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Semmick Photo

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About Semmick Photo

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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={F021E026-B692-455E-80E3-C17BA8813E05}&name=Ronald+Bouman
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    13 Apr 2012
  1. I have the screenshots, its a 30% on the TOTAL price. I added 1 vector and 3 photos and applied the code Subtotal: € 136.00 Promo code applied: ( 30% discount ) - € 40.80 VAT @ 20%: € 19.04 Total: € 114.24
  2. Thats very interesting because I noticed that my views had dropped as well. I had views around double my number of images. Around 800-1000. They dropped to 500-600 now. Thats a drop of about 40%. Sales, views and zooms seem to vanish rapidly.
  3. When I ask the question why my sales dropped, the only advice thrown at me is to add more images. When someone with 3k images asks why he has no sales its all kinds of other stuff but not the number of images. Does no one see it has nothing to do with numbers but with the fact that sales are dropping? Did anyone check Jeffs graph or did you just push the down vote because you dont like the truth?
  4. Add more images, its the only solution. Just shoot and pray and upload, everything you have. Its a numbers game here, 3000 images is not enough. You need 100k images and even then your sales wont grow. Look at Jeffs earnings graph. Added thousands and thousands of images from all over the world, yet the graph keeps going down. You need truck loads of images.
  5. Phillipe , I have a desk job, with a desktop, 8 hours, 5 days a week, but I never ever sit in the same position for 8 hours. Nobody does. So with a fixed monitor you will also look at different angles. And no I dont sit in the same position behind my laptop all the time, but when I move around in my couch, I do adjust the screen so that its adjusted for my position. It really easy to see when the display is in the wrong angle. Each to his own, but you cant say people are stupid for working on a laptop, no matter what new word you use to call them stupid. Its up to the user to use the correct settings on the tools available.
  6. Its nice to get a bit of experience on how it feels as if it were a fail. I normally wouldnt get a chance to experience it, since my work is 100% approved
  7. Don't forget that there are millions of incorrectly and incompletely captioned/identified images out there, which make them practically useless to serious editorial buyers. Check out the offerings on microstock sites like Shutterstock some time. The captions and keywords are a disaster (which is good for us). One properly captioned and keyworded image is worth more than a thousand botched ones IMO, It depends on the market. Keywords and captions are very important if you want textbook sales (as well as for use in any fact based material). I would argue that few images are adequately captioned, let alone keyworded, for that market. Otherwise, I think we put too much stress on keywords. Increasingly buyers are looking for images that communicate something, or will do in a given context. Literal keywords are of less use here, unless they encapsulate what is communicated - say a particular mood or feeling associated with a certain colour palette. G&C contribs will be familiar with the theory behind what I am alluding to. Yes, I had the former (fact-based) market in mind. For instance, you see a lot of images with captions like "big pyramid in Mexico," or "old church in France." With vague identifiers like these, the photos aren't going anywhere. Many happy snappers just can't be bothered to do the research, which is fine by me. I hope the trend continues. You mean like this ANCBXC ? Its not related to micro only.
  8. Don't forget that there are millions of incorrectly and incompletely captioned/identified images out there, which make them practically useless to serious editorial buyers. Check out the offerings on microstock sites like Shutterstock some time. The captions and keywords are a disaster (which is good for us). One properly captioned and keyworded image is worth more than a thousand botched ones IMO, That goes the same for Alamy. Its an industry wide problem, not a micro stock problem. Bear in mind that there are a lot of non English speakers submitting to the agencies, macro and micro, which might not always have perfect command of the English language.
  9. If you cant work on a laptop its got nothing to do with the laptop. If you are looking at a wrong angle at a laptop screen it user error. Not the laptops fault. I am sure a big fixed calibrated monitor is easier/better. But blaming a laptop for poor results is silly imo. I have seen portfolios of seasoned lifelong pro shooters working on desktops and fixed monitors and the results are to cry about. Horrible. Its all about how you as a user, use the technology at hand. People can type caps lock, bolded or red text, but that doesnt mean that you are right about laptops.
  10. 100% laptop, everything, its all I have. And guess what, it made me well over 10,000 dollar in under two years. Asus 14" i5
  11. I think the $ per year per image on sale is an exact number and comparable, the number of images doesnt matter.
  12. Just to add and make clear, I am not saying that you need to stop uploading here. Thats not my point, nor my advice.
  13. Gross numbers mean nothing imho. It could well be 30% of that number. Sorry, but reporting gross numbers is not telling the story. But of course everyone is free to give the number they feel comfortable with. I am not disputing that. As for doing well here. No I dont think I do well here . I made 4 dollar in 6 months. Its the odd extremely rare good sale that gets me to 1$ per image. Shutterstock gives me 3.5$ per image per year. So uploading there makes a lot more sense then uploading here, no? When I upload to Shutterstock, I actually see my sales and downloads increase, when I upload to Alamy I see my CTR, Sales and views drop to ZERO. Anyhoo, its all just my opinion, I could be missing something. Also dont want to start a debate on micro vs macro. I just sharing my experience.
  14. If we were talking net income (can be a somewhat depressing subject), I would estimate only about $0.60 an image for me last year since I had a lot of distributor sales. Why would you calculate gross? Isnt it about what ends up in your pocket?
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