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  1. 4 hours ago, Baco said:


    That's what I've been doing until now, picking them individually. I was just wondering if there was a way to auto-pick, or make the process any faster, I guess there isn't. Thanks though.

    Yes, if you use Alamy Bridge to set metadata for images, it will automatically choose supertags, though it's always worth checking that it has chosen the ones you think are best

  2. It’s tempting to focus on increasing your portfolio, rather than revise and learn how to keyword. But I suggest you take the advice and also search the forums for other advice about tagging and revise what you have already, so that you don’t end up like me having to go back over thousands of images!? Good idea to start a proper keyword hierarchy in Lightroom to do this, too, before you end up with thousands of words.


    There is a ton of good advice and information on the forum, which I wish I had known when I started. I didn’t even realise that there was a forum until I had been a contributor for over 4 months.

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  3. 5 hours ago, hdh said:

    I would not put it as harsh as that, its their process that they adhere to - objectively regardless of who the contributor is.

    Also my free decision to accept that or not. 

    The loss in income is most probably negligible, I am not a big seller so far. 


    It is arguable if a news batch should ever end up in the normal QC queue or not, personally I would have preferred to have the choice. 

    Like "Your batch has failed the news upload, do you want to submit it to the usual QC process instead?", giving the uploader the choice of what to do. 

    I suspect that if that option was offered, it would encourage people to submit things to news that aren’t really news. However, I agree with others’ suggestions about having a choice, once an image has been in news, about whether it then goes into stock, as I think it takes 3 months  to disappear if deleted at that point. 

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  4. Ok, thanks for advice about one of my photos. However, I think it misses the point that it shouldn’t be too hard for the system to be set to avoid duplication, and for those cases where a lot of tags are important it would be a valuable improvement. 

  5. 1 hour ago, GS-Images said:

    It doesn't matter if there's a duplicate as far as customers searching goes, but I see above that this is about your own searching. I understand that you don't want to waste tags, but 50 is a large number and if you're using up that many regularly, I'd recommend you think more about the tags you're entering to keep them relevant, and also don't forget to use phrases too which are counted as one tag for each phrase. I tag very comprehensively yet have only used up all 50 tags on a few occasions.



    With respect, I think I do tag relevantly, but there are some groups of images that there are a lot of tags that are relevant, and I do use them up. And, sometimes, new ones become relevant and it’s annoying to have to go back and chop some out to include them.



  6. 1 minute ago, NYCat said:

    I don't think it is a problem for people searching for images. I think Sally just meant that she doesn't want to waste tags and the searching she want to do is to check which images have duplications. I could be wrong but I haven't noticed that my duplications (and I have many) prevent my images from showing up properly.



    As yes, sorry for any misunderstanding.  I didn't mean customer search, but my own in order to find duplicates, as Paulette suggests. 

  7. Please can you see if it is possible not to have a both a supertag and ordinary tag duplicated.  It's impossible to search images where this has happened, and uses up tag limits unnecessarily. So, it should  not be possible to add a normal tag when there is already an exact supertag duplicate.

  8. 1 hour ago, Avpics said:

    Having been told that some overdue sales would be included in February I chased them up as still unreported to be told: "The month of February finished yesterday and due to the shorter length of the month the team have not long received the usage report so these uses haven’t been billed yet. The sales should appear within your account early this month." So no, February isn't over already!

    How long is overdue?  I have one outstanding uncleared sale from 17th November.

  9. 15 minutes ago, GS-Images said:

    Also I have noticed that some newspapers will use the exact text under the image as you have provided in the caption, so I'm guessing that making it more accurate MAY help give you a very slight advantage, as it'll save the editor time as they won't have to write out a description. That is also the reason why I generally add "in Brighton on the south coast" as well as having the location (following Alamy's requirements) at the start of the caption. If you upload and then edit the text later, it maybe too late because the newspapers will already have the original version.

    Yes, that’s what I was concerned about. I suppose it depends on whether time is of the essence, as Red Snapper has suggested. 

  10. 12 minutes ago, GS-Images said:


    I agree! I have an image somewhere just showing such tiles. They're everywhere here. I can't walk anywhere without seeing those damn tiles! I hate them! I was buying groceries the other day and a couple of those roof tiles pushed in front of me at the checkout! Such rudeness. You wouldn't get that from roof slates, would you? I don't know Allan, I think roofing materials need more education. I blame Trump.



    Neglected old tiled roof on a shed in need of repair. Stock Photo


    Ha! Pantiles, on the other hand, I think are magic.



  11. 1 hour ago, GS-Images said:


    That does seem a bit rough after 65 passes. I've failed twice since starting at Alamy in 2010, at least 2 or 3 years ago now (twice in a row, strangely!). I don't know how many batches I've uploaded since the fails but lately I've been going a bit loopy with uploading so much, so it's likely to be more than 65.




    Yes, QC rank is based on your uploads and failures, although from what Mark said about, it doesn't make any real difference to how long it takes Alamy to check batches.


    Nobody knows their AlamyRank other than Alamy, but you can sometimes get a good idea simply from looking at search results. That isn't accurate though of course, and in fact could be misleading due to all the factors at play (some known, some unknown to me) with image placement. Some of us used to use something called BHZ, which is where we would put BHZ (a random thing a contributor once came up with that wouldn't be searched for by a customer) in one of our RM images as a supertag (used to be in the Essentials field before AIM), and the position that image appeared in gave a rough estimate of our rank compared to others who were doing the same thing. That was frowned upon by Alamy, but I never understood why because it always gave a very good idea of things, and was consistent. Since the search engine changes over a year ago though, it's all become rather irrelevant so is probably no longer a good way of knowing our AlamyRank compared to others, although I still believe it gives a vague idea (the same images still appear highest like they always have), as long as you only put BHZ in one RM image in one of your pseudos, and don't repeat it in any other tag.


    Probably best not to bother to be honest, but that's what we used to do.



    Thanks for the fulsome explanation. I will just have to rely on having good saleable images (I certainly have a better idea about this than when I started) and comprehensive tagging.


    Yes, even with 3 QC stars, images generally pass around 5-6.00pm the next day, or at that time on a Monday if uploaded on a Friday. There have only been one or two instances when they were passed in the morning of the day after upload.  I wonder if extra stars are earned from regular uploads, as I generally upload several times a week.

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