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Having been contributing for almost over 20 years I have now completely lost interest in selling stock images. My returns from images on Alamy (and others) are earning a pittance and I really dont know why I bother to look at the websites. I am lucky enough to be out in the island of Nevis in the Caribbean for the last 3 months where it is 28C and beautiful. I guess you cant win them all.

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Yes Peter, it's a shame what we've come to. But I hope you did a Caribbean turkey carve-up again! Out here in East Anglia things are OK but I'm very glad we don't have to rely on revenue from stock. If that were the case, we'd be lucky to get a pigeon on the table for Christmas 

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17 hours ago, Travelshots said:

Having been contributing for almost over 20 years I have now completely lost interest in selling stock images. My returns from images on Alamy (and others) are earning a pittance and I really dont know why I bother to look at the websites. I am lucky enough to be out in the island of Nevis in the Caribbean for the last 3 months where it is 28C and beautiful. I guess you cant win them all.

The grey skies and almost constant rain have put me off of late, but I'm hoping that once the sun puts its hat on I'll be coming out to play more. Winter months are dismal in the UK, although the skies/clouds formations can be quite appealing. Hara-kiri postponed for now!

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I think that a lot of us "old-timers" have similar feelings now. My hope is that I can keep treading water (earnings-wise) for awhile longer. Fortunately, I still enjoy photography for its own sake, and I have other sources of income. Looking out my window at the grey Vancouver winter day, Nevis doesn't sound bad at all. 🌞

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LIke the posters here, I find it hard to motivate myself for Alamy.  But I take photos for some clients as well as a podcast I produce, and many of those images are uploaded to Alamy providing an additional income.  

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On 14/01/2023 at 14:58, Jansos said:

The grey skies and almost constant rain have put me off of late, but I'm hoping that once the sun puts its hat on I'll be coming out to play more. Winter months are dismal in the UK, although the skies/clouds formations can be quite appealing. Hara-kiri postponed for now!

 

I don't know about your area specifically but it looks like we are due for some calmer weather this week, grab that camera and go make some shots. Luckily round here we often get fog when its cold like this so it makes for interesting challenges with the camera.

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39 minutes ago, Cal said:

 

I don't know about your area specifically but it looks like we are due for some calmer weather this week, grab that camera and go make some shots. Luckily round here we often get fog when its cold like this so it makes for interesting challenges with the camera.

Yes but it's so blithering cold that my toothbrush batteries were on a go-slow this morning!

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On 16/01/2023 at 19:46, John Mitchell said:

 

I think that a lot of us "old-timers" have similar feelings now. My hope is that I can keep treading water (earnings-wise) for awhile longer. Fortunately, I still enjoy photography for its own sake, and I have other sources of income. Looking out my window at the grey Vancouver winter day, Nevis doesn't sound bad at all. 🌞

 

Same here John. I guess that we should be glad of the good old Alamy days, my regret is that I didn't start earlier - but water neath bridge.

 

Weather variable in these parts, fabulous sunshine last Thursday but withering cold, I managed a couple of uploads. Overcast since but sun predicted tomorrow.  Camera fully charged. 

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29 minutes ago, Bryan said:

 

Same here John. I guess that we should be glad of the good old Alamy days, my regret is that I didn't start earlier - but water neath bridge.

 

Weather variable in these parts, fabulous sunshine last Thursday but withering cold, I managed a couple of uploads. Overcast since but sun predicted tomorrow.  Camera fully charged. 

 

I joined in 2003 but didn't make my first submission until mid-2007 as I was busy with other things, so we're about the same vintage. Have to admit that my motivation is on the wane. Getting a few images together for upload is a major project these days. That said, my dashboard tells me that I'm closing in on $100K gross revenue, which I'm happy to see. With a little luck, I'll hit the magic number some time next month. I won't be throwing a party, though, as I've more than spent my share. 🥳

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Well, at this rate I won't be financing a life in the tropics.  I haven't been posting much at all for the past year and just got back at it, posting several a day.  I was surprised to see the 60% commission on a recent $12 sale - I could buy half a latte with my income on that one.   

 

Congratulations, John on nearing that magic number.

 

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