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  1. 34 minutes ago, gvallee said:

    2x $127 each exclusive direct sales to the same Australian client.

    I'm very pleased as one of the images was on the Alamy picture needs list and I went to shoot it specifically. I don't normally bother with that list but that particular requirement was location specific, less than 5km from me.

     

    Well done Genevieve...filling that request paid off for your effort...great that it was on your doorstep too.

    Cheers Bill

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  2. On 15/09/2019 at 19:53, geogphotos said:

    I get the impression that our community here on the forum is a little long in the tooth.🙂

     

    I have suggested doing stock to my children - all three are quite arty -  and they just laugh at the idea of all the hard work, the low fees, and the essential 'squareness' of it. They will happily share pics on social media and seem to spend half their time taking photos on their devices.

     

    Are we an ageing bunch - are youngsters arriving on the scene or not bothering?

     

    I'm 63

     

    Like others have said Ian, i'm sure there are younger photographers dabbling in stock...but maybe using phone cameras more so and most likely doing it for a giggle, and the chance to get some easy cash...as they have not invested lots of $$$ buying full camera kits ( SLRS or Mirrorless kits with good glass ) It's their choice of course, but long term commitment?  well they maybe more interested in crypto currency speculation... Crowdsourcing is the buzzword for attracting large numbers of people...even if they only contribute in a small way, it adds to the total collective.....The one thing that is certain is things change....and when you have been around for a bit..i'm going on 67 and seen things have changed since i picked up a camera in 79.

     

    Made a living out of it, and started shooting stock in 85 as a supplement income to commissioned work...( you got more $$$ for less then..Ha I`m now retired and still enjoy taking images but not driven to chase the $$$...well i have my moments but i don't know any better...i'm happy that i still enjoy taking pictures...and being part of the Old timers group!

  3. After some low end sales tail end of last year, and into this year as well..there were a few nice sales too...ok  the small sales help the bottom line i know....A nice single $330 gross sale dropped in this month 😀 yes!...It was a travel guide use full page plus extras, an architectural cityscape from 2007...a shot that looks like i took it yesterday finally finds a good buyer...Very happy with that....Thanks Alamy

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  4. Thanks all for the information!  It has taken me quite some time to finally change over to FTP uploading 😀This method will save me heaps of time and not to mention the added frustration of uploads freezing...I kid you not that i was down to upload batches of 5 images using the Alamy uploader, and still had uploads freeze on me!!

     

    Thank you, i can be more productive now instead of babysitting every upload..

     

    Cheers Bill

  5. All i can say Ed is that when viewing your images, I'm drawn into the images that tell a great story..or captures a moment that one can easily relate to..I like what you see and it shows that you are enjoying your photography and the world around you....Keep doing what you're doing,as you inspire some of us younger folk ( I'm 66 ) to do more...

    ATB 

    Cheers Bill

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  6. Life's one big struggle!....we have to deal with the cards we're dealt....and play the best hand we can, and yes that may prove difficult when you have no hands!.....People can amaze you on how they rise above adversity....so find time for a good laugh, laugh at yourself and lift your spirits...and do the best you can...yeah life will really suck sometimes..

     

    ATB to you Mark and the others doing it hard, i hope your situations improve.

    Cheers Bill

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  7. On 12/01/2019 at 20:15, Archoptical said:

    No sales since Oct/ Nov.  One zoom in January.

     

    But, then again, I make more from one direct sale than an entire year on Alamy.  With the latest commission debacle, it's become clear that Alamy will only ever be pocket money and (more importantly) free promotion.  So not crying into my cornflakes about it all.

     

    Yes agree that a direct sale comes up trumps :) Well i am still to have some pocket money for this month, but it will happen soonish..This year i am making more effort to build my folio as i have more time and i want some more pocket money..

    I see that you specialise in architecture James and i like the way you go about it...great images too..There is quite a lot of new building projects proceeding in London and surrounds, as i love architecture as well i enjoy seeing new designs and building styles, and there is a lot happening in your neck of the woods...across the huge pond from where i live.

     

    I used to live in Melbourne and now live in Ballarat for the last 8 years, and will be getting down to Melbourne to photograph more architecture as the city has some great new completed buildings...I know i have plenty to photograph here in Australia, but i know i would have a ball in a city like London with my camera!...Ahh keep dreaming Bill...and clicking away :D 

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  8. 6 hours ago, gvallee said:

    I had a last (and 15th for the month) 2018 sale late yesterday (1st here in Oz) : a picture of a grave. I'm metaphorically putting 2018 to sleep. 

    It has been my best year on Alamy, both in terms of licenses and $$$.

     

    Gen

     

    Well done Gen, your success does give one the incentive to shoot more variety and of course get the image numbers up..( great portfolio BTW )

     

    Bill

  9. 11 hours ago, andremichel said:

    If you make a comment I do not agree with then I have every right to respond.

     

    Costs have a different meaning for many hobbyists when compared to those trying to run a business and make a living out of it. 

    I think stock photography is dying for those who want to make any sort of business sense out of it. I am not a professional stock shooter because I can't make the sums add up.

     

    I could do it full time today, but do not see the point in investing all my time and money in stock in 2018 for the tiny compensation I can expect. For me and my abilities it's a loss maker. 

     

    A small number of pros still can make it work and they are to be admired. But I expect they are getting fewer everyday. 

     

    Have you really been a true stock photography professional making 100% of your living out of stock? Can you do it now? 

     

    I do not resent hobbyists getting a slice of the pie, as I am one of them. I am just saying that today as things stand, it only really works for those who ignore costs or do not see them as costs as they are having fun doing it. 

     

     

     

    Good on you Andrew...and i do like your portfolio, and you deserve the success from your talent and effort....Every photographer here has choices...We all want the same thing to be rewarded with sales for our efforts....We all have varying degrees of talent, and we all have reasons that motivate us to shoot stock...but in the end we still have the choice to do it or not..

    I hope that things improve for us all in 2019...in whatever we choose to do...The business of Stock Photography rolls on and is ever changing, i personally will endeavour to allocate more time to my hobby...But collectively we just have to do the best we can, and i do feel for working professional that needs to live off their chosen profession...

    Best Wishes to ALL in 2019 

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