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Posts posted by Sally

  1. 14 hours ago, Bryan said:

    The two Categories in the Optional fields of AIM offer a range of choices, but it's not clear to me how they will be used. I can't see where they appear in a search,  maybe big customers have additional search fields, or are they used by Alamy sales staff? Or perhaps they will be introduced in the future?


    I am having some difficulty in selecting the most appropriate categories for some of my images, and feel that some additional guidance would be useful. For example does "Archival or Historical" merely apply to photos taken in the past, or is it appropriate for very old buildings?  Travel covers a multitude of sins,  and we also have Transport. A list of examples against each category would be good, with maybe some suggestions on what would not be suitable under each category.


    If we are to make full use of these categories and retrospectively complete the fields  it would also be useful to be able to select only those images which are deficient.

    Agree with all of that. As I have said in other posts before, Alamy doesn’t really provide enough information and examples to help contributors. 

  2. On 13/01/2018 at 10:13, Justin Case said:

    Hi Sally, great to hear you found it useful.
    Let us know how it works

    Works great. We have had some really dreary dull (we’d call them ‘dreich’ North of the Border) days recently, and today was another. I took a few photos and used the Prolost dehaze (up to +14), and the resulting clarity is brilliant.

  3. On a walk the other day I came across two dead deer, lying about 15 feet apart from each other in a field.  No apparent injuries or signs of attack, but their eyes had been pecked out.  A mystery how they died, and apparently together.  Little deterioration on their bodies.  I took some photos, but am not sure whether to upload them.  I cant quite see what they might be used for.  But there are some photos of dead animals on Alamy, though more typically in relation to road kill. Any thoughts about whether to bother uploading or not?

  4. I dint think the quantity matters, as long as you are happy with your processing skills. After one fail early on, I think I know what not to upload. 


    I uploaded mixed photos to being with, but I found it a messy way to view photos on AIM (though I know you can use search to find photos), so now I tend to upload a group of photos that are coherent, eg taken in the same place or for Live News,  regardless of how many there are, or if it’s very large, I will split it into two groups.

  5. 3 hours ago, John Mitchell said:


    It's a popsicle in Canada as well. Here sugary beverages -- Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc. -- are usually called "soft drinks" or "pop" rather than "sodas," which is the term I usually hear in the USA. Can't remember what name is used in the UK, even though I lived there for awhile as a kid. 

    Definitely not soda or pop. Probably soft drink, or fizzy drink. Unless it is Irn Bru of course, in which case, it’s “made from girders” :)

    i realise that most people won’t have a clue what I am talking about. So here’s a video.


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  6. 8 minutes ago, Robert M Estall said:

    As an habitual hand-baggage only traveller, getting charged an extra 5 or 6 quid/dollars would still be worth it to not have to line up at baggage reclaim, I want to be on my way as quickly and smoothly as possible. If it meant a bit more room in the overhead bins that would be a bonus. I'm often gob-smacked what some people will try to cram up there. 

    On a flight to the US, I was being dripped on by water from the overhead locker. Someone had put something in with ice, which of course melted after a while. Neither the very disinterested Virgin stewardesses (who were more interested in having a good natter with each other than attending to customers), nor the owner, were concerned. 

  7. I’m about halfway through editing my images uploaded over the last year, based on what I’ve learned in this forum, and other reading, about keywords and tagging. However, there is still a lot that is simply guesswork. I feel strongly that we shouldn’t have to guess what works best, or even have to do experiments to find out. I do wish Alamy would give some examples of photos and their suggestions of how best to keyword, though I appreciate that there is not one ‘correct’ answer. For example, how am I supposed to know whether I should use ‘Edinburgh skyline’ or ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘skyline’,  or whether it doesn’t matter?


    What I end up basing it on is the best way to organise my keywords in my Lightroom keyword hierarchy. 

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