Futterwithtrees

First Sale Ever

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On 2/6/2018 at 16:23, Pietrach said:

Must be an amazing feeling. Congratulations. I had two sales back in 2015 with portfolio of circa 75 images. Since december last year I decided to move things forwards and started uploading again. I am in all time low as I am getting no zooms at all with over 600 images. I know this is not much, and I dont expect any sales yet, but would be good to see some zooms. Are my images that poor?

 

13 minutes ago, Pietrach said:

Same here, still waiting. I am starting to question my abilities... Patience and perseverance I think it is called. I need more of these.

 

Two sales with only 75 images up is quite amazing - I'd say that you were very fortunate. You really need 625 x 5 to count on regular sales here (some would say many more). Tags, captions, quality, quantity, variety - keep going.

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16 minutes ago, losdemas said:

 

 

Two sales with only 75 images up is quite amazing - I'd say that you were very fortunate. You really need 625 x 5 to count on regular sales here (some would say many more). Tags, captions, quality, quantity, variety - keep going.

Thank you for your kind advice. I think I will give up hoping for a sale until I reach 2-3k good images, and anything that comes in meantime I will consider a bonus :)

Patience, not good at it :)

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52 minutes ago, losdemas said:

 

 

Two sales with only 75 images up is quite amazing - I'd say that you were very fortunate. You really need 625 x 5 to count on regular sales here (some would say many more). Tags, captions, quality, quantity, variety - keep going.

No zooms might suggest you need to rework tags. For example M1XY5D is tagged sandwiches, but doesn’t have any, while M1XY56 is tagged water bottles and soft drinks but doesn’t have any. If the images are different, you need to be more specific with tags and captions I think. 

Not impossible to have a sale with less than 1,000 images, but it’s due to a number of factors eg content of your portfolio, what clients are looking for, good tagging and captions etc, so don’t assume it’s the quality of your images. Persistence, determination and constant review are, IMHO based on only a year’s worth of experience, key factors.

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Congratulations 
And celebrations
When I tell everyone that you're in love.

 

Sorry Flutterwithtrees I got carried away with Cliff Richard.

 

Well done and never give up.

 

Alan

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2 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Keep uploading and uploading and uploading.;)

 

Allan

 

 

Thank you Allan, I know,  I only have 179 images,  I'm loosing motivation my little creativity goes in waves ;)

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On 06/02/2018 at 09:09, Futterwithtrees said:

What a relief: I have just had my first sale ever on Alamy after 12 months of uploading and waiting. I had almost given up all hope. Its a small sale.$20 to me after commission but it's a welcome start. It wasn't zoomed

 

 

It might have been zoomed, just not by a 'registered' Alamy customer.

 

Congratulations, by the way.

 

Gruffydd

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Congratulations

 

Nice set of pictures but noticed HXXYD6 I think you'll find that is Wolf's Bane (Aconitum) rather than Foxglove (Digitalis)

 

Chris

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Stay with it, Futter -- your pics look very good. 

 

I have 38 zooms showing this morning.  Just 2 of those are sales. 

 

Edo

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Congratulations. I have not made any sales on Alamy as yet, though Ive just received my third payout from one of the microstock agencies. Hopefully, I'll make some dollars on here too one day.

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I have appreciated all the very positive comments and words of encouragement so thanks to all. I am in a bit of a dilemma however. Alamy is not the only stock agency I use and am enjoying reasonable success with microstock etc. I think I have some personal indicators that some of my images are being viwed and occasionally zoomed on Alamy and then downloaded elsewhere. I have now resolved to keep a percentage of every shoot for Alamy alone to see if that makes a difference. One of the questions I keep asking myself is "Why would anyone pay more for any of my images on Alamy when the microstock market is full of similar and sometimes better images"

My photography is not niche. My subjects are not exclusive and I don't see buyers saying I must have this image and nothing else. Perhaps what I am really saying is that i don't believe in myself enough to go exclusive with Alamy. 

Comments appreciated.:unsure::rolleyes: 

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On 2018-02-08 at 08:52, Kelv said:

Congratulations, I'm still waiting and waiting and waiting :)

 

It will happen that elusive first sale, you have really good images, the key is to upload more of the same quality. Try and set a goal to have a thousand images by a time you can achieve. Good luck.

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Congratulations on making your first sale! I also remember my first, and the fact that it totally sold me on Alamy. It was from a set of images that were rejected by my previous stock agent. There was no reason given and I couldn't see any legitimate reason for the rejection, so I switched. The several sales since from that set have convinced me it was the right decision.

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17 hours ago, Normspics said:

 

It will happen that elusive first sale, you have really good images, the key is to upload more of the same quality. Try and set a goal to have a thousand images by a time you can achieve. Good luck.

Thank you, I've got a long way to go but it will be worth it.

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22 hours ago, Futterwithtrees said:

 

My photography is not niche. My subjects are not exclusive and I don't see buyers saying I must have this image and nothing else. Perhaps what I am really saying is that i don't believe in myself enough to go exclusive with Alamy. 

Comments appreciated.:unsure::rolleyes: 

 

I think I'll just pop out and get some shots of Portavogie harbour... I just get a train to the airport (cost), fly to Belfast (cost), bus from the airport to accomodation (cost, cost), bus to Portavogie (cost) and then back home (all costs x2.) And then I have to contend with the weather I get, whereas you can choose. 

A niche is relative, sometimes it just happens to be where you are relative to others. Sometimes it is knowledge. Sometimes it is patience. Niche's come in all shapes and sizes.

 

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Funkyworm! Point well made and received. Portavogie here I come and maybe Kilkeel and Ardglass as well. Thanks. Niche... All Thinks fish, nets and trawlers.

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I had one sale 2,27$...for me 0,68$ B) Why is it small price, when I read here, all of  you  get some bigger price?

Sorry for my English, best regards!

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Welcome, emi!

 

Might be a bulk sale of some sort, or a small sale through a distributor; both reduce your share. I decided long ago to stay away from the various 'schemes' at Alamy. I get 50% of sales (except "affiliate sales") and rarely get a sale under $20. There are many factors involved, so it is best to wait until you have many sales in your history to draw conclusions.

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Thanks KevinS,  I just have to study this various schemes here at Alamy. Do photos which are RM or editorial have higher price and if photo is RM can you  sell it somewhere else? Is it some kind of exclusivity?

 

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Keep it up! Congrats. :-)

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50 minutes ago, emi said:

Thanks KevinS,  I just have to study this various schemes here at Alamy. Do photos which are RM or editorial have higher price and if photo is RM can you  sell it somewhere else? Is it some kind of exclusivity?

 

Emi,  RM stands for Rights Managed, and means that the license is granted (and priced) for a specific use, unlike RF. I don't know much about RF as mine are all RM. RM images can be sold elsewhere, and it is up to the photographer to "manage" the rights as Alamy doesn't do that, AFAIK. By manage I mean you can't license the same rights to different customers. I have one calendar customer who always sends a message in advance asking if the image is available for a certain use. I respond that it is, then I do not license those rights to another calendar company.      

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I have only sold 2 images but the positive high from it lingers on and on.

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11 hours ago, KevinS said:

Emi,  RM stands for Rights Managed, and means that the license is granted (and priced) for a specific use, unlike RF. I don't know much about RF as mine are all RM. RM images can be sold elsewhere, and it is up to the photographer to "manage" the rights as Alamy doesn't do that, AFAIK. By manage I mean you can't license the same rights to different customers. I have one calendar customer who always sends a message in advance asking if the image is available for a certain use. I respond that it is, then I do not license those rights to another calendar company.      

Thank you for answer!

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