercial images - I believe their crowd sourcing concept wa
  17. Congratulations. I had another $240 iQ sale pop up today. Very encouraging. Thanks John - congrats to you too - encouraging to see good prices.
  18. $250 iQ sale from a trip I took to Cape Cod last October. Nice to wake up to.
  19. I've waited over a year - and once waited several months for an NU sale to clear - eventually I was less than 50 cents from a payout (back in the $250 days) and when that little one cleared - it was 49 cents - I made payout. I'm waiting on one reported in November now, and I first found it online in October, so you're in good company.
  20. I find that unless I'm on the road and have no choice, I always check for sharpness on my 4-year-old non-retina display iMac because everything looks super-sharp on my 13" Retina screen Macbook Pro. Bumping it up to 200% works but I still feel safer if I'm sending a file to a client or uploading it to QC here if I've checked on my iMac. I love the retina display on my light little Macbook - makes reading easier on these old eyes - but I'm thinking if I were updating my iMac I wouldn't pay for the upgrade to Retina because it would be too sharp and without it the screen is pretty amazing anyway
  21. I had an image that had never been zoomed, which I took and uploaded in 2009, that was licensed for $400 in 2015, for a current marketing campaign. You never know what will catch a buyer's fancy - the unedited collection of unique and offbeat images here is Alamy's USP. I think buyers turn to Alamy for the plethora of authentic images that aren't "stocky," though it does mean there's a lot of stuff that wouldn't get into any edited collections. Here, the buyers make their own decisions and their zooms/ Alamy Rank regulates what photos end up on top, so people who upload dozens of similar
  22. My zooms have more than doubled so hopeful I'll see a nice trickle of sales in a couple of months. Zooms have actually been pretty strong for several months now. There were some searches where they zoomed on one, two or three images and all were mine, and another where 4 out of 8 were mine, so I'm hopeful, especially since they are images that tell a nice story together, and they include model released travel.
  23. Francesco, Sometimes when people are reading online or in print, they will notice the Alamy credit - then they search Alamy using keywords to try to find the image and post links (when available) to both. Other times, if someone is searching for their own photograph, they will use google images or tineye to do a search by photo. When they find their photo, often there will be other photos credited to Alamy and they are kind enough to share them here on the forum. Hope that helps.
  24. I switched to a Mac years ago and I'd never go back. My husband who has always used PCs is even thinking of switching after realizing how much better the trackpad on my Mac works compared to the one on his PC - he went out and bought a mouse because it was so unresponsive - and he doesn't use it for photos. I print a lot of my work for galleries and the color matching is terrific. True confession I use ICC profiles and the built in color profiles on my MACs and haven't bothered with a color monkey (can't think of the name of the gadget) in years and I haven't had any issues - I even get beauti
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