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Posts posted by Sally

  1. 32 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    It's a matter of accuracy. That and abiding by the terms of the contributor contract. It's conceivable that a council might object to a derogatory portrayal of their district. A photographer who wrongly stated that he had a release might be in at least warm water.

    Imagine if Royston Vasey had been a real place- I wonder if Royston (in Hertfordshire, South Yorkshire, Glasgow, etc.) had any qualms about it.

    Yes, I agree, I was simply responding to the question which was about the likelihood of getting into problems having already sold the image under a RF license.

  2. These things again...thanks to Bryan I know now that they are wind turbine platforms.  They keep popping up in Leith, apparently on their way from Newcastle.  A couple of weekends ago we saw two of them being towed by a tug far out in the North Sea from the Aberdeenshire coast.  Presumably there is a huge wind farm being built somewhere up North. i liked the juxtaposition of the towers behind the roof of a 17th century merchants house in Leith.


  3. 12 hours ago, Marco McGinty said:

    Many thanks to all who responded.


    Waiting for payment I can understand (but disagree with), but I just assumed that when an image was purchased, it would immediately show up in the sales history.


    Obviously, I was wrong!

    Many of them do,  but not for newspaper groups. That’s partly why we have a monthly thread spotting used images so that contributors can be sure to chase them up if they don’t come through as purchases.

  4. 52 minutes ago, losdemas said:



    Two sales with only 75 images up is quite amazing - I'd say that you were very fortunate. You really need 625 x 5 to count on regular sales here (some would say many more). Tags, captions, quality, quantity, variety - keep going.

    No zooms might suggest you need to rework tags. For example M1XY5D is tagged sandwiches, but doesn’t have any, while M1XY56 is tagged water bottles and soft drinks but doesn’t have any. If the images are different, you need to be more specific with tags and captions I think. 

    Not impossible to have a sale with less than 1,000 images, but it’s due to a number of factors eg content of your portfolio, what clients are looking for, good tagging and captions etc, so don’t assume it’s the quality of your images. Persistence, determination and constant review are, IMHO based on only a year’s worth of experience, key factors.

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  5. 4 hours ago, Avpics said:

    You can simply search 'landscape' in your IM, select all images and add the plural. It's a useful tool when you come across an alternative word of any kind for images you have in your portfolio

    True, but some are already at their limit so it's not quite that easy. If I were to add all those alternatives for 'man', I'd be over the limit for quite a few photos.

  6. 24 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    I don't know if you've had any yet, but images in the likes of the Mail and Sun are infringed dozens of times within hours. It's not worth the effort to pusrue.

    Yes I had an image of a puffin in The Guardian, which then appeared all over the place. I’m really talking about websites set up with the sole purpose of copying from the Alamy website (and other stock images) rather than the sharing of individual published photos.

    But  yes you’re right, it may not always be worth the effort., especially if you’ve sold hundreds of photos. I’m not lucky enough to be in that position (yet anyway :) )

  7. 6 minutes ago, Steve F said:


    Well... Alamy have confirmed it is an infringement. But, that it's also a website based in a territory they can't chase. Hey ho....

    Might be worth trying to find a contact email and getting in touch yourself, and send them an invoice for it’s use. I found a similar site just before Xmas with loads of Alamy watermarked images, including one of mine. Alamy did contact them (and never got a reply and so said they couldn’t do anything else), but I also did. The image was removed immediately after it was reported, and when I tried to pursue it later on I found the whole website had disappeared. Perhaps it’s just moved to another url, but I can’t find anything related to it anyway. Better this stuff gets taken down if people make a fuss.

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  8. My best ever month,  but that’s nothing to do with January, rather down to starting to upload Live News images, increasing my portfolio in its first year, and hopefully hard work revising tags.


    Six sales for a total of $217. I presume everyone is quoting gross than what we get in our hands.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Sally said:


    Live News Image from December.

    My current balance owed is $49, but this is only showing up in the invoice statement so far, though the date is 31st January, so hopefully it will take me over the $50 minimum.

    Yippee, the other Live News weather photo from December has shown up too. Of course I have just realised that the sales haven’t cleared so won’t affect my available income for this month. The Sun does appear to be a prompt reporter of images. And decent money too.


  10. 7 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Don’t be afraid to use phrases. ie: large vase, clay pottery, throwing a clay vase, artistic style, artistic creation,  and these: potter, Caucasian, woman, female, person, one person only, 50 years old

    Also don’t forget to put location information into both captions and keywords. For example, where is the flamingo?

  11. 23 minutes ago, imageplotter said:

    I'm going to call this one "Back to the Future V". Single use, national newspaper. Start date: 1st Dec 2017 End 02 Dec 2017. Except the image was taken on 23rd December 2017. :blink:

     Sale dropped in yesterday. Shot as a live news image, but the sum suggests it was sold as stock. Hm, will query.  Happy late Christmas.



    I asked Alamy about a similar issue with the date and they told me that it just means that the system didn’t register the exact date, or that the client submitted a monthly date in their record, not that it was used before it was available ! Therefore likely still to have been a news sale.

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