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Margaret

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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={F62D5C7F-F272-45F9-8B5C-678990C522D8}&name=Wieslawa+Malgorzata+Larys
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    15 Aug 2010
  1. Thank you everybody for your answers. I've just had a look and in spite of the fact that this Novel option is optional, we cannot opt out at the moment. It says we can do it in.... April, so it looks like not much can be done and the best images from Alamy will continue to be given away for free, as paying 1.50 for something that should cost several times more is giving away for free. It is hard to understand truly how the company which has been selling images for good prices for decades, now starts following the pattern of going downhill with prices. How much can Alamy make when getting 50% or even 60% for one photo. Is 50 pence really worth degrading images like that? How many of them must be sold to get truly good income for both Alamy and contributors? When I agreed to that option I was not told that prices would be so extremely low. There are shops for rich people in the world and there are poundland shops where everything costs one pound for the poor. The rich can afford to pay much more for good quality goods, why this cannot be reflected in the photo industry? I am not happy about it at all and If it was possible I would like to opt out from that awful Novel agreement right now. It looks like all photo agencies are cutting the branches they are sitting on. And photographers who submit their photos to freephoto websites. This novel scheme is not a good deal for anybody.
  2. Hello, I do not come here too often but this time I got truly shocking price for my image and do not really know whom to ask to answer my question. My latest sale price is $ 1.25 and this is RM license, the previous one was $ 5.03 and still another one 4.99 but the last one is the worst. Does anybody know what that means and how is that possible? All sales are RM. Is Alamy now a microstock agency as those prices are microprices? I sent my question to support but surprise, surprise, there is no support anymore but automated answers. What is going on here? Is it still worth uploading at all? And is there any human at Alamy to be in touch with contributors? I used to get an answer to all my questions and it was quite fast but no more? I must admit, i do not like it at all. It would be great to get some support from the contributors at least.
  3. Yes, no, maybe. If you only have one source of income from your work then from a business point of view you could be in a sticky situation should circumstances with that one source change. Think of the dairy farmers in the UK who supply one big supermarket and where now the tail is wagging the dog. Also one source may only serve certain markets. I covered an event last night. If I was only to send the images to one of my agencies I am pretty sure that I wouldn't get the returns necessary to cover the time expended. By putting the images to different agencies which cover different markets I am increasing my chances of getting a return. One also has to consider that price is only one consideration. There are buyers who will go around comparing prices of the same image at different agencies. Personally I think that is being penny wise, pound foolish... two hours looking to save a couple of quid is not a good trade off. But buyers buy where they do for a multitude of reasons. Personal contacts, a bunch of flowers at Christmas, a warm fuzzy feeling that the agency treats the photographers right etc etc etc. That's not to say there isn't a place for putting images with an agent exclusively. But from my point of view there should be a premium for doing so. The agents which I supply images on an exclusive basis have a return per image many times that of the non-exclusives, but I would only put certain kinds of images with them. So from my point of view, the answer is, yes, no, maybe. Ok, thank you, that's a great answer I do agree with you, we need many baskets with many eggs.
  4. Not that long ago I was wondering how anyone can submit 1000 files. Today I have almost 3k. If I'll ever do it x10? Doubt it. I lost all my power and motivation to work when I see that my sales (or rather income) didn't change that much since I had 700 files only. Ps. You have beautiful images! Thank you Arleta for kind words, I like your images as well, I thought you had good sales. When I see the massive numbers of photos that some people have here it makes me stop breathing almost as I would like to be able to have that many and it is just impossible. I think that Alamy quality system is killing a lot of passion for uploading, they could at least shorten the time of sitting in the sin bin, a month of punishment is far too long, 3 days or a week would be enough. I could have a few thousands images now but got discouraged badly by the 'prison cell'. Also the keywording system is a nightmare, takes me ages to work on keywords. Is it even worth filling all the fields there? Three kinds of keywords, description, title, etc all of this takes so long, is it really needed? Can I also ask if there is anybody here selling exclusive images? Maybe, If we focused only on one website, instead of trying to sell wherever possible, we would have better results? The problem here is that before we upload thousands of images, spending full time hours working on editing, etc and before the images will start making any money, we need to eat and pay the bills which is impossible with royalties from Alamy that are non existent, so what's the solution? By the way, I am new on the forum and trying to figure things out, could you tell me please, what does that mean -reputation and the numbers there? I am going out to get some new photos with the old lens from an old Nikon camera, as there is some sunshine now in very cold Scotland and sitting at the computer constantly is not that funny, I used to love editing but now I would so much prefer to take photos instead of being glued to the computer screen. Anyway, Have a great weekend! Hi Margaret! In terms of keywording I always fill the ess key box, and usually have about an average of 150-200 characters in the main keyword box and none in the comprehensive box. I dont sell anywhere else Reputation is simply the number of green arrow key votes someone has had for posting something decent which other members then "reward" by clicking on the green arrow key MINUS the number of red arrow votes you have had (they are rare and a bit harsh!) Hope that helps! Kumar ps. to illustrate the point I have "given you a greenie!" Thank you Kumar so very much, I do appreciate your support and help :-) Can I ask a few more questions? How long does it take to have over 17 thousands images uploaded? 10 years ? Do you have any system, plan? Do you upload 500 a week regularly, or something like that? And if you sell only with Alamy, it means you are exclusive, so it means it's worth being exclusive, is that correct? I wish I had English sunny weather here, this summer in Scotland is awful. I'm going to York tomorrow hope to get some good photos but there are thousands of them on Alamy, so not sure if this is the best idea, but I love York like crazy :-)
  5. Not that long ago I was wondering how anyone can submit 1000 files. Today I have almost 3k. If I'll ever do it x10? Doubt it. I lost all my power and motivation to work when I see that my sales (or rather income) didn't change that much since I had 700 files only. Ps. You have beautiful images! Thank you Arleta for kind words, I like your images as well, I thought you had good sales. When I see the massive numbers of photos that some people have here it makes me stop breathing almost as I would like to be able to have that many and it is just impossible. I think that Alamy quality system is killing a lot of passion for uploading, they could at least shorten the time of sitting in the sin bin, a month of punishment is far too long, 3 days or a week would be enough. I could have a few thousands images now but got discouraged badly by the 'prison cell'. Also the keywording system is a nightmare, takes me ages to work on keywords. Is it even worth filling all the fields there? Three kinds of keywords, description, title, etc all of this takes so long, is it really needed? Can I also ask if there is anybody here selling exclusive images? Maybe, If we focused only on one website, instead of trying to sell wherever possible, we would have better results? The problem here is that before we upload thousands of images, spending full time hours working on editing, etc and before the images will start making any money, we need to eat and pay the bills which is impossible with royalties from Alamy that are non existent, so what's the solution? By the way, I am new on the forum and trying to figure things out, could you tell me please, what does that mean -reputation and the numbers there? I am going out to get some new photos with the old lens from an old Nikon camera, as there is some sunshine now in very cold Scotland and sitting at the computer constantly is not that funny, I used to love editing but now I would so much prefer to take photos instead of being glued to the computer screen. Anyway, Have a great weekend!
  6. Ha ha, it makes me laugh as I have the same which is nothing, ha ha ha,it sounds so funny but it is not really funny when you are trying to make living on stock photos. It just makes me wonder how anybody is able to upload over 30 0000 images, how is that possible? Anyway, it's good that some photographers make money on Alamy, I got discouraged a long time ago and stopped uploading but now, trying to come back.
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