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  1. 3 hours ago, Bryan said:


    At some future time I may need to find an alernative to LR as my current version won't support the latest cameras.


    I notice that you have some cut-outs Phil, the kind of thing that I would use PS to produce, using the pen tool. Is there now an equivalent in Elements, and can you now use layers in that program? It's quite possible that Elements could do everything that I would reasonably need.


    You can certainly do cutouts and work with layers - in 8bit only but I've never seen that as a problem.

    Most of my recent mineral pics are more or less straight shots with a very bright background, but cutouts are pretty easy with a good choice of selection tools.

    I don't know grownup PS very well but I'd be surprised if Elements didn't give you everything you need.

    (I've just Googled Pen Tool and no, it doesn't have one of those).

  2. On 18/12/2019 at 00:39, markus said:


    I enjoy to take photos, learn, develop, get the best out of my gear I have, and eventually upgrade at some point again. However, I am not a big fan of editing and keywording, so that is for me actual work that should pay off at some point.


    As a beginner it is difficult to estimate if it is still worth it to start with stock photography or just save this hours editing/keywording and keep it as a hobby only.

    Unfortunately editing and keywording are probably more important on here than photo quality.

    To sell on Alamy your images have to get seen by customers - among the 185million other images here.

    To make sure than happens, your captioning and keywording have to be done well and consistently.

    There are endless photographers who can take a good photo - a lot fewer who spend the time (or have the inclination) to do all the boring work that comes after uploading.

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  3. 49 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:



    Nothing with non relevant, this is about Relevant results, properly coded, and Keyworded not being found. 

     Alamy creates these mirror sites, where we are not able to actually provide proper information, and with clear indications to NOT add words in other languages (other than Latin names)

    I thought it was about irrelevant results - images of ferrous metal coming up in searches for a domestic activity. 

  4. Computer translation can never work for single words. Especially for English which has SO MANY synonyms.

    Iron is one example.

    How about 'tip?' Is it a piece of advice? the point of a pencil? a rubbish dump? a gratuity you leave for your waiter in a restaurant?

    If you go on the German site and do a search for "Trinkgeld" ('drink money' - the money you leave for your waiter) the first results are a felt-tip pen, a white tipped shark, an orange tip butterfly, ........

    These results are quite understandable to an English-speaker, and a new search with other words to clarify will bring up the subject you want.

    But if you are a German who doesn't speak good English (and I believe there are a handful) these results are meaningless and thoroughly confusing.


    Imagine doing a search for 'dragon' and getting loads of pic of children flying kites. Irrelevant, yes? But the same word in German (Drachen)

    Thankfully most Germans do speak pretty good English and will either search in English or be able to work out why they got the weird results in German, and have a good laugh at them.



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    Sold these yesterday.

    I assumed they were for use on invites to the Labour Party Karaoke Night tomorrow evening but it turns out they were used by Fullfact.org

    The weird thing is that though the pics come up in Google searches on links to the articles, they are nowhere to be seen in the actual articles.

    But I got paid so I'm not too bothered.

  6. 9 hours ago, David Pimborough said:


    I quote from Wikipedia



    United Kingdom

    Many British stamps are "Crown Copyright", that expires after 50 years and puts the stamps in the public domain. (See Crown copyright.) This also applies to the stamps of the various territories of the British Empire prior to their independence.

    Following the privatisation of Royal Mail as a separate legal entity in 2012 the copyright of new British stamps has been held by Royal Mail in its own right, so in general no stamp may be uploaded."


    and from the royal mail




    So if the stamp is public domain a 100% photo of the stamp is not in breach of copyright


    However different countries have different rules


    I am careful about which countries I upload - not British or US for example - and mark them all as editorial only, but I was wondering about Alamy's view of what constitutes a 'work of art'.

  7. I tried diversifying into video - which meant looking for a new agent.

    When I found one I discovered they sell short clips of music as well.

    So I bought a cheap manuscript composing software program, dusted off my O Level harmonising skills and started writing string quartets and piano duets.

    There's half an idea to link them with suitable video footage one day to make a complete package - if I ever write anything suitable.

    I do it at weekends mostly, so I don't feel like it's getting in the way of doing something that might actually make some money one day.

  8. This month I've had more $$$ sales than I can remember for years. Normally the first half of the month is quieter for me and I always keep my fingers crossed that the floodgates will open in the last week. This month has been great so far and hopefully, when the newspapers report, it will get better.

    I hope I'm not sounding too smug or boastful - I just want to point out that these things go up and down and it's impossible to deduce a trend from a couple of months' sales. 

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  9. 1 hour ago, John Mitchell said:

    Poor keywords / captions seems to be a growing problem on Alamy. Not sure what can be done about it, though, as Alamy doesn't have the time or inclination to police contributors.


    In theory the ranking system does deal with this.
    I have always thought that the way the search engine decides which images are seen first is THE MOST IMPORTANT feature of the whole Alamy business.

    I'm not sure how this works now - it doesn't seem to be as straightforward as it used to be.

  10. 5 hours ago, IanDavidson said:

    I photograph the vast majority of cabinet meetings in Downing Street, as I did on Tuesday.  Because of the large number of attendees at cabinet and the objective of not submitting too many news photos, I am a bit selective who I photograph to those Ministers I think are "news worthy".   The one minister I did not photograph  on Tuesday was Alun Cairns who resigned today.....


    I got several today of that prime minister who will be resigning tomorrow (fingers crossed)

    You were missed - you had something better to do?


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