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Dave R

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  1. I see this as an extension of yhe market for photography in general. Commissioned work from clients is for work that has a shorter and shorter shelf life. Social media eats content and the money has to go further. This last year in the uk Brexit has completely stalled the market clients reusing old work instead of commissioning new. The stock agency's are reacting to the market, a percentage of something is better than nothing. When is spoke to art buyers about Gettys dumping of RM they said great ! When I explained the economics of the situation and it would mean that nobody will bother shooting new expensive stock they looked a bit per perplexed but then understood. I suspect it market will have to collapse before it can be rebuilt. You certainly can't make a living out of this anymore. In 2004 my average sale was 200 now its about 35. Depressing really.
  2. The problem I have found in the past is anything outside the rather straight laced QC controls. The good folks in the QC department kept saying not sharp for deliberately motion blurred shots. In the end I gave up and placed them elsewhere and they sold well. I don't think alamy does "creative " just very standard straight.
  3. I have had a quick look at this chaps work and in my opinion there are too many similars. I have access to many top London art buyers and the problem that always come up with the mention of almay is to much irrelevant content. Because its not edited by the library art buyers and picture researchers have to wade through to much similar or irrelevant content leading to going elsewhere. Do you really need that many versions of cider tea ? 3 or 4 would do. I think it illustrates the problems of letting contributors edit there own contents.
  4. You are completely right in that. I would say that that is not necessary a bad thing. But an amateur may well be happy to see there work used almost just for the satisfaction the money is a secondary motivation its nice to have to help pay for trips to shoot more or to buy new kit. For scenics, landscapes, city scapes etc where you only need a camera a few filters and a tripod then lets face it its a fairly even playing field. When it comes to models, props, lighting, studios, stylists, hair and make up, permits etc you need a pro. And they need to have a pretty good idea that they will recoup there investment and some to make it worth while. Some of the still life work I have produced has taken a day to create one shot to then be offered 20% of not much is not tenable. If I can use it as a portfolio piece that get me more commissioned work then that is a benefit. I really feel there is now a growing gap for high quality work that is sold at a realistic price to make it viable. D
  5. I was speaking to an art buyer at a major London ad agency today about this as somebody with images here and getty to get her take on it. Initially she thought it was great. When I explained that not only will all the rm images be deleted and cant be resubmited. That the photographers share has been halved and the fact that sometimes you can end up with a few cents in your pocket for a shot some of the economic realities started to shine through. The good photographers will and are leaving and the contents will become amateur driven. Less concept driven images less models used overall less. Maybe alamy should pick up the baton and start some form of premium range curated and priced accordingly. There is a market for the level of work but you have to be able to make money out of it as a photographer. D
  6. Hi Semmick Your plight is one that is felt by most of us from time to time. One of the problems with access to your sales and statistics on a daily basis is that you tend to look every day, other day, or week and this can be both encouraging and discouraging in equal measure. Years ago you sent you tranys off to the library they would sell them over a year at the end of the year you got a cheque if they all sold on the same day or one a week all year round it didn't matter as you didn't know you'd keep shooting in optimism submitting when you had enough to send in a batch and thats how it worked. This year I had 3 months without a sale prior to that one or two a month then 2 months selling 4 a month. This month quiet again so far but I'm uploading about 800 more shots in the hope as others have said more variety and volume will make the difference. Time will tell. One other thing I add is that the more you submit the more you realise that the shots you think will sell often don't and the things you think why am I bothering with this end up selling you just can't second guess what some one somewhere wants. Stick with it Dave
  7. I'm in the same boat John 14 images uploaded on the 26th of september and still waiting unfortunately they are holding up about 450 later submissions. All a bit dull. Dave
  8. I have just been chasing up a shot that the Daily Mail published in July and hasn't been reported in my sales yet. MS said some of the papers only report the shots they have used every 3 months so you may have a little wait. Dave
  9. Hi all Do sale's get reported in real time or when the your image's data is refreshed ? Thanks Dave
  10. Hi Olli I've never googled my name and Alamy. I just did and low and behold there's one on the daily mails website that hasn't been reported from july!!. I shall be emailing MS. Thanks Dave
  11. This may have been covered before but what do you regard as good jobbing ctr mine varies from 0.something or other to at the moment 7.01 I'm sure the 0.something isn't great but what do other folk think is the good norm ? Cheers Dave
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