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  1. RF editorial only newspaper $ Oh well at least it is a sale that, in addition to my CTR, may raise my images in the search order.
  2. I always ask myself if this person in the image was part of my extended family, knowing what I know about possible sensitive use, would I make the image a stock image?
  3. RF web and social media use $$ 50% commission, Alamy direct sale to a French speaking client. My photoshop surrealistic images selling. Build it and they will come.
  4. Not sure of your definition of abstract John. Here is a very small sampling of my past sales that might qualify as abstract. Prices are all over the map.
  5. Edo Select a subject that is at hand, and which you are interested in, and photographically explore it deeply. Not just the surface, but explore the subject deeply over a year or so I suffer from the same subject matter malaise. I am going to start doing more surrealism in photoshop. Move over Rene Magritte. First attempts will depend heavily on Magritte, but hopefully I will be able to go my own way with later images. https://www.google.ca/search?q=Rene+Magritte&lr=&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjYrL2vmtHkAhVCqZ4KHfX5AtUQ_AUIESgB&biw=1751&bih=1248&dpr=2 I have also considered 36 views of the CN tower. The CN tower dominates the Toronto skyline and seems to be always in view from anywhere in the city. If printmaker Hokusai can do it with 36 views of Mount Fuji in 1830 so can I . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-six_Views_of_Mount_Fuji
  6. I think Alamy is showing abstracts so they can expand their client base and retain present clients. Good for Alamy. A photo editor needs totem poles for one project and abstracts for the next project. If they need an abstract should they go somewhere else for their abstract, and maybe never return to Alamy when they need a totem pole? If Alamy meets all of the editor's needs, Alamy becomes a one stop shop for the editor. We all benefit.
  7. RF editorial Alamy exclusive 50% $$ magazines and books. Green roof on the podium of Toronto City Hall. One of a series of 9 year old shots that have done well. An example of getting in early for soft news, for which there is an ongoing interest.
  8. It reminds me of the GREAT BRA STRAP DEBATE. When Madonna started to wear her underwear on the outside, some pioneering fashionistas started to show their bra straps. Editors at some stock photo agencies refused to accept images, otherwise normal, but showing bra straps. However 2 years later bra straps were on those same agencies want lists. Today I see older women and men with tattoos in the most amazing places. Tattoo time has come, and may have peaked. Photographer friend of mine did a photo story on people who had surgically altered their naughty bits, not just breasts and bums. Altered in order to make their naughty bits more interesting. Surgically altered naughty bits, and not just breasts and bums, next big trend. You heard it here. Get out the model releases.
  9. You are photographers. If you do not like zoos, then take images like these. Your power is in your camera. Use it
  10. Great information, both posts. I am glad students are learning to pay for use. My only concern is that students may keep using the images after they graduate. I had a number of NU sales last month but it is not all bad. My CLR on a number of images was 100 not 10 or 1 or .01 but 100. In addition they sold for NU, and might have been saved to a lightbox, so that NU activity should put me nearer the top of the search order for the $$$ sales.
  11. RF $$$ High and low tide two shots in one image. Timeless images taken in Blacks Harbour New Brunswick Canada. Top image the evening before, while reconnoitering the ferry to Grand Manan Island. Bottom image taken just before boarding the ferry the next morning. This was film, so I marked the photographer location of the low tide first shot, so I could stand in the same place at high tide. Images taken in the 1980's while on paid assignment, so no stock production costs. The beauty of a well organized digital stock archive.
  12. Thanks to some inspiring comments back in July and August from Johnnie5 and Autumn Sky regarding faces in the water I came up with this in vertical and horizontal format. I stand on the shoulders of giants. Just got to make sure I do not fall off.
  13. Thanks to Mr Standfast and everyone else we know images sold in the USA attract USA prices. So how do you sell more images in the USA, particularly if you only have images shot in Europe and the UK? My suggestion would be to create images that drip British and Euro culture. Georgphotos shot C8RK0B of the draft horse in front of the historic pub comes to mind as very English. Pomp and circumstances, Royalty, Morris dancers. Then the reverse. USA personalities living in UK/Europe. Pubs with a fake USA motif. Hockey, American football games in the UK or Europe. Obvious USA citizens on tour. Watch some TV series set in the USA. There is a US people look. Transportation hubs because all the USA airlines fly there, and USA airlines need images of where they fly. USA terminal at UK airport. Planes with USA livery. USA photographers tend to MAKE a photograph rather than TAKE a photograph. More photographer as director. Do the same. Then make sure your keywording is designed for the mind of a USA searcher. US spellings. Circumpolar plants and animals should have common names for US as well as UK. red deer/elk/moose conundrum. Wikipedia is your friend. Fill out the optional page, as US clients will be more concerned with legality. Any other suggestions?
  14. No shame at all. The US side of the business helps to keep the Alamy doors open, so that helps all contributors. Where would Alamy be, for all contributors, without the US sales amounting to 50% of revenue? If the British pound drops in value because of Brexit, the US dollars will be even more help to all contributors. You need some place to put your images of the UK. One thing I noticed, was that back when Alamy opened the USA office, some astute UK based contributors took shooting trips in the USA, in preparation for the US business.
  15. I sometimes take a shot of my meal when dining out after selecting a table positioned for photography. I do not shoot down, but shoot with a wide angle at 45 degree angle and show part of the restaurant, thereby taking the studio look out of the photograph. Like this 24mm shot of Opah (moonfish).
  16. Lot of Monarch Butterflies in Toronto this year. Counted 30 in a flower patch about 25 X 25 feet in size. They were so busy nectaring they were very approachable. They gather on the North Shore of Lake Ontario, at this time of year, before migrating to Mexico. 200 mm with extension tubes.
  17. Taken this spring, sold only slightly under Alamy calculator price. I like this shot. Another shot same price use and day of sale as the above so I assume same client. I see this as a meat and potatoes shot. Nothing exceptional, but it does the job of showing the restored wetland.
  18. Here are two great articles. One deals with the human brain's reality preferences, and how it can be applied to your photography. https://fstoppers.com/education/why-does-vibrancy-slider-feel-so-good-397267 The second emphasizes the importance of retaining your ability to make your own aesthetic judgments about your work, in an age of live gatekeepers being replaced by algorithms. https://petapixel.com/2019/08/13/algorithms-replaced-gatekeepers-and-lowered-the-bar-on-quality/
  19. I think Wim has it right. I think the search is made by looking at the sameness of the captions. Images with the same caption as the original will come up under the similar stock images function. With this in mind I have started to copy captions onto new images from my old images taken of the same subject matter. There is a river place in Toronto called "Highland Creek" that I photograph often. The similar function for my "Highland Creek a river in Colonel Danforth Park Toronto Ontario Canada" caption kept calling up images of creeks in the highlands of Scotland and no more of mine. I started writing my captions as "Colonel Danforth Park in Toronto Ontario Canada has the river Highland Creek flowing through it.". Now the similar stock images are mostly mine, because "Colonel Danforth Park" is pretty unique and starts off the caption. Bill
  20. OK, but I think I will submit a completely different background and leave neptune as is. The new one has been sitting on my boot drive as half done, until I find a face or something to put in the middle. Maybe submit it as a background only, for the client to use in something bigger..
  21. I think self publishing of picture books is not financially viable. You need a old fashioned book publisher to get your book into the bookstores. You need wide circulation of the book in bookstores. You need a publisher's book salesman to make personal calls on all bookstores that might carry the book, as well as the big book chains. Bookstores can send unsold books back to the publisher for credit on future book purchases from the publisher. Even if an individual store likes your book, they will be unwilling to stock more than a few copies because they think they will be unable to send unsold copies back to you for credit, as they expect no more future books from you. In addition a book publisher can be a big help in working with you to make your book more saleable, lining up a big name author to write the text, selling international rights, making bulk sales to public libraries, promoting the book on TV talk shows, personal author appearances in bookstores, working with printers, etc. The publisher has to do all of this in order in order to make sales of your book. Often the publisher looses money on your first book, but makes it up on the second or third. A self published book does not carry any cachet within the big publishing houses. Occasionally a self published book will attract the attention of a author's agent, who will be able to place the book with the appropriate publisher in return for a cut of your 10-15% royalty. This doesn't happen hardly at all. There are lots of chances for self publishing today, and it can be a lot of fun. However bear in mind that companies that provide self publishing services make their money by providing self publishing services. Not by selling books.
  22. Johnnie5 commented my original horizontal Neptune image would have more uses in portrait format. I agree and here it is.. I cropped the original horizontal photoshop file to portrait format, but that made the face too large for the background. So I scaled back only the photoshop face module to 87% of the original face, for a better fit. Good advice. Thanks Johnnie5
  23. Ian You tell a story with your news and stock images but it tends to be one off, with not a lot of credit to yourself. Why not tell an extended story through a picture book? Shooting the book will generate stock images. Shooting stock images can generate a book. Publishing the book through a publisher will generate book royalties. For instance how about life in an english village? With photo sections on the pub, the history, the architecture, the gardens, the arts and crafts, the scenery, local characters, etc. If you do not feel confident in writing the text, get a father of the nation well known type of writer to write the text. His or her name will sell the book, and be well worth the cut in your royalties. If your English village book is successful, the publisher will want a follow up, so set your next book in a Scottish village. Make it a series, "Life in (insert name of country here)" by Ian Davidson. Your name will be on the cover of the book so do it well. It will generate royalties, spinoffs, and reputation, that shooting exclusively news and stock will not. In a ten year period during the 1970's I did 11 picture books by 3 different publishers. It is important that you match the book to the publisher. Each book sold an average of 30,000 copies for which I received roughly $1.20 per copy. My expenses to shoot each book averaged $5,000, publisher advanced against future royalties. To put that kind of money in perspective, my wife and I purchased a mid sized 3 bedroom suburban house in Toronto for $33,000 in 1972. Then there were spinoffs. A sale of 5,000 copies to a government body to give as gifts only to VIPs, and not compete with bookstore sales. A high end boxed calendar for several years. A cheap copy of a book in return for mail in coupons from a breakfast cereal. Public Lending Right payments of between $1,000 to $2,000 per annum for 35 years. After the third book I became better known and started to receive photo shooting assignments from book publishers, consulting deals with book printers, universities etc. I was left with a large stock photo file. The list goes on. There are books that government bodies, private corporations, interest groups, rich individuals, want published, but do not want their names on the book. They will help with financing, finding a publisher, promotion etc. So think of a story you would like to tell, shoot some images, put together a book dummy, and put your book idea out there. Talk it up with publishers and interest groups. But find a publisher, do not self publish. I know of at least two photojournalists who have done this successfully. One had semi retired for health reasons, one had childcare responsibilities. Bill
  24. Try putting a life in your wilderness images, either a person or an animal. It will really enhance sales. Here is my wife on a day hike on Parker Ridge. No long hikes with a Pentax 6X7 outfit. A marmot at the Peyto Lake parking lot.
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