Phil Robinson

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  1. No sales, no zooms, no views

    AIM is very useful and I hope the information is available again soon, but I don't find myself suddenly at a total loss as to what to photograph because I haven't seen the zooms for three weeks. I'm still getting sales and years of recent experience aren't wiped out after a month without statistics. Having said that, yes, I'd like to see measures back soon.
  2. Periodic table homepage pic

    My dad still has that original 1959 'More Of Tom Lehrer' album - we grew up with it (and yes, I know all the words)
  3. Early opt out of Novel Use

    Given that the so-called 'novel use' sales coming through these day in no way what we were led to believe they would be when the scheme started - $1.62 for use in a government magazine with a circulation of 250,000, 'in perpetuity'!; advertising use on commercial travel websites etc - and that many of us thought that the scheme had been discontinued a long time ago anyway, could we perhaps, as a friendly gesture, be given a one-off chance to opt out of it without having to wait until April? Especially as after after Feb we will be getting 40% of nothing rather than 50% of nothing.
  4. Is Alamy turning into a Microstock agency?

    https://theculturetrip.com/about-us/
  5. Is Alamy turning into a Microstock agency?

    Also 8 at 1.25. NU. To a commercial site with 20 million visitors a month. Opt out in April.
  6. deleting images from review queue

    No, I don't think you can. You could try contacting Alamy and asking them to do it.
  7. Interesting to hear that many clients get in touch with Alamy researchers to find images for them rather than searching the website - and that the categories in AIM are used mostly by those Alamy staff - I'll keep filling them in.
  8. Keywording is exhausting

    It's not much fun, but AT LEAST as important as taking great photos. You may have taken the best photo in the history of photography, but if nobody finds it, it's not going to sell.
  9. Have you found any Alamy images in February 2019?

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/paris/articles/20-unmissable-attractions-in-paris/ Steve Tulley x2 John Kellerman Peter Horree olrat x2 Ayhan Altun Godong Fabrizzio Robba Janet Ridley Perry van Munster me Ilyas Ayub Susan Montgomerie Jamie Gray Francois Roux VogelSP Andrea Izzotti Patric Schadler Chris Wilson Don't get too excited - despite being on the website of one of Forbes 'fastest growing companies to watch' who invested over $22million in the last two years, with over 1600 articles and 20 million visitors a month, these were sold as 'novel use' and you probably got your 62c on 31st January.
  10. poor discoverability photos

    Remember turning that bar green doesn't trigger anything that suddenly makes your image more discoverable or higher ranking. In itself, it means nothing. It is meant to be an indication of whether you have added enough stuff, but is, objectively, in the opinion of some, perhaps (definitely) almost meaningless. If you have a picture of a cat and add the names of fifty dog breeds as tags, the line will turn green. But is that necessarily a good idea...?
  11. I have often (too often) seen images, especially news, published that I thought might be mine but turned out to be taken by the photographer standing next to me. The images might be almost indistinguishable but my version is still exclusive to Alamy if I haven't sent it anywhere else. If I send two almost identical images taken half a second apart to two different agencies, however, that's a different matter.
  12. I'm going through mine by subject - best-selling subjects first. Search on one computer with a keyword on Alamy and use the same search on my laptop an my other (main) agent, then see what comes up on both. Select all, then go through unclicking the ones I find on the other site before chosing 'exclusive to Alamy'. I am planning to check everything that gets zoomed on an image by image basis as they are the ones you know might sell soon. With nearly 40,000 images it's a big job and I don't expect to be finished any time soon.
  13. People?

    Interesting question Using filters: 15,543 Using keyword 'people' : 1839 'person' ; 855 I've been adding it as a tag recently - looks like I didn't much in the past.
  14. How was your January?

    Brazil, again? A few years ago we had sales to Brazil written off because the distributor had gone bust / run away.
  15. Strange usage/caption

    Anyway it is good evidence to prove you should get live news rates and not $6.12
  16. Have you found any Alamy images in February 2019?

    Thanks again Bryan - you do an amazing job, much appreciated by those of us too lazy to do it ourselves.
  17. Favourite photos uploaded February 2019

    duplicated (if your post doesn't appear immediately, give it a minute...)
  18. Early opt out of Novel Use

    To be honest $5 isn't bad for Novel Use. It started out for customers who didn't fit into any of the traditional licencing models - like someone who wanted to put an image on a fridge magnet or a mug - but it now being used for 'special deals' with government magazines with a circulation of 250,000 to use images in perpetuity for $1.62. It's not what we signed up for, most of us thought it had been killed off years ago and some of us are somewhat surprised and not entirely happy to see our work being given away to people who can afford to pay, in some weird commercial experiment.
  19. Dry January

    Yes - I had a couple of Downing Street pics come through last night - including one of Nicola Sturgeon and a Christmas tree - I was just ready to pack up and leave when she arrived.
  20. Images sold in January

    Especially pleased about this one as it had been a long cold day and I was just about to pack up when she arrived. Sun/Scottish Sun
  21. Stock or Love?

    Next big Brexit vote in Westminster on Feb 14th ......... just saying
  22. Dry January

    A bit of a surge the last two days, but still a hugely disappointing month. Just had another one appear so maybe the next hour or two will double the monthly total.
  23. What does NU stand for? (ironic)

    Never Undersold Sorry if I'm getting a bit cynical recently - I have always been a great supporter of Alamy, but recently things have just been getting so depressing.
  24. GET RID OF CAPTCHA NOW

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF CAPTCHA NOW Every time I log in it is slower, less accurate (it CANNOT recognise a traffic light, or a bicycle - I can) and even more infuriating, and after you click a fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear and when you click that fire hydrant you have to wait five seconds for another fire hydrant to appear......