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  1. I still don't understand this whole property release issue and I really want to understand. Lately some of my images where refused (not by Alamy) for not having a property release. The reason was that they where unsellable without PR. Subjects where in Paris, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem... both free and payed entrance... the same kind of images, same venues etc where accepted by them btw. I argued that: - for some subjects there was no way to get a PR, the Church of the holly sepulchre in Jerusalem for example... 5-6 Churches are in charge of the place and there is a ladder on the facade that can't be moved and wasn't for the past few hundred years (read it on wiki if you're interested) + nothing mentioned on their website and no contact at all to ask about their policies - for some places they didn't own any copyright on the design since the place was built a few hundred years ago... - on the websites of the 5 places I took photos, nothing mentioned - nothing mentioned on the tickets either - I wasn't told anything when entering... and I sure you will all agree that a D700 and D750 with battery packs, 24mm PC-E and 24-70 are not the most discrete... - and in some places it was free entry and no security, reception whatsoever... etc... Then I looked for similar photos in articles on the web and found plenty. Some of them I recognised and traced back to the agency that rejected my pix as ell as Alamy. And what would do you think, NO PROPERTY RELEASE WHATSOEVER. Most (I didn't check them all) of the images by well known architecture photographers Hufton + Crow and Iwan Baan have NO PROPERTY RELEASE. They where, I suppose, appointed by the architect to take exterior and interior shots... and after while threw them onto stock sites... If they don't succeed to get PR who would? Next question is WHY WOULD ANYBODY GIVE YOU A PR? You can basically sell a picture ad vitam eternam to whatever end: mugs, posters, postcards... or maybe sell the image of a museum, somebody's house to sell KKK flags? Background of a porn video cover? Even more trickier is there is no one person/organisation that can give you a PR... in the case of the Tate Modern as an example you will need the PR from the architects Herzog and De Meuron + The Tate, maybe some other firm involved in the design, probably the ones responsible for the exhibition and layout... and in some cases artists... any photographer has the time to deal with all those people??? And lastly what about freedom of press? Can't a journalist write an article even a review about a place and add a picture that he seems reflecting the space, building, exhibition???
  2. Thank you very much dlm... it is indeed a good day to bicycle, skateboard,... or just have a stroll ;-) a very special day... because almost all people refrain from using the car, it is the quietest day of the year, in an otherwhise hectic city, you can hear birds, stray cats are super relaxed, no barking of dogs... plenty of bats having a good time...
  3. Holiday here in Israel and besides a few Live News pics also made this timelapse: Yom Kippur in TLV | 2018 Let me know what you think about it?
  4. https://www.ft.com/content/85734f8c-7e04-11e8-af48-190d103e32a4 A few Alamy pictures in this article, credited to Alamy alone. The Antwerp university picture is mine... Zoomed past month, no sale yet...
  5. Sorry to also hijack this thread... how much time do you typically spend on “scanning” slides this way and how much on post processing... I had a dedicated Minolta scanner to scan slides and I remember it wasn’t much fun... asking this as I have some nice slides from travels (chile, peru, brazil...) that I would very much have digitally...
  6. I suppose many of you have huge amounts of pictures, and I was wondering how you manage this? I have now around 5TB of files, mostly photos, both professional and private and also plenty of files related to my day job - architecture... I have a 500gb SSD for current projects, that is both photography and architecture. In terms of space around 75% is filled with RAW files. My lightroom catalogues are also on this disk 3TB of archive for my pictures, almost full And then two other 1TB hard drives for pro and private documents... And a small M.2 for operating system and all my programs... backup on external hd’s which is far from optimal, I know... How do you manage you terabytes of data?
  7. Thank you very much for all your replies... I'm trying to understand. Let's say a museum has a policy of allowing people to photograph inside, but not for professional purposes. Is it ok to put those images for sale for EDITORIAL PURPOSES ONLY? Or do you need a special document? If so, what kind of document do you need? A property release on the other hand would grant the buyer to use the image for commercial purposes, right? Like publicity, posters...
  8. Has this subject been discussed to often? Are releases a fable or is there a secret circle of people getting those releases? I would very much appreciate some of your experiences trying to get releases for editorial photography. Thanks in advance!
  9. I was wondering how to get the proper releases for musea and similar locations? I haven’t had any success and was wondering if any of you succeeded? And if so, if they could share some tips...
  10. https://theculturetrip.com/middle-east/israel/articles/the-best-breakfast-spots-in-lev-hair-tel-aviv/ Flower gardens at Habimah Square Tel Aviv, Israel. | © Eyal Nahmias / Alamy Stock Photo Allenby street, Tel Aviv, Israel. | © Michael Jacobs / Alamy Stock Photo Sale popped-up a few days ago...
  11. Indeed, and you can install it on two separate computers... and with older versions your ACR won`t be updated...
  12. After a slow first 6 months, July was my best month ever with 16 sales and highest net income... (best month before was April 2017 with 11 where 5 images where sold to the same client....) It started with 9 sales in one go (same client probably) a few more sales and finishing with 2 sales for one client... This record month actually saved my statistics for the the first half of the year... A sale for a museum really boosted the net income...
  13. 1) I’m wondering how stats are kept. Let’s say a customer clicks on one of your images and then decides to see similar results and browses through your photos, are those views and possibly zooms also counted in the stats? 2) Had 9 sales pop up this month, different buildings in Antwerp, all with same description in the sales report... no zoom as far as I can tell, but since through a distributor I assume the distributor made a selection for the customer... and probably not acciunted for in the stats???
  14. Plenty of unauthorized uses of Alamy images on this site: http://ttnotes.com/city-antwerp/2/ (including at least one of mine...)
  15. http://www.traveler.es/viajes-urbanos/galerias/las-ciudades-mas-caras-del-mundo-2018-worldwide-cost-of-living/1932/image/99001 10 photos from Alamy wihout further credit. Tel Aviv is one of mine... Sale hasn't popped up yet...
  16. I do carry two bodies with me most of the time, not so much as backup but with two different types of lenses... Fortunatly I never had problems with bodies or batteries.. but having two lenses ready to shoot at any given time is very usefull... i usually carry a tilt and shift lens + either 24-70 or 70-200, sometimes 24-70 and 70-200... If I only need one lens for a particular shoot, I might make an exception... but will always travel out of town with two bodies. Very heavy though... usually between 4-5 kg of gear... A few years back I travelled in Madagascar , at the time I had only one body... but being there with friends photographers we travelled with 4 bodies, with a dozen lenses and would switch cameras by replacing memory cards, was very convinient...
  17. Only one small sale :-( 2018 is terrible for me both in sales and views... After a descent 2017 where my efforts in uploading where rewarded, I am really dissapointed. I did find two usages of my images, sales who didnt pop up in my sales yet... so there is a bit of hope...
  18. 50/50 approximately, a few square ones too... but since I sell mostly architecture photos, makes sense probably...
  19. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1959/03/14/defender-of-the-faith The photo was converted to B/W by the authors. Wasn't reported yet, so no data about the price.
  20. You can use: “your name alamy” -alamy.combin google, bing... or you can reverse search with google images and/or tineye, select your sales, zooms and right click google search
  21. Is it a distributors sale? They tend to be be very liberal with usages in my experience...
  22. A few months is not exceptional! if you think about it, a client downloads an image and uses it... confirms usage 3 months later, the distributor confirms the sale to Alamy another 3 months later and they get (sometimes) months to pay the bill... At least 3 to 6 months, in my experience sometimes up to 7-8 months after usage??? Still don’t understand why Alamy doesn’t allow downloading watermarked images and only fuml size image w/o watermark on sale???
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