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Joseph Clemson

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  1. The fact that this single webpage has a 2021 Alamy copyright notice in the very small print at the bottom suggests this is a current document. That is is also being hosted on a website whose purpose is to provide tracking on clicks on emails suggests that it is part of a proposed email campaign. Whether it is to test the water on the idea of subscriptions, or actively bring in new clients as subscribers remains to be seen. Either way, I don't think it can be just dismissed as old news - it may be so, but it may also be tomorrows Big New Idea for Alamy. It may be a case of wait and see.
  2. That image is being used to illustrate an item in the 'Times Earth' rolling feature/campaign. It didn't appear until midday so I guess they have rolled it over to today as well to give it full exposure. As the Times Earth feature is ongoing it may stay there for a while. I haven't yet seen today's print version so I don't know if it will appear there too. I think it also indicates the considerable challenge involved in reporting images used on a news website which is updated several times a day. Not only are new items added but there is also the possibility of images illustrating a
  3. The Times 20th April 2021 News Section 2DB6PB4 AVPICS Jet airliner plane on approach to land at London Heathrow Airport, UK, E69BB7 Tetra Images Mixed race teenage girl sleeping in bed RD8KJ4 Charlie Raven The Machine Cannot be Stopped, Boomtown Fair 2018 Can't Find ???? Blue and red blood cells Patients with the blood and bone marrow cancer myeloma have been among those most affected by the pandemic 2F9FP8R Guy Bell A police van arrives to gently remind people of the rule of six W7PYK4 Nature Picture Library Plastic duck in large pothole.
  4. Our local newspaper runs picture features on a regular basis featuring local photos from their archives of maybe 20, 30, 50 or 100 years ago. They are always popular and people love looking for places, events and people they have known. Of course these photos are from the newspaper's own archives, from the days when local papers actuallt employed real photographers. Old photos have value. On that basis I will never discard an old photo, even if I take new versions of the location or subject. Eventually these old pictures will be the ancient archive which become a treasure trove of
  5. Very good. Congratulations on a decent sale, it's good to know they still exist. How nice it would be if it were the harbinger of more of the same for each of us.
  6. The Times Saturday 3rd April 2021 Bryan does sterling work reporting images from The Times each day. As he's not available on Saturday I've stepped into his giant shoes for a day (albeit a day late). My respect for the work he (and indeed others on other publications) does knows no bounds. The day is ending and I have still not managed to look at several sections, let alone peruse the print edition which lies unread. Kudos, Bryan, for your services for which a mere ocasional upvote is scant reward. The title I've reported of each image is the caption in the newspaper.
  7. Thank you for all your responses (and good wishes). It's been no great surprise that many have a similar pattern of first ten/last ten sales value, the greater differences being for those who go back a long way (submitting on CD and a six week wait for QC sends a shudder down my spine). I've been encouraged though that some have mentioned recent decent sales. I'll mayby rouse myself, dust off the camera bag and make sure the lens is clean and the battery charged....
  8. That's the trouble with being self-employed. I can't make my mind up whether I'm retired or not.....
  9. I was just composing a reply to a new contributor asking about the lack of sales in his first months of being a contributor here. That prompted me to look back at my own record and I realised I had just celebrated my 10th anniverary at Alamy. Looking back at my first sales, it took just three months to get my first sale, but it was not until I'd been here nearly two years that I reached the dizzying heights of ten sales. What startled me most though is that those first ten sales achieved a gross value of $695 - heady amounts. Compare that to my last ten sales which took three mont
  10. There is much to be gained by studying the forums at length, in particular threads on the Introductions forum where the kind of questions you are asking come up quite frequently. Many new contributors, with some exceptions, do not make sales until they have maybe 1000 photos in their portfolio spanning a wide range of subjects. Alamy is not microstock and sales patterns differ. Study the monthly images sold and images found in use threads to see what sells, both in subject and in how the images have been processed. Look also how they are captioned and keyworded. Specifically takin
  11. You can find a substantial discussion of this topic in this thread.
  12. I'm staying well clear of any place which is even remotely busy for the foreseeable future. Round my part of North West England the rate of infection is over double what is being reported for central London and new cases have doubled here each week since the schools returned. We are a long way from being out of the woods on this on our own terms, let alone the risk posed by the Covid wave on the continent arriving here as well. I've been vaccinated once but I'm not invulnerable. I fear for what might happen as the UK lockdown is eased further.
  13. Until recently SS has always sold video in greater amounts for me and for a similar return per download as P5, which is why it is so painful to see the SS commission rug snatched from under my feet. I don't do much micro-stocky video (or photography), so I don't ever expect to sell a clip multiple times. I do soft-editorial, often of local subjects nobody else would bother to cover, so it's nice to get a half-decent payout on the rare occasions when they do sell. My main P5 portfolio has been non-exclusive up to the end of 2020 and has sold at the rate of approx 1 sale per month pe
  14. They made me laugh and cry last week when they proudly announced that, since I had sold 10 video licences since January. I was now entitled to the princely rate of 20% (up from 15%). The only trouble is that nearly all my sales at SS are via a subscription clippack which nets me a grand total of 35 cents (up from 26 cents) per sale. You'll not be surprised to hear I'm in the process of deleting my SS video portfolio and growing my exclusive collection at P5 which pays 60% on a retail price you set yourself. Sales are only occasional but at least they give me a feeling of satisfac
  15. Forget about video and 360 degree clips for now. Video contributions are not accepted. Get to grips with uploading ordinary photos befoe thinking about 360 degrees. It looks like you have not yet submitted and passed QC with your three photos for assessment. Until you have done this you will not be able to do anything else. Extensive guidance is provided here
  16. I can't venture an opinion as to why your browser is behaving that way, but I am having no problems with my saved passwords on either the Alamy main website or the forum. I'm using Chrome on Windows 10.
  17. It is of course for Alamy to judge. The rise of the internet has seen use of the moving image blossom and print decline in recent years, so I would have thought it might repesent a good move. They already have the basis of a video stock system, though I agree that to ramp up their systems to do with video what they already do with still imagery is a very big ask. The old owners of Alamy declined to go further down the video route and invested their capital in other ways. Now that the piper calling the tune is the PA, maybe things will be different?
  18. I did see somewhere that Alamy were thinking about opening up video contributions again. This is something I personally very much like to see and, following the decimation of contributor commission at a major microstock site, there is some considerable appetite among stock video makers for a new outlet for editorial video - one wthat pays a reasonable rate of commission, that is.
  19. I'd like to register a vote for the little girl, but she is still missing from the poll.
  20. 'Good Discoverability was introduced several years ago at the same time as the new Alamy Image Manger (AIM). Alamy say its intention is the encourage contributors to make better use of the caption and keywords (tags) field in order to make their images more discoverable by the search engine. As the number of keywords used approaches the maximum of 50, including 10 supertags, the Discoverability bar turns green. In practice, most images do not need 50 keywords and maybe not even 10 supertags. Encouraging contributors to aim for 50 simply encourages keyword spamming where irrelvant o
  21. I would venture to suggest that s changing the 'date taken' field may not always be a good idea. Alamy is an agency which deals mostly in editorial photography, which may, on occasion, be date critical. At the very least the customer may want to know roughly when the photograph dates from. It is true that the photo's metadata may give the true date, but the prospective client may not think to look there and rely on the information in Alamy's catalogue.
  22. Since you are looking at the 'reasons for failure' section, the issue about metadata is that your processing workflow should not involve any process which strips out metadata from the image file. It is unlikely that you would do so in the process of normal preparation for submission, but it does happen sometimes. Indeed, as I'm sure you know metaata is important and when you begin submitting in quantity, prefilling the caption and keywords fields will save to time after passing QC and get images on sale more quickly. I would reinforce what Niels said about your first three images,
  23. Just emailed sales at Alamy as they are still on duty. They tell me they are on to it and should be sorted in the next half hour. I'd say it's Friday the 13th, but I'm avowedly non-superstitious.
  24. If the balance was showing as exactly $50, the payment may not have been triggered as the dashboard figure is a rounded up approximation. I've had occasions where I didn't get the payment even though the dashboard showed $50 cleared balance, but the precise amount was $49.75. As Spacecadet suggests, the other possibility was a refund or a refund and re-sale which temporarily reduced your cleared balance. If the balance was definitely over $50 before the end of the month and is still over $50 now, I would raise the matter again with contributor relations and ask them for a proper e
  25. The customer-facing part of the system looks fine - searches respond quickly and, though I've not tried it, presumably the sales process is OK too. The problem seems to be with the contributor-facing database, either slowness in the server itself or some kind of issue with the database. I'm not having problems with any other agency or website, so if there's a problem with the broadband connection, it must be with wherever the database is being hosted. This seems to have come on quite suddenly, so I don't think it is simply growth in the size of the data which is the problem as that would have
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