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Starting a new thread cause I have a ton of questions, and I will keep them all here. A couple years ago I ventured in to the stock area. Put 10 images with one of the smaller RF agencies. A year ago I put 4 images with Alamy, 2 RM, 2 RF, then decided to wait and consider further options and build a PF. I am happy to say I made my first RM sale a month ago, and now am ready to upload more to Alamy. So many of the questions will pertain to that. The 10 images all RF at the competitor have had around 10 sales, netting me $13 and change in 2 years. 1 RM Alamy sale with only 4 images uploaded, netted me $25 in 11 months. It's a no brainer. The last year or so I have built a nice PF and will start uploading today.

   First question, I have a lot of nice shots taken at a local car show for older cars. In view of auto industry trademark issues, can I upload these as RM editorial? A second question is what constitutes an altered image, and does Alamy accept work that is arted up a bit, if done well. TIA for all answers, and I will have more questions as I progess.

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I would just list as RM and let users worry about categories.

I don't know what 'arted up' might mean as I don't retouch but as long as you don't introduce artefacts all should be well.

Unless you were just lucky that's an impressive rate of sales- you must have something buyers want and good luck to you.

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Digitally altered constitutes any image where you have removed or added objects. Also, if you have changed the look and feel so that it really looks  a lot like a different image. Everyone has their own rules. As for "arted up", not sure if Alamy is the right venue for those, depending on exactly what you mean by that.

 

Example:

 

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This image in its original state was middle of the day, with boring grey sky and grey water. I made colour adjustments and added a radial filter. Although I didn't change the photo elements of the image, I certainly changed the mood, time of day. I marked this as digitally altered and in the description filed in manage images I explained what changes I made to the image.

 

This image I also marked as digitally altered as I removed power lines that went right across the top of the glass front of the Art Gallery

 

art-gallery-of-ontario-in-toronto-ontari

 

Jill

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I have answered my own question on autos. Alamy has a slew of auto shots. I guess it is only under RF licensing where autos are not allowed due to trademark issues. By arted up: I do a lot of processing that makes a photo look like a painting. I realize Alamy is not the place for the more extreme of those. BUT,  I have found that when done very subtly it can really make an image pop. So I will submit a few of those and see how they are received. My first try last year passed QC easily, but I will review their criteria before I submit for a refresher.

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And doing more searches I see a lot of arted up images, using textures, overlays, and composites, most listed as digitally altered. So I have to conclude it's all good :)

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