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  1. ASMP? (Sorry, I really should know more about this industry I partake in.) I do wish I'd cottoned on to what was happening back in the noughties, but I didn't get my first DSLR until 2007 and wasted a couple of years trickling shots onto iStock and feeling ridiculously grateful if I sold one for 10 cents. It took a much more experienced friend to point out the error of my ways. In my time on Alamy I have one $350 sale as the high water mark. I remember it fondly and know I will never see its like again.
  2. Barry Island in South Wales. Got a reputation, similar to many other seaside resorts of course, for being a bit tacky - amusement arcades, fish and chips, gift shops, etc, to say nothing of Gavin and Stacey, but there's also a calmer, more serene side if you catch it at the right time.
  3. After a long break, finally a sale. Low $, but I'll take it. An interior of The National Museum, Cardiff. Editorial website use, travel and tourism.
  4. Thanks for all of the above. My sales volume is so low it's probably moot anyway, but just wanted to be sure my lack of scrutiny wasn't harming the business generally. I ended up on this site after a couple of years with micro stock when a friend described the MS model as corrosive to the value of the photographer's skills. Fair enough.
  5. Would anyone be able to drop me a link to an explanation of 'distribution' and 'options'? I've been woefully disinterested in such things for far too long and PT's use of the word morals concerns me!
  6. Bella, one sale per month with fewer than a thousand images uploaded is pretty good! Keep the submissions coming.
  7. I can't compare to other folk on this site - I'm lucky to average a sale a month - but after three sales in April I've had nothing since. I haven't had a dry spell like this for a few years now and it's pretty disappointing. I'm chalking it up to the global downturn and reminding myself that there's a big difference between losing a few dollars a month and losing your livelihood (or worse). But July's not over yet. I live in hope.
  8. Editorial website, low $. Delighted to wake up to 2 sales earlier this week, but the be$t one turned out to be balanced out by the refund of the original sale in January. So had to make do with this one. Better than nowt.
  9. Low $ for one of my favourite shots from a trip to Milan in 2018. The news reports from the vast empty piazza in front of the cathedral these days are surreal.
  10. Low $$ for a Storm Dennis image. Flooded sports facilities after the Taff burst its banks.
  11. Ventured out as Storm Ciara's force subsided last Sunday. Unsurprisingly, Cardiff Bay was unusually quiet. Had to use continuous shooting mode as I was constantly being buffeted by the wind and couldn't be sure the camera was stable when the shutter opened. Suspect Storm Dennis is carrying too much rain to make a trip out this weekend a realistic prospect.
  12. Already had my typical single sale of the month, but it never fails to fascinate me how vastly more successful some folk on here are. I once had three sales in a single month, but actually made considerably less than this month's single sale. I appreciate the good times are over, but having missed them it's obviously easier to cope with this possibly terminal downtrend. Regarding the ant, they are very sensitive creatures and I fear he may have picked up on his owner's mood over the lack of sales and simply lost the will to live. Very sad.
  13. Warwick Business School. Mid $$. Commercial electronic, website, apps, blogs (etc.)
  14. Being fed up with endless wet and gloomy weekends, I took myself off to Cardiff's indoor market in the hope of finding something interesting to shoot. Discovered a very charming vintage-style clothes stall had sprung up. Had to have that!
  15. I was prepared for a zero sum January this year, as per the past two Januaries, but discovered a sale this morning for mid $$.
  16. Photo opportunities not far from, if not actually in, Liverpool my vote would go to New Brighton. It was my Disneyland growing up in Wallasey in the sixties and subsequently made somewhat famous by Martin Parr (The Last Resort). I know Parr has come in for some criticism for those images, arguably demeaning his subjects and 'stylising' his depiction of the less well-off. I suppose, but I feel nothing but nostalgia when I look at them (which I frequently do). Book a ferry ticket! Haven't been back for decades, but I'd be surprised if it disappointed.
  17. Another Bar Luce sale taken from a seated position. I'm going to start attracting comments from Australian photographers soon (Beijing Olympics joke). Retail book. Editorial print + digital use. inside.One time use only, Discounted re-use mid $$
  18. I stumped up the $30 a couple of weeks ago on FAA, on the basis that doing it a month before Christmas was probably the best time to do some serious uploading. On the plus side I made a low $$ sale quickly, but on the downside it was one of my original 25 images from the free account days. It had sold before so I don't consider my return on investment to have begun yet. It's a twelve month 'project' so we shall see. There's no doubt marketing and other types of targeted activity seems to breed sales which in turn breeds more sales and credit to people who have broken through (like Marianne and
  19. Punting on The Cherwell, Oxford. Taken while I was also punting (in a seated position while someone else did the actual work). Image use: Editorial Details of use: Travel guides -print and/or e-book Image Size: 1 page Print run: up to 3 million Placement: Inside Duration: 3 years Country: Worldwide Additional Details: Online PDF Rights Included ; Duration: 7 years. Low $$
  20. 1 sale for $30 right at the death. To be fair, that's about average for me (sigh). Didn't help when I heard from a friend who largely gave up with Alamy a couple years ago and switched to creating art work for Fine Art America. By half way through the month he had made $2k worth of sales and that's not unusual...
  21. I haven't used the your_pseudonym Alamy -Alamy.com method before and it's instantly led me to some old sales. Delightful. Thanks for the tip.
  22. This is the fourth sale of the interior of Bar Luce in Milan, all four shots being taken from the same vantage point - my seat! Surely some kind of record (albeit a weird one...)!
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