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  1. I still sell PU. I have not voted. A file size or pixel size file reduction will not help in the cases I've reviewed. I find some of my sales being used on web sites that are more towards commercial and less personal. For example, I found 2 PU sales used on two different (but related) web sites created by the same web site developer company. Alamy extracted a change in pay for one site use and wasn't able to extract a new payment for the other. Alamy said I could chase the 2nd issue. For the difference Alamy got on the first issue I couldn't justify the time nor expense of chasing that second. With the Alamy precident for the first, how can I charge a penalty if I chase the second? File size restrictions will likely have no impact on this problem. Alamy needs to do serious push-back on the buyer when the buyer does not follow the license agreement. The agreement should have penalties (say, 10x) for miss-use of the purchase agreement. In my first case, the first change of price was not a penalty but just a price per normal scale so cheating wasn't penalized. In the second case, I think the buyer figured out if he did not respond then Alamy wasn't going to carry out the penalty (bill the credit card, send an additional invoice, send the billing change to collections). I can't prove it (Alamy would have the record of sale), but I highly suspect the same buyer bought both images.
  2. Yes, you CAN licence an image as RM on one site and RF on another. However, there are a lot of concerns that make this a bad idea. The sites you use may include competitive restrictions in their contributors agreements. Exclusivity agreements at sites will certainly specify limitations across sites. RM licensing is intended to track uses and a reuse requires a new licence (money). RF is a free for all on usage. You may be competing against yourself in terms of sales and pricing and repeat licensing. Tracking of RM use and infringement will be difficult if an image is also sold RF. RF has little tracking of the sale for copyright or infringement issues. Price points generally differ for RM vs RF licenses. You may be competing against yourself in terms of sales and pricing and repeat licensing. High volume sales might allow for a price reduction at an agency. A competing agency, with your same image, will not be happy if your image is available for a lower price elsewhere. You are contributing to the industry wide race to the bottom of the price tier. Competing against yourself, again creates lower income across the industry.
  3. I went to click and noted the missing forum link. Alamy is messing with my automated brain/click sequence.
  4. If 3/4 of the stop light is in one frame, do I click both frames with the light or just the main frame? Does the light post count for a stop light or just the light fixture itself? This CAPTCHA thing can be a real lesson in frustration.
  5. I see a change of format on the Account Balance page. Color coding is nice for the currency values. However reading the Cleared/Uncleared entries are now a bit tougher than just finding the previous x/o symbols. Please add color coding to Cleared/Uncleared.
  6. I have uploaded a group of images from a shoot where there are 3 basic subsets. I want to be able to search for "locomotive 6777", or "locomotive 365", or "locomotive 765" from within only this one submission set. Then I can keyword and annotate that subset of images. I don't want to search (in this particular usage) my whole portfolio. Please add the Search capability to the confines of 1 or more selected submission batches.
  7. So Alamy thinks it can grow it's business by damaging the relationship with it's suppliers? I really don't think there are many companies that can make that work. As a supplier, now I have less income. So my products have to be reduced in value and/or reduced production. I really don't think there are very many suppliers that can increase their business based on reduced income. I think Alamy is stepping onto the very slippery slope with this decision to reduce contributors royalties.
  8. I check each image at 200% and 100%. 100% is a zoom to 1 pixel of the image projected to 1 pixel of your screen/display. You are looking for concerns such as: chromatic aberration, sensor dust/dirt, things in the image that would resemble sensor dust/dirt, bad sharpness (lens/camera quality and shooting technique issues), noise, hot pixels, dead pixels, bad retouching (I often retouch at 300% to get clean edges and tone transitions), copyright concerns (logos, trademarks, art/buildings/designs where the copyright is enforced), people (even small parts or silhouettes may need model releases). So you are doing a technical review as well as a legal review in the process of submitting and deciding RF/RM/Editorial/Released categories. Alamy submission inspections do not check so much on the composition or sale-ability of an image but if these are not viable then the image may be added to the library but still won't sell. The learning curve via Alamy is going to be tedious at best. Alamy does a random sample of your submissions so you really don't know from experience where the acceptable thresholds are for each of the potential technical problems. Failing an inspection will put you into the time-out corner where you be stuck for weeks and cannot make new submissions. So front end photography learning is likely better done with a mentor and/or technically proficient photography club or classes.
  9. The captcha for my login today asked for "taxis". Two were obvious with marking and top light. I was forced to also select a yellow Ford Mustang with no markings and no light. I don't think a Ford Mustang small size will ever masquerade as a taxi!
  10. I have a new thought. These Captchas are the new Alamy artifical intelegence to check image submission keywording. Are you spamming your images? Your peers will help find you out! ;-)
  11. I had to click for street signs. So is the sign post still a part of the sign? If somebody has a finger in the edge of our submitted photos then we need a model release. So is a post a part of the sign? Is the sign small border corner in a segment still a sign? Is that thing way down the road still a sign or an unrecognizable object? I think it took 4 screens to get in here today. Do Alamy submission rules apply to the Captcha images?
  12. Look up the tour bus sites. They would be hitting the sites and attractions to fit the tastes of visitors. It's been years since I've been to NYC, but the tour guide said that visitors tend to do it wrong. They should take the bus tours on the first days and then decide if they want to spend more time at any of the stops they can visit again on the later days. People too often go out on their own and then take a bus tour before leaving - only to again hit some of the places they've already been too and don't really need to see again. But for your question, what are the highlighted bus tour stops?
  13. Many years ago I landed on the next to last page of the BHZ game. My sales were better there than when I was around page 10. Good Luck! It will be interesting to see if you note any sales change.
  14. I haven't looked at BHZ in many months. For years I've hung around pages 9 or 10. I found myself at page 4 just now.
  15. My quick flash through a few of your pages indicates the images are good enough on a technical and visual basis. Now the question is who will buy them? What will the image be used for? What does the customer want and why will he choose your image over some other? These are tough questions to answer when working through an agency. Some of my work sells to textbooks, tour guides, and magazine articles. Do your images "sell" a location? Do they represent the total essence of a given location? Do they strongly invite a viewer to come to the location? Do they invite exploration? I've sold a few "calendar" shots. Are your images enticing to draw people in? Are they of places people recognize and want to visit? Do they look good hanging on a wall of your neighbor down the street? Some images are sold into advertising. Again, how do they connect with the viewer? Are they model/property released so they can be used commercially? We all need to think like a potential buyer (good luck with that!) and shoot towards some form of usage. Even if your mental buyer image is wrong, it is at least a step towards a sales end.
  16. car cutout = 4792 car cut out = 6802 car cut outs = 612 car isolated = 71,326 car isolated on white = 18,350 car vintage = 166,194 car vintage isolated = 5837 I sell some clipped cars. Most of my sales were via Microstock on my best days in the mid 2000's. I've sold some via Alamy but in recent years it is only the "real classics", not just of any old vintage. Yours will likely have people to deal with and may not end up in commercial uses without model releases. The challenges include: the clipping time required, creating a decent grounding shadow (to offer with and without), removing decals and badges and licence plates (assuming for commercial use), making glass and windows appear natural, removing reflections that no longer make sense when the car is removed from it's environment (clouds, people, buildings, light posts), identifying year make and model for search terms.
  17. If this is as simple as it looks, I may be motivated to go back and review those very old images keyworded before the current 3 tier system.
  18. I've used Drive Image XML for a few years to do (I think) what you desire. I don't know that is has been updated but does seem to run on Win 10. I am just now switching to Macrium Reflect (home, free) but have only used it a few times - so not much knowledge on regular use. I use iMatch by PhotTools for my DAM database and quite a few of those users have gone with Macrium Reflect.
  19. Those clear blue sky's are easier for a client to add text inside the pic. Nice puffy clouds can make a good landscape scene but are less workable for text.
  20. Always include the city, state, and country, location information. Even if it is a simple flower shot. A Dayton, Ohio, USA, tourism magazine does not want to use a shot from a competing Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, market. Ohio magazine generally wants all images to be shot in Ohio. Buyers which are not location sensitive will not likely be searching by location.
  21. I do not have the same images on Alamy as on micros. In my opinion doing that is just foolishly undercutting potential sales at the higher priced sites (Alamy). But, yes, there are people who do that. As I see income dropping from micro, I also see income dropping from Alamy. I think it is an industry wide phenomenon - not just micros. I like the Alamy business approach and "partnership" with photogs. In my opinion, the micros have gotten lost in their quest for money and damaged the relationships with their contributors.
  22. The login issue is on this page (my long time working bookmark): https://secure.alamy.com/logon.aspx?returnurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ealamy%2Ecom%2Fmy-account%2Easp%3F
  23. Philippe said: Little tip: shoot with your biggest camera and a 70-200/2.8 (among other lenses) do NOT use a Sony RX100 A couple years ago I paid my usual few dollars to get into the big county fair. I was standing in turn 1 of the horse races and shooting away at the trotters and pacers (harness racing). Some of these shots do appear on Alamy. The starting gate truck had started a race and came to a stop at the outside of the track near my fence. I was slightly miffed that I lost a few shots with my Canon DSLR and fancy big white lens. That was until the starter guy on the truck yelled and asked if I wanted to ride the truck for a race and take a few pics. I about lost my britches trying to untangle the tripod hanging on my belt so I could run to the truck. My assistant (wife) took care of the kit while I got a fun ride with a camera. There are times when a big kit is useful and there are times a smaller "hidden" kit is useful.
  24. Since about the last week the Alamy stock login page no longer remembers my login Email. It defaults to another address I've never associated with Alamy. Seems like some interaction with Google Chrome and Chromes autofill mechanism. Please review various address retention with Chrome and the Alamy Login.
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