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  1. I haven't seen this in AIM, but I have seen it elsewhere on forms (using Chrome on a Mac). I can clear the individual entries by highlighting the entry and pressing fn-shift-delete. Not sure if you are on a Mac or PC, but this might work (or the PC equivalent). Hope this helps. Clarence
  2. The way I read it, the definition of "exclusive" excludes images on the contributors own website or prints sales. Images on FAA for print sales but not licensing should be OK. Clarence
  3. Thanks for this input. My keywording strategy has evolved to: 1. I do as much keywording as possible in LR that would be common to other sites I upload to (other agencies, my own website, etc.), so I only have to do it once. Early on, I wanted to start with a ready-made LR keyword database, so I purchased a controlled vocabulary add-on for LR (http://www.controlledvocabulary.com/products/lightroom.html) This controlled vocabulary has many (many) keywords that I will never use, but I liked the structure and organization it provided. I have since modified it somewhat and added my own oft-used keywords (scientific classifications, finer subdivision of geographical keywords, landmarks & organizations specific to places I visit, etc.) 2. Since Alamy has some unique differences from other sites (no stemming, use of phrases, tags/supertags, need to be cognizant of CTR, etc.), I add/edit/subtract in AIM to tailor the keywords to Alamy. I've decided that I don't want to merge the Alamy specific tags back into my LR hierarchy which I use for all sites. 3. I capture the Alamy specific metadata in the fields provided by the Alamy-Lightroom Bridge plugin. The above strategy allows me to store all the effort put into keywording locally. This is/will be beneficial if agencies suddenly cease operation (lots of examples of this), the important metadata is still stored, backed up, and available for use elsewhere. Clarence
  4. Glad it worked for you! On the subject of tags/super tags, are you hoping to download the Alamy tags and have them end up in your LR keywords? If so, I think it can be done (been a while since I tried), but the keywords come in all on the same level (meaning they won't be in the LR hierarchy). Since I have a hierarchical keyword structure in LR, I decided not to try to pull any keywords back from Alamy. Note: I typically do my first pass of keywording in LR (I use a controlled vocabulary that I have added to over time) and send those to Alamy, but then end up adding more keywords, as appropriate, in AIM. Anyway, maybe you'll have better success than I did. Clarence
  5. There is another way if you use Adobe Lightroom and the Alamy-Lightroom Bridge plugin: https://www.lightroom-plugins.com/AlamyIndex.php - "Fetch Alamy data" for the photos for which you want the change so that Lightroom contains the same data as Alamy. - Use the "Search Replace Transfer" plugin by John Beardsworth to make the changes you want to the caption (eg. Search for: "Credit: Mick Flynn/Alamy Live News" and replace with: "") https://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/jbeardsworth/findreplace/ - Then "Set Alamy Fields" with only "Upload IPTC Fields" checked using the Alamy-Lightroom Bridge plugin. This should be workable, but its a lot easier if you already use Lightroom and the Alamy-Lightroom Bridge plugin and just need to add the Search Replace Transfer plugin. Otherwise, its probably too complicated to get all the pieces working just to make bulk changes to captions. In any event, if you (or anyone else reading this) decides to try this, its worth working the kinks out on the workflow and plugin settings on just two images (which can be corrected manually in case you run into problems) before applying to a bunch of images. Hope this helps. Clarence
  6. Although I have never done it, I have read in the forum about other contributors making changes like this via spreadsheet. Member services sends a spreadsheet with your metadata, you make the changes using the tools available in the spreadsheet software, then send it back to Alamy for the changes to be applied. I suggest contacting Member Services for details.
  7. I looked at this new portfolio feature just to see what it was all about, but disabled it because I prefer to send prospective buyers to my own site, where I retain most (85 - 95%) of higher licensing fees (which I control). The planned Alamy royalty rate reduction further reinforces this strategy ...
  8. I meant to start by saying that just like the other contributors who have already posted, I am NOT happy about the reduction in royalty rate. But, if something must be done with royalty rates (according to James), can't/shouldn't some other options be considered before reducing the rate across the board? Clarence
  9. Removed my well intentioned but not well received suggestion for Alamy to consider other things before reducing the royalty rate across the board ... Clarence
  10. For other agencies the answer might be more complicated (e.g. is the person recognizable or is the person the subject of the photo) but for me on Alamy I would indicate: number of people = 1 since there is 1 person or part of a person in the photo, as per Alamy's guidelines. I as the photographer would know that it is a person, so would not consider that someone else could say it was a mannequin. The key would be to protect the buyer from someone who could say it was their hand if the image appeared commercially (admittedly, perhaps very low risk in this case.) As far as a property release, I don't see any identifiable property or intellectual property (logos) in this photo, so would say no PR needed. Clarence
  11. It can vary greatly depending on the type of photographer/subjects being shot (events, lifestyle, nature, etc.), full time vs part time, and other factors. Also, I believe some contributors you see with high image counts might actually be the combination of multiple photographers. A favorite expression that you might hear on the forum is that "stock is a numbers game", but I suggest that you not sacrifice quality for quantity (for example, don't upload lots of duplicates just to increase your image count). Just keep shooting as best you can and upload over time (I call it feeding the pipeline), and the numbers will eventually add up. You appear to be off to a good start. Clarence
  12. As per Alamy FAQ Q. Can I sell footage on Alamy?A. We’re receiving and selling more images than ever before. Because of this we’ve decided to solely focus on stills for now and we’re not currently accepting any new footage applications. https://www.alamy.com/contributor/faqs/about-alamy/
  13. There are many good unanswered questions in this discussion, and lots of speculation (understandably). I think a clearer communication on the definition of "available for sale elsewhere" and "why" we should mark images as exclusive (i.e. the benefits to contributors and/or Alamy now, or in the future) would have made sense in the initial email communication. Having said that, the situation can be easily rectified by providing this information now . Each of us can then determine whether the effort required to mark each image (easy if this is the only place one contributes to; not so easy if some images are sold/licensed in other places and some are not) is justified based on the benefits. Just my 2 cents. Clarence
  14. Thanks. I didn't realize it was a beta version. I will probably wait for the official update. Clarence
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