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About Moonie

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  1. I don't get many zooms but I've become a daily hopeful addict to checking my stats :-D Please have it running soon!!!! I need my daily fix!!! :-D Thanks Alamy for the update!
  2. Hi there all! Just wanted to drop a thank you note for all your help :-D Ever since I tried out the BHZ thingy, I've always started the search for my photos from the last page. It was a lot faster. Just did another search and well....finally.....it took me a while longer than usual. I've been consistently placed in the last few pages. Today I actually had to click all the way to page 13! Might not be a lot for most but moving from 29 to 13. So great to see an improvement. So happy! And again, thank you all for your great suggestions and advises! They obviously made a great difference :-D
  3. Totally agree with wiskerke on the nightmare part! I am living out that nightmare now. Have to go through over a thousand photos to redo most of the keywording :-S I should really have spent a lot more time at the beginning to fully understand the keywording. Strongly suggest you do likewise :-D
  4. Bill - Came across 3 different 'schools of thought" on RM vs RF vs future. For RF, this guy explained why he preferred it. According to him, RF allows the buyer multiple use and therefore, commands a higher price. Along the same argument, for photos that are more likely to be used only once, Buyers would prefer RM as they will pay a lower price. He qualified however regarding photos likely to be used for tourism or books where he explained that if one thinks the Buyer will and need to return to buy the same photo multiple times, it would be better to put as RM. I reckon when he spoke of RF pricing he didn't mean microstock? As for RM, this other photographer explained why it was preferred. The rights management, control of use and exclusivity commands a higher premium. In particular he mentioned RM photos with models where he could have opted for RF (he has rights release), he preferred RM as he would have more information about the photo's sale and usage which he explained some models preferred to know. And finally for future, another guy mentioned that Sellers (or was it Buyers) these days don't really want to deal with RM or RF. They just want the buy/sell the photos. Maybe this explains the blurring of lines between RM and RF in terms of pricing and usage we encounter these days. Thanks John, Inchiquin! In the process of cleaning up my old mess. Should really have understood keywording better from the start than having to clean up like now. Still not very sure how the keyword system finds the images but yah I will put the country into the Main.
  5. Thanks Allan! That photo was keyworded as a batch and I didn't tidy up properly. The words you flagged shouldn't be there. Really need to come up with a system to keyword more efficiently :-S Thanks NYCat! When I see the photo, I indeed see a man holding a dog but it didn't occur until now that hey....it's a dog.......I should add that in my keyword :-D My mind totally ignored that part. It was so obvious that it became oblivious to me. Update - changed the keywords! This is really helpful. :-)
  6. Thanks Allan, Rooney, Bill, and Alessandra for all your valuable feedback, advises and kind words. Really appreciate it. About keywording, yes, it it time for a massive overhaul. It’s so important yet possibly the most boring part of stock photography. Allan, love your quote “A keyword is worth a thousand pictures!” 1 major dilemma I have - say a zoomed in photo http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-big-red-lantern-at-senso-ji-temples-kaminarimon-asakusa-tokyo-japan-72451312.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=82F93981-4B5C-4A19-AF37-2C27A56E223B&p=180160&n=112&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=12&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d12%26sortby%3d2%26qt%3dallan%2520bell%26qt_raw%3dallan%2520bell%26qn%3d%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26aoa%3d1%26creative%3d%26videos%3d%26nu%3d%26ccc%3d%26bespoke%3d%26apalib%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26et%3d0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3d0%26loc%3d0%26ot%3d0%26imgt%3d0%26dtfr%3d%26dtto%3d%26size%3d0xFF%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26archive%3d1%26name%3dmoonie%26groupid%3d%26pseudoid%3d%26userid%3d%26id%3d%26a%3d%26xstx%3d0%26cbstore%3d0%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26lightbox%3d%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26apalic%3d%26tbar%3d0%26pc%3d%26simid%3d%26cap%3d1%26customgeoip%3dSG%26vd%3d1%26cid%3dF224BREGLJYF5P8BBK8LSMXTRA2Y8C7ZVNY2SJFYZBVSNTUDN9YP7MLE4B8BULEX%26pe%3d%26so%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d1%26t%3d0%26edoptin%3d It is a famous lantern at a famous temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. So I would naturally add Asakusa, Tokyo and Japan to my keywords. But if the client wanted to find a photo focusing on the lantern, he/she would have searched maybe “Japanese red lantern”, or if more specific, “Japanese red lantern Sensoji Asakusa”. If someone searches for Japan, or Tokyo, I reckon they are looking for more general view instead of a zoom in? So maybe I should not add Tokyo and Japan? But the photo was taken in Tokyo and Japan. Confused. :-( (Update - Thanks Bill! You effectively answered my question in your 1st post!) About the night scenes, I have to admit, I kinda processed it to make the sky really really black. I wanted to get rid of those urban stray lights you get when taking photos at night. At that time, I thought it was quite nice but as I was going through my photos I found them a bit too in your face. Will reprocess them and see how it goes. Billl, thanks for the tip on the blue period! Have kinda over concentrated on the morning and evening golden hours…..more evening cos morning I never seem to wake up in time :-S As for photo selection, not trying to justify, the reason why I included so many almost similar pictures was because I was thinking maybe someone might like this angle, another might like another angle. After going through, besides finding some of them quite lacking in quality (I seriously thought they were nice 2-3 years back), the differences in angle was so little that I have to totally agree I spammed myself! One thing I am still not too sure about though………say I make a deliberate trip to cover an event or something. Should I regard the event as one and put up only a handful of photos or I should regard the photos as individual shots as long as the photos are not repetitive of the same person or object. Also, what about photos you submit - 1 in horizontal, another, vertical? From all your vast experiences, would this be advisable? Bill - Nope...no longer based there. Spent some time in Akita. Took tonnes of photos of places and events not well visited by gaijins. Will submit them eventually....but just not sure if someone would actually know about those places to actually search for them to buy. But no harm I guess :-) As for RM vs RF, my constant dilemma. It seems my RM are being sold at what I feel might be RF pricing. Always thought there was a price premium to RM. Not sure if $5.32 can be considered as premium. But oh well…..at this point every additional sale makes me happy :-) I’ve asked before here RM vs RF. Then, the feedback was mostly RM. Bill, Alessandra, I am curious as to why you both seem to lean on RF instead? I reckon my photos will mostly be travel related editorials, maybe books and some web? In this case, will RF still be advisable? How would you decide which type of photos for RF and which for RM? Again…..thank you all so much for your time and patience! :-D
  7. Hi all, I've joined Alamy for a while now (since late 2013) and have slowly posted slightly over 1000 photos. Have always been wanting to seek advise here but decided to do it only after I have enough photos. Really appreciate if you could take some time out and take a quick look and see where I should work on and improve further. :-D I am not quite sure if I am moving along the right track. I suspect my keywording can be improved further and maybe also my photos need some culling? My ranking also does not appear to be very high. From the forums, I gathered that it is probably a lot more important to work on the ranking than just number of photos? On keywording, when I 1st started, I tried to be as comprehensive as possible. Moving forward I am thinking perhaps I might want to keep the key-wording as direct and short as possible? As for photo quality, I am still torn between post processing or not. And if yes, how much? My argument for minimal processing is because at its original form, the client can decide how he/she wants to process the photo. However, my counter-argument is that if the photos are not visually attractive, the clients will not even look at it further? And that clients in general might prefer buying something they can use immediately? Most of my current photos have been worked on. Not sure if I should tone back or continue to submit photos processed the way I like? As for subject matter, my photos are mostly of Japan and some Singapore. For Japan for example, should I continue to post photos of places and events that are very local with little tourism potential? Or it's best to concentrate on better known cities like Tokyo, Osaka, etc. As for pseudonyms, am still trying to figure that out. But I am leaning towards having a pseudo for all photos, something akin to a holding account, and another for photos I think might have higher sales potential. For the latter, would it be better to further split into country specific or all under the same pseudo? Really, any comments, feedbacks will be most appreciated. :-D
  8. Thanks Craig! Yes....those batches have finally washed up, all "Unable to Process - resubmit media". Guess my time with the Sin is not due yet :-)
  9. Hmmm....anyone with any idea what this means? I uploaded a series of photos (9 batches) from 24 to 27 Feb. Finally 2 batches passed QC; the 1st batch on 24 Feb and the last on 27 Feb. The batches in-between are still showing the Processing - Avg 24 hours sign. Is this an ominous sign? Are they heading to the sin bin? Thanks much!!!
  10. I have 2 sales since last Sept. That kinda made up 66.6% of all my sales given I only managed 3 sales so far My very 1st sale 30 Sep 2013 for $300+ Country: Japan Usage: Direct mail/Brochures Media: Promotional brochures/ Leaflets/Inserts Industry sector: Travel & tourism Print run: up to 25,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 2 page spread Start: 30 September 2013 End: 30 December 2013 Another on 21 Jan 2014 for $60+ but via a distributor Country: Japan Usage: Editorial Media: Textbook - print only Print run: up to 5,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 1/4 page Start: 01 December 2013 End: 01 December 2016
  11. Thanks Sheila for your advise :-D Really a tough call. I guess travel brochures would be my biggest hope. Will probably put more towards RM with a handful of more common photos as RF and see how it goes.
  12. Hi all, am like totally new here. Not sure if I should start a new thread. Have a question about RF, RM, and RM Exclusive. Can't seem to find any answers. Can really do with some advise. Say I put my images as RM, or RM Exclusive, then I decide later to change the license to RF, can I do it? Will there be any problems? I can't seem to make the change via Manage Images though. What about if I change from RF to RM. I remember reading somewhere before if the photo was licensed as RF, it cannot be changed to RM. Is this right? Just found the answer. Appears cannot. Now I have to think harder before deciding which license to put. Follow-up question - My photos will consist of mostly 2-years worth of travel shots throughout Japan (mostly Northeastern), mountains, scenery, local festivals, tourist attractions, local activities, etc. A lot will be of places where most will probably never visit or even hear off before. Which license would be most ideal? I've googled, I've checked out the other agencies, but am no where closer to an answer. Well, the best I've gathered so far is good luck travel photos will not sell as well. But I shall remain hopeful!!! :-D Thanks so much!
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