Just my opinion, but....
Alamy is possibaly the finest collection of images available and not because of
"Great Photographers" but great images from all over the planet. Alamy is not
Tony Stone (gone) or Gamma Press (Gone) or The Picture Group (Gone) or
Magnum (not gone, but). I am betting the farm on Alamy not being gone. I've
spent ten years scanning and retouching images to put on Alamy and I expect
Alamy to license those images for the rest of my life time and most of my children's.
Over more than three decades I've worked with most of the major agencies (see
above) and of all of them Alamy has been the easiest and most honest to work
When I started contributing to Alamy over ten years ago my average license
from an image was over 400 USD. For 2014 my average was about 90 USD.
As I have written, I do not blame Alamy for this. I believe that Alamy has done
every thing within Alamy's power to keep license fees up. Think one finger in the
dike (sorry but bad analogy)....
The up side to this post is that I have gone back into corporate photography and
I am shooting more than I would like to. I am writing this to get away from retouching
50+ executive heads and product shots. From what I've found there is a huge market
for real photographers ( I produce 7000+ @300DPI files in aRGB color as well as 1050
@ 96DPI files in sRGB color files) When I go out on a shoot I have over 6,000 watts of
studio strobe packs and ten heads with up to 7ft octodomes, grids etc.
I am now shooting every thing on Nikon D800's in RAW which produce a 206MB original
in 16bit aRGB color.
I Love Alamy and I look forward to the day when Alamy produces more of my income, but
I don't think that will be in 2015.
My Food for thought.
Chuck Nacke (still the original one)