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  1. My only abstract to sell here in the past few years: I believe it was used by an energy company low $$. These types of images tend to sell a lot on certain other sites - but I think many clients are interested in a one-stop shop so that pushing this type of image may be a good idea. It sure would be fun to see one of my photos as an Alamy cover. Have any of you had Alamy cover images? Do they tend to sell? I guess you could have one and not even know it if you don't check daily. And kudos Betty & Bridget for your work helping others. My daughter and I got a booth together after Hurricane Katrina at our community day and with the help of our town and trucks and drivers from surrounding towns managed to collect two huge truckloads (large semi-sized trucks) of clothing, toys and small appliances for Hurricane survivors. It was a last minute effort due to the timing, but so many people saw what we were doing, went home, got stuff and brought it back. Folks from Mississippi and Louisiana paid us back after Hurricane Sandy when their energy companies sent crews here to help us get the lights back (I'm talking about the guys who were working on our street - and of course people around the world helped us after 9/11). That human urge to help is thankfully ingrained especially when disaster strikes. It would be good if we felt as charitable toward our fellow man every day, but thank goodness at least disasters bring out the best in most people (with some notable exceptions). And kudos Betty and Paulette on winning your battles with cancer. That's real courage.
  2. 1596 x 1062 pixels331KB compressedNU Editorial website and app multiple use, in perpetuity $1.18 (How is an Editorial website novel use? Isn't that in fact a customary Alamy use? Insult to injury, my first micro sale of the day earned me more than this) UK but as it's web no help with DACS either. πŸ˜• I came back to add the camera used. My Nikon D700. Not sure if it was my 20mm lens or my 24-70mm. Great memories of that trip. Actually, that one day is the most I've made from a single day's shooting stock. It was on Nantucket - you can only get there by boat or plane. I want to go back Taken in 2010, traveling with two non-photographer friends, so I shot a lot less than usual and got my photos processed and up. A lesson not yet learned. Still trying to shoot less when I travel.
  3. My first camera was a Brownie - an old one that my globe-trotting grandmother gave me when I was 6. I've always loved photography, took a couple of classes in high school and college in the 1970's and even at ICP in the 1980's when I was a trial lawyer in Manhattan (all darkroom - I took pottery when I was in law school - I always needed an art outlet). I wanted to go to RISDI (Rhode Island School of Design) but my parents were not about to pay for a "frivolous" art degree so I did photography (and some painting and pottery) as hobbies. In my 40's I started freelance writing and took photos to go along with the images. At age 50, I learned about stock photography, took Photoshop at a local community college, and joined Alamy. I'll be 61 in a little over a week. The knees are okay but my back was wrecked in a car accident over a decade ago, doctor told me to give up photography before I'd barely started. I didn't. Love my mirrorless cameras (though I miss my Nikons sometimes). Heading off to the acupuncturist. He keeps me young. My daughter sends photos of my grandson taken on her iPhone pretty much daily. I'd rather she do that than shoot stock. 😎I love that I can take iPhone photos of him 800 miles away when we facetime. It may not be DSLR quality, but those pix sure make me smile. I can be very social, even outgoing at times, though deep down I'm a shy person who developed those skills from necessity. I need my alone time and love getting lost on the internet when I'm researching for keywords or lost in the woods shooting photos. I love research, photography and writing. If I could do the job faster and it paid better, it would be my dream job - but it's close. Sometimes I like shooting assignments and making my clients happy but weddings would be way too stressful - the pressure to get it perfect - I'd rather get up in front of a jury LOL. I guess we have found our tribe here.
  4. My first S sale was for an article on all 50 US states and, from a pretty thorough reviews, it appeared that every other photo in the article was from the regular Alamy collection. The article appeared on smaller city newspaper websites across the country and the quality of my heavily filtered image (taken with an old 6MP? 4S) was good enough. While iPhone photos can't compare to those taken with a decent lens on a DSLR or mirrorless, it's not always relevant since most of the demand for images these days is for the web. Ironic and frustrating to those of us who spend thousands on equipment, but the reality. Anyhow. the point here is it would be great to be able to manage S images online and not just from our phones. Please Alamy. It would also be nice to discuss S without incurring your wrath. Or open an S forum for contributors? Pretty please?
  5. You're welcome! That's when a waterproof camera would in handy 😎....some day
  6. πŸ‘πŸ» Good plan! 😎 (p.s. Loved your image!)
  7. Great advice from the group here - use your farm experience and contacts to your advantage. Every few months update your research and think of new ideas, but most importantly enjoy what you are doing - your love of photography shows. Beautiful photos. Congrats on your sale too.
  8. @Joseph Clemson Absolutely, and those discussions may have stepped over the line. It is a slippery slope ... but I have never seen Alamy close down a discussion where, for example, contributors have explained to newbies that Alamy isn't like the micros, that Alamy's focus leans toward editorial, that artsy photos are better on POD sites, etc. This doesn't hurt Alamy, it helps new members learn. It seemed like people stopped replying to the OP once the Guidelines were mentioned.... freezing out potentially helpful responses based on a misinterpretation of the Guidelines. This is the second time this has happened this month. As a long-time contributor, I thought that I could be helpful by speaking up. I do not believe my response was disrespectful nor heated. Nothing I said was critical of Alamy or other sites, In fact, I didn't mention any other sites. I also was not critical of anyone here, merely disagreeing with your interpretation of the Guidelines, opining that Alamy encourages debate and does not limit our discussion so drastically, while agreeing with @meanderingemu that the OP should be more circumspect in discussing Alamy and other sites. I didn't promote myself nor did I link to any other photo forums, so I am confused by the Guideline language that you are quoting now. Everything I have said here has stayed within both the letter and the spirit of the Guidelines. But I get your point, you don't want to see this get shut down, and having wandered off topic, I'm concerned too although I think all three of us were trying to help the OP understand how Alamy works, so in that respect this tangent isn't completely off-topic. No one is name-calling or immaturely giving others red arrows. I was a NYC trial lawyer for more than a decade, so I have a pretty thick skin. I also understand there is a difference between disagreeing with someone's point of view, or their interpretation of what something means, and attacking that person. This is not a personal attack. I sometimes forget that for the average person, when someone disagrees with them, they are bound to take it as a personal affront. It was not meant that way. We are all trying to help here. @Aaron I'm glad you found my comments on your images helpful. You asked to get in touch. You can find me through the contact me form on my personal website but I am not permitted to share that info here. Google is your friend.
  9. @meanderingemu Sorry for the misunderstanding. And not to confuse things further, but I meant the language that you quoted from the guidelines, not from the OP's post. More importantly though, please don't feel defensive. I agree with what you wrote. it was good to bring the guidelines to the OP's attention. In re-reading and editing what I wrote, I realized that you were not the one to say that we could not mention other sites. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to add a second quote once I had hit reply. I considered taking out your quote all together, but then I saw that you had replied and it seemed wrong to then edit my post after you had replied. My intention was simply to point out that while Alamy bans the kinds of discussions that you rightly point to in your posts, they do not ban every mention of other sites. It's so easy for assumptions to turn into "facts" on a forum and the only way to really understand how things are going here is to do so in the context of the larger stock photo market. I think Alamy's Guidelines reflect that. And I think that reflects well on Alamy. Anyway, I hope there are no hard feelings. I really was trying hard to be constructive and I wasn't challenging what you said, just trying to clarify the conclusions others drew from the Guidelines that you pointed to. There have been a few cases recently when contributors became somewhat heated when others mentioned sites other than Alamy. It seemed like this discussion might be heading that way and I was trying to jump in and maybe steer things back on course. Hope I haven'[t derailed it instead. I see more replies popping up as I write. Uh oh...
  10. @Aaron I have taken a quick look at your portfolio since you have asked for constructive criticism. You have a lot of similar images - e.g. way too many similar shots of the American flag - and this will reduce your CTR (click through rate - do a search for CTR or click through rate in the forum and you will then understand why having all these similar images will hurt you). Also, most of your images don't have captions. They have strings of keywords which is not permitted. But, more important, it means people have no idea what the photos are about. An American flag is obvious. People milling about in front of others at a table outside - are they signing up at a rally? Are they at a garage sale? Just out for a walk? I have no idea what they are doing and neither will a buyer. Are they doing something that might be of interest to a news outlet for a story? Think about why you took the image and how it could be used by a buyer. If you have no idea, don't upload it. Quality is as, if not even more important than quantity. Uploading 40,000 images won't help you make a living if many of them are virtually identical and/or if they were not taken with a purpose in mind. I have over 100,000 images on my hard drives since I started taking digital photos in 2006 but I only have about 1,200 images here. Admittedly, I am slow at uploading and very particular about editing, But even if I had uploaded every image on my hard drives that I felt was suitable for stock, I'd still have less than 10,000. Just because the Alamy collection is unedited does not mean that you should not edit your images carefully, which includes limiting how many you upload from each shoot and thinking about what each image could be used for. Again, read the discussions here on CTR and you will understand why. Also spend some time reading discussions here like the images sold threads and discussions about Alamy rank, then take a look at your portfolio and upload photos that you think people will actually be able to use to illustrate a book or magazine, newspaper or web article (editorial) or, if the image has releases or does not need them, a commercial concept that an advertiser might want. On making a living here, I guess in part that depends on what you need. At one point, I anticipated that having a large portfolio of stock photos would give me a nice nest egg for retirement, but as the stock photo market online matured and changed, I continued to do do the math. That is part of the reason my portfolio is at 1,200 rather than 10K. Even if I spent the time to get another 9K images online, I do not anticipate that I would earn what I would expect to make from that effort, so, for me stock is just one segment of my photo income. But I still see it as a nest egg for retirement, just a much smaller egg in the nest. You need to track you sales here for a few years and do the math for yourself. I make more from some other stock photo sites, even with far fewer images at them, but I like Alamy's pricing structure better and I have many other reasons for putting more of my photos here than elsewhere, Everyone's needs and portfolios are different. Finally, Welcome to Alamy - and good luck!
  11. First, Jean-Francois @meanderingemu and Joseph @Joseph Clemson I want to be very clear that I am saying this in the spirit of trying to be constructive and to help a newbie, and not to start a fight here or lead this discussion into one that will be closed. But, I think we need to be clear here, nowhere in the language Jean-Francois quotes and in fact, nowhere in that entire Alamy Guideline post link, does Alamy forbid us from mentioning other sites if it is done to help someone better understand how Alamy differs from POD, microstock or other midstock and higher end stock sites. They do indeed forbid discussions that are defamatory or that promote competitors (as Jean-Francois rightly points out). It is a fine line at times, and some of the OP's comments may straddle that line, so it is good that you brought it to his attention, but that does not mean he should be dismissed out of hand for asking questions. Obviously, he is considering moving his images over here and maybe deleting some from other sites, so he seems to be honestly seeking advice, albeit some of his comments may be problematic. The forum guidelines also say: The Alamy forum is for contributors to spark debate and find answers from each other. Although Alamy will jump in from time to time, this is your forum! Be inclusive and welcome new members. Only provide constructive criticism if it’s asked for. Remember, we were all new once. That's one of the things I really like about Alamy, I think that they make an effort to foster free discussion and to be reasonably transparent. They accept criticism without banning people for honestly but politely expressing their anger when they make decisions that photographers are unhappy about. And they give their contributors the benefit of the doubt. We need to recognize that this is an Alamy forum, so they are free to run it as they wish, but as an outspoken Yank I have to say that I have never felt that my opinion here is being censured. Don't scare the OP off. Let him ask his questions. @Aaron I would suggest that you heed Jean-Francois' advice and read the Guidelines, and be more careful when you discuss other sites and be careful not to discuss rumors that hurt Alamy. There has never been any suggestion that this site is going the way of subscriptions, and in fact for many contributors, myself included, the price per download has risen substantially this year. I also took a quick look at your portfolio as you asked. See me advice below.
  12. Just came here to check - 2pm EDT - Dashboard loads but measures won't. Zooms have surged since a trough in July to an all time high and I was hoping to check new ones (and had hoped to see a sale by now). Glad my internet isn't down which was my first thought. Wind this time of year tends to take down old tree branches on the lines, even when we don't get anything near hurricane force gales. You'd be surprised how rural the 'burbs can be less than an hour north of midtown Manhattan.
  13. First, congrats! I license images directly to a few different calendar companies. The largest of which is an international publisher with branches in the US and the UK. While they pay $$$ per image, with additional fees if the image is used in a different version of the calendar, they do not pay any more for the cover photo than they do for any other image. Despite having a few dozen images in their calendars to date, having one on the cover a couple of years ago was a still a thrill, so I'm glad you feel chuffed! I certainly would. Some companies do pay a larger fee for the cover image. So, I'd send an email to Alamy rather than reporting it as an unauthorized use, since, as others have noted, the license info you get from Alamy doesn't always reflect the actual agreement. For example, I had an RM image licensed for both the frontispiece and a second license for inside use in a book, one-time use. The photo was then used in subsequent editions, in breach of the terms of the license ("one-time use") that showed up in my sales here, but when I contacted Alamy, I was advised that subsequent editions were included despite the fact that it contradicted the terms.
  14. You can only prohibit PU sales on RM images. Glad you found the info helpful. It's certainly possible and even probable that the sales would have happened whether the files were RM or RF, since many had hybrid licenses (RM files with 25 yr or unlimited duration - RF files with limited duration licenses akin to RM) but the pricing on the RF files does appear higher pretty consistently.
  15. Great shot! Congrats on your sale! Hope you get many more.
  16. Before 2015, RF accounted for 80% of my three-figure licenses, i.e. sales for $100 or more (what we refer to here as $$$ sales), with the average price when just looking at $$$ sales being $216 for RF and $160 for RM. Beginning in 2015, that percentage dropped to 50% of my three-figure licenses but the average sales price from 2015-2019 (looking at $$$ licenses only) stayed roughly the same, $212 for RF and went up slightly to $188 for RM. So, RF isn't the draw it once was, but it still commands decent prices. More recently, while 44% of my photos are RF, they account for half of this year's sales, so about what you'd expect. Even with some prices as low as $10, my average price for all RF images licensed this year is $110, while my average for RM is $40, despite the lowest being $25. RF has been turned on its head by the microstock industry and, in light of that, Alamy now provides hybrid licenses, so a client can effectively get an RF license for an RM image, but it is still worth considering for some images because, despite all that, RF can still command high prices. For a rare image, I'd go with RM, since there is always a chance for those coveted $$$$ (four-digit) licenses, especially if you've chosen to make the image exclusive to Alamy, but RF still has some benefits. If I could prohibit PU sales, I'd make many more of my images RF.
  17. I can't recall exactly what it was at the moment, but a couple of weeks ago I had a really strange suggestion for one of my images when doing a similar reverse image search. The other few I searched that day were as expected, only one weird one. Next time I get a doozy, I'll share it. So, you are not alone, however, while I don't recall the specifics, I'm quite certain it was not as memorably weird as yours! 😎
  18. Waiting for the weather to cool down a bit more here to work on a wood project of my own. I bought a beautiful old maple table with two leaves that pull out on the sides to use as a studio table and extra work space in my office at an antique store over the weekend. I need to "sand" it with some fine steel wool and then am trying this restore a finish which I had read about and which the seller recommended. I paid $35 for the table and about $18 for the products to refinish it - but it should make a great surface to shoot on as well as a nice large surface for paperwork. I'll let you know how those other apps work out when I try them.
  19. I'm finding Chrome is the only browser I can use on my Mac anymore that works properly with Alamy. I can't do anything re:sharing photos on the forum or online using Safari at all anymore. It's been that way for a few months now. Thanks for the info on sharing in any event.
  20. Marianne

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    Jan, glad to be of help. I think if a scene speaks to you it will speak to others too. That doesn't mean the best photos will always sell, but the stock photography market is vast and varied. Alas, not as lucrative as it once was, but if you can make money from taking images that speak to you, then you have profited from them twice. That doesn't mean you shouldn't also try shooting concepts, lifestyle, village life, whatever else you think might sell - try different things. But by all means getting out in nature is good for the soul and hopefully it will be good for your pocketbook as well. I suppose I have a romanticized idea of the English countryside, but looking at your photos of village life I'm assuming there are country walks nearby, perhaps some autumn color, maybe canals? Places nearby where people like to go on holiday that don't require you to spend more than a tank of gas (petrol) for a day trip with your camera? For example, I often see long strings of sales reported here to Country Walks magazine and for various UK maps. Good luck! I look forward to seeing you report your first sale!
  21. Nice images. As David said, you need to include location in your images. RF401H doesn't say where it was taken at all, not even the city, town, state, or country. Solitude is a good keyword but as far as a caption goes, remember, you are not trying to sell a fine art print here. Your keywords for stock need to be tweaked from those for fine art. Your flowers are lovely but they are the kinds of images that generally sell less frequently as stock although with a wide variety and botanical knowledge (your keywording of them seemed pretty good to this non-specialist), there are those who do well with botanical images. If you have read the forum, or anything much about Alamy or stock photography in general, you know it takes a lot more than 250 images to start seeing regular sales. Take David's advice on keywords to heart and keep uploading. Good luck!
  22. Marianne

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    Jan, Upload your landscape shots! In the past year, of my last 7 landscape sales here, 5 were in the $50-$245 range (average price $97). Used for everything from small business marketing on web sites to magazines. If you love shooting pictorial shots, and you are out in the lush English countryside (someplace I only know from photographs and paintings), then do what you love! My favorite subject to photograph for a long stretch of time was lighthouses and the sea (though I don't live very close by). I shot those photos initially just for myself but find now that they are still my best sellers. The first photo of a lighthouse that I took back in 2009 has earned me well over $1,000 from stock photo licenses, and when combined with other shots of that lighthouse I took on that day, the grand total approaches $2,000. Not bad for an hour's work. The following year, I shot another two lighthouses in one town, and that shoot has done even better. Most photo shoots won't do that well (I only have a few other single days that have), but I learned that there was a good market for my nautical images and I have planned vacations accordingly, always making back the costs of those trips (usually a 3-8 hour drive from my home, staying overnight anywhere from 2-5 nights). The point is that if you do what you love, the money will follow. Even if you have a handful of shoots every few months that make you several hundred dollars each, you'll do okay. Landscapes don't usually change so those photos will keep selling again and again for many more years than the 5-10 year life of the "average" stock photograph.
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