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Steve Valentia

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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Really? This is also pretty close to chess action - plus a silly hat, what more could a buyer want?
  7. 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. :-)
  8. I note that this image is not available for Personal Use. Can you advise me how to opt out of that, please?
  9. Got mine a week ago (I'm in Ireland) £245. Slightly down on last year but still very nice!
  10. I am also having my best ever year (in 12 years with Alamy). Volume of sales is up more than 60% on my best ever year (which was last year, as it happens). My revenue is up about 7% on my all-time revenue high, which was in 2009. A big factor in this was my increasing use of the Alamy live news feed. Mostly, as the great @RedSnapper suggests these were weather images, but not all. Some shots of Airport queues - I was a victim too - sold well.
  11. Lightroom does not work directly on the image file, as PS does. It uses what I call a "reflection" (others may have a more technical term for it), of the image file and over-writes the changes you make onto it, in a non-destructive way, not unlike when using a layer in PS, or perhaps an acetate in old-fashioned animation. This has certain consequences: 1. You need to import the files into the LR catalogue. 2. If you move the files from where you installed them on your hard drive, you need to locate them in LR (and tell it the new location) before it can work on them again. 3. if you delete the files from your HD, you won't be able to work on them at all. 4. If you look for the original file on your HD, after making changes to them in LR, you won't see the changes you made. 5. In order to see the changes, you need to export the image as another file and save it on your HD. This has a number of advantages for the working photographer: Mainly that you can save the changed file in several different forms and formats (for Alamy, magazines, newspapers, emails, Facebook, printing etc, etc) with a couple of clicks of the mouse, having set up export presets in LR.
  12. I don't think it's that John. Try right-clicking in the space between the top of the main image and the task bar (file, edit, library, photo etc). You should get a list ofmodules to toggle on or off - Library, Develop, Map, Book...etc . Also, see if you have a tiny dotted triangle, in the middle of the screen below the taskbar. If so, click that to make it solid and it should show the modules menu.
  13. Press Shift+Ctrl+F (Windows) or Shift+Command+F (Mac OS) to enter Full Screen And Hide Panels mode, which hides the title bar, menus, and panels. When in Full Screen And Hide Panels screen mode, press Shift-Tab and then the F key to display the panels and menu bar.
  14. I beg to differ; that all sounds like a very expert analysis to me. I'm using Pro Photo in LR and Adobe RGB (which I prefer, for some reason - another "quirk" perhaps) in PS. So that all fits very nicely with your theory and thank you for explaining it.
  15. Brilliant! The new edition has just gone to press, and should be with you in a week or so. Come and say hello on the FB page.
  16. I totally agree, and it feels quirky, even to me when I doing it. But, I'm (half) convinced that when I pull the histogram to the corners of the graph in LR it can still leave the image (usually) under exposed. If I take it into PS, there is often still a flat line on the whites side - or even on the left (blacks) - and further levels adjustments brings it where it looks right to my eye - and usually less flat. It may just be my imagination, but it's a habit I'm stuck with! Often, though, just as a belt-and-braces "check". Incidentally, I've just been promoted to Associate Editor of Cameracraft (David K's magazine). So, quirky works sometimes.
  17. For what it's worth; I won a major Photoshop award a few years ago and have been using Lightroom since version 1. The Develop module in Lightroom is basically the same as ACR, except that, in my view the LR version is better laid out and has some additional tools. I now only use PS for very limited, and some would say, quirky adjustments. For example, I prefer to adjust exposure using the levels slider in PS, by dragging the Blacks and Whites sliders to where the curve begins and ends. This can also be done in LR, but I find PS to be more accurate and this simple adjustment can really push up the contrast and tones, and if you're nearly "there" with the original image, there's not much more to do. I also do spotting in PS, as I find the spot healing tool much faster and again, more accurate, than the LR version. Then, in LR, I work down the basics panel, but I always start by eliminating CA and adjusting the lens. I usually then (after exposure) set a medium tone curve, add some clarity and Vibrance (never saturation) and the job's a good 'un!
  18. I'm the OP of this thread and I have been in direct contact with member services about it on at least 3 occasions. The feedback I get is that there are no plans to introduce this option into AIM; the rationale being that some "testers" found they were inadvertently deleting images that they wanted to keep. In my view that's Pilot Error and not a good enough reason to exclude what could be a very valuable and time-saving option. I have several thousand images that could be re-keyworded far more quickly with it, than without it. If anyone else feels like it would be a good thing to have in AIM, I suggest letting MS know directly, as posting here is likely to have little effect.
  19. The buyer is not in charge of the fee if they buy here. Alamy is or YOU are. I can't see the problem (and I've been doing this for a VERY long time).
  20. What's the problem with telling us the amount? Actually it may do some good, and warn others to keep away from NU. I do.
  21. I came at stock photography (over 30 years ago; and nearly 15 of those with Alamy) from a different starting point than you. That is; I avoided Microstock like the plague, since it's inception (I can remember the first adverts for FREE iStock images in US based digital imaging magazines). It's only in the last year that I decided to test the waters of Microstock with less than 200 images. I have sold 77 images so far, and made a grand total of €22.80. With Alamy, In the last 6 months, I sold 58 images, with total sales of $1700. No contest. The crunch came with the Microstock images when, only 2 weeks ago, a perfectly good, creative set of model released images (that I had gone to some lengths to take and have MR'd), were rejected on the grounds that the original artwork of the model's tattoos was not similarly "released". No furhter images of mine, of any kind, will be "released" to that library. As far as Alamy goes; I have had years when I sold virtually nothing. But in the last 3 years, I have made more of an effort to contribute, sending at least 30 images a week as a minimum. I have seen my sales increase exponentially as a result. I have broken my all-time record for sales 2 years running (I'm currently 10 sales above the record set last year, with 5 months to go). My revenue reached a peak in 2009, and I'm currently about 10 more sales short of breaking that too, so it seems that fees are climbing back up, slowly. It's certainly true that the more you (or at least, I) put into Alamy, the more I am getting out of it. Unfortunately though, numbers count, and the right sort of images are very important. Your current set of images is more than 10% backgrounds and/or patterns, and I'm not sure that keeping up that balance will provide regular sales. To quote one of the most successful Alamy contributors, Keith Morris, what seems to work best (at least for him) is: OPDOT - one person, doing one thing. There are exceptions to this rule, of course and one of my biggest repeat sellers is an image of an Irish antiquity photographed in a museum (with permission). However, this one is of OPDOT; and made a healthy $50 this morning. Good luck with your Alamy adventure.
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