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Joseph Clemson

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  1. Plus one on this. Alamy's wedlock to image file size in Mb baffles me. Pixel dimensions, please, so I can offer a constructive vote.
  2. I'll try to address some of the points you've raised. First of all, CTR in the current month, as shown on your dashboard in the Alamy Measures graph. This is always a volatile figure, espcially in the first days of the month where one or two zooms can send the CTR figure soaring (or not). Usually by the last week of the month you can see roughly what your CTR for the current month is going to end up at. More significanat are the figures for the previous 12 months, where you can see if there is a trend up or down. You can also judge if you are well below the Alamt average (5.7 last
  3. Ah, so at long last Alamy have recognised the importance of my portfolio to their prosperity and have granted me and a few choice others a unique feature to promote my sales Or possibly they've only partialy rolled out this feature (though I can't see how as we are both UK based) or it's a glitch or it's somethigng to do with clearing cookies or its goodness knows what. All I can say is, I assure you I can see it on my screen when I view a screen full of results from a search. Anybody else seeing or not seeing this feature?
  4. When you mouseover without clicking, the new red download button appears. Just to the left of that is a 'stack of squares' icon, hover over this and a popout window of small thumbnails of other images by the same photographer appears. As wanderingemu points out, it is based on the pseudonym rather than the whole contributor portfolio. The feature of other images by the same photographer has been on the photo details page for some time, but I hadn't noticed the popout thumbnails before - probably never woudl have if george (OP) hadn't highlighted the new download button to begin with!
  5. I think the 'more by this photographer' pop-out thumbnails is also new. I quite like it.
  6. Deefinitely JPEG for uploading photos, they don't accept any other format You will find the detail you need to be a succesful contributor on the contributor home page. It will take some time to read and digest thoroughly, but the time spent will be rewarded. If you are new to stock photography, it is essential reading. If you have come from another stock photography background, the content of the contributor page will tell you about the differences you will encounter when submitting to Alamy. What you don't find there you will discover by browsing these forums - nearly
  7. I'm thinking you may be right, Matt, that the CTR element of our overall placing in the rankings is determined on the basis of the total average all our pseudonymns. However, it may still be worth creating a new pseudonym as it will still be easier to improve the CTR of that pseudonym with carefully curated keywords etc. The images from this pseudonym will appear ahead of other images/pseudonymns from the same contributor, giving a way of promoting our best images over our mediocre ones in any given subject. ( I know you don't have any mediocre images, Matt, but lesser mortals like myself find
  8. It is over a year ago since I did this, but when I created a new pseudonym for my Live News uploads, it came in above most of my previous pseudonymns in the BHZ search. (Digression: of course, sods law said that less than a year later I had Live News privileges revoked, so that pseudonymn has rather stagnated). My thinking is that if a contributor has a single pseudonymn which has garnered a low CTR over several years and contains lots of images with less than optimal keywording, it is very difficult to improve that CTR or search ranking because the deadweight of all the old images drags it
  9. Plus one for not using a keyword generator. The kewording machine inside your head is far superior. This is especially true of editorial images where precise and accurate detail iof each image is required. Processign a batch of imageswith identical keywords usually leads to some images not containing features which are recorded in the caption or keywords. This will hit your CTR. Alamy doe not give precise details of how their search engine works, but we know from what has been said by them, and from contributors experimenting that captions are strongly weighted. Supertags are also
  10. If I logout and try to login from the Alamy home page, the login dialogue simply disappears and does nothing. Failure. However, if I login from my usual link to the full login page, eveything is fine. Success. I have a feeling this has happned before, some time ago.
  11. Hello Aaron, I think you have the right approach on your caption, although the formal editoral location/date style is not an absolute requirement for Alamy ulness you are submitting through Live News. However, I would urge you to take note of what has been written by other contributors on keywords. Over time, loose keywording has a known and dramtic negative impact on a contributors position in the search ranking. If your CTR drops much below the Alamy average, (currently 0.6) you may struggle to get your images seen by the buyer. Any keyword which is not central to th
  12. I think the first question which comes to mind is what is the piurpose of the site? You don't seem to have any way of your images being licenced or available for print. There are no links to any stock agency? If you are just using it as a way of displaying your photos, in what way does having your own website have an advantage over any of the photo sharing sites, where they are far more likely to get found and viewed? The other question which comes to mind is whether having a gallery of cockfighting pictures is a good idea. Cockfighting is illegal in the UK and in most civilised co
  13. I don't know if it's customary, but certainly Measures is not responding at the moment.
  14. A while ago Alamy gave me this answer to that question: With RM, the customer has to declare details of the use before a license is issued i.e. what the use is, what size they need, how long the image will be used for etc. With RF the customer simply has to pick a size they want, and they can use that however, wherever and whenever. Both license types can be used for editorial or commercial, but RF is often more associated with commercial as they are usually released images, and the customer doesn’t have to declare all the details of the use. This is why we have always
  15. I like the image. There's a bus every 10 minutes from Liverpool One to Menlove Avenue, the location of John Lennon's childhood home. From there is it 10 minutes walk to Strawberry Field and a further 20 minute walk, circling back, to Eleanor Rigby's grave. Another 15 minutes walk will take you through some interesting architecture through Allerton and back full circle to Menlove Avenue. If you were adventureous, another 20 minute walk would take you to Paul McCartney's childhood home. As a bonus the 76 bus goes past Penny Lane and the 'shelter in the middle of the roundabout'.
  16. I'm wondering why they are showcasing an image which is widely available at multiple microstock sites at a fraction of the cost of Alamy's offering, and is easily discoverable as such. I can't help but think there may be many worthy images here which showcase Alamy as a different kind of image library. I don't say all showcase images ought to be exclusive here, but it would be nice to see that loyalty to Alamy is promoted.
  17. It's difficult, almost impossible, to make any meaningful comment on an image which has failed QC unless we can see some or all of the original submision at 100%. It is possible to do this by hosting the (prudently watermarked) at a web location which allows a 100% view without further processing. At this point I am unable to advise further because I've never done it and I don't know which image website(s) is best place for this facility - perhaps someone with relevant expereince can add further enlightenment?
  18. The caption is absolutely key to your images being discovered by buyers. It needs to be literal and descriptive. Add evocative and emotional words only if the image strongly conveys those things, Alamy is not a place for cute titles. The keywords (tags) are equally important. Put in the things which are in the picture and leave out those things which are not in the picture. Again, emotions and moods should be included if the picture genuinely conveys them. Your pictures have promise, but are unlikely ever to sell as you presently describe them.
  19. The Bolton Food Festival this last weekend was festooned with signs advising the public that filming and photography would be taking place and that official photographers wearing ID could be approached and asked not to film/photograph them. No mention was made of non-official photographers, nor that the whole event was taking place on public highways. It is a slightly worrying development for the stock photographer that people in public places may be encouraged to think that they can approach a photographer and tell them not to go about their legitimate business.
  20. Difficult to say for sure without the box they came in. Do you have a location, just in case they are a local speciality?
  21. Not quite the Law of the Sod. I've noticed previously that Friday updates can sometimes be a little later in the morning than the rest of the week. I kind of imagine the person who pushes the 'Update' button having a weekly meeting (on sales?) each Friday morning, taking ten minutes for a cuppa to recover from the trauma and then, and only then, reaching for the update button. Except today isn't Friday, of course.
  22. The dashboard updates daily, weekdays only, around the start of the UK business day (say 9am GMT or BST depending on the time of year). You can see near-instantaneous records of sales made on your account by clicking on 'Download Sales Report'. This gives you the 'Net Revenue Sales Report' which has a multitude of parameters. Set the date range to end at the current day and the dropdown tab to 'date of Invoice'. If you then refresh the report you will see any sales appear as the sale is made. I have this report permanently open and refresh it (in hope exceeding expectation) every
  23. I use the Collections feature in Lightroom. I have a collection set 'Alamy' and inside that set, sub-collections '1. Processed', '2. Submitted' and '3. Accepted'. The RAW images are imported into Lightroom and the ones I choose to process are dragged into those collections in succession, deleting them from the prior collection as they move through the process. The RAW file itself never moves on the disk (I import into named folders by year and month taken). As I work in batches of about 10-20 images at a time, it is very easy to select the batch and drag them all to the relevant
  24. For Alamy, the question of people is easy. If a person or any part of a person (however little) appear in an image, you must obtain a signed release if you want to sell the image for commercial purposes. This includes distant people who may seem unrecognisable. Other agencies operate different policies but at least with Alamy, you know where you stand. The verbal consent you mention for some magazine presumably is in the context of an editorial use of an image, for which no release would be required. If the use were commercial it would be dodgy to rely on verbal consent as such co
  25. Looking at your images, you seem to be leaning towards the commercial use of your pictures rather than editorial, which is fine. In your situation I would get property releases signed for anything which might be viewed as property. I can see a woven design which may be an original design by someone you know, or may be a copy of something else. A buyer of a commercial photo would be reassured that no copyright issues might arise down the line if you were able to supply a property release. Same with the wooden bowl. Having properly obtained and signed property releases for commercia
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