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  1. Thanks for the reply and I don't think it is off topic. It would be logical that any of your photos after you were gone wouldn't be sold hence I was applying the same logic with the distribution scheme at Alamy. In April when I opted out of all schemes it was presumed that sales would stop/be blocked in those categories. Five months later I am having my photos still sold by distributors which to me doesn't seem reasonable but I was hoping to find out, through the board, if this is normal for Alamy.
  2. In April I opted out of distribution sales as well as all of the microstock-priced schemes. In June I had a distribution sale come in thus I wrote Alamy asking why this happened and they said because of the lag time the sale went through. Today, September 12, 5 months since opting out, I received another distribution sale for less than a cup of coffee. If I wanted to sell for microstock prices I would not have opted out of the schemes but since I have opted out of all of these schemes I expected Alamy to honor this. My question for the forum is.......does anyone know when the "lag-time" reasonably stops? Will I still have distribution sales a year after I opted out? Is there any timeline? Are they ignoring my set parameters for sales by still selling my photos to distributors even though I have opted out?
  3. Was just in South Bend Indiana today for the announcement by Pete Buttegieg he is officially running for the President of the US. There were so many people that the fire marshall turned away people shortly after the doors opened as it was already at capacity. So, in the cold and rain, I along with many others stayed outside where a monitor was set-up. Before addressing the crowd inside, he and his partner surprisingly came out and addressed the group outside at which time I was right there to get my photos. Uncanny time/place. Since my LiveNews access was revoked, those photos of Pete w/partner, the crowd waiting outdoors, the reception of the crowd, etc. will all have to go into a review now before posting which at that point the newest news item will take over the news cycle. So I submitted to the other places which I don't get as much for live news but will likely sell them. The bottom line is that with photographers around the world capturing fleeting moments in time, a select photographers few cannot be everywhere at one time around the globe. I lived in Cleveland but drove the 5 hours to South Bend Indiana just as I will be driving to Buffalo later this week for more news stories. There are pockets of the globe where news is happening and while it may not be of interest to the English curators, it may be of interest to the thousands of publications/websites that cover the news throughout the world and purchase from Alamy. Again, the photos I have of Pete and his partner addressing the crowd today were very timely, very important in the world of US politics, and were captured by myself. I had the photos captured and sent (not to Alamy) before they were done addressing the main hall inside. It is what it is but with how fast the news moves nowadays, the photos of Pete and his partner on arguably one of the most important days of his campaign (the official announcement he is running) will not be available on Alamy for a couple days as it is Sunday here in the US as I write this, the photos won't get reviewed until Monday/Tuesday and will be live by Tuesday/Wednesday at which time it is old news. Ok, enough said. Check my photos in a couple days if you want to see the shots taken at the rally today. I am sure many of use who have been culled from submitting Live News have had or will have similar experiences. Unfortunately for two years I have submitted live news only to Alamy and didn't bother with the other outlets but will now seek out other avenues since this one has been closed off.
  4. As one who has also been cut off from submitting to Live News, I wanted to add to the discussion. First, I submitted to Live News sparingly. Second, the majority of my photos are of events thus cutting off the Live News avenue is requiring me to seek other avenues. Third, the newspaper industry in the US is going through many changes as it lays off staff and turns to stringers. In my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, the main paper just let go the majority of its journalists last week. Isn't this an opportunity for agencies such as Alamy to step-in and let them know there are locals on the ground able to cover Live News stories. Unfortunately I am very much under the impression that UK/Euro news is what is relevant and of interest to the News Desk personnel. To give an idea of Live News photo ops that I have in the coming two weeks, here are the events I will be attending but not submitting as Live News but instead as stock. As the events are US specific I again see why Alamy has made it clear to me (even in a personal email) that these events in the US are of no interest to them. On Saturday and Sunday I will be in South Bend, Indiana to cover the Sunday announcement by Pete Buttigieg. It is assumed the 37 year old mayor of South Bend is going to announce he will be running for president. Yes this is US news but as is clear from the past couple years, the election of a US president impacts the world just as Brexit impacts the world. Following that I am heading to Lordstown, Ohio where the GM factory was closed and where Bernie Sanders, another Presidential Candidate, will be speaking. The closing of the GM plant represents many culturally specific issues and is extremely important to Ohio voters which in-turn is important to US voters as Ohio tends to be a swing state (albeit this time around it looks like that may be changing). That in turn means that the Lordstown talk by Bernie Sanders is relevant not only in Ohio but throughout the US and will idealistically impact global issues. Then on Saturday I will be in Denver for the 4/20 celebration, the largest of its kind in the United States. As cannabis becomes a political, economic, and sociocultural issue throughout the US and world, the relevance of this celebration is a global one. It is even more imporant in that the issue penetrates into so many areas including access to medical marijuana, legalization and its impacts on incarceration, state versus federal laws and the battle between the two, etc. Following that I head to Buffalo, New York for the largest Dyngus Day celebration in the United States. Each of these events offer real-time opportunities for Live News but instead I will now find myself uploading them as regular stock. If one looks through my portfolio they will see that my photos tend to cover demonstrations (time specific), government news (time specific), and other events. Again, I maybe uploaded Live News photos a couple times a month albeit during the summer months moreso than the winter months. I used the Live News outlet sparingly but now have been trying to figure out where to submit Live News to where relevance of events in my area are viewed with interest. It is what it is. After the recent 20 percent reduction for non-exclusive photos and then the Live News issue I have learned to not expect much from Alamy at this point.
  5. Clemson, Thanks for the reply (ironically my alma mater is Clemson University : ) As for the photos, I am not sure about the demand for weather photos here in the US as I usually don't submit them but as I live in a region where the weather is tumultuous and destructive at times (think blizzards, flooding) I am sure they would be of interest. As for weather in general, I need to pay more attention as I cannot answer that. With so many news outlets from print to the internet to tv, there is likely a demand for the photos but where they procure them from I am unsure. I personally love seeing weather photos but that interest spans the globe and weather events from every continent and if Alamy is really branching out then I would assume photos of weather should be of interest from 195 countries and not based on the reviewers self interest.....same with events from around the world. You brought up one of the main points I am trying to make. You stated quite well "UK newspapers have an insatiable daily appetite for run-of-the-mill pictures they can use to illustrate a line or two about what the weather has been today or what it will be tomorrow". So if Alamy was based in the US and the US didn't see the cultural signifance and rejected photos out of non-interest do you see how that would be operating from a very myopic US-centric point-of-view? Just because outlets in the US may not have an interest in the weather as much it doesn't mean that the photos should be removed as they likely would be of interest to outlets in the UK as well as other places around the world. I was just trying to make a point of how the review process on what constitutes interest and what doesn't should be from a global worldview even if Alamy is UK based. I have lived around the world and in my worldview news is everywhere and just because it may not be of interest to or directly impact someone in the UK doesn't mean it isn't of interest to others elsewhere. I am concerned that not once but twice over the weekend the notice came and that is considering I rarely submit Live News. If Alamy is going to determine CONTENT is not of interest to THEM (whoever they may be), then that is of concern. As many of us here experienced, some of our photos sell which we ourselves could not believe someone would want a photo of said item/event. That is the beauty of Alamy and why is Live News any different. As for the US, yes, I know that they have opened an office in the US but like you I have no idea how much they have penetrated the markets here. I will try to add some of the photos here later (I always have a hard time doing that on the forum for some reason....the photos aren't connected to an URL nor are they part of an existing attachment....my two choices here) but as indicated, it wasnt the technicality of the photos per se but rather the content they had no interest in....twice. It takes a lot of effort to contribute in a timely fashion to Live News so after this weekend I cannot foresee my putting in the effort at least for Alamy Live News.
  6. This past weekend I had two rounds of Live News Photos rejected on the grounds they were "not what they were looking for". Here is the email sent for both sets of Live News Photos: Hi Mark Sorry we’ve deleted your image(s) from the News Feed as it's not what we're looking for. For more info on what to submit to Live News see our news guidelines. If you want to resubmit these images then please read the guidelines for stock before uploading as stock. If you have any questions please drop us a line at news@alamy.com Alamy News Team news@alamy.com So, the first set was of the 39th St. Patrick's Day Race that aids the homeless in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The race has thousands of participants dressed mostly in green for the holiday making their way through the scenic parts of the city. ALAMY live news stated it is not what they are looking for. This was only after I saw they were online for sale then with an error message the next morning. So let me get this straight.....a major event (Cleveland is known as one of the largest St. Patrick's Day multi-day celebrations in the US) in a major city in Ohio (yes its relative) is not "what they are looking for". Is that because they would rather have photos of UK weather? Nothing against weather pics but I have also submitted them for Cleveland and the same response. THEN the major St. Patrick's Day parade in Cleveland on Sunday with upwards of 500,000 filling the streets I decided I would test the Live News System and only submit one pic this time. Guess what.....today I woke to see it was an error because "It's not what we're looking for". It is very concerning that those making the decisions as to "what they are looking for" are viewing it through the eyes of the UK/Europe. I cannot fathom, other than having a purely UK/Europe-centric worldview, why weather photos, photos of major events, etc. are alway rejected by the Live News because its not what they are looking for. They are fine with weather photos from the UK but not from the US. They are fine with event photos from the UK but not from the US. Then they have the gall to write " please read the guidelines for stock before uploading as stock.". I have read them and nowhere do I see the photos must only be of UK or Europe events/weather. Alamy, if you tell me to read the guildeines for stock before uploading as stock then somewhere in those guidelines you need to state that you need to state the geographical boundaries that match the reviewers interest area so that I, or others, don't spend a LOT of time covering events in areas that don't interest you. Again, for perspective, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland, Ohio drew upwards of 500,000 in the 177th Annual Parade and city-wide celebration. What criteria do you we need to meet to have the photos be of interest? Please clarify as I am sure other photographers outside the UK/Europe would like to understand how/if we can meet the "Interest" of the Alamy Live News reviers if the event is outside their worldview. Many papers in the US, as well as around the world, use stringers thus the events I cover may not be of interest to you but they may be of interest to editors who want to use them in the US or elsewhere. I am confused as to how Alamy can keep rejecting Live News events while simultaneously constantly accepting many mundane non-event photos in the UK. Some transparency as to the worldviews of those deciding what to accept and what not to accept would be appreciated and should be in the 'guidelines for stock' which you richly pointed me towards in regards to the rejection of Live News photos.
  7. Thank you. As for the cover photo, for some reason it looks washed out and definitely not sharp. I am not sure what happened with the photo when it was uploaded there but as that is the initial impression I need to figure out how to get the photo to display correctly.
  8. I am looking for a critique on my Cleveland Ohio Street Photography portfolio. Sometimes when we spend a lot of time in one place we overlook a lot of what actually makes a place and space unique. In reviewing the portfolio hopefully you will come away with a sense of both the place and space of Cleveland Ohio. Are there obvious gaps? Do you get a sense of the city core and if not what do you see as missing? Is it in the photo compositions or is it gaps in the overall portrayal of place/space in Cleveland? As an academic I am use to being critiqued and while it is not always pleasant in the end it usually helps me improve. I now only use a fixed-lense Fuji X100T which I love but it does have its limitations. Cleveland Ohio Street Photography portfolio: https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/116237/clevelandohiostreetphotography.html
  9. wow!! I am glad I wrote about having lost the site years ago as I was unable to locate the lost blog until now. I haven't clicked on each of the entries but it looks like each are there, entries and photos, which I will I will be pulling and archiving which I couldn't do, according to the ex owners of the site, when they shut the site down out of the blue....THANK YOU! I have been gutted all of these years about losing the blog entries/photos.
  10. Last Thursday I wrote to Alamy about the issues with the measures and they replied saying that IT was aware of it. Now that it is more than a week later with one tweet stating the same thing I thought I would chime in here. Over the past year my sales were showing momentum and I was contributing a lot. Then in November this nearly came to a hault with only two sales since then resulting in under 20.00US. From December 4 until last week I had no sales but dozens and dozens of zooms. I, as well as others, count on measures for motivation. With no or low sales, the zooms and views measures contribute to motivating me to submit. Add in the cut of 20% from non-exclusive sales starting next week and the lack of transparent communication of what is wrong, it is disheartening. On a personal note, from 2004 until 2006 I lived in a Maori community and had a blog that detailed my experience via writings and photos. One day I went to the blog and it turned out the company decided they couldn't afford the server space anymore so disbanded the company without informing those who had blogs on it (ballofdirt.com). Needless to say I trusted the company and was burned. Not only did a lot of work/time/energy/money go into producing and maintaining the blog, I lost that entire period of time in terms of documentation (I learned since that one cannot fully trust IT based platform companies). When I wrote the guy in charge of it asking to get a copy of all of my blogs and photos, he wrote and apologized saying everything was gone. There was, according to them, no way to retrieve the data. So my point is that I am justifiably, based on the said experience, that this may happen again here with Alamy. The lack of transparent communication and urgency in regards to contributors measures being updated is just one red flag amongst several that makes me nervous. It has been over a week since the update, the weekend is here, and the silence is deafening outside of the vague tweet which mirrored their response to me last Thursday when I wrote that the measures weren't working. In the grand scheme of things, a lot of trust was lost with the 20% cut that starts next week. to stay relatively silent on the problems with the measures updates doesn't help build that trust back up. Low/no sales, no measures, no communication, rate cuts.....for the sake of the contributors can Alamy please let us know exactly what is going on so that we can make informed decisions on how to proceed with our portfolios.
  11. Measures haven't updated for me either since Thursday February 7 at 07:33am GMT. It was the first time I ever had 0 views since I started with Alamy which was a red flag. Just checked it again today, Monday February 11, at the usual time, and there is still no update. Also showing 0 zooms and 0 sales for the period.
  12. No sale since the first week of December which is disconcerting considering the number of zooms I have had in that same period was very high. Looking at 2018, January was void of any sales with most sales occurring during the northern hemisphere spring.
  13. 20 sales (16 direct/4 distributors) Average gross per sale: 42.09 Average net per sale: 19.11 Gross Sales Range: 3.33-250.00 Net Sales Range: 1-125.00 Months Ranked (highest to lowest # of sales) 1. September 2. October 3. Feb/June/July/Aug 4. Jan/May/Nov/Dec 5. March
  14. I think that is easier to say when you haven't been uploading photos to the database for many years to Alamy like many in this forum have (I only have been doing this a couple years but sure have a lot of empathy for those who have been doing it for much longer as well as for those just starting out). There are some on here who have consistently been uploading to Alamy almost 20 years. That is a LOT of investment on many levels. To suggest that all images currently uploaded be at the 40% is likely based on your longevity and portfolio size and not taking into account the collective whole of contributors. I have only been with Alamy for two years and have done it full time expecting that in the future the time/energy will pay off. I presume a lot of others have been uploading for years under this same framework. I have been awestruck by the non-contributor informed decision to make the cuts and have yet to determine how I will react but it is based a lot on the transparent response by James on what I consider a crisis. I think that solutions/strategies forward must keep into context that we are all individuals with our own levels of investment and longevity with Alamy and that solutions need to be viewed from the many different contributor vantagepoints. I don't see how the suggestion of 40% for all currently uploaded content is fair, ethical, or in the best interest of Alamy. On the contrary, I see that content contributed under the 50/50 framework be grandfathered in and shielded from the proposed 20% cut.
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