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  1. Sales floor?

    What is the matter with you Ian? You've taken digs at me since the first post you made to me. You just don't let anything go and you consistently criticise and take swipes at every comment I make. You never agree, you just disagree and find fault with everything. You aren't capable of having a polite friendly discussion, and believe me I've tried with you many times and I'm always polite and friendly and often bite my tongue when you're rude, and when you make sarcastic comments in a fake "friendly" tone, as if you think I don't know you're being sarcastic. Anyone who thinks I'm over-reacting doesn't know the past. I find the forum stressful because of people like YOU - Someone who should know better considering your past job!!! Geoff.
  2. Sales floor?

    I didn't say singled out. I said the same ones are promoted. Others do well too, and maybe they'd be promoted if they tweeted, maybe not, I don't know. I just know what I see. Of course it's business but others do well too, as I said. I could say more and keep trying to explain but it's less stressful to just leave it alone. Geoff.
  3. Sales floor?

    I don't know how talented others who are regularly promoted are, but I'm not exactly a beginner and my standard is very high (not including some news images). Also I am successful considering my number of images, as are many others. I never said their success is because Alamy promote them more. Yes I take it to heart, of course I do, I'd be odd if it didn't bother me at all. It's not even about ME, it's about everyone BUT the odd few. I agree with something - It's not worth letting it bother me. I definitely agree with that, but I'm human so it's hard. There are other factors at play too that are related that I don't discuss in the forum, that add to why I feel this way. Some things are best not said. Geoff.
  4. Sales floor?

    I agree. Although I do make sales and do like to mention it, many things do discourage me. That recent $100K thread is a good example, which did nothing to help anyone but provide an ego boost for those who have made so many sales (nothing against those who've managed it of course, it's great for THEM). Then I see the same contributor(s) promoted on Twitter time and time again, and again today, and I'm expected not to be bothered about it? Am I the only one who's seen this favouritism? It's very hard not to feel demotivated. Sometimes I think I'd be happier if I didn't read the forum at all and didn't look at Twitter. Geoff.
  5. Slow month?

    Deleted. Falls on deaf ears.
  6. Slow month?

    That's not what I meant. It's not about Twitter. I don't know how else to explain but I think I've written enough already anyway. Geoff.
  7. Sales floor?

    I don't know, but my head surely hurts, so maybe that's why? I'm guessing you mean the lowest sales you'll get, yea? Like it can only go up from here? I'm thick when it comes to understanding what people mean sometimes. If that's what you mean, then errmmm......Well I hope my floor was in 2010. My whole first year was my lowest for sales. I'm embarrassed to say the number I had, but it's less than 2, higher than 0, and rhymes with "bum". Other than that I refuse to say. Geoff.
  8. Slow month?

    Thanks Mr Nut. I understand that tweets don't mean a lot as far as extra sales go (well so you and others say but personally I don't know either way), but it's just a sign of who's being promoted, so that makes me paranoid that it might affect other promotion avenues too. I know, I know, it's in my head. Thanks for the compliment. I do wish I could stop news images showing up in my port so that anyone looking only sees my far better stock ones! I also wish my news images wouldn't go on sale before I tag them. I know Keith has said they don't for him, but mine almost always do - With a very rare exception that I cannot explain. There must be a reason it happens, possibly to do with the metadata somehow, but I've yet to work out what that reason is. I may write to CR about it at some point and see if they have any idea. Geoff.
  9. I don't do that well but for my number of images I do ok, and going by my sales last year and also adding regular live news sales into things (which I do hope will improve), I can guess that if I was to have about 20,000 varied images in my port, I could just about scrape a living from it, as long as prices didn't drop too much. Geoff.
  10. Slow month?

    I haven't said that my images are not being sent out by the news team. I was a little suspicious that something odd was going on but I haven't once said that my images aren't being sent out, as that isn't something I could possible know. I don't think they would be unprofessional enough to hold back anyone's images, even if they did have issues with them. So please don't read into what I've written. I am upset about not being tweeted, but I don't just mean by the news team, especially as they have tweeted the odd one, even fairly recently. It's very hard to put into words what I mean as it's going to come across wrong, as obviously it already has, and that's the last thing I want. All I've tried to say is that Alamy (either @Alamy or @Alamynews) have never (that I know of) retweeted anything I've sent, yet I regularly see retweets from both yourself and one other. I don't think anyone should get special treatment, and that is the way it seems. That isn't an accusation and it isn't anything personal, it's simply what I have noticed. I also want to make it clear that I don't have an issue with many of my news images not being used. I wouldn't use some of them if I was the editor of a publication! Often they look a lot worse when I get home compared to when I'm out, plus I often see images from others that have been published and can see why they used theirs and not mine. All I know is that I used to do so well, and now without changing anything, I do poorly. I know the weather is a factor of course, as are many other things, but all I can see for myself is a lack of tweets/retweets for the majority of contributors (not just news) but the constant tweets and uses from the same people. I'm sure a lot of that is down to better or more appropriate photos that just happen to be picked up, and I'm not complaining or thinking I should get any special treatment. If it comes across like that then I'm sorry, it really isn't intended. It's just disheartening to spend a whole day doing 100 or so uploads from several locations, look at Twitter and see several images from the same few tweeted, often see a friendly comment to the same people thanking them for uploads yet very little to everyone else, etc.. Maybe I make assumptions, and I know I can do that at times, and after an incident with Alamy things did seem to change in some ways and although it's probably coincidence, I'm only human and I did start to wonder. I'm sure I'm wrong though. I am doing more live news again anyway, I've done it most days recently, including today when I did some at 2 locations. Transport is my main problem so I cannot get to locations I'd love to get to in time to see nicer light as the sun rises and sets, but now it's later in the year it'll be easier to get to places at the right times. So soon I hope to be able to get some better more newsworthy weather shots from nicer locations. I have lots of ideas for future stuff, some of it inspired by what I've seen sold by others. It was all about people sunbathing and in the sea during the Summer, but of course it's changed now so I'm looking at other options. Sorry to waffle so much but thanks for reading. Geoff.
  11. Slow month?

    It's not about the editors, at least that's not what I'm getting at. At least it's not just me, which is some comfort. I'd make a phone call to but I think that boat has sailed going by the silence when I've tried Twitter. I just have to keep going the best I can. We aren't all treated the same but that's life I guess. Geoff.
  12. Slow month?

    Like I keep saying, it's not just about coming up with the goods. I often come up with the goods and I'm not exactly inexperienced. The facts I've mentioned are the facts, and I've explained the best I can. I take good images and the ones I tweet are as good as or better than many, including those who are closer to the staff than most of us are. Geoff.
  13. Unauthorized use of Alamy Photos

    I have tried a few times, yes, but with most those sites there are no contact details so I can't do anything about it personally. I've managed to get 2 companies who did have contact details to pay up, by directing them to the image on Alamy, and both times it took lots of convincing to get them to pay. I've tried the same with others but have got nowhere. More recently I have started to send invoices of my own rather than directing them to Alamy, but I've got nowhere as they are ignored. I've looked at companies like Imagerights but have been put off for various reasons. I'd definitely use such a company though if it was going to be worth it. I read that at least one of them won't chase any uses that are available for licensing, meaning I'd have to remove them from Alamy first, which seems daft. Can you or anyone else recommend a company that gets results and can be completely trusted? What are the issues with using a company like this? Geoff.
  14. Favourite images uploaded in September 2017

    Small White Butterfly (Pieris rapae) on a flower. Helianthus plant, a perennial sunflower. Muscovy Duck.