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  1. I don't think there are too many who have a specialised subject like yours Mike, are there? I think 30+ sales for the same image on Alamy must be quite unique.
  2. 778 sales so far with $96,223 so far since 2001. Was hoping to pass $100k this year but I don't think that will happen... Never say never though I guess...
  3. Couldn't agree more. In my very limited experience - 6 sales to date - I've not been competing with 50 million. I've been competing with 20; 66; 0; 3 (all mine); 29 and 4 other images. That narrows down the odds. It does depend on good keywording, of course, and buyers searching for specific subjects - but that's what they do on Alamy.
  4. I got in again and I must say it comes as somewhat of a disappointment, my sales have been bad ( what I consider bad anyway ) if I am in the top 500 sellers then there are real problems with the industry
  5. Agree with Mark- Would never work a wedding in exchange for releases! Have you ever shot a wedding?!? That's a ton of work that should be worth waaay more than a couple signed releases. Plus think about weather you would be able to get releases for all people in the image (or just the two), venue, other property, etc. How many Alamy sales would it take to pay the rate a typical wedding photog gets paid? Or looking at it another way: the small investment it would take to hire a couple models and set something up with good lighting and no other property (that would require additional rel
  6. Most of my sales, the decent ones anyway, are to textbook and retail book publishers. When/if those markets dry up, I'll probably have to open a a lemonade stand.
  7. It has been my experience that it depends on your market. Travel images seem to be a dime (or 49 cents) a dozen, as are setup-looking "lifestyle" images. Our market is primarily textbook sales, an area that microstock shooters haven't gotten into. Researchers simply can't find a lot of textbook-appropriate imagery on microstock sites, so ours sell pretty well on Alamy. We average 20-25 licenses a month. Prices for textbook licenses have dropped dramatically in recent years, but are still way above 49 cents. We also cover a lot of politics and current events (perfect for US social studies books
  8. Adding more descriptive details -- Who? What? Where? When? -- to your captions might improve sales IMO. Good luck. +1 image C3E516 is "Betty Boop" and your image is definatley one of the best ones of her on Alamy, but you don't mention Betty Boop in your heading or in your keywords, so a buyer desperate for a great image of Betty won't find yours. Parm
  9. Adding more descriptive details -- Who? What? Where? When? -- to your captions might improve sales IMO. Good luck.
  10. The Archival/Reportage route has had a minimum file size of 5mb for quite some time. This has allowed me to submit older photos from my D100 (18 mb files) without uprezzing and has resulted in more sales. So why not lower the threshold a bit for everyone? When I deal with clients directly they rarely ask for a 50mb file and most don't want to download anything larger than they need. fD
  11. Feels like a further erosion in QC standards as the "race to the bottom" in the stock industry continues... The number of images submitted to will increase further making it even harder to achieve sales. Mmm.... Or am I just being pessimistic? Maybe Alamy could get rid of the "Creative" button and introduce 4 "image quality" buttons instead depending on image QC/resolution (low, med,high,super high). Low = Stockimo. Med = 17MB+ High = 24MB+ Super high = 48MB+. I realise buyers can specify a size limit in MB already, but this would increase the prominence of segregating search re
  12. May I ask anyone who has had an alamy live news sale what the price was. You can PM me if you don't want to put it on public forum I am wondering if you get paid any more than normal newspaper sales as to whether I bother submitting or is it same price, just better chance of a sale Kevin
  13. September - 86 sales for $4410 total - declining throughout the year. Don't know what is going on with Alamy but every month is getting worse and October looks tragic. Both volume and ppi are dropping dramatically. Richard Ellis editorial: richardellisphotographer.com workshops: charlestonworkshops.com 139 Spring St Charleston, SC 29403 843-814-6001
  14. It was published in an UK national newspaper on 30 August but hasn't shown up in my sales as yet. I understand there is often a delay.
  15. 1 zoom this morning - the first since mid August, but 4 sales in that time (+1 not yet reported). Here's hoping it's a re-zoom-ption of activity.
  16. Ha! And here I thought suspenders were things that only old men wore. And as for sales, none in Sept.
  17. In that case, by the time you are as old as David you too might have 1000 sales!!
  18. However, it seems that it's only other people's (i.e. not forum contributors') sales that get posted. Or am I wrong about that?
  19. There is a thread about this here: http://discussion.alamy.com/index.php?/topic/3043-post-your-stockimo-sales-here/ hope this has posted ok
  20. Hmmm... If you have two the same, doesn't that theoretically double the odds that the image will be zoomed? Only with two totally different sets of keywords. Seriously. wim edit: actually you want a sale not just a zoom. If you have views now, but no sales. Then the odds are against you even with a different set of keywords. To paraphrase a certain US president: it's the image, ...... I was only joking, but that's an interesting point about having to have different keywords. Contributors who upload dozens of similars should perhaps keep it in mind.
  21. I have never sold news images within the 48 hours. I think weather photos are more saleable in the UK. The weather in Copenhagen is not that interesting. However, I have had many sales of news images later on. A news image is kind of livestock to me
  22. Hmmm... If you have two the same, doesn't that theoretically double the odds that the image will be zoomed? Only with two totally different sets of keywords. Seriously. wim edit: actually you want a sale not just a zoom. If you have views now, but no sales. Then the odds are against you even with a different set of keywords. To paraphrase a certain US president: it's the image, ......
  23. Most of my old stuff, done 7-8 years ago doesn't measure up to what I'm doing now. I did begin deleting some of them, then a couple of them sold before the final time was up. I probably got rid of 300 or more. I quit deleting. I realized that 5 years from now, what I'm doing now will also look bad in comparison. The software just keeps getting better and better, along with our skills and gear. What to us looks like a scab on a knee may be just the scab someone is looking for. My last three sales were taken 4-5 years ago. Somebody did dig deep. Betty
  24. Thanks Ed and everyone, I too know the other place, in fact I cut my news teeth there last year with modest success and considerable subsequent frustration. I think Alamy may do better on subsequent stock sales but perhaps not so well with the immediate news stuff. I am trying to refine my business plan and narrow down my target subjects, I can't cover everything. I am getting the message that you pays your money and takes your chance. I guess it will be an intelligent guess (hopefully I can manage that) and then work diligently on both coverage and putting it out there. Time will tell
  25. A nice picture - did it get used anywhere? That is the biggest challenge especially from outside the (non-Scottish) Premier League. I frequently use my Canon 70-200 f2.8 with 1.4x or 2x converters and have had the results published in major newspapers. You just need to be very critical when assessing the results so as not to undermine your growing reputation. You could always buy a second-hand 100-400m f4-5.6 - not fast but I used one for motorcycle racing succesfully in awful weather - I was at ISO1000-1250 (my 1Ds3 is pretty much totally unusable beyond that) and f5.6-8 at 1/180-1/400 (I
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