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Joseph Clemson

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  1. I've often seen a slight dip around Easter anyway, but as David suggests, many businesses have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Staff are absent and/or working practice is very disrupted. Add to tha, the Media is very cornavirus focussed. Personally, I'd be surprised to see views and zooms return to 'normal' levels for some weeks, probably more likely some months.
  2. A useful post, Bryan. It takes a minute or so to edit a quote to remove sections not relevant to the point one wants to make or to say 'thank you' for your sterling work in spotting images usage, but editing the quote does make the thread as a whole more easily readable. My main point in posting, however, is to check if you are aware that the Times has now made the print edition available as a e-paper, that is, a complete facsimile of the print edition accessible on screen. I suspect it is only available to subscribers, but the link to it is here. Keep up the good work.
  3. Thanks Bryan. Not only a rare sale to the Times, but a self-portrait as well. Pity I won't get a modelling fee. Ironically, the article on DIY injuries putting extra pressure on A&E came the day after a section of new fencing I was attempting to errect blew over in a gust of wind and badly bruised my lower leg. Luckily nothing seems broken and the extra pressure on A&E was avoided this time. Even staying at home can be dangerous.
  4. To address some of the other points you raise in your question. While the publisher would be first in line for any misuse of your images, assuming the information about releases you supplied is correct, the buck stops with the photographer and not Alamy. Have a look at paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Contributor Contract. Some microstock agencies are more 'paranoid' about putting up images as commercial because they provide some indemnity to the end customer that the photo concerned is properly available for commercial use. Hence their QC people inspect releases as well as content and image quality to make sure everything is as it should be. They are also more likely to decline images for commercial use which may infringe copyright or trademarks, even when ity is borderline. Alamy doesn't inspect images in the same way. They only check techincal quality. Issues regarding content and releases are down to the contributor. Some contributors to Alamy do mark images showing people and property as RF with no editorial restrictions, as you have spotted. This may be through carelessnss or ignorance of the issues involved, or it may be a considered reasoned choice. I suspect the former is likely in many cases. Even though the likelihood of being held to legal account may be small, as Spacecadet suggests, it does exist. Alamy's guidance is to mark any image with people (even unrecognizable) or property as RM or RF with Editorial Only box ticked. RM is the safer option, in my view, as the customer has to specify what kind of use the image is going to be put to. With RF you lose all control on subsequent uses once the image licence has been sold. Where artwork is involved, as Ed says, it is prudent to invoke belt and braces, shoot with a wider context and make the image RM and Editorial Use Only. At Alamy it's the contributor's choice at the end of the day, but it is wise to have made a considered and reasoned decision on the matter and assessed the risk to oneself.
  5. I believe some other contributors may also use Stocksubmitter, through I don't do so myself; they may be able to shed more light on that part of your workflow. However, as part of the process of troubleshooting your problem I'd be inclined to submit some images direct to Alamy using their web upload page and take Stocksubitter out of the equation for the time being. If the problem persists, you at least know that it is nothing to do with Stocksubmitter.
  6. The processing failures I had at that time were on the Live News upload route. It may be that the headline/caption metadata is mandatory only on that route. Having said that, I seem to recall seeing somewhere that if all metadata had somehow be inadvertently stripped from an image prior to upload, it would be rejected either on upload or at QC - I'm not sure which.
  7. I had a series of images fail to upload properly with the 'processing failed' message about a year ago. I eventually traced it to the metadata not being exported with the photos when I created the jpeg from RAW in Lightroom - I had managed to inadvertently untick some box or other in the export process. When I exported them with the metadata the problems was resolved. There may be other causes of the processing failure, but that was mine. As the images never reach QC the failure will not count against you in that respect. As Harry says, you can't remove batches from your submission list in AIM, they stay there forever as a reminder of one's fallibility ☹️
  8. We know for sure it is only certain customers who's zooms count. I've always asumed that a zoom is generated when the prospective customer gets through to the image detail page.
  9. To get a definitive answer to your query, contact contributor relations at contributors@alamy.com. They will be able to give you more information and answer any queries you have.
  10. A delay of a month is not untoward. If the usage is in a book it can be longer. In a calendar, longer still. The issue I would be concerned about would be the two different kinds of usage you mention. I would expect a text book to pay more than a magazine, so I wonder if the purchaser has bought the correct licence. It is not out of the question that you may find the original sale refunded and repurchased with the correct licence at a different price. It is also possible that they are two entirely different sales. To get a sale with only 48 images in your portfolio is good going. Well done.
  11. I'm tumbling down the same cliff at Alamy with just one small sale in the last two months. It is enlightening on the state of the stock image industry, though deeply discouraging, to know that my video portfolio at various microstock sites is also crashing downwards towards the rocks below.
  12. Useful link Matt, thansk for that. Nothing changes, until something changes..... Have we fallen into the lap of a beneficient host, or a voracious one? What do people think of PA Media?
  13. The requirement for at standard editorial image caption (Location, Date) is only a requirement on images submitted through the Live News channel - which nowadays most ordinary contributors don't have access to. It is not a requirement for ordinary submissions, though there is nothing to stop you using it if you feel the subject of the image is very specific to the time and location. There is a location field in the optional info tab of the Alamy Image Manager, which is not searchable , but appears to the customer in the image information on the sales page. The date the photo was taken can also be included under the optional info.
  14. If you have reason to believe that this is the same customer who made the initial enquiry then refer the 'personal use' purchaseto Alamy with details of your suspicions. They will be in a position to contactthe buyer and make sure the correct licence has been purchased.
  15. When I first started in microstock, I was amazed how many such photographers said they would contemplate photographing a stranger in the street and then waltz up to them and ask them to sign a model release. I wouldn't have the nerve to even consider doing such a thing. As I've gained more experience I've realised that it is probably not wise to ask for releases to be signed on the spot, particularly not quickly and on the spur of the moment, even if one can find a willing subject. Few people asked to sign such a release in this way would have a full understanding of what they were agreeing to; i'e.an almost unlimited use of their image in the media, in all kinds of contexts (excluding sensitive uses, hopefully), for potentially an unlimited amount of time. In most cases such usage and the signed releases will never become an issue, but there is always the potential for a 'model' to kick up a fuss and say they had no idea they were agreeing to such and such. Probably less of an issue in the UK too, but for any country where some ofthe population views litigation as a casual pastime, I would be keeping well clear. Nowadays, I don't even use my family as models, only myself.
  16. QC does't operate over the weekend, so you need to factor that in. My batches, with a longstanding three-star rating, typically take 36 hours (excluding weekends and UK holidays).
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Where is this download pack to be found? It's not immediately evident to me.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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