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  1. On 01/05/2019 at 11:43, gvallee said:


    Wow! Most of the time, 50 tags are not enough for me. I have built templates based on extensive research of AoA. Birds used to be my number one subject sales (215 to-date). Not any more as I have switched to other subjects. As an example, here's what I do:



    Tagging certainly depends on subject matter and some subjects require more keywords than other.  

  2. I have no problems with the concept of 'discoverability'. If it was measured by how many of the fields - mandatory and optional - had been filled in, it could be very useful. 

    But as it stands it is in direct conflict with what used to be the thinking behind the whole Alamy ranking system - which rewarded relevant keywording and discouraged keyword spamming.



  3. Ignore the bar. Just ignore it. Really - ignore it.

    I'm a big fan of almost everything Alamy do (almost) but this 'discoverability' is simply a waste of time.

    Use keywords that are relevant to the image. The more the better IF they are relevant.

    NEVER add more just to change the colour of the bar.

    I have nearly 40,000 images on Alamy - 55 of them are 'optimised', about 1500 have 'good discoverability'.

    I'm OK with that.

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  4. Captions - as long as they need to be. But remember, if they go over a certain length, they move to 'other information' on the optional page.

    This can be useful if you want to include information that you don't to come up in searches (the 'other info' isn't searchable, the caption is).

    For instance, do a search for any tennis player and you will get loads of unwanted results for other players - who happened to be playing that person at the time so are mentioned in the caption.

    Tags - as many as are relevant.

    IGNORE the little orange line that turns green when your image suddenly becomes "optimised". 

    NEVER add a tag you don't think is relevant just to make the line change colour.


    I add captions and keywords before uploading. It helps if you submit (might start submitting) to another agency.

    I then check and add/delete/correct spelling at the IM stage.

  5. On 11/04/2019 at 19:42, AlanW said:

    Quite a few Alamy photos in Guestbook: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton ( ISBN-10: 1846144930, ISBN-13: 978-1846144936) published 26th March 2019.


    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xjdrDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT443&dq=guestbook+ghost+stories+alamy+stock+photo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjritj-1sjhAhW9WxUIHadfBdQQ6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q=guestbook ghost stories alamy stock photo&f=false


    I don't have a copy of the book to lookup individual photographs  - I was browsing in a bookshop! - and as far as I can see they've  all been reproduced in black & white, but the following Alamy photographers have been credited:



    Thanks - that's intriguing. Wondering which one of my sport photos is in a book of ghost stories!

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  6. 12 minutes ago, Martin P Wilson said:

    Does the time start ticking from the last shot or from time of exposure for each shot submitted (whether it is one hour or some discretionary and uncertain longer period?). So much uncertainty; I can see poeple submitting within an hour (or so) of their last shots and being rejected, making it a waste of several hours.

    I would like to think a bit of discretion will be used. If you get a bank robbery in progress or the prime minister being struck by lightening (sorry, is it just me?) then filing within an hour should be not only possible but common sense. 
    I and others here spend a lot of time hanging around College Green in Westminster waiting to pounce on unsuspecting politicians and sometimes hang around for two or three hours before filing the images. I doubt that Alamy would reject the first ones I took that morning because they were taken more than 61 minutes ago.
    As has been mentioned above, the guidelines say "aim" to file within an hour. I think that has always been the case.

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  7. 1 hour ago, IanDavidson said:

    I have the right tools but often it is about finding somewhere, out of the rain, to file.  A number of Westminster togs, last week,  got thrown out of The Methodist Central Hall cafe for editing/uploading on the grounds they had not purchased sufficient/any produce.  There is one place that allows/tolerates editing and uploading but, for that reason, it is frequently packed.  Also some togs have had bags, cameras etc nicked while uploading in public cafes etc.  


    I often end end up having to edit and file on the train, but that only works outside rush hour....

    Some of us buy a coffee in there!

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  8. I asked for an explanation of this, mentioning that I would post the reply on the forum.

    Here it is:


    "This is part of our new simplified popular pricing licenses that we have been testing with market addressable customers. These have proven very successful for both customers and contributors. 

    Customers are entitled to use the image in each of the mentioned uses but from our experience, customers do have a specific use in mind and won't be using it in each area, it simply makes things a lot easier and simpler for customers looking to license images on an ad hoc basis."

  9. That's only happened to me once or twice, but the last time was on Thursday - and I was sitting next to another photographer who uploaded at the same time and her pics didn't appear either. 

    When uploading live news I NEARLY always wait until the images appear before leaving the cafe or wherever and going out to take more photos. This time I didn't, and didn't find the problem until I was on the way home.

    Uploading has been very slow recently and, it seems, a bit less than reliable.

    I sent a submission via FTP on Friday. Hours later it hadn't appeared, so I sent it again and, of course, now everything is there twice.

  10. I had three of these yesterday:

    Country: Worldwide
    "Usage: Business use, One of each of the following uses: Personal use, presentation, internal communication, student project, reference for artist, personal website, personal social media, personal print or card, business website, small book (up to 1000 print run, excluding cover use), small magazine/newspaper (up to 1000 print run), a digital marketing campaign. Worldwide license. Excludes advertising.
    Start: 21 March 2019
    Duration: In perpetuity"


    One of EACH - not one of the following. 

    "Use for as many things as you want all over the world forever"

    If the fee was $12,000, OK.

    It wasn't.


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  11. On 07/03/2019 at 12:07, Avpics said:

    How do you get on shooting that way, or do you unhitch it from your shoulder? 

    If the camera strap is long enough it's easy to just grab the camera and use it like that with the strap still over the shoulder. I tend to have the telephoto over the right shoulder and the second camera either over the left or more often the old amateur 'round the neck' style, especially if I'm walking along getting very wide-angle not-looking-through-the-viewfinder street shots, which I usually am when wandering around London.

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