Robert M Estall

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About Robert M Estall

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  1. Sales history gone?

    Once in a while it disappears. Try again in a few minutes and it will likely be OK. Seems to be happening to a few functions on Alamy these days. With all those images and contributors, it's no wonder the system seems under some strain
  2. Keywording exhaustion

    Another managing without a smartphone but there is a conspiracy out there working towards not being able to function without one. I don't really mind keywording, focuses the old braincells. but why call it tagging? And why make it so easy to cock-up in AIM?
  3. Licensing other peoples pictures

    just an extra thought: rather than putting together a complex agreement, you could get your friend/colleague to read the Alamy contract and acknowledge that they will be bound by the same terms as yourself.
  4. Licensing other peoples pictures

    There should be no problem. I'm recognised as an agent by Alamy even though I have just a handful of associates. You don't get a better or worse deal. A brief written agreement would be a good idea just so everybody knows where they are. The sales reports will identify the pseudo but the payment statement isn't quite so obvious
  5. Colour calibration

    Looking at a few pages of your Alamy offerings, I would say they look a little dark to me, but some photographers just like it that way. A really simple real world calibration is to ask a couple of friends to let you take a peek at your Alamy images on their computers. Or try a couple of images on another print supplier. One which offers a test print would be good. I remember an impasse with my lab a good few years back when I was trying to organise a modest exhibition. I had selected a bunch of transparencies on my professional quality lightbox. They hand printed them up to about 12x18 in on the R4 process. They looked dreadful and all they could say was that I was looking at the images as transmitted light and they could not replicate that as prints.Not Helpful! So I went for internegs through a different lab which gave more control and the exhibition looked OK and I even sold quite a few. Your situation is not entirely different, on your monitor you are looking at a back-lit image while your finished print is on paper and even then, the paper used can make a difference
  6. Do You Snap Christmas and the Holidays?

    Humbug! No . I do have a few decorated houses but I don't think they have even been zoomed let alone sold. Just came back from a supermarket where they were abusing my lug-holes with the worst versions of the old jingles. They had a display of Famous Grouse 4.5 litre bottles @£70. Gross rather than grouse! Actually their 1 litre more manageable bottles @ £15 was a slightly better offer
  7. Indecisive or Not

    It happens quite a lot I'm afraid. Various explanations have been suggested but it still looks frustrating. I note your start date is Jan 1st 2018 so even now things may change. Lets hope your sales entrys exceed your refunds
  8. Older Images selling very well.

    Mostly guilty as charged. I did have an archive of 75,000 images from which to select, scan and keyword. There were a lot of what we used to call camera originals so that I could supply my publishing clients with originals rather than going to duplicates. No need for that strategy come digital but I still have an awful lot of 67cm and 35mm transparencies filed away. So that's why the big "bulge" was right at the beginning. Fortunately they were all comprehensively captioned on a custom database so it was doable. I have a nice little DSLR now and have uploaded sporadically and there have been some sales. I just don't feel the motivation to knock myself out uploading images which seem just padding out the system. Who knows, I may get the old urges back. Looking at my most recent page of uploads there are at least half a dozen have sold so perhaps I should soldier on.
  9. Older Images selling very well.

    By far the greatest part of my sales codes start with an A or a B. I can't really remember the issue, but there was a change which meant I had to rework all my image details. That was quite a few years back. I never fiddled about with commas or quotes. Thank heavens old images still sell or I would be up the creek without........
  10. Agencies that sale through Alamy

    Over my soo many years in this business, I've seen many playing pretty fast and loose with the concept of image exclusive. Of course agencies seek to obtain exclusivity as it puts them in control but I've never heard of a photographer getting anything more than a rap on the knuckles or some guidance towards the door. Alamy are the exception, they make it quite clear that we are free to diversify.
  11. Agencies that sale through Alamy

    In my own small way, I did function as a stock agency. There were a good number of photographers doing quite nicely and more than a few medium sized agencies working well and making pretty good money. In only 20 years a handful of really big agencies have pretty well scooped up the whole market. Hardly any small agencies have survived selling significant numbers direct to publishers, but many were bought up by the big two from Seattle and the rest either perished or put their images out through "portals" which pretty well describes Alamy. I did have a photographer who seemed determined to get her images out there and had her (same) images with as many agencies as she could manage. Some of those agencies tidied up her keywords and loaded them up on Alamy. At one point I reckon there were as many as seven versions of her photos answering to an Alamy search. Then she discovered Alamy herself and went about withdrawing from most of her agents. Good photographer! Obviously a photographer will get a better percentage if they do their own submissions to Alamy or another agency or even, dare I suggest, microstock. But everybody works slightly differently. Some agencies put a lot of effort into keywording, some scarcely bother.
  12. Good way to start the month

    I've had a couple of those $41 calendar sales as well. There seem to be a whole lot of them! Hope there isn't a mass cancellation, almost sounds too many to be real.
  13. Hello Brighton, short movie with timelapses and drone

    pretty stunning bit of film. ! like Brighton a lot, though haven't been a few years. They have built that rising donut thing since my last visit
  14. half a dozen well considered well tagged images will beat four dozen slapdash images every time. I think Wim might be exaggerating a little at three hours but his portfolio of 2400 images outperforms just about every other contributor here less haste, more speed as one of my more tiresome teachers used to chant at us.
  15. Keyword agency

    I'm happy for Clemency Wright Consulting to have a voice here. No reason why they shouldn't build a portfolio, though they might consider that a conflict of interests. Me, I have the time to do the keywording though I might not get full marks. I tried an English bloke from Poland working from a UK drop-of a good few years back. He was offering a scan and keyword service which isn't quite comparable. He had the same LS 9000 as I did but didn't have the carrier to take my mounted 67 transparencies so trashed my mounts and printed captions in the process which meant I had to re-do them. I had to remind them about the keywording which he then supplied as a spreadsheet, so nothing actually imbedded in the scan files. Rather put me off the whole idea and so I just soldiered on converting my archive to digital myself. It took a couple of years of graft