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Duncan_Andison

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  1. 9 sales.... of very little value. To be honest, I can only think of one agency that has lower value licences than the ones I've had here this month. I don't know. It maybe a quiet spell although it's been very busy elsewhere but hopefully they'll pull it around. Alamy and Corbis were my 1st two agencies... Corbis swallowed up by Getty and now Alamy falling in on itself. Come on Alamy, get a grip, you can do it!
  2. Mostly. It used to be exactly the same but I realised sometime ago that time spent here wasn't really profitable. Does it bother me? Well, I'd prefer to see better sales here but, it doesn't worry me either as I don't find Alamy that important in my overall business model. They used to be good for better Β£ sales but they've now matched Micro value but without the volume. In fact, I routinely have sales of Β£40-Β£60 (net take) in places we can't mention. In Alamy money that's $140 plus. It's just sad to see a once great place reduced to this.
  3. Normally I'd have about 10-20 sales a month here.... this month 1 (one). Bearing in mind that the normal monthly volume of sales here at Net $ represents about 1 days earnings at my main agency. This months sale is nearly worth 1 hours sales at my main agency 🀣
  4. Alamy maybe the name above the door but this isn't the Alamy that was. Think back to the last time this happened. Alamy would have replied by now providing some sort of response... nothing this time. Things aren't going to change this time around. That said, what changed last time was the offer of exclusivity... and we know how that has worked out. For me, exclusivity is something I would give as a reward rather than a response to a threat of reducing commission. People working on stock as a full time job need to look at their strategy to protect themselves for life aft
  5. Given the chaos early last year from covid it's hardly a surprise πŸ˜‚ As for the changes here, not much change for those who didn't go chasing after the exclusivity bone that was chucked around last time. I do still submit some stuff here when I get time but in all honesty, Alamy is only $2.5k for me and my efforts are elsewhere... I can get that from one agency in less than a month. I'll not be jumping through hoops here to increase it by a few cents.
  6. Not a single sale since the 25th Feb. It's been 8 years since I went a month without a sale. Glad I don't rely on Alamy for sales πŸ˜‚
  7. Sadly, not here. I remain at the two steps forward, one back position. Past payout etc but still a large amount waiting to be paid.
  8. Well, I'd made progress in the last week or so. An additional $50 cleared ($200+ still waiting) .... yay. Today, $31 disappeared from cleared funds, no additional refunds listed etc, just disappeared 😑 If the other agencies paid as fast as this I'd be out of business by now... thankfully they only represent <3%.. but, $200 would still be useful given the current climate. Yes I know this is how they roll but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. There is no way I could get away with this when paying other people.
  9. I've had a couple of sales this month, more refunds though (the duplicate purchase refunds Alamy advised of). Just seems Alamy has stopped chasing money owed. I know some business will be struggling.... just like the photographers who took the photographs for them to use. Edit... Not all agencies are hitting slowdown. There is one I use that returned a near BME last month and this month won't be far off either. I guess it depends on who your client base is etc.
  10. I've had a few of those duplicate refunds this month... cleared balance is moving very slowly here as well. Still over $200 waiting for payment. Cleared balance did go up $1 the other day, first for a while.
  11. It could be good, it could be bad and only time will tell. But it is one of the few reasons I would not go exclusive.
  12. Haha... yeah, I have 8 years to think of a way to get out of it πŸ€”πŸ€£
  13. Just logged in and checked HRMC to see how many years I had... 26 full years + this year. Only another 8 needed out of 19. Does that mean by the time I'm 56 I can tell them to bog off with their NI payments πŸ˜‚
  14. Only just logging in for the first time for a while... such terrible news, condolences to Keith’s family!
  15. Haha... hell no. One for Hiking, One for Sunny and one for Cumbria UK. Then you stack them in any order and the first one stay at the top of the list. If I had one preset for Sunday Hiking UK.... I might use it once in a blue moon...hummm, another preset maybe πŸ˜‚
  16. It does offer cataloging and sessions. I tend to use sessions. This is basically a mini catalogue for one shoot. Once I finish work on those images I can move the session to a NAS drive for storage and backup. This frees up the faster working hard drives without disturbing files I haven't finished with. I think LR catalogue is faster though, hence... I also export jpgs of all finished files to a folder on a specific jpg external hard drive. The folder names match the names of the NAS/Backup folders. This is then imported into a LR (classic) catalogue with the files remaining in the
  17. I use Capture One Pro. I used to use LR but they force alphabetical only which is no good. Quite ironic given their own agency requires keywords to be ranked πŸ˜‚ In C1 Pro, you can just drag and drop the keywords into a different order, or as I do, create sets of keywords that can be selected a list and stacked together. A bit like how you save a style but instead, I've created a categories and have lists for different situations. For instance, hiking in the Lake District I'd stack, Hiking, Landscape, Sunny Day, Cumbria UK. and in those lists would be all the keywords for those cate
  18. Thanks... I've reached out to contributor support to see if they can apply the changes. Effectively, nothings changed other than the addition of supertags. I used to use this method of batch changes to DBs when I worked at a bank... should be easy enough for them to do... and, it helps improve the performance of files in their library! Thanks again Edit. For those that are interested. The formula looks to copy everything from the left until it finds a "|". The substitute part of the formula looks to replace the "," with an "|" and the last part tells the formula how man
  19. Harry... or anyone else who has done this before. Now that I have a completed csv file with all supertags etc, is there a way to upload it automatically or do you have to send it to contributor support?!? Cheers
  20. It turned out that I had approx 5k+ to apply supertags to so it would have taken a looooong time. You can download a csv file from Alamy image manager and this provides a table (bit like excel) of all your images, keywords and descriptions etc. Now, if you rank all your keywords before uploading, you know that the first ten are the most important keywords for that file so why not just copy the first 10 keywords and paste them into the supertags cell. Well, to do that without much labour, you can write a formula (like the one above) that looks at the keyword cell and is
  21. Thanks Harry... Hadn't realised you could download the .csv file from Alamy. Anyone looking for a way to take the first 10 keywords, iuse the formula below. Make sure you've sorted the table so all the files with no Supertags are together. Paste the formula below into the first cell without supertags in but make sure you update it so all the references to "D2" match the row you are starting from, it should always be column D as that is where the keywords are. If the first row without supertags is row 103 then it would be =LEFT(D103,FIND(β€œ|",SUBSTITUTE(D103,",","|",10))-1)
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