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Joseph Clemson

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  1. Explicit references and links to information about competitors is a very quick way to get posts or even entire threads deleted by the Alamy moderators. It contravenes their forum rules.
  2. I would still, without malice, suggest you are reaching the wrong conclusions. Market saturation and fluctuation affects all contributors so would not explain your recent lack of sales. It is possible that you have only just seen this decline in sales because new contributors are given an initial boost in the search rankings. If your zooms and sales are comparatively low in the first year or so, you will slip down the rankings. Comment was made in one of the posts above about your captions and keywords could be improved and this might contribute to that effect. You don't have to contribute exclusively to Alamy, just place here those images which play to Alamy's strengths and don't put them on microstock. You maintain there is a massive slump at Alamy, because of its lower comparative marketing power. Slump is too strong a word and it is just wrong to suggest that Alamy is dying. It is true that the big agencies have much more marketing zing, but microstock contributors are not really benefitting much from that, having to run to keep still as RPD returns keep dropping. Piling ever more near-identical images into microstock does nothing to combat that overall trend. Alamy has a niche market which means it punches well above its weight. RPD's at Alamy have declined as well, but it remains the case that well-shot and carefully curated imagery at Alamy sells, and numerous successful contributors demonstrate that. At the end of the day, the way you associate with Alamy is your decision, but I would want to suggest that things at Alamy are not as bad as you seem to think.
  3. Can't say I subscribe in the slightest to the view that Alamy is dying. What I can say is that it's having a tough time as microstock continues to drain the life blood out of the stock photography industry. The effect of microstock has been to make prices here much lower than they once were. You shouldn't be too surprised at the level of sales you are experiencing. You have a relatively small portfolio and a significant proportion of them seem to be available on microstock as well. Why should a buyer pay Alamy prices for your imagery when it can be obtained much more cheaply elsewhere?
  4. It often seems that there is no rhyme nor reason to sales patterns here at Alamy. I had nothing in March and April, but have increased my 2019 sales by a third in the course of four days in June. The mysterious ways of the gods of stock photography.
  5. Print on Demand. Websites which offer a range of images which can be chosen on screen and turned into a physical print on a wide range of media and shipped to the customer.
  6. It is either a very elaborate hack or an authorised outlet for specialised POD images, with which Alamy has cooperated. I suspect the latter. The site seems to have access to the vast majority of Alamy images and using a search term (I used 'Bolton') the search returns largely the same images in the same order on both this site and the Alamy site. In addition, no attempt has been made to curate the images available through the customwallpaper site; images which are really not suitable for anybody's wall are returned in the search. If I was nicking images to create a site such as this I would at least made sure I nicked images which made saleable wallpaper! I will be interested to hear what Alamy say in the morning, and even more interested to hear if anybody has sold any images used in this way and how much they got for them.
  7. Beautiful portfolio, Brian. It's really irksome when one can't find anything to criticise 😉. You are in a competitive genre but you have every right to be successful, as far as I can see. Maybe a flower specialist may find some further advice to offer, but it all looks good to me.
  8. Is it because an image used in something like a dissertation would need to be available in perpetuity? I believe such academic documents are publicly accessible long after the student has graduated.
  9. We routinely see flocks of 20-30 sparrows around our garden, more in late Spring when the fledglings start to appear (NW England, former council estate). Our mature hawthorn hedge helps, but I suspect much of it may be down to the 90 year old semi detached houses where the sparrows nest in the eaves and in other numerous nooks and crannies. On the other hand, I haven't seen a greenfinch for five years, chaffinch is non-existent and the goldcrest and long-tailed tit a very occasional visitor to the garden. There's a greater variety in the countryside around us, but less variation in our garden than I suspect one might find in the leafier parts down south (i.e. anywhere past Manchester 😉)
  10. As you are obviously realising, the business of stock photography requires a different approach to both the taking of the photograph and how it is subsequently processed and presented. It can be quite a jolt to the mindset, possibly even more so to the experienced (non-stock) photographer than it is to the beginner. If you are going to wait a while before asking for a formal critique, I would suggest uploading a wide variety of images so people have a good sample to comment on and can see what interests and locations you have available to you.
  11. Possibly the best way forward is to post a request for a portfolio reviews in the Portfolio Critique section - this Community Support forum operates in a slightly different way and is not best suited to a critique purpose. If you have specific issues or uncertainties you'd like to address (noise v grain being one example), begin by searching the forum - most questions have been asked many times before. If you can't find an answer, then post a question yourself in an appropriate forum. ETA. Just having a quick peek at your portfolio suggests there are a few issue which need to be addressed. When (if) you make your portfolio critique request it might be helpful to give a quick summary of what camera and lens you are using and what shutter speed, aperture and ISO you typically use
  12. My maths says it could be 100%, less 13% to distributor = 87%. The remainder is then divided 50/50 between you and Alamy (43.50% each for an exclusive image). I think I read somewhere this is how the calculation is done on distributor sales, but I can't remember where.
  13. Not directly. Some zooms can be linked with a specific sale. Some sales may have arisen from a zoom but it is not clear as there may be along interval between the two. Many sales are made without the image concerned ever being zoomed at all. There is an indirect link in that your past zooms/sales ratio may give a rough indication of forthcoming sales. Over the years I have had a ratio of one sale for every four zooms, although that seems to have reduced substantially in recent months. Different contributors will report different ratios and yours may be different again.
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