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Futterwithtrees

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About Futterwithtrees

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    Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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    Too many!!!

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  • Alamy URL
    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={1539CE58-52B0-44B9-9411-981C07D74705}&name=MICHAEL+HARPER
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  • Joined Alamy
    08 Nov 2016

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  1. This beggars belief if what you say is true. Have you contacted Alamy directly. The images look exactly the same to my untrained eye. How will Alamy deal with this. This raises a lot of questions in my mind. Will this thread be taken down to save embarrassment etc. If this allegation is proven does the offending contributor's entire portfolio be removed by Alamy. How can it's integrity be relied upon. If the image has been licensed does Alamy recover the funds and pay the legal owner or is my mind running away with itself. However I must remember "Innocent until proven Guilty"
  2. I have a lot of sympathy with what you have said but I must admit that many of your images do look underexposed to me and I am using a bog standard Dell monitor. Everyone who has commented is looking at your images on their screen and most have said the same thing. A good question is how do other peoples images look on your monitor. If they look much the same as yours in terms of brightness, vibrance and saturation it would be reasonable to assume that your monitor settings are out and giving you a false view of images. If however they look much brighter, more vibrant and saturated etc then it is reasonable to assume that the issue is with your own personal processing criteria. We are on Alamy to try to sell our images and in that we try to give what buyers want for magazines, brochures and web pages etc etc. Few want dull winter's days in the UK unless they are emphasising that particular issue. i should qualify that by saying that i too have recently uploaded a number of such images following a mid winter trip to Newcastle County Down in Dec 18. I struggle with colour blindness so I keep comparing my work with others on Alamy to try and maintain a valid point of reference so to speak. By the way i cant sell much on Alamy. Its hard going but I keep trying.
  3. I also had a massive sale today. $1.25 gross. Why would anyone bother with Microstock agencies when we can earn as much as this on Alamy. This is my second sale recently and have grossed $7. I don't want to be greedy but I remember a little boy called Oliver once upon a time asked for MORE. Please Sir More Sadly the full proverb as I remember it is "Live in hope should you die in Despair"
  4. I have a Tier 1 but not the exact same port. The Tier 1 is larger and earnings are significantly higher
  5. Having listened to the CEO in his latest video about the proposed changes in the Alamy commission structure and his positioning of Alamy as a Tier 2 stock agency as distinct from Tier 1.He styled Alamy as the only agency in Tier 2 that is not an outright Micro Stock agency. By inference then Alamy carries what is considered to be MicroStock content. What is Microstock and what makes Alamy. A Wikipedia definition is that "Microstock photography,[citation needed] also known as micropayment photography, is a part of the stock photography industry. What defines a company as a microstock photography company is that they (1) source their images almost exclusively via the Internet, (2) do so from a wider range of photographers than the traditional stock agencies (including a willingness to accept images from "amateurs" and hobbyists), and (3) sell their images at a very low rate (from US$0.20 to $10 in the US) for a royalty-free (RF) image" If this is an accutate description or definition does the recent shift in commission payments suggest a drift in Alamy towards becoming more microstock orientated.
  6. Somebody better tell the boss. I just heard CEO James West mentioning Shutterstock, Getty and Adobe in a video of all things. A video designed to justify Alamy's decision to lower commission rates to contributors in 2019. is this a sackable offence.
  7. The sarcasm might be a clue. However if sarcasm wasn't intended i apologise,
  8. I don't recall mentioning any names. I haven't personally driven any prices down as I am new to this business but am simply stating facts that all but the proverbial Ostrich with his head in the sand or "somewhere else" already is aware of. Among the other things that I have noticed on this forum is that the aggression, the patronising remarks and the intolerance always comes from the same quarters.
  9. I seem to detect a sense of dissatisfaction if not disillusion on the part of many (not all) who respond to the monthly "How was your November etc" There seems to be a downward trend in the net fees received from Alamy and many report fees of less than $10 gross for licensed pics. It makes me glad that I didn't pin all my hopes in Alamy when I started to upload seriously some 14 months ago. In that time I have had 7 sales in total for $252 gross. Only one paying less than $8 net. Meanwhile however i have been working away at microstock in that time and have well over 1000 images licensed. less than 50% for the subscription pittance, 25% approx as "on demand " fees ranging from $2.59 to $7-10, 25-30% as single and other at $25-30 with a not insignificant number at $45-50 each. i know that this is not earth shattering and the bigger players will laugh it out of court but its early days and microstock is currently paying me much, much more than Alamy
  10. 2 sales for $98 gross. Quite an improvement for me. Things are starting to move at last and my zoom rate is also increasing as is the corresponding effect on CTR. Great oaks.........!?
  11. It's just become a little bit awkward Kevin. If Betty was referring to me then thanks Betty. I do appreciate all the input on this thread and would confirm what Kevin has observed that I have put a little more processing into some very recent images. I use Photoshop and have no experience of Lightroom or other processing software. I am the proverbial old dog trying to learn some new tricks but I enjoy it very much. Kevin I don't know if you live anywhere near Bangor. If you do I would love to buy you a coffee. Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland that is. My home town.
  12. Thanks for your replies, links and suggestions. I appreciate the insight into what it takes to degenerate an image in RAW processing etc and will experiment a little here and there , I admit I have tried to avoid over colouring as I prefer a natural look but I know these things are subjective. I suppose the issue is as much about what buyers want .
  13. I am interested to know your individual approach to post processing. I always shoot raw and try to do as little post processing as possible for fear of introducing noise etc into my images. As I review them from time to time I sometimes feel they lack "PUNCH" but am still afraid to do too much in case they are rejected by quality control. I should say that I do currently have a 3 star rating. Any help and suggestions, even criticism would be welcome. I have also mentioned before that I am colour blind which doesn't help much. Thanks in advance
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