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  2. First sale ever for me (actually 2 sales from one buyer), i upload pictures from begining of this year. Low price, distributor sales ... but finally i have sale(s). Hope next one will be not after 5 months.
  3. There is still no reason that I can see that you can't upload to 'Live News'. But first I'd contact 'Contributor Services' and explain the circumstances as to why they can't be uploaded within an hour. They're there to help and I'm sure they will do their best to accommodate or advise on a solution. Drop them an e-mail or better still give them a call. Let us know how you get on.
  4. USA, The New York Times newspaper, May 19th 2019 Sunday Styles section Pg. 6, A vintage Sony Walkman, AKP Photos (Alamy credit only) Pg. 7, Tangled telephone cord, could not find, credit to Alamy only National Section Obituaries Pg. 26, Machiko Kyo, Keystone Press New York Times Style Magazine Pg. 54, Meryl Streep, John Clifford/Orion Pictures (Photo 12)
  5. 19/05/2019, Observer [Review section], p17, Guy Verhofstadt racing Aston Martin, KM444R, CJM Photography [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer [Review section], p34, still from Birds of Passage, RGRM7A, AF archive 19/05/2019, Observer [Magazine], p43, arrayán trees, FACER9, Vibrant Pictures [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer [Magazine], p46, Cape Clear ferry, PBAYRN, Andy Gibson [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer [Magazine], p46, headland at South Harbour on Cape Clear island, J2TXHX, geogphotos [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer [Magazine], p47, tiny stone cottage on Cape Clear Island in County Cork, JK1H30, jackie ellis [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer, p5, view over Wharfedale from Woodhouse Crag, H03HJC, MSP Travel Images [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer, p10, McDonald's milk shake, DT43JX, Lenscap [No credit - poss not via Alamy] 19/05/2019, Observer, p32, man reading Hungarian newspaper, BE6WKX, Karl F. Schöfmann/imageBROKER [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer, p33, graffiti in Medellin, DGBAWY, Carlos Mora [Alamy credit only] 19/05/2019, Observer [Sports section], p20, French Tennis Open 1984, RC6JAY, dpa picture alliance
  6. Sorry, but this is a bit offending. I have a Press Pass, not a Press Photographer Pass, because I write from 20 to 40 articles about the Venice Biennale (art and architecture) each year. Furthermore, I have access to the first day of press preview which is restricted to major newspapers and magazines which are covering the Biennale for, at least, five years. (If you have ever been there, you know that shooting decent photos on the third press preview day is almost impossible due to the crowd) I shoot a large number of photos there (usually from 500 to 1,000), but only a small part of them is included in my articles, while the others go to Alamy. Live News is useful for...news, not for contemporary art pictures which have a complex and long keywording process (you have to clearly identify the artist, the artwork's title, the year, check for previous copyright restrictions, and so on). You can't do that in minutes, because no one is interested in "a picture of artwork at the Venice Art Biennale 2019", you must add a lot of details to make it commercially interesting. I try to do my best and, in a day or two, I write five to six articles, select and edit about 100 pictures (discarding 200 more pictures which are repetitive or technically not enough good to be published), both those for my articles and those to be sent to Alamy, and put all that stuff online. Therefore, my first pictures are potentially available for other magazines usually on Friday morning, which is when I begin sending them to Alamy for QC (the Biennale opens to the public on Saturday and all the publishers which haven't sent their photographer to it are looking for pictures from Friday evening to Sunday morning. I am aware that contemporary art and architecture are small niche markets, and I understand Alamy can't change its QC process for what is just a small number of additional sales, compared to their 160-million-picture repository. Yet, at least in my case, a QC running six days a week could be very, very useful. Most online agencies work 7 days a week (for example, outsourcing support and evaluation processes overseas), so I am just suggesting to Alamy to consider such a move seriously.
  7. I don't think you really understand the difference between stock and Live News. Despite your '...very special press pass...' you are uploading via stock which means you have to wait for them to go through a process. If you apply for Live News access and get it your images will be available to potential customers within about 15 mins. If you cannot upload images to Live News within a couple of hours of making them then maybe you need to rethink your approach and workflow. It is not Alamy's fault - it is your basic misunderstanding of the process.
  8. Live News is feasible for everyone. Shoot for a time period, then upload. You should be able to edit and caption pics in minutes. You want results, you have to put in the effort.
  9. You've known all this in advance, both in your own situation and of how Alamy works. Surely the value in these images was as news? I'd have thought that once the amount of time had passed that you'd left it that their value as stock would be no different whether they were on sale today or next month.
  10. Those are indeed Mute Swan. One must be careful not to get too close to their signets (young ones), as both the mother and dad will aggressively wave you off.
  11. I'll try a brief spring update, although nothing of importance has changed. The one good friend I made here in these past 6 months has gone back to the States to take a job with American Airlines in Texas. I still haven't found a way to get healthcare insurance. Without that, I cannot get a resident visa. The answer to all questions about this conundrum is either 'I don't know' or 'maybe.' My personal situation seems to be unique. I've been here for over 6 months. I am renting an apartment and I have a Spanish bank account. No one has yet tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Get out!' ??? Do I speak Spanish yet? Nope.
  12. Nothing to stop you uploading images after the first day and then more after the second day, if you have Live News access. If I go to an event and need to use burst mode I can end up with many hundreds of images. If you don’t have the wherewithal to select, process and caption (which can be done in advance) quickly, then Live News isn’t for you and you will have to settle for the usual delay uploading stock. Contributions on the other sites were presumably via their live news equivalent. I really don’t see that you can complain. I wonder, too, how you managed to get a press pass without the facility to upload news images, although it could be you didn’t realise you no longer had access to it.
  13. The Sunday Times - Online 19/05/2019 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/populist-surge-sinks-tories-and-squeezes-labour-as-european-elections-loom-x6x20jwjs T6GANW Dinendra Haria Westminster, London, UK 1 May 2019 - Brexit campaigner placards outside Houses of Parliament. Credit: Dinendra Haria/Alamy Live News (credit Dinendra Haria only so may not be from Alamy) https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/foreign-trees-to-help-british-forests-survive-heat-srxskqtvc BFENTF Paul Weston Linley Beeches on Linley hill, Shropshire, England UK https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/gas-distribution-giant-cadent-to-cut-400-jobs-dnwhxfvzm P9F0WM Lawrence Looi/NexusPix Birmingham, UK. 17th July 2018. General view Cadent employees operating a vacuum truck to suck up soil as they prepare to replace old iron gas pipes with more durable plastic yellow pipes in Birmingham, Tuesday July 17, 2018. Cadent, formerly known as National Grid Gas Distribution, are carrying out essential gas maintenance in the road. Motorists have been warned to expect delays and to find an alternative route if possible. © Lawrence Looi - All rights reserved Credit: NexusPix/Alamy Live News https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/banks-get-cold-feet-over-shopping-centres-svndjd8fx F54TPK David Kilpatrick Cameron Toll shopping centre, Edinburgh, winter night https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/facebook-pays-interns-twice-the-average-uk-wage-wz7g3n5rj P1152T Geoff Smith Silhouettes of a couple of people using the Facebook app on smartphones. 2 people chatting and meeting on Facebook. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/royal-mail-to-deliver-investor-gloom-s7b9gl2bx DH1RFR ipm royal mail postman on his round carrying a post bag https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/hanging-out-in-the-dizzying-dolomites-q6t6l8jbj KFGREE Dalibor Brlek Picturesque alpine village of San Cassiano view, Dolomites Alps in South Tyrol, Italy https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/follow-the-cleveland-way-g6s9009nl PTJJ61 Loop Images/RJB Photograhic Afternoon at Staithes village from Penny Nab. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/kenilworth-great-british-breaks-tm92g7prg DP3J7K ImagesEurope elizabethan gardens kenilworth castle warwickshire england uk https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/sillars-snubs-snp-in-european-elections-mwnzrqrrc DYTYJM Steven Scott Taylor Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 25th April, 2014. The Memorial Service at the Assemble on the Mound for Margo McDonald. Pictured Margo's husband Jim Sillars. Credit: Steven Scott Taylor/Alamy Live News (credit Steven Scott Taylor only so may not be from Alamy) https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/scottish-police-stations-set-to-cop-400m-facelift-pwmrg5m8r M8JE9R David Grimwade Police vehicles outside police station, Oban, Scotland
  14. $211 for a calendar sale to Japan - distributor sale, unfortunately, but still Alex
  15. Live News is not feasible for me. It takes no less than two full days to cover the Venice Biennale. Thereafter you have to develop and edit each photo, check image quality, prepare captions, keywords and so on... 48 hours are not enough to post a significant number of images this way. Furthermore, I used to post Live News pictures in the past and I didn't sell a single one of them, perhaps Alamy is not considered a reference in the LN market, who knows... What I tried to say is that, In today's world, Saturday is a working day for many of us, including me. To rent someone to do the QC on Saturdays doesn't look a big effort IMHO, and would make Alamy more competitive in the Stock Photo market at a reasonable cost, arguably. To wait from Friday morning to Monday evening (or even Tuesday) from uploading to having your images available for keywording is too much, in the current World Wide Web ecosystem; or, at least, I believe it is.
  16. Thyris and Mr Standfast are correct in pointing you towards Live News of Reportage. However, you need to be aware of recent changes to Alamy's policies on who has access to Live News and/or reportage. You will find discussion in this thread.
  17. Some can be surprising. I photograph a lot of politicians, as do a lot of other people. The ones everybody's heard of are very well covered buy I am frequently surprised, when I get a back-bencher wandering around Westminster, to discover that Alamy have no/very few images of him/her, even moderately well-known ones. The best way to find niches is to photograph EVERYTHING and find out what sells because nobody else has photographed it.
  18. Guardian online... https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/may/19/magic-of-cape-clear-island-county-cork-ireland empty roads and blooming verges on Cape Clear. Photograph: Bernard Golden/Alamy a stone cottage on the island’s coast. Photograph: Jackie Ellis/Alamy boats at Schull Harbour. Photograph: Andy Gibson/Alamy https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/may/03/locanda-on-weir-porlock-weir-somerset-restaurant-bed-breakfast-review Dunster Castle. Photograph: Shaun Davey/Alamy .......................... Telegraph online... https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/05/19/regulators-high-alert-ailing-thomas-cook/ Passengers boarding Thomas Cook Boeing 757-200, Arrecife Airport, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Greg Balfour Evans ........................... 😃
  19. They used to say a Cockney was someone who lived in the hearing of the Bow Bells and can spit into the Thames. A Geordie is someone who lives Tyneside and can spit into the Thames.
  20. I use Filemaker but it may be easy with something like Access but I've never used that. You can certainly get it for a Mac, it goes back a long way and was only available on a Mac to begin with however a current version is pricy, I'm using an old version. Filemaker is very powerful but actually quite easy to use if you're doing this type of thing. This page should tell you how to do the same in Excel but I haven't tested it with commas: https://exceljet.net/formula/count-specific-characters-in-a-cell It should work, it's a formula that compares the total length of all the characters in the cell with the total length when all the instances of the specified character (a comma in this case) has been removed, the difference would be the number of characters that had been there. Someone that uses Excel may be able to give you a better method.
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