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About Baarney

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  1. What causes an image to be labeled as "poor discoverability"?
  2. I agree. I have always hated the Maxfield Parish look in photography, but it catches the eye of the unsophisticated viewer and therefor sells better. I shoot raw and try to give my pix some "punch" in ACR and PS, but I go very easy on vibrance and almost never use saturation. I think this puts me at a disadvantage, especially on sites like FAA.
  3. It seems most are willing to just accept what is. In my case, there's a specific problem. I live in Santa Barbara, and, since I can't put it in quotes, I get numerous false hits during the holidays like "Santa dancing". My CTR can ill afford such aberrations. Keywording is tedious enough as it is, so I don't use them as it creates extra work. Going back to add them would be a monumental task, but it doesn't seem likely that there will ever be the need.
  4. I took advantage of the opportunity by invitation to ask a question of CEO James West. I brought up the time-honored issue of enabling quotes and brackets. This was the response: Hello Bernard Some parts of the additional annotation options are already live such as proximity. Our search engine will prioritise an image with keywords in order "blue car dog" when a search is made for "blue car". It will be returned lower in a result for a search for "blue dog". The other additional syntax annotation options are not live as not enough contributors have used them to make it worthw
  5. A search for "background" yields over 4 million results. The subject matter is all over the map. What exactly is "background" used as a keyword supposed to indicate, and, considering its ubiquity, is there any point to including it?
  6. An interesting "slant" on what looks like a fairly typical San Francisco street scene. It would probably be more likely to sell if oriented correctly. I admire your creativity, however.
  7. I think of HDR as last resort in very high contrast situations. I gave up trying to get these pictures without using it. I would never use it for a landscape, even for FAA. CWPJNR, CWK27B
  8. Interesting. Thanks for telling us about this. So I guess that "Your images should be ready for printing" means that they shouldn't be sharpened. Personally, I think that content is much more important than super-sharpness to most people buying prints. Your making the sale seems to support that. Digital images don't require sharpening usually, although I do a little when I print myself to allow for dot gain. Scanned film images, especially 35 mm, do require it and, after my experience, I now do it as a matter of course on FAA submissions.
  9. I sold a print which was taken at night, hand held, using Tri- X film. It was a shot of the Cathedral of Mexico at the Zocolo in Mexico City which was dramatically lit. FAA got back to me after notifying me of the sale saying it wasn't sharp enough for the large print ordered. I told them I could sharpen it and they said they don't accept "digital sharpening"! I did it anyway and resubmitted. They reluctantly accepted it and I made the sale.
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