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  1. I don't really know? I think one of the problems here at Alamy is simply, too many images. I mean 70 million files and that alone could be very off-putting for a buyer. I personally know many buyers who rather buy from the smaller Boutique-Agencies rather then searching among gazillion of images. All Agencies seem to be under the delution of quantity, the more the better, a sort of race competition to the top, well if anything it's beginning to look like a race to the bottom. Its not exactly as if every month gets better and better with more and more images is it.
  2. Hehe! they are here by the tons and earning a heck of a lot more lolly then you! So I presume your images are also on Microstock ? If so will you tell us what did you earn NET in the last 12months from micro ? Yes!!! it would hurt! as Wim and Microv says. However I am not here to hurt anybody. Where have you been though? surely you must have noticed that Alamy is encouraging all sorts of stock-photographers to come and join! old news! If you are under the old impression, old adage that the RM/RF agencies can supply specific content that microstock-agencies such as SS and Adobe nowadays can't supply, then you are doing an EPIC error of judgement. Besides, have a look at some of the sales prices in all the trad-agencies, some are even below micro standards. btw, I have supplied stock to trad agencies since. 1984.
  3. Hehe! they are here by the tons and earning a heck of a lot more lolly then you!
  4. Nothing cooking but since dreamstime have died and Shutterstock completely ruined thousands of large contributors portfolios with their latest search-change.( not mine as yet) Well I should imagine lots and lots of contributors are leaving and perhaps putting their files here or there.
  5. If you by other stock sites mean Micro stock .. then you may not see many sales on Alamy. Many Alamy customers also have Micro stock accounts and if they can get the picture cheaper there, they will. Its a long, long shot that this happens and very unlikely. Alamy is a RM/RF agency, people buy here for completely different reasons then micro, taking into consideration what the picture is going to be used for, just a webbie, print-run, advertising, etc? A webbie from micro a couple of bucks, a printrun from Alamy lots more! and thats for the same image. Horses for courses, same image or not. By a stroke of luck, I have the identical image at another RM/RF agency, sold 11 times during 2015 but not once here. My personal hunch and I have heard this som many times. Alamy is good for editorial content but for creative material you have to go elsewhere.
  6. Haha! yeah I know but thats not what I meant. I meant that even if you had 5000 images I would be wishing you the best of luck since Alamy is the one and only. So, why are you still here? Cheers, Philippe Just hanging in there with a few images, waiting for the magical day when the creative search WILL be the creative search and when they change the most ancient search-engine in history. So, just hanging there!
  7. Haha! yeah I know but thats not what I meant. I meant that even if you had 5000 images I would be wishing you the best of luck since Alamy is the one and only.
  8. With 111 images???? man I seriously wish you the very best of luck!!
  9. Really? Seriously?? Please don't tell me people really cut their nose off to spit on their own faces. Count me out! I think you misunderstood me. I mean not the contributors on this forum but the microstockgroup forum. In fact it are microstockers that also submit to Alamy. Mirco IIRC, Alamy was (still is) a member of that forum. Don't you get it...Alamy want microstockers to bring their images to Alamy, they generally are much more commercial than regular Alamy shooters. Have you not noticed that Alamy have featured microstock work in their promos? Alamy now talk about a community....they've decided to model themselves on guess where!!! The market is still segregated enough and accounts still not wide ranging (in terms of having accounts at each and every agency) that it can make sense. The top aggregators know full well that micro has a massive client base which often doesn't travel to other sites...and vice versa. But hey, what do they know!! 100% correct! spot on!
  10. The MSG forum and ranking of agencies on the right side have no importance what so ever, most members there don't even bother to rank/vote and the only ones voting are a handful of members. Its a micro forum!! and they don't take kindly to trad-photographers at all. That forum is run and visited by fan-boys and newbies, constantly arguing, slandering each other, everybody and anything. So paying any importance to anything over there and you might as well stick your head between your legs and..................bye.
  11. Do you really mean $ .9870? This means $ 0.9870... Hehe! and yet Jan was a quiet month right accross the board. All into consideration I really think the old trad-agencies are losing it, the noose is thigtening rapidly and the air seems to have gone out.
  12. Here at Alamy, two sales. Happy though, my other outlets produced all in all, $.9870 and for a january, thats not so bad. Normally thats my worst month of the year.
  13. Alamy/shutterstock would not surprise me at all.. I doubt that very much! Shutterstock is in the unique position not to need anybody, for better or worse.
  14. Well what have we got to lose??? since Europe and the US seems to be totally and utterly skint and Fk-ed beyond comprehension! lets wait and see what happens? but lets just keep the nukes away.
  15. I sell lots of images in Japan and China! fair enough they go for technology and industry, engineering, etc but even so. I worked out my average price per sale and regardless of RM or RF, my cut: $.147. Now that isn't so bad considering our US and European based agencies are very often selling for pennies and cents.
  16. Same here, I been with Getty since 95, came from Stones and Image-Bank. However I am not too sure about this? but it probably won't have any effect on photographers at all, good or bad. Todays Shutterstock sell an incredible amout of credit-sales and enhanced license sales, way over $. 100 per sale. They are a much more modern company, modern outlooks etc not stuck in the same old lane where nothing ever happen and their premium Offset for RM/RF is second to none. Could have been a good move?
  17. Access to places is one thing, getting the stuff sold is another. Today is a different world. You can have a portfolio like Pete-Turner, Maisel, LaChapelle, Webber, Demarchelier, etc. etc from some of the worlds highest paid photographers. Their portfolios like everybody elses just gets buried alive by some 300 million other images on the "celebrated" Internet. Mark Getty once said to me and a few other photographers who had gathered. This will last for about 20 years plus a little, thats the time-span we are looking at. then the entire universe will be swamped with pictures. The day the biggest agencies and outlets wake up and realize that quality goes before quantity. Thats the day of a new era. Until then its just a matter of simply producing quantity, regardless of quality. For the moment we are extremely lucky!! since most buyers don't expect quality for rock-bottom prices. Access will get you the pictures, sure! the question is what to do with the pictures.
  18. Yep! When I returned from a trip to Scotland, I was shooting the container terminal with my 70-200 as the ferry entered the Zeebrugge port. Suddenly a voice above me invited me to come up 'cause the view was much better. And indeed. A few seconds later, I was standing next to a very kind officer on the top deck prohibited for the "plebs" Cheers, Philippe Hey Philippe! you can't just come here and show container industry, thats one of my domains I love ports and their activities! If you are ever in Gothenburg, Rotterdam or Hong-Kong, give me a shout, I know the port chief-officers very well and they will let you in!
  19. Ever since day one of stock-photography, 1992, I have used my clients access! tons of commissioned work, mutual client/photographer trust, etc have opened places which are normally closed for most people. Everything from industrial-sites, medicine/surgery, nuclear, aircraft and car production-plants, etc.etc. Its a matter of I scratch their backs and they scratch mine. I cut my dayrate by 20% and in return I can take pics at carte-blanche, with all releases. Thats my setup!
  20. Well I don't really know where this is all leading to actually? I am third partner in a very specialized what we call Boutique-agency since way back, 1996, been going for 20 years. We paid the Techs small fortunes for a healthy, allround search and its been going great like clock-works. Fair enough we only have a few million files but thats all we want. Never had these problems with either photographers nor buyers. It seems to me after all explanations here, the search is working! the main criteria is of course that buyers KNOW how to search and ultimately find what they are looking for. Never underestimate a buyer, never overestimate them either. Time-factor. As I mentioned I do day-rate commissioned work, have done for 25 years, industry, advertising, etc. When up at the agencies discussing a brief or whatever, very often the AD will start showing/searching among stock-agencies to maybe show an example and so on. Seen them do this thousands of times and you know what? weather they work for Saatchis or a small hole in the wall agency, they just click away, not even aware of if they're using default or not. Sure! if they are going to spend a couple of thousand bucks, RM, exclusive, world rights, etc, they will dig deeper in the search but we are talking about the ordinary buyers here, short of time, stressed, etc?? Here is another example of what can destroy an otherwise good search. Photographs: "artificial intelligence" this have become a popular search-term in a few other big agencies. Now weather or not you are using quotation marks, up comes, starting on page1 over to page-2 a series of office-clerks or whatever, in all different positions, none of it has the slightest little bit to do with artificial-intelligence but this keyword is still there for whatever weird reasons? Ultimately we all have to rely on that contributors and editors here are doing their bit as best can. Contributors doing serious and honest key-wording and the picture-editors dumping material that is wrong or spam. All this in order for a search working to perfection. Well I think we all know the answer to that one
  21. Are you serious?? if so, some coincidence!! funny! so thats where this gunslinger was born? interesting......... quotation-marks?? but when I search for "oil-workers" I don't use any marks and on page three my images start showing, and 0n pages 4,5,6. I just use the default thats all. I am happy with that position. Yep today's Pseudonym Summary revealed the keyword. Now brace yourself: "main street" sign with quotation marks! But if you do not have your oil workers in the correct order, you will not see those used in your searches. I see them all the time. wim Thats a lot! you know something just hit me here. Of course we sit here and in the end we sort it out, keywords, search, etc.... but the important thing are the buyers, how can they be aware of this, using quotation marks, etc? BTW: I did search "oil workers" with quotations, and some of my pics came up on page 1 in the search. Thats fine but I am surrounded with the same demonstration people and anti-pollution etc. Well guess one has to live with it. It is called Boolean searching. It is used in whole or in part in so many different things - from Google, to any database, picture libraries, computer programming, Excel spreadsheets. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Boolean.pdf Thanks! so in other words we are supposed to keyword WITH quotation marks when called for? well fine, I just hope buyers are aware of all this. Seen many, many ad-agency creatives searching but never used any marks. best!
  22. Are you serious?? if so, some coincidence!! funny! so thats where this gunslinger was born? interesting......... quotation-marks?? but when I search for "oil-workers" I don't use any marks and on page three my images start showing, and 0n pages 4,5,6. I just use the default thats all. I am happy with that position. Yep today's Pseudonym Summary revealed the keyword. Now brace yourself: "main street" sign with quotation marks! But if you do not have your oil workers in the correct order, you will not see those used in your searches. I see them all the time. wim Thats a lot! you know something just hit me here. Of course we sit here and in the end we sort it out, keywords, search, etc.... but the important thing are the buyers, how can they be aware of this, using quotation marks, etc? BTW: I did search "oil workers" with quotations, and some of my pics came up on page 1 in the search. Thats fine but I am surrounded with the same demonstration people and anti-pollution etc. Well guess one has to live with it.
  23. Are you serious?? if so, some coincidence!! funny! so thats where this gunslinger was born? interesting......... quotation-marks?? but when I search for "oil-workers" I don't use any marks and on page three my images start showing, and 0n pages 4,5,6. I just use the default thats all. I am happy with that position.
  24. No Wim! all my 2500 images everywhere have MR's and when it needs PR's. This is not the issue. Look at page 2 of this search where you see anti-demonstrations, global-warming, etc, i.e. in the same search you see, pro oil-industry and anti oil-industry. This is the issue. The people with megaphones, demonstraters etc, now that should be in the news-search, NOT the creative search. Of course when the brain capacity isn't enough to see the difference between news and creative, yes it opens itself to problems. Christian, I meant the words Oil Workers; do you have them in that order in your keywords? Because when I search for "oil workers" yours do not turn up. Is that because of your keywords (and those of others maybe?). Or is it the fault of the search engine? wim Yes they do Wim! they start coming up on page three, quite a few of them actually. Look! I am NOT complaining about the search position, thats OK. I am debating weather or not all these bloody demonstrators, helicopters, this and that should be in a creative search regardless of ticking-boxes or not. From a buyers point, it looks slap-dash, it looks as if somebody can't do their job. Christian, for the FOURTH time (Martin, me, Jill) in this thread: "... shows "creative" first, then seamlessly moves into relevant" Is there a word in the sentence above your brain capacity doesn't understand? Cheers, Philippe Well Philipe! I am sorry but somehow I have to use artificial intelligence, since my own brain is completely out of order to follow the logic of these conversations and if they are mind-boggling to most of us. Next question is: how is it then for the buyer? I am a qualifies Taxi-Dermist you see, so get stuffed! hahaha! just kidding!
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