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Phil Robinson

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  1. I think people are always more willing to talk about poor sales than good. Perhaps those selling well are too busy out there taking photos to contribute to the discussion......
  2. February was my worst month for years (since June 2009), March wasn't great, April and May were much better, June is doing very nicely (so far five times what I made in Feb). The trend is looking good.
  3. My first sale - the Spirit Hotel in Bratislava. Amazingly, I was staying there again and on the internet (in the lounge behind that big roundish window) when the sale was reported.
  4. No results for the search "tennis player bribe". I'm off to Eastbourne next week - I shall have to keep my eyes open. ("tennis cow dung India" - another search with no results. Might have to go further than Eastbourne for that one)
  5. Does anyone notice patterns throughout the month? NU sales usually appear around the second week; I notice sales to Japan tend to be at the end of the month. Any others you've noticed?
  6. As always, when people say how good a month is, I'm having a bad time and when they complain about lack of sales, I seem to have a good month. First half of June is pretty good with a few 40-60s and three 3-figure sales. Can we have more threads complaining about bad sales please?
  7. When they first appear, it seems to be the first image uploaded - but later I find it changes, once someone has had a look at them.
  8. 1 Shoot Nikon RAW 2 Stick the card into computer slot and drag the files to my 'Raw to Name' folder 3 In ViewNX2, name the files and add captions, keywords, copyright into etc after deleting any rubbish I missed in camera 4 Drag files to a pending folder - travel, studio, nature etc 5 Open RAW files in Nikon Capture, have another check for sharpness, sometimes adjust levels (usually leave until later) and save as TIFF into Processing file 6 Open TIFF file in Elements, do the 16bit adjustments first (colour, levels) then zoom in to 100% to clean up dust, cigarette ends etc 7 Save a TIFF copy to 'Archive' folder, to be put on external hard drive later 8 Save a TIFF copy to 'Transfer' folder, to stick on a drive and take to my parents' house next time I visit (another backup drive there) 9 Save a JPEG to the Alamy folder, awaiting upload 10 Upload to Alamy 10 or 20 at a time, then move them to 'pending' folder until they've passed, just in case, then delete them I keep track of my workflow by the location of the files, rather than tagging or adding stars in Lightroom or something similar. This way I know all the images in the folder are at the same stage and all need the same things done to them. You're right. It does take longer to write about than to do.
  9. I think Alamy know a scan when they see one. I really don't know whether they view scans differently during QC, but from my own experience, I would say that film scans respond much more favourably to sharpening than digital originals. I'm not suggesting that you sharpen them before submitting, but PERHAPS they are given more leeway during QC in the knowledge that they can be sharpened by the client. I think only Alamy can really answer that question.
  10. 31 sales, average 1/day. That's more than normal but smallish amounts mostly resulting in an average month.
  11. I probably spend too much time as a virtual window cleaner and remover of chewing gum.
  12. I may be wrong, but I don't think that sales are included in your CTR. They do affect your rank, but I think CTR (click through rate) is purely the ratio of views against zooms. Are you getting more views as well as more zooms?
  13. Thanks for asking the question. I'd never bothered to work it out. It turns out that outdoor ('travel') shots are mostly vertical (just over half) but studio shots are mostly horizontal (c70%) I am taking even more vertical outdoor shots now since I bought battery packs with vertical shutter release buttons. (see photo, left!) Of my last 60 sales, 39 here horizontal, 3 square and 18 vertical.
  14. Phil - Was it one of these? Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Textbook - print and e-book Print run: Unlimited Placement: Inside Image Size: 2 page spread Start: 01 January 2014 End: 01 January 2039 All terms and rights granted as per the Alamy Preferred Vendor Agreement dated 26th January 2010 prevail. Flat rate per image, license period 20 years. $180 I had one also today, my second of these this month which hopefully demonstrates that the $180 textbook sales which seemed to have disappeared a few months ago are back... Kumar Sriskandan It did look very much like that - word for word, in fact.
  15. ...and a three-figure sale reported on a bank holiday Monday morning! That's a first (for me).
  16. 8 for me this week $11.70 (gross). Not much, but they were of a lemon, a lime and some grapes, so that covers the cost of the fruit, and I got to eat free grapes for once.
  17. After a very bad start - a 3 figure refund - this has been a pretty good month, Not as good as last month yet but still a few days left, fingers crossed......
  18. If a researcher does a search under just the name of the country, they are clearly looking for a wide range of subjects relevant to that country - it would be a shame if yours didn't show up. If they are doing a narrower search, they will add other words - town, temple etc. I always put the country in essential, UNLESS it really isn't relevant or there are other keywords I think are more important. If there's room, I include it. Of course, that can depend on the country - 'Slovak Republic' uses up more space than 'India'
  19. I don't have online backup, but I do have hard drives at my parents' house, where I regularly go to get a decent meal and copy everything I have done since the last visit. The chances of both premises being burgled / destroyed by fire on the same day are, I hope, pretty slim. I have a possibly unjustified distrust of storing anything in 'the cloud' - fueled by the number of sites that have been hacked for personal details.
  20. I agree. If you check through the results they are almost all, with the exception of "travel and France", searches for travelling-related subects (travel aganet; travel journal; travel trains; travel documents; travel medicine......) rather than just searches for places. The results seems to vindicate the restriction of the use to images relating to the act of travelling rather than world destinations.
  21. +1 I have never seen the point. 'Travel' could apply to any picture taken of any place, because unless you live there, you have to travel to see it. I use it for pictures of transport, people who are clearly traveling, but wonder if there's any point with over 5 million images using the same keyword. Having said that, I've just checked 'customer search activity' and it does get used, in conjunction with other words. (9 searches for just 'travel' got 39,240 views and 56 zooms!) I occasionally use 'tourism' for images including obvious tourists (groups with cameras, getting out of a coach, excursion ticket kiosks etc) but not for general travel images.
  22. I agree. I am confident it would pass QC, but I would probably blur the mirror image a bit more, and spot off the white marks on the mirror. And maybe that telegraph pole (?) on the right.....
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