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Russell Watkins

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  1. Hi Scott


    If you have a large enough portfolio, given time, you will definitely have sales for pennies and you will feel insulted. But you will also get sales for $100+ which whilst not as much as you may hope or expect, do mitigate the penny sales. I see this even in my small portfolio and it is mirrored by other contributors with much larger ports.


    With a large portfolio of high quality images, you should see reasonable returns after a while.


    I would say that there is no way of knowing what constitutes a "poor" image or a "strong" image when it comes to stock. My bestselling image is one I took of peeling wallpaper when I was renovating my house, not my shots of mountain gorillas I got after tracking for hours, through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda or the Peruvian kids celebrating the Inti Raymi winter solstice in Cusco.


    Finally, I very nearly left Alamy a few months back with the payments farrago (and my posts at the time were very anti-Alamy) but ultimately, for unselected editorial type stock, it is still the best "agency" out there, as far as I can tell. And it sounds like your images fall into the category of "unselected editorial".

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    12 hours ago, Harry Harrison said:

    Came across a photographer on Twitter announcing (with great excitement) their new collection and how delighted they were that several had already sold. The link took me to an alien and quite disturbing world that I knew nothing about, digital 'NFT' photos selling in a currency (ETH) that I had never heard of either. The platform is called OpenSea and there's very little on it that makes any sense to me. Just as a sampler this link takes you to a search for photographs costing between 0.2 & 5 ETH.


    ETH refers to Ethereum, a Bitcoin currency, currently standing at $3691.41, but presumably fluctuates wildly. Brave New World, rather unsettling in fact, to me anyway.


    In a similar vein, male anti-vaxxers reckon that their semen will be a type of Bitcoin currency in the not-too-distant future. Any actual science refuting the basis of this will be part of the big conspiracy, of course.


    What a time to be alive.

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  3. On 14/08/2021 at 09:28, Allan Bell said:

    Probably because the IT team are trying to link two systems together. PA and Alamy.


    That is just my thoughts.





    This, and perhaps having to deal with the consequences of contributors jumping ship causing database wobbliness? There must be an awful lot of zooms and unreported sales associated with cancelled accounts...

  4. 1 hour ago, Joseph Clemson said:

    That looks quite frightening to me, the notion that a news photograph has no creativity or originality and is therefore not worthy of copyright seems to have the potential to blow out of the water the ability of freelance press photographers to earn a living from their work. Thank you for highlighting this, though I have no idea what can be done about it.


    No more Pulitzer Prizes then.

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  5. On 12/07/2021 at 11:22, Richard Tadman said:

    This is a somewhat bizarre twist on the issue of copyright which is frequently debated on this forum.


    Of, course it's instigated in the USA so perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise.


    One wonders what she'd do (or her record company would do) if a photo agency used one of her tracks without permission as backing music for an Insta post.

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  6. 22 hours ago, geogphotos said:

    So why wasn't this known to Alamy in December 2020?


    At that time we were told that no commission change was necessary to fund these planned developments because they could be paid for from increased sales.


    Two options:


    1) Alamy doesn't know what it is doing so has had to reverse what we were told six months ago

    2) Alamy knows full well what it is doing and decided not to tell us about it in advance


    So as I've said all along, cock-up or conspiracy.


    Either way, it doesn't bode well.

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  7. 47 minutes ago, sb photos said:

    I would agree with you, they cut journalists and even more so photographers extensively, like much of the local press. A Mail photographer I knew, Yuri Anderegg, was made redundant long ago, he was very bitter.   Last saw him in Grove years ago. Another photographer I’ve known longer had his shifts cut, and sadly passed away from a heart attack a few years ago. He mainly covered sport for them. All now have cut services to the bone.


    My local paper crowdsources its photography under the guise of a "Readers' Photography Club".


    Lots of free "good enough" quality photos with which they fill their pages.

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