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  1. I have, Mine is also in under the Net Revenue sales report with todays date
  2. Only just seen this via the blog after trying to find the discussion page, for a catch up, but found this. This is really shocking news, my condolences to Keith and his family and friends, I don't know the circumstances, but obviously Keith was a master at stock and live photography with Alamy and was an inspiration to anyone who wanted to do get into stock & live photography. To do what he did for Alamy and photography in a small town in West Wales is incredible. RIP Keith
  3. LOL! I was just being jovial, generally people will like you and seeing as you are a New Yorker, you'll understand and spot any issues, when we went to New York, we didn't have any problems a lot of people didn't get our accent, but I never felt in danger,. As usual and especially nowadays, the internet does make things seem worse, instead of going on positives and people do like to slag Liverpool off and blame the whole City if anything happens, but such is life. I'll keep an eye out seeing that you have put a photo up. I haven't been on here for ages, but didn't you lose your home, so are you just touring the World and seeing where life takes you? Chris
  4. Unfortunately Ed, the Adelphi is easily the worst hotel in Liverpool, so sorry to hear this is where you stayed, it is handy for the City centre, but not to be recommended, as a local, obviously I don't stay in one, but that is one to avoid, so Im glad you escaped. It was a Grand Hotel back in the day, but as others have said the chain is dreadful and it doesn't ever have any improvements, if it isn't knocked down sooner or later, it may well end up looking like the Overlook Hotel in The Shining! If you watch DA Pennebaker's Don't Look Back the story of Bob Dylan on tour in the UK in the 60's he stayed at The Adelphi, and there is a shot of him on a balcony taking to fans below, I seem to remember, most big acts stayed there, that was probably it's dying breath, unfortunately once the 70's came and shipping declined, and the UK went into recession, Liverpool suffered as a result, it's taken a long time for its to improve and started to move forward as a City once the 80's had finished. RE Homeless on the streets, this is now the state of the UK and is a country wide thing, the fact is mental illness isn't being addressed and the economy and jobs market is rubbish. I was in Harrogate a few weeks ago and even in a nice Northern English town with money, the city centre has homeless people living in the city centre, which is hard to believe, as especially in 1980's, even in Liverpool at it's worst economic decline, you never saw things like that, you would see the occasional, what we would call in those days "a tramp", but not young men or women that you see now. it is truly shocking. But her is a couple of things to say when out shopping:- It is THE Asda, NOT ASDA ie "I'm just going The ASDA" and complete the sentence with "to get me messages" (buy some food, groceries etc) Home AND Bargain, not Home Bargains Also throw the word "Like" in at the end or middle of sentences, ie "I like The Beatles, like and Dylan like", but no Pink Floyd for me, like mate!'" The you should be ok Chris
  5. Sorry, but...amended, seeing as Alamy have closed the thread so I can't reply direct. You know you are only a stock photographer.....when the people in the live news upload circle, tell you Alamy made a great decision by "(cleaning up the news feed) so that they can spend more time on getting the good images out to buyers". (c) Keith Douglas NO! Sorry, all they had to do Keith was to send an e-mail along the lines of....."from the end of the month we are closing live news access to those photographers who regularly sell images" Simple, end of rant Chris
  6. I'm not saying I will, I was thinking maybe? The way Alamy has been doing things over the last few months, seems to be all about making decisions of some sort, ti I guess improve the business model and grow sales and profit, but it seems like they gave found the ideas in an ideas manual, having not though out how to implement them, nor the repercussions, or what it may mean to the people who supply them with everything they need to run their business model. Maybe it's an accounting way of running the business? I've seen a few people say that they think people were gaming the live news stream to bypass the QC for stock upload, but like a number of other people who have said this, I also used the same Alamy QC upload criteria for Live as for stock, so I'm not sure if that is true? But if it its true, Alamy should have targeted these people directly, a couple of times, I didn't title correctly for live news, I did get an e-mail to say so and change it, which I did. The new reportage way of uploading, sounds ideal for those who do want to bypass QC, which is a bit odd! Chris
  7. No probs, I had the e-mail too and just happened to be checking the thread for what it actually means in reality, I'm still slightly confused, but as someone else said, if I do a concert, as I have done in the past, it can work for that, I guess it's also ok, If I see something slightly or possible newsworthy. A young lad was knocked off his motor bike by my house as I headed home, I could have taken some photos of the aftermath, but like a lot of others, don't have "live news" access, but I guess this could be a way to put such like online, then ask Alamy to look at them, & perhaps they can then be syndicated? Chris
  8. Go to upload, then 1) under choose your upload route, its the box on the right hand side
  9. Wow! This is ridiculous and beggars the question did Alamy think about their decision before implementing it?
  10. It seems to me, Alamy's decision is based on keeping existing large or perhaps daily contributors happy, seeing as some are being very vocal and quite happy at the cull of some decent photographers, Keith's image here, for example is a standard weather pic, in live news, which doesn't fit the latest criteria in your e-mail https://www.alamy.com/hest-bank-lancashire-uk-10-april-2019-uk-weather-clear-blue-sky-and-bright-sunshine-after-an-overnight-frost-as-a-dog-walker-makes-her-way-along-the-towpath-by-the-lancaster-canal-further-sunshine-is-forecast-for-the-rest-of-the-day-but-with-an-easterly-breeze-it-will-feel-cool-out-of-the-sunshine-credit-keith-douglas-newsalamy-live-news-image243199926.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=DD42514D-22C2-4757-9369-5E5B0DAE2C01&p=255400&n=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=12&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d12%26pn%3d1%26ps%3d100%26sortby%3d2%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26npgs%3d0%26qt%3d%26qt_raw%3d%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26ot%3d0%26creative%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26pc%3d%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26tbar%3d0%26et%3d0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3d0%26loc%3d0%26imgt%3d0%26dtfr%3d%26dtto%3d%26size%3d0xFF%26archive%3d1%26groupid%3d%26pseudoid%3d%26a%3d%26cdid%3d%26cdsrt%3d%26name%3dKeith%20Douglas%26qn%3d%26apalib%3d%26apalic%3d%26lightbox%3d%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26xstx%3d0%26simid%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d1%26nu%3d%26t%3d%26edoptin%3d%26customgeoip%3dGB%26cap%3d1%26cid%3dJGGF28K8JF24NBQXUK2NJDDKWVSPNE3A9DQF6UZZLWKNKF6SGJA8B7HSHJK5JU67%26vd%3d0%26lb%3d%26fi%3d2%26edrf%3d0%26ispremium%3d1%26flip%3d0%26pl%3d Has anyone who has re-applied actually been accepted yet? Also, is an average weather pic allowed, as long as it is taken within an hour? Chris
  11. Of course it would have made a difference, we could all see the actual reasoning behind it and therefore may have thought, "ok they are right, I'll have to up my game, or assess what I do". Whereas now, it's comes across as a ham fisted way of dealing with people who give them their living, obviously we all aren't giving as much as you, but in life, if you treat people with respect or give a good reason, before possibly upsetting them, then bad news is easier to take. Most people weren't happy with the 20% decrease in commission from 50% down to 40%, but Alamy did give warning & then changed how they I implemented the decrease. That's all they needed to do really, provide a reason and whilst everybody might not agree with being told that reason, most people can understand a genuine business decision. I guess you probably know more about it and may have been consulted? As some have suggested, some of the Live News Feed was a bit pathetic as is some of the stock, so personally, I can also understand if the Alamy News Team were overwhelmed by a large amount of rubbish, or daft questions like we see on here, but as has been said, Alamy has been trying to grow, by inviting anyone via social media to join them, so some of that is their own fault, but if they have realised it isn't such a good idea, then that is also their prerogative, but explaining it to people who like yourself have invested lots of time and effort into contributing, isn't a good idea for many of us. Chris
  12. Having had a quick look at my sales, I've had only 1 image, that had an actual live news sale. In total I've not had many actual sales, but of my 2600 images, my live sales when converted to stock have given me 4 out of 5 of my general stock sales, so as I can seemingly no longer upload to live news, it strikes me it is probably no longer worth bothering? Has anyone else discovered this about their images? Chris
  13. I understand the brief, but like you, does this? https://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?pv=1&stamp=2&liveData=1&imageid=D792551B-71C8-4915-AC36-602C6A598E8F&p=undefined&n=undefined&imageType=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=0&srch=foo%3dbar%26qt%3d%26aoa%3d1%26news%3d%26sports%3d%26entmt%3d%26Videos%3d%26bb%3d1%26md%3dOL7941599%26dt%3d%26gid%3d{1C02804E-0C85-4F19-9015-E4B651395CED}%26destxml%3d%26imglst%3d%26orderby%3dDT%26newsseq%3d%26userid%3d%26rand%3d1554407529537
  14. My thoughts exactly, regarding the fact Alamy has been aiming at photographers with no real skill, telling everyone to upload, telling us weather sells etc Also, the forum is often full of people who don't know the basics of Photography file sizes, etc I can understand them tightening up as some live news isn't strictly, what you would call live breaking news, or live events, but as someone else has suggested, perhaps there should be a "soft news" for weather, murmurations (sorry Keith) and other stuff? I originally Started uploading to Alamy Live news with my concert photography, as I'd definitely class that as a potential live event as often live events are, however, whilst some have sold as stock, none has sold as live news, which is fine, as live concert photography isn't really a big seller for Alamy anyway, also, the live news page isn't filled with such images, however Alamy did push the weather images and it probably is over saturated and some are pretty rubbish, but my one and only live news sale was a photo in The S@n, a live weather image, I've uploaded a few over the years, because Alamy would e-mail saying, "Chris don't forget its Bank Holiday the weekend, get out take photos, it's Spring etc". One time I even covered Comic Con for Alamy, none sold as Live, but they have sold as stock, as have other live images I have only uploaded a handful of times since this live sale, as Iv'e been busy with other things & Alamy is seemingly trying to annoy many Photographers after years of chasing those who don't know Raw from Jpeg, especially with the cut in royalty rate, so I'm not sure if it was worth my time, especially as I needed to update my pc as it was too slow. However, anyone with a camera is capable of taking a potential news image, so perhaps people should go straight to the papers/media if they do? The funny thing is that having just looked at the current live news images, there are photos of:- Torrential rain in Hampshire x 1 image Blustery Day at Southend x 5 Windsurfing in Hampshire x20 images and also another 2 not sure if its the same photographer Moscow Zoo x 25 images, of various animals Russian art gallery 10 images of people standing looking in a gallery I'm not having a go at the Photographers, or the images, but I'd be interested to know Alamy's general reason for stopping so many people and the curent criteria, or is it just based on live sales? As I have updated my laptop and can actually do live images again and update add more stock photos, but I get the impression Alamy doesn't want us all especially after the commission change? Or if we have a newsworthy image, or feel we have, is there a way to e-mail this in? I do think some of Alamy needs tightening up, but it's the way some things like this and the commission are being announced, I think if I'd received an e-mail saying "we are tightening up the live news page and this is the criteria blah blah, but we'll be in touch soon", I'd think that was understandable, because it must take up the News teams time getting rid of some of the Live News Images, that aren't really Live News. Thanks Chris
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