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Phil Robinson

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  1. 15 minutes ago, Reimar said:

    Many but not all of my images are RF.  At this point in time I am not going to worry about RF/RM or commercial/editorial.  I have to work withing the guidelines of each site.

    Yes, Tier 1 is probably the way to go.

    Would that be the Microstock site that feels the need to put a link to the Modern Slavery Act on their homepage?

  2. On 2/21/2019 at 09:23, KODAKovic said:


    Do you plan your shootings or you shoot what you love and then upload?

    I shoot what I think will sell, (and a bit of what I enjoy photographing, that I hope might sell) based on experience of which of my 36,600 pics on file have sold and been zoomed (though sales are more important) over many months/years.

    Of course up-to-date info is useful, but I don't suddenly become a novice with no idea what to photograph because some statistics aren't updated.

    Yesterday I was the only photographer in Downing Street as ministers and potential defectors came and went. I wasn't there for fun (it wasn't) but because years of experience told me that was the place to be and I doubted that had changed in the last three weeks (one sale found so far, in The Sun unfortunately).

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  3. On 2/20/2019 at 07:55, KODAKovic said:

    PROs consider of the same importance production, commercial and marketing stages.

    What i mean here is that not only are important Alamy tools for uploading and editing pictures (production) as well as sales (commercial which continue to work properly) but one aspect which is VERY important is marketing (Alamy Measures).

    Without marketing working fine , sales will decrease rapidly because contributors don't know what's selling, why, which keywords are working fine which others not, which topics are most searched.

    I can say without doubts that Alamy Measures is the real PLUS of Alamy against micro sites.

    The real chain for a proper contributors workflow is actually MARKETING --> COMMERCIAL --> PRODUCTION.

    Without a working marketing area, production is unuseful because it's blind.


    Alamy, pls consider this Alamy Measures an issue LEVEL 1 (high priority) which means we can't wait 2 weeks to have a solution!

    AIM is very useful and I hope the information is available again soon, but I don't find myself suddenly at a total loss as to what to photograph because I haven't seen the zooms for three weeks.

    I'm still getting sales and years of recent experience aren't wiped out after a month without statistics.

    Having said that, yes, I'd like to see measures back soon.

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  4. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/paris/articles/20-unmissable-attractions-in-paris/


    Steve Tulley x2

    John Kellerman

    Peter Horree

    olrat x2

    Ayhan Altun


    Fabrizzio Robba

    Janet Ridley

    Perry van Munster


    Ilyas Ayub

    Susan Montgomerie

    Jamie Gray

    Francois Roux


    Andrea Izzotti

    Patric Schadler

    Chris Wilson


    Don't get too excited - despite being on the website of one of Forbes 'fastest growing companies to watch'  who invested over $22million in the last two years,  with over 1600 articles and  20 million visitors a month, these were sold as 'novel use' and you probably got your 62c on 31st January.


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  5. Remember turning that bar green doesn't trigger anything that suddenly makes your image more discoverable or higher ranking. In itself, it means nothing.

    It is meant to be an indication of whether you have added enough stuff, but is, objectively, in the opinion of some, perhaps (definitely) almost meaningless. 


    If you have a picture of a cat and add the names of fifty dog breeds as tags, the line will turn green. But is that necessarily a good idea...?

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  6. 1 hour ago, spacecadet said:


    Exclusivity of representation is not the same as exclusivity of content. 

    If someone takes a similar photograph to mine this has nothing to do with the exclusivity of representation of my images.


    I have often (too often) seen images, especially news, published that I thought might be mine but turned out to be taken by the photographer standing next to me. 

    The images might be almost indistinguishable but my version is still exclusive to Alamy if I haven't sent it anywhere else.

    If I send two almost identical images taken half a second apart to two different agencies, however, that's a different matter.

  7. I'm going through mine by subject - best-selling subjects first.

    Search on one computer with a keyword on Alamy and use the same search on my laptop an my other (main) agent, then see what comes up on both. 

    Select all, then go through unclicking the ones I find on the other site before chosing 'exclusive to Alamy'.


    I am planning to check everything that gets zoomed on an image by image basis as they are the ones you know might sell soon.


    With nearly 40,000 images it's a big job and I don't expect to be finished any time soon.

  8. 12 hours ago, Bob J said:

    Is it the novel use bit that is causing these low value sales - I am getting quite a few of these and frankly I am not keen on the whole microstock thing. Is this the part that I should opt out of to get rid of these $5 sales?

    To be honest $5 isn't bad for Novel Use. It started out for customers who didn't fit into any of the traditional licencing models - like someone who wanted to put an image on a fridge magnet or a mug - but it now being used for 'special deals' with government magazines with a circulation of 250,000 to use images in perpetuity for $1.62. It's not what we signed up for, most of us thought it had been killed off years ago and some of us are somewhat surprised and not entirely happy to see our work being given away to people who can afford to pay, in some weird commercial experiment. 

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  9. 1 hour ago, IanDavidson said:


    about average for number sold, several of our friends in Downing Street, a couple of Brexit demo pictures: but revenue above average some good mid $$ prices.  


    Keep up up the struggle...

    Yes - I had a couple of Downing Street pics come through last night - including one of Nicola Sturgeon and a Christmas tree - I was just ready to pack up and leave when she arrived.

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