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DavidC

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About DavidC

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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={C75D39C9-F86B-4936-8946-328D3DB88F5F}&name=David+Cole
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    08 May 2006
  1. As a fairly modest (limited) poster, both myself and the 'Dog of Death' have noticed that the previous Avatar seemed to attract a large number of instances where the slash of the 'Blue Pencil' swiftly followed - either by our summary dismissal, or worse still the dreaded 'Poster Padlock'........ Just to avoid the charge of drifting Off Topic I would point out that this posting is to progress my journey towards Advanced Membership - and I really am trying to avoid mentioning the Scheming Newspapers Arrangements - honestly !
  2. Sorry. 'The Dog of Death' appears to have bitten again on the other Stockimo topic......trying for a double nip !
  3. .......if that is right you are already about 24hrs behind mine which should be captioned, keyworded and already in the picture desk browser......
  4. Eclectic - that's the word I've been looking for - not necessarily contemporary, up to date or unusual - just about anything that is relevant in time to news, views, or fashions - incorporating archive material when the relevance is high and using just about any camera to get it. I'll not be buying an Iphone, but if I come across a news story and my trusty compact is not close to hand I'll shoot it on my mainly-telephone-but-with-a-camera device, Bluetooth it to my Mac and upload it to News and send it all-round to Nat and Provincial Press - it is not what you've got - it is how you use it - isn't it ? The only drawback I can see is that the tag-line for the image lacks the trendy name, but then my images are targeted for their markets and not reliant on someone chancing across them...... Dinosaur - probably, still selling well, definitely !
  5. Second that - many of these schemes seem important but it is vital to see a few numbers backing up the hype - I know of one '$20,000' client of one agency who actually produced end sales that totaled in the hundreds after negotiating the 'deal' of the decade paying the photographers absolute peanuts. Facts are often hard to come by.......
  6. Don't see the point, would it actually add to your sales potential ? Large numbers of image searches result in zero zooms because the customer has hovered and seen the larger image - so I suppose a 'Hover' box would also be needed...... Basically it ain't broke so why complicate it - the information has a limited value until the client actually buys the image license - and even then it can be refunded ! As a frequent critic of some of the things that Alamy gets up to I would guide you to their advice recently regarding the BHZ stuff - it was a breath of fresh air......
  7. Thanks for the two 'green arrows' awarded in the few minutes before the Alamy 'Blue Pencil' removed my posting - shall I word it in a more politically correct manner...... In my opinion, Alamy should concentrate on its core business more and protect the interests of its contributors before - not instead - of entering into promotions of this sort. I did win a major contest (the only one that I have entered) a couple of years ago and that image went viral on the webimagenetthingy with more than a thousand unassociated infringements in just a couple of months - so the danger IS there and censorship of opinions will not remove it........I am delighted to see a thoughtful and constructive response from anyone on the forum - especially the Administrators..... 5-4-3-2-1 !!!
  8. He's a veteran of some nine years - just does not spend/invest (!) much time here......
  9. In Alamy 31 'Sales' - three largest refunded - $1327 (GROSS) Infringement SRA's* have topped £5,000 for a full year - this is NET after the license compliance company and weasels have taken their cut. My advice remains, chase infringements but do not hope to get paid by (most) bloggers or news recycling sites (who often have syndication arrangements agreed by Alamy with the first publisher) - and do not expect quick results - offenders often are tardy in their responses and weasels are as usual pretty longwinded. *Settlement Release Agreements - documents legally laying out the damages and conditions - signed by all parties. No sign yet of Alamy rethinking their Scheming Newspapers Arrangements in spite of more Online editions becoming 'Paid for by Subscription'. ..or syndication elements.... or Website creators being allowed to sublicense images to any number of their clients.....
  10. Best of luck Robert - but if you offer the same images on those two micro sites you will find that potential customers will always find the cheapest one and it would be nice to think that it wouldn't be Alamy.....I find that 'horses for courses' is the best policy.....
  11. Distributor sale in March 2013 is outstanding - many take ridiculously long times to appear as paid - I'm afraid you answered your own question regarding losing the sale - if they can't/won't pay then you have had it - Alamy won't pay you until they have been paid themselves. Your only chance is to treat it as an infringement and pursue it yourself - if you can find a contact address for the infringer - and I doubt that Alamy will tell you to whom they made the 'sale'.
  12. Come on The Administrators - this Mocking of the Afflicted must be stopped - absolutely Off Topic - and cruel as well.......
  13. Exactly, the caption should contain the 'Who, Where' Why' What and When' and be clear enough to stand alone, but given the bones for expansion - many 'reporters' never leave their desks being re-writers for others copy - backed by a couple of phone calls - this of course explains much - 'the men in shiny shoes' have a lot to answer for.......
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