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  1. dov, though I completely respect your stand on this, I'm curious about a couple of things. 1. In doing so, aren't you actually telling the end user that you care not about what restrictions are in place? Thus making the end user think 'why should I care about restrictions or copyright for that matter?', which is not what us photogs want anyone to think correct? 2. Let's say a buyer finds 3 images that will fit their needs. They may or may not know of any restrictions to deal with. But of the 3, one of them clearly states Editorial (which usually means there are restrictions) or Proper
  2. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder.... Yes, I'm now thinking of putting everythin
  3. Sadly a lot of protection that already exists in law is totally ignored - Data stripping which creates the orphans in our industry by the removal of metadata on a commercial scale can already constitute a criminal offense as well as a civil infringement but as we know it is common practice amongst UK newspapers and broadcast media. All organisations that regularly use and resize pictures, such as broadcasters and newspapers should at least agree a voluntary code of practice in which they publicly commit to: (1) end the practice of stripping metadata from images and (2) refuse to use images
  4. Having over 3000 images does not guarantee regular sales. It depends on your subject matter. ...and it was around 300 images before licensed my first image.
  5. Thanks Atgof, I found those as well, unfortunately that comes with web sales, unlikely to see any additional payment
  6. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder.... Yes, I'm now thinking of putting everythin
  7. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder.... Yes, I'm now thinking of putting everythin
  8. Sorry, but there is not one answer to your question. I had about 350 images up when I made my first two sales.
  9. "It's all about the pictures" - Paulstw Not really. I might say, "It's all about the subject," but that too would be a wrong assumption, since in fact stock is about the subject, the interpretation, the images, the keywording, the post procession and the ranking. Have I left anything out? Maybe. Paul, you are spending a lot of thought on Alamy's part in the equation, and at the same time you're turning your back on your most important problem of the moment: why are you failing QC? Whatever the problem is, it will turn out to be your fault; that's the way it always turns out. I find it incr
  10. In my opinion and from my own experience, 6% is not bad. When I have been contacted by greeting card companies in the past they offered either a one-time fee for the license of each image or a percentage for sales. They also wanted to restrict the usage of the images that they licensed, but just in the card category. I always went for the one-time fee
  11. Hello Paul, Like i said before i think every image that has good composition and meet technical requirements have chance for sale. I sold an image of a trash can on the street for a environment article. Just look at the object and think for what it could be used. I see many parked cars and i think "this could be used for article about parking problems" and i take a shot. This counts for most of subjects. You never know what a client is looking on a certain day. The best way is to try to cover as many subjects as possible to catch most clients needs. I think Jeff Greenberg is a perfect exam
  12. Say that you would like to see some sales figures and talk about retail price. You might consider a licence fee as an advance on royalties.
  13. Hello everyone, I am curious wich photo brought you a good reward.... we all get sales from the craziest topics . Mirco
  14. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder.... Yes, I'm now thinking of putting everythin
  15. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder.... Yes, I'm now thinking of putting everythin
  16. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder....
  17. Thanks for this. I was able to unearth the Pinterest "popularity" box and deselect it. I have 266 images on AF and still no sales after over a year, so I guess I wasn't very popular to begin with.
  18. Four years in I still struggle much of the time to see what will make a good stock shot when I am out and about. My sales have been so varied that there is no real pattern other than 60% have been taken in London. I never miss a chance to take a hospital sign, and have had a fair bit of success with them recently. There is always a hossy scandal for the Daily Mail to kick off about . Likewise the bl00dy statins the doctor put me on a while back have gone some way to offsetting my prescription charges, and with no associated travel costs!
  19. Interesting, my best sale was for very boring and straightforward picture of an amber jewelry display on a stall in an arcade; I don't think it is even properly sharp. Only sold the once though. Close behind is a straight snap of the plaque on a war memorial. Anyone could have taken with any sort of camera. In 3rd place, just, and sold more than once is a picture of the flights of some replica medieval arrows shot on film and scanned. None of them would have been worth putting on the wall but there is clearly a market for the banal! Mind you I have not got close to 50% of those sal
  20. Paul, obviously I can't say why you are having these ongoing QC problems, but surely it would make sense to leave off any photo which has had any level of post-processing apart from the basics necessary - at least for a while? Go back to the basic principles you applied when first submitting images here (good, but unchallenging light, aperture at f8 / f11 or whatever, minimal PP, view at 100% ensuring no dust spots or CA, etc. etc.) and get a few submissions through successfully. You're clearly on some kind of watch list owing to number of fails, so I guess the slightest of errors will h
  21. I have the Canon non-IS f/4 version and it's a good lens but I would love to have the f/2.8L IS lens. Maybe someday if my stock sales ever take off...
  22. If you're getting the sales, then your 'system' is working. If not, then maybe 'some people' are right...
  23. Interesting briefly reading this thread! I for one am not interested in picture numbers on Alamy - that said I still intend to grow the collection on here, but the numbers that interest me are the number of sales! Why have 1000s of images all very similar - or is the 'kick' getting them past QC? As someone who provides the 'end users' with images I would not dream of sending 100 images where the vast majority are almost the same; imagine the face of the picture editor.
  24. Basically I'm wondering how many search queries are made in English and how many in other languages. Anyone having an idea? Of course most contributors will tag their images mainly with English terms. As a bit of a polyglot myself (I speak 8 languages), I have become used - besides English & Latin - to tagging my wildlife images with the vernacular names in Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish as well. A habit I started a couple of years ago on my Flickr-stream for the benefit of my many foreign contacts . ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerbosma/
  25. Hi Steve I've been using DxO Optics Pro for processing RAW files from my secondary camera (Canon G12) since the beginning of 2011. No problems at all with QC and have had sales from those images. I find it intuitive with all the features I require and only wish they would include the Fuji X-Series in their database. Cheers John
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