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Just wondering if anyone else here shoots motorsport and if so, how does Alamy perform in regards to sales, particularly live news sport images.. 

 

Do you see many sales for this genre?

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In my experience both as a photographer and as a competitor paying motor sport photography is very hard to get into. The specialist press is  oversubscribed with specialist photographers. The non specialist press has a very limited use and obtaining the correct passes that are all but essential to get the money shots are all but impossible to obtain. 

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I've done a bit of tennis - my only sales have been to and Indian book and a couple of Serbian websites - you can probably imagine how profitable it has proved.

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In my experience both as a photographer and as a competitor paying motor sport photography is very hard to get into. The specialist press is  oversubscribed with specialist photographers. The non specialist press has a very limited use and obtaining the correct passes that are all but essential to get the money shots are all but impossible to obtain. 

 

I have the passes, thats no problem... and most of my work I sell direct.. I was just wondering how these images perform here.. obviously not too well by the sounds of it lol 

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I've done a bit of tennis - my only sales have been to and Indian book and a couple of Serbian websites - you can probably imagine how profitable it has proved.

 

haha I'd say it would have barely covered your take away latte during your break...

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I get the impression that the Alamy sales team is much more proactive where Live News images are concerned, e.g. I was once asked if I had any more from a shoot,  but if you are successfully selling direct there is perhaps less of an incentive to use an agency? 

 

I don't normally shoot sport, but once stumbled across a cross country race and positioned myself amongst the long lenses of the press. My Live News picture got nowhere as such, but subsequently sold for a reasonable fee.

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I used to shoot a lot of Motor sport, its sold ok through alamy for text books and kids books etc etc. You need a primary outlet for it like a magazine or for the sponsors, what you'll get on here is a secondary income from it.

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