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    30 Jun 2001
  1. I think there are a few photographers on Alamy that more or less specialize in certain topics. But there are very few, on Alamy as well as in general, that shoot law enforcement, prisons, crime scenes etc. I'm sure some would want to - it seems a lot more fun and exciting than it actually is - but the biggest obstacle for people is getting access. It can be hard to get permission from a prison, a police department, a sheriff's office, etc to get permission to visit and/or go on ride-alongs to photograph. I've been fortunate in that I got started early, in 1999 not even a year after I moved
  2. For me, licensing fees are pretty steady. So far I've had 115 licenses in 2014 for a grand total of $12,433 which ends up right at $108 per license/per image. Naturally there has been a few really low fees and a handful of significantly higher but my average seems to be in the $180 to $225 range.
  3. 778 sales so far with $96,223 so far since 2001. Was hoping to pass $100k this year but I don't think that will happen... Never say never though I guess...
  4. Like others have said, it is about having images that can't be found on the micro sites, or offer something else, like expert captions that photo buyers know they can trust - I know I hear from photo buyers all the time that are grateful for my "expert" knowledge in my chosen fields, simply because quite often photo researchers don't really know much about the topic(s) they're sourcing photos for when it comes to textbooks. I've had a number of my images being licensed 30+ times on Alamy since I signed up in 2006. Alamy is working really well for me and I am happy with both volume and pric
  5. RenePi: As others have said, there are no hard and fast rules really. I have a good number of sales quite regularly even though I have a small number of pics on Alamy. My photos are very much editorial and have virtually no typical photographic qualities other than the basics such as sharp, exposure correct, etc. The reasons my images sell and keep on selling are two, and pretty basic ones at that. 1. I have images that few others have in a segment of the editorial stock industry that is in demand on a regular basis. My photographs of law enforcement, prisons, forensics, crime scenes e
  6. 776 so far... Maybe I can get past 800 before the end of the year! 2014 has been good for me so far with between 6 to 25 licenses per month for the last six months, a bit slower before that.
  7. If I've done the math right - not as much of a slam dunk as it should be, but hey it's 0600 in the morning after yet another night with no sleep - my average comes to $123.96 (plus change). 776 licenses granted for a grand total of $96,195. Hopefully I'll be able to start working on adding to my rather small Alamy collection in earnest during 2015, at least that's the plan...
  8. Marc: You need to develop a much larger reservoir of patience or you will likely drive yourself crazy pretty quickly. Sales can take a long time to clear and that's just how the business is sadly. Nothing to do with Alamy either. When I license images directly to publishers most pay within a month but there are a few (big national magazine and book publishers) that drag it out for as long as they possibly can and they'll take anywhere from three to five months to pay. As a small business this sucks. When I order stuff from B&H they expect to get paid in advance. When my phone bill
  9. Hejsan Rolf! For me, licensing fees stay pretty much the same over the last few years. Seems like median for textbook usage for me is right around $180/image/use.
  10. I honestly don't understand why photographers worry about releases at all. As long as you're honest and indicate that you don't have a release it is the responsibility of the publisher to make sure the image is suitable for the specific usage. Besides if someone were to file suit, would they rather focus on a publisher or an individual stock photographer? Where are they more likely to collect? I never get releases. My images are marked as having no releases, and yet some of them are sometimes used in commercially. I don't worry about it at all and I photograph people getting arrested, crim
  11. Due to my very narrow specialty - or rather due to the fact that few others shoot what I shoot - I quite often find myself in this situation and it's a good place to be!
  12. I too have been with Alamy since 2004. For the first five or so years I didn't have more than about 1,000 images uploaded so my sales stats should be read with that in memory. Worked full time as a writer and photographer from 2000 to 2010. From the start I specialized in law enforcement, prisons, crime scenes, forensics and similar topics. In 2010 my wife retired from her full time job and for us to have health insurance I had to get a job. Given my specialty I hired on with our State Department of Corrections. Since 2010 I haven't been able to add much in the way of new images at all as buil
  13. When I license directly to publishers my minimum is $180 but the average, for the same parameters you list is somewhere between $225 and $300 per image for one-time usage rights. I'm in the US licensing to US publishers, mainly national textbook publishers, if that makes any difference for you.
  14. It is indeed very sad that Rohn passed. It was very fast from when he got ill and that, in a way, is a blessing. I worked with Rohn and PhotoSource for 10 plus years and co-wrote the last (5th) edition of Sell And Re-Sell Your Photos. Over the years we developed a wide variety of guides and reports for editorial stock photographers such as a starter kit for beginners, a survey of photo buyers, a beginner's guide to digital for those venturing into that for the first time, and lots more. Rohn will be missed, and I'll miss working on various projects with him.
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