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  1. ah yes the six months harshness of the Canadian winter. 5C yesterday, riding my bike... πŸ˜‰ (sorry the "6 months winter" has been a major anti bike-infrastructure rallying call from the car culture crowd....) . upcoming week is a wild ride. Morning temp forecast of next 3 days: -16, 4, -10.... as for winter subject, Alamy claims that "Weather is always in the news" (of course if you are in place where your News doesn't really use Alamy that doesn't help much, but i still have fun shooting, and it does have stock side appeal) )....
  2. The leaves are off the trees, it's cold and there's a breeze. Winter has settled in, and. we take it on the chine. Besides this awful rhyme, what's up in winter time? I've been shooting a lot of signs. Signs outside of restaurants and shops. Sale signs. Street signs. Do they sell? They do! I've had 47 sign snaps licenced in the past year. And some have sold for $$$. I shoot a lot of tabletop food, too. But I've only had 12 sales on those.
  3. Keep in mind AoA only tracks are portion of Alamy sales that they can attribute to a keyword search. I sell almost exclusively travel imagery and have found AoA has tracked many of my sales
  4. Steve, I thought $1.67, was low, then $0.95, but $0.17 is the lowest. A few low licenses thrown in with high value isn't ideal, but may end up being acceptable. My worry, and others who haven't had really low sales yet should also worry, is that as more ridiculous sales are being reported, so how long will it be before most, if not all licenses go for silly prices. Do Alamy only want to make bulk sales from the bigger agencies with no concern re the smaller contributors? Something is really wrong and illogical.
  5. I've had cleared licenses refunded months later. Re: PU sales - I get letting established clients pay net 60 days for periodicals, and longer for books and calendars, as that has traditionally been how the industry works, but with PU sales from unknown entities, not requiring immediate payment seems like a poor business practice. ... As does allowing refunds after several months, let alone years.
  6. Now that we're over halfway through Jan., sales of various shapes and sizes as well as zooms have started trickling in, so all is not lost (except the fair 50/50 split of course). πŸ˜πŸ™
  7. i looks like Alamy decided to do a full write off of outstanding sales, still weird to have so many Personal Use that didn't use immediate pay, You would think Alamy would have communicated ahead if this is what was happening.
  8. Hi Grace: I would just echo what has been said about the cost effectiveness of outsourcing scanning your film. Because of the low percentage of sales vs number of submitted images, you would probably never recoup your costs. I don't shoot much new material now so most of my images are on film...thousands of 35mm, 120mm and 4x5 transparencies and negatives from 40+ years. I have used several scanners in the past and now use a Plustek 8200. They are fairly inexpensive as far as film scanners go...$350-$400. The Plusteks come with a trial version of software which is useful and worth purchas
  9. Oh my. I like to use B&H because they have my sales tax exemption and it can make a big difference. Although I'm not sure it works for a computer. We'll see. They are generally good to deal with for fast shipping, etc. So I will just devote myself to getting everything I need onto an external drive so it is ready to go on the new machine. Paulette
  10. Alamy Live News Sales Team to National Newspaper news desk " We have real time images coming in of a national news event how much will you pay for them" " Nothing but to keep the books straight we will pay 10 cent each." "Fantastic offer we will send them right over". πŸ™„
  11. I had absolutely no idea that live news images would sell for such a low fee, indeed I thought it would be quite the opposite ! The two sales I had today were the lowest $ I've had. However, the Macmillan image was taken on a paid shoot and the Covid image was taken as I happened to be there so I guess it didn't cost me anything although I know that's not the point, time and effort is still taken in uploading and keywording. Carol
  12. When images are licensed for peanuts it’s no longer viable even posting into the months images sold thread. 2 sales at $0.95 each gross is a joke. I shot an event on Saturday in London, but my main reason was to chat to a few non Alamy photographers I know on how their business is doing.
  13. one thing James has highlighted is the average licence for all of Alamy of $30. A great exciting information to assist contributors make decision, would be more drilled down data. For example what is the average licence for Distributors per market. If anything showing which one are the hard dragging the average down would help Alamy's result which seems focused on Average Licences, since I would gladly remove my images for sales in the sluggish markets.
  14. James, It would be really nice to know what these exciting plans might be and how they would encourage us contributors to continue to support Alamy? I've been with you for 18 years and all I've seen is the royalty split for contributors erode and now sales for pennies are the norm. Please give us some encouragement to continue to supply you rather than pushing us to supply multiple agencies or work with agencies offering better terms and higher fees.
  15. i am also curious what proportion of licences (dollar weighted) came out of the 7%. The non exclusive would include many repeats of Public Domain images from "hoover contributors", and plenty of the non editorial typical background MS images which may or may not be a major seller in Alamy's market place- we do see frequently MS experts reporting low sales on here.
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/jan/18/weatherwatch-the-sun-filled-mild-climate-of-the-azores Konstantin Kalishko https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/18/babies-die-england-stop-jailing-pregnant-women Mark Harvey https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jan/18/thg-shares-profit-sales Timon Schneider https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/17/sleep-deprived-nhs-doctors-realised-my-error-when-patient-collapsed Jes2ufoto
  17. I've also had a couple today at that price - the first time I've had sales below a dollar gross. This month is very slow for me so far πŸ™.
  18. Just had two sales this morning for UK national newspaper use full resolution for $0.17 each. Is this what Alamy has become?
  19. Some of us remember another way of earning "Brownie Points;" making a personal impression on actual human picture researchers. Alamy's digital ranking system is pretty awful in my mind, and yet, it's far better than anything else I've ever experienced. I would rather have my micro-priced sales counted towards my rank than feeling like I have to visit headquarters and leave boxes of chocolates for the researchers. (something that always made sales spike back in the eighties) These sales we've been discussing have been part of my stock photo reality since I first got involved in the
  20. We are not sure about this yet. It may even be a very good way to get lots of brownie points if they now count toward regular sales. Novel Use didn't. wim
  21. What I don't understand is why accepting silly (and damaging) sales like these is a "requirement" for Alamy. They don't really benefit anyone, neither contributors nor Alamy. Surely the most productive thing to do from a business POV would be to stop working with this particular distributor. They aren't likely to change their ways.
  22. Hi Samantha, I do have roughly the same number of images on Alamy and Stockimo. Last financial year, the sales from Stockimo, were actually a bit more (In value per sale, but not in numbers) than the ones on Alamy, for me. But I joined Stockimo as soon as it started so I might have an advantage on you there, in regards to commission. The rating does not look like it influence the sales for me. Most of my sales with S are actually images with very conservative post-processing. The overworked ones don't seem as well, for me. As I have my p
  23. I too was thinking this could be a creative outlet, for having a bit of fun, rather than sticking to the same style of images that I produce normally for Alamy. Do your sales seem to align with the customer score you received?
  24. How long does it take to have images approved via Stockimo? My images through Alamy usually take under an hour (outside of weekends) to be approved, but I submitted images about 3 days ago and haven't heard anything yet. Is this a normal occurrence? I uploaded a variety of images, with a variety of filters to see what style was better suited to the platform. I have been watching the customer like ratings each day of other peoples images in the app, and I too am confused at the post processing style they desire. There does seem to be a stream of very over processed images, to the ex
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