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Phil Robinson

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  1. 2 hours ago, orest said:

    It's really helpful to read your advices about keywords.

    I thought I need to somehow complete all 50 keywords to make my pictures discoverable.

    What I didn't know is that I can put few words together to describe the pictures more precisely.

    Optimising discoverability takes 90% of upload times.

    If I ignore that and add all the directly relevant keywords (who, doing what, why, where, when), I'll win a lot of time.

    IGNORE THE GREEN BAR.

    Add the keywords you think are relevant - don't add anything just to make up numbers.

    The concept of 'optimising' is one of Alamy's biggest mistakes ever. Ignore it.

    Good luck.

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  2. 2 hours ago, Nigel Kirby said:

    Guardian Online  24/01/19
     

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jan/24/south-africa-lastminute-refused-boarding-child-birth-certificate
    PjrTravel     British Passport and boarding pass at the airport (Prague) Plane loading behind - Image ID: FX8J4R

    Thanks for finding that one - those thirty minutes in the departure lounge weren't entirely wasted.

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  3. 46 minutes ago, dustydingo said:

     

    Whoa, Phil, don't shoot, I'm only the piano player . . .

     

    DD

    Oh, nothing negative aimed at you - just a good example of the ridiculous situation - though having thoroughly investigated your allegation regarding the New Zealand cricket team, I have been unable to come with anything more than circumstantial evidence.

     


  4. On 1/22/2019 at 12:59, dustydingo said:

    I've logged in here about 8 times in the past few months, and only had to do the CAPTCHA tango on one occasion, and that was a few weeks ago . . . obviously not everyone affected equally for some reason. I blame Brexit, MAGA, and the New Zealand cricket team.

     

    DD

    If it's so important, why can we sometimes get in without it? 

    If it isn't essential, why have it at all?

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  5. On 1/13/2019 at 10:44, John Morrison said:

    I use it to check my core competences. As long as I can recognise a fire hydrant, I feel that I have forestalled senility for another day...

    The trouble is, even if YOU can recognise a fire hydrant or a traffic light, it doesn't mean IT can.

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  6. Ah - finally. Now, when I try to log in and get a Captcha grid, I change plans and do something else. If you don't hear from me for a week or so, that will be why.

    Got straight in this time.

    If it is so important, why isn't it always there?

    If you can sometimes get in without it, what's the point of it?

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  7. If you think it might be used as a stock photo, yes. Most of the sales I get from covering news events come later as stock sales rather than live news - portraits of MPs, pics of the police etc. It's worth spending time on the captions and keywords if you want them to sell as stock. 

    It can also be worth processing them again and resubmitting better quality images if they were done in a bit of a hurry at the time, as live news often is.

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  8. I know for a fact that if I had decided to delete the "worst" 10% of my images, I would have got rid of some that have sold. 

    The only ones I tend to delete are similars where I have another better one of the same subject or old ones I upload a better version of.

    I know I have hundreds of  images on here that stand absolutely no chance of selling.

    I just don't know which they are.

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  9. PLEASE

    PLEASE

    PLEASE

    PLEASE

    PLEASE

    GET

    RID

    OF

    CAPTCHA

    NOW

    Every time I log in it is slower, less accurate (it CANNOT recognise a traffic light, or a bicycle - I can) and even more infuriating, and after you click a fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear......

     

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