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  1. Oooh, many thanks everyone! I never win anything, ever, so that's really lovely.Cheers! I shall put my thinking hat on regarding an subject for the August challenge.
  2. On the same note, something I have found very strange for a while is that on the alamy.de home page, if you scroll down to the bottom where the different tabs for 'clients' 'contact alamy' etc. are, the entire 'selling on alamy' section is missing. This includes any link to the forum, as that is the last point on the 'selling on alamy' list.If I then change the language settings from German to English, it switches to alamy.com automatically, and hey presto, that whole 'selling for alamy' section, including the link to the forum, is there. (win/chrome also, but on PC at the moment, same on the
  3. Agree. And it may well be a language thing, too. Of course in theory, keywords would only need to be input in one language with the translation tool doing the rest, but in practice, search terms, search behaviour and word combinations in each language are pretty unique and hence the translation tool bound to be somewhat inadequate. Just a guess, but I did notice that on German images where I have added a few of what I would consider the strongest German language keywords (rather than direct translations of the supertags) in addition to English language ones, this does seem to have
  4. Re. office in Europe - I thought they had a sales office in Germany? Maybe I'm wrong.
  5. Oh, how lovely, thanks for including one of mine! It's a news image I submitted with a set of similar shots to Live News a few months ago. Never sold, so happy that at least some people here liked it. I liked a lot of the images in the wider selection on the thread- they're all very different and were shot in so many different countries, great stuff.
  6. Trevor, your word in the uploader's ears. Looking through the forum, another thread mentions a lot of images being stuck in QC since yesterday, so it was quite possibly a wider issue that may have also affected the uploader at some stage. Just a guess to calm my nerves, really. System overload, perhaps. Or uploader and qc queue tool decided to go to the pub together. Anyhoo...weekend waiting time.
  7. I am getting AIM freezes quite regularly, but had my first uploader freeze just now. I usually upload in even numbered batches, FTP when needed but for larger batches I still use the image uploader as it tended to be more reliable and less fiddly than FTP for me. Until today, when it crashed on image 57 out of 80. Needless to say that the image-OCD-maniac in me finds that hard to accept. 57 isn't a nice number. It's odd. It's ugly. They might well fail my upload based on it being an ugly number. Or worse. Checked my up/download speeds (fine), connection (ethernet, just in case) an
  8. Ditto. I usually try to ignore that message for a while and then give in. PS. Nice to see the good old Steenbeck mentioned on here, that brought back some memories. Trained on one of those many, many moons ago...
  9. Hi Janet, I don't know pixlr but Photomechanic is widely used for news type images and is inexpensive, you won't regret using it as it is fast and really makes the work stream much easier when ie. LR or other software is just too slow for that use and speed is usually essential. Basic cropping/editing only, but easy iptc population and works well with Filezilla and other services. I've never really bothered adding copyright/author as Alamy does that automatically in the caption, but I guess it does no harm. Caption and headline are essential (and are easily mixed up when it's a bit hectic and
  10. Crickey, that sounds bad. How many images did you have? I should think they will hopefully be able to re-instate these. All the Best!!
  11. I can thoroughly recommend EIZO monitors - I've never looked back since I first bought mine. I know they're more expensive than others (but have actually come down a lot in price in the last few years), but I've had mine 5+ years and it still performs fantastically well (only replacing it now because technology is moving on and I'd quite like one of their self-calibrating 4G models, so will keep the old one as a second monitor and keep calibrating it monthly). It's definitely a good investment if you sit on it for at least a few hours every day (I do, sadly). I'm not sure what currency your bu
  12. My Three: 1. Lie Lie Land revisited (Islington, Bambi) 2: Feeding the street art troll (Brick Lane) 3. Big Brother is Watching (Shoreditch)
  13. Matt, Great to see that you caught Wasp Elder doing that piece in Hanbury Sreet!! (assuming that's him in the pic?)
  14. Hi Wim, What's the spreadsheet option? Haven't previously seen it, so keen to understand what it adds/what it is? Many thanks for any info, much appreciated!
  15. I have similar issues. My phrases used to be in brackets rather than commas or quotation marks. It was one of the suggested options for phrasing in the old IM, and worked just fine in the old IM. Unfortunately, I used those brackets consistently across several thousand images. Wish I'd used one of the other suggested methods instead, as these were preserved, whereas all my bracketed phrases were scattered in the new IM, leaving me with similar nonsensical random combinations, and lots of duplicates. Feels like I am being punished for it now, which isn't quite fair. So I'm having to re-keyword
  16. I get the same issues. Particularly when more than 50 images are selected. It seems to have a real dislike of any bulk changes. Especially when trying to check "editorial only".
  17. +1, Kumar +4500 (or whatever my current image count happens to be) Couldn't agree more, it's a pain to read and my eyes aren't even senior!
  18. Yep, the Tate. Oh well, then now have lost two members, you give some you take some. Network Rail also tried this at the end of last year with all the London Rail Stations. May just have been some law firm gone a bit over the top somewhere, who knows.They reversed it a few weeks later and went for a more sensible 'editorial pics only' approach (which all these pics would be, anyway since private property, unless released). Wonder why the Tate don't manage to get round to that way of thinking.
  19. Thanks Lisa, didn't realise that this was a separate image used to the one found by S Shep from the same day/publication. Neither of them have yet been reported.
  20. You can't bring up an image from search next to new images in order to duplicate tags unless you've tagged the new images and waited for an update. There's no equivalent to the old "select" bar at the bottom of the screen. That's definitely my main gripe so far. I've used the select option all the time with a rough copy and paste of keywords from similar images, then did the fine tune afterwards. Just from the first few attempts this morning, any of the various new ways of marrying old keywords with new images prove very, very time consuming and long winded. Gnaaa! *goes for a little cry.
  21. Thanks spacecadet, I shall brace myself for a bit of work on Friday!
  22. Still on old IM too. I'm having similar issues with seemingly random bits of the dashboard updating and others not, but am putting this down to alamy still working on a lot of areas. Some zooms are also showing in the 'your images' table, but do not appear in the zoom/sale counter, I am hoping these are all simply hiccups in the wider changes that are happening. News images do not seem to suffer delays in updating so that's fine as they're more urgent for me. On the old/new IM point though - does alamy give any notice as to when the switch happens for each contributor, or does the new IM j
  23. I've been a Calumet customer for the last 10 years (their rental department is knowledgeable and friendly with good 3-day/weekend rental deals), their open days usually come with decent offers. However lens/body pricing is often at the higher end and they don't seem to hold anywhere near as much in stock as they used to at Drummond Street. They offer free sensor cleaning on their Open Days. Recently also had a positive experience with Park Cameras (off Oxford Street) again (after a few years away) - friendly and they did hold a bigger variety of ie filters and accessories in stock. If it's the
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