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  1. I was in a toy store and saw one of my lighthouse photos on the cover of a puzzle - it was one of many lighthouses on the cover but easy to recognize as mine. I get a daily email from travelandleisure.com and occasionally have found one of my photos in a slide show - before the sale shows up on Alamy. Always makes me smile. Another time I was on Facebook and a post from Coastal Living showed up with a photo I took when I first got a digital camera back in 2006 - since then Alamy has licensed it a couple of times. Totally unexpected. All of these were nautical images which seem to be my best-sellers and which are my favorite images to take.
  2. Stunning and moving work. I plan to get down there to see it. Thanks so much for sharing.
  3. A little girl and her doll in the airport on a holiday to Paris
  4. About 9 months with a couple hundred images. That was in 2009 though so there's really no way to tell - but you've only got a handful of images and have been here such a short time that it's way too early to feel discouraged. Your work looks to be of high quality so keep it up.
  5. I uploaded one photo via the Reportage route around 6 hours ago and after over an hour it didn't show up so I uploaded it again with one more photo. 5 hours later all three have shown up as one batch still "processing" - hope it will complete by tomorrow so I can finalize the keywords etc. I don't get fails via the Reportage route - they just sometimes don't show up for hours, which is what happened tonight.
  6. I've had my 4S for over 4 years keep it on nearly all the time and the battery is still going strong. I haven't uploaded a ton of images to Stockimo but like it and plan to upload more - have sold a lot of iPhone pix on Fotolia Instant, shutterstock and dreamstime. Have been planning to upgrade to a 6S for ages (I get a pretty good deal since I'm overdue for a new phone with my plan) but the 4S is still working fine. I hear the 6S camera is a big improvement. Wondering if I should opt for a 5S instead since it will be so much cheaper?
  7. travelandleisure.com 3/12/16 http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/great-spring-weekend-getaways Great Spring Getaways Hiking Pinnacles National Park, CA - Tom Bean Mount Hood Wildflower Walks, OR - Spring Images Coulee Corridor Bird-Watching, WA - Rolf Nussbaumer Desert Wildflowers in Tucson, AZ - Dennis MacDonald Explore Mount Desert Island, Maine - Colleen Miniuk-Sperry Other images here from Zuma Press, many from iStock - a good reason not to have the same images on Alamy and the micros IMHO.
  8. Travel + Leisure (.com) 3/13/16 Best Places to Travel in 2016 http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-travel-in-2016/15 Belize - Peter Donaldson San Antonio, TX - George H.H. Huey Interesting that they had 50 photos including many from individual photographers (perhaps from other articles?) as well as from Getty, Corbis, EyeEm, Image Brief, and others. It shows me that they will look all over to find the photo that they want, which is encouraging.
  9. The link works. No clue without the bill and the legs though so sorry I can't help. Nice capture.
  10. POD means Print on Demand - agencies such as redbubble, Fine Art America, Crated and the like. I have some illustrations that I've made from photographs that sell very well for me on microstock sites. I didn't just use a "painterly" filter but did a lot of work "by hand" via my pen and Bamboo tablet - mostly very specific travel images. I think they might have done well on Alamy too but felt that most Alamy buyers are looking for straight unmanipulated travel images. I wouldn't say don't try them, but I'd say start with straight photographs and build up your portfolio before you start taking chances. Maybe search the term "illustration" along with a keyword or two that would fit the images you have in mind and see what comes up. That's probably the best way to judge it.
  11. I had a $250 sale today. The search the buyer used brings up 20 images, 4 of them mine including one I took around 2006. That image was zoomed in September and as I was returning to Cape Cod in October (a search that brings up 13,300+ images) I decided I should update it and am glad I did since one of the new ones sold. The point is, there are buyers looking for those hard to find places, slightly off the beaten track, and that is why Alamy offers their "jumble sale." It's not a slick commercial site - though there are some fine commercial images - I believe their crowd sourcing concept was to get all those odd little places so editorial buyers knew just where to look.
  12. Congratulations. I had another $240 iQ sale pop up today. Very encouraging. Thanks John - congrats to you too - encouraging to see good prices.
  13. $250 iQ sale from a trip I took to Cape Cod last October. Nice to wake up to.
  14. I've waited over a year - and once waited several months for an NU sale to clear - eventually I was less than 50 cents from a payout (back in the $250 days) and when that little one cleared - it was 49 cents - I made payout. I'm waiting on one reported in November now, and I first found it online in October, so you're in good company.
  15. I find that unless I'm on the road and have no choice, I always check for sharpness on my 4-year-old non-retina display iMac because everything looks super-sharp on my 13" Retina screen Macbook Pro. Bumping it up to 200% works but I still feel safer if I'm sending a file to a client or uploading it to QC here if I've checked on my iMac. I love the retina display on my light little Macbook - makes reading easier on these old eyes - but I'm thinking if I were updating my iMac I wouldn't pay for the upgrade to Retina because it would be too sharp and without it the screen is pretty amazing anyway. I'm assuming you can still opt between a Retina screen and a regular one. Does anyone know if you can hook up an old iMac to your new one and use it as a second screen?
  16. I had an image that had never been zoomed, which I took and uploaded in 2009, that was licensed for $400 in 2015, for a current marketing campaign. You never know what will catch a buyer's fancy - the unedited collection of unique and offbeat images here is Alamy's USP. I think buyers turn to Alamy for the plethora of authentic images that aren't "stocky," though it does mean there's a lot of stuff that wouldn't get into any edited collections. Here, the buyers make their own decisions and their zooms/ Alamy Rank regulates what photos end up on top, so people who upload dozens of similars are going to drop way down in the ranking, rather than cluttering up the first pages of searches. The new "Creative" tab that comes up as the default is starting to put a more edited collection in front of buyers. I think that has helped some of my older images move up in searches and I see both old and new images being licensed. I shoot primarily travel for Alamy - and a lot of natural travel scenes and nautical images in places that haven't changed over the years, so demoting older photos would certainly hurt my bottom line. I've often had one of a series zoomed on and then the buyer chose a different one from the series (the old "more by this photographer" helped there) - to demote others in the batch because they weren't "zoomed" when the buyer most likely looked at several wouldn't make sense. I'm glad they don't have those rules here. It does seem counter-intuitive that the agencies adding a mind-numbing number of images daily are doing better than those that are being more choosy and it's possible this has more to do with google than giving buyers more choices than anyone needs but whatever seems to be causing a surge in activity here on Alamy and what seems to be an uptick in sales for many of us is a good thing. Whatever Alamy is doing lately seems to be working. It could be partly due to the influx of photographers from Corbis as well as microstock shooters who have honed their skills in those edited agencies - even those who hate the micros have to admit that along with a lot of less than stellar stuff, there are some awesome images and some very talented photographers. When I see Alamy images online or in print, I also often see images by G, SS, F, and DT alongside them. To me, this means buyers want choices and they're open to looking here where the collection is unedited to find that gem which didn't make it to those other collections either because it was rejected or because the photographer is only here. Whatever Alamy is cooking, it seems to be working.
  17. My zooms have more than doubled so hopeful I'll see a nice trickle of sales in a couple of months. Zooms have actually been pretty strong for several months now. There were some searches where they zoomed on one, two or three images and all were mine, and another where 4 out of 8 were mine, so I'm hopeful, especially since they are images that tell a nice story together, and they include model released travel.
  18. Francesco, Sometimes when people are reading online or in print, they will notice the Alamy credit - then they search Alamy using keywords to try to find the image and post links (when available) to both. Other times, if someone is searching for their own photograph, they will use google images or tineye to do a search by photo. When they find their photo, often there will be other photos credited to Alamy and they are kind enough to share them here on the forum. Hope that helps.
  19. I switched to a Mac years ago and I'd never go back. My husband who has always used PCs is even thinking of switching after realizing how much better the trackpad on my Mac works compared to the one on his PC - he went out and bought a mouse because it was so unresponsive - and he doesn't use it for photos. I print a lot of my work for galleries and the color matching is terrific. True confession I use ICC profiles and the built in color profiles on my MACs and haven't bothered with a color monkey (can't think of the name of the gadget) in years and I haven't had any issues - I even get beautiful skin tones when I print portrait work for clients. I had heard the iMac screens were slightly blue but I have not found it to be the case. I have both an iMac where I do most of my processing - the screen is beautiful and I hear the new ones are even nicer - and a Macbook Pro for travel and when I'm working outside my house. (Or for being online with my feet up on the couch on a lazy day). The software upgrades have been free for about a year now, maybe longer. I like that I can go into an Apple store if need be and their phone support is terrific. If you're with a professional photo organization (such as the British equivalent of ASMP) check your benefits you might get a discount. Their phone support is really good and I would pay the extra $200+ to get a three year warranty with phone support, replacements etc. (assume in the UK they have similar extended warranty options). Their support is really top notch and if you go online, put in your phone number they call you back always in less than an hour. My plug was starting to fray and they replaced it even though it still worked because I was coming up on the warranty end and was concerned it would go on me without warning. I was totally upfront about it and they sent me a new one and I sent back the old one - they paid all postage. My PCs lasted longer but I do so much more processing now - I got my first iMac when I started shooting and processing photos in earnest. I'd say I've had to replace them every four years which isn't awful - by then you want the new bells and whistles anyway. I still have a seven year old laptop as a backup (the hard drive fried in year two and they replaced it). My daughter's laptop died in year two while she was writing her thesis and they upgraded her from 250GB to 500GB when they replaced her hard drive. So, they are expensive and perhaps the laptops are temperamental - they get moved around a lot of course - but my 4-year old iMac is still going strong and I don't plan to replace it - I run my Lightroom catalog on the SSD with the photos on a 4TB lighting bolt connected LaCie drive and it's seamless. Get as much RAM as you can afford and get a solid state drive plus a regular hard drive (I have a dual 260GB SSD 1 TB HD in my iMac) and with 8 GB of RAM it does everything I need. I'd get 16 if I were buying it today. It's still massively faster than my husband's new PC which has supposedly better specs. Someone else can tell you if you need 32GB RAM but I just process photos not video or 3D so I'm good with 8GB. With Photoshop CC and LR, you don't even have to worry about switching platforms anymore (in the old days Adobe let me switch to the MAC version of PS 3 back then for the upgrade price).
  20. TravelandLeisure.com Best places to travel in March: Two Alamy images in this one, one credited to the photographer and one just to Alamy NYC © Patrick Batchelder cropped to a horizontal And Sydney: Showing the Sydney Opera House just credited to Alamy so here's the link - I get 141 pages when I search: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-travel-march/6
  21. Tough decision. I wish we could vote for our top three in order - 3, 2, 1 - even then it would be tough - they are all beautiful! Great job - it was tough but I finally narrowed down my choice.
  22. Alamy has always said that photographers can have the same images on micros as long as they are RF on Alamy, so it would be a major policy change. I only have a handful of images on both the micros and Alamy, but those I do have seem to be licensed on both and as Mirco mentioned, most micro sites don't offer the same licenses as Alamy unless you pay for an extended license, which can cost $100, more than some of the licenses offered on Alamy. I think Alamy knows their customer base, and doesn't seem to have a problem with microstock duplication. The explosion of imagery on all sites - micro, midstock and traditionally priced agencies is causing downward pressure on prices and also meaning that the pie is sliced ever thinner as more photographers compete for the same buyer dollars. Changing the policy on Alamy to disallow micro images IMHO isn't going to change this. Alamy buyers looking for the best images may not care whether they can find an image elsewhere for less, since time is money and if an image is right for their needs, they will license it.
  23. Congrats to all of you on hitting your goals. I still haven't made my first goal of 1,000 images here so I'm quite impressed by all of you! Good job!
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