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03/27/2011 08:39:52 AM · #1576
I have gotten past that step. They were approved, I keyworded them, they became "ready" and now I'm trying to find out where the customer can see them. When I go to Alamy's search feature and type in one of my keywords, mine do not show. I was wondering if there was another time wait or if I have missed a step.

update: I think I found my answer. I was reading in the contributors info and found a note that says changes made will take affect in 24 hours excluding weekends.

Message edited by author 2011-03-27 10:16:55.
08/03/2012 02:44:58 AM · #1577
Thread from the dead. :P

Submitting 4 shots as we speak. I kinda cast off stock photo in the past because I only tried microstock. Hoping this goes better and that I pass the test.
08/03/2012 03:53:51 AM · #1578
Good luck me duck.
08/03/2012 01:43:54 PM · #1579
That was a fast failure. Two images "soft or lacking definition".

Bummed out.
08/03/2012 02:24:39 PM · #1580
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My guess is that I enjoy shooting with shallow depth of field. I have a lot of shots like this that are passable but probably not as crisp as they should be. I know I should get off the habit because it hurts my shots more than it helps, but it just looks SOOO good when you do get that focus crisp on the eyes and everything else falls off.

Message edited by author 2012-08-03 14:25:48.
08/03/2012 02:32:21 PM · #1581
left comment, don't take it personal.
08/03/2012 03:46:56 PM · #1582
I don't mean to be discouraging but macrostock in my opinion is even harder to make money at than microstock. I've had much better success at micro. I started submitting at alamy the same time as I did microstock sites. I haven't had 1 sale in 7 months at alamy admittedly I stopped submitting photos after about 100 but I have less photos than that on istock and have only been submitting for 5 months there and already have made quite a bit. I have almost 700 photos on shutterstock and after 7 months am already making significant extra money every month.

This thread reminds me I need to take all my photos off of alamy. I decided a long time ago it's a waste of time. Get your photography skills good enough to make it at shutterstock and all the rest of them will except you. Except istock they are even harder. Make a commitment to submit at least 10 new ones a week and you should start making a little extra cash after a few months.

I will take a look at your photo and comment, keep in mind I will be commenting on it as a stock image which is different than regular photography.
08/03/2012 04:06:21 PM · #1583
I left a comment and told you I would show you what I mean by being sharp at 100% magnification. The eye on the photo you showed us should be about this sharp when at 100% crop

Here is the full size photo:
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Here is the crop:
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And remember there should be no noise or artifacting at 100% crop so no using noise software or sharpening software or it will introduce artifacts. You have to get everything right in camera.
08/03/2012 06:20:04 PM · #1584
Thanks everyone.

Jennifer, the reason I chose Alamy is because it seemed like the better place FOR unique shots. I don't want to shoot for istock, I'd get too bored. I travel and don't have a studio so all of my shots are and will continue to be unique. One of the featured photographers I looked at on the site had shots in the same genre as mine, even close ups of just eyes with crazy makeup. So I thought my style would do better there than any other site.

The rest of the technical advice makes sense, but frustrating. :P

Oh here: //www.alamy.com/my-lightbox-view.asp?LB=1064104 "Editor's Choice".

And more here. All look unique to me. Definitely higher quality than most of my shots, no denying, but seems like something to aspire to.
08/03/2012 06:39:11 PM · #1585
Originally posted by sjhuls:

... no using noise software or sharpening software or it will introduce artifacts. You have to get everything right in camera.

<cone_of_silence=ON>Psst: Don't tell anyone, but I've occasionally used a "high radius unsharp mask" technique to improve contrast on images accepted at Shutterstock.<cone_of_silence=OFF>
08/03/2012 11:09:48 PM · #1586
Originally posted by escapetooz:

Thanks everyone.

Jennifer, the reason I chose Alamy is because it seemed like the better place FOR unique shots. I don't want to shoot for istock, I'd get too bored. I travel and don't have a studio so all of my shots are and will continue to be unique. One of the featured photographers I looked at on the site had shots in the same genre as mine, even close ups of just eyes with crazy makeup. So I thought my style would do better there than any other site.

The rest of the technical advice makes sense, but frustrating. :P

Oh here: //www.alamy.com/my-lightbox-view.asp?LB=1064104 "Editor's Choice".

And more here. All look unique to me. Definitely higher quality than most of my shots, no denying, but seems like something to aspire to.


If alamy is what you are after then I say go for it, but there is no reason why you can't do those sorts of shots for micro stock. Micro stock is not just boring isolations there are people doing some really creative stuff. I like to submit creative stuff as well but I sandwich it in between boring stuff.

These images were accepted on shutterstock and have already sold several times, and I don't think these are boring stock images at all:

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I know the link you showed me more edgy fashion stuff so it's different than my style, but I'm just saying that you don't have to lose your style to do micro stock. In fact if you can find a way to stand out from the crowd of millions of other photos by being a bit different you are more likely to sell.

By the way, I do usually use a bit of sharpening as well(don't tell anyone) but you have to have a light hand.
08/03/2012 11:20:20 PM · #1587
Hah I'm sorry if that came out as insulting saying it was boring. I realize now I was responding to something ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' BrennanOB said on my photo, not you Jennifer:

"To my eyes the issue with this as a stock image is that it is too unique, from the makeup to the framing it lacks that bland attractiveness that is the hallmark of stock imagery."

Woops. Pardon my speed reading mistake. Hope that gives context to why I said I would get bored, it was in response to the assertion that I should go for "bland attractiveness". LOL.

Your shots are beautiful. :D

I think that's another reason why I'd prefer to take my chances at Alamy. Your shots have more mass appeal, mine generally don't but maybe a person or 2 might find them nice and useful for something. We'll see. I'm not ruling it out entirely, I have thousands of photos I could potentially go through to find shots that might work that maybe I overlooked before. I tend to overlook shots that aren't portraits I'm in love with. hehe.

Message edited by author 2012-08-03 23:23:44.
04/23/2013 12:26:02 AM · #1588
Do most people sell RM or RF at Alamy?
04/26/2013 05:30:24 AM · #1589
Originally posted by dmadden:

Do most people sell RM or RF at Alamy?


I sell mostly RF .. but it really depends on what you are shooting.
04/26/2013 05:53:03 AM · #1590
Originally posted by dmadden:

Do most people sell RM or RF at Alamy?

Volumewise: more RF
Royaltywise: more RM
04/26/2013 12:32:36 PM · #1591
For the moment only RF.
04/26/2013 02:22:56 PM · #1592
RF seems like the way forward
04/26/2013 03:19:54 PM · #1593
Originally posted by dmadden:

RF seems like the way forward


Alamy is dying I don't even bother. RF is all I sell.
04/26/2013 04:19:14 PM · #1594
Originally posted by sjhuls:



Alamy is dying I don't even bother. RF is all I sell.

Maybe for you, not for many others!
06/15/2013 09:19:34 PM · #1595
Last year, Alamy sales were great. However, it's been 5 months since they dropped their royalty rate from 60% to 50%.

Therefore, I expected a 16.67% drop in revenue. However, the number of sales dropped almost immediately. It makes me wonder what the hell is going on with them. Supposedly the rate drop was to cover additional marketing.

Alamy is still my best producing agency. Out of 15 agencies, it still produces 40% of revenue. But, it used to 65%.
02/19/2014 03:02:26 PM · #1596
For those interested, Almay just released a cell phone app that allows you to upload and sell your iPhone images. //www.stockimo.com/?gclid=CKDo-9X92LwCFawWMgodoQ0AWw

Happy cell phone shooting!
10/08/2014 08:27:56 PM · #1597
I just joined Alamy and I have a general question. If I take a photo of a non-professional climber on a rock face, which makes him/her generally recognizable, do I need a release to send that photo in as stock?
10/08/2014 08:51:33 PM · #1598
Originally posted by hiltonmd:

I just joined Alamy and I have a general question. If I take a photo of a non-professional climber on a rock face, which makes him/her generally recognizable, do I need a release to send that photo in as stock?

Short answer is yes.

Longer answer is that images with recognizable people (face, distinctive attire, etc.) will require a release for stock use except as "editorial" (basically current news photos) which is a small segment of the market.
10/08/2014 09:25:00 PM · #1599
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by hiltonmd:

I just joined Alamy and I have a general question. If I take a photo of a non-professional climber on a rock face, which makes him/her generally recognizable, do I need a release to send that photo in as stock?

Short answer is yes.

Longer answer is that images with recognizable people (face, distinctive attire, etc.) will require a release for stock use except as "editorial" (basically current news photos) which is a small segment of the market.


Thanks.
10/10/2014 12:37:17 PM · #1600
As far as I know Alamy requires model releases for all none-editorial images that have people or body part in them. It does not matter if the person is identifiable or not.

//www.alamy.com/contributor/help/image-releases.asp


Why you need releases for people and property?
...
If a person can recognise themselves in an image. Examples when you need a model release also include, crowd scenes, team sports, and scenarios when the face is not visible such as parts of the body, or silhouettes. For a picture of two people shaking hands, where only the hands are in shot, you need two model releases.


Message edited by author 2014-10-10 12:40:22.
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