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Can you post all picture needs in a topic on Alamy forum so contributors can keep track of all requests?

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100% agree with you, but...Alamy already answered this some time ago, saying that they would restrict the photo needs to their Twitter account, as it would date too quickly here and that the feed from the Twitter account is on the home page of the forum in any case.

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Yes but what about those who do not tweet.

 

Allan

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I don't really tweet either.  You could bookmark their twitter web page and just check that.

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Yes but what about those who do not tweet.

 

Allan

 

Although I am a relatively recent Twit, :D I too, would prefer that Picture needs be placed here (or, as you have said, on the blog)

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I've never tweeted in my life, but recently began following (if that's the correct expression) a couple of Lightroom-related twitter accounts. Thought it might be handy for tips and rumours of upcoming features, etc. Though forum posts are a decent way to announce things, from our point of view it's hard to beat the sheer speed and convenience of having twitter posts appear on your phone or iPad instantly without the need to fire up a laptop and log in. Push notifications I believe they are called. There, I've exhausted my knowledge.

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I think it is  great idea to post them here in the forum - its surely the most targeted audience one could devise.

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Posting to this forum or somewhere other than a social media site makes sense. There are a couple of similar services I subscribe to (Imagebrief and Photographer's Direct) that publish photo needs of buyers (often very unrealistic requests, like small budget, long list of custom sounding requirements.) Twitter might be ok for some requests, but has some major limitations most notably their character limits. Some of the requests I see are about a page long, for example travel magazine looking for photos of these (20 specific) restaurants each in different cities. 

 

More general advice like gaps in the library would be nice. As would unusually popular subjects that Alamy staff think might sell. Even a personal heads up from Alamy if there's something they know we usually cover or is in our geographic area. I'm sure Alamy's picture buyers and researchers must gain some insight about what's selling simply by going about their job. 

 

It just occurred to me that I have some old paperwork filed away of how things used to be done. For example I picked up a newsletter titled SPECS Fall/Winter 1994 (hey that's 20 years ago!) I think this was my dad's, I think he used to sell through Photo Researchers who published the flyer. It has a bunch of interesting stock photo business updates and 2.5 pages of small type four column stock photo wants. For example categories like Travel then broken down into subcategories. I guess given the age of this I won't be divulging any secrets, so here are a few small random snippets:

 

Want List 

<snip>

 

Geology

Overgrazing

Hand Samples of:

Obsidian

Pumice

<snip>

 

Technology

Virtual Reality -Games/research applications (this is a big seller)

Lasers - everyday use (supermarket bar-coding /measuring devices)

<snip>

 

Energy

Local (street) powerlines/ transformers

Electricity Gas meters (hey I sold one of these on Alamy recently!)

Fuse boxes, breaker boxes (people working on them)

Nuclear power plants - towers, reactors

<snip> and so on.....

 

Obviously this is way outdated. But the idea still seems like a good one to me, and not one conducive to Twitter. In fact I'd think it might even be a good idea to keep this sort of info for members only. 

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A picture needs blog post has just been published. 

 

You can see it here.

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