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Phil Robinson

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  1. Surely the bottom line is Alamy's business model. They are in a position to assess whether distributors add value to their business. They have seen the need to open local offices in the USA and Germany which would suggest that local representation increases sales. Languages, taxes exchange control, competition, politics etc will undoubtably also influence their decision.

     

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    I agree. I also agree that opening local offices abroad is a much better way (from the photographers' point of view at least) to increase sales. I do, however, realise that opening offices in 200-300 countries is perhaps impractical.


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    I accept the point about languages for negotiating purposes - though a little less negotiation on prices might be welcomed by some - but Getty distributing through Corbis? Lunacy. And if the deal they struck makes sense for them, you can be sure it doesn't for the photographers.

     

    The commercial agencies return the most to photographers, generally by quite some distance. 

     

     

    Do you mean amounts or percentages?


  3. As Chuck said, if you have old images of value or interest that can't be retaken, by all means.

    I know there are still defenders of film out there, but I honestly can't see the point of taking the film route with all the scanning and editing (and cost) involved for what is now a totally digital market.

    The final product will be digital - why take the long way round?

     

    If your aim is primarily the art market - good old-fashioned framed black and white prints done the traditional way, then yes, digitise them too.


  4. I now have the FTP route but I used to have the same problem frequently. I found it happened if I was doing ANYTHING ELSE on the internet at the same time. If I left the computer alone while it was going on I didn't have problems, but it seemed that if I was doing anything online while a file was finishing or beginning, it came up as an error. 

    Try leaving the computer alone, see if that works.

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  5. Finding usage? Alamy sales reports say if it's in a book or not. The bands for numbers of books sales are pretty wide, (0-50, 50-100, 100-300 or something) so you don't have to know exact numbers. If you are one or two short of the next band I'd claim for that - you're bound to have a couple of unreported sales out there somewhere.

     

    As for income, I usually regard it as a thirteenth month - in recent years it has been a bit above my Alamy monthly average.

     

    And in previous years the numbers have included ALL sales in the past, up to the date claimed - those books are all still out there in libraries and available to be photocopied. Please let me know if this has changed this year - I haven't been online to do the form yet this year. The email says I have 192 sales - is that just new ones since the last claim? I've had a lot more than that since I started.


  6. I do a lot of statues and I always clean them up when possible. Things that look permanent - like dents, holes, imperfections - I leave because they are part of the statue. But anything temporary that might not be there on a different day, or after a rainstorm, is fair game.

    Anyone doing a story about bird mess on statues would probably want to illustrate it with a REALLY bad example that would be impossible to Photoshop anyway.

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