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Keith Douglas

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  1. Sales (by number): 100% of 2014 total so far By value: So far 66% of 2014 gross revenue
  2. I've looked at some of my benchmark searches and some are s lightly up while some are slightly down, so for me it appears to be very little change.
  3. Up until 3 or 4 months ago the QC time for my submissions was variable, Sometimes it might happen in the next day (unusual). Most times it might take a few days to get the result, so no response within 24 hours was not an indication of an impending fail. But in the last 3 months, pretty much all my submissions have gone through within a day. There's two possible explanations: 1) I've been promoted to a faster QC stream or 2) There's been a general improvement in QC times. I don't know the answer, and don't really care, but this may help the posters above to reconcile what appears to be two contradictory views.
  4. Over the last year I've used a Sony RX100 Mk I and a Nikon D5300. No QC failures on either (I know that's tempting fate!). I like the RX100 for its small size and the fact that I don't have to worry about dust spots. I prefer the D5300 for action shots or if I'm out with the sole purpose of taking photos. The image inside the Church at Steeple Gidding (currently on page 1) was taken on the RX100 at ISO 1600 as a JPEG. I applied some noise reduction in Lightroom and then reduced the image to 3600 pixels wide for submission. But it wasn't one of those images that I thought was marginal in terms of quality, otherwise I would have binned it.
  5. 15/05/15, UK, Daily Telegraph, Travel, What's on this weekend. Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Peter Kyle http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11604806/Whats-on-this-weekend.html
  6. 5 sales for $172 gross. One sale for $5.98 which pulled down the average!
  7. Agreed. The one I've got most experience of is Six Sigma so I used it as the example. Imagine if Alamy worked to those standards. Would anyone pass QC? The answer is of course yes. It is the suppliers (photographers) responsibility to ensure that every one of their own products meets the required quality standard, through a combination of their own process and their own checking. It ties in with the initial assessment process that Alamy applies to the first for images. What they are really checking in those first four images is that the contributor understands what quality means and that the contributor is able to deliver images that meet that quality standard. Great article by Joseph. +1
  8. Great stuff! We occasionally see threads questioning the merit of shooting well known landmarks, and I have myself argued that, as a local, you should shoot your own landmark sites, as you should know the best times, seasons and views. Well, on a visit to the States last year I did the tourist thing and shot the Brooklyn bridge and Manhattan skyline. It was nothing special, daytime, no tripod and 17,000+ images available on Alamy alone. It sold last month! Some times you get lucky.... On a visit to relatives in the West Country at Christmas I spent a couple of hours around one of the cities taking photos of the famous landmarks. Fortunately it was a sunny day with blue sky so I got some good shots. A couple of weeks ago one of those images was used in an article in the main section of the Sunday Times - they chose my image out of 2000 others on Alamy of that iconic building. Lucky? maybe, but to some extent you make your own luck! I'd describe it as seizing the opportunity - the conditions were favourable and I was there anyway so it cost me very little. Would it be worth making a special trip there to target getting those images? - definitely not.
  9. 3 sales for $69, so not great. But my consistent sellers over the last 6 months are nearing their sell by date, so I need to find something else to replace them!
  10. I use external hard drives for backup storage. I've given up trying to keep up with DVD storage and I have concerns about its longevity. For my ultimate, all else fails, house burns down, off site backup I use Amazon Glacier storage. It's not intended for regular retrieval of data. It works out at about $1 per month per 100Gbytes of data.
  11. I have tracked down a copyright infringement of one of my images by an organisation in the USA. I am based in the UK. Following an email to them notifying them of the infringement, they have taken down the image but I have not yet had a reply to my email. My next move will be to ask for damages, and I’m hopeful that the organisation will settle my claim. However, I don’t want to prejudice any future action. From a more general angle as well, I’m interested to know what the process is for someone like me, who is based in the UK, to pursue a claim against a US based company for infringement. I assume that I need to pursue it through the US legal system? If so, can anyone recommend an organisation in the US who might be prepared to take on my claim if my initial efforts are unsuccessful?
  12. My primary backup is a couple of external drives. After a couple of months I delete all the images (JPEG/RAW) that are 'rejects', and then back up the remaining source images to Amazon Glacier Storage - that's my 'house burns down' backup. I also backup my 'output images' and low res jpegs of everything on cloud storage. I use Lightroom, so one of my big concerns is whether in 5 or 10 years time I'll be able to recover the source files and all the adjustments that have been applied to be able to recreate the output files. The answer is almost certainly no, unless I continually update the catalogs, but I take the view that I won't be going through a whole scale review and reprocessing of all my past images (I have trouble keeping up with the images I am generating now!). I'll either use the existing output images, or, in a few cases, I'll have to input the RAW file into the popular 2025 image processing software and start from scratch!
  13. Rule of thumb: 3:2 image - longest side at least 3000 pixels 1:1 image (square) - each side at least 2500 pixels That works for me for over 99% of the time. If you really want to get closer to the minimum size, then it's helpful to understand the maths, be comfortable with converting bits to bytes, and know how the data from each pixel is represented. In Windows you can see the pixel dimensions under Properties. I'm sure that the Mac has something similar.
  14. Not so about the diversity algorithm. Read the "How Customers find your images" page and all will be clear. Redsnapper probably has a very high ranking, and the ranking falls into a band that includes only a small number of others. I've been looking at where my images fall based on real searches. I've not seen much variation each time I've checked. I suspect that the Alamy tweaks are no more than tweaks, and they're not suddenly going to move you from page 3 to page 30 or vice versa. wim: "So how do I go about that?" Well that's down to the individual contributor. People who are more successful are better at producing work that catches the eye of buyers (zooms) and persuades them to buy(sales). Whether that correlates with being better photographers depends on how you define 'better photographers'. If you define it as producing work that customers want to buy then clearly they are better photographers in this context!
  15. There's an Alamy page "How Customers find your images" in the Contributors section. That gives a more detailed, and useful, explanation of how the Alamy Rank is calculated and used. Basically, to improve your rank you need to Decrease Views Increase Sales Increase Zooms or a combination of all three! As Philippe says, it's pretty easy to get a measure of your rank by doing some real world searches and seeing where your images end up. Do it for a dozen, discard any outliers and take the average. Alamy publishing the rankings wouldn't help and would just create more work for them with contributors querying why they had moved from position 3765 to 4231.
  16. I've started to do that, but have encountered one issue that people should be aware of. Any sales appear to get assigned to the pseudonym that the image belongs to at the time the sale is recorded, not the pseudonym that it belonged to at the time of use. As it may be a week or two after use before your sale is recorded, you could end up with sales assigned to the 'wrong' pseudonym if you move images too soon. I had it happen to me with an image that I didn't know had been used until it appeared in my Sales list.
  17. I'd be happier if sales were reported within 2 months of use and payment made within 3 months (I'm still waiting for payment of 3 sales in April 2014, with reporting 9 months after use, only after a chase from me in Dec 2014). And these are not trivial $6 sales - over $200 gross in total.
  18. Is the way UK press industry operates with self-invoicing / declaration. Alamy have to wait until the paper reports the use to them, then invoice etc will follow and your reporting... Its not just Alamy before you ask, same with all papers AND agencies.... its just some papers are faster than reporting that others..... just be thankful it was not in The Mail.... This should probably go on another thread, but I feel I need to correct your statement that this applies to all papers and agencies. I submitted some images to a news agency in mid December (and to Alamy). The images were used in the national press. I received payment from the other agency into my bank account 2 weeks later. The sales via Alamy? - nothing reported yet. I'm not suggesting that Alamy should be aiming for 2 weeks use to payment, but 2 months for most and 3 months at the outside wouldn't seem unreasonable.
  19. Lynne - I had a similar issue, but from usage in a national newspaper back in April 2014. I chased up Alamy just before Christmas, they in turn followed it up with the newspaper and three sales appeared in my account last week! Incidentally, these three usages were spotted by a contributor on this forum, in a newspaper that I don't have access to, otherwise I'd never have known that there was anything to chase up! [Thanks Bryan] There's got to be a better way, surely....?
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