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  1. 18 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Yeah, Paulette. I too have trouble with them. I know FBI means fools with below-average intelligence. CIA? Cynical intelligence agency? KGB stands for keep Germans back. T'was a WW2 group. 


  2. 1 hour ago, Michael Ventura said:

    For the last few years, my son has been collecting old coins of the world and so it occurred to me the other day that it might be a good idea to photograph them and put them up on Alamy and he will have a good record of his coins as well.  He loves history and geography so the coin collecting makes for a nice fit as a hobby....plus it keeps him off video games!! He also loved that I took an interest in his coins, he loves to talk about them and about what was going on in the world when this or that coin was minted.



    I'm tempted to stay quiet so as not to encourage competition, but I have done very well with pics of old coins - and modern ones. 


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  3. 1 hour ago, Robert M Estall said:

    I have little patience with so many who moan about keywording (tagging if you insist). How do they think anyone is going to find their way to your wonderfully crafted images? Just think you might luck in? We could all improve but just taking a quick stab at a few words and rushing onwards isn't going to cut it


    Couldn't agree more.

    The secret of success on Alamy - with over 200 million images - is getting your pics seen by potential customers.

    It doesn't matter how good they are, if they don't get seen, they won't get used.

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  4. 3 hours ago, imageplotter said:


    I found an almost identical Whitehall frame somewhere, Phil (Toga's finger up like he's about to conduct a choir and SR looking a bit 'is this it?' 🙂 ), so suspect I was standing next to you. I remember then hurridly running back into line about 20 secs later as they were finally coming along the pavement, think this was Starmer/Nandy/Long-Bailey (and Milne in bg) walking up to cab office, no? 

    It was indeed. I thought you were hiding in the background somewhere - I didn't realise you had stolen my idea

  5. Most important - supertags.

    Then - tags

    Least important - caption. 

    Not counted at all - other information (on the optional page)

    It makes sense. If you search for eg a tennis player, you get lots of results of other tennis players - because they were playing against that player in the match and are mentioned in the caption. Keep potentially useful info that is not relevant to the image in the optional info.

  6. 17 hours ago, DDoug said:

    Ditto the verticals, a holdover from when clients used to say "shoot more verticals" along with reminding me to have more shots with people in them. I don't carry the vertical battery grip much because of weight, but do like the vertical controls on occasion.

    On the other subject, I figure I'll finally start to become a European when I come to understand why a country the size of Sacramento County needs its own language. Till then I'll stick to the opinion that Lëtzebuergesch is more of a secret code than a language, something the Luxemburgers speak among themselves when they don't want to be understood by outsiders.

    See also Schweizerdeutsch, and Welsh

  7. I shoot a lot of verticals and a quick look over recent sales suggest they make up about 40% of sales. 
    I always use a camera with a battery pack on the bottom - not for the extra battery but for the vertical shutter release and controls. It really makes taking verticals easier and once you get used to it, it becomes second nature.

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