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  1. Thanks so much again Alan! Many Thanks Steve! First one I can add to my DACS list for the next cycle. Helen
  2. Thanks so much for finding this Alan! Appreciate it. My trip all the way to Alderville (far from home) wasn't a waste of time. Now will have to license a few more of those to get back what I paid for it all. Helen
  3. Rico what browser are you using? Still no luck using Firefox. I used an image I have on flickr that is on alamy, no results found. OK, never mind so, I am a bit slow. Figured it out. Not like searching in Google. Must click on the camera icon to open up a window to drop image into. I feel dumb now. And, the URL link must have an PNG or JPG extension, okay got it.
  4. Probably a good thing, as Michael says; if ones images are found on the web, an easy way for buyers to find and purchase/re purchase. Not working for me in Firefox though, might be doing something wrong. Tried to drag a few images from google, images. Helen
  5. Really? Plodding along? Compared to you I'm standing still! Will go out now and shoot something, anything, and upload this weekend. Enough motivation you're giving here. Congratulations! Helen
  6. Thank you for a very detailed write up. Should I decide to do a trip there will definitely refer back to this post. Very helpful/useful. Helen
  7. Shooting family and kids and having releases, all the better. But for editorial purposes, you don't need releases, that was exactly what I meant, yes. And again, good luck.
  8. Hello Alex, Took a quick look. I'll be honest I also have checked to see what you have elsewhere and I see you lean towards the creative, very nice images. For Alamy as far as content, it is mentioned so often in the threads, shoot more images of daily life, including people doing everyday things; those sell well, you know a bit more editorial. You'll need to upload quite a few more images and preferably not all the same ones you have on other sites (the micros), you'll just be competing against yourself. You also have good captioning on your images. Everything else will depend on your determination, persistence, perseverance. If you are willing to stick around, and not just passing through (I only mention this because of your 'I shoot for hobby...' intro), then you'll very quickly get a feel for what type of content is sought after and what you need to do by browsing the forum and reading threads like 'images sold' to give you an even better idea. Best of luck! Helen
  9. Thanks I wanted at least one confirmation of that. To me it is similar to Flickr, and I do have the vain side too so I keep that account alive, but really this whole I've liked or faved your photo now fave mine, or I am following you so follow me, well you know... I am sure some who fave my image/s might not even like them, and I might find it very difficult to like anything in some ports too but now one is somehow obliged to fave or follow back. The only thing I have 'gained' from having images on there is that a few have been lifted and used here and there. A couple of tour operators have used the safari images on their sites, and that's okay, I knew what I was doing when I posted them. Didn't think they were very saleable and in fact I haven't sold any on Alamy so far; there are many, very many safari images that are just better out there. To now open an instagram account would just be (for me a waste of time). I agree there can be a fun side to it, like when you've got some images that you're especially excited about and really want to show and share. Why I haven't closed the Flickr account. Not completely inflexible and easily swayed by opinion so I might reconsider in the future if I think there is a benefit, for just an ordinary stock photographer. Helen
  10. Same question, what to be got from Instagram if not running a full time photography business, and only submitting stock. (previous comments deleted, was nothing useful to add to this thread).
  11. Hi Frederik; You asked, so here goes; the obvious mistakes (though you might not think they are) so just my opinion: Nothing wrong with the content. I think you are rushing to build your portfolio too quickly, and in attempting to do so you are ending up with many images which are too similar, almost identical at times. Resist that temptation to see your number of images grow by doing it this way it will not help get you the sales any faster or more, it just doesn't work that way. There are contributors here on Alamy who have even smaller portfolios than mine, who are outselling me every month, I mean they have really good number of sales, and I have been here almost twelve years but have what I would consider a small port. Also I had my first sale/s (there were 3 or 4 at once I can't remember) after nine months, so six months waiting for you is normal. Second point; if you are not selling and continue to not sell it may be that you have put the same images with other agencies where they go for less and buyers know that and know how to find them so they will not buy them here for more. Hope this helps, best of luck Helen
  12. Hello Ed, I'll take a risk and add my two cents; and as I only have something positive to say I hope you won't mind. I looked through most of your port, I like it because: It is 'clean', 'tidy', not cluttered with similars, every image added to it has been I'm sure carefully chosen and it shows. Looks like you have been quite busy in Spain, nice images. There is, in my opinion, no room for improvement on your port. Helen
  13. I hesitate to critique photographer portfolios in particular those who shoot the kind of stuff I don't. Don't think I am qualified to do so, but... David, your images are really quite good, okay, really, really good. Your port is alive, images tell a story, they are full of emotion, they convey the message etc. You do photojournalism very well, you're good at it, and you probably already know that. I am always envious of all the photographers on here, who go out and to this kind of thing shoot events, live news and that kind of thing. In looking at theirs and your ports I can very objectively (I think) criticize my own. My port is very static, and lacks, action, emotion, there's no adrenaline anywhere. I'll just say that if I were to do photojournalism I should like it to be on the kind of level yours is. Well done. Only, as MizBrown mentioned above remove some of the similars. Helen
  14. Stephen, what I meant about very long wordy captions was that they might not translate well to another language, something might get lost in the translation. When I search Google and find my images with Italian, Spanish, Japanese descriptions (distributor Sites) I think, I sometimes wonder how accurate ithey are, I have also found that some words were not translated from English at all, so the translating tool could not find an equivalent. Well, don't mind me, I may have just been thinking out loud when I made that suggestion, but I will be reviewing my captions anyway. I do have quite a bit licensed through distributors and the older images seem to be doing quite well. Shorter captions could be the reason, and they aren't 'optimised' and most have poor discoverability. Could be that a good per image CTR has something to do with it though; still will test the captions thing. And see how that goes. Helen
  15. Hello Stephen, I like how you compose your shots. Looking at your port each shot I see I think, this is exactly how I would have shot or composed it. Makes your subject/s stand out. Can't even think how you could improve on the images, only thing which if I may suggest is to review the captions. Don't know if you are in the distributor scheme, but simplifying or shortening the captions so they are easier to translate to different languages might help (not referring to News images), although I am guilty of having longish wordy captions myself which does not help with sale-ability. I shall be reviewing and fixing soon so that instead of an entire sentence there are just basic descriptive words. Very good composition and variety, is my opinion as a 'non-pro' FWIW; you did say all criticism was welcome. Helen
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