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Mirco Vacca

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  1. Would I be right in thinking that the Microstock sites did the keywording/ captioning for you? That could certainly be a problem.

    Having said that, I think 3 sales from fewer than 300 images isn't at all bad. 


    Hi Phil,


    Just to answer your question. Also in Microstock you have to add the keywords yourself. 3 sales from that small amount of images is in my oppinion also good.



  2. Hello Andy,


    I am/was exactly in the same situation so i have some experience on that. First of all i learned that Alamy and Microstock are reaching two different markets. I am 3 months on Alamy now and in the last period i start to see growth in my portfolio traffic. I started in the first two months to have doubts because no sale wanted to come in. On the same time i saw many photographers having great succes on Alamy so i kept on going and kept uploading. I reached 5000 images here and in the last two weeks my first three sales came in. Zooms and views are increasing and i am expecting this month also sales. To get the same revenue in Microstock i would need there approx 120 downloads. This is my story.


    It is very difficult to compare this two worlds. Keep in mind also that more images are needed to make regular revenue from Alamy. Also patience is a good thing to have before the first sales come in. It is not like on microstock that sales are coming in real time. The 3 sales i had reported now where all realy made in August.


    Again...there is no specific rule wich way to go.... like me you can test both see wha fits you depending on your time and what kind of images you shoot.


    I did microstock for 4 years and started 3 months ago with "traditional" stock. I was sending images to 9 different microstock agencies. Now i send to Alamy/AGE and feel that it is matching my needs more and that i can make more out of it. I have more time for photography and myself and revenues are growing here. My goals is to pass the monthly amount i receive on microstock and then concentrate on only one world since i dont want to compete against myself.



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  3. I would suspect that your increased traffic is as a result of your increased portfolio size/sales/customer interest in what you have to offer, etc.  I don't believe that there has necessarily been a spike in Alamy traffic (though I have nothing to base this on whatsoever).


    Maybe you're taking away my traffic ( :P:D), as the past two weeks have been dead for me re:zooms!


    Hello Danny,


    Always nice to read from you :).


    I dont think i am taking away your traffic since the zooms are most of the times related to Polish subjects. Even the sales looks like the interest is going to Polish area. I hope it is my ranking.....



  4. Many new Alamites have arrived since I wrote the dphotoexpert blog page '30 Keys' to stock photography. I was asked today by a new recruit who had seen it back in 2010 when it was published, to remind him of the URL, so I took a look at it again - I saw no reason to revise any of the content, either, things are much the same.


    Here's the article:




    Hope it helps!






    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Very interesting and useful.



  5. Barbara,


    It depends what you ask. Do you ask if a commercial people image (with release) sells better then a editorial one without? Or Editorial with release versus Editorial without? 


    I am not long on Alamy but i have to say that on other agency for example i have more commercial images then editorial but anyway i sell more editorial ones. On the next is the other way. It just depends wich clients the agency have. I hear that Alamy has a big group of editorial costumers. Also many big earners here are editorial photographers.


    In fact a image with MR you can sell commercial and editorial so it sounds that you have more chance for sale. But on the other hand like i said before a editorial client would choose the one with brands and not model people wich are most of the time without releases.


    Maybe you should look at the image and start to think where it could be used for. If a image could fit in a travel guide i would leave it and dont loose to much time with getting a release since for this kind of publication is no release needed. Also getting releases from people on the street is very hard.


    This above was more a general opinion. But coming back to your case. If you dont have any special logos or whatever in your image and you can get the MR then i would do it and yes it will increase the chance for sales in general.



  6. Hello Barbara i guess :)?


    The benefit is that you can sell the image also for commercial use next to editorial if there is no trademark included. When there is something with trademark you need to clone it out in order to can sell the image commercially. Without releases it can be only editorial.


    Depending of what the image is you can make a choice. Sometimes i leave a image in purpose ediorial and dont remove the logos and so on. When a editorial client is looking for example a person at a bus stop they would prefer the one with logos and "real" people then the commercial looking one (without logos and posed people).

  7. I only can say because of the mirrorless technology i shoot most in JPEG. It is a technlogy that is made to be used. I dont shoot JPEG because i dont know how to use RAW. I know it very well. I worked 5 years with RAW. It is just much easier then before to shoot JPEG since everything is showing in the viewfinder in real time.

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