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Phil Robinson

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  1. Has anyone had any sales through Colourbox?


    I have just found one of my images on a website, credited to Alamy (Colourbox). I can't find the image on the Colourbox site and was very unhappy to see the flat rates they charge for image use.
    I wasn't aware that they were an Alamy distributor and am a bit confused that I can't find the image in question on their site. Maybe it's just a misprint.

  2. That's exactly what I mean. You can never know how your images will come up in a search or what selection will turn up for a particular keyword. The 'preferred' one might not be the best for a particular search term, but for batches of images that are basically similars, which will always come up together because they have the same keywords, it would be nice to have some sort of say in the order.

  3. To help tweak the sometimes disappointing order in which our images come in searches, how about an ability for contributors to mark a certain percentage of their shots as 'favourites', to give them preference in searches?

    It could be a quite small percentage, but it would produce more favourable search results, especially where similars are involved.

    You might argue that you shouldn't upload any picture you might be disappointed to see pop up, and stick with only the best, but I'm sure we all contribute similars to give buyers more choice, while knowing which one we prefer.



    Aha! I've just had a 180 surge into my account. And it was an image that has sold twice before for 180, back in 2009 and 2010.

    and today, the same image for the same amount with the same details. Fully expecting a refund of the first, but you never know.



    I suspect you did have a refund, Phil (but hope not).  I had this exact sale on Friday, then repeated yesterday, refunded today.  As it happens, this was my fourth textbook sale this month (not counting the one that was cancelled out) but they weren't all for $180 more's the pity. 





    Yes, me too. But it was expected. On the plus side, my second biggest sale ever turned up today, followed by another 3-figure sale this afternoon. I've made more in the last two days than I did in February. There is hope yet.

  5. Get your captioning and keywording as good as you possibly can.

    The only way customers will use your images is if they find exactly what they want in a particular search.

    If they don't come up in searches, nobody will see them; if they come up in the wrong searches, nobody will use them.

    The only real way to sell images here is to take the subjects people want and make sure they find them when they want them.


    I wish I was a lot better at what I have just recommended.




    Having said that, I've just had a look at your images and your captioning and keywording seem pretty good to me.

  6. It's not as simple as that.


    I contribute to Getty but the thought of having to withdraw just over 2000 images and then send them off somewhere else is something I could do without. The only thing I would consider is getting hold of one of my other agents and seeing if they would take them no questions asked.


    However, I note that AGE is currently not allowing use through the scheme but as far as I can Robert Harding is. How do I know? Just clicked on images of mine that are with RH showing in Getty and the embed feature is there. Tried AGE with someone I know and the link isn't there.


    What frustrates me further is that neither agency has sent out any communication to its contributors through email asking what we would like to do.

    Age isn't, as yet, participating, though Alfonso has made his personal view clear that he thinks it's a good thing. 

  7. The statue is in a gallery in Florence and is presumably owned by someone. There's an interesting bit on Wikipedia (so it MUST be true) about a dispute of ownership between the City of Florence and the Ministry of Culture, but it will be somebody's property. So, for commercial use, which this clearly is, there would need to be permission.


    Interestingly, there is an identical copy of the original, outdoors in Piazza della Signoria - maybe rules regarding that one would be different?

  8. I bought a fishing tackle bag from Lidl last year for £20. Took the insides out, put in some cardboard dividers, it's got the most comfortable shoulder strap of any 'camera bag' I've owned and is the only one that can take a Nikon with a 170-500 zoom vertically. Good investment (and I got all the little plastic boxes that came with it for storing small things, not, in my case, fishing tackle).




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