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  1. John, I would normally agree with you but this to me is an example of uploading anything and everything on your hard drive with no regard or even knowledge of what is being uploaded, and that to my mind is unforgivable. This is not good for Alamy's reputation and not good for other contributors either. Anyway, it matters little who uploaded this image, the fact that it and many others like it can go unnoticed is the point. Marc
  2. When I saw this, I couldn't help but ask the question - why do we worry? No doubt this image was uploaded through the "archive" route as part of a gigantic upload (just look at the total number of images for this contributor) but still, it is disheartening to see this kind of material slipping through. Image ref = KCT8F1
  3. Yes, exactly, couldn't agree more. The more "Alamywacks" the better, I certainly have many. These are searches that only return ONE image on Alamy. Many of my sales have resulted from Alamywacks. I am constantly staggered at some of the searches I see on Alamy. Go obscure, go niche, keyword well, and your sales will come. 175 sales per year from 3670 images tells me there is some truth in this. Marc
  4. I suspect they don't, and therein lies your answer. In fact, therein probably lies the answer for most of us. If you want to have above average sales, there is little point uploading images to Alamy of subjects that are already well and truly covered ... sure, once you have an excellent ranking, perhaps you will sell a few of them, but success nowadays means finding a niche or a series of niche areas. Do your searches before you go out and shoot, then shoot what you can't find (or find very little of). Easier said than done, I know, but then I think we can all agree Alamy is not e
  5. Best month EVER since I joined in 2010. 21 sales for $1140 gross. One over $200, three at $150. Also had an enquiry for $1200 exclusive sale but have not had confirmation yet ... Marc
  6. Yes they do, I submit my own claim and Alamy claims for my TV licenses on a 50% basis, I emailed them only a few weeks ago to check they had claimed for TV on my behalf and they confirmed it to me. The payment for my own claim came through yesterday (£258), very happy with that given no ISBNs were submitted. Thanks for all the tips on searching for ISBNs, I will give this a go over the coming weeks. Marc
  7. My advice would be to find a niche, or a USP, for your portfolio. Not easy these days but still possible, and it has a dramatic impact on sales and income. Marc
  8. Everything is welcome on Alamy, images are only checked for quality, not content. Certainly, I have sold many images of old periodicals / magazines. It is difficult to predict which ones will sell though, as always. I have about 100 in my portfolio, and I think I've sold about a dozen licenses from these over the years. One in particular has sold 5 times. Before you ask, I'm not going to say which one ... Marc
  9. Fascinating to read everyone's kit history. I started with a Kodak Instamatic when I was a boy. My first SLR was a Chinon CE5 with a Vivitar lens, then I got a Pentax K-1000 with 50mm f/1.2 lens which was a game changer. It made me the photographer I am today, I still have it and would never sell it, it is arguably the best camera ever made and is still used by many colleges. I then moved on to medium format with a used Hasselblad 500CM with 50mm & 80mm T* chrome lenses. My dad bought it for me, I still have the receipt from 1982, he paid £700 which was
  10. I would highly recommend HP monitors. I've had my HP LP2475w for 7 years, it has just over 13,000 backlight hours behind it and is still going strong. I also have a HP Z24i which is also excellent (now replaced with Z24n I think). There is also a 27" version if you prefer. Build quality is first class. Both monitors are a fraction of the price of the Eizo's and much better value in my view, I for one can't see the difference in quality (that doesn't mean there IS no difference of course) http://www.digitaleng.news/de/a-tale-of-three-monitors/ Marc
  11. Don't know if anyone has ever seen this ... and there is some relevance to this thread. Anybody who emails Alamy regarding infringement of their copyright gets an initial autoreply like this. Marc Thanks for your email. This is an automated email but please read the important information below. We don’t own any of the images on our site or hold any copyright. Photographers and picture agencies put their images with us to sell and they’ve confirmed they’re either the copyright owner, they have authority to license the images they supply through us, or the images are fre
  12. I've jumped BHZ position from bottom of page 8 to bottom of page 2, almost back to where I was before the December changes Marc
  13. Why would anybody want to? For what reason? I hate to say it, but there are more than enough contributors already, we don't want any more !
  14. Kodak Instamatic Chinon CE-5 with Vivitar 70-210mm f/2.8-4.0 Pentax K-1000 with 50mm f/2 and 28mm f/2 Minox 35 GT Hasselblad 500C with 80mm T* and 50mm chrome lenses Canon EOS 650 Canon EOS 10D Canon EOS 30D with EF-S 18-200mm Canon EOS 50D with EF 100mm f/2.8 IS Macro L Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite with 35mm f/1.4 and 18mm f/2 and 50-140mm f/2.8 and vertical battery grip Fujifilm X-T2 with 16-55mm f/2.8 and vertical battery grip The Pentax K-1000 will never be sold, very dear to my heart .... Marc
  15. Can someone please remind me what an iQ sale actually represents? Is it always a repeat License of a previously Licensed image? A fairly big chunk of my sales (26.4%) are iQ sales. Virtually all my images are RM with only a very small minority RF so repeat Licensing of the same image is important to me when it comes to deciding to stick with RM. If all images marked iQ in the usage field are indeed repeat business, then that definitely points towards confirming my view that RF is not the way to go. For those wondering how to find out your percentage of iQ sales, just download the Alamy
  16. Yes.. caption and/or keyword (or both) the images after QC and not before upload. Mmmm ... yes, you're right, but that's not the answer for me. I keyword images in advance so I don't have to do it all again should I ever upload them to another library. What has happened to allocating number of people, property, etc and all those questions? What happens if you have a mixed bag of RF and Licensed images to upload? I guess I can just let the images go live and then tinker with them in IM afterwards? Can you change an image from Licensed to RF? Has anybody actually tried that in t
  17. I don't want my images to go LIVE automatically as soon as they pass QC. Is there a way to disable this (annoying) new feature? Marc
  18. Everything normal here, same views, same zooms, same sales. Sorry to hear others are being negatively affected, I have not yet used the new IM, perhaps that's the key. Marc
  19. Maybe I'm missing the point, but Alamy say that they will send you a spreadsheet with all keywords and attributes if asked. I don't know how you'd then reassociate them with the images, but that's not what you said. I have certainly had such a file, for some NT images which were deleted. Not my whole port. That's interesting ... you would have to write a macro and it would not be straight forward but could probably be done. I will try, good macro practice! Marc
  20. I'm not on the new IM yet, so can't comment on keywording with it, but I have always keyworded my images in Photoshop (not Lightroom) before uploading because : 1) It means you can submit your images to other Agencies without having to keyword them all again 2) Keywords are imported by Alamy in the exact order you entered them in Photoshop, all you have to do is cut & paste the main keywords into the right box in the Alamy IM (old version) By not keywording before upload, you are basically putting all your eggs in one basket. You may be quite happy with Alamy now but it is not goo
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