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Steve Valentia

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  1. I'm afraid your figures are incorrect. I have submitted many more than 18 new images. My "News" folder for Alamy submissions has 34 sub-folders, since the start of 2018, alone. Each of those contains an average of 10 images (some many more) and I've been submitting to the news feed for at least 8 years. In fact, I've had 24 sales via the news feed in the last 12 months. If you've based your selection process on misinformation, could I please ask that you review it.
  2. Perhaps you would be kind enough to outline the general reasons for excluding some of us from submitting to Live News. This is especially interesting given that some who were excluded, like myself, have many years of photo-journalism experience while others, who were not excluded, claim that their images "are not all that".
  3. How do you know that your right to file has been revoked because you can't file in an hour? That's not what the "you're excluded" email says (I got one and I've been a press photographer since 1981). I would contact CR directly to find out why you were not chosen to submit news. I did, and I'll let everyone know what they say, should they reply.
  4. I presume it was a "catchall", but only for the chosen few allowed to continue submitting news. The rest of us were unceremoniously dumped.
  5. There was print life before Alamy. Go directly to the source. See my post above. This is the image I mentioned, it made me 10 times the usual Alamy live news fee.
  6. I was foolish enough to try and re-apply, just done it. I'll let you know. I submitted a clip from an Irish national broadsheet, taken in February. It was sold directly to the paper (not via Alamy news) - and for a good $$$ price. Although it does have that in my caption, because I also submitted to Alamy News feed. So, it is possible to still get news published without them.
  7. I would take it from that, Keith is exempt at least. His was the first name that came to my mind when I assumed some would be "exempt". I've held an NUJ Press Card since 1981 and my "license to news" was revoked, too. I sometimes liken Alamy management to the current Government (re: Brexit). You assume they know what they're doing, because they are in charge. But sometimes, their actions would say differently.
  8. I know what you meant. What I meant is that not everyone might know how old (or out of copyright) they are.
  9. I have many photos in old books. They are not in the public domain. Risky indeed (I've been known to sue before now)!
  10. Ye Gods. It's the end of the world (of photography) as we know it. And I feel fine. (Not really).
  11. The check box in AIM is called 'Image sourced from public domain' (not..image is in Public Domain). When you click the ? window, it says..."Public Domain images are free of restrictions under applicable copyright laws. They can include content where the copyright has expired, been forfeited or is not applicable." While this may apply to images taken by the contributor in question, it seems unlikely to me and more likely that these are images which have been taken by others and "found" by the contributor.
  12. I have to say I'm feeling quite puzzled (and perhaps a bit naive) about this Kieth. Is it the case that anyone can procure images in the "Public Domain", claim them as their own and send them to a picture agency / library for sale? Or, that the library can "harvest" them directly? One likely consequence is that snappers (even Red ones) could sell their cameras and make a living trawling the internet and public libraries for their sales.
  13. I've just noticed the checkbox for images sourced from the public domain, in AIM (Optional). Almost immediately, I saw this report in my news feed: https://www.dpreview.com/news/3907450005/getty-images-sued-over-allegedly-licensing-public-domain-images-again It had struck me as being a bit "risky" to say the least and I'm puzzled why Alamy are considering it as an upload option.
  14. Just to clarify; I think he suspects that he would have sold at least 20% less images had he taken the Exclusive option. But, who knows. I sold one on the first day of the month, which is unusual, and mine are exclusive.
  15. I taught Mental Health / Psychology subjects at universities for many years. Without wishing to pry into specifics of your situation, I would say that it's possible to set your sights higher and aim for what you really want. You just have to learn to live with disappointment. I was once asked what encouraged me. I said...people who try to discourage me.
  16. A friend and colleague of mine (an extremely experienced photographer and Photo-press leading-light) tells me that he didn't opt for the Exclusive Alamy "deal" to retain the 50-50% commission rate. Since the changeover, his sales volume has increased. He has had 22 sales including 2 over $170, which makes up for the loss of commission. I asked if he thought it was a coincidence and he expressed suspicion, saying that it's entirely possible that Alamy could change the search algorithm in favour of images that would provide them with the best commission rates. What do you think?
  17. CR tell me that because my image was set to RF, it's not possible to restrict it against Personal Use sales. I've replied to say that I can remember a time when I’ve sold RF images for over $300. For that kind of money I'd be happy for them all to sell for PU.
  18. I have already emailed them, thanks. The image is definitely checked for "not for Personal Use".
  19. You do seem to take pride in getting your name in the forum. Many of us have got things backwards - we're trying to look smug by selling enough images to join the 100K club!
  20. My first April sale, but it's a bit confusing. It's marked "not for Personal use". But it's sold for Personal Use - but for $20 and not the usual $10. Thoughts welcome please. Country: Worldwide Usage: Personal use, Personal prints, cards and gifts. Non-commercial use only, not for resale. Media: Non-commercial, one time, personal/home use 51 MB 5151 x 3434 pixels 1 MB compressed Start: 01 April 2019 End: 01 April 2024
  21. When I got there, the Leprechaun had already grabbed it and was doing a runner! It was the only day that week I'd left my camera at home, too!"
  22. 4 sales today, this was the biggest, high $$. The best bit was that I only had to go into my front garden to get it!
  23. Believe it or not, I also feel quite shy about photographing people (even though I've done it for 40 years now). I was once told by a picture editor that I was..."too nice to be a press photographer", which I took as a compliment (but it wasn't meant as one). I have carried a press card since 1981, which I sometimes "flash", and have even been known to wear it on a lanyard around my neck, which helps with my incredible insecurity issues (to quote Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull). This - and a big camera - helps with situations like marches (image 1 below). Where possible, I also ask permission to take photos, and then stand back for a while to let the subject forget I'm there (as with image 2).
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