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  1. 21 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

    National Geographic maybe. It used to have a circulation of over 6 million a few years back. 


    Try this for global circulation figures once you have the Region info.


    25 minutes ago, wiskerke said:


    If you download your sales as a spreadsheet, it will in addition to this have a column region.




    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.

  2. 22 minutes ago, wiskerke said:

    What did the region field say?



    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

  3. 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?


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  4. 5 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:


    I thought that was French!


    Oh yeah, it's a Latin language. I forgot... 😎


    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.

  5. 34 minutes ago, MDM said:

    Steve’s $3.07 sale is presumably from the Culture Trip website (thanks to spacecadet).  Maybe something to do with Valentia Island.  I had an identical one for Bere Island a little to the south.


    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.



  6. 39 minutes ago, shearwater said:


    Don't what to deviate more the post intention...did you contacted CR for a clarification?


    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.

  7. 2 hours ago, spacecadet said:

    Volume? Market? Negotiation? Who knows.

    I don't worry about it anymore. Well, I do, but you know what I mean. A three figure sale is a very rara avis now. My average this month is $7.


    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!

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  8. 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 a single publication. Digital usage includes archive rights for the lifetime of the article


    Country: Worldwide
    Usage: Editorial
    Media: Editorial website
    Industry sector: Travel & tourism
    Image Size: Any size
    Start: 27 August 2020
    End: 27 August 2025
    Editorial website and app multiple use, in perpetuity
    $ 3.07
    $ 4.91

    Just tried another (single) image. Passed QC in approximately 20 seconds! So far, I've not had random wait times since I got 5 stars.


    14 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    Am wondering, I have a lowly 3 stars and there's no greyed out 2 stars.  Assuming live news goes through straight away - confused.com😀


    I doubt there will be any greyed out stars. Previously, it was only ever 3 stars, then jumped to 5. Live News should go through immediately, otherwise, it would be yesterday's news. :)

  10. 18 minutes ago, Orange Elephant said:

    Not sure what you are doubting? I'm not casting aspersions on your imagery.


    I'm doubting that " f5.6 is right on the edge before diffraction" with that lens. But, you may be right. However, unless you've seen it, then I wouldn't worry about it. Don't believe everything you read in the photo press. (I say that as Associate Editor of a fairly well-known UK camera magazine. ;) )

  11. 1 hour ago, Orange Elephant said:

    Thanks for the info, nice shot Steve! You realise that on a 1" sensor, f5.6 is right on the edge before diffraction?


    With a maximum aperture of f2.8? I doubt it. Anyway, it's working for me - the 30-odd sales and 100% QC passess (and a 5* QC rating) would testify to that.

  12. 40 minutes ago, Orange Elephant said:


    Thanks. We have the same sensor size, but the Phantom has a mechanical shutter & slightly less pixels, making it a touch better in lower light.

    The mechanical shutter only has an advantage over the electronic shutter, if you want to use higher ISO settings - and I don't. Certainly not on a drone camera with a 1" sensor. Image quality has to be very carefully controlled for QC to pass a drone shot.


    I keep the ISO as low as possible (usually 100), and the shutter in the middle(ish), around f5.6. It's been argued that the DJI lenses have better image quality when set away from the extremities. I also avoid flying in low light, although I have done so, a few times (see below), but carefully. I also always shoot  in Raw.



  13. 32 minutes ago, Phil Preston said:

    Steve, guessing you have not seen this thread?




    Thanks Phil; no I hadn't seen it, although I did look for something in the QC thread before posting. I had a browse and there's no real explanation of what's changed, and it doesn't explain why I passed in minutes on a Sunday (there hasn't ever been QC at the weekend before). I wonder if the 5* rating (which was only 3* max previously, is connected. Or maybe QC is on holiday! 

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