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  1. We got >10x compared to last year. Our main market is textbooks and scientific journals. Not sure what is going on. Expect an e-mail any day now, asking for money to be returned... GI
  2. That's exactly what I mean. Do the same exercise for other subjects and you will have to ask "how long?" a lot less frequently. If you goal to sell and make money, it would pay to spend time on market research (ie what images sell and to whom). That would take a lot of guesswork and presumptions out. If your goal is something else, then why contribute to a stock agency (other than that there are a lot of nice people here on Alamy forum)? Of course not. But the rate of sales per image is much higher when you have (at least intuitive) understanding of the potential
  3. A good question to ask yourself is "what these images can be used to illustrate?" (aka "what is my market?"). What it is that the buyers can do with these images? GI
  4. Well, I think most of them are actually well-meaning people. They are nice, they are freely sharing what they know. That's the thing, people do not know what they do not know, by definition. It is probably one of the unintended consequences of democratic internet. A voice of an expert gets drowned among that of non-experts, particularly if the former attract large followings... GI
  5. Well, his "hard-to-find" image experiment is "statue is well off any tourist areas to Washington and so only a local or dedicated stock photographer would go there and take the time to keyword and upload it" Walking to a spot in a major metropolitan area is not "hard-to-find". No wander he got the results he got. The reason it did not sell like hot cakes is because there's not much demand (=market) for it. Real hard-to-get stock images require a lot more effort to get access to, like negotiating with some sort of a gate keeper. They also often require actually producing a
  6. 40 "downloads" total. Average $3.65 per sale. There we some $0.10, but there was a large number of sales that were more than previous standard $0.33.
  7. Well, for what it's worth, my 50 test images on SS on the average net ~$20/month. In June, with the new commission scheme, these 50 images brought in $73. Could be a fluke. Sample size of one contributor is not statistically representative. GI
  8. I still miss the old StockPhoto group, SAA, even the old AlamyPro... Good discussions on various aspects of stock and not only stock, input from people with different specialities, lots of market and business discussions. And yes, RF/RM wars. Sadly, current Alamy forum seems to be dominated by documenting sites/things one sees during travels and walks, the need to have 1000s of images to start seeing sales, and the "everything sales" ideas. GI
  9. Getty pretty much stopped accepting (direct) and distributing RM collections about a year ago. However, I do not think Alamy distributes via Getty? GI
  10. The big market elephant in the room are textbooks and other science publications. They use a lot of LM (light microscopy) images. But then there are much better channels for distributing science images than Alamy. GI
  11. I'd spend time thinking about what microscopic images are in demand. The market. A microscope, like a camera, is a tool. It matters a lot what you point it to. GI
  12. Thanks for sharing buyer's perspective. So what has changed from "long time ago"? Is your (or dedicated photo researcher's) time required to find absolute cheap photos suddenly become free? Stock images (ie images shot on a speculation that they may sell one day) are maybe devalued but people's time working on a funded (commercial) project could not be much less than $15/hour? GI
  13. You need to change what and how you shoot. Choose the market that you'd want to supply to. Yes, there are different markets (ie buyers) for photography. Study that market, what images are in demand (ie being used)? Shoot that. Pre-visualize and produce images. "Shoot what you see" is arguably the least profitable approach, even travel is likely to do better. If you keep "plugging away", that'll only lead to more fiscal disappointment in the future. If you doing it for the pleasure, that's a different ball game and my advise needn't apply. GI
  14. If you are serious, approach it like you would approach any new business opportunity. identify the market that you want to supply to. Study that market: how large is the market, what kinds of images it needs, demand/supply balance? Identify agencies/distributors that supply into that market (particularly important if you specialize in anything other than "shoot what you see/find") Shoot for that market/agency. GI
  15. Great shots of agricultural machinery doing what they supposed to be doing (with specific description). Do more of that, go wider to show expanse, from above if you can, show more of the field. Great blue skies, but in bad weather as well. Great shots of tractor fire and firefighters' response team. Do farmer inspecting crops (and whatever else farmers do in the field), with an identified machinery in the background. Do modern technology (ie smart phone) use by the farmers. You should know better than a lay person (GPS, weather, etc apps?) Do traditional, time-tested techni
  16. Do you subscribe to farming specialty magazines? Do you get farming-related junk mail? Flip through the pages and shoot that. Are are you bombarded with promotional materials by equipment manufacturers and maintenance service providers? Shoot that. GI
  17. Add bugs, pests and diseases. Add shots of whole plants, not just flowers. GI
  18. Finding a niche may not be that difficult. One approach is to look at images that are being used (newsstand, billboards, ads, industry publications, conferences, Fortune 500 websites, etc etc) and make a list of images where your reaction is "I cannot shoot THAT". That's what every other generalist is going to think as well. However, somebody shot those images, right? Analyze the list and see if some patterns or groups of similar images emerge. You probably are going to get several niches in that list. Now comes the difficult part. You'd have to turn around "I cannot sh
  19. I niche is a well-defined photography area. Well-defined like in "I shoot XXX images for YYY market". One sentence. Here are some attributes of a niche: - market that pays well (ie demand); - you have to be able to name the clients; - limited supply; - not easy to break in, not available to a passer-by with a camera, requiring some combination of: special access to people and/or locations, special knowledge (depth), special technique and equipment (ex microscopy), understanding the workings of the chosen market; Do your market research, choose a niche and g
  20. From Wim's first link: "You firstly need to fully understand your niche and subject matter" (emphasis is mine). The opposite of "everything sells" mantra. YMMV. GI Another quote: "Your work has got to be commercially viable in order to get paid. If the work you love producing isn’t, then you have two options. One is to change what you do to get paid and the other is to stick with it, but find another way to make money on the side to help fund it. "
  21. If I were you, before spending a lot of time on scanning, I'd verify that your assumption holds. Do publishers indeed use images like yours? And if they do, how often they get used? Who supplies them and how large is the supply relative to the demand? A bit of market research can go a long way. If the answer is "not worth it", it can save you a lot of time and frustration. GI
  22. No, on a per-sale basis Alamy is not quite microstock. However, the industry is dominated by the big one that rhymes with Jetty, which had essentially become microstock. I quite often get sales for which my share is <$0.10 (big Jetty via an aggregator). I believe I recently got several for which my share was $0.01. Talk about depressing sales. On the PIPY basis the big Jetty still beats Alamy heads down. So is the leading microstock subscription site. Interesting times we live in. GI
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