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  1. Hey everyone! I've been with Alamy for almost two months and have learnt a fair bit so far. Would like your feedback on my images so far and room for improvement. Cheers Hai
  2. When preparing images for upload I develop RAW files in LR5.7 and finish them as TIFFs in PS CS2. I prefer to add tags at this stage, rather than when the image has passed QC. I keep a spreadsheet with details of every image with caption, tags etc. In the spreadsheet I separate the tags using commas, and multi-word tags with Quotation marks and commas. When I copy and paste the tags into the "keywords" box in PS CS2, all is well until I "OK" the file properties box to close it. Then PS CS2 instantly removes my quotation marks, and turns the commas to semi colons. The semi-colons seem to work like commas as tag separators so single word tags are OK. Tags with more than one word lose their quotation marks become single tags and have to be corrected later. I am at loss to know why PS CS2 does this, especially as, immediately below the "keywords box" is the text "commas can be used to separate keywords"! Can anyone help please?
  3. Hi all, I have tried my hand at Live News. My images have been processed and is now appearing in AIM with not for sale. My questions is from here do I have to update all the keywords, captions and RF/RM in AIM? I can't see the Headline and Caption which I added to metadata in Lightroom? Many Thanks Hai
  4. Hi everybody, my Alamy experience started badly with me having only 4 major sales in over one year and now 2 months from the last sale occurred in late May. It's my fault since i've uploaded in the beginning a lot of similars and may be bad keywordered files with the "cream" of having not properly post processed all my images. Most of you all veterans advised me about these things but it seems i'm a bad student My CTR is low but my views are up (few zooms actually) so it seems topics i covered are requested by customers and my CTR is not so bad. What do you suggest me at this point? 1) Delete badly post processed or similar files 2) Improve keywording BEFORE adding new files 3) Add new files caring more about the above points 4) Play with pseudos 5) Start a new account and add new files there I know 2) and 3) i should do by the way but it would be enough without doing 1) , 4) or the worst option 5) ? Thanks
  5. What are "super tags" and how can I add them to my photos? Rich
  6. This question may have been answered elsewhere. I have found that after adding a number of Tags to my images in the new Image Manager and picking those that I want as Supertags, I end up with duplicate Tags - one of each category. This appears to be an anomaly of the new tagging procedure. Should I be deleting the duplicate Tags so that I don't waste the same tag/keyword as a Supertag and as a Tag? If it is an software fault the when is Alamy going to fix it?
  7. Hi folks, I’m a newbie and I’m making some progress. Keywording and tags take much more time than checking QC on my photos. I’m realizing as I go along that I need to take more notes as I go along on trips. I’m so busy concentrating on taking photos that I haven’t taken the time to note down the names of streets etc. This causes me problems later, particularly if it’s a city I have never been to before. I had noticed that if I have the correct address for a building that discoverability goes way up! ​ How do you folks tackle this problem? I have read all of the recent posts on discoverability and most posts say that the "greenies" don't matter but I'd like to see something happen with my photos so I am trying! ​Thanks for all the comments, all of it is grist for the mill.
  8. This has probably been asked before but... When I look at my tags from images submitted a while back; I see there are several words which I submitted separately which now appear as one tag. For example one tag that reads "portrait face skill talent concentration" Is this because I did not separate the words with commas? Should I go back and separate these multiple word tags as they may hinder searches? Thanks, Chuck
  9. I have uploaded two batches this week and in both cases the metadata ie,captions and tags was not loaded. I now have to cut and paste individually for each image which is infuriating, Has anyone else had the problem or am I doing something wrong?
  10. Hi all, With the old system it used to be possible to open up two browser windows and copy and past keywords from one set of old images into another set of new images. This was particularly helpful when you just wanted to copy over old keywords into very similar photos. Saved one heck of a load of additional key wording time. Does anyone know if it is still possible to do this? Is there a work around? I have experimented with quite a few options but haven't found one yet. Thx. John
  11. I would like to have the option to designate a keyword/tag as a name so that it would bypass the translation software.
  12. I'd like to preface this by saying I like the new Alamy Image Management system. It's taken a little time to get used to, but seems to work well and I particularly like the ability to add phrases to tags. But I do have one query. Checking through my earlier images, their "Discoverability" levels are mostly indicated as "On Sale" with an orange bar. I gather that it's preferable for them to be "On Sale" with a green bar. To do this is simple enough, all I need to do is bring the number of tags up to 40 and 'Eureka' it changes to green. If I add 50 tags, then an image's discoverability is fully optimised. In AIM Q&As, It's stressed that all images should have at least 5 tags and serious contibutors will add many more, but I've always understood that tags should be pertinent and reflect the nature/location/concept etc of the image. Then question I've always asked myself is "Are my tags relevant to the researcher/buyer?" The briefing about this aspect is not completely clear, so before I spend hours in front of my monitor - rather than shooting new stock - does the orange/green bar really matter from the viewpoint of selling our images? Please can someone advise. Many thanks George Munday
  13. 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.
  14. Hi, I am curious about the order in which images appear when you do a search. For example I was at Downing Street Wednesday and took shots of George Osborne. I search George Osborne and Budget after uploading my images to see that I was the first to post. Great I thought mine will be the first images that appear when someone searches for Budget or George Osborne. Better chance of sale !!! An hour or so later I searched again and noticed my images were now on page 2. How is the order determined?
  15. I think with a lot of keywording we write is one of the best ways to boost the image search, if it is correct please someone help me and is an example of my image http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-traditional-farmers-of-paddy-east-java-indonesia-83577647.html?p=226185&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d0%26sortby%3d3%26qt%3deast%2520java%26qt_raw%3deast%2520java%26qn%3d%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26aoa%3d1%26creative%3d%26videos%3d%26nu%3d%26ccc%3d%26bespoke%3d%26apalib%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26et%3d0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3d0%26loc%3d0%26ot%3d0%26imgt%3d0%26dtfr%3d%26dtto%3d%26size%3d0xFF%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26archive%3d1%26name%3d%26groupid%3d84541%26pseudoid%3d%7b97A5F6C2-4649-470D-AB03-C3A606A84BCF%7d%26userid%3d%26id%3d%26a%3d%26xstx%3d0%26cbstore%3d0%26lightbox%3d%26resultview%3dsortbyRelevant%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26apalic%3d%26tbar%3d1%26pc%3d%26simid%3d%26cap%3d1%26customgeoip%3dID%26vd%3d0%26cid%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d1%26t%3d0%26edoptin%3d
  16. When I started with Alamy I was new to stock photography and foolishly uploaded and added captions, locations, tags and other attributes in Manage Images for many of my images. Is there anyway to download a spreadsheet with all this information so I can more easily add them back to my images in Lightroom?
  17. hi anyone know why i am not allowed to offer a shot with an unrecognisable person for commercial use through stockimo app. i though if they were unrecognisable it comercialy, but the app refuses it imediatly thanks
  18. Hi, Does anybody know how long it takes changes made to Tags and Captions in Stockimo to be reflected on Alamy? Regards Carl
  19. Clearly proper keywording is an art that I have failed to master. Alamy's recent changes showing all keywords below the image makes that all too obvious. Before I go back through and modify keywords for all 1671 images I'd like a clear plan of what I need to change. Rather than focusing on additional keywords that are needed, I'd primarily like help with organizing and annotating them (of course I'll gratefully accept suggestions for additional keywords as well). I'm guessing this discussion will benefit others as well. For discussion purposes I've selected a recent image at random. Most of my images have at least as many keywords as this image and many of them have more. I've provided the image information as I entered it below and the very last section includes the keywords as reorganized and edited by Alamy. Until this week I had no clue what Alamy does to the keywords but now I recognize it's a miracle any of my images are found at all. Questions that come to mind are: How do I format "United States of America", "United States", "North America", North American", US, USA, U.S., U.S.A., etc. and where do I put them? What about city and county names like Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, Saint Augustine, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Saint Johns County that have alternate spellings and multiple words. my name "Lynn Palmer" Entering website URLs like www.lynnpalmerstudio.com and so forth. Inclusion of plurals English vs. American spellings, commonly used names from other languages? Inclusion of common misspellings Orientation and image qualities like portrait, landscape, black and white, B&W, color, vertical, horizontal, pano, panorama, etc. and anything else I've missed... Image: DRTDP8 Caption: Arched transom window, dated arch keystone and entry porch roof of the lighthouse keeper's cottage. Description: Arched transom window, dated arch keystone and entry porch roof of the lighthouse keeper's cottage. The Saint Augustine lighthouse was built in Saint Augustine on Anastasia Island in 1874. Designed by Paul J. Pelz it stands 165 feet (50 meters) tall, has 209 steps, eight landings and is listed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places. Location: Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, USA Keywords As Entered: Essential Arched transom window dated keystone 1871 porch roof Main [Anastasia Island] historic lighthouse quaint [st. Augustine] [saint Augustine] 1871 1874 [st. Johns County] [saint Johns] Florida FL USA Comprehensive America American "United States" "United States of America" "North America" "Lynn Palmer" "www.restlesslightphotography.com" "www.lynnpalmerstudio.com" Keywords As Shown by Alamy: America, American, "United, States", States, of, America", "North, "Lynn, Palmer", "www, restlesslightphotography, com", "www, lynnpalmerstudio, com", Arched, transom, window, dated, keystone, 1871, porch, 1874, [Anastasia, Island], historic, lighthouse, quaint, [st, Augustine], [saint, Johns, County], Johns], Florida, FL, USA
  20. Basically I'm wondering how many search queries are made in English and how many in other languages. Anyone having an idea? Of course most contributors will tag their images mainly with English terms. As a bit of a polyglot myself (I speak 8 languages), I have become used - besides English & Latin - to tagging my wildlife images with the vernacular names in Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish as well. A habit I started a couple of years ago on my Flickr-stream for the benefit of my many foreign contacts . ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerbosma/ ) In the search queries that generate hits I hardly ever find non-English search terms though, ocasionally the odd German, Dutch or Polish one. Tagging in languages other than English could of course have the advantage of a lot fewer images showing up and mine often constituting a considerable portion of them. Still I don't really have the idea that too many Alamy customers search in other languages than English. Considering the fact that Alamy has a German office as well, I had expected a lot more German searches (I translate all the main keywords in german as well), but so far that has been rather disappointing. Does anyone else have good experiences with tagging in other languages? If so, do they result in sales? Would like to have your feedback on this, thanks!
  21. I found I had some pictures show up in a search for White Tiger, and when I looked they were photos I uploaded on Sunday, with no white tigers. But I can see where the problem has arisen. They went up in the News Feed. Caption: "Members of the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team, known as the White Helmets, performing at the Glasgow Show 2013 on Glasgow Green. The team started in 1927; members of the team are all serving soldiers in the Royal Signals who perform on their 1970s 750cc Millennium Triumph TR7V Tiger motorcycles around the UK between April and September." 'White Helmets' is also in the Esskeys, but the two I checked don't have Tiger in any keyword field, and I think I just copied and pasted. I usually go back into News Feed images and move some of the Caption info into the description field, to avoid this sort of issue, but in this case, I think I need to keep the model of motorcycle in the caption, as it's possible a buyer may be wanting that particular model, and I'd be inclined on reflection to put the make into the MainKeys also. Any suggestions to avoid 'white tiger' searches, or it it just tough on searchers? (I know I can salvage my CTR by putting this batch into a pseudo.) TIA
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