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  1. I want to offer a delayed thanks to those who responded to my post--asking about formatting for record album covers. It led in a direction I hadn't asked about--the propriety/legality of uploading album covers at all. Not being a very experienced stock shooter, I was uploading both album covers and books based on the observation of some others' doing so. My looking at the practice from the standpoint of having copyright to any images I take, I failed to see the violation of copyright infringement of the artwork itself. Not a brilliant decision, and it's not one that I thought a lot about
  2. I'm confused by the use of the word "exclusive" in several of these replies. The only option for declaring an image exclusive, to my understanding, pertains to whether or not I'm offering the same image at other stock agencies. How is that a problem for record album cover or book images?
  3. I'm the other Michael in this fray, but I'll answer as well. I shoot on a white or black background, just to give me a clear edge to cut. But I create the image background either by stacking the original image with a plain white image in PS, or just by (in PS) pulling a crop out from each side, then filling it with white. BTW, this only applies to objects of which the edges are cut perfectly straight. My book images which are shown 'standing' at an angle, to show both the front and the spine, are cut out with the PS pen tool, as edges are rarely straight.
  4. Hello folks, Been on the forum a couple of years, but haven't posted since my first few months, as I recall. Do you think I've made a mistake in formatting of the several hundred record album cover images I've uploaded--in putting them on a white (or in the case of white covers, black) backgrounds? It seemed a good idea when I started the project and haven't thought much about it since--but now I'm wondering if it will harm sales. Seems like a dumb idea to me now. Also, will Alamy object if I now upload the same images without the backgrounds? Since I already
  5. ED: Got to the right place by starting with alamy.com, going to my alamy, etc. Thanks, Michael ======= In the process of changing web browser, and have lost access to the normally formatted Alamy dashboard. Just getting a white page with black print, and no useful detail. Only a header, calling the page my "handy dashboard view." Also, now cannot access former view of dashboard with my old link in the old browser. When will I learn not to go futzing with things? Got a good address? Can anyone help? Address that's been working for me is: h
  6. Yeah. Just some books. Been working my way through book collection this year. Earlier uploads have done pretty well, books standing up and turned to show spine as well as front. This last batch I shot as flat lays--very thin, so little or no spine to show. Thinking about going through old LP collection. Anybody think that's worth doing?
  7. The 59 images I uploaded earlier this week by Filezilla finally showed up in QC after two days of hiding. They were accepted the same day.
  8. As I posted on another thread, my upload of 59 images two days ago, via Filezilla ftp, had not shown up on Alamy as of last night--~24 hours after posting. The download has shown up this morning, about 40 hours later. This is just as I was 'about to' reload them. Whew!
  9. Thanks, Avpics. Guess i should have taken a look at recent posts. I'll move over to that thread with any updates.
  10. Yesterday, early evening (East coast, US time) I uploaded 59 images to Alamy. Been doing this for two years with no issues. Everything went well. Upload completed successfully, according to Filezilla. As of today, almost 24 hours later, they haven't shown up on my Alamy dashboard. Should I assume they were eaten by "the cloud", and upload again? I hesitate to email Alamy, as my experience with trying to communicate with them last month was not fruitful. Thanks for your wisdom. Michael
  11. Wasn't thinking they would put client and me in touch. Thinking that Alamy would contact me, tell me what client was wanting. I would perform the task, and upload. Seems like this is a reasonable service for a client.
  12. Yes. Was thinking that they might contact Alamy, and Alamy would contact me. Maybe that's too much to expect. Thanks.
  13. I'm working my way through my book collection, and sometimes will group books together in one image. Would it be acceptable to include a note in the description--offering to do custom groups of books? thanks, Michael
  14. Is there a better email address than "contributors@alamy.com"? I sent a second email and it just bounces back the same automatic response I got the first time. thx.
  15. Thanks. The balance was (and is) $59.68. I immediately noticed the issue when the payout date changed, which I believe was on the second. I emailed them yesterday.
  16. Not sure. Can't find emails to tell me. Usually in my account by 7th-8th.
  17. Yes. I'm sure. Only had one sale in Oct, earlier in the month. Balance on dashboard shows what it did before the end of Oct. $60. No new sales in Nov. No refunds showing in Oct. or Nov. Both the Sales and Balance pages are so slow in loading as to be easily mistaken for not working at all. Take close to a minute to load. thx.
  18. HI folks. In the last week of October, I had balance in excess of $50US, and my dashboard indicated I'd be paid on Nov. 1st. On Nov. 1 (or maybe 2), the payout date changed to Dec. 1. I emailed contributor help, but they just sent me an emailed filled with info.....nothing, of course, related to my question. Anyone else seen this? Thanks, Michael
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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 ski
  22. 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 misunderst
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