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  1. Hello everyone, There are so many beautiful photos and skilled photographers here that I feel very small. But full of inspiration. I started taking photos to go with my writing, but lately, I've been focusing more on photography and finding beauty in mundane tasks. After working on composition for a few years and finally felt that my skills were enough to invest in an interchangeable lens camera (I also needed better quality files for magazines and printed material). I love it! There is so much more to learn that I feel a huge sinkhole has opened up in front of me and I just want to jump in. Having the dials on the outside of the camera so I don't have to navigate through half a dozen menus just to change the shutter speed fills me with joy. There is so much more to learn before I can make a photo good enough for someone to buy, but I'm enjoying uploading them and learning about keywords and stuff. A small question - is there any crop ratios that are preferred? I'm using 3:2 because that was the default setting. I'm wondering if I should expand my world and try some other numbers... but there are so many to choose from. Can you suggest a reference I might read?
  2. Attica


    Hello from Spain. , i have been in Alamy for a six months and usually read the forum. I don´t lnow if a can participate much because my English is very bad but i will do what i can
  3. I've always wanted to make a documentation of beautiful moments, especially those created by nature, my love for colours and the beautiful free things nature gives us has led me into the journey of photography, in my free time I've always had the hunger to snap my environment and sometimes get to add colours to it. Despite not having any professional photography lessons, I've spent some of my time reading books on photography and expanding my ideas on this hobby. I'm a medical student in in a reputable University here in Nigeria, apart from photography, I also love playing soccer and traveling.
  4. Hello Folks!!!, I joined Alamy a few months ago but is only recently where I have started to upload photos here. I enjoy spending time in learning the art of photography right from conceptualising the shot to post processing it. While the aim has always been to become a better photographer, I thought I might try and dabble a bit in the stock world to see where it leads. Only today I thought I should join the forum and hence this introduction message. Thanks & Regards, Ramana
  5. Hi to all, 59 year old male, living in Corpus Christi ,Texas but was born and raised in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. My photography began as a hobby, (still is really,) when I was given a Nikon S6500 as a gift. This was also about the time that I was blessed with my one and only Granddaughter who, needless to say, has been thoroughly photographed. One thing led to another and with several more cameras in my possession here I am. Seemed to me that if I could make a little money doing something I enjoy it would be a good thing. In a short period of time I've learned that meeting Alamy's technical requirements requires much more attention to detail than anticipated. I've had one batch fail for noise which taught me how to use reduction methods more effectively when it was present. Since then no fails and three stars so, knock on wood, hope I'm getting the hang of it. I peruse the forums semi-regularly and often gain knowledge and insight through the posts of other members - my thanks. I hope that I'm improving as I go and I definitely would have done things differently on some of my submissions. Some of my recent subs still need additional keywords and I think I need to prune a few off some of the first ones. I'm starting to believe that more isn't always better even if not in the green. That being said, I welcome comment and criticism from any member kind enough to take the time. As I gain confidence and knowledge, I hope that I will be able to contribute to some of the Forum discussions as well. I know there are many questions that come to mind. I might even be the source of an answer or two. Thanks for reading my intro. My best to all, Jody Kowaleski
  6. Hi! Photography has been my hobby for some years now, but I'm new to the whole stock photography thing. Any requests you have that might be local to me, I'll do my best to seek out and snap shots of. Cheers! FD
  7. Hi, Just a quick note to introduce myself. Just getting my head around Alamy membership and beginning to sort out images to upload. Already grateful for tips from those in the from. Regards, Mark
  8. Hello, everyone. Just joined Alamy. I am currently in Ottawa and do not have experience in stock photography. I am amateur photographer, but hope for luck. Look forward to being a part of Alamy community. Regards, Oleh
  9. NIce to meet you! I'm new to introduce myself on the forum but contributor since 2007. Photography is my diary which opens my eyes to the world.
  10. Hello I thought I would introduce myself after signing up late last week! My name is Stephen, I'm a hobby photographer based in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. I received my current camera (Canon 700D) as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. Although I got the camera a while back I have only really started concentrating on my photography skills around May last year, and pursuing it as a serious hobby. I have had my eye on signing up as a stock contributor since Autumn last year, however I never had the confidence in my skills and questioned whether I would even pass QC! Last week I decided I shouldn't avoid it any longer and decided to prepare some images and submit then and see what happens, I was delighted they passed through QC! Hopefully in the coming weeks and months I will have filled out my catalogue quite a bit, currently trawling through my images over the last year and picking out what I want to add! I will no doubt be looking to the forum for help or advice from time to time, I will appreciate that support, and in time can hopefully return the favor. Thanks Stephen
  11. Hello fellow photogs! I've been lurking here for a while as I build my portfolio. I appreciate all the insight into Alamy I've read here (especially that damn Discoverability marker - I feel it mocking me every time I look at my portfolio! LOL!) I'm a cook and a photographer, which means most of my portfolio is food shots. I just moved back to Atlanta after living in Seattle the past 25 years, so I feel I have a whole new world to photograph! Nice to "meet" you all and I'm so glad there's a forum here where we can all share and communicate! Sharon
  12. I am a newbie for this community and glad to see all friends here. I know this site because my peer has ever recommended it several days ago. I hope we can share the most interesting things and valuable topic with you! Thanks! l! I am a veteran MMO game designer for a famous company -gold.raiditem.com. In the past few years, i provides many plans for NBA 2K 18 MT trading, ROI Gold serving and Revelation Online Coins farming consulting. I feel proud of gold.raiditem as its good reputation also makes me grow faster. All in all, honored to share my opinions here!
  13. Hi, I'm a relatively new contributor and thought I'd say hello! The forum has been very helpful for trying to figure this process out, so thanks so much to the regulars here! I haven't made any sales yet, and am just trying to pick away at downloading and keywording. Feel free to give me some feedback--and if there are any contributors who are located in Asheville, I would love to get together with you sometime and trade notes! Have a great day, Gloria
  14. Hi. I set up my alamy account ages ago but I've now finally decided to start uploading regularly. So far I have done a kind of test upload with live news at Bristol balloon fiesta just to get to know how it all works. I know everyone has asked this and I'm sure it's becoming a little tedious for the regulars on here. But 'dare I say it', any advice on keywords from those first pictures I have uploaded would be great. Picture feedback is also appreciated but before anyone says it, these where straight out of camera as it was the early hours of the morning when I uploaded so I already know there is an element of post processing missing from these. Regards James
  15. Thought I'd introduce myself after coming back from a long hiatus. I lost my account for a while and now I'm wanting to get back into the Stock Photography scene for a little bit of extra income. Could people take a look at my feed? Some of it is old from when I would bulk upload, but recently I've refined it a little more. Less bulk uploading, more picking and choosing. Any feedback is absolutely welcome. Tear my work to shreds if you have to, I want and need to get better. Thanks! James.
  16. new to stock photography so may need help from all My passion is photography and has been for many moons, back when digital was never heard of. I am hoping to be successful with selling my photos ,as the extra income would really help. any suggestions or help is welcome 1 John. Take care!
  17. Hello there! I'm a new photographer from the Netherlands. I've got a question about the QC. What is meant by "JPEG over 17 MB"? Does it mean I need to uncompress my photos before I upload them, or does it mean the maximum file size is at 17 MB? If I do have to uncompress my photos, are there any services that let you do that for free?
  18. I started to upload images here at the end of last year. I realised soon it is difficult to sell images on Alamy with little portfolios. So i had only few hope at first. Now I had surprised and happy for my first two sales.Today I am happy to say hello to all of you and hope to have an happy future here. If you want, you can also view at my portfolio and make comments or suggestions.
  19. Hello people I am New to stock photos taking picture now is my hobbies, I am single mom with Disability and just wondering if i can make money doing Photography,I did sold 5 times to other companies but that is not enough i don't have a lot of photos yet i did uploaded 3 photos here 1 on sale.So how is everybody doing here you making a lot of sale here? Please give me advise help me out thank you
  20. Greetings and Best Wishes from the Bluegrass State...home of great basketball, fast horses, beautiful women, world-renowned spirits, and the Colonel's Best (complete with eleven secret herbs and spices). Following a health-"inspired" early retirement, hoping to burn off excess energy by taking my camera into our beautiful countryside, mountains, waterways, cities and plains to get some pictures that others may find interesting or useful.
  21. I just joined Alamy last month and have been very busy uploading images so thought it was time to stop by and say hello to everyone and try out this discussions page. Not expectantly I haven't made a sale yet but these are early days and my portfolio is still building. Any suggestions or advice on the way ahead would be appreciated. Already having a problem with this post, tried to add an image but 'My Media' only has an attachment section so help please, how do I add an image?, can't find any guidance on the searches.
  22. hello feeling great to be a part of alamy. thank you
  23. Hi, I was recommended Alamy last year and have now tentatively stuck my toe in the water. I uploaded my 4 test images last Autumn and promptly did nothing for 6 months! Now trying to upload images and build up a stock that hopefully could bring in a little cash. I am not a photographer by profession, although I sometimes have to use my limited skills at work in a design and marketing studio. I've got over 9,000 photos on flickr, and I'm hoping that will make sorting out a few of the better ones for on here easier. I'm struggling with uploading at the moment though, I'm not finding it as straighforward as it appears! (How long does it usually take for a batch of uploaded photos to appear?) I'm into a lot of old stuff - cars and bicycles - and getting out on them on rides and road trips. Also a few air shows, and a few bits of local interest in and around Southampton. I'm not sure if there is any market for it all though! We will see ... Hopefully it will be worth the effort involved in uploading and tagging the images. Will be searching on here for tips to help with tagging photos, and what is worth uploading, permissions etc ... Mike. https://www.flickr.com/photos/29051501@N08/collections
  24. Hi folks, This is my first post here. I am coming from a microstock agency where I have been selling my pictures as RF since 2005 where I have more than 13.000 picutres. I am not a pro, but an engineer (electrical) who loves photography and find this as a way to help pay my bills and give more focus on photographic work. I love to travel, I define myself as a travel photographer if you will, so that´s mostly what you will find in my portfolio. I still have tons of images to process, and am always learning new things, I am open minded. I also know more or less what I don´t like much, studio photography, find it a bit boring to stay enclosed taking pictures. I also don´t like much taking pictures of models, rather take pictures of people, I mean, real people even though, I didnt explore much this (people images) in my portfolio, mostly architecture and landscapes (but things can always change). Oh yeah, I am brazilian, happily married (and my wife join me in most of my trips), no kids (the world is overcrowded anyway, but I am ok with kids), many friends and love pets (even though we don´t have any, small apartment, you know). I decided to join Alamy because I want to change from RF to RM, it seems to me that makes more sense focusing on quality than quantity and so maybe less sales, but more valuable ones, does this make sense to you? I am also sharing, I dont mind sharing experiences, actually I love to do that! So, if you are going anywhere I´ve been to, just ask me and I will gladly give you some tips. Same apply to photography, if in some way you think I can help you, I will always be there for you. I work with a Canon 5D Mark II (I would love to upgrade to a Mark III though) and process using Photoshop CC. In my trips I always bring my Gitzo tripod, a 24-105, a 17-35 and a 70-300 lenses. Later I bought a lensbaby which has been a lot of fun lens to work with. Enough for introductions, you guys have a wonderful weekend! Cheers,
  25. Hola! I've been adding photos like a mad woman the last couple of weeks and am up to 46 in my collection with many more to come. And I think I've figured out search terms as 5 photos have shown up in views! Hurray for small victories! I'm curious, do many of you post keywords in two languages? Currently, the vast majority of my photos are from Ecuador as that is my current home. Since Quito was once again selected as one of the top tour destinations in South America (and the world), I hope to capture some of the increased interested in travel and tourism to this beautiful country. It is so much more than the Galapagos... and that place alone is wonderful. I would also appreciate any feedback on the concept pseudonyms - do you use them and if so, why? If you have specifically chosen not to, do you think it has hurt your CTR rating? Looking forward to productive sales in micro-stock photography, Angie
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