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  1. I had an image used in the Guardian last year that took a month to be reported. As Mr Standfast says, they're not the worst. Had an image used in Sun & Mirror on 17th March. Mirror reported 26th May. Nothing reported for The Sun. I had to chase Alamy up with screenshots 3 months after it was used to get it invoiced, which happened yesterday
  2. Guardian, Weds 2nd June https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/02/tory-run-darlingtons-20000-rebranding-has-labour-in-a-blue-funk Darlington Market Hall and Clocktower: the town’s signage could soon be turning blue. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy Image ID: 2CAT188
  3. As a fairly new contributor with a small portfolio on here that's slowly getting larger I've resisted putting images anywhere else, sticking with Alamy for the 50%, despite utterly awful sales during the lockdowns over the past 12 months. My thinking was that I'll stay exclusive & sales will get better - they have improved a lot since the end of March, but this new commission structure now feels like a kick in the teeth, with no incentive to remain exclusive anymore. How many contributors actually earn over 25k? I'd imagine it's a pretty small minority?
  4. I've been using FastStone for the past year or so, (faststone.org) - though its Windows only. no mac version Works with RAW files, Great controls for lifting shadow areas, rotate/autocrop by increments, Good batch processing as well. Cloning isn't as good as Photoshop, but is ok for odd spots, and sadly it doesn't do IPTC data. But otherwise excellent for general editing. Free trial, $35 licence I'm still inputting IPTC data with Photoshop at the mo, I could do with a simple prog to do that, though I have just installed photomechanic & we'll see how that goes
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/12/spring-cold-snap-hits-as-england-relaxes-covid-lockdown-restrictions Commuters make their way to work through a spring snow blizzard in Wimbledon, south-west London, on the first day the coronavirus restrictions are lifted in England. Jeff Gilbert/Alamy Live News Image ID: 2F86NBP
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/11/the-dream-ticket-a-sleeper-train-to-europes-cities-may-soon-be-on-track New night services in mainland Europe have inspired the idea of sending sleeper trains from London St Pancras, above, through the Channel tunnel. Photograph: Travstock/Alamy Image ID: B7PM1E
  7. It's worth trying the FTP route as I could never get the Alamy uploader to work, never had a problem doing it by FTP Settings for FTP are here: https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/how-do-i-send-you-my-stock-images/?section=4
  8. Benbo make some of the most versatile tripods, often the first choice of wildlife photographers. Similar ones are made by Uniloc I've had one for 20 years and it's still good, and spares are available if required. And there's usually secondhand ones available. They have independently adjustable legs so can be set up in all sorts of ways, on uneven ground, at funny angles and so on. Brilliant bits of kit
  9. Could be, or a more complex model where they incorporate it, reduce the number of images available and offer Getty paid images linked in as part of the platform "if that wasn't quite what you were looking for here's some similar ones from the Getty library" - for a fee. As Getty has higher standards than Unsplash they could easily justify a huge edit purge with work that doesn't reach their QC standard
  10. Interesting half hour spent searching, Pixsy & Copytrack have both found a couple of the same images but there's very little overlap between the two. In particular the Montpellier image I just posted in the "found pics March" thread appears to have been grabbed off the Sun/Mirror pages and been used all over the place, inc a Youtube news vid 😒 This was all picked up by Pixsy, but not by Copytrack. Looks like it's worth using both
  11. I'm just forwarding the links to Alamy for the moment. They did eventually get me extra £££ last time I had to do this when "Cold War Steve" used one of mine for a web post, then I saw he was making £££'s from prints & had only licensed it for web use. It did take them almost a year to chase it up, though that was 2020 so everything went a bit haywire anyway...
  12. I've been using copytrack for a while and found a few images of mine in use. Since I saw your post I added Pixsy last night as I'd not heard of it before - and I've already found 2 matches for one image! One is a very recent newspaper one, so I expect that to be notified soon. The image hadn't been zoomed either, just viewed. Chasing them up with Alamy now. Thanks 😊
  13. Thanks. Not enough are good enough now, had some flood damage, plus my awful darkroom skills back then meant quite a few are too poor to use 😞 I've taken a bit of a gamble and bought a couple of personal collections (with copyright of course) and started to scan those as well for archive, seeing as I can't shoot much else at the moment
  14. Reading this thread with interest as I was unsure if sales got updated on Mondays like the zooms etc, went onto my account - and - a Saturday Sale! 😊 Only £ presentation, but it is the second sale of one of my old archive images from the 90's I've been scanning during this lockdown, so it's a good sign
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