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  1. 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..








    and you wont go far  wrong






    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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  2. 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).


  3. 8 minutes ago, MDM said:


    It's a Norman name (de Paor in Irish), very common in Waterford as you say and common along the whole south coast and up into Clare and Limerick as well I think. 


    de Poer loosely translates as "the Poor", because the original Normandy family took a vow of poverty to atone for bad deeds in order to get into heaven; before coming to Ireland around 1400. I took this to mean that I'd never have any money. Until, an Archivist told me that although they took the vow, they never actually gave up their wealth. Just like a Power!

  4. 8 minutes ago, MDM said:


    Your name also shows up under your images as contributor which is how I figured out who you are in the first place. My grandmother had the same surname so maybe we are distant cousins. 


    It's highly possible. Is she from Limerick, or Waterford? My family go back to Limerick, at least to the early 1800's.

  5. 1 hour ago, aphperspective said:

    Alamy Live news have just done it again to me. Same as you Steve I to am a brit happily living in this wonderful country. Just uploaded 5 images clearly headlined as West Cork, Ireland. They have added UK Weather to the front of it. Most annoying as it adds to the inaccuracy of the images being of rare birds on the Irish coast.


    Andy. BTW sorry if your names not steve


    In keeping with what Alamy live news promised and advised me to do, I've just uploaded 4 images and emailed them to say they are Irish (not UK) weather images and that I'd appreciate them not captioning them as such (as per their suggestion to me). I would suggest that you also contact them directly, and eventually they might change their policy. 


    Check out the Cameracraft link for my real first name. If nothing else, it's a helluva free read!


    UPDATE: My images are currently showing as "Ireland Weather". Result!

  6. 42 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:


    Having just arrived back to this thread I would first apologise to you Mr. Valentia for having upset you by what you think is an attempt to hijack your thread for political ends.


    No need to apologise, and thanks. Shall we get back to talking about stock photography? By, the way, Allan, my name isn't Valentia (it's the Irish Island where I live). See the link to the Cameracraft magazine issue (above), for my actual name (it's in the list of magazine staff on page 3, and at the start of my feature article on page 14).

  7. 1 hour ago, Sultanpepa said:


    Pass on our good wishes, there are many of us that miss his round these parts. The copy of Cameracraft looks good btw. Good work all.


    That's done Douglas, verbatim. Thanks for the kind words.

  8. 6 minutes ago, Sultanpepa said:


    Nice to know David is still working away even if he has stopped contributing to the forum. :)


    He's very active and productive - and has a good team around him too (if I can be so immodest). ;)

  9. 11 minutes ago, Alan Beastall said:



    I have never subscribed to Cameracraft but i know the editor David Kilpatrick off and on for near on 40 years went he edited Minolta's members magazine back in the 70's. All that i learned from David back then i put in good use even today. So it should be a excellent magazine to buy.




    Have a look for yourself. Here is a free link to last month's issue, online, available to read in full.



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  10. 13 minutes ago, MDM said:


    I don't think too many people would be seriously offended by this but it is the lack of accuracy in the editing of your captions and general ignorance of whoever made the edits that is more concerning.


    On another note, I just got my latest issue of Camera Craft through the door - great magazine. Glad I subscribed.:)


    I was mainly upset that the strongest images (the ones facing into the sun and showing the Skellig Rocks), were shoved behind two that were uploaded later, and have completely different content. I do feel though, that Irish buyers (and I recently sold 24 weather images from the same shoot, to the Irish Sun newspaper) would not want to see that Ireland is now back in the UK!


    I've written to Alamy News, had a very nice apology and assurance that my points have been noted. It was also suggested that I can email in future to ask that images are kept separate. This may be of use to others in similar positions.


    I'm delighted that you are happy with your Cameracraft subscription - the new issue is especially strong in my view. Please spread the word if you can. :)





  11. 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,






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  12. 37 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    My iPad came at a discount when I bought my iPhone 8. Not sure of the model, but I will see if I can investigate that. It’s not over 2 years old.

    2017 model, 5th generation iPad nearest I can figure out. I think the one before this one was iPad Air, and it also allowed me to work in AIM.



    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. :)

  13. On 10/29/2018 at 10:02, Alamy said:


    Hi everyone


    This feature was removed as it was not working as well as we wanted it to. It was an external plug-plug in which means we couldn't update it or fix it ourselves when needed. 

    We are still working on improving AIM, so you can expect to see more changes over the next few weeks. 


    Many thanks





    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.

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  14. 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.



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  15. 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.



  16. 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?

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  17. 37 minutes ago, Craig Yates said:

    Has anyone else lost the AIM update. It has worked for most of the day but the new options have now gone?



    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.

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  18. 40 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    Try refreshing it.


    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.

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