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Agency Based Discussion => Alamy.com => Topic started by: Phillip Minnis on February 28, 2012, 22:57

Title: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: Phillip Minnis on February 28, 2012, 22:57
I joined Alamy about three or four years ago, however, I failed the entry test, and I didn't try again until a couple of months ago.  

My first batch were rejected, however, a few days later, I was accepted.  Since then, I have been gradually adding images, and at the moment, I have 262 images on sale.  I still have around 1800 images to upload and submit.

After reading some of the forum posts on this site, I was not expecting to achieve a sale until I had most of my portfolio on the site, and I then gathered it could take some time to achieve a sale.

However, today, I had my first sale!  What a great surprise!  After commission, I received $69.21 for this image!  I'm totally thrilled!  

This is the http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={C2B2C11F-1F4D-4AEE-BD82-FB5BE1C2FFFF} (http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={C2B2C11F-1F4D-4AEE-BD82-FB5BE1C2FFFF})
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: ann on February 28, 2012, 23:04
big Canberra-gratulations, Phillip!
Smiles - Ann
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: Stepunk on February 29, 2012, 03:46
Congratulations! ;)
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: panicAttack on February 29, 2012, 04:24
congratulations!
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: ShadySue on February 29, 2012, 05:06
Yaaay, congratulations!
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: gemmy12 on February 29, 2012, 08:12
Congrats Phillip.. its always great to have 1st sale :-) and 1st sale in alamy then...wow.
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: WarrenPrice on February 29, 2012, 10:21
very encouraging congrats
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: Stu49 on February 29, 2012, 11:32
Sales can be few and far between, but when they happen they're worth it ;)

Well done :)  Stu
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: archimage17 on April 17, 2012, 00:30
hello, I'm new to stock photography.. shouldn't this image of the Parliament Building be an editorial image? I'm wondering how a public building face can be sold as RF.

Please suggest. Thanks.
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: BaldricksTrousers on April 17, 2012, 01:13
hello, I'm new to stock photography.. shouldn't this image of the Parliament Building be an editorial image? I'm wondering how a public building face can be sold as RF.

Please suggest. Thanks.

That would depend on the local (Australian) laws. In some places they take the view that a public building belongs to the people so they can use pictures of it however they like. In others they announce rules that everybody just ignores with impunity: for example the Greeks decided to proclaim that only the government could license photos of archaeological monuments - but nobody pays attention to any rules from Athens and they never enforce them so it made no difference whatsoever.

Ultimately, the end user is responsible for how they use the photo and being sure they have not violated rules.
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: archimage17 on April 17, 2012, 02:41
thank you for the update and prompt reply
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: BaldricksTrousers on April 17, 2012, 05:00
thank you for the update and prompt reply

Maybe I should also have said that you should do your best to follow the rules, doubly so if you are working in more litigious societies, such as the US, but generally speaking there is no need to worry unduly if you accidentally put the wrong licence on something. There must be tens of thousands of images which have got wrongly licensed but you will have a hard job finding any stock photographer who has ever been sued for it.
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: eyecandy on April 17, 2012, 12:02
Congratulations!  ;D Well done!
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: djpadavona on June 21, 2012, 10:23
Belated congratulations!

What keeps me from sending my entire port to Alamy is the clunky uploading process. Specifically having to divide all your keywords into 3 separate categories of relevancy. I actually prefer IS's upload process to Alamy.

The sales are sparse, but they are very rewarding. In total I make about 5% of my earnings at Alamy with only 1/2 my portfolio uploaded. I'm pretty happy with those numbers.
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: tab62 on June 28, 2012, 08:47
I wouldn't pop the cork yet until 30 days have passed- the refund policy may kick in like it did on my first sale...
Title: Re: My First Alamy Sale!
Post by: wordplanet on July 02, 2012, 12:35
Congrats! Nice image! Cool-looking building and the symmetry of your photo really works - good to know when to break the rule of thirds
Nice one !   8)