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Keith Douglas

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Sorry, I wasn't clear. I did receive the guidelines email this morning, but at the time didn't know the context. Keith
  6. 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
  7. FTP is the way to go. I haven't done a Web Page upload for many months. I've just uploaded 4 news images via FTP. Less than a minute per image.
  8. Why don't you try the FTP route instead? If it stops for 22 minutes on an image then it isn't slow - somethings gone wrong. It's dropped the connection or something's timed out.
  9. Pretty good month for me. 7 sales for $363 gross. 2 x $$$, 4 x $$ and 1 x $ All exclusive, direct sales.
  10. The Sun Online, 30 March 2019. KOOKY COUNTRY The bizarre tourist attractions in England you can visit – including an upside down house and a garden full of hidden giants https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/8732012/unusual-places-and-things-to-do-in-england/ Contributor: Carolyn Jenkins Image ID: R75P0Y Contributor: Paul Quayle Image ID: R4PX2E Contributor: Paul Quayle Image ID: R4Y9FF Contributor: Mark Boulton Image ID: DTK3XD Contributor: Jon Sparks Image ID: H46CG2 Contributor: Julian Crumly Image ID: BH15AJ Contributor: travellinglight Image ID: CRH0C7 Keith
  11. I've done a couple of uploads today and I'm seeing much faster uploads than you report. I use FTP and Filezilla. I'm in the UK. I was uploading to News - newsupload.alamy.com I uploaded 15 images, average size 6MB, about half an hour ago, in 9 minutes, so about 36 secs per image. It's not lightning quick, but I don't think that's a problem at Alamy's end, I get about 12Mbps on download but on upload it's down to about 1Mbps - but that's down to my ISP. Keith
  12. Actually, it was more the other way round. Reading the National News and then finding something local (when I was in Sheffield) to illustrate it.
  13. Interserve, the troubled services company, carrying out a major redevelopment contract for Sheffield University Engineering Department Country: Worldwide Usage: Magazine, editorial print and digital use, cover and/or inside, repeat use within a single issue Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Mid $$
  14. No email received, but my last submission is listed as "Images: 40 Passed: 40" but I can't access them and it says "Image in QC" over each image! Hopefully someone at Alamy will press the button to move them on - maybe even generating an email notification! Keith
  15. Just looked at the first 3 or 4 pages. Nice photos. Captions need to be expanded, have correct spelling and be more specific to the photo. Keywords as well to a lesser extent. E.g. RFKKDK - no mention of an artist or painting RFKKHP - no mention in caption of gondola, gondolier, exact location etc RFXDPW - "An ordinary day in Cappadocia with ballons, Turkey" what time of day? what are the other features in the photo? Balloons - not ballons. RG05P2 "Ballons and uniqe rocks of Cappadocia. An ordinary morning in Cappadoica" VW Camper van? I agree with Paul and I think you have too many similars, particularly of buildings. Whether it affects your CTR and ranking, I don't know, but what it does mean is that instead of having 1389 images on sale you have an effective portfolio that is much smaller - maybe the equivalent of say 500 images. Hope that helps
  16. A related question though is why did the number of images go up so much year on year? There are some contributors who have a very streamlined operation and 100% dedication, and can maybe add 10,000 images per year. I don't think my process is particularly inefficient, but getting an additional 2000 new images per year on sale is challenging. And even then, if I was more ruthless with similars the number per year would be lower. I don't believe that the bulk of the increase in images at Alamy over recent years is from contributors taking and uploading new images. So where are the other images coming from? Is it from collections that exist elsewhere and are then uploaded in bulk to Alamy? If it is then large numbers of images can disappear as rapidly as they appeared in the first place. From an Alamy contributor perspective it's not something that I'm concerned about.
  17. I don't think it's unclear. If the contract doesn't mention any restrictions on changing from RM to RF after a sale (or vice versa) then there are no restrictions! There might be all sorts of things that we think might or should be in the contract, but if they aren't in it then they aren't part of the contract. It's very important to get these sort of details correct, particularly if it's used as a reason why contributors can't ever sell some of their RM images on other sites.
  18. Is that correct? It's possible to change to RF from RM in the Image Manager (previous to IM I don't think it was possible). Is there something else, e.g. contractual that stops a contributor from doing it? I don't think there is and you could sell an image RM last week, then RF this week and back to RM next week.
  19. Guardian Online, 21 Feb 2019 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/21/church-of-england-drops-compulsory-sunday-services-in-each-parish Photo of St Peters Church, Heysham. Contributor: Ian Dagnall Commercial Collection Image ID: C32X4P
  20. Great summary Kumar, sounds like it was a very useful meeting. Hope to get along to another meeting again soon. Keith
  21. It is a lot of hard work, and a long haul to get a reasonable income from stock on Alamy. Of course, it depends what you mean by a reasonable income! I reckon that on average I currently receive, net, about £0.15 per image that I have on sale per year. This ratio could be a bit higher if I eliminated similars, culled poor images (but which ones?), increased the proportion of News etc. But it might give you a basis for some ballpark estimates.
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