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Joseph Clemson

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  1. The .lock file isn't hidden by default but this is not a normal situation or Bryan would clearly seethe file. I'm speculating that the .lock file has somehow become corrupt and acquired the 'hidden' status. If so, making sure hidden files can be seen might reveal it. I'm by no means sure this is the problem, but it is one of the steps I woudl take myelf in troubleshooting an issue like this.
  2. The most likely issue would seem to be that the .lock file has somehow become hidden. In which case I don't think a search will show it. If you are on Windows open the Lightroom catalogue folder and go to the View pane. Select the Options button and then View from within the Folder Options dialogue. Check whether 'show hidden files, folders and drives' is marked. If it is, even a hidden .lock file would be visible or found by search.
  3. I really don't understand why categories are so important. As a means of narrowing down a search they seem to be a very blunt tool compared with well-keyworded and captioned images. What do categories bring to the table which makes it worthwhile for either contributor or Alamy to spend time and money introducing them?
  4. The first determinant of the order in which images are returned is the caption, supertags and ordinary tags (or keywords). Caption and supertags carry the greatest weight. getting these right helps put ones images near the front ofthe search. Images are also ordered according to a ranking accorded to each seller, known as Alamy Rank. The forumla which makes up the Alamy rank is secret, but is believed to involve number of sales achieved and the contributors CTR (click through rate). It is also probable that other factors are used to calculate Alamy rank, but we don't know what they are. QC rank is not believed to be one of them. It is though other factors probably come into play including newness of images and possibly an element of randomess to keep searches fresh. However, at the end of the day, the detailed recipe for Alamy's search sauce is mostly a matter of speculation.
  5. I've recent;y started adding category information to images in one of my older pseudonyms. It's very early days and I have only done the work on a modest proportion of the images in that pseudonym, but I can't report any noticeable change in the number of views, zooms (and certainly not sales) - and I monitor the trends on these metrics carefully. On what I have seen so far I wouldn't be suggesting to anybody that they worry overmuch about categories. To take up your original question,I shoot in a similar style to yourself and have never had the occasion to use the word 'concept' in keywords or caption. If I specifically shot an image which was primarily looking to illustrate an abstract concept (e.g. happiness, peace) then I might be persuaded to use the Concept category. For me though, it is outside my normal realm of work.
  6. Where is this download pack to be found? It's not immediately evident to me.
  7. Just to say you are not alone. I have never had a QC failure and have successully submitted two batches of images since the five-star status started being reported by others. Still my QC status remains at three old-type stars. To wait the extra 24-36 hours not a big deal for me, but it would be nice to know why. Also, makes me wonder if the five star privilige carries any other (less obvious) benefits.
  8. Jigget is not the first person to appear on the forum asking about images of themselves appearing in the Alamy collection. It's not that difficult to sign on to Alamy as a contributor and once that has been done access to the forum is available. Because Alamy wants new contributors to have access to help in getting their first three images past QC, they don't even have to have an accepted image to post here. I guess not many go to the lengths of signing on as a contributor, but 'Why is there a picture of me in your library' must be a question which is often asked as Alamy have a blog article devoted to answering questions on the issue. Trouble is you have to know it's there in order to go looking for it.
  9. My submission from yesterday has just passed QC. Timescale is about normal in my experience, 30 hours or so, and my old fashioned three star ranking remains in place. No sure what I would need to do to get the new five star ranking, given that I have never had a QC failure. Submit more often? Sell more? Get a better CTR? I presume there is some reason I am not getting the same QC priviliges as others are describing here.
  10. I uploaded a batch of 22 images this morning and they are still in the QC queue and I still have my old three stars. Many are called but not all are chosen, it would seem...
  11. I'm afraid my QC rank stays resolutely on three stars out of three, despite having never failed a QC check (and putting that in writing is surely tempting fate). I'll see if anything changes when I upload my latest batch of images later today.
  12. Can you comment on Spacecadets' post immediately above about artworks in a wider context. Most of the public art images I shoot are also in a wider context, usually incorporating people viewing the artwork. Do these have to be sold as non-exclusive?
  13. I think I would try to focus on the evocative and emotional words which your pictures convey, which someone looking for a book cover image may also use if the subject or theme of their book is not a purely subjective one. You might even make these evocative keywords into supertags, if you are convinced that this is what they evoke. I find it hard to believe a publisher looking for an image for their book cover would look for the search term 'book cover' as, arguably, nearly all photos with a bit of copyspace could legitimately have that tag.
  14. I tend to work on the basis that it they are distinguishable as birds at 100% magnification then I will let them remain, unless there is something about them which is a definite distraction to the viewer. If they look like blobs or dust spots at 100% I clone them out in Lightroom. I've occasionally wondered if ornithologists, hundreds of year from now, will wonder why on earth the birds visible in stock photos of the era don't tally with the great garden birdwatch survey figures of the time. They won't know of the photographers rampant fear of dust spots and frantic cleansing of the clear skies, lest we offend the great god QC and are banished to the semi-eternal damnation of the sin-bin.
  15. Hello Kevin, What I think I had in mind was Alamy's blogs on the subject of legal use of drones for commercial photography. Looking at it again and taking into account what you are saying, it looks like Alamy clearly expects drone submisions to comply with regulations (CAA in the UK, and presumably other regulatory provisions elsewhere) but they don't actually take any steps to make sure individual contributors or particular submissions comply with regulations. As with so many things at Alamy, the responsibility lies with the photographer and relies on their professionalism.
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