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  1. John .... i think something went wrong during uploading from Alaskadude. I can not imagine this is in purpose...... i hope so. Alaskadude i would really follow Johns advice. This will be bad for sales but also Alamy will not be happy to see that i guess .
  2. This is off-topic, but you (alaskadude) might want to check out some of the forum discussions about the problems associated with uploading too many similars. It can lower your CTR and thereby have a negative effect on sales. Self-editing can really pay off. Happy trails. -John M
  3. I just checked my account balance and was surprised to see that I got paid yesterday for four sales/licenses (to same customer) made in early August. This is pretty unusual. It's normally three to four months before payments show up.
  4. My Canada (mainly Vancouver, where I live) photos do sell, but not nearly as well as my Latin America collection, which keeps me afloat on Alamy. I have very few sales/licenses in the UK or Canada. Most customers are in the USA or Europe (occasionally Poland for low fees), followed by Asia, Mexico, and South America. I think that one of the reasons why so many Alamy images are found in UK publications is that there are a number of very diligent UK photographers looking for them on a regular basis. Perhaps this comes from living on a relatively small island, or maybe we're just lazier abou
  5. When I first started with Alamy and read many posts, I thought 'well might not have many sales here' with little B&W around compared to color. Though prolly would make more than I did on micro and refuse to sell my images for less than a quarter, so gave it a go. Still was a bit leery until I saw some of the images up on Alamy that are PP beyond the norm and at present one of the photogs is featured. Now I put up a mix of things; norm, creative, and B&W, which surprisingly enough are the ones that have been zoomed on/sold since what I've read here is B&W don't do well for others/se
  6. Thanks for the work you put in and it is interesting although not precise due to all figures not being available to you. What I would get out of the trends is that Alamy is increasing it's page views and therefore probably it's sales but as individual photographers we are getting less (according to many of the forum posts). Like David I don't see the point of increasing my work rate to stay still. Think smarter rather than work harder
  7. Germany - even with the Alamy German office, I don't sell so many German subjects through Alamy as I do through local agencies. Just checked back on my records, as a percentage of my total sales for 2012 German subjects did quite poorly. 2013 so far is looking a bit better.
  8. Earlier I had some textbook sales (print and electronic) at very good prices - rare now and prices are much lower...
  9. After all the complaining about our name being searched, Alamy kindly disabled that, which means all my links to my photos, by pseudo no longer work. (I hate it!) So now, how do I make a link to my images by pseudonym, so only those will show. I like to send people so see my various collections, and I can't seem to figure it out? Did Alamy add some link mathod that I'm blind, and don't see? And I hope all you people who think CTR is the end of the world, are happy. I'd like to see people who track this, show me how disabling the artists name or pseudonym name search which made things e
  10. Answers and I'd say pick yours. My Uncle Ed used to say "I'd rather sit for nothing than work for nothing." (If the pay doesn't cover expenses, we're not working for peanuts were working for the joy of making pretty pictures, at our personal expense. No Gain) OR My Father used to say: "10% of something is more than 100% of nothing." Making a sale for some income, offsetting expenses, is better than nothing? OR Mom was a believer in "If you have a horse apple in one hand and a wish in the other, which one has more?" Wishing for higher returns or a turn back into the past,
  11. I was asked the same thing regarding some bird pictures - the artist was brilliant and very upfront - the amount of work put into her pastels makes the sales rate here at Alamy look really generous. I sent her some low res versions which she worked from on screen - told her no charge. Come Christmas and I received a beautiful framed original pastel of one of my dogs (that's her - Emma in the snow - on the left of this posting) - better than any tiny fee !!!!!
  12. The stock houses now have so many images that they can profit based on volume. These companies are focused on profit not how it affects us. The more they sell no matter what the price (remember their competitors- they have to compete) the more profit they make. One can say - well i'll shoot something rare; a hard to get shot and that will sell for more $. No that may not happen; these stock houses often don't know or realize that this is a rare shot that should be sold for more $. They just sell sell sell; they have sales people focused on selling as much as they can sell.
  13. Month of Aug from 4 agencies and i have over 10,000 images out there - lots of sales but a grand total of about $50 - I used to make over $2500 a month - I think i'm done; i just can't get motivated to shoot, upload and keyword anymore. Sad because this was going to be a retirement business; i guess i'll pursue golf and get out more and just look at stuff. Sorry for the rant.
  14. In the U.S., it appears that the majority of images associated with news sites are attributed to Shutterstock or iStock (aside from AP and Reuters). What specifically is Alamy doing to market and increase sales in the United States?
  15. Ed Rooney: "I did drop out of the Novel Scheme when they sold one image (large on a prestigious site) for $1.00 " That's interesting. I have always rationalised my use of the NU scheme with the assertion by Alamy that the sales were to markets that would not undermine their other business. I would be very interested to hear where this NU image was used!
  16. Two minutes research Ed and we find that the most searched subjects for NYC during the last year were: - Skyline Taxis Subway bus I guess that you need to compare the searches with the number of views or available shots to optimise your quest. Coming from the gloom of the NE of the UK I have zero sympathy with shooters based in NYC Was there only a couple of days. On one it rained. Uploaded 25 shots and licensed 2 to date. Wish the rest of my collection would perform anything like as well! My two best sales in the past year are taxi related. Let's see, I have some S
  17. In summary: It costs £75 for a limited period. You must me a member of a professional body (or ARPS minimum). Hold a least £2,000,000 public liability insurance. You can market the images yourself but not via any other agency other than NT. You must send edited and keyworded images direct to NT. You will get 50% commission of certain sales. You must be a paid up member of NT before applying. You must make a prior appointment with the property for each shoot. It's just an agency run by the NT that charges you a fee to use photographs of subjects that arguably we already own. If you
  18. Photographer Richard Levine http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/sep/16/tomato-ketchup-heinz-sales-falling
  19. The agency giving me like 6 cents a shot is (was) not a microstock agency. It is a well known agency i will leave unnamed. Their explanation as to what the sales are for has been sketchy to say the least. Like very short use maybe 30 seconds by Microsoft????
  20. Perhaps the poll question and options are not phrased as tightly as they could be but the idea still comes across. Maybe it would have been better to ask: "Do you think it is better to sell an image regardless of the amount obtained? Yes anything is better than nothing. No all my images are worth at least (pick a number say $20) and I don't want to sell for less than that. It depends on the image. I voted option 3. It's surprising to me how few people have voted for the third option as the difficulty in creating an image should surely be a factor here which is presumably what is meant
  21. Gross was what I had in mind. Although $50 still leaves only $15-$25 for the photographer (thru Alamy or a distributor). As someone else mentioned, the real problems arise when really low prices are coupled with low volume. Making ten $25 sales on the same day is a lot easier to swallow than having only one $25 license per month.
  22. As Alamy approaches the 40 Million mark, I was wondering if others had noticed the abundance of sub standard work being submitted by people who seem to have very little knowledge of photography, or the stock business. I might be getting on a bit, and my images are average rather than spectacular, but I would not dream of submitting some of the new work to be seen on Alamy recently. Sorry, just having this little "rant" because my sales are down, my computer is going on the blink and the weather forecast for the week-end is dreadful! Never the less, have a good one.
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