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  1. Hello, all..


    I need some advice on scanning slides.  I have a good scanner (EPSON V600) and Lightroom to make any exposure. etc. changes that are necessary.  My question is:  what size do I need to make the scans resolve to?  I tried one pass with A4 size, but they got rejected as they were "soft" and had "noise".  Any insights and/or suggestions would be most welcome.  Thanks!

  2. Thanks, guys.  Hey, at least you're not telling me my images suck..:D


    Great advice.  A lot of these images were manipulated in Lightroom.  I still have the unsaturated originals.  What would you suggest I do with them?  Is having two versions of the same image with different saturation levels kosher, or is that to be frowned upon by the group?

  3. 52 minutes ago, Brasilnut said:

    Hi Carlos and welcome!


    I see you're going for the saturated look, which I tend to do as well, but it seems that you've pushed it too far on your images. I find that stock is less art and more science and that you need to appeal to as broad number of buyers as possible...in your case, some will love it, but most will hate it. Also, some of your crops/angles are unconventional and perhaps too artistic. Sticking to lens corrected with lots of copy space and PEOPLE in the frame is the best way to go about it. Since this is a predominately editorial agency, I find that commercial images have less value, so if you're shooting a public place, might as well include people.

    Didn't look at keywords but the captions look OK. 

    Anybody else want to have a go?

    Good luck


    Mille grazie, Alex!  I appreciate the honest feedback.  That's GREAT advice that I will take to heart.

  4. Hello all:


    I'm finally to the point where I have a decent amount of images up and for sale.  I'd like to ask if any of you would be willing to look at my portfolio and offer any critiques (positive AND negative).   I figure the only way to get better is to hear from your peers and betters and take their advice to heart. 


    Any advice would be greatly appreciated by this amateur.



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  5. New to the forum, but have been "on" Alamy for a little over a year.  Got a little frustrated by not making sales right away (I know), so I'm back in the game. My portfolio tends to be travel-related, especially Western Europe, but I try to get unusual angles and focus on details.  I'm hoping to learn a lot from the amazing photographers on this site as this is a passion of mine.



  6. On ‎8‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 03:00, John Mitchell said:

    Congratulations. Architectural shots tend to do well on Alamy.


    BTW, images with recognizable buildings should be RM or RF Editorial (check the editorial use only box in the image manager).

    Are there any caveats about that?  I know some of my images are of "architectural" elements but they tend to be older (lots of medieval buildings).

  7. ..but how many images do I need to have "on sale" to realistically expect to see results?  I'm currently uploading the bulk of my best shots to QC, as I currently only have about 270 images for sale.


    Additionally, any tips or techniques on finding keywords?  I can usually come up with 25-30 just by remembering what I was thinking when I took the picture, but it gets exponentially harder from there.  


    Any advice would be most humbly appreciated. Cheers!

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