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Keith Douglas

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  1. There's a lot of photographers taking images of the Flying Scotsman and competition is fierce. I had some success with Live News images around the time that the Flying Scotsman made its inaugural steam tour after its restoration - 25 Feb 2016. By a long way, my highest $$$ seller on Alamy from that shoot was this one - make of that what you will. Although I have also sold pictures of Flying Scotsman itself from that time, both as news and stock, and also elsewhere (mainly POD).
  2. Why? They want Live News that is going to sell as News. Then it goes into Stock with the same quality warnings. But what we don't need is a get out for contributors who submit Stock via Live News to bypass QC. I saw one portfolio which was almost all submitted as 'Live News' but the vast majority of images were not News and the general quality was very poor, to put it mildly. Clearly someone gaming the system. Just Keep it simple rather than making it complicated so that you can argue about it.
  3. I didn't say you did claim to be anything. It may not have been handled very well, but Alamy did tell you and took it away. They just didn't give you advance notice.
  4. I'm sure that all the agencies and newspapers will be welcoming your images with "how much do you want, name your price". Good luck! If you were an agency, which type of contributor would you build your business on: 1. The ones who claim to be good photographers, say they always have their camera ready and have been near to where the action is, and one day will come up with a scoop, but never actually deliver News images that sell? or 2. The dedicated news photographers who will seek out news stories and images, can be relied on to be there, know what makes a good news picture, and regularly deliver images that sell? I think you need to think about it from a business point of view, and not from your own, narrow perspective. Alamy is operating in a professional and competitive market. As contributors we should be operating as professionals, whether we are full time professionals or enthusiastic amateurs or somewhere in between. To expect access as a right without delivering the results is not what this business needs, either in terms of administrative burden or damage to its reputation by being seen to deliver sub-standard work that doesn't meet what the Clients want.
  5. What you're saying is that these are saleable subjects, and I would agree. But your images of those subjects didn't sell. What conclusion can we draw from that? Alamy are measuring a contributors News sales, not how many images they submit, to determine whether they should have free access to Live News. If you have a newsworthy story you can submit images to Alamy or any other agency and they will evaluate whether your images illustrate the story and are worth submitting to News outlets. A professional News agency needs to be sending out only the quality work that meets the Client's brief and has a chance of being used, not everything that they receive.
  6. If your News images haven't sold in the past then I'm not sure how Alamy loses if you decide to submit elsewhere?
  7. It's not about sending in News stuff day after day (the input). It's about making regular sales of News stuff as News (the output), not Stock. From a business perspective the output seems to me to be the most relevant measure to use. That appears to be what Alamy has done. Did your News stuff sell as News?
  8. I posted this earlier in the thread, but you may have missed it. I started [with Live News] on 6 April 2014. I was taking some photos of a friend running in the Sheffield Half Marathon, when things went badly wrong for the organisers. I think I was the only photographer who caught the action but I was just submitting Stock to Alamy at the time. I realised that the images were newsworthy, so I dashed back to my friends house and contacted Alamy. They set me up with News Access there and then (this was a Sunday afternoon), helped me with the captioning, and I uploaded the images and they appeared in the National Press the next day. Sheffield Half Marathon Tear Sheet It's not difficult really. If you've got a news story, get in touch with Alamy.
  9. I think it cleared within a few hours, possibly with updates that happen the next morning. So I didn't follow it up any more. The best thing is probably to contact Alamy. Keith
  10. I'm sure it was all topical. But did you make regular News sales from your Live News submissions?
  11. But that is the point that is relevant. It's not about focusing on one image or one occurrence though. Over a reasonable period and over many submissions is the contributor achieving a good return of News sales? That's what I would measure, although I'm not getting drawn into the definitions of "reasonable period", "many submissions", "good return" etc. (I'll leave that to Alamy). If the answer is no, but the images are selling later as Stock, then submitting them as Stock seems to be a more appropriate submission route. Particularly now that the QC turnaround time is now typically less than 24 hours.
  12. I agree that Alamy could have handled it better, although I suspect that had they given some longer notice the dissatisfaction would not have been any less. I think what you say describes very well the problem that Alamy faces. Contributors making lots of submissions by LiveNews, but never making a News sale as a result. So you have to reach the conclusion that what's being submitted aren't really newsworthy images at all. It's not Alamy that is saying that, it's the buyers of News Images. I don't think that anyone expects that every Live News submission will result in a News sale. In fact, the success rate may be fairly low, but there should be some regular successes. I'm one of the contributors who still has Live News Access. I started on 6 April 2014. I was taking some photos of a friend running in the Sheffield Half Marathon, when things went badly wrong for the organisers. I think I was the only photographer who caught the action but I was just submitting Stock to Alamy at the time. I realised that the images were newsworthy, so I dashed back to my friends house and contacted Alamy. They set me up with News Access there and then (this was a Sunday afternoon), helped me with the captioning, and I uploaded the images and they appeared in the National Press the next day. So while some people will be miffed that they have lost Live News Access if you get a real News story then I'm sure that Alamy will do everything they can to help a contributor get those images uploaded and out to the news desks.
  13. The guidance from Alamy doesn't exclude weather photographs, and many have pointed out on here that there is a demand for such images. There are contributors who understand what sells In that area and have made a repeated success of it, so presumably they are still submitting to Live News. I'm sure that if you contact Alamy about your news stories they will be helpful. Keith
  14. Yes, and no. Some sell as News the same day, but the success rate is low (and I'm sure it's the same for most contributors). Many are still valid stock pictures, maybe with a bit of tweaking to captions and keywords.
  15. BEACH BUCKET LIST Check out the top ten Easter breaks at the best resorts in the UK https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/8806597/top-ten-easter-holiday-uk-beaches/ 7 Alamy images used. Whitby Contributor: travellinglight Image ID: CCEM1X Skegness Contributor: Martyn Williams Image ID: F5J8C6 Aldeburgh Contributor: funkyfood London - Paul Williams Image ID: BY20D4 Blackpool Contributor: Hilary Morgan Image ID: K2BA34 Margate Contributor: Gregory Wrona Image ID: BNEN3N Woolacombe Can't find it, possibly not Alamy South Shields Contributor: Washington Imaging / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: HEX137
  16. Boats moored in Morecambe Bay at low tide in the evening sunlight. Low $$ Usage: Magazine, editorial website use, one time use only [One of the last two shrimping boats (right, LR66) operating out of Morecambe.]
  17. Yes, I don't know why contributors are so fixated with the one hour limit when it's clear, and Alamy have said it, that it's an indication of what we should be aiming for, and not a hard limit. However, it is a reminder that speed is of the essence with News and I'm changing my workflow around News to get a much faster turnaround where it's needed. If Alamy, and its contributors, want to compete effectively on News against other agencies then they need to work to the same standards and requirements as those other agencies. But on the one hand Alamy appear to want to make their offering to Client's more professional, while at the same time actively encouraging anybody to become a contributor. Are we seeing a shift from the latter to the former? With regards to tear sheets, perhaps it's to give an opportunity to contributors who don't meet the criteria through Alamy alone, but may have had news images published via other routes. Keith
  18. That will be a great loss, so I hope that you will continue to contribute. Alamy have got better, but I remember you spotting 3 of my images use in a national newspaper that failed to report the usage. Alamy didn't spot them either but 6 months later I was able to chase it up. Without your diligence I would never have known that the images had been used. Keith
  19. The email I had says "Always upload your very best photos (15 is a good set) straight away and aim to file within an hour of taking the photos. " Maybe the email about reapplying says something different. Keith
  20. I think you are taking the advice too literally. I'm sure that they're not going to be timing it down to the minute or second. The advice indicates the ballpark that you should be aiming for. That's an hour, not 2 hours, not 4 hours, not 12 hours, not one day or two days. And that probably means setting yourself up to be able to be near to the Alamy target if you want to do news regularly. Ultimately it's the buyers of the images that want them quickly. To some extent the urgency depends on the image and the situation. If it's a high profile news story covered by many other photographers then posting some images 2 or 3 hours later is probably going to be a waste of your time, and Alamy's. If you're the only photographer there and it's a situation that has turned into something far more newsworthy than was originally envisaged, then going beyond the hour is perhaps less important. I had a photo taken at 7am in the morning, submitted it as Live News at 5:30pm, and it was used in the print edition of The Times the next day! But generally I'd try and get the images uploaded much closer to the Alamy target time. Keith
  21. Sorry, I wasn't clear. I did receive the guidelines email this morning, but at the time didn't know the context. Keith
  22. I wondered what the 'guidelines' email was about, so I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who's received it, and that I've retained my Live News access! Keith
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