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I'm a little while at Alam and I see looking at other microstocks what caught my attention in the photos of Alamy are the photos of city streets, places like stores, supermarkets, I found it very interesting, but from the point of view of sales, for those who can sell these types of photos? Books? Advertising in any way?
I found it interesting .. if anyone can write about it, because here in Brazil there are many interesting places excluding Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
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Jose you might like to see these 1962 photos of Brazil.

 

 

https://www.geographyphotos.com/portfolio/G0000eP1XMRv2Rsc

 

 

The location of this one is uncertain. I have hunted for churches in Parana state on the route between Curitiba and Iguassu but not found it.

 

https://www.geographyphotos.com/portfolio/G0000eP1XMRv2Rsc/I0000gG4Za6HwgdU

 

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9 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

Jose, você pode gostar de ver essas fotos de 1962 do Brasil.

 

 

https://www.geographyphotos.com/portfolio/G0000eP1XMRv2Rsc

 

 

A localização deste é incerta. Procurei igrejas no estado do Paraná na rota entre Curitiba e Iguaçu, mas não as encontrei.

 

https://www.geographyphotos.com/portfolio/G0000eP1XMRv2Rsc/I0000gG4Za6HwgdU

 

The photos are quite interesting, but are there buyers who are interested in photos of streets, avenues of cities in Brazil?
I have doubts about this interest
There are few churches on this stretch, I am near the border of Sao Paulo and Parana.
See https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GCEA_enBR938BR938&tbs=lf:1,lf_ui:2&tbm=lcl&sxsrf=ALeKk02B81Q0dAC7gZlMvIDOn6HQQ12BpA:1613741785240&q=igrejas+no+parana&rflfq=1&num=10&ved=2ahUKEwiI7_jOiPbuAhXbIrkGHbSpB6kQtgN6BAgCEAc#rlfi=hd:;si: ; mv: [[- 23.29478643858121, -49.97587733906249], [- 25.852252663422814, -55.17241054218749], null, [- 24.58004616355875, -52.57414394062499], 8]

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Jose, these sorts of photos are a sort of Alamy specialty. They are here because Alamy was the first stock photo agency to accept them in large numbers. 

 

Should you be shooting them in Brazil? Yes! They form a bit of historical record of who you are and where you come from. And they could make some sales too. (although they rarely do for me) This brings up a second point; you need to be shooting much more than this to be successful! Keep shooting new subjects and keep looking at what gets published.

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4 minutes ago, Jose Decio Molaro said:

The photos are quite interesting, but are there buyers who are interested in photos of streets, avenues of cities in Brazil?
I have doubts about this interest
There are few churches on this stretch, I am near the border of Sao Paulo and Parana.
See https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GCEA_enBR938BR938&tbs=lf:1,lf_ui:2&tbm=lcl&sxsrf=ALeKk02B81Q0dAC7gZlMvIDOn6HQQ12BpA:1613741785240&q=igrejas+no+parana&rflfq=1&num=10&ved=2ahUKEwiI7_jOiPbuAhXbIrkGHbSpB6kQtgN6BAgCEAc#rlfi=hd:;si: ; mv: [[- 23.29478643858121, -49.97587733906249], [- 25.852252663422814, -55.17241054218749], null, [- 24.58004616355875, -52.57414394062499], 8]

 

 

Why not? 

 

Anyway, whether they sell or not is not my motivation with these old slides. I want to do what I can to preserve them and make them available.

 

I would have thought that images showing Brasilia, Rio, Sao Paulo in the 1960s would be of interest to many people in Brazil and elsewhere.

 

Whether Alamy is the right place for them is something I am thinking hard about. 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

 

 

Por que não? 

 

De qualquer forma, se eles vendem ou não, não é minha motivação com esses slides antigos. Quero fazer o que puder para preservá-los e disponibilizá-los.

 

Eu teria pensado que as imagens mostrando Brasília, Rio, São Paulo nos anos 1960 seriam do interesse de muitas pessoas no Brasil e em outros lugares.

 

Se Alamy é o lugar certo para eles é algo em que estou pensando muito. 

 

 

 

6 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

 

 

Why not? 

 

Anyway, whether they sell or not is not my motivation with these old slides. I want to do what I can to preserve them and make them available.

 

I would have thought that images showing Brasilia, Rio, Sao Paulo in the 1960s would be of interest to many people in Brazil and elsewhere.

 

Whether Alamy is the right place for them is something I am thinking hard about. 

 

 

On second thought there is a buyer for all the photos, we have to think this way, the photos you showed me are rare, I think they arouse interest, but I am thinking of taking them in the streets and places of my city .. there may be some interest.
Your photos can be good for books ... I find it interesting

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4 minutes ago, Jose Decio Molaro said:

 

On second thought there is a buyer for all the photos, we have to think this way, the photos you showed me are rare, I think they arouse interest, but I am thinking of taking them in the streets and places of my city .. there may be some interest.
Your photos can be good for books ... I find it interesting

 

Jose, there will be interest from buyers in pictures of shops, signs, restaurants, banks, museums, statues, street art such as sculptures, famous brands, historic buildings, people doing things in the street, everything!

 

These photos are easy to take, you can produce a lot very quickly by walking the streets, take care with the light and composition. 

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4 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

 

Jose, there will be interest from buyers in pictures of shops, signs, restaurants, banks, museums, statues, street art such as sculptures, famous brands, historic buildings, people doing things in the street, everything!

Exactly, because of the Pandemic I have been out a little, but I will start taking photos of this type, too, I like street photos, it shows the local culture, we have a disadvantage for not having the command of English, thank you

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5 minutes ago, Jose Decio Molaro said:

Exactly, because of the Pandemic I have been out a little, but I will start taking photos of this type, too, I like street photos, it shows the local culture, we have a disadvantage for not having the command of English, thank you

 

 

Search Alamy, Getty, etc:

 

sao paulo shop

 

sao paulo transport

 

sao paulo architecture

 

 

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Jose, feel free to click on the blue number under a forum contributors name, we don't mind. This will show you the sort of scenes we think will sell. The pictures are our common language!

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1 hour ago, Jose Decio Molaro said:

Exactly, because of the Pandemic I have been out a little, but I will start taking photos of this type, too, I like street photos, it shows the local culture, we have a disadvantage for not having the command of English, thank you

Jose,

There either is or isn't a market for pictures of Brazilian streets. I think you can go about this a different way - have a look at pictures in newspapers, online articles, websites, books etc... You can see which ones are stock photos because at least the agency name will be quoted. When you're doing this exercise, are there published stock photos of these subjects you'd like to photograph? If yes, then go for it. If not, then it may not be worth your time, I don't think you can create a market for this on your own.

 

However, playing devil's advocate - there's an argument for maybe there being a niche in the market that you could exploit. 😄

 

If you're new to stock, I personally would look at what stock photographs are published and photograph a wide variety of subjects. If you build up your collection, you will see what sells.

Steve

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3 hours ago, Steve F said:

Jose,

There either is or isn't a market for pictures of Brazilian streets. I think you can go about this a different way - have a look at pictures in newspapers, online articles, websites, books etc... You can see which ones are stock photos because at least the agency name will be quoted. When you're doing this exercise, are there published stock photos of these subjects you'd like to photograph? If yes, then go for it. If not, then it may not be worth your time, I don't think you can create a market for this on your own.

 

However, playing devil's advocate - there's an argument for maybe there being a niche in the market that you could exploit. 😄

 

If you're new to stock, I personally would look at what stock photographs are published and photograph a wide variety of subjects. If you build up your collection, you will see what sells.

Steve

All right Steve,
I understood what you meant, I like to photograph and this would not be a waste of time, I saw some photos that geogphotos gave me, researched and found interesting.
Niche market I find it difficult, but we will photograph, I know that Alamy is a microstok more than Editorial.
I like to photograph on the streets, architecture, people and everything .. relax ..
Thanks for the advice, they are always interesting

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3 hours ago, Mr Standfast said:

Jose, feel free to click on the blue number under a forum contributors name, we don't mind. This will show you the sort of scenes we think will sell. The pictures are our common language!

Alright Mr Standfast,
I always do that, I love to see other photos, other cities and cultures, it helps to photograph better and always learn

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1 hour ago, MizBrown said:

Alamy is more editorial than microstock.

+1 Miz,  Thanks.

 

I would not want to be associated with a "microstock."

 

Chuck

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19 hours ago, Jose Decio Molaro said:

Exactly, because of the Pandemic I have been out a little.......

If you are able, the pandemic is also a subject worth recording.

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15 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

+1 Miz, obrigado.

 

Eu não gostaria de ser associado a um "microstock".

 

Mandril

Chuck Nacke, in Brazil we don't make a difference about Stock Images (photos) and microstock ... I don't even know the difference ..

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5 minutes ago, Jose Decio Molaro said:

Chuck Nacke, in Brazil we don't make a difference about Stock Images (photos) and microstock ... I don't even know the difference ..

 

Microstock tends to be subscription driven, with low prices generally for individual photographs.  Discussions go back and forth about whether it is better to sell one photo many times for less than US $1 or to sell a photo for between $3 (low average) to a couple of hundred dollars (high average) with something like between $20 and $200 being common.

 

 

 

 

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Jose, this difference exists only for a small group of old-timers. Most of the world just sees "microstock" or "microstocks" as the English word for the stock photo business collectively. 

 

Of course, the next big and obvious question is "am I one of those old-timers?"

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30 minutes ago, Brian Yarvin said:

Jose, this difference exists only for a small group of old-timers. Most of the world just sees "microstock" or "microstocks" as the English word for the stock photo business collectively. 

 

Of course, the next big and obvious question is "am I one of those old-timers?"

Brian,

I would be proud to join you as an "old-timer."

Chuck

 

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1 hour ago, Brian Yarvin said:

Jose, this difference exists only for a small group of old-timers. Most of the world just sees "microstock" or "microstocks" as the English word for the stock photo business collectively. 

 

Of course, the next big and obvious question is "am I one of those old-timers?"

 

 

I disagree. There are plenty of photographers young and old who have found out - often the hard way - that there is a very real difference between microstock and Alamy ( and specialist RM agencies). They are different business models. Microstock depends on volume, RM generally on use with scarcity often adding premium. 

 

I'm never sure why people like to pretend that there is no difference and it's all just all the same. 

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Ian, we're talking about the usage of a word, not the experience of all too many of us. That's a whole different story and probably shouldn't be discussed on a board moderated by an agency.

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1 minute ago, Brian Yarvin said:

Ian, we're talking about the usage of a word, not the experience of all too many of us. That's a whole different story and probably shouldn't be discussed on a board moderated by an agency.

 

My reply to that is that you as a writer must agree that the usage of a word should be accurate. Otherwise there is little point using the word.

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