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  1. Hi i strongly suggest you review your captions and keywords. Every image needs to be captioned and keyworded accurately so it can be found by potential customers.
  2. Banknotes picture editing with Lightroom is working flawlessly, also for banknotes with the EURion constellation. In the example below the EURion constellation is hidden in the group of green rings on white background, next to the big 50.
  3. Since you asked for it: I indeed think you are wasting your time. 1. consider everything everyone else in this thread said already 2. This is a stock photography site. Alamy accepts also vectors and maybe also bitmaps like yours, but focus is really on photography. If you don't have any photos, you'll probably not be very successful here. 3. I'm not sure if you realized how many images you need to generate any income. A couple are just not enough. We're usually speaking about 1 sale per month per 1000 images, although some contributors here, me included, do better than that. 4. I never ever sold a license for any picture people (who're not in the stock photography business) told me I should sell them. Fact is that most people confuse visually appealing with having commercial value. Just because a picture is considered nice doesn't mean anyone is interested in buying a license. Hope this helps. Christoph
  4. I just had a look at the first picture and it indeed has very strong compression artifacts. They are not there because Alamy requests jpegs, but because you compressed the jpegs too much. Switch to a higher quality level and they will be fine. I usually usually generate jpegs in quality level 11 (of 12) in Photoshop or 90 (of 100) in Lightroom. Excessive similars means that there were too many images in the submitted batch which are almost identical. I don't understand how this can happen if you only submit three images. Just guessing, but maybe Alamy also wants to see some real pictures in your first submission.
  5. 80,000 pictures are submitted to Alamy daily. A day has 86,400 seconds. Calculate for yourself how long a picture would stay close to the top of such a "recently posted" tab....
  6. If you don't want to kill it, then get a good non-lethal mouse trap which just catches it without harm, so you can release it afterwards. Sticky pads are indeed cruel as the mouse suffers since the more it moves to free itself, the more it gets trapped.
  7. And the payout is a meager 20% of the gross rate, despite the photos being available just next to our regular photos at Alamy - where we get 50%
  8. Searching for alcudia bay alcanada one of your images showed up for me...
  9. As it has been explained to you already by Jill and others, you as supplier are responsible for delivering 100% quality. In your example, you are the greengrocer, not Alamy. Alamy is your customer, expecting no bad apples at all. And if they find the first bad apple, they return the whole box to you so that you can check if there's more bad ones.
  10. How did you get His Majesty to sign the release form? It was an editorial sale of an RM license. I don't have a signed release of His Majesty, who is not only the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, but also Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Finance, and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (and probably also captain of the polo team). Do you know what search term was used? Not really. The location was Cirencester Park, and the picture showed up a few times for this search term, but was never zoomed. I assume the search term was something simple like "sultan of brunei".
  11. Today I sold a license of a picture of His Majesty, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien riding his polo pony Chesney. Alamy, if you thought increasing caption length from 128 to 150 characters solves all problems: it doesn't
  12. I also noted that below the OP's avatar it says "Verified" as for everyone else (except if you're "part of the forum furniture"), but then for the OP there's only one black dot, not two like for everyone else. Maybe you now need 5 or 10 or whatever number of posts to be a full forum member.
  13. Unfortunately this is very common nowadays. Pictures often only get attributed to the agency. BTW, are you sure you have the necessary permissions from the copyright holder of Dandy to use his work as your profile picture?
  14. None of your photos should have been automatically changed. "Your license default is set to RF" or "Your license default is set to RM" in the mail just states what you set as default for new images.
  15. I assume you're not aware that Picasa is also outdated and is not maintained anymore by Google. Also, it's not really suited for professional postprocessing. I suggest you consider Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop (Elements) instead. Christoph
  16. http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/ausland/europa/Heile-Hochburg-der-Unzufriedenen/story/30123130 Almere Modern New City Town Netherlands Flevoland, Image ID: ARCK54 Contributor: Peter Horree http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/reisen/fernweh/wo-kutteln-teurer-sind-als-das-filet/story/29632011 Food market in Luang Prabang, Laos, Image ID: HN0K59 Contributor: Luka Tambaca
  17. I assume you meant me when complaining about no response for your "help" and "providing facts". I'm sorry, but you were not helping, and in my opinion you were not providing facts, just general claims like "Experience and a lot of time testing". When I explained how I understand the quote from Alamy differently than you, you ignored it and started talking about multi-word tags, which made absolutely no sense to me, since neither Alamy nor me was mentioning multi-word tags. At this point I decided that continuing that discussion was pointless and stopped replying. But since you apparently longed for a reply, here it is. This will most likely be my last statement in this thread. I explained everything very clearly more than once, and you clearly haven't understood, which is your own issue any no reflection of my clear, precise and helpful explanations. When you said that you understood that one quote differently, I went into more details to clarify the meaning, rather than ignoring it as you claim. The point of multi-word tags was that it's the best way to do it to preserve the order. I was trying to help, and despite it clearly not helping you but actually getting a rude ungrateful response, I'm sure it's helped others. There were several quotes in that thread that you apparently weren't able to find yourself, so kindly took time to find them for you. Nice of me, don't you think? You're very welcome. Feel free to do your own testing and come to your own conclusions in future. Oh and don't mention it, I'm always happy to help others who need help in understanding the basics. Geoff. Claiming that others don't understand the basics just because they have a different opinion doesn't really make your statements more credible or helpful, but they give the impression that you have issues accepting that others have different opinions. English is not my native language, but am I really the only one here who thinks "proximity" and "order" are not synonyms? For me, "proximity" is "closeness in distance", whereas "order" is "arrangement in a particular sequence".
  18. I assume you meant me when complaining about no response for your "help" and "providing facts". I'm sorry, but you were not helping, and in my opinion you were not providing facts, just general claims like "Experience and a lot of time testing". When I explained how I understand the quote from Alamy differently than you, you ignored it and started talking about multi-word tags, which made absolutely no sense to me, since neither Alamy nor me was mentioning multi-word tags. At this point I decided that continuing that discussion was pointless and stopped replying. But since you apparently longed for a reply, here it is. This will most likely be my last statement in this thread.
  19. Obviously we're interpreting this differently. All I see is the recommendation to place the words "next to each other within the tags", i.e., proximity, not order (to my understanding) Of course I wouldn't tag York, New on purpose, but if order doesn't matter, then there's no necessity to change this if it happens when adding tags, since you can't reorder them except by removing and re-adding them. Quite annoying, so if it is not necessary, I prefer to skip it. This is why it is important to me if the order is relevant or not.
  20. Experience and a lot of time testing is how I know. I wouldn't write these things if I didn't know them to be factual. However, if you need it backed up, take a look through the last page of this thread with quotes from Alamy. Do a page search on the word "order"... http://discussion.alamy.com/index.php?/topic/7101-new-image-manager-quotes-direct-from-alamy-only/ I reread the thread you were pointing at but still can't find any Alamy statement on this.
  21. Proximity and the order of just those 2 words matters. What I mean is that you could have 20 tags first, then the last 2 could be mallard, then duck. That would give the same results as having mallard, duck as the first 2 tags, than 20 more. However, duck then mallard would not give the same results whether those words were the first or last tags in the list. Geoff. Is there any statement of Alamy backing what you're saying? I only remember "order doesn't matter".
  22. If only proximity is important, but not order, then your example doesn't make sense. mallard, duck and duck, mallard have the same proximity, just the order is different. They should both result in the same search results (unless order matters after all, or the higher listed search results have a multi word tag mallard duck). Christoph
  23. rolling year total/average 1.01 Used to be higher (approx 1.10) but took a dip in December.
  24. Found this out by chance when I revisited some old pictures from Bruxelles of the church Notre-Dame du Sablon. The Dutch name of that church is Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ten Zavel. One single tag. Five words. Five? Looks like Alamy counts it as one word if you concatenate two words with a dash. And dashes are ignored by the search engine; notre-dame and notre dame have the same number of search results. So, just use a dash if you think you absolutely need a more than 4 words long tag. Problem solved. Caveat: The Alamy search engine currently ignores dashes. This might change in the future. Also, it is not known how dashes are treated by distributors' search engines. Christoph
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