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Hello! I have been working with microstock since 2010. I live in Ukraine.
 Now I decided to download something from my portfolio to Alamy. I like the Alamy collection because there are more natural photos here than on microstock sites.

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22 minutes ago, arterra said:

That was a strange conversation :wacko:

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

 

that's exactly what I thought, when I read it!

 

Paka Sergii, welcome to the forum & to Alamy! 

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22 hours ago, arterra said:

 

But then why do you upload typical microstock subjects here? :wacko:

Alamy is mainly editorial orientated. 

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

Hi all, 

 

We just wanted to step in here, we do well in the editorial market but we are growing in the commercial market. We welcome all types of photographers and collections, from microstock shooters to niche arty collections. Anyone is very welcome to submit and we would hate for people to be put off purely because of the genre of content they shoot. 

 

 

21 hours ago, Sergii Gnatiuk said:

Thanks for the answer. Uploaded old photos, just to gain some experience with Alamy. I will not upload any more photos.

 

Sergii, please don't be discouraged by these comments, we'd love to see more of your collection on Alamy :) 

 

If you have any questions as you get started on Alamy feel free to email our Contributor Relations team (contributors@alamy.com) and they'll be happy to help. 

 

Thanks

Alamy

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24 minutes ago, arterra said:

I didn't put him off. Just asked the very logical question why he submits typical microstock subjects while he claims he likes the Alamy collection because there are more natural photos here than on microstock sites. Does that makes sense? 

And his last answer - "Thanks for the answer. Uploaded old photos, just to gain some experience with Alamy. I will not upload any more photos" - makes even less sense. Am I to blame? :mellow:

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

No you did fine, but perhaps you need to stop thinking of Alamy as 100% editorial, it is not a specialist agency, but an all-encompassing jumbo supermarket. Different experience/view depending on what one submit I guess. There isn't anything distinctively "typical" anything anymore, it is all mixed up in a jolly big soup. But I know your intentions are/were good, to keep standards up - I'm all for it.

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54 minutes ago, arterra said:

 

I didn't say 100%, I said "mainly" editorial. Anyway, editorial seems what sells here ....... "mainly". Otherwise, why are all those microstockers complaining here about a lack of sales? When microstockers start a topic, what is it about? :rolleyes: You see many happy faces in that "department"? I don't.

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

You did say mainly, I stand corrected. Anyway, in my experience, there is a whole lot more than just "for editorial use" that is being sold, but as I said, that depends to a large degree on what one uploads. 

 

Re. unhappy microstockers - part style like you say, but might also not at all be used to the "pace" of this place (need more patience), you know what I mean and I also doubt that many removes their stuff from wherever they came from (logically should have some impact, but not seen actual fact anywhere).

 

In fairness and speaking in general, I see an awful lot of equally unhappy non-microstockers.

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Sergii arrives optimistic. After an encounter with Philippe and Matt he decides he will not submit any more to Alamy.

 

I looked at his entire portfolio. He is a talented photographer and is submitting images that Alamy does not have in abundance. I think he will do well on the commercial side of Alamy. His models are just right, shot with great photographic talent, and have model releases. His processing is amongst the best on the Alamy site. English is not his first language, but his english keywords are appropriate.

 

I hope he continues to submit to Alamy. Based on his initial submission, if he keeps submitting at the same level, I think he will be soon in the Alamy $100,000 club

 

If we want to mentor our fellow photographers, then the Alamy post in this thread would be a good template.

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On 1 September 2017 at 17:09, Steve UK said:

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Why have you removed your posts? First you were accusing Philippe of being rude, then you admitted he wasn't. Now he's gone. Happy?

 

Gen

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6 hours ago, Foreign Export said:

 

of course prices will drop 

 

I see your point and Philippe had something similar to say so let me try to explain what I was thinking. If I understand correctly a lot of commercial buyers go to microstock for the sorts of photos you can get on microstock (and the price and terms, of course). If they start to come here because of the availability of those microstock type images here maybe they will stick around for their other needs or, conversely, if they are here for the Alamy-style images (whatever that is) perhaps they will also buy here for the rest of their needs instead of going over to microstock. No doubt I am totally delusional but I suspect it is not crazy of Alamy  to say.....

 

On 8/30/2017 at 06:53, Alamy said:

we are growing in the commercial market. We welcome all types of photographers and collections, from microstock shooters to niche arty collections.

 

That was the idea behind my statement anyway. If all the prices were to drop to the level of the occasional $5 sale I get now I would be finding something else to do with my time (and it wouldn't be microstock.)

 

Paulette

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On 09/09/2017 at 08:14, gvallee said:

 

Why have you removed your posts? First you were accusing Philippe of being rude, then you admitted he wasn't. Now he's gone. Happy?

 

Gen

It's very sad anyone felt they wanted to leave, I removed the post because I did not wish to continue the conversation in the manner it was proceeding. And did not wish to take any further part. 

 

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