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About bobsy

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  1. If only it were that easy John. There really isn't any distinction. I do shoot landscapes mainly, which can obviously sell for prints, but they also suit many other uses. You would also be surprised at what people actually buy prints of. I've always found it's best to let the client/customer decide what they want rather than trying to second guess.
  2. Completely agree John. And while I can understand that some may want to sell for 'personal use' I'm guessing many won't. As prices drop, maybe the onus should be on lessening the workload, rather than complicating it. Uses such as these should be explained more clearly and maybe added as a seperate opt in, such as is the case with novel use.
  3. I got an answer back from member services and to be fair, there is the option to add 'personal use' as a restriction in manage images, which I hadn't seen. It will obviously depend on where and how you sell images, but for me anyway, prints make up a significant part of my income and as they are generated through my own website, I'm not prepared to pay Alamy 50% of an amount that is way below what I would charge. The other point you should take into consideration is, how does any agency police how an image is used 'personally' or in their own home? It would be impossible.
  4. A while ago, I removed the Alamy link from my website, preferring to try and get a better price by licencing images directly. My sales at Alamy suffered a slump, so you can draw your own conclusions from that. Within the last week, I decided to add the link again, just to see what would happen. A couple of days later, up pops a sale for the grand sum of $19.71, see details below. Country: Worldwide Usage: Personal use Media: Non-commercial, one time, personal/home use Start: 28 November 2015 End: 28 November 2020 I have contacted member services regarding this sale, as it looks to
  5. Looking back through my recent sales history, there are way too many refunds and amended licence details. I realise that mistakes can be made, projects shelved etc, but it seems to happen a little bit too often for this to be always the case. What I'd like to know is, do Alamy have a dedicated team/department that checks to make sure licence details for all images are being adhered to? I would think this would be a major task. Also, if a client downloads a high-res image and subsequently notifies Alamy that they want to cancel the sale or downgrade the licence, what is the general procedure th
  6. Shouldn't we be given the choice to opt out of these type of peanuts fee sales? As I try to market images directly to clients, I can only see these sales damaging my chances of making a decent fee in the long run. How long before we're paying them to publish our images. Country: United Kingdom Usage: iQ sale: Magazine, Editorial print and digital use. cover and inside.Repeat use within a single issue. Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Start: 30 April 2014 End: 30 April 2019 $34.19
  7. I had two images with same usage details about a month back, but have had no luck tracking them down. Would have been nice to find out, if only to add to the recent work section of my site.
  8. Haha. Thanks for the replies. I've had some beauties just recently. "We are opening up a range of luxury holiday lets and are looking for some large canvases of the surrounding area to go on the wall" "This would be a great way for you to advertise your photographs" Also had the same line from a private hospital of all places.
  9. Thanks Semmick, I understand what you mean. But I'm willing to take the risk this once. As the 'Business' in question is not offering any kind of 'Business' then it cannot really be considered a 'Business' now can it. If only it had the effect you describe on this type of 'Business' Then that would be a good thing, no?
  10. Yes, I think it is or I wouldn't have posted it would I? I've had loads of these type of 'amazing offers' over the years. And I thought it was a way to show a possible (sensible) response.
  11. To: Webmaster From: --------------- Organisation Le Tour Guide Tel Number -------------- Message: Hi David, I wanted to get in touch as I am a great fan of your work and instantly thought of you when discussing a project I am starting up. As you undoubtedly know, the Tour de France, one of the world's largest sporting events, comes to Yorkshire next year with the 'Grand Depart' going through some of the regions finest villages, towns, cities and countryside. I am an author, columnist, journalist and travel writer and my business partner (one of the UK's leading content and marketing gurus
  12. I used to have a link from my site to my Alamy portfolio and yes, I think it did make a difference. You have to ask yourself though, if I'm doing the marketing for Alamy why am I paying them 50%? I also know of one instance where I was badly undercut by Alamy on what would have been a very good direct sale so you need to decide carefully. Of course it shouldn't be too hard for a customer to find your images elsewhere on the web without s link. I personally think Alamy should add a link to my website on their homepage. That would work better imo
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