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  1. worse thing is that a lot of times those images on the scrapper sites get higher placement in a google search than the original article with the legitimate license.
  2. usually when you ask people for permission, there are three answers. yes, no, and why? why is typically the worse answer because it can turn into 20 questions. if you have an assignment, or reason to be there, it can be easier to have some phone number of some photo editor which they will call up. that being said shooting in nyc is a pain in the a... because of the people who just randomly come up to you and ask what you are doing, or like a few weeks ago, some random passerby on the street walked by and randomly told me that i needed permission to photograph in a public place. i'm thinking "um.. do I know you? thanks but no thanks for the unsolicited advice". Then there are the paranoid store owners if you are shooting outside from across the street who run out dodging traffic just to confront and ask what you are doing as if i'm a city inspector. j f christ??? and then the middle fingers because people see a camera on the street and these self important dopes thank it's about them. sorry if i sound angry but i'm tired of dealing with people esp the east coast and nyc; i'm just here minding my own business, do I not look like an asian tourist? so my policy now is just not ask. i know i'm wasting my time asking because it will become 20 questions that i don't wish to bother with. I only have a dslr, so i go in a busy store, have a target in mind, shoot it, finish my shopping and get out. i only have a dslr, so have to be discreet, and considering of who might be there, which i am most of the time. in small stores, you do have to ask, if it's a store owned by a woman, it will be easier to get an affirmative, than men. stores owned by control freaks regardless of gender you will likely not get permission. the nytimes online/print did buy a license for a photo of mine of bewildering array of vitamins and healthsupplements in a store shelf.
  3. alamy also allows "buyers" to download full size images to use that doesn't really match the price. also they rely on an honor system of buyers and distributors reporting usage after they download images, sometimes they don't and it becomes your job to find where your images have been used and sometimes have to chase them. there are a lot of unwatermarked images on this blog site or whatever you want to call it. https://rumahmigran.com/2019/12/05/punya-sepeda-brompton-terbaru-explore-edition-sahabat-migran-siapkah-bertualang/ alamy declines to chase after them because it's not located in a region where they can go chase them.
  4. no problems here, major american bank, deposited on the 6th. if you bank with a smaller bank, it's possible your funds transfer gets routed through multiple banks, i.e., intermediary banks before it gets to your bank. however, 19 days is a pretty long time and something might be wrong. https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/062515/what-difference-between-correspondent-bank-and-intermediary-bank.asp
  5. what happens when you connect your camera to your computer?
  6. Not so much back in April when stay-at-home recommendations were issued in New York (we don't have a "lockdown" so people are free to do what they wish). There was a tense mood of the City with panicked unprepared people rushing supermarkets; and with all the anti-Asian violence and racism around the world, especially rampant in the USA, and I particular, in nyc I didn't feel that safe walking around. I did take my camera around when grocery shopping. Later as things calmed down a bit, I went out more. A few weeks ago I basically decided I better take advantage of this situation of fewer cars on the street to try and grab more storefront images while i still can with fewer parked cars blocking the view. But as all the rich, and those with means rush back into the city from their upstate and out of state vacation/pandemic homes, they will want to store their cars on public property somewhere. I've also been documenting various things going on, things that the mainstream are not interested in documenting.
  7. always a business strategy to keep growing. See the new two-page Alamy ad in Creative Light, pp. 68-69 https://issuu.com/julieoswin/docs/issue36
  8. Chicago History winter 2019 https://issuu.com/chicagohistorymuseum/docs/2019_chgo_hist_winter_final p28 Everett Collection Historical Image ID: DD737D World War 1. Spanish Influenza in American Army hospitals. Masks and cubicles were used at Fort Porter p31 Vintage_Space Image ID: 2A3KMDH An epidemic of "Spanish Flu" spread around the world. p32 Science History Images Image ID: G15CTW Patients being treated at an Army ward in Kansas during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918.
  9. when your image is sold by alamy, all that camera exif is stripped and replaced by: author, credit line, headline (the caption), the image id, date of photo (the date that's listed on the info page for that), and invoicing info
  10. i'm looking at the keywords of your latest photos, coronavirus related, and i noticed your bangladesh photos have the following keywords: china, wuhan, attack. then i did a general alamy search for "coronavirus china" plus country, e.g., coronavirus china russia, coronavirus china india, coronavirus bangladesh, coronavirus china usa.... to see who else are using "China" as an opportunistic keyword, and only another bangladesh alamy contributor is doing this. to put it nicely, i think maybe you have too many irrelevant keywords in your photos.. looked at your flower pics as well, some irrelevant keywords mixed in. also a lot of people right now are not getting a lot of sales i'm guessing there's a pandemic going on and business is a bit slow.
  11. 11 sales $350 mostly "editorial". last month 17 sales $350 mostly "PU". Below average prices. CTR went from its highest in January down to its lowest...
  12. Anybody seeing a downturn in coronavirus searches in alamy measures, news fatigue? An often neglected part of the "big picture" seems to be the fragile supply chain. The most glaring initially was the lack of hand sanitizer. Now we are seeing shortages of other stuff like flour/yeast, and how people cope with it, e.g. stores and bakeries portioning flour from large bags into smaller bags for sale. In the USA there's news stories of the scarcity and price rise of supermarket frozen potatoes while farmers are considering plowing hundreds of thousands of tons of potatoes in the fields because they can't get them to market. Or milk farmers dumping milk because truck drivers are harder to find now to transport their produce to a processing plant. or breweries dumping beer because it's too expensive to put it in cans and kegs if nobody's buying because all the bars are closed... Yet in all these scenarios, the consumer demand is there, just that the way to get them to market has become more expensive and/or broken, so the simplest solution is to toss food. Also food pantries in this day and age are being overstretched as more people have become unemployed, become more hungry, etc. Some ideas for stock I guess.
  13. Has anybody noticed customer searches for "coronavirus" and related keywords simply gone down?
  14. now I did try and email the news desk a few months ago and was sort of in the same boat. I got no reply to email, and no reply to the phone. finally after emailing some other people, they did an investigation and found some faults in the email and phone system; basically they were telling me their email system failed (no record of email being received), and phone system failed at the same time. I did get through the phone and leave a voice mail, but apparently they never received the voice mail and didn't know where that voice message disappeared to; the SOP would be that phone calls would be rerouted to personal mobiles after hours. they told me they would forward what happened in my case to their IT department for investigation. don't know what happened afterwards.
  15. when the live news desk is closed at night, the phone number transfers over to the personal mobile phone of the news desk team. they do get calls at 2am GMT in the morning
  16. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/arts/ucb-new-york-virus.html "Upright Citizens Brigade to Close Its Permanent Locations in New York" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/dining/kosher-dairy-restaurant-book-ben-katchor.html "A Rich (Very Rich) History of the Jewish Dairy Restaurant" (cropped) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/bosses-speed-up-automation-as-virus-keeps-workers-home "Bosses speed up automation as virus keeps workers home"
  17. is there an option to reset/delete all preferences? https://www.lightroomqueen.com/how-do-i-reset-lightrooms-preferences/ or this https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/lightroom-gives-error-preview-cache.html
  18. Oldies Magazine May 2020 https://issuu.com/theoldie3/docs/to_may2020_20200429 p12 Hufton+Crow-VIEW Image ID: BGW2YR ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA - LONDON COLISEUM p13 antiques & collectables Image ID: A2BH6Y Penny Red Postage Stamp on 1867 Envelope p17 Rhino45 Image ID: T3FTTJ Portrait of smiling senior lady and young granddaughter p18 “granger archive” florence nightingale p24 “granger” charles darwin p29 Vladyslav Starozhylov Image ID: CBPBR3 Pile of books with one book open white background p41 Neil Bowman Image ID: 2AMH9X3 Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus cucullatus) p64 olandsfokus Image ID: EY38W4 newly washed sheets p70 dpa archive Image ID: DAAKCG gloria gaynor p85 geogphotos Image ID: TDD262 Bee shelter, Hartbury p85 wda cache Image ID: ANCJ2W Ornamental and rare bee bole of intriguing design
  19. saw the "brotherly love", and looked at the "sunflowers", I noticed a bit of noise in the blue sky even in the small website image (or maybe because of it) how much sharpening and saturation are you doing in photoshop? A recommendation would be to try and limit sharpening and saturation as it can intensify jpeg artifacts like noise, and not to use denoise filters.
  20. Alliaria petiolata, hedge garlic. unless it's really wild and it's real wild garlic Allium ursinum and bluebells.
  21. try adding more light. more light means you can use a higher f/stop (more field of depth), faster iso (less noise), and faster shutter speed.
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