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  1. I've found a number of educational sales just by putting my name with Alamy in quotes in the Google search engine. Congrats on your first sale.
  2. Here's something else to stir the pot... http://www.businessinsider.com/selfies-and-2013-2013-12?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29 What's a few million images on Alamy and other stock agencies? Scads of citizen-photographers out there... Dave
  3. This could be why many of us are drawing blanks and low prices... https://medium.com/p/62ae4bcbe01b Sigh! Dave
  4. Did you try clicking on My Alamy Homepage? Or just click on the number 312 under your forum avatar above. Dave
  5. Yes. Be sure to look at Alamy's model release form as a parent if you want to use the photo commercially. http://www.alamy.com/contributors/Alamy-stock-photography-model-release-form.pdf Dave
  6. Finding out where your image was published requires a lot of luck. Have you looked to see if anyone reported it in the Forum: http://discussion.alamy.com/index.php?/topic/1121-have-you-found-any-alamy-photographsoctober-2013/ ? Otherwise, it's ilke finding the proverbial needle... Good luck. Dave
  7. I travel less out of town specifically to shoot. Most of my money-making, educational images are found right in my own home or within a short distance of it. Have a look in school textbooks for ideas of what sells. IMHO, making money in stock photos these days has come down to severely reducing costs and getting the best ROI. Dave
  8. Sorry to hear that three of the sales were refunded. Look at the good side of things, one image was licensed. Better luck next time, Liam. Dave
  9. It's been a while, but I've had multiple sales like that Liam. The image could be used to illustrate the topic, used again in the table of contents, the teacher's edition, and in the on-line version. Consider yourself lucky that it sold separately four times. Lately, many of my textbook sales have been all-inclusive use, licensed for 25 years, and for far less than you received separately (see below), Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Textbook - print and e-book Print run: Unlimited Placement: Inside Image Size: 2 page spread Start: 01 January 2014 End: 01 January 2039 Re-clearing of an existing Edition/ Program. All terms and rights granted as per the Alamy Preferred Vendor Agreement dated 26th January 2010 prevail. Flat rate per image, license period 20 years. For $90. Nice eland! Dave
  10. When did you submit your four images? For some of us, QC was a bit slow last week; be prepared to wait at least a week. If your submission has errors, it may take longer as each faulty image will have reasons given on your initial submission. Good luck, Dave
  11. Thanks, Ed. I've just signed up for Skrill. I'll see how that works. Dave
  12. Alamy has lowered the payment threshold to $75 and no fees, but how will Alamy remove the $15 fee that Canadian banks charge for wire transfers to banks in Canada. If I get a $75 payment from Alamy, I only receive $60. It only look good until you examine the details. Dave
  13. PC users seem to find the background "desktop" a strange concept. On Macs, just consider the Finder screen as you would the top of a desk where you place "things." In the File menu, you can create a new folder anytime on your Finder desktop, name the folder as you wish, then drag and drop the folder into any active hard drive you want (the hard drive icons will also be on your desktop), or within any folder you want, move it whereever you want. Now one thing. All external drives should be Mac formatted for best efficiency. Be sure to back up all files in another hard drive temporarily before reformatting, then drag all the files you want into the newly formatted drive. In about a week, you'll know why Mac users are such happy lot. Yes, Macs are worth the premium price. Dave
  14. Thanks for letting us know, David. And for the demo! Just downloaded the app! Neat! Dave
  15. Wait until your internal HD starts shown signs of failing, then open up the iMac and replace the disk drive with an SSD. That will be in about five years or so… The replacement SSD has completely revived my 2006 vintage 20-inch iMac. I may never buy that coveted 27-inch…sigh... Dave
  16. You haven't mentioned what platform you are using, its OS, or if you have had some recent software updates. Sometimes something as simple as restarting your machine will kick everything back into running order. If that doesn't do the trick, you might check that your hard drive is OK using your disk utility (be sure everything is backed up first if it recommends fixing). Dave
  17. While I love all my Apple products, experience has taught me the hard way to wait a while before upgrading to the latest OS. If everything that you need is still working well, what's the hurry? Let others get the glitches and patches sorted out first (my good wife's sound advice). Dave
  18. I have been using Macs since 1990. All our Macs have been plug n' play, extremely reliable, and very long-lasting. Our oldest iMac just had its old disk hard drive (which was dying) removed and replaced with a much more reliable SSD to emulate Apple's new Fusion systems. At present, we have two iMacs and a MacBook Pro. Dave
  19. Glad to be of help, Maria. I thought the fish were solidly frozen. Skipper was very thoughtful to hose them down to get the frost off. Your image of the skipper with the four totes shows albacore tuna in the first, the four salmon, I believe ling cod in the third, and rockfish in the fourth (including a big Pacific yelloweye - orange one). Coho are also known as silvers - Oncorhynchus kisutch, while chinook are also known as kings or spring salmon - Oncorhynchus tshawytscha My wife and I are off to Steveston tomorrow for lunch...maybe we'll see the fishing boat you got your images from. Dave
  20. Be careful what you ask for...we came home from our trip to the west coast in early September with about 100 pounds of filletted fish (and we limit our catch, not catch our limits). We ate salmon, halibut, ling cod, and albacore tuna for five days straight...and that was only the "trim" bits (jowls, belly flaps, tongues) that most fish processors throw away because they don't look nice...they are the best parts of any fish to eat! It took two more days to vacuum-pack and freeze the rest. As we already had fish from a previous trip, I sent the coho salmon out to be smoked and canned, and the chinook to be made into salmon candy...both great for entertaining. The albacore has been sensational as sashimi. My wife gets seasick...that's what Gravol is for! As she says, nothing like a hard-fightin' salmon to settle her stomach. She's now added tuna to that cure. I love food and cooking...have to agree simple is best. The bread pudding came from your southern states. I do have to say, they do know how to make comfort food down there. Mmmm..grits (we can't find grits in Vancouver). And food pics are always a good seller. Dave
  21. Late season coho heading for their natal streams can weigh in excess of 15 pounds, with an average weight around eight pounds (which is what those bigger fish look in size). The fish in the image don't fill the length of the stainless steel fish tote, which a mature chinook of 15 to 25 pounds would ( a tyee - chinook weighing over 30 pounds - would almost hang over the end). If these fish were caught on the west coast of Vancouver Island a couple of weeks ago, most of the mature chinook would have already passed through, and it would be mainly mature coho and smaller (feeder) chinook in those waters. Since the scales on the fish look intact, they were probably troll-caught, cleaned almost immediately after landing, and flash frozen on board the boat. The fish look as if they had just been taken out of the boat's freezer for sale to the public. Solidly frozen salmon will take at least two to three hours to just melt the frost off...and with only four fish in the tote, the fish would probably be sold long before that. (Fish sold in a store would be thawed completely, then they would have to be be placed on a bed of ice) Around Vancouver, there are several fish docks where commercial fishers sell their "whole fish" frozen catch directly to the public (where was this dock, Maria?). My wife and I sport fish for salmon, halibut, and most recently, albacore tuna (first time in early September this year), off the west coast of Vancouver Island several times every summer. We see, photograph, and eat a lot of fish, especially salmon. Sorry you don't get much of our west coast salmon, Ed. We're really spoiled to be able to get fish right from the ocean...and they definitely pass the "sniff" test. While we have eaten a fair swack of farmed salmon, we would never buy any ourselves in Vancouver. Have a peek at my collection...you'll see that we have a lot of salmon images...often taken within minutes of landing them. And, you'll just have to come for a visit to our fair city and go fishing for salmon (very good salmon fishing during August right in Vancouver Harbour)...there is nothing that can beat a meal of salmon, fresh from the sea. Dave
  22. The two bigger fish look like nice red-fleshed, silvery-sided coho salmon to me. They might possibly be small red chinook as well but the scales look like they are from a more mature fish on their late summer spawning migration. The one on the right could be a small white chinook (light coloured flesh). Exact species of salmon can only be determined if the image showed the gums and tongues (black gums and tongues on chinook), spots on tail, and a few other identifying features - but hard to tell since fish are frozen. I can only see one fish (second from right) with an adipose fin (in front of tail) which would indicate a wild salmon (if it's missing, it's a hatchery fish). Fish on left has a "bump" where its adipose fin could have been removed incompletely. In any event, they are Pacific salmon, definitely not tuna (which on west coast of BC would be albacore with dark black backs, crescent shaped tails, long pectoral fins, streamlined bodies, and big eyes). Hope this helps, Dave
  23. While US and UK contributors get their bank transaction fees absorbed, those of us living in Canada must pay $15 for each bank transfer. This is not a small fee, it's an additional 15% for a $100 payment! To get a lousy $85 (based on a $100 payout), I now must sell $200 or more worth of image licences…at Alamy's ridiculously low licencing prices that have come about recently. Are sales so bad that contributors need paltry $100 handouts to keep them around? I was perfectly happy with the original $250 payment threshold I signed onto five years ago, I could absorb the still painful $15 bank transfer charge on that amount. Can I go back to being paid by cheque? No fees were charged on that. And Skrill is no better (see below)...and I need to carry yet another credit card. Dave Hardly free Alamy Sorry if this isn't clear. Alamy aren't charging you here. The charge is a PayPal charge, which goes to PayPal. You can receive a free bank transfer in the UK or US, and if you're based outside you can get a free payment from Skrill. NOT! This from their website: Do you apply any foreign exchange fees? For transactions involving currency conversion Skrill adds a fee to our wholesale exchange rates. This competitive FX fee varies between 2.99% and 4.99%. This charge helps protect both parties from the volatility and risk associated with FX markets. It may vary according to your account status. Apart from our annual fee (€10), we only charge for ATM usage (€1.80) and foreign exchange. The fees stay the same whether you are at home or abroad. Skrill card ATM withdrawals cost €1.80 Bank wire withdrawals to primary bank accounts cost €2.95 Bank wire withdrawals to secondary bank accounts may cost up to €3.50 Credit/debit card withdrawals cost €2.95.
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