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Although I'm not that new to Alamy, I'm new to the forum and new to receiving some money from stock sales. I have been sporadic with adding images as I wasn't sure if I had what I classed as newsworthy items, so wasn't sure how it all works and I hadn't seen or looked at the forum.

 

I had three small sales in 2013 and two last year, the last one, which ended up being cancelled, but then bought again, so I received some money in January 2015, as my balance was finally over $75. 

 

The same day the money went in my account I had a new sale, (just below the limit) and I also discovered the forum and the "Have you found any Alamy Photographs?", which I didn't understand, until I searched for the photograph that was sold and couldn't find it, I then asked Alamy, who told me the info was in the sale!

 

Whilst trying to find this image on Monday, I found a new image of mine in The Sunday Times, which although it had been zoomed, I wasn't aware it was sold and I still haven't been told by Alamy (and I emailed them Tuesday morning), As I posted my find and mentioned this in the "have you found...?" A number of answers appeared from some of the members.

 

Therefore, I have started this thread so I can glean some more information from members?

 

I understand now that news sales don't always get mentioned, (due to the way the industry works) which isn't a great help, but  like this new image that was sold, I have had other images zoomed, could they have been sales? 

 

Can this apply in book sales, or other media outlets, or just newspapers?

 

Also, how can I help with "Have you found...?" thread, and if Lynne or Julie Edwards want to tell me more please do, as we are now off the "Have you found...." topic

 

Thanks in advance

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Hi Chris.

 

Most sales don't usually appear until 3 months or so after they are actually purchased. 

 

In the "Have you found" thread, these images are of those people have found while looking at the online version of newspapers or actual papers and post them for us to see. It will let people know that an image of theirs has been found in a paper or magazine or whatever (usually its newspapers) so they will be aware to start looking for the sale to be reported in about 3 months time. If 3 months passes and no sale is reported, then that is when they will question member services about the sale.

 

Very few zooms actually turn into sales. and many sales are never zoomed. Customers quite often put images in their lightbox then go over them later. Any images zoomed from a lightbox are not recorded. 

 

Jill

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Hi Chris

 

Many uses of your images especially in the UK papers will be found by the hardworking people reporting to the "Have you found" threads, but not all.

 

Google Image search will also find quite a lot. I have installed the plugin to the Chrome browser (one of my browsers) - it works by clicking the small camera in the corner of any image you hover over on the Internet. A very fast way of searching. Google Image search can work in many other ways. Use the way you prefer. (Excellent because not all media give credit to the photographer or Alamy). You could consider Tineye as another image search engine that requires a plugin, search for tineye.

 

Simple Google text searches on the three search terms: your name, alamy, photo.

All, or any two of them together will bring a lot, too. Especially books presented online with the credit lists of photographers will show up. Occassionally also the pages with the photo.

 

Good luck.

 

Niels

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Don't email Alamy every time you see an image of yours in a paper. It will be reported in due course.

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Neils

 

Could you just expand on how you search by hovering over the camera on an image- I'm not familiar with this method and would like to try it

 

Thanks

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Hi Chris

 

Many uses of your images especially in the UK papers will be found by the hardworking people reporting to the "Have you found" threads, but not all.

 

Google Image search will also find quite a lot. I have installed the plugin to the Chrome browser (one of my browsers) - it works by clicking the small camera in the corner of any image you hover over on the Internet. A very fast way of searching. Google Image search can work in many other ways. Use the way you prefer. (Excellent because not all media give credit to the photographer or Alamy). You could consider Tineye as another image search engine that requires a plugin, search for tineye.

 

Simple Google text searches on the three search terms: your name, alamy, photo.

All, or any two of them together will bring a lot, too. Especially books presented online with the credit lists of photographers will show up. Occassionally also the pages with the photo.

 

Good luck.

 

Niels

Thanks Neils I now have added both plug ins to my browser, simpler than what I was doing before. Last weeks sale still can't be found even though the sale information says it was used in a "National Newspaper with + 750,000 circulation.

 

When you say "search for Name Alamy Photo" I have done the Name & Alamy search, but by photo do you mean my reference, Alamy's code, or one of the titles in the metadata, or something else?

 

Thanks

 

Chris

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Just "your name" Alamy. There's no reason to look for the reference and metadata isn't often preserved although" Alamy" and the subject sometimes comes up trumps.

This is a long game- Image Search has found results for me after two or three years.

Many newspaper uses aren't traceable from the licence details alone but FYI the 750,000 will probably be the Telegraph

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When you say "search for Name Alamy Photo" I have done the Name & Alamy search, but by photo do you mean my reference, Alamy's code, or one of the titles in the metadata, or something else?

 

 

No, I mean simple text Google searches with the three words - all three of them and combined two and two.

 

Like searches on these words:

 

alamy <your name>

 

photo alamy <your name>

 

photo <your name>

 

 

Niels

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Neils

 

Could you just expand on how you search by hovering over the camera on an image- I'm not familiar with this method and would like to try it

 

Thanks

Search for Tin Eye then download, the google chrome is the same, I just seached for "Google Image Search" and I installed it

 

Chris

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The images found threads can't possibly show every sale, us folk who post there are unpaid part timers (other than our annual invite to the Alamy Florida weekend, becoming boring) who are looking for their own photos and/or are finding the searching more interesting than television!

 

We therefore don't look in every edition while there are numerous published photos credited to Alamy that are next to impossible to find within a reasonable timescale. I now know the "look" of a posed model agency shot, and only bother to trace its source if I can find it within a few seconds, those from us TOGS I spend a bit more time on. However some people clearly went to the obscure and minimalist school of keywording and those shots are rarely identified. If you want  a better service get involved yourself.

 

Edit - Mark what has Tineye done to deserve that? Far more useful for locating other folks' shots than Google, although not so good for looking for your own. Tineye often goes directly to the Alamy catalogue while I've never found Google able to do that.

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When you say "search for Name Alamy Photo" I have done the Name & Alamy search, but by photo do you mean my reference, Alamy's code, or one of the titles in the metadata, or something else?

 

 

No, I mean simple text Google searches with the three words - all three of them and combined two and two.

 

Like searches on these words:

 

alamy <your name>

 

photo alamy <your name>

 

photo <your name>g

 

 

Niels

 

Thanks that's what I had done so I was doing the right thing, but noted. The dark arts of Alamy eh? 

 

To think, I thought it was straight forward, if it showed on my Alamy as a sale, I had a sale and it was on the date it specified, also once my balance was clear I received some money, everything else was irrelevant.

How foolish was I?

 

Thanks

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Neils

 

Could you just expand on how you search by hovering over the camera on an image- I'm not familiar with this method and would like to try it

 

Thanks

 

 

If you run Google Chrome and click the upper, right corner's box to get the Chrome setup menu you will find "More tools" as the second but last item (I think, my edition is in Danish, so I translated) - in there click "Extensions" (or similar word).

 

This will probably be there (or a newer version) - it shows with a little blue camera to the left):

Search by Image (by Google) 1.5.1

This extension allows you to initiate a Google search using any image on the web. By the Google Images team.

 

 

When you have got the correct extension installed any photo on the internet will show up with a clickable small blue camera in the bottom, right corner when hovering the image. A click here will do the search....

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To think, I thought it was straight forward, if it showed on my Alamy as a sale, I had a sale and it was on the date it specified, also once my balance was clear I received some money, everything else was irrelevant.

How foolish was I?

 

Yes, the times of waiting and slavery and nightmarish endless work to eventually perhaps obtain what belongs to you are not over  :)

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To think, I thought it was straight forward, if it showed on my Alamy as a sale, I had a sale and it was on the date it specified, also once my balance was clear I received some money, everything else was irrelevant.

How foolish was I?

 

 

 

But if it's showing as reported, and it's cleared (usually 45 days), you get paid at the end of the month. It is that simple.

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The images found threads can't possibly show every sale, us folk who post there are unpaid part timers (other than our annual invite to the Alamy Florida weekend, becoming boring) who are looking for their own photos and/or are finding the searching more interesting than television!

 

We therefore don't look in every edition while there are numerous published photos credited to Alamy that are next to impossible to find within a reasonable timescale. I now know the "look" of a posed model agency shot, and only bother to trace its source if I can find it within a few seconds, those from us TOGS I spend a bit more time on. However some people clearly went to the obscure and minimalist school of keywording and those shots are rarely identified. If you want  a better service get involved yourself.

 

 

We know, Bryan and many others, that you do a great, unpaid and extremely valuable work here - which is very much appreciated.

 

Thank you very much all of you.

 

(Though it is some time since you found any of mine  :) ).....

 

Niels

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The images found threads can't possibly show every sale, us folk who post there are unpaid part timers (other than our annual invite to the Alamy Florida weekend, becoming boring) who are looking for their own photos and/or are finding the searching more interesting than television!

 

We therefore don't look in every edition while there are numerous published photos credited to Alamy that are next to impossible to find within a reasonable timescale. I now know the "look" of a posed model agency shot, and only bother to trace its source if I can find it within a few seconds, those from us TOGS I spend a bit more time on. However some people clearly went to the obscure and minimalist school of keywording and those shots are rarely identified. If you want  a better service get involved yourself.

 

 

We know, Bryan and many others, that you do a great, unpaid and extremely valuable work here - which is very much appreciated.

 

Thank you very much all of you.

 

(Though it is some time since you found any of mine  :) ).....

 

Niels

 

 Bryan finds them before Google does.

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To think, I thought it was straight forward, if it showed on my Alamy as a sale, I had a sale and it was on the date it specified, also once my balance was clear I received some money, everything else was irrelevant.

How foolish was I?

 

 

 

But if it's showing as reported, and it's cleared (usually 45 days), you get paid at the end of the month. It is that simple.

 

The problem was whilst searching a sale on 5th January that sale, I presumes, as it said it was "National Newspaper print & web" I would find it easily by searching for my name and Alamy, as I did with another newspaper sale, but I can't find it, fine that's a sale so yes, simple 

 

This image hasn't come up in My Alamy customer search, so I now presume this was a straight sale? Am I correct in assuming that? Therefore I shouldn't be concerned and move on

 

Then Whilst searching, on Monday, I found a new one that was in The Sunday Times, the 18th ,it hasn't come up as sold, but it has come up as searched, so as I wasnt aware of how it all works, I asked the question, I presume with this new one, it was searched then sold and I take it this can now take up to 3 months to appear in my sales, is that correct?

 

Also sorry to be a pain, if I see an image whilst searching for mine, that just says Alamy and no name, should I right click and add to the "Have you found..." topic?

 

Thanks

Chris

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Yes.

Yes.

No. THere's no right click for that. To be useful on 'have you found' it needs to have the Alamy reference and the photographer's name. Contributors do this by searching on likely keywords.

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Yes.

Yes.

No. THere's no right click for that. To be useful on 'have you found' it needs to have the Alamy reference and the photographer's name. Contributors do this by searching on likely keywords.

Thanks I meant 1) right click to save image..2) paste...then, as this for example is in The Telegraph with no name, 3) Search on Alamy 4) Add ref A7WXB8 & name Vic Pigula?

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Yes.

Yes.

No. THere's no right click for that. To be useful on 'have you found' it needs to have the Alamy reference and the photographer's name. Contributors do this by searching on likely keywords.

Thanks I meant 1) right click to save image..2) paste...then, as this for example is in The Telegraph with no name, 3) Search on Alamy 4) Add ref A7WXB8 & name Vic Pigula?

sefton_park_3115899c.jpg

 

 

I think the proces finding the image on Alamy will be the hardest part. As Bryan mentions not all have the adequate keywords. You will have to search the Alamy database with keywords you find obvious for the image. When/if you find it, you may want to use only a thumbnail and the Alamy image id number together with the photographers name, or rather the pseudonym used for the image, to report in the "Have you found" thread. You can use the same layout as others do.

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The images found threads can't possibly show every sale, us folk who post there are unpaid part timers (other than our annual invite to the Alamy Florida weekend, becoming boring) who are looking for their own photos and/or are finding the searching more interesting than television!

 

We therefore don't look in every edition while there are numerous published photos credited to Alamy that are next to impossible to find within a reasonable timescale. I now know the "look" of a posed model agency shot, and only bother to trace its source if I can find it within a few seconds, those from us TOGS I spend a bit more time on. However some people clearly went to the obscure and minimalist school of keywording and those shots are rarely identified. If you want  a better service get involved yourself.

 

Edit - Mark what has Tineye done to deserve that? Far more useful for locating other folks' shots than Google, although not so good for looking for your own. Tineye often goes directly to the Alamy catalogue while I've never found Google able to do that.

Very much appreciated, but I will give an up arrow instead of a thank you when you find any mine so as not to clog the thread, cheers Bryan.

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Edit - Mark what has Tineye done to deserve that? Far more useful for locating other folks' shots than Google, although not so good for looking for your own. Tineye often goes directly to the Alamy catalogue while I've never found Google able to do that.

That's what I was basing my comment on. Apart from the catalogue it finds virtually nothing of mine. I didn't appreciate the distinction and I wonder why there is one.

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Neils

Could you just expand on how you search by hovering over the camera on an image- I'm not familiar with this method and would like to try it

Thanks

 

 

 

If you run Google Chrome and click the upper, right corner's box to get the Chrome setup menu you will find "More tools" as the second but last item (I think, my edition is in Danish, so I translated) - in there click "Extensions" (or similar word).

 

This will probably be there (or a newer version) - it shows with a little blue camera to the left):

Search by Image (by Google) 1.5.1

This extension allows you to initiate a Google search using any image on the web. By the Google Images team.

 

 

When you have got the correct extension installed any photo on the internet will show up with a clickable small blue camera in the bottom, right corner when hovering the image. A click here will do the search....

 

Neils

Could you just expand on how you search by hovering over the camera on an image- I'm not familiar with this method and would like to try it

Thanks

 

 

 

If you run Google Chrome and click the upper, right corner's box to get the Chrome setup menu you will find "More tools" as the second but last item (I think, my edition is in Danish, so I translated) - in there click "Extensions" (or similar word).

 

This will probably be there (or a newer version) - it shows with a little blue camera to the left):

Search by Image (by Google) 1.5.1

This extension allows you to initiate a Google search using any image on the web. By the Google Images team.

 

 

When you have got the correct extension installed any photo on the internet will show up with a clickable small blue camera in the bottom, right corner when hovering the image. A click here will do the search....

 

 

Thanks will give it a try

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