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Mirco Vacca

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  1. I really believe that we have to accept Alamy selling photos for much smaller prices. If everywhere else images have a low price range why clients would pay 5 times more. I would for sure not. It is hard for us all and we can be angry that Alamy revenues are often just 14 dollars or arround that but asking for more is very unrealistic. Especially after the Getty move. We can not set the price for same potatoes 5 times higher then others and think that it will sell. For sure not. I think if Alamy doesnt react it will loose. I see companies like Shutterstock making no loose with it since they are starting to build a large collection of editorial images. Clients can buy a licence there for just few dollars and avoid ads on their websites. For few dollars it is worth it.


    Lets wait for the next period.







  2. There is not always a correlation between zooms and sales -- i.e. images that have been zoomed don't always sell, and images that sell have not necessarily been zoomed.


    By the way, you appear to have a lot of similars in your collection. You might want to think about deleting some of them. It would probably increase the possibility of your making sales.


    Good luck.


    This is indeed the best thing to think about first. This is not only relevant to Alamy but i many sence also to other agencies.....even microstock. Similars really will hurt your reputation. When client sees 10 almost the same images and have to go throught all of them they will get irritatet. On Alamy you have the extra thing that it will affect your search position. Better have 2 images on top then 10 totally down. What i learned the best thing to do if you want more images is for every subject to have 1 landscape, 1 portrait and 1 different then the two for example taken from the right down corner. So 3 images but all three different shot. Then a client can choose from 3 different images.


    Sorry Rakesh to go little bit next to topic. Related your question i can say that 66% percent of my sales came from zooms.



  3. Micro, has the baby arrived yet?


    Sorry, slightly off topic


    Great to see that you all remember :). Yes i got him yesterday....fiance Karolina and baby boy Antonio both very healthy. Just Karolina has to stay still till tuesday at the hospital since she had a ceasarian section. So i have the next 3 days free time. I am happy father now. All baby stuff is prepared so i will use the next 3 days to shoot and hope to get close at number 3 from my previous email directed to John.

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  4. Hello everyone,


    I am asking myself something. At Alamy measure you can see how many sales there where on a specific day. Are this all the sales or is there not 100 percent shown? I ask this because i am curious what happens if a "non Alamy measures" client buys a licence. Does it means that this sale will be not shown in that area and only in "summary of sales"?


    I hope i explained myself good.


    Thank you.



  5. I had one sell last year that was used in the movie poster for The Hangover 3.  It went for mid four figures.  They are also now using it for the DVD cover and a wallpaper on the official website so I wonder if Alamy charged enough for it.  The movie has grossed $362,000,000.


    He Johnnie,


    I am very curious how you found out that your image was placed on the poster and movie?



  6. It is like you said indeed. Many people can take their images themselfes to save 150 dollars. But downloading an image for 3 dollars is still worth of it price. The person dont need to go out to spend time and money. I would even download an image of a rose that i could find in my backyard for 3 dollars. I dont need to edit it. I know it sounds small. But there are like i said many people with this thinking and will download instead of going out or even putting on the camera. This is also creating high volume. I took now a very simple example of a very simple client. People like to have it convinient and cheap. About quality microstock is also to speak high off. Try to pick on agency and you will be suprised about the standards of this days. We only can wait....... :(

  7. My worries about it is just that editorial images will be massive uploaded on microstock that will make an impact on traditional stock sites. On this moment there are far more editorial on Alamy but what about in 1 year? Especially low budget publisher will see a great deal with it.


    I can also image situation that someone need an image of the shopping mall in his city and decide to take an image himself instead of paying 150 dollars. But microstock editorial for 3 dollars will make the same person decide to stay on his chair and dowload it. Like that will be many more clients. 40 people like that will make 120 dollars. I really think there are many "hidden" costumers with the same idea. This makes me just worried.



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  8. Hello everyone,


    As we know the industry is not sleeping. I see in the stock industry changes. It is not to overseen anymore. Having seen also the microstock business I don’t know if you noticed that more and more agencies are accepting “not news related” editorial images. The last one that made this change is Shutterstock. Photographers are now able to submit editorial images of people doing shopping or parents having a walk with their children at a park. As long the people are not possed it will be accepted as “Human interest editorial”. Photographers reporting already regular sales from this kind of RF photos. Because of the low prices also low budget magazines publisher will become new clients.


    What do you think? How far will this affect stock sites like Alamy and co? Should we be worried?


    Curious about your thinking.



  9. Yes, i also say always completely white if you want to use white. Otherwise choose something that fits with the phone. Wooden background of a table. Like i said something that fits. Of course not phone on a stone tile.


    Better wooden background then "not white" white.





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  10. I am really afraid that it will go (or is) like this:


    Traditional stock is going lower with prices to compete with microstock agencies. In the meantime quality of microstock is very high. Just take one site and see it yourself :(. Every day this agencies are getting more and more buyers. One has allready 7 million buyers. That is crazy.


    How much i love Alamy.... i am afraid that more and more buyers are jumping over..... images you can get for 3 dollars instead of 75. Photographers will see more potential in microstock since they have millons of buyers and one image can be sold hundreds of times.


    I wish we will have many more years in Alamy.

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