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  1. 23 hours ago, geogphotos said:

    Without suppliers these businesses have nothing. PAlamy owns none of the content that is makes revenue from. If it squeezes too hard the golden goose waddles off elsewhere or stops laying eggs.  Something like that.


    An ethical, healthy business is not ruthless to its suppliers. It understands that there is a relationship - a supply chain which is lubricated by flows of revenue. 


    Yep. There was a time when Alamy was an ethical, healthy business. I fear that time is gone. If I was doing this for a living, I'd be long gone. I'm doing it mostly for fun these days, but not getting much return in the way of fun anymore. I think I'll sell my equipment and invest in bitcoin. It makes more sense. And more fun.

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  2. On 01/07/2021 at 11:06, Betty LaRue said:

    I haven’t looked at microstock in forever, so I’m not aware. When I very first started, I submitted there. After a couple of months, when I read about what microstock was doing to hard-working stock photographers, I quit submitting and joined Alamy. I think I have a handful of images there (a dozen, maybe?)  that I totally forgot about until I recently got an email.
    While I’m not a earn-your-living stock photographer, I respect those who are, and never wanted to be one who hurt their means of earning income. That way of thinking was like my trying to stop a river with a sheet of plywood, but I didn’t have to feel bad about myself.
    It seems things are beyond that, now, the damage is done, so it doesn’t matter. I guess. The old-timers have to scramble and do what they must, and I’m so sorry about the demise of what used to be….for them. 


    I don't make my living at photography (anymore) either. Which means I take GREAT PLEASURE in turning down low-baller job offers. Those who ARE doing it for a living... I got your six. 🙂 

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  3. On 17/02/2021 at 11:19, Reimar said:

    It happened.  I've had low sales but this is a record.  It's even RM.  Hopefully not a sign of things to come.  I've got enough of these at that other place:


    Country: Worldwide ; Usage: Editorial ;  Media: Editorial website ;  Start: 17-February-2021 ; End: 17-November-2021 ;

       Additional Details: Single use across website and/or digital publication such as E-book or PDF, any size, any placement, in perpetuity.


    How much you ask?  $0.25 and $0.10 to me.

    And people down-voted you for this post. What a bunch of losers. Or idiots who don't understand how things work. #StayInSchoolKids (Let's see how many down-votes I get.)

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  4. 12 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

    Just my opinion;


    We are all responsible for the "demise" of "Stock Photography"


    I go back to the days when "OLD" photojournalists started putting

    their images into the first "Stock libraries"  then the photo agents 

    realized that there was money to be make from licensing "File Images"


    Then digital and the internet came along and everyone was a "photographer."


    In the 80's when I was working with one of the hottest News Photo

    agencies in the U.S. I was making almost half of my large income from

    the licensing of my "file" material (many of those images are on Alamy

    now) but all of those licenses in the 80's and early 90's were made by  

    "Real Photo Agents" who understood the business and were trained 

    in journalism.


    I have read on this forum too many times "Just upload it and see if it 

    sells."  occasionally those "Second Rate Images" are licensed or sold 

    for small fees.


    Agencies jumped on this band wagon and made it worse.  Take a look

    at Alamy Live News or recently uploaded images to any of the major sites.

    over 50% of the images are "Garbage" and wasting band width, my opinion.


    In my own opinion, the only way to save "Stock Photography" and independent

    photography is for everyone contributing to the pool to raise their standards.


    Finally, I have been trying to stay out of this discussion, BUT I am shocked and

    appalled that Alamy would put out a contract like they did.  Then to make the 

    entire situation WORSE they admitted that there were sections that were not 

    clear.  I am not perfect, but I try to be.  I do not release things that are not 

    accurate and if I do make a mistake I correct it ASAP.


    I have been in this business for too many years and I have become very found

    of Alamy and the people at Alamy that I communicate with.  I would like to see

    Alamy succeed and all serious contributors to Alamy be happy.


    I will try to stay away from this thread.




    Chuck Nacke

    Why would anyone downvote this? Because you know he's talking about you? I know I barely belong here. But in the last five years, I would have made "gold" for three of them (and I'm at $204 so far this year) so I'm going to keep trying. I'm no youngster myself, but maybe that's why I know to listen to the wisdom of people like Chuck.

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  5. On 18/05/2021 at 16:32, villalobos said:

    The announcement of the new contributor contract on Twitter includes some responses from the Alamy Content Team to a few questions made by some users.  Nothing terribly enlightening, but they are a bit more engaged on that platform than on this forum.

    More engaged on Twitter than on this platform with their actual contributors. Ha. Tells the whole story right there, doesn't it?

  6. 2 minutes ago, MizBrown said:


    A couple of people in the past suggested that Alamy had too many mediocre photos and should trim back on work that simply wasn't selling.   Dunno.  This forces a decision on what value we have onto us.   Maybe some of us, me included, should get out or go bigger. 


    Some agencies make their profit from services, not sales -- like paying for server space, evaluations, editorial help, etc.   Alamy has accepted a wide range of contributors without charging them fees during the time I've been with Alamy.

    Pay us shit for commissions AND charge us fees? Don't give them any ideas.

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  7. 20 hours ago, Liam Bunce said:

    Thank you all for your comments and advice now sorted.


    I had to get a tech man out as nothing was working that I tried, apparently it was something to do with the Feature update to Windows 10, version 1809 that went wrong when updating, so not too expensive.

    This latest upgrade is the buggiest I've ever experienced. And the Spring Update should be out in April. Here we go again! 🙂

  8. On 12/21/2017 at 14:37, fotoDogue said:



    Not to stray too far from the original topic but, I'm so frustrated with my last Genius Bar appointment that I'm almost ready to switch to Android.

    The other morning my 2 year old 6s wouldn't charge so I brought it to the Soho Store where they diagnosed it as a corroded Lightning port. I was told the part wasn't replaceable and since I don't have AppleCare,  I could either swap it for the same model, for $300, or see what my carrier had to offer.


    I was just about to plunk down almost $800 on a new phone when I decided to Google it. Right there on the Apple Support Forums was a thread about how to clean the dust bunnies from the port! Apparently it's a common problem that happens around the two year mark. So I cleaned it several times again and it's been charging normally ever since.


    It seems like Apple is really pushing to sell new phones.




    Of course they are. There's no mark-up on free advise. :-)

  9. On 11/29/2017 at 05:40, Mike Brooks said:

    Hi all,


    I know the subject of zooms has been raised before on the board, but am I the only one to experience a significant drop in zooms for this particular month? I noticed volumes started to go south in October, but since then the rate of decline appears to have accelerated. It seems to me an anomalous situation, so I'm posting to gauge whether anyone else has noticed a steep drop. I'd appreciate your views.


    Way down for me this month too. No sales this month yet either.

  10. 1 hour ago, Bill Kuta said:

    Ah, another thread I am glad to see--I also am waiting on a submission from Saturday. Hoping to keep my long streak alive.



    Same here. Uploaded a couple on Saturday, and then another on Sunday. Also still waiting. Was afraid I'd missed a dust bunny in post or something. :-)

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