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Phil Robinson

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  1. 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.
  2. 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. Daily Telegraph Review, Sat 30th Nov, p26 AX90MX - Stephen Mulcahy - Victoria cross (The George Cross is one of mine - was hoping they both were!)
  4. A few Japanese sales can help your income quite a bit. However much I dislike losing 70%, my income would be down considerably if I opted out. The good thing is you can do it by region. I would certainly recommend Japan. Though I have many happy memories of and links with the Czech Republic, their distributors fees are a lot less popular than their beer.
  5. 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
  6. 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 ) and a good thing too. Best of luck all! 'Peanuts' - 9231 results. maybe try some other snack
  7. I've just had two pop up invoiced in Net Revenue - a 180 and a 90 - possible the month may not be an utter disaster after all.
  8. And, most importantly, rankings are not about the quality of the image, but relevance in searches. It doesn't matter how amazing your images are if their keywording brings them up in the wrong searches or doesn't show them in the right searches.
  9. Worst month (half month) for years. In fact the last two months have been awful.
  10. 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.
  11. Well spotted. Try 700/17,000. (Thats the images that have sold, not sales)
  12. 700/1700 = about 4% for me too Of course, the number of images has been going up so the percentage of those on file at the time of sale would be quite a bit higher.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. I think I've solved it. I had a much nastier problem with something called 'Tube Dimmer' which is a real problem and took some time to remove. It seems some remnant of that was left as a Google Chrome extension. I disabled that and the problem SEEMS to have gone. Fingers crossed. Thanks for checking
  16. 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.
  17. 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')
  18. 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?)
  19. 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 sh
  20. After submitting images to the Newsfeed quickly, with minimal Photoshopping to get them on sale, I often have another go at them a few days later giving a lot more care to the quality, uploading them as normal and deleting the 'news' version when they go on sale. I don't think I have had a live news sale either, yet, with one possible exception, though several of my news pictures have later sold to illustrate stories, especially about Len McCluskey. I always try to get shots when covering news that will also make good stock later, such as portraits of politicians and celebrities. I'd certain
  21. I started submitting to another library (one I think you know, Mirco) in January this year. My first two sales came in August, both of images submitted in January, seven months earlier. In September I had three sales - of submissions from January and February, seven months earlier. More sales in October - images sent in Jan, Feb and March - seven months earlier. There seems to be a pattern emerging. I have had sales on Alamy much quicker than that, - and of course here sales are reported as they happen, not when the money clears - but I think the above shows there is definitely a delay to e
  22. It's great the discoveries you make on here. Forgive my ignorance - he's new to me, but just a quick look at a couple of galleries on his website and I'll +1 that! Danny, DAH is a Magnum shooter so you can see his work on the Magnum site. (Do street shooters have to have three names?) Yes they do - as does the best ever beyond any doubt, Henri Cartier Bresson.
  23. I think what looks like the tail is actually the wingtips - which suggest herring gull to me. If it is a glaucous, I may have to do some re-captioning.
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