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2 hours ago, MircoV said:

 To make a photo 100 dollar worth you need to take photos that other can not create. By being super exceptional or having caught something on the other side of the world.

 

That's rubbish.  I've sold a handful of 3 figure images and all of them could have been taken by anyone.  One or two were simple snapshots and/or being in the right place at the right time.  They were all taken within my neck of the woods, one for $128 was taken outside my house!

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3 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

 

That's rubbish.  I've sold a handful of 3 figure images and all of them could have been taken by anyone.  One or two were simple snapshots and/or being in the right place at the right time.  They were all taken within my neck of the woods, one for $128 was taken outside my house!

I believe you totally. I also had several 100plus sales. My point is just ...how many of those sales we are missing out now because of the digital era. In the times that you needed expensive camera to have great technical quality we would had much more of those sales. 

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1 hour ago, Colblimp said:

 

That's rubbish.  I've sold a handful of 3 figure images and all of them could have been taken by anyone.  One or two were simple snapshots and/or being in the right place at the right time.  They were all taken within my neck of the woods, one for $128 was taken outside my house!

 

I've had some $100+ sales of fairly ordinary images shot within strolling distance of my front door. IME it depends more on the market(s) you have in mind than on how exceptional the images are. For instance, I used to have regular $150+ sales on Alamy of images that I had shot mainly with the education market in mind (e.g. textbooks). Sadly, those more lucrative sales have more or less gone the way of the dodo. I still get a fair number of educational use sales, but the prices have dropped considerably (even dramatically). Hmmm... let's see, whom should I blame?  B)

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Brasilnut says: "Millions of teenagers in China and India will be happy to give away their great images for free for commercial usage"

 

I haven't seen many around rural Suffolk.

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2 hours ago, MircoV said:

I believe you totally. I also had several 100plus sales. My point is just ...how many of those sales we are missing out now because of the digital era. In the times that you needed expensive camera to have great technical quality we would had much more of those sales. 

 

Microstock was created because it was a business opportunity.

 

People who buy cameras are not forced to supply microstock. Indeed, most owners of cameras and phones do not supply microstock. They have no interest in selling their pics. 

 

You Mirco, Brasilnut, Marb and all the others CHOOSE to supply microstock.

 

That's fine, that's your choice.

 

But given that is the business model you CHOOSE to support please stop moaning about low prices at Alamy when you decide to supply Alamy. 

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19 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

 

Microstock was created because it was a business opportunity.

 

People who buy cameras are not forced to supply microstock. Indeed, most owners of cameras and phones do not supply microstock. They have no interest in selling their pics. 

 

You Mirco, Brasilnut, Marb and all the others CHOOSE to supply microstock.

 

That's fine, that's your choice.

 

But given that is the business model you CHOOSE to support please stop moaning about low prices at Alamy when you decide to supply Alamy. 

By surprise +1 from me. 

 

Best answer to all of this.

 

Note that I do respect you a lot. Especially because discussions are very hard with you. You stand for your opinion. 

 

Mirco

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In another thread, someone (think it was Bill in Ontario) said that he planned to submit more microstock-like images to Alamy in 2018. I have no idea what the reasoning was behind his statement, but I found it to be intriguing. Any thoughts on this? Is it a good idea? What does the future hold for this type of imagery on Alamy? At the moment, ms-like pics just seem to languish here (IME anyway).

 

 

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I think the border between alamy and micro is very thin. On known ms agency has 40 million editorial photos. I have the same editorial on both places and sell on both. 70 percent of ms sales are in my case editorial.

 

 

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47 minutes ago, MircoV said:

I think the border between alamy and micro is very thin. On known ms agency has 40 million editorial photos. I have the same editorial on both places and sell on both. 70 percent of ms sales are in my case editorial.

 

 

 

I was thinking more in terms of "design" type images -- e.g. backdrops, abstracts, patterns in nature, textures, etc. What is the future of these types of images on Alamy? They are often featured on Alamy's homepage these days, but I'm not sure how well they sell here. No doubt buyers go to ms agencies for this type of imagery.

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Brasilnut says: "Millions of teenagers in China and India will be happy to give away their great images for free for commercial usage"

 

I haven't seen many around rural Suffolk.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2416822/Fake-English-town-China-complete-cobbled-streets-red-telephone-boxes-remains-deserted.html

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To get back to the original point, I  would like to mention that Jan. was a better than average month for me, with 5 sales, four of which were $100+ and the fifth not far off.

My enthusiasm has been re-awakened! :)

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11 hours ago, MircoV said:

 To make a photo 100 dollar worth you need to take photos that other can not create. By being super exceptional or having caught something on the other side of the world.

I'm sure there are plenty of New Zealanders who can catch something on the othe side of the world from me.

Also, on Alamy, and many other sites, it's not about the uniqueness of the photo, it's about the discount the buyer has negotiated. On certain very specialised sites, that may not be the case.

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Before the financial crash James West was talking about how Alamy was set on growing sales revenue from about $30 million to get to $100 million eventually.

 

That's what I would like to see in 2018.

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