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  1. Brian, I think my eyes maybe playing up....I cannot believe that your sales are only $33k...are you sure there's not another digit missing???
  2. You mean this one Edd? My spike is the other way around: a single huge sale. You seems to have a huge amount of sales at a low fee in 2010. wim
  3. This oldie needs a jumpstart - I have been with Alamy for 12.5 years but in last couple of years my sales have collapsed after several years of neglect and I should say thoughtless work. So I have started afresh - I put all my old images in one pseudonym and created a new one for my new stuff. I have paid attention to the advice of those who are successful here, Keith Morris (RedSnapper), David Kilpatrick and others. I also look at the pictures that have been used. My aim is not to copy them but to try and understand why they were taken and why they have been used; then to use that underst
  4. Hello Kelley I would echo what the others say in that as a starter for ten you have a good variety. Many of the previous posters have picked up on things such as keywording and descriptions. However, on closer inspection I would be very careful that before you upload images to make sure that if there is an obvious horizon that it is level. Now, I know that in some cases us photographers do have some kind of creative freedom but with the following image I would suggest that it's more a case of an unleveled horizon. I can't personally comment too much on sales here on Alamy
  5. Under no circumstances would I want Alamy to compete with me for print sales. As others pointed out, they would likely undercut my prices since some images are posted both here and on my POD site..
  6. "...get two more zeros behind the number of images uploaded. It's more of a numbers game..." MV OR "Content is king in this business, shoot content that is needed and you'll have sales with small numbers. If images are easy to get, every stockshooter and their dog will be getting them" GK The former is received opinion, whereas the latter is a truth for those who actively seek it.
  7. All of it is great advice. Except maybe to wait until you have 3000 images on Alamy. If you caption and keyword like this you will have sunk to the bottom by then. So let's take your last image: E6H6MT, captioned The many bicycles of Amsterdam. I would name the canal Leidsegracht, maybe even corner of Leidsegracht and Lijnbaansgracht, that it's a bridge, and that it's autumn. Try to describe what you see. Maybe elaborate on that in the description field. Try not to tell something we do not see. Like that it is a sunny day. because it doesn't look all that sunny. Your image comes up on ro
  8. 7 sales so far this month, I'm not complaining. After a record July and August I was not expecting September to carry on the same way anyway ... chins up everyone and good luck to all.
  9. Kelley, you have some very nice pictures, a lot of them I wish I'd taken, or at least had the opportunity to have taken. Add another 5000 and you are well on the way. The advice you have been given here is sound and from people who know the industry well, some of them far better than me. However, in my experience, don't be put off submitting pictures to categories that appear "over subscribed". I don't give a hoot in hell how many other pictures are in my field, or how many photographers are submitting to it. If I get a picture that I think is worth submitting I put it in, and I've had sal
  10. The old saying on here was get up to 3000 images and you will see things start to take off. Don't know if it still applies as Alamy stock level has risen greatly since that time. I am at 2223 images and sales are still slow. Allan PS Welcome and hope you are very successful with alamy.
  11. Slightly less bleakness this evening, as two sales have appeared, but QC situation looking distinctly dodgy over submissions dating back to the 6th. Mind you these 24 hr turnarounds never seem to apply to me.
  12. For sales in $, €, Aus$, Can$ etc those of us in UK, including Scotland, will get a tiny bit more £ (well pence probably). Until the dust on the independence debate settles, the Eurozone or Ukraine flares up again and then it will be back to normal. Swings and roundabouts ... No point getting stressed by it; there is little individuals can do, short of emigrating and that only chamges the challenges.,.
  13. Canada has had the referendum experience with Quebec. If Scotland votes to leave the UK, or even if the vote is not to leave but is close, the value of the UK pound on international markets will drop. This will mean that the cost of living will go up in the UK and the money I receive from Alamy from UK sales will be worth a lot less to me when it arrives in my bank account in Canada. Camera equipment or international travel for UK photographers, for instance, would be more expensive. Keywording will be the least of our worries.
  14. I hope sales to Scotland won't be through a distributor in future.
  15. I think this is a strategic lawsuite. I think is as much about selling Getty to Microsoft, Google, or Yahoo, as it is about protecting copyright. I think the future of the web will be no copyright. The Googles of the world will make money by attaching advertising to free image content. Photographers will make money by giving away their stock images as publicity to generate assignments, and sell photographic travel seminars. When stock agencies sell images for pennies then you do not have a sales organization selling copyright, you have a delivery service. Like it or not, I think Mi
  16. The thing I like most about FAA is that we can control our prices. If photographers don't do this, no one else will these days, that's for certain. Agreed. I've made some sales with Red Bubble lately as well.The least of my favorite places and I was considering removing my images.What I liked about the agency that sold art prints is they also did the framing and you'd get a cut of that as well. They set the prices and $100+ profit was quite nice and unexpected. The agency was a small one man operation and they folded.He found it hard to keep up with the low ball pricing. Very hard to have
  17. Thanks for the link, Wim. I'm quite happy with FAA. Sales aren't exactly brisk, but they do happen. I hadn't heard of the POD outfit that you mentioned. Shall check it out. I opted out of NU a couple of years ago. It was a bit too novel for my liking, I'm afraid.
  18. I suspect the majority of print sales are to one-time buyers while the majority of Alamy clients are probably industry professionals who license a number of images at a time. Marketing to individuals, and print fulfillment tends to be less efficient and considerably more time consuming. Not only do individuals tend to be less familiar with cropping and paper proportions but they sometimes expect the print to be framed... not to forget paper texture, matting and other options that are usually only available on print fulfillment sites. Maybe ten years ago I made a direct "print sale" where t
  19. Not great. 4 for a little over $100 gross. (48 Alamy licences in last year, added 600 pix to reach 2900 in last 12 months). As others have said, it's not usually the zoomed images that get licenced. And I don't get excited when referenced ID get viewed/zoomed (sometimes multiple times), they aren't the ones that pop up in sales ! Have a nice weekend.
  20. PRESSDISPLAY.COM Not forgotten … a chapel destroyed during the first world war Denis Bringard/Hemis/Alamy The Guardian Weekly | 5 Sep 2014 | UK | English | Page: 32 Loaded debate … ‘the threat of regulation has the perverse effect of stimulating sales’ Sergey Telesh/Alamy The Guardian Weekly | 5 Sep 2014 | UK | English | Page: 14 WORLD HISTORY ARCHIVE/ALAMY The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) | 5 Sep 2014 | Canada | English | Page: 2
  21. Betty, the people who can do it are press photographers, whether self-taught or not. With trained eyes, they can spot thousands of things that most will miss and produce presentable images in record time. They can probably do it without even stepping out of the front door. If they are doing it right they won't need to bother much with housekeeping. They will hit the spot so many times that sales will trump anything they can do with keywords, disimilars, pseudo shuffling etc. Outside of this I fail to understand why anyone bothers with volume production, except for pleasure (if you lik
  22. not necessarily... km Keith, you live in the UK. Alamy is based in the UK I live in Belgium and there are as good as no Alamy publications in the Belgian press. In other words, there's very little demand (by Alamy's customers) for pictures of Belgian traffic wardens, Belgian supermarkets, Belgian courthouses, etc. So, yes it pays for some foreign contributors to travel in order to make sales at Alamy. Besides, my only costs are diesel and toll (No hotels nor restaurants, I sleep and eat in my little van). Hey, you only live once. I also like to see with my own eyes what's on
  23. 7 sales bringing in just over $300. Month started well with a 3 figure sale and ended, as usual, with a couple of Newspaper Scheme results at around $6. Hopefully the decline won't continue too far into September.
  24. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2742738/Pensions-shake-sees-annuity-sales-plunge-Insurers-say-number-taking-income-slumped-50.html keith morris Wavebreakmedia Ltd PH05 Regards Craig
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