Futterwithtrees

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About Futterwithtrees

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    Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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    Too many!!!

Alamy

  • Alamy URL
    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={1539CE58-52B0-44B9-9411-981C07D74705}&name=MICHAEL+HARPER
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    1119
  • Joined Alamy
    08 Nov 2016

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  1. Fishy Photos - Identification please

    The ugly ones are definately monkfish, and the large dappled one with the little growth under his chin is Cod. The flat ones are Dabs or small plaice.
  2. First Sale Ever

    Funkyworm! Point well made and received. Portavogie here I come and maybe Kilkeel and Ardglass as well. Thanks. Niche... All Thinks fish, nets and trawlers.
  3. First Sale Ever

    Great feeling. Good on yuh!!
  4. 2018 - is this what the future holds?

    I do get disturbed at the rancour that is evidenced on this forum at times and sadly it is usually from the same contributors. It would be good if we could learn to treat one another with respect regardless of how we view the validity of the views expressed here. The following comment is one I have made on another thread but think it also fits in here. I am in a bit of a dilemma.. Alamy is not the only stock agency I use and am enjoying reasonable success with microstock etc. I think I have some personal indicators that some of my images are being viewed and occasionally zoomed on Alamy and then downloaded elsewhere. I have now resolved to keep a percentage of every shoot for Alamy alone to see if that makes a difference. One of the questions I keep asking myself is "Why would anyone pay more for any of my images on Alamy when the microstock market is full of similar and sometimes better images" My photography is not niche. My subjects are not exclusive and I don't see buyers saying I must have this image and nothing else. Perhaps what I am really saying is that i don't believe in myself enough to go exclusive with Alamy. Does this reflect the views or feelings of others in any way.
  5. First Sale Ever

    I have appreciated all the very positive comments and words of encouragement so thanks to all. I am in a bit of a dilemma however. Alamy is not the only stock agency I use and am enjoying reasonable success with microstock etc. I think I have some personal indicators that some of my images are being viwed and occasionally zoomed on Alamy and then downloaded elsewhere. I have now resolved to keep a percentage of every shoot for Alamy alone to see if that makes a difference. One of the questions I keep asking myself is "Why would anyone pay more for any of my images on Alamy when the microstock market is full of similar and sometimes better images" My photography is not niche. My subjects are not exclusive and I don't see buyers saying I must have this image and nothing else. Perhaps what I am really saying is that i don't believe in myself enough to go exclusive with Alamy. Comments appreciated.
  6. Photography on NHS property

    Having been on NHS property quite a bit recently I have noticed quite a few signs forbidding photography. All indoors however and probably designed to protect patients privacy etc which seems fair to me. as for outdoors... Discretion and Caution spring to mind
  7. First Sale Ever

    Thanks for all the positive feed back and congrats etc. i have developed a funny feeling in my gut since that first sale. i think its greed. I want more.
  8. Poor Discoverability

    I am not that experienced but I have come to the same conclusion as Sultanpepa and now try, sometimes vainly, to resist the temptation to go for max discoverability by inserting keywords that are only loosely associated with the subject. If I am right I think there is a scenario where that can actually work against you and affect your place in the pecking order. Can anyone confirm that or explain how that works.
  9. First Sale Ever

    What a relief: I have just had my first sale ever on Alamy after 12 months of uploading and waiting. I had almost given up all hope. Its a small sale.$20 to me after commission but it's a welcome start. It wasn't zoomed
  10. Discoverability

    Hi noddy, I suppose that on every forum you will find useless comments such as the one I am making now plus questions, such as the one you asked, that have been asked a thousand (err...374 times) before. Unfortunately you can also find grumpy old wiseacres who, from the giddy heights of their acquired wisdom, cant disguise their impatience with others and while lecturing such on the virtues of etiquette and good manners they cannot resist the temptation to be rude. Thankfully however, as you can see from other comments) there are always others who just want to be as helpful as they can. BTW Welcome and happy snapping. Sorry I didn't mean to snap.
  11. Images on the net

    A little help for the ignorant please. I have discovered a number of my images on various web sites without accreditation. Apart from contacting the owner is there any way of checking if these images have been purchased or if they are being used illegally. Although I am still struugling for my first sale here on Alamy other images have been sold on an MS site. Any advice would be appreciated.
  12. No Sales as yet

    Please define micro-style imagery for a stock sales novice..
  13. No Sales as yet

    MariaJ said Are you looking for suggestions on how to improve some of your images and keywording? I was going to make a couple suggestions but on rereading your questions I'm sure you are. This is not my thread as Ii didnt start it so i dont want to hijack it but I personally would be glad of any advice on any of these issues
  14. No Sales as yet

    I have a portfolio of just around 800 images here and 900 on an MS site. Both a mixed bag in terms of quality and subject matter and both built from a standing start over the past year. 6000 views here plus 7 zooms but no sales. 250 sales on the MS site. One would imagine if my images are being spotted here and then searched for on the MS site that before searching for them elsewhere a prospective buyer would want a closer look at them on Alamy and therefore zoom them. (I hope that comment reads sensibly) The stats don't reflect that kind of behaviour.. I suspect that my ranking on Alamy just doesn't help me get seen here but I'll keep trying. By the way I see many images on Alamy of a similar nature and quality to those available elsewhere. Occasionally I have a sneak look at the portfolios of those on Alamy who report sales at the end of each month and with the greatest of respect I don't often see portfolios that are outstandingly different from what I see elsewhere. Conclusion: I can't make rhyme nor reason of it but as I say I will keep trying along with those other of us who have still no sales to report. Can anyone just confirm when a zoom is registered. I do suspect that many zooms are made by fellow photographers who have no interest in buying but are just looking at what the opposition has to offer.
  15. I have taken some pics of our local cenotaph with poppy wreaths in a public park. There are no people in the images and no readable names in the images in question. Is a cenotaph copyright and only eligible for editorial only use. Guidance would be appreciated