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7 hours ago, MizBrown said:

 

Most of what people search for right now is Nicaragua Covid or Corona virus.  The thing is that while I've had access to things tourists wouldn't have access to, most of the use of photographs here is tourism promotion on one hand and covering civil unrest on the other.  And that gets done for Alamy by the Reuters photographers.  My neighborhood had injured but no dead.

 

Facebook has a group of Nicaraguan photographers, some of whom who are world class.  They do local weddings and advertising photography. 

 

I don't know what this is for you, no new photos up, spending a lot of energy telling other photographers who have been regular contributors what they should do (and in most cases, we've been doing it).

 

There is some demand for Nicaragua images. I've had six Nicaragua licenses this year (including one this month), which is about half of what I normally have, out of roughly 215 Nica images in my collection. Clients tend to be book and magazine publishers.

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5 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

There is some demand for Nicaragua images. I've had six Nicaragua licenses this year (including one this month), which is about half of what I normally have, out of roughly 215 Nica images in my collection. Clients tend to be book and magazine publishers.

 

Either I'm not taking pictures that are that competent, or I'm back so far in the ranks that nothing of mine is showing up in the first pages.  Or I don't do the Nicaragua that sells tourism.   I've heard tourists complain that Jinotega wasn't as rugged and frontier-like as they'd been told.

 

We can revisit my portfolio tomorrow.  I've only licensed one Nicaraguan photograph where the location was significant. 

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16 minutes ago, MizBrown said:

 

Either I'm not taking pictures that are that competent, or I'm back so far in the ranks that nothing of mine is showing up in the first pages.  Or I don't do the Nicaragua that sells tourism.   I've heard tourists complain that Jinotega wasn't as rugged and frontier-like as they'd been told.

 

We can revisit my portfolio tomorrow.  I've only licensed one Nicaraguan photograph where the location was significant. 

Miz Brown,

 

While I did not agree with you more than a year ago, I have come to respect you and your opinion.

For what it is worth, you have a unique opinion  and an experience that I find interesting.  I have come

to value your contribution to this forum.

 

In answer to your post about your images on Alamy: 2DG2NNM is a waste of time, my opinion, I did not 

go further.  It is interesting to me that I come from the school of "if it bleeds it leads"   You are different and from a different

world.

 

In any event I do enjoy reading your posts.

 

Chuck

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19 minutes ago, Chuck Nacke said:

In answer to your post about your images on Alamy: 2DG2NNM is a waste of time, my opinion, I did not 

go further

I've been doing a lot of still lifes.  Those were things my dog-walker brought me from his other client.  I don't think you'd be any happier with my other arrangement of those items. 

 

Nicaragua bleeds from time to time.   But sometimes, it's delightful to have a locally made stout and some imported cheese, and quinoa and some other things we couldn't buy here until 2020.  But that's not in the photograph. 

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Hi everyone,

 

Please note that several comments in this thread has been deleted as they were off topic and not suitable on a public forum. The thread will be locked for any further comments if we spot more. 

 

Thanks,

Elisabeth 

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Thank you Alamy for the EOY update.

 

After listening closely to the video I noted 3 of my 4 concerns I mentioned were addressed in general terms. 

 

 

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On 20/12/2020 at 02:34, Chuck Nacke said:

You are not very bright (just my opinion) and I am offended by your post.

 

If you could read in English and had an IQ above your shoe size, I assume that you

have very small feet and hands... you would understand that the reason that I write

about me is because I do not speak for all and only from my own experience.

 

P.S. the first and second sentences above are about YOU YOU YOU.

 

Chuck

 

 

Good for you, Chuck!!!

Case closed!

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On 18/12/2020 at 19:00, Ognyan Yosifov said:

IF this is the recently advertised upcoming video, where the contributors' questions and opinions were needed, I have no words ....

Auful audio quality, to say the least...

Cheers!!!

 

I want to apologise to this forum community and to Alamy for my premature comment...

It was quite inappropriate!

I'm sorry! Stay safe!

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1 hour ago, Ognyan Yosifov said:

I want to apologise to this forum community and to Alamy for my premature comment...

It was quite inappropriate!

I'm sorry! Stay safe!

 

We're all human, Ognyan (sorry, I don't know if I've got your first name/family name the wrong way round) and we all make mistakes. Decent of you to aplogise.

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Thanks Alamy. I thought the audio and video quality were pretty good! I remember when James West did a video dressed in rather everyday clothing people moaned about that looking unprofessional. Now still people are moaning about what I thought was a very professional production given the circumstances with COVID that we are all going through.

 

I do feel that Alamy needs to increase its advertising of itself, and maybe with the resources of PA Media behind them they now will be able to do this more effectively than in the past.

 

I am pleased to hear about the increased importance given to chasing unpaid image usage, though I do wonder, given the very small amounts of money involved in many image sales, whether this will be financially viable, so will wait to see what happens with this.

 

Interested to hear about changes to the search engine, though rather wary I am afraid. In the past when Alamy has made changes to the search engine this has too often lead to disastrous mistakes which have often needed to be reversed and have taken time to do so. Please Alamy try and do this right!!!

 

Good to hear no plans to further erode the % of profit transferred to the photographers.

 

These communications with us, the contributors are what I think makes Alamy rather different from other stock libraries. Thanks Emily for continuing them.

 

Meantime everyone, enjoy Christmas and keep safe and well.

 

Kumar

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I'm sure most of us would wish for a whole lot more detail on several topics but this is a public forum. Let's hope some of the suggestions found fertile ground. Back in the day, I was very impressed by the couple of contributor gatherings in London I attended, but much has changed. I'm glad the  audio came across better; a little attention to lighting and camera work wouldn't go amiss. Not that hard, that's what some of us do!

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I’m excited to hear that possibly the size of PU downloads may be addressed.  I do wish the refund time would be shortened. Upon download, I would think the buyer would know if the image was wanted or not. If not, it should be refused within a few days or a reasonable time for printing. 
An image used for a mug or a print, or whatever, that turns out badly probably is the fault of the printer, not the photographer. And the buyer still owns the product, whether they like it or not.

I remember ordering one of my images printed on a mug once. It didn’t turn out like I thought, partly from my not understanding how it would wrap around and partly the printer not making the best placement. I’m still drinking coffee from that mug many years later. The image itself printed well.
The photographer shouldn’t be penalized with refunds looong after the purchase for someone else’s poor judgment or mistakes in using the image.

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5 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

I’m excited to hear that possibly the size of PU downloads may be addressed.  I do wish the refund time would be shortened. Upon download, I would think the buyer would know if the image was wanted or not. If not, it should be refused within a few days or a reasonable time for printing. 
An image used for a mug or a print, or whatever, that turns out badly probably is the fault of the printer, not the photographer. And the buyer still owns the product, whether they like it or not.

I remember ordering one of my images printed on a mug once. It didn’t turn out like I thought, partly from my not understanding how it would wrap around and partly the printer not making the best placement. I’m still drinking coffee from that mug many years later. The image itself printed well.
The photographer shouldn’t be penalized with refunds looong after the purchase for someone else’s poor judgment or mistakes in using the image.

 

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There are some positives here..

 

  • An infringement team that has some 'teeth' and manages to get monies owed sounds good particularly if they pro-actively find the infringements as well rather than relying on contributors to find them.
  • Updating the website for buyers sounds positive.. a better buyer experience hopefully means more sales and so more money for us!
  • Video.. it will be nice if they do start accepting and selling video.
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5 hours ago, losdemas said:

 

We're all human, Ognyan (sorry, I don't know if I've got your first name/family name the wrong way round) and we all make mistakes. Decent of you to aplogise.

Thank you, losdemas!

Ognyan is my first name, you nailed it.

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On 18/12/2020 at 16:50, Alamy said:
What a year 2020 has been! Check out our Alamy End of Year video featuring an update from Emily Shelley, Managing Director, Alan Capel, Operations Director and James Allsworth, Head of Content
 
 
Best wishes, 
Alamy

 My research shows there are still plenty of magazines (print/online) in UK 

What is the Alamy marketing strategy toward this area?

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