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  1. How is everyone doing so far this year? We're a third of the way into the year (4 months completed out of 12), so to get a rough idea of how you're doing compared with last year, on the dashboard graph, hover over the 2015 dot and multiple the number you see by three. Then compare this with the number you get when you hover over the 2014 dot. Then click on 'Revenue' at the top of the graph and repeat (I think commission was the same throughout 2014 until now, so the comparison should be OK). Doing that, I'm on course for roughly the same number of sales this year as last, but 30% les
  2. Mine have gone back to awaiting qc, i'm sure yours are as well. my batch i uploaded with 15 yesterday, have now turned into 52... I uploaded a batch of 25 last week. Track Images reported that 46 had been uploaded. However, when they passed QC, only the original 25 I uploaded appeared - no duplicates. MS said that they were aware of the problem - I had the impression they'd already fixed it but it seems not.
  3. Appearing under 'Build a downloadable sales report' but not in the main dashboard - at least in my case, with a sale from the 15th.
  4. I noticed that, too. Not only are images from the same pseudo clumped together, but images from my different pseudos are clumped together whereas before they were widely separated. Strange.
  5. James - if I go to "Upload" in the top-right corner of my dashboard, I get the options of Stock Upload, News Upload or FTP Upload. Not intuitive until you actually click the button. I'll wait until the reports of glitches in FTP die down before trying it, though (having said that, I uploaded 25 images the old way yesterday, and 46 appeared in Track Submissions, so that's not perfect either). Edit: I got the email a few weeks ago (not sure why - was after some but before others). I didn't check whether the FTP option showed up on the upload button straight away or a few days later.
  6. Interesting ... could you expand on this? I'm not sure I understand.
  7. Just read a report today - research by Google apparently shows that only 10% of computer users know these short cuts, which are common to most software (probably a much higher rate amongst Alamy photographers ;-) ) What is missing though is ctrl-z (undo last action), which is equally universal (... er, well, actually, not in our case!). It would be useful when an accidental tap on my laptop trackpad deletes several lines of keywords!!
  8. Here are my figures (gross - from MyAlamy dashboard, no NU sales, in newspaper scheme, majority RM). 2008 $278 2009 $71 2010 $104 2011 $260 2012 $80 2013 $85 2014 $68 2015 $55 2011 was an anomaly due to one very large sale. 2015 is so far looking a bit unusual due to a smaller than normal proportion of textbook sales and a higher proportion of newspaper scheme sales. Edited for format.
  9. It was stated at the time: to 'attract the kind of buyer who pays more' or something meaning the same. And they brought in editors. Where did they go? Yeah, I know the stated intention was to attract a different kind of buyer to Alamy, but there's likely to have been other ideas bubbling away as well. All I know is that the only four-figure gross sale I had on Alamy (well over $5k, actually) was well before 'creative'. I do hope that buyer (I was told it was an advertising agency) is still around ...
  10. Alamy would need to bring in a team of editors first to create a meaningful collection (meaningful size as well as content). That means investment. Which means reduced profits. Which means reduced funds for the other operation, and reduced end-of-year take home pay. Very unlikely, but If they did do that, and did it well, it would be a great boost for the company. Why stop at Corbis? They could, like all the successful independent commercial agencies, distribute it widely. The question is: would it be open to all contributors, or a hand-picked selection? If the former, it would be good
  11. Hmmm. Does it also work the other way around - do Alamy images get onto Corbis? And if they did, would that be a good thing (access to high-end buyers?) or a bad thing (just buy from whichever is cheaper?) ... Food for thought!
  12. Further to that and Kumar's point, it's a reasonable assumption that the majority of people playing BHZ follow the rules and put BHZ only in essential keywords. However, real world searches would have lots of image where the search words only appear in comprehensive. So real world search would have a lot more images at the tail end than BHZ. In other words, it's logical to expect a better performance in real world searches than in BHZ
  13. Great idea, Mark. Jeff - another great idea! May I suggest adding: d. see its total US$ revenue
  14. Very good news and I'm glad it has been sorted out. It would be interesting to know what the agreement was though. Perhaps they'll release that information soon. Cheers, David.
  15. It's an organisation that facilitates the licensing of copying of books (and more). It operates as a clearing house, in a similar way to DACS but the focus is on the written word rather than imagery. There's a similar organisation in Australia (CAL, the Copyright Agency Limited). There are many ways in which they do this, but one of the main ones is educational licensing. Here, if you're, say, a school or university, you can purchase a licence from CAL that allows your teachers to copy up to 10% or one chapter of a book for use in class without having to negotiate individual permission fro
  16. I've recently gone through the upgrade process myself - see http://discussion.alamy.com/index.php?/topic/3407-whats-the-current-thinking-about-a-pc-for-image-processing/?hl=computers A lot depends on how you use the computer, what software you use, etc. I was using Lightroom a lot and Photoshop plus various plugins a little, and tended to have large numbers of documents and browser tabs open (from my other work) at the same time as working on photographs (it was too time consuming to close everything down and open it up again later). 10GB memory wasn't enough - as well as the computer runn
  17. Zenfolio do seem to charge different prices in different countries. I somehow managed to get the US$, which was a bit less than the Aussie dollar price, but I may have been lucky. Seems like most IT things, it's USA customers that get the best prices.
  18. I used the VAT refund booth at Terminal 3 in Heathrow a couple of years ago. It worked, but wasn't a great experience - the queue was about an hour long, which I was told was normal, so it's important to get to the airport early. And the fee was very high - you don't get all of your VAT back by any means (from memory, something like three quarters only). Hope that helps, David.
  19. Betty - you can read my mind! I'm already investigating a 18mm f2 on sale second hand locally - that would make the camera truly pocketable. And I've been reading reviews of the 10-24 to see if it would make a light-weight alternative to the Nikon 14-24 f2.8 ;-)
  20. Great - thanks, everyone. Your comments have been really helpful. Bryan and Kevin: good to hear your experiences with the Sony kit lens. John: sounds like you've gone through a very similar thought process! Good to hear from a fellow Cheshire-ite (part of my family is from the Lymm and Grappenhall areas, and I grew up elsewhere in Cheshire). Alex: yeah, I know ;-). If the RX100 wasn't shared with my wife (she uses it more than I) and if I'd had the patience to spend more time with the manual, I might have got to know all the button combinations. But other cameras I've used are
  21. Hi everyone, I know there have been a number of threads on mirrorless cameras recently, but here's a different angle that I haven't seen discussed yet. I'm looking to buy a second camera as an alternative to my Nikon FF system. I'm currently using an RX100 for that purpose, but I'm not terribly happy with it (slow response, annoying power zoom, harsh highlights, lack of dynamic range, inability to set aperture and then adjust exposure compensation without pushing lots of buttons, etc). Whatever I get, I'll probably be using the kit zoom that comes with it. I know I'm going ag
  22. Yes, happy new year to everyone! I wish you all the best of luck on Alamy and in life for 2015.
  23. I believe both Zenfolio and Photoshelter provide private galleries, with options for clients to download and indicate selections. Zenfolio seems to be a lot cheaper than Photoshelter, and as far as I've seen the only major thing it doesn't have that Photoshelter does have, that I've noticed, is fully-featured stock pricing. My Zenfolio site (see link below, though not yet fully developed) was easy to set up, and is very easy to keep up-to-date through Jeffrey Friedl's plugin for Lightroom (http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/zenfolio) - you just drag images to a publishing collection
  24. Good link, Mike. Thanks for posting. I've ordered the computer. Linovo did manage to put in a K620 card - according to benchmarks, better for 2D and even 3D than the much more expensive K2000! And due to a quirk in their discounting system, I got a second 512GB SSD in place of the 128GB drive for only $20 extra. Thanks again for the advice, everyone. In case there's anyone in the same boat, here are some extra links I found useful: http://robertoblake.com/blog/2014/01/building-photoshop-cs6-computer-2014/ http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/questions/141/Build+a+powerful+PC+for+
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