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Bill Brooks

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    Photography, Outdoors, Hiking, Travel, Reading, Philosophy, Shoveling Trouble


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  1. RF exclusive to Alamy $$ book cover. Photoshop combination of photograph of the window, and second illustration by me. Carol Saunders congratulation on your big sale. Nice to hear about. Made my day. My turn next.
  2. I have heard that small distributors are in trouble. They can't make sales, and can't pass on royalties when they do make sales. I hear of one once healthy agency, heavily dependent of many distributors, has voluntarily closed down because of this. I know nothing about the financial health of Alamy distributors, only the industry in general. I have tracked down only one Alamy distributor. Google street view shows that it is located in a private home. So I think that one is small. My Alamy 50% home business has been rising while, like you John, my Alamy 30% distributor business has been falling. I am 100% RF, so RF or RM probably has nothing to do the falling distributor business. As a photographer I would prefer that Alamy do more promotion of their own website and eliminate the distributors altogether. Higher commissions all around. Alamy have done this somewhat by opening their own foreign offices and translating the website. I know a package designer at a major manufacturer who was under a management decree of RF only. He appealed and got management to also agree to RM with RF terms, in addition to the original RF only decree. Hence the hybrid license when necessary. For RF me, hybrid or pure RF license does not seem to affect the price. My individual RF images sell multiple times, and the RF license price is in the same ballpark as my hybrid licenses from RF.
  3. In Toronto about 3/4 of the people are wearing face masks and social distancing. The worst offenders are people in their 20's who are not social distancing or masking at all. I have a theory that that behavior has something to do with their sex life since lockdown, or lack thereof. Difficult to send subtle signals through a mask. Had a haircut on Friday last. Hope my 65 year old barber is still alive in 5 weeks time, when I will need another haircut.
  4. For some time market analysts have been concerned that SS has run out of options for driving future profits. Whats next? Buy a rival? Raise prices? Sell software, music, or RM? Nothing seems to be available. This negative view of SS future prospects, could result in the value of investors SS shares being worth a lot less. SS executives are big investors in SS. So if the value of the SS shares drop, then SS executives will see their net worth plummet. The cut in photographers commission will drive profits next year, without a lot of collateral damage to the overall SS collection. The collection will still look the same, clients will not care. So this lowering of photographer's commission only confirms stock market analysts negative view of SS prospects. There is not much else SS can do to drive profits, except lower the photographer's commission. It would seem that a downward spiral is starting. Not because of photographer's ire, but because SS is a mature business and has run out of expansion options. The future SS prospects do not justify the higher price of the shares today. I will be looking to see if, while preserving the price of shares in the short term through the commission cut, SS executives start to sell some of their overpriced shares. This has nothing to do with SS photographers being happy, angry, or stupid. It is about the value of the SS shares.
  5. This sold last month to a Swiss magazine. Angel protecting the world. I assume it has to do with covid-19 as they have chosen the Asian/China version. But maybe not.
  6. Regarding Covid-19 self isolation activities, at 80 years old, I am putting my affairs in order.
  7. When you hear about dead people because of a shortage of ventilators, or the death of a middle age father to 3 kids, or when you see the video of the large refrigerated truck backed up to the hospital, when you hear about the crematoriums running overtime, when you hear about people passing alone without family, because they are in isolation. All of these things are happening right now. Think about what has been said in this thread, and remember who said it. Freedom of speech is a basic right, but there is a responsibility that comes with that right.
  8. This old map image concept was once about globalization and how we are all connected over the internet. I just added "covid-19"as a keyword. On the home front we have a 20 day supply of meds and food on hand. The Prime Minister of Canada and his wife are today in self isolation pending outcome of tests. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-trudeau-in-self-isolation-as-wife-sophie-tested-for-new-coronavirus/
  9. Had some interest in Gaia this month, but image was a tight in crop on the flower world globe. So decided to put world in space leaving lots of room for type. Three versions collectively showing entire world, as Alamy is an international agency. AustralAsia version
  10. Last week in Toronto 25,000 people from all over the world met for a mining conference and trade show. When asked why they were there, in light of Covid-19, attendees said they could not afford to miss the Toronto conference. This week a conference attendee from a mining town 400 miles north of the nearest Covid-19 sufferer (Toronto) tested positive, and is in isolation. The photography show did everyone a favour.
  11. Matt you are right. Don't overthink it. Your great people picnic image came about, because you had fun making a lot of good pictures. Lots of good images helped you develop an eye for a great image. So when the chance at your great picnic picture came about, you probably reacted from your gut without a lot of thinking. Most of my thinking is done later when looking at the surviving good images from the shoot. What should I have done, at the shoot, to turn this good image into a great image?
  12. Martin. Don't feel down, you have started uploading good images that will sell as stock. There are three types of images, bad, good, and great I take lots of images. I delete the bad images. I upload the good images, and the occasional great image, to Alamy. Good stock images will sell, but great stock images will sell more often. When a client does a search they are presented with 100 images on the first page. Some of those 100 images are good, and some are great. The client will compare good images to great images. When the client makes a selection they may rent a good image, but they will more likely rent the great image. So photographers producing a larger number of great images will have higher sales, other things being equal. Producing great images is like excelling in any endeavor. Practice practice practice. If you set out to produce only great images it will lead to creative block and no images. Do not overthink it. Practice often enough by producing good images, and you will start producing great images. It is like playing the violin. With more great stock images, you will make even more stock sales.
  13. RF $$ Usage: Single company - multiple educational editorial use onlyUpgrade Note the upgrade charge for an RF image Caption: Scientific proof that Bigfoot roams the very remote corners of Rouge National Urban Park inside Toronto Ontario Canada. What started out as a joke, has now sold 3 times in 2020 alone. Plus a number of times before 2020.
  14. Photoshop combination of many stacked images, shot over a year ago, for extended depth of field . Something to Photoshop on a cold winter day.
  15. I hear about the growing number of free public domain images all of the time. The Smithsonian is not the only museum doing this. What is the sale value of a stock image curated from the public domain? https://petapixel.com/2020/02/25/the-smithsonian-just-released-2-8-million-images-into-the-public-domain/
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