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  1. I just had a shot of the Akeavit I keep in my freezer. I feel much better, although I've had no sales, no zooms and few views so far in December. Jolly Old *7$@!!!
  2. Photography darkroom kit sales ‘largest in five years’ You could be part of a trend!
  3. I had a sneaky suspicion that December would be slow by looking at last year's views/zooms. I guess that everything slows down esp. after the first couple of weeks of the month? I did have a sale on day 5 (my griping thread on the subject was promptly removed by the supreme being here), but I'm now quite pleased to have got it (in a grumbly, humbug kind of way - bah!), as it seems that my zooms have come to a grinding halt, too. Not expecting any more sales this year - time to get the Easter bunnies and daffodils out! I too may well get out the Gluhwein: nothing like some cheap hot win
  4. Don't know what it is but I don't seem to be able to record any sales in the month of December. Normally average one per week, but nothing so far, and I seem to recall last year was equally depressing. Possibly too much bah humbug on my behalf and not enough joviality........ Maybe a Xmas drink or too might get me into the spirit of things, when the sales will come rolling in?
  5. Sounds like your lens was defective.This is one of the few lenses long range zooms I could actually shoot wide open on the long end. L
  6. "what is a customer looking for in an editorial image of this sort and more likely to buy or expect to see..." You state that as if there's one customer with one set of tastes and values. Surely that's not the case. In anything that has art as an intrinsic element, you must present things as you like them and accept the cheers or the boos . . . or the sales.
  7. Hiya > You shouldn't complain though. 400 thumbs means 400 sales - looks good from just over 2000 images. Good point, I am now wishing it was 800 cut and pastes. Mark
  8. As far as I remember you can copy and paste the summary of items sold web page including thumbnails into an Excel spreadsheet. I can't test it right now as I did a clean install with Mavericks and have not reinstalled Excel yet but I'm pretty sure it works. My preferred solution to this though is to use Lightroom and embed keyword phrases such as Alamy Submitted, Alamy Sold etc. Much easier in the long run. This sort of works, it has brought the data across. I will have to move all the photos with cut and paste using right click as Iget an error on left clicking. So 400+ cut an
  9. As far as I remember you can copy and paste the summary of items sold web page including thumbnails into an Excel spreadsheet. I can't test it right now as I did a clean install with Mavericks and have not reinstalled Excel yet but I'm pretty sure it works. EDIT: Just checked this on my laptop and it works more or less (MacOS 10.8, Excel 2008) except the images are not bound to cells so need to be dragged around manually after the paste (Paste Special - paste as HTML). They do sit beside the relevant records though so, depending on how many sales you've had, could be a small or very big j
  10. Sorry, it doesn't have that option. I was going with your comment about doing a screen grab and printing it off. As someone mentioned in the other thread, you can download your sales to a spreadsheet and organise them on there without a thumbnail (I'm not sure if you can have a thumbnail in a spreadsheet anyway?). You can then sort on the ref number or prices to give you some idea of your best sales.
  11. Agree - no thumbs, Mark. But I do download all of my historical sales every few months and group them in a spreadsheet to see trends, most popular etc. And when you get on to the download page, uncheck the fields that don't interest you, making the final data more digestible. Then If you sort the data with a preference to your own image ID (Alamy calls it Agency Ref), you'll soon see which occur the most and see them in a separate Alamy browser. Richard.
  12. No offense Paul, but there isn't a magic and mystery to film shots per se. Although there may well soon be a mystery as to where to buy the film, and then get it processed. I can just about stretch the argument for continued use of film for high profile fine art photographers, and higher-end specialist film wedding photographers - but it is entirely based on the romanticism of using film as a commercial value proposition. There the costs and risk of using film (having to send it off, or process it yourself, and the singular copy of the image) are offset by the potential for higher rewards
  13. Hi all I would like to export the list of my sales, preferably with thumnails, so that I can put them into a spread sheet. I want to sort the images into types to the pattern of image types that sell. Can I do this?
  14. I only around the RX10 for only a few minutes, and I didn't realize that the zoom speed is variable. I wonder why Sony went with a power zoom. It seems a bit out of place on a bigger lens like the RX10's. But I guess that's what people "moving up" from a point-and-shoot want. I remember that Minolta went through a power zoom stage as well with their SLR's, but they eventually returned to manual zooms. I think Minolta also partnered with Zeiss for some of their pricier lenses. Sony seems to be following in Minolta's footsteps to some extent, which I guess isn't too surprising.
  15. DAILY FINANCE 9 DEC 2013 CTR1W2 Photographer: Pixellover RM 2 http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/12/09/pinterest-owned-black-friday-weekend-sales/ AXGA69 Photographer: Ilene MacDonald http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/12/09/doctors-prescribing-more-expensive-drugs-usair-american-merger-roundup/
  16. I emailed Member Services "Dear Sirs, I note two of my Alamy images have appeared on a website called www.worksinprint.com. They appear to have downloaded “un-watermarked” images from Alamy.com and then republished at around 800 x 600 pixels. Whilst it’s nice to see that they have selected some of my images and they are trying to sell them, the use of quite large “un-watermarked versions leaves the images open to theft for website use elsewhere. Can you shed any light on the arrangements between Alamy and www.worksinprint.com? Are they a distributor or have they purchased a licence
  17. AlamyMeasures 2.1 is where you find your views and zooms. It's under My Alamy. It was updated at 11.22 UK time today. Pearl
  18. Well I think I have....I have done some work on my keywords, not brilliant but give me a few more years and I might get a sale .. ..O I have only got 20 views and now zooms from 1st to 8th December.. now that looks more like a Alamy newbie doesn't it ...I have also read and digested a few things, I don't understand it all but I am sure I will get there in the end...Thanks to to the members who pointed me in the right direction...I am now waiting for QC to pass or fail my last upload before I am off into the sun for Christmas.. Best Regards Barbara
  19. Mark, I can recommend Ffordes for second hand (or new!) camera sales. I have had excellent service from them in the past both for buying and for commission sales. If you like David's idea of an EOS-M, they currently have a couple of these with 22mm lens on sale for £349, so would meet your budget. Only snag is you probably would have to buy without trying it as they are located beyond Inverness, so some way from Essex,
  20. The last thing commercial agencies want is a huge archive of images. To place a large archive in the closest thing to Alamy in the commercial world, Phog’s Choice, you will need more in the bank than in your image collection – that’s how much Getty loves large collections. By a "large archive" I mean a large archive with a GREAT VARIETY of subjects. What on earth would an agency have against lots of additional subjects whether they come from one photographer or several? May I remind you that the big players contact the small agencies to offer them their archives? So, what you said abo
  21. About high volume. I think i would love to have a agency that can give me a large choice. If everybody only uploads images that has high searches there will be a lack of less popular images. All the clients that are looking for a subject that is less popular will go out with empty hands. But if you are the one that has the image you will get the sale. Also what if a super photographer has 100.000 superior images with different subjects? He should only upload 20.000 because volume is not ok? More good images more sales. Mirco
  22. Hello Semmick.... I did not choose a direction because i realize that i helped traditional stock down. Me alone will not make any difference. It is more because i would like to sell RM images and i can not put it on both. I have editorial on microstock and on Alamy. I was doubting at the beginning but now i see my first sales here coming and also zooms are coming in faster. I see a growth in my traffic here. So it makes me believe that it just needed some time and i am positive about it. This 3 sales made up for 60 microstock sales. So i am want to give it a try and go on. And to answe
  23. The last thing commercial agencies want is a huge archive of images. To place a large archive in the closest thing to Alamy in the commercial world, Phog’s Choice, you will need more in the bank than in your image collection – that’s how much Getty loves large collections. By a "large archive" I mean a large archive with a GREAT VARIETY of subjects. What on earth would an agency have against lots of additional subjects whether they come from one photographer or several? May I remind you that the big players contact the small agencies to offer them their archives? So, what you said abo
  24. I feel so guilty ......... I am also someone that started wit microstock on a day that i just wanted to earn money from my images. Microstock was the easiest way to do so on that time. Now after 5 years doing so and helping traditional stock going down i have to say with the small experience i would start directly with Alamy and some others in the same range. Prices went down here.....but the same happened with microstock. I used to have sales 3 dollars per image. Now the general sales are like 0.25 or maybe 0.75. Gongratulations you just sold an image for 1.20 dollars. Again i am
  25. Wow I seem to have opened a can of worms here! Many interesting replies and good advice and some which seem a little crazy to this novice. Arterra suggests I shoot for many years to build up a portfolio and then submit and not on the hoof gradually as I am doing. Excuse my complete lack of experience and ignorance but I would have thought submitting when you can and learning as you go along would be the way to go? My images are not the best in the world, I have a lot to learn, but I hope I am submitting something of interest not any old tosh and flooding the servers with shear volume. I real
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