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Steve Valentia

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  1. Dear Alamy Live News I uploaded 6 images tonight, 4 in one batch and 2 in another. I did this because the captions were different for the 2 batches, and the batch of 4 images put an emphasis on the Skellig Rocks (famous as a Star Wars location). I felt that this might be a useful selling point - also, the "lead" image of the Skellig rock photos is by far the stronger of any in both sets. I now note that all 6 images are in one set, and the lead image does not have the Skellig Rock link. I have also seen that the captions now include the phrase UK Weather. As a Brit, living happily in Ireland for over 20 years, I can assure you that my part of Ireland (The Republic) has not been in the UK since 1922. It would also be highly offensive to many Irish people to think that it was considered to be a part of the UK – and this might include those seeking to buy images from us both. It may help to sell the may images if you were to allow me to work on the captions, to which I give lots of thought (I was a press photographer for 20 years), and to please avoid offending citizens of the country I now call home. Best wishes, Stephen
  2. I appreciate your help. It may be that my iPad is much older and slower than yours. I need to consider an update; although it works perfectly well for my Jazz music tuition apps.
  3. AIM does not work at all on my (admittedly very old) iPad. It's just a jumble and I can't see the images at all. What iPad are you using please, and any advice on how to use it?
  4. Any chance you might do something with the blue overlay on selected images? I (and others) have found it too dense to work on the images once selected.
  5. Disappointing month, only 6 sales for less than $100 total. On the plus side, I'm currently 30 sales ahead of my all-time (over 12 years) total, which actually was last year and $200 above my all-time best annual revenue, which was in 2009. I also got a good DACS, but I don;t count that here, as I do it myself and don;t allow Alamy to take 50% cut of something that they have no right to touch.
  6. 4 newspaper sales came in yesterday. All repeat sales, and one of them has now sold about 8 times. This is my favourite and, if my memory serves me well, the least repeated so far. Oh, and for those who express concerns about needing to travel great distances to take saleable images, I shot it 200 yards from my front door.
  7. Brilliant, glad you got it sorted. I'm not convinced it's not a bug though (pardon the double negative).
  8. I'll say this and then run for cover...bearing in mind that I have already offered my tuppence worth...It's not where you live that will help you to be successful in photography (or anything else), it's how motivated you are to succeed at it. One of the best books I ever read about photography (40 years ago) began with the unforgettable line...the first million photographs I took, were the hardest. It was never an easy profession, and I started when you had to not only take photograph, but develop and print the film, too. I'm still because I love it. I've had times when I couldn't pay the rent or even sometimes wondered how I could live out the week on beans on toast without going mad (I know, where are the other three Yorkshire-men - Monty Python reference). But, actually, now, I'm doing OK, many awards later and lots of well-paying jobs under my belt and I'm associate editor of a prestigious magazine. Oh, did I mention you HAVE TO LOVE IT or, you'll give up very quickly?
  9. After it happened to me, I contacted Contributor support. I deleted my browser cache, as they advised me, and the new tools returned. You might also need to clear your cookies (I didn't do that), or simply just refresh the page in the browser. Hope that helps.
  10. Thanks for that, refreshing the browser page didn't work at first and so I deleted the cache (on advice from Contributor Services). That worked, but only briefly, as when I returned to the page, they had gone again. This time, refreshing the page - coming out and going back in - worked. I'm using Firefox and that may have something to do with it, I'm not certain though.
  11. You can tell it's Adam, by looking for a small red apple. Phil Coulter carries a grand piano; he's much easier to recognise.
  12. This morning I had all of the new AIM buttons; copy, paste and delete all. Now, all I have is the blue mask that appears on a selected image. Anyone know why?
  13. NEW TOOLS HAVE VANISHED! This morning I had all of the new AIM buttons; copy, paste and delete all. Now, all I have is the blue mask that appears on a selected image. Anyone know why?
  14. @Colblimp Nice one - did you ask him? Just curious. PM me and we can arrange to meet up. Remind me to bring you a copy of Cameracraft, the magazine I'm associate editor of, it'll give you something to read when you're not papping musicians.
  15. I'm coming to Cork on Wednesday next week, before flying to Malaga very early on Thursday morning. I'll be heading back on the afternoon of Thursday week 25th Oct. Maybe we can have our own Alamy meet-up?
  16. I live on an Island on the far west of Ireland (the clue is in my name). I see only tractors and cows passing near my house, and the occasional tourist in the summer. In March this year, I made 11 news sales in one day and by the end of the week the total had risen to 24 sales. I totally agree that you have to go out and get the shots. One of Alamy's biggest earners, @RedSnapper doesn't drive and takes most of his images within a 10 mile radius of his house, I believe. @Colblimp
  17. My first sale this month, so far, for mid-$$ which is OK, but I've lately been lulled into a false sense of security; expecting sales to start early in the month.
  18. Thank you very much James and @Alamy for these updates. At least 4000 of my images were uploaded with the older system that could accept 300+ keywords* and I have been asking for a multiple delete function for some time, as the task of manually deleting vast numbers of tags singly had me totally defeated and I gave up on revamping the images. "While a "delete all" button and a "multiple delete" function are not exactly the same thing, it's probably going to be easier to clear the tags, rewrite new ones and then cut and paste those onto images from the same set, as a starting point. I'm also really looking forward to the improved mobile functionality, as AIM is an incoherent jumble on my iPad and totally unusable. The ability to move tags around also feels like something I could use a lot, to make logical strings of text, rather than scattered, random words. *If anyone is wondering why I have images with 300 keywords, in any case, all I can say is...Keywording Services. I have two key words for them. Bad. Idea.
  19. That's very short-sighted, defeatist attitude. I was a press photographer in Liverpool for 20 years, and I know that such an event would be covered by dozens of local and national photographers. Take the following into account when covering a "big event". Many press outlets will have their own photographers and not need Alamy news images. Many other photographers will be contributing to the news feed. Your images may not be as good as others. Your images may not go online as quickly as others. etc, etc.
  20. Really? This is also pretty close to chess action - plus a silly hat, what more could a buyer want?
  21. Thanks very much for that, with only 7000 images, nearly, I’ll probably do it myself in batches of 500 as it shouldn’t take too long. :-)
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