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10 minutes ago, meanderingemu said:

Issue is many of us join Alamy because of their focus on editorial and educational imagery and now they are saying we should shoot "pretty marketing images", with no evidence of what revenue is, so not sure i am ready to invest in gear, props and models required for this.  

 

It takes me long enough to set up studio shots as it is, with no guarantee of a sale. The effort involved in producing pretty marketing images is much greater, also with no guarantee of a sale. Not worth it for me...

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5 hours ago, rose22 said:

Alamy recommended to you what to shoot, maybe we should follow what they recommended 

 

 

What Meanderingemu says about the gear and props -- spend some time looking at advertising photos.  Models can be cheap enough if you're in a city with aspiring models (Model Mayham), but the best step for getting into advertising photography is probably assisting a professional advertising photographer. 

 

Friend who was a photography major in college said that the surest money was in either high level fashion photography (gear, props, and models,and a knowledge of fashion) or in combat photography, which some of the guys here can tell you about.   Get bullet proof gear and a ballistic ceramic heart plate, and a really good helmet.  He ended up becoming a programmer.

 

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No sales so far this month, not good as around this time last month had 10. Recently views have been around 50% of last years. Only one zoom too, it had been zoomed before too. Still, it's not the month end yet.

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No new sales here - still at $12.  AS is now $83, but here is something new: I just had a refund for a 10/2 cent sale of a Koi image.  Wow.

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19 hours ago, rose22 said:

Alamy recommended to you what to shoot, maybe we should follow what they recommended 

What do they recommend? I've never even looked.  It's not worth spending a penny acquiring images in any case, let alone speculatively.

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On 07/08/2022 at 19:37, John Mitchell said:

There's not much point in going around snapping subjects that have been done to death.

We used to say that it was if you had a decent rank, and I proceeded modestly along that path for some years. Now, though, I tend to agree. But then I've never recovered from the pandemic in terms of production. In 2016 I uploaded 1800 images. This year so far, 39.

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19 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

Issue is many of us join Alamy because of their focus on editorial and educational imagery and now they are saying we should shoot "pretty marketing images", with no evidence of what revenue is, so not sure i am ready to invest in gear, props and models required for this.  

 

I think that Alamy will remain primarily an editorial agency even if it doesn't want to be one any longer, that is if Alamy doesn't succeed in committing harakiri with its new website, which is quite possible at this point. Personally, I have no interest in (or talent for) shooting "pretty marketing images," so I will continue to merrily bumble along. There are plus sides to getting old and curmudgeonly, I'm discovering. 👴

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1 hour ago, John Mitchell said:

 

I think that Alamy will remain primarily an editorial agency even if it doesn't want to be one any longer, that is if Alamy doesn't succeed in committing harakiri with its new website, which is quite possible at this point. Personally, I have no interest in (or talent for) shooting "pretty marketing images," so I will continue to merrily bumble along. There are plus sides to getting old and curmudgeonly, I'm discovering. 👴

 

I agree, but i wish they understood that.  I had a set a photo i didn't have the opportunity to upload through LN from two events last couple of weeks, so you would think they would have interest in me uploading them, which obviously means using the Reportage track, but when you request access they seem to think this in mainly for Archive- like Reportage was actually Created for LN of people who lost LN access....  

 

considering a a quarter of my sales come from images loaded through the news stream, you would think Alamy would want more such images, but it seems no.  and don't get me going on the "may contain imperfection" note being a deterrent, LN images have that note, and it never affected , even on images that have no issues and i could have gotten through stock

 

oh well their loss.  Did manage to get some ready as LN, but missing quite a few niche images which are actually non existent on the database.  My impact of getting old, is i have no longer energy to fight it.....  

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

I think I was napping 😆

 

One of the nice things about stock photography is that -- on a good day anyway -- you can actually make some money while you nap. 😴

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On 10/08/2022 at 04:37, rose22 said:

should travel somewhere else to take great photos i am going to Philippines next year and i will shot every single thing 

Sorry to burst your bubble, but is never about going somewhere to take great photos. You will realise going out to unfamiliar to take picture is more difficult than doing it at your backyard. Have a theme, shoot in what you are interested in. Seems like you are living in Canda, is a huge potential out there for you to work on, am living on a tiny island, still I can shoot with a very specific theme in mind, build your visualisation too, it will help you to see better in your mind first. GL. 

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13 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I'm thinking of starting a new post: How Was Last Thursday for You between 2 and 4 PM?

 

 

SHhhhhhhh!

 

Allan

 

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just got a low $$$ licence, slowly getting to the Silver level for the new Revenue Year based on Alamy interpretation of the agreement.  At this pace, might by end of Next month.  

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10 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

just got a low $$$ licence, slowly getting to the Silver level for the new Revenue Year based on Alamy interpretation of the agreement.  At this pace, might by end of Next month.  

I'm a bit confused by this.  When does the new revenue year start and finish ?

 

Thanks

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