Speed through Alamy QC with our Lightroom cheat sheet

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Use Adobe Lightroom to avoid the most common QC failure reasons…download our handy PDF here.

From a recent survey, we know that a lot of you prefer to use Lightroom to process your images and get them ready to upload to Alamy. We’ve put together a handy ‘cheat sheet’ listing the most common QC failure reasons and a guide to how you can fix them quickly and easily using Adobe Lightroom.

You’ll also find guidance on where to add your captions and tags in Lightroom. If you have this information embedded within your images then they’ll go on sale with your default pseudonym and license type once they’ve passed through QC – you won’t need to do anything further.

We’ve also included shortcuts (where they’re available) to help speed up your workflow.

If you want to read more about Alamy QC and how it works then check out the following blogs…

Alamy QC. How it works – updated for 2017

Why do Alamy have Quality Control?

The 10 most common QC failure reasons

  • Nice! This will help folks out.

  • Jane Hobson

    FFS. Info for idiots. If you can’t get this stuff right without this post, then you’re not a photographer and shouldn’t be selling your wares alongside professionals. Go away and learn your craft first.

    • Pat Bingham


      • Jane Hobson

        Replace ‘photographer’ with ‘plumber’ and you’ll see how ridiculous you’re being. If Pimlico Plumbers gave out advice on how amateur plumbers could fix leaks and fit toilets and get paid through them for it, you’d think that crazy, right?

        • David Pimborough

          Very true Jane the number of “artists” out there who have no clue how to operate a camera or compose or light and still consider themselves photographers

    • Harri Strike

      Who’s the idiot here? You’re saying that to be a photographer you have to be able to use an editing software? Well excuse me but I don’t use editing at all! For all the pictures I take, I try to make them look their best; whether I have to get into an awkward position or change a camera setting. I cant afford Adobe products as I am a student so I use any means necessary to minimise editing. It also allows me to learn how to use the camera to get my desired results, unlike people such as you who point and shoot then edit later but just because they have money they think they’re all special and ‘professional’. I suggest that you learn to keep some of your thoughts to yourself in future. How do you think they got amazing pictures before editors? They took them. An editor should really be called an enhancer.

      • David Pimborough

        Can’t afford Adobe use Gimp

      • ceophoetography

        It’s absolutely a good practice to try to get the image right in the camera, but — particularly for professional images — some processing (“editing”) is still necessary. All lenses have some flaws. There’s no setting on your camera that will eliminate chromatic aberration, and (if shoot with an interchangeable lens digitial camera) there’s no setting that can eliminate (dust) sensor spots. Plus, shooting RAW, which gives a photographer the most flexibility to get the right exposure level and color/white balance — things much harder to fix than when shooting JPEG — requires processing at the computer.

        You’re probably off base here to accuse Jane Hobson of pointing and shooting. Most expert photographers do painstaking work to set up a shot, and they shoot with a consciousness of what they’ll do to the image in post-process — so they can do yet more work. But they get fabulous, accurate images that way — AFTER getting it right in the camera.

        Also, I’d be surprised if you couldn’t afford Lightroom (or, as another commenter suggested, an open source editor) and Photoshop Elements. You could even get older versions off of eBay. You don’t have to get the newest version of full Photoshop. I primarily process my images in Lightroom, using Photoshop Elements rarely to make occasional composites, stitch panoramas, or other minor edits. In fact, LR is not an editor, but the digital equivalent to the darkroom. And as for how photographers got amazing images before “editors,” they didn’t just look at them, but they developed them, and did things like dodging and burning.

        • Sam

          Speak about burning!!!!!!!!!

    • ceophoetography

      I don’t view this as a useless post. There may be Lightroom users who don’t know the shortcuts for those functions; this post might help them speed up their workflow.

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