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  1. If a change has to be made, then both gross and net please. It's important to know what the customer is paying as it's the only way of assessing market trends. Alan
  2. Ah, the irony of using an acronym to request the removal of acronyms... The world runs on acronyms and initialisations, including the world of photography: JPEG, ASA, HDR, TIFF, ISO, APSC, AE, WB, CMYK, DSLR, EXIF, DPI, MP, LED, RGB, etc. etc. Some you know, some you don't know. Alan
  3. I did take photos of mundane things years ago. But space to keep all the slides in an easily accessible place was always a problem and eventually I adopted a ruthless weeding-out policy and chucked away many thousands of pics that I deemed to be of neither sentimental nor artistic value. Then I joined Alamy... I make a point of not regretting things - there's no point because you can't go back and regret only uses up mental energy that would be better spent on the things that you can do. But if I did do regret, this would be one of the very few candidates. Alan
  4. Also pretty much like the user interface of any audio DAW. It took me years to decide which one I had any chance of understanding how to use. Alan
  5. One sale fewer than last year. 5% less revenue. Considering that until the middle of this year I had hardly added to my portfolio for about 3 years I'm pleased to have kept up. Alan
  6. I do all my music making on a computer nowadays. I used to play piano as a kid and guitar as a young man but I wouldn't be able to manage a tune now. Composing without an instrument is a PITA because you have to do it manually one note at a time and keep playing it back to make sure it sounds right. But it does enable you to eventually play chords without an instrument! Alan
  7. Sometimes it can be deliberate! When I lived in Germany my wife and I (both English) sometimes conversed in German in touristy places, campsites etc, to stop other Brits latching onto us and treating us as long-lost friends simply because we shared a nationality (is that just a British thing or do other nationalities do it too?). We had a German-registered car so they were never any the wiser. Alan
  8. I don't really care for the Northern Irish accent. I'm afraid I'm not sufficiently practised to differentiate between different regions of the Republic. So I don't know whether an accent that's pleasing to me is from any particular region. Similarly, although I lived in Germany for 3 years the only differences I could hear clearly were between Austria/rural Bavaria, which I couldn't understand, and the rest of Germany which I could understand when the wind was in the right direction. It also took me many years to distinguish between a US and Canadian accent, and still occasionally I'm not quit
  9. I love a French accent. But not as much as an Irish accent... <swoon>. I'm anybody's for an Irish accent. When I lived in the US I found that American women love a British accent. Alan
  10. If you've had your vaccine Betty, the microchip that it implants in your body should be able to pinpoint the location of the cricket. Alan
  11. One other point: ignore the 'discoverability' statistic. Joseph has referred above to CTR and false positives. Discoverability has been discussed here ad nauseam and the unanimous opinion on this forum is that it's counter-productive. Adding lots of irrelevant keywords in order to get pictures into the green 'good discoverability' zone makes no difference whatsoever to searches other than to generate false positives and will only harm your CTR in the long term. Alan
  12. Welcome James. Question 1: Alamy does not implement stemming. This means that you need to include all variants of a word in your keywords, e.g. boat, boats, boating. Question 2: Yes... up to a point. You get information about views and zooms (click-throughs) but only from a subset of Alamy customers - I can't recall exactly how these are chosen but generally speaking it will be regular customers. To see the stats go to Contributor Dashboard -> Alamy Measures -> Your Images. Alan
  13. All over the shop: 2008 £180 (only 1 sale) 2009 £0 2010 £109 2011 £65 2012 £63 2013 £76 2014 £65 2015 £124 (inflated by one $$$$ sale) 2016 £30 2017 £33 2018 £21 2019 £37 2020 £26 2021 £24 As you can see, a sudden drop-off in 2016 but since then fairly consistent. Alan
  14. I come to the forum to make myself glum rather than the other way round Alan
  15. The real Halifax also has hills of course. Luckily my knees can still cope with them - but only just! Alan
  16. More sales than any other previous October. Average fee only marginally less than last year's average for the whole year. So I'm reasonably happy. Alan
  17. Yes of course I do. I'm a photographer so I naturally try to be the best photographer I can be. I've no idea if I'm successful because it's not for me to judge, and the word "great" on Facebook has no meaning. Alan
  18. I've found this odd for a long time. But then they haven't addressed the uncompressed file size issue in the 13 years I've been here. Alan
  19. I can see 22 images on sale for you. Forget discoverability - topic covered ad nauseam on the forum over the last several years. Alan
  20. Wow, there's a blast from the past! My parents used to take me there regularly in the 50s and 60s. As a small boy I was utterly fascinated by it. Alan
  21. I've done a similar thing, with pictures from my local area, the Calder Valley. Unfortunately my song is eight and a half minutes long so no-one wants to sit through it despite the pictures! Alan
  22. Halifax (the Yorkshire one) Borough Market: Jars of jam at the Real Food Market on London's Southbank: Russian dolls including Putin and Medvedev on market stall in Moscow: Alan
  23. Good heavens, an actual real use for Alexa. Maybe I should have one after all. I flatly refuse to give energy companies my money before October, but yes on Oct 1st the heating went on. Mind you, I had just arrived home after a week away and was feeling low from the after-effects of toothache. Otherwise I would have probably have just put an extra jumper on. Alan
  24. I'm still contributing. I finally got round to joining the archival scheme so I'm busy ploughing through my thousands of trannies from the 70s and 80s. Three or four single-$ sales dented my enthusiasm a bit but today I got a $$$ so there's life in the old dog yet. Alan
  25. But that's exactly my point. The photo itself is not ranked so it's irrelevant whether it's been sold or viewed. All your photos together are ranked as a block depending on the contributor's overall performance. Whichever of those photos appears first depends on other factors as I explained in my earlier post. Alan
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