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forsooth

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About forsooth

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    North Carolina, USA
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    photography, music, art, design, architecture, travel, professional bike racing,

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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={2F7CA3C7-93A4-46FE-B575-AD74153A0E29}&name=Alex+Forsyth
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    03 Feb 2017
  1. It’s very hard for me to avoid shooting similars. I shoot for non-profit organizations and it’s mainly music stuff. They are interested in the biggest name onstage and couldn’t care less about the others because when they print brochures to advertise other events they pick the big name people for their ad. In some cases in the photo pit you can be competing with 30 or more other photographers to get the shot. Usually you get 3 songs then you are escorted out. I hear people shooting on fully automatic and is like machine gun fire all around me. Similars are hard to avoid when it’s crowded out there. I understand what you are saying….and I’ll try and do better in the future.
  2. All's well that ends well Joseph. It looks like they have found my photos!
  3. Thanks Joseph, you and Mark have pointed me in the right direction and that will be very useful in future. I was looking at a travel guide to San Francisco to find locations and it's pretty bewildering after a while for someone who has only been there once.... I need to go back! I just noticed that I am only credited with having two pictures on my post. I'm a newbie but I just passed 500 images last night....I must be wearing my cloak of invisibility. I am going to have to work on that as well it seems! Thanks for the advice!
  4. Thanks Mark, I never thought of doing the Google street view! That's great and I'll keep it in mind in future. I was working on photos I took in San Francisco years ago and I couldn't remember all the places I had been to. Discoverability seems to be a pain with everyone.
  5. Hi folks, I’m a newbie and I’m making some progress. Keywording and tags take much more time than checking QC on my photos. I’m realizing as I go along that I need to take more notes as I go along on trips. I’m so busy concentrating on taking photos that I haven’t taken the time to note down the names of streets etc. This causes me problems later, particularly if it’s a city I have never been to before. I had noticed that if I have the correct address for a building that discoverability goes way up! ​ How do you folks tackle this problem? I have read all of the recent posts on discoverability and most posts say that the "greenies" don't matter but I'd like to see something happen with my photos so I am trying! ​Thanks for all the comments, all of it is grist for the mill.
  6. Many thanks wiskerke! All advice on doing this stuff is welcome to us newbies!
  7. Thanks spacecadet! I shoot for a lot of non-profits making me a non-profit photographer. In shooting concerts you usually get three songs, four if you are one of the official photographers. Usually the photo pit is full with everyone one trying to get the best position. Often if you get a good spot it's difficult/silly to move because then you have little chance. I get what you are saying but I'm trying to give the customer some options. I was one of the official photographers in 2010 and 2012. It would be nice to get some return on the photo shoots because I paid all my own expenses I see some food photos where they show the same plate many more times just turned to a different angle. I'm still figuring this stuff out so thanks for the advice.
  8. sb photos, and everyone else...... sorry for the delay in answering. I'm loading pictures every night just by using My Alamy upload because I have so many images to go through and check first for QC that it's taking me a lot of time. I'm figuring this stuff out as I go along. Malwarebytes on this iMac is unable to remove any malware and I am reluctant to risk it with the new iMac. I only upload at night because they load easily then do captions etc. the next day. Slow but steady. All the images since the initial submission have passed with no problems. I'm still trying to find out how to improve "discoverability" works. I have read all the manual, tips etc. and currently have 217 images on sale with "poor discoverability" Any pointers to what I'm doing wrong would be welcome. Thanks
  9. Chatham County Line play around here all the time Kelv. They are very talented and good songwriters too. I have shot them a couple of times in smoky bars with bad lighting....hardly worth the time, they deserve to be in much better venues! Good video by the way Kelv! A friend shot a 4K vidieo two weeks ago of my mates ....the Luxuriant Sedans (daft name! ) But they are really good, Brit based blues rock but they are all Americans. You can find them on iTunes and Cd Baby.
  10. Sorry for the delay Inchiquin and TeeCee! Yes, these guys have more guitars than anyone could ever need. I also had a Yamaha acoustic and two Eko's, one 6 string and one 12 string. Not pricey but I loved the 12 string. All gone now but I am still around music all the time. From 2005 on I did live recording gigs of my favorite local musicians. 16 channel and 24 channel mobile rigs. Great fun but very, very time consuming! I was hired to do a "Root Series" of 10 music concerts for a local arts center and got to record Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Manassass. Also Bettye LaVette. I couldn't believe how lucky I was. I don't have a studio but I did have the idea of shooting all of my best friends guitars plus the Jazzmaster of course. These guys are guitar nerds....unlike me!
  11. All of this is very useful information. Lots of answers to how people tackle the key wording. What I have done so far is just giving the performer name and date when the event happened....after that there is not enough to say anymore. Since I'm a newbie I'll need to wait and see if what I am doing is not working and I'll change my approach based on what you folks have said. I shoot lots of music stuff but I have a lot more to post and the other pictures will reflect the info you have given me here. Thanks everyone!
  12. That's good to know Geoff! I wondered how other people mange it short of getting some sort of robot writing them. I know you can get a subscription to one of those outfits where they can supply you with keywords or "tags" but that costs more than you would get for the photo I would imagine. I can't see me going "green"anytime soon!
  13. All of this is new to me and for the moment I think one pseudo is enough for me to handle. Alan's.... "A keyword is worth a thousand pictures" is the one I need to concentrate on! 50 keywords is harder for me to do that taking photos!
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