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  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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. .
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. You spend $6,000 on a new kit. Two weeks later you're shooting jpegs on auto exposure.
  8. 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?
  9. My comment was intended to be critical of Alamy's failure to respond to the big questions. If you believed it was critical of your issue then please accept my apology.
  10. There have been important questions posed in this thread that have gone unanswered. While I'm glad it is being monitored by Alamy seriously, is that what has caught your attention? Are we down to discussing emails? Where have I seen this before?
  11. I just googled publicly searchable financials on Alamy. I note that in the last fiscal year the number of employees rose nearly 30% to 198. This is a huge expense! I would be happy to hear a justification for this.
  12. I think we can all agree that the current business model for Alamy is swimming against the tide. It is very hard to compete with the tier 1 agencies when they have mountains of cash or access to the capital markets and their strategic goal is to force prices lower and lower so that agencies like Alamy can no sustain a positive cash flow. That gives Alamy little choice but to either a) borrow or sell a percentage of the business for cash, b)cut operational costs, c) cut commissions, or all three. Any of these choices is just putting off the inevitable that many small businesses face, until the day someone comes along and buys the company for pennies on the dollar and strips out the positive assets for sale (AIM). Is there another option? Change the parameters of the game, innovate. We've seen Alamy try that, instead of hoarding cash to fight the big boys they've made investments into trying to enhance their core business. It hasn't worked. So now we are down to cutting commissions. Like everyone else, I'm not happy but whether I earn 50% or 40% on a $5.00 gross sale....it just doesn't matter. So let's get back to innovate, but without the cash outlays. The current stock photo business reminds me a lot of....airlines! Remember after deregulation the flood of low cost airlines (Freddy Laker, et al)? As ticket prices dropped they couldn't last against the deep pockets of the majors, neither could middle tier for that matter as most went out of business or merged. But look what has happened, a few airlines took the opposite route, charging big fares for a quality product and it worked, thing Emirates, Singapore, etc. I think this is the only competitive route left for Alamy, ask for premium rates, deliver a premium product. So I propose the creation of "Alamy Prime", a curated collection of Alamy's best images. Minimum pricing...say $50.00. No distributor or 3rd party sales. No long term licenses without proper fees. Who will do the curating? We, the contributors. Alamy Prime should be limited to say 50MM images, one third of the current collection. We Contributors select 33% of our images for inclusion. They must pass technical, content and commercial viability, having either been sold or zoomed, or a strong likelihood of doing so. Most importantly, they must be properly key-worded, with Alamy reviewing and editing the keywords. Build a reputation for QUALITY. Obviously there is much more to this model then I've touched on. I am happy to accept a 40%, even 30% commission for these sales. Leave the standard Alamy sales at lower prices and 50% commish. If the microstock and second tier agencies have been saturated the market buyers will be looking for quality and pay for it. Alamy should position itself as the source. This will require a marketing and sales push to work and for that Alamy should be looking at an outside partner for expertise. They will have to give up a percentage of ownership to find that partner. Whatever course of action, I am rooting for Alamy's success, as long it is a benefit to the contributors.
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