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Steve F

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  1. Well... One sale this month, slowest month of the year! And one of those random coincidences, despite expanding my portfolio with a few hundred images, I sold 51 photos last year and 51 this year too. Gross revenue is down $300 though... Here's to a rash of sales in January and a successful 2020. Happy new year everyone! Steve
  2. Hey Alex, The vineyard shots are all Austria, and the demand for Austrian photos on Alamy is quite low, I only get occasional sales (or I'm photographing the wrong things lol). The 'studio' shots outsell everything else by a long way. Steve p.s. photos of the UK sell really well on Alamy, but you have to be there!
  3. No, seriously, ermmm.... Really hard to say, artistic shots are probably such a small proportion of most contributor's catalogues that they're not likely to sell much due to quantity. However, you do see shots like the bicycle one above in articles. But that is because it's illustrating a concept or story. I wouldn't have thought, for example, that artistic flower shots sell well, because what is the photo saying?
  4. Hey, I really wouldn't worry about it. It's well known to people that have any experience with the sea that you can get banding as you mention above. And it looks natural in your photo. Colour banding would normally be a transition from one shade to another and would be smoother, not random thin diagonal lines that are separated like in your picture.
  5. Wahoo, first sale of the month, finally! 😃 Bags for life from Tesco, Sainsbury, and Marks and Spencer. Concept - intention to reduce the use of single use plastic bags Country: Worldwide. Usage: Single Company - Multiple editorial use only. Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Low to mid $$
  6. You're right, it's probably not worth deleting as it's already up; it's not a bad shot per se, just needs a better caption. But we all put up photos at the start of our stock careers that we probably wouldn't later when we have more experience... I agree with what Edo says about being a bit more selective. sits-on-fence Steve 🤣
  7. Hi Alex, Sorry, I don't have experience with this software. Lens distortion is different from the problem of converging/diverging verticals. So I would assume they need separate corrections. You will get this problem photographing buildings with almost all lenses unless you use a specialised tilt and shift lens which are horrendously expensive. The problem is also exaggerated the more that you point your lens up from horizontal. I don't have any experience with clients not liking this or not. I would just say, once you know that this problem exists, you notice it very easily, and I'm sure a lot of clients do. And it is (normally) quite easily correctible with software. Steve
  8. Hi Alex, I'll reserve judgement on whether deleting the lizard image is a good idea or not (re. Meanderingemu above). I personally wouldn't use that shot probably, but on the other hand, you never know what sells... It would probably help if you had the species and latin name. Another tip: Colorful condominium buildings with street shops in Windsor's Town Green in Sonoma County, California. Overcast day, December, autumn tree colors. - Image ID: 2ADYR0J There are very clear converging verticals in this picture (the buildings do not have vertical lines, they are tilted to look like they are disappearing to a vanishing point). I don't know what software you're using, but this is an easy fix in Lightroom. On the Develop module, go to Transform and click on Auto. This is normally enough, if not, you can play with the vertical slider. Steve p.s. I like your beach shots
  9. Hey Marianne, The grass is always greener! But based on my (limited) experience, American clients are much more likely to pay higher fees than European clients.... Perhaps we sell more pictures??? (p.s. at the moment I'll take any client - no sales yet in December 😭)
  10. Hi Alex, A nice selection of photos. I'd add to what you yourself and Ian have said - you need a lot more pictures. A rule of thumb apparently (not sure this is still valid when Alamy is adding so many millions of pictures to the collection and we're inching closer to 200 million images!) is that you can expect on average about 1 sale a month per 1000 images. Insert all the ya di ya here about image quality being important too! It is also possible to have a very small portfolio with excellent images and still sell well. But 200 images is really not many at all... If you're not so amazing at photography (like me), a bigger portfolio is definitely the way to go! The ranch and historic landmark at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen California - Image ID: WB7J81: I know what you've done here, it is convenient to copy and paste captions from the same photo shoot. But the image is only showing a lizard and it could be anywhere, so the caption is not really relevant. Captions are also important for customer searches, not just keywords. Try to caption and keyword well, otherwise your CTR rank will suffer and your images will appear well down in the search pages. A second point on this image - there are a lot of nature and wildlife shots. The lizard appears so small in the picture that I can't imagine it selling. You need to get closer or use a longer zoom lens. You've got a lot of 'ranch' pictures - does it not get tourists? Try and get some pictures with tourists at tourist sites too. Pictures with people in tend to sell well, and of people doing activities. Water droplets from rain hanging from a bud of a lemon tree. - Image ID: TRM3NK: I know it's a pain in the proverbial, but try and add the latin name too. And try to always have the location, or at least country/continent in the title unless it's really not relevant. Regarding what sells, you are on the right track. It's good to take photos of your local area, you will end up with a more comprehensive collection than anyone else. Also have a look at the images sold thread in the forum and in books and magazines and online articles - these often contain stock photos. Good luck! Steve
  11. Thanks Michael. Yes, Alamy is a good incentive to become perfectionist because you can see all the great photos that the competition have done compared to yours... (or mine at least!) I think the mistake here was photographing with mixed lighting - it's just a pain to shoot in natural light at the moment because it's so dull. I guess I should get some daylight bulbs.... Black and white is a whole other minefield because then you get into things like how many light sources, and angles of lights and high key low key etc. But it's good fun! Thanks for the additional tips. Steve
  12. Springtime at Saint Michael's Church, Basingstoke. $ Country: United Kingdom Usage: Consumer goods Media: Calendar Print run: up to 1,000 Placement: Inside Start: 01 January 2020 End: 01 January 2021 Any placement; For use in a Digital Regional Calendar, for distribution only within its titled region. Print run 150.
  13. Hi Karl, The position of your images is mostly a function of your CTR rank (zooms of your images by particular clients of Alamy divided by the number of your images that show up on searches but are not zoomed (views)), but also we believe, partly a function of your sales as well. You will make sales here, but it takes time. Sales are often reported by Alamy a few months after they've actually been made. The best way to improve your position is to have really good keywording and good quality photos and subjects. I haven't had a look at your portfolio, but I suggest you have a look on the forum for Keywording, there's lots of useful information. I would also have a look at "Portfolio Critique" on the forum too. Good luck, Steve
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