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Calum Dickson

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About Calum Dickson

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  1. Hello James, It appears that you have added a few new “tools” to the Alamy website as a precursor to the commission decrease announcement. You are now asking contributors to market their own work through “Your Alamy Portfolio” and in return for this investment of time and effort you will take another 10% of their commission? You are also providing a tool to let people know what to shoot, and in return your business model is to sell these images as IQ sales over 5-year terms, thereby cutting of future revenue stream for 5 years all the while giving the contributor a nett amount which adds up to about the cost of a cup of coffee? You talk about improving customer experience and yet you persist with a stack it high sell it cheap mentality. Do you really need 315,823 images of lions? Is that really going to provide a great customer experience sifting through that lot? Why not curate the library and focus on quality over quantity? Does Quality not always command a higher price? What are Alamy’s notable innovations? “Personal Use Licences”? Perhaps we should call them by the name the contributors know them by “A licence to infringe”? What is your success rate with pursuing infringements James and is the fee you charge really a deterrent or does it just encourage it? The real problem James is that you are just following the larger competitors and not leading them. You are just matching them turn for turn. You are doing nothing to innovate and what you do is done half-heartedly (like the recent tools). Do you really want to do something radical James – give guaranteed rates for “what to shoot” and let the contributors decide if it is a valid investment. Or be really bold, turn everything on its head and let the contributors set their own prices, and let the market decide if it is willing to pay. You say “If things continue to be flat, which I think is the base case scenario, then revenues to our contributors will either stay flat or worse, start to fall.” No James if you are taking another 10% they are definitely going to fall. Lastly James your video last night was simply not good enough, you are the CEO and the face of Alamy. You need to smarten up your appearance and stop rambling.
  2. As has already been said the quality of the Header and the Avatar are awful. As a shop window for quality photography it needs to be much much better if it is going to entice anyone in!
  3. If you use Jim Kiers lightroom plugin you can still use ?¿src-img . Just do a fetch alamy data and it will build a log of what you have selected as an html page, and it saves this log (html page) in the alamylogs folder on your pc. Open the log in your browser click on ?¿src-img and the job is done.... Calum
  4. I'm seeing quite a few of these sales (very low sales value), Any Idea of which quarterly magazine this could be? (Wildlife images) Country: United Kingdom Usage: Editorial Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic Print run: up to 500,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 1 page Start: 01 June 2018 End: 01 June 2023
  5. Anybody else having trouble with the plugin being unable to connect to Alamy, complaining of wrong username or password?
  6. Hi Wim let me try to explain what I meant by "because they are ignored as supertags they can also no longer exist as normal tags when tagging" Say for instance you had the following Supertags:- Sydney Opera House, Sydney Opera, Opera House Sydney, Sydney Opera House night, Sydney Opera House sunset, Australia Sydney Opera House, Sydney Opera House bridge, Sidney Opera House, Sydney harbour bridge Opera, Sydney Opera House skyline, With the new AIM you can’t have an identical Supertag and Tag (Unless it a legacy image and carried over or the system adds it for you). My suspicion has to do with the old 50-character limit so in effect everything after the 3 Supertag would be ignored. So if my theory is right and you don’t have night, sunset, Australia, bridge, skyline, harbour as separate tags then a search using the phrase including them will do badly unless of course those words are in the Caption as well. So what I was looking to test was if in the above example was if the first 3 Supertag searches outperformed the remaining ones. I set up several images with the same set of supertags and changed the order of the supertags to see if the position of the supertag would change the position in the search results for a search phrase. Eg under my theory “Sydney Opera House” search should do quite well but “Australia Sydney Opera House” should not do well because it is being ignored. But by putting “Australia Sydney Opera House” as the first supertag on another image does that improve things?
  7. I have been waiting on the database to update since last Thursday to do some testing too. I thought it was just me. Anyway, what I think is this… there is no such things as Supertags and Tags…that is just Alamy marketing. Why do I say this, well I use Jim Kiers Lightroom plugin to manage my Alamy images. I expected it to break with all the changes to Supertags and Tags. But to my amazement it hasn’t broken, it is still working perfectly (it’s the only software around here that isn’t broken at the moment). But here is the crucial bit the Essential keywords fields in Lightroom it lists all the Supertags for each image and in the Main Keywords it list all the Tags. The tool never did list all the comprehensive keywords in Lightroom. But if you switch to the IPTC metadata tab it shows the Comprehensive keyword count for all images to be zero (after you export the metadata from Alamy if you haven’t updated it in a while). So if any of the fields within the Alamy system had changed name from say Essential to Supertag then the Lightroom plugin would have fallen over, but that hasn’t happened. So in Summary all Alamy have done is removed Comprehensive keywords and changed the quantity and restrictions on the Supertags (Essential) and Tags (Main). They mainly done this through the user interface. The fields etc in the underlying code remain the same. Now given that its plain to everbody that the user interface has not been executed to a high standard with all the documented basic features like cut, paste, delete missing and bugs like truncations etc I was wondering if the search engine code has really just been tinkered with a little as well. I’m speculating but perhaps the search engine tinkering wasn’t done by the original author and so something has been missed. Something like the 50 character limit on the essential keywords. Perhaps the 50 character limit wasn’t just an error checking function on the user interface but also a restriction in the search engine which is still in place. That could be a reason for the inconsistencies in Supertags. Lots of Supertags and below 50 characters total = ok. More than 50 characters, multiple words = ignored. Then there is the added negative that because they are ignored as supertags they can also no longer exist as normal tags when tagging under the new system so it’s a double whammy. I prepared a test for this theory last week, but as the database hasn’t updated well…..
  8. Is everyone moved to the new system now? I'm still on the old system
  9. Is this message an email or just something that pops up on the screen
  10. I did a search for the term "dog" when the system had reverted to the old system. On Page 1 in the first two rows was a picture of a squeezy mustard bottle (presumably for hot dogs). Also on page 1 were numerous fire hydrants and even a picture dog excrement. All of this is irrelevant to picture buyers who would expect to see 100 images of dogs. If I look at it now it has reverted to the new search engine there are 99 pictures of dogs on Page 1 and 1 picture of 3 chewable dog bones which to me is the only irrelevant picture in the search. The new search engine looks to be designed for buyers, and it looks like it is picking out relevant pictures. I am 100% sure that the order is not random and that rank comes into it, it is just trial and error process to see how to get up the rankings as high as possible.
  11. I rather liked the new search engine, in my opinion it gave more accurate results. Seems to be a moving target at the moment
  12. The real question is how heavily if at all will the "Infringement Team" punish the infringer.....if it is not very hard then there is no incentive for anyone to purchase a proper licence in my opinion!
  13. I found one of my images which had sold as a personal use licence a few months ago being used to decorate a product offered for sale by a company in New Zealand. The Alamy infringement team have been chasing this up as an unauthorised use "as the image is being used out of the terms of the license purchased".... I await the outcome with bated breath
  14. I'm usually pretty good at finding where my images have been used, but I am finding a few slipping past all with the same sales data which is usually a good indicator of which magazine it has gone to. The sales data is as below, Does anyone have any ideas as to which magazine this good be (wildlife images)? Country: Worldwide Usage: iQ sale: Single company, editorial magazine, print and or web, multiple use 5 years Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Thanks
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