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  1. I don't believe in jinxes, so I'll put this out there: last week marked 10 years since my last QC failure.
  2. I have managed to sell a few photos through Alamy and I would like to continue. The only issue is the last few times I submitted photos I failed the QC for a variety of reasons. I look at the photos and they look fine to me. After so many tries submitting photos and not passing QC, does a red flag come up every time one tries to submit, dooming one to fail all the time? I would very much like to continue to submit photos, despite being terribly discouraged about the failures. I have looked at the guidelines and I think I meet the standards with quality photos. Is there a way I might be able to send test photos or have someone look at them for a closer look as to why I have failed so that I do not fail in the future and having images all completely rejected? ANY comment or guidance would be most appreciated. Sandy Macys
  3. Just had a rejection on grounds of noise from a 100 ISO image, taken on a Canon EOS 5M, lightly processed. Looks fine to me at 100% - anyone else noticed a shift ( inexplicable or otherwise) in noise rejection policy?
  4. So glad I discovered this. I've been told by many in the forum to check my photos for sharpness at 200% on a Retina Display screen and have been doing so for some years now on my MacBook Pro when I am out and not able to use my iMac which has a regular screen, since the Retina Display screen makes everything appear so sharp. No more! I was toodling around on Adobe's site and came across this method for making the display on your Retina Screen emulate a regular screen in Photoshop, which means I get a better sense of how sharp an image really is, whether I may want to downsize slightly, and what any noise may actually look like. It also makes me more comfortable that I haven't oversharpeded my RAW photos when I view them this way. I thought this might be helpful for others who rely on their laptops while traveling. I still use 200% to check for dust. http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2013/01/viewing-photoshop-cs6-in-low-resolution-on-a-retina-display.html Read the first paragraph - the rest tells you how to download the correct version, etc if you have problems. I'm sure most of you are familiar with Julianne Kost, but for any photo newbies or those who just want to keep up with what's new in Photoshop and Lightroom and keep improving their skills, I highly recommend Julianne Kost's blogs and tutorials. I've taken classes with her at PhotoExpo and read her stuff/watch her videos a lot. Great way to learn & keep my skills sharp. There is so much you can do in Photoshop and Lightroom, that there is always something new to learn. If you have other tips for checking sharpness, feel free to add them to this discussion.
  5. First off, sorry if I'm doing this all wrong but I just signed up. I did my due diligence though, I think, and I can't find the info I'm looking for. I'm a stock photog since 2009 with a well known agency and have several hundred Ricoh GR files in my portfolio that sell well (for info, my other camera is a Nikon D800E). Submitting my three initial files here, just now, imagine my surprise when two Ricoh GR files are rejected outright because the 'camera is not good enough'! I might at his point quote Alamy Contributor Relations Manager, James A, (link here https://www.alamy.com/blog/meet-alamy-content-team-camera-bags ) who says: "My most prized possession though is that little camera at the bottom. The Ricoh GR. A fixed 28mm lens on what looks like a cheap and crappy little point and shoot (but it’s not cheap or crappy). You can keep it in your pocket and take it out anywhere and people just think you’re a tourist – incredibly handy for street photography or if you don’t like to draw attention to yourself. The image quality is mind blowing and I’d trade all the other gear I own to keep it! It’s got a bit of a cult following too, for good reason." So my question is: is this camera really black-listed (or not white-listed)? I would be hugely disappointed if this were the case.
  6. Good morning, dear forum members. Since my iPhone X supports RAW, I only use the Lightroom CC App to shoot and edit my pictures. The results after saving edited RAWS as JPEGs are incomparably better. 100% crop shows details I could never achieve by shooting JPEGs directly. Does anyone of you upload iPhone pictures to Alamy and if yes, is this a problem for QC? Full size: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tu98e6qn1ifyc0f/2.jpg Full size: https://www.dropbox.com/s/by12eotw0y95ebt/3.jpg Full size : https://www.dropbox.com/s/2cmrvfo9ah7sh0d/1.jpg Thank you and Kind Regards Orest
  7. Hello Friends, I recently joined Alamy and I am wondering how this site works to sell the photos. I have posted about 170 pictures on this site. Over 100 have been optimized to goos discoverability and yet I do not see any views on my image manager. Is it too early to expect? I have been here only for 2 weeks. another question regarding QC. If I upload a batch for 30 pictures and if they find one bad picture they reject all which i feel is very odd and it is a waste of time to re upload them again. In that case will it make sense to upload pictures individually instead of a batch? thank you for your inputs, suggestions and advise.
  8. I have been uploading a number of images, all but seven have been accepted on upload. The error message is that the image is too small and the JPEG size should be between 3-5 MB. These images are sized at 5.15, 3.20, 3.37, 3.89, 4.75, 3/47 and 4.91 respectively. Can anybody tell me why they have been rejected because they all seem to be correctly sized. Many thanks Sheila
  9. Anyone know when Alamy are closing/opening shop for QC over Christmas? BTW, Merry Xmas to all!
  10. I uploaded 41 photographs in the same batch. One of them got rejected so I got this message: "One or More Images Failed QC. This means the remaining images have been rejected without being assessed. " It doesn't make sense to me. It means I have to upload the whole thing again (except for that one photo) and go thru the whole process again. And if by any chance there's another photo out of the 40 I upload that doesn't pass QC, I will have to go thru the process again, and so on, and so on, and so on... Am I gonna have to upload one photo at a time?! Is there a way around this that I'm not aware of (I'm pretty new on this site) This is the only stock photo site I know where this happens. Has this happened to you? Thank You.
  11. I just started using Alamy, and after passing the test submission I submitted several submissions with about 50 photos in each one. On the first 4 submissions all of the photos were taken with a Nikon D750, but on the last couple there were a few photos mixed in that were shot with an iPhone and a point and shoot that I accidentally submitted. All of the photos were rejected the next day, including the first 4 submissions (that only used Nikon D750). In the email saying that the submissions failed QC, the reason was for a photo using the point and shoot in the third to last submission that the camera was not suitable for Alamy and that the image was too noisy. I agree and did not expect the image to pass, but all of the other submissions, including the ones only using the DSLR, were failed. I know that one submission fails if one photo does not pass QC, but does Alamy reject all of the submissions awaiting QC if one image in one submission fail? Thank you -Tomek
  12. Hoorah!! got 1000+ pictures on sale at last.............and promotion; now three stars for QC!! Does that happen 'cos I've passed the thousand mark?
  13. I uploaded a bunch of images on sunday, still not through quality control. Anyone else waiting to pass? Or?. Go to jail don't pass Go.
  14. I'm considering acquiring a GoPro Hero 6 for my videography purposes. Considering I could take this little package places my DSLR would die in, would it produce images with enough quality for Alamy QC? It has a 12MP 1/2.3 sensor and can shoot RAW, HDR, and has manual control.
  15. Just had my first QC failure since I don't know when. The offending image was taken with my new Panasonic GX80 micro 4/3 which was bought in an effort to save weight. Images from this camera have recently passed QC but this one being a landscape with the smaller than my usual aps-c sensor and with a base ISO of 200 rather than 100 may have caused the image to fall foul. Does anyone have QC experience with this camera, and any idea how long my sentence will be since I previously had a 3 star QC rating? Thanks Joe
  16. Hi everyone. I didn't see (until too late) that you only need to submit 3 images for testing now on Alamy. I had submitted 8 images, and because some sites would like 10, I submitted 4 more. Then I got my QC result back saying 3 things-- one image was soft or lacking definition, digital camera was not suitable for Alamy (though it is the same camera I used for the other 11 photos) and Number of images listed on that photo in the batch of 8. The other 7 and the 4 from the 2nd batch all said, we need all 3 images to pass, this image will pass if resubmitted, but check images with a failure reason. If only that had come back a little more quickly before I submitted 4 instead of 3... So, now it says my account is Locked for uploads for 10 days?! So I can't get approved for 10 days because all my images were fine in the 2nd batch but I sent one too many for the system or person (?) that does the reviews??? Just wondering if there is anyone I can talk to, in case they can lift the freeze so I can resubmit any 3 images that were fine, without having to wait 10 days. Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Crystalheartpix
  17. I've just had another photo rejected for noise. Photo taken on a Sony Nex 5N at ISO 400. Last photo to be rejected for noise was taken on the RX100, 5N has bigger sensor. What do you think ? https://postimg.cc/image/yam9zvrl7/
  18. My account was recently unfrozen after having a submission fail QC. How do I delete the failed submissions? Thanks
  19. I am fairly new to Alamy. I need to understand the consequences of failing QC. I have 329 images now and never failed until fairly recently. Then I was warned by someone on a FB forum that too many failures can result in permant banning from Alamy. I thought they were consecutive failures, but I had quite a few good uploads and then was failed for uploading a cellphone photo which had been accepted by at least three other agencies. I didn't realize they weren't allowed on Alamy. My account was frozen for 12 days. I have had two good uploads since then, but I currently only have a one star rating. My question is, if I have occasional failures as I learn the ways Alamy is different from other agencies, do I risk being permantely banned? Will I be banned the next time I have a failure (hopefully never, but I didn't anticipate the last two either)? I am putting in a lot of work keywording and optimizing my images on Alamy and I am afraid of putting in that much time and effort if I am risking bannishment. I very much want to work with this agency. I just need to understand the QC system better. What happens if you have multiple nonconsecutive QC failures? Thanks for any advice.
  20. A couple images I sent to Live News on Saturday, appeared in the News feed, and showed up in AIM as On sale. Then Sunday they appeared in AIM as awaiting QC and not on sale. That s where they are now. Is this something new? Anybody else have this happen to them recently? Maria
  21. Hi, I have not submitted anything for a long while. Now I submitted 7 images of which retrospectively I do agree one was poor quality (this one was using a camera not "supported" by Alamy). Remaining 6 were high quality better than I normally submit. However, the entire submission was failed and I got a 10 day ban. Is this normal that the entire submission gets failed? And what is the case with the ban?
  22. I read with interest the thread started by efk11, because I too have been blacklisted too. My last QC failure was on 1st February 2016. Since the new AIM came in I have always had 3* QC rating. Since my last failure, I have made 191 uploads totalling 2406 passed images. Now I have 1* QC rating and a ten day ban. Now the interesting bit, what failed? An image from “Digital Camera not suitable for Alamy” The camera in question is a Sony RX100iii. I will no longer use it, or its big brother the RX10 for Alamy. Just a warning to anyone using RX10 or RX100 cameras – beware!
  23. My apologies if this has previously been discussed at length already. I'm in the market for a drone and at first considered the DJI Inspire 1 Pro, with X5 Zenmuse lens. However, at €3800, it would take me a lot of sales to recover the initial outlay and I'm wondering if it's going to be worth it, as I don't plan on doing much else with it. Is anyone using a drone with a less superior camera, perhaps the X3 Zenmuse, and getting through QC with it? I would welcome any actual-experience views on what drones and lenses you are using to get through QC, please. But, perhaps not "I hear such-and-such drone/lens is good and/or should pass because of it's specs", as it's too much of a risk to take financially with the outlay. Thanks for any concrete advice. Steve
  24. Yesterday I submitted 18 photos to live news. Half went straight through the other half got put into QC in batches of 1. Today the half in QC all passed and went into my main portfolio, the others are still available on the news desk. Why did Alamy split the batch? I didn’t get an email explaining and the half that went into QC are all similiar/ relevant content so I don’t understand what happened. Any suggestions?
  25. When I saw this, I couldn't help but ask the question - why do we worry? No doubt this image was uploaded through the "archive" route as part of a gigantic upload (just look at the total number of images for this contributor) but still, it is disheartening to see this kind of material slipping through. Image ref = KCT8F1
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