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  1. I am not a Newbie (this forum is new so labels everyone a Newbie even though I've been active on the old forum).  I've been with Alamy since 2007.  I understand the seasonal fluctuations etc.  What I am experiencing is different than anything I have experienced before.  I know that zoom are only recorded for registered buyers.  How about the views, are those only recorded by registered buyers?  

    For comparisons sake. My statistics for for last year (July 2012), the same amount of images:

    views: 2,800

    zooms: 16

    sales: 8

    CTR: 0.57

     

    This year (July 2013):

    views: 5,934

    zooms: 4

    sales: 6

    CTR: 0.07

     

    I have not added any images and I have not changed any keywords.

     

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    Might be down to the enlarged mouse over views or increased use of lightboxes and zooming the image from there. You have a good sales / zoom ratio.... I wish mine was like that! The increased views could be the auto 120 images per page thing?!? I guess as long as those sales keep coming in, all must be well!


  2. For me, views have steadied and zooms increased. I removed keywords from certain files to try and keep views to more relevant searches. Views were increasing a lot at one point but I put this down to adding about 2k of images since mid March. Zooms have been about 1 per hundred images in my portfolio for the last 2 months, so about 25-35 for a rolling 30 days.

     

    One thing I have noticed are searches on reference numbers without zooming the image with no previous zooms either. I'm not sure how this will impact ranking if it becomes more popular amongst buyers.


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    This month I received a Novel Use Scheme2 sale for $ 10 (gross). Anybody knows what the difference is between Novel Use Scheme1 and Novel Use Scheme2?

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

    $9..... *cough* ....sorry. I'll leave now!

     

    Ooooh! :huh:Damn' too late! :angry:The smart-ass' already gone, otherwise I'd digitally kick his butt :D LOL :P

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

     

    :ph34r:  phew..... close one!  :)


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    This is where you can order, not your mug, but your Alamy Novel Use

    Stretched canvas print ; Rolled canvas prints; Fine art print; Gloss photographic print; Pearl photographic print:

    http://www.art4life.com/

     

    wim

     

    Let's say they sell one of my pictures as a 20" X 30" fine art print for $ 56.24, all I get will be ................ $ 0.5 ????? :huh::o:angry:

    I notice that 99% of my Novel Use Scheme1 sales are sold for $ 1 (gross).

    This month I received a Novel Use Scheme2 sale for $ 10 (gross). Anybody knows what the difference is between Novel Use Scheme1 and Novel Use Scheme2?

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

    $9..... *cough* ....sorry. I'll leave now!

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  5. You have to ask yourself two questions when looking at each picture:

    1. Why would a client buy this picture? To illustrate what?
    2. Is my picture quality wise (good exposure, right moment, adequate depth of field, etc.) among the best of what the competition has to offer?

    If you can't name 3 possible uses within 30 seconds for the first question and you have to answer "No" to the second, well ................... :huh:

    In fact, you have to ask these questions before triggering the shutter.

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

    +1 I use number one when taking and editing photos now. Walking along and see water flowing down a man made water way that splits into two..... aqueduct.... hummm, irrigation, farming, water supply to remote areas, supplying water to drought areas and so on and so on. It makes it far easier to keyword if you already know who the potential customers maybe.

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  6. I believe it was posted here earlier that if it says 23 hours it should go to QC soon. But if it says 24 hours then there is at least one image with a failed upload and it will take awhile for someone to manually process your batch. The batch will eventually go through with a partial fail on at least one image. The other images will go to QC

    Correct. MS told me that it can take up to 10 days to go from "Processing" to "Awaiting QC". Once it hits QC and is checked, it will show as a partial fail due to a corrupted file (one failed image normally) and the rest will be passed..... unless if QC found any problems with the remaining files. This has happened a few times to me, I just continue to send other uploads which are handled in the normal way (provided they don't end up in the 24h queue) and the files in the 24h queue are picked up later once the system sorts itself out.

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  7.  

    Looking at the stats for that Camera, I would expect it to be on the suitable list, the X Trans sensors are really good due to the lack of AA filters on them. Picked up a X - Pro 1 the other day and have been testing it and the 16mp sensor is far cleaner and sharper than images I have been getting with the Nex 7. 

     

    But what lens were you using on the NEX-7, Duncan? 

     

    I had the 12mm voigtlander, 19mm Sigma, 24mm Zeiss, 35mm Sony, 55-210mm and 18-200. I also used a selection of Canon EF lenses with the metabones adapter and minolta lenses. Apart from the Canon 50mm though, they all were a little uncomfortable to use (no surprise really). I found some of the legacy lenses (minolta) to be very sharp and detailed.

     

    I think the sensor in the Nex 7 was very good if paired with a high quality lens, such as the Ziess. Even then, CA and purple fringing was an issue, especially wide open. Autofocus accuracy was also hit and miss leading to quite a few SOLD images.

     

    I have just returned from the northern Andes in Peru and the Fuji system had a really good testing there and I have to say I feel as comfortable using it as I did the 5d mkii (but without the weight :)

     

    While processing images from the fuji with either Irident Developer or Capture one produces excellent results, the lenses of this system are the real stars of the show. Even their two zooms, 18-55 & 55-200 are extremely sharp throughout the frame. The 55-200 is everything I want from a longer zoom and compares very well to the 100-400 from Canon that I finally sold as a result.

     

    Primes are amazingly sharp, incredibly really. I only had the 17-40L for the Canon, no primes, but the 14mm is light years ahead of that in terms of edge to edge sharpness and contrast with minimal distortion. The 35mm & 60mm are extremely good as well, the 60mm is great for studio stuff. Never experienced any issues with CA even wide open.

     

    Fuji have just released another Firmware upgrade for the X Pro1 (and X-E1) that adds focus peaking and improves the the Autofocus a lot for all lenses. Since changing to them in April they have released about 3 upgrades with improvements and additions. Hope that continues!

     

    The main thing is the lenses though, there isn't one of them I would change / upgrade. I am likely to add the 10-24 when it comes out later this year... and maybe others :-). Camera bodies come and go over time but I can't imagine changing the lenses at all.

     

    I took the X Pro1 and 5 lenses to Peru and combined they were just over 2kg. In fact, the camera kit (Lee ND Grad filters etc), Capture clip harness system, Extended Grip, Sony RX100, laptop (macbook air), cables, 2x usb hard drives, cleaning equipment, chargers and batteries (5) weighed less 6kg. That is a big saving compared to the 5dmkii kit bag and easily fitted into a Samsonite laptop bag that goes under your aeroplane seat easily for security. It's like a travelling studio in a bag :-)

     

    Long winded reply but I thought my first travelling experience maybe of use to some who want a close as possible DSLR system but a lot lighter. As with all Mirrorless systems at the moment, it will not be ideal for fast Sports action or Birds in Flight unless you have the skill-set to shoot manual through zone shooting.


  8. I discontinued Novel Use last April after having a $1.00 gross sale to the Telegraph. The image was full page on their Web site, a really vivid reproduction. I suppose many newbies, and there are very very many newbies, would feel that was the beginning of something good. But it made me want to set fire to my collection and my equipment. Since April my sales are up, my prices are up and my rank is better. Getting screwed is not a good career choice. If I wanted to contribute to a micro agency I'd have done so. 

     

    +1 nothing else to add to that!

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  9. Duncan, I admire your ambition and analytical skills immensely - would not know where to start. However, I find a chat with my accountant during a social meeting in a local pub, comparing this year with last year gives me a good pointer as to where things are going wrong - it does not help with trends which I find are just that - ever changing factors - but it is much more convivial.....

     

    :) I was a credit risk analyst for 12 years analysing mortgage portfolio trends in order to determine key risks and areas of improvement. While the skills are useful here the photography is far more interesting  :D


  10. For analytical purposes comparing one month is not really that useful, unless the analysis is how well you do for that month each and every year. It's too small a sample and can be significantly effected by peaks and troughs for that year.

     

    For instance, last month was terrible for me but this month has been extremely good. The net result if you add the two months together is a steady increase.

     

    If analysis is carried out across the full year you will not only be able to confirm if the year overall is poor but also spot trends in purchasing. 

     

    I'm in the process of building an analysis package that takes the data from each agency to create a database of all searches, zooms and purchases as well as recording the type of image sold. This will help me to spot patterns over time in volumes and types of images sold. In turn, this will help plan what I will shoot going forward and where to place particular types of imagery.


  11. Hi All,

     

    I seem to have reached a crossroads with stock photography.

     

    In fairness I only have 1500 pics on here, but also have 9,500 pics with another agency, fotoLibra. I would reasonably expect to sell up to maybe 5 per month across the two but come nowhere near that. One sale every two months would be good! :)  I have been at it for as many years as Alamy have.

     

    My crossroads dilemma is that if I just pack it in and walk away I will never sell, but if I carry on slugging it out I don't sell anyway!

     

    Does anyone else feel they have reached their crossroads too? And, if so, have you had any positive thoughts about it?

     

    I am enquiring with some specialist agencies (thanks to forum members who have suggested some on here).

     

    I wonder if any/all of the following are my issues but general feedback seems to indicate no:

     

    Poor keywording

    Uninteresting content

    Unimaginative content

    Too big a pool/too small a fish

     

    Those who know me outside of stock will know I have run a fairly successful photography business for the last 11 years, so what am I doing wrong in stockland?

     

     

    I love taking stock shots but if there is such a low return I seriously need to re-evaluate if this will ever make a contributing income stream to the Jenkins family vaults.

     

    nj

     

    Hi Nick.... I know my Pure landscape work does not sell as stock very often, even when I misguidedly placed them with micros. Since then I have change a few things to increase sales and to allow me to continue taking the shots I love.

     

    1. Added people to my landscapes while out and about in the hills, seems to sell well in outdoor magazines, got the cover of Lakeland Walker for July / Aug. Images with people in the distance look nice printed as well

     

    2. Decided not to go out quite as much.... by that I mean work on studio shots / concepts. I have split this between RM and RF. The RF is aimed at covering the micro market while still uploaded here to pick up any potential customers who do not have accounts with the larger subscription micros. Low prices but high volume of downloads. This seems to produce good returns with limited time spent on it, lower volume of images required to make a return. I have less than a 100 images with micros but they consistently return $80 a month, sometimes quite a bit more. It also doesn't take to long to do as I don't have to travel anywhere and is done in between trips. I want to increase this side to balance more with my RM portfolio. Eggs split between two baskets.

     

    3. When I do go out / on holiday etc, I spend more time on the everyday items rather than purely looking for that one big shot. I look for images that could illustrate a story/article. Food cooking on a stove while camping, filtering water  

     

    I find I can still go looking for the great wall print shots as I did before but now I fill in the time in between with a mixture of the three things above. I have found #2 more enjoyable than I expected  :D and doesn't interfere with my mountain activities.... which is important to me! 

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  12.  

    Cheers.... the first sale was three figures, at the beginning of the month and over the last week two additional searches on the reference number for that file. It might be a popular file I guess but wasn't sure if a search on the reference number after a sale on that file might mean a refund maybe is on it's way  :) .

     

    Au contraire, files zoomed by ref number very often come through as sales a month or two down the line. In general, it's actually a good omen.

     

    Though as wim added, it will often be a $7.34 newspaper sale... better than a refund??? Well, slightly.

     

    -Jason

    cheers.... i'm not in the newspaper scheme so it maybe more than the $7.34  :)


  13. It never hurts to check images that have been zoomed with Google Images.

    Don't expect huge sums though: in my case it's usually a British newspaper.

    ;-)

     

    wim

    Cheers.... the first sale was three figures, at the beginning of the month and over the last week two additional searches on the reference number for that file. It might be a popular file I guess but wasn't sure if a search on the reference number after a sale on that file might mean a refund maybe is on it's way  :) . I'm not in the Newspaper scheme.


  14. I use Nikons as my work horses but I ALWAYS carry an X Pro 1 with 18-35 & 55-200. I can't recommend it highly enough. I've found that I can carry it around comfortably in a small bag all day long, people don't take much notice whilst I'm shooting, the build quality is very good and the IQ is outstanding.  I think if I was buying into the system now, I might buy the XE1 and save a few quid though as I rarely use the OVF. 

     

    +1 another very happy  X Pro1 user. 


  15. There was a lot of , er, healthy debate , on the old forum about the need for camera insurance....

     

    This link may be of interest...

     

    http://petapixel.com/2013/06/25/how-to-protect-yourself-against-camera-gear-theft-as-a-photographer/

     

    km

     

    Cheers... good stuff. Just renewed my insurance with glover and howe.... but I would rather not have to use it so any preventative measures are good to know! Bookmarked it for future reference!


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    Pobably best to stay in Miraflores area or one closeby. Lima is fine although unlike asia I don't walk around with the camera showing. I pull it out of a nondescript bag when I'm ready to take a photo. Apart from that expect the garua  (cloud) in Lima almost 24/7 at this time of year.

     

    Thanks.... That's exactly where we have booked our  Casa Andina Private Collection. I'll be taking my X Pro1 as well as the Sony RX100. I'll probably use the Xpro with a 35mm and keep it out of sight and mainly use the RX100 when walking around.

    I stayed at the Casa Andina PC when I was in Lima in 2010. It's excellent accommodation in a good area. There was a great cafe downstairs with free wi-fi :-). One thing to be aware of, unless the 'rules' have changed recently, is that Peru customs cannot understand why you would need more than one camera, and if you're subject to their russian roulette system of who to check...they expect a 'refundable' deposit of 20% of your gear's value. You can read more about my experience with Peru Customs here

    Excellent..... thanks for this. I'll make sure my wife is carrying the sony camera and I'll keep the xpro and lenses. Very useful info...... cheers


  17. ...and suddenly, overnight, I have 12 zooms.  More than I've had in the last year.  Something is strange indeed.

     

    This morning I had an additional 2 zooms compared to the day before but when I searched on yesterdays date only to see what had been searched/viewed etc, they didn't show..... they've appeared by magic!

     

    Zooms have been quite consistent so far this month, 1-3 a day, no big batches of them. CTR on my main pseudonyms is 1.1% & 0.76% with the others around the Alamy average.


  18. Pobably best to stay in Miraflores area or one closeby. Lima is fine although unlike asia I don't walk around with the camera showing. I pull it out of a nondescript bag when I'm ready to take a photo. Apart from that expect the garua  (cloud) in Lima almost 24/7 at this time of year.

     

    Thanks.... That's exactly where we have booked our hotel, Casa Andina Private Collection. I'll be taking my X Pro1 as well as the Sony RX100. I'll probably use the Xpro with a 35mm and keep it out of sight and mainly use the RX100 when walking around.


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    This might be the reason that zooms are up without corresponding increases in sales.

    It is not a general trend that zooms are up. There has been a drop in CTR over all of Alamy since the changes. My own zooms have dropped considerably.

    My zooms are definitely on the way up but I have also increased my port significantly over the last couple of months. Getting about 10 zooms per 1000 images a month at the moment (not sure if that's normal or not). That said, I would rather see sales!


  20. I'll have four days there before moving up to Huaraz in the the Peruvian Andes for 2 weeks and another day in Lima on the way back.

     

    Anything to watch out for such as problem areas, cultural no nos, things to avoid, things you must see etc.

     

    While the main event will be the mountaineering in the Andes at 5-6,500 metres, I will of course want to make the most of my time there..... including airports etc!

     

    Cheers


  21. All those with a Fuji X Pro1 and X-E1 will want to upgrade firmware.

     

    Version 2.05 is available and it allows autofocus selection on the FN button now and adds a second FN button (down arrow selection). This improves the handling of the camera a lot. It also adds options for the use of the two new lenses announced that don't have an aperture ring on the lens. Download from Here.

     

    They have also announced an improved firmware release for the 23rd July version 3. Focus peaking will be added, improved manual focus checking as well as an improved autofocus algorithm to speed up auto focus. Big changes. Lens firmware will also be updated on the 23rd.

     

    Ful Review

     

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