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    OOOOOOH .... I am so envious. Good for you for going to Kenya despite the many travel warnings. I love it there and the wonderful people need tourists so they can make a living. I always tell everyone I have no email in Africa. It's nice to pretend to be without it. Sorry for the frustrations with Alamy but, of course, there were better things to do. Paulette
  3. Spruce up the front page

    I just took a quick look at one of Alamy's major competitor's websites. I'm not thinking of jumping ship but was just curious on how other agencies did things. As soon as I landed on their home page I thought, "WOW". I was greeted by a main image, all of it showing, and it looked stunning. Even as a photographer myself, I was impressed and felt that I wanted to keep looking. The majority of their front page is full of photos, all very high quality and professional, and I can imagine any new potential client feeling very confident in using that particular agency. In contrast, Alamy's homepage is dull, out of date, and often has mostly the same images on for weeks (maybe longer?), the front image cannot even all be seen unless you use a mobile device, and often the main important parts of the image are not even showing on a desktop computer. Right now there are 14 images on Alamy's front page. I am impressed by just one of them. The first images people see surely need to be vibrant, full of life, be unique and stunning, and make new clients feel like they'll get a good product if they use Alamy. I know the images on the front page are showing various type of images available, but they mostly don't strike me as being professional photos of a standard I'd want to pay for. I just don't think they would grab someone's attention. Another point - The main image should be clickable. I suggested that in a previous suggestions thread but the response didn't really explain why it couldn't be done. This is all just some suggestions and is not a complaint or a moan, and not intended to be negative. I just wanted to make those points after seeing a competitor's front page, in the hope that Alamy might consider giving the front page an overhaul. I think the rest of the site is fine, and I've always thought the new(ish) search results page was modern, responsive and clear. It's just the front page. Geoff. A photo of a herd of cows on the front page would be good too.
  4. Have you found any Alamy Photographs during August

    Fun and Games: Clockwork Carnival - Measuring Time by Wendy Conklin - ebook & paperback, published June 2017 ISBN 9781480758698 3 Alamy Image credits listed in book: p. 18 Paul Wood/Alamy Stock Photo p. 20 Dennis MacDonald/Alamy Stock Photo p. 25 Ann E Parry/Alamy Stock Photo
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  6. Wow, Graham -- you're out there on the outer edge of ISO World! I don't do News anymore, so I have no real reason to shoot at extreme ISOs. I've set the high end of my Sony's Auto-ISO at 1,600. I'm comfortable going higher with my Nikons.
  7. Thanks to all for your responses. Smiles - Ann
  8. Photographing books

    Last week I sold two covers of foreign Harry Potter books, cropped to include just the design, to newspapers. I imagine the situation is similar to the recent discussion about street art / murals, though I suspect the copyright holders of book covers will less annoyed than street artists by their artwork getting seen by millions of people - most uses will be publicising the books.
  9. Where is MircoV?

    Apparently only 249 images under his real name (advanced search). Weird Ah well! Cheers, Philippe
  10. Where is MircoV?

    Yep it is odd. He posted on another stock photography forum, and was last active there on 26th July. Can't find anything else. Geoff.
  11. Where is MircoV?

    It puzzles me why we can't we see his images. All images deleted? Just wondering Cheers, Philippe
  12. Where is MircoV?

    Maybe he got sick of all the moaning? He usually tended to be more positive than the majority of us (me included). I did once wonder if he might work for Alamy, as some of his posts tended to take their side when things went wrong, even though the rest of us were annoyed and frustrated at whatever was going wrong at the time. Maybe he's just a more positive person than the rest of us. I know it was him who started the "Post your positive whatever here" thread, which is a great thread and nice to have here. Geoff.
  13. I'll keep my trap shut about online gambling! Encouraging that is.......anyway, back to the state of stock photography. This "stock is dead" talk all sounds very depressing, but I'm doing ok and so are many others here, despite all the complaining. My sales revenue since 2010 is looking fine, and if the search engine hadn't been in a mess for a few months, that last point would be higher by now. It's slowly rising back up again though. My graph for sales volume looks similar, with the last point dipping just below the point of 2016. So yea, my average gross per license has dropped, but my relatively low number of sales means that it isn't statistically meaningful. I'm posting this to give a positive spin, and show that at least things are looking ok for me compared to the last 6 years. IF you know what you're doing at Alamy (it's taken me a while to feel I know what I'm doing), and have patience, and don't ignore all the advice from experienced contributors, there's no reason you cannot do well at Alamy......let's just hope they don't make any more disastrous changes that stop our best and most relevant images being seen. Geoff.
  14. Where is MircoV?

    Where did Mirco go? Last post is from April and when you click on his number of images (blue number under avatar) you get a blank screen Cheers, Philippe
  15. Have you found any Alamy Photographs during August

    Thanks once more for reporting, SShep Much appreciated! Cheers, Philippe
  16. I played online poker for a while and did quite well, then games got much tougher. On the professional side, I assisted operators with gambling licensing and drafted industry articles. I rather not get into reasons why I didn't stick with it and instead focus on stock photography. Yes, i'm relatively new to this industry and have great respect for those who have dedicated all their lives to this professional and honourably wish to protect their assets. That's an interesting question and I'll do my best to summarise what I see the market in the next 5 years. Moore's Law The default position is Moore's Law as we're witnessing huge technological advances in photography. Look at Sony's A9 24.2MP full frame, so powerful and compact at a relatively affordable price. The compact camera market is dead because of mobile phone cameras and forward-thinking stock agencies have picked up on this new trend. I've read that some contributors are doing well with Stockimo, although I've not had any personal experience (this is the only Agency I can mention here but there are many others). Creating stock is increasingly available to the masses. Post-processing technology is also improving with "one-touch fix all" buttons. We'll also start seeing the beginning of automatic keywording by machines and some agencies have started experimenting with using machines to correct human error when reviewing images for technical faults. All this means less time post-processing, images are reviewed more quickly and contributors will have more time to shoot. In a way this is good news since images will have a shorter turnaround time. I would like to see Alamy implement a way in which images can go directly from the camera to Live News licensing instantaneously with keywording done in-house by Alamy. That way images would be available to clients LIVE. Oversupply of images I'll mention this prediction again. The way things are going, the largest Microstock agency will have one billion images in its database by 2022. Granted, most of those images will be sub-standard with many similars which are mass produced at low-cost factory style operations in Eastern Europe. But that still leaves a few dozen million premium quality commercial/editorials that can compete with encyclopedic Alamy, with such contributors more than willing to license their premium images for a few quarters - perhaps out of ignorance or inertia. That's only one agency that I'm making reference... As others have mentioned on here, print is basically dead along with that advertisement revenue stream. This has been replaced with a need for much smaller resolutions which are possible with less-expensive cameras. I have a Nikon D800 that shoots at 36.3 MP but what's the point if most of my images are going to be licensed at 72 dpi and 500 x 400 pixels anyway. Most people can afford a $300 point and shoot camera and start submitting to stock agencies today (whether those images will sell is another thing). Meeting clients' needs In the next five years, for better or worse, I see an expansion of the RF licensing model simply because that's what most clients prefer, along with the ease of the all-you-can eat subscription model buffet, perhaps even at Alamy. If I go to a restaurant I much rather have a small set menu at a small fixed price than one with dozens of different options and different prices, especially if I'm in a hurry. Clients want simplicity since many are busy professionals and then there's the cost consideration, thirdly is how good the customer service is. I think that most Agencies prefer RF anyway since it can be too much of a hassle to go after infringements, when it's RF and low-cost there's no point. Does that mean that some clients / laypersons get away with murder? Yes, unfortunately. But it's nothing new as we've seen with the proliferation of MP3s and general piracy. Smart business models mean that companies don't go after offenders, they instead try to turn them into paying customers by offering potential clients an affordable & quality alternative - think Netflix and Spotify. Is Rights-Managed still viable? Right's Managed will continue as long as there's a business-need, such as those premium clients that may require guarantees and/or restrictions on future sale, such as exclusivity, for example to print on a book cover. Such clients appear to becoming rarer and rarer as lots of media is transitioning from print to digital. In any case as you'll see in the following header, some RM licenses are so value they might as well be Microstock subscriptions. I think that in the spirit of giving clients more flexibility in a competitive market, in the next 5 years agencies may introduce hybrid RF/RM licenses. Correct me if I'm wrong but Alamy already offers clients the option to purchase a RF license as RM for a particular use (with no restrictions possible on future sales of the file) for a lower price. Alternatively, the client may choose RF for a higher price based on file size. In any case, it's wayyyyy too complicated for an average Joe Blogger to understand...which is moot since Alamy isn't targeting these types of clients but should they be? Agencies are offering clients steep discounts There's a lot going on behind the scenes and it's clear that many contributors are getting screwed in all stock segments. Look at the recap of one of my recent RM license downloads right here at Alamy: Country: WorldwideUsage: EditorialMedia: Editorial websiteIndustry sector: Media, design & publishingImage Size: Any sizeStart: 01 December 2016End: 01 December 2021Online usage only. Flat rate per image. Bulk discount. Guess how much I made? It was licensed for $5.13 earning me $1.54 commission. If that isn't a Microstock sale on Alamy, then I don't know what is. Race to the bottom stuff. Tracking unauthorised usages Anothe prediction: there's talk of developing a code that is embedded into a high-value image and once the license duration of such image expires it merely disappears (speaking digitally here only of course) and the user receives a notification to renew/extend the license. I'm not a programmer but seems like an interesting idea to better-control usages. Opportunities To end on a positive note, one area of stock photography that should see healthy growth is Photo Requests. The way is works if you're not familiar with it is that clients go directly to photographers with a specific photo request and the Agency takes a cut. I'm surprised that Instagram hasn't caught on to this trend and other social media. I see the emergence of more agencies boutique agencies catering to clients' specific niches with curated collections, such as drone stock photos/footage (maybe it exists already). Generalist smaller Microstock agencies will die off which is already evident as some have started offering steep discounts on already inexpensive images or have got rid of extended license restrictions altogether. The whole Jack of all traders, master of none holds true. In many cases these boutique agencies will be subsidiaries of the larger agencies which makes business sense rather than starting anew. I can't name a few boutique agencies that have popped up in the past 5 years but a quick google search will yield many results. As for macro stock, to be honest I don't know enough about it but it seems that the super super premium clients will continue to hire the services of such agencies on commissioned work for years to come. Conclusion I've rambled on a bit too long here, my apologies but there's a lot more I could write about on this topic
  17. Live news

    weather is usually a British subject unless its at disaster level, if its world class interest news also but possibly the biggest chance is a stunning photo that can be given a news slant as it can feature in picture of the day slots and earn very good fees, celebrities always sell well and exclusives are better sold direct to the relevant source, always carry a camera just a note the speed of upload is very important first in always earns even with inferior pictures
  18. The advice was to upload variety. Well hopefully here is some variety Mr & Mrs Spark Chihuahuas Vendor at flea market Seville, Spain
  19. Have you found any Alamy Photographs during August

    Alamy Photograph Found in the Guardian Photographer Mark Harme Found by York Photographer
  20. Have you found any Alamy Photographs during August

    Alamy Photograph Found in the Guardian Photographer Tommy Trenchard Found by York Photographer
  21. Live news

    Browse what is being submitted as Live News then and also look at the related links at the bottom - guidelines + tips etc.
  22. Live news

    I hear a lot on the forums about "live news" something to which I have, so far, never uploaded mainly because I am not sure what sort of photos are relevant for live news. I have seen that local weather conditions are one subject and there are also obvious subjects ( I was in Bangkok during the coup of 2005 and was able to take photos which would obviously have been relevant for live news). So can someone please help me understand the concept of "live news"? I am resident in Phuket so maybe there is no relevant live news!! Thanks Kevin
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    Right click, export, export, then manually choosing (instead of you preset batch export) the settings and make sure everything is ok.
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    Nothing specila about this file. Manual export? Just the usual export dialogue from LR. Off out now, downsized to the minimum but will try one a bit bigger. Thanks all, more suggestions welcome!
  25. AIM Processing failed

    Puzzling - original dng/raw corrupted and carries over (I'm reaching now)? Tried to use manual export? Tried running it through the Alamy Size checker?
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    Never been near PS, but images in the same batch which had were OK. I very rarely use PS, let alone layers.
  27. Captchas lock-out

    I have just returned from a week in the Maasai Mara. The camp had wifi, but it was intermittent and (when it worked) slow. What was frustrating was not only the slowness of the captcha process on a slow connection, but also that it was compounded by the all too frequent requirement to submit a second captcha, after completing a first, which doubled the pain. Worst of all, however, was when the captcha was submitted, it often resulted in a message to the effect that the captcha server could not be contacted, making it impossible to log in at all. In the end I just gave up - there were so many more interesting things to be doing than waiting and getting wound up by the difficulties of logging into Alamy. Graham
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