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  1. I currently have my collection divided into two parts mainly by subject matter. I did this principally for organizational purposes, although my main pseudo (almost all RM) now has a much better ranking that the secondary one, which doesn't see a lot of action. My guess is that most RF shoppers go to the micros, but I'd still like to experiment more with RF to see if it brings sales of certain types of images. That said, I've never leased an RF image on Alamy. Not sure why I'm thinking a separate RF pseudo could help matters, other than it might give my RF images a fresh start. Does anyone
  2. John, I haven't seen a difference between RF and RM in sales performance in years. I believe that if you're going to divide your collection into pseudonyms, they should be by subject matter. That being said, I've just eliminated all of my own pseudos to see if my good sellers will pull my bad ones out of the doldrums.
  3. I'm very much alive and have been selling prints at good prices through a number of galleries and dealers for over 40 years. Print sales account for about 90% of my (very comfortable) income with other photo related incidentals making up the rest. I also receive research grants to make new work etc. Certainly if you are dead, you can't make any more prints and there are collectors who insist on a 'vintage' print, made by the photographer and these can command silly prices. I am kept busy in my darkroom by collectors making selenium toned silver gelatin B&W prints. (Serious collectors don'
  4. To my eyes it looks like the drop off occurred in 2008. A World Economic collapse. In the UK we had the banking collapse. I can imagine that was a very big factor in the dropping sales prices. At those times companies slashed budgets and non essential spending was cut right back. This would have effected marketing budgets etc hugely. A situation of the demand suddenly dropping and supply continuing to increase. It's basic economics that the prices would drop. We're still seeing the effects of that crash in the economies of the World. As for our average image price...as any retailer k
  5. Mine were gross for comparison puurposes, as we are looking at sales prices and commissions have reduced at least twice while I have been here. So I was getting 70% in 2002/3 and 50% now which makes the decline look even worse
  6. 2007: $206.02 2008: $101.82 2009: $131.92 2010: $98.08 2011: $123.34 2012: $81.89 2013: $83.42 2014: $79.49 2015: $68.20 (as of March 26, 2015) In 2014 23% of my sales were through sub-agents; 77% were licensed directly from Alamy. Ollie
  7. I recently watched the Ask James videos and this was covered there. If I remember correctly (and apologies to Alamy if I'm not) it was said that distribution sales were declining. Videos are here but I can't remember which it was : http://bit.ly/1BQM7Dr Michael
  8. 2011-61,41$ 2012-18,65$ (better not comment ) 2013-71,73$ (best year, regular sales started) 2014-35,58$ 2015-56,48$ (so far) So, vpics, I wish I could have your numbers!
  9. 2002 $118 2003 $146 2004 $113 2005 $98 2006 $135 2007 $154 2008 $123 2009 $87 2010 $83 2011 $41 2012 $65 2013 $40 2014 $59 2007-8 were my best income years, almost identical but only slightly better than 2003. Bear in mind from 2010 onwards I was being more selective, reduced similars and hgher technical standards. I was submitting more frequently - perhaps I should just put up occasionally and let them mature, it semed to work relatively well in the past. I have just charted that average sales value and the trendline suggests that prices are down to 40% over that period. That
  10. 2011 -- $77 average price 2014 -- $84 average price (best year on Alamy, sales and income-wise) 2015 -- $64 average (very slow year so far)
  11. ... and don't forget to check Alamy Measures / All of Alamy regularly. It can tell you what searches are "trending," which can be useful. That said, making sales isn't exactly easy these days. Good luck
  12. My comments are really the same as some of my fellow photographers here on Alamy. You need a large and varied portfolio, before you will start to see regular sales. 200 images is really just a starting point. The stock photography industry is a bit of a numbers game and you should view it as a marathon, not a sprint! Of course the quality of you images is important in terms of technique, composition, choice of subject, etc., but with 50 million images, you need far more images to be able compete in this marketplace..
  13. I don't agree with that. A few years ago maybe. But the fewer images you have, the more it becomes a lottery as to whether your pics are ever seen. You might be lucky to get a couple of sales a year but you can't expect any. Alan
  14. I've got a colony of them in my bedroom and they haven't brought me any luck with sales yet Alan
  15. Or . . . What about several categories, to even things up a bit and spread the kudos around: most submissions for the month or quarter (for the volume folk) perfect QC for a minimum number of submission for the month or quarter (for the technical-quality folk) top x sales for the month or quarter (number or value, top ten or 5 or 12--for the achieving folk) top CTR for the month or quarter (for the zoom fans) least number of complaining posts to forum for the month or quarter least number of "me too" posts most number of genuine posts to the "found images" threads cutest avatar weirdest
  16. Ed, this ladybug brings me luck and I thought it could work with A. sales... Let's try it!
  17. Here is a suggestion for a different type of contest. How about awarding a renewable 55% royalties for a year prize, to all Alamy photographers who submit regularly, have a top QC record, are in the top 500 in sales, and in the top 10% in CTR. That is the kind of meaningful ongoing contest, that would set a reasonable attainable goal, that would be beneficial for everyone, including Alamy !!
  18. Alamy has more than 50 million images, you have 207. In other words, you're merely a needle in the haystack. Add a zero to the end of your figure and you should start to see some sales. Alan
  19. I have 900+ images at Stockimo these days and 8 of those scored full pott (4/4). you can check them here: http://tinyurl.com/nnxlhao Sales so long limited to only 3. Have a great day, Arthur
  20. http://time.com/money/3758135/kraft-macaroni-and-cheese-heinz-ketchup-fun-facts/ Two with Alamy only credit. The Ketchup is one of mine, Food Tree Images EAAGN8 The Mac And Cheese looks like Michael Neelon C12CEK Alamy only Credit. http://time.com/money/3758125/smartphone-apps-share-your-location/ and this one http://time.com/money/3748446/financial-aid-letter-understand/ I have had three photos used on Time.com but as yet none have shown up as sales yet. I wonder why that is?
  21. I'm very much alive and have been selling prints at good prices through a number of galleries and dealers for over 40 years. Print sales account for about 90% of my (very comfortable) income with other photo related incidentals making up the rest. I also receive research grants to make new work etc. Certainly if you are dead, you can't make any more prints and there are collectors who insist on a 'vintage' print, made by the photographer and these can command silly prices. I am kept busy in my darkroom by collectors making selenium toned silver gelatin B&W prints. (Serious collectors don'
  22. Just down loaded this and I didn't realise i was using SRGB rather than Adobe RGB 1998 . What effect would that have on sales ?
  23. So I can't say "my licenses" either since they (the licenses) belong to Alamy. What's a real photographer to do? Deal direct, or perhaps deal yourself into a poker game. Personally, I don't care what they're called -- sales, licenses, leases, whatever -- as long as they keep happening.
  24. Yeah guilty on most accounts myself I'm afraid. Try: dividing views/sales. My guess is that anything lower than 500 is OK. Most of mine is not. Needs work. Quickest would be the trashcan. Don't you love the sound of crushing files in the morning. [Wagner&Coppola of course] wim edit: sorry about Youtube opening live in this post. I will try to remedy that.
  25. Thank you for your explanation, Robert. I am so glad to hear that you do, indeed, have regular sales here on Alamy. If you had "not a sausage" to show for 1400+ images, I would completely change my plans about what to spend the next 6 months of my life doing! I have had Getty request me to join them, but declined, due to a lot of bad reports about giving images away for free as some type of foolish "promotional" idea (and giving the contributors ZERO commission), low-balling, and the like. One contributor I know says that his average commission with Getty is $2.32.....that was over 2 ye
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