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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
    7143
  • Joined Alamy
    29 May 2007

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Looks like it's a Ford Fairlane as someone suggested. Thank you for your help!
  4. Shot this photo last week whilst in NY and forgot to see which Ford model was. Any clue from the American friends?
  5. Just got another "Other Income" voice adding to a previous one in my account. 2 DACS payments? Never happened before. Stefano Travel Photographer
  6. DACS payment through Alamy popped into my account right now under "Other income" voice. Stefano Travel Photographer
  7. One 700 USD direct sale and one 300 USD direct sale popped up into my account today. Definitely, they made my day! Stefano
  8. Always remember to find and check on the net your sold images. You never know what kind of surprise you'll find! I just discovered this photo sold for the following use: Country: IndiaUsage: EditorialMedia: Magazine - print, digital and electronicPrint run: up to 10,000Placement: InsideImage Size: 1/4 pageStart: 16 October 2019End: 16 October 2024 and instead used for a front cover! 😑 Just reported it to Alamy. Let's see what happens I must remember to remove India from my list of allowed countries next year! Stefano
  9. Same happened to me. A photo of mine I discovered by chance a couple of weeks ago was published by the Guardian last January (!) and that sale is not reported yet into my account. Wrote Alamy for explanations and their answer was: Some of our key customers can download hi-res images before they commit to a license so they can try them in layouts or access hi-res out of normal business hours. We keep a log of all images downloaded and send reports to all of these customers. It is rare, but some uses may get missed but we will always chase it up. πŸ€”πŸ€¨ Stefano Travel Photographer
  10. Betty, in Spain carnet is the word referred to the driving license, just for your information πŸ˜‚ Stefano
  11. Thank you for your suggestion Wim. Thought either it should be a Christmas issue of one of those two likely magazines. Will keep an eye open around for the next couple of months. Stefano
  12. Sold a photo (D1TDTH) as front cover for a Seattle based magazine. Looks like should be an October's issue. I checked Where Seattle and Seattle magazines but their October's covers get different published images in. Any clue from people living in the Pacific Northwest area? Country: WashingtonUsage: EditorialMedia: Magazine - print, digital and electronicPrint run: up to 100,000Placement: Front coverImage Size: 1 pageStart: 11 October 2019End: 11 October 2024 Thanks! Stefano Travel Photographer
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