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Joseph Clemson

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  1. There is a contractural obligation to not mark an image as exclusive to Alamy if it is available for licensing as stock on another agency. You don't actually have to TELL Alamy you're going non exclusive, but they will know if you mark your images correctly and they care to look!
  2. I'm leaving my portfolio as exclusive, simply because they are not uploaded anywhere else and I see no prospect of them being uploaded anywhere else - I've not found anywhere which pays decently and has a good prospect of selling the generic editorial stock I produce. Or have I not looked hard enough? I never sell directly to clients so the issue of infringements being wrongly chased is, for me, nil. The actual benefits I can see of being exclusive to Alamy though are so small as to be negligible.
  3. Thank you, TeeCee for spotting this usage and for your ongoing sterling effort in trawling through The Times.
  4. For urban and landscape photos put more detail about the location in both caption and keywords. Include the names of buildings, businesses, street as well as town. Most images sold here are used to illustrate a very specific subject, general terms such as landscape, mountains etc may be searched from time to time, but you are more likely to end up at the top of the search result if you specify which mountain is in the picture.
  5. That looks quite frightening to me, the notion that a news photograph has no creativity or originality and is therefore not worthy of copyright seems to have the potential to blow out of the water the ability of freelance press photographers to earn a living from their work. Thank you for highlighting this, though I have no idea what can be done about it.
  6. Always be aware that Alamy only checks a sample of any submision made. They expect each contributor to strictly QC their own submissions and Alamy just examine a small sample this to make sure the contributor is doing this. Most images in any given portfolio have never been looked at by Alamy QC at all. This method of working trips up a lot of new contributors here, especially those who have moved over from microstock sites where all images are checked before acceptance. Also be aware that Alamy only checks for technical quality. Again, operating in a different way to
  7. For me the balance was restored to the correct amount automatically. I'd identified the sale which had lost its cleared payment as one made on 28th May 2021 and originally cleared on 12th July. I've checked that transaction this morning and the cleared date is again showing 12th July. I'm a little surprised more people who posted in the early part of this thead haven't reported in to say if their balance has been restored to the correct amount. Also, Alamy haven't given any further update, all of which makes me wonder if the issue isn't yet fully resolved. You might want to keep a
  8. Yes, Radim, not you alone! Joy abounding with highly polished brass knobs on. My cleared transaction which was lost is now found and restored to its rightful place in my cleared balance.
  9. Alamy QC don't work weekends or UK public holidays so adjust your upload patterns to account for that. My own pattern is to upload a batch of 20-30 at a time as that is also a batch size I can comfortably finish processing in a session once QC have given the thumbs up (captioning ,keywording, choosing supertags, filling in the 'optional' fields).
  10. Ah. I see. I was confused by the word 'Hi'.🙂 . Carry on....
  11. Perhaps while Alamy are looking for the missing cleared balances, they might at the same time look down the back of the sofa and see if any sales have dropped down there. I do seem to be a few short this month....
  12. You might like to start a welcome thread of your own. At the moment the thread title suggests you are based in Germany. While that is no bad thing, its a tad confusing.
  13. Uppercase and lowercase are ignored in searches of both captions and keywords. I make sure I use capitals and punctutation properly in captions simply to make the caption more easily readable and to maintain an air of professionalism.
  14. Same here, a modest $$ sale which cleared two weeks ago is suddenly owing again. Has a large cheque bounced? Has someone gone bust?
  15. The trouble with responding to this query is that it risks reopening the contract changes thread and, therefore, the instant deletion of this thread. However, I have to say that I disagree with Steve that there are no changes at all. In the changes to the contract wording I have looked at. I believe I see an increase in exposure to the risk of legal action and also the range of third parties for whom I would need to bear the costs of such action. True, there were risks before, though not so explicit, but I feel a sense of greater risk. The problem which worries me most
  16. Hello Christine, the phrase 'vanishingly rarely' simply means 'hardly ever', 'extremely rare'. It is a turn of phrase which crops up occasionally in British English - I noticed our esteemed Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, used it just the other day. In this context Spacecadet was referring to the experience of many well established contributors here that QC very rarely get their decision on image quality wrong. They are not superhuman but they are usually very good at their job. Most of us here have suffered one or more rejections and found that it was a problem we'd missed an they
  17. Bryan's marathon daily efforts on the Times are sorely missed, notwithstanding TeeCee's valiant efforts to fill the gap. The forum as a whole is much quieter as so many established contributors here throw in the Alamy towel as the 24th July deadline approaches. The forum is greatly impoverished by these developments. I think Alamy as a whole will come to realise, too late, that they are also impoverished by what they have done. Very, very sad.
  18. I raised the question about new clips being added to the Alamy collection with Pond5 support, along with questions about changing prices and keywords. They gave a 'catch-all' answer which was that changes would be reflected on the Alamy site 'within about 60 days, depending on the kind of change.' I took that to mean that new material may transfer over within a couple of months, if it falls within the selection criteria specified by Alamy. I'm also expecting that existing material may transfer over if the price is within their preferred range (discussed earlier in this thread). I will be runn
  19. Interesting blog, even though it's written for the image buyer rather than the image maker. Deleted this comment, it would just lead the thread off course
  20. I don't think there's a problem with the transfer process affecting the colour rendering between Pond5 and Alamy, if that;s what you mean by willy-nilly. Clips of mine on both agencies look pretty identical. I don't know if you really need a whole different set of ideas for shooting video I always reckon on shooting similar stuff for video as I shoot for stills on Alamy. Granted, it's useful if there's a natural source of movement in the frame but the subjects I choose for both stills and video are not that different overall. The one thing I would say is that I find I can't success
  21. I would tend to agree. Some of the drone shots in particular look like they have not seen any post-processing at all. There was some speculation earlier in this thread that maybe many of the clips are non-sellers on Pond5 itself. It's not possible to verify that but I did wonder about it.
  22. Poor visibility is not a problem as long as your images are well captioned and keyworded. Put full detail of what is in the picture in the caption. 'Duck in a pond' is unlikely to get any sales at Alamy. 'Mallard drake on a small pond surrounded by reeds' will give you a better chance. Research the duck, make sure you identify it correctly and include its Latin name. Find out what kind of reeds and include that in the caption. Keyword comprehensively but don't include irrlevant or peripheral keywords. Very few images really need 50 keywords, or even 40. The quality of your photography looks f
  23. 1. There is a mountain of information you need to ingest to make it in the activity of Stock Photography, much can be found in the Alamy blogs and here on the forum. As a starting point read the How to sell images on Alamy blog pages. 2. Carefully read the Contributor Contract and understand what you are signing up to. It is of particular concern just at the moment as the new and more detailed contract comes into force on July 24th. In case you have missed it, a particular measure is that it reduces the commission to 40%. That further reduces to 20% if you don't make $250 dollars
  24. What I would put is Is there any property in the image = YES Do you have a signed release for the property = NO. Books, record covers, toys, games etc etc. may contain images which are themselves subject to copyright. The items may be your 'property' in the sense of belonging to you, but the intellectual property is what may be at issue is such cases. By marking the property release section in this way the onus is on the buyer of the image licence to decide if they need to obtain releases or nt for their particular usage. As an aside, I'm about to trawl
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