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  1. According to Alamy, NU sales do NOT count towards ranking. Pearl That's my understanding too - IMO this should be revisited bearing in mind the prices of some of the "normal" sales. dov
  2. Good to know. I have been scanning at 6400 dpi and reducing resolution. The results are decent on 35mm Tri-X. The images are good enough for prints and print sales. I haven't failed QC at Alamy yet (knock wood) and I'm not sure I want to brave it. I submitted the images to two other agencies that accept film scans and I'll try that route first.
  3. According to Alamy, NU sales do NOT count towards ranking. Pearl
  4. What about asking the teacher about his success. Current sales please! Not 5 or 10 yrs ago. ;-) wim
  5. Sales will come. You only have a very small collection, and a only very limited number of subjects (after knocking off similars). Keep shooting; making money on Alamy is a long-term commitment. Dave
  6. Hi Steve, Don't get too hung up on zooms, zooms only show up if the searcher is a client of Alamy, i.e. has an account with them. The vast majority of the sales I have had here have 'come out of the blue'! Good you sold one so quickly, but, as Allan says, keep uploading, match your keywords accurately to what the picture show and be patient. (like I was when I joined Alamy - NOT!!!). nj
  7. Hi Stephen, great that you got a sale so soon, a boost to the ego no doubt. I and others waited a long time for our first sale and that was with a lot more images on Alamy than you have at the moment. Don't worry, keep uploading and the sales will come. Looked at your images and they ae good no problem there except maybe too many similars which cuts down your actual total image count. Allan
  8. Hi everyone. I am relatively new here. I joined around April this year. After a few weeks I had my first sale for a total of $134, and since then nothing. I have also noticed that the amount of zooms I am getting is very low. This month so far 0! For you more experienced contributors, what am I doing wrong? It may also be nothing, but I would really appreciate some advice. http://www.alamy.com/stock-photography/C2D9A136-7CF6-4E3E-916A-A8BFE487D575/Stephen%20Allen.html Thanks for your help, I think I need all I can get Steve
  9. Personally got in the back door via the Photolibrary buy out. Think you can still apply though. It is a long time between adding material and getting sales, way longer than Alamy.
  10. Chile or Chilly ? Looking at my pathetic sales and the low prices achieved by Alamy who can afford to go to Chile ? If one went there and QC spot a blurred bird (that's another story) and mistakenly think it is a dust spot then instead of earning from your trip you are placed in the 28 working day 'sin bin' The whole stock industry has become a farce. Please remember that Alamy, and your other agents, work for you. You do not work for them. Best wishes to all.
  11. But what lens were you using on the NEX-7, Duncan? I had the 12mm voigtlander, 19mm Sigma, 24mm Zeiss, 35mm Sony, 55-210mm and 18-200. I also used a selection of Canon EF lenses with the metabones adapter and minolta lenses. Apart from the Canon 50mm though, they all were a little uncomfortable to use (no surprise really). I found some of the legacy lenses (minolta) to be very sharp and detailed. I think the sensor in the Nex 7 was very good if paired with a high quality lens, such as the Ziess. Even then, CA and purple fringing was an issue, especially wide open. Autofocus accuracy
  12. This is by no means a rhetorical question... but how could you know which pictures won't sell (or, conversely, which pix will)? I take note of my sales, in choosing which subjects might be worth shooting. But, even after amassing 7,000+ pix here, I really can't guess which of my pix will sell next. A lot of my favourite pix haven't sold at all, while a few pix have sold many times An answer to that may be to specialize. The sales data would than be much easier to analyze and that can used to drive future shots. It looks like some prefer to stay generalist and some of them are successful
  13. Thanks, Duncan. Wim, that's the first time I've ever heard that about Novel Use. I'm with FAA and Artflakes for those kind of sales. So you're saying that this might not be a NU sale, just a terrible price? Hmm. By the way, $1.00 was not the lowest price I've ever had . . . that was for .85 cents. I just looked up the $1.00 sale, which was in fact Novel Use Scheme 1. Maybe. I sold that image of gelato 4 times, so again maybe I have my facts wrong. Unlike you and many others I am only interested in two figures: number of sales and the prices paid. I don't chase down thieves or suggest
  14. I discontinued Novel Use last April after having a $1.00 gross sale to the Telegraph. The image was full page on their Web site, a really vivid reproduction. I suppose many newbies, and there are very very many newbies, would feel that was the beginning of something good. But it made me want to set fire to my collection and my equipment. Since April my sales are up, my prices are up and my rank is better. Getting screwed is not a good career choice. If I wanted to contribute to a micro agency I'd have done so.
  15. No, not very healthy, I have had some as well but they are sales. Also does it not also the help with your ranking?
  16. I have had 2 DM sales this month and both for $7.44 but AFAIK these were online only. Andy Correction......Those sales were for the Telegraph and not the DM.....sorry about that.
  17. I had a couple of meekat sales pop up yesterday too. $20 each for calendar use. Page per day means they need 365 meekats I guess.
  18. This is by no means a rhetorical question... but how could you know which pictures won't sell (or, conversely, which pix will)? I take note of my sales, in choosing which subjects might be worth shooting. But, even after amassing 7,000+ pix here, I really can't guess which of my pix will sell next. A lot of my favourite pix haven't sold at all, while a few pix have sold many times. In short, if I was to cull my Alamy collection, I might be deleting pix which could sell next week. I wouldn't know where to start... The only, and best qualified people to know what will sell out there
  19. I stayed in. It least it gives me the illusion that I have some activity. The way the press sales prices are going NU may even become a better bet!! dov
  20. The reality is supply is at an all ime high. Prices of 5 to 30 dollars for newspapers is OK these days. Thats the going rate across boards. Remember some newspapers have laid off photogs in favour of journos to take photos with iphones. Therefore, I think the newspapaer scheme is alright. I just think alamy seems to have trouble attracting advertising sales. That's the problem I see, mostly small sales which I can live with but a failure to target a big commission as it warrants
  21. It's all relative. Let me present you my position. I currently have a CTR of .55 (the CTR for Alamy is .49). I haven't licensed an image since 8 March (over 4 months). My account balance is at $146.50. Even if I licensed an image later today, I probably won't see a payout until October or November. How's that for budgeting? P.S. - I'm with another agency that after issuing a sales report for the 1st quarter of 2013, it took them 2 months of begging before they paid me. My 2nd quarter report indicated I made 6 Euro...and on the 24th day of the month, I'm still waiting for
  22. Guys, that's exactly the problem. As a new contributor I can only look at recent sales and at the portfolios of established members for guidance. However there are a number of posts in a couple threads urging a tiered system and implementation of reviews for content. I don't support a tiered system but I do support self-policing for two many similars, poor framing, etc. IF there is a problem with with the size of the Alamy collection and IF it is due to too many images that will never sell as some suggest, it appears to me to be a problem for most contributors both new and old. I've received
  23. If you are in the newspaper scheme then you could pull out of it. Which could result in less sales. Regards Craig
  24. I've rejoined novel use because these sales now look quite healthy in comparison
  25. This is by no means a rhetorical question... but how could you know which pictures won't sell (or, conversely, which pix will)? I take note of my sales, in choosing which subjects might be worth shooting. But, even after amassing 7,000+ pix here, I really can't guess which of my pix will sell next. A lot of my favourite pix haven't sold at all, while a few pix have sold many times. In short, if I was to cull my Alamy collection, I might be deleting pix which could sell next week. I wouldn't know where to start... The only, and best qualified people to know what will sell out there
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