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Ray

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    www.raywarrenphoto.com

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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={22C6493B-E88D-4196-B63B-9C37F7FCDE77}&name=Raymond+Warren
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    22 Oct 2012
  1. I am getting a suspiciously high number of these 'commercial electronic' and 'personal use' sales compared to last year and the amounts are ridiculously low. I don't know why, but I suspect buyers are not declaring correct usage. I have already caught one 'personal use' sale being used for commercial advertising. But it seems that does not help because even commercial rates are pretty low for websites.
  2. I've just stumbled across this discussion and find it fascinating and instructive. Great contributions from some of the most knowledgeable contributors on Alamy. I periodically re-assess my options and strategy in this market and it is clear there are a few successful paths that can be taken, each with their own caveats. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge.
  3. Don't worry - Alamy won't be losing out. They'll still be getting plenty of submissions from those of us who accept the rules and just get on with it. Alan Guys you are not really adding any new information to the conversation. I do accept the rules and have been living by them for two years and getting on with it. But, as I have already explained this time the rules have been applied differently to me and a friend of mine and I am rightfully wondering why. We both have good ratings and we were treated very differently. I was hoping there would be some collective wisdom here.
  4. Hi John.. if I waited for every batch to clear QC before uploading more I wouldn't get much uploaded. I find I rarely get more than one QC a week. I try to keep it to around ten or twenty per upload. But if I upload several lots over a period of a week QC sees them as one batch and that can mean 40 -60 images being tossed away if something goes wrong. And usually the way things work is I go out and shoot and will have 50 or 60 images to upload from that day. I do not see the point in taking a month to notify contributors of a QC failure. It has to be done some time, why not right away? If th
  5. I have just had two fails in a row after relatively few problems in the past couple of years. On the rare occasions that has happened it was stupid errors on my behalf like forgetting to turn the watermark off while uploading to several different sites at the same time or I didn't upload the final version. That's my fault entirely and I am always keen to rectify a problem immediately. But the only way I found out was to email members services asking if there was a delay in QC. They told me the batch was failed but couldn't say why. And those QC delays are not unusual. I know they have an enor
  6. Hi David,.. This is 2013 not 1940. We should be able to expect a very hyped new camera system will have enough lenses to cover the range. It is particulalry disappointing because the bodies have everything I want packed into a compact light and upgradeable body. It's the lack of lenses that let it down and even with the Metabones adapters the system is not up to scratch. I got out of the habit of manual focus back in the 70s so I prefer autofocus if my subject is moving or the situation is changing. These adapters don't offer that for Nikon. I don't need all the technology an
  7. David I went to the launch of the A7 and A7R ready to buy, but I was told the adapters for other manufacturers were 3rd party products and could only offer manual focus and manual aperture for Nikon, extremely slow autofocus for Canon (up to one second) and they admitted the Leica one had optical problems. The Sony adapter however did allow use of Sony DSLR lenses. It was a deal breaker for me. I went ready to be amazed but was totally disappointed. The A7 & A7R had only one lens available at launch with another four coming next year.. none faster than F2.8. So if you want a fast lens you
  8. Well done Mirco and Lynne. It is nice to hit those milestones. Congratulations and best of luck with sales.
  9. Congratulations Michael, that was the one I voted for - an iconic shot
  10. I sympathise Sheila. I would have made the same decision. You cannot be asked to agree to an unconditional sale without knowing the price. I think there are some very interesting views in this topic that raise related issues too. I am pretty new to stock photography but even I can see the industry is under extreme pressure because of an oversupply of images and I sometimes wonder how Alamy maintains sales in this super competitive market, but I hope they continue. I have a small number or images on Shutterstock & iStockphoto that I put there to test whether I could indeed make
  11. The very good reasons could be that Alamy don't know themselves what images are going to produce good turnover ? Yes, precisely. That is my point actually. Given the huge competition and low per image expected return it makes sense to take that into consideration when formulating a shooting strategy. and wouldn't is be nice for Alamy to pass that info on to us. The big micros have a list of the most popular and best selling images for the week / month / year. It would be really beneficial to everyone if that was available here . (another green arrow for you too - who is respons
  12. Just keep your old phone in your back pocket and then you'll know someone is always watching your back! :-)
  13. Mr Allsworth This is not so much a discussion about social media as a discussion about price sensitive strategies and giving your contributors a place to do that without having it broadcast around the world. I don't know any other organisation on earth that conducts its private business discussions in public (totally searchable) and hides its actual product from those same search engines. I think you not only have it back to front, but you have an agenda for doing so, because none of the arguments you have put forward hold any water at all in my view. It would be very simple to limit one
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