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Nir Alon

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  1. Hi Michael!


    I've been contributing to Alamy Live News (the newspapers you referred to) since it began. Sadly I can probably count the times I got a license sale to newspapers within first 48 hours on the fingers of one hand. The funny thing is that another news agency I submit to (in the US) gets me dozens of news publications monthly, including in UK press. I have no understanding of how Alamy are competing in the news image markets.

    But, images submitted to Live News are moved into stock after 48 hours and Alamy often gives news photos a second life, sometimes years down the line, as editorial licenses which award better fees.

    That's my experience and based on that I'd say definitely don't put your health at risk but it's often worth the effort in the long run.


  2. This is the portfolio/publications link I sent: https://www.imagesofmythoughts.com/Photography/Publications-Exhibitions/


    Very few of my news publications are through Alamy Live News. On the other hand, a 2nd life for the photo through Alamy, months or years down the line, often brings in more than the original publication.

    Although photojournalism and news is what I do, I would certainly be unable to financially sustain myself if I relied only on the income from photojournalism.


  3. For post-processing, annotation and transmission from iPad I use Filterstorm Pro 2 (http://filterstorm.com/pro2/) available in the App Store for $15 (US). I won't get into all the features and benefits, those can be read on the developer's web site, but in short, it seems to have been developed with photojournalists in mind and allows post-processing, single image or batch IPTC metadata tagging and image delivery with presets for annotation and predefined destination settings. It supports export of images to FTP (which I use for Alamy), email or to the iPad photo library (from which you can transmit files if you do so through a web http interface) while giving you full control of exported image settings in regard to pixel dimensions, image size on disk, JPEG quality and even exports TIFFs if you want.

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  4. I shoot 98% news as a freelancer. Have been for years. Have worked with several agencies over the years before Alamy opened that channel and also since. I closely follow what gets published, by who and through what channels, worldwide.


    In regard to breaking news, spot news, or even second life reporting on an issue, publications need 'an' image to illustrate whatever it is they want illustrated. It doesn't matter if it's a good image or the best image. They will use the first 'ok' image they see.


    In my experience two factors come into play, and only two; (1) photographer dependent - speedy submissions to agencies, and (2) agency dependent - marketing.


    I do my best to submit quickly, sometimes, when there is competition or an urgent event, from my iPad with cellular in the field.


    Now comes the agency's part - getting contributors' photos quickly in front of the editors. I am greatly disappointed with Alamy News in this regard. Only once over many years were Alamy able to license my photos to publications within first 24 hours. 99.9% of my news publications are through other agencies including to The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and The Telegraph, all in the UK. I am 1-2 hours ahead of UK (Jerusalem, Israel) so that gives Alamy plenty of time.


    A small selection of my publications found online (check the credits):


  5. http://www.fastcompany.com/3055922/brand-evolution/diamonds-are-a-brands-best-friend-the-evolution-of-de-beers


    The Advertising Archives / Alamy Stock Photo (De Beers ad); 
    ClassicStock / Alamy Stock Photo (1960s MALE HAND SLIPPING ENGAGEMENT RING ONTO FEMALE HAND); 
    Nicholas Eveleigh / Alamy Stock Photo (Large cut diamond with drop shadow); 
    Portrait Essentials / Alamy Stock Photo (Cecil Rhodes); 
    Aflo Co., Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo (World map and magnifying glass); 
    Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo (Cecil Rhodes); 
    Eric Nathan / Alamy Stock Photo (Diamonds);
    Eric Nathan / Alamy Stock Photo (Uncut diamonds); 
    Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo (CECIL RHODES (seated centre) and Directors of De Beers in 1895); 
    Paul Fleet / Alamy Stock Photo (Diamond studded dollar symbol); 
    World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo (Diamond mine); 
    De Klerk / Alamy Stock Photo (The Orange River); 
    Preto Perola / Alamy Stock Photo (red lips isolated on white); 
    Bill Bachman / Alamy Stock Photo (Argyle Diamond Mine, Australia); 
    Ingvar Björk / Alamy Stock Photo (Magnifying glass isolated on white background); 
    Nir Alon / Alamy Stock Photo (Diamonds); 
    Jewellery specialist / Alamy Stock Photo (Eternity ring); 
    Edward Karaa / Alamy Stock Photo (diamond wedding ring); 
    Jewellery specialist / Alamy Stock Photo (Diamonds on a black background); 
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