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  1. Keywording exhaustion

    As Reimar mentions, having a backup of your images fully captioned and keyworded can save a lot of time and effort in the future.
  2. Thanks to a tip from Wim, kitchen of a Michelin starred restaurant in Hong Kong, affordable to even those who earn their livings from stock photography. The need to knead. Finally a pet peeve, and its getting worse especially in the UK as I saw on my recent cycle trip. And whilst we can blame the likes of McD or Bunzl for making the packaging, it is still odd that people will take their drinks for large distances without spilling them, but when it comes to disposing of the packaging are too lazy to walk to a bin or take it home.
  3. Licensing other peoples pictures

    I have the deal 60/40 in his favour with one chum, 50/50 with another. Why the difference? The latter insisted that it wasn't fair, and we argued long and hard about it. (Looking back, I did supply the film, development and I think the camera.) One of the reasons that I am more or less opted out of various schemes is that the split becomes so low as to be insignificant.
  4. Public Domain - wild west - need for some order?

    It is exactly because it is wild west that I would be cautious. Besides, policies and interpretation of rules and laws change. The Rijks being a good example. Whilst covering a red carpet event at the Museum the marketing chap gave me and the other photographers a couple of press tickets with the message that we were welcome to come whenever we wanted to take photos. When I did, I was approached seven times within an hour by security asking what I thought I was doing. Its not as if I had a tripod. I should have worn a Hawaiian shirt, used a compact and replied in my broadest 'ampshire. I left after the seventh time. You only need one bobo to reinterpret the rules and it is a lot of time and effort down the drain. Something else... admittedly I have incorporated some public domain images into my own... ... and I did start taking photos of works in galleries... but it just didn;t sit right. There is something infinitely more satisfying in selling a piece of work which is your own.
  5. It can be frustrating. In the end its a matter of a opinion what is news and what is not. I have had images removed as not newsworthy of subjects which was front page news here in Holland with images much the same as those of mine which were removed. I would, for example, send the great images you have of the hermit crab with the plastic bottle top shell to some of my news contacts in the secure knowledge that there would be a good chance it would appear in the papers in their weird world phenomenons pages. With Alamy I would be a bit more cautious to send such a shot to the news, especially if the wifi was dodgy. Whilst frustrating, mostly I just shrug my shoulders and get on with the next job at hand... often these things have a ying/yang way of working themselves out. One lot of shots I went out of my way to supply Alamy news with didn't sell a jot through them, but have become multiple sellers elsewhere since.
  6. Licensing other peoples pictures

    I have an arrangement with a couple of chums to represent their images. People I know since before I can remember. They haven;t sent me new images in a while and to be honest that is not the end of the world. The number of outlets is more limited than for my own images. Alamy is not a problem. It is not without work for both parties... you have to still be told the who what where's before you can caption and keyword. I have arranged with my chums that the cut is very much in their favour but even then some of the low amounts are difficult to sell. We make a joke about it, (you can have an extra hobnob with your tea today!), but it is pretty wry joke.
  7. November Challenge :: Iconic ::Vote Here!

    Thank you very much for including mine. I was a bit unsure whether my interpretation was correct Small story behind the shot... for the first couple of days we photographers could get some OK positions but for the final days they were less than good. I spent a long time time perched on a rubbish bin to get my shots of the high bar. The floor exercises looked like this: With the beam I like to get the apparatus in the shot but the background was really messy. I was just walking to the positions along a corridor when a previous gymnast popped up with a lovely background. Great position... if they happen to jump up in my direction.. a bit of a gamble. Fortunately the key gymnasts did.
  8. Have you found any Alamy images December?

    Spoor Winter 2017 Magazine for NS (Dutch railways) customers) View Antwerp from above. PhotoValley Image ID: C4G8M0
  9. Why Alamy for generic RF?

    Coincidently I found myself keywording a couple of images of walls whilst recycling old work today. Where specialisms are concerned I have the feeling that they have been hit by market changes in different ways. Aviation is interesting because it has been swamped more than others. Photo enthusiasts like to take photos of aircraft and aircraft enthusiasts like to take photos. Not all of which end up on the market with a pricetag. In the past I have a spent a pleasant couple of afternoons sitting on a bench reading a book in the sun and getting shots of Fokkers landing at Schiphol. Now I would be less inclined to make the effort, unless I just happened to be passing (which does happen.)
  10. Older Images selling very well.

    Yes, a few older images selling, but many of my sales seem to be relicences/reusages.
  11. Why Alamy for generic RF?

    If you look at your own consumer choices then you may realise that things aren;t quite as simple as they seem. I know where I can get my cheapest groceries in town but its twenty minutes cycle. Every now and then I do a market research as a consumer and you realise that the most simple things do have choices. I did one about cash machines. At the start of the interview I couldn;t think of a reason to choose one machine over the other. Then they asked whether there were certain machines I didn;t use. Well, yeah, the one on the Xplein always stinks of wee, the one on the Ysteeg is dark and covered in grafitti, one on the Z-laan doesn;t have a name of a known bank. All non-price conscious choices. With regard stock, maybe they have an account here and not there, maybe they like the encyclopedic choice, maybe they are here anyway, maybe they like the customer service, maybe they like the search engine returns which dont always bring up the same images every time, maybe they liked the search engine returns because they did always bring up the same images, maybe they want to buy British, maybe they realise that when buying cheap somebody pays down the production line, maybe they just dont want an image of any brick wall but a brick wall of a specific stone and want customer service which knows the difference (where the specialists come in), maybe the customer service makes a point of using their names and getting the name right (I once chose a different holiday company after one sent me literature adressed to Mnr van Ham, despite the fact that I had spelt my surname out three times for them), maybe the sales people turns up with a pack of stroopwafels every time they have a sales meeting (a ploy used by the salespeople in a hotel I worked in), maybe Alamy sales happens to be a cousin of a friend of a nephew who owns a horse at the same stable as the aunty of the owner of a publisher. All non-price aspects to the choice of where to buy. I have recently made a point of often avoiding the cheapest option, (in built obselesence, what goes around comes around...)
  12. Slow month?

    An amount ($200) that would be a bad month for me here. But then, I have 17 years plus work on the shelves. I'm sorry but your instant expectations are totally out of kilter with reality. Where did you read that the biggest problems for stock photographers are whether to take the Aston or Cadillac to the shoot, whether to drink Moet or Krug with their morning porridge? Very few photographers, especially in stock, are complaining about excess income. If you look at those which are held up as positive examples, then extrapolate downwards to a yearly amount, then you can see that the story behind the headlines is not one of unmitigated luxury. Stock, especially macro is a long term game... one of my sales this morning I took in Port of Spain in 2005, a trip which has longs since covered its costs and helps pay my rent. You have three or four months work. Found images, mostly. Images which you have been told have probably the largest amount of competition, competition which will negatively impact your sales possibilties. And you seem to be expecting the same sort of returns every month as someone who has been submitting for ten plus years. Its like me uploading my stock of Dutch celebs who are world famous in Holland and Flanders to Alamy and then getting miffed that UK papers dont buy them. Redsnapper does great with weather news images... I can take the same sort of images where I am for Alamy news but my expectation is that they wont sell because it is not UK news. Great for him, but it would be folly to compare our results because of the different circumstances. Just to give an idea about expectations. I recently did a big cycle trip through the UK (plus a bit of Belgium, Holland and France.) I didn;t cover any specific sports or news events so that lessens my expectations. I came back with 1133 images and 140 clips which I spread around 17* sales venues, including Alamy. Its UK which dents the expectations of sales because of the enormous size of the collection on Alamy. Making sure I travelled through Holland, Belgium and France will increase income as I can take more or less the same shots in the different countries. If I cover my costs in four years I will be happy. Thereafter its profit. Which has on some of my trips topped 700% roi. Equally some investments have been a lot less successful. * With regard expectations in new agency venues, my goal is to receive a payment within a year... and I can hit the ground running. Could I receive the same or more returns from microstock? Maybe. Probably in the short turn I would get a more immediate return, but in the long term, probably not. Last month I had the tenth $100+ (gross) sale of a certain image. The problem with these discussions that they are very often anecdotal, often compare extremes, with a fair dosis of hyperbole. It is often difficult so see the wood through the trees. But if someone who is selling lots has a suggestion for somebody who isn;t selling much it is probably a good idea not to just dismiss the suggestion. I suggest you review your expectations.
  13. How was your November?

    Highest quantity of the year, second highest income. Mostly reported towards the end of the month.
  14. Slow month?

    You only have to look at the credit lines in various publications over the years to see that many have migrated to low price options. Having said which it can also be pointed out that Alamy itself was a disrupter with price being one of their tools to attract trade. With regards renewels, I have had a number this last month of images first sold long ago...
  15. Slow month?

    The subtle difference being that those who are very kindly suggesting that people in the image is a good idea aren;t the ones repeatedly bemoaning lack of sales.