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  1. ...on the news desk? Is it broken/technical issues? Totally appreciate they are stretched and also that pic sets getting send out directly to clients take priority over any sorting on the web interface, but since yesterday late afternoon/eve, nobody appears to have sorted the news feed. as of 10.53 am/now, there are pics with headings in German, pics with watermarks left in, pics that were re-uploaded with correct heading but the previous set is still there, pics that need to be pushed together, and I don't think anything new has appeared on the feed in the last hour or so which seems strange....hmm. As I said, completely appreciate it is a lot of work and yes it's the weekend, but this doesn't really look professional and is pretty disheartening for many of those who've bothered filing. My 5p.
  2. Helloooo, anyone home?

    Hm. Confused now. So what that tells me, as a contributor, is don't bother sending news images on the weekend, we're not too interested and hence have reduced staff. Because...? News doesn't happen on the weekends? There is more and more imagery flooding into the news feed, from more and more countries and challenging markets such as China, which, I am sure, makes it very challenging in return for the team on the news desk to sift through and identify what is actual news, deal with a plenitude of languages and agency v individuals etc., all appreciated. But at the end of the day the message I read as a contributor is still the may have just spent 5 hours in the cold ruining your expensive equipment to shoot something but it's the weekend and we're not staffed. Sadly, I'm getting more and more disillusioned with this, and the direction alamy is taking. I can't even bare to think of the number of hours, days, weeks I've spent shooting, editing, freezing, getting wet, buying equipment, spending cash on getting to/fro. My last sale this month, my worst month for a while, was for the illuminating sum of $3.52 gross. Flat rate bulk discount, yay. An ex news image that was used once before, just after the 48hr news period, of course, so sold for a pittance and then sold again for $3.52. That makes my share in £ ....I won't even go there. And sure, KM will come back time and time again on this and tell us all how it's so worth it and how much can be made. Sure. If you happend to find a tiny niche about 10 years ago and send it a gazillion versions of the same image day in, day out. No thanks. Bitter much, me? Yes. Bothered much any more, no. To clarify, I have every admiration for alamy staffers, both on the news desk and in stock. They try their best, they are friendly and helpful and responsive. And I'm sure they all work very hard in an industry that is fast changing and is a poor shadow of its former self. They do not take decisions on staffing levels nor do they set the priorities and direction of a company. Over and out for a while, not putting any more effort into this.
  3. Have you found any Alamy images Feb 2018

    Thanks Bryan!
  4. AIM down

    Ok, I'm giving up now. Waited for 2 hours now to correct those captions. Alas. Don't think I'm going to bother with filing of news images today either.
  5. Alamy Measures broken?

    ...or so we thought.
  6. AIM down

    Same here. Grmpf, was trying to correct a couple of captions on a news upload. All was still well last night at around 10pm.
  7. Alamy Measures broken?

    Had an odd tech glitch this morning when addding supertags. 2 similar shots, one with 8 one with 10 supertags, clicked on both to then add the 2 supertags from pic 1 to pic 2. It allowed me to click them, but the supertag count kept on 8, allowing me to then add further supertags, without the count updating. Rather weird, not had that before.
  8. Have you found any Alamy images Feb 2018

    Thanks Steve!
  9. specific back pain starting 1 hr after standing-roaming

    I used to have terrible back and shoulder pain. Thought it was from the photo backpack, which is around 9kg (not great as I'm only 5'5'' and reasonably slim) including laptop, 2 bodies, lenses, speedlight, etc., plus a trolley with lights when I do portraiture. Went to an excellent osteopath for over a year, helped a lot and it turned out the pain was actually caused by my 20+ years of tennis several times a week, wear and tear and tiny probs with certain muscles/fibre around muscles. The osteppath, apart from excellent treatment, came up with some great gentle repetitive exercises to work on those specific problem areas.Ii still go but no longer weekly (too pricey to be sustainable over several years, sadly), but I can only recommend it!
  10. Helloooo, anyone home?

    Hmm...I think someone overslept. It was specifically the public news interface I was talking about, and shortly afterwards, some of the above were rectified. As I said, I know and appreciate they put more emphasis on actually sending out news images to potential clients, and in such a competitive environment few pic editors are likely to browse the web interface. But still - it's a public site, it can be seen by everyone and as such it is a store front (of which, incidentally, I had to identify quite a few to get into the forum just now... they're after me, I'm sure...there's a knock on the door!) Hence the store front should be kept tidy, imho, if you want to be a John Lewis, rather than a Poundland. Looks a lot better this morning, though.
  11. January

    You nearly got two, I was close to giving away my first ever red to ya, despite respecting your views and comments on here. Usually. That comment was abysmal. But then I thought I'd see your ladies college and raise you a bunch of old anoraks who hang out on a stock photography forum. Even Stevens.
  12. Images Sold in January (max one per day)

    Cheers Wim! I think I used that one before and hadn't saved the web address, many thanks for the link! Ps. Sadly not going back to December though. That is the problem, some of the newspaper images, and esp live news ones, are reported way after they appeared. I think the longest I had was a news pic that was in the Times, reported 7 months after usage.
  13. Images Sold in January (max one per day)

    Does anyone happen to be able to check Guardian and Independent Dec 2thrd/25th by any chance? I have no access and had no word back from Alamy whether it was news usage or not (appreciate they have technical probs in the UK at the moment). Or can you recommend a consolidator archival site that is good for searching print versions of the main UK papers? Sorry bit off-topic here, but would really appreciate some advice, so I can do better checking in future, seems like it's really worth doing one's own searches for print use (am doing the online usesearches, which are easier of course) in addition. Learning curve. Many thanks for any tips!!
  14. Images Sold in January (max one per day)

    Yes I had that with other pics, and that's fair enough in those cases. But their reply was just that the client used it some time in that month and that they couldn't time it, which sounds strange, why put 1st-2nd December then, when the image was shot on Dec 23rd? With previous news images where they were used just beyond the 48hrs, it did state a later on the spreadsheet quite clearly. Confusing. Not heard back again after the initial query. Hmm.
  15. Images Sold in January (max one per day)

    Thank you Sally, that is helpful to know. I found it quite funny when I saw it this morning. Will ask them! Let's hope it was used as a news image.
  16. Images Sold in January (max one per day)

    I'm going to call this one "Back to the Future V". Single use, national newspaper. Start date: 1st Dec 2017 End 02 Dec 2017. Except the image was taken on 23rd December 2017. Sale dropped in yesterday. Shot as a live news image, but the sum suggests it was sold as stock. Hm, will query. Happy late Christmas.
  17. Live News forum

    Sounds good, although I doubt that 'sharing tips on events and sources' will be busy....
  18. Meet up at The Photography Show in March.

    Is that an official photocall? Can you give us an ETA and exact geodata for where in the NEC you'll be landing so we can get the cameras ready and the captions written?
  19. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Hush, don't tell us that, I want to believe that this was a truly unique moment!! Yes, the images from there always look incredible, sadly the price tag on Galapagos trips from Europe has always put me off so far.
  20. Uploading Problems...

    Onuchcha, I can't remember if I wrote this elsewhere, but I find your images, especially those of the various Bangladeshi working environments, incredibly fascinating and inspiring. They remind me that I need to get a lot more "stuck right in" and need to find more interesting angles (I tend to shoot far too much too "flat" and frontal in these situations) when photographing such environments, to make the viewer feel like they are more involved and close to the action. Sorry - not answering your question, I know, and am rambling on. But sometimes Alamy is very useful for reminding oneself that photography is a long and continued curve of learning and experimenting, and looking through these images, has just given me a good kick in the backside to try that style more often. (although back to topic, I agree that Filezilla is likely to be quicker as I've also had lots of issues with the uploader lately and it keeps cutting out briefly despite high upload speeds, TFP will more easily cushion any signal drops)
  21. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Kumar (Doc) - that image of the Galapagos Sea Lion taking a snooze on a bench is just absolutely fantastic!! I am tempted to license that and hang it up in my home office. He (the sea lion) just looks like he doesn't have a care in the world. Brill!
  22. Meet up at The Photography Show in March.

    I usually go up to Birmingham for 1 or 2 days as well. Will join if the times work out! Didn't know Alamy had a stand. Yay, will be nice to perhaps meet some of them f2f. We could do an alamy contributor flash mob. (ok, calm down, just kidding)
  23. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    I quite like this one (Women's March London yesterday) - she is leaning against the statue of Viscount Alanbrooke, who appears to be "holding her down" with his whip. Pearly Kingdom. The Pearly Queen of Greenwich with her pet dog, in matching pearly outfits, in front of a historic London cab, at the LNYDP Bernie/Bernice performing with the London Borough of Hillingdon float, also at the LNYDP
  24. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Thank you Gen, I may well come back to asking you for tips on Borneo!!
  25. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Gen, I for one am very envious, I absolutely love being in the rainforest, it's like being in another world, quite an insult on the senses. Especially all the weird sounds at night! Borneo is definitely on my list now. Sadly, that list is so long. Enjoy!!! (apart form the tarantulas)