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  1. Only posting with the idea that it may give some encouragement, motivation, hope whatever to those that might feel like it is all downhill.  Don't get discouraged. This month has cheered me up, 'kind of' , 13 sales for $647 that is actually quite good.  Got lucky with a couple of TV licenses and a couple of other good sales helped make the month.  But 13 sales is lowish for me. Previous couple of months were not great.  Have added very few images lately, only shot so there would be some activity on my port.  Will likely pull them after I get around to shooting stuff I think should be in my port.  It has been difficult with this covid to shoot freely where ever and whatever.

     

    Helen

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  2. I have the Nik 2, but have had a chance to compare the Nik 3. I would not pay for the upgrade just for the filters (colorefex, analog, etc) they are mostly all the same.  What they added was the Perspective and that can be an invaluable tool for anyone who does a lot of architecture, interiors.  Does a good job straigtening out all those lines and making the buildings look normal instead of like 'leaning tower of Pisa wanna-bes'.  A lot of the same corrections can be achieved in photoshop though requires some skill and for me does not always come out looking 100% right.  DXO do have a separate plug-in which is supposed to be an improvement on the Perspective I think; Viewpoint. Works as a stand alone as well.   This one might be worth paying the $49.99 for, but again if you are heavily into a lot of architecture, buildings etc.  I personally wouldn't upgrade for what I do I mostly use the filters.  Aslo, I don't use Lightroom, so Lightroom users may have their own input on the benefits of the new features. Don't know if this helps at all.

    Helen


  3. Joined Stockimo back then, and submitted a handful of images.  The whole Stockimo thing is a great idea gives one a chance to get creative with filters and such.  Would have continued contributing but I had an iPhone 5S at the time and got rid of it after three months when I realized it was trying to control me and tell me what to do.  I prefer to control my devices and not the other way around; switched to android and even managed to install Lineage OS and some apps from Fdroid on the Xperia Z2 after hours spent on Github and other places, works fine and I have much more control.  I'll repeat what has already been said, too bad Alamy did not make an app available for android users, that is automatically excluding a large number of contributors and there are several android phones that output higher quality images than iPhones and are just better for photography.  We'll never know, I suppose; but maybe Alamy had a deal with either Apple or the developer of the app who only programs for IOS.  Will wait and hope that an app will be available at some point for the rest of us and in the meantime will practice taking pictures with the phone more. I do actually have very little practice shooting with mobiles, very clumsy and fingers always end up covering the lens; will have to learn and keep up or will get left behind.

     

    Helen

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  4. On 04/05/2020 at 14:41, MDM said:


    You can use any phone but the S app is for iPhone only so you have to use that for upload. I guess it costs significant money to develop an app and that is probably why it has never happened for other operating systems. 
     

     

    The quality of phone images can be surprisingly high now so it could be difficult to judge at the size of a preview display on Alamy. Cameras are a big selling point now in the fiercely competitive phone market as well and they are getting better all the time. I reckon it might not be too long before they start accepting phone images through normal upload, particularly as the majority of images licensed now are for online usage. 

     

    Maybe this is kind of what I was trying to say in a round about way.  So wasn't there a thread not long ago about the quality of an image on Alamy's home page, how did it get past QC and all that it was the Com'n Alamy...thread of Jan 22nd; Alamy posted their response to that(kinda supports what Chuck is saying).  We do still strive to produce and deliver the best images, out of sheer professionalism and self respect and buying the best gear for it, but just as an example then, how do you feel about an 80MB image licensing for a PU at full size, not necessarily an art print? As Michael has said most images are being used online now, I can understand photographers who do commercial work for clients that do large prints, but your regular stock submitter?  Not suggesting for a minute that we should all submit mobile phone photos taken on any old mobile phone and see if they can 'slip through QC' but just saying, this could be the future, very soon, might as well embrace it.  Also Passing QC and Slipping through QC are two different things.  If a mobile phone image is reviewed and passes QC do we really have a reason to complain?  Never mind whether it is fair or not fair because you or I have better quality images.  There will always be those who can produce better images with more expensive equipment that others might not be able to afford.  And I will be keeping my eye on that phone I posted about, next thing to add to the collection.  Okay took a risk posting this...

     

    Helen

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  5. 12 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

    Complaining about people uploading images captured with a mobile phone is silly.  If the image can pass QC I don't really think that it is important.

    AS LONG AS IT PASSES QC.  Years ago I worked with an image that appeared in all the major news magazines and on every major news broadcast

    and it was shot with a disposable film camera.

     

    Chuck

     

    Have to agree with Chuck on this one. Go ahead, red arrow.

     

    Came across this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WdTwiQZtTs.  So although these 'new' phones cannot compete with 'some of the new' DSLRs or any of the pro gear, but maybe and if the image quality is better than some of the old DSLRs, my once upon a time Nikon D80 or other older camera models on Alamy's accepted camera list, well then?  It is kind of sad that technology is moving ahead at such a pace, I worry now, the A7III which I was so excited about and everything else that is sitting in the camera bag.  Two, three years from now will there be any point, and all agencies might be accepting images from mobile phones anyway.  Haven't added anything useful to this thread, I know, just thinking out loud.

     

    Helen

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  6. Don't know if this would help at all, and depending on which browser you're using, e.g. in Firefox there is a plug-in/add-on for that. Disables that particular pop-up/banner.  Or ignore the pop-up like Paulette says.  Have read up a bit more on this so have edited my comments.  In Alamy's T&Cs link on banner they say: You can manage the cookies we store from you on our website through your internet browser settings at any time.  Not giving an option to adjust cookie settings on the site itself, as Steve is suggesting.   So, probably best to use a plug-in or extension in your browser to disable the pop-up.  Don't know if Alamy would make the requested/recommended changes just because so many users are using VPNs (accessing the site from a location, country where they are not) and other privacy security features, auto-deleting cookies etc. and returning as a different user.  So they will display that banner every time.

     

    Helen


  7. Betty, I think it was around the time of the Exclusivity thing, the first round. Pretty sure those are his images.  I do remember him now and again.  Didn't understand much of what he wrote, a bit over my head, would re-read it maybe four times but still didn't get it.  Liked his Avatars though.  Brian, if he did pop by to tell us how he's feeling (I speak for myself only), pretty sure I'd have to pull out a calculator to try and figure it all out. 


  8. 17 hours ago, Stan Pritchard said:

    Finasteride 5mg. Tablets. 28 tablets for oral administration only. WARNING:FOR USE BY MEN ONLY. Actavis.

     

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    Personal use? I hope the buyer doesn't expect to receive a pack of Finasteride. 

     

     

    That's funny, but not funny; seriously what if that's the case, there are so many online pharmacies, they might think they stumbled upon one.  Possibly 98% of my meds/pharmaceuticals sales had been PU lately and just about everyone of them refunded.   Strange though, quite a few of mine had been zoomed, so who are these select solo buyers with accounts on Alamy buying meds for personal use, I wonder.

     


  9. My new year resolution - to bring back the passion into what I do.  Photography for the love of photography.  I feel I had lost that in the last few years and instead this was starting to be replaced by certain frustrations, bitterness, obsessions about sales or no sales, and also to keep these negative vibes away from the forums.  Want to stop walking around and only looking at things and think is it sale able or not sale able, look through the view finder and see dollar signs; or not.  My resolution is to turn the clock back  to what I remember when and how I started, how fun and exciting it used to be, so much to learn, to experiment, and sales or no sales was not top priority so never got in the way of the enjoyment.  I have today put a deposit on a lens  for my A7III I have wanted something like it for almost a year now, this is just something to motivate me to move in that direction. I hope to bring some creativity and spontaneity back, change a little bit my shooting style, and who knows could even bring in more sales in the coming year. 

     

    Wishing all you forum members more sales/licenses and all the best in the New Year!

    Helen

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  10. 1 hour ago, Camera Girl said:

    These days if I have a sale that is in three figures before everyone takes their share I do a little happy dance! 

    And cross the fingers hoping it isn't refunded?

     

    19 minutes ago, BobD said:

    Never has there been so many contributors finding it not worth their while to make the least little effort to produce new images.

    All my recent images have been taken on holiday

    Yap.  Don't know how 'travel' photographers do it, I mean the expense! 

     

    Highest revenue totals when commissions were 70% obviously.  Highest # of licenses per month were in the Huff Post and Daily Mail days.  Not so good since.  Anyone else affected similarly (referring to Huff Post, Daily Mail)?

    Helen


  11. 3 hours ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

    I would like to see a

    RM

    Personal with restrictions on size 1200px wide

     

    Anyone?

     

    A good idea Alamy.

     

    Agree with LawrensonPhoto about restrictions on size for the PU licences.  Size restriction makes sense and has been mentioned by others on the forum.  Have restricted PU on all my images for this reason and not knowing where the high resolution images end up after they have been refunded of course, and in my case the number of refunds were just a few too many.

    Helen

     

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  12. 17 hours ago, AlexG said:

    Hiya Helen, and thanks for your honest response. I do really like these too, especially my son with all the Christmas lights.

    So far 1 sale when I was at around 160 photos, this one of muddy feet T97HXT .

    That is a nice shot, I missed that one.  Congrats on the sale!

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  13. On 12/4/2019 at 17:11, AlexG said:

    Is the content I am posting relevant? Do I just need to increased the frequency of uploads? Or do I need to change both aspects?

     

    Thanks very much!

     

    Hi Alex, 

    Just my two cents; content is relevant and as is so often said here anything/everything sells.  Just thought I'd post as I had a quick look at your port again and found I really liked, or at least per my taste, 2AAGE3W, 2AAGE53 and WK3KC1.  I don't really know exactly why, but they caught my eye and I like them.  When I upload I always put my bet on a specific image just by gut feeling that it will be a seller and quite often I end up being right.  Surely you must have some 'gut feeling' about which images you think you like best and why you think they should sell.  Do you ever say to yourself this is going to sell because this is in the news a lot these days, or this is a fad right now, you can look at it like that and upload more of that, and not only putting up images that will not stale date.  Just as an example, I once found out from a colleague that Kale was 'in',  I bought a bunch of Kale and shot some Kale, I can't tell you how many times it sold, I lost track.  Get a feel for buyer needs.  Trust your own instincts too, is all I'm saying.  There is nothing wrong with the content, you just need more images in your port, I'm not sure that upload frequency is what matters so much, I think its the overall size and variety of the port is more important.  It is becoming a lot harder I find, to not get lost in all the images Alamy now has, compared to the 6 or something million when I joined.

    Helen

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