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Phil Robinson

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  1. I've used Blurb too - not for a while as the prices seem to have rocketed. I seem to remember having one sale but I doubt I'll ever reach the payout limit. I used to do prints of my favourite images to keep and found doing a Blurb book worked out cheaper. So, I have quite a nice small library of my work but I wouldn't call it a good business move.

     

    Considering the price of much bigger books in the shops full of Cartier-Bresson classics, I can't see people paying Blurb prices very often.

  2. Interesting that someone started this thread so early in the month.

     

     

     

    I thought I'd try and post something positive early on to see if anyone else joined in. Still going quite well, including a tennis pic from last year, so I've almost paid for the train fare to Eastbourne.

    Another thing I've noticed is that most of my recent sales are from quite new material - stuff taken in the last year or so, whereas in the past I did best from older reliable bestsellers.

    John and Martin seem to be finding the opposite.

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    Does CTR and the BHZ game count?  I don't think so, at least not in my case at present.

     

    Allan (again)

     

    I don't think that the BHZ game counts, no. 

     

    I don't think it 'counts' for anything, as such. It is a useful, if rather vague, indicator of where you stand. You are, after all, only comparing yourself to others who join in the game. I'm not sure the Chucks and the Jeffs play along.

     

    It's especially useful to those with more than one pseudo. I use several and comparing their respective performances can be very enlightening (page one / p4 / p5 / p16)

  4. There are some short words that the Alamy search engine doesn't pick up on, and I can sort of see why, but it is producing some unfortunate results / lack of results for some customer searches.

     

    In the last week or so there have been searches for "you are here city map" and "You Tube logo". Fairly easy in both cases to see what they wanted.

     

    Unfortunately, the search engine doesn't seem to register "you". Or "are". Or, indeed, "here". The search brings up 14,630 images - the same as just "city map" and I had to go through five pages before I found what I think they were looking for.

     

    The search for "You Tube logo" gets 790 results, with several YouTube images, but the same number come up under just "tube logo". A search for "You Tube" brings 92,120, mostly of the London Underground and experiments in laboratories.

     

    I am wondering whether the benefits of ignoring these small words are perhaps being outweighed by the drawbacks?

     

     

    ("We Are The World" returns 2,506,557 results, including some very nice swallowtail butterflies)

  5. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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