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  1. On 11/10/2019 at 09:42, Joseph Clemson said:

     

    The accounts of Videoloft (formerly Manythings) show a loss in the year up to June 2018 of nearly £1 million (previous year a loss of £1.12 million).  I think the £782,612 dividends is from Alamy's accounts rather than VideoLoft. 

     

    In any case I don't usually associate a loss of some £2 million pounds over 2 years as being a 'solid financial performance', but then again I'm a humble freelance photographer not a multi-million pound business owner or financier.

     

    It seems to me that the Alamy Stock business on its own is doing OK despite the pressures that we know about. Of course, with a turnover (and cost of sales) that's relatively flat and with the number of images continuing to increase that isn't great news for contributors. But it could be worse.

     

    It will be interesting to see what happens with Videoloft. Can it be turned round into a profitable business? How much more money will Alamy have to put into it, and are they prepared to do so?


  2. 1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

    I see taking photos with my iPhone as a complication. It's certainly not a way to simplify things.  

     

    Let's say I'm walking around and I see a possible stock image. Do I capture it with my phone or my Sony? Both? I see this as a conflict, a way to complicate my shooting. It seems counterintuitive. And . . . I don't know, but my guess is there's not much money in phone photograph. ???

     

    Now Live News I'm sure about. I will not be shooting or submitting any Live News. 

     

    Marianne, I've solved the problem of uploading at this hotel; it works in the morning but not at night. 

     

    I see taking photos with my phone as a complication too. Mainly because there's still no support for Android phones.

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  3. 49 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

    I was just trying to simplify it with a minimum 3000 px , it doesn't seem to be getting through though

    But you can't simplify it with a minimum of 3000px on the long side. Some images that pass the test will (correctly) fail the Alamy criteria. And some images that fail the 3000px test would have passed the Alamy test. And we're not just talking about at the margins of a few pixels. 2450 x 2450 would pass the Alamy test. 3000 x 1500 wouldn't pass.


  4. 39 minutes ago, MDM said:

     

    I  can never understand why this size thing is problematic for experienced photographers. In Photoshop the pixel dimensions are clearly displayed in MB in the Image SIze dialog box as well as the Info panel. Lightroom gives the size in MP so if it is showing 6MP then it is over the 17MB limit with a simple x3 multiplication. I know the x3 isn't exact bit it should be sufficient in the vast majority of cases.

     

    I can understand of course why novices don't understand the relationship between pixel dimensions and file size on disk but surely that indicates that they have a bit of background work to do to bring their knowledge up to scratch. This has to be the No 1 FAQ on here and it never goes away. 

     

    I don't understand why it's so problematic either. Perhaps Alamy just need to say that the image needs to have at least 6,000,000 pixels and forget about the confusing 17MB requirement. There again, it may not stop this still being the number 1 FAQ!

     

    There is no fixed relationship between image size in pixels and file size on disk for a JPEG, so anybody looking at the file size of an image they are about to submit is going to be little wiser about whether the image is big enough. On the other hand (in Windows) look at Properties -> Dimensions and it will tell you what you need to know. 

     


  5. 6 hours ago, John Morrison said:

     

    Liverpool has an important place in British social history as a place of arrivals and departures (and involvement in the slave trade). Britain is currently going through a protracted and self-inflicted trauma, re Europe, with no obvious end in sight. Our democratic traditions are being undermined (hard to contemplate in a country which has done more than most to establish democracy, the rule of law, equal rights, freedom of speech, etc). A few of us (not me…) seem to be grieving for the loss of empire, and over-estimate our importance in international affairs.

     

    So… there must be many opportunities for an outsider to dig under the surface - and the Beatles heritage business - to find telling images. The juxtaposition of wealth - those iconic buildings - and deprivation (lack of investment in a post-industrial age). You’ve arrived here at a moment of change and anxiety; take on the task of chronicling our confusion... before the civil war starts...

     

    Just had one of my images used in an article in the Guardian about Lancaster (UK, in the North West, about 60 miles north of Liverpool, a port and city with a maritime and slave trade history, buildings that reflect the wealth at the time etc). Many of the issues mentioned by John covered in the article.

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/sep/13/lets-move-to-lancaster-lancashire-grander-than-you-might-think

     

     


  6. 7 minutes ago, Jan Brown said:

    Maybe I'll email them and ask for a link to the legislation that backs up their position. I suspect it's just an attempt to control any income stream that might arise from images of the festival, a la National Trust.

     

    I wouldn't. They've already said that they won't permit sale of your images. They're only going to come up with some waffle if they don't have a case, and you'll have alerted them to what you want to do!

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  7. 6 minutes ago, Jan Brown said:

    No entrance fee, no boundaries, it's just held in an area of a large park to which there is open access.

     

    In that case I don't see how they can stop you taking photos and selling them. It's a public place. They might not like it or want you to but that doesn't give them any right to stop you.

     

    There may be issues with audio, including the audio component of any video, for copyright reasons, but I'm guessing there. 


  8. 1 minute ago, Jan Brown said:

    I think you're probably right, but I can't find anything online to either confirm or disprove this. It does make me, and no doubt other photographers, feel somewhat demonised.

     

    Do you have to pay to get into the festival or can anyone just turn up for free?


  9. My recollection is that the Editorial tick box was introduced at the time that the RF option became available (about the same time as the new Image Manager perhaps?). Before that you could only arrive at RF if you said that you had no property or models in the image OR you said that you had but you uploaded releases for any property or models. Otherwise you would end up with an RM image. It was understood that RM images were Editorial only.

     

    So, are there now three cases:

     

    1. RF where there are no releases required OR all releases are available. Customer can use these images Commercially (but subject to the context and the content of the Releases).

     

    2. RM, which are for Editorial Only anyway. Ticking Editorial box has no additional effect. Single use of image.

     

    3. RF Editorial, which means that the Customer can use them for Editorial purposes only but as many times  as they wish for a single fee.

     

    As others have said though the photographer has no control of where and how the image is used. All the photographer can do is to provide accurate information about whether releases are available. It is up to the publisher to decide whether a particular image needs additional consents. I can , for example, envisage situations where the use of an RF image might be outside the scope of the releases that are available.


  10. Here's a more positive outcome.

     

    I had a couple of Personal Use sales back in January. The images didn't seem to be the sort of thing you'd put on your wall (a hospital sign and an ambulance outside A and E) so I queried it with Alamy.

     

    Yesterday both sales were refunded and two new sales added at four times the original PU fee.

     

    So well done to Alamy in sorting it out.

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  11. A few weather photos in the Sun Online, 14 June 2019:

     

    TD7NPT amer ghazzal Pedestrians are hit by torrential downpours and heavy rain crossing Westminster Bridge, London

    TD7PAN amer ghazzal Pedestrians are hit by torrential downpours and heavy rain crossing Westminster Bridge, London

    TD7M6F DGDImages Flooded Old Padeswood Golf Course on the outskirts of the town Mold in Flintshire

    TD7M6D DGDImages Motorists travelling through flood waters on the A541 Mold to Denbigh Road near Lixwm, Flintshire

    TD7NW3 amer ghazzal Pedestrians are hit by torrential downpours and heavy rain crossing Westminster Bridge, London

    TD7NTB amer ghazzal Pedestrians are hit by torrential downpours and heavy rain crossing Westminster Bridge, London

    TD7M6B DGDImages Flooded business on the outskirts of the town Mold in Flintshire after the River Alyn broke its banks

     

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9290027/uk-weather-forecast-today-met-office-warning-rain/ 

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  12. 9 hours ago, ChrisC said:

    I'm not saying I will, I was thinking maybe?

     

    The way Alamy has been doing things over the last few months, seems to be all about making decisions of some sort, ti I guess improve the business model and grow sales and profit, but it seems like they gave found the ideas in an ideas manual, having not though out how to implement them, nor the repercussions, or what it may mean to the people who supply them with everything they need to run their business model.

     

    Maybe it's an accounting way of running the business? 

     

    I've seen a few people say that they think people were gaming the live news stream to bypass the QC for stock upload, but like a number of other people who have said this, I also used the same Alamy QC upload criteria for Live as for stock, so I'm not sure if that is true? But if it its true, Alamy should have targeted these people directly, a couple of times, I didn't title correctly for live news, I did get an e-mail to say so and change it, which I did.

     

    The new reportage way of uploading, sounds ideal for those who do want to bypass QC, which is a bit odd!

    Chris 

     

    When I read Alamy's statement it makes business sense to me. They're reducing the time that they have to spend on non-productive  activities (cleaning up the news feed) so that they can spend more time on getting the good images out to buyers.

     

    Whatever criteria they had used to achieve this there would be some contributors who ended up on the wrong side of the cut and were not happy. But I would argue that the objective measure they applied, i.e. have the contributors' images sold as news, is both as fair as any, and is correct from a business perspective. Yes, as a result, Alamy may miss out in the future on some news stories, but this has to be viewed against the cost of supporting a free for all where the overall quality was declining and more and more time had to be spent cleaning up the feed and finding the newsworthy images.
     

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  13. 20 hours ago, Starsphinx said:

    Surely the correct response to "dramatic increase of imagery that isn’t suitable, either due to the content itself or from incorrectly formatted captions " is to ban people guilty of that not kick out 80 or 90% of contributors including those who have always stuck to content and caption guidelines?

     

    No, the correct response is what Alamy did "news access was limited to those who used news upload regularly and had made live news sales"

     

    Actually selling news images is the measure of success that is important to Alamy and so the criteria that they applied was the correct one.

     

    With a breaking news story 15 miles away from you (as you have told us), it's a shame that you didn't take the opportunity to get out there, get the pictures and show Alamy what you can do. Instead you spent time trying to make an issue out of your inaction and blame it on Alamy. Is that what a successful news photographer would do?

     

     

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  14. 1 hour ago, Cryptoprocta said:

    So, the advantage is that the caption is longer, which in various circumstances could be useful (but could also result in a lot of erroneous search 'hits').

    The disadvantage is that like Live News, the image will forever have a note attached to it that it might not be up to QC standards, even if it is.

    Hmmm.

    But if it's up to QC standards then just submit it as stock.

     

    I took some images at a comedy event on Sunday and uploaded an initial dozen straight away to Live News. Most of them were shot at ISO 25600.

     

    It's now 2 days later, well outside the Live News window.  I have an update to the event, a report of it has appeared in the local news, and I have spent some time balancing noise reduction and sharpness in other images. I think they're pretty good and some might sneak through QC, but I'd rather not risk it. Submitting as reportage instead is a much better option, so that's what I've done.

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  15. You have some good images, but you need more of them and more variety. You could also do with expanding your captions. What are the abandoned boats? What is their history? More details about location etc.

     

    You've only got 136 images which is a very small number. These cover a limited number of subjects, and I think this will further decrease the likelihood of you making sales. 

     

    I don't know what the competition is like (at Alamy and elsewhere) for landscape images from where you live. Quite a lot of them don't seem specific enough to your island. Do you have scope to expand your range of images to include people, settlements, buildings, farming, vehicles, infrastructure etc. etc.?

     

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