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Bill Kuta

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  1. Thanks to Alexandre for creating the interview and to Robz for posting it. My best years at Alamy by far were 2007 through 2010, with about half the portfolio as now. Then from 2010 to 2011, my sales went down about 50% and my revenue by about 75%. I was pursuing other platforms at the time, and had stopped submitting to Alamy from Oct 2010 to Sep 2011. Apparently Alamy's ranking counted regularity of submissions rather highly at the time; before 2011 I was submitting consistently and often. Since then, sales have recovered and even exceeded 2007-2010, but revenue is ta
  2. In my experience, when an organization refers to "commercial photography", they often mean a planned shoot with models, lighting, tripods, carts of equipment, etc. OTOH, when I've asked such an organization for clarification about stock photography, they usually had no idea what I was talking about. Overall, though, I think we are now in an era where it doesn't suffice to find there is an absence of rules about photography at a venue. We should probably try to get positive confirmation that what we want to do is OK, and also assume that some years hence it will no long
  3. What if some of the emailed Q&A's would be helpful to other contributors? Are we supposed to be posting our correspondence here?
  4. While the liability verbiage may have been in the Alamy contract in about the same words forever, sometimes the liability ground shifts beneath us, as organizations start asserting various intellectual property rights that they had not stated before. Two or three years ago I received an email from a lawyer representing an old Washington DC organization, demanding that I take down my images from there. Since their photography policy then stated that images from there could not be used for profit, I complied and took down those images. When she started asking about what income I had
  5. Oh, I'm actually leaving, and it feels better all the time. (Yes, I have asked about being able to un-terminate, and about possible expedited deletion of images for those who want to stay, but I was just trying to suggest things Alamy might be able to do to help contributors, and to see whether they had any interest in helping. But not for me.) To my list of reasons (creeping liability, eroding commission rates, eroding licensing fees, ballooning licensing rights, and PA's possible conflict of interest), I'd like to add Alamy's apparent interest in finding yet more way to market ou
  6. Actually, I found it interesting to see how many fails I had. In one year when my Canon 5D dust collection came to fruition, I had more fails than passes. But as I said, no fails since 2009. Putting it all together in a spreadsheet by year, along with number of sales and gross revenue.
  7. As I put it in my termination email weeks ago, I feel that current management is taking Alamy in a direction that is not beneficial to me. For me, that encompasses creeping liability, eroding commission rates, eroding licensing fees, ballooning licensing rights, and PA's possible conflict of interest. Just all too much altogether.
  8. Hmmm...cool trick, but it only worked on the first year I tried, and not thereafter. Edit: Ah, never mind--looking in the wrong place. Cool trick! Edit 2: But it also counts the failed images, so I'll subtract those out (had a couple of bad spells before I realized what a dust hog my Canon 5D was! But no fails since 2009).
  9. Yep, since 2004, been through too many Alamy-induced trawlings through all my images for one thing or another. I'm done.
  10. Thanks! I went through my submissions prior to your list. I noted the first two characters of the Alamy ref numbers, but as you can see in the list, the first two characters (and therefore the Alamy reference numbers) do not exactly maintain chronological order, at least in the A's. AK - Apr 2004 AP - May 2004 AS - Jun 2004 AY - Jul 2004 A1 - Aug 2004 A5 - Sep 2004 A8 - Oct 2004 A1 - Mar 2005 A6 - May 2005 AF - Aug 2005 AJ - Sep 2005 AK - Oct 2005 AR - Nov 2005 AA - May 2006 AB - Jun 2006 AD - Jul 2006 AG - Aug 2006 AJ - Sep 2006 AP - Oct 2006
  11. I'm trying to collect maximum information about my time at Alamy, and want to figure out approximately how many images I had up on a given date. I know I could go through all my submissions and copy the dates and numbers of images into a spreadsheet, but I don't care to do that for 277 subs (yes, I know, many contribs have way more). It's going to be approximate anyway, since I don't know of a way to account for deletions I have done. I did the "download your data," so I have a list of my images by Alamy reference number, which puts them in submission order, but does not have submi
  12. OK, so some contract changes were amended about as expected, and I've received an email (as someone who had already sent a termination email) inviting me to un-terminate if I so desire. What to do? I'll say this again: If Alamy wants individual contributors to stay, they need to allow contributors a period when they can immediately delete images that may be problematic, based on the contributor's current understanding of liability. It doesn't matter if the liability language has been in the contract forever. What matters is the contributor's current understanding of liability, an
  13. When I wear a mask, I often get a lot of paper/fabric fibers on my glasses, so there are a lot of particles moving around when you breathe. On glasses, in lungs, up nose,...
  14. I don't think it ever was on the home page. Still on my Dashboard, still says July 1
  15. Thanks for the update and the new 45-day period. Would you consider allowing those who have sent in termination emails based on the original new contract to rescind those terminations? Or allowing those who have sent in terminations effective June 30 to make them effective at the end of the new 45-day period?
  16. Yeah, I used to try putting stuff along ant routes (like diatomaceous earth, which dehydrates them), but it doesn't take their collective intelligence long to re-route the trail. Best to feed them something that they'll kill themselves with.
  17. Many contributors are trying to figure out what they need to do to stay with Alamy if there are no material changes to the new contract. Ever-diligent Alamy staff are helping out as they can with mass changes to portfolios. Kumar and others have provided steps they are taking. I think if Alamy does want us individual contributors to stay, they should explicitly announce and provide a temporary range of services for helping contributors tailor their portfolios. Contributors who feel that they have some images that will have more potential liability under the new contract
  18. I've seen plenty of roadkill groundhogs over the years out here in what used to be the exurbs. More often deer, though, it seems. Which I'll free-associate into another story involving roadkill. We were lunching riverside in Everglades City, Florida in 2015 (food photo on Alamy to prove it 😋), and struck up a conversation with a man who turned out to be one of the park rangers. We talked a lot about the Burmese Python problem in the Everglades. He said that one thing the Park Service has done for years is conduct a periodic roadkill survey, as a rough population gauge for small mam
  19. Nope, no mistaking here. Sent in my termination some days ago.
  20. Alamy should read the "Discuss Any Subject Here" thread. People are moving on, from Alamy, from stock photography, taking breaks from photography in general. This contract thread is moving down the forum page. I think most people have decided.
  21. I would be remiss to not mention the cicadas. Brood X of the 17-year Cicada is emerging in Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brood-x-cicadas-are-emerging-at-last1/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/04/01/cicadas-come-out-2021-brood-x/ I recently sold image A1P058 (sorry, I never remember how to put up images here), a kinda fuzzy slide image taken during the last emergence in the front yard of our previous house. I saw the image briefly in the mobile version of an article but haven't seen it since; bette
  22. Good weather today around DC. We like the big river birch near our deck--provides shade mid-afternoon and later. Unfortunately, in the spring it also provides seemingly billions of seeds. So for the second time, I shop-vacced the seeds off the deck. I don't use a leaf blower because I know that for the ones I gather, I won't be pulling little tree-lets out of the gardens in a couple of weeks. There'll be plenty to pull from seeds that didn't go on the deck. My wife and I did a 15-mile bike ride yesterday. The days of 40-50-100 mile rides are done for these two septuage
  23. Pretty clear to me that both sides are true--some photographers (including me) perhaps could clean up their acts a bit, and also the new contract overreaches in many areas.
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