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I would appreciate some guidance regarding export from Lightroom for optimum Alamy quality and best chance of image acceptance.

Image format JPEG...Colour Space ( sRGB  ? )....Quality  100..( assume no limit file size  ? )

Image Sizing ( Resize to fit or not ?)....Assume resolution 300  ?....Output Sharpening  ?

 

Any other idiots guide to Lightroom Export appreciated.

 

Kind Regards..With Thanks....David

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Location and file naming = up to you

File settings = JPEG / Adobe RGB (1998)* / Quality 100*

Image sizing = depends on how big your files are, mine are fine as is (canon 40D, 10.1MP)

Sharpening = Alamy very clearly say no*

Metadata = leave all your data in

Watermarking = clearly not

PP = up to you

 

* You will find some alternative opinions on these points dependant upon various factors (search the forum)

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When I first started I was told that JPGS straight from LR are not good enough. I was to export them as TIFF then open them in PS and save as JPEG using Baseline Standard and Highest Quality. When you do it that way, you end up with a bigger file size that matches what you get with DPP at image quality 10 and DPI 350. 

 

One of the reasons I actually stopped using LR for Alamy work. 

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  • 3 years later...

Lightroom seems to default to 240 pixels per inch when exporting 100% JPEG / Adobe RGB (1998). Should I stick with that or upsize to 300?

Thanks in advance.

John (aka Jan)

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Location and file naming = up to you

File settings = JPEG / Adobe RGB (1998)* / Quality 100*

Image sizing = depends on how big your files are, mine are fine as is (canon 40D, 10.1MP)

Sharpening = Alamy very clearly say no*

Metadata = leave all your data in

Watermarking = clearly not

PP = up to you

 

* You will find some alternative opinions on these points dependant upon various factors (search the forum)

 

Agree with comment on sharpening. If you are going to apply some sharpening it's probably best to do it within LR so you can check the effect and for absence of sharpening halo/artefacts etc..

 

Applying it on export to jpg for Alamy seems risky to me.  If sharpening is overdone you risk problems with QC.

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I am very new here and this is my first time posting my 3 photos to get approved. I usually use LR for editing my pictures and I am not sure what I must choose for Image sizing section in export... There is an option resize to fit, shall I uncheck it? also what to put in the resolution box ,pixel per inch? 

I would really appreciate any comment ...

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1 hour ago, Lili said:

I am very new here and this is my first time posting my 3 photos to get approved.

Hello Lili, you've added your question to quite an old post so you may have been better starting a new one. Your questions get asked a lot on here but much of the information above should be useful to you. You shouldn't resize normally, certainly not upwards, some downsize if they were taking pictures in demanding situations (low light, fast-moving subjects etc.) but in any case avoid these type of subjects for your very first submission. Choose well lit subjects at normal ISO, don't forget to include all the metadata for these first 3 images (and no reason not to include it for subsequent ones). The dpi doesn't matter but since you have to choose it in Lightroom you may as well opt for 300 dpi. Do make sure your images are sharp and that there are no 'sensor spots' in the sky, or other areas of even tone. You can save an 'Alamy' export preset for next time.

 

Play safe!

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Plus one on Harry's advice. He beat me to it. If you have questions on preparing your first submissions I would recommned an extensive session reading the Introductions and Portfolio Critique sections of the forum, it will save  a lot of heartache later on. Also, do start a new thread of your own to deal with any queries you have. 

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3 hours ago, Harry Harrison said:

Hello Lili, you've added your question to quite an old post so you may have been better starting a new one. Your questions get asked a lot on here but much of the information above should be useful to you. You shouldn't resize normally, certainly not upwards, some downsize if they were taking pictures in demanding situations (low light, fast-moving subjects etc.) but in any case avoid these type of subjects for your very first submission. Choose well lit subjects at normal ISO, don't forget to include all the metadata for these first 3 images (and no reason not to include it for subsequent ones). The dpi doesn't matter but since you have to choose it in Lightroom you may as well opt for 300 dpi. Do make sure your images are sharp and that there are no 'sensor spots' in the sky, or other areas of even tone. You can save an 'Alamy' export preset for next time.

 

Play safe!

Thank you very much Harry 

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3 hours ago, Joseph Clemson said:

Plus one on Harry's advice. He beat me to it. If you have questions on preparing your first submissions I would recommned an extensive session reading the Introductions and Portfolio Critique sections of the forum, it will save  a lot of heartache later on. Also, do start a new thread of your own to deal with any queries you have. 

Thank you Joseph , very helpful 

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Also... You can upload as AdobeRGB or sRGB. But note Alamy converts all images submitted to sRGB anyway so there's no benefit in submitting AdobeRGB, indeed, given that Alamy will be doing this conversion on 8 bit jpg compressed data, it could be argued it's best to export as sRGB direct from LR (so the conversion is done from 16 bit data) and upload that to Alamy, but the difference is minimal. The key point is, it's not worth creating AdobeRGB images specially for Alamy.

 

Mark

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15 hours ago, M.Chapman said:

Also... You can upload as AdobeRGB or sRGB. But note Alamy converts all images submitted to sRGB anyway so there's no benefit in submitting AdobeRGB, indeed, given that Alamy will be doing this conversion on 8 bit jpg compressed data, it could be argued it's best to export as sRGB direct from LR (so the conversion is done from 16 bit data) and upload that to Alamy, but the difference is minimal. The key point is, it's not worth creating AdobeRGB images specially for Alamy.

 

Mark

Thank you Mark 

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