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  1. Robert I agreee with some of your points but do not think I have not given it some considerable thought. However I still challenge the popular view that Alamy is about numbers. In the last 6 months with another, new to me, agency I have made about the same as I made in 2013 from Alamy with less than 20% of the number of images; that is just on the sales that have cleared, there are other sales still to be reported from that period. So I am not totally unaware of what works. Superbikes were a news submission and I have made several sales of them elsewhere. Who knows what demand there is - e
  2. I am still waiting for having paid a few sales from Brazil dated summer 2012 though I must give up hoping at this point!
  3. I'm still waiting for a picture that appeared in the Sun in October 2012 to show up in my "sales" ...
  4. If it makes you feel any better. My 12k of images have given me 26 zooms in the rolling month and 4 sales. Regular growing sales have declined for me since September onwards Regards Craig
  5. Strengths are abandoning me....keep uploading but views are half of one year ago, 1 zoom in the last month and of course 0 sales for 2 months or so.. Alamy is the only agency where the more I upload the less I get....
  6. Redsnapper lives in a provincial Welsh town. You live in Mexico. Which of those two locations do you think ought to be offering the best shooting opportunities for the creation of visually arresting and content rich imagery? Don't think about it for too long. I've had 12 sales so far this month: Mexico 8 sales; Vancouver 3 sales; Nicaragua 1 sale. Alamy search results: Mexico (not "new") 233,251 images; Vancouver Canada 75,263 images; Nicaragua 10,449 images. My Alamy collection: Mexico 2313 images; Vancouver 679 images; Nicaragua 210 images. You not been to Aber
  7. Redsnapper lives in a provincial Welsh town. You live in Mexico. Which of those two locations do you think ought to be offering the best shooting opportunities for the creation of visually arresting and content rich imagery? Don't think about it for too long. I've had 12 sales so far this month: Mexico 8 sales; Vancouver 3 sales; Nicaragua 1 sale. Alamy search results: Mexico (not "new") 233,251 images; Vancouver Canada 75,263 images; Nicaragua 10,449 images. My Alamy collection: Mexico 2313 images; Vancouver 679 images; Nicaragua 210 images. You not been to Aber
  8. Redsnapper lives in a provincial Welsh town. You live in Mexico. Which of those two locations do you think ought to be offering the best shooting opportunities for the creation of visually arresting and content rich imagery? Don't think about it for too long. I've had 12 sales so far this month: Mexico 8 sales; Vancouver 3 sales; Nicaragua 1 sale. Alamy search results: Mexico (not "new") 233,251 images; Vancouver Canada 75,263 images; Nicaragua 10,449 images. My Alamy collection: Mexico 2313 images; Vancouver 679 images; Nicaragua 210 images.
  9. Ed, no I'm not a native Berliner, just a Brit that fell in love with the city, holidayed here a lot and decided to stay a while and I do love a raspberry beer in the summer! And no, I really wasn't aware of that attitude of Americans. You're right about the parks though, its something like 40% of the total is green area or water. And I think you would struggle to find many dark alleys! John, interesting on FAA and your sales to Germany. I am going to look again at their prices and postage, but I am certainly going to up my prices on Artflakes and assume they only ever sell posters anyway,
  10. I still haven't had any sales through Artflakes, so I've more or less stopped uploading. FAA is much more productive and user-friendly IME. Speaking of Berlin, I believe that last year two Berliners bought prints thru my FAA website, so I guess they weren't concerned about high shipping costs.. "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin..." -Leonard Cohen
  11. Agree I really dislike the Artflakes site, the whole process of dealing with your images there is hard work and the styles/genres thing is dreadful. But as most of my work is images of Germany so I like to have some on sale there (until I can find a better alternative). FAA is a much better organised site, but their prices are high to send to Europe. Both sales I had on Artflakes - a very popular but not often photographed building, I can see in my stats at FAA it gets loads of hits from Europe, but never a sale there. So, I guess I will up my charge at Artflakes to get the poster prices highe
  12. I have had 200 or so images on Artflakes for a couple of years or so, but have never made a sale and have rather given up on them. But who knows when sales will come? I had (still have) a minimal number on FAA, which is where I made my first ever sale, even before joining Alamy, but I have never had another. I agree that there is no way of batch changing your image mark-ups on Artflakes. Their whole methodology for tagging images seems to me to be too much like hard work, and their non-editable categories of Styles/Genres/Themes are so bizarre or random that I long ago concluded that th
  13. As one who regularly receives distributor sales I certainly know the negative feeling. I had two more $115+ distributor sales today - and was again left with nearly nothing.
  14. I made a couple of sales on Artflakes over the last month and was shocked each time as to the low commission. This is due to both being poster sales - it seems to me the prices of prints are very high and posters are very low. So I wondered, can anyone who has sold on Artflakes tell me if it was a poster sale or does anything else sell there? I had read they sell mainly posters and if that is the case then I was thinking to raise prices to reflect this. Annoyingly though, it seems you have to change each print individually, no way I can find of raising prices overall
  15. Just to note that one of the searches on friday was for the single word "overcast", with UK as the location 3 zooms, of which 2 were of my images km
  16. I have over 6000 in 4 agencies - no of sales a month change between them a lot. it's the prices and net that is the killer and making me stop. I just can't be motivated to try to make 10000 images in anymore. I guess it's a younger mans game but it seems like a lot of work for even them for what reward is there. I think of you are living in the right place and have special opportunities it may be worth it. Or if you can shoot what red snapper shoots maybe. But when you see 17,000 images of Maui Hawaii !!!!! Holy shit look at the competition
  17. My views and CRT way down as well as sales - I think that the micros are getting more and more sales. One of my other agencies is selling my RM images pennies .o6 - .16 they say for phone pics or whatever. I get this long list of sales that add up to 4 dollars or so. I don't honestly know what the sales are for but they're not making any $ either on them
  18. As one who regularly receives distributor sales I certainly know the negative feeling.
  19. On first impressions: 1) It looked like I had to enter quite a lot of stuff to get the keywords. However, it does seem to generate things based on what you enter. 2) You can batch process similar images. 3) Having the generator split things out into Main and Comprehensive is very useful. 4) Looking at the keywording, it has added [ ] around certain words. Not sure if these are used in Alamy. I know about using " " such as "salisbury cathedral" but the square brackets? Anyone with more knowledge on that, it would be useful to hear from you. 5) You can add keywords to the dictionary. 6
  20. Excellent idea. But I'd still probably draw 30 days in jail. I have not seen that happen this way. My record is pretty sound otherwise, that may have helped. (Mine was not a phone image btw.) wim You're a lucky man. Thirty days in the "sin bin" is normal for me. Like John, I have been there more than I like. Usually for marginally soft images. Some on retrospect I agree with, a couple I didn't, looked sharp enough to me after fail. Granted, I would have 20 or more uploads that were fine, then one image let me down. I found that happened with the Nikon D7000. All g
  21. Argggggg, I have followed this thread with growing annoyance... As a working pro I do not have the luxury of a middle man confirming that my images are fit for sale, I have to do that myself or lose clients. > And yes, the policy is ridiculous. It is not the job of QC to teach you, it is best that you find the fault yourself. Any resources used by Alamy to help you pass QC are not being used for selling. > Same here, I would let the OP's image pass (whether it's taken with a 24 MP or a 12 MP camera). > You can be strict, but you can also exaggerate If I had taken the image it would
  22. In any case, wea re not sorting Nick's problem here by deviating away. I suspect that his stuff is being buried amongst the rubbish. Nick is a decent photographer otherwise he wouldn't be doing what he does for people like Tatra. As well as Alamy I think another image library would be in order to see how things fare there. The only problem is of course the waiting game again. As they say, it is always a good six months before sales start appearing. Haven't really looked at what Nick has on here but I'm sure it is of saleable quality plus he visits a number of places that if he gets
  23. Don't quote me on these numbers because they are not mine and they were estimates, but Alamy only has about 5% of the stock photography market and Getty about 25-30% Corbis a little less and others have small pieces of the pie. I'm sorry I can't find the article any longer about this to verify these numbers. The point is that Alamy has a great potential to increase sales by stealing market share from the other big players in the industry. They are already making a dent in the U.S. market which is where I am at so it looks like a growing market to me. If I was in the UK or Europe I would be
  24. Here today and possibly gone tomorrow, but I have seen a significant increase in the number of sales since I started to analyse the data on customer searches and then providing images that people are asking for. Under My Images I currently see 11 sales of which 6 are the result of my taking shots that I would not have done had I not done the research. Of those 6, there are 3 sales of one image and two of another. Of the remainder one has come about because I review the photos used in the newspapers most days and know the kind of thing they use - again, a subject that I would not have shot
  25. I find that I sometimes have to downsize images taken at full extension (200mm+), especially of distant subjects. Most long zooms start getting mushy at the far end IME. And, at the risk of being bashed, I'll agree with you. QC should at least send a brief e-mail letting us know which image or images are in question, so that we don't have to waste time trying to second-guess them during the waiting period (whatever it might be) and hence make better use of the downtime. That would be the most productive thing to do IMO. There, I've gone and said it again (not that it will do any good).
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