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  2. How much does it cost you to shoot 200 images? I think if you're going to have a camera and take photos anyway, this isn't really an issue. The working professionals with clients will have cameras and lights already. Those of us who have lights and cameras because we enjoy photography and are willing to spend some time keywording, aren't out that much for 800 photos we probably would have taken anyway. I've been going over my earlier photographs and submitting small selections of those to Alamy. I took them years ago. One was of a tourist attraction near where i used to live and I thought that one would be saturated. It wasn't. Mine was portrait taken in March before leaves were out, full reflection in a pond and the building. Yah never know. People who go out and buy cameras they wouldn't otherwise own, other gear they wouldn't have otherwise bought, to shoot stock are probably making a mistake. Freelance work of any kind for people without day jobs or incomes from other sources is a fairly poor life choice. What makes sense is for people who have a client based successful photography business to do stock as a side taking things that they wouldn't otherwise be photographing for pay. Or for people who've been amateur photographers for decades to set up a portfolio for some supplemental income. And a few people make a full time living from stock, but from all I've seen, that's not the best way to bet for people who are in dire straits and need to find a way to make a living fast. I cringe at people who want to turn to any form of freelance work because they're financially strapped and even more when they don't have any experience taking photographs or writing or whatever they imagine will rescue them. But I don't get the impression that's the bulk of people showing up here.
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  5. I had one of those today too. The subject had to do with gardening.
  6. Kali Gandaki valley, Upper Mustang region, Nepal. Nilgiri North (7061m) in the background. IQ sale: Educational book, editorial print + digital use. $$$
  7. Yes, it appears you're both right, and my suspicions were unfounded. Grey Mullet it is. Thanks for both of you taking the time to reply.
  8. My first Alamy sale was an image that I had just included to fill up the CD. It probably won't sell again due to its age and the hugely increased competition, but while I've deleted a lot of my old stuff I've kept that one just in case (and simply because it was my 'first'). I'm pretty sure I deleted at least one image that should have remained, but can't be resubmitted as it wouldn't pass QC now. So if in doubt, it's probably best to leave things alone.
  9. I had one of these too - for $. Very low for a magazine use.
  10. I would have confidently captioned this as mullet- I've seen them a few times in my life, and that's what they look like.
  11. 23 of them for me today. The only consolation is that all my images are RM so each individual usage is paid for. Oh, and they missed a couple of usages that I may well have to chase up later if they don't turn up in the next couple of months.
  12. Bill, dare I say that that is a "toothless" argument. 😛
  13. Bill, thank you for mentioning the Nikon AW1. It wasn't even on my radar but after doing a little research, it looks almost perfect. I found a great condition used one locally and picked it up this morning. Now I think I need something like a floating neck strap so I don't lose it. Rick Boden
  14. I had one of these today too. I'm not sure how that duration works. Odd
  15. I remember that too, Allan. What about the dehaze in LR?
  16. Just had a very low Magazine sale, without quoting how much it was for after commision, I think it's fair to say I couldn't buy a copy of the mag for that! BMP2BJ maxi 04 Robert Cook RM "Country: United Kingdom ; Usage: Editorial ; Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic ; Print run: up to 500,000 ; Placement: Inside ; Start: 01-June-2019 ; Additional Details: Duration: 3 months. Any placement: Inside or cover." Wonder how much an advert is in this publication?
  17. I often go back and re-shoot subjects because things are constantly changing -- buildings get new paint jobs, trees are cut down, skylines change, etc. -- plus I think it's beneficial to have images coming up in "New" searches. However, I always wonder if I should delete the old versions. As it is, I tend to just leave them alone in case someone actually prefers the way things used to look. I think this strategy has paid off in a few instances.
  18. USA, National Geographic Traveler magazine, Aug/Sep 2019 issue Ukulele still life, Design Pics Inc Bison on Antelope Island, Utah, YAY Media Epidaurus, Greece, Nevena Tsvetanova Imam (Shah) Mosque, Isfahan, Iran, AGE Fotostock Bearded seal, Svalbard, Norway, Russell Millner
  19. My thinking, my path, will be that of the majority here: I'll stand pat. We know what's sold. We don't know what will sell. I try to produce good quality images and I think I'm getting better at tagging. Thank you all for your answers.
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August 2019, Country Walking, p5 & p30-31, Loch Avon in Cairngorms, EG61DE, Nature Picture Library August 2019, Country Walking, p9, humpback whale, ANFKWN, All Canada Photos August 2019, Country Walking, p9, red clover, FFKDHF, Picture Partners August 2019, Country Walking, p15, Hoad lighthouse and Morecambe Bay, KC1B8F, Nicky Beeson August 2019, Country Walking, p16, Ambleside, BBKF7P, Roger Coulam August 2019, Country Walking, p17, Apple Pie Cafe in Ambleside, DJE9GJ, Kenny Williamson August 2019, Country Walking, p24, High Cup Nick, G6NTTH, ricky leaver August 2019, Country Walking, p25, Skara Brae, EGKK51, funkyfood London - Paul Williams August 2019, Country Walking, p25, Pen-y-ghent, E7W4A8, MSP Travel Images August 2019, Country Walking, p27, target rash from deer tick bite, ANCR57, Phil Degginger August 2019, Country Walking, p27, deer tick, BBX4JE, Johner Images [Flipped L-R] August 2019, Country Walking, p32, snow covered Cairngorm plateau, H6GHN8, Jonathan Miles August 2019, Country Walking, p32, Cairn Gorm funicular track, AHEEMH, John Peter Photography August 2019, Country Walking, p33, top of Ben Macdui, BE8P3K, Rob Read/Nature Photographers Ltd August 2019, Country Walking, p34, Lairig Ghru pass in the Cairngorms, B8W9D5, Duncan Shaw August 2019, Country Walking, p35, dotterel, HDJTMW, Peter Walkden August 2019, Country Walking, p35, snow bunting, BW8AMP, John Betts August 2019, Country Walking, p35, Arctic hare, FCWN68, Ben Queenborough August 2019, Country Walking, p35, ptarmigan, BBYFB8, mike lane August 2019, Country Walking, p35, moss campion, M0X6BX, Realimage August 2019, Country Walking, p36, Cairngorms National Park, BPBXME, Jason Friend Photography Ltd August 2019, Country Walking, p36, Loch Gynack from Creag Bheag, D4BW08, Keith Fergus August 2019, Country Walking, p36, Lochan Uaine in Glenmore Forest, D479EJ, Neiliann Tait August 2019, Country Walking, p37, castle ruin on Loch an Eilein, FX8C2B, Dennis Hardley August 2019, Country Walking, pp38-39, lavender in Darent valley, EC6CYA, Ian Goodrick August 2019, Country Walking, p40, Castell Coch, H7D95H, Billy Stock August 2019, Country Walking, p40, Brecon Beacons, credited to Banana Pancake/Alamy but I can't find it August 2019, Country Walking, p41, Llewellyn's cave, DR31T3, radnorimages August 2019, Country Walking, p41, River Severn, A1TJ3G, Richard Becker August 2019, Country Walking, p42, Coed-y-Brenin, ACFGGH, The Photolibrary Wales August 2019, Country Walking, p43, Llyn Y Foel lake, E8THWG, Realimage August 2019, Country Walking, p50, Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, CBTJ6C, Nadia Isakova [Credited to Graham Prentice/Alamy] August 2019, Country Walking, p50, 1948 AEC Regal Single Deck Coach near Kirkby Stephen, PDBY3T, Rodney Hutchinson August 2019, Country Walking, p51, steam yacht on Coniston Water, KT8ET3, Geoff Oliver August 2019, Country Walking, p53, brocken spectre, DM3K2Y, Rebecca Cole August 2019, Country Walking, p53 & p58, mosquito, D1J9T5, Yon Marsh Natural History [Flipped L-R on p58] August 2019, Country Walking, p59, hiker crossing river in Denali, C090MP, Design Pics Inc [cropped] August 2019, Country Walking, pp62-63, view over Summer Isles at Althandhu, GETTF3, Jan Holm/Loop Images Ltd August 2019, Country Walking, pp64-65, Brennand Valley in the Forest of Bowland, M9T0G4, Tom Richardson Bowland August 2019, Country Walking, p66, Dunsop Bridge in the Ribble Valley, P9HGP7, Simon Reddy August 2019, Country Walking, p66, Brennand Fell, EX5WMJ, Tom Richardson Bowland August 2019, Country Walking, p68, waymarker on Brennand Fell, G017MR, Tom Richardson Bowland August 2019, Country Walking, p68, Whitendale Hanging Stones, GKCAXY, Tom Richardson Bowland August 2019, Country Walking, p69, hillwalker descending Ouster Rake, FD61P8, Tom Richardson Bowland August 2019, Country Walking, p73, Dhoon Glen waterfall on the Isle of Man, FFFP7X, David Chapman August 2019, Country Walking, p74, Peel town from Corrin's Folly on the Isle of Man, D2Y9KY, Isle of Man August 2019, Country Walking, p74, Snaefell, JTNK6C, Richard Faragher August 2019, Country Walking, p75, Laxey Wheel, E8FHDJ, RooM the Agency August 2019, Country Walking, p76, Sugarloaf Rock from The Chasms on Isle of Man, FW4M3W, Robin Weaver August 2019, Country Walking, p77, Peel castle, JTAE1D, Michael Runkel/robertharding August 2019, Country Walking, p77, Port Erin, JTAE1M, Michael Runkel/robertharding August 2019, Country Walking, pp80-81, background image credited to [Anna Ivanova/Alamy[/b] but I can't find it August 2019, Country Walking, p86, Sprinkling Tarn, B5TJY1, Ron Evans August 2019, Country Walking, p86, wreck of Helvetia on Rhossili beach, D3DTAP, Jeff Tucker August 2019, Country Walking [Walking With Kids supplement], p10, Holkham beach, A6JPFH, Robert Estall photo agency August 2019, Country Walking [Walking With Kids supplement], p11, Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire, BH34C4, Susanne Masters August 2019, Country Walking [Walking With Kids supplement], p11, stepping stones on the River Wye in Chee Dale, GY73CA, Matthew Taylor August 2019, Country Walking [Walking With Kids supplement], p11, Glen Nevis, GJ9Y58, Shaun Johnson August 2019, Country Walking, p91, Cheviot Hills, BHCTHF, Dave Porter August 2019, Country Walking, p119, Staithes from Cow Bar Nab, E3C0DN, Richard Burdon ISSN: 09532757
  21. There was an Alamy statement to the effect of: You are the photographer Alamy does not tell you what to shoot. In other words as photographers we have a responsibility to know what to shoot in order to make sales. A photographer that is constantly surprised at what sells and is unwilling to edit their portfolio, is spending thousands of dollars to play a kind of lottery. An expensive lottery in which they have a one in 2,000 chance of winning $50. That photographer is going down the rabbit hole of being unwilling to improve their portfolio and their subsequent shooting, in favour of quantity over quality. That photographer should know by now that this does not work. Go into any small neighbourhood store in Ontario and you will see old people who badly need dental work, spending hundreds of $ a month on the Ontario lottery. Sad that a lottery is their only hope.
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