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  1. 11 minutes ago, MDM said:


    The strict regulations are only supposed to apply to flights to the UK from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabiahttps://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/electronic-devices-and-electrical-items

    According to the UK gov site, the restrictions are not supposed to apply to cameras. The guidance specifically says that "you can usually take cameras in your hand or hold luggage". This is different to the US guidance of course and it will probably depend on the foreign airport where you are boarding.


    However, none of this is supposed to apply to flights from the UK which is why Davy's post is a bit of a mystery to me.

    Yes, I am aware that these restrictions - at the moment - only apply to journeys from certain Middle East countries to the UK, however my point was that I think it may not be very long before they apply to all flights.


    The FCO advice doesn't actually say, or at least it didn't when I checked before travel, that the restrictions don't apply to cameras. It says that cameras are "usually allowed" which is no help at all. And our travel agent reported that some customers had had difficult getting their cameras into hold luggage. So it's not consistent and I wasn't going to take a chance. The whole thing is going to be a big nuisance for travelers.

  2. I returned from Egypt to the UK a couple of weeks ago, and had to cope with the new restrictions.  My husband and I put our iPads into our hold luggage.  I bought a camera body cover and a hard shell to put my mirrorless camera in, and wrapped it up into my hold luggage.  I kept all of my lenses in my carry on baggage.  The security person who looked in my bag asked where my camera was; I didn't dare try to ask whether, if I had had it,  it would have been allowed through. Possibly, without the battery. For some reason, the first (of 3 screenings of our luggage) resulted in a pair of binoculars being the only problem - which needed to go in hold luggage.  I cannot fathom why. This was also true for a flight between Jordan and Egypt.


    A professional photographer in the queue ahead of us with a wheeled hard camera suitcase, was about to have his external hard drive confiscated, with all of his photographs on it.  He went away - presumably to arrange to have it shipped separately - as he returned later apparently without it and not looking too upset.


    All was well with my stuff, despite two connecting flights, though unfortunately my husband's iPad now has a long crack across the screen. I fear that it is inevitable that nothing electronic will be allowed in hand luggage eventually. 



    16 hours ago, BentBach said:

    My God 5000 to 6000 photos! I have read up on photography the last week or so and start realizing there a bit more to take quality photos than just push a button. A photographer is like an artist but painting with his camera. Lots of respect.

    Not as many as that needed. I got archival rights a while ago, but what you have to do is make a sample available to Alamy, e.g. In a Dropbox folder so they can see what they're like.

  4. My selection...

    Bad hair day for a semi-feral Exmoor pony on Traprain Law in East Lothian, Scotland (a conservation grazing project)



    An urban fox looking at me through a hedge in my mother's garden in London



    and a Dassie (Rock Hyrax) on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town, South Africa


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  5. 31 minutes ago, dlmphotog said:

    Reading the thread about updating legacy images got me curious. Does anyone make time to fill in the "Number of People" on legacy images? Do you think it helps?


    I have a touch of the OCD so I've been updating my legacy images by filling in all the data boxes when I have time to kill.


    Just curious,

    I certainly do, but not sure how much difference it makes. Searches seem simply to be done which either include or exclude people, which can be done through tagging e.g. 'no people'. 

  6. 43 minutes ago, dlmphotog said:



    Country: Worldwide
    Usage: iQ sale: Single company - multiple use editorial only
    Industry sector: Education
    Start: 06 September 2017
    Duration: Unlimited


    RM sold as RF :mellow:

    I don't understand how a RM photo uploaded to Alamy can be licensed as RF. What is the point in contributors deciding how they want their photos to be sold if it can be changed? As the definition of RM in my limited understanding is a one time license, how can this be unlimited? Has Alamy provided any explanation of this to anyone?

  7. 3 minutes ago, M.Chapman said:


    No that's not normal. Suggest visiting http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/ to test your upload speeds are OK. I'm lucky we now have good bandwidth here and I get 50Mb/sec download and 9Mb/sec upload (upload is normally much slower than download). My Alamy images usually upload in a a few seconds each. Before our broadband was upgraded it was about 10x slower though.



    Oh I wish! Despite the Scottish Government's commitment to have fast broadband rolled out to every home by 2020, because we don't have a 'green box' there is no solution for us yet. And we only live 18 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. 

  8. 1 hour ago, vpics said:

    I only use Bridge in Photoshop. 


    I've never heard of Alamy Plus. Maybe that's just a Lightroom thing. 


    Shame that field names are not identical across platforms.


    Image Class - Intellectual Genre

    Title - Headline

    Caption - Description


    Or maybe that's a US/UK thing.

    Sorry I probably wasn't very clear. Alamy Plus is the Bridge drop down section in metadata where all the Alamy fields are. This works fine, as you say, completing the fields Headline and Description to upload to Stock, but not for Live News.

  9. I remain perplexed about how to get photos into Alamy Live News using Alamy-Lightroom Bridge, and there doesnt appear to be anything anywhere that gives instructions.  I haven't had any joy yet getting help from Alamy.


    I just tried it yet again this evening.  Upload only works at all if the 'Alamy Plus' Headline field is completed (and 'News' selected in the drop down menu of course). In AIM the submission initially appeared as Upload: News but with Images in QC also shown. Then a few minutes later it changed to Stock and the images were in the normal QC route.  So once again I had to export to the hard drive an upload manually.  It's very confusing.


    Does anyone else use Bridge to upload to News and have any suggestions about what I may be doing wrong?

  10. On 23/08/2017 at 19:13, GS-Images said:


    Just to clarify something about tag (keyword order) - The position the tags appear don't make a difference to how much weight each tag has. What makes a difference is the proximity of tags with other tags. So take a list of tags that appear in this order....


    banana, boat, skin, cows, milking, farm, tree, animals


    If someone searches for "banana skin", your image will appear in a certain position depending on many other factors. However, if you have tags in this order....


    banana, skin, boat, cows, milking, farm, tree, animals


    .....then the fact "banana" and "skin" are next to each other increases the placement of that image in search results. The way all this works has possibly changed, but in recent months that is roughly how Alamy explained the situation with tags.


    Having said all that, it's sometimes the case that tags don't appear in the order you want them to be in, and that has changed over the months, and once they're entered you can't change that order. So what I recommend for words that go together is to use phrases. So the tags could be (note the commas separating the tags).....


    banana skin, boat, cows, milking, farm, tree, animals


    That "forces" the tags of banana and skin together into one tag, so whatever happens to the order of the tags, those words are always together and a search for just "banana" or just "skin" will also still find your image.


    If your tags were in this order.....


    boat, cows, milking, farm, tree, animals, banana skin


    .....the image will appear in the exact same position on a search for "banana skin" as that phrase being at the start.


    I hope that all makes sense!  :)


    Oh boy I don't know all that, despite having read the Alamy blog about keywording, as well as numerous other threads about it.  There really isn't enough information for those relatively new to all this unless you are a regular in this forum and manage to catch threads like this. But if one puts keywords into Lightroom before uploading they are automatically put in alphabetical order, or is there maybe there is a way to set a preference not to do that? 

  11. 4 hours ago, Matt Limb said:


    As a quick test - have you tried to upload to New without using the plus in?  That is simply export the images to the hard drive then upload to the Alamy website



    Yes that is how I did it in the end yesterday (which means I have the same photos now sitting in QC so not sure what to do about that).  The drop down list when you use bridge to upload to Alamy appears to include the different categories of photos ie stock/news/archive but choosing 'Entertainment' resulted in photos being in QC, so surely some error there.  I will also be uploading to archive photos in near future - hope that it is going to work properly!

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