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  1. Me too, would of been better if they allowed us to select what we feel as contributors are our best. Or maybe our most popular ones based on something like amount of view/zooms/sales
  2. Yes, we have the content, and I also believe we would have all the technology and technical knowhow that we need. But the key to making money is sales and marketing. Photographers generally are not good salesmen. If we were, we wouldn't be poxing around with stock libraries in the first place. I would be very interested in the idea of a collective and could contribute technology, but it simply wouldn't work, for the reason I've given above. And if we're going to hire a team of sales/marketing people who know anything at all about the photography market... well, we might as well just stick with
  3. Only around 10% of my sales since Jan 2010 have been digital only. My sales probably aren't statistically significant so it would be interesting to know what proportion of others' sales might be affected by Getty's plans. I am not sure major newspapers and broadcasters are going to want a big Getty banner under every image, small bloggers may be less bothered, many use them watermarked anyway. I still see it as a thin end of a very nasty wedge.
  4. I emailed member services and got the following reply. "This is a new route to bring new customers through to our site via Google images and for this we’ve introduced a new look comp to simplify the buying process for them." This will be interesting to see if any of these convert into sales. Some of mine are showing up with the Alamy reference code. Regards Craig Thanks for posting Alamy's reply
  5. I emailed member services and got the following reply. "This is a new route to bring new customers through to our site via Google images and for this we’ve introduced a new look comp to simplify the buying process for them." This will be interesting to see if any of these convert into sales. Some of mine are showing up with the Alamy reference code. Regards Craig
  6. Is this not what Photographers Direct tried to do? I would love to get involved with something like a true photographers collective. And these days with Amazon cloud product for example (or google / MS / other) it would not be impossible for something like this to work from a technological point of view. It is just marketing / sales etc that make this a real challenge. Photographers Direct isn't really a true collective. I have thought for a long time that the only future for photographers would be down the 'collective' route and it is probably getting urgent for this to happen. But i
  7. Is this not what Photographers Direct tried to do? I would love to get involved with something like a true photographers collective. And these days with Amazon cloud product for example (or google / MS / other) it would not be impossible for something like this to work from a technological point of view. It is just marketing / sales etc that make this a real challenge.
  8. Photographers are in the same position as farmers. The chain of distribution has been taken over by a few, large retailers/distributors. They can squeeze input prices (whether milk or images) and can live with low, high volume sales (it aggregates to serious income, not the case for the individual contributor). There is so much competition amongst producers and demand from the market the big corporates can demand the input price they are prepared to pay, take it or leave it - ask any dairy farmer. However in most markets there are premium retailers and small individual brands that continue
  9. As a very recent Alamy contributor (test submission passed QC on 14 Jan 2014) I do hope they don't go down the same road. Unfortunately I suspect the genii is well free of the bottle and Alamy may have to respond. On paper the Getty move looks fairly reasonable. Don't chase people you'll never make any direct income from but incentivise them to promote your agencies' imagery and, hopefully, piggyback advertising revenue and image sales on the back of the non commercial bloggers efforts. But already I can see a loophole for marketing people. Why spend a good chunk of your promotional bu
  10. I don't pay my models up front but split commissions with them. If I was with an agency that was giving my images away,believe me,they know how to use google images to search.They could think I am cheating them out of sales and I'd have a terrible reputation because of what my agency has done. When in reality,I've paid some of my models before my payments have even cleared because I know a few were having financial difficulties. I think all photogs should be able to opt out.
  11. Maybe they're thinking it would increase site traffic and lead to more sales somehow....... Oh No.... If this happens on here we can all start saying bye bye small sales. P.S. if i knew how to upload a meme on here i would off
  12. If my experience is anything of a norm, your photos from India may not generate whole lot of income. A few sales I made to India had the lowest license fee (all single digit), though distributor.
  13. Do you know if this is done with papers outside the uk as well as inside? ... Jill Yes - outside the UK as well. I don't know if Alamy still has the Huff Post account but I have had images show up there. Alamy has an office in New York and (if I remember right) Texas that deals with North America as a whole. There is a possibility that if it is newsworthy, the images can be used outside the UK. I used to have fairly regular Huff Post sales, but they were always from my general collection, not from the news feed AFAIK. I haven't had any Huff Po sales for quite a long time.
  14. Same as February, January, December, ... From low but regular my sales effectively vanished in middle of 2013. Analysis, juggling keywords, pseudonyms, new content etc seems to have done more harm than good. Hey ho time to start over with a new plan and a clean sheet!
  15. Does that mean that the look of the Alamy website in general is irrelevant as well? After all, ordinary stock photo sales are also negotiated through direct contact between Alamy and buyers. Are they not?
  16. Jill, I have a similar problem here in provincial Nottingham. Perhaps there is a bit more happening than you have but I have sold (not through Alamy) news images of: Teacher's strike (several sales) - happening nationally,obviously my pictures told the story. A local Nature Reserves 50th celebration, in reality a stock use International F2 powerboat racing in Nottingham (quite a few sales in Italy, Germany), from spectator enclosure. Motorcycle racing (not a local event though) - that was a 3-4 hour drive (I actually stayed for 3 days) But I think Paul is right (and the Keith Morris article
  17. I do not think it would be worth it bearing in mind the number of media staff and iPhones already there. You sales would be minimal to say the least and as Pearl says you probably (certainly) would not recover costs. Allan
  18. Not too bad a month for me. 6 sales for $333, lowest £32.21, highest £75. I did have the highest ever rolling monthly views, and sales, and the individual day amount of views (nearly a third of my portfolio!) which hasn't helped my CTR. I've gone down in the rankings though so views and zooms falling. John.
  19. Don't do much news but; sold some with Demotix/Corbis. So far none with Alamy news as news, but sales later as stock! Phil
  20. I have submitted to all but not had any Alamy Live News sales reported. Had sales at other agencies but although we grumble about transparency, image theft and prices with Alamy, the problems are wider and worse elsewhere.
  21. I've found a number of educational sales just by putting my name with Alamy in quotes in the Google search engine. Congrats on your first sale.
  22. Yup, Jill! You're right! Goes to show that it's not a good idea to take too much stock in those darn zooms! Voted you up one on that!
  23. 6 sales = $361.03, ranging from $31.27 to $80.00. The lowest was a distributor sale + there was a re-use sale for $50.00.
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