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MB Photography

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About MB Photography

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    Worcestershire, UK


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    20 Jun 2003
  1. If you look at the Alamy Measures section of your dashboard it will show you some useful information. CTR is your “Click Through Rate”. If your image appears in a search and the buyer does not click on your image then your CTR goes down and your images start to appear further down the search list. If the buyer clicks on your image then your CTR goes up. It all depends on how many images they view and how many images they click on.
  2. I agree with that. I went through the exercise of making sure my images had the primary category defined a couple of years ago (yawn). The list should be expanded. I always try to make sure it’s included in the keyword section anyway. It’s interesting that if you use the Alamy “Browse images by category” from the home page it uses keywords with different search criteria applied. “Historical” searches for three keywords “history and historical and archive”. If you don’t have all three keywords associated with your image then your image won’t appear in their search. Is the primary category being added automatically as a keyword? Who knows? Some explanatory guidance would be useful.
  3. I seem to remember a while back that in one of the Alamy blogs they asked people to fill in at least the primary category as a lot of their third party distributors use that field to place images into the appropriate category on their website.
  4. Your wildlife pictures look great. I would agree about adding too many extra keywords just to make the “Discoverability” bar turn green. It will affect your CTR if the keywords are not relevant. Keep your captions descriptive like you have already done. I have about 6000+ images but only four of mine have good discoverability. I get on average about twenty zooms per month which equates to one sale per week.
  5. Oh yes, I forgot the UK Photographic Equipment import duty that we had to pay on all foreign imports and VAT on top of the total amount. Don't forget that Canon UK will also not honour any guarantee if you buy from abroad.
  6. I think this is just the start. After 31/12/2020 the UK will no longer be subject to EU law. Canon Europe can therefore impose shipping restrictions on its EU retailers without breaking EU law. Treasure Island is back just like it was in the 80s.
  7. I reported this problem (NaN) to Alamy yesterday with screen captures of the issue and they have sent the information to their IT team to investigate. I use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Pro and Apple Safari on the iPad (all up to date) and get the same issue. It made my CTR drop quite drastically in 24 hours even though my zoom count had gone up but with NaN errors. Alamy showed me a screen capture of my Alamy Measures detail page and everything was working normally at their end. The problem has now been resolved 😎
  8. I think a better way of creating a POTM page would be to do this automatically. It would be very simple for the Alamy tech bods to create a web page each month showing the ten best grossing sales from each category(Landscape, Lifestyle, Architecture etc.) It’s just a database query and some JavaScript after all. Adobe Stock already do something similar. No need to show how much each individual picture was sold for. That way we get to see what people are buying (style, quality, resolution, usage, country etc.) Am I missing the point of the POTM, is it for the buyers?
  9. My calendar sales for previous years have always been paid before the actual calendar start date. At the moment I have no Alamy sales reports for any of the images used by Carousel Calendars. I would not have known the images had been sold if it wasn’t for my own research.
  10. I have found three sales of my own in 2021 calendars with Carousel Calendars in the “Worcestershire“ and the “Malverns” calendars but I have not been credited with the sales on Alamy so far. I am sure it will happen soon and I wouldn’t expect payment to be immediate anyway.
  11. Has anyone noticed that the Canon UK prices for camera equipment seems to be rather overinflated in the UK compared to Nikon? Here are some examples of two equivalent cameras (well almost) From WEX (non promotion prices) Canon 5D Mk IV body £2787 Nikon D850 body £2549 From B&H in the USA (non promotion prices) Canon 5D Mk IV body $2499 Nikon D850 body $2997 The US pricing seems to be the correct way around. With the new Canon R5 having just been launched it seems that Canon UK have also hiked up the UK prices. I bought a Canon EF 24-70 f4 L IS USM lens from WEX in May this year for £629. It has now increased by £150 to £779.
  12. All my uploads are by FTP. I have a 5 Star QC rating and my uploads go straight through QC except for the odd random check. It normally takes about 10 minutes for the upload to be available for keywording and captioning.
  13. Anyone know what the PA Images Contributor commission percentage is currently?
  14. I also have an image in the Worcestershire 2021 calendar. It looks like Amazon are expecting to have stock on 1 September 2020, so I suspect the Alamy sales will appear at the end of the month for us all. This virus has upset quite a few schedules this year.
  15. I just noticed that the Worcestershire 2021 calendar (Carousel Calendars) has a picture of Hanbury Hall. This is a National Trust property, but the image is credited to Paul Weston / Alamy. It was not taken from a Public footpath. Worcestershire Calendar 2021 I also noticed that the National Trust use Carousel Calendars as their official publishers for NT calendars.
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