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Phil Robinson

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  1. My dearth continues which I still think is strange - no zooms or sales. However, taking up the reins of positivity, while out during the past week doing stock in fairly remote places, I've been approached twice to do small on the spot commissions. It obviously pays me to be visible with tripod and bags etc. In all my years of photography I can't remember this happening before and now lightening strikes twice. I'm now looking out for this kind of opportunity again. Anyone else experienced this?

     

    Jim,.  :)

     

    A couple of weeks ago I was photographing the cleaning of Big Ben and was approached by someone who ran a London website. He seemed really interested, took my card and website details and said he'd get in touch. He didn't.


  2. I tried exactly that a few years ago, putting all my sold and zoomed images together - but as mentioned above, the inevitable happened. I got one psuedo with a really high ranking and one on the last page. 

    I do now have several different pseudos, but arranged by subject matter. I have far more travel pictures than studio images, for instance, and the studio pics do much better and have a much higher ranking.

    It depends on how you see it - either your better images are helping out the worse ones, or the less good are holding back the best.

     

    One really useful side of pseudos is for viewing in My Images. I like to go through from time to time weeding out and deleting similars and to do this I order the result according to 'My Ref', the file numbers I give them to identify the subject. This means similar images come up grouped together.

    When you do that with 23,000 images all at once it can be a bit daunting, even when the system copes with putting them in order - which it usually doesn't. Pseudos are a good way of making management of your images manageable. 


  3. As a general starting rule:

    Two cameras. 

    one with a 17-105 zoom, shutter priority, ISO 200 BUT set to auto ISO, min shutter speed 100-150, max ISO 800

    the other with a 70-300 zoom, shutter priority, ISO 200 but also on auto, min shutter 320-400th.

     

    That way I'm set up for quick grab shots at any focal length. If I want more depth of field for something, I can always change the settings.

     

    I didn't realise my cameras had auto ISO until I read something on here. I have found it EXTREMELY useful, especially when covering news or sport.

     

    RAW and auto white balance.


  4. I have done it on occasions. I recently did a search to see what Alamy already had and misspelled/mis-spellt the search word - I got over 250 results. I can't remember the actual term, but I did include the ronglee spelt one on that occasion. I often do it with hyphenated words where nobody seems to be sure what's right - double-handed / double handed / doublehanded.

     

    I wouldn't bother wasting time wondering how people might misspell something unless I'm unsure myself.


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    Travel of course helps.

     

    not necessarily...

     

    km

     

     

    Keith, you live in the UK.

    Alamy is based in the UK

    I live in Belgium and there are as good as no Alamy publications in the Belgian press. In other words, there's very little demand (by Alamy's customers) for pictures of Belgian traffic wardens, Belgian supermarkets, Belgian courthouses, etc.

    So, yes it pays for some foreign contributors to travel in order to make sales at Alamy. Besides, my only costs are diesel and toll (No hotels nor restaurants, I sleep and eat in my little van).

     

    Hey, you only live once. I also like to see with my own eyes what's on the other side of the hill. ;)

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

     

    Sold a picture of Belgium this morning. Place Royale. Statue : Godfrey of Bouillon. 

    Admittedly, not a traffic warden in sight.


  6. I never batch process anything, except for adding keywords to multiple similar images. I do each image individually and try to get at least 100 a week done (on average).

    With twenty thousand images and ten years with Alamy that's an average of about 40 a week, though I am now full time and not limited to weekends and school holidays.

    If you are doing nothing else (like being out taking photos) 20 or 30 a day isn't that many, though it does often feel like a lot more.

    (If anyone knows of a job in a school in the Maidstone area. let me know).


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    It's very interesting to see the graphs posted here - there is a remarkable similarity in incomes. I'd post mine but it is exactly the same shape as Wim's - the numbers down the left are different. It will be interesting to compare at the end of the year when all the numbers are in. I'd like to think we are having an unfortunate downward blip at the moment - a rather lengthy one. Let's hope all the graphs start heading the right way again.

     

    FWIW, my graphs are quite different in that both are heading upward this year after a slump in 2013. I think that we would have to hear from a lot more contributors before declaring an official blip. The forum is a relatively small sample. Then again, I could be an outlier. Wouldn't be the first time. B)

     

     

    Good to hear, John. As I mentioned, the year isn't over yet and the downturn at the right of the graph still has time to edge upwards. My main gripe is the number of images I've added without any visible results, but again, time will tell.


  8. It's very interesting to see the graphs posted here - there is a remarkable similarity in incomes. I'd post mine but it is exactly the same shape as Wim's - the numbers down the left are different. It will be interesting to compare at the end of the year when all the numbers are in. I'd like to think we are having an unfortunate downward blip at the moment - a rather lengthy one. Let's hope all the graphs start heading the right way again.

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  9. Today, 29th August 2014, is my tenth anniversary of joining Alamy. Nine years of constantly increasing sales and income followed by one year of slightly increasing sales but falling income, despite nearly doubling my number of images in the past 18 months. After remaining constant, almost to the penny, for four years, income per image has almost halved.

     

    How are other long-term members doing?

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