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  1. Updating Restrictions in AIM

    Editorial Only restrictions seem to be respected so it looks legitimate to me and good news that Alamy is developing the consumer market.
  2. Has stock lost its Mojo?

    Feeling empathy reading about a contributor who would rather rearrange his sock drawer than re-keyword images, noticing the low number of posts compared with the past, sensing that the stock industry has entered a sort of mature settled stage of the product life cycle, seeing nothing much very innovative or exciting on sites that report on stock industry movements, I wonder if, as the title says, stock has kind of got a bit....whisper it.....boring? Or more likely, as I am sure somebody will kindly point out, do I need to reflect in the mirror?
  3. Slow month? 2018

    I smiled at the one about how so many amateur photos were spoiling microstock......
  4. Quiet out there

    He said it was when the threshold was $250, he would have had fewer images a few years back, and it happened occasionally. Ever since I started back in 2002 anybody and everybody has been warning that stock has had its day and that it is almost impossible to make a success of it. But how you define 'success' varies. Even so that general advice is true in many ways. It is a highly, highly competitive market.
  5. Slow month? 2018

    Best simply to Google as we are not supposed to promote rival sites by mentioning them
  6. Slow month? 2018

    The majority of stock photographers don't rely on the income, they will continue to contribute images even if it means cross subsidising from their pension or other income. I can't think of any other comparable example in business. The agencies can compete with each other on price to build bulk and market share without needing to concern themselves about the economic sustainability of their suppliers. Whether that works into the longterm we will see, but I expect that there will always be more than enough willing newbies to replace those who drop out.
  7. iCloud Storage

    Okay I am totally confused now. I seem to have lost all the RAW files from my computer - they are all backed up elsewhere. What is this iCloud monster that has taken over and caused so much chaos? I have no idea what is happening now. What I want is to have all my files on my computer and nothing in iCloud. When I turn off iCloud it wipes away all my files on my computer. Since I only have the minimum storage space on iCloud I've lost all the RAWS that presumably were never backed up in the first place through lack of space. I feel like I am in some Kafka-esque weird world.
  8. Slow month? 2018

    Not true, they have been falling for years. Partly of course because uses have changed to online and digital rather than print. Alamy is not an island, it is part of a highly competitive global market, buyers shop around.
  9. iCloud Storage

    I have 8 or 9 external hard discs. 1 of them is still working.
  10. Slow month? 2018

    Because buyers are using microstock sites and expect those same sort of prices wherever they shop? And Alamy is doing better than others on fees, go and ask some G contributors before complaining about A.
  11. iCloud Storage

    I just need a basic system that is as stupid as me! iCloud is far too clever, or at least seems to think that it is. Fingers crossed I seem to have come out the other end intact. Never again! Thanks for the replies.
  12. iCloud Storage

    Thanks, It's this screen that screwed me: In the end I don't think I have lost anything just had a panic and left with a lot of reorganising to do.
  13. Slow month? 2018

    Maybe slow Stock Photo future?
  14. Slow month? 2018

    There are more and more of us and we are all submitting images all the time. 125 million. Think about it. It was below 1 million when I started. Maybe we should astonished and delighted to have any sales at all!
  15. Slow month? 2018

    Slow patches are part of the normal way Alamy works. With always more and more images and quite likely increasing price competition from other businesses - it is a hard marketplace out there - it seems that as far an an individual goes a gradual slowing down of sales revenue is inevitable. The jam just gets spread more and more thinly. Perhaps we just have to accept things for what they are and that 'slow months' are just normal. And no I don't have any answers!
  16. What do you do for storage?

    Thanks for this suggestion. I am scaling down being an Amazon Seller and they are not my favourite company at the moment. But I think the point you raise is an interesting one, that like most sectors of tech it is likely that the smaller operators will be pushed out by the big guys - Amazon, Google and the like- purely because of their economies of scale. I think Photoshelter will be okay because of its niche place in the photography market and that it offers so much more than simple storage.
  17. What do you do for storage?

    Thanks for raising this topic Fiona. I gave up my trial of LiveDrive after a day - no major negative apart from a couple of files that failed to upload repeatedly for no obvious reason. I'm using my free 1000 Gb with BTCloud that comes with Broadband. I understand that I can pay for another 500Gb and that, at the moment, is the absolute max. That will keep me going for a while Somehow I think BT is going to be more reliable than another external HD. So at the moment I have two cloud stores - Photoshelter at $500 a year (using just under 2Tb of unlimited) and BTCloud at $0 so far, and a 2TB HD with around 700Gb of space on it. I am trying to get rid of iCloud which seems to want to take over my computer - it seems that you can't have RAW files on iCloud only JPEGs.
  18. What do you do for storage?

    Equally anything on your desktop will fail. It is a matter of time.
  19. What do you do for storage?

    Thanks for the suggestion. A bit pricey, but only just, for me as a secondary storage option if these rates are still accurate: Pricing and storage tiers As of this writing, Google offers 15 GB of storage for free and larger amounts at low rates -- 100 GB for $1.99 per month, 1 TB for $9.99 per month, 2 TB for $19.99 per month, 10 TB for $99.99 per month, 20 TB for $199.99 per month and 30 TB for $299.99 per month. Users that pay annually can receive a discount on the 100 GB and 1 TB plans.
  20. Post your positive results in 2018 here! :)

    Well done. Fantastic work too.
  21. Do You Shoot Street Art and Murals?

    Indeed, they just seem to have done a pretty blunt search for 'mural'. Then listed everything and instructed us contributors to sort it out. If nothing else it seems like fairly clueless use of the Alamy search engine not to narrow it down.
  22. What do you do for storage?

    I want a storage system not a system back-up. As I posted above after 30 days BackBlaze will delete any file that you delete from your computer. That is not what I am looking for.
  23. Do You Shoot Street Art and Murals?

    I think it is the attitude that gets me. Just pass it to the contributors to sort out but dress it up as a favour - we are protecting you from yourself. The fact is that until quite recently there was no realistic Editorial Only option. Come on Alamy you do have 50% of every sale and then end up giving your profit away to charity. Why not spend some staff time and money on this yourself so that we can get on and produce more images for you to sell instead of wasting our time on this nonsense?
  24. Anybody had a similar response from any other agencies - I just can't get my head around graffiti artists getting worried about copyright. Anybody seen anything anywhere about stock photography being targeted by street artists. Genuinely would like to read about it.