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Phil Robinson

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  1. I'm sure I read somewhere that it means you get 70% and promoted to page 1 on BHZ,
  2. I've just had a look at Stockimo and was interested to find a "Computer generated fractal image". Have I somehow failed to understand the concept.
  3. Yes, uploads going back to 15th passed this morning.
  4. I can see your point, but one of the problems of having 45.13million images is that changes like this would be hard to implement now. I don't fancy going through my 18,000 pics giving them all categories, and I'm pretty sure Mr Greenberg would have something to say. I agree it's a good idea, but I think that particular horse may have bolted.
  5. Hmm - you've never been to Maidstone, have you, Ed?!
  6. A good camera doesn't make a good photographer, but even the best photographer must have a good enough camera.
  7. Please can we either do away with or have an option to do away with or at least move that little CHAT NOW tab that appears on the right of the screen. I never use it and as I type it is there, on another screen, obscuring information I want. I can't scroll down, I can't get rid of it, I can't move it. Can we please have a right-click 'CLOSE' option?
  8. I've only had one in Britain (ITV news) but I've had several to Japanese TV, and they are worth having. You just have to watch any news program, quiz show or the opening credits to QI to realise that there is a demand for stills on the telly.
  9. It is odd. The last few months have been pretty awful on the whole and my best pseudo is down a few places, but still page one - my others seem to have improved by several pages. I'm sure there's a logic to it in there somewhere.
  10. I just use separate hard drives. Copies of all RAW and finished TIFF files on an archive drive and a backup drive at my place, as well as everything on a third at my parents' house which gives me extra security against theft or fire and a good excuse to go there for a decent meal at regular intervals.
  11. I've set My Alamy as my home page - it opens every time I log on. For those of us who check for sales 20 times a day it saves a lot of time.
  12. Resolution has been covered above. As for file naming, I like to be able to have a good idea of the subject from the file name. I use a system I started years ago when I had very few images but I find it still works now. For travel shots I use the international country code (D for Germany, E for Spain, HR for Croatia...) then two letters for the town, followed by a four figure number. GBLO is London, FPA is Paris, HRZA is Zagreb and so on. For natural history (eg herons) I start NH, then BI for bird, MA for mammal AM for amphibian, then GH for grey heron. So if I see NHBIGH1007, I know it's a grey heron picture immediately. Additionally, numbers under 1000 are scans of slides, anything in four figures is a digital file. Only a suggestion, it works for me.
  13. I also had my first failure for ages last week. However, it was for 'over manipulation' on a very obviously, deliberately, creatively (I thought) over-manipulated image. The failure came through in two days and all the re-submitted images passed two days after that. I think they were telling me not that I had failed the standards through sloppy workflow but it was the kind of image they just don't want. Wrist-slashing was not an option I considered and neither should you. Even if you are 'banished' it will be for a maximum of a month. Just keep working and submitting as usual and they'll pass when they pass. (or fail, but I'm sure they won't)
  14. Mine used to be - and James phoned me in person to ask me to change it! That was a long time ago (and he was phoning about something else, but still..)
  15. I don't look at All of Alamy as much as I should, but when I do I often find searches using keywords that I realise could apply to some of my images - often abstract concept words ('concept' for example) so I find the relevant images and add the keywords. But as I say, not as often as I should. I have just finished going through ALL my images, checking the keywords. I found lots of obvious (to me now) missing words and numerous spelling mistakes. It was worth the effort. I think. I hope.
  16. I've just checked a couple of screenshop pics of mine - eg lastminute.com - and that address is intact in the caption and keywords.
  17. Looking at two of his images, they give the photographer "Jeff Greenberg 2 of 6" and "Jeff Greenberg 5 of 6". I'm guessing he uses 6.
  18. It's basically swings and roundabouts. Some years ago I tried putting all my zoomed/sold images in one pseudo. That ended up near the top of page one, the other was relegated to the last page. That meant the minority of my images (the "best") got viewed more and the others (the ones that hadn't been sold/zoomed YET) hardly ever got seen. I gave up on that and now divide my images according to subject matter. I find it works much better for me. My studio images have remained near the top of page one for a few years, Travel images around the middle somewhere, nature lower down and new sport and news images still finding their level. The truth is I find keywording some subjects a lot easier than others. Ranking is largely about how good you are at keywords and I find it much easier doing studio shots of coins, medals, lumps of rock and banknotes than outdoor shots including all sorts of people, architecture, abstract concepts, weather conditions etc. The ranks of my relative pseudos reflect this. Whatever short-term benefit you get from the new pseudo having a median rank will disappear after the first reshuffle. I think it's important to distinguish between long-term and short-term benefits from playing the pseudo game - this is a long-term business, as we all know. (PS - If I knew which where my 'good' images, I wouldn't bother uploading the others. I find it safest to leave that up to the buyers).
  19. "The images are here with: Google images That's a bit much for me to report. wim" Great work Wim - I'll use that trick more often in future
  20. http://dktripplanner.com/ They do Barcelona (see below) and several other cities. A39X65 Richard Bryant C0BYDH Kevin George BNJXW7 and: Thomas Lehne DA32HF Jon Bower Spain AXJ25P Gregory Wrona DJ3XGA Stefano Politi Markovina D67166 Stefano Politi Markovina CPCMA3 Teithiwr I have one of mine on there via Alamy, plus three others through another agent. It will interesting to see how the fees compare. Interestingly that other agent has also sold some to them via Alamy - glad I'm not signed up to their distribution scheme. They also do London, Istanbul, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, San Frasncisco, Tokyo and Washington (Prague and Rio coming 'soon'). If you've covered those area - and if you sell via Superstock - it might be worth a look.
  21. Saleswise this is my best month for ages (numbers, not necessarily £££) and zooms are OK. Averaging two sales a day over the last two weeks. But the last 12 months have not been great - hopefully getting back to 2012 levels...
  22. Unless "looking a bit 1970s" is a new reason for failing QC, I don't see the problem.
  23. I've been doing a lot of that recently [DNB4AC, DP34XH, DM1HFF] and I mark them all as illustrations. The more important question is will they sell?
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