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  1. That is what I surmised was happening to my sales when I started this particular thread. I am evaluating the risks of simply removing this restriction. I think I will ask Alamy if they have any cases of contributors being pursued for images with no model and property releases indicated, but without the 'editorial use only' box ticked. It is encouraging to learn that some of you are carrying on with that format.
  2. Had a quick look at the Contract before reading through the whole thing (28 pages). 1.5 clearly states " You accept that you are solely and exclusively responsible for all Images that you submit and for all data that you store on Alamy’s servers. You acknowledge that Alamy does not and cannot review all Images uploaded and is not responsible for the Images. Where Alamy makes available Images this should be considered only as a courtesy and does not limit your responsibility for the Images." So, essentially they will pass any legal approach received straight to the photographer. It would be interesting to know if there are instances of contributors having been sued by the publisher trying to pass on the buck.
  3. Thanks for your replies so far. I am toying with the idea of removing the restriction on 'editorial only', but I need to re-read the agreement with Alamy first to see what liability that puts on me in this context.
  4. With the introduction of the optional 'editorial only' box I went for it across all images earlier this year. Since then I have seen a measurable reduction in sales. I suspect that images were previously sold for commercial purposes despite me showning no releases for people or property. Basically I do not want any problems with my images being sold for commercial purposes in case anyone objects and a court case or other claims are launched. I actually do not care what they are used for as long as I don't get into trouble as a result thereof. Although I am behind first the user and then Alamy I suspect they will try and pass the buck to me if the 'editorial use' box has not been ticked. Anyone with the same issue and how are you handling it? I would be keen to know. On the one hand I want to maximise sales, but not at the risk og being sued. I am an amateur without insurance for these kinds of problems.
  5. I have used the RX100M3 extensively since purchasing it a couple of years ago. Never had a problem of the nature listed. Most of my images of architecture, travel or landscape pass through Alamy QC at full size. Sometimes I reduce to 30/35 Mb in overcast weather or the corners are not perfectly sharp. I use Aperty priority around F7.1. This 1" sensor does produces luminance noise in RAW. This is a fact. I simply move the Camera Raw slider until the noise level is gone in the most obvious areas and compensate with the sharpness slider also in Camera Raw. As said, if there is still too much noise in dark/shadowy areas then I simply downsize. Will not go below 24Mb. If I have to go lower I reject the image as being not suitable. Simply put, if one cannot get this camera to produce acceptable images for Alamy under most conditions, then either read the manual or send the camera back for repair. This is a wonderful tool for getting acceptable Alamy images in a tiny package. Given up on LR as PS Camera Raw will do all I require. I just open in ACR and then go into PS from there as I have my own file system. I am certain that my images would pass in most cases if I used the Jpeg, but I like to do my own adjustments without starting with a Sony Jpeg. Don't understand how anyone can "hate" Sony. They are now the "mould" breakers. Just look at the reviews of their A9 and A7M3 cameras. Nikon is trailing and only have prof. cameras due to Sony produced sensors. Canon sensors struggle to match Sony sensors for dynamic range. My A6000 with Sony zooms give me DSLR quality at a great weight and size advantage. What is there not to like about Sony?
  6. Could be a good man. The way I see it, Alamy now have the largest selection of images available on line. Right/Wrong?. They need a chap who understands how to leverage this strength. This means a bit more diversification and actually killing off smaller competitors by going for their customers. I don't think that Alamy has used its strength in image numbers to get a big enough market share. the right chap at the top should be able to increase sales with what he has got available by eliminating smaller competitors. that should benefit us contributors. I have seen my sales increase every year for the last three years and I have already sold more than last full year. Prices are not going to increase so the answer is more volume sales from what we have already uploaded. A predator (aimed at competitive sites - not contributors) would be great. Let's give him a chance to show what he can do for us.
  7. Never actually seen Alamy stating that their quality requirements have been raised. On the contrary, they have reduced size requirements from 48Mb TIFF to Jpeg, to 24Mb Jpeg and then finally to 17Mb Jpeg. I would assume that If I reduced all the TIFF 48Mb images I had passed by Alamy then to 17Mb and re-submitted they would pass. I unconsiously think they have and probably make my submissions better than the minimum now, but then the better they are the better it will be. Provide the customer with the best you can do will probably enhance sales opportunities - everything else being equal.
  8. I look at the corners of the image to determine if downsizing is required. This is mostly if I use my A6000 with the 10-18mm w/a zoom at the wide end. Remarkably, my RX100M3 is mostly sharp at full size even in the corners. A built in good Zeiss lens will always have the correct distance from lens to sensor to produce consistent results even with a smaller sensor. On sharpening, I never sharpen in Photoshop. I need to sharpen in Camera Raw as an unsharpened Raw image would fail. The pre setting in ACR is 25 in any case. I give it some help if required especially if a lot of luminance needs to be removed in shadowy areas. There is a failure in Alamy QC relating to pictures "without definition". Hard to image many RAW based images passing without a little assistance from "Contrast" and/or "Clarity" in PS. Who knows how much sharpening the camera manufacturers add to their JPEGs to make the images look attractive.
  9. I used the Pana LX2/3/5 as pocket cameras a while ago and they all passed Alamy although not officially approved cameras. Got fed up with the 10Mp sensor. No cropping and jumped for Sony's RX100 when released. Changed to the RX100M3 when available as I liked an EVF and preferred 24mm as a W/A starting point. It is so good that I have not even considered an upgrade to M4/5. For a fuller pack I now use the A6000 with Sony 10-18, 16-50 and 55-210 zooms. Covers everything I need at a quality that passes Alamy with ease. Went to Sony DSLRs as I was used to Minolta and never regretted this move. Sony is now in the forefront in terms of quality/weight. What I mean is that you get better quality per pound of weight compared with all competitors. Sony will continue to pull away from the pack. Just look at the A9. Wow.
  10. The captcha appeared again today after raising my blood pressure yesterday. This time it simply decided to freeze after I apparently selected the right squares with road signs. Would not go away at all. I then refreshed and re-entered my password. That seemed to have shocked the captcha as I got in as in the good old days (before yesterday). Must be a plot to do it on a bank holiday saturday so as to prevent a wave of complaints. I like the comment about GOOGLE and the EU rules about a pre warning. What good does it do if Alamy can just go ahead anyhow after having warned us? As a matter of principle I don't like GOOGLE shadowing me and sending me useless advertisements.
  11. My NEX-6 performed well and never had a problem with QC. The EVF was a bit dark and I did not like the old NEX software, having been used to the A series from my DSLRs. Bought the A6000 when it came out. The EVF is much better for viewing and it has the SLT software. This is a great camera, but I find that the 24 Mp sensor is too big for my Sony 10-18 wide angle zoom, which I use a lot. By that I mean that the image needs to be downsized to around 4500x3000 because of corners being a bit soft on the lens. My 55-210 zoom can handle its 24 Mp at full size. For in between I tend to use my RX100M3. That camera can be uploaded at full image size except at excessive ISO. Whilst I appreciate that modern single focal lenses mostly are superiour to zooms I hate the idea of trundling around with a bag full of these to cover the 15-315mm (35mm speak) that my light weight kit can cover.
  12. I experienced the torment this afternoon trying to get in to upload some images. I had 15 attempts before I got in an in the process developed high bloodpressure. There is something wrong with this CAPTCHA configuration. Impossible to determine cars or no cars, road signs or no road signs etc. It went on and on and I was beginning to think that eventually I would be declared a robot and denied access. Why are we not warned and why are the images not clear as to what they are and are not? Can a robot actually figure out how to answer if the images are clear and not ambiguous? This is nonsense and belong to the "smart" people coming up with something they can make money on and create more trouble for the rest of us. There is a simple remedy. My bank will only allow three attempts to log in and then shutters down. If alamy has evidence that robots try to get in surely this is based on a bombardment of thousands of passwords. Why don't they simply limit attempts to five tries and then shut down. Then we will have to contact Alamy to have the account opened or something like that. I appeal to Alamy to get rid of this application Monday morning by 10.00 a.m.
  13. I subscribe to the LR/PS Cloud set-up, but have given up on LR. I use my own designed image storage system so it is a pain to select images in LR. I just go straight to Camera Raw with my raw files and do things like image distorsion corrections, tone and lulminance there before opening up in PS. Here I might do Auto Tone as well as shadow/highlight and retouching. I will finish off with 100% inspection. For my purposes there is nothing in LR I can't find in Camera Raw.
  14. Congratulations M Chapman for having made an excellent choice for a "walk about" camera. I started with the M1 and switched to RX100M3 when the view finder and 24mm wide became available. I still use Aperture on auto and adjust the shutter through ISO settings. Have not moved on from Minolta X700 despite numerous cameras in between. Have set to Adobe RGB - always. If using ISO above 400 I often downsize to 4000 on long side to be on the safe side, but all full size images have passed without a problem. I find that noise (as luminance) can easily be removed in Camera Raw and a little extra sharpening added. I never sharpen in PS. Would not trust the green dial setting as I like to control DOF because of my type of shooting. Sharpness reduces in corners with higher ISO settings but I have had ISO 800 cleared without any problems. Due to age my kit bag now consists of RX100M3 as well as A6000 with Sony 10-18 zoom, 16-50 pancake and 55-210 zoom. Frankly I can't remember the last time I used the 16-50 because the RX100M3 takes care of that range. The A6000 has the 10-18 zoom fitted and then switches to the tele at the rare occations I need a longer length. This provides me with quality cover almost ubroken from 15 to 315mm in good old full frame speak.
  15. I seem to remember that Alamy had a rule that more than five similar images in a submission led to a rejection. Maybe no longer in force. I do mostly architecture, landscape and travel photography. I try wide angle, upright and different angles as well at time of year. I also try images with and without people as buyers have different requirements. With all types the subject changes over time. New buildings and layouts etc. so I try and renew wherever possible. I often leave the old ones as some buyers are looking for historical images for illustrations. As is well known, stock photography is a numbers game and often "less likely" sellers are the ones to be licensed. it is all about perception and guesswork. I often think I have been too critical in what to photograph - things looking great - rather than take it and hope for the best. Looking at my sales figures, there is no doubt in my mind that quantity, quality and variety matter. Problem for new entrants is that the fees earned do not justify commercial photography involving time and expenses. It really is now a hobby or side show to paying commercial photography.
  16. Can't remember all the cameras I have sold, but my favourite film camera was the XD7 as the first with both Aperture and Shutter priority settings as well as manual. When both gave up I had to soldier on with the A700 replacing shutter priority with a Program setting. Currently use A58 for my heavy A-mount lenses (rarely due to age) and now use the Sony A6000 mostly with Sony's 10-18 mm W/A zoom and 55-210 zoom. Keep the 16-50 zoooom in the bag as I tend to haul out my trusted Sony RX100M3 for anything in betwen these two zoom lenses. The RX100M3 is just so good. Rarely do I need to reduce the actual 20Mp image size for Alamy. That happens for the A6000 now and then. I just think that the 24Mp sensor is too good for the zoom lenses or I am too critical as I have not had a rejection for ages. Long may it continue. Wondered if I was right to invest in Sony at the beginning, but I am convinced now they are the leaders of the pack - at least as far as quality in a small packet is concerned.
  17. "I have tried each vesion of the RX100 since Mk2 - I would not buy a camera without a viewfinder. Unfortunately I wear glasses and when I use the RX100 vf it pops in and goes out of focus." - Martin Wilson. I have the RX100M3 and I love it. I also wear glasses, but when I use the EVF I simply remove the glasses as you can adjust the view finder and focus without glassses - at least I can.
  18. MDM Thanks for your explanation above. I will try that tomorrow. I have actually also complained to Alamy about this inconvenience compared with the previous set-up, which I found easy to use, and I will post the response if it makes any sense. I really don't understand how Alamy could treat this key function, to be able to copy and paste keywords, with such disdain. There should have been an easy way to do this in AIM and it should have been explained in the PDF.
  19. Tried to read through this thread, but had to give up half way. Noted though that a lot of contributors regretted the inability to just copy and paste a group keywords from an old image to the new one. I for one do not like any of the methods proposed in the thread. Essentially I can live with the new AIM, except this lack of simple transfer of keywords in a real downside as far as I am concerned. I noted that to my great surprise nobody from Alamy bothered to read the thread and perhaps offer to try and fix this problem. It should be possible for a solution to be provided whereby you simply copy the keywords you need and paste them into the new tags space. If you select multiple images for pasting all the keywords should appear in all the selected images and then you should be able to go into the individual images to fine tune. I note that I can actually copy and paste in the caption fields. Why not keywords. If that problem could be fixed I would be happy with the new set-up. This discovery issue is a real laugh. I have over 8500 images and sell several every month. I only have 55 at a green rating and I cannot understand why. We were cautioned against too much keywording as it could affect our rank and page placement. Now it is a quantity issue to get into the green area rather than quality. Weird.
  20. Just got the new Image Manager as a total surprise. Trying to find out how it works, but one important action defies me. I cannot find out from instructions or otherwise how to move multiple keywords in one go from an old image to a new one with multiple common keywords. It looks as if I will have to move these one by one unless someone can come to my assistance with a method. If I copy keywords from an old image to the new tags field they simply don't show up. Very frustrating and time consuming if I have to do it bit by bit. It was a doddle to do it in the old set-up. Another issue is that when I captioned an image the actual caption is not in view, but the counting shows 115/150 so there must be something there. Does anyone know how to make the caption visible? It looks to me as if this change adds a lot of exttra work to the keywording if there is no way to transfer common keywords to new images. I have had a look but cannot find a previouse topic on this. If there is one I apologise and request that I be given a reference. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  21. The "ups and downs" of lust for new cameras and lenses. I stuck with my X700 Minolta camera for a long time until Sony came out with their R1 with the fixed Zeiss 16-80 zoom. Great camera at the time with a lousy viewfinder and crap high ISO, but no dust on sensor. Held back until the A700 was launched and bought it with the now interchangeable Sony/Zeiss 16-80mm zoom and then piled on lenses as well as A350/550/580/A58/NEX-3/5N/6 and then RX100/RX100M3 and A6000 for good measure as well as E zoom lenses. Now I look at every new release A77II, RX100M5 now (I think) and A6300/6500 and wonder what next month will bring. I look at my main cameras RX100M3 for carry about and A6000 for dedicated photography for Alamy and wonder what is wrong with these. Nothing I conclude and will continue with these until they give out. For my type of Alamy work I have reached a plateau and any improvements are so marginal for me that it is not worth spending the money.
  22. Richard, I cannot believe that QC will reject film scans per se. I have had many such scans accepted and cannot recall a single rejection even of 35 mm Ektachrome 100. That was when the minimum size was 48Mb. I used a Minolta X700 with Sigma zoom lenses dating back to the eighties. So If you use "modern" equipment i.e. from nineties and use a decent dedicated film scanner for 35mm and a quality flatbed scanner for 6x6 there is no reason for rejection if processed in PS. I used Konica/Minolta's Dimage Elite 5400 with original software but Nikon also made excellent film scanners. A couple of years ago I re-scanned some slides and these passed as well when digital was well established. With 17 Mb now the floor good film scans should fly past QC without any problems. You need to look out for dust etc. and use Digital ICE for dust removal. Does the job without degrading the image. I wonder if other contributors have submitted 35mm slide material recently.
  23. Bryan: "Me neither, I am currently recoiling with horror at the introduction price of the new Sony 6500, body only £1500. Given the relatively limited life of a digital camera you need a return on investment from stock of perhaps 20-25% to justify a purchase. Would a new camera body bring in that additional revenue? Only if the existing camera snapped, methinks." A6500 is better than previous models for high end video and apparently no heat problem up to 2 X 29.5 minutes in succession. Better sensor, but marginal improvement. I have the A6000 and frankly, with the lenses I use - E mount 10-18, 16-50 and 55-110 mm - I don't think the lenses will do justice to the sensor image improvement. My images habitually pass QC at full size. I only downsize in dull weather and excessive shadowing where luminance is difficult to erase completely without collateral damage. For Alamy, with the diminishing returns per image due to unit price and excessive volume of images on sale, I would not invest in new equipment except for equipment write-off. 80,000 new images a day is around 25 million added a year and rising. In year 2020 they could be at 200 million images or thereabouts. On the Fuji medium format I suspect that Fuji has joined the lengthening queue to use Sony's CMOS sensor. Maybe that is where the Bayer sensor comes from.
  24. This issue has been discussed repeatedly over the years. That Nikon P510 has a sensor "1/2.3-in. type CMOS; total pixels: approx. 16.79 million" which is just about as small as they get and also seems to be discontinued. You will never get through QC with that camera. Try somewhere else or get a decent camera. I suggest that you aim for a minimum of 1 inch sensor and preferably APS-C. If you cannot afford a new camera, e-bay will have plenty of second hand cameras that will enable you to pass QC as long as you can master the preparation stage with a decent program. If the images don't look reasonably sharp at 100% you won't pass. Look at the "How to sell images on Alamy" instructions and particularly the Guidelines.
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