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Joseph Clemson

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  1. 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
  2. Nowadays I usually shoot video if the light is flat and rather poor for still imagery. The lower light levels enable me to get a 1/50 shutter speed without having to reach for the variable ND filter. Brightish flat light under a thin grey cloud is good though when shooting stills in the city streets, avoiding the harsh contrast between shadows cast by tall buildings and pools of bright sun.
  3. Basically, unless your are primarily a live new photographer, Alamy don't want to know any more, as far as live news access goes. They will allow occasional live news type pictures from non-live news contributors through the Reportage route (search forum for recent discussion on the subject if you want to know more). Reportage doesn't appear in the live news stream but it does appear in the library within 24 hours.
  4. The perception purely from the picture alone is that the photographer is close to the horse and, therefore, probably on private property. There is no wider context to indicate otherwise. If the picture is editorial use then it is not greatly relevant whether the image was taken from a public highway, or from private land where the photographer was working with the tacit permission of the owner. However, if I were a buyer looking for a commercial use, I would want to be sure that there was no possibility that the property owner (location and horse) would not object. Therefore, in th
  5. It looks like the image is taken on a piece of private property, someones farm or stable. Therefore, if you were wanting to sell this picture for commercial use you would need a property release for the site itself. The horse is also property and a further release would be needed for commercial use. If it were me I would be looking simply to sell the photo for editorial use, I would have satisified myself beforehand that there were no explicit restrictions on photography for 'commercial purposes', i'e. photographs intended for sale. I would also try to make sure the horse was not
  6. I use standalone Lightroom 4.4 and add all my captions and keywords there before uploading to Alamy. I've never had any problem with either captions or keywords when uploading images, and certainly nothing like the problem you describe. I usually surround multi-word phrases with double quotes, as well as separating each phrase or word with commas. The only time I have an issue is when I leave out one of a pair of double quotes and it misleads the import engine into dividing the phrases incorrectly. If multi word tags are being divided into individual words it suggests some form of
  7. Alamy have said that they are not planning to accept new contributors for video submissions, even from those of us who are long-standing stills contributors. They have focussed their resources on the current stills library and their iphone stock app which cannot be discussed in this forum, by decree of Alamy. Alamy also forbid naming of competitor agencies, so we can't really discuss much. However, the one you mention hardly ever sells any still images anyway. The four big microstock agencies all do video and they are your best bet if you are a generic photographer/videographer (ex
  8. As far as I know you cannot use a photograph or part of a photograph taken by another photographer and then submit the combined photo to Alamy as your own work. it doesn't matter whether it is RF or not, the issue is that another photographer owns the copyright on the photo you may plan to use, and they alone retain the right to licence it. If an end user chooses to licence both photos and combine them in a layout of their own choosing, they are may be at liberty to do that, but we as contributors cannot take another photographer's copyright work, in whole or in part, and then sub
  9. You have to own the copyright of any image you submit to Alamy. If you use a part of someone else's image then the image is no longer entirely your own. There's nothing to stop you using elements of other images of your own to change skies or backgrounds - I know other contributors here have mentioned doing it. However, you should be wary of doing it on editorial images, which are supposed to be submitted with minimal editing.
  10. I'm all for competitors culling their portfolios, especially where they have images which compete directly with mine. In all honesty, apart from removing similars which pull down one's CTR, I can't see any downside in a competent photographer retaining images which may eventually sell. There is no obvious cost to doing so.
  11. My own experiments, conducted about a year ago and along the lines Reimar suggested above, indicated that supertags carried noticeably more weight than ordinary tags. The process of supertagging is worthwhile, I believe. This being the case, it also follows that one ought to be circumspect with supertags, and only create a supertag where the image really fits the supertag being used. If an inappropriate tag is used on an image it will tend to be falsely returned in searches and never get zoomed as the image is not what the buyer is looking for. Over time, views which do not result
  12. Ran into a problem straightaway as the image dragged on to the search box has to be less than 5Mb. Nearly all my images uploaded to Alamy are over that size, so I can;t even see if it will find my own images without downsizing them for the purpose of searching.
  13. Can't see the picture on that link as its behind the Financial Times paywall. However, if there's no possibility that the image has been sold previously and is being reused under an RF licence, then contact Alamy. They will be able to say if the refund was for the FT usage or someone else entirely.
  14. Had it been microstock it would very likely have been $0.35 or so with unlimited use thereafter, and no option to sell it as RM which at least gives the possibility of a repeat sale. I still like my bread buttered on the Alamy side, even if the butter is increasingly like margarine.
  15. I've just begun to notice the emoji options on the upvote/downvote button on each forum post. A new feature unless, I've been asleep even more than usual. I think I'm going to be more confused than ever. The Sad emoji looks more confused to me than sad. Does a sad emoji count as an upvote or a downvote? Does our reputation points increase by more than one if we are awarded the 'Thanks' trophy? Is this just another way of enticing us to fritter away more of our time on-line rather than doing real work? And wouldn't it be really useful to have upvote/downvote emojis for puzzled an
  16. It looks to me like the focus is on the wrong part of the image - the flowers in the foreground look sharp to me but the car is outside the focal plane and clearly not at all sharp. I think it may be mostly a case of getting used to using that particular camera and getting used to how the images look when viewed in your workflow.
  17. I've been through my entire portfolio several times since I joined Alamy, tweaking one aspect or another of the metadata as their systems have evolved. It's been hard work but I believe it was worthwhile. However, I won't be doing so for categories. i just can't see how categories add a significant advantage to the customers' ability to find an image. If keywords and captions can't do the trick, exactly what do categories add? The email says categories 'help visibility of your image on (distributor) sites'. Does this mean if no category is assigned my image doesn't show up on dist
  18. My experience is that if you use a keyword phrase '1965 Ford Mustang' and someone searches using that precise phrase, your image will be ahead of someone of a similar ranking who has used the single keywords 1965, Mustang, and Ford. Using keyword phrases doesn't prevent false search returns, for example someone who searches for Mustang (expecting a kind of horse) may see your image, even though you don't have that individual keyword. A keyword phrase does, however, marginally lessen the chance of a false positive. Given that 1965, Mustang and Ford all have other meani
  19. Returning to the OP's original question, I raised this with Alamy contributor support some time ago. This is the reply I received. If you're licensing your images as RF then we recommend you do tick the 'sell for editorial only box' but as you are licensing the images as RM then you don’t necessarily need to have these restrictions. This will however open up the option to customers to purchase commercial licenses but as long as you have annotated the images correctly by saying they contain unreleased people and/or property then customers are notified with the following; “If you
  20. Just to add to the confusion, the cobblestones in Michelle's pictures are, strictly speaking, known as setts and it is properly a setted road. Setts are regular shaped, quarried stone. Proper cobblestones are naturally shaped stones set into a mortar base. Having said all that, most people do not differentiate between the two types and 'cobbled road' or 'cobblestones' is likely to be used for roads of both types. If I was keywording a picture of a setted road I would probably use the keywords 'setts' and 'setted road' just in case someone was looking for that specific type.
  21. Liverpool is a super place to be a photographer, so much to see and masses of varied architecture, from the 18th century especially to the regeneration of the late 20th century and up to the present day. I've recently uploaded some of the fruits of my last day trip there, and I barely scratched the surface of the waterfront area, let alone the rest of the city. It's no more and no less safe than any other large UK city in my experience, especially in the daytime and in the main shopping and tourist areas. Hundreds of people with cameras so you are unlikely to look out of place.
  22. Extensive discussion on the forum on this subject. See here for one thread on the subject. In short, unless you are primarily a news contributor, you are unlikely to get upload privileges.
  23. ....laughing all the way with their average student debt of some £40,000. If they're lucky, they'll get a job where they actually earn enough to start paying it off. Three years after getting a Masters in Psychology my daughter still hasn't reached the repayment threshold, even with a full-time managerial job. I haven't had such a sale yet, but I like to think I would not begrudge a small licence fee if it's a genuine student usage. Anyway, we/Alamy have bigger fish to fry with too many unreported usages, straightforward image theft and personal use licences which are almost certa
  24. Using Lightroom transformed my image processing as I started shooting in RAW and found I could so easily tweak images to bring out the best in them. Image noise and chromatic aberration were no longer a major problem, but fixable at the tick of a box and the tweak of a slider. It also became the basis of my cataloguing and keywording too, though it has some limitations in that respect. Whether it is worth the investment required is something you need to decide for yourself. Lightroom and aspects of its use are frequently discussed, such as in this thread from August last year.
  25. I'm not a bird expert but I suspect an immature Herring Gull. It will help the proper experts if you can say where and when the image was taken.
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