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04/30/2005 01:29:22 AM · #26
Just over 2 weeks - still waiting.
04/30/2005 02:12:07 AM · #27
Thanks for the update, Matt. I was just wondering how this application process was going. Good luck!
04/30/2005 09:51:07 AM · #28
Yeah they said it could be a couple weeks for the QC test - if I pass that, I guess this saga continues. If not, the saga will move to me trying to build up a better test folio for them and trying again - but it won't end! :)

I hope I hear soon though.
04/30/2005 10:56:33 AM · #29
heh...I figured I'd give this thing a shot too...so I sumbitted to getty. I think their reviewers probably laughed at me. But the rejection email they sent me was rather nice and left me with a nice feeling even though I didn't get in. I think I waited nearly 2 months for them to get back to me.
04/30/2005 04:49:41 PM · #30
Originally posted by pcody:

Hey. You lost your color!


He should have it back very soon :)

Deannda
Giving back when I can
04/30/2005 05:20:14 PM · #31
??
04/30/2005 05:22:30 PM · #32
Oh wow, I got your PM - it's going in now. :o

M
04/30/2005 05:24:42 PM · #33
I'm baaaaaaaack! *adds to watched threads*

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Message edited by author 2005-04-30 17:34:09.
04/30/2005 06:38:57 PM · #34
Good luck Matt....

I had already started to put a few shots together for Alamy myself so I'm also very interested in how this goes.

Bob
05/05/2005 07:22:05 AM · #35
This email came yesterday:
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Dear Matthew

05/04/2005 Thankyou, we have received the following submission(s) and the following references have been allocated to each media (i.e each CD, DVD, hard drive etc)

DATE RECEIVED ALAMY MEDIA REF
03 May 2005 133562

The Submission will now be copied to our system and placed in a queue for Quality Control. You will be notified by e-mail again when the submission process is complete.
05/05/2005 07:38:27 AM · #36
I whish you good luck. I'm sure your image(s) will be accepted. Keep us up to date with your incomes :)
05/05/2005 07:51:32 AM · #37
Be patient. Once they received my first cd, it took 15 days for them to process it. I just sent in a second one. They got it 4/25 and it's still sitting in the queue.
05/05/2005 08:15:05 AM · #38
I'm patient - just updating.
05/05/2005 09:15:42 AM · #39
They do get there.

My images at Alamy

I have a few hundred up, and will have a few hundred more in a few days after I finish keywording them. Actually I should have about 600 by the end of the week with a few more DVDs in the mail on the way over there.
05/05/2005 09:26:33 AM · #40
Originally posted by nsbca7:

They do get there.

My images at Alamy

I have a few hundred up, and will have a few hundred more in a few days after I finish keywording them. Actually I should have about 600 by the end of the week with a few more DVDs in the mail on the way over there.


I just sent my first picts to alamy last week... since you have a few hundred up, about how many pics do you sell a month? Is this really worth all of the trouble? This is my first time submitting for stock so I'm really new to this.
05/05/2005 09:39:16 AM · #41
Originally posted by clarmore:


I just sent my first picts to alamy last week... since you have a few hundred up, about how many pics do you sell a month? Is this really worth all of the trouble? This is my first time submitting for stock so I'm really new to this.


I only made $600 the first month, but now that I have had a few pictures up since April I'm bringing in about $10,000 a month.

No. Really, if you want to know if it is worth all the trouble you should ask yourself that question. You are not going to make a living off this, at least not right away. Most photographers use stock as a way of generating a little extra income, not as a primary source. There are exceptions. If you have good clear well composed iconic images you will make money.
05/05/2005 09:52:57 AM · #42
These are My pictures at Alamy.

I send off a CD of about 50 pictures a week. It takes about a month for images to get approved. Then it tends to take about 3 months once they're up for them to really get into the sales "flow". I think people look and put them in lightboxes and decide if images will work out for their projects or not and then finally purchase, which takes a while. My sales have ranged between $100 - $400 with the average being about $200 per sale. But you need to have a lot uploaded before you really see regular sales.

The great thing about Alamy is that they have a no-editing policy. As long as the images pass quality control, meaning they look for pixelization or hot pixels, correct sizing, etc., they'll put up everything you send them. I've shot stock for several years now, so I have a really good idea of what sells and I like that creative control.

Good luck, Mav, you'll do well. :)
05/05/2005 10:14:40 AM · #43
Jodie
Do they have a minimum number in terms of how many images they want you to submit in order to be registered and then on an ongoing basis?
That's the killer for me with a number of agencies.
My DH sent off a CD a short while back and has also received the same email as Mav about it being in the queue for quality control. I'm considering also registering some of my images with them too, particularly my wildlife stuff.
Kavey
05/05/2005 10:22:37 AM · #44
Originally posted by Kavey:

Jodie
Do they have a minimum number in terms of how many images they want you to submit in order to be registered and then on an ongoing basis?
That's the killer for me with a number of agencies.
My DH sent off a CD a short while back and has also received the same email as Mav about it being in the queue for quality control. I'm considering also registering some of my images with them too, particularly my wildlife stuff.
Kavey


No, they want you to submit something like 15 - 20 images for your first submission, and then it's up to you whether you submit 10 a year, 1000 a month or whatever works for you. Of course, sales are better the more you send, but they don't offer any sort of instruction as far as sending in regular submissions. I just send 50 a week because I basically shoot stock for a living and that's about what I do per week due to my schedule.
05/05/2005 10:43:19 AM · #45
Jodie

Thanks for your response.

What I'd really appreciate advice on is the issue of exclusivity. I am clear enough about the fact that some agencies require exclusivity in terms of the images one submits to them. I'm less clear on the issue of how different an image needs to be in order to be seen as a different image. For example, if I take a photo of a lion looking straight towards me and then another image with the lion's head noticably in a different position or with his eyes clearly looking in a different direction, but with the same background, composition etc, could/ should I submit one each to two different agencies? I thought this would be acceptable (provided there was a clear enough difference between the two) but a very successful professional wildlife photographer told me recently that some agencies will include in their meaning of exclusivity any image that was clearly taken by the same photographer of the same subject at the same occasion and is similar in content.

Just to clarify, I understand Alamy doesn't ask for exclusivity but other agencies do and I thought you might have experience of it.

Any comments on this?

Message edited by author 2005-05-05 10:47:29.
05/05/2005 10:51:14 AM · #46
Alamy doesn't require exclusivity, and at the moment I only use portals that do not. However, the photographer you spoke to is correct. If you can tell the image was taken of the same subject, same time, same lighting, etc., and an agency requires exclusivity, you'd be cutting your own throat to submit similar images to another agency.

If you do belong to an exclusive agency, the deal is usually that you send them your photos, they review them and keep what they want, and you're free to submit what they've returned to you to whomever you wish, as long as they're not similar to anything they've kept. The agency will usually spell this all out very clearly for you and if you have specific questions they can answer those for you.
05/05/2005 11:14:19 AM · #47
Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by clarmore:


I just sent my first picts to alamy last week... since you have a few hundred up, about how many pics do you sell a month? Is this really worth all of the trouble? This is my first time submitting for stock so I'm really new to this.


I only made $600 the first month, but now that I have had a few pictures up since April I'm bringing in about $10,000 a month.


Wow, thats a lot! I could pay for med school with an income like that. You arent pulling our legs right?
I am soon getting my rebel, so I guess my next goal is to build up a portfolio of 100+ images taken with my rebel and then try my luck at alamy.

In other news my G5 has almost paid for itself on shutterstock + istockphoto... I feel that I have gained a lot of experience by starting at these lower sites and hopefully will be moving up in the stock world soon.


05/05/2005 11:23:12 AM · #48
Originally posted by nico_blue:

You arent pulling our legs right?


I think that the succeeding paragraph might answer your query...
05/05/2005 12:19:32 PM · #49
Originally posted by jodiecoston:

Alamy doesn't require exclusivity, and at the moment I only use portals that do not. However, the photographer you spoke to is correct. If you can tell the image was taken of the same subject, same time, same lighting, etc., and an agency requires exclusivity, you'd be cutting your own throat to submit similar images to another agency.

If you do belong to an exclusive agency, the deal is usually that you send them your photos, they review them and keep what they want, and you're free to submit what they've returned to you to whomever you wish, as long as they're not similar to anything they've kept. The agency will usually spell this all out very clearly for you and if you have specific questions they can answer those for you.


Thanks Jodie

I just hadn't realised before speaking to this photographer that exclusivity included similar rather than just same!

Are there any other agencies that you can recommend - I'm really only interested in ones that do not stipulate a large minumum number of images or a specific number to be provided per month or year.

THANKS
05/05/2005 01:41:08 PM · #50
I don't have any experience with stock photography at all, so please forgive this basic question, but I was wondering about the 48MB file size requirement for Alamy. They recommend using the Genuine Fractals software for up-resizing. So my question for Jodie, nsbca7 and anyone else who has had experience with stock photo sites, do you use the Genuine Fractals software, or are there other programs that are less expensive that do as good a job?

Another question: Do you edit the 17MB photo and then resize up, or the other way around?
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