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    ...and a three-figure sale reported on a bank holiday Monday morning! That's a first (for me).


    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.



    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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'

  4. 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. 

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  5. >> I have never seen the point. 'Travel' could apply to any picture taken of any place...


    The point: to bloody maximizing licen$ing


    Best way to decide when to use "travel", AFAIK:

    search "%travel%" in MeasuresAll 1 yr period & study returns

    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.

  6. I don't use the word "travel" so much, but "tourism" instead, especially for historical buildings and well known landmarks. For pictures about public transport or people lugging heavy suitcases, I do use "travel, travelling, traveling".

    Don't see any reason for using "travel" (or "tourism") for a pizza picture :huh:





    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.

  7. Will pass. No doubt about that.

    A little suggestion: I would add some extra blur (don't forget to add some extra noise as well to avoid the "plastic" feel) to the mirror reflection. A little unsharp usually looks like a flaw.





    PS: I would also remove the white spot in the guy's eye ;) 

    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.....

  8. I've had a couple of interesting ones this month:


    'Print/e-book/web/all manner of media/custom/derivative works/international student version/life of the product family edition.'




    'book, talking book, cheap pulp novel, illustrated book, encyclopaedia, travel guide, map, atlas, content part, back cover'


    "All manner of media"?   "Cheap pulp novel / talking book / encyclopedia"? 


    What does the back cover of a talking book look like?

  9. We are not experts either, on what we shoot, necessarily 

    True, but neither should we pretend to be if we aren't. Incorrectly captioned nature photos on Alamy are very common. I've even seen hoverflies captioned as wasps, moths as butterflies.

    Accurate captions are very important for all images, but whereas it is usually possible to identify a church or statue with a bit of research or a guidebook, nature can be much, much harder, even for a specialist. Many species of insect can only be identified for certain with a dead specimen and a microscope.

    An incomplete caption, though not much use to many potential customers, is always preferable to a wrong one.

    If I can't be sure of a species I will either keep the caption simply to 'fungus', 'shieldbug' etc or, more likely, let it languish in my 'unidentified' folder, unless it has particular artistic merit.

    There are plenty specialist libraries out there who are experts in their fields and have a reputation for reliability.

    The Alamyrank system goes some way to sorting out bad keywording - I'm not sure it is so effective with bad captions.

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  10. Since a very brief power cut this morning when the computer went off, I have had a couple of problems. 

    The most serious is that I cannot see files as thumbnails in folders. Internet images work fine, as do images opened in Photoshop but I can only get icons for images (JPEG NEX and TIFF) in Widows Explorer.

    I'm guessing there is a Windows Image Viewer or somesuch that has been corrupted.

    Can anyone help?


    Thanks in advance




    (edit) I have just opened a couple of folders where the images were visible - then disappeared one by one. I have checked folder view options.  

  11. I hope nobody gets the impression that if they aren't in the newspaper scheme they won't get any newspaper sales. I have never joined but still sell to the papers. How the numbers and fees would differ if I did.........?

  12. Interesting thing about those low priced sales to the Czech Republic and their Slovac twin is that I meet Czech photographers  here in Stockholm at the Ice Hockey World Championship. They carry the same Nikon D4 and Nikon 200-400 4.0 zoom lens as everybody else. Just that combo is 10000 GBP on the hoof. Can their papers afford that becouse they pay us peanuts or what?

    Perhaps they sell all their pictures in Japan.


    The last fail I had came through in 2 days. I don't think there is a standard 30 days for everyone. That was quite a while ago - maybe things have changed since then.


    Was it a "partial fail" -- i.e. processing errors only -- or the real thing?


    Alamy does say "up to" 28 working days, but I can't remember receiving a "failed QC" notification in less than a month. 

    No, that was a total fail for interpolation artifacts. It was the first for a long time and I haven't had one since so I think the 'up to 28 days' can indeed be flexible.

  14. I've been submitting a series of repeated, symmetrical patterns made from duplicating images of various things - rocks, butterfly wings, seashells...



    I think they would make great wrapping paper - anyone got any other ideas or any keywords I might not have thought of?



    Any thought most welcome. Thanks


  15. I would like to stress a point made by Semmik Photo - a lot of members of this forum do not have English as their first language.

    Although many Dutch people do have a better command of the English language than the majority of Brits (Mr Semmik is doing pretty well himself), it is not something that should be assumed. Being polite in a foreign language is not only difficult, but also in the eye of the beholder.

    Deliberate rudeness is usually easy to spot - not quite finding the right tone is a different matter and should be subject to benefit of the doubt. 


    I can order a pizza and a beer in several languages - I wouldn't dare contribute to a discussion forum like this in most of them.



    (P.S.  I notice the Alamy Administrator has two stars - is that out of five?)

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  16. Since NU began it has netted me $87.39. Yes, that's one decent sale in the real world.

    However, the interesting thing for me is that of the 48 images that have sold as NU only 2 have earned anything from conventional sales.

    NU sales seem to come from a certain style of photography which, for me, doesn't sell elsewhere. It appears to be - as Alamy intended - serving a different market.

    I realise that this may not be the same for other contributors, but as the sales I have had are largely from pictures of specially-bought props, the NU sales have at least covered the cost of buying the objects. I'm not complaining.



    I also believed the scheme was ending, but had three more come through on April 23rd.

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