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  1. Very true, but I make it a habit of clipping the beginnings and ends of each footage in-camera before uploading them to the computer. When I do colour and/or contrast corrections, I offer both the edited and unedited version. Cheers, Philippe Philippe, Do you not get rejections for similar clips when you offer both edited and unedited versions? Does this very from agency to agency? I've generally found virtually identical clips are frowned upon at the agencies to which I submit.
  2. One needs to be a little wary of habitually uploading largely unedited clips. Very often there is camera shake at the beginning and end of clips as the shutter button is pressed, even on quite sturdy tripods. This needs to be edited out as it will lead to QC failure in many cases. Clips which are straight out of the camera or only slightly colour corrected are better for the professional editor as it gives more scope for colour grading in post-production. However, such clips tend to look less attractive at thumbnail size on the agency screen than clips which have been given a little bit of col
  3. Scrolling down the twitter feed it is clear they are not in the habit of of using stock imagery and tend to use only their own images. The best thing that could come of this would be if this case (with an apology and proper reparation) went viral and became an education to the millions of other social media users who don't understand the concept of copyright.
  4. If you watch any TV or film production nowadays you will notice that very few shots are on screen for more than five or six seconds, the producer switches from shot to shot to save the modern viewer from reaching the end of their attention span. Even a 20 second clip is unlikely to be used in its entirity. It's useful to have several angles or variations of the same subject to give flexibility.
  5. Joseph Clemson: "What astonishes me, as much as the dubious keywording which needs a massive amount of work to bring it up to scratch, is the fact that numerous images containing both people and private property are set as RF, contrary to Alamy's rules. This is compounded by the vast number of images where one is set as RM and a near identical image as RF." Well, if nothing is done about it, why don't I just offer my whole RM collection once more on a harddrive .......... but as RF this time. Hardly any trouble, really. Could easily double my income, betting on two horses, wouldn't it? Hey
  6. Good point, I'd forgotten that. However, it just emphasis the greater responsibility of the contributor when doing the annotation.
  7. I think I do understand some of the anger. When contributors have put in large amounts of time and effort to carefully describe and keyword their images, it grates immensely when other contributors through apparently lazy or even deliberately bad keywording, undermine the efforts to make the search experience for customers a fruitful one. I understand that in the case of the OP this has an explanation of sorts with historical roots, but I doubt that the too many others who do the same thing will have the same history or defence. The ranking system may eventually penalise those who do indulge i
  8. What astonishes me, as much as the dubious keywording which needs a massive amount of work to bring it up to scratch, is the fact that numerous images containing both people and private property are set as RF, contrary to Alamy's rules. This is compounded by the vast number of images where one is set as RM and a near identical image as RF.
  9. It has a tiny sensor, so probably not up to professional quality and clarity. The sensor is far smaller than a cropped sensor DSLR. Best way to know if it's suitable is to view an image taken in good light and sharp focus at 100%, and see for yourself if it looks good or not. Geoff. The problem with this approach is that someone who is looking to join the stock photo bandwagon and has only ever had a diminutive point-and-shoot is not likely to really know whether their image looks good or not. I certainly didn't when I started out and, ten years on, I sometimes wonder if I yet
  10. I would be very unsure about cloning as suggested. In an image where the use is going to be soft editorial, illustrating a leaflet or website, then removing significant parts of the surroundings seems a little misleading. If is were an image intended mostly for commercial use then OK, but not with this kind of subject in my book. To the OP. Yes, I would upload it as it stands if it was the only one I had of the subject, though I wouldn't necessarily expect it to be a best seller. If I had a better one of the same subject then I would be happier. I would guess you took several in the area
  11. I would be very unsure about cloning as suggested. In an image where the use is going to be soft editorial, illustrating a leaflet or website, then removing significant parts of the surroundings seems a little misleading. If is were an image intended mostly for commercial use then OK, but not with this kind of subject in my book. To the OP. Yes, I would upload it as it stands if it was the only one I had of the subject, though I wouldn't necessarily expect it to be a best seller. If I had a better one of the same subject then I would be happier. I would guess you took several in the area
  12. I think I may have some frugal Yorkshire blood lurking in my true Lancastrian veins because I realised some years ago that Paypal didn't change the exchange figure in real time, and I've always tried to take advantage of the fluctuations in exchange rate where possible. My past observations suggest that they update twice daily at about 6am to 7am and again about 12 hours later, UK time. Whenever I have some dollars in my account it becomes something of a game to watch the £/$ exchange rate graph on the BBC website to try and judge whether the next update is going to be in my favour. I rare
  13. Ta Jim. I've not come across them before so I'll check things out. Any others, anyone?
  14. Thanks Jim. Are you, or others responding, allowed to mention specific trade/professional associations here. I guess they are not in competition with Alamy so it should be OK. I've gone down the road of 'self-insurance' for a long time now but I'm getting more and more nervous about it as even here in the UK litigatious individuals and organisations seem to loom in every corner (and Alamy do their best to cover their own back rather than mine). I'm trying to make a judgement on what option, if any, offers the best of all worlds on public liability/professional liability with access to
  15. Five or six months is a relatively short time to make sales here as buyers often have long lead times. Your keywords are very often not relevant to the image and look to be identical from one image to the next in some cases. Some images look under-exposed on my monitor, but others may be better placed to comment on this. I'm amazed that you've managed to get 3500 image up in the short time you've been here. I find that by the time I process the image and caption and keyword my images carefully and thoroughly, I am lucky to get 10-15 acceptable images in a day.
  16. By self-insured do you mean have bought some kind of insurance policy, or do you simply salt away some income into a fund for use if ever you are challenged legally? As to photo-journalism, well it may be stretching the term a bit to say that my occasional submissions to Alamy Live News makes me a photo-journalist, but it is what I do. In fact, all images I submit intended as secondary or soft editorial have a photo-journalistic element.
  17. The forum has seen various topics recently around the subjects of legality, accreditation, Alamy contract and changes thereto, making it clear that the buck stops with the photographer, not Alamy. As I have come to freelance photography and photojournalism from the bottom up, I have yet to join any professional body or taken out any indemnity insurance, but I am thinking I really should. My main concerns are getting legal help in the (hopefully unlikely) event of being subject to legal action and expertise and representation without having to dig deep into my empty pockets to hire a lawye
  18. Legal responsibility is for the courts to determine. If your image is used improperly in a commercial way it is quite possible that the offended party (person or property rights holder) may instigate legal action against the client who licenced your photo, the photographer or the agency who licenced the photo, most likely all three. The courts will determine who is at fault but it is the photographer who has to defend themselves and probably at some considerable expense.
  19. Individual keywords separated by a space is OK. You can keep keyword phrases, eg. "steam train" together by enclosing them in double quotes. You need to move your keywords into the appropriate sections - see http://www.alamy.com/blog/alamykeywording Lots of threads on the forum on this topic, as well as Alamy's own blogs. Put the camera away one rainy (or snowy) day and spend the time in some serious reading here and you will very likely emerge as a wiser contributor and maybe even a better photographer.
  20. What about the RM licences that are for 20 or 25 years, couldn't you still see continued usage without getting any more $$$? I've never sold a licence for that length of time, but since you mention them I presume they must occur sometimes. But even 25 years is more restrictive than 'forever' and certainly more restrictive than 'use in any publication you wish and as many times as you want to' which is where RF goes to.
  21. There's no sign of a re-rank in the conventional BHZ sense as my benchmark photos are in the same place as they have been for weeks. However, that does not exclude the possibility of something being tweaked in the Stockimo part of the Alamy world, though I can't tjudge as it is a world I have no part of.
  22. I'd go for RM too. I'd be peeved if it sold for a modest sum and I then found myself appearing on posters, websites, magazine adverts and goodness knows where else for the next five years and knowing i was not getting any more money for it.
  23. The only info I have is that it was editorial on an ITV branded platform. It seems that I have little choice other than to let Alamy claim for the TV stuff, which I will do reluctantly as the amount concerned here is going to be small and 50% of small is very small indeed (according to the Clemson theory of micro-economics).
  24. I've had an email from Alamy saying that I'm opted out from Alamy claiming payback from DACS on my behalf. I'm perfectly happy with that as I've done the claim work myself for the past two years and bagged the whole amount for myself, not just 50% of it. However, Alamy are asking if I would like to opt in for DACS payback on TV usages of my images only. Does anyone know of any good reason why I should take up this offer? I've never previously had TV usage but this year I have one such sale. Is there a particular difficulty with identifying qualifying TV usage which would give an edge to A
  25. Welcome. Your images look like they have the qualities needed to sell here, though if you stick only to current events you will limit the amount of sales you may make. Captions and keywords look quite good but put more info about the location in your keywords, including Manchester, UK, England. I'd suggest you are a little more choosy and upload fewer similars as having lots of nearly identical images will, in the long term, push your images down the search results ranking.
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