Newbie Happily Settled In After A Challenging Start
I just wanted to post and thank the FAA members who came to my rescue and were so helpful and kind when I posted about being new and the troubles I was having. A number of small things added up to a point where I was going to leave and I'm very happy that I didn't. If it hadn't been for the help that you gave me, I would have become too discouraged.
My first couple of days were really tough... I kept having problems uploading . The screen would freeze and then not upload and I would have to start over. As I was filling out all of the data on the form each time, this was very time consuming and frustrating. I uploaded one image three or four times on one of the first days...
What I do now, and I hope this might help someone else, is I upload the picture with minimal data so that it uploads quickly, then once it's safely up, I can come back and edit tags/prices etc. anytime I like.
Another thing which I have found helpful is to create a text document with popular tags for photos. For example, I have dozens of eagle in flight photos to upload so I have those tags saved so that I can just copy and paste rather than entering them in manually each time (something else that was greatly adding to my frustration when the uploads failed).
Another mistake I made was to throw images up without looking closely enough at them, and then having to fix them and put them back up again. I wish we had a replace feature like Flickr, but since we don't (that I know about) it has taught me to look very closely before I post :-)
I posted another discussion because one of my images that I thought would have commercial appeal, bit which was very noisy sooc needed a lot of work to make it presentable.
I had members give me very specific and helpful advice (including a recommendation for Noiseware) and as a result of the advice I got, I was able to help this image quite a bit.
There was a lot to learn in the first few days; most importantly, I learned to look at my images a lot more closely and critically than what I had been doing previously. Before uploading now, I'm very careful with to look around at 100% to make sure everything is tip top. I'm redoing a lot of my NR with Noiseware now as well. For me, it's much easier to get good results than with Dfine.
It's a good thing I started looking around the image closely too (thank you Mike)... I found a tiny sliver in one of my panos that had a gap and needed fill, and would have printed as a tiny white blotch on the image.
Anyway, I feel like I'm getting in the groove and while I experienced a lot of frustration in the first few days, I'm grateful to FAA members who took the time to reach out and help a newbie.
we can replace just the file, just edit the image and you can upload a new version. no need to erase anything. and sometimes it will look like it's frozen, but it's really just thinking for a while before it moves to the next screen.
It is all a bit daunting at first, but I'm glad you stuck it out and are getting into a groove. You can replace individual images if you need to upload a better version. Replacing is a much better way of doing things rather than uploading a totally new file since you keep votes, comments, etc. That's really great you're finding NoiseAware useful - I just love that piece of software. :-)
to post an image in the forums ---- on the image go to the right, you'll see a box, in the box you'll see colors, below those colors you'll see a text box, in that box copy the code and paste it here, and done.
On the right side of an image's page, there's the section that has the title/artist/medium information. Beneath the squares that show the main colors of the image, you'll see the link to the image. Copy all of the text from the little box, and paste it into the discussion post.
Before you hit Enter, look at the code you just pasted. You'll see something resembling alt='Art Prints' or title='Art Prints' (sometimes it says Art Prints, sometimes it says Sell Art Online, etc.). Change the words Art Prints or Sell Art Online to a few descriptive words about your image, in both the alt and title parts of the code. It's an additional way for the search engines to index your work. See this link if you need a visual or better explanation: http://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=1431449
If you hover your mouse (no pun intended) over the image, you'll see your alt text keywords--well done. :) Don't be afraid to make the descriptions a little longer, no more than 10 words. This one could be 'Bees Flight macro nature photograph by Dan Kerr', for example, to get a few more keywords in there.