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  1. This was for personal use, but seems like a nice one to start the year: Happy New Year to everyone! (My first sale in 2017 was also fireworks for personal use, not a bad tradition, good to start sales off early - Jan 2 in this case - now if one of those nice book sales would fall into place...thinking positive here)
  2. And congrats to the OP - nice start to your year Michael and good idea to start a fresh thread! I was happy with how 2017 ended, sales up from 2016 despite having been sick with vertigo for an entire year and barely adding anything new. Nice to know my images can work for me. It was also gratifying to see some of the few new images I uploaded sell. Hoping to double my portfolio in 2018. Even viewed through my window that moon was gorgeous. Too cold here in NY to run outside LOL.
  3. Personal use sale to France - small but fitting sale to start the New Year - it made me smile:
  4. October ended well for me with a second high-value license , $175, putting me just slightly ahead of last year in terms of revenue, with two months to go. October was not my BME but it was close. Seems to have been a good month for several here. I've seen my average sale price go up significantly over the past few months and that's very encouraging, hope the trend continues.
  5. Great video - really helpful. I also just realized that I should be placing that graduated filter differently than I have. I used Nikon Capture for ages, and then continued with the Nik filters, so I was slow to take advantage of all the newer LR develop bells and whistles, mostly taking advantage of it for organizing, keywording, initial RAW edits, and a quick way to access various filters and presets, but I am excited about how quickly it should let me get through some of my older shoots that have been sitting on my hard drive. I played around with the new CC and quickly decided it was not for me - love the PS IOS app for instgram and other quick social media posts, but not for my serious work. Thanks for sharing. I'm inspired to re-process a bunch I uploaded last week and see how fast I can get them up on Alamy.
  6. One of the first images I uploaded back in 2008 was just licensed for the first time in July 2017 - for $30 - had a bunch of others taken and uploaded before 2012 that were just licensed for the first time this year for anywhere from $15-75, and I got an email from Alamy about one from that same 2008 batch to see if it was available for an exclusive book cover for I think $950 some months back (not holding my breath, I know a lot of you got the same email). Point is, unless they are really bad photos you no longer want associated with your name, or are outdated news images and you have too many similars, I'd leave them. I deleted about 200 photos sometime in the past year or so that meet the later criteria - some rather recent ones of the US presidential campaign included. So, yes, some dust gatherers can go, but don't be too energetic. There might be some gold underneath that dust. I think I should be paying more attention to the dust gatherers on my hard drives.
  7. Was hoping it was mine but I have one of a woman walking on a man's back. (Found the story - it's about letting a man walk on your back) Oh well. Mine's been licensed in a few Fodor's Walt Disney World Guides via another agency despite having been taken at an event in NYC (for which that agency got me credentials before Alamy started their Live News - they had a long-expired 2-year exclusive). The event wasn't what I expected but that photo and another one have had some decent book sales and other secondary editorial over the years. Funny how you never know what to expect.
  8. 1. I've got some raw footage but need to learn how to edit it. Something I hope to learn. 2. Yes. Also have had several gallery shows the past few years in the NY metro area, with some nice sales and a couple of pop-up shows locally as well. I actually made more from print sales (gallery and POD sites) than stock in 2016 (perhaps because I was sick most of the year and didn't add much to stock agencies, but had agreed to several shows and got into a few juried ones as well). 3. No. 4. Yes. My primary source of income. Both writing and photography assignments. I also have clients I license stock photos to regularly. And I get some direct stock photo licenses and print sales from my website. I had hoped that stock photography would be a much larger piece of the pie back when I started in 2008 (I began my photo career in 2006 although I've been taking photos for pleasure since the 1960's, when I inherited a Brownie camera from my grandmother at age 6). Despite the changing landscape, I still see it as a valuable way to earn income from my work. Writing was a second career for me, as a way to spend time with my daughter when she was young, and photography came even later than that, when she was older. Now, as I near retirement, I see the value in being able to earn money, especially when I travel, since I enjoy travel writing and, in terms of both stock photography and print sales, my travel photography has been the strongest earner for me. I also see it giving me a focus that gets me out and active as I get older, and, as an empty-nester, the fine art aspect has been a great way to meet new people though gallery exhibits and local art groups, as well as a way to grow as an artist. My husband is a lot younger than I am, so he's not retiring anytime soon, so it's great that I have a job that I can do forever. He is also patient when we travel together. He loves to walk and at times we will split up so I can get the shots I have planned. He used to be great about carrying all my heavy equipment when he travelled with me, but now that I've gone mirrorless, he gets a break. He is also a great model, as is my daughter. Health issues really curtailed my plans to grow my portfolio, but the fact that stock doesn't have deadlines is a good thing in that respect too. It lets me work when I can. I'm hoping as heath improves I can see my portfolio and earnings grow. The fact that earnings have nearly held steady without "feeding the beast" for over a year, and that old files are still selling is encouraging. My RPI on Alamy is over $0.60 this year (and if the mean is $0.10 then I guess my travel images, which are usually not random vacation snaps - I generally travel with a shot list and detailed plans - are worth uploading), so I think that making an effort to grow my portfolio here makes sense in terms of one piece of a part-time income. My biggest fault is that I edit way too slowly. I edit very tightly and while that may help my RPI, I think I might be better off uploading a bit more and just getting through my backlog of images. When a photo I took in 2010 and uploaded in 2015 was licensed for $250 recently, and I realized that if I hadn't been re-organizing that folder I might have never uploaded it at all, it made me wonder how much money I lost in those four years. In some respects, I am experienced, but in others I have so much to learn. Some days I'm happy with my work and other days I feel like none of it is good enough. Anyone else feel that way? Artistic temperament?
  9. Best laugh I've had in a while - gave you a heart for that one - thanks! I'll go back and make it a greenie if you're keen on collecting them, but to me the heart really means I LOVE it - not the photo so much as the belly laugh! (If it really was for his personal use, he sure has a wonderful sense of humor) Anyhow, thanks for the laugh. I was on my second cup of coffee and so glad I'd swallowed the last sip before I scrolled down this far.
  10. Going to catch up on twitter soon and will RT. It's so frustrating that these huge companies seem to be abandoning their core markets and following consumer trends. When instagram fades and they find out the consumer market is only interested in free apps it will be too late. I've been heartened by the fact that I've seen more high value stock licenses here in the last few months than I have in the past couple of years, and also by similar trends elsewhere (I know we can't really discuss other sites so I won't) but at the same time the constant move toward dumbing everything down and making it so easy for the consumer to make photos that look amazing on a small screen continues. The art world seems to love instagram, and I succumbed this summer to market some openings I had. PS Express made my iPhone pix look amazing for quick uploads there, but it's not the same as something I can print 3' x 4' or larger and hang on a gallery wall. I tried a few of the LR CC presets in the wee hours this morning, and while they looked nice on my laptop screen, at 100% I could see a lot of noise - fine for instagram but not for anything serious. And I still can't even figure out what it uploaded into my 20GB of cloud storage. I gave up. I was happy to see that all my Nik filters still work in "Classic." It deleted all the old PS & LR versions when I updated and even Adobe said they wouldn't work, but they do. I won't have to buy On One yet.
  11. Hi Ian: I sent a private message via another forum I'm on to someone I know at Adobe (a liaison with stock photographers) asking if he'd pass a link to your blog post on to the right people. He's probably at PhotoPlus Expo in NYC this week and if I get there I'll mention it to him. He's a good guy and from past experience has the best interests of photographers in mind, so hopefully at least it will get a look. That doesn't mean anything will happen but I figured it was worth bringing it up with someone who works there and whose job is dealing with stock photographers. I tweeted it too. If we're sharing via social media - we'll get farther if we help each other with re-shares. I tweeted - it's where I have the most followers - but I was sick the past few weeks so my engagement is probably down - would appreciate some retweets from this crowd and will return the favor. I'm @campyphotos Separate from the keywording suggestions - all of which were excellent - I was shocked that the mobile app - the new Lightroom CC vs "Classic" LR - actually strips keywords - what a mess - no mobile support for keywording, which is really what they should be doing - and it grabbed a bunch of stuff from my hard drive - randomly it seemed but maybe they were photos that I had processed in PS mobile over the past month or so - it was mostly stuff I'd shared on social media for recent gallery shows and some stuff I put on instagram - and pulled it all into new "albums" without asking me. That 20GB will fill up from simply opening the program. I was actually thinking about buying the 1 TB of backup but without keywords it'll just be one big mess.
  12. See above - the quote was empty the first time - no problem mate - we each have our own brand of football. as noted above for me, it's the Jets.
  13. I tried that aesthetics link Just really out of curiosity at first and the results made me keep trying. Here are the results so far: They don't always reflect how the photos have done. First I tried one that has sold well as fine art, but which I shot as stock with copy space, bold color, and simplicity in mind. It got a 46.6% but it has never been licensed as stock. Then I tried one of my top-selling photos, one of my few model released images, a shot of my husband's hand hovering over a keyboard, taken with a lensbaby, so the fact that the laptop is now out of date isn't noticeable since it's nicely blurred. It's been licensed by Alamy and via my site and others for 8 years now so it's done quite well for me. While it was certainly shot as "stock," I think it is aesthetically pleasing and useful. It got a 14.6%. Surprising. Next, I tried my best-selling lighthouse image. It's been in calendars, guidebooks, even on the cover of a Dutch-language translation of a well-known American mystery writer's novel (with a person cloned into it). That one got a 98.8%. It was an interesting experiment. I entered that it into a photo contest back when I belonged to a local professional photo club and one of the judges ripped it to shreds, saying the composition was awful. Shortly after, Alamy licensed it for $160 and it has done well ever since, earning me over four figures to date. An editorial photo that features my daughter - no model releases for some other recognizable people - that one got a 99.5% - so now I feel better about my people shots - that one sold well for a while - it was about the Pokemon Go craze so limited shelf life unfortunately (so licensed via Alamy and one that won't be named). When I have more time I'll probably try more. It's kind of addicting. Re: Sports: Sad that the Yankees lost. LawrensonPHOTO, we have our own kind of football here on the other side of the pond. Me, I'm a Jets fan, having had a crush on Joe Namath as a kid. The first pro game I attended in my 20's, they retired his Jersey, that was an amazing surprise and cemented my love for the team. Re: the original post: We also all have our own way of keywording. And I agree "concept" seems to be overused as a keyword, the original point of this thread. But the direction it's taken is really more interesting IMHO. EDIT 2: I picked my best-sellers here so I don't mean to sound like I'm bragging that my pix did so well - as you can see the second one was at 14. 6% and it's among my best - so the algorithm they use isn't always a great predictor of anything which is my point - though I was happy when I got a couple in the high percentages - but I picked my best shots hoping to find ones that would score well. I'm sure most of my random ones will show up as average or below. It's always that 80/20 rule - 20% of our portfolio contain the winners that earn 80% of our income. I have to run but I'll report back on the bad ones later if I spend more time playing around there. I didn't realize they give you different keywords, so that could be very helpful.
  14. Oh, and the Yankees won tonight! They beat the Astros 5-0. One more win and they go to the World Series, where they will play either the Cubs, who won tonight, or the Dodgers. (I was really sorry and embarrassed to hear how horrible the NY fans were to the Astros pitcher. Sometimes I feel like my country is a daily embarrassment, and tonight my city as well). Who won the football? Who played? Manchester United? I just googled it and found the BBC website after I wrote that! I didn't cheat but honestly it was less a lucky guess than a lucky coincidence, since it's the only team I know. So those of you who are United fans are happy. Tough night for that young goalie. When Wim mentioned "introduction week," I was thinking at his age in the US, he'd be either finishing high school or just starting college. To be starting in a pro league instead must've been a dream come true. Miserable to feel like he blew his first game. He has many more ahead of him though, so he'll be fine. And he's making a fortune.
  15. πŸŽ‰ Congrats to everyone on this thread but just had to single these two out - really exciting news! πŸŽ‰ Thanks for sharing. I feel inspired!
  16. Wow - lots of great news here - congrats to all! Had a $250 sale on Friday the 13th. Thought that was fun and was quite pleased, but nothing like those four-figure sales a few have mentioned this month - really awesome you guys! And refunds for more money! Loving these trends.
  17. Licensed on Friday the 13th and it brought me good luck! $250 I shot this in 2010 and didn't upload it until 2015 when I was organizing some new shots from Cape Cod and wondered what I had been thinking to leave it mouldering on my hard drive. It makes me want to be out on a beach and not home with the flu, which, sadly, is where I am. I don't think I realized that the shots I liked, those with more complexity, made good stock photos too. Not every buyer wants simplicity. I love it when my favorites sell. It's a first for this one. Happy dance.
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  19. Game 5 NY Yankees vs. the Houston Astros. 5 pm Here's the schedule ⚾️ I'll tell you a little story. Back in my college days, I was flying out of Gatwick after five weeks of backpacking through Europe, starting in Madrid the day after Christmas. As I bid a tearful farewell to my then boyfriend, who had romantically insisted on accompanying me to Gatwick even though his flight to LA left from Heathrow, I insisted on giving him whatever British Pounds I had left, hoping he could catch a cab part of the way. (For those of you not from London, it's a ridiculously long ride between the two - well over an hour at least it was back then) This caused me considerable embarrassment when the stewardess would't not take American dollars for the in-flight movie. Or maybe all I could scrounge up were some leftover lira, schillings, or francs? My British seat mate, a young London businessman with a lovely wife and two young sons at home (he showed me photos - from his wallet - remember those days? - hands up if you still have photos of your loved ones in your wallet - shall we do a poll?) came to my rescue and paid for the movie and for in flight drinks as well. He then asked me this question, which is why I remember him to this day, and the point of my story. His kids wanted baseball jerseys from "the best baseball team in America, I guess the best team in the world. I know they're from New York, but I can't remember their name, can you help me out?" The Yankees of course. He laughed. "How could I forget? The Yanks!" So, don't forget guys and girls. It's not just football season. I couldn't wait to tell my boyfriend, a diehard LA Dodgers fan. Just shows, I can get along with folks who don't like the same things I do, even if they call soccer "football" and sweaters "jumpers" just fine. (He actually ended up moving to your neck of the woods for a while - he lived in London and worked for Amnesty International. He remained a Dodgers fan and returned to the US to become a sportswriter). BTW I'm married to a Yankee fan and my daughter's NYU graduation actually took place at Yankee stadium. Now how awesome is that? Go Yankees! 😎
  20. A lifeguard chair in the Hamptons, licensed for travel marketing. Had a zoom for a search for that specific beach less than a month ago, so nice to see the sale pop up. It's the second photo of a lifeguard chair Alamy has licensed for me since July. The other was in Rhode Island. With this one, my # of sales for 2017 ties with 2016, but revenue stands at 50%. We're headed out to the beach in Connecticut tomorrow morning, so incentive to shoot. The fact that it will be sunny and between 83 and 87 degrees (F) for the next few days, true Indian summer here on the east coast of the US, is incentive enough.
  21. Me too! Glad our short holiday at the beach for Labor Day is coming soon however, I am not ready for the summer to end!
  22. There are so many things that say "beach" to me. In fact, today I put together three photos for an upcoming show, one of a Ferris Wheel, one of a hummingbird, and one of reeds in a marsh near a lighthouse, that all say "beach" to me because they were taken on trips to the New Jersey or Connecticut shore. But I know this is so much more literal. My portfolio is filled with boats and lighthouses, some of which do show the actual beach, but I decided to share these three, which are actually of the beach, that sandy space where we relax before heading into the sea. I love the beach - a perfect summer subject - great choice! It's rainy and dreary here in NY today, so nice to view lovely weather images and think about an upcoming vacation to the beach (the same one shown in the first photo here): A father and child fishing off the pier at the beach in Connecticut where I've spent at least a tiny part of the summer since I was 10. (Miss those childhood days when it was all summer). A lifeguard chair at Misquamicut State Beach in Rhode Island. A favorite spot when we want to go to the ocean from Connecticut. Long Island blocks the entire Connecticut shore, so we only have the quieter Long Island Sound there. I also have a lifeguard chair from a beach in the Hamptons taken in silhouette at sunset that I considered for this challenge, especially since I am a New Yorker, but I opted for this one that sold last month. A grandfather and granddaughter at the same Rhode Island beach. The water there is incredibly clear. The waves were good for my daughter to boogie board that day, but not great for body-surfing. I took these two photos right after I joined Alamy in the summer of 2008, when I had just discovered stock photography, and I was clearly thinking about copy space (I guess I didn't realize that I needed to check my horizons, but I like the authenticity of the moment).
  23. I thought the exact same thing when I saw it! Amazing shot Genevieve! But I love the beach so I'll probably share 3 shots anyway, though I have nothing that comes close, just for the fun of it.
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