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  1. In trying to keep from falling into the trap of keyword spamming, I wondered if anyone here could answer this question: If I have the keywords "swallowtail" and "butterfly" for an image, is it redundant to add "swallowtail butterfly"? Or, by having "swallowtail butterfly", does it make it more likely that my image will show up higher in the search results if a customer searches for "swallowtail butterfly"? And, going the other way, if I have only keyworded "swallowtail butterfly", will my image appear in search results for just "swallowtail" or "butterfly"? Megan
  2. The image below is yet to be submitted here for my portfolio. I just dug it out while working on a cancer-fund-raising campaign for a terminally ill patient. The image proved to be very effective, particularly so, as the gentleman in the image is the subject of our campaign. I suppose images with the possibility of being included in social campaigns can indeed be fairly useful from stock pov. And, the ironical fact of the matter is that while shooting this image, I wasn't aware at all as to the context in which I'll be using this image one day. Of course now I will need to be just that much more careful while keywording this & similar images.
  3. Hi All I have just upgraded to windows 10 which has finally killed my legacy keywording workflow I am looking for a tool that can help me: 1. easily sort individual keywords 2. remove duplicates 3. if it can also suggest additional keywords that would be great 4. if it could correct or warn about my atrocious spelling - even better Some of you oldtimers will be able to recognize this as the now, completely dead (not mostly dead), ImageKeyworder Thanks for any and all pointers and suggestions
  4. Hi, i am new to alamy. I've been uploading my photos with metadata to this site. But, my keywords for e.g: apple, fruit, red appear as apple fruit red. Do i have to add comma between them or is it okay without keywords? Any help is appreciated!
  5. Is it possible to update one's keywords on an Apple mobile device like iPad or iPhone? Just tried to do it now and got an error message that Adobe Flash is required...which isn't supported by Apple .
  6. Hi over the last few weeks I had several search results in All of Alamy which I don't understand. 1. F59CMG. This picture showed up in a search for "make a bird house", although the word make is neither in the keywords nor caption. 2. Two searches, one for "liguria sea", the other for "Liguria sea". Same day, 100 views (i.e., one page) each. On the two searches, different images of mine showed up. Are keywords case-sensitive after all? 3. A picture of mine showed up in a search for "erdnussöl", which is German for peanut oil. I only used English keywords. Is there an automatic keyword translation mechanism? 4. One of my pictures has, among others, the following keywords: "cow bell, cheese making". It showed up in a search for "cow bell making". Why? I thought by using commas to separate key expressions rather than individual keywords I could prevent such false results.
  7. Hi Anyone else having problems with the Manage Images tabs? Drop downs do not appear to be working in the attributes section. I cannot exit without resorting to Task Manager and closing from there. I am running Windows 7 Pro and using latest Firefox browser Chris
  8. I got the "Our Customers want your US images" email, which reminded me of this keywording question. All my images are from the US. I usually do not put any country identification in my keywords (and stopped using the "Location" field long ago). I figure that someone looking for an image in the US will search for a more specific location, but I've concluded that I need to add country ID. So what to add?: US, USA, United States, America, all of the preceding? How about the location field?
  9. Being able to take a great photo is a good start to becoming a successful stock photographer. Being able to process your photos to maximise their impact on a website is also an important skill. Being able to describe your photos to a potential buyer however is an essential and sadly often ignored part of the process. Read more...
  10. Does the Alamy Search Engine recognise special characters such as accents? For example if I have a photo of a cafe which was taken in France, is it worth adding the keyword Café as well as Cafe? Does anybody keyword in foreign languages as well? Does it help with distributor sales or do clients predominately search in English as it is an English site? Many Thanks Michael
  11. We're starting to work on something we've wanted to do for a while now: improving the upload and keywording process. Although our turnaround times for image processing are one of the quickest in the business, it's clear that our upload tool and keyword management areas of the site could be far more user friendly. We're looking at vastly streamlining the whole process to make keywording and uploading more elegant and efficient which should make submitting images to us a far more enjoyable experience. So what would you want to see changed / bought in? We're already sold on the idea of removing the flash element of manage images, and we have plenty of other exciting ideas up our sleeves for how we think things could be made better, but we're looking for your top 3 things you'd like to see improved. Every idea will be read and considered. Cheers Alamy
  12. Oh, joy. If the referendum goes the way the polls are suggesting, we at Alamy may have to edit our Scotland keywords, though from what to what, I haven't got to grips with yet. But I do use 'UK' throughout my archive! Think carefully before voting, everyone north of the border - every one counts! Richard.
  13. Why put keywords in quotation marks? In their guidelines Alamy state that putting keywords in quotation marks: "Tells the search engine to only find results where the search terms are an exact match for the keywords." And the benefits are: "... images keyworded in this way will be found earlier in the search results." However, when I run a test on my own images this doesn't seem to be the case. I chose the fairly unusual term "queen excluder" (a piece of equipment used by beekeepers), which gave me a manageable number of results. When I enter the search term in quotation marks I get 19 images (under the 'Relevant' tab). My first image is number 8, and of the 7 images before it only one shows the term in quotation marks. When I enter the term without quotation marks I get 193 results and my first image is still number 8 with exactly the same images (6 of which don't have the term in quotation marks) coming before it. So, what's the point of adding quotation marks?
  14. Hi there! I have started a couple of months ago and am still testing the waters at Alamy. As the keywording process here is so very tiresome and time consuming my portfolio is still very small. I am thinking about outsorcing the keywording process and would highly appreciate if anyone could share his or her experiences and recommend a keywording service provider. As I have quite a few accepted images that still need to be keyworded it would be perfect if there was a service provider that could keyword these images too. Cheers, Andreas
  15. Hello! I have been a member for about a month and I am slowly uploading images on Alamy. I only have 59 on sale and a few others waiting to be keyworded, but the ones which are already on the website don't seem to be visible. I have 20 views and no zooms. I know this is quite early to ask, but am I doing something wrong? Should I choose other keywords for my images or it simply takes more time to have views and then sales?
  16. What Alamy stock (NOT NEWS) keyword fields ("Caption," "Essential Keywords," "Main Keywords," "Comprehensive Keywords") correspond to the IPTC categories, such as "Headline," "Description," "Keywords"? Is there any way to enter the IPTC data to match EXACTLY Alamy's way of breaking down the keywords? I would like to be able to upload and already have ALL the fields filled without having to shift them around. If it is relevant, I am using Photoshop Elements 9. I'm sure this has already been covered, but I searched and searched for an answer and couldn't find it. Thank you!!
  17. Greetings, folks, I'm new here and have a question: Are Alamy keyword searches case sensitive? I hunted around the previous posts for the answer without success. Don Douglas
  18. Hi Wanted any bodies thoughts on using key wording companies . I have approx 300 images on Alamy but have limited time to add back log of images and future images due to commissioned work. Currently I caption all images myself using the Alamy guide lines but I am considering using one of the companies recommended in Alamy resources. My questions are to anybody who has used these services. 1. Did it result in a noticeable increase in ctr and or sales ? 2. What was the approximate cost per image and was this justified in returns. ? 3. How easy was the process with regards to existing Alamy uploads and new images ? I appreciate this might be a lazy option but if it frees my time to take more photographs and process my back log then it appears to be a good idea. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
  19. Has anyone else with a newer Mac tried using the Dictation software included in Mountain Lion and Maverick operating systems? I just tried it out on key wording and it seems like it might have a lot of potential for simplifying what to me is a very tedious process.
  20. When I've uploaded some new images and they need keywording, in 'Manage Images' I like to have 'all images' open so that I can copy keywords from any similar images to the new images. I know you can just see any un-keyworded images as that comes up by default but then you can't see your existing pictures. It would be a good idea when looking at 'all images' if any un-keyworded images had a red box around them to make them stand out from the others and to let you know they aren't yet keyworded. John.
  21. I’ve been posting images to Alamy for a couple months now and I’m trying to make sense of how to optimize my keywording for improved views, zooms and hopefully sales. So far I’ve kept my keywords focused and fairly sparse to avoid coming up in searches that don’t fit the image. I’ve been perhaps a bit too successful since I’m also not getting loads of views and zooms…or sales. I’ve been reviewing My Alamy and find that with few exceptions the majority of searches are simple one, two or three word searches that result in thousands of views. Common words like “race”, “white cat”, “jellyfish”, “animals funny” and “cruise ship” are some of the most recent searches and resulted in over 14,000 views apiece. I gave up trying to find my white cat images after 50 pages so no surprise I wasn't zoomed. One searcher uses a much more complex system, for example “house colorful not fun not bird not food not dish not girl not family not man not woman not cute not animal not dog not cat not child not baby”, but his results also pull up thousands of images so the advantage of such a lengthy search term isn’t clear to me. You can comment on my keywords for any image but if it makes it easier, take a look at my keywords for this image DB6WD9 – RM. It's one of my more sparsely keyworded images. Caption: Man casting rod and reel, fishing from the beach in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Essential Keywords: man cast fishing beach rod reel surf sand sea Main Keywords: Atlantic Ocean surf waves [Fernandina Beach] [Nassau County] Florida USA Location: Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, USA Also, I'm having a lot of trouble keywording two images, DDGG98 – RM and DDGH8D – RM, since I'm not good with vehicle identifications.
  22. Re image: DA6GX8 Any advice on why this image was displayed to a customer who used the following search term: "black businessman uk" Keywords used: Yes - I used the keywords: businessman, UK Yes - I have use the keywords: "black and white" "black & white" b&w bw Question: how should I have key-worded this image to indicate that the image is "black & white", and not a black businessman. Thanks for any advice. Tony
  23. I'm a recent contributor and new to key-wording. In a previous post on Key-wording - some-one mentioned the importance of having Key-Words in the correct order. Could you please comment / explain this. Thanks Tony
  24. I'm a recent contributor and new to key-wording. In a previous post on Key-wording - some-one mentioned the importance of having Key-Words in the correct order. Could you please comment / explain this. Thanks Tony
  25. The keywords themselves I don't have an issue with, but I find I'm wasting too much time with redundancy. I put all the effort into keywording in Lightroom, yet when brought into Alamy, I have to redo it. I downloaded the Lr plug in for Alamy in the hopes to alleviate some of the wasted time and monotony. But before using it I have some questions to be sure I do it correctly and don't mess up anything I've already done or have in Lr catalogs. At present I have both Lr 3.5 and 4.4, with 4 different catalogs; 1 exclusively for Alamy. I use Collections to keep track of those I've used in Almay and other sites by using their Name and label color. I have a separate folder for each of the stock sites I use with a copy of the JPEG sent within them. All my original/sent images are on 4 external hard drives (use 1, 3 as backups of which 1 is offsite) and have backups of catalogs on 3 different external drives (1 flash drive to transfer to offsite external). Yes I'm paranoid, but if anything goes wrong, I will lose very little. If needed to know: I use a 27" iMac with 12GB RAM, 3.3GHz duo core CPU, calibrated with Spyder Elite 4 and have only necessary things on the internal drive; 930GB free of 1TB. So the questions: 1. When using the plug in, I first should just upload the images w/o keywords. Correct? 2. After images are accepted, then use it to put in the keywords in the perspective places and shoot it back to Alamy. Yes? When I do this they will be where they should and all I need to do is license, etc. if I choose to do that within Alamy. 3. Using this plug in will not effect the images that are used on other sites. Right? Meaning if either I use a Virtual Copy for Alamy and original on another or visa versa, the plug in won't affect the other. Or if I use different catalogs for stock sites it won't interfere with any of them. 4. I've always preferred not using plug ins; i.e. for Flickr, etc., but hope I can get detailed info on how to use this the best way w/o any chance of corruptions, etc. Thanks in advance for any assistance! Charly
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