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Good afternoon, I've been in ALAMY for 1 year more or less, I have published around 1000 images, and I have not sold any yet, I would like you to look at my portfolio, and if possible tell me how you see it, the purpose is to learn, and to be able to get some extra money from my passion, thank you very much

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Pedro, welcome to Alamy.

 

About your portfolio: you are making some basic mistakes. You have a lot less than 1000 images if you consider that most are similars. How many pics of a young woman looking at her phone do you need? The general suggestion for uploading similar pics is three. Alamy likes images of people doing things. My guess is that looking at a phone is NOT one of those things anymore. 

 

I lived in Seville for most of 2019. It is a lovely, historic Spanish city. I see none of that in your portfolio. Just today I had a $$$ sale of a sign on a restaurant in your city. 

 

Sorry.

 

Edo

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Hi Pedro,

 

My first reaction to your port is that many of the images are typical of those available from a micro stock source. Also lots of similars as mentioned by Ed above. Additionally, many I viewed were public domain images, and a potential licensee may well search for a free source. The above can effect sales. Have you placed these images anywhere else?

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Just now, TRIGO said:

Hola, perdon pero no entiendo eso del "licenciatado publico" lomsiento pero no se aque se refiere,gracias

 

 

Sb Photos means that some of your images appear to be publicly available for free. So why would a client pay to use one of your images on Alamy if it's free on the web already.

 

(p.s. I haven't checked myself, just explaining)

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Hace 7 horas, Ed Rooney dijo:

Pedro, bienvenido a Alamy.

 

Acerca de su cartera: está cometiendo algunos errores básicos. Tienes mucho menos de 1000 imágenes si consideras que la mayoría son similares. ¿Cuántas fotos de una mujer joven mirando su teléfono necesitas? La sugerencia general para subir fotos similares es tres. A Alamy le gustan las imágenes de personas haciendo cosas. Supongo que mirar un teléfono ya no es una de esas cosas. 

 

Viví en Sevilla la mayor parte de 2019. Es una ciudad española preciosa e histórica. No veo nada de eso en tu cartera. Hoy mismo tuve una venta de $$$ de un letrero en un restaurante de su ciudad. 

 

Perdón.

 

Edo

buenas tardes y gracias por contestar, si es verdad que tengo contenido similar, pense que al cambiar, modelo y localizacion seria mas vendible, el tema de fotografiar sevilla, calles monumentos, parques, etc, se refiere ha hacerlo en modo editorial???

 

gracias

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28 minutes ago, Steve F said:

 

Sb Photos significa que algunas de sus imágenes parecen estar disponibles públicamente de forma gratuita. Entonces, ¿por qué pagaría un cliente por usar una de sus imágenes en Alamy si ya es gratis en la web?

 

(ps no me he revisado, solo explicando)

Y como es eso?? haber so me estoy equivocando y las estoy poniendo gratis🤦‍♂️,es por marcar la casilla de dominio publico??????

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Sí, Pedro, si no tienes un modelo de autorización para una persona o una autorización de propiedad, debes decir que no la tienes y hacer clic solo para uso editorial.

 

Padro, odio decírtelo, pero parece que no sabes mucho sobre Alamy o fotografía de archivo. Necesitas aprender. Buena suerte.

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Es cierto qeu no se mucho de Alamy, tienes toda la razon,respecto a la autorizacion del modelo, no me refiero a eso, que si que las tengo, por eso no las pongo en editorial, me refiero al que el compañero Steve, me ha comentado, segun he entendido, que tengo las fotos, en modo gratuito, y he preguntado si es por que marco la casilla de ,"contenido publico".

De fotografia de archivo, es cierto que se poco, por eso el entrar en el foro y preguntar, para que los que si saben de este tema, me asesoren un poco

 

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!Buena Sera Pedro!

Sorry that you haven't got any sales yet. Can I suggest that you look in books, magazines, online articles, online newspapers on your phone etc. for stock photos. You can tell which ones are stock photos because the image credits will name the agency. The ones that you see, well these are the successful ones that sell. Compare these to the ones you are producing. An example: https://www.theguardian.com/info/2020/mar/25/the-guide-staying-in-sign-up-for-our-home-entertainment-tips

 

Some observations:

1. Clients keep asking over and over for 'authentic photos'. What this means is, that the people in the image look natural and not posed. Too many of your photos look like the people are posed and not natural. It should look like they're actually doing what they're supposed to be doing, not just faking it. E.g.

 

Looks too staged. Also, what theme are you trying to show here?

Young woman, with short hair and a red T-shirt, drinks coffee with a dark thermos, leaning on a railing - Stock Image

Holding a blank phone, i.e. they're obviously posing and not actually using the phone!! Also, I'm trying to work out if the chest or the phone is the main subject here....

closeup of smartphone, held by woman's hands with black painted nails - Stock Image

Also, I know I've sent you a link to some example pictures where someone is looking into the camera, but normally this is a big no no. Images where the model is looking directly into the camera just draws massive attention to the photographer and the fact that the picture is posed and not 'natural'.

short-haired young woman, looks at camera, while holding a smartphone, drinking coffee, and listening to music on a yellow wall background, giving it - Stock Image

Ditto comments above. What would someone use this picture to illustrate? People don't look at blank phones.

closeup of smartphone, held by woman's hands with black painted nails - Stock Image

It's good that your model has simple clothes, simple colours,  but the coffee cup is huge and distracting

young woman with short hair, walks down a street, and drinks coffee, while talking, on her mobile phone - Stock Image

 

What concept are you trying to illustrate here?

middle-aged man, with a beard, looks to the side with a cup of coffee in his hands and crossed legs, on a black sofa, with a wall, white background, c - Stock Image

 

Great, you've got a theme, making online payments with your phone. But it's not obvious, it's a really tiny part of the photo. You should have zoomed right in so you're only showing each hand and what they're holding plus some of the blue t-shirt behind. Or at least not shown so much empty white space around because the main subject - the person - is tiny.

middle-aged man, with a beard, places an order on the phone and makes the payment with a credit card, sitting on a black sofa, with white wall backgro - Stock Image

 
Very artistic, but again, what is someone going to use this for? It won't be used to e.g. illustrate traditional Spanish cuisine or even to illustrate bell peppers.

small peppers of various colors on a light blue background - Stock Image

 

If I wanted to illustrate bell peppers, I'd pick a picture more like (just random pictures from Alamy):

Multi-colored Bell Peppers in a row - Stock Image

or

Red bell peppers photos, pictures & images - Stock Image

 
2. So yes, that's another tip, compare what you're photographing to what's on Alamy already.

 

3. I'm assuming you've left copy space at the top (space for text to be inserted by the buyer if they want to), but these pictures are so gloomy, the chess pieces look really small in the picture. It is a generality, but brighter, well exposed images tend to sell better. These look deliberately arty (too dark), can't see them selling to illustrate a chess concept.

chess piece, white queen beats black king, on board - Stock Image

 

cherry tomatoes, on black tablecloth, next to wooden razor, and black background illuminated from above, with bright colors, concept of healthy vegeta

- Image ID: 2G3C9NK

 

Way way way too dark. Dark colours, and in particular, black, are not associated with 'healthy'. Also, I know you're on other stock agencies, it looks like you've copied and pasted some captions (titles) and they've got chopped off because there's more than 150 characters.

cherry tomatoes, on black tablecloth, next to wooden razor, and black background illuminated from above, with bright colors, concept of healthy vegeta - Stock Image

 

A bit underexposed. Also, images with people in sell well. If you actually took some pictures of people actually playing a game, that would be great. You can have faces in, or not even, just show some hands holding some cards and some drinks on your table. Make it look like it's actually happening and not just set up. Best is to photograph an actual poker game.

casino chips, of different colors, with a deck of cards, to play poker on a green table. - Stock Image

 

 

4. Back to making things look more natural:

 

Smiling - looks too posed.

young girl holding a credit card and using a smartphone to make a purchase. Online shopping concept - Stock Image

 

All the photos with the computer have the screen switched off - people don't tend to work on computers with the screen switched off!! - these are highly unlikely to sell. You've already got property in these images because the phone and card may be identifiable - just sell these as editorial only. Images like this are highly unlikely to sell for advertising purposes anyway. Also, the phone is at the correct angle for the person holding it, the card is at completely the wrong angle, looks like it's being shown to someone else. If you're worried about someone being able to read the numbers on the card, then just use a lower F number and focus on the phone so the card is more blurred.

Close-up of hands with a credit card making a purchase with the laptop. Online shopping concept - Stock Image

 
5. Ditto what Ed said, show more pictures of Spain and Spanish food. And you've got too many similars, this will hurt your search ranking.
 
I hope this helps.
Stephen
 

 

 

 
 
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I mix of green herbs on white background Stock Photo

 

 

I realise you're not captioning in your native language, and I appreciate the difficulty, but you need to caption and keyword accurately.

The above photo looks to me like the content of a bag of pot pourri (popurrí) with a lot of dyed, dried plant-origin materials.

But you have captioned it "mix of green herbs on white background", which is wrong.

Also, most of your keywords are totally wrong:

agriculturebaby, background, biological, chives, closeup(?), cooking, diet, dill, favor, food, fresh, garden, green, greener, health, healthy, herb, ingredient, isolated, kitchen, leaf, leafy, lettuce, mix, mixture, organic (?), parsley, plant, raw, salad, up, high, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian, vitamin,

 

So your caption should read 'contents of a pot-pourri packet on a plain background*' and the keywords could be, pot-pourri, dyed, green, plain background, texture, textures... maybe someone else could suggest some more? - I've run out of ideas.

 

There is absolutely no value in adding wrong keywords. If you thought up fewer, but accurate keywords, you'd waste less time looking up translations for wrong words.

I hope you didn't use one of the auto-keywording programs. If you did, this shows how totally inaccurate these programs usually are.

 

I see the very next photo in your portfolio has the same pot-pourri contents surrounding a lamp (why?) and you have captioned it as "grass".

 

*Your background, as it is in your photo, is not white.

 

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I know you won't appreciate this, so I'm going to throw in a quick comment then return to the uncontroversial matter of inaccurate keywording.

Much of your portfolio looks like the cheesiest* microstock from c2005. Micro has moved on since then, and that's a totally different market from Alamy.

*muy cursi

 

Anyway, back to keywording.

tops of palm trees seen from the ground, with blue sky Stock Photo

 

 

Keywords:

1929, america, andalusia, architecture, capital, city, coloration, cultural, culture, display, environment, europa, european, fountain, freshness, frog, garden, historical building, history, landscape, lion, national, nature, palm, panoramic, parkland, plant, seville, spain, spring, square, tile, tour, tourism, travel?, urban, visit, water,

 

Sorry to be so harsh, but really, what would a buyer think if they were looking for a photo of a fountain, a frog, a historical building, architecture, water ... etc?

You won't sell to them, they won't suddenly think, "I wanted a photo of a frog, but I'll take a photo of four palm trees instead". They'll just have a really bad impression about Alamy, and you're doing the rest of us a dis-service.

 

Where on earth did you get these ridiculous keywords?

¡Paradlo ya!

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1 hour ago, Cryptoprocta said:

I know you won't appreciate this, so I'm going to throw in a quick comment then return to the uncontroversial matter of inaccurate keywording.

Much of your portfolio looks like the cheesiest* microstock from c2005. Micro has moved on since then, and that's a totally different market from Alamy.

*muy cursi

 

Anyway, back to keywording.

tops of palm trees seen from the ground, with blue sky Stock Photo

 

 

Keywords:

1929, america, andalusia, architecture, capital, city, coloration, cultural, culture, display, environment, europa, european, fountain, freshness, frog, garden, historical building, history, landscape, lion, national, nature, palm, panoramic, parkland, plant, seville, spain, spring, square, tile, tour, tourism, travel?, urban, visit, water,

 

Sorry to be so harsh, but really, what would a buyer think if they were looking for a photo of a fountain, a frog, a historical building, architecture, water ... etc?

You won't sell to them, they won't suddenly think, "I wanted a photo of a frog, but I'll take a photo of four palm trees instead". They'll just have a really bad impression about Alamy, and you're doing the rest of us a dis-service.

 

Where on earth did you get these ridiculous keywords?

¡Paradlo ya!

 

Frog probably comes from frog's eye view = worm's eye view. Which it is.

 

wim

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1 hour ago, wiskerke said:

 

Frog probably comes from frog's eye view = worm's eye view. Which it is.

 

wim

And 1929 could be the number of fronds on the palms.

 

Good game, good game ...

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11 minutes ago, Cryptoprocta said:

And 1929 could be the number of fronds on the palms.

 

Good game, good game ...

Haha.

My guess is that most of these keywords probably come from keywording tools.

Try searching your name/pseudo on stock sites where you have no images.

There are now 49 images tagged wiskerke on Depositphotos and 44 on Shutterstock. And no I'm not a contributor there. Not yet anyway.

It's probably because I used to have my name as a keyword to make searching easier. Well it worked for the keyword scraper tools.

 

wim

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Buenas tardes , veo que la gracia,elocuencia y mala educacion, no es nativa del sur de europa, respecto a los comentarios de los dos "super especialistas en stock" que por otro lado solo tienen fotos editoriales, las faciles, deciros que a diferencia de ustedes, soy muy nuevo en el tema del stock, entre en este foro, con el ingenuo ,pensamiento de que seme asesorase un poco, respecto a mis fotos....que estan mal etiquetadas??? seguro , pero ustedes etiquetabais vuestras fotos perfectamente cuando empezasteis????? lo dudo mucho, de todas las maneras , la forma de hacer un chiste barato y malo, de una peticion de ayuda , deja a las claras de que pasta estais  echos los dos, de todas formas muchas gracias por vuestros comentarios "expertos", espero que nunca tengais que pedir ayuda o consejo a nadie.

un saludo y muchas gracias.

 

PD: Ahora podeis decir todo lo que os de la gana,que por supuesto no contestare mas.

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In case anyone gives a hoot, the reply is rude and as far as I can tell, sarcastic. I can't find a translation for the main slur "made of pasta". It may be very rude.

 I wonder if "bite the hand that feeds you" translates into Spanish.

Hasta la vista, baby.

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Earlier I used Google Translate to read Pedro’s Spanish. I see he no longer lists a large percentage of his images as public domain. As Alamy’s language is English it must be very difficult to effectively contribute images and communicate here. Also the hard truth can be difficult to accept, but there was no need for him to be insulting after we tried to help.

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Funnily enough, when I started in stock, my keywording was perfect - probably much better than it is nowadays - as not only did my other place formerly insist on pixel perfection, 'their ideal' lighting etc, but they rejected for poor keywording. Those were the days!

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here I go again:

in ACR or similar:

a. exposure slider add +0.4

b. contrast slider to +60
c. highlights slider to -80

d. shadows slider to +80

e. texture slider to +40

f. vibrance slider to +40

g. saturation slider to 0

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