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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. No, not very healthy, I have had some as well but they are sales. Also does it not also the help with your ranking?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. If you are in the newspaper scheme then you could pull out of it. Which could result in less sales. Regards Craig
  16. I've rejoined novel use because these sales now look quite healthy in comparison
  17. 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
  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...
  19. I agree in principle with culling out the images that have no chance of selling but fear the tiered ranking system will serve only to keep newer contributors at the bottom of searches and off the sales page. This has been the result on another site where I contribute that favors contributors with more sales over those with none. I know I don't want to waste time and effort uploading images that have no chance of selling and I doubt anyone else enjoys it either. To avoid uploading unsuitable images I checked out established sellers first to see what kinds of images they are uploading. A
  20. Thanks for the replies, everyone. John, in what way a longer caption could help sales? I do not see the connection, but maybe you are right...
  21. For analytical purposes comparing one month is not really that useful, unless the analysis is how well you do for that month each and every year. It's too small a sample and can be significantly effected by peaks and troughs for that year. For instance, last month was terrible for me but this month has been extremely good. The net result if you add the two months together is a steady increase. If analysis is carried out across the full year you will not only be able to confirm if the year overall is poor but also spot trends in purchasing. I'm in the process of building an analysi
  22. Are you not concerned that repeatedly discussing your lack of success with Alamy on a public forum might be detrimental to your other business activities? Having read about your lack of Alamy sales and past struggles to get through QC, I would need quite a lot of persuading to commission work from you or pay to attend one of your workshops. Sorry to be so blunt.
  23. Last month I randomly looked back at April 2008. It wasn't a particularly unusual month at the time and I sold 11 images. In June 2013 I sold three times as many images but made $200 (gross) less than April 2008. It was pretty depressing when I think of all the hours of shooting and keywording that has gone on since - yes I have increased the number of sales but I feel I am pedalling backwards. Pearl
  24. I've uploaded only 750 images in the past year and, largely thanks to one good, and unknown, client who has made more than 30 licenses, my sales year on year remain constant. Notably, the average price has fallen somewhat, from $88 in 2012 to $81 this year. However, I'm thinking of trading my remaining old Nikon D300 camera for an artist's smock, an easel and packed of Gauloises to go with the French beret I already have. My painting output now makes me more money than photography (a painting I sold 50 years ago even popped-up on Facebook recently). And interestingly, for me at least, thre
  25. My sales numbers and income are also down from 2012. BTW, I think that expanding your captions might help. Many of them look too brief to me. I always try to use up all of the 128 characters.
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