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Everything posted by Marianne

  1. I had beaten my 2014 revenue on Alamy by June of 2015, and am ending the year on a positive note, with return per download nearly double what it has been the last few years. Increased earning across all my other sites as well. My DACS payment was only up about 15%, most of my sales seem to be to the US market. I nearly doubled my stock photography income this year (when I count stock photo sales from all sources, agencies and direct stock photo sales - my biggest increase came in direct photo sales via my Photoshelter site and queries to publishers who license stock directly, though all my agencies were up this year too). November, traditionally my best month, was much slower than usual and December has been my worst month of the year, so I hope that it picks up in January and that the upward trend continues in 2016.
  2. It looks like there are about 3,750 Stockimo images on SS http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?page=9&use_local_boost=1&version=llv1&country_code=US&params_keywordtranslation=use_modified_translation%3A1&tracking_id=7D2al47iMykPEoW8d-djdQ&thumb_size=mosaic&submitter_id=3265856&safesearch=1&search_language=en&search_type=keyword_search There are 38 pages of images so not sure if any of mine are there still looking. It's a nice looking collection! I believe SS says the average return to photographer per download (net) is around $1 - most of their images are licensed via their subscription service where photographers get anywhere from 25 cents to 38 cents depending upon their lifetime earnings. Most photographers license several images a day there, so it's a very different marketplace than Alamy.
  3. Actually the photographer's share of Single DLs can be as high as $120 - I haven't seen my Stockimo images on SS. Are we sure they are being distributed there? It seems an odd choice unless they are in a premium collection there.
  4. I remember the find a photographer page too - wish they still had it. I've had a couple of requests from Live News but I wasn't available unfortunately. I hope they keep me on their list because it would be nice to shoot an event that they feel will sell.
  5. I was all set to send in the US proof of residency last year - started working on the forms then found out it costs $85 to file it! And it has to be done every single year. I correctly assumed that the tax would be less than the cost to prevent them from withholding it so this year I didn't bother trying. Eventually when my payout is large enough I'll file it.
  6. My goal was to have 1,000 images online at Alamy this year. I'm a tad below 830 images so didn't make it - but I deleted a lot and tightened up my portfolio. My other goals were to increase my earnings and ranking - my zooms were much higher this year than in the past, CTR is better than it's been, and my revenue both overall and in return per download has also increased - my RPD has roughly doubled. So, the goals that affect my bottom line were met, though I'm not earning as much as I'd like but at least it is rising. I was approached by a macrostock site that requires image exclusivity and so that has impacted my uploads to Alamy, trying to decide what should go where, since I find what sells best for me both on Alamy and elsewhere is similar. I license a fair amount of work directly, and if that work goes exclusive elsewhere I lose that revenue, which is significantly more than what I earn via any one agency. I'm working on my goals for 2016 - both in terms of specific shoots, numbers online, and additional outlets for my work. Part of that is trying to find a balance between RM and RF here since there are a few other midstock/macrostock sites only license RF images. It's a tough decision because 80% of my images licensed by Alamy this year were RM, and I'm pleased with the growth of sales this year, so I really need to decide whether uploading more as RF makes sense. I think that no matter what, the most important goal is to make better images and upload more of them, because, while you can't say that doubling your portfolio on Alamy will double your sales, ultimately, the more images you have and the better they are, the better chance you have of making sales.
  7. Cities from around the world here - this one is from Alamy: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-travel-in-2016/33 George H. H. Huey (San Antonio) D3AW80
  8. Seems like it's just the page a days that have the tiny prices, John. Good to know regular priced calendars are still out there on Alamy.
  9. From the color my guess is sugar maple too - but hard to be sure without seeing the leaves up close.
  10. Gorgeous work - congrats! I loved visiting Madrid - the start of a trip backpacking through Europe many many years ago. Great memories from that beautiful city.
  11. I license images directly to various calendar companies for $60-150 per image depending upon the size and calendar run (100% to me, usually $150 for a full size wall calendar). Alamy has also licensed an image of mine for $160 for a calendar as recently as a couple of years ago. The calendar companies I've dealt with usually choose their images around April and pay the following December or January, hence the long wait for payment. I just received a box of around a dozen 2016 calendars - samples from one company - in October. I also have work being considered by a couple of regional calendar publishers who pay as much as $200 for a cover image - plus samples. I was looking into submitting work to some of the page a day calendars, but for those prices I don't think it is worth it at all. So discouraging!
  12. I applied directly and got slightly more than last year. Arrived in my account last week.
  13. I'll have to take some photos of my husband's shoes Edo - he wears a 12 so you'll need an extra pair of socks.
  14. What does busking mean? Begging? Playing music for money. Usually a guitar. "Buskers" A new keyword to add to some of my images. Never heard it before. Assuming I've got it right here?: Would these guys - who if I recall, had a bag out for tips, be considered buskers if their entertaining does not include singing or dancing?
  15. If you wear a woman's size 6 (US) I'll even rent out the hammock And if pink isn't for you, there are always these:
  16. Thanks for including my solitary man in Central Park.
  17. I just got my first payback from Canada - $250. Worth checking. Thanks for the info. What is the procedure in Canada and do they allow Americans to participate? I know the Netherlands has a program too. I thought it was just them and the UK. Good to know there are more out there.
  18. I worked so hard at getting the characters correct when I uploaded a group of images from Sweden only to end up with a mess. The thing is, the "American" spelling of some of these places still includes the special characters so I guess it's just necessary to add in the keywords correctly and then a second set with them sans accents. The same problem occurs with something as simple as Valentine's Day - apostrophes don't work either - so I spell it incorrectly Valentines Day and Valentine Day. It's not just an Alamy issue I've seen the same problem on numerous sites.
  19. DACS is great - wish every country had something similar!
  20. Will you be posting a link so that we can vote? I haven't found a new voting thread. Thanks!
  21. Zooms have been up and holding well - many where it was the only photo zoomed so hoping to see some more sales drop in by the end of the year. Just one sale in November to vogue.com which was a fun find last month. Well ahead of 2014 in number of sales and net revenue.
  22. 1. List of images uploaded and ability to delete one or more before QC 2. Batch keywording without having to erase all to do it - i.e. ability to append keywords 3. Import location from IPTC Thanks!
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