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Steve Valentia

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  1. Thanks for the feedback. @kay Yes it was print use. @Avpics and @losdemas It's likely that most of my other sales for that paper were online use only, other than a couple that were around mid $$. Interestingly, I got paid yesterday for another image from the same shoot, that was not submitted to Alamy. It was in the tabloid that you look at, in the bathroom. The fee I received was just over half of the gross amount of the larger sale from the Alamy tabloid. Meaning, to me at least, that you'll get roughly the same amount whether you sell directly or via Alamy.
  2. Two nice sales this morning, both for the same tabloid newspaper (the one that shines in the morning, unless it's raining and specifically in Ireland). I'm sure of that, because I saw them published weeks ago, before the sales dropped in. One was an inset image over the larger image (about half a page). The inset fee was just into $$$ and the larger one almost double that price. The sales came via Alamy Live News. I'm definitely not complaining, but a bit puzzled. I've had a lot of ALN sales with that newspaper, but have never had one above minimum or quite low $$. Just wondering if Alamy
  3. March was my best month in a few years! 7 sales for $590 gross.
  4. The factors that determine how sharp hand held moving object shots are not related to the sharpness of the lens. If it's sharp with static images, it's sharp for moving images. The way you hold the camera, the shutter speed you set, if the object is moving towards you or across the plane of focus and whether you are good at panning are the things that make moving objects shots sharp - or not.
  5. It shouldn't be necessary with a remote release attached, but essential if not. I would also lock the mirror up, if the light is low and the camera has that facility.
  6. Thank you. Maybe it was just a glitch for me too (in the right direction for a change). But, I have been more active with regards to uploading new images, and I've got a couple of shoots lined up with a 'St. Patrick's Day' theme, for the live news feed, over the next few days. So, I'm prepared to remain optimistic for another week or so.
  7. My reply is less to do with being harassed (and I've had my fair share in 40 years of professional photography), and more to do with your choice of subject to test lens sharpness. There are too many variables involved in getting a sharp image with moving objects, and I would not recommend shooting them to test image sharpness. Put the camera on a tripod (especially when testing a long lens), use remote release and shoot static objects at a reasonable distance at varying apertures. That should give you the best test results.
  8. Image sales are picking up recently, for me. Today, I had 2 sales and one of them was for a very nice mid-$$$ figure that is the highest sale I've had for one image, since I started contributing, over 15 years ago. This was for a RM (editorial) image and prior to that, my biggest sale was for a RF image, that grossed $100 less. It was for a 2-page spread, world English language use in a magazine with a print run of up to 5 million. I know that other members have had regular three and even four-figure sales, but for me, sales are usually mid-to-low 2 figures. So, maybe things are picking
  9. I emailed around the time that I made the original post. I still haven't had a response from alamy. But it's working now. It would be but what I've not had any power since 9 a.m. this morning, and it's going to be out till 5 p.m.
  10. It's back to normal for me again now. Thanks for all the responses.
  11. When I get to my dashboard on the main website's contributor page, can't move to other pages, such as Image Manager or Account Balance. I keep being sent to a log in page page called 'Alamy Intranet'. When I log in there, nothing happens. Does anyone know if the website is down at the moment? Thanks, Stephen
  12. So much for ABC's reliability then. https://www.abc.org.uk/product/7723-national-geographic-magazine
  13. Thanks Guys. The region is US. I was just wondering if it might be National Geographic, when I saw the region. I've hit the Big Time, after 40 years (hopefully!) UPDATE: NG figures are only around 97, 000 per issue as of June 2020.
  14. Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic Print run: up to 5 million Placement: Inside Image Size: 1 page Start: 01 December 2020 End: 01 December 2025 Print run: unlimited; Duration: Life of Licensee’s Media for all editions; Reuse Included across all of Licensee’s Media
  15. Thanks Wim. I went there before I posted, to be honest. Couldn't find anything that was close to the 5M. I assume Alamy's categories are broader (up to 2M, up to 5M etc)?
  16. My first sale of December dropped in this morning (possibly from the 30th November). A shot of the Millennium Ball at Waterford Crystal factory, nice (low 3 figure) price. What I'm curious about is that it sold to a magazine with a worldwide print run of up to 5 million, for 5 years starting 1st December 2020. Does anyone know which magazines have that sort of print run size?
  17. Felt compelled to reply, in order to qualify for my pedantry license. 1) It's not 'a Latin language', it's Latin. 2) Biggus Dickus is not Latin, it's Python. In absentia lucis, Tenebrae vincunt. P.s. I didn't use a bad word.
  18. No, not Valentia Island, Cork Opera House (a band on stage). I looked at the Culture Trip website, but I haven't found it, yet.
  19. Good question. The short answer is, no. The slightly protracted answer is...I considered it but having sent them 2 other messages in the last 10 days, both of which were ignored, I didn't think it would be worth the effort and came to the forum instead.
  20. Thanks. Usually, I just adopt a Tabula Rasa and accept the pricing, but I felt that this was such a Nota Bene that I should Carpe Diem and ask about it. My 'mean' sales amount this month, so far, is $17. Highest $60 and lowest $3.07. Quid Nunc!
  21. It's bad enough that in my 16 years with Alamy, I've seen my sales drop to near non existent and their fees tumble to 'micro-stock' level. Now, I find that 2 sales with similar uses have different fees attached. In fact, the lower fee has the phrase 'in perpetuity', which in my view should command a higher fee. Any thoughts on why this might be? Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Editorial website Image Size: Any size Start: 07 July 2020 End: 07 July 2025 One use in a single editorial article used within the digital versions of
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