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Tom Reichner

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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={B9425847-3E92-42E9-AEC5-DAB9FF291E35}&name=Tom+Reichner
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    15 Jun 2009
  1. . . . I agree. Sure for sales and general human interest, the ship is the main feature. But personally, I dislike things that are manmade. Buildings, streets, automobiles, contrails, people, and yes, ships ..... I think they are ugly and distracting. I don't want these things in my photos, because to me, photography is about showcasing the things that I think are beautiful, and only nature (devoid of man's presence) is beautiful to me. So the way I would've shot this would be much tighter, with just the moon, the sky immediately around it, and the very top of the
  2. I apologize, Robert; I have no idea what you are talking about, but I really want to know what you are saying. Would you be so kind as to re-write your post, but to do so in a way that a layperson could understand? Specifically, the things you wrote that I don't understand (or understand what they have to do with stock agency image sales) are: the expression "dog at the door" Culture Trip guff "characters" .... "heavy with makeup" (perhaps you are talking about models?) doctorates, and how they might be connected to what we are discussing here Th
  3. I have sold at that agency for the last 7 years, and have consistently averaged right around $1.00 USD commission per sale. Every month there are several commissions of $25 to $35, sometimes even significantly more, which keeps the average well above the $0.38 minimum.
  4. I, also, am looking for an answer to this question, as well as general information about the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive RM license types. I am surprised that no one helped you with this issue yet. A few of the specific questions I have: If I have sold an image and it was published (not thru Alamy), am I able to offer an exclusive RM license for that image, if the sale & publication happened several years ago? What about an image that was sold and published last year? What about images that are currently offered on other sites, but have not sold yet? C
  5. It could be said that good photographers show customers what they want. For instance, perhaps a customer knows that they need a photo of, say, a young girl surfing, so they search thru pertinent photos.....they see dozens of acceptable images that will suit their needs, then they see a shot that really stands out and they think, "Wow! I never knew any photo like that existed! It is so much better than anything I had in mind! It will be perfect!" I think that a good photographer's job - his/her goal - is to show customers images that are far more compelling than anything they had i
  6. I would certainly hope so. My current microstock sales exceed $5 per image per year. And that is with my sub-par stuff (I've been saving the good images for Alamy). I sure hope that if my "fair to middlin" images make just under $6.00 per image per year on a single microstock site, that then my BEST images - the really prime stuff - should do significantly better here where they can be sold on a Rights-Managed Exclusive basis. If they don't garner at least that much, then I'd be better off just selling them on microstock, wouldn't I?
  7. Thank you for your explanation, Robert. I am so glad to hear that you do, indeed, have regular sales here on Alamy. If you had "not a sausage" to show for 1400+ images, I would completely change my plans about what to spend the next 6 months of my life doing! I have had Getty request me to join them, but declined, due to a lot of bad reports about giving images away for free as some type of foolish "promotional" idea (and giving the contributors ZERO commission), low-balling, and the like. One contributor I know says that his average commission with Getty is $2.32.....that was over 2 ye
  8. So, you have sales at Getty every month, but here on Alamy you have "Not a sausage"? Forgive me, but I am not familiar with the use of the term "sausage" as you are using it here, and therefore I am not sure what it is that you mean. Does that mean that out of your 1409 images here at Alamy, you do not have a single sale? That is hard for me to believe. Why, then, did you bother to spend all of the time uploading, keywording, etc....if it didn't yield even a single sale. Is this place really so terrible as that?
  9. I certainly hope not! The reason I joined Alamy is because it is NOT a microstock agency. I already have a big, successful portfolio on a MS agency, but I needed another agency to market my better images - one that would sell for premium prices on a Rights Managed basis. I feel as though I finally have found a place for my really good images, while my sub-par stuff will continue to earn me consistent, substantial money on S.S. If Alamy turns into microstock, or even gets more similar to microstock, then I will be left high and dry, as I certainly am not going to ever, EVER sell my
  10. I certainly hope not! The reason I joined Alamy is because it is NOT a microstock agency. I already have a big, successful portfolio on a MS agency, but I needed another agency to market my better images - one that would sell for premium prices on a Rights Managed basis. I feel as though I finally have found a place for my really good images, while my sub-par stuff will continue to earn me consistent, substantial money on S.S. If Alamy turns into microstock, or even gets more similar to microstock, then I will be left high and dry, as I certainly am not going to ever, EVER sell my
  11. Thank you for your kind words, Paulette - they are appreciated. Also, thanks for the suggestion about the better keyword to use. I will implement this in the future. I did not realize that the site would have daily updates - I guess I assumed that updates would be continuous, and happen whenever someone clicked on a "submit" button. So, I will sit back and wait, as you suggest. There is one apparent glitch, though: on my "My Alamy" page, it says: 1 images not on sale - please keyword Yet, when I click on that, another page comes up in a new (big) window, it says: You have n
  12. That did help! Thank you, Michael ____________________________________ Ok, another issue I am having; quite the opposite of the first. I have an image that has ben all prepped - keywords done, description done, etc - everything finished. Alamy even says that the image is "ready". But I don't know how to submit it, now that it is all ready to go. I have searched the page, high and low, for a button to click on that says, "submit image". Yet I can find no such thing. maybe I am just not looking in the right place. Maybe the "submit" button is hidden in some drop-down menu somew
  13. Thank you all for your replies and helpfulness. Thank you, Philille. What you said to do I followed step-by-step, and it worked great! As for keywording, I really need to do it here in Alamy, as I do not have photo software (other than iPhoto). And my computer is really slow, and when I have tried to add powerful photo editing programs, it bogs everything down and the computer just seizes up. So, I'd better stick with just using iPhoto until I can get a new computer. ANOTHER QUESTION: When writing keywords, what do I put between each keyword? a comma? a space? a space and
  14. Hello, fellow contributors! I am brand new to the forum, and also brand new to Alamy.......I am so glad to be part of such a wonderful stock agency! I have a problem with one of my very first images: I don't do keywords, descriptions, or titles all at one sitting. This stuff requires a great amount of focus and concentration for me, and after a few minutes I need to pull away from it and let my head clear for a while......then I'll come back to it and do a little more, then step away again....and so on and so on and so on. So, what happens is that I might have the "manage im
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