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Tony Collins

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  1. No-one has missed me then :-( . Just logged onto the forum after a very long time to see if anyone else is reporting a rash of refunds. All my stock collections have gone zombie, not touched keywording since it last changed, not uploading. Even lockdown hasn't inspired me to do anything about the many terabytes of unprocessed images on my hard drive that will never see the light of day. Keeping busy playing with old motorbikes and bicycles. Anyone want to buy a load of previously unseen travel images now that you can't go anywhere to take them yourself? Tony (long live BHZ)
  2. I used to be active on https://www.blipfoto.com/ which was set up (I think?) by an Alamy contributor) It nearly disappeared but is still going.
  3. I suspect the reality is that these items are so commonplace that borders would grind to a halt if details were checked. Carrying three bodies plus lenses and GoPro etc might excite some interest. I always carry my Royal Photographic Society membership card as an "alibi". Carriers of long lenses should perhaps carry a bird spotting book?
  4. I should probably have persuaded my wife to get her own Alamy account and register as self employed so that she could enjoy a similar top-up 🙂
  5. Don't know, I did 3 years. Ring up, I found them very helpful.
  6. I retired from full time work with maximum NI contributions. I registered as self employed stock photographer but being below the earnings threshold opted out of the additional NI contributions. Coming up to retirement age this year, 65 and a half for me, I discovered that I could make retrospective self employed NI contributions of £145 per annum and the increase in state pension only requires me to live another 10 months to be in profit 🙂 Seemed like a reasonable gamble. By comparison to get the same benefit as an employee the extra contribution would be about £750.
  7. Someone with better phone skills than me might find a workaround. I tried delving into the internal files but Android doesn't let you get very deep. It's like the app is looking for a specific file where images are stored but cant find it. Press IPTC is offered as an option for viewing a file but no editing function.
  8. Yes I let it have its evil way with all functions, I've deleted and reloaded a few times too. Has anyone found an alternative suitable for live news captioning for Alamy?
  9. Press IPTC looks like a useful tool but I can't get it to run on my new phone running Android 8.0 It doesn't "see" any pictures and looks like it is asking me to give a file location. It works fine on my old phone :-(
  10. All my images are only on Alamy. Will Alamy offer an option to flag all? 8000 would take a long time
  11. Thanks, I thought I remembered 22 million. So some rough figures back of fag packet sums then. 150 M images (after all the resignations), say £25M turnover next year. So each year on average each image generates 16p for Alamy and about 6p for the contributor at the new 40% commission allowing for the odd distributor sale. (This is of course nonsense perhaps as I expect that most income comes from a small percentage of the overall collection.) Even if with blind optimism individual images generate 10x6p over a decade can you shoot, edit, keyword and upload for 60p per image? Some contributors are doing a lot better of course but for every one above average there will be a load below it. Food for thought?
  12. Someone referred to Alamy's annual figures recently, I can't find them. Numbers anyone?
  13. Do you ever "wonder" about some of the images bought for "private" use? ???
  14. A business opportunity for someone to set up a travel destination battery hire service? (Or just go back to film?)
  15. Having travelled on a couple of package holidays recently I have been restricted to a 5kg carry on limit but managed to carry two bodies and lenses from fisheye to 350mm Equiv.FL (hooray for m43 kit) a gopro and a small windows tablet.
  16. I suspect that as Getty's tactics have more to do with data mining than selling licences then they prefer to have no restrictions that might turn away data sources Tony Collins
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