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Jose Elias

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  1. My largest single sales from a well known micro, compared to my biggest sale from alamy on that month. From the micro agency I'm excluding all other hundreds of smaller sales, even if many of those smaller sales are still higher than the rest I get from alamy. August: Known Micro agency (highest net sales): 35.17$ / 19.05$ / 18.95$ / 17.66$ / 14.27$ Alamy highest sale (net): 19.14$ September: Known Micro agency (highest net sales): 91.86$ / 66.85$ / 31.21$ / 29.85$ Alamy highest sale (net): 15.02$ October: Known Micro agency (highest net sales): 94.67$ / 22.67$ / 18.06$ / 16.14$ Alamy highest sale (net): 11.87$ November (so far): Known Micro agency (highest net sales): 81.17$ / 56.31$ / 14.82$ Alamy highest sale (net): 11.33$ I don't have a clue about what alamy sales team is doing, but when a micro agency is able to license images for those prices and alamy only sells them for a fraction, something very wrong is happening.
  2. I also have experimented on this subject and found that after "optimizing" several images, they have fallen drastically in the search results. I had several images on the first page of a specific search that returned almost 700 photos. One was in the 29th position and the other three near the bottom between the 90th and 100th position. After optimizing four images all of them dropped three pages in the search results. The optimization I've made consisted in deleting some less relevant keywords and adding expressions, like the two-word name of the subject to the super-tags, and keeping the caption and previous super-tags. Their previous place was then occupied by other non optimized images of mine, but the images I've worked on dropped like a stone.
  3. Well, we have two very recent cases particularly bad in Portugal. The most recent a 300 year old sculpture, and previously a 19th century statue in the facade of a building of the neo-manueline style and a landmark for several reasons. Both were tourists from the selfie brigade, but nonetheless there was a photo involved.
  4. I would like to see Alamy giving a search advantage to those images that have been keyworded with 50 tags to motivate people to review their images. Those who were able to reduce to 30 keywords would receive a even bigger benefit. Not only would that recognize the efforts of those who try not to spam, but punish those who use a horde of irrelevant keywords. In fact, my experience tells me that 30 keywords are more than enough. Looking at alamy measures and other agencies that identify the keywords used by buyers show that almost all searches use a couple words and are pretty direct on what they want. One of the agencies that has been recently purchased by a software giant we all know started doing this and I could only see advantages. They accept 50 keywords but value more the images with just 30 and give a higher value to the first seven.
  5. What's wrong to have a simple page with the portfolio organized in folders where we present a potential costumer our work with a payment and billing structure and even support team if they require it? Alamy already hosts our work, so they would not be entering the hosting business, just providing a way for us to organize a view of it to potential clients. Everybody wins. Creating a personal website, with payment and billing options and all that alamy already offers is not that simple for the vast majority of us. I know as I've created a couple of personal websites.
  6. I've asked for the development of the photographer page for years now, and even got answers from alamy in discussions unfortunately stating that that's not their priority. With simple work, like allowing to create folders to organize the portfolio, the display of more thumbnail per page, and a simple introduction/presentation column that would be enough. I often felt tempted to promote my portfolio in alamy, since alamy already provides the payment and billing structure and a support team making it much more easy than to build a personal website. But with such a poor page I always gave up on that idea as I never saw an effective way for a customer to get interested. We lose, alamy loses and also the customers since most designers never heard of alamy and do not know the very different type of imagery alamy offers.
  7. The two darker ones at the bottom left and the three silver ones on top of them with the golden stripes in the forehead are, according to wikipedia, the Sparus Aurata. And they have as common name in English: Gilt-Head Sea Bream. In the wikipedia page there are the common names for them in several countries. You may want to include some of those in the keywords. I don't know about other countries but in Portugal it's a very appreciated fish, and it's called Dourada. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilt-head_bream
  8. Decrease of 50% in the number of sales compared to 2014 Decrease of 71% in net income compared to 2014
  9. I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I would like to have a more developed search engine inside the manage images. For example to search withing a specific pseudonym and to be able to sort the results.
  10. That problem in not exclusive to micros. In respect to Portugal in all searches I make on alamy there are gross errors of misidentified places, monuments, and all sorts of things. Including messing up world heritage sites names! Sometimes I almost sent alamy a mail, but didn't do it because it would become a full time job. The fact that alamy has an advantage of years in terms of editorial content, which is not a surprise since it's the agency's main focus, obviously gives it not only a larger collection but probably more correction in terms of keywords and captions. In terms of the Micro agencies that may very well change as more and more informed contributors, join the editorial segment. Some agencies even have in place an alert to badly captioned and keyworded images.
  11. I think that being in 2015, has given everybody more than enough time to get over the trauma. Microstock was an absolute inevitability despite some people refusing to see it. Once high-quality and affordable digital cameras were invented allowing anyone to become a photographer, and high-speed Internet access became widespread allowing high-resolution photos to be sent and bought from anywhere, the recipe was complete. Maybe you could hate the Internet, maybe you could hate digital photography. But hating something that was inevitable... Even if the price for Microstock RF photos had been established at $100, today they were being sold at $10 or $1, without a doubt. Even with the low prices established at the beginning there has been a fierce and constant price war between agencies. It's the so called free-market in the capitalist societies. How many orange sellers do you guess would be left, and how much would a kg cost if anyone suddenly owned an orange-tree? Don't waste your energy hating something that was evident it would happen from day one if you look back. Just adapt to the reality and make the best you can.
  12. As far for allowing contributors to set their own prices there are some examples in Micro agencies in the footage segment. The leading micro agency in footage allows you to set the prices freely but informs the contributor of the overall average sale price of the agency's actual sales, and the average sale price of the best sellers, in each image submission page as a way to inform the contributor of a realistic price and avoid dumping. Another agency has a three tier system and we can choose the tier for each video. This last example is a good solution to avoid excessive confusion among clients. The only thing I think is almost mandatory in something like this is a fixed bottom price.
  13. The question is, how long will you be safe on the themes you sold recently on alamy and didn't find competition on Micro? It's becoming more and more common on the MSG Forum for people to complain about falling income, over-saturation of the market, low income not justifying expensive productions, etc. So, what are stock photographers doing to keep their income? Besides submitting to new and very dubious agencies, they are moving into new types of subjects that weren't their initial focus like travel and themes editorial in nature. And I think this trend will grow. We are already seeing many people entering the footage production too. I have an easy way to monitor this, which is to occasionally take a look at what images are appearing from Portugal outside the main tourist destinations (Algarve, Lisbon, Porto). And they are appearing, slowly but they are. There are cities from the interior of Portugal, already represented in Micro. And Portugal is a small country with only a handful of stock photographers and the occasional tourist going of the beaten path. So, in Portugal there isn't a multitude of people photographing the country from top to bottom. Yet, despite the demand being certainly low for most images they are getting into Micro. What will happen to countries like UK, France, Germany, etc, which have thousands of stock photographers, most of them seeing their income shrink day by day?
  14. Exactly. I also think that RF Editorial should be an option for every image if the photographer wanted. RM could be an option for extremely high-quality content with high costs of production, for images resulting of some sort of exclusive access to a place or event, or had Model or Property releases hard to get for others, if the creator decided so. I would add that RF should be licensed with limitations of use if it was to be supplied in the Micro / Low Cost style just as it happens in Micro, contrary to the traditional RF license. For more uses Extended Licenses would be required. That is standard in micro. John Mitchell I don't see the need for RF to require releases. RF doesn't automatically mean that an image is commercially viable. If in the terms of use it's stated (very clearly in all agencies I've seen) that commercial use is forbidden than it's no different than RM in that matter.
  15. My honest opinion? At this moment alamy cannot offer almost anything that Micro won't be able to offer currently, or at least in the near future. SS alone added almost 400 thousand images this last week and tenths of thousands of videos. Plus, Micro offers vectors, footage, sound clips, etc. So it gives more choices for clients to shop anything it needs, most of the times in one single place in a very effective manner. With the introduction of RF Editorial in 2007 the last barrier has been broken because it competes with RM. Sure, clients wanting an exclusive use of an image may need to resort to RM specifically if they want to know the history of that image but how common is that? RM may still be around but the prices won't be far from Micro but my guess is that RM may very well be replaced by commissioned work when a client needs something specific. As I said I resisted to submit RF Editorial to not undermine my portfolio at alamy. Yet, I uploaded a handful of images in 2007 just to see how successful they were. And they were the only ones I had until the beginning of the last year. One particular image of that initial batch have given me, on SS alone, over $400. If I sum what other Micros have given me I can add several hundreds more. And it's only a seasonal image. As soon as I saw that Micro started to offer good quality images of the same themes I had on alamy, I felt forced to compete in that front even keeping the best ones on alamy. But now I think that even that may have been a mistake. Others submit high-quality images to Micro as their primary agencies for Editorial content. Once alamy started to make 90% discounts I said on the forums that they needed to compensate that with volume. I don't know if alamy succeed that for themselves, but for me as a single contributor it didn't happen. I probably have a big responsibility in that, but I never felt alamy was adapting to the more aggressive actions of other agencies. Hope that what I wrote makes sense as I'm felling very tired. Sorry for not being more profound in the analysis.
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