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Joseph Clemson

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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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'
  5. Where is this download pack to be found? It's not immediately evident to me.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I uploaded a batch of 22 images this morning and they are still in the QC queue and I still have my old three stars. Many are called but not all are chosen, it would seem...
  9. I'm afraid my QC rank stays resolutely on three stars out of three, despite having never failed a QC check (and putting that in writing is surely tempting fate). I'll see if anything changes when I upload my latest batch of images later today.
  10. Can you comment on Spacecadets' post immediately above about artworks in a wider context. Most of the public art images I shoot are also in a wider context, usually incorporating people viewing the artwork. Do these have to be sold as non-exclusive?
  11. I think I would try to focus on the evocative and emotional words which your pictures convey, which someone looking for a book cover image may also use if the subject or theme of their book is not a purely subjective one. You might even make these evocative keywords into supertags, if you are convinced that this is what they evoke. I find it hard to believe a publisher looking for an image for their book cover would look for the search term 'book cover' as, arguably, nearly all photos with a bit of copyspace could legitimately have that tag.
  12. I tend to work on the basis that it they are distinguishable as birds at 100% magnification then I will let them remain, unless there is something about them which is a definite distraction to the viewer. If they look like blobs or dust spots at 100% I clone them out in Lightroom. I've occasionally wondered if ornithologists, hundreds of year from now, will wonder why on earth the birds visible in stock photos of the era don't tally with the great garden birdwatch survey figures of the time. They won't know of the photographers rampant fear of dust spots and frantic cleansing of t
  13. Hello Kevin, What I think I had in mind was Alamy's blogs on the subject of legal use of drones for commercial photography. Looking at it again and taking into account what you are saying, it looks like Alamy clearly expects drone submisions to comply with regulations (CAA in the UK, and presumably other regulatory provisions elsewhere) but they don't actually take any steps to make sure individual contributors or particular submissions comply with regulations. As with so many things at Alamy, the responsibility lies with the photographer and relies on their professionalism.
  14. Thanks for your response Jon D, especially on the drone work. I shall ponder whether it is right for me... Have a look at other forums discussions on the 'Discoverability' bar to get a handle on what users here think about using all 50 keywords. There is not unanimity, but the leaning is towards less being more. Have fun.
  15. Spacecadet is right about the numerous similars having a harmful effect on your search ranking in the medium to long term. Much better to limit similars to just a handful. I would also recommend you aim to use fewer keywords. Keywords which are peripheral or barely relevant to the subject of the image will produce false positives in searches and, again, drive down your ranking in searches. The other issue which you might want to address with your existing portfolio before uploading many more imaages is to make sure you mark any RF images which contain recognisable property or unreleased people
  16. Thanks for pointing out that small point. One presumes that since the OP has made no further responses and still doesn't have any images in their portfolio, he/she has abandoned the project.
  17. You asked essentially the same question in a post last month. Until we get to the bottom of why your first three pictures, which you say passed QC, aren't showing up in your portfolio, then we're unlikely to get a sensible answer to the question you posted here. So, do you have an email from Alamy saying your first three image have passed QC? Can you see them in Alamy Image Manager? Have you captioned and keyworded them in line with the replies given in the earlier thread?
  18. I've been doing video for years now and I have found it useful to have several baskets of eggs. Whether coincidental or providential, I've often found that lulls in one income stream have coincided with upturns in another.
  19. Only Alamy can answer for certain in any particular case, so you may want to contact Contributor Relations if you would like reassurance. However, I have had double, apparently identical, sales in the past, which Alamy assured me were correct and we're, in time, paid out in full. I didn't inquire into the minutiae of why it was done this way, but I would guess it related to two different kinds of publication by the same publisher using the same story or article.
  20. Personally, I regard anything posted on Twitter as being untrustworthy and lacking credibility, posted probably by some numpty who may know lots about social media but may not have a full range of expertise in the subject they are dealing with. The tweet you refer to is typical in that it has an element of truth but doesn't tell the whole story. The last word from Alamy I am aware of is their own blog on street art, which states that the street art must be in a wider context AND be ticked Editorial Only. ETA Looking at the tweet itself, I would say that the images show
  21. Edo, even if your fuel costs are included in the rent, you are still paying for said heating and lighting costs. I'm pretty sure the winter fuel payment would go directly to youself. The issue is whether you are eligible.
  22. I'm not sure whether you are going to find an answer to your question here. Not a great many people at Alamy do 360 degree spherical panoramas and I suspect those who do don't regularly contribute to the forum. Usually, if the required expertise available here, someone here will come forward to assist within a day or two at the most. If you search the forum for '360 degrees' there are one or two old threads, but nothing that is really very helpful to you. You might have to research this question further using other parts of the internet. I hope you can find the answers you seek so
  23. Sorry if I was unclear. I wasn't referring to Euros at all. What I meant was that sterling to dollar rates are more favourable to Alamy UK contributors at the moment in historical terms. Four to five years ago we had an exchange rate of about $1.5 to £1, nowadays it hovers around $1.3 to £1. So our dollar payout from Alamy currently buys us more £ than it did a few years ago. If we exit the EU, espcially on on unfavourable terms, it seems likely that the value of sterling will drop further against the dollar. In which case our dollar payout from Alamy would buy us even more pound
  24. I don't think it has ever been the case that Alamy payout is $1=£1, I'm not quite sure where you have picked up that idea. Alamy pays out using a conversion which approximates to the going dollar - pound sterling exchange rate at the time payout is triggered. Therefore the amount you get will vary from month to month depending on how the currency markets are moving. Rates for UK contributors are quite favourable at the moment, and may become more so if we exit the EU without a deal.
  25. Hello, I would echo what John Morrison has said about keywords. Get rid of generic keywords which don't specifically describe the subject of the image. They will hurt your placement in search rankings. On the other hand, make sure you include specifics about the subject (and the location if the location is itself significant to the subject). For example, your trains will almost certainly have a designation of some kind. In the UK trains are often known by their designer or manufacturer and have a given class name, e.g. Gresley 'A4 Pacific'' class. Research and include the same kin
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