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  1. It’s so annoying to do a Google search for a zoomed image only to find it appearing on a website with dozens of other Alamy watermarked images. I alerted Alamy to a couple of these, only to be told that they can’t do anything as the website is located in Indonesia, or some other far flung place. This is despite checking the web ID, which tells me that the host is a US company called cloudfare. Just came across all of my leopard photos (as well as other Alamy photos) on another website, ad offering them for download. Again, it’s hosted by Cloudfare. How can I find out where it is actually located? It’s made to look like Pinterest. It does give the Alamy references, so I suppose the only possible good thing is that it might lead someone to the actual photo.



  2. 2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Wow. Bobbie Burns, Sally? Or just a note to the Scot milkman? We have a statue of BB here in Central Park, you know. 



    No, just Scots gibberish.  And... we would never call him Bobby,  but he would be called Rabbie. There are hundreds of statues of him all over the world. Must be the most famous Scot, ever. Only one for sure to have his own holiday.

  3. 2 minutes ago, fotoDogue said:



    Sorry but I don't think it would be appropriate to name affiliates, on this forum, with whom Alamy is currently doing business.


    Let's just say that when Alamy opened the New York Office I oped out of English Language agencies in North America presuming those clients could go straight to Alamy - not that I had had any North American affiliate sales anyway. Other ones I opted out were the ones that have consistently low rates. Once you've had a few affiliate sales you'll know who they are.

    Yes, understand, and thought that might be the case. I look forward to such sales :)

  4. On 07/03/2018 at 15:56, DJ72 said:

    Yes thanks Robert. That pretty much confirms it for me, your comment regarding the sensor. I have pondered the mirrorless option, but then I am still not 100% I really want to go down the multiple lens avenue (I know a lot of people think this is a great advantage and I'm sure it is, but I am not a pro (I'm not even bothered if I sell anything in Alamy) and I dont feel like I am missing much with the modest zoom of my RX100, or that I would be at a great disadvantage with a fixed lens such as that which comes with the x100f / t.


    But you have all pretty much put me off even thinking any more about medium format so for that I thank you for giving me that clarity.


    I put a bid on  Fuji x100t yesterday in ebay but was outbit (I think it went for around £550 in the end). So for  £850 I can get a brand new x100f...


    Thank you again to everyone for their valued insights.



    I use a mirrorless Panasonic LUMIX G7. I have three Panasonic lenses (but not the kit lens) (12-35, 35-100, 100-300). Lightweight, cheaper than a full frame. I know very little about cameras but these have served me well so far. If you don’t want to carry a load of heavy equipment around, take a look at mirrorless options.

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  5. It was worth being snowed in for four days due to the Beast from the East. So far, I have found three news images I took in newspapers.

    This one in the Irish Sun, using a picture of a snow covered road in Scotland ;)


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  6. 5 hours ago, Cryptoprocta said:

    What's Alamy Bridge?

    You can't mean Adobe Bridge, as it doesn't choose supertags IME, so is this some Alamy 'thing' I've missed?

    Or have I missed something on Adobe Bridge?

    No I don’t mean Adobe Bridge. I mean Alamy Bridge.



    It is a Lightroom plug-in that interfaces between Lightroom and Alamy. Indispensable IMHO


    https://www.lightroom-plugins.com/downloads/Alamy Uploader Manual.pdf


  7. 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

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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. 

  11. 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.



  12. 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. 

  13. 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.

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