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  1. It could be a few potential buyers. I just had another zoom this week of an image I've sold 3 times recently of a fairly obscure location - licensed direct from my own website in March, then Alamy licensed it to a buyer in April and I sold an FAA print of the same photo last month - all to different people and now it's been zoomed again, so you never know. I've also had a few with two zooms lately where the second is by file number - one of them was licensed so fingers crossed the other will be too. I also tend to do a google images and tineye search when they come up like that if a sale
  2. 1. ***A default option for Editorial Use Only*** 2. Ability to delete an image before QC 3. A better batch keywording interface with the ability to see what keywords are already in there along the lines of the Lightroom keywording interface. I realize that's proprietary but just as an example of what I mean. Thanks. Any improvements to the system would be much appreciated. Shortening the time in the "sin bin" to 2 weeks would be nice too - that's not part of the upload/keywording process but just thought I'd mention it. Happy to beta test
  3. I'm with State Farm as well - I have a regular liability insurance policy for my business and a marine midland policy which covers theft of my equipment anywhere in the world. Marine midland is a type of insurance policy that started out centuries ago for protecting cargo at sea I believe. Anyway, ask you regular insurance agent about a marine midland policy - there are also specialty brokers who deal with photographers.
  4. I had gotten a press pass thanks to Alamy News to shoot OpSail 2012 and was invited aboard one of the beautiful old wooden sailboats for the Parade of Sail from Niantic Connecticut to New London, CT. Got to the harbor before sunrise and was taken by Zero about a hour and a half later out to the sloop. After about an hour more of sitting out in the blazing sun on a rocking boat on a day that would eventually approach 100 degrees, we heard that the anchor of the lead ship, the Coast Guard barque Eagle, was fouled so we could not get underway until they could start. A total of three hours passed
  5. It would be great if the sin bin time was shortened especially so that you're not risking a month of lost upload time for trying to upload more stylish current work - the kind of contemporary stuff that sells well elsewhere. Two weeks will still make people think twice about the quality of their work but it is short enough to let you risk trying something different. It's easy to pass QC with serviceable images but if you're trying to be more creative in your processing it can really be a problem. I hadn't been in the bin for about two years and uploaded some work that I've licensed to a ca
  6. Nice strong editorial portfolio. Kumar has given you sound advice. The place is usually extremely important, especially in the types of photos you have.
  7. I suspect the copyright might have run out before then. I have a feeling that there won't be any such thing as "copyright" in 3015. I'd like to give this a thumb's down instead of the thumb's up I gave it because I wish you were wrong but sadly the way things are going... BTW, Good laugh today Phil on that millennium license. Certainly a world-record.
  8. Two sales a month of approx 750 images is good going. I've just looked at your portfolio and you have some really nice images. Michael Thanks so much Michael! Looks like you have a strong editorial portfolio. Nice work! I was gung-ho uploaded 21 images in two batches earlier this week. Those with shallow DOF passed but the second batch landed me in the sin bin for the first time in two years. Bummed because I have a large number of images that I was ready to upload. They rejected one that I licensed directly to a very large calendar company which the company is using cropped and
  9. High view of Reykjavik Iceland skyline harbor harbour and mountains from above with blue sky and cumulus clouds Baltimore Maryland skyline at sunrise. And a non-urban "skyline" Wide angle view of the island from the ferry arriving at Nantucket Harbor in the Fall, Nantucket Massachusetts, USA, 2010.
  10. Last year I condensed my two Alamy accounts into one. I used to have one account for regular photos and one for Reportage since 2 separate accounts was the requirement back when "Reportage" started. I was told by MS at the time that the ranking would move with the images - they moved the images into one account for me - but that it would take until the next re-rank for that to occur. My zooms and rank seemed to drop precipitously afterward but it has now picked up and my zooms are back to normal and sales are better than they've been in years. Doing that BHZ thing still shows my photos al
  11. I also take the graduated approach. If it is incidental to the photograph, presumably as in your instance, I'd put it in comprehensive in case someone searches for cyclists in Norwich, but so it's not likely to come up in a more general location search.
  12. The day before Hurricane Sandy hit, we drove out to the beach in Connecticut to bring my mother home to a safer location. I went down to the beach to get some images before we headed back to New York, and was photographing the crashing waves when this one hit. It nearly knocked me down but I managed to keep my equipment dry other then some spray on the lens, however, despite having rolled up my jeans and being barefoot I got very wet, making for a soggy ride home. The photos I got were well worth it though, with a series of the waves building up being featured in a gallery show.
  13. Had 2 sales so far this month including my largest sale ever on Alamy - $400.
  14. I had a distributor sale to Italy for ~ $70. I think my best distributor sale was $250 - don't recall the country but I don't have any agencies I deal with directly other than in the UK and Germany, so I'm opted in. Guess I'm willing to take the good with the bad though those puny sales are annoying. At least the distributor's cut on the tiny sales is tiny
  15. Thanks! I didn't know that. I usually just shoot RAW but that's a good reason to shoot both.
  16. I do an initial fast pass in LR and try to find the sharpest in a group of similars to delete the rest in my initial pass - -I'll flag for picks, x for deletes and use various colors and stars to rank them and separate out where I might want to upload them. If I've been bracketing, however, the sheer number to review can seem overwhelming. I've been trying to upload in small batches by location - just drove out to the midwest and back from New York and have a ton to go through from three different cameras. 1600 in a hour sounds like pie in the sky to me I can't imagine even doing a fast fir
  17. My next goal is to reach 1,000 images by the end of the year, which means about 50 a month. I've been averaging two sales a month lately so hoping that if I add some more places and variety it will bump me up to three a month once I hit my goal. I've built my portfolio more slowly than I'd like, and am in awe of how many image some people have on here. I had abandoned upload goals for quite a while, and didn't grow my portfolio much at all. I think that goals are a good way to make sure that I'm building my portfolio steadily. I was discouraged when I saw my RPD dwindle over the last few
  18. As of this month my number of sales is equal to all I made in 2014 and revenue is just $12 less than all 12 months of 2014, so I'm feeling more positive than I have about Alamy in quite a while. My average license this month was $80 which is better than I've seen for most sales the past couple of years. Zooms and views are up significantly too. Hope the trend continues.
  19. Just got a comp copy of the 2015 Maine Coast Calendar from BrownTrout today (I licensed some photos including June's image to them directly) and found a couple from alamy so thought I'd share - haven't been on here in a few months so hope this isn't a repeat - beautiful images: May image - Portland Head Light Maine Henk Meijer DDG49B September Image - Stonington, Deer Isle, Maine - Danita Delimont I can't find the photo but it is the lobster shack shown in this one E63TPB (This photo is by Pat & Chuck Blackley) It's by Pat & Chuck Blackley who have the April imag
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