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« on: June 28, 2006, 09:18 »
Does anyone know when the FTP/internet upload is starting on Alamy?  I'd like to get on them because my main goal is to build up cash to buy a CoolScan from Nikon, scan all my dad's 35mm and slide negatives and upload them onto there.  But I really don't want to go through the hassle of sending DVDs (and I haven't made anywhere near enough to buy that scanner). 

If anyone could give me a date of when thats starting that would be great :)


« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2006, 11:04 »
I don't believe they have set a date.  Late summer early fall however, is the prospected time.  I hope it comes soon :)

« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2006, 10:16 »
From the Alamy newsletter

We have received a number of queries from our contributors, so we'd like to clarify a few points:

The new upload system will only accept jpgs, so you should now start submitting jpgs, as opposed to tiffs. Tiffs will simply be too large to upload online.
You should continue to supply your images to us at a file size of at least 48Mb before saving as a jpeg (the compressed jpeg file will be around 5-12Mb).
Our submission guidelines remain the same other than the new requirement to submit jpegs.
When shooting digitally, as always, the choice of whether to shoot in Jpeg, RAW or Tiff is a matter for your own workflow, as long as the end file is a high quality jpeg that meets our technical requirements.
We will be letting you know exactly how the new system works nearer the time, but we can tell you that it does not involve emailing us images, or FTP.

DOH no FTP what the ****? I hope its at least a java platform uploader.

I actually had a DVD accepted this morning 28 days from receiopt to being online oh what a joyous morning keywording 88 images. I have another two in the queue I hope they don't take even longer.

Fortunately their keyword input screen looks like 123rf enter for 10 files at a time and no categories

« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2006, 10:39 »
Fintastique - do you submit the same photos as you do to the micro sites or do you choose on a per photo basis whether it is micro or macro?

Obviously Macro requires different processing (upsizing etc) (doesn't it)?

« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2006, 10:53 »
Completely different photos if they are online tomorrow I will post a link

Generic ones go to the micros and specific ones of more obscure places go to macro at the moment assorted Scottish bridges and a trip I did to NW Scotland.

I notice now Alamy offer rf as well not sure what they charge.

I just sort out any noise, crop (if needed) and upsize to 3433 x 5150

So just the upsizing and saving as a tiff, the upsizing is cool as you can crop a bit tighter than I would for micro. I have a 7.96 mp camera and FT 7.8mp for $1.05 payout doesn't let you do much. StockXpert are more generous $2 for anything over 7 mp. 

I have had ten photos on line with Alamy for about a month no offers

(micro = scratch cards)
(macro = lottery)

Looking forward to a cheque in hard currrency the yankie dollar is so weak

If I get enough photos I would like to try to do a book so it would be a bit stupid having those photos circulating as rf.

I don't think any of the micros (apart from Featurepics) would accept 88/88

« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2006, 11:14 »
Completely different photos if they are online tomorrow I will post a link
that would be good.
I don't think any of the micros (apart from Featurepics) would accept 88/88
Are you saying their standards are lower, or that you only submit higher quality photos.

As I improve, I am thinking of submitting, especially since they will be doing upload rather than CD.

« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2006, 07:39 »
My photos are finally online with Alamy looking at the thumbnails they don't look very special


I'm not sure if their standards are lower but they don't check every photo, there is a lot of repetition

Mostly NW Scotland and a few Scottish bridges thrown in.
« Last Edit: July 13, 2006, 07:42 by fintastique »

« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2006, 08:32 »
Let us know how they get on.

However I know that your keywords look to be being picked up as onlyl one word (at least on the mountain reflection on the lake).


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