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Joseph Clemson

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  1. Not a lot you can do about it, I fear. There is only one result for "Bill Wood", a sculpted piece in Knoxville. I assume this is what the searcher wanted. Every other result is a because the search engine scrapes the bottom of the keyword and caption barrel to try and find some more relevant images. It is not often that so many irrelvant images come up in this way, but when there are few 'correct' results in the library, then some false positives are inevitable. It happens to us all and the bad occurances probably even themselves out over time across the contributor population. Th
  2. I think the labourious and costly task of curating a very large image library would make a varied collection like Alamy's completely uneconomic. Although the multi-million image collection is unwieldy, the use of raw computer power and algorithms to identify what the customer wants is almost certainly a more cost-efficient way of proceeding. Machine curating a massive collection is easier and cheaper and probably as successful as trying to do it manually, I am increasingly happy to see poorly keyworded and captioned images, because I know they will not be in realistic competition w
  3. I think it would be helpful to refer to Contributor Relations. Photorealistic images is a grey area and they may be best placed to offer a meaningful response.
  4. A little more detail on Alamy QC Basically, Alamy use an industrial type sampling system for QC. Once the contributor has passed their initial submission test, it is assumed they have the skills and workflow to consistently submit acceptable images. The only only check Alamy make is to examine a small number of images from each batch submitted. It the sample is OK, they assume the rest are OK too. They rely on the professionalism and skill of the contributor. If an image fails they assume a problem has arisen in the photographer's workflow. They reject all images in t
  5. The model and property release forms I use are ones I have been using for years, provided by the big G. They don't have a property release number field, and neither does Alamy's own forms. I guess it is imply there for you to use as an internal referrnce. As we are on the subject of releases, for any images you have with 'property', Alamy's advice is they need to be RM or RF-Editoral only. Some potential buyer may see your supercar images and think that being marked RF, they are free to use them for commercial purposes, which Lambourgini may not like. Marking them RM or RF-Editor
  6. In the interest of fairness to Alamy, the change in commission structure was announced in late 2018 and will only become apparent when they publish accounts for year ending December 2019. We will have to wait another year to see the impact of that 'innovation'.
  7. I agree with your analysis on Alamy's main business. The Manything App gets very mixed reviews on the Google Play store so I can't see a clear way for Manythings to turn around of its own accord. If Alamy are going to invest I'd much rather see such investment going into the mainstram Alamy business. I was going to suggest they reconsider revitalising their video library and reopening it to new contributors, but I know that even well-established microstock video agencies are having a hard time in the rush to the bottom on prices through subscription models at the moment, and a big
  8. I think we can be quite clear that if Alamy doesn't get paid by the client then we won't get paid either. Non-payment may be a result of various circumstances, not just that the cleint has used the picture and then refused to pay up. Indeed, if that was the case and it became known, then Alamy has the option pursue the errant client for illegal use of the image, or to tell you you can do so yourself if they aren't able to for some reason. Non-payment (as opposed to refunds) can happen for other reasons, such as clients going out of business. It is in Alamy's own busine
  9. Sales show up on your account when Alamy invoices the customer for the sale. Many sales are on customer credit accounts and it can be several weeks or, in some cases, even months before the customer actually sends Alamy the cash to pay for the image licence. When Alamy receives the payment from the customer, it appears on your account as a cleared payment. AAs you say, when you have $50 cleared balance, Alamy sned you your payment. Even those sales which made directly through the website, rather than through an Alamy slaes person, and are paid instantly by the customer are still su
  10. The accounts of Videoloft (formerly Manythings) show a loss in the year up to June 2018 of nearly £1 million (previous year a loss of £1.12 million). I think the £782,612 dividends is from Alamy's accounts rather than VideoLoft. In any case I don't usually associate a loss of some £2 million pounds over 2 years as being a 'solid financial performance', but then again I'm a humble freelance photographer not a multi-million pound business owner or financier.
  11. Not quite sure what this means or how they manage it, but according to UK Charity Commission website, the Fischer Family Trust have managed to spend more than they received in donations and endowments in every year, bar one, since 2014. They do have some assets but I can't see £190,000 bringing in a massive investment income. Anybody with financial nous know how it is possible for a charity to consistently spend more than they receive? Are charities allowed to go into debt?
  12. Alas, sales refunds can appear after many days, weeks or even months. Fortunately, in my own experience they are not too common and many that are refunded are repurchased at a different price later - usually because the new usage licence is slightly different. I'm not a publishing professsional but it's my understanding that images purchased may sometimes be placed in a draft publication. which is then rejected by the final client at final proofreading in favour of some other image (or none). These unused images are, by convention, refunded by the agency. Refunding unused images m
  13. If your cleared balance was over $50 by the end of the month, you should be paid within a few days by whatever method you've chosen. Some methods take longer than others and overseas payments may take longer. If you are concerned contact Contributor Relations and they can tell you for sure if there is a problem.
  14. Measures working as normal, except that for the second successive day the number of views I have recorded is less than half of what is usually a fairly consistent figure. No zooms, it gos without saying, but the low number of views is out of character. 😕 PS. I have no idea if the last character is the correct emoji for 'puzzled' but it looks like it might be.
  15. No noticeable increase in refuns here, though I know others will remark on having the same experience as you. What puzzles me is how a refund can be greater than the original sale. Are you sure it was a not a refund then resale at a higher amount? Currency fluctuations might account for a higher refund, but Alamy shoudl carry the can for currency changes, not the contributor. Have you queried that refund with them? I think you should.
  16. I think it's right that we should contemplate on our need to take care when working. I'm just cautious that we might be well advised not to spill over into speculation on what has led to Keith's death on a forum accessible to the public, not least to save adding to his family's distress at this time. As far as I know, no official information has been made available as to the circumstances behind his death.
  17. Not too much more Ed, only the size of pack of cigarettes (and a USB cable to charge the battery). Better though if you can manage without, I agree.
  18. Hello Ed, I've no idea whether this thought is completely barking up thre wrong tree, either practically or financially, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. I had a brief period of trying to cope with inconsistent hotel/holiday home wifi connections. In the end I bought myself a mobile wi-fi router with a PAYG data SIM, something like this one from Argos. It gave me a pretty reliable internet connection wherever there was a 4g mobile signal (and a slower one in rural areas where I could only get 3g). It also has the advantage of being your own private internet connec
  19. I've no comment on the photo but just to address an assumption in your topic titile and initial post. You say that it passed QC. Unless it was the only image in that particular submission, it was not necessarily QC'd by the Alamy team, who only check a small proportion of our submissions. Thisis why it's so important that each contributor has a thorough QC check of their own for every picture in every submission - Alamy are only a safety net to catch us if our standards slip. I'm sure the The Blinking Eye is aware and understands this, but some who come from a microstock backgro
  20. A terribly sad moment. Thoughts and prayers first of all for those closest to him. A great loss to Alamy and the forum too. I've never met him, but being close geographically and in age makes it feel really personal.
  21. BBC Wales are reporting Keith Morris missing. Anyone any gen on this? P.S. Acknowledgement to Phil Robinson whose Facebook post alerted me. Since I posted this, police have reported finding a body in the sea at Borth Bay on Saturday. No formal ID but Keith's family have been informed. Sad and tragic news.
  22. I couldn't manage without shooting RAW. It gives enough flexibiity in processing to deal with moderate under or overexposure without degrading the image or being stuck with sub-standard out-of-camera images in the way might happen with JPEG. And there is one very good reason for using RAW when shooting in the UK, we frequently have grey skies which get over-exposed easily when shooting outdoors. Using RAW I can easily use the Lightroom graduated filter to drop the sky by 1 or even 2 stops to match exposure on the subject. To some extent I'm using RAW to avoid having to check the
  23. There is much confusion here about what is happening to your submissions and what problems you are experiencing. You mention in another trhead having trouble moving around Alamy's site. Do you mean you are finding it confusing, or that you know what you want to do, but the site isn't responding? We also need to establish the state of play in your first submission of three photos. You say these were approved on 22nd August, in which case, as Mr Standfast says above, you need to caption and keyword them to get them on sale. Once that is done we will be able to see your first three
  24. Not a problem, Allan, I know exactly what you are saying. I just wanted to give BidC, who is feeling somewhat fraught at the moment, the notion that there could be light at the end of the tunnel and that tunnel might not be quite as long as it may seem just at this moment.
  25. Hello Bid C. Please Don't Give Up. Established and experienced contributors here provide critique when asked with the aim of helping others to grow in their skills and their own experience. Of all the forums, this is the one where you are least likely to encounter intended negativity. Stock photography can be quite a steep learning curve, but worth trying to conquer, if only for the kudos of seeing your work in print/on screen. Your 50 views daily views per 600 images is a slightly higher proportion than my 150 views per 3500 images. I'm guess those long Live News capti
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