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Keith Douglas

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  1. 4 sales for $92 gross. Disappointing month, but consistent with my recent trend. Reversing that trend will require a lot more hours of work, and my dilemma is whether it will be time well spent. Or should I put that time into other ventures?
  2. 4 sales for $144 gross. A bit below average, but perhaps a reflection of the reduced effort I've been putting in.
  3. Urban real estate in Peterborough featuring strange markings. Free traffic cone included.
  4. Some great entries so far. Here are my three: Congestion Evening Calm Flood
  5. 11 sales for $182 gross, so back to a more normal level (for me) after 3 summer months of up and down spikes.
  6. Daily/Sunday Telegraph, 11 Sept 2016: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/11/in-theresa-mays-meritocracy-what-will-become-of-the-stupid-and-u/ Image ID: C7X4HT Contributor: Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
  7. I think you have some excellent images in your collection. I haven't looked at your keywording, but I'm assuming that they will be found by relevant searches. I think though that you also have a lot of similars and/or images that it is difficult to see why they would be bought as stock. The impact of that is that instead of having 1500 images you effectively have a much smaller number - say 300 to 500 that are strong stock images, So, when thinking about the numbers, you might need to base any analysis on a lower effective portfolio.
  8. I think you are incorrect to say that it is illegal to sell photos of people under a Royalty Free Licence. This gives some useful info and pointers, but remember that there are no easy/simple answers in this area - it will depend on the situation and who is involved. http://www.danheller.com/model-release-primer.html
  9. After just one sale in the whole of August, I've had three come through in the first day of September! Unfortunately the revenue isn't much to celebrate about. Found two in Newspapers, so presumably they were sold through the Newspaper scheme. Bring back the Personal Use sales!
  10. Very poor. 1 sale for $37 gross. I have just reached my 2015 sales volume though, but still have a way to go to reach the 2015 revenue
  11. Rather than many individual photographers spending their time and money (if buying print editions or on line subscriptions) recording usage in national newspapers, surely the best solution is to centralise this effort in one place? Is this something that Alamy are already doing? Maybe they are, and if so could they publish a list each day of Alamy images used in the UK national newspapers?
  12. 15 images from Alamy: http://metro.co.uk/2016/08/04/19-british-place-names-youve-been-mispronouncing-your-entire-life-6046790/
  13. Thanks Keith. However I have my doubts over that one, it's very similar but not quite the same. Tineye is finding what appears to be a more exact match from another agency, it could be incorrectly labelled on the BBC web site. I did have some doubts too Bryan. It was difficult for me to tell because the quality of the image on the BBC website was pretty poor but I had put that down to bad editing. Good luck with it anyway!
  14. Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks extend http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36905517 I think it might be a crop of this image, and Bryan should be able to confirm Image ID: C51REX Washington Imaging
  15. The problem I see is that it's much more difficult to prove there is an infringement case when the user has purchased a licence than if they have never purchased a licence. e.g. "I bought the image for personal use and had it made into a print. When I moved 6 months ago I sold it because it didn't suit the decor in my new home"
  16. Fiddling around with different licence types isn't going to address most photographers concerns, particularly with a general downward trend on prices. All it does is create a situation where it could be even more difficult to pursue infringements. I've suggested this before, but I think the answer is for contributors to be able to specify a minimum price for a licence. The exact details of how it could work would need to be thought through, but there would seem to be two main options: 1. If the price the photographer specifies is below the 'standard' price for that type of licence then that licence option is not shown to the buyer or 2. The price for any licence is the minimum of the 'standard' price or the contributors minimum price. Minimum prices could be specified at both the Pseudonym level and the individual image level. The highest minimum value that applies would always be used. If no minimums are specified then it reverts to standard pricing/behaviour.
  17. My best month ever! $614 gross from 12 sales. It's going to be difficult to repeat that in the near future though.
  18. Probably the best way to answer the question is to look at what appears in the newspapers and on the online news sites! Yes, weather shots do sell. Earnings are pretty small for the multi-photo on-line features (e.g. Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph). The much larger returns come if your image is used in the print editions.
  19. I've had a few books done at Photobox. The quality has been excellent and the turnaround pretty quick. You need to look out for the "special offers" (although it's a bit like the endless sales at furniture stores). Use 30SAVE30 code to save 30% off orders over £30
  20. We rely on the newspaper to report it to Alamy. Which is why we need Alamy to be proactive on it.
  21. I'm still waiting for a Live News sale to be reported by a National Newspaper from November last year! And I chased it up with Alamy after 3 months. If it's not in by the end of May I'll have to follow it up again. It's a frustrating part of the Alamy operation - I think they need to be much more proactive in chasing these usages up without needing the contributors to have to keep flagging them up. Keith
  22. To be honest, if you don't have a good understanding of the technical aspects of photography and what each of the Alamy quality criteria mean then you are going to find submitting to Alamy a dispiriting and frustrating experience. My advice would be to concentrate on improving your knowledge and skills first before sending images to Alamy. Although, ultimately, producing striking and unique images is what will lead to sales, you won't even get those images through the QC gate if you don't get the technical aspects right.
  23. Porthminster Beach, Telegraph online, 19 May 2016. "Is your local beach one of England’s 68 cleanest?" Image ID: AXYBNM , Robert Harding
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