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  1. I use 55% of FQ on my PhotoShelter website, but sales have almost completely dried up this year. Last year I made a $650 -- of which I got to keep 90% -- corporate website sale directly through my PS site. Chances are pretty slim of that ever happening again, I'm sure. P.S. 100% FQ would have been accurate in the 1990's.
  2. John, I agree the whole publishing thing has gone downhill. I still write but I was looking at syndication as a means of getting multiple sales from essentially the one story (sell it in UK, US, Australia ...). That said with so much online that may not work either. I have frequent contact with professional writers internationally and those that have adapted still make a respectable living; those that haven't are struggling. Any one else have any comments, ideas?
  3. I guess this has been asked many many times. Am i doing something wrong or are my images just not up to scratch. I have been uploading images on and off for what must be a couple of years now. Not sure when i joined though. I still want to keep uploading images in the hope that i get a sale eventually but its a bit disappointing when i have had no sales in all this time. Should i be looking at having thousands of images available ,Should i be filling in the "main keywords" "comprehensive keywords" as well as the "essential keywords sections. Should i be filling in a description, location and
  4. What is the criteria for happines? Rights Managed = Yes Charity activities = Yes Opportunity = Yes Actual sales = No Policy on image credits = No Sales not converted into my local currency upon sale = No (Means I need to do additional calculations at tax year end) 3 and 3 to sit on the fence.
  5. I would hazard a guess its much more likely that the *vast* majority of images on alamy are not getting sales, or will rarely sell again, and the small percentage that does sell is what gives them the turnover. It would be interesting to know what percentages of images are selling
  6. We've posted a response in the 'Ask the Forum' thread but will copy it here for reference: ------------- Hello everyone! It seems a good time to step in here having read all the comments so far Having a ‘closed’ or ‘private’ forum (or forum section) pretty much goes against everything we want to achieve here. We recently re-launched the forum and the format you see it in now represents how we believe it to be at its most valuable – open and transparent. Communities and social media in the modern era are a wonderful thing. The emphasis lies in openness and sharing. Excluding peopl
  7. Hello everyone! It seems a good time to step in here having read all the comments so far Having a ‘closed’ or ‘private’ forum (or forum section) pretty much goes against everything we want to achieve here. We recently re-launched the forum and the format you see it in now represents how we believe it to be at its most valuable – open and transparent. Communities and social media in the modern era are a wonderful thing. The emphasis lies in openness and sharing. Excluding people from the conversation based on how ‘experienced’ they are or whether or not they have a certain amount of imag
  8. I use LR4 and shoot in RAW. On initial processing I flag images as accepted or rejected. On transmission to Alamy I transfer the jpegs into a separate file and use colour purple. After keywording I remove the accepted flag and purple and transfer back to the project file. I also delete the rejected images totally at this stage. On zooms and sales I add a star each time. Zooms are coloured yellow and sales red. I duplicate/triplicate etc images when I run out of stars ie every 6th and for yellow and red. I can access any of these scenarios through Smart Collection to get an overview. Its
  9. I had a sale last week for the low price of $75.73 for a world wide license for 5 years. The sale was refunded today and the same buyer purchased the same photo for $30.74 for a world wide 5 year license. How can the buyer obtain a refund an than buy the same photo with the same conditions for a lower price of $30.74? Is this the price we can expect to be payed for a world wide 5 year license? Alamy ref Your ref Pseudonym Date purchased / refunded Licence Details Amount CXJM2G IMG1136 Aruba (05 August 2013) Rights Managed Sale Refunded $ -75.73 CXJM2G IMG1136 Aruba 05 Au
  10. I used to be happy but I am not any longer. I want my agent (alamy) to stop giving my work away for peanuts. I want to be able to set a minimum selling price for editorial print sales of $50. I would like to do this with other agencies as well, and until photographers are given this option then we will all gradually go out of business. There may be plenty of images that are available for less than 50$ but I should have the right to set a minimum selling price for my own work. If you sell things on Pond5 you can set your own prices.. some people sell complex videos for almost nothing but I pri
  11. I'd say rather important. Firstly because the news images are searchable in the news section nearly right after your upload and keywording... Secondly because sales may not occur the first 48 hours - but a lot later - in articles or for use in books, etc. - when the images have been transferred to your normal portfolio. But the extensive keywording can be done a little later.... Most of my news sales occur later, if you pardon the contradiction...
  12. Just Wondering how important is Keywording for News Feed Images, I don't do this for my other agency and still make regular sales however I have made very few salse via Alamy and wondering if this might be the reason why Regards Duncan
  13. And what of 'advertorial' - that magazine space containing what appears to be a spread of reportage that is actually selling the reader a product and which makes Alamy sales often confusing. The lines can be blurred. Rgds, Richard.
  14. If we just consider sales, most average Alamy editorial contributors are probably reasonably happy with the frequency of sales but not with the falling prices. Otherwise, Alamy does more to try to please its contributors than any other agency that I've dealt with. Jeff is likely correct about the bell curve.
  15. Well, I don't think the current state of the stock business - with Alamy as a fairly prominent member - is going to get the majority of contributors punching the air in triumph. And, of course, there are a few contributors who seem determined to be as grumpy as possible until the Grim Reaper comes calling. I'm happy to be scratching a living from doing two things I love - writing and photography - rather than, say, working in a shoe shop or a call centre. I'm happy with Alamy's transparent dealings... but not so thrilled about the price per image. So, on the whole, I'd say I'm stoical abou
  16. Discussing low pricing is fine by me, but telling the client exactly that his competitor is paying for Usage: Non-Editorial Electronic and web uses Media: Corporate website, single design Industry sector: General business services Image Size: Any size Start: 01 July 2013 End: 01 July 2016 5 years multiple web use incl. personal screensaver use: $pittance is not. Note: I would find this totally acceptable though: Usage: Non-Editorial Electronic and web uses Media: Corporate website, single design Industry sector: General business services Image Size: Any size Start: 01 July 201
  17. Considering that Alamy has approx. 38 million images and tens of thousands of photographers, does it keep all its contributors happy with their sales ?
  18. Like this? Country: Worldwide Usage: Editorial Media: Editorial website Placement: Single Placement Image Size: up to full area Start: 01 July 2013 End: 01 July 2016 Editorial web use, multiple placement; rights granted in line with customer agreement which may vary from invoice details above $ 33.00 Got 3 of those today. Cheers, Philippe Exactly. Mine was also of a similar subject matter to the first ($75) sales. Would be curious if anyone is able to locate any of these images/sales. -Jason
  19. no refunds but i am through complaining on here; the world is changing and we all know why stock has fallen; it's no good to complain, it won't change anything. If you like photography keep shooting; if you're addicted you will keep uploading even for $1 sales.
  20. I also have one of the similar 33$ sales popping in today. Curious. Loadsa refunds but more sales, maybe a deal done on a price reduction to get the extra sales?
  21. Exactly the same license details here, same refund... Also have one of the similar $33 sales that popped up at the same time. License details on that one are slightly different ("Editorial web use, multiple placement; rights granted in line with customer agreement which may vary from invoice details above."), though date range is exactly the same. May be the same client? -Jason
  22. I can understand the straight refunds to key customers. It's when an image gets refunded and then re-sold for half the price that I find puzzling. It seems like an odd way of doing business, but perhaps there is a good reason for it (?). My understanding is that Alamy record sales at the earliest opportunity. Once the price is finalised the price is adjusted to include any discounts. The alternative would be to defer the reporting of sales until the price is finalised. Makes sense to me. dov
  23. Same here. Only difference in licence- personal screensaver use removed. Ho hum. You know you're making a lot more sales when some turn into un-sales. Still, bright side, it's only minus $22 net. Not good to have a negative balance for August so soon though.
  24. Same here. I just checked and four $75.73 have been refunded and re-sold for $30.74. I now have an $88 negative total for August, whatever that means. On the plus side, a $33 sale popped up at the same time as the refunds. I guess $30 is the new $75. I had a $33 sale come in too. I guess I should be happy that I just a few bucks north of being negative! Let's hope those $33 sales don't get re-posted at $16.50. I think I am laughing and crying at the same time!
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