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Joseph Clemson

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  1. I'm staying well clear of any place which is even remotely busy for the foreseeable future. Round my part of North West England the rate of infection is over double what is being reported for central London and new cases have doubled here each week since the schools returned. We are a long way from being out of the woods on this on our own terms, let alone the risk posed by the Covid wave on the continent arriving here as well. I've been vaccinated once but I'm not invulnerable. I fear for what might happen as the UK lockdown is eased further.
  2. Until recently SS has always sold video in greater amounts for me and for a similar return per download as P5, which is why it is so painful to see the SS commission rug snatched from under my feet. I don't do much micro-stocky video (or photography), so I don't ever expect to sell a clip multiple times. I do soft-editorial, often of local subjects nobody else would bother to cover, so it's nice to get a half-decent payout on the rare occasions when they do sell. My main P5 portfolio has been non-exclusive up to the end of 2020 and has sold at the rate of approx 1 sale per month pe
  3. They made me laugh and cry last week when they proudly announced that, since I had sold 10 video licences since January. I was now entitled to the princely rate of 20% (up from 15%). The only trouble is that nearly all my sales at SS are via a subscription clippack which nets me a grand total of 35 cents (up from 26 cents) per sale. You'll not be surprised to hear I'm in the process of deleting my SS video portfolio and growing my exclusive collection at P5 which pays 60% on a retail price you set yourself. Sales are only occasional but at least they give me a feeling of satisfac
  4. Forget about video and 360 degree clips for now. Video contributions are not accepted. Get to grips with uploading ordinary photos befoe thinking about 360 degrees. It looks like you have not yet submitted and passed QC with your three photos for assessment. Until you have done this you will not be able to do anything else. Extensive guidance is provided here
  5. I can't venture an opinion as to why your browser is behaving that way, but I am having no problems with my saved passwords on either the Alamy main website or the forum. I'm using Chrome on Windows 10.
  6. It is of course for Alamy to judge. The rise of the internet has seen use of the moving image blossom and print decline in recent years, so I would have thought it might repesent a good move. They already have the basis of a video stock system, though I agree that to ramp up their systems to do with video what they already do with still imagery is a very big ask. The old owners of Alamy declined to go further down the video route and invested their capital in other ways. Now that the piper calling the tune is the PA, maybe things will be different?
  7. I did see somewhere that Alamy were thinking about opening up video contributions again. This is something I personally very much like to see and, following the decimation of contributor commission at a major microstock site, there is some considerable appetite among stock video makers for a new outlet for editorial video - one wthat pays a reasonable rate of commission, that is.
  8. I'd like to register a vote for the little girl, but she is still missing from the poll.
  9. 'Good Discoverability was introduced several years ago at the same time as the new Alamy Image Manger (AIM). Alamy say its intention is the encourage contributors to make better use of the caption and keywords (tags) field in order to make their images more discoverable by the search engine. As the number of keywords used approaches the maximum of 50, including 10 supertags, the Discoverability bar turns green. In practice, most images do not need 50 keywords and maybe not even 10 supertags. Encouraging contributors to aim for 50 simply encourages keyword spamming where irrelvant o
  10. I would venture to suggest that s changing the 'date taken' field may not always be a good idea. Alamy is an agency which deals mostly in editorial photography, which may, on occasion, be date critical. At the very least the customer may want to know roughly when the photograph dates from. It is true that the photo's metadata may give the true date, but the prospective client may not think to look there and rely on the information in Alamy's catalogue.
  11. Since you are looking at the 'reasons for failure' section, the issue about metadata is that your processing workflow should not involve any process which strips out metadata from the image file. It is unlikely that you would do so in the process of normal preparation for submission, but it does happen sometimes. Indeed, as I'm sure you know metaata is important and when you begin submitting in quantity, prefilling the caption and keywords fields will save to time after passing QC and get images on sale more quickly. I would reinforce what Niels said about your first three images,
  12. Just emailed sales at Alamy as they are still on duty. They tell me they are on to it and should be sorted in the next half hour. I'd say it's Friday the 13th, but I'm avowedly non-superstitious.
  13. If the balance was showing as exactly $50, the payment may not have been triggered as the dashboard figure is a rounded up approximation. I've had occasions where I didn't get the payment even though the dashboard showed $50 cleared balance, but the precise amount was $49.75. As Spacecadet suggests, the other possibility was a refund or a refund and re-sale which temporarily reduced your cleared balance. If the balance was definitely over $50 before the end of the month and is still over $50 now, I would raise the matter again with contributor relations and ask them for a proper e
  14. The customer-facing part of the system looks fine - searches respond quickly and, though I've not tried it, presumably the sales process is OK too. The problem seems to be with the contributor-facing database, either slowness in the server itself or some kind of issue with the database. I'm not having problems with any other agency or website, so if there's a problem with the broadband connection, it must be with wherever the database is being hosted. This seems to have come on quite suddenly, so I don't think it is simply growth in the size of the data which is the problem as that would have
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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). So
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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