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  1. Thanks for the link, Niels. Seems like a complicated situation. I'm just not sure why someone would want to buy my image from Alamy when they can get it and use it for free from Wikimedia Commons. And since the image is not marked as public domain on Alamy, it seems like a fraudulent practice to take public domain works and sell them as one's own. Thank you, KHA! I never thought of that, I should look into it. All of the photos I've uploaded to Wikimedia Commons were done while I was a minor, and while I learned about licensing partway through (my later images were licensed under Creative Commons), I'd ultimately like to reassert my rights on most of those photos.
  2. Hey all, Today, I found one of my images on Alamy, but it was uploaded by someone else. Normally, I'd be really angry, but this particular photo is one I uploaded onto Wikimedia Commons a long time ago. At the time, I licensed images on that site under public domain (I was only 12 or 13 and didn't know any better). I understand that, with that license, people are free to use my image without my permission or giving me credit, but are people allowed to sell it as their own? Can you sell public domain images on a stock website like Alamy? (Also, the photo is cropped down and not very high quality, I'm surprised it got through QC!) Thanks!
  3. Congratulations. I bet there are buyers who are going to be delighted to find images done by someone so knowledgable. Paulette Thanks Paulette!
  4. Definitely! I'm very interested in butterflies, so everything is always identified to species. I use both common and scientific names in my keywords. No it's not redundant - if it was me I'd enter the following; swallowtail,butterfly,"swallowtail butterfly" Entering "swallowtail butterfly" may (or may not) affect Alamy search results (Alamy's inner workings are a bit of a mystery). However, it will very probably improve external search engine results since forcing these two words to appear as a phrase is the only way to get them to appear next to each other in the alphabetically sorted keyword list which Alamy makes accessible to external search engines. Look at the keywords that appear below your images in Alamy webpage displayed to customer. Some will argue that you don't need to use both commas and quotes and so swallowtail,butterfly,swallowtail butterfly should work just as well. I use both, as belt and braces measure, as there have been times when not using quotes didn't seem to produce the result I wanted. PS. Don't forget to add the scientific name too! Thank you both for clarifying that! It's good to know what other folks here do with keywording. Best to learn from the pros early so I don't have to re-keyword hundreds of images later. My goodness, that is indeed a nightmare! I wish you the best going through and re-keywording all those images.
  5. Megan


    You're very welcome, Paulette. I appreciate the advice you and others have given me so far. It's a shame that others do not respond when people like you take the time to answer their questions and give them feedback. Thanks for the warm welcome, Davey! Thank you very much, Kumar, for more keywording advice! I never even thought of adding "entomology" to my keywords -- which is a bit pathetic, given that that is what I'm currently studying at college. I'll keep your other keyword suggestions in mind as I work on re-keywording my images. Megan
  6. Thank you very much for such a detailed answer, wim! I'm definitely going to play around with AoA and experiment with different search phrases used by clients. Thanks again! Megan
  7. In trying to keep from falling into the trap of keyword spamming, I wondered if anyone here could answer this question: If I have the keywords "swallowtail" and "butterfly" for an image, is it redundant to add "swallowtail butterfly"? Or, by having "swallowtail butterfly", does it make it more likely that my image will show up higher in the search results if a customer searches for "swallowtail butterfly"? And, going the other way, if I have only keyworded "swallowtail butterfly", will my image appear in search results for just "swallowtail" or "butterfly"? Megan
  8. Megan


    Thank you all for the welcome and feedback! Geoff: Thanks for the kind words about my images! I appreciate your advice about keywording. It's something I don't feel very confident about, so it's good to have some feedback from a pro. Most of the keywords you listed are currently in the comprehensive section, so they probably don't carry much weight as they are, but I'll remove less precise ones, like "Alamy" (I only added that one because I noticed some other photos had that keyword as well -- thought maybe that was something I needed to do!). As for location, I'll try adding it to the caption when I can, but I find that I use up a lot of characters just describing the photo -- hence the location ends up being keyworded instead. Allen: Thank you! As I currently stand, I don't expect to sell much, but I thought that anything is better than nothing, and it certainly doesn't hurt to try! Paulette: Thanks for your feedback! I see your point, and I may keep some of the location keywords, as I sometimes wonder if a customer might search for "Indiana moth" or "moth United States". Though, I think that, if I have room in the caption, I'll add the location there instead. Have a great day, everyone! Megan
  9. That looks like a corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), but it is a North American moth (unless it's been introduced as an invasive where you are -- which I gather is Russia). But I can tell you what family that moth is in -- Noctuidae. Maybe that will help narrow your search!
  10. Megan


    Hi everyone! I joined Alamy about a month ago but am just now checking out the forums. There's quite a bit of good advice here for newbies like me! I've been into photography since a young age, but I really only used it to help with my main passion, which is studying butterflies and moths (although I have since expanded to other nature-related subjects). While I have a very large collection of photos, I'm afraid not very many are "good enough" to pass QC -- I've only recently switched to RAW, and I started my Lightroom subscription last month. So I need to start building a better collection of photos with stock photography in mind. Looking forward to meeting you all! Happy shooting!
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