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  1. Just had a sale show up today RF image $100 but it's like an RM as it shows it's for a magazine, 5 years, quarter page, limit on print run etc. For magazines, calendars and similar places that are used to the RM model and need a photo for a specific use, I wonder if RF/RM makes much difference to them? They may have chosen these limits to keep the price down even though it's an RF image, but I'm just speculating.
  2. Welcome! Keywording can be tricky here but you'll get the hang of it.
  3. Licensing has gotten so weird these days with some of those 25-year RM licenses pretty close to RF. I had a microstock agency license one of my RF images recently for $750 as a one-year exclusive use - but that image was with them exclusively so they could, though it doesn't really stop those who licensed it previously from using it. Then again, the RF uses on microstock agencies are really not true RF - there are limits such as print run unless a buyer purchases an extended license. Conceptually, with RM Alamy should be able to license our images exclusively since restrictions on use such as time and location are the point of RM, but by allowing us to have our RM images elsewhere - also as RM - it really doesn't allow for all of those possibilities. Of course, if an image is elsewhere as RM and Alamy asks you to license it exclusively, you can take it down from another site. I try to choose some more generic shots as RF so that I can license them on other traditionally priced agencies where RF is the only option. Some of those agencies have prime collections with prices in the $250-700 range (with 70% to the photographer), so it makes sense to me. I also have some RF concept shots that are on Alamy and the micros but most of my RF on Alamy is only available on higher-priced niche agencies, since I don't want to compete with myself. It's hard deciding which license will earn you more and where to place certain types of images for the best return. And once an RM image is on the internet, you really have no control over duration of the license. I guess that's why Alamy is moving toward these hybrid iQ licenses for some sales. I have noticed that my average RM prices seem to be going up since early 2015, I'm guess this is because RM means the image isn't all over the micros, and that's still how I place the bulk of my work both on Alamy and other traditionally priced agencies.
  4. As well as sunglasses they are sometimes referred to as Shades in the UK. Thanks! Here too, though I don't think I added that as a keyword.
  5. I will have to go back and add "spectacles" to all my images of people wearing glasses - another Britishism I've missed LOL. What do you non-American English speakers (British, Scottish, Australian, Irish, Canadian and others) call sunglasses? And you thought we needed translations into German, Mandarin, etc ...when we don't even all speak the same English LOL.
  6. About one-third of my images are RF and they account for way more than half of my sales (if old Novel Use sales are counted) and, even ignoring those NU sales, they account for more than one-third of my sales, so they sell better than my RM images. I think that my "better" photos are RM so being RF may well make them more salable. This is based on 80+ sales since 2009, so not sure how statistically significant it is. My repeat sellers are a mix of RM and RF. I agonize over which license to choose a lot of the time and started adding more RF images as my early sales seemed to show that they did better, and back then went for higher prices. When I review sales for the past year, however, RM is outselling RF. In any case, as Michael said, the short answer is yes, they sell.
  7. Although the majority of my travel sales have blue skies, about one-third of them have been taken at sunrise, sunset, or during the blue hour. A tiny handful also have dull skies. Those fine weather shots are certainly what we all aim for but sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate. My first sale ever on Alamy was of barbed wire with a cloudy gray sky behind. It's sold a few times.
  8. I know that I have licensed images directly from my website as well as through FAA that buyers first found on google - only because when someone contacts me directly I always ask where they found the image. I believe that a large percentage of images found are found through google first which is why anything that lets your images rank high in a google search is helpful. I'm no expert so I'm sure Alamy can give you a more precise answer. As you have probably read in the newest topic started by Alamy regarding pseudonyms, one reason they are considering a change is that it will help with google searches, so it must be an important factor. Whenever google changes their search algorithm it affects how well sites perform.
  9. I think allowing RF editorial as an option would make a lot of sense.
  10. My sympathies. I have a wrecked back from two accidents and had a torn rotator cuff which took about a year of physical therapy to improve after surgery. Right shoulder and I'm right-handed. It does get better but I find now that I use a tripod or monopod more often and switch off using a lighter camera much of the time. I love my Olympus OMD-E1 but still use my D700 though not as often. Even once my shoulder was better I found that the weight of using a heavy camera all the time was not healthy for me and having the option of going with something light really helps. Good luck. The better you are about keeping up the PT exercises the sooner you'll see improvement - it can be discouraging but just keep telling yourself it will get better.
  11. Nauset lighthouse Eastham Cape Cod Massachusetts Lifeguard chairs blue hour in the Hamptons, New York with sliver of moon and Venus Blue hour by the Hudson River Westchester County New York Love this challenge - my favorite time of day to photograph. Reminds me that I have many more photos to process and add to Alamy. Great choice for a challenge! Tough competition already!
  12. Another way to check for dust spots is to open a curves layer, set it to hard light. They'll pop out especially if you look at 100%. The "visualize spots" tool in LR is also very helpful but I give it a final pass in PS using the hard light curves layer just to be sure. I do a lot of photography by the sea in windy conditions and I'm often dealing with dust or even water spots on the outside of my lenses. Thankfully, to date I've kept my sensors clean. This sailed through QC with lens flare:
  13. Zooms up past few months. Sales normal. Sale prices average.
  14. I put most of my better images on Alamy and other small traditional agencies, but I have a small portfolio on four of the micros and feel that given the wide range of prices even here on Alamy, that makes sense for me. Last year one of the micros licensed an image of mine for $750, netting me $375, and I've earned a few other 3-figure sums on the micros for a single image license, though the bulk of licenses there are for less, but daily licenses add up. I have a handful of the same RF images on Alamy and the micros but for the most part have kept them separate. There are some newer edited traditional agencies that only license RF and don't require exclusivity, so I have several RF images on those and Alamy that are NOT on any of the micros. I have experienced situations where a zoom on Alamy was then licensed on a micro, as well as situations where a top seller on the micros was also licensed on Alamy. Some buyers will search for the lowest price and others won't so you really need to decide what works best for you. I hate the idea of getting pennies for a license, but they add up and for certain types of images, micro agencies make sense for me but I wouldn't put my entire portfolio on any of them. On the other hand, trying to decide which images should go where certainly slows down my uploading process, as do the different keywording and caption requirements so in that sense, just uploading to Alamy would simplify things. It seems like the OP has made her decision. We all need to decide what works best for us based on what we shoot and how well it sells.
  15. I'm grateful for the help I've received from others and happy to pay it forward. It works the other way too - years ago I lived in Manhattan and often helped out-of-towners with directions and advice. Recently I was downtown and not sure where to find a certain subway stop and was happy for a hipster who pointed me in the right direction.
  16. Welcome! I started averaging about one sale a month once I hit 700 images, so don't be discouraged. But I've been on here for years so my images have probably built up a decent ranking, I think the longer you're here the better chance your images have of appearing higher in searches. I've been very slow with uploading as I've got about 800 now so don't do as I did - your aim to hit 500 or 1000 images this year is a good one. Good luck.
  17. I've had sales linked back to posts on FB and twitter - I know it's a risk but so is putting your photos anywhere on the web - but if you don't, then obviously it will be very difficult to license them. I liked the analogy to a store owner worrying about shoplifters. I look at it that way and have managed to collect from people who've posted my watermarked images on their FB business pages. So, even if you don't post on FB yourself, others may still post your images there. Social media is a fact of modern life. I'm following your FB pages Kumar and Keith and will follow anyone else who cares to share a link. Twitter too. Here's mine if you'd like to have a look: FYI only follows from individuals - not from other pages - count on your totals - and comments and likes, retweets help you move up in searches. https://www.facebook.com/Marianne-Campolongo-Photography-106998686013473/ https://twitter.com/campyphotos Thanks for looking
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