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  1. Thanks for your comments, especially to David! Quite helpful. I have some flower photos that I took some time ago that I didn't think I could use, but there is nothing in it but the flower so there is no way anyone could say I got that in their garden!
  2. I hope this hasn't been asked before. Would a close-up of a flower in a private garden be considered someone's property, if all you can see is the flower? Or a tree in the same private location? I know if you have the surroundings included or any buildings it would be. But just the flower or tree, that actually could be anywhere in the world?
  3. My last batch of images which went on sale a few days ago are still not showing up anywhere.
  4. I have taken candid photos of children I don't know, usually without problem. I also am female and of an age. Sometimes, after I take the photo I will smile at the adult with them and say something like: "She has such a sweet smile" or "Her hair is so beautiful" and they usually respond well, thanking me and not acting suspicious. I have a small mirrorless camera too. There are times that I have refrained from taking a photo because I felt the adult would not be pleased. I don't usually ask permission because I want to capture the candid moment, which I feel asking first would ruin. There are
  5. I have now deleted the duplicate photos. Interesting to know there is no mechanism that prevents you having duplicate photo names and all photo data, as well as duplicate submission title. I did notice that the identifying number of each photo that Alamy assigns was unique.
  6. I recently submitted about 10 photos which usually clear QC in about 24 hours. When I checked back they were gone--not in QC at all! I waited a few days and when they didn't show up I resubmitted them and they passed QC in the usual time. I did however, receive my Good News email a few days later at about 2:00 am. Just today I realized that the first batch had also passed and so mow in my image manager I have two sets of identical photos. None, as yet show up in search or in my portfolio. Should I just delete one set? I'm a little afraid now to do anything, as there seems to be bugs in the s
  7. I do a fair amount of street photography. One day I saw a tourist in the park walking with a lens on his camera bigger than my arm. Not only did I wonder how on earth he could walk around at ease with that thing but I was wondering what on earth he planned on shooting in the middle of the city park. Not much wild life around. I believe in freedom of photographers, but you need to keep a balance.
  8. Also, the Highline can be interesting. It runs on the West side of Manhattan from 34th street to around 12th street. It's an elevated park populated by lots of people, with views of the city too.
  9. Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village always has a lot going on.
  10. All I can figure is that the speedy QC and five star rating for those lucky enough to have them is due to the over abundance of Christmas Eggnog!
  11. Or you can look at this lens. It's supposed to be a wee bit better quality, but bigger, heavier and costs more. https://shop.fujifilm.co.uk/lenses/fujinon-xf55-200mm-f3-5-4-8-r-lm-ois
  12. I have this and I'm happy with it. https://shop.fujifilm.co.uk/lenses/fujinon-xc50-230mm-f4-5-6-7-ois-mk-ii-black
  13. I use fuji mirrorless (x T-10 and now x T-30) and have had no problems.
  14. I had my first QC failure the other day. They said my photo was "Soft or lacking definition". It was an old sign on the fence of a park gate. The only thing that could be considered "soft" was the black lettering on the sign, but that was how it is in real life, as it's old and a bit faded--everything else was nice and sharp! I feel like maybe whoever looked at this is new and inexperienced! Since measures were also down for a while I'm wondering if someone is home sick and someone else just stepped in to cover! At least I'm glad they told me which photo it was so I just re-submitted the batch
  15. OMG! What will I do without my morning cup of "Measures"?
  16. Same with me. Glad to see that it's obviously a system glitch and not anything I did. But hope they can fix it ASAP.
  17. Some people seem to have a knack for social media marketing and get lots of followers and do well. Others have to work really hard at it. I think I fall into the work really hard category. I have done best on Pinterest with 50k monthly viewers, about 1500 followers and some images get as much as 1500+ views per month but they don't seem to be selling. And if I take time off from daily pinning (which only takes a few minutes) then the numbers fall. So I need to re-assess and put more time into another platform and see if it will increase sales. It's encouraging to hear that it does work for som
  18. Thanks for that, Marianne. I also belong to a POD site, but have not had much success for some reason. I might look into my facebook page and spend more time on it. I do agree with you that whatever you do, it will be time consuming.
  19. I'm wondering if anyone "advertises" their Alamy photos on social media, or do you leave all the marketing up to Alamy? If you do, which platform? Does it help? If it does, how do you know?
  20. Rats, I can't do the 10th or the 17th. Sunday the 11th or 18th would work for me but don't change it if enuf others are able to go.
  21. So it showed as cleared sometime today (Saturday) and therefore looks like I will be getting paid! Not much but a beginning!
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