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  1. It might be cheaper to hire a hypnotist to trick you into thinking your digital camera is actually using film.

    I for one would never go back. I know what you mean about being slower and more selective about pressing the shutter, but I can think of an awful lot of pictures I didn't get because I was too slow / cost-conscious.

    If you go for it, I would certainly recommend the medium format / tripod route. There are some ridiculously cheap Bronicas and Mamiya 645s around these days (as I discovered when I sold mine).


    Edit: (Posted this seconds after you added the above. There are good value Nikons around too).

  2. It's definitely worth it unless it conflicts with agencies you supply in other countries (which I don't).


    I've always been signed up to every territory except Italy* and it can make a substantial difference to one's monthly income. Last month, I only had 9 out of 118 sales that were through distributors but, back in January, that figure was 27 out of 90.


    Ian D


    * I dropped Italy after I was only seeing a lot of tiny $4 sales (to Viaggia???) but I've actually just signed back up after Kumar (Doc) mentioned that he'd started getting some reasonable licenses from there.

    Ian - did you know the Alamy link on your website brings up no images - a bit like the number under your name on the forum?

  3. I think the only reason for deleting images is to improve your Alamyrank. If you delete something, it can't sell. But it also can't come up in searches where it isn't wanted.

    Rather than deleting images, a better approach might be to delete some of their keywords. If is isn't going to beat the competition, or you have better images of the same subject, maybe reduce the keywords to the few that might have less competition.

    I've been going through my images recently (still at it) and have been playing with the keywords. Adding some that I hadn't thought of, yes, but also deleting or relegating others that weren't really that relevant or for which I myself had better examples.

    I have deleted a few images, but usually only near duplicates or inferior versions of newly-processed oldies.



    I keep clicking on Summary of items sold, but no more sales are coming up. Is there a fault at Alamy's end?




     No. The problem is at your end. You are eating too many peanuts ;)



    :) I think the problem is that I'm spending too much time on here (there are those who would agree, judging by some rather random red marks of death I've got to all my posts on another thread!) rather than taking pictures of the peanuts!  Probably why I'm making peanuts!  Pass the popcorn.


    Anyhoo, despite my BME, looks like everyone is overtaking me (not that difficult :D) and a good thing too.  Best of luck all!



    'Peanuts' - 9231 results. maybe try some other snack

  5. I've had a monopod for years and never used it until this summer. I had two days at Eastbourne photographing the tennis. After the first day I could barely move my arms, thanks to holding up a heavy Sigma zoom all day. The second day I took the monopod. Not only did it save my arms but I found id did help with stability, especially when sitting down and effectively using it as one leg of a tripod, sort of. 

    They can also be pushed up agains a wall or a tree for more stability.

    It's a Manfroto - very well built and with a fairly large ball and socket head, just the right height for me.

  6. Splitting a collection into more than pseudos has a couple of effects.

    The newly-created one will have a median ranking until the next re-rank.

    Your 'better' pseudos will have a better ranking than your original, others will be below where you were. Winners and losers.

    I've split mine into five, according to subject matter. I find keywording studio images a lot more straightforward than travel or other subjects and that pseudo has a much higher ranking and better sales. It tends to appear on the first page, which is very useful in searches with a lot of competition. Those are also easily my best-selling images.

    My travel images have a much lower ranking and popular subjects tend to get lost in the search, though I have had a couple of surprising sales against stiff opposition (Grand Canal Venice, for example - why mine?!)

    If I bunched all mine together again, my travel images might appear slightly higher up in searches but as I think my studio stuff is always more likely to sell, I am happy with it having the higher ranking and more exposure.

    I have recently started covering news and sport. I have given those images their own pseudos, partly because I have no idea how they will perform and that's easier to track if they are separate, and partly because I have given them far more keywords to cover both their news value and stock potential, which might mean their CTR is quite low.


    When your images get up into the high thousands, I find they are a bit more manageable anyway. Pseudos give another search term to differentiate when you are going through your portfolio, keywording etc.

  7. I got pictures of the local air ambulance landing in the centre of town for an emergency, bringing the traffic to a standstill for two hours. Big local story. I sent the local paper - part of a huge group with a massive annual turnover - a link to the photos. Same story - yes, we'd like to use them. Pay? Oh, we don't pay. I sent them for free to the Air Ambulance - a registered charity.

  8. Commercial = advertising, marketing (releases needed)

    Editorial = everything else. Books, magazines, newspapers.


    For most editorial work, a release isn't needed. As long as you are honest about whether you have a release or not, it is up to the customer to decide whether they need one.


    I have a lot of photos of people that have been published in books and magazines without a release.

  9. Just today I have noticed random blue, underlined links to unwanted adverts appearing on some pages on Alamy. The net seems to agree that these are annoying but harmless 'Intellitx' which is something added by the website writer and works in conjunction with Google.


    I find it hard to believe that Alamy would deliberately participate in anything this irritating.

    Does anyone else have the same problem, (I'm using Chrome) or know more than I do?


    (Edit - one has just appeared in the post I just posted, on the word 'writer')

  10. I don't know if any of yours are there, of course,, but


    As far as I know AGE images aren't placed on Alamy as I only chose to submit to agencies that aren't on Alamy too.






    Well I never!


    I did a search for Age fotostock and it didn't return any images! I also searched for Age fotostock John Keates and no images came up either.


    I've also never seen any of my images side by side in searches.


    It was a few years ago when I signed up to AGE and there might have been an opt out option to put images with other agencies but I can't remember!!




    PS looks like the editor is playing up.


    Age have recently announced that they have signed an agreement to put their exclusive images on Alamy (bit of a contradiction?). Some non-exclusive contributors have complained that their images have also found their way here and that is being sorted out, I believe. I may have to reassess my understanding of the word 'exclusive'.



    (Oops, how did I miss the above post?)

  11. I know what I think it means. Many ranges of travel guides - Eyewitness, Rough Guides, Lonely Planet etc - publish foreign editions. Some do it themselves, more often they are handled by a foreign partner publisher. Go into any bookshop abroad and you will find lots of very recognisable books that look the same as the English version, except they are in a foreign language and tend to have different publisher on the spine.


    If these foreign editions are taken into account in the original deal (including, it seems, maximum total print run) then that is fair enough, though of course the fee should reflect this. That is what this clause refers to, but the wording leaves it open to other licensing as well. 

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