Graham Hardy

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  1. RM vs RF usage...again!

    Prompted by this discussion I just did a quick summation of my sales over the last year. 52% of my images are RM, 48% are RF. % of Sales RM 69% RF 27% RFE 4% Average sale value RM - $28.67 RF - $32.74 Highest Sales RM - $ 94.70 RF - $130.00 Lowest RM - $1.40 RF - $5.91 So I sell more than twice as many RM as RF, but for an average lower price, although my most valuable seller was RF, and I received least for RM. I've no idea what implications this has for using RM or RF in the future, or for adjusting previous uploads. I am, as ever, confused, but will muddle on I guess, trying to make the best judgement I can, but I cant help thinking that the final decision should be a negotiation between the buyer and Alamy. How on earth can we second guess what a buyer is looking for and what licence they may want? (Except for certain obvious unique events/situations). Perhaps we need a third option, one that leaves the license open for discussion? Maybe, in practice that is what happens?
  2. RM vs RF usage...again!

    So there is no underlying principle to be found RF can be RM RF is cheaper than RM, except when it's not. RM might as well be RF cos why would you limit your buyer to one time use.
  3. RM vs RF usage...again!

    What! A buyer can license an RF image as RM????? i give up.
  4. RM vs RF usage...again!

    'I'm tempted to suggest that if an image is so generic that thousands of near identical ones already exist that the question arises whether it is worth producing eyt another one?' Agreed, but then this is where your ranking comes into play, there may well be thousands of images available, but realistically how many pages will a buyer scroll through ? For me it's a moot point since my CTR is now at rock bottom.
  5. RM vs RF usage...again!

    So if we cannot second guess the buyers intentsions, whether they might want exclusive one off use, or repeated use or a particular file size, then why do we have to opt for either RF or RM? Which ever one we choose we are limiting the sales opportunities.
  6. RM vs RF usage...again!

    Oh my - my ignorance/lack of understanding yet again shines through!
  7. RM vs RF usage...again!

    Sorry I'm a bit slow in answering so I'm just now reading, absorbing geogs replies.
  8. RM vs RF usage...again!

    yeahh sorry Kodak if I'm repeating what others have said, I usually have to work through things and put them in my own words to fully grasp what the rest of you are talking about. 😕 I guess I am just expressing the realisation that we are in an absolute buyers market and for any given image there are likely to be hundreds of alternatives for the buyer to choose, and if any are RF then all of them might as well be. I'm assuming of course that RF is always cheaper than RM.
  9. RM vs RF usage...again!

    I am struggling towards an understanding of the underlying principle which, so far, goes something like this. If a buyer is looking for a photo of something very well covered, for example, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, for editorial use, and has a choice between an RM image and an RF image, there is no reason for them to buy the more expensive RM option, if either image (and with such a popular subject for photographers there will be a large variety to choose from) suits their purpose. So all images of the museum might as well be RF. For a unique event, that only a few people may have been able to get to, for example the 2015 Boxing Day floods in Hebden Bridge, you would be justified in applying the RM option. However, a recurring news event, e.g. Notting hill carnival, would probably be better RF since many images will be available. Any 'unique to me' images, e.g. if I set up a shoot with an unknown model, or happen across a particularly ugly dog, merits an RM license. So - 1) any one off event that you happen to be in the middle of and not many others will be suits the RM option. 2) any generic image might as well be RF. 3) An absolutely 'unique to me' image should only ever be RM. 4) a recurring news event, e.g. Notting Hill carnival, is probably best RF Are these workable principles?
  10. RM vs RF usage...again!

    I see. Thanks for the clarification.
  11. RM vs RF usage...again!

    Forgive my ignorance, but if a photo is sold as RM, with all the exclusivity this infers, doesn't it then mean that image is no longer available for sale to other potential buyers?
  12. Best, quickest way to delete images

    So - I've made a first sweep through my images and culled 750 of them. I created a trash pseudo and put them in there for the time being, while I go through them and make sure I've not trashed any I meant to keep. I'm also wondering if I should delete them myself, rather than asking Alamy to do it. That way they will be deleted in 6 months, wont drag my main pseudo CTR down, but in the meantime will still be available if a buyer prefers one of them. Sensible? I also created an old news pseudo and moved all my news images into there. My reasoning being that I probably want to keep news photos, (as, with time, news becomes archive) but I don't want specific news events, like "Hebden Bridge floods", to appear in searches for more editorial searches such as "Hebden Bridge landscapes". Does this make sense? My CTR dropped form .31 to .2, but today has gone back up to .30. I cant figure out if removing images affects the CTR like this. As I understand it each pseudo has its own ranking, but by moving images around I'm not clear how this affects my main pseudo, any thoughts anyone? Right I need to go and stare at something more than 18 inches away...
  13. Best, quickest way to delete images

    Ok! Spacecadet I'll never question your authority again! Thanks for the definitive reply alamy. So my thought now is to transfer all the ones I want to delete into a new pseudo and then I can ask alamy to delete everything in there. This way my main pseudo becomes leaner and will help my CTR.
  14. Best, quickest way to delete images

    Are you sure Alamy would have a problem with tags being removed. I am am removing irrelevant tags of images I am keeping. Is this frowned upon? I'm trying to reduce my similars and make my tags more relevant in the hope of getting more zooms and more sales. Surely alamy would applaud this? No thoughts on creating a separate pseudo?
  15. Best, quickest way to delete images

    I've got a major cull going on of my images and I'm wondering about the best and quickest way to do this. I've seen one recommendation to transfer all the ones I want to delete to a new pseudonym. This seems to make sense but is there any consensus on this? In the past I've removed all keywords and captions before I've hit the delete button, assuming that this would make the image invisible to searches. Removing keywords was easy, you could do it by lassoing, but removing tags has to be done one tag at a time and is very time consuming. I have at least a 1000 to delete. Is it enough to just remove the caption, which is a mandatory field, to remove it from search results? Any other ways to quickly, efficiently, delete? Thanks for any advice. G