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  1. 2 hours ago, Russell said:

    You really do need to stay well clear of guys like this:


    He was the other side of the waterhole, but the guide was still very nervous - even more so the next day when he appeared alongside the track we were on. Easy to spot from the fluid leaking from the temporal glands, and the constant dribble of urine a bull elephant in musth (sic, correct spelling) is really not to be trifled with!

    Yep, same in my photo. Another sign apparently is that they hold their trunk over a tusk

  2. I celebrated an anniversary yesterday - a year since I passed QC for the first time. So I thought I’d summarise my first year statistics, which I am more than happy with. I don’t need to make a living from this, and I don’t contribute stock anywhere else. I am a complete newbie as far as stock photography is concerned, but having put in a lot of time and effort, I’ve learned a great deal and also got much better at processing photos in the process. I have also taken the plunge and started my own photography website.


    I’ve got an archive collection (more on the way), and got to grips with Live News images. Most of the photos I have uploaded have been taken in this last year, since I’ve only had a proper camera for two years, and started completely from scratch. Despite the work involved, it’s great fun to see what sells and what for. Images sold are very varied, from World War II anti tank blocks to a puffin. All in all, being an Alamy contributor has been a very positive thing.


    Total number of sales: 21 (9 in 2018 so hopeful monthly sales will be more regular)

    Total gross sales: $625

    Biggest sale: $52 

    First sale: May 2017

    Most sales in a month : 6

    only 1 sale below $10

    Views: 34,000

    Zooms: 119







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  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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 :) )

  9. 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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