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Phil Robinson

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  1. To help tweak the sometimes disappointing order in which our images come in searches, how about an ability for contributors to mark a certain percentage of their shots as 'favourites', to give them preference in searches?

    It could be a quite small percentage, but it would produce more favourable search results, especially where similars are involved.

    You might argue that you shouldn't upload any picture you might be disappointed to see pop up, and stick with only the best, but I'm sure we all contribute similars to give buyers more choice, while knowing which one we prefer.



    Aha! I've just had a 180 surge into my account. And it was an image that has sold twice before for 180, back in 2009 and 2010.

    and today, the same image for the same amount with the same details. Fully expecting a refund of the first, but you never know.



    I suspect you did have a refund, Phil (but hope not).  I had this exact sale on Friday, then repeated yesterday, refunded today.  As it happens, this was my fourth textbook sale this month (not counting the one that was cancelled out) but they weren't all for $180 more's the pity. 





    Yes, me too. But it was expected. On the plus side, my second biggest sale ever turned up today, followed by another 3-figure sale this afternoon. I've made more in the last two days than I did in February. There is hope yet.

  3. Get your captioning and keywording as good as you possibly can.

    The only way customers will use your images is if they find exactly what they want in a particular search.

    If they don't come up in searches, nobody will see them; if they come up in the wrong searches, nobody will use them.

    The only real way to sell images here is to take the subjects people want and make sure they find them when they want them.


    I wish I was a lot better at what I have just recommended.




    Having said that, I've just had a look at your images and your captioning and keywording seem pretty good to me.

  4. It's not as simple as that.


    I contribute to Getty but the thought of having to withdraw just over 2000 images and then send them off somewhere else is something I could do without. The only thing I would consider is getting hold of one of my other agents and seeing if they would take them no questions asked.


    However, I note that AGE is currently not allowing use through the scheme but as far as I can Robert Harding is. How do I know? Just clicked on images of mine that are with RH showing in Getty and the embed feature is there. Tried AGE with someone I know and the link isn't there.


    What frustrates me further is that neither agency has sent out any communication to its contributors through email asking what we would like to do.

    Age isn't, as yet, participating, though Alfonso has made his personal view clear that he thinks it's a good thing. 

  5. The statue is in a gallery in Florence and is presumably owned by someone. There's an interesting bit on Wikipedia (so it MUST be true) about a dispute of ownership between the City of Florence and the Ministry of Culture, but it will be somebody's property. So, for commercial use, which this clearly is, there would need to be permission.


    Interestingly, there is an identical copy of the original, outdoors in Piazza della Signoria - maybe rules regarding that one would be different?

  6. I bought a fishing tackle bag from Lidl last year for £20. Took the insides out, put in some cardboard dividers, it's got the most comfortable shoulder strap of any 'camera bag' I've owned and is the only one that can take a Nikon with a 170-500 zoom vertically. Good investment (and I got all the little plastic boxes that came with it for storing small things, not, in my case, fishing tackle).




  7. I don't think the issue is the methodology in which QC use but the way in which failure is communicated.


    It would be far easier to write into their coding to tell the user that a submission has failed and lock the upload facility until the "sin-bin" period has finished.


    The manner in which it is communicated leaves many people frustrated at QC as they don't know whether or not a submission has failed. In the majority it is a delay but for others a failure.


    if you email QC and ask what is going you all too often get the stock response about submission review times etc which only goes to further annoy people.


    I agree too. I support the QC system and understand how and why it works the way it does, but I really can't see the benefit in delaying the notification of a fail.

    Perhaps it's to add to the suffering of the failed contributor, as an added incentive to get it right next time, but it has the same unfortunate effect on everyone else when there is a QC overload or a technical problem.

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  8. I don't know what percentage of images Alamy check in a submission. 5%? 20%?  If it's about 10% (just a guess) that would mean a ten-fold increase in QC work, which would have a huge impact on costs / time / commission. I think this aspect of the way Alamy work is a huge part of their ethos and something that we accept when we sign up. If they did it otherwise, they wouldn't be Alamy.


    (Why does the Alamy spellchecker always underline 'Alamy? There, it did it again!)

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