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  1. Its a good question about the number of characters - if you use 50 characters instead of say 35 in the essential field does it work against you? Any thoughts?
  2. Thank goodness for that Geoff - I think there might be a meltdown if caps were an issue
  3. Wow thank you everyone - it seems that it really is a dark art!! I've not used commas at all but it makes sense to just double it all up and use them as well as quotes - I'll also have a little play with Alamy measures and see what's coming up under each search. It is interesting to note that the caption is searchable so I think I'm going to have to be a little more careful about what I put there too.
  4. Thanks Mark and Alan - what you say makes absolute sense and gives me a bit more confidence about keywording generally. Ed - yes I have read that page many times and whilst its helpful there's a lot that it doesn't say...but then I suppose if too much was given away on how to do it absolutely right everyone would be at the top of the rankings Betty - what you say also makes absolute sense...my feeling has been that by using the quote marks when using terms like carpet I'm keeping the image safe from coming up in irrelevant searches. I'm interested about what you say regarding when one of your images comes up in a search. How do you see what search terms your image has come up in - is it in Alamy measures? I haven't really got to grips with that tool yet.
  5. Thanks John - I know what you mean re conflicting advice, that's why I called it a "Dark Art"...it seems that there are so many options and many could be right but many could also be wrong!! I hadn't thought about the latin name of flowers so that's a good tip too. Mark - thank you - I'm taking what you say that basically as long as I get the really important words in Ess and Main then use Comp as little as possible. Am I right about using the minor place name ie Kent, England in the Comprehensive section or should I be leaving that out completely? Apols for appearing a bit slow but I just wanted to make sure I'd got the right end of the stick
  6. I have found that I am becoming more and more unsure about keywording images the more I upload! I understand not to use words that aren't relevant and that the essential keywording box is for the most important keywords, however, I'm just not sure on what words should go in the Comprehensive section. For example - if I were to put up an image of a spring carpet of anemones that was taken in Lordship Woods Horsemonden Kent I would put the keywords of woodland anemones spring carpet in the essential field, other relevant words such as woods, "ancient woodland", "woodland carpet" "English woodland" Lordship Woods, Horsemonden for instance in the Main keywords and then Kent, England, UK in the Comprehensive section. Basically I am putting the more general terms of where the woods are ie Kent, England etc in the Comprehensive section correct - my thinking is that these terms aren't the key search terms someone would use and are too general but still relevant. Am I thinking along the right lines here? Also if I were to include trees and tree - I would put trees in the main keyword section but tree would go in the comprehensive section as again it isn't so relevant because there isn't a tree on its own. Does that sound about right or am I way off the mark? I have read the relevant pages on Alamy help as well as trawled the net for any other help (there doesn't seem to be much) so any hints or tips on this dark art would be really appreciated Thanks Lin
  7. Hi Chuck - I only used the size example as it appeared on the Alamy page using the cm measurement rather than quoting the pixels ratio as well to explain my question - just being a bit lazy really Thanks for your comment.
  8. Thanks everyone for such fast responses - it's made my mind a lot clearer on what's going on with my old files. Geoff your comment about ACR exporting reminded me that I did have a problem with ACR a long time ago after an adobe update - it switched my settings to smaller file sizes...double checking it's my old images around that time that were affected. I also realise that I have in the past used a 40D and that too will have smaller file sizes...so thank you for highlighting that for me...I think I was having one of those moments where I look at a problem for so long and miss the obvious answer staring me in the face! Pearl and Bryan - thanks for the advice re upsizing - looking at upsized images it did look like they were slightly degraded, so now I know its definitely not an option!
  9. I have asked about sizing before on this forum and everyone was really helpful. I've passed QC and started to upload some images and am now working on bigger batches, but having had a look at some of the file sizes on the site this has brought up some new questions about sizing for me...which may just be down to a lack in confidence in posting images or it could be a senior moment I have noticed that many of the images that appear on here are in the ball park size of 50MB with dimensions of around the 45x30cm size at 300dpi. My images are coming out more around the 22MB size with dimensions of 30x20 cm at 3000dpi. My images are taken on either a 5D mk2 or a Fuji Xpro so there's no issue with the uncompressed sizing initially. My main question is should I be increasing the file dimensions from 30x20 to around 45x30 when converting the tif to a jpeg in CS6 for uploading? Generally do Alamy's clients look for the bigger MB sizes to work with? Will the small file size whilst acceptable to Alamy limit people purchasing images? I have had a look through the forum but I couldn't see answers there so any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Goodness - there has certainly been some valid points raised since my original post...I'm really glad I put this up as it has encouraged a very lively, informative discussion that clarifies Alamy's rules and how they need to be approached. Its great to see long time users giving us newbies some advice - it certainly makes me feel more confident in asking questions again. Thank you )
  11. Don (DDoug) I'm learning or being reminded of many different ways of sharpening an image at output here! I've never really used any other sharpening apart from the default settings in ACR (sometimes with some adjustment) and then at output for printing there's a method by Bruce Fraser that I first came across in the Martin Evening book that seems to work well with most of my print requirements. It's interesting to know about the degradation of resolution on CA for the Fuji files in ACR - I've not noticed anything with the latest versions but I might just go and have another good look - anticipated close scrutiny of work certainly starts to focus the mind more!! MDM - I've tried that tip on one image that I thought might need some sharpening - yes it did change it a little but not in an overly obvious manner at 100% so maybe that one is ok. That tip is a useful one to use as a guide so thank you for that....now I need to have another really good look at my other test images and then just jump in and see what happens.
  12. Carl - yes I've only got the CS3 version of Martin Evenings book - they are brilliant books to refer to. In there he says he uses pre-sharpening in photoshop however he does say that the Camera Raw sharpening is a simple way to pre-sharpen images and that was when it didn't have as many controls. So are you saying that you do or don't do any pre-sharpening? MDM - I do appreciate your comments here. I don't use Lightroom - only Bridge, ACR and CS6 - do you know if there is a way of doing that LR trick to check how sharp an image is in PS? (Apologies re quoting names on every reply - I cant seem to get the "Quote" button to work for me.)
  13. Don - yes I think being set in my ways with processing tools is probably the problem for me too...unfortunately Adobe got my back in the days of Photoshop 3 I think it was although out of principle I wouldn't sign up for their monthly scheme so once my CS6 is completely out of date no doubt I will be looking elsewhere!
  14. I have to admit I gave up on Silkypix when I tried it with the Xpro files - it just felt too clunky to use so I've stuck with ACR. With their updates they do seem to be handling Fuji files better so hopefully that will be ok for stock too.
  15. Don - that is really clarifying about what Alamy said - it's a shame they don't post the relevant excerpt from the video on the submission tips page. Thanks everyone for some really sound advice - it's great to have such a positive environment here to get feedback. I think I became too hung up on penalties for failure that seem to be mentioned on other threads but I'll submit a test with what I think should be ok and learn from the experience.
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