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  1. Three stars here. Small portfolio, but I submit every 2 or 3 weeks. I failed my first submission because I basically didn't know what I was doing. Tried again a year later, only had one failure since. Steve
  2. 👍 Hi Betty, As someone that rarely uses Photoshop, I'm curious what adjustments you make at the end of editing? Good luck making sales this month! Steve
  3. Hi Wim, when you click on one of the main forum headings, like 'Portfolio Critique', you can see each thread. At the right hand side of each thread it shows the last person that posted in the thread and the total number of views the thread has. S
  4. https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/best-place-to-sell-stock-images-photos/
  5. Hi Liz, "No comments" - sometimes people take time to reply to posts +1 to what MizBrown says. If you put cat in as a search term, you get over 1 million results. A cat doing something in a picture is much more likely to sell. Captions are searchable - yours are really short. You've got 'Wildflowers' as a caption - over 200,000 search results just on Alamy (plus more on other agencies). You could add the season. Where is it, which country? Try to think more commercially, why would someone purchase YOUR picture of wildflowers, what are you illustrating? Why would a client buy any picture of wildflowers, what would they use it for? Your photos should illustrate a concept or story, particular species or an identifiable location. E.g. (totally just making this up) 'Farmer growing wildflowers in a fallow field as part of crop rotation and nitrogen fixation to meet EU law xxx, Hampshire, England'. Keep a look out in magazines, books, newspapers and online for stock photos to get some ideas. Most online newspaper articles use a photo to illustrate the story - most are stock photos. Steve
  6. Hi Nailya, Firstly, your pictures are very good and you're obviously comfortable editing them. You're quite right to recognise that you need to provide photographs for buyers rather than just photographing random subjects. Each stock agency may have a different emphasis; Alamy is primarily into editorial pictures. Keep a look out for stock photos in books, newspapers, magazines, online newspapers and online generally. You don't necessarily need to copy pictures that you find, but can you imagine your pictures appearing to illustrate e.g. an article about a particular subject? Try and find a niche area if you can where there aren't a lot of pictures. It's good that you're showing a person in this image. People doing things in images sell. Two comments - it's very dark overall. The hand looks well exposed, the bottle which is the actual subject has both very bright highlights and dark shadows. Secondly, the industry as a whole has moved away from stock images which look deliberately staged. You very rarely see a model holding something in their hands and smiling directly at the camera published anywhere now. You would be better off making it look as if the person was actually using the oil in everyday life rather than holding it up to the camera (still staged, but more 'natural' looking). You've got a lot of similars. Not only that, there's a lot of pictures of cats and dogs (your pets?). I know we haven't been able to get out so much because of lockdown so there's a lack of subjects to photograph, but if you put 'cat' as a search term in Alamy you get over 1,000,000 results. So there's a lot of competition - your pictures would need to be very exceptional or unusual to stand out. You probably want 3-5 pictures of a single subject maximum as a rule of thumb (depending on the subject). You've got at least 33 images of a self propelled crop sprayer. None of them are close ups. You can try photographing a subject from different viewpoints if possible, e.g. from above, low view, from close up, far away etc... The problem with having many images of the same subject is that it is likely to hurt your CTR ranking - this affects how high up your pictures appear in searched by clients on Alamy. If your pictures appear on searches, but are not zoomed, your CTR drops. You've got a lot of pictures of Mandala colouring therapy. Is it your hand in the pictures? You could have set up the camera on a tripod on a 10s timer to get a picture of yourself colouring in - this would be much more likely to sell. You're in Russia I assume? So there's lots of opportunities to get pictures of landmarks that may sell well. Particularly if you can get an unusual viewpoint if the subject has been photographed a lot. Just on composition for this photo, it's a wide angle shot, but the sky is pretty boring and it dominates the picture. I hope this helps. Just as a comparison, I have 2,900 pictures on sale and 44 sales so far this year. Steve
  7. Hey, that's great! Your photos look very good btw. There's a number of contributors that edit directly in PS too. I believe it's easier to do minor edits in LR (if you've used it before - I do find it quite intuitive). I only step into PS occasionally for deleting complicated elements. Depends how long you like to edit your photos for, or if you're trying to do something fancy. #preparedfordelugePSisbest comments
  8. Some people get away with submitting JPEGs directly from the camera, but you're much more likely to fail QC if you do that (e.g. dustspots in the sky - see link below). The majority of Contributors here will edit the raw files in an editing programme like Lightroom and then export as a JPEG for upload. https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/guidelines-for-submitting-images/?section=3 (there's a PDF link within this text that also highlights common reasons for failure)
  9. First sale of the month!! But $ and a distributor. It's a start through! edit: Second sale of the month a day later. $$ and a picture that I only uploaded in mid August. Things are looking up!
  10. Hi Laura, Don't just take random snapshots of things, try and consider what might sell. Have a look in books and magazines, newspapers and online articles for stock photos for inspiration; once you start looking, you'll see them everywhere. Lots of subjects have been photographed many times. See if you can photograph something differently to bring a different perspective. Look for niche subjects that aren't well covered - few and far between, but there are some. Try and start off making captions and keywording are as good as possible so you don't have to go back in the future and re-edit hundreds or thousands of pictures. Finally, have fun! Steve p.s. everyone hates keywording 🙃
  11. There is identifiable property - houses and boats as you say. So yes to 'is there property' and no to 'do you have a property release'
  12. Laura, there's lots of threads on keywording on the forum. Alamy has 215 million images on sale so you need to be spot on with your keywording if you want anyone to find your images. You could put USA, North America, United States as keywords. Also you seem to have forgotten to put spaces between words sometimes: 'healthandwellness' 'naturalremedy' These terms will almost certainly not be searched for.
  13. Hi Laura, Your 8 images are discoverable and on sale. I assume you're asking why your image discoverability is not the green 'optimised'? Don't worry about it. This thread will help: https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/13264-discoverability/#comment-255576 What were you expecting? Steve
  14. Alamy would normally give you an email to state that they are deleting photos from your account. It's quite unusual. Possible reasons could be if you upload a Live News image to their Live News feed that they don't want (but you have to have Live News access to do that), or if you have taken a picture of artwork without showing any context around it.
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