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Phil Robinson

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  1. I would like to stress a point made by Semmik Photo - a lot of members of this forum do not have English as their first language.

    Although many Dutch people do have a better command of the English language than the majority of Brits (Mr Semmik is doing pretty well himself), it is not something that should be assumed. Being polite in a foreign language is not only difficult, but also in the eye of the beholder.

    Deliberate rudeness is usually easy to spot - not quite finding the right tone is a different matter and should be subject to benefit of the doubt. 


    I can order a pizza and a beer in several languages - I wouldn't dare contribute to a discussion forum like this in most of them.



    (P.S.  I notice the Alamy Administrator has two stars - is that out of five?)

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  2. Since NU began it has netted me $87.39. Yes, that's one decent sale in the real world.

    However, the interesting thing for me is that of the 48 images that have sold as NU only 2 have earned anything from conventional sales.

    NU sales seem to come from a certain style of photography which, for me, doesn't sell elsewhere. It appears to be - as Alamy intended - serving a different market.

    I realise that this may not be the same for other contributors, but as the sales I have had are largely from pictures of specially-bought props, the NU sales have at least covered the cost of buying the objects. I'm not complaining.



    I also believed the scheme was ending, but had three more come through on April 23rd.

  3. Like many contributors, I suspect, I still find the old version of Manage Images very useful. Unfortunately, the now-redundant 'cut-out' option is still there, and having edited my submission, getting a full list of 'not ready' images is hindered if they haven't all been tagged as cut-out or not. 

    It also brings up a huge list of 'on sale, but requiring further details', which includes everything that has been submitted since the cut-out option changed (over 5000 images for me).


    Could it please be removed?


    I'd like the ability to sort pics using a different category so that I know which ones are finished and which ones are only partially finished but on sale.


    It would be great to be able to publish them with just that caption to get them on sale quickly and then work through them gradually so that as I finish them I can move them from one category to the final 'On sale' one.

    Just make a pseudo for those images and move them into your main one when fully worked

    I wish I'd thought of that!

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  5. I can see what you mean, though images with just a caption and no keywords are unlikely to show up in many searches. How about a separate pseudonym (geogphotoslite?) where you can put things quickly then move them on to your usual one when you are satisfied with the keywording?


    (In answer to your original point, which was why you posted here in the first place of course, I doubt Alamy would encourage contributors to put non-news images on sale without keywords.)

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  6. actually it was a very old post from October 2007 - http://www.alamy.com/Blog/contributor/archive/2007/10/30/2386.aspx

    not sure if the images on the lightbox still work, they won't load for me.

    Hopefully if this is out of date info Alamy will let us know here.

    The image loads for me. The post is official advice from Alamy and hasn't been removed or, it seems, updated, so I would take it as current best practice.

    I do like Vincent's idea above though, especially as series like this in one image will not look great, or even recognisable, as a thumbnail. (Though, on the plus side, that might mean they get more zooms, just to ckeck out what they are).

  7. I think that's an excellent idea. Keywording is THE most underestimated factor in the process of selling photos, and probably the most neglected even by those you realise its importance.

    Some time ago I was introduced to the use of 'concept' as a keyword - never thought about using it, but look at the number of searches it comes up in.

    I quite often think of a good keyword for an image and realise it would work well with 100 of my old images too.

    And we could spread the word to PLEASE stop adding 'photo' as a keyword, unless its a photo of a photo.

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