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  1. Zero communication from Alamy is poor, not a single email to explain. Must have lost £75K in sales!!
  2. All the National papers and major news websites subscribe to PA, along with many regional papers. They pay a set fee to use what they want. Publishers can buy images direct from the PA archive at prices similar to Getty. It will be interesting to see how PA differentiate between the brands and prices. But, PA photographers are generally top notch and the PA news picture feed is very different to Alamy as they only show the best of the day and most newsworthy, Alamy live feed is a mess and I bet its one of the first things the clean up. I don't think PA photographers will be worried.
  3. Honesty not sure what to make of it, just glad I've not gone out of my way to add photos, my sales last year were poor compared to the previous years.
  4. Thanks, the problem I do have in uploading just a couple is that I'm often surprised on what photos of mine get published in the national papers, occasionally its a photo I have been close to deleting, but it has suited the publications page design. But do understand it may affect rank, but could lose a sale. Catch 22
  5. Thanks, I have been lazy with the captions with a generic one over an image set. Should have said I chose to upload sets that have mostly already been published in a national paper or news website to see if they were saleable again, obviously not (all direct sales, don't use any agencies). I'll have a think again.
  6. Hi, I have tested the water with Alamy and not sure its worth the time and hassle to upload and keyword my archive. I have tested the water uploading some batches of 'News and feature'' picture sets which I have done. I sell direct to publications for 100% of the sales, so have thousands of images I could upload, but it's so time consuming for little rewards. I have uploaded whole jobs for ease, so there is variation, but repetition. Its represents only about 5% of what I do, so if I decide to upload the lot, its a huge amount of work. I don't bother with Alamy Live as I make more money with direct sales, Alamy has cut price subscription deals which means peanuts in some cases. If you could have a look at my portfolio I'd be grateful, be brutal, not point being polite as I'm here to try and improve sales. The most recent photos haven't been captioned or keyworded properly so ignore the Goodwood Festival of Speed ones - https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/pauljacobs My sales average an overall 40% commission (diluted with the third party sales), and I have been paid about £500 after the commission and exchange rate since joining. Gross sales figures are pointless, as it means nothing. As they say, turnover is Vanity, profit is Sanity. Thanks
  7. I suspect picture desks at the nationals have complained about the junk filling their picture feeds as Alamy Live would go straight into it. It has become a free for all with any crappy photo being uploaded as 'News'. I syndicate all my own images for 100% of the money to the nationals and also sell other peoples images, but I do filter what goes out. Even looking now, there are photos there that have Zero chance of being published. Alamy need to improve their QC on the live images and remove the junk. Uploading as reportage will be handy. I had a set of images rejected due to 'poor quality' despite being published in a national paper a few days previous.
  8. I emailed James West to question the definition of 'Exclusive' as the wording in the contract was not as detailed as his description in his video and had the following response. ------------------- Thanks for you note for pointing out the discrepancy. The 50% rate allows you to sell direct to your customers by any means. We will review the contract wording but please take this email as confirmation of the broader definition in the meantime. Best wishes James
  9. The meaning of EXCLUSIVE is different to how James West described it on the video before xmas, he said ‘sell those yourselves through your own direct sales channels, website and existing customers to retain the 50%’ No mention of Direct sales or existing customers in the fine print today, only mentions your personal website and print sales. I have emailed him for clarification. Labeling something as Exclusive when it is not could result in the contract being terminated.
  10. I made £4 from a photo in The Times, I typically get £90 for a live news image of the same size syndicated direct, but it was a stock image. Exclusive or not, 50% or 40%, it doesn't mean much when your getting penny sales. They need to restructure the pricing more than anything else.
  11. I'll take a guess and say your $13,937 has made you around £4,000 this year. Work out your travelling costs - 45p per mile, camera upkeep and upgrades plus insurance (your earning money from photography so need to have Public Liability). A drop in 20% may make your uploads not worth it, next year could be as low as £2500 for you.
  12. I suspect "Live News" goes straight to the publications picture desk feeds, no downloading from Alamy. I do not use Alamy Live, but chose to syndicate images direct to the publishers for 100% of the money. All the UK papers and news websites have auto billing, no invoices needed. BUT, their system for payment misses lots, in the past year all the publications have missed payments totalling over £10,000 to me. Of course I have to chase it up to get paid, but I have to do extensive checking, every day to see if my work has been used in print or online. I have to go though every paper (online), and google key words and list everything. Takes about 30 mins a day. So imagine the vast volumes of images Alamy have published every day, it is impossible for them to keep on top of it. Not everything is bylined, look at the Daily Mirror. Plus if someone buys an image for a quarter of a page, who checks it was used that size? Someone else mentioned copyright, I have billed and been paid for four lots of £500 this year for copyright breaches. A well written letter explaining copyright law and ignorance of it isn't an excuse, people pay up without argument. Billing top end for copyright infringements is something Alamy should be doing. Syndicate Live News yourself people.
  13. It was a small sample to see what kind of thing sold. I have over 100k images, but wasn't going to upload them all, just selected ones. Not any more, waste of time.
  14. I have been using Alamy for just over two years now. With little success. I shoot a lot of Live News, but never use Alamy for that, I syndicate direct to the newspapers and news websites myself for 100% of the money. Alamy sell for a lot less than the standard reproduction rates due to subscription deals so make no sense whatsoever for me to use Alamy for that. I have uploaded 2500 of my live news images after the event for stock, which includes other photos that is not what I would call news photos. I made about £165 from Alamy this year, but £400 last year. That is what Alamy paid me, none of this $1000 of sales nonsense. Why do people keep quoting their sales? it is meaningless as lots of sales are via 3rd parties so you get 30%. Turnover aside, the 2500 images was a test to see how Alamy works for me, IT DOESN'T, poor sales of pennies. I had a quarter page image in The Times this year and was paid £4 !!!, normally £90 if that sale is made direct, admittedly as it was stock I wouldn't have made the sale without Alamy, but for £4, I don't care as the time it took to upload that set and keyword, wasn't worth the hassle. My sales have dipped over 50% in a year, yes its a small sample of my tens of thousands of images. I won't be uploading as a further 20% cut in my revenue from Alamy is a joke. I have spent the time to add 3000 images, so won't remove them. But Alamy has lost out on having my archive. So whats 60% commission from zero images Alamy?
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