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  1. Most of my slides are horribly unsharp. I got a huge shock when I first digitised them and looked at 100%. I've already extracted and uploaded the ones that I thought would pass QC (a tiny percentage) which is why I'm only looking at the archival route for the rest. Alan
  2. I've been thinking for a long time that I should investigate the possibility of uploading some of my 70s and 80s scanned trannies via the archival route. As a matter of interest, if you're making use of this facility how much effort do you put into preparing the images? Many of mine have accumulated dust over the years. Do you remove them from the mounts and clean them before scanning? Do you laboriously spot them before submitting? Or do you just upload them as they are and take the view that at small reproduction sizes the dirt won't be noticeable anyway? Alan
  3. Liverpool has a strong historical connection with Neptune. He appears on the city's coat of arms, and in the past was also featured on Liverpool FC's crest. The Epstein Theatre was originally called the Neptune Theatre to reflect this connection. I think you're on safe ground with this identification, Edo. Alan
  4. And the willpower to resist the temptation to try to slip a dodgy one through just because you like it. Alan
  5. There's probably nothing wrong with the ones you've already had approved. Alamy judge images purely on technical details, and they always inspect at 100%. If it's not totally sharp where it should be it will fail. If there are dust specks it will fail. And in terms of over-processing, there may be tell-tale signs of interpolation artefacts that are not easily spotted at less than 100%. Don't get unduly worked up about it at this stage - most of us have had to go through a learning process via a few QC fails until we get the measure of things. Once you're fully confident that you know what will pass and what will not you can start to send multiple submissions at the same time again. Alan
  6. The OP has not told us which camera he's using. Alan
  7. Not as angry as Alamy would be if they had to look through all your other submissions and find another one that needs rejecting. If one image does not meet the standards it suggests that your technique may not be perfect and there could be more failures among your other submissions. We would all prefer it if they concentrated their efforts elsewhere rather than hire more QC staff and reduce our commission. All businesses require suppliers to meet their standards time and time again. It's up to you to prove that you can do that. Alan
  8. Perhaps you could tell us which model of Canon it is? Alan
  9. I've just had my second Alamywhack zoom in the space of about a year. This proves that there are still, even among 180 million images, opportunities to take unique shots that give meaningful results for buyers. Alan
  10. This one is a world away from the skunk cabbage picture. I think it would stand a chance of passing as it is, but if you downsize I think it would sail through. Alan
  11. Sorry, but this is not correct. If you view the picture at 100% (which Alamy does) the whole image is VERY unsharp. As described earlier, if one fails the whole batch automatically fails. It's exactly the same as QC in any other industry - if you supply a supermarket with apples and one of them is rotten, the whole batch will be rejected. This is why the batch is shown as a failure but the email only listed one image. This doesn't mean that all the other images would have passed - it's up to you to implement your own pre-QC quality control to ensure that all submitted images are good enough. You could try downsizing it as suggested above, but you must still check it very carefully at 100% and I'm inclined to think that this particular one is so wide of the mark that downsizing will not help. Alan
  12. I've got a house full of retro kit (14 at last count including a Dragon32 but mostly Acorns) but I haven't used any of it for years. I'm partway through a project to refurbish them all with a view to selling but have difficulty finding the time. Alan
  13. It's perfectly possible to straddle the two worlds seamlessly. I've been fascinated by technology ever since I pulled an old radio to pieces when I was 14. At the same age I became hooked on photography (in the Kodak Brownie days) and tried developing my own films. By the early 70s I was building electronic kits and when microprocessors came along I was fascinated by what they could do and saw the potential of digital immediately. I ordered a Sinclair Black Watch the moment they were announced, partly because of the possibility of being able to build a digital watch myself. I've built my own hi-fi in the past. In the mid-70s when I was working for the Civil Service I asked for a transfer to the Computing Department but was told I would find it boring and once there I would be stuck there for ever. A mere 6 years later I got my first home computer and have been programming for a living ever since (including a spell at the sharp end of digital technology in Silicon Valley). So much for "boring" and "stuck"! And yet... I don't use a smartphone, or a tablet, or a satnav, or a Kindle. I only adopt new digital technology when I actually have a use for it. I hate modern digital phones because the sound quality is simply not as good as analog. I love the possibilities of digital technology (back in the 70s I dreamed of the day when it would be possible to store all my photos and my music on a memory chip, because I recognised that was what would be possible with digital one day) but if analog works then I see no need to go digital unless it offers something that I can't live without. Alan
  14. I'm not an out and out jazz fan either but I watched it because I'm interested in understanding musical influences and I knew that Blue Note was very influential. Some terrific photographs. Alan
  15. The general consensus here is that this is misleading. Yes of course more keywords will lead to more people seeing your images, but if the keywords are irrelevant or peripheral the pictures are never likely to get zoomed or sold, and so all that will happen is that your CTR will be low and you will gradually sink to the bottom of the rankings. On the other hand, the late Keith Morris reckoned that if you put enough effort into thinking about keywords that might be totally relevant, by considering concepts as well as objects, you could very often fill the quota of 50. Alan
  16. I have a similar dilemma. My 5D2 and 24-105 are ten years old now - and my shoulders are ten years older! But I don't have a big budget so I can't afford to make a mistake if I replace them. I tried an X-T1 a few years ago but didn't like it. I also bought a NEX6 and although I've found it useful as a pocket camera the quality isn't as good as the 5D2 for Alamy purposes so it's been underused and I'm about to sell it. I would like to do more video but the 5D2 is showing its age and I would really like to get better video quality. I've eyed up the Sony A7ii, mainly for the video, but it would require changing all my lenses. I've also considered the Canon R, but it can't do 4k in full frame and although I only do HD video at the moment I might want 4k in the future. I was able the other day to briefly try a friend's R at a bonfire party but I just couldn't get it to focus in low light whereas my 5D2 did so without any problems. That may or course simply be down to my unfamiliarity with the camera, but the last thing I need is a camera with temperamental focusing. I've had those before and torn my hair out over it. So I continue to put my shoulders to the test with my present gear until I find the right solution. Maybe wait for the R2? Alan
  17. My photographic sideline is this: http://www.alanwrigley.photography/impsold My interest in photography took me in this direction: http://www.humblestation.co.uk Which in turn resulted in this: http://www.rheingoldtrauma.co.uk So photography has a lot to answer for. But I still make more money from Alamy than any of the others (just). Alan
  18. I had an entire 1st class carriage to myself all the way from Leeds to London once. It never occurred to me to photograph it ☹️ Alan
  19. My three this week were all landscape format. Back cover, front cover and inside. Alan
  20. Ha! Just found the file where I recorded my Alamywhacks. I've got six, all perfectly feasible search terms. I can give you one of them, because it doesn't exist any more so it can't be replicated: rödingen windmill. Alan
  21. To be really meaningful as an Alamywhack, it should surely be a possible 2-word search rather than an unlikely random one? I used to have a meaningful one but I can't remember what it was and it was back in the days when Alamy only had a handful of millions so it probably won't be there any more. Alan
  22. Three book sales this morning that were so good they've raised my average price for the entire year by 26%. The Alamy feel-good factor is still alive and kicking. Alan
  23. I was only answering the specific question about how to convert TIFF to JPEG. Editing is another matter entirely and given what Paul has told us, I think it would be beyond his level of expertise just now, without some further study as suggested by others. Alan
  24. All you need to do is load the TIFF into a photo editor and save it out again as a JPEG. Nothing more than that. I would think any photo editor, including free ones, will do that. The options for saving will include a quality setting. As long as you choose high quality you can't go wrong. Alan
  25. When I joined Alamy I bought a Coolscan 5000 with plans to scan my 30,000 or so (maybe 15,000 saleable). In the end I managed to find just 420 good enough for Alamy. I don't regret buying the scanner because it was when they were affordable and I didn't have any decent digital copies of any of my images, but it was certainly a shock to find that they wouldn't cut the mustard, including many that had sold over the years. The archival route wasn't available then, so if I can ever be bothered I may have a go at that one day. Alan
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