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Phil Robinson

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  1. Try blackgrass, one word, and it brings up only the right thing - though not many images. I would hurriedly add the keywords blackgrass and black-grass, both of which seem to be used and might give you the advantage in a search.
  2. Activity registers but isn't reported over the weekend (look for the 'last updated' date and time, top right). You have to wait for Monday (usually morning) to see the weekend's views and zooms. As for 'ready' images, there has been a recent change - they now go on sale 24hrs after being made ready, whereas before weekends didn't count.
  3. I'm not sure adding 'portrait' and 'landscape' is a good idea. Yes, they are frequently used in the business as synonyms for horizontal and vertical, but they do also have other meanings, which will be frequently used by searchers to find portraits and landscapes. (Most of my portraits are 'landscape' and many of my landscapes are 'portrait').
  4. That's true, but that only works if the customer ticks the landscape / portrait box in the search options. If they use the terms in the keyword search instead, only images that have had those keywords added will come up. It's the same with cutouts - they are automatically recognised (mostly) by the system, but not if 'cutout' is used as a search term.
  5. I started out doing that, then stopped when I realised there were choice options. But I do still add the words cutout and cut-out, which do get searched. Maybe I'll use the next rainy day to go through my collection and put them back.
  6. Well spotted. Yes, passed QC on Friday, half keyworded then and the other half today. Yesterday's are already on sale. Very good news. No reason why it shouldn't be automatic, of course, but very welcome.
  7. "00000218819603" - another odd search (strangely, no results, a gap in the market there).
  8. Hi. Welcome and good luck. But remember, it's a numbers game - the first sales may take a while. Keep uploading quality and quantity and they will come.
  9. Average sale since starting: gross - $77.25, net - $40.12. including NU. edit (Just to point out, those are hyphens before the figures - despite a few refunds I'm not averaging minus $77)
  10. If that's 20% off the calculator price, I've no complaints. Given the amount of negotiation that goes on, 20% off what......?
  11. I can't see any point in leaving loads of space around a cutout - they don't need to be cropped if the background is truly white (or black) I have noticed that if there is too little space around the image, it isn't always picked up by the automatic cutout detector at Alamy, so a good border is best. And the bigger the image, the clearer it is in the thumbnail
  12. Yes, the change seems to be that previously, if you had a processing error, most passed QC, the sub was marked in orange "Partial Fail" and the rejected images had to be resubmitted. It seems now that after a partial fail, the processing error images are removed, the rest of the sub gets passed and the problem images,instead of being rejected, ore put in a separate upload group for another try. This seems like an improvement, at least if you know in advance that this is what's likely to happen.
  13. Earlier this week I had a partial fail due to four processing errors in two different batches. Today I find that the orange 'Partial Fail' noticed have been replaced with a green 'Passed' notice and a new submission has appeared, with four images, dated 2nd August. It seems the processing errors have been recovered and put into the system. I have already re-submitted the images concerned but it might be worth bearing in mind if you get a partial fail, that the images might actually go through some time later.
  14. I also had a four day wait, then a partial fail with 3 processing errors. It's nice when it stops.
  15. You're absolutely right. And wouldn't it be nice to have somewhere private to do it.
  16. I very much doubt it, but it is possible that some contributors may expect more happiness than their contributions can reasonably deliver.
  17. And me this morning. Are these all the same customer? Mine was a 'corporate website'.
  18. I tend to do 10 minimum, 30 max. Uploading 30 corresponds roughly to the time needed to get from unground coffee beans to a finished cup. If I'm editing loads I will upload a small batch first to get my foot in the QC queue (QCQ?). Assuming you have to wait 24 hrs for them to pass, rather than leaving it three days and uploading 200 all at once, it's better to start the process and keep uploading smallish batches, as when the first lot pass (hopefully) all later submissions awaiting QC will go through with them, even if they were only uploaded a few minutes ago.
  19. In the last 12 months I've had a $500, a $440, a $300, a $273, two $253s, a $243, $230, $220, $200, a couple of $180s and a few other 3figure sales. In the last three months things haven't been very healthy.
  20. I do this a lot with statues and other details that might be wanted as isolated subjects. And they do sell.
  21. I agree. Discussions about prices and licenses and complaints about about low fees should not be available to potential customers - or other agencies. I get rather bored with many of these discussions anyway and don't contribute details myself, but if these subjects are going to be discussed in a forum, it should be kept private to contributors. In fact I can't really see why any of the forum should be available to non-members except perhaps potential contributors - though they might not get a balanced view of the business from a cursory browse through some of the posts here.
  22. The D300 manual says "be careful not to put your fingers or fingernails in your eye". It seems the more expensive D800 has solved the fingernails problem but they are still working on the fingers.
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