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  1. I take utilitarian photographs that others are willing to use and ready to pay me for that privilege. I do not really ponder whether they are great or mediocre. GI
  2. Food is probably a better bet among your list. However, none of the genres you've listed are in the most-selling list. At this moment or in the past. Best-selling are and have been for many years: business, lifestyle, concepts. GI
  3. Ours is 1.8 times more than last year. Incidentally, DACS amount is 20 times more than the net we have received from Alamy this year so far. The amount of tax withheld by the UK government is now large enough to bother jumping through the hoops to get it back (USA-based business here). We do license a lot to UK textbooks via a distributor. We probably find only ~20% of the uses... GI
  4. That is probably true for Alamy. US publishers still routinely pay $300-500 for new (ie not reuse) placements. UK publishers - more like $80-100. However, only specialist agencies can command these fees. This is because their model is to source unique images that are not (widely) available elsewhere. When publishers put pressure on the specialists (they do), they do not have much leverage there. Publishers do like to pay microstock prices, but you can't find specialist images on microstock sites. Alamy, being an everything and a non-exclusive library can not stand again
  5. Bryan and the rest of the folks - thanks for your responses.
  6. For those of you using Sony RX cameras: how do you like the ergonomics of the buttons and the menus? I've been an Olympus and Canon user for many years. The buttons were totally intuitive on both. I bought a Sony NEX-6 when it came out. I hated it. The buttons and the menus were totally non-intuitive. Some critical settings took some fumbling around to find. Then I would quickly forget where they were, so next time I needed them, it was all the fumbling again... GI
  7. Loved the image of a potato on the wine on the label of the potato ketchup bottle...
  8. Martyn, Your name comes up in textbook credits quite a bit. I would imagine you were doing reasonably well with your science portfolio at SPL. Why not focus your efforts there? I cannot see Alamy bringing comparable returns on the "per-effort" basis. GI
  9. Draconian indemnity clauses and liabilities for the photographer have been in the contracts of commercial image libraries for quite a number of years. It seems that they just caught up with Alamy now. Not sure when such liabilities were introduced into stock contracts. Probably when Getty started buying up agencies and followed up by introduction of a new contract for all the photographers. Uproar happened, of course, Stock Artists' Alliance was formed to fight it. Ultimately Getty prevailed, SAA disbanded and many photographers quit producing stock. Early 2000s, ancient history, I
  10. Unfortunately, agree. Anyone remembers Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) and what happened to it?
  11. 2FK7XT0 "Security police in military vehicle control the movement of Uighur (Uyghur) people in their very own land - were anyone who is disliked or flagged by computers may be imprisoned in a detention camp or prison for unspecified crimes or duration." And the image shows a street intersection with one (what looks to be) police vehicle, stopped in the traffic? Your caption reads like propaganda, not a description of what is in the image. Not sure if that would help or hurt sales on Alamy. GI
  12. I think licenses per month per 1000 images is a very useful statistics, along with $ per image per year. Not so much to compare to other people, but to assess and, if necessary, change where one's efforts go. Case in point is our own statistics and how it affects what we do. Our Alamy portfolio is mostly documentary, aka shooting stock-worthy scenes in front of the lens on our walks, drives and travels. 28 sales over the last 12 months from 2.5K images -> 0.9 sales per month per 1000 images Our "elsewhere" (not microstock) collection of market-focuse
  13. In 2008 Alamy licensed one of our images to concierge.com, for one of the "very secondary" pages. Back then concierge.com was a travel web site by Conde Nast, which I think became Conde Nast Traveler, not the present-day concierge.com, which is selling hospitality software solutions. The license fee was $100. I remember feeling insulted by the amount, given the client's pockets and how popular (=number of eyes) the web site was. Fast forward 12 years. We just got a statement from an aggregator agency. There, there's a bunch of licenses from G. for 1 (one) cent ($0.01) eac
  14. Style. Here's an example of your high key image: 2EE1RGF. Do the rest with the same lighting style. Specifically 2EE1RGF and others would sell 15 years ago, however by now microstock is full of "hands with warm coffee mug" shots. You seem to have some willing models. You could do more lifestyle shots, aka "ordinary-ooking but attractive people doing everyday things". It is another genre consistently in demand. To have saleable shots your models need to look less posed and you have to use better light, see above on high key. And yes, planning your shots, as Geoff mentioned.
  15. Is "exposure time" still used by anyone?
  16. Of course, it is the main tool that drives shoots. The shoot list is a living document, currently 15 pages long. Line items get added when market research is done, then the list is re-arranged and prioritized. When specific line items are completed, they get deleted. There's a separate file with more detailed research for those line items that really need elaboration. GI PS All studio work, we have not done location shooting for years...
  17. If anybody still cares, here's the statistics for our images over at SS over the past 6 month, after the new commission structure was introduced. images: 50 downloads: 229 total net: $122 These translate to: $0.53 net per download $20 net per month $4.9 net per image per year The last number is >20x of what Alamy brings. However, we do have very different images at Alamy (mostly "stock-worthy images we can shoot on our walks, drives, and travels") versus produced-for-a-market images at SS. Granted, the latter require more effort per imag
  18. Container ships from above should be good sellers: 2EA376R, etc Do wider versions of 2EDTWA1 Do more of these: 2ED9X8R, preferably in a better light
  19. Tawna, Sounds like you are licensing directly to your clients. That's great, so you know what your market is. Developing that market further is going to be the best use of your time. I think engaging in a conversation with them about their picture needs is going to be way more effective than chasing Alamy's list. Regarding picture needs in general, in the past I've found Getty's Creative guides and Visual trends to be a lot more useful than Alamy's list. These days I am my own creative guide. GI
  20. Studio shots of models on seamless. Blue background looks horrible. Generally colored and darker backgrounds were popular 20-30 years ago. Do the same but high key. That is, contemporary style is using a background that light, almost white, maybe even overblown highlights, but, importantly, somewhat graduated (non-uniform). Better yet, more in-demand style is some high-key, out-of-focus background that gives a hint of a location (ex, home, office, beach, cafe, park, city, etc) for context. In the studio you could use some out-of-focus props to achieve that "location" feel.
  21. For example, see below for how one very successful photographer produces his real estate shots: https://ashleymorrisonphotography.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/everyone-sees-things-differently-and-sees-different-things/ As a result, his images have what is called "high production value". Here's another example. Hans Halberstadt, a known photographer specializing in US military: https://www.militaryphoto.com/gallery-list Note the title for one of his galleries: "New production - Oct 2020" Your random example is indeed an example of a produced image, but in
  22. Actually, taken at a face value, this statement is a very common myth. It may be true if you focus on a market overcrowded with suppliers, like documentary, travel, etc. Anything that "everyone else is shooting". However, if you specialize on something that is less crowded and go deep in your coverage of that specialized market, pretty soon you'd start discovering plenty of gaps. That is, shots that are in demand but in short or non-existing supply. Choose a niche, where you have any combination of special access, special knowledge, passion, props, photography technique.
  23. Something like this for stock, in order of demand: 1. business 2. lifestyle 3. concepts ... 10. travel 11. documentary If you choose to do #11 aka walk around and document stock-worthy scenes in front of the lens, you'd get the corresponding and disappointing sales. Speaking from personal experience. GI
  24. Thoroughly rusty machinery shots are regularly used in Chemistry textbooks. However, in my experience (sales to the same textbook via different agencies) Alamy leaves about 50% of the money on the table. GI
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