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  1. though no sales my CTR jumped to 0.86% and 6 zooms is 0.86% good or bad ??
  2. Mirco One other point following my rant above - true stock photography is about the 'long game' that is images that can sit be search and sell for years to come; just this week I have had two zooms on images taken over 20 years ago. If you are looking to build a quick collection to make a quick buck (to use our American friend phrase) you are in the wrong business!
  3. I recently found one of my photos on a foreign magazine website - multiple monthly uses. Seeing that the image only sold once and the usage was for placement in print media, thinking this might be a second separate sale, I reported this to member services who thanked me and investigated. So what was the outcome? They refunded my original sale and re-posted it with a new usage description at a lower sales price, gee thanks for the kick in the ass Alamy. This was a distributor sale, the difference a few bucks. You would think that since the error was the distributor's fault, they would bear
  4. I have 4 sales, 13 Zooms, and 6402 views (only been on ALamy for 9 months). I would reckon half my pics are strictly editorial. I've started limiting the amount of similars I'm putting up because I see views as the devil, zooms interesting and sales even better. If I have a category of picture or loads of the same I avoid taking anymore, unless I can better it, usually adding people, emotion or a story to be told. It's a lot harder than it sounds but its a lot of fun and very challenging. Got to take my hat off to those living off Alamy funds.
  5. With the newspapers and there wesites consider yourself lucky if they are reported as sales at all, unless you find them yourself.
  6. I have often read stock is a numbers game and while I do agree to some extent, not sure that is the "end all, be all". If one has up 10K images of things not wanted by buyers than what good is it having that many? I think figuring out what is a good sellable stock image is and having it uniquely different for all the rest is more important. Then again I'm very new to all of this and could be all wet. At one of the microstocks I recently left, I averaged about 7 sales per month with less than 200 images up. Too bad I got peanuts for them, let me rephrase that I got grains of sand, but now
  7. Yes, I know how newspapers sales are reported as I got many of them so far. I had a few doubts about Sunday Times. Standing to Google Images they published my photo which is available only through Alamy. Well, better I ask Alamy.
  8. Hello everyone, Since i am new here i have still one question of curiousity. When a client downloads a image from me does the sale will be reported inmidiately?
  9. A sale was reported in my account with these infos today: Country: Worldwide Usage: Internal print & electronic communications - single design, 1 year Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Start: 23 August 2013 End: 23 August 2014 I uploaded the photo and Google Images found it published on Sunday Times edition last July though the details of the sale do not mention any newspaper scheme. Are sales for Sunday Times reported in that way standing to your experiences? Stefano
  10. Hello everyone, After checking many portfolios and reported sales of the photographers the way to be succesful here in Alamy is having a huge portfolio. And i dont mean 5000 images. My goal is for now reach the first 10.000 in half year combined with quality of course. I am qurious if somebody follows the same workflow like me. Since 1 year i am almost not touching anymore Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Only in cases when it is nescessary. My images are anyway like for in average 75% accepted by microstock agencies. It saves me a lot of time to not spend time with Photoshop or Lightroom
  11. Thanks Pearl, but all of the newspapers already know what the rates are and it refers only to the Newspaper Scheme.......it is the general sales which are commercially sensitive.
  12. I'm thinking of diversifying into a new line of cast iron underpants for the likes of your good self Mike ! Yes this is in line with what has been negotiated for us by the downward spiraling sales teams - just feel happy that yours was printed - if it had been ONline only you would be celebrating a sale worth just under $4 !!!! Had your image been sold when it was in the Live News section you might have got more, but once it reaches 'Stock' then you get a pittance under the "Scheming Newspapers Rates" - I was a night picture editor on a Fleet Street biggie and the then managing edito
  13. Any feedback from other contributors selling into newspapers would be appreciated.... Just had a sale reported for the following: Country: United Kingdom Usage: Editorial Media: Newspaper - national Print run: up to 750,000 Placement: Inside and online Image Size: 1/4 page Start: 01 June 2013 End: 02 June 2013 One use in a single editorial or advertorial article used within print and /or web versions, with re-use of the article in other titles or web versions within the same newspaper group. Digital use includes archive rights for the lifetime of the article. $XXX (gros
  14. If you are claiming for alamy sales you do not need the numbers Under ISSN / ISBN / Bar code enter '00000 00000' Under Title enter 'Alamy' Under Issue number / cover date enter (for this year's claim) '2012'. then send them a sales spreadsheet by e mail Kevin
  15. I'm in the process of submitting a DACs claim but need some ISSN/ISBN or Barcode numbers for some of the publications (I've got tearstrips or limited sales info for each, but unfortunately they don't include the ISSN or Barcode no.). These are for sales that weren't via Alamy. Does anyone have ISSN or ISBN or Barcode nos for the following UK publications? (I've searched on-line and these are the only ones I've failed to track down). Gardening Which Magazine Your Garden Magazine Ideal Home Magazine Thanks in advance. Mark
  16. For the past couple of years, I've been putting together calendars of recent travel shots using Lulu.com. I don't make many sales, but I find calendars useful for promotion. I'm fairly happy with Lulu. However, I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any other do-it-yourself calendar sites worth checking out. Merci beaucoup
  17. Be prepared for happy monday, miserable tuesday....................etc. There is NO consistent sales pattern so you're mind set should be in it for the long haul. Good luck. Nick
  18. I have taken in to account all the advice handed to me and i have also been doing other research. Photographs with people in them seem to be a good option for me as i do a lot of engineering inspection too and get in to some very good locations around the country. Some of the images i have just recently uploaded are similar i agree, especially the giraffes maybe i should delete some, The tigers i thought were ok as they do show different stages of him eating. I do have thousands of images on my pc but a lot have been taken with a different approach to stock, ie they were intended to sell as p
  19. Echo what Nick has said. With regard image count, there is the general consensus of having at least 1000 images of a good variety before you'll see sales. In addition, I would say to upload around 50 - 100 images a week if you want to get something.
  20. Hello Steven, Welcome to Alamy. I also joined short time ago and i am also waiting for first sale . I learned from Microstock sites that you need to have patience and keep uploading then suddenly the sales will come. Just keep going and dont loose will. I also am enjoying the extra freedom that a mirrorless camera can give you. It is also always with me so i will not miss quality moments. GOOD LUCK!
  21. Hi Colin - has the performance of your Churches and Monochrome images improved since you integrated them in your main pseudos? Are there enough of them to hold back your ranking in your main pseudos? How much competition is there for these pixs ie are there a lot of other pixs of the same churches? I have a non performing pseudo which is on the last page of BHZ on which I get regular hits and occasional sales. Food for thought. dov
  22. Not really sure why Alamy does not have the clout in news given its event coverage, I see very few images in Papers given that every event usually has an Alamy photographer in attendance. ???????????????
  23. What is all the fuss about? I bought a similar lens over 25 years ago, it then cost an arm and a leg, but it was a work horse and used almost daily; hell knows how may images it helped me with and bottom line it paid for its self over and over again. Early this year I looked at an upgrade - same lens 70 - 200 2.8 in Nikon - I could not believe how things had moved on; the optics were unbelievably better, the focus much quick, slicker and quieter and for me it is much better balanced in the hand. Do I regret the cost? Not one bit, if I again get 15-20 years of service out of this
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