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About MilesbeforeIsleep

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    Foothills of the Blue Ridge, North Carolina
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    Making a 3rd sale on Alamy--at 50% commission.


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  1. Favourite photos uploaded January 2019

  2. Does capitalization matter in keywords?

    Thanks for the replies, folks. I am late in responding because Firefox suddenly decided to kill the functionaliity of the sign-in button of the Alamy sign in page, and it took me awhile to figure out what was wrong. Yes, my problem was with a capitalizaed "People" in the keyword list---which I normally pay no attention to, and had actually forgot it existed. I edited "People" to "people" and all is well. Thanks. Now, if I can solve the dead sign-in button in Firefox, I'll have had a successful day. Really prefer it (most of the time) to Chrome.
  3. Does capitalization matter in keywords?

    Thanks. The keyword function will only allow one entry of either a capitalized or uncapitalized word, but will allow one of each. That made me suspect that it might matter.
  4. Does capitalization matter in keywords?

    I use Lightroom for keywording, and for some bizarre reason it capitalizes the word "people" without my consent. Does anyone know if the Alamy search algorithm distinguishes capitalized from non-capitalized words?
  5. Another tree ID?

    I fooled myself. It was a bald cypress, and thanks to you all for the info. I'm (somewhat) familiar with the species, as in this pic (below)I took in the Suwanee River in Florida, but didn't expect to see one on the edge of a parking lot in an industrial park in piedmont NC at 1000 ft. elevation. Thanks for all your help.
  6. Another tree ID?

    Any ideas for the larger tree in front?
  7. flag at half-mast

    Thanks, Allen. Way too much trouble to PS out. Complex background. Buildings are local, will just shoot them again when I'm nearby.
  8. flag at half-mast

    Thanks, Bill. One of these days I'll open my eyes and look around.
  9. I have several pics of buildings with the U.S. flag at half-mast. The subject of the image is not the flag or that it's at half-mast, it's incidental and is not a major component of the pic. My question is: do you think the flag is a distraction and therefore should not be used? Michael
  10. Slowly building portfolio

    I joined in May this year, and didn't expect a sale for a year--based on what others said. I had my first sale after 5 months, in late September, with maybe 500-600 images. Another 3 months went by and just had my 2nd sale this month with 860 images online. It may be the case that the search algorithm handicaps newer contributors (not that there's anything wrong with that). Watch your views and zooms--especially look for zooms. I had only 7 zooms in the first 6 months, and suddenly have had 6 more in the last 30 days. So far, though, none of those have resulted in a sale. Still, views tell you that buyers are using one or more of your keywords, and zooms tell you that there was at least some interest in an image.
  11. If you're looking for certainty, you're in the wrong business.
  12. Commission change - James West comments

    As a relatively new, and as-to-now minimally successful contributor, I agree with you, Ian. I am reminded of a bit of advice given me by a Greek professor when I asked him if I should take a certain course. He said "yes, always take the hardest course you can get into". I've generally followed that advice through my life, and chose Alamy for that reason. I am here to learn, improve, rub shoulders with those far better than me, and contribute when I can. From my admittedly limited perspective, I see Alamy as the best place to be for any generalist. For the company to diminish that quality in any way would be a horrible mistake for all concerned. --Michael
  13. Commission change - James West comments

    I'm sure I agree with you, Bill, but could you clarify what--in the world of stock photography, especially editorial--counts as talent? Is it something more than the ability to upload images which customers license? Thanks, Michael
  14. Commission change - James West comments

    As an 8 month contributor, I certainly agree with this sentiment, Bryan, and appreciate the egalitarian point of view. Furthermore, I think it critical that exclusivity must create more value than just retaining 50% commission. Because of the relatively low volume of sales by Alamy, I would recommend that Alamy postpones any change in commission structure until it has the marketing scheme in place to benefit both Alamy and us from introduction of the NEW, IMPROVED 'exclusive' category. Up to now they've acknowledged that ticking the 'exclusive' box means almost nothing. If I'm going to commit to exclusivity, I want it to mean that Alamy is actively marketing that feature of the collection, not just dividing its catalog into 50% and 60% income categories. I want to reasonably expect to have either increased sales, or better pricing from an exclusive image--preferably both. In a world where exclusivity seems to be increasingly rare, surely there is some value in it. -Michael
  15. Commission change - James West comments

    Yes. But it's my impression that the majority of the largest and most important contributors (at least as represented in this forum) are already de facto exclusive, even though they may not have "checked the box". If The majority of the best images are made exclusive, Alamy would have to promote and sell them. And if there is a market for exclusives, then those are the ones they have to sell. Of course, if there is little or no market, as some say, it won't work out quite as well, though one has to assume that the best images will still sell.