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Marianne

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  1. I was hoping the new contract would include the new option for "Royalty Free Editorial Use Only" as has been discussed earlier. Being in the US, specifically New York, I would like to be able to submit newsworthy images to Alamy and an unnamed micro site here in NY simultaneously, as this would give me a better chance for sales, so I was really hoping I wouldn't have to keep deciding which agency to use each time I shoot something with good immediate and secondary sales potential. Alamy, any idea when that change will occur? I've advised them I'll be collecting from DACS on my own as the time involved doesn't justify losing half of what I've collected the past few years. It's a shame that they will be making us remove images taken where arguably we have a right to photograph newsworthy events, notwithstanding a venue's language to the contrary, when that determination hasn't been made by the courts or other law. Shouldn't the end buyer be able to make a decision about use as long as we've ticked "no property release?" I was worried that there would be changes to our commissions so despite the above concerns, I have to say kudos to Alamy for keeping us at 50%. Not thrilled with the new contract, but I can live with it.
  2. My most recent sale here on Alamy: $7, the one before that here was $250. Pretty wild swings. I got 50% of each. Not worried about someone taking a ferry to Nantucket to copy this LOL. The $250 image was also from Cape Cod, on the mainland so easier to get to. And the one before that $99 was also from Nantucket - a different lighthouse. ( Had a run of infringement payments in-between). Funny coincidence the pix are all from the same area but different buyers, different uses and countries.
  3. Maybe not quite a worm's eye view but I can't resist sharing my favorite photo from our town's Memorial Day Parade with President Bill Clinton wearing bright blue sneakers (I think in the UK you call them "trainers.") Gotta love those blue suede shoes!
  4. My first refund several years ago was for $250 so I contacted MS and they said the buyer scrapped the project. Fortunately since then it's been buy-refund-buy for same amount - contacted the first time that happened and they said it was a double-billing accounting error which made sense. Ask MS. Sorry to hear, it always feels like it's out of your pocket even if you haven't seen it yet, especially for a nice amount.
  5. I deleted a couple hundred at one point over the space of about a year. I edit very tightly in most cases, but less so with news images where speed is important, so I sometimes cull them later on and of course deleted some stuff from when I started out in 2008 (lots of new/weather stuff lately plus some oldies I should've uploaded long ago). These days, I'm working toward meeting my goal of 1000 images (50 to go!), but still do some culling from time to time, and try to work on cutting keywords too - when I started I used up all 800+ characters in Comprehensive Keywords -"over-enthusiastic" and then some - & I still have many pix to fix - and of course from time to time I find duplicates since I'll go through old shoots and process additional photos or re-process old ones. I also find that all my Live News images end up in my main pseudo which I really want to keep for US travel and lifestyle, so I need to move those around and try to keep things tight. I have a separate pseudo for deleted images where I put in gobbledy-gook too so it doesn't bring up old doubles or other stuff to bring down CTR.
  6. My zooms increased this week after adding 16 new images and a few more via Stockimo (which I'm guessing has no effect). My main pseudo is on page one so hoping it stays there in the upcoming re-rank. 208 at once! Wow Betty! I think 20-something is my limit.
  7. Thanks, they look a lot alike. The British/European purple loosestrife is the invasive species here. My American Botanical book has a photo of purple loosestrife and no photo of the winged loosestrife - so I've only seen the winged loosestrife in photos online.
  8. Lovely pix - love the lambs too! Welcome!
  9. I researched this extensively but cannot be sure if this is winged loosestrife (Lythrum alatum), which is native to the Narragansett, Rhode Island coastal area where I took this photograph, or purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) an invasive plant that has taken over many areas where native wildflowers grow. I've gone with Lythrum sp. to be safe, but wondering if any of you can id it? Thanks! http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-loosestrife-lythrum-sp-growing-along-the-beach-in-narragansett-rhode-104265077.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=33596076-EB7D-494C-B961-E17B1338E72A&p=94148&n=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=0&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d0%26pn%3d1%26ps%3d100%26sortby%3d2%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26npgs%3d1%26qt%3dG1HK4N%26qt_raw%3dG1HK4N%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26ot%3d0%26creative%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26pc%3d%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26tbar%3d1%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%3d%26qn%3d%26apalib%3d0%26apalic%3d%26lightbox%3d%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26xstx%3d0%26simid%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d1%26nu%3d%26t%3d%26edoptin%3d%26customgeoip%3dUS%26cap%3d1%26cbstore%3d1%26vd%3d0 Spellcheck keeps wanting to call it Lythrum alarm!
  10. Here's my second for the challenge. I shot a third with this in mind but still need to upload it. Great challenge! Loosestrife growing along the coast on a Rhode Island beach.
  11. When I look at the past month compared to last month I'm down to just below average for my main pseudos which have been in the 0.8 to over 2.0 range the past few months, but when I change it to the past week, I'm actually between 0.85 to 2.86 for all my main pseudos and even my Editorial one. The only exception being the pseudo with all my European photos, which has taken a dip. My European travel pseudo had many zooms earlier this year with series of images being zoomed and even some by file #, but all my reported sales this year have been of American travel subjects. Hopeful those others will show up as sales soon. I'm trying not to over analyze it and just steadily uploading new work.
  12. I had the same problem with Stockimo on my old iPhone 4S when I initially tried it and MS couldn't help, but the Alamy News folks did when I tried again. It turned out that in order to save room on my phone, all my photos were stored in the cloud and it will only upload if the images are stored locally on your device. Are you sharing to your iPad via the cloud or are you actually uploading the photo to your device? Just a stab in the dark but it could be the problem. I agree that the need to add metadata via your device rather than going with the metadata in the ITPC info is a big time waster - though the other agencies I upload to that have dedicated smartphone apps have the same issue. Hence, many more of my iPhone pix end up on a couple of micros that don't have apps and populate the image with the metadata from the ITPC info. I've sold a fair number of iPhone pix (though none via Stockimo yet) and like the fun and freedom it gives me, so I'll probably keep uploading to both the easy sites and the tougher ones until the fad runs its course.
  13. 83 for me so far. I'm finally getting close to 1000 images on sale, it would sure be great to have 1000 sales.
  14. The few new images I've uploaded lately have been to Stockimo and I've suddenly seen a huge drop in views and CTR the past two weeks. When I was good about uploading more regularly my views and CTR went up well above average. Now I'm tottering around the average level with my best pseudos (which were usually at 2-4x average last couple of months) so I'm hoping an influx of new images will move me back up. Sales are steady but CTR and views are down. This time of year I tend to shoot more and process/upload when weather is cold but I'm trying to change that so I'm more consistent throughout the year. Whether it affects CTR or not, more good quality images means a great chance for sales. And a regular flow of uploads is a good habit to get into and certainly a goal worth aiming for - and achieving. Is there a way to see your views and CTR on Stockimo?
  15. Marianne

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    Me too just ignored it.
  16. It came up with lots of places here in the NY suburbs. Nothing new but it reminds me that I should process many of the photos I have. I forget how much history there is close to home, even here in the "new world," LOL.
  17. This would seem like a lesson for the agencies rather than for us - loved the chess story - exponential growth can't go on forever ... There is a point where you, as an individual contributor, plateau - I haven't gotten there yet - but I guess it depends on your output. At some point those 1000 new images a year instead of doubling your portfolio are now just increasing it by an ever smaller fraction. The goal to increase the quality of your work rather than the quality seems like the best strategy. I find both old and new work sell but I've been revisiting the kinds of images and places that are my best-sellers and finding that freshening those up means new sales as well as my old images getting seen when a client sees more by this contributor. I do think there is some sweet spot that includes both quality and quality. I think when I hit 500-600 photos was when I started averaging one sale a month, but the next year I had an average of two a month (and I still haven't hit 1200 yet so I'm really far from that plateau); the year after that average sales per month were somewhere in between but net income continued to rise, so better quality may mean better sales, though the dilution by the agency's mind-boggling growth is going to counter-balance individual efforts. I just keep plugging along, trying to analyze what shoots give me the most bang for my buck, and trying to get through my backlog of images as well.
  18. Thanks so much! With you help I was now able to even find the cultivar. Appreciate the help!
  19. Hi: I took this photo in Rhode Island last summer. Any idea what this flower is? I can't seem to find it though it doesn't seem like anything too rare. https://www.dropbox.com/s/w1ls82zifwex12u/RI15-61559-copy-test.jpg?dl=0 Thanks for any help. Also, is there a way I can save a photo for an Avatar in my dropbox account and somehow link it to here? Thanks for any help.
  20. I try to remember to shoot RAW + jpeg when I shoot Live News too - don't always remember. I went through a phase - for a few years - where I always shot RAW + jpeg and ended up wasting way too much time deleting the jpegs after processing the RAW files.
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