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Phil Robinson

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  1. Hello there

    I'd like to hear from anyone with experience of dealing with ImageRights for pursuing copyright infringements - I know you're out there.

     

    I have found multiple copies of my images on the web, from all over the world, from blogs to commercial sites. The so-called search engine they speak of has found nothing since I joined and I am planning to contact them with a long list of infringements I've found.

     

    Do I send them every example and let them sort them out? I know chasing blogs is a waste of time but sometimes there is a fine line between a blog and a commercial operation.

    And do they only deal with businesses in the US? I have found some from South Africa and Europe.

     

    I have the basic (free) package. Am I going to lose most of what they recover in commission?

     

    Any help would be very gratefully received.

     

    Thanks in advance

     

    Phil

     

     


  2. I also think it was an odd decision to wind up your business, but presumably, if you sold it, you must have a fair amount of start-up capital.

    What you need in this business is time. Pictures you take now might start to provide actual income in 6 months to a year.

    Get some good enough equipment (it doesn't have to be top of the range, but it must be quality) and be prepared to spend a lot of time taking a lot of photos before you see any return. It'll be difficult to make any decisions about how well you are doing before the middle of next year.

     

    (and treat any advice from anyone with fewer than 18,000 pics with caution)

     

    Good luck.

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  3. I've added about 4,000 this year. I calculate the earnings per image using an average image count for the year (15,000) as obviously recently-added images haven't had the opportunity to sell yet.

    The fall is partly due to the increase in Alamy's cut, of course, but the rest of it seems to be a general decline in fees.

    I have had almost exactly the same number of sales this year as last (9 fewer) despite the large increase in portfolio. I have had quite a few sales from images added this year - largely to newspapers, and we all know what their prices are doing - so it means my existing stock of photos performed much worse than the last few years.

    The income per image had been almost identical for the previous three years. As I said, this year down 50%.

     

    I picked the wrong year to go full-time. (If anyone knows of a job vacancy for a multi-lingual, guitar-playing ex-librarian with teaching experience and juggling skills, please get in touch).

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  4. I saw this in the Telegraph too, but couldn't find it under the search 'Hundertwasserhaus' (all one word) - the German name. I'd add that to the caption and keywords if I were you (although clearly the Telegraph found it!)


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    They look really good to me. And the keywords we can see look fine too. I think if you keep submitting similar subjects up to this standard you should do well.

    Think of yourself as a fine art photographer by all means, but your fine art images might do better elsewhere. What I've seen looks like stock. Just keep looking for new subjects, and lots of them. You've got the quality, now you just need the numbers.

    Just one thing - I'm not sure I'd bother with the black and white. I'd post in colour - if the customer wants b/w they can change it themselves but they can't do it the other way. (others may disagree)

     

    Appreciate your comments! Kind of a tough call on the B&W images, cuz out of those I've sold 1/2 have been B&W. :)

     

    Ignore me. I'm going to start uploading black and whites.


  6. They look really good to me. And the keywords we can see look fine too. I think if you keep submitting similar subjects up to this standard you should do well.

    Think of yourself as a fine art photographer by all means, but your fine art images might do better elsewhere. What I've seen looks like stock. Just keep looking for new subjects, and lots of them. You've got the quality, now you just need the numbers.

    Just one thing - I'm not sure I'd bother with the black and white. I'd post in colour - if the customer wants b/w they can change it themselves but they can't do it the other way. (others may disagree)


  7. I brought this up a while ago - partly because refunds were being counted as sales. That no longer seems to be the case, but a sale refunded still counts as a sale even if the refund itself doesn't.

     

    Edit: No, refunds do still seem to count as sales. Shame - on two counts.


  8. I have had a couple of searches for insects using the Latin names. I'd certainly agree that the scientific name is an essential for nature photographers - not only a Latin name, but the CORRECT Latin name. There are a worrying number of animal pictures on Alamy with bad/awful captions - having the correct Latin name not only helps in searches but also adds credibility to the caption.

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