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    29 Dec 2014
  1. After almost six months of wait I have now reported an unregistered use of my image MPJDY3 (as I wrote about before). Hope someone will answer.
  2. Well, 9 days after my post here one of the images appeared in my sales. I think I wait for the other image to see if it can become a record holder as the slowest sale.
  3. It's not the first time but now again I can't even see the sales of two of my images I found over three month ago here MPJDY3 and here EDXXPJ.
  4. Thanks! It seems to be the same service as the Swedish one. I wonder if foreign photographers can apply. I'll look into it more.
  5. Hi! Alamy's policy to not reveal any information about where my images have been published can actually make me lose income. In Sweden there is something called "Individuell reprografiersättning", directly translated "individual reprography compensation". The Swedish organisation Bildsupphovsrätt pays every year different kinds of extra compensation to photographers when their images have been used in media, in schools when copying newspapers or books, when a municipality, county council, church or public institution buys and shows your photos and etc. I have sold several images to Swedish media through Alamy but I have always had to search like a detective to find out where my images been published. Many times I have no idea since many images don't show up in Google. I know Alamy doesn't want us to sell directly to their customers and therefore withholds the information but at the same time I can't report the usage of my images to be able to collect possible compensations. I haven't contacted Alamy about this issue but I'm not hopeful about any help in this matter.
  6. I didn't misunderstand but thought Alamy had many more private customers. Then we have all the other b2b customers. Only in Sweden there are about 4500 magazines and newspapers. Of course many have their own photographers but it is still a large number only here. Then we have all the other countries and other sorts of customers in other categories and businesses for commercial or non-commercial use. I'm not sure in how many countries Alamy is represented but perhaps it's not as large company as I imagined.
  7. But each dealership has many customers. If I understand correctly 100 000 is the total number of customers, not distributors. Alamy also sells licences for personal use.
  8. I read that Alamy has only 100 000 customers worldwide?? No wonder we earn so little and they've been in trouble. I thought they had millions of customers.
  9. I'm already on Flickr and pay for a yearly pro subscription since they started to limit the free accounts. Another thing people may not know is how Disney has handled the situation. No member of Your shot has got any messages about the shutdown, besides the pop-up window when you visit the site. Many don't even know yet that the site will disappear next month. Also there have been no discussions or suggestions about how we could solve the problem. Many members are willing to pay for a subscription like Flickr's to keep the site alive but they have just closed the door and thrown away the key. There are also three active stories which were supposed to be published this month but now all seem to be abandoned without further notice.
  10. I think I have explained enough but I guess if one never has been a part of Yourshot or similar communities and is only interested in selling photos and not the other aspects mentioned above it can be difficult to understand what it is about. Then it’s easy to see the Yourshot site and community only as a place where people ”living under a rock” ”give away their pictures”. No, I haven’t been living under a rock or a fool giving away my photos for free, and neither all the other well-know and professional photographers at Yourshot from around the world. I use Alamy for selling images and Yourshot for the love of the art, discussing, getting feedback and recognized. As I also mentioned they do pay the community members for the usage of their photos in print. Otherwise it’s just like any other photo site where the submitted images can be used for promotion of the site and its competitions. No, they’re not moving to Instagram since they’ve already been there for a long time. They’re moving all the activities to Instagram and it’s not because of the 1 billion users. It only has financial reasons since they get all the hardware and software solutions for free, instead of having their own site and simply because Disney is more into making money of movies than passionate about photography. I myself prefer the quality of personal feedback from professional editors and producers to the quantity of 1 billion users. I’m surprised that people and particularly other photographers compare Instagram to Yourshot and think we should be happy that such a great community disappears. Instagram is a social media. It’s for following and liking, a place where images only last for seconds and disappear among millions of other. Since Instagram changed its algorithm you get less exposure too. It’s one reason for me and many others not being so active on the platform anymore. Many photographers don’t even use Instagram and many have abandoned the platform. It also lacks several features like discussion boards and hi-res photos. Sitting for hours and posting your own photos or looking at others on a tiny cell phone display is not good for your eyes either. People don’t even have time to get engaged or read the caption. They share or steal your photos without even giving credit or edit them with filters and crop them to make them their own with much less respect for the photo or the photographer. Yes, that risk exists everywhere online but Instagram can never replace a dedicated photo site and community in my opinion. There are also other sites like Photocrowd, Viewbug and Gurushots but none of them can match Yourshot and the same high level of interaction and feedback from the staff and other members. I myself prefer the quality of personal feedback from professional editors and producers over the quantity of 1 billion users. Regarding the Traveler magazine I read the news about the shutdown in this article. I hoped that some of you at least would support the petition but reading the answers and the fact that only a tiny fraction of Alamy is active here I guess it’s simply not the right place, to my surprise. No problem, at least I tried.
  11. Yourshot is purely a photo community, not a photo agency like Alamy. You don't sell or buy anything. It is National Geographic's portal for common people all around the world who are interested in the art of photo, offering everyone a chance to participate, get feedback and even get published. Of course if you get published in the paper magazine or their photo books you get compensation. For me it took 2,5 years to be published in a story online for the first time. It was such a honour and the best thing that happened to me as a hobby photographer. Check out their assignments and stories to get a picture of how it works (worked).
  12. I didn't find any news discussion threads but thought this was such an important news that all the photography communities should know about. I hope the discussion doesn't get erased and it makes some of you to get involved and help in anyway you can. There are not many news articles about this and the news is spreading slowly but Disney has decided to suddenly shut down this large photo site and also NG Traveler Magazine after October 31th. I've been a member of National Geographic's community Yourshot since 2015 and have been lucky enough to get two of my photos published in their stories. It's one of the largest photo sites and communities with over 1 000 000 photographers/members from around the globe. It's a unique community with dedicated editors and producers who arrange assignments, give personal feedback and encourage the members every day. Then they choose and publish a selection of the submitted photos and you also have chance to get published in the magazine. There is also Photo of the day, Daily Dozen and Editors' Spotlight and more. Everybody has a chance, pro or amateur. The site is now suddenly abandoned with no updates and feels like Titanic, a sinking ship with no crew. The news has struck the community like a lightning and there are attempts to make the decision makers to change their mind by contacting them, signing a petition and spreading the news to media. It's a very sad situation that such a huge archive and years of work hours by the staff and the members will be lost. Maybe some of you already are on Yourshot but if you want to know more go to the site and read the discussions to find out how you can help. Please let this thread remain Alamy if you love photography and National Geographic! Maybe there is something Alamy can do to make a statement? Everytime you visit the site now you get the following message: To our Your Shot community: As of October 31, 2019, the current Your Shot platform will be discontinued and all engagement, assignments, and promotion of photos from our community will occur on National Geographic’s Instagram Your Shot feed. As a reminder, any images you have shared on the platform are subject to the Terms of Use and may be used by National Geographic in the continued promotion of Your Shot. Please refer to our Terms of Use sharing and use for more information on this. We are pleased to offer professionals and budding talents alike the opportunity to share their work, receive expert feedback and be featured on our platforms. We are excited about the move to Your Shot’s Instagram, as the community on that platform is over 2 million strong. This change will enable a robust continued conversation about photos and visual storytelling before and among a large and engaged audience. Find us if you haven’t already at @natgeoyourshot Thank you for sharing your moments with us. Please check back in the coming weeks, as we will provide you with the option to download the photos you have uploaded to the Your Shot Community.
  13. I don't know if anyone has already mentioned this but a true backup should be kept elsewhere than where your actual files are stored. If you only have an external drive as backup at home then everything will be lost in case of a fire or burglary. You should use a cloud service or other solutions in addition to your external storage at home. I use Flickr Pro for my original JPEG files since it's the cheapest service for just storing photos.
  14. I have the same question but my image is used for electronic commercial. It's a five year old image (FAB4GA) of a Swedish singer. My first thought was who uses such an old image for commercial use? I am also confused about the time period. First it says from 2019 to 2024 but then it says "duration in perpetuity"?? Country: Worldwide Usage: Commercial electronic Media: Website, app and social media Industry sector: Entertainment & Leisure Image Size: Any size Start: 01 March 2019 End: 01 March 2024 Single placement and design, duration in perpetuity
  15. I totally agree. That's what is wrong with many companies. They just chase profits and lay off people despite of good profits just to maintain high growth for no good.
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