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  1. Just had 4 sales drop in, I've never had more than one a day, my average is 1 or 2 per month, quite happy with it. A couple of $, and two $$. After a dire June things are picking up I hope.


    I started in February last year and am now up to 31 sales since with nearly 4000 images uploaded. 1 refund that annoyed me, another for $$$ that I had the foresight to buy the newspaper as evidence, as a month later it got refunded, I then emailed Alamy the proof and actually ended up 50% better off from it, so there is karma in the world.


    I still find the Alamy style of shooting hard work but I do enjoy it, I used to go out of my way to not have people in my photos, now I'm getting better to include them, so many missed opportunities over the years.


    As a side question, how often do sales get reported in the dashboard, is it only once per day? I've noticed sales only seem to show around midnight (BST).

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  2. These days OS updates for Mac are free so unless the hardware doesn't meet the minimum spec then its a good thing to get the choice of updates.


    Unfortunately laptops these days and to some extent PCs are being sold with very little user upgradeable parts, Macs especially. If people keeping buying them then manufacturers will keep going down that route. And if you don't spec it well enough to future proof it when you buy it then you're out of luck.


    It's one reason I bought (at the time) a 2nd hand 1 year old T430 as I can upgrade RAM and disks as well as battery, also I can have 2 x 2.5" drives and a smaller mSata in the future. All these I can upgrade with just one screwdriver. I looked at newer machines but they didn't offer those options.

  3. 1 hour ago, losdemas said:


    That's as good as no contact. Alamy won't pursue, nor, I doubt, will anyone at this point in time. There may be some future in which we are able to get these sites off air, but right now, no. 


    I don't think there is an obligation for people to register correct contact details when they get a domain. If there are no contact details on the website a WhoIs search can sometimes bring up results. The WhoIsGuardProtected probably means that the info is hidden or acts as a middleman for communication. There are phone numbers and email addresses on that page.

  4. I don't use smart previews so I can't say how much space they use. I'm limited to a single machine I bought a few years ago, a Thinkpad T430. I primarily bought it as I could swap the DVD drive for another internal drive for storing images. I then have the OS and applications on a 256GB SSD. I put all my Lightroom catalogs, previews and cache on the SSD (which I limit to around 20GB within Lightroom). I edit D800 36mp and D3300 24mp files on it, which it does OK with for its age. My catalogs are primarily by year with subfolders based on date and location within that, I prefer that over lots of smaller catalogs. If you are an organised person then smaller working catalogs to start with could help you.


    Lightroom is not the most optimised program, it doesn't use all the CPU most of the time. It also eats up RAM so I often restart it to stop it bogging down. But having 16GB means I can edit in Lightroom and if needed in Photoshop at the same time (Nik filters and things).


    You can always change the Import settings to produce 1:1 which would help, it will take longer on imports though. 


    I only use external drives as backups over USB3 so I can't give much opinion on Thunderbolt, maybe this will help:



  5. I would do it, Lightroom likes RAM. I doubt you will see a massive increase but it will help with multitasking.


    I have my catalogs on my laptop SSD and the photos on the secondary drive as it is 4tb, having catalogs and the cache on a faster drive is probably the best way to run Lightroom.


    I would advise finding the exact model you have (the A****) code, eg A1406 and searching Google for that code and RAM. Crucial have a useful site for picking RAM and its usually competitive prices.

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  6. I started in February 2017 and managed to get 3000 images uploaded. A lot of work going back through catalogs, being annoyed with myself for not shooting more general shots as I was more into the landscape images etc. 


    Not being in the UK I'm disadvantaged in some ways but I've made a challenge to try and shoot where I am with stock in mind. I'm also taking more video as that can be quite worth doing, sold some footage you wouldn't think people would buy.


    10 sales last year but only 1 3 figure sale. 1 refund for $50. December was terrible.

  7. 51 minutes ago, geoff s said:

    Thanks James.

    I feel that you are talking about POD sites as well as personal websites

    Just to be clear I'm not talking about POD sites or any other sort of 3rd party fulfillment idea. That would upset Alamy and it's 

    not what I'm focusing on right now.



    Well, if you aren't wanting to make print sales then I guess you want something to promote you as a photographer, which could easily be a simple website, you just need to showcase your work. If you dont want to spend money then Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc are where you may want to put some effort in to.

  8. 41 minutes ago, geoff s said:

    Having made a few print sales recently with some of my arty-farty-fotos  ( ie physically selling them from a physical location), I

    am wondering whether I should have a website, and if I should how best to go about getting one ie does one go to your local IT man

    or do you get one 'off the shelf' from the web ? 

    Do you start out with a basic display of your stuff and maybe progress to a retail type if you get any interest ?


    Strikes me that it's one thing to have a lovely website, but it's directing people to it that is the hardest part and, given that fact, is it ever likely to 

    justify itself from a financial perspective ? Does the volume of other such websites mean it's sunk without trace even before it's launched ?

    Have any of you reaped major or unexpected rewards from your website I wonder ?

    Recommendations, opinions all welcome. I realise that it's a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' subject.


    Note to Auntie Alamy, I'm not talking about any of my stock photos here, just my personal collection of the ones with pretensions of artyness.







    Facebook Pages is the free way to start, post up images on a relatively regular basis, cross post to groups, gain a following then point people to a website where you sell images, there are quite a few photographer centred ones. They may cost you around £100 a year to run if you provide a sales option through them but a few sales will cover it. Not sure I can name sites so I will leave it for you to search for.


    Edit: I would add that having a website is both nothing and everything as anyone can have one and for a relatively low cost, but it shows that you take it more seriously than just places like Facebook which are free. You could of course just self fulfil on Facebook but usually dealing with people and pricing can be a pain, a website with set prices for sizes and fulfilment through a 3rd party means its hands off for you, you'll get less people moaning "it's too expensive" etc.

  9. 1 hour ago, Atko said:



    You definitely get a +1 for this, as it sent me scampering to go all Elder Pliny on my Giraffes and Parrots.


    EDIT : Betty already advised me to do this, but I forgot :unsure:



    It's all I've been doing this week, researching types of eagles, the various nuanced differences in giraffes, and I'm still none the wiser on some of my vulture shots. But, I've had some searches crop up using latin names so it does help.


    I don't know where I read it (probably here) but it obviously makes sense to add them.

  10. 19 hours ago, andremichel said:

    17 sales for a poor $417. I had achieved over $500 for each of the previous 3 months. 


    On the bright side, my zooms continue to improve and recently hit a best ever of 86 for the rolling month. A year ago they were half that. So hopefully sales will pick up soon to reflect the improving zooms. 






    Taking a quick look at your portfolio I notice you don't have Latin names for quite a few of your animal images, eg crocodiles eagles and kangaroos on pg 10.

  11. 1 hour ago, Matt Ashmore said:


    Since joining Alamy a couple of years ago, my use of both Wikipedia and Google Maps has increased considerably!


    Yes, I always seem to have a few wikipedia tabs open but I find it interesting researching and it usually leads to something else, either by related links or the 10w light bulb in my head turns on to photograph something I hadn't thought of.

  12. I checked my phone this morning bleary eyed to see a near $100 sale fall in, had to double check on the computer with a cup of coffee. National non UK newspaper for 1 day which I will be keeping an eye out for.


    I only uploaded the image a few weeks ago but it's probably the only one I can find on Alamy of it.


    I will say this, processing photos certainly leads you round the Internet researching places/buildings/animals/birds but it's worth it for the tags and captions.

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  13. Rather than start a new thread I'll add my thoughts on AIM.


    Please can there be a drop down selection box for images that do not have the full 10 Super Tags. Yes there is "Images with poor discoverability" but even with my small portfolio of ~2000 images 1900+ are shown in that category. Some days when I do batch uploads or can't think of any keywords I don't fully complete this. It would be useful to show any images that don't have 10 super tags.


    Dragging and dropping of tags on to others is just irritating, if its to allow more keywords then at least separate the combined words with a space, eg "Kenya Africa" not "KenyaAfrica" that it does.


    Single image previews that scale to the image section box so I can see if there are people in it, how many, other things for keywords. At the moment I usually have to open up the jpeg on my computer to reference.

  14. 16 hours ago, AlessandraRC said:

    Just to let you know I got the camera, refurbished, and I am very satisfied with it. It will work for stock just fine and represents a great improvement over my D3100! I solved a bit of the problem with the buffer by disabling a number of jpeg automatic editing like noise reduction and sharpening, and by saving in raw + small jpg. Obviously I would love to get a full frame but its not going to be this year.



    Technique, good glass and a fast memory card. Learn the limitations of the camera and you'll preempt issues. Turning off "Image Review" I find helps clear the buffer faster, or just half press the shutter to stop the review. Helps on my D800.


    A few years ago on a Masai Mara trip I had been shooting all day and my fast CF card had filled and it switched over to a slower SD card, I could really tell the difference when taking numerous photos, since then I've bought fast reliable cards to mitigate buffer issues.


    Last year my D800 curtain developed a split which meant I had to send it off to be repaired, that left me with my D3300 for 5 days in the Masai Mara. I thought I wouldn't get much usable but it was pleasantly surprising, apart from being smaller and lack of buttons it did well. ISO noise above 400 was a slight problem and the D800 files are just much "cleaner" but I have several shots I'm happy with. This was mainly as I used my FX glass on the camera.

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