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  1. I started on the road to stock in 1977 when I submitted a few pics to Barnabys Picture Library. At the time I was only a hobbyist so wasn't really taking it seriously, but after joining J Allan Cash in 1980 I quickly learned that stock was not about pretty or arty pictures but about useful pictures. At the time I was living in Germany so I was able to supply them with a steady stream of contemporary images from Europe. I stayed with them until they went out of business around 2000. I was put off joining Alamy for a long time because of all the letters in the BFP newsletter saying how difficult it was to pass QC. Now I kick myself for not having cashed in when the going was good! Alan
  2. ...and be sure as hell to be ready with your camera when it does. Alan
  3. Yes indeed you have and it looks exactly like the section that I posted, just a bit larger. I've now decided that you're deliberately winding us up, so I'm out. Alan
  4. Just to emphasise what I posted above, this is your image. Notice the "100%" at the top of it? Alan
  5. Then there is something wrong with either your software or the way you are using it. I have downloaded the full size file from the link you posted here, and at 100% in Photoshop Elements it is EXACTLY as the crops that Alamy has posted. Sorry, but you are wrong and Alamy are right. 100%. Alan
  6. I didn't click on them, if that's what you mean. But Bridget had already said that was disabled so I assumed you meant that the thumbs would not be visible. Alan
  7. Not true Allan. I can certainly see them. Alan
  8. "For use in a magazine or book (print and/or digital), placement inside, print run 2500, worldwide for 5 years (no advertising)." Alan
  9. Ranking is a complex thing and I still haven't worked out all the mysterious ways in which it moves after 10 years. I keep a list of possible and likely searches that people might make to find my pictures and I used to update it every time there was a re-ranking, but it seems that regular wholesale re-ranks are a thing of the past. But just to illustrate how difficult it is to determine what you're worth in Alamy currency, on one search term the last time I looked (which happens to be "Devizes") I was at 907 out of 3781, whereas on another search that I won't quote but which is a very popular subject, I was at 3 out of 9203. Work that one out! All I know is that pictures of both subjects still sell. Another point worth making is that some customers will use the New tab when searching to make sure they see the most recent uploads first, so whatever your rank, if you keep taking new images, even if they're well-photographed subjects, for some searches you will appear near the top. Alan
  10. CTR is the ratio between pics that are viewed and pics that are zoomed. As someone said earlier in this thread, a 'view' is simply an instance of your photo appearing on a search page, regardless of whether the searcher actually noticed it or not. Alan
  11. And in that respect CTR is irrelevant in terms of your Alamy rank because you're being measured against your peers, not against a fixed standard. I was very exercised by this when I first joined Alamy (as I imagine many new contributors are) because my pics of Salcombe Regis kept turning up in searches for Salcombe, but after a while I just accepted it as the way things are and concentrated on taking photos that would sell. Since I moved north I've now got my photos of the Rochdale Canal cropping up in searches for Rochdale. Years ago Alamy promised us that they would implement multi-word keywords, but when they finally did, for some inexplicable reason they still allowed the words to be searched for independently, which made absolutely no sense to me. Alan
  12. Up here in Yorkshire the quality is often very good. I often wonder why people would give such good quality photos away for free. Alan
  13. Inchiquin


    I like contrast too, but the way I deal with it for stock (assuming you're using a variant of Photoshop) is to use the Levels sliders. First I use the outer sliders to make sure that the histogram covers the full dynamic range. Then if the picture looks a little dark I adjust the mid-range up a little until there is some detail in the mid shadows. Finally I may add a little more bottom end just to intensify the blacks but not at the expense of the mid-range. For images with a lot of intense shadows I might start with the Shadows/Highlights settings before turning to the Levels. Alan
  14. As a vegan I've often posed this question to myself. I've decided that photography neither endorses nor condemns anything, it merely documents. I've never photographed in zoos and I'm not sure I would want to, but I've photographed victims of abuse in sanctuaries and also "happy" cows (who are usually anything but) in fields. If I earn money from it then I have just a little more to spend on things which will help to promote veganism. Alan
  15. It's certainly spawned a lot of comment in the past. Alan
  16. As one who used to live in the Devizes area it's certainly of passing interest to me. Alan
  17. In my 10 years with Alamy I've had a great many Worldwide sales, but only ever one specifically for the USA. And that was a photo of Canada. Alan
  18. If they're 3000x2000 they should be just about big enough for Alamy as they are. If not, they would only require a tiny amount of upsizing. Alan
  19. Have you ever thought about setting up as a competitor to Wikipedia, Wim? Alan
  20. Well done. I've had just one during that period. Alan
  21. We usually just delete the contents of the message and replace it with "deleted". Alan
  22. My advice would be to get lots of photos uploaded, for editorial use without releases, and worry about the question of releases when you have a better idea of how Alamy and the market work. Alan
  23. You don't need to worry about releases unless you want your photos to sell for commercial use (e.g. advertising). For editorial use, which is what Alamy is mostly about, all you need to do is tick the correct boxes in the Image Manager. If there are people, or even tiny parts of people, in the photo enter the number of people and answer "No" to "Do you have model releases?". The same goes for property releases. Because it's often hard to determine whether there is property in a picture (most things, from buildings to fields have an owner), personally I always err on the side of caution and say that a property release is required, and I don't have one. Provided you make the release status perfectly clear then it's the publisher's responsibility to ensure that images without releases are only used for editorial purposes. If on the other hand you do want to allow pictures to be sold for commercial use, and the property in the picture, and all rights associated with it, belong to you, then yes, you would need to sign a release yourself, plus model releases for any people in the picture, including you. Alan
  24. From tests I did a year or so ago, it appears to have diddly squat effect on the positioning of images in searches, so as far as I'm concerned it's a complete waste of time to add less relevant keywords just to achieve a green bar. Alan
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