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  1. Do you think it helps sales to have background info in the description field? I hardly ever put anything there since it isn't searchable, but wondered if I should start. For example, I have a couple of pics of the Peterborough LIft Locks to keyword. Would some background history on the Lift Locks be useful, or just a waste of my time? Jill
  2. I don't know if it helps sales directly, especially since the description field is no longer searchable. However, I would imagine that some editorial clients (e.g. educational publishers) appreciate having a bit of background info, etc.
  3. I quite often add a few lines if a building was designed by someone famous or has a bit of history, or maybe a specific architecture type. Not an essay, but enough to add a bit of interest, and also helps to back up certain keywords. I'm not sure if it has helped any sales, but my hope is that the extra detail may sway a buyer if it makes a shot more "relevant". As John says, it also helps make the research fun, and I've learned quite a lot doing it!
  4. I don't know if adding info into the description field helps sales, but I do enjoy researching my subjects, particularly when there is a historical context of some sort..
  5. I had had no sales since August last year but have now had three this month. So there is hope; even so I am spreading my wings into other channels.
  6. Zero sales in many months now. getting a little fed up of looking at the daily report. My images get zoomed but nothing beyond that. Right now, Alamy is the worst performing library that my images are in by far.
  7. But the first day of the bank holiday has bought me two more sales Hope everyone has a good extended weekend!
  8. Number-wise, my sales are about where they usually are by mid-month. Low average price, though, compared with the first three months of 2014. That can turn around, of course. And spring is in the air in this part of the world.
  9. this month is feeling quite positive so far and as others have said, I also find more sales come towards the end of the month. Eleven so far, keep it up Alamy
  10. I think Mr Yeats did get it right, and the poem is appropriate for stock photography today. The poem describes the period between world war 1 and WW 2. In stock photography WW 1 was the period of consolidation of mom and pop photo agencies, the dawn of RF, and the internet. Total we are just before WW2, which will be fought out, on a cheap subscription all you can download basis, between the big 3 joined by Flickr. The internet changed everything. The second coming will be when we all enjoy our photo hobby, and stop worrying about sales.
  11. Does anyone know how long Dagens Nyheter takes to report sales and what a gallery picture pays?
  12. I'm curious as to what percentage of Alamy's sales are RM vs. RF, i.e., whether simply making all of one's submissions RM amounts to much loss in potential income. Don Douglas
  13. I thought I'd try and post something positive early on to see if anyone else joined in. Still going quite well, including a tennis pic from last year, so I've almost paid for the train fare to Eastbourne. Another thing I've noticed is that most of my recent sales are from quite new material - stuff taken in the last year or so, whereas in the past I did best from older reliable bestsellers. John and Martin seem to be finding the opposite.
  14. Glad to hear that things are picking up. Most of my sales are from older material, even some very old material.
  15. DAILY FINANCE 14 APR 2014 DCBCEM Photographer Kevin Brine http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/04/14/air-conditioning-terms-save-money/ A5ETF1 Photographer Jim West http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/guaranteed-income-how-not-to-need-a-mcjob-in-retirement/ D657W7 Photographer Classic Collection Agency Shotshop GmbH http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/after-market-retail-sales-report-turns-investors-into-buyers/
  16. Geog.1 Student Book (continued) Amazon - books Maybe this was the ‘surge’ mentioned in recent textbook sales? Again, please note I am guessing at the spelling as preview mode is very blurred. p.65 Don. B Stevenson p. 69 Robert Harding Picture Library p.70 Paul Henrich p.73 Ashley Cooper p. 76 Caro p. 77 Galan Rowell p. 80 Robert Harding Picture Library p. 87 Kathy DeWitt p. 88 Rudi Winter p. 88 David Norton p. 90 Steven Dovey p. 90 Foed Dagenharx p. 90 Gary K. Smith p. 90 Roger Bamber p. 91 Paul White Aerial Views p. 91 Peter Titmass p. 91 John Eccles p. 91 Colin Unde
  17. Thanks Lisa; I wonder which image it was - cant see it on the website book preview... Cheers Kumar It's in between a chapter called 'It's all about geography' and 'Maps and mapping'. Did you sell any map photos to a textbook recently with multiple sales? Maybe an aerial view? They have several versions (teacher's book, hardcopy, paperback, student's book, workbook, workbook with answers, etc.)
  18. And which of these fine outlets of imagery is ahead in sales for you, Diane? I'm thinking of cutting off the bottom of a Coca Cola bottle and gluing it to a small black cardboard box. (I'll have some other exciting gizmos inside the box, hopefully.) I think the pictures I can take with this setup will be both avant garde and suitably tacky. I want to be part of the In Crowd. I have a pretend stamp I can put on these pics that says Stockimoment.
  19. Two sales so far in April, but it is still early in the month as previously mentioned above by John.
  20. I'm starting to see more and more sales that have never been zoomed. 3 So far this month and I know of at least another 3 to be reported.
  21. If I could give a word of advice to those stock photographers thinking of uploading to sites such as FAA (and those who already have) - stop thinking "stock" and think abstract, minimalism and even black and white, all of which are probably not great sellers on stock libraries. Before I upload anything to FAA, I ask myself "who would want this on their wall" (and pay for the privilege). Also get Photoshopping!! Use the "flood" filter or any Nik software to change images to "art". Turn an image into a "watercolour" if you have some expertise in this area (and good software). And as Betty d
  22. Worse month for sales so far, with only four low-ish ones, two of which were zoomed only a few days ago. But hey, the month is still young.
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    Stockimo query

    Another snapseed user here, I also tend to use 645pro for taking images as it gives me a TIFF filem - only app I've ever paid for.... tough decision that I tend to send iphone shots to a commercial collection, who I know have had sales, as opposed to stockimo. One image I had accepted on stockimo was rejected on reupload - different day, different result!! Moody HDR is what I tend to have accepted elsewhere but they are generally MR shots - gritty book cover type stuff.
  24. Ok, now I understand, thanks Paulette. Only one of my two sales have cleared, and it was the smaller one so I'm not at the payment threshold yet. The larger one is from a textbook publisher.
  25. Sales take at least 45 days to clear or, if you're me, longer. Dashed annoying to have to wait 6 weeks longer and counting for the Mail to cough up $6, especially with a cleared balance of $73.
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