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Phil Robinson

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  1. Just always remember that the caption is searchable. Words that are relevant to the caption might not be appropriate as keywords, even low-priority keywords. 

    Do a search for any tennis player on Alamy and you will get dozens of images, some near the top of the results, of completely different players, because their opponent at the time (the one you were searching for) is mentioned in the caption.

    That, I think, is the kind of thing that belongs in the description field - relevant perhaps to possible future use of the image but not in searches. 


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    Good to hear some of you get sales - I haven't yet but I am aware that my stuff is not as well suited to the fine art market as some.

    What I would be interested in from those who do sell is how many views you get. I look at some contributors who get thousands of views for one image - is that the kind of level that's needed?

    I've had about 700 views in total and although they are beginning to increase lately, I doubt I'm getting enough exposure to sell much.

    Ah, a sudden rush of views in the last couple of days - I assume it's you lot. Feel free to buy as well.

     

    Deep discounts?

     

    And there was I thinking you believed photographers should value their work.


  3. The potential client couldn't care less how much time or money it cost to produce an image. If more than one suitable image is available he will take the best/cheapest option. It would cost me hundreds of pounds to get a photo of New York - an NY photographer could do it for next to nothing. The customer isn't going to pay me any more because I had to catch a plane.

    Some photos are unrepeatable - many of Chuck's images couldn't be taken again and he is not alone in that. Unfortunately it isn't possible for an organisation with a database of nearly 50 million images to give them each a rarity rating which dictates the level of fees they deserve. 

     

    I would rather have 8 sales for $800 than 16 for $800, but I'll go with the 16 if the alternative is losing the $100.


  4. Good to hear some of you get sales - I haven't yet but I am aware that my stuff is not as well suited to the fine art market as some.

    What I would be interested in from those who do sell is how many views you get. I look at some contributors who get thousands of views for one image - is that the kind of level that's needed?

    I've had about 700 views in total and although they are beginning to increase lately, I doubt I'm getting enough exposure to sell much.

    Ah, a sudden rush of views in the last couple of days - I assume it's you lot. Feel free to buy as well.


  5. Good to hear some of you get sales - I haven't yet but I am aware that my stuff is not as well suited to the fine art market as some.

    What I would be interested in from those who do sell is how many views you get. I look at some contributors who get thousands of views for one image - is that the kind of level that's needed?

    I've had about 700 views in total and although they are beginning to increase lately, I doubt I'm getting enough exposure to sell much.


  6. I got one for the first time. Very welcome but strange as I've had the worst quarter since this time last year. However, I've just checked the figures and I've realised I've almost doubled what I made in Jan-March 2013 (which was a fifth of what I'd made the year before!)

    If the next three quarters are doubled too, things won't look so bad.


  7. I agree too. I know Alamy are very keen to to have images correctly annotated as to whether there are ANY people in the scene, for model release reasons. I have had a couple of emails asking me to change an image to include a five-pixel-high individual in the background.

    I don't know how picky they are about numbers. Maybe there is a bit more room for interpretation as long as you have the people/no people question answered correctly. I can't really think of a reason why anyone would want to know the precise number of irrelevant people in an image, unless a customer particularly wants a lone person on a beach to illustrate isolation, loneliness etc, though I suspect they would be more likely to use keywords for that.


  8. On the seventh of this month I had one of those nice $180 textbooks sales.

    On the tenth, it sold again, same details, but was, not surprisingly, refunded later that day.

    This morning it's popped up again. I'm fully expecting the same thing to happen, but fingers crossed.

    I've had duplicated sales and refunds before, but never twice in the same month.

    Has this happened to anyone else this month? 

     

     

     

    (Edit - the second was another sale, not a slae, thankfully)


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    The depressing thing is, some photographers seem to do better from snapping their lunch or still-lifes of nick-knacks rather than journeying to the ends of the earth.

     

    I'd agree with that. Though I find it less depressing now I've started snapping my nick-knacks and lunches. Travel images are still selling for me but I find my 'studio' (kitchen table) stuff is far outselling it and hugely more cost-effective. Even if I buy most of the stuff on ebay, it's still cheaper than the airfare to Prague. (Coincidentally I did find a picture of my lunch on a Danish website last week - with luck it might just cover the cost of the meal).


  10. Aviation Firefighters

    By Nancy White

    January, 2014

    (Amazon - Books)

     

    p. 6-7 David R. Frazier Photolibrary

    p. 9 Rightimage

    p. 10 AlamyCelebrity

    p. 14 dpa picture alliance archive

    p. 14-15 Eurostyle Graphics

    p. 17 Zuma Press, Inc.

    p. 20-21 Eureka

    p. 23 Danita Dellimont (sp.? -very blurry in preview mode)

    p. 27 FirePhoto

    p. 28 ZUMA Press, Inc.

    p. 29 Brian Posey

    p. 29 redbrickstock

    p. 29 Ace Stock Limited

    You must have a fascinating library at home Lisa!

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