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  1. Smooth Sumac Arizona USA Aspen along forest road, Arizona, USA Cottonwoods and Arizona Sycamores in Gila Lower Box, New Mexico, USA Robert
  2. On August 24th I had 4 sales, each at $100/50 (gross/net) for a total of $400/200. Not a bad day by my standards. All were birds -- two very common here and two uncommon but not rare. The month started off with two sales for 149/74.50 and 175/87.50 so this will be a well above average month for me if no refunds show up. Robert Shantz
  3. A slow month by number of sales but just a little below average for revenue. Revenue, year to date, is a little below last year at this time. 2 sales for $208 / 104 (gross / net). The two were for $89 / 44.50 and $119 / 59.50. Views continued to be high by historical standards, but zooms have continued to be low. 5761 views, 19 zooms, 0.33 CTR Robert Shantz
  4. A below average month before the refund, and poor afterwards. There were 5 new sales for $184.69 / $92.37 (all numbers gross / net ) which would have been below average but not that far out of range. Then I had a refund of a March sale of $187.50 / 93.75 which was then relicensed for $45 / 22.50 for a loss of $ 142.50 / 72.25. That left me with an overall gain of only $42.19 / 21.12 for the month. I suppose I should be grateful to have at least stayed positive. The high new sale was $69.99 / 35.00 and the lows two personal use at $19.99 / 10.00. There were no distr
  5. May was a slightly below average month. 4 sales for a total of $202 / 94 (all numbers gross / net). Highest 75 / 37.50, lowest a personal use for 19.99 / 10.00 (And while it's possible it was a PU, like many others I'm having a hard time believing that many of my PU sales really are PU.) Only one distributor sale. Views were about normal at 5585, zoom back up to 30 for a CTR of 0.54 Still, I'm a little ahead of last year at this time. So I'm happy if not thrilled. Robert
  6. Some photos of heavy haulers. The first is an autoclave for mining. The cylindrical vessel was reported to be 83 feet long, 14.5 feet wide, and weighing 168 short tons. There were two tractors pushing, but I couldn't get everything in even at 17 mm. On rural two lane highway in Arizona, USA Hauling part of a mining shovel. One tractor pulling, one pushing. Parked alongside highway in Arizona, USA Hauling part of a wind turbine tower on a rural highway in New Mexico, USA
  7. Anna, What you consider to be the background may not be what Alamy or a buyer considers it to be. If any part of what could be considered the subject is not good and sharp at 100%, then don't upload it no matter how much you like the photo. Unless you know more about what sells than I do, taking a chance on QC failure just isn't worth being locked out on all the images. Note that blurred backgrounds are perfectly acceptable, just not soft subjects. QC gets to decide what the subject is, not us. Also, and many beginners make this mistake, don't assume that deleting the failed image
  8. ‚ÄčAnna, I should also have mentioned that you might want to consider an entirely different system --- if you search the forums you'll find that a number of photographers are now using smaller cameras such as the Sony RX100 series rather than their DSLRs. I'm now using the RX100 III for many of my shots mostly because it saves a great deal of time on cloning out the sensor dust that is a real issue with my Canon 5D Mark II. To again emphasize the business end, let me note that the Canon produces better quality photos at 100%, but at any likely size for final use the images are very comp
  9. Anna, If I read your original post correctly, you're looking at stock as a way to make money you need. As such, equipment purchases must be a business decision and not based on what you would like. So the basic question must be what would a new, better, camera do that your present one doesn't do? You will get larger files which to some buyers may be important, but not to most editorial buyers which is Alamy's core business. You'll get better high ISO image quality, but unless you're often shooting in low light that won't be much help. In many, if not most, cases you'll find th
  10. Anna, You may also want to check out Alamy's blog on Keith Morris : http://www.alamy.com/blog/selling-stock-photos And take a look at his portfolio and posts here on the forum. I'll second Wim's comment about money received in the first year. Payment isn't fast even if you're lucky enough get sales early on. Typically the time from first viewing to actual payment is measured in months. For certain seasonal photos, the delay can be longer. Spring photos taken this year probably won't be used until next spring for print publications, which means they'll be looked at perhaps in
  11. Chris, In looking at your portfolio, it looks to be ( like mine ) heavy on photos you enjoy taking rather than including everything that might sell (or more correctly license). As a truck driver, you probably have access to photos that many others don't, and they do sometimes sell. For example, my BFGB05 of a Linkbelt Crane and ACF25N of a semi with an oversize load both sold late last year for $49 each gross. I once sold a photo of a Love's Truck Stop ( but only for $3.17 net ). I've sold a number of photos of the main street of small towns. Nothing special, just looking down the
  12. A little above average for number and amount of sales ( all numbers gross / net ). 6 sales, $440 / $220 . High $175 / $87.50. Low $10.80 / $5.40. All were direct sales. This puts me, year to date, somewhat above last year at this time, so on the whole I'm happy. I had 6527 views with 21 zooms for a CTR of 0.32. My highest views for a month ever, but only about average for zooms to give the below average CTR. I've been seeing a number of fairly general searches with a high number of views but low number of zooms. Perhaps my competitors have likewise seen their CTR drop. Som
  13. Ocotillo buds in southeastern Arizona, USA Desert Spiny Lizard on rock in southeastern Arizona, USA Checkered White Butterfly on Apache Plume flower in southwestern New Mexico, USA
  14. When you quoted Alamy's price, I assume you were using the calculator. Alamy had negotiated prices with many buyers, including newspapers, that give much lower prices than what the calculator shows. So don't put this just on the distributors -- you probably wouldn't have gotten anywhere near that amount from a direct sale either. I know that few of my sales are for over $100 regardless of usage. Robert
  15. Kristi, File sizes can be a little involved, but as others have said the easy way is to look at the file size as shown in Photoshop or other photo editor that shows file sizes. One point -- the 17 megabyte ( MB ) requirement on Alamy is for 8 bit files. If you do your editing at 16 bit as I and probably many others do, you'll need at least 34 MB showing while you're in 16 bit mode as you'll loose half the file size when you change the mode to 8 bit. Alamy only accepts 8 bit jpeg's. Each pixel in 8 bit mode uses 3 bytes of data -- one each for the red, green and blue channels. So y
  16. Gray Hairstreak in Arizona, USA Great Purple Hairstreak in Arizona, USA Black-crowned Night-Heron in Arizona, USA
  17. Alamy now allows RF without model / property releases provided that the editorial use only box is checked. This is on the optional tab in image manager. I also make it a point to mark the number of people and / or the presence of private property and indicate that I don't have releases. Doing so isn't required -- you can just check the editorial only box -- but to me it's an added layer of protection. The editorial use only restriction will show when a potential buyer accesses the image and will indicate that Alamy must be contacted about any potential commercial use. Alamy's definitio
  18. It can take 24 hours (more on weekends and holidays) for the photos to actually be searchable. Alamy gives you a price calculator, but sales are almost never at that price. So just ignore it. Alamy negotiates prices with most of their customers, so the actual sales amount will vary widely according to the use and who is buying. And remember that your cut is 50% on direct Alamy sales but only 30% for sales through a distributor. Robert
  19. This may or may not apply to your photos, but in the past some contributors have been failed for soft or lacking definition because what they took to be the main subject and what Alamy QC took to be the main subject weren't the same. It's perfectly acceptable to have most of the photo soft as a consequence of depth of field, so long as the main subject is sharp. But, for example, the photographer may have been concerned with the hands and Alamy sees the eyes soft and fails the photo. If this doesn't apply to the photos you have submitted, just tuck the advice away for the future. Good l
  20. I'm in the United States, so my comments are really only applicable to laws here, and not necessarily anywhere else in the world. To second Bill's remarks, in general a signed release is of little value if the person signing is not reasonably knowledgeable. I worked in the mining industry for many years, and we always got visitors to sign a release for any injuries they might incur. But we did so knowing that most of the time the release wasn't worth the paper it was printed on as the person signing simply wasn't aware of all the possible hazards. If I visited another property, my rel
  21. I had a direct sale for $365 gross ($182.50 net) on 3/21. Waited a couple of days in case of a refund, but so far so good. It was RF editorial only. Robert
  22. I think the answer to your question depends mostly on two things that only you can answer, and that really aren't any of our business. The first you've touched on -- that you only want a little additional income. The catch is what you mean by "a little bit". In my opinion, $2000 per year should be possible, $10,000 hard to do, and much over that would require real work and business ability (And note that the ability to take good photos is not the same thing as taking saleable photos -- it is necessary, but not enough.) And with stock prices going down, you may find that you have to work
  23. Alamy historically has included a Diversity Algorithm in the display order, and I would think that they still do. What I have never seen is how much weighting it has compared to other factors in the rank. Too high a weighting and the search results become basically random. Likewise, I've never seen anything from Alamy about how CTR enters into the display order. That is, is a CTR of 0.49 almost the same as a 0.51, or is there a step at 0.50 that causes a much higher ranking for the 0.51? If there aren't steps, then how much difference is required before the higher CTR gives a noticeabl
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