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  1. On 17/02/2020 at 23:32, riccarbi said:

    While I can understand that to get a sale eventually paid could took months, that's how today's business pipeline works,  I don't understand why that sale could remain unreported for months. If I, as a registered customer, identify a picture on Alamy that fits my needs, agree with terms and price, and eventually download it, the system might be able to record such a sale immediately and report it on my dashboard in a few minutes. If and when such a sale will be actually paid, it's a different matter, admittedly. Yet, why we have to wait for months just to know that someone downloaded one of our pictures?

    Other agencies I have dealt with mostly 'report' sales when the payment has cleared. That can take months.

    Alamy let us know when the uses have been invoiced, which is unusual, and is the reason why we sometimes see those annoying refunds.

    People on here complain about refunds but there would be an awful lot more disappointments if we were notified every time a potential customer downloaded something for potential use.

    I think Alamy have got the balance about right.

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  2. I don't think 'the press pack' can seen as one body. I spend a lot of time in Westminster and the photographers there - though competitive - are generally a friendly and well-behaved bunch (with the exception of Ian, above, who is a nightmare).

    The other week I found myself outside the BBC waiting for someone called Harry Styles to turn up and some of the camera-carriers there were appalling, pushing each other (me) and even upsetting young fans in wheelchairs while trying to get a better view. I felt really uncomfortable and thought I was going to get lynched when I told one of them to 'be nice'. 


    I also do a lot of street photography, buy I never shove a camera in anyone's face, even celebs I pass who are off duty.


    'Observers or intruders'? Both.

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  3. 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).

  4. 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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  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

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