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About stipe

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    http://www.stefanopolitimarkovina.com

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Interests
    travel, photography, snowboard

Alamy

  • Alamy URL
    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={BED2CBA1-11FF-4AFC-A7CC-0E6372BD14F1}&name=Stefano+Politi+Markovina
  • Images
    7343
  • Joined Alamy
    29 May 2007

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  1. Who cares after all? Most of these photos will be refunded (like it happens regularly with newsletter/presentation use) or never paid by customers if covid-19 outbreak will last several more months. Congratulations to the new Alamy's owners for their clever policy and support to contributors! Very professional!
  2. When covid-19 outbreak emergency will be over, the concept of EXCLUSIVE IMAGES required by many photo agencies should be rediscussed if not eliminated as in a poorer world that should expect ahead it doesn't make really any sense anymore in my opinion.
  3. That's what I was thinking too and my idea is the whole stock photo market will be affected and downsized somehow at the end. Not really a bright future ahead unfortunately.
  4. Anyone is experiencing like me slow if not lack of cleared payments in sales reported one to two months ago at least? Also I registered poor amount of sales last month compared to my regular average. I wonder if this due to clovid-19 outbreak. I don't even want to know what awaits us in the next few months πŸ˜”. Stefano Travel Photographer
  5. What I am start worried about is not to see cleared sales in the upcoming weeks, something I started to notice already in my account. Cleared sales are becoming more and more rare despite I have many. What's your experience about?
  6. One of the photo stock agencies I'm contributor for sent an email to the single contributors to explain in detail its thoughts on any likely impact covid-19 outbreak could have on sales in the near future. It was a nice and professional way to be next to contributors I think and also a tool to "reassure" them somehow. I really would appreciate if Alamy, one of the biggest photo agencies, could do something similar by expressing its point of view for the near future and its thoughts for what will happen with sales. By email or by intervening in this forum. Stefano Travel Photographer
  7. I was supposed to go for a 9-day shooting in Rome and Amalfi this weekend but then Alitalia canceled my flight from Barcelona as part of Spanish decision to block every flight to and from Italy. In the meanwhile, things got worse in Italy with Govt. decision to shut down everything so I'm glad to remain safe at home. Tenete duro in Italia! Un abbraccio solidale per quello che state passando! Stefano
  8. Decreased sales and very slow cleared fees since begin of February for me. Stefano
  9. I was wondering if covid-19 disease outbreak can influence (negatively) photo sales worldwide by stock agencies somehow. Most of my photos here on Alamy are travel related, for example. Consequently, being tourism industry is one of the main victims of coronavirus outbreak I expect to see a partial drop of my sales in the next few weeks. Or not? It would be interesting to hear here anyone enough old on Alamy to let us know his direct experiences about sales during difficult times such as the 9/11 or the 2008 global economical crisis. What are your thoughts about it? Stefano Travel Photographer
  10. Exactly 10 years ago, January 7, 2010, I got my very first sale on Alamy. It was a photo I shot to a local farmer I met along with his yak on a remote mountain path in Tibet a few years earlier. A quick shot around midday in a clear day with a strong and horrible light. Nothing of special and neither nicely edited to tell the truth. Anyway, that photo was my first one to be sold by a stock agency and it was published on the Guardian newspaper. I still remember how thrilled I was when that sale popped up into my on line account. Somehow, it was the official begin of my career as travel professional photographer. Since then, thousands of images of mine have been sold. Many for peanuts (if not less!), others, instead, were three-digit sales and even a four-digit sale once! At that time, Alamy was my first stock agency I joined but more agencies followed later. Over the years stock photography market changed significantly and not for the better unfortunately. Microstock agencies became much stronger and they contributed to lower sale prices while, at the same time, famous leading international photo agencies like Corbis disappeared from the market or were purchased by others. On the other side, the offer of digital images by new photographers increased too much and this was another relevant contributing factor to lower prices generally. Just to give you an idea, in 2010 there were only 12 millions of images available for sale on Alamy while today the total amount of images is one step away only from reaching 200 millions! Certainly, I can forget about still getting the average earnings of that time nowadays. During all this time, anyway, all my hard efforts as travel photographer have been fully awarded with getting my photos published on front covers for famous magazines or tourist guides like National Geographic Traveller or Lonely Planet, calendars, books or travel brochures, but all the sincere happiness I felt when I discovered my first sale on Alamy right 10 years ago still remains my greatest emotion I got as travel stock photographer. Stefano Travel Photographer
  11. I just uploaded some 40 images for the QC and a few second after last photo was sent, all the images passed the QC. I haven't uploaded any image in the last month and normally my photos pass the QC within 24 hours. This time was more than ultra fast: 5 seconds. I almost would say a mistake. Did Alamy exaggerate about trusting my skills too much πŸ˜‚or did I miss something? πŸ€” Stefano Travel Photographer
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