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About incamerastock

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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={05673AD1-B0E4-4F9C-9AEB-30DD94540598}&name=incamerastock
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    30 Sep 2004
  1. Hi Alamy, here's a suggestion. Now you have your own "infringements team" how about an effective way to report the multiple infringements that are caused by your own sloppy accounting procedures? We spent a few hours putting together spreadsheets for the Infringements Team yesterday showing multiple infringements (commercial and newspaper) of our Alamy images and sent it to infringements@alamy.com. I asked if this was the correct procedure to report new infringements (of which we find many each and every time we look). I received no acknowledgement whatsoever. Today, I chased with MS to see if it had been received and the contents of our email logged. In reply I'm sent a stupid little form I have to fill in for EACH infringement providing information that's already available to you. And I have to provide "screengrabs" or scans every time. ALL these infringements are online and the hyperlinks were provided in the email I sent. Why do you need a screengrab when the infringement is live on the internet? Moreover, given the returns when chasing infringements via you (as we're now obliged to do after the contract change) do you really think we have time to screengrab EACH infringing page for the multiple times your Newspaper clients use our images and "forget" to self bill? Then we wait to see a wonderful $5 Gross pop into the account and like the 20 or so Newspaper sales we currently have reported form January, wait SIX MONTHS from them to "clear"? This is a business, not a hobby. Time is money. How about you devise a more efficient way for these constant bulk infringements to be reported.
  2. Quality of images is paramount, but not as important as what people want to buy. Compare 1 search (note: search, not sale) for "ICE Train" and 386 individual searches for "Dog"... I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions from that! J
  3. Act like a tourist? "Ice Train" - 3731 results. Searches for "Ice Train" on 'All of Alamy' in the last 365 days = 1. Stay at home and buy a lottery ticket, it makes more sense... J
  4. I'd like to ask James why Alamy has lost the Huffington Post contract, which produced a great deal of editorial volume sales over the last year but which are now obviously absent from sales reports.
  5. As a business I'm quite happy for my competitors to restrict themselves out of my market. Please carry on The real answer to this question will depend on whether the photographer makes his/her living from photography. If they do not need the income then they can afford to restrict or price themselves out of a market where prices are heading south due to oversupply. Nobody is going to stop that. If they do rely on that income they need to take a business decision on whether they want to shift 100 images at $5 a piece or wait for one sale at $250. I know what my accountant would say! J p.s. the problem comes when low prices are married to low volume. That's when it becomes uneconomical to produce.
  6. Check licence. It should say 'Rights granted for archival use' or similar. In plain English it's there forever in the depths of the publication website. No different to a magazine only use though. Images in print are still there in print after the magazine issue 'expires'. J
  7. I'd echo Paul's comments and here's a pro tip from me. Shoot for the market. Forget all this "personal vision" guff. Don't shoot what you want to shoot. Shoot what is wanted. Look in magazines and newspapers. Look at how shots are composed. Why will someone buy your shot over the competition? Edit hard. A quick look at your folio shows me you have way too many similars (mainly due to the "news" coverage shots). You're a year into a very long journey. I was a jobbing commercial pro when I started doing stock and it took me three years before I really knew what I was doing! So don't expect success overnight. This is a horrible industry nowadays. We're battling a reduction in prices due to over-saturation and that same over-saturation is causing a dilution effect so we all get less of the pie. Shoot smarter, not harder. J
  8. This +100 It's 2013. If you let images out of the door, in digital format, with no watermark, accompanying paperwork or conditions of use clearly spelled out they will be treated as freebies. Especially if you email them unsolicited and ask people if they "like" them. I'd save that for Facebook in the future... You can now explain that apart from your day job you licence your photography work to businesses for publication and the going rate is 'X' (use the Alamy Calc) and would they like to pay by BACS or cheque? Depends on whether you think a few quid (let's be honest about the 'usage') is worth hacking off the people who pay your mortgage/rent for? J
  9. I must have a day job I don't know about then.... if anyone sees me getting on a train on a Monday morning can you tell me? It is definitely possible to make a living from stock full time, I do, Jeff does, same for many others I know too. The difference between people who do this for a living and people who don't is often that we treat this as a business and shoot for multiple agents in multiple styles and target various markets. i.e. we shoot for the market, not what we like to shoot. J
  10. We uploaded a batch of 90 yesterday and it went from 23 > 24. I've double-checked files this end and there's no data corruption on any of them, plus the uploader reported all 90 received with zero fails. I think there's still some problems with the uploader. Never had this many 'processing 24' delays in many years of uploading here. J *Update*: Just noticed our batch has now gone to 'Awaiting QC'.
  11. Second batch that got stuck last night has now gone 'Awaiting QC'. That's good. Seems there's still a few gremlins being ironed out! :-) **update:** All passed just now, no partial fails. So a '24' doesn't necessarily mean a partial fail! J
  12. Strange goings on at the moment. Had an August 1st batch that passed once Alamy fixed apart from 11 that failed to process. These then appeared as passed over the next couple of days (thankfully I hadn't reuploaded). Next few batches went 23 > QC fine. This morning a batch went 23 > 24 and this evening another batch went 23 > 24. I have no idea if it's our end or Alamy's end. Both subs uploaded with zero failures reported by the uploader. J
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