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  1. 1 hour ago, AlanW said:

    The Times - Scotland (printed edition)



    page 17

    TCTY1E  Sally Anderson  Tyninghame Beach, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, 10th June 2019. UK Weather: Sunny intervals and breeze at low tide on the huge sandy expanse of the coastline, but not quite enough wind to get two paragliders airborne. Credit: Sally Anderson/Alamy Live News . . . . . . I've got the paper copy of this for you, Sally.


    Brilliant, thanks! 

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  2. On 09/06/2019 at 09:06, Reimar said:

    Thanks so much for your detailed tips. I could sit down at the Shard window and used my dark sweater for glare. Covered most of the landmarks in an exhausting day. Now on to the rest of England for the next two weeks.  Cheers


    Wow. Must be a busy holiday. You’ll have to have a separate one to cover Scotland 😉

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  3. 5 hours ago, AlanW said:

    The Times - Scotland (printed edition)



    page 11

    TCN8H1  Sally Anderson  South Queensferry, Scotland, United Kingdom, 9th June 2019 UK Weather: Dramatic light and dark clouds gather over the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing with bright yellow sailing dinghies creating a stark contrast. Credit: Sally Anderson/Alamy Live News


    page 20

    TCN798  Sally Anderson  Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland, United Kingdom, 9 June 2019. Charity Abseil: Over 450 people abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge deck down to the the beach to raise money for a number of Scottish charities, including Scottish SPCA, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, Riding for the Disabled, Myeloma UK & Brain Tumour Research. Credit: Sally Anderson/Alamy Live News

    Whoah!! Just seen this and it’s too late to go out an buy a copy. If anyone has one and could send me tearsheets, I’d be most grateful (the Alamy news team doesn’t get the Scottish edition). 

    Thanks very much Alan. Sets a new milestone for me getting two in one day in a newspaper. 😊

  4. 2 hours ago, Caspar Schlageter said:

    Hey all,

    it's about a year ago that I made my first submission to Alamy. With over 6000 photos online and with only  a few sales yet I'm thinking about improving keywords and captions. Do you have any ideas what I can do better, should avoid or what mistakes I should definitely correct? Please note that I have already read the guides on keywording on Alamy.
    Or do I just need more patience?




    Try searching on this forum as there are lots of useful threads and advice. A very cursory look and I suggest removing any year dates eg 2017 unless the image is an archive one, as well as keywords relating to your camera. Also repeat All of the information in your caption in your keywords, eg for one of your bird pictures you haven’t got Australia in the keywords, and for Roadhouse you haven’t got that name in keywords. It’s as much about what NOT to put in as well as what you should put in, IMHO. As time has gone on I have used fewer and fewer keywords. 

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  5. 28 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:


    Another shocker for me with only 2 which appears to be down to The Sun who seem to have drastically cut their weather image budget and instead of images give us weather map pictures 🙄😂 time for a change in what I shoot I think!

    Also, they pay a lot less now.


    My best ever month since starting here just over two years ago with 25 sales gross over $1300. A number of $$$ sales both news and stock. Zooms are hugely increased too so hoping it will be repeated!

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  6. 2 hours ago, Avpics said:

    The most recent printed news I had reported was mid $$, roughly half similar previous sales. Good luck with yours

    I used to get around $50 for an online news use in The Sun. Now I’m getting $12-14. Presumably it depends on the volume of total sales, but while Alamy may get more sales overall, individual photographers will generally be getting less.

    Print prices, on the other hand, are healthy.

  7. 5 minutes ago, Avpics said:

    They're from the London Marathon 2019, rather than Athens in 1896. Now I've gathered my thoughts I've realised that a number of these sales should be Live News. God 'elp us if these are the correct values, as there's really no point carrying on with it if so. I'll have to check

    I’m afraid the lower prices may 

    well be live news rates. I think Alamy will be getting a few emails querying them!

  8. On 13/05/2019 at 07:06, Patrick Cooper said:

    Thankyou for your reply. Yes, this particular image is non-exclusive so 40% to me. I selected the 'Download Sales Report' but it's mostly blank. It includes headings like 'Date Clear', 'Total Sale'  and 'Date Paid' etc but there are no details of such. Just blank fields below.


    Additionally, would anyone know why my balance is still $10 after two sales?

    Did you select Date of Invoice rather than Date Paid?

  9. On 17/05/2019 at 20:13, Joseph Clemson said:

    A few things spring to mind which may be worth your consideration.


    3. I have a 'Sunday Best' pseudo, in which I put my best images, and only ever the best image from any series of shots. It is carefully curated. Thus, in this pseudo, I rarely get lots of similars appearing in a search and its CTR avoids taking a hit. It is also tightly keyworded and boasts not a single 'green' discoverability bar! This pseudo has only 10% of all my images but produces 25% of my zooms and 25% of my sales.

    As I understand it, Alamy changed things so that different pseudonyms from the same contributor are lumped together in search results, therefore giving no advantage having different pseudonyms. But someone can correct me if I am wrong.

  10. 35 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

    Taking the op's caption, let see what we can do:

    Augustas Serapinas, Chair for the Invigilator - light blue, 2019, sculptural installation, Arsenale exhibition, 58th Venice Art Biennale 2019


    Exhibition --->  \e1\ Arsenale exhibition   \e2\   etc

    Venue --->  \v1\ = 58th Venice Art Biennale 2019

    Artist --->   \a1\ = Augustas Serapinas  \a2\ = Cathy Wilkes   \a3\   etc

    Work --->   \w1\ = Chair for the Invigilator - light blue, 2019   \w2\  feather up a duck's backside II   \w3\    etc

    Type --->   \t1\ = sculptural installation   \t2\ = painting   \t3\ = watercolour   etc


    So using the correct news format:

    {city}, {country}. \{day}\ {iptcmonthname3}, {iptcyear4}. \v1\. \e1\. \a1\, \w1\, \t1\.

    Gives me:

    Venice, Italy. 20th May, 2019. 58th Venice Art Biennale 2019. Arsenale exhibition. Augustas Serapinas, Chair for the Invigilator - light blue, 2019, sculptural installation.


    All you would need to do is change the numbers for the different artists and works and save as you go along.


    yes Sally should have put AND code replacement

    Excellent. Saves a whole lot of time on the day, and much easier to do all this when you aren't stressed about getting the images up quickly. Reduces errors, too.

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  11. 25 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

    For example, if I type this in the keyword window  --->    \s1\

    It brings up this:

    storm waves, stormy sea, stormy seas, stormy weather, Weather, Stormy weather, Storm, Storm Seaside, Gale, Gales, Gale force winds, Waves, Ocean, Sea, Stormy day, Stormy morning, Gale-force, Extreme weather, crashing waves, bad weather


    So, footballer with number 1 on his shirt could be ---> \f1\   =   West Ham goalkeeper Adrian makes a fine save

    Art gallery exhibition, artist 1 ---> \a1\  =  Artist Joan Miro

    Art gallery exhibition, artist 2 ---> \a2\  =  Artist Pablo Picasso

    Picture ----> \p1\  =  Blue I, II, III

    Typing this in the caption: \a1\, \p1\ gives     Artist Joan Miro, Blue I, II, III

    so typing this {city}, {location}, {country}. \{day}\ {iptcmonthname3}, {iptcyear4}. gives me this: Hastings, East Sussex, UK. 6th May, 2019. I never ever have to type in the current date for a caption anymore

    make up your own ones for whatever match, art exhibition, photo shoot, etc you are attending before you get there

    So with the op, I'm sure he would have had an idea of the artists exhibiting and artworks, all of that could have been pre written along with dates, location, etc

    I think, technically, this is called code replacement. There are some good you tube videos about how to do it. You need to create a text based document using plain format, eg Text Wrangler is a good bet, with a simple list of abbreviations followed by TAB, then what you want to automatically be typed in when you use that abbreviation. So for example, it might look like this:


    PM       Teresa May, Prime Minister

    JC         Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party Leader



    you can make them as long as you want and have different text docs for different types of events. 


    Then go to Photo Mechanic and add this document using Edit>Settings>Set Code Replacements.

    In your pre-prepared caption you can then simply type in \PM\ and it will replace that with what you have defined it by.


    Variables are the various parts of a caption that you can define eg event name, location, date, etc


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