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  1. I don't think many of us left. So far, Alamy has removed my photos but not, apparently, my access to this. Dashboard doesn't recognize me, now. If I'd had more $$ licenses instead of three $ licenses and one $$, June would have been a great month.
  2. Last sale before the account was closed -- four sales, all mid $ except for the $50 sale of the orchid bloom Country: United Kingdom Usage: Editorial Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic Print run: up to 500,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 1 page Start: 01 May 2021 End: 01 May 2026 Duration: 3 months. Any placement: Inside or cover. https://www.alamy.com/search.html?CreativeOn=1&adv=1&ag=0&all=1&creative=&et=0x000000000000000000000&vp=0&loc=0&qt=R5FYRK&qn=&lic=6&lic=1&imgt=0&archive=1&d
  3. Thanks. For me, photography may have been a way to procrastinate on writing a novel. I wouldn't bother to come back unless I had a couple thousand photos to create a more robust portfolio. Photography was always a different mental gear than writing was, nice switch out from writing as a break. As of June 30, I'm out of here unless I feel doing the work to bring my portfolio up to more professional standards and numbers, and licensing stock would be a bigger supplement to my pension than it's been. I think Alamy will always find that there are photographers who want something
  4. Other thing is to look at the competition on Alamy and see if there's a view of the plant or flower that is missing. Alamy has thousands of African violets but fewer double flowered African violets labeled as such. Also, one of my orchids has a common name in Spanish of El Torito (Little Bull). Most photos aren't of the view that shows how the orchid got its Latin American common name. The photos I didn't get include a black bee pollinating a terrestrial orchid that I no longer keep. Sigh. If you have a garden or if there's a nearby park, look for combinations of flowers and insects.
  5. I don't think Alamy is as concerned about individual photographers as released stock from agencies -- their blog examples tend to be these. The agencies have economy of scale and can also negotiate minimum prices, so given that quirk of the contract, Alamy sees them as more valuable. Look at the various lightboxes on the home page, see how many of those have released photos from agencies. Attracting advertising agencies is probably part of Alamy's business plan. Alamy lived for years without anyone supplying them with deaf kids using Nicaraguan sign language. They will go back to not hav
  6. All by this search term were from crops from a microfilmed copy of a magazine "The Florist's Review." I think that historical images (looks 19th Century/early 20th Century) are exempted from QC. Yeah, the quality is quite low, but Alamy is known as a source for archival images.
  7. Yep, and the more interesting photos would be behind the scenes, which would require getting permissions nailed down in Spanish. "Commercial" in our dialect of English means for advertising and promotion. In the more mundane dialect, it means doing something for money as opposed to for one's own personal use (on social media, on non-monitized websites). My impression is that if you were a known professional agency that would be able to do work for the museum, you might get permissions that a single photographer with not much of a track record would not be able to get.
  8. It was also from an agency. My ticket said photography permitted for personal use only. I'd love to get behind the scenes there which would require direct negotiation and getting permissions. An agency can do quid pro quos more credibly than I could. B. National Geographic is at least partially owned by Disney. Disney bought up Marvel and has gone after a fan kid who looks and dresses like Loki and posts his selfies. They're not suing from what I've read, but did get some of his social media posts removed. Disney also bought the Star Wars or Star Trek franchise and stop
  9. I wrote the museum about getting permission to use photography for stock and it sounded like $250 US or so. For an agency, might make sense. The website is specific about not taking photos for commercial gain. I got the impression that Alamy wants us to follow the rules on the ticket. I paid for permission to take personal photos.
  10. Agency. Wonder how or if they got permission to take a stock photo there (recognized where before seeing the caption).
  11. For botanical and biological photos, make sure you've got the common names as tags/keywords and the most common one in the caption along with the scientific name, and also have both in the tags.
  12. Thanks. This still doesn't make me $100 a month or more. I suspect I'd need in the order of 3,000 or more photos in my portfolio to do that. Basically, what I've learned: Don't start at Alamy with fewer than 1,000 photos. B. Most of what's licensed was taken in and around my house or a couple blocks away. C. I know more than most about the things I've photographed and licensed. As much as the suits want to use the creatives as manufacturers of what they want, something like a passion for a region, the toys in ones life, technology, history, comes across. Wh
  13. Country: Worldwide Usage: Marketing package - Small business, Use in marketing materials, worldwide for 5 years (excludes advertising). This license is for small companies - up to 10 people. Start: 23 June 2021 End: 23 June 2026 Mid $$ Okay, this is a sensible price for this native Nicaraguan Stanhopea. Third sale this month. So far, I've licensed as many cats doing things as people doing things.
  14. I think juvenile house finch, but not sure.
  15. Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial, Editorial - websites, apps, social media and blogs (excludes advertising). Worldwide for 5 years. Archive rights in perpetuity. Media: Website, app and social media Start: 07 June 2021 End: 07 June 2026 Mid $, but my first ever license of a cat doing something. One or two sales every month except March, but single $ for most and four low $$. $95 total for this year so far. Double that and I wouldn't make $250 gross in the next year. Rights managed now, but multiple use apparently. So cat photos aren't completely a waste. I can
  16. I cynically suspect that some of the low ball sales are to PA's owning newspapers. And some may be to ad agencies that PA papers want to encourage to place ads.
  17. The thing is the average isn't the mean, and what part of Alamy/PA's income comes from agencies with whom it has other arrangements. Also, is PA/Alamy trying to do more advertising photos (PA is newspaper based and that would be a field it understood)? I think recruitment makes sense, but most people will not be all that good, and will abandon their photos after not that much time trying. Recruiting 100 to find one with staying power and real talent is common in many fields. I doubt the new owners will be doing curating for content and quality. They don't even curate their blo
  18. My British friend and I got our second jabs today. No side effects so far. As we were leaving, loudspeakers were playing FSLN rally songs, just so we didn't forget who got us these vaccines (India, actually). Nicaragua will be making Covid 19 vaccines beginning in July if not sooner in a facility the Russians built here. They had a lot of MINSA staffers in to help with the olds, and even more computer stations to keep records. In and out quite quickly.
  19. I didn't find out about Somerset v. Stewart until around 2005 or so -- the UK was ahead of the US on abolition and the Southern Slave owning colonies weren't as concerned about taxes as not being able to take their slaves to London with them without the court ruling the formerly enslaved people to be free.
  20. I have images up with a Lumix GF1, (same lens came with it). Not all images taken with it have worked out. Licensed one taken with it last month. Couple of Micro 4/3rds cameras would be useful. The Sony 1 inch sensor cameras others have mentoned are, however, quite a bit smaller if that's a factor.
  21. My government seems to be beating the drums for actions, either financial or more, against my country of residence. Three parties including one definitely opposition party have been certified for the upcoming election in the fall, but the people who the US was paying to agitate against the current government have been detained (house arrest) or arrested (jail, apparently). The expat community has known that the government is checking dollar accounts for large sums of money being brought in, and NGOs have had to show the government their books to get recertified -- where is money coming from
  22. My helper got a new tip for my cane at a ferreteria (a hardware store). I'll be getting my second Covid vaccine (Covishield, same as Astro Veneca, I believe, but made in India). One of my orchids that's fragrant is blooming. My own sense of smell has been crap for several years now, so I asked my helper to go out to the courtyard and smell it. Prosthechia (spelling?) fragrans. I can even sort of smell it. And two pairs of fish were leading new fry.
  23. Hire some amateur models or photograph foreigners who aren't as likely to sue if the photo becomes famous. The Mexican law seems a bit complicated. You can carry a Spanish language release on your phone (I have Easy Release on mine). I got verbal permission but didn't get releases.
  24. Through the internet, I know two people who have small portfolios at Alamy who may simply not care about what they might get in the future since the works already done. One was a professional wedding and bar mitzvah photographer before turning to computer work. Other is an enthusiastic amateur. Neither has as many as a thousand photos up. I think most of what Alamy licenses are agency photos with releases. That's the majority of what they post on their blog. The individual photographers fill in the holes, and probably do things that wouldn't be commercially predictable for
  25. As long as you haven't sold them directly to clients, there's no danger. The problem was for people who had only placed photos at Alamy and no other agencies but had made direct client sales, as was allowed by Alamy's definition of exclusive (not on any other stock agency). Now, photographers whose photos were exclusive in terms of only being with one stock agency but who had made direct client sales would not be contacted before their clients were asked if they had a legitimate contract for the work. No direct clients or sales from one's own website, no problem.
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