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  1. 14 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    You're right, there's one other on this thread but I did qualify my comment. I said I didn't think anyone else had done it.

    But it doesn't make me wrong either. Nor the others here who don't quote low prices.

    I'm sorry you've taken offence. It's difficult to know how to pitch a response to an outspoken comment

     

    There's outspoken and there's attacking. I've amended my previous reply as I don't think you're the latter. But, you do seem to think that a majority opinion is the right one. Errr...Brexit referendum anyone??? (It's a joke).

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  2. 9 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    So apparently it's just you who thinks it's a good idea.

    That doesn't make me wrong. In fact, if buyers complain that Alamy are charging them too much, all they need to do is put up the "bulk purchase" rates. Also try reading some other posts here...you'll see I'm actually not the ONLY one who quotes low prices.

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  3. Two of my favourite photos taken, ever, and uploaded as Reportage last weekend, following the death of the subject. he's Alec Finn, a Brit who became a legend in traditional Irish music. Founder member of de Dannan and one of the people responsible for the use of the bouzouki in Irish folk music. Taken at his home in Oranmore Castle, Co. Galway, for my book "Traditional Notes".

     

    alec2.jpg

    alec1.jpg

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  4. 48 minutes ago, Phil Robinson said:

    Well I hope they pay better than 'Pointless' (nothing to get excited about)

     

    I once had an image on "Top of the Pops" (in the chart countdown). But, it was a direct sale to the band (Saxon) that included a few other images, and the money wasn't great, even 30 years ago. Granada TV local news (Granada Reports) used to commission me, and they paid well, about as much as the average Alamy fee, even in the mid-1980's.

     

    Pointless would be good, it's my Key wording background show. But, HIGNFY is a real feather in the cap - well done. I hope it was Victoria Coren Mitchell, who introduced the image!

     

    This month, one $$$ sale so far, and slower than usual for this year, which has broken all my records for sales and revenue.


  5. 22 minutes ago, losdemas said:

    saturday-may-12th-2018-high-wycombe-buck

    Saturday May 12th 2018. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, GB, UK. The quaint local tradition of 'Weighing in the Mayor' took place in the town centre today. Traditionally, the outgoing and incoming mayor and civic officials are weighed at the beginning of the mayor's term of office each year to ascertain if they have gained weight at the expense of the taxpayer. The new mayor, Sarfaraz Khan Raja, the lady mayoress, Khola Kayani Raja and their children are shown. Credit: D. Callcut/Alamy Live News

     

    P.r.e.s.e.n.t.a.t.i.o.n. (could actually be!)

     

    I've seen this this group before, maybe not the same camera angle.


  6. 6 minutes ago, RichardNixon said:

    Hi Steve,

     

    Thanks, yes it is.  Annoyingly it has started to work now, although I had closed AIM and reopened it.  I've had a few things seem to go wrong that have been cured by shutting down the AIM page and then going back in.

     

     

    I've had similar issues with it, especially the new tools (such as delete all, copy & paste) which disappear sporadically. I have to clear the cache on my computer to have them re-appear.


  7. 10 minutes ago, chris_rabe said:

     

    I'd personally say avoid the A7ii unless cost is the utmost priority. It's what I started with and certainly is good, but everything (besides speed) was nicely bumped from the A7Rii  - and up of course. The biggest omission on it is the auto iso min shutter.

     

    Useful advice, thanks again.

     

    10 minutes ago, chris_rabe said:

    And apologies for yesterday. I don't normally take part in such internet spats. It was a low point in the middle of a dire week, and the devil inside got the better of me.

     

    What Spat? I see your dire week and raise you a month, or two.


  8. 1 hour ago, chris_rabe said:

     

    If focusing on landscape, or need high res, A7Riii. A7Rii if speed of no importance and you don't need the dual slots and can deal with the lower capacity batteries

     

    If you don't want/need the high res, or the pure speed, the A7iii will save a bit, and has the added bonus of not needing downsampling to help with cleaning up at high ISO. Not that the r models are slouches at high ISO, even without downsampling.

     

    A7iii probably best for video. While it does not focus quite as fast as the a9, it's marginally better than a7riii. 

     

    That is if you want full frame...

     

    Thanks. My publisher / Editor at Cameracraft magazine, @David Kilpatrick , sold a A7ii (not sure if it was '"R") a while back. I'm sorry now that I didn't snap it up (pun intended).

    Even if I stop using my Canon 5D III for stills completely (which is unlikely), I'll probably use it for video. I completed a 3 month project making a 15 minute video for a local Ice Cream company earlier this year, using that camera and a drone. They liked it so much that they built a viewing room attached to their gift shop (at a cost of over €10K) to show it to visitors. 


  9. On 10/20/2018 at 10:38, Graham said:

    As to Dell, I would not touch them with a bargepole.  In my other life I am a lawyer.  Dell is the only person/company I have ever sued, which was in relation to one of their then top of the range laptops. 

     

    Very relieved (sort of) to read this. I have a Dell 27inch monitor which crashes - goes fuzzy and needs to be restarted - about once a week, sometimes more frequently. After a year of complaining to Dell, who deny all liability and try to put it down to my OS (Windows 10), I've given up and just put with it.


  10. On 11/3/2018 at 05:27, Marianne said:

    I took this handheld at some ridiculously high ISO the first night that I had my Sony. And they say sunsets don't sell as stock...well we know someone who seems to sell them to the UK newspapers daily ... anyway, when I got home and saw this shot I fell in love with my Sony...so I'm happy it sold.

     

    Two mentions of a Sony in this thread so far. I'm in the market for a lighter, smaller camera, my Canon's weigh a ton these days (I'm getting older and weaker). Any advice on a suitable model?


  11. I responded to an @Alamycontent #Alamypicneeds tweet, with 4 images that I had on file, that I think meet the request perfectly. I tweeted @Alamycontent back to say I was uploading, with a sample of one of the images (watermarked) and a got a "like" for it.

     

    This was Tuesday afternoon and those images are still awaiting QC approval. At the very best, this will happen later this afternoon. They then need to be tagged and should be available for sale by Thursday morning, with any luck, at which point I'll tweet @Alamycontent again with the file numbers. Although, it could be Friday or even after the weekend before they are available, in the worst case scenario, and when requests are made at the end of the week.  

     

    I'm concerned that the client may have bought other images in the time it takes to put new ones online. If that is the case, responding to this request (and many others in the past) could be a waste of effort for many contributors, and particularly if we go out and shoot the images especially.

     

    Perhaps Alamy might consider a way to "fast-track" images that are being uploaded to meet a client's request, in a similar way to how News images bypass QC? This could perhaps utilize the Twitter feed, and once the "like" has been proffered a link could be sent to upload the images immediately, to be seen by the client. 

    Any thoughts?

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  12. On 11/2/2018 at 11:06, RedSnapper said:

    My advice, for what its worth

     

    Try to cover the 5 'W's in your caption..

     

    who

    what

    why

    where

    when

     

    and you wont go far  wrong

     

    km

     

     

     

    The old press style captioning adds an 'H' too...how.

     

    (who / what) Two men (where) crossing the river Thames (how) on an inflatable Christmas pudding (why) raising money for charity (when) on Christmas day.

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  13. 16 hours ago, Normand Blais said:

    So, I add a lot of of tags (7-10)...but, it's always poor. What can I do?

     

    To answer your actual question...

     

    Discoverability will be classed as "poor" (an orange bar) until you have 40 tags, and 10 "supertags", plus all the "optional" information included on each image, at which point discoverability become "good" (green). 7 - 10 tags is quite low, considering that you need 6 tags to even get the bar to go orange.

     

    I agree, to some extent, with other members that discoverability is not that important. What IS important, though, is that you ensue that you have all the tags you need to fully explain the image in a way that will attract the relevant buyers. i.e. have you described it fully - and also not used any inappropriate tags (keywords). Get that right and you'll start selling images. But you will need more than 5 (probably).

     

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