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MilesbeforeIsleep

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  1. Well, I'm currently not winning any awards for sales at Alamy, but had two sales in the last week before Xmas, with the last on Christmas Eve. Earlier this year I photographed a portion of my book collection (never get rid of a book), thinking it was kind of silly, but gave me something to do in bad weather. In fact I've had several of these images sell. For Christmas, someone got a pic of a fairly obscure book by Reinhold Niebuhr, and I got 50% on $70, so hopefully we're both happy. Michael
  2. The phrase "...too many similars (more in keywords than in content) will hurt your CTR...." clearly refers to two conditions: (1) similars in keywords and, (2) similars in content. It was (1) similars in keywords to which I was referring. Michael
  3. One branch of my ancestry is rooted in northeast Tennessee (where I was born and live 100 miles from). In the past few years I've learned a bit about my genealogy (back to 1770s), and have set myself the goal of doing some sort of photo documentary related to this interest. It's all still pretty vague, but will likely be focused around the principal river(s) of the area, and the families whose lines go back to the late 18th century on those river(s). Currently reading a lot, and making a trip a month (5-7 days) to the area in my small camper to explore and to practice my landscape photo skills. Also doing lots of physical training for difficult mountain hikes with camera gear. Michael
  4. This sounds very strange to me. Tell me I'm misunderstanding. You wrote: "...too many similars (more in keywords than in content) will hurt your CTR...." I don't see how anyone who shoots editorial stock would NOT have a great many similars in keywords. If you live and shoot in London and 90% of your images were made in London, it's reasonable that 90% of your images will have the keyword "London". If I have an image with people in it, I use the word "people". Do you perhaps mean that incorrect keywords will hurt your ranking? Again, I probably misunderstand. Thanks, Michael
  5. Thanks, Alan. That's interesting. I've recently been thinking about book covers, and assuming that they would typically be commercial shots--i.e. released, or not requiring release. Up to now, I haven't submitted many "commercial" shots to Alamy. Wondering if that's been a mistake. Is it correct that, while use of editorial images within an informational book (history, science, etc) would not require releases, their use on covers of those same books would--as they would function as sales/promotional devices? Michael
  6. Congrats to you folks for the book sales--can you tell whether they were used on book covers, or within the text? Also, do you have suggestions for best sizing of images (ratios) for use on book covers? I assume they should be vertical shots. I've sold 2 images of books this year, 25% of my 8 sales, with 12 zooms on books. About half of those were at the same time, though, so I think someone was just curious. Thanks for any suggestions. I know book covers would need either to be released, or be without identifiable people or places. Michael
  7. I'll let this YT video explain. Not a happy outcome. This is a legit report by a legit attorney.
  8. Thanks, Betty (and Jansos). I may try that route. See if I can rent one for a few days.
  9. Which iteration of the RX100 do you (and others) have? I'm having trouble hiding my Canon 5D4 when shopping in Home Depot. --Michael
  10. Outside the building, preferably not on the premises, I've never had a problem. I've taken a couple of pics of Federal courthouses, where Secret Service agents were present, and got no objections. I didn't push my luck by taking their pics, however. In any case where security is present, just be sure not to fail the attitude test. Michael North Carolina
  11. An Irish (I assume) Lass in downtown Charlotte (NC) St. Patrick Day festival. ===== Ah! Was called out by a very earnest fellow. I didn't think to ask if I had to commit all these sins, or if only one was sufficient. They were in front of a kind of beer garden (actually a packed parking lot), so I assume he was concentrating on drunkenness. He obviously has no Irish blood.
  12. I use Ghostery and UBlock Origin, both add-ons in my browser, which is Firefox (mostly).
  13. I just posted this on the 'suggestions' forum: "Now that Alamy is making a clearer distinction of images available only here, it only makes sense, imo, to have that information available on the sales page. Is work being done to make this improvement?" If "available only on Alamy" has any worth at all in promoting sales, it needs to be included in data about the image. If Alamy doesn't make that improvement, it may indicate that they don't believe that it does. It could also mean that they would rather discourage those sales, because of the higher commission paid to us. Let us hope that is not the case. Michael
  14. Now that Alamy is making a clearer distinction of images available only here, it only makes sense, imo, to have that information available on the sales page. Is work being done to make this improvement? Thanks, Michael
  15. Damn! I have no talent for this. So obvious, and yet I missed it. Michael
  16. Thanks for the replies, folks. I am late in responding because Firefox suddenly decided to kill the functionaliity of the sign-in button of the Alamy sign in page, and it took me awhile to figure out what was wrong. Yes, my problem was with a capitalizaed "People" in the keyword list---which I normally pay no attention to, and had actually forgot it existed. I edited "People" to "people" and all is well. Thanks. Now, if I can solve the dead sign-in button in Firefox, I'll have had a successful day. Really prefer it (most of the time) to Chrome.
  17. Thanks. The keyword function will only allow one entry of either a capitalized or uncapitalized word, but will allow one of each. That made me suspect that it might matter.
  18. I use Lightroom for keywording, and for some bizarre reason it capitalizes the word "people" without my consent. Does anyone know if the Alamy search algorithm distinguishes capitalized from non-capitalized words?
  19. I fooled myself. It was a bald cypress, and thanks to you all for the info. I'm (somewhat) familiar with the species, as in this pic (below)I took in the Suwanee River in Florida, but didn't expect to see one on the edge of a parking lot in an industrial park in piedmont NC at 1000 ft. elevation. Thanks for all your help.
  20. Any ideas for the larger tree in front?
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