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About riccarbi

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  1. These numbers are very similar to mine. And it's a bit worrying, IMHO. Let's do some math. $6.7 gross per image means $3,35 net. To take, develop, check, upload, and keyword properly an image require about 10 minutes in my case. So I can reasonably produce about 6 images per hour, which corresponds to about $20 before tax (and about $15 after tax) per hour of work (I am not considering travelling time and expenses and the equipment costs, though). That's barely acceptable, from a ROI point of view. If prices keep on falling and the total number of photos available on Alamy will grow much further, it will be quickly no longer profitable for many, me included. Though, as geogphotos said many times, to make a revenue is not the primary reason many people contribute to Alamy... That said, your achievement is truly remarkable, Kumar!
  2. I give my 2 cents. As a (very small) web magazine publisher, I can say that for most publishers - apart form the big names that usual have special agreements with one or more photographic agencies - the procedure to find suitable editorial photos for an article is as follows: 1) Go to Flickr (usually, in the portfolio of some photographers you already know) and see if you can get the pictures for free. if you don't find anything useful, then: 2) Go to SS or AS and see if you can buy your photos for pennies. if you don't find anything useful, then: 3) Go to Alamy (or G.). if you don't find anything useful, then: 4) contact a specialized agency or photographer for a quotation. With constantly falling advertising revenues, you always try to spend as little as possible in photographic fees. Long time ago, a reputed magazine didn't give a damn about saving some tens of dollars for a picture, it was too time-consuming. Now things are very different and also large publishers look for very cheap photos on microstock.
  3. Let's be honest. Nobody with a portfolio under 20K images can make a decent living by selling photos through an web stock photo agency, these days. I keep on submitting my pictures to Alamy beause I'm glad that customers deem some of them them enough good to publish them on a magazine, a book or a website and pay a (rather) fair amount for it. It's pocket money, not really a solid income, for me. Therefore, I'm not, and I'll never be, available to sell my pictures for 10p. Neither on Alamy nor on microstock. Yet, Alamy pays (paid?) a bit better per picture than, say, SS, and I'm happy with that. Comparing $140 a months with $50 a months makes no sense to me. Even if it's 180% more, it's still pocket money.
  4. "We currently don’t accept mobile/cell phone stock photography through FTP or Alamy upload but photos taken on a mobile/cell phone can be uploaded via our iPhone app Stockimo" I don't think that Stockimo has ever been intended to let people upload DSLR images to Alamy through a smartphone. You can use the normal submitting route on the Alamy's main site also using a smarphone and a mobile web browser. If you upload DSLR images to Alamy using Stockimo instead that the Alamy contributor page, there are only two possible reasons: either you want to bypass QC or you are keen to get a 20% revenue share instead than a 50% one...;)
  5. Maybe because Alamy allow contributors to (legitimately) circumvent image quality guidelines and camera requirements by using Stockimo as a backdoor?
  6. So all these: "Guidelines for submitting images to Alamy .... There’s a cut-off point where the image quality a camera can produce falls below our requirements. If you see the failure reason “unsuitable camera” it’s likely that the camera used will never be able to produce good enough quality to pass our QC checks. An unsuitable camera is something that doesn’t compare to a standard DSLR It could be unsuitable for multiple reasons, with the most important being sensor size Most DSLR’s have sensors big enough to create an image of suitable quality .... Alamy recommend using cameras with four thirds sensors as a minimum requirement (see below infographic… the sensor in the middle) .... Forget megapixel count, mobile phones and compact cameras are designed to be small and manageable and that means less room for large sensors and lenses Almost all compact cameras, fixed lens cameras – SLR-like Bridge Cameras and all mobile phones cannot produce images that meet our guidelines Some older DSLRs are also unsuitable due to their overall poor quality, small sensors and age .... We see images from a large range of mobile phones in QC, especially newer models such as the iPhone X and other high-end Android devices. No doubt, mobile image quality is getting better and better, but in relation to a standard DSLR… they still don’t compare." Are just BS. Better to drop QC altogether, then. Yet, please note that the rules reported above are not intended just to pass QC, but to submit images that "are suitable for Alamy ". It's simply ridicoluous to have good photos made with proper DSLRs and lenses rejected because of a hint of color noise, and then see images made with a 1/2.55″ sensor and a $0,3 fixed plastic lens in the main Alamy catalogue (but through Stockimo; hey, you can tell it from their ID....). And, that an iPhone sale could made more than an Alamy sale is not something I feel very comfortable about, honestly.
  7. Mobile phone images on Alamy? No, no, no! I don't give a damn about supposedly good pictures (good, in what sense?) taken with a mobile phone; of course you can take artistic pictures with an iPhone, I remember Andy Warhol taking photographs with a Polaroid SX-70 in the 1980s worthing tens of thousands of pounds today. That's not the point. The point is that many here have recently complained about Alamy going too "microstock", and suggesting it would focus more on technical quality and professional contributors as a possible cure for falling prices. In order to do that, Alamy should draw a line in the sand, separating casual photographers (who have plenty of web agencies to sell their iphone photos for pennies) from the semi-pro and pro who have historically been its more regular and affordable contributors. Serious photographers do not use mobile phones in their professional work; some "artists" do it, sometimes. If Alamy removes that line, customers will be inevitably confused and will not understand what might set Alamy apart from one of the many microstock photo services around; eventually disrupting its credibility, business model, and pushing prices further down to MS level. That'd be not my game.
  8. Be positive. After a week with serious fever and cough and no way to make her drink and eat enough, my 93-year-old mum is no longing having fever since yesterday morning. Thanks to my sister, a neurologist who came from Genoa to assist her and my barely useful help (I am an architect, though I'd been a voluntary paramedic in my youth), she is alive and well. She clearly got the COVID-19, all doctors agree with it, though there was no way to test her, since they can only test people who is serious respiratory distress and happily she had not been so (the NHS did about 5,000 tests in Lombardy only, yesterday, but only to people with pneumonia). Therefore, if a 93-old bad-tempered lady can survive the virus, everybody can. This virus is not invincible.
  9. Teniamo duro Stefano, ci puoi scommettere! Back in topic, as I said, I had to cancel a travel to Amsterdam to do an extensive coverage of the city's architecture I have planned months ago. I don't want to take photos of the current situation here in my hometown, which is the very centre of the virus outbreak in Italy, first because I deem it unethical, second because it is dangerous. We have been all instructed to stay home, period. I go out just to buy food and medicines. Obviously, in my photo niches, which are travels, art and architecture, the current pandemy will have a big impact, definitely. Who are currenly planning their vacation abroad, now? No vacations=no travel articles= no travel photos. Yet, photography is a negligible source of income for me.But, I am an architect, and the construction industry has completely stalled here. I am also having problems to deliver a project to Ireland as scheduled, because parcel couriers in Lombardy are stopping their services too.
  10. Young people ARE NOT COVID-19 proof, there is an 18-year-old boy in intensive care treatment here in Cremona and many others in their 20s are in assisted ventilation for coronavirus-related life-threatening bilater pneumonia. Nobody is immune and everybody should be responsible and unselfish, particularly now; say this to your younger relatives and friends, please.
  11. Here in Cremona, Italy, we have all been put in quarantine together with 16 million other people in Northern Italy, we can't exit from our area, but we can still go to work and all shops are open. Yet, schools are closed, together with museums, gyms, theaters, and so on. What is suprising is how quick this infection spreads, despite the many precautions we are all taking; there are 294 cases today in the city (with a population of 70,000), they were 122 two days ago. My 93-year-old mother is currenly at home since Sunday with couch and fever; happily I and my sister, who is a physician, can assist her full-time; obviously wearing chirurgical mask, disposable gloves and white coats. It emerged that one of the most dangerous behaviours is to congregate in small and crowdy places, such as bars, cinemas, trains, and the like. Anyway people here try to live as usual, when possible and taking all prescribed precautions. This too shall pass...
  12. Yes "al fresco" is Italian slang (a bit old-fashioned) for "in prison"; yet, you can also use it as in English to say "in the open air", especially in Summer; "andiamo a mangiare al fresco" means "let's go eat in the open air"(usually under a porch or a pergola). Back in topic, I usually don't care much about getting the green label. Yet, sometimes it remembers me that I could/should add some more keywords, especially synomyms, AE/BE spelling variants, and the like.
  13. About the virus, I am, unfortunately, writing from the front. The city I live in - Cremona, Northern Italy - is in the so-called "yellow zone", namely that bordering the towns that are currently quarantined, and we have over 200 people seriously infected on treatment in our hospital's ICU. Schools, sports arenas, exhibition centres, museums, cinemas and theaters are all closed indefinitely. Even if I don't personally know anyone who has been infected and I have no symptoms, I had to cancel a prepaid three-day photo travel to Amsterdam this week, because I didn't know if and when, once there, I would be allowed to come back home. The problem is that the infection is very contagious and about 10% of the people infected need intensive care and artificial ventilation, thus putting the National Health Service under extreme stress. The economic impact is also quite serious, not only for the travel industry but also for small businesses, shops, and manifacturing companies. Hope it'll end soon.
  14. Is that on us photographers? Yes and no. To upload the millionth picture of the Eiffel Tower means that that picture will never be sold ; it will just contribute to Alamy's becoming progressively clogged by millions of pictures nobody will ever see and, consequently, buy. Similarly, if I upload the photo of my livingroom, nobody will ever buy it, because nobody gives a damn about my livingroom (except me and, possibly, my mum) even if there is only a single picture of it. Yet, there is another case. Your pictures about Croatian elections are of an interest and potentially saleable, of course, but probably only in Croatia and a few other countries. I have many intresting photos of small Italian historical towns, yet I always sell almost exclusively those I made in Venice, Milan, and Rome, and mostly to UK clients. That's why I insist that Alamy should keep on becoming more international and attract customers from as many countries as possible. A humble suggestion could be, for example, to let international contributors to keyword their image also in their native language (in a separate box) and then automatically generate a human-translated version of Alamy in that specific language.
  15. Since Alamy can't be aware of what local copyright regulations forbid or permit in every single country in the world, they usually apply the UK law, and primarily the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 which, at article 62, allows taking photos of buildings and sculptures "situated in a public place or in premises open to the public" but doesn't permit the same for graphic works (as defined by art.4), including murals, even if they are exposed permanently in open spaces and/or on a building facade.
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