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  1. The cavalier attitude by many is prolonging this crisis. An article in today's NY Times outlines what must be done. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/health/coronavirus-restrictions-us.html
  2. This is good information on the topic - https://alj.artrepreneur.com/6-copyrights-street-art/ Point of information - you may not be able to legally sell a photo of the mural, but, if the muralist doesn't own the wall, you can legally PAINT OVER IT!
  3. Hi all, Looking back at one year of my sales, after all fees and commissions, my Alamy earnigs were 40.3% of sales. I'm on the 50% exclusive plan. This of course was due to distributor sales cutting in on the action, and did not include DACS. I think expecting 40% gross is a good benchmark for business planning...for now.
  4. The zoo question is a fine topic, but such a tiny infinitesimal point of concern in comparison to habitat destruction and global warming as to be moot. Start by not buying any product with palm oil / palmitate etc. to start , and buy bird friendly coffee beans. Rev your engines!
  5. So I just snooped around PA Media's website (I am assuming this is the same company) and tried their pricing tool to get a sense of how much they are currently asking for images that I would typically find on Alamy. My search term was "travel". You can try it here: https://paimages.co.uk/search-results/fluid/?q=travel&category=A,S,E&fields_0=all&fields_1=all&imagesonly=1&orientation=both&words_0=all&words_1=all The tool returns very good (high) prices. Of course what the negotiated price would be is another matter. Your thoughts?
  6. My 2 cents. When the Nikon D7100 came out I was very happy to purchase it because I knew that at 24 megapixels it exceeded Alamy's minimum requirements. My submissions continually failed for noise and I was shocked to see how much color noise was being generated even at low iso images. I did a lot of technical reading to understand what was going on and learned a lot about "pixel pitch" and noise. Without getting lost in the weeds here's a brief explanation. Think of photo sites (pixels) as buckets that hold light, not water. The bigger they are, the more light they hold. But if they are small, or too close together, which is measured as pixel pitch, the light spills over to an adjacent bucket, that's noise. Modern sensors and software get around these issues by something called "pixel binning" which mops up the spillage. Light gathering capabilities of lenses come into play as well. The rule of thumb seems to be avoid cameras with sensors that have a pixel pitch below 4 microns. When I looked up the number for my Nikon d7100 it was one of the lowest for any nikon camera 3.9. Compare that with the D700 at 8.4. I won't be making that mistake again. Apparently squeezing smaller photosites onto sensors to get the consumer to believe more megapixels means better images is good marketing. I now check pixel pitch religiously.
  7. I wish the concept of "unique access" applied in this particular sale. I did a search on the main keywords guess how many images came up...17. Of which 9 were mije! So much for exclusitivty. .
  8. Just got one of those awful sales that would make a microstock shooter spew coffee. I would love it if we could set a minimum price for our work, and if a sale comes in below that, we get 75%. Of course, that not going to happen, but it would be fair, IMHO.
  9. Check a few things when you open a file in PS. Set your resolution at 300, not 72. If that creates a huge file reduce the longest side to 4500 (bicubic) , mode 16 bits. Work the file, reduce to 8 bits mode, save as a jpeg for upload.
  10. You spend $6,000 on a new kit. Two weeks later you're shooting jpegs on auto exposure.
  11. In the rush to the bottom on pricing does it really matter if we are paid 40% or 50%? We are missing the boat, in order to be successful In an era when editorial turnover has shrunk massively how can Alamy command higher pricing that will benefit all? I've stated before the quality route seems like the only option. To that end I had proposed in an earlier comment the creation of "Alamy Prime", limited to say 25-50 million images, that commands higher pricing. Images to be included in this segment will be selected by us individually, reflecting our best technical and key worded images, that meet new higher standards and are edited for correct keywords by Alamy. Additionally a new CTR algorithm for "AP" be created that takes into account rarity, the rarer the image, the more you can command for it. The reality is if you can find a similar the image at the Tier 1 agencies it’s going to be difficult to license the image for anything above today's pricing. If Alamy can present images that few others are creating, either by subject or the way it was shot they will have a market mostly to themselves and the leverage to command the fees that go along with the scarcity. Those contributors who upload dozens, hundreds of similars will soon find that "AP" is not their selling platform. Of course, Alamy is constantly highlighting great and unique work on their website, but are prices commiserate? Is the sales team negotiating higher prices for that work or is all lumped together in the bargain bin?
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