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Phil Robinson

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  1. After a bleak summer and a bleak autumn, December has been my best month for some time. Some nice 3-figure sales and a Christmas Eve sale of the decorations in Barcelona from this time last year. Nothing since the big day but hoping for an end of year rush.
  2. I'm sure you could Photoshop a smile onto that picture if you really wanted to.....
  3. Merry Xmas to everyone. By the way, just checked searches for 'Xmas' rather than 'Christmas'. Pages of them! That's one to add to keywords (though maybe it can wait a day or two). PS: This sale just popped up - how appropriate
  4. Oh well, this is encouraging. I had feared something had happened with the Japanese distributor, Brazil-style.
  5. Interesting. I had 16 up to September, but nothing since then. They are nice amounts, which is why I miss them. It's good to hear some people (Ian) are still getting them and they haven't simply stopped for some reason. A couple of years ago I had four big Japanese sales on New Year's Eve. Fingers crossed.
  6. Has anyone had any sales to Japan recently. They have made up a good percentage of my income over the last couple of years but I haven't had any for a worryingly long time. Have they dried up completely or is it just me?
  7. "downturn in the housing market" "house prices slide" cowboy builders / DIY disaster It might be used as an advert for spirit levels
  8. 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!)
  9. 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.
  10. 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. (othe
  11. 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.
  12. Observer Travel supplement Sunday 15th BFM6CE - Place des Vosges, Paris - Alex Segre ARERXA - Cafe de Flore - ALSO Alex Segre CBXEGC - Train window - prem r george
  13. 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.
  14. 660,372 Results. That is a better approach. Any other 'code' that could suggest a possible use without messing up searches?
  15. There were four pictures used to illustrate the article - from Reuters, Alamy and Getty. I'm pretty sure non of them was taken on a phone.
  16. Does anyone use keywords that suggest possible uses, as well as just content? A search for 'book cover' brings up a lot of images of existing books, of course, but also some images suitable for that use. Likewise for 'greetings card'. Does anyone have any evidence that this helps customers? Has anyone had any sales traceable to similar searches?
  17. 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
  18. I'd never checked this before but I have just looked back over two years. Of the five oldest unpaid sales, all from 2012, four are from Brazil. The other is Chile.
  19. I am finding recently that I am having to sign in to the forum every time. In the past I got straight through. is anyone else having this problem or is it something my end? I don't remember changing any settings recently that might have caused this.
  20. Would I be right in thinking that the Microstock sites did the keywording/ captioning for you? That could certainly be a problem. Having said that, I think 3 sales from fewer than 300 images isn't at all bad.
  21. 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?
  22. Daily Telegraph Review, Sat 30th Nov, p26 AX90MX - Stephen Mulcahy - Victoria cross (The George Cross is one of mine - was hoping they both were!)
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