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  1. The green; well I get the idea of having a bold call to action button / link hover colour, this particular green....well maybe it will be one of those things that grows on you? My take is more on the bold statements; "Don't start with the same content as everyone else, find the unexpected and unique" - well its fine words but surely this bold claim stood up more when Alamy actually had a commission structure that encouraged exclusive submissions? The opposite is now the case, there is no incentive to be exclusive and falling license fees encourage content to be spread a
  2. That's interesting to hear Phil, second hand from the horses mouth so to speak! Of course not really anything we didn't already know, just an emphasis on the scale of the problem perhaps. As I mentioned in a post previously I had thought opting out of "novel use" was supposed to be the contributors way of declining the option to be involved in this sort of bulk sale discounting deal. It seems that is no longer the case. At the moment this isn't such a dilemma for agencies if they secure the volume. From a contributor perspective its making me less inclined to add certain work.
  3. The trend has been down for years but it feels like we've seen a sudden plummet here at Alamy. Of course we can speculate as to why that might be but at the end of the day I'm not sure it really matters in the face of an industry wide trend. I have now surpassed my previous best years in terms of sales volume here at Alamy. With over two months to go that should be good news. Sadly if I flip the tab to look at revenue (which is what matters) the graph looks very different, with total revenue less than a third of the amounts earned in previous best years with fewer sales. Perhaps th
  4. I couldn't agree with this more. Ideally I would like the ability to set a minimum acceptable sale price level. While that might be dreaming I did think the whole point of opt in/out of novel use was to allow contributors the choice of being involved in the sort of deals with publishers that are likely to lead to very low individual fees but perhaps greater volume. However despite being opted out of novel use I (and it sounds like many others) am increasingly being drawn into these deals with the end result of piddling license fees. I would really like to see the distinction and definition of
  5. I need to get on with this too. To the best of my knowledge it can be done in batches of up to 500 at a time.
  6. No! In any business controlling/reducing costs is paramount. Alamy are cutting our commission and license fees across the industry are under continued pressure. Investing in gear to produce stock (unless perhaps very specialised) is not a sensible decision. Resist gear lust! Or from your current position you could tickle the urge with a lot less expense....
  7. Although I'm not quitting Alamy the changes have prompted me to take a similar approach to you Russel. Going forwards I'm going to try and focus more on planned thought out shoots and seek to develop more niche / local specific content. Alamy may continue to get the odd opportunistic grab shot and the third rate 'you never know it could sell' stuff. I've done some basic web design myself in the past so I've set up my site (www.hd57.com) as a front end blog to pimp the content I'm putting on a picfair powered store (stock.hd57.com). From some limited experience I think some sort of
  8. You can edit your preferences in AIM John so this is always selected by default. Apologies if I'm informing the already wise!
  9. Recent social media activity by Alamy does seem to plugging content from Cavan...which would lend weight to your theory.
  10. I think those contributors that have some sort of niche material, particularly if it has some rarity and demand, have the opportunity to explore more direct routes to market. Sites like photoshelter, Picfair, Smugmug where you can set your prices. The down side is you have to do your own marketing; hence why I think it really only works for niche hard to produce content with a known marketplace. Unfortunately much of the stuff we (and I include myself here) add to Alamy is very generic and not particularly interesting or exclusive. There aren't many other places to even put a lot of what Alamy
  11. Really? Is it no longer an Alamy venture then? Thanks for your response anyway Michael.
  12. So I used Stockimo this afternoon to upload a soft news type image, indicating it as a news image. I gave the alamy news email a little heads up nudge as I already had days old uploads pending in the system so suspected it might be needed . ...hours later it is still pending and no response from live news email. After a couple of hours of no response I thought I'd email it to another outlet; email acknowledgement received in ten minutes. Stockimo feels like its being left out to pasture?
  13. Have a look at Darktable. Its Linux opensource stuff so you can't beat it for value and it can be installed on Windows and MacOS.
  14. I'm not sure there is any genuinely passive income, even investments need an eye kept on them. One thing is for sure, stock photography certainly isn't it, and becomes less so year on year as the effort to just stand still increases.
  15. Yes that is an interesting point. My future self may find a renewed enthusiasm for post work, as you say I don't know! Most of what is in my Alamy port was shot RAW, and Nikon generated stuff still is. Of course the fact I'm not keen on sitting doing post processing quite possibly means I don't do a good job at it! Its the fuji I'm using in JPEG mode at the moment.
  16. I'm in complete agreement with all your points! I can and do edit RAWS, but in the context of producing stock for Alamy what I'm suggesting is I don't think its necessary. Personally I don't enjoy post processing particularly, I would rather achieve a good image straight out of camera whenever possible. I agree that may not be the absolute best version of the image possible but I think if its the right image for a buyer it will still be licensed. I suspect most image buyers care a lot less, or are even oblivious to, the technical elements photographers obssess over. They just want the right im
  17. Yes you're right there will be times when these are issues, it goes back to the earlier point about photographic knowledge and skills allowing the photographer to know when these issues are likely to be a problem. I think sometimes they can be worked around or avoided with that understanding. I'm not for a moment suggesting that working with RAW files isn't often beneficial, just suggesting it isn't essential and for me its a workflow stage I'm happy to cut out if I can.
  18. Yes that's what I was getting at; any time in Lightroom (Darktable for me now I've gone Linux) is more than none at all. I'm shifting back to where I started when shooting film on OM slrs, trying to get it right in camera as much as possible. I've picked up an old fuji xt1 which is more like the old OM shooting experience and has jpeg film simulations. I'm enjoying it. I haven't completely stopped RAW shooting but I'm tempted by the thought of selling up my Nikon gear and then I possibly would!
  19. This is sound advice in my opinion, and echoes what John (I think it was) said earlier in the thread about learning and getting to grips with the basics of photography skills and understanding. I think once you've done that it is perfectly possible to work with a JPEG workflow. I'm not disputing the advantages of shooting RAW, just recognising the disadvantage in terms of workflow time. The reality of a lot of what alamy sells is competent imagery that suits a purpose, it doesn't need to be a work of art. This is achievable with those key skills and care straght of camera as a JPEG. Some peopl
  20. One here from STUART MARTIN / ALAMY LIVE NEWS https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-55488606
  21. This is very true. I think Woody Allen said something about being a fan of the light in London for filming for just this reason. So its about adapting the kind of shooting you do to fit the conditions.
  22. I think in the case of news images it is largely about timing. The first few images that come through are the ones in the running. It isn't the best images that get used necessarily, but the first one(s) that are available and do the job. So a good news image submtted early is in reality in smaller pool. The later an image arrives on editors desktop the better or more exceptional it needs to be once the story has already started to run.
  23. Re the quality, I think it has to be judged in context; ie it is a video from a relatively large media related company. So, despite the fact it's aimed at contributors it has to be said the production quality is frankly appalling. There are children producing far superior work on YouTube every day. If any of the hoped for new customers stumble across they would not be inspired to work with Alamy. Re the content, the trouble with the point about updating existing content in an increasingly competitive environment is that the decimated level of fees being secured means we will effect
  24. I think that argument holds water when they are highlighting content with a headline/excerpt and linking to the original source. I think the bottom falls out of the bucket when they just republish in full, including images they have not bought the rights to use.
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