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How to Use this Site

Welcome to photoscot.co.uk - David Palmar's photography site, which has pictures of birds, animals, plants, some insects, scottish scenery and people interacting with nature.
The site contains photos from much of Scotland (see map page), and is expanding as time permits to include more photos.

The site is really in two sections - text-based information pages, of which this is one, and an image search facility.

Image Search

The site has several ways in which you can search for images -

  • A text search in the bottom right hand corner, similar to how Google works.
    • it will recognise whole keywords or key phrases which you type in, but not parts of words.
    • these might be bird, animal or place names, concepts such as conservation or urban birding, or even names of some islands of the Outer Hebrides in Gaelic
    • The search is not case-sensitive, and will also recognise some plurals.
    • It will work best if the search is specific, e.g. Fieldfare, rather than Thrush. Although Thrush will also work, it may give too many hits, and you will have to scroll for Fieldfares amongst pictures of Redwings, Mistle Thrushes and Song Thrushes.
    • Combinations of Keywords can be used to narrow down a search, e.g. Northmavine plants will find first any plants taken in Northmavine, Shetland, then plants taken elsewhere.
  • A map search which allows you to click on red dots, each of which represents a story (one or more visits to a particular place). Every photo taken at that place will then show up, and there may be several pages of thumbnails to click through.
  • A clickable list of keywords and key phrases, called the Topic Index. This is worth a short look, to give you a flavour of the range of topics about which there are photos.
  • Clicking on a link can also search, for example if you click this link, you should find all the images of Whooper Swans.
  • Finally from the Home Page you can browse by gallery (birds, beasts, plants or scenes).
    Its best use is to see what's been uploaded recently in each of these areas, but otherwise it's probably the least useful way to use the site, as it will result in too many hits and you will almost certainly want to narrow down your search.

The Shopping Cart

When you have found what you are looking for, and want to look at the cost of buying it, either digitally or as a print or greetings card, you can (without any commitment to purchase) put it into the shopping cart.
Cards are sold in 5s, due to printing, packing and shipping costs, so you can have 5 of the same card, or one of each of 5 cards, or a pack of cards which you can see if you click on Browse Products.
You can change the number of items and/or the size, and the cost will change to match what you have chosen.

Paying for Scanning - an example

  • Click on Browse Products
  • 3 pictures of a scanner will appear, representing "Scanning Services - £2 unit", "Scanning Services - £5 unit" and "Scanning Services - £10 unit".
  • You can use a combination of these units to make up the amount you need to pay.
  • While still on the "Browse Products" page, select one or more of these units
  • e.g. to pay £37, you would pay 3 £10 units, one £5 unit and one £2 unit, so proceed as follows:
  • Select the £10 unit and click "Add to cart"; select the £5 unit and click "Add to cart" and finally select the £2 unit and click "Add to cart"
  • View Cart Contents
  • Change the number of units of £2 to one, of £5 units to one, and of £10 units to 3 to make up the £37 amount you need to pay (in this example).
  • A £3 handling charge will be added.
  • Click the checkbox to agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Click the PayPal button and fill in the appropriate details.

You can pay either by your PayPal account or by credit card.

PayPal

If you wish to make a purchase, click "I have read and agree to abide by the terms and conditions" (Only one three-sentence paragraph!) then click the "Checkout with Paypal" button.
You will then be taken to the secure PayPal site.
If you already have a PayPal account, you can simply login with your PayPal email address and password.
If you don't have a Paypal account, you can pay by credit card.
Please review your entries to make sure all the details are correct.
Finally, click on "Pay".

You will receive an email confirmation of your order. Photoscot will also receive an email alerting us to your order.
If it is a digital image, that should normally be sent fairly quickly by email attachment, unless there is some extra work to be done, for example an extra large file, or specific dimensions or format which has to be created specially.
Normally, printed orders will be fulfilled within a few days, but if there is an undue delay in fulfilling your order, you will be informed by email.

Photoscot will not have access to your credit card details. That is a transaction only between you and Paypal.
Photoscot will not make your details available to any third party, except with your specific approval.
Photoscot will not bombard you with promotional emails, but may occasionally contact you if there is something we think may be of interest to you, such as a photography walk, talk or other event.

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