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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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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  8. 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


  9. 8 hours ago, riccarbi said:


    Sorry, but this is a bit offending.
    I have a Press Pass, not a Press Photographer Pass, because I write from 20 to 40 articles about the Venice Biennale (art and architecture) each year. Furthermore, I have access to the first day of press preview which is restricted to major newspapers and magazines which are covering the Biennale for, at least, five years. (If you have ever been there, you know that shooting decent photos on the third press preview day is almost impossible due to the crowd)

    I shoot a large number of photos there (usually from 500 to 1,000), but only a small part of them is included in my articles, while the others go to Alamy. Live News is useful for...news.....


    It was not meant to cause offence. Given you are an Alamy contributor, asking a question on an Alamy forum, I think it was reasonable for me to assume your pass was to take photographs.


    An art exhibition which only takes place once a year is still a news event.  These were, potentially, news images, and you wanted them up quickly in order to sell as news, not later as stock, otherwise you wouldn’t have been concerned about a 24/48 hour delay. There are ways to quicken up captioning.



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  10. 35 minutes ago, riccarbi said:

    Live News is not feasible for me. It takes no less than two full days to cover the Venice Biennale. Thereafter you have to develop and edit each photo, check image quality, prepare captions, keywords and so on... 48 hours are not enough to post a significant number of images this way. Furthermore, I used to post Live News pictures in the past and I didn't sell a single one of them, perhaps Alamy is not considered a reference in the LN market, who knows...
    What I tried to say is that, In today's world, Saturday is a working day for many of us, including me. To rent someone to do the QC on Saturdays doesn't look a big effort IMHO, and would make Alamy more competitive in the Stock Photo market at a reasonable cost, arguably.
    To wait from Friday morning to Monday evening (or even Tuesday) from uploading to having your images available for keywording is too much, in the current World Wide Web ecosystem; or, at least, I believe it is.

    Nothing to stop you uploading images after the first day and then more after the second day, if you have Live News access. If I go to an event and need to use burst mode I can end up with many hundreds of images. If you don’t have the wherewithal to select, process and caption (which can be done in advance) quickly, then Live News isn’t for you and you will have to settle for the usual delay uploading stock. Contributions on the other sites were presumably via their live news equivalent. I really don’t see that you can complain. 


    I wonder, too, how you managed to get a press pass without the facility to upload news images, although it could be you didn’t realise you no longer had access to it.

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  11. 1 hour ago, AlanW said:

    Just getting around to looking at today's (14th May) Scottish edition of the Times!


    Page 16

    T8E2RY  Sally  Anderson East Lothian, UK. 12th May, 2019. Wartime Experience: A family day out with all things related to the World Wars including equestrian performance by Les Amis D’’Onno, an infantry display by Gordon Highlanders and display by Scots in the Great War group about military ordnance and firearms. British amd German camps and equipment as well as American army vehicle sales also on display. Credit: Sally Anderson/Alamy Live News

    Thanks Alan!  


    PS Just found another one of mine in today’s (May 15) online version (Eye Cave cove paddle boarding) so no need to report it 😄

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