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« on: May 16, 2010, 10:42 »
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I was blind enough no to see that image submission process at FT asks for "location" of the taken photo. So, I was always leaving "Serbia" instead of changing it accordingly with the location where the photo was taken.
Is it important to buyers or they don't pay much attention to it?
BTW, it would be nice if we could edit some data after submission.


« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 12:45 »
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I can't imagine that the location is in any way relevant for anyone. You can search images by country, but I think the only information you get is how many photos originate from which country.
As for editing after submission, FT's constant reply to that is that they don't want to have to inspect more than once and that they want to avoid keyword-spamming. Which is ridiculous, if you look at the keyword-spamming going on and also the awful keywords their translation tool comes up with. They have been promising to improve that for years - nothing ever happens about it.

lisafx

« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2010, 07:25 »
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I didn't even know they asked for location on Fotolia.  I don't believe I have ever filled it out. 

I doubt it makes any difference on 99% of my shots.  Only ones I can imagine it would matter on are the vacation type photos of specific places, where the location is actually the subject of the photos.

« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2010, 07:46 »
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Location is very important to many buyers for certain images - problem is they usually need more than just a country, and having a search filled with images that aren't relevant because the category is compulsory for every image makes the feature next to useless. Nice idea at the start, but the implementation is a dogs breakfast.

« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2010, 11:56 »
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Location is very important to many buyers for certain images - problem is they usually need more than just a country, and having a search filled with images that aren't relevant because the category is compulsory for every image makes the feature next to useless. Nice idea at the start, but the implementation is a dogs breakfast.

But buyers would find the location beyond the country (where it's relevant) within the keywords. If you search by country, isn't all you get that map that shows you how many images are from a certain country?

« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2010, 16:38 »
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Location is very important to many buyers for certain images - problem is they usually need more than just a country, and having a search filled with images that aren't relevant because the category is compulsory for every image makes the feature next to useless. Nice idea at the start, but the implementation is a dogs breakfast.

But buyers would find the location beyond the country (where it's relevant) within the keywords. If you search by country, isn't all you get that map that shows you how many images are from a certain country?

You would think that, except a lot of photographers seem to think its smart to spam their keywords with multiple locations. The approach that Alamy takes is far better. Geotagging would be ideal.

As I said, FT's implementation isn't ideal by making it (a) a compulsory field and (b) not making it any more specific than just country. Obviously most people don't care where your generic group of students has been shot, but a designer looking for a travel image cares whether a beach is in Australia or NZ.

red

« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2010, 21:45 »
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Hey Holger - nice GF1 review on your site. It's a treat to get the impressions of someone in the trenches. Great sample images too, macro to wide angle!

« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010, 22:05 »
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I didn't even know they asked for location on Fotolia.  I don't believe I have ever filled it out.
It is taken automatically from the IPTC field "country" (that I always fill in). Flickr and Clustershot add that info (city, location in city, province, country) to the tags, which is quite annoying for overwhite studio shots.


 

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