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Joseph Clemson

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  1. 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 to reach maximum discoverability, espcially if it leads contributors to using keywords which are periperhal or even irrelvant. In the longer run, it leads to false positives in search results and drives your images down the rankings. My personal approach is to keep things as simple as possible and only include the main subject of any image, rather than trying to cover all bases. I'll be interested to read what insights other contributors have to offer.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Liverpool, because all eyes are on it as the centre of the increasing infection rates of Covid-19. Even if you don't shoot live news there is still scope for illustrative editorial, especially that which focusses on people and places affected by the imminent lockdown. I guess you are like me and like to melt into the background and don't want to be pushing your lens in people's faces. The beauty of Liverpool is that, especially in the city centre, people with cameras are two-a-penny and your are not likely to draw unwanted attention. Keep safe, but make the most of a unique opportunity.
  5. I've just signed out and signed back in to both the main Alamy site and the forum and did not get the same pop up that you are experiencing. Google support confirm that thie is a genuine mesage and provide an explanation for it here. In summary, it suggests that the user name/password combination you are using as been reported as compromised on some website or other (not necessarily the one where you are getting the message. Looks like it warrants further investigation.
  6. For the most part, in the UK at least, property releases are not required if you are shooting from a public right of way. If you are shooting on private property, which may include grounds around a castle or other building, then you are subject to whatever restrictions are imposed by the owners. Many castles in the UK are managed by the National Trust or English Heritage and their Scottish counterparts. These organisations usually require that permission for commercial photography has to be obtained in advance (usually involving a fee and abiding my their terms and conditions). Some castles and such buildings are still privately owned and you woudl need to check the situation on each of these individually (privately owned Bamburgh Castle springs immediately to mind, and is a good example because most of the myriad of photos of it are taken from public ground, but interiors are less common as they require permission). There is much discussion on these forums on the rights and wrong of the restrictions The National Trust and English Heritage impose, but your choice is either to abide by them (as indeed I do) or stick your neck out and hope nobody notices. NT do actively trawl Alamy from time to time and ask for images which breach their restictions to be removed. Sometimes they ask in cases where the photographer is perfectly at liberty to take and use the photo, but that needs to be resisted when it arises.
  7. How far do you have to go down a search for red squirrel before you start seeing grey squirrel pictures returned? I skimmed through at the first 30 pages of the search and saw only red squirels. There were 45000+ matches, so there may be grey squirrels further down the search, but certainly not in the first pages. On subjects where the search finds only a small number of matches to the search term, it will look for something close. So if there were only a few hundred red squirrel pictures in the collection, it might then start to return pictures of grey squirrels as that matches at least one of the search words. As far as I can see though, from my quick experiment, the search looks to be working as one would expect. ETA I didn't use quotes in my search, just the two word term
  8. Interesting article 'How photographers track down stolen pictures' published today in the Business section of the BBC website. Nothing new in it to most people here, but always good to see the issue being highlighted in mainstream sources. Apologies to any who are unable to access the BBC website.
  9. I've been with Alamy over nine years now and never had a fail in all that time (touch wood etc.) but I'm still on just three Q stars, like many others. From what I see of those people on five stars I've come to the conclusion that the main difference is the greater volume and frequency of submissions and/or having Live News submission privilege. I seem to remember the five star QC ranking became a thing about the same time many ordinary contributors, like me, had Live News privileges revoked and I've always though the two things were linked in some way. PA bought Alamy after these changes to Live News and QC ranking stars and I suspect they got Alamy to identify the top contributors as part of the preparation for the purchase deal. It doesn't seem to have made a great deal of difference so far, apart from the quicker QC acceptance for contributors on five stars, but the possessions of five stars could be something that is utilised by Alamy/PA sometime in the future. Sheep and Goats comes to mind (for the biblically literate).
  10. Are you trying to upload the same three pictures in each of the eight attempts, or is this happening with different pictures each time? One possibility which comes to mind is that one picture is too small to be accepted and this will be automatically rejected by the upload process before it even gets to QC.
  11. Most photographers here don't make any sales at all until they have hundreds, if not thousands of images in their portfolio. Making two sales from a portfolio of four is quite extrordinary. It's possible that you just happened to catch a customer who searched for 'new images' of a tiger just as you uploaded your photos. There are over 32,000 pictures of tigers available so you have a lot of competiton, even in that specialised field. Your captions and keywords look mostly OK , so carry on in that vein. I would recommend that you try to widen the variety of subjects you photograph. Try not to put up too many images of the same subject with no significant variation in the image from one to the next - it will reduce your click-through rate (CTR) and eventually, lower your ranking in searches. Given the most dangerous thing I've ever photographed is a sheep, I am probably not the right person to say this but - stay safe 🙂
  12. In many cases you will find that the terms and conditions of entry to the concert venue precludes photography, either entirely or photography for commercial purposes (which would include editorial unless you have obtained accreditatation beforehand). You would need to look at each instance on its merits and see what conditions are attached. For the most part, any ticketed event is likely to be a no-go for the casual photographer as far as commercial sales goes.
  13. Alamy's payment system is outlined here in contributor FAQ. Some payments may take longer, or in a very few cases never happen, because the customer fails to pay their bills. For the most part you will see your sale clear after about six weeks and payment to you will occur at the end of the month if your cleared balance exceeds $50.
  14. If you go to Sales History on the Dashboard, you can select 'Time Period' = All. You can then scroll through all the sales you've ever made. I don't know of any other way to get the info you need.
  15. I may be barking up the wrong tree but I suspect they are also being overrrun with queries from many contributors wishing to migrate from Shutterstock following the decimation of contributor commissions there.
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