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Joseph Clemson

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  1. Forget about video and 360 degree clips for now. Video contributions are not accepted. Get to grips with uploading ordinary photos befoe thinking about 360 degrees. It looks like you have not yet submitted and passed QC with your three photos for assessment. Until you have done this you will not be able to do anything else. Extensive guidance is provided here
  2. I can't venture an opinion as to why your browser is behaving that way, but I am having no problems with my saved passwords on either the Alamy main website or the forum. I'm using Chrome on Windows 10.
  3. It is of course for Alamy to judge. The rise of the internet has seen use of the moving image blossom and print decline in recent years, so I would have thought it might repesent a good move. They already have the basis of a video stock system, though I agree that to ramp up their systems to do with video what they already do with still imagery is a very big ask. The old owners of Alamy declined to go further down the video route and invested their capital in other ways. Now that the piper calling the tune is the PA, maybe things will be different?
  4. I did see somewhere that Alamy were thinking about opening up video contributions again. This is something I personally very much like to see and, following the decimation of contributor commission at a major microstock site, there is some considerable appetite among stock video makers for a new outlet for editorial video - one wthat pays a reasonable rate of commission, that is.
  5. I'd like to register a vote for the little girl, but she is still missing from the poll.
  6. 'Good Discoverability was introduced several years ago at the same time as the new Alamy Image Manger (AIM). Alamy say its intention is the encourage contributors to make better use of the caption and keywords (tags) field in order to make their images more discoverable by the search engine. As the number of keywords used approaches the maximum of 50, including 10 supertags, the Discoverability bar turns green. In practice, most images do not need 50 keywords and maybe not even 10 supertags. Encouraging contributors to aim for 50 simply encourages keyword spamming where irrelvant o
  7. I would venture to suggest that s changing the 'date taken' field may not always be a good idea. Alamy is an agency which deals mostly in editorial photography, which may, on occasion, be date critical. At the very least the customer may want to know roughly when the photograph dates from. It is true that the photo's metadata may give the true date, but the prospective client may not think to look there and rely on the information in Alamy's catalogue.
  8. Since you are looking at the 'reasons for failure' section, the issue about metadata is that your processing workflow should not involve any process which strips out metadata from the image file. It is unlikely that you would do so in the process of normal preparation for submission, but it does happen sometimes. Indeed, as I'm sure you know metaata is important and when you begin submitting in quantity, prefilling the caption and keywords fields will save to time after passing QC and get images on sale more quickly. I would reinforce what Niels said about your first three images,
  9. Just emailed sales at Alamy as they are still on duty. They tell me they are on to it and should be sorted in the next half hour. I'd say it's Friday the 13th, but I'm avowedly non-superstitious.
  10. If the balance was showing as exactly $50, the payment may not have been triggered as the dashboard figure is a rounded up approximation. I've had occasions where I didn't get the payment even though the dashboard showed $50 cleared balance, but the precise amount was $49.75. As Spacecadet suggests, the other possibility was a refund or a refund and re-sale which temporarily reduced your cleared balance. If the balance was definitely over $50 before the end of the month and is still over $50 now, I would raise the matter again with contributor relations and ask them for a proper e
  11. The customer-facing part of the system looks fine - searches respond quickly and, though I've not tried it, presumably the sales process is OK too. The problem seems to be with the contributor-facing database, either slowness in the server itself or some kind of issue with the database. I'm not having problems with any other agency or website, so if there's a problem with the broadband connection, it must be with wherever the database is being hosted. This seems to have come on quite suddenly, so I don't think it is simply growth in the size of the data which is the problem as that would have
  12. I don't know what is going on with a search for the single term 'Hamburg' where choosing 'New' brings up many, many Live News images, but as you say, none of yours. However, your images are clearly in the database as if you search for specific subjects, e.g Hamburg Elbphilharmonie then your images are well up the search results. The workings of the Alamy search engine are mysterious and given that there are over half a million results for Hamburg, it may be that among the myriad of terms in your keywords and captions, it is omitting yours. It is not necessarily a good thing to aim
  13. The ones commonly seen on railway stations, probably into the 1970s or later as I remember, were made the The British Automatic Company Ltd and were labelled 'Print Your Own Metal Nameplate'. The one in your photo looks a lot older than those I remember, but it might be worth searching further to see if they were made by the same company. Eighteen letter/spaces for an old penny on the oldest one I've seen in my brief search, but inflation took that up to 10p for ten letters (two shillings or twenty-four old pennies) by the time they disappeared from our station platforms.
  14. No problems logging in from here in Lancashire, using Google Chrome on my Windows 10 PC. If you change the title of the thread to 'Problem logging in to Alamy' it will help others to see what the thread is about.
  15. Ed, Liverpool is an intensely rich and varied place, both visually and in personalities. If you carry on as you suggest I doubt similars are going to be a massive problem for you. When I worked there, I used to walk its streets with my camera on a daily basis and never failed to see something new or a new angle on something familiar. Sadly, this was before I joined Alamy and so I never made full use of the freedom of subject matter Alamy provides. I woudl love to have my time there again. If there was one place I could choose to be locked down in at the moment, it would be
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