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Sheila Child

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  1. It is good to hear that Alamy are going to get around to this - eventually. It surely is not a difficult bit of coding - you just put a sort order next the gallery heading and that determines the order in which the galleries are displayed. Sort order function was around in the old days when I used to write databases in Access and SQL in the 1980s. Come on Almay, drag yourself into the 21st century.
  2. I have not had any response from Alamy about this and it is nearly three months since I posted this question. It is still an issue. Also, when anybody clicks on the link that I send them, to direct them to my portfolio page, the first page that is displayed is the last gallery I created. Because it is the last one, it is not the one which (I think) shows off my best work. Why does it not come up with All Images as the first page? This is areal problem and one which I think deserves some attention by Alamy.
  3. Thanks WIM,. I had thought of doing something like that by sending a link to my portfolio page and referencing our previous conversation. Now I think that I will take a more direct route and make direct contact. Thanks for the trending, topic and quality advice too. - much appreciated. Sheila
  4. Thanks for your comments Phil and Ian. From the first few pages of your Alamy listings I can see that you are both quite interested in politics and people. Nothing wrong with that at all but I have shied away from people pictures for two reasons: a) There are plenty of pros out there who are very good at this, much better than me and b) I really can't be bothered getting release forms. Mini-creatures, owls and other wildlife are delightfully free of this paperwork. I do take on board your recommendations for captioning though and you both echo the views of NYCat and VbFolly. I can see from the way all four of you have captioned your images that I need to do more - and I will. As for target audience - my dream is to get an image, just one image, in the Natural History Museum's member magazine. The editor said that they use Alamy "a lot" for such purposes and that conversation was one of the reasons, along with a recommendation from the man who taught me microphotography, to go with Alamy. I guess publications such as that, would be my main target audience. I can also see some of my animal images on notebooks, t-shirts and the like but who knows how that industry source their images. I doubt that the newspapers would be remotely interested unless they just happen to see something they like. I see items and images carrying an Alamy or Alamy Live credit occasionally in The Daily Telegraph. No idea who the photography might be because that never seems to be included. Thanks again for your constructive comments. Your time is much appreciated. Sheila
  5. Thanks for the compliment VbFolly. I will do as you suggest. I thought that putting the scientific name in the tags was enough but clearly not. The same goes for location. I will add those details to the caption. Thanks too NYCat aka Paulette. Some animals are in the wild, but most are captive in some way shape or form, typically Safari Park rather than a zoo for the big guys. There is always something wrong with the background in zoos. I have never made any claims that the animals are all in their natural habitats. I am too fond of my home comforts and bank balance to go chasing creatures, big or small, in the wild. Too old for safari tents I'm afraid. I do understand that not everything is easy to sell but I take pictures of things that I like to take pictures of really, rather than seeing this as an income stream. If any income comes as a result of being on Alamy then great, but it is not my prime objective. If just one image sold I would be thrilled and it would be a red-letter day if I got over the $50 threshold. I will however, do what I can, as you both have suggested, to improve the chances of that happening so again, advice much appreciated. I submitted one of my Harvest Mouse pictures for a 2019 calendar competition and it was picked - RA0MDP. At lest I have had one success recently but that was before my Alamy venture. Thanks again for your comments. Sheila
  6. I have not been on Alamy long and would appreciate some constructive critique. My portfolio page is here: https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/sheilachild There are 595 images so far under the All Images gallery but if you have a specific interest, I have created 18 separate galleries named: Owls Sugar Gliders Raptors Frogs Geckos and Lizards Mantis Beetles Butterflies Harvest Mouse Chameleon Millipede Still Life Wildlife Fungi Microphotography Landscapes Buildings Waterscapes I await comments with interest. Sheila
  7. Hi Chris, I clicked on the link you provided and it went straight to a Shutterstock sign up page. Is that right? Sheila
  8. Is it possible to set the order in which Galleries appear on your Portfolio Home Page? Here is mine: https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/sheilachild The first gallery is owls, then sugar gliders, then raptors, then frogs etc. I would like to be able to change this order. If I can, can somebody please tell me how to do it. If I can't then can Alamy please think about finding a way that I can? Had I known that the Galleries would appear in the order in which I created them, then I would have most likely thought more carefully about that before I created my page. Please could Alamy look at this and find a solution? Most web page design tools let you set the order in which things will appear on the page. It would seem to be a fairly simple fix for Alamy to introduce. Hopefully they will. Thanks Sheila
  9. Thanks Stephen. Hopefully Alamy will notice this thread and do something about it. Had I known that the galleries would appear in the order in which I create them, I would have most likely thought more about that before I started. Best regards Sheila
  10. Is it possible to set the order in which Galleries appear on your Portfolio Home Page? Here is mine: https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/sheilachild The first gallery is owls, then sugar gliders, then raptors, then frogs etc. I would like to be able to change this order. If I can, can somebody please tell me how to do it. If I can't then can Alamy please think about finding a way that I can? Thanks Sheila
  11. Can we talk about this and other technical annoyances at the next Cambridge meeting I wonder? On the basis that more heads are better than one we (I, at least) may find some answers.
  12. OK - but it worked with Chrome - then it disappeared. Too flaky for my liking. I don't have Firefox and am wary of loading my desktop up with multiple browsers. It ought not to be beyond the bounds of some intellectual to make things work with all browsers don't you think? Thanks for the advice anyway.
  13. Thanks for that. What you have directed me to is Page 4 of a 9 page thread where everybody (just about) is having the same problem with only one or two who seem to have fixed it. I had it fixed but it has all gone wrong again. I see no advice in there for how to fix it and I am no further along. By the way, I tried searching for portfolio, and header and banner but again, there were no real answers. I have e-mailed Alamy to seek real help because I can get nowhere on this at the moment. The system seems to be so unstable that I am beginning to wonder if it is worth bothering with. Sorry to have interrupted your day.
  14. Why? Plenty of other people have coloured images as a header. That also does not explain why it was there for about a day and then it disappeared. Alamy really need to get their act together because there are so many faults in their programmes.
  15. I have managed to get a banner picture to load by using Chrome. it loaded quickly and I was able to move it to fit really well into the space available. I liked it - a lot. I then hit View as Public and it disappears. Why? I have repeated this exercise many times and it keeps on disappearing. When I shared my portfolio for the first time it was OK and the recipient saw the banner picture. Now it has totally gone. If I use the URL for My Portfolio it is not there. What is hat is going on?
  16. OK - I see what you mean. Some of my stuff does indeed show texture and it can't hurt to add that as a keyword can it? Funnily enough, Alamy's header image (when I just looked) appears to be a micro image. Thanks for the tip.
  17. Thanks Robert. I take your point and can understand why a 'general' (for want of a better word) picture editor could easily dismiss micro stuff as artyfarty. Until I got into it and saw what could be done, I would probably have thought the same. I wanted to explore microphotography to see if there was any artyfarty'ness creativity in me and I am quite liking what I have been able to do. That said, it does not mean they will sell, but having spent much of my life in a structured and ordered world I am finding it quite refreshing. I guess that there is a limited market for this type of image, but if we don't make them available, then they won't get used. I do see images like this from time to time in nature type publications and am willing to give it a go - for now at least. I will do my best to describe the image and hope that a like-minded searcher sees them. At least Alamy has a keyword search for micro related images so you never know.
  18. Well with my 5 greenies I guess that by the end of the year, provided I get a few more, I may just be able to cash them in for a chocolate bar.
  19. Thank you John. Now there's even more new news. Cash them in? Really? For what?
  20. Ah - so they are 'likes'. Got it but why does everything have to be so cryptic? How on earth does 'verified' translate into 'likes' for goodness sake? The two words don't even mean the same - or is it just me????
  21. Thanks wim - that makes sense. I could add a code to the tags, search for them in All Images, curate them and then remove the code as an update. I will give that a go.
  22. Just as a matter of interest - what does Member's Total Reputation mean? I have the word Verified and +3 under my photo and I have no idea what that signifies. Sheila
  23. Thank you everybody who has contributed to this thread and also for your valuable guidance. I will take it all on board and think how best to identify my images. I agree that there is potential in this area and I hope that some of my work may find an appreciative purchaser. Only one way to find out!! Sheila
  24. I am about to put a number of abstract images onto sale through AIM and I am not quite sure how to caption and/or tag them. They are all microphotography images of (largely) organic matter and whilst the identify of the "raw" material is apparent in some of them, for the most part, this is not. I have produced these with the aim of making interesting, colourful images and, to some extent, seeing what can be done via this media. My intention was not to produce scientifically authenticated images for educational purposes, rather interesting (to me at least) patterns and shapes. Some of these could be used a book covers but there is no category for that use so my questions are these: 1) Should I identify what the raw material is in the caption or just title it "abstract", leaving it to the imagination as to what it really is? 2) What should I use for the primary category? Abstract and Background or should I use what it actually is? 3) What should I use for the secondary category (if at all)? In the case of a colourful Stilton cheese rind, should I use Food? For a lovely lamb's ear leaf or opaque leaf, should I use Plants? For a owl's feathers. should I use wildlife? 4) Should I add 'book c over' to the tagging in the hope that somebody might find them for that kind of use? Any advice on the above would be very much appreciated. Thanks. Sheila
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