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About culleyphoto

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    Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={CF4D4EFC-363D-42B4-978D-D50BE0C3333F}&name=Gary+Culley
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  1. You all are great. Thank you. BTW The Vigil happens on the evening of the 15th and Elvis died on the 16th. Maybe a help for time difference from me to UK and Europe. I was told to shoot the earlier set-up and upload some of that then go back for the night shots and glowing candles and such and upload those later. I had to leave earlier than planned. Hearing that and other things from you, wim, make me copy your notes to a how-to on shooting like this. Very good suggestions. I get a feeling that for an agency to succeed it must be worldwide in its audience. I see things regularly that shows Alamys strength is in UK and maybe very few non-UK editors are looking. Do you agree or disagree? Thanks again
  2. As news, I thought I'd have made a small sale. I shot the candlelight vigil for Elvis. The 40th anniversary of his death but no obvious activity. Might there be that something I did wrong in working the submission? There are fans with tributes along the sidewalk in front of his home, Graceland. If you can take a minute, have a look at Live News on 15th August and search for Elvis. What might I do better to get noticed?
  3. As news, I thought I'd have made a small sale. I shot the candlelight vigil for Elvis. The 40th anniversary of his death but no obvious activity. Might there be that something I did wrong in working the submission? There are fans with tributes along the sidewalk in front of his home, Graceland. If you can take a minute, have a look at Live News on 15th August and search for Elvis. What might I do better to get noticed?
  4. Input is welcome and appreciated. Cut back on similars. Will do. Some of the images have blurred green backgrounds. If I held back on identifying the location...park name, no one would ever know.........except my new Alamy friends. Do you use names of parks and such on your images? OR is that not a good way to operate as a stock shooter? Seems that names may be helpful for editorial but pointless for an insurance company promoting their latest policy features.
  5. I am new. I added some new images of a couple walking. I have and uploaded model releases. Shots are unposed and the subjects talked to a lady on the trail. I did not show released on these because I did not have releases for the lady. Some had extra people in the background. I did not show any release on these because there are not releases for all the people in the background. So at this point, I have some images with and some without releases. Some for all usage and some for editorial only. Now Property. I have no property release. They were shot in a park with only visible are trees, grass and asphalt trail. I said no to property. Is that correct? Have a look, search for Gary Culley and you'll see. The most distinguishing element is a sign post in some images, should I remove those. I name the park in the captions, should I not do that? BTW I'm in the US, Memphis. Should I only offer as editorial? The things that you have learned from experience is very much appreciated in guiding me. Is the thought process correct or do I need to adjust it?
  6. I am a commercial shooter and moving to stock. I am in situations that may call for credentials. I've heard that some are available online. Has anyone bought those and had good or bad experiences to share? What's good? What bad? what is worth it? All input is welcome. Thanks
  7. Yes, it's rough. You may not make money. I am naive and new. Signed a few years ago. Right off the bat, there was negative press about low prices and no money. I put my efforts elsewhere. Run Away.......from stock. Now, adapt some of those salesman numbers. 80% of the sales will come from 20% of the images. Extended >> 95% of sales will come from 5% of the photos. I wanna target that 5%. With the negative, also consider Keith Morris. Find the article about him topping $350,000 signed with Alamy after losing newspaper job just a few years ago. He's in coastal small town Wales guy. I'm in Memphis. I connected with the head guy at Graceland yesterday. Didn't make a shot.......but I'm brewing a connection and friendship. How much research are you doing for your shoots? If you are employing the technique to shoot everything and maybe something will sell, you should look elsewhere. If you plan to put the work in on the planning and producing sellable shots then you can plot a future. Alamy plays the numbers. They know there will be many that don't make money.......but some will. I mean no disrespect and I truly wish you all the best. We have to make the decision to make it or not. It will take a major effort. BTW I'm kinda the technical sort and if I can ever help you, I'd be glad to.
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