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  1. I am happy that Alamy caters for all types of photographers and is not 'elitist' at all. However it takes 30 mins or so to go through images that sell or have sold on Alamy to get some idea of 'where it's at' here. So alexandersr have a look at the forum and educate yourself. It's easy. Alamy is UKcentric naturally as it is UK based but does sell internationally pretty good. Also you have a small portfolio of images here on Alamy. That in itself is a detriment to sales. Keep shooting more and different type of images and be aware of your caption information and 'tags'.

  2. Well it was $28,560 .. gross! 

     

    Then I woke up, made a coffee, logged on to Alamy and found I had made a sale of $18 gross!

     

    But really my best ever was $480 gross for 'commercial brochure' back in 2012.

     

    The dream was good though - almost sexual in it's excitement/intensity value. In the dream I never identified what the image was of - just the amount on my Alamy sales on computer page. Ho hum. 

  3. 56 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

    Irish Sun online

    GHNCK1 graja Brand new five euro in jeans pocket

    PX3NHC Richard Wayman Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland weather. 19th October 2018. The sun goes down behind mountains on a beautiful end to a day of mixed weather. The weekend is expected to be warm and dry. Credit: Richard Wayman/Alamy Live News

    M8X0A2 Richard Wayman Lackbeg, Burtonport, County Donegal, Ireland. 20th March 2018. UK Weather: An inshore lobster fisherman navigates his boat through the rocky coastline as he returns home on a sunny but cold evening on the west coast. Credit: Richard Wayman/Alamy Live News

     

    Thanks for the spot Andy. A 'real' Live News there so half-decent fee!

  4. 16 minutes ago, Avpics said:

    Little has changed since I (perhaps blindly) signed up. I'm not aware of any of my images having been given away for free. Perhaps we wouldn't have been advised of such an event if so, and only time will tell on whether that happens in the future. I wasn't happy being one of the many that suffered a NU sale a short while ago but have to accept that was part of my agreement with Alamy. There aren't many industries left that aren't being driven into the ground so why should this one be any different? If I had my time again I'd go into banking where you're rewarded for success, failure or downright criminal irresponsibility.

    Fair point Avpics. But since advertising on the web is experiencing all-time high revenues we should expect an increasing revenue for our work? But we are seeing an downward trend in revenue per image license - well at least I am. I'm making more licenses but increasingly less money for each one. Don't get me wrong, I like Alamy, but the trend is not just a 'market thing'. It is a 'greedy grab' from most of the 'Picture Agencies' making out that the low prices are just part of the market trend. This is false. disingenuous.

  5. 3 minutes ago, Starsphinx said:

    I know with a micro stock site I have submitted to in the past there was a box you could tick saying an image could be provided free - so if you had a photo not being looked for or whatever you could choose to let it be used free - but if you did not tick the box the image had to be paid for.  I would suggest something similar for Alamy

     

    Are you high? Used for free? Why would you do that? It's your work for goodness sake. Do you think that it's acceptable to work for free? Yes we may all do 'charitable works' for no recompense, financial anyway, but many of us on Alamy are professional photographers trying to earn our living. 

     

  6. 3 minutes ago, Avpics said:

    Confusing question (in said forum), and tags?

    Well I couldn't get on to forum for a while. Tags? Yes because apparently they insist upon them ............... I worry about how Alamy closes topics which they decide are "unsuitable" often regarding genuine debatable points that may, at first, seem "anti-Alamy" but need to be discussed nonetheless. Anyone heard of freedom of speech ? We are all PART OF ALAMY! We have made ALAMY WHAT IT IS TODAY! And, I believe, that our contribution should not just be overlooked and buried just because a comment may be regarded as "bad for business". Whose business? OURS!

  7. 5 hours ago, isphoto said:

    on the notification today "9.1. In addition to the promotion rights set out in 8.3 above you grant Alamy permission to sell your Images at any price and by any method we feel appropriate and to supply Images to third parties without Alamy having to consult you, including but not limited to trials with new Customers, prototypes/proof of concept and high volume low unit price licences. Where Alamy does not make a charge to these third parties, you will not receive payment."

     

    So if I read this right Alamy can now Give away my images "Where Alamy does not make a charge to these third parties, you will not receive payment." so if a publisher wants to trial Alamy, they can potentially get my images for free! If Alamy believe a new customer is worth subsidising then they should not be looking for contributors to fund their trials. So on this basis one contributor gets to fund a trial that they may never see a sale from, this is madness at it best.

     

    Also we now have no control over restricting personal use sales, novel use or other newspaper type schemes.

     

    Come on Alamy sales are up, margin is up, why the need for this?  This may well be a straw that breaks the camels back for some.

    Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors.

     

    Promises, promises

     It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said:

    • “We place our contributors at the centre of our service”
    • “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.”
    • “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” 
    • "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!"
    • “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.”
    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

  8. 3 hours ago, Matt Ashmore said:

     

    What is ‘EPUK’?

    Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors.

     

    Promises, promises

     It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said:

    • “We place our contributors at the centre of our service”
    • “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.”
    • “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” 
    • "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!"
    • “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.”
    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

  9. 5 hours ago, isphoto said:

    on the notification today "9.1. In addition to the promotion rights set out in 8.3 above you grant Alamy permission to sell your Images at any price and by any method we feel appropriate and to supply Images to third parties without Alamy having to consult you, including but not limited to trials with new Customers, prototypes/proof of concept and high volume low unit price licences. Where Alamy does not make a charge to these third parties, you will not receive payment."

     

    So if I read this right Alamy can now Give away my images "Where Alamy does not make a charge to these third parties, you will not receive payment." so if a publisher wants to trial Alamy, they can potentially get my images for free! If Alamy believe a new customer is worth subsidising then they should not be looking for contributors to fund their trials. So on this basis one contributor gets to fund a trial that they may never see a sale from, this is madness at it best.

     

    Also we now have no control over restricting personal use sales, novel use or other newspaper type schemes.

     

    Come on Alamy sales are up, margin is up, why the need for this?  This may well be a straw that breaks the camels back for some.

    Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors.

     

    Promises, promises

     It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said:

    • “We place our contributors at the centre of our service”
    • “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.”
    • “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” 
    • "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!"
    • “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.”
    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

  10. 1 hour ago, Travelshots said:

    Personally I would like to be able to opt out of any use of my images as a free promotion or anything that gives client my images for free. I have to make a living and just because other agencies are using this tactic to try and increase market share I do not agree with it. It is bad business. Experiment yes , layouts ,trials yes but published online or in print in any way without proper payment NO.

    Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors.

     

    Promises, promises

     It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said:

    • “We place our contributors at the centre of our service”
    • “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.”
    • “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” 
    • "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!"
    • “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.”
    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

  11. 3 hours ago, isphoto said:

    So if its the same meaning, why change it?

    Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors.

     

    Promises, promises

     It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said:

    • “We place our contributors at the centre of our service”
    • “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.”
    • “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” 
    • "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!"
    • “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.”
    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

  12. 9 minutes ago, ManWay said:

    Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors.

     

    Promises, promises

     It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said:

    • “We place our contributors at the centre of our service”
    • “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.”
    • “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” 
    • "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!"
    • “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.”
    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

    The important points being:

    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

     
  13. Interesting when you consider the below and how Alamy have consistently taken away commission and rights from their contributors.

     

    Promises, promises

     It’s worth taking a look back at the bright new photographer centred business that Alamy so proudly offered us at its launch. This is what they said:

    • “We place our contributors at the centre of our service”
    • “This is just the start of the new way forward for the creative mind.”
    • “Only alamy.com will sell the images you supply us with.” 
    • "On every sale alamy take 10% commission + about 3% credit card fee. YOU GET around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!"
    • “It’s not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time.”
    • “We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future.” 
    • "How can we be assured that alamy.com will not increase the commission in their favor in the future? It would not be in alamy.com's interest to change terms to the detriment of our contributors, since our success depends on attracting large numbers of contributors.”

    Every one of those promises has now been broken.

  14. 7 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

    That’s as maybe but I still make sales, I sense negativity in your post? 

    No, I think Keith means that as UK based newspapers generally use UK based Live News pix (obviously apart from Foreign and Sport) it is handy for us here in Ireland that some newspapers have Irish editions. I sell very few pix from Ireland as Live News in UK based newspapers. The Irish Times and Irish Independent use sweet FA from Alamy in my experience.

  15. 31 minutes ago, RedSnapper said:

    Having a localised edition of  the Sun and The Times - both online and print - does dramatically improve the chances of getting Live News pix used if you're an Irish or Scottish based photographer....

     

    km

    That's true enough Keith. Also we have Irish editions of Daily Mail and Mirror and Star. In fact most of my Live News usages have been Irish editions of The Times and The Sun. One or two in Mail and Mirror - but these two seem almost exclusively Getty these days or PA. 

  16. 28 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

    Very true - and I've just seen another usage for one of the pics.  Happy days!

    Well done Andy! I think you scored there too because of that old adage "The early bird catches the worm". I'm hoping that my dogs in the wind gets some usage ..... nothing I can see so far but the Irish Sun updates regularly throughout the day online - then there is tomorrows print editions.

  17. 9 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

     

    DACS got back to me right away. Apparently, there was some problem with my "tax status," which has never happened before. The next payment distribution is on Monday, October 15th. Hopefully, the coffers won't be empty by then.

    Hi John, Thanks for that. Yes they got straight back to me today too - got to admire the efficiency of all at DACS. My problem same as yours - tax status. Hope I've cleared up the issue now and, as you say, they still have some money left for us!!!!

  18. 8 hours ago, Simon said:

    Hi Guys

     

    So .. is the consensus that if an image sent to live news is full size ( eg > 5000px ) then some news desks will not use it based on the size rather than the content ?

     

    I regularly send in live news images which don't sell as news, but sell from stock down the line. Also I get live news images taken up reasonably regularly ( but not as much as others here ).

     

    regards Simon

    Not sure if that is the consensus but I believe that to be bollox really. In fact it is bollox according to my contacts on picture desks. The images have to be resized in order to fit the space where they are going to be in print or on the web. They may well be cropped too. The picture desk people are too busy to be saying 'oh no! That image is 400 pixels too big on one side for us to manage". Ha ha the idea is laughable IMO.

  19. I generally send Alamy Live News pix at the best the camera can manage - simply because the images used are often heavily cropped by the user. So dimensions are 4288 x 2848 px. And Photoshop jpeg at 11 quality. I can't imagine a picture desk saying "oooh that's too big a file to use" if they like the image - that doesn't make sense. The jpegs generated by my method are not too big really in this day and age - between 4Mb and 7Mb normally. In any case if the Live News image is used just on the web - often the case with 'Pictures of the Day' - then the image size requirements are considerably less than for print so the picture desk have to resize anyway.

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