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  1. Alamy is tweeting some picture needs. There is a "tweeting section" at the bottom of the Forums page. I find it frustrating because as I scroll down to it I end up scrolling the tweets too. Only a couple show at a time. It is all very awkward. I guess I should say this in the section on suggestions for the Forum. Will do.



  2. I really, really want this one and don't know if I will manage the cost. I have the old one and, yes, it is slow to focus and not the sharpest lens but it has been perfect for me. I love to shoot wildlife (with a camera) and I am not a big guy with strong hands so I need a long telephoto I can handle. Apparently the new version is half a pound heavier and is longer but I think I still could probably manage it. Anyway, I am usually using that lens on a tripod or beanbag. A photographer I've traveled with who knows I use the 80-400 has bought the new one and loves it.  The focus is faster and it is sharper than the old one. I hope I can eventually manage the cost and also manage the lens reasonably well.



  3. Ger, I apologize for remarking on your images. It has apparently made you uncomfortable. I did it because I see some wonderful, wonderful images in your portfolio and I think you are hurting yourself by uploading the ones that are inferior (many in bad light). I wish you good fortune.



  4. I don't think Alamy deliberately puts your photos further down if you have 252 photos versus 2. I think that happens naturally with the ranking system if you have diluted your images with the less striking ones. They still heavily promote Steve Bloom for his wildlife images even though he seems to not be adding any new work. Try an advanced search for Steve Bloom African Lion or Elephant. Every image is terrific and there really aren't that many of them. The wildlife photographers on Alamy are amazing. I do it because I love it but I don't think I can compete with Martin Harvey, Frans Lanting, or the National Geographic Collection. I take amazing trips though to get images that I enjoy working on so I am happy overall.



  5. I suspect we will have to agree to disagree, Ger. I LOVE some of those shots. If D35WBT came up in the first few pages of a search I'm sure I would click on "More by this photographer". The problem is nobody sees all of the variety of their choices from you unless they do that and if the first one of your images that shows up is one of the less interesting shots you may wind up being overlooked. Of course you should do what makes sense to you.



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  6. Congrats on reaching this impressive milestone, Mirco (mag geloof ik ook in het Nederlands? :D


    I have been uploading lots of my archival wildlife images these last couple of months and purposely making as many different sort of compositions and crops as possible, so I've been adding a whopping 5000 images these last four months, lots of mammals, birds and rare butterflies & insects as well, trying to cover as many species as possible (now about 250).


    Luckily my QC-rating is such that some weeks I've been able to add 500+ new images to my portfolio. Reaching the first 1000 took a couple of months


    Of course rare species will probably only generate few queries as well, so I'm focusing on several key-species that I have tons of high-quality material like foxes, buzzards, storks, godwits etc, but there the competition is of course tougher... impressed by some of the excellent stuff available here on Alamy!


    Keep up the good work everyone!


    I'm a bit concerned about this idea that massive numbers of images are going to generate sales. I usually hesitate to criticize the work of other contributors since I am not any kind of expert but I hope I can add something helpful. I'm sure you've heard it before that similars can hurt your ranking. As an example, you have about 40 images of a European Grey Heron. There are only about five of them that I, personally, would have uploaded. I think you know which ones are best because you have taken the time and trouble to crop and work on some. My opinion for what it is worth is that you will do better if you only upload the images you are really proud of. I haven't always done that myself but I am moving more and more in that direction. It doesn't help to just have lots and lots of images. We have to compete with some amazing photographers on Alamy and the site looks best when customers are not having to wade through our less successful images. I hope you don't mind the suggestion.



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  7. I hope it is appropriate to post this. There have been questions about whether Alamy can let us know about events we might be able to cover. As you have probably noticed, I love animals. I foster an orphaned elephant through the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust. There is an organization called iWorry that is trying to do something about all the poaching of elephants for their ivory. There will be a march on Friday October 4 in fifteen cities including London, New York City, Washington DC, Munich, Ediburgh and Toronto. Here is the website where you can get information and register to march. I assume they will be happy to have as much publicity as possible.





  8. Gave me a giggle, Danny. Good one. I am disturbed when new people are looking at how many images they need to get in order to sell. They would do much better thinking about quality and good keywording. Not to mention finding subjects that are not overdone. I'm afraid I am a sinner in that department.



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