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Charles Stirling

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  1. Sales up a little, revenue down a little with a slow increase in total numbers by about 10 percent.
  2. Like most here I feel the 50/50 split should stay, it's already difficult to even cover costs at the photographers end so driving the market photos taken as a bi-product of another activity. The last reduction from 60/40 was supposed to bring benefits; it may have but only to Alamy not contributors who generally didn't see much of an upturn in either prices or quantity sold. So will this 20% reduction to contributors see major sales increases? Last time I hoped it would, now more dubious.
  3. Some of mine don't have the work "mural" in them nor any actual artwork such as: so it does seem a bit over the top.
  4. The video is alarmist maybe right, but remember the German situation where they couldn't show the face of the wanted person due to personal privacy issue and data protection. The concept in France that need permission to photograph anyone. Maybe we do need to keep a watchful eye on this legislation.
  5. I use IMatch to catalogue my photos and keep a working copy of all of them in work machine plus a backup in the same machine. Then have a 3TB USB external hard drive that that stays near the computer but is disconnected when not actually backing up. Then have a 6TB disk which plugs in to a port to take backups. This goes to another building periodically and backs up a hard drive in computer there. I use a free File Sync program to do the backups. This will compare all the files just backing up ones which have changed. If the backup has ones which are deleted on the main drive I leave them in the backup for at least a few months (or till disk space runs out). Reasonably quick doing it this way, keeps the same file structure eveywhere, can be totally independent of any single computer (unlike RAID systems). Online would just take to long.
  6. 7 sold for a total of 383 with one just a bit over 100 and one a little tiny one which was a distributor sale.
  7. Yes of course its normal server assignment, just interesting that it has changed from keeping alive an upload process to allowing it to split into multiples which it didn't used to do. Would think it adds a bit of administrative burden on Alamy.
  8. More of a minor annoyance than real problem but if I upload say 20 photos then end up with a split between a number of Alami IDs. This is both with FTP and Alamy upload. Before all the changes this was never happening. I don't know if its my relatively slow upload speed from the ISP as I see a lot of Alamy server timeouts in the logs, if its some setting I have wrong, or if it is now just the norm. What are others seeing?
  9. 11 sales for 578. About recent average, nothing very high value.
  10. I still have mine showing the date of modification not the date image was taken. Means every date has to be individually manually changed, really tedious or just leave with maybe very misleading date.
  11. Had it on desktop first time this evening, rather ambiguous images for the question being asked. Not fun.
  12. If I put in just US or just UK or any other 2 characters, nothing else, I get a message must be 3 minimum. Accepts if have more and it uses the 2 letters in a search. Looks like worth having some of these variations as well, maybe I should go back and add more
  13. I had thought that 2 letter searches didn't work or is it just when they are the only letters in the search but OK in more compound searches? Answering my own question, just checked and simply need 3 characters or more in the search. Accepts full stops so US on its own not accepted U.S. is. Now need to go back and look at my UK and GB entries.
  14. I've had two photos of a reverse osmoses system and sold as personal use. OK could see it as part of a theses or even school project so yes, maybe.
  15. I thought could still copy keywords across if you can find the image, have to click on its preview to get to a new page where the option to edit is. From that edit page can copy keywords (er tags).
  16. I think Alamy said the new system won't do a search of our file number but they are trying to fix it.
  17. My connection isn't the quickest but using the web interface had a number of stalls / stops so ended up as multiple uploads. Went back to FTP which in the past often caused problems due to poor internet and slightly better but not good. Normal for me is about 4 min per photo.
  18. Yes I checked my EXIF info and all is as it should be with the proper dates. Have uploaded with both web and FTP with same results. Customer Services initially responded that it wasn't a fault so they couldn't do anything about it. After pointing out it could hit a customer buying a date sensitive image they are going to refer it back to software developers. Just didn't know if it could be my system or more general.
  19. Normally the date taken has come from the metadata in uploaded file OK, but with the new system mine anyway seem to come from the date modified field instead. This gives the wrong date information. Is anyone else noticing this?
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