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Betty LaRue

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  1. I agree with Mark on this. When I have made a pretty extreme straightening correction in ACR, it does have that 0 layer, and I just do a normal flatten to save. I have mine set up to remind me I have layers when I try to save and I get the same prompt with Layer 0. I don’t even know why I entered this conversation! 🤣 Non-technical me! Disregard anything I said, please.😊 I may as well be telling you how to take out someone’s tonsils. Mark, I hope I didn’t injure your fine reputation by agreeing with you, lol. Michael, you’ve been kinder to me than I deserve. Betty
  2. I have always preferred to tag in Bridge rather than AIM. The tags stay with my image on my hard drives. But if I didn’t prefer to do it that way, I’d have no problem doing all the tagging on my iPad in AIM. When the new AIM was introduced, it messed up the keywords of all 5000 of my images. I fixed them all, deleting, putting in new, you name it, all on my iPad. And the only reason I didn’t go stark raving mad was because I sat on the sofa and multitasked for months completing the fix while watching television with one eye. It was a simple matter of cleaning them up, not starting from scratch, and didn’t require absolute concentration.
  3. The pressure I’m speaking of is other’s expectations of what I do. For example. Years ago when I took up watercolor, I painted for myself, what I liked. The people I worked with often asked me to bring them to the office to see. I did. The doctor I worked for saw them and bought some to hang in his office. Then the patients saw them, saw my signature. Began asking me to do commission work. “ I want something that will match my new sofa” commissions. I did a few, sweating blood the whole time. How could I possibly meet the expectations they had in their heads? For me, this was nightmare stuff. All the joy of painting left me, and I stopped painting, because the thought of it brought the panicked feeling back. I’ve only just now taken it up again. It was my fault for feeling flattered enough to say yes. No more. But yes, I can put pressure on myself to do a good job with any project I undertake, or to work a photography shoot well. But that is pleasurable, and rewarding for me. I have a forgiving boss that gives me a pass when I screw up.
  4. I tag in Bridge, but do all the work of prep after QC on my iPad. Mine is plenty large, not the mini. When I’ve accidentally had an image go through untagged, I have no problem doing it on my iPad. I don’t have Photoshop on it, I do all that on my desktop. I'm sitting in my easy chair right now perusing the forum. All my reading/posting is done on my iPad. I can’t do without it. Betty
  5. Very true. That’s why I don’t do professionally set-up food photography, or portraits unless it’s family, or any of those things. I don’t work well under pressure, never have. When I made good grades in school, I barely passed timed tests. My brain would freeze. The one wedding I did was a nightmare for me, and the most exhausting I thing ever did with photography. I’ll take stock and creative works for POD. Solitary, and the only pressure is if I put it on myself.
  6. Yes. I went a long distance by car to hook up with a wonderful lady I met on this very forum. We went to many birding places on the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Like-minded, fun.
  7. I sold a few images taken with my Canon Sure-Shot film camera long before I got into stock, besides being published in two different mags. That was fun. Unlike you, it didn’t make me a pro, it only made me lucky.
  8. I may be totally wrong with this thought, but here goes. I think photographers, especially stock photographers, tend to be content with their own company. I don’t mean we’re not social, or need people, it’s only that we contemplate our day of work and are happy to go about it without saying a word to anyone all day if that’s how the day goes. We can spend hours squirreled away, concentrating on developing and tagging without feeling lonely. Before my husband passed, I would tell him I was getting ready to work and tended to bark at him if he interrupted me with inconsequential matters too many times. It caused me to lose my train of thought, especially if I were tagging. It helps to be a bit of a loner, even with a family. I always craved my “alone time” and was unhappy if I didn’t get some, even while raising three children. So...my point being I think there’s a bit of a personality type required to maintain this business for years. I think that’s why people try it for a while, then drop out. They aren’t the “type.” You? Betty
  9. I bow to your expertise, Michael. What I am positive about is that in modern Photoshop, you cannot save a file with layers as a jpeg without flattening first. I think I remember when that changed. I would do work, try to save, and get a prompt because a layer had been created. Took me a bit to get used to it. That said, I always saved a Tiff first, because that’s what I kept in my personal file system for a long time. I now convert a copy to jpeg for uploading, and keep the jpeg, but delete the Tiff in my files.
  10. You say you open in PS. If you do anything in Photoshop with certain functions, like contrast, lighten, curves, etc., PS does create a new layer. You absolutely cannot save as a jpeg until you flatten the image down to one layer. So if your trying to save without flattening, it will revert to offering to save as a PSD. If you go to the top of the PS page above your open image, you will see the “layer” heading. Click on that and scroll to where you see something about “flatten image” or whatever. I don’t remember the actual wording. I don’t use transform in ACR, but I do think if the correction is fairly major, it will create another layer when you open into PS as some have stated above. I have the “History” button ticked (in Photoshop) when I set up what panels I want to see, so I can see the two layers there, and there’s an arrow or something at the top right of the History panel that lets me flatten. Betty
  11. I’m not long in the tooth. I had them filed down recently. I’ve been serious about photography for 15 years. Before that, I took pictures of family and as a source for my watercolors. None of my family is interested in stock. My married daughter enters photos at the count fair, but I don’t think she’s up for the work involved in stock. She’s more interested in instant gratification and we all know we don’t get that in this business, don’t we? And if you think I’m telling my age....don’t hold your breath or I’ll be attending your funeral. Let’s just say I’ve been around since God made dirt. Betty
  12. My sister is a retired nurse who worked for her Dr. husband. When she quit working, he was lost because he said the patients told her everything, all the symptoms. She was a pretty good diagnostician, too, and the doctor relied on her insight. Of course, his was the final word, but more often than not, they lined up! In fact, she caught some things that he missed. A good nurse is invaluable. I credit: 1. Intelligence 2. Womens’ intuition! (Plus often, we listen better.) Betty
  13. The feeling of wanting to help becomes “needing to help” when tragedy strikes. After the Murray bldg. bombing, I heard on TV there was glass and debris in victim’s eyes, and a call for help. Having recently worked for an Ophthalmologist for 10 years, and knowing sterile procedure and how to administer eye meds and properly put on pressure bandages, I put on my medical whites and took off for downtown. It turned out I wasn’t needed, there were so many helpers there. People poured in from surrounding states even. I paced the gymnasium floor where we gathered, filled with angst from wanting to help. With a few exceptions, that is the normal human condition. The strong urge to help be it people or animals. Betty
  14. Be sure when you add tags and caption that you press “save”. And have you typed in all of the captions? I don’t believe they go “on sale” unless they have a caption. Then they will go on sale the next day. Betty
  15. Also, Aaron, “beautiful yellow flowers” for your caption is all wrong. it should be “closeup of yellow (common name) (scientific name) growing in (town), (state) USA. At least the state, USA. Then in your tags below, repeat the common name and scientific name again. Do a few searches on plants and read the tags. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a sale of a plant when the search term was only the scientific name. Very important. If you can’t find out the plant’s name, don’t upload it. I’ve never made a sale from pretty, or red flower, yellow flower, etc. I do list the color in the tags, because of the chance someone will use a color name in a search for a theme or something. For instance, “red American Beauty roses” For instance, “pink roses, common name, scientific name.” “Purple asters, scientific name.” When I buy a plant for my garden, they each have a tag with the common and scientific name. I save these tags for when I shoot that plant in bloom. Saves searching and trying to figure it out. If you are in a public garden, many times the plant names are on a small sign. Shoot the sign, then the plant. Betty
  16. On the RM vs RF issue... Most, but not all have listed their images either entirely or mostly RM. A few list all as RF. I have maybe a fourth or fifth of mine RF. I cannot say which sells better. My own judgement is the ones I choose for RF are ones that are easily shot by many people if there is nothing in the image that needs releases. For me, mostly common plants, trees, clouds, and things like that. That said, I still list some of those RM. I just don’t divide half RM and half RF of the same subject shot at the same time. I make a choice and select one license type. Anything that is particularly better than my average, will always be RM. I do have a handful of people images with releases listed RF. Most of those are RM. I have noticed the ones with releases listed RF seem to sell more often than the ones listed RM with releases. As mentioned many times in other threads, the licensing boundaries have greatly blurred in recent years. Many RM licenses look and feel a lot like RF licenses. Whatever you do, don’t have images elsewhere that are RF listed here as RM. If you double dip an image at two separate agencies, use the same license type at both places. If it sounds confusing, well, it is. Even to me. Sometimes I choose on a whim. We women are good with whims. 😊 Betty
  17. It seems mine is broken, also. No zooms. No sales...but that’s not unusual for sales. I do have dry spells.
  18. I’ve always thought the same as far as ink on old, sagging skin with moles and age spots. For instance, women are using a form of tattoos on eyebrows and lashes. Permanent eyeliner, and filling in thin brows. But especially the brows, how will those brown or black dots or marks look when one is old and the brows are white? Weird, I would think. Maybe one will be past the point of caring! 😁 Betty
  19. I understand! Actually, I tend to take quite a few multiples and constantly fight the tendency to upload more than I should. I guess that’s why I notice that same tendency in others. We need to form an intervention group!
  20. James, I really like your images. Please don’t get your numbers up by uploading too many similars, like your medication on a blue background. One horizontal, one vertical will do. Maybe a third one with the medication off to the side leaving ample copy space. Same with the combine fire. Three of the best of those are plenty. You are competing with yourself, and I’ve found when using to many similars myself, that it’s usually my least favorite that comes up first in a search. Plus too many will ultimately gather too many views without zooms or sales, hurting your CTR. For instance, a unique image like the fire most likely will all or most come up on the first page or two. One may be zoomed and licensed, but the others will count as a view without a zoom or license. If you use more than two or three, make sure they each are quite a bit different from each other. Betty
  21. I’m way over gross revenue this year as of today, compared to all of ‘18, with about 40% fewer licenses. For me, it’s about increasing the revenue per image over number of licenses. One $100 license is worth more than ten $6-10 ones. Well done, Alamy. With a average for this year last quarter, it’s not out of the question I could double last year’s income with the same or fewer licenses. Betty
  22. You are not recognizing a perfectly processed image. Thats where you have gone wrong. It’s likely it’s not your fault because your eyes and perception of a properly processed image is just off from what the rest of us see. It’s like someone who is colorblind. They see the world’s colors wrong. I in no way mean to be insulting, but I’m wondering if your eyesight is good. I don’t know your age, but I do know if you have cataracts, everything does look blurrier than if you don’t. Then you would feel the need to sharpen to the point it appeared sharp enough to you, when in reality it was unacceptably oversharpened for Alamy. Sometimes it’s reading glasses (or computer distance glasses) that need updating. The reason I’m bringing this up is some years back I also was having some failures. It was attributable to my eyesight, but it took a load of bricks falling on my head before I realized it. When I got that sorted, it was easy for me to know what was sharp and what wasn’t. Many years ago, I took a watercolor class. One gentleman could never get his colors right. That’s because he was seeing through cataracts, which caused him to look through the amber-tinted lens in his eyes. It would be like trying to get a sky blue shade while looking through Amber-tinted sunglasses. Sharpness most definitely is affected also. Betty
  23. Glorious! I took a trip through New England in the autumn years ago and saw that gorgeous color.
  24. I think you have beautiful images. You have developed them well. They are colorful and well-exposed. I do agree with others on captions and tags. Name the kind of orchid it is, common and scientific, in the caption. Then repeat in the tags. That makes them stronger in searches. I spent some time trying to think up conceptual tags for awhile, and they won’t hurt you if carefully used, and if the image actually shows that concept strongly. I can’t remember any zoom or sale of my own made using those conceptual tags. For instance, a person leaning over cradling his head in his hands actually is a strong conceptual image. Tags like lonely, loneliness, despair, is perfect. If I have a picture of a smiling or laughing person, I use “happy, happiness”. Two people walking, eating together, etc. I use “companionship, togetherness.” Along with woman, women, man, men, person, persons, people, two people talking, etc. Usually the search term a buyer uses is “two people talking” or something literal like that!! Don't forget to allow copy space in the image. Maybe one tight and one zoomed out. I’ll leave copy space at the top or bottom of a vertical, off to one side of a horizontal. Take a horizontal and a vertical if you can and the subject matter lends itself to that. Betty
  25. You have an image captioned “wooden cane chairs”. You have tags, farm, bench, country, machine, machinery, mill, etc, yet I see no farm, no bench, no machine, no machinery, no mill. What I see is wooden cane chairs hanging on a wooden fence. Only tag, as others have said, what is in the picture. Caption: Three wooden cane chairs handmade by the Amish displayed by hanging on a wood fence. USA. tags, handmade cane chair handmade wooden cane chairs cane chair cane chairs wood wooden fence wood fence Amish made chairs Amish made chairs handmade cane chair handmade cane chairs hand made cane chair hand made cane chairs display displayed cane chair display hanging hung up town state US USA U.S. U.S.A. United States North America What will happen is someone will do a search for a subject that’s not in your picture and your cane chairs will come up. If they are searching for a farm, they expect to see a farmhouse, or a field of crops, or farm outbuildings, etc. Just because you took the picture on a farm doesn’t count. You must be able to see something that indicates a farm and those chairs don’t do that. Those chairs could be hanging on my side fence during the garage sale I’m going to have in the middle of my neighborhood for all a searcher knows! When your image comes up in a search, that is called “a view”. A view is part of the formula Alamy uses to determine your rank. Your rank helps determine where your images will be seen in a search. Near the front? Middle? The last pages? But since the buyer is looking for a farm or something else you’ve listed that’s not there, you will not get a zoom or a sale. This will cause your CTR (click through rate) to eventually plummet, causing your images to fall to the back end of those pages and never be seen. Even when the searcher is looking for “cane chairs”. If there are 50 pages of cane chair images, yours might be toward the back so far that the buyer will find what they want on the early pages and never see yours. This is why everyone is cautioning you. The best of images won’t sell if they aren’t captioned and tagged properly. Good luck. Better to fix them now before you have a few thousand in your port. It’s better to have 10 good relevant tags than 25 irrelevant ones tacked on. Betty
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