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  1. Nothing new in this. The South Sea Bubble etc. was also virtual. Note the buyer also paid in virtual currency. Much ultra high price-tag art, legitimate or not, is a scam. The buyer knows this as much as the seller and in high publicity cases they may even be "virtually" the same people. Fake news from a virtual event or news about a fake event or a true report about virtual news or ……. As they say in all the best detective novels - Follow the Money - but the media never bothers these days. They just churn this stuff out as click bait. Who cares?
  2. Exactly right, Brian. And the rash, incompetent and inexperienced inevitably get drowned. This ain't no picnic. This ain't no walk in the park with a camera. This is 21st Century stock photography. Man up, folks, or take a stroll in the deep end without the inflatable armbands of the day job - then you can come talk to us about how to succeed in stock photography. That is if you are still breathing. This market ain't big enough for all of us.
  3. I have to agree with the last two posts of GI and Olivier. I am sick and tired of reading forums which are full of part time hobbyists telling us how insightful they are about how this industry operates. There used to be successful professional photographers. And there still are successful professional photographers. It should have become very clear to all over the last few years that very, very few successful professionals still share their knowledge on the forums of crowd-sourced amateur based agencies. The reason is not hard to find. All professions need to protect the respect
  4. Kumar, (and the other good folks here) I can see how exclusivity might be attractive to those who already have incomes from alternative sources, retirement pensions etc. but would you recommend only selling through one agency as a sensible strategy to someone who needs to make a substantial part of the income needed to support themselves solely from photography? This also seems counter-intuitive at exactly the same time as many agencies are converging, in various guises, to desiring contributors move their licensing to Royalty Free - which could be seen as the polar opposite of Exclu
  5. Just had a check back through random pages throughout my collection but I don't see what you've described, David. I know you said the gaps were affected in random upload dates but is it possible you've wiped them during a batch change? Richard. Richard, No, I don't do batch changes here. These are inconsistencies I found on "Manage Your Images". A quick search also seems to show some live search results are also only showing 5 or 6 word "essential" tags as opposed to the more normal extended coverage. There is probably a rational explanation due to personal sun spots but if
  6. In the last couple of days I have discovered that a wide variety of my pictures with various upload dates over several years are now completely missing all tags in Main, Comprehensive and Location fields. Caption and Essential fields are fine but the other keywords have vanished. If affecting others could this be related to some reporting recent drop in views? My zooms, CTR and sales are always stable and do not appear to be impacted over the last few months but I have no idea how long these keywords have been missing - could just be one or two days. Can Anybody / Alamy connect this
  7. Anyone with talent, who can produce work that the markets want, will find such a place. I guarantee it. But you have to research, and proactively seek it. Don't wait for Alamy to come up with the goods. Alamy is about crowdsourcing. And that's what it says on the tin. That line was a joke, Robert. I have been with several stock libraries over 30 years and during that time also selling x 3 direct to publishers from my own collections. Like yourself, I know my way around. But yes, all that you say is good advice and perfectly true. People can wish what they want from a cow bu
  8. Michael wrote - " In the non photo world company employees often have their contracts updated to reflect the changing workplace. " BIG difference. Contributing photographers are NOT the employees of the photo agencies. Most agencies do not pay us a penny for any of the work that we photographers do. WE pay THEM around 50% of every fee we receive from our labour and our intellectual property as per the contract agreement we have with them whereby they distribute our images, collect revenues, retain 50% of revenues and remit the other 50% to us. Under this peer to peer circumstanc
  9. I was told by Member Services on Friday that the contract was not going to be amended. So the options are accept the new contract or leave. What this means is many more serious experienced photographers will probably remain on Alamy but direct their best work to competing agencies. Their rejects from those agencies will then be uploaded to Alamy further damaging the competitive quality level on Alamy as perceived by their clients. Is that what Alamy really wants? Do they really care that little about experienced contributors who are seriously committed to successful commercial
  10. And not a single photographer is mentioned by name. That says so much about what this kind of web linking money-making fodder is truly about. Shame.
  11. I suppose the upside is that they ARE paying and not just stealing your image. Still seems like robbery though. For professional photographers I think stealing is more understandable and more acceptable than our representatives selling our images at $10 gross.
  12. John, the point is that on most big agencies its the agencies who do the final effective keywording. That keywording work is included in the percentage of the income from our sales which goes to the agency. On Alamy the contributors do all that work themselves - some are much better at it / work much harder at it than others. And now they are going to be penalised for keywording better and working harder. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT FAIR. And it is certainly not an incentive for any aspiring contributor.
  13. Alamy, For your serious contributors the theft of the hard work they have put into keywording is enormously important. Retaining the ranking they have worked hard for is enormously important. Not only in practice but in principle. Turning a blind eye to this will send a major message to your serious contributors. That's surely not what any of us wants?
  14. John, opting out of one newspaper scheme is irrelevant - and even a distraction. If it was only the Alamy UK newspaper scheme which was based on this type of payment model then there would be little problem. But several major agencies, competing with each other, are offering more and more rights destroying and ridiculous fee bulk packages and access subscriptions to media / publisher / book clients across Europe and now in the US. (And also, as a result, photographers good direct sales to these clients are rapidly disappearing). That's why I say ALL agencies need to put the brakes on this
  15. But if you take Alamy as an example, there's little incentive for any rebalancing of costs v income since most work is subsidized - I cannot see how secondary editorial will change when there's no demand for change. That's the beauty of crowd-sourcing, it's not a business to most and so no real need to cater for the input side of the equation. Exactly correct Geoff. And there's the problem - for us. Both the agents who proposed these deals and the clients who benefit from them seem content with the arrangement. And those who treat this industry as a hobby are not truly involved
  16. They have to generate a separate invoice to each photographer for each of their images licensed. That has to be time consuming surely? Pearl Yes. That is what an agency takes 50% of our income for. Agencies can survive on these deals. Photographers dependent on the income from their photographs can not survive on deals at this level.
  17. Pearl wrote >>I really don't see how the low fees can really be worth their while as they have to generate an invoice for each one which costs them someone's time.<< If on an annual subscription deal they only have to generate one invoice per year to the newspaper in the deal - e.g. newspaper can use up to YY,000 pics for XX,000 $ with the XX,000 $ paid in advance once per year? Very convenient for both agent and newspaper. Downside is it really upsets photographers because their share of the XX,000 $ on reported sales is very small and there is no incentive for newspaper
  18. Geoff. Medion (German based now Lenovo controlled) supply at all levels of the market but put together some impressive high end towers including gaming. Might be worth a look for single or two unit option. e.g. http://www.medion.com/gb/prod/MEDION+ERAZER+PC+X5398+D/310018454 I have bought several high spec towers directly from them. Two currently in daily use. No problems. Their price per spec always seems more competitive than many whizzo name brands and I suspect they are more durable than some. If you don't want to get into customization their off the shelf workhorse qual
  19. OMG what have i started, I have taken Davids comment personal .. I have never deceived anyone and have payed all my taxes during my working life and claimed not a thing...I may have got this thread wrong but is some one implying that I am that I am trying to defraud the "taxman" ... That is not the case I wouldn't have asked a question on here if I didn't want to pay tax on any income I might earn on this site.. "fat chance of that tho" .. you have made me feel very uncomfortable now..... I don't want know if I want to sell any images or even carry on with this site .. How can I be judged w
  20. Any hobbyist / professional thinking they can make money and not declare it to the tax man is making a big mistake. They DO check and contributors to modern online agencies are an easy target. Some here might advise that you can write off holiday travel, equipment etc. but tax inspectors and the law are very specific about the difference between professional activity and amateurs trying to reclaim the cost of a new lens or leisure travel etc. If they see no clear intention of making a profit (a real profit) within a reasonable time they will regard your photography activity as fraudule
  21. >> Have prices changed your thinking on what you shoot << Yes. Instead of shooting photographs I am thinking of shooting my agencies.
  22. Thanks for bringing our attention to that Ed. So rare (and so refreshing) to see someone speaking up for the real content providers these days rather than just making money from our work. Perhaps, going forward, we will find some agencies will be on our side. And some will not. D.
  23. Useful information there Wim. I think you are right about keeping a tension on the ball head via using the camera base mount instead of the lens collar. My concern though was not about vibration but about the stress exerted on the lens throat. My guess would be that most photographers do not spend enough money on solid tripods and solid heads with adequate positive locks. This means it is almost inevitable that at some point a front heavy lens camera combo will drop forward and crash onto a tripod leg probably damaging the lens coupling and or warping the body throat (whether obviously vi
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