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Paul Mayall

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  1. Sorry to say Callie, More likely selling as prints at the local street markets for a few dollars, i am sure you have already thought along those lines. Alamy we have problem!
  2. The down side to having images managed by so called agencies is the lack of control, Callie (jw) said that she would consider to opt out, i think to opt out would be to withdraw completely from all distributors and only have images with concerns like PD. Yes folks it is a concern.
  3. I wonder how the partner agencies who contribute 1000,s of images at one time to Alamy manage their keywords, surely they don't have somebody reworking keywords like us photographers.
  4. Bryan, I had the a6000 combo, took it to Iceland, no problems the a6000 is a great camera although i found it a bit small and fiddly after spending most of my years with dslr's, the Zeiss 16-35 f/4 is also great, so if and when you bite the bullet for the a6300 i am sure you will be happy that you did as i am sure build quality would be the same. By the way the a6000 Zeiss is durable, i went for a slide down a shallow cliff then later got it soaked in seawater spray, I mean really soaked, never a problem.
  5. 10,000 images here = 3 small sales for Feb, guess i must be doing something wrong!
  6. Yes John i agree, reincarnation would be the only option for me as well, i guess us old boys will have to be happy with what we have achieved on Alamy and not chase the impossible.
  7. Hi everybody, at last i finally will reach 10,000 images online with Alamy tomorrow being the 1st of March, it has taken many years of hard work getting through QC and all those keywords. Do you think Alamy will send me a cake or a token for making the effort "joking" All i gotta do now is stay alive for 100 years to catch Jeff Greenberg, how dose he do it? Anybody else getting close to their milestones?
  8. All much the same for me, i cannot see any changes, the corporate agencies still seem to be running within the 1st 10 images on the first page, even though some of their keywords are irrelevant to the given images, kinda makes me wonder how the ranking system works, i have a sneaky suspicion it is more to do with quantity of sales than perfect key wording to get into the top 10.
  9. What ever they are cooking i am not part of the ingredients, my sales with Alamy are very weak, always have been, here is hoping that they a cooking a big pie and i will get a nice slice of it one day. Guten appetit .
  10. If pseudonyms help with making sales i must ask why the big corporates here on Alamy do not have pseudonyms? they just have their name, e.g. Robert Harding. I have several pseudonyms, i am sure it makes no difference to sales, it just makes it a bit easier when editing my work. Paul.
  11. Yes Callie, we hear you, but the real question is doing the archives really care?, i must say that Alamy in general is getting better fees for me than most others although not enough to live on, not by along shot. Every contributor here could stop sending in their material and Alamy as others will survive because they already have the numbers. Years ago a image archive CEO told me that being in stock is no different than gambling, and if you want to make money get a proper job. Have a good weekend, Paul.
  12. F4s, Now that is a camera for pros only, 1 heck of a solid workhorse that did the job without failure for the guys and gals who knew what they were doing with such a piece of kit.
  13. The good old days certainly bring back fond memories, however when i think of all the running around buying film trying to calculate how many rolls to take how to best store them on long trips especially in outback Australia with temps from 30 to 50 c, not forgetting airport security and their x_ray machines and so on, we seemed to make more of a effort then, trying to use only 50 or 100 asa film, No Image stabilization, yes often a challenge, and more rewarding in $$$. The best times were waiting hours sometimes days even weeks to see the results on a lightbox. AH yes the good old days! Now back to my DSLR and computer that i am so much in love with . Paul.
  14. Yes Geoff i also remember, one particular insurance payout for damaged slides netted me $12,000 plus a few other claims on lost sales, and some of those cheques/ checks, yes the good old days! and the gear also seemed to be cheaper.
  15. We better get used to this, it has been the trend for some years now and getting more popular with buyers and sellers alike! As a friend of mine with 40 years experience in commercial photography told me many years ago that i am putting a rope around my neck and it will get tighter as the stock industry grows, Now he tells me i told you so . The worst sale in the hand profit was 02 cents non micro from another distributor, just how much tighter can the rope get? Have a great new 2016 with a few thousand $8 sales. Paul.
  16. Bryan, i feel for you as well as myself, this year i have had some bad sales across the various archives i am with, i am happy to say Alamy has not sold images of mine as low as $8. Let's hope this is just a one off. Paul.
  17. Hi All Canon Users! I have been thinking of getting a Canon 6D for low light light shooting, cheaper than the 5D3 and from what i hear is just as good in low light. What concerns me is there are so many on Ebay that have low shutter counts therefore not old cameras, why so many, is there anybody here who has experience with the Canon 6D. Thanks in advance. Paul.
  18. In the past 2 weeks i have been waiting 2 days for QC clearance, it came very late one night, a big change for me as i have always been cleared with 24 hours, normally by 11 am the next day. (QCAS) John! mine starts when i click on upload. Have a good weekend everybody. Paul.
  19. For some time now i have experienced lower fees for my work from other suppliers, today i received a record all time low of 02 and 29 cents = 31 cents for 2 RM images, the images were sold as a print on demand to a calendar company in Germany. The images were supplied by a well known broker agency. I have often seen here contributors complaining about low fees with Alamy, personally i have found Alamy very reasonable over the years, i am sure that Alamy would never license images where the contributor would receive a measly few cents. Any positive thoughts? Paul.
  20. My various suppliers have told me that the condition of copyright being mentioned is in their contracts with buyers, however they have no control over the buyer placing a credit line. If publishers would show credit lines it would make it easier for everybody to know if the image has been licensed or not and where it came from. How many times have we photographers seen our work published without credit lines then wondered where it came from, hence the long process of chasing the source. Credit lines save a lot of time and help keep some honesty in our business. Paul.
  21. I have used DxO from version 5 up to the current Pro 10, there have been improvements over the years, however i have found like most software one has to be careful not to let these programs take over, DxO as good as it is, can do just that.. I also use LR 4, I find LR easier to adjust images with more control than DxO, i would say from my experience that LR is slightly better. Hope this helps, Paul.
  22. I have over 700 images on and around our local tourist area more than anybody else including other agencies, and like Dougie i have to go looking through a few pages before i start seeing my images, one would think that having the majority of images on a certain subject he or she would be on the 1st page. Is it possible to win the Alamy Game? i think only if you are a contributing agency, as a photographer you will be doing well if you get a place. Paul.
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