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Joseph Clemson

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  1. The short answer is it largely depends on the number of images you upload, and it needs to be many, many more than you would expect on a microstock site. Your first sale could be tomorrow but it's not terribly likely. Look expectantly when you have many hundreds of images in your portfolio. The topic crops up quite frequently so trawl through the forum, especially the Ask the Forum section. Search for "How long until" for one such discussion. Joe
  2. There's no chance of me investing in an iPhone to take Stockimo pictures. I'd rather get a better lens for my Canon 60D. I really can't see that the images I've seen submitted so far have a genuine unique selling point, there are plenty of similar images already on microstock and I just can't imagine any significant return on investment from this work. If you've already got an iPhone, then, fine, go for it as all you've got to lose is a bit of time and effort (assuming the Stockimo ingestion doesn't adversely affect the main collection). Not me though.
  3. I'm using Chrome on a Windows 7 64 bit PC and it looks OK to me. It shows a blank sheet apart from the header on opening with the statement period set to 1 month (because I've had no sales in Feb), but displays sales from January when I set the statement period to two months. So it all seems to be working normally. Assuming you know you have got sales this month, the only suggestions I have revolve around trying a different computer if you have access to one. Other than that my instinct is to think there may be a minor corruption in the Alamy database, in which case contacting MS is the wa
  4. But if it were the fact that it is Council 'property' that were the determining fact requiring a release, where does it end? Strictly speaking the tree on the road outside my house belongs to the Council as they are responsible for upkeep of both the road and the tree. I sincerely hope it never comes to the point where I need a release to submit a RF photo of either to Alamy.
  5. I don't have any RF images at Alamy but I certainly would not expect to have any difficulty classifying an image such as the OP describes as RF were I to submit one. I know there is an increased tendency in parts of the microstock world to require releases for RF images where they were previously not needed, e.g. for individual dwelling houses even of a generic type. The cause is a growing volume of litigation (justified or not) in places like the USA. This move by Alamy seems to have the same roots. Perhaps member services might help by clarifying just who should be granting the release
  6. Still showing 22nd Feb as last update for me and no change to any figures. Maybe update being run at the moment?
  7. I wonder if whoever came in to work on Saturday to update Alamy Measures has taken Monday off in lieu. In recent months it has been updated every weekday morning by the time I have finished my second coffee of the morning, but no sign of Measures being updated so far today.
  8. Hi Paul, I have real trouble agreeing with you about the quality of the Stockimo content. The vast majority of the pictures accepted to date would not get on to any of the major microstock libraries simply on the grounds of subject and composition alone, let alone quality issues; the microstock libraries are saturated with images of views through a plane window, apples, cakes flowers, sunsets and too many others to mention. There are some nice pictures in the collection but creativity seems mostly to consist of adding a border, vignette or filter - something well within the imagination and
  9. I don't know enough to help for certain, but I'm sure that giving the location of the photo will help someone to ID it. Gran Canaria or somewhere else?
  10. i think is just a rightful acknowledgement of the innate genius of each of you and the beneficial influence of living in Cambridge and the Lake District respectively, of which I am deeply jealous in both cases.
  11. The Times 21st Feb 2014. Timothy Smith DTKD2F Rainbow Across Valley of River Senni, Brecon Beacons
  12. I check most weekends and have never seen it updated on a Saturday before. I think in the Brave New World of Stockimo, anything is possible, including staff working the weekend to see what impact the new initiative is having. The main impact on me is dismay at the dilution of quality in the Alamy library.
  13. This is a new piece of information to me. I see from the IR website that simplified working from home expenses calculation is a new option for the 2013-14 tax year. It is indeed a very low amount (£26 per month for 100 working hours per month - less if you work fewer hours) and this is supposed to cover the business proportion of internet/phone/heat/light. However, the IR site does make it clear that it is an optional, simplified, way of calculating your business expenses and there is no need to use it if you keep expense records. I will prefer to do the latter. It makes me wonder though how t
  14. Quite apart from any issues regarding terms and conditions, it gives the Unscrupulous Individual an easy opportunity to download unwatermarked images. Right clicking on a couple of random examples on the site enabled me to download the images at 1630 x 1080 resolution - quite good enough for web use and some print uses too. I'm not sure I want my images so readily available to all and sundry. Or am I being paranoid?
  15. I occasionally upload classic car images, nearly always ones which have been put on public exhibition at steam rallies and agricultural shows around England. I include the registration number if I think there is even a remote possibility the car may one day be searched for in its own right. I have used the brackets and quotes round keyword phrases from when I first started here, just n case the in case the 'new' search system is ever implemented. I treat the registration number as a keyword phrase, "ABC 123". I find that if the reg number ABC 123 is searched for, either with or without q
  16. Zooms on individual images can take weeks or months to turn into an actual sale, but a recent discussion on the forum suggests there is at least good chance of a sale in these circumstances. I had just such a one yesterday from an image which was zoomed on its reference way back last June. I doubt if a busy picture editor would ever want to provide feedback on each image they zoom. They probably assume we are professional enough to know what we are doing and to do it right; which itself opens a whole can of worms about the variable quality one might find in a partially curated collectio
  17. The C&CC magazine has used a lot of Alamy images in the past, but has recently ceased to credit the provider. If you are a member it might be an idea to remind them of their obligation to do so. I'll do that
  18. DEPX4G Iain Masterton. This image appears in the latest issue of the Camping and Caravanning Club magazine (February issue). There are no credits at all for this image (or indeed any other image in that magazine). It could be that it's not Alamy but there's no way of knowing. Should I report this to somebody other than through this forum. If so, how?
  19. First time I've entered the challenge, so here goes.. Cormorant statues, Morecambe, Lancashire. Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) hovercraft lifeboat on Morecambe Bay, Lancashire. Oswald Street Gasometer, Burnley Lancashire.
  20. I'd be interested and very much helped to know what experienced contributors feel about the amount of noise in this image. I know the lighting conditions for this image would make noise hard to avoid, but would other people here feel comfortable about passing QC if they were submitting a similar image? I learned what bit I know about image standards when I began submitting to iStockphoto (boo, hiss etc.) years and years ago. At that time rejections were commonplace and virtually any noise In an image was a surefire way of getting one. I've carried that level of judgement over to my submi
  21. I'm finding this thread useful as it gives an indication of the kind of return I might aspire to per image I upload at Alamy. Knowing what other people achieve I can then judge for myself how much time I should invest in producing stuff for Alamy. For what it's worth I grossed about $0.60 per image in the last year (down from around $1 per image in 2012). However nearly two-thirds of my portfolio has been added within the last 12 months and I think I'll have a much more realistic idea on how much return I'll get per image in about 6 months time when the present stock has had chance to ma
  22. The file's name is CXWW9B_2638152b.jpg It is CXWW9B. The first line of the file says its Woman looking in open fridge by Cultura RM (but this does not show up in the iptc fields). CXWW9B - Stephen Lux / Cultura RM - Woman looking in open fridge wim I searched for a woman in red dress or nightdress with kitchen or fridge. It never occurred to me that a significant element of the picture, a big splash of red, might not be in the keywords.
  23. This is on an article on the benefits of repairing kitchen appliances on the Daily Telegraph website, credited to Alamy. I can't find the image on Alamy though. Also AMDA9B Genetically modified maize growing in Shropshire UK by Andrew Fox, credited Alamy only
  24. Jan, As both Corporal Jones and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy might say - 'Don't Panic'. If you are worried about the quality of the photos you've taken so far you might want to ask for a critique in the 'Lets talk about pictures' forum. You will receive good advice, I'm sure. As you don't have any pictures on Alamy yet you will need to upload some to a picture hosting site somewhere on the Web. I don't have detailed info on how to do this to hand but I'll look for some later and post again - that is, if someone else doesn't beat me to it. As for Lightroom, you could do wo
  25. Thanks for spotting that one. Not shown up in sales yet but was zoomed by its image reference a week or two ago,.
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