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  1. It is not what it seems alaskadude. My biggest sale last month (not Alamy) was for $550. Subject: a nondescript urban park late at night back in October, 40 minutes from where I live, so obscure it doesn't feature in any guides. Nothing much to see except a few lights and shadows. My biggest sale of the last two years on Alamy: drizzle, a worn sign, some dirty looking tanks, 1 hours drive ($1064: AFW904). At another UK agency I have a picture of a drainage ditch in Kent filled with algal scum. Sold 51 times. Recent brochure usage (same agency) of a full frontal of a liquid nitrogen ta
  2. Good stuff - well done, Phil! Maybe we should start a thread to report higher value sales, to keep everyone's optimism up ;-)
  3. Yep, thats what I was sort of thinking. Nepal...Alaska...its sort of been done. I read the posts, and it is true there are a few dark ones, but there are many correctly exposed as well. There may be some problems with keywording, but there have been many views and so buyers have seen them. If there was an interest, someone would have bought, or at least zoomed on a few. Im afraid that I was right in the first place: There is just not too much interest in the subject, and there is far too much material available already The fact that you say "there have been many views and so buyers have
  4. I recall a chat with Sal Shuel some years ago when she was administrator of BALPA. Photographers would regularly ask her advice about placing their lovingly crafted photos with agencies, at which point she groaned "NEPAL, if I get one more call from a photographer just back from Nepal I'm going to scream!" or something along those lines. Alamy has lots of images from most places, but it has 73,420 for Nepal and charming as it may well be, there is only so much demand for your chosen area. I'm afraid Alaska might be a similar tale. 152,804 images. Scans from Slides isn't your problem, I
  5. OK, Ill work on the keywording when I get home 2 days from now. I didnt ask the question until I was headed home, where I can work on it. Also I wanted to give it some time and see if I made sales before I asked. The suggestions of keywording have been what I was looking for.
  6. My best sales from Alamy are from my film days, being scanned slides, so maybe this can offer some encouragement.
  7. In the UK Fuji Shop occasionally sell "refurbished" lens at around £50-100 off typical retail prices. I have successfully bought similar kit from Canon with no problems. Of course once initial rush is over Fuji have been very active with promotional deals; inevitable I guess when they are building a market share. Need to get selling more pics, my sales have collapsed, to justify the new "toys".
  8. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Photocrowd to create their largest photo contest ever – and there are some great prizes on offer. You could win kit vouchers, a professional portfolio review, photo books and a bespoke contract with Alamy – where you get 100% commission for a year! Photocrowd’s exciting new contest site lets users vote on each other’s work, so anyone taking part can see in real-time how their images are doing in the contest, and which ones are winning. The expert judge – Alex Bortkiewicz, Director of Photography at Alamy – will be choosing her own separate selection of
  9. I suppose I have become much too paranoid about all this. When my thread about the red arrows was locked after two replies I tried to start a thread about the premature locking of threads and that was completely removed so quickly that I'm sure no one saw it. It was quite disturbing to me and I am glad this one has been allowed to continue. I thought John's thread about his QC problems was locked too soon because he was actually asking a slightly different question and still hadn't heard from anyone who had succeeded in getting back on a good track after many difficulties. He could have used s
  10. Back to the original question: has anybody had any sales yet? Would alamy like to comment?
  11. Not through Alamy of course, but yes - and more. I had an exhibition opening night once that went very, very well.................! It might have been the wine that swung the sales though!
  12. Calumet were at The Photography Show at the NEC this month and were pretty busy without any fire sales specials, just 10/20% off on the last day. Seems to have been business as usual. dov
  13. I am still so very new at stock photography, but I have an opportunity to do some shoots with a local gal who is interested in modeling for stock photography. I offered to her that I would give her a percentage of all sales of her photos as pay, but now I think I probably messed up with this. While I don't intend on going back on my word to her, I would like to know what is typical for the rest of you when using models? How do you pay them? TFP/TFCD? Cash? If you actually pay them, how do you go about determining the amount? While I don't mind paying a model for their time, many recent t
  14. Hi, Country: German Speaking Countries Usage: Editorial Media: Textbook - print and e-book Print run: up to 1 million Placement: Inside Image Size: 1 page Start: 01 February 2014 End: 01 February 2024 Duration: 7 years, reuse Same picture, sold three times on the same date, two sales marked at same price, the third double the previous two. Also, '7 years, reuse' with a duration of 10 years, confuses me more. Any thoughts, ideas? Thanks, Krisken
  15. Quite often textbook sales can sell multiple times at once, particularly if they are educational. One for student version and one for tutor. The third could be a license for something else connected. So cross everything and don't tell anybody. Andy
  16. I agree John, when i compare my sales from smaller suppliers to Alamy i would think that Alamy's collection is to big to be seen for the photographer with a average sized collection here., therefore it should not be such a rush to upload multiple times. Moving away from the OP but it surprises me that any of us with "smaller collections" on Alamy sell/licence anything. Back to OP I agree with Alamy's strategy re QC and the holding/blocking period for fails, and I have had a few, but would also like to know earlier what had failed and why. Even if I could still not upload more un
  17. I agree John, when i compare my sales from smaller suppliers to Alamy i would think that Alamy's collection is to big to be seen for the photographer with a average sized collection here., therefore it should not be such a rush to upload multiple times. Moving away from the OP but it surprises me that any of us with "smaller collections" on Alamy sell/licence anything. Back to OP I agree with Alamy's strategy re QC and the holding/blocking period for fails, and I have had a few, but would also like to know earlier what had failed and why. Even if I could still not upload more un
  18. I agree John, when i compare my sales from smaller suppliers to Alamy i would think that Alamy's collection is to big to be seen for the photographer with a average sized collection here., therefore it should not be such a rush to upload multiple times.
  19. I'm OK with the way that Alamy do the QC and put the onus on the photographer to submit work that meets the published standards. They're not going to be checking every single image to make sure that we've done it properly, so if a fault gets picked up in one photo, I should expect a longer 'time out' than perhaps a fault in a single image would justify. The one thing I'd like Alamy to change is to provide feedback that a batch has failed as soon as they know. That way, the longer period for QC that happens sometimes, and appears to have become more common recently, is no longer so much of
  20. I agree. I have an iPhone and hadn't used the camera much at all recently so have tried a few uploads of topical "snaps" in Hay on Wye (which is a subject that gets sales). All rejected. No idea what, if anything, I should aim for. John
  21. Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) only covers propogation for sale and commercial distribution. Photography is not covered. Species - unaltered from the wild - cannot be covered by PBR and most older varieties of garden plants are free of PBR. You wouldn't need releases for photography sales unless there is identifiable property which might need a release.
  22. A bit screwy recently. I've had two double sales booked. Spurious alas.
  23. Hello, This is the correct one and ignore the March topic. We can use it next month . Like i said zero sales in February. Mirco
  24. Thanks Joseph and Allan. Certainly not a competition. I am really just trying to find out who bought all of my own recent photo sales listed as 'textbooks'. I haven't seen my own name in any of these credits yet. Bunnies & Kitties By Cate Holly Published on March 11, 2014 (Amazon - Books) p. 85 Arco Images GmbH/Alamy Edit: Sorry Allan, I didn't spell your name correctly. By the way, Bunnies & Kitties really has some adorable photos for you animal lovers out there. Paulette in New York, if you see this, you should check them out. I thought of you as I was pag
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