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Janis D

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  1. I update our customer search activity weekly onto a spreadsheet dating back to 2011, but had not been aware that the search terms are available. When I click on my zooms, I read "this page shows all the views and zooms your images have received for a given search term. You can click on an image to modify the keywords associated with it." But can I access what those search terms are? I can't find the magic button.
  2. A wise (and long-retired) editorial and stock photographer friend, who found himself with XXXX Images in the '90s after it acquired an agency with which he worked, liked to say "XXXX Images cares about photographers like McDonalds cares about cows."
  3. In my experience, textbook covers are like inside uses in that they don't require model releases. Those books are not considered commercial products. They are often sold in bulk to entities such as school districts and sometimes to an entire state's schools. Individual consumers typically do not buy them. Janis in Texas
  4. I write complete captions, but add even more details in the "tell us more about your image" area on the Optional page (the one with the "number of people in the image" etc.). This is where I add context that just might make the image more relevant to a prospective purchaser. For example, on images of a shelter for immigrant families on the Texas-Mexico border, the caption includes the who, what and where. On the Optional page, I added context about Pres. Trump's policy to separate families at the border causing chaos. I did include Trump, president, etc., in the keywords.
  5. Ditto on the $0.01 here. Does anyone know what it's from?
  6. What am I doing wrong? I type in Firstname Lastname Alamy - site:alamy.com and get what looks like a portion of our collection straight from the Alamy site. When I try it without the spaces in front of and behind the hypen, I get an error. And when I try Firstname Lastname Alamy-alamy.com, I get pretty much the same as with - site.alamy.com. Suggestions?
  7. How do you discover what search terms clients are using? I only know how to find the number of views, not the search terms.
  8. How can I figure out whether a particular image of mine has ever been licensed, and if so, the details of the license? Surely there's something simpler than clicking on "sales history" on my dashboard and scrolling through seven years' worth of sales.
  9. $280 last month for a magazine cover with under 50K circulation. Does TV count as editorial? If so, $200 use back in March 2017.
  10. This month's sales report includes cover use of a photo of Donald Trump taken at a rally last summer. Assuming it's not a textbook. $300 gross, incl. electronic. Will hold my tongue about good-old-days prices.
  11. Fredmiranda.com has a good buy-sell format that we've used successfully a number of times. There's a fee to post, which seems to limit the buyers and sellers to mostly pros and serious amateurs/hobbyists.
  12. We cover a lot of news events, so as soon as the images are uploaded to our agencies or our primary online news client, usually the same day of the event, they are considered "published." I believe it would be the same if all we'd done was post them on our blog. However, I believe the US copyright office still has a limit of 750 images per submission of published works in a single calendar year at $55 per submission. So theoretically, you could register 2,250 images from, say, 2013, in three separate submissions for $165, one right after the other. I've gotten some helpful advice by phone from the copyright hotline, so it wouldn't hurt to call as the info online can often be confusing.
  13. We've been full-time assignment and stock photographers for 25 years, so know a thing or two about keywording. I tried Keyword Perfect several years ago on referral from a fellow photographer at another agency and I, too, found it too clunky and didn't like all the superfluous words.
  14. But what's the point of separating into a different pseudo?
  15. Hi Chuck, We're in Austin, Texas, and would be happy to talk to your client about the Midland photo needs. Janis Daemmrich
  16. I always go back and simplify the caption, then add keywords, etc., that are more appropriate for stock image searches. Many of our images first submitted through Alamy News get licensed later as stock.
  17. It has been my experience that it depends on your market. Travel images seem to be a dime (or 49 cents) a dozen, as are setup-looking "lifestyle" images. Our market is primarily textbook sales, an area that microstock shooters haven't gotten into. Researchers simply can't find a lot of textbook-appropriate imagery on microstock sites, so ours sell pretty well on Alamy. We average 20-25 licenses a month. Prices for textbook licenses have dropped dramatically in recent years, but are still way above 49 cents. We also cover a lot of politics and current events (perfect for US social studies books), which also aren't readily available on microstock.
  18. Congrats to David. We're at 912 sales since 2010, hoping to reach the 1K benchmark by the end of the year.
  19. 18 textbook uses in 1 day last month, all over $100. I wish that was the norm but, alas, it is not.
  20. How can you tell what the search code is for an image? Janis
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