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velocicarpo

« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2012, 19:05 »
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Hi Jonathan,

Many thanks! Sending you a PM tomorrow..


« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2012, 19:46 »
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Why Getty via Flickr?  thats no good, why not try for the real Getty RM,  if your stuff is original, that is. Also you have Masterfile and Corbis, although Im not sure Corbis is selling anything nowdays.

I know this discussion is about RM, but anyway:
Corbis IS selling things. Through one of my RF-agencies, I've got images with Corbis. They're doing alright.

I'm debating whether Getty RM is still worthwhile my time. Sometimes I get a real good sale there (3-4 digits), but most of them are selling for less than RF, thanks to their Premium Access scheme. Quite a lot of sales for a low 2-digit figure with licensing times of 4-7 years... which kind of makes it RF anyway.

« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2012, 19:49 »
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All agencies mentioned (besides Alamy and Zooner I presume) are exclusive agencies or at least require image exlcusive submissions. So I can't imagine that these suggestions qualify to the OP's question.

Corbis is not image exclusive, at least not if you don't want to.

antistock

« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2012, 21:26 »
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talking about Masterfile, are they still alive or what ? i haven't heard a single positive feedback about them since a long time.

lagereek

« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2012, 01:33 »
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Why Getty via Flickr?  thats no good, why not try for the real Getty RM,  if your stuff is original, that is. Also you have Masterfile and Corbis, although Im not sure Corbis is selling anything nowdays.

I know this discussion is about RM, but anyway:
Corbis IS selling things. Through one of my RF-agencies, I've got images with Corbis. They're doing alright.

I'm debating whether Getty RM is still worthwhile my time. Sometimes I get a real good sale there (3-4 digits), but most of them are selling for less than RF, thanks to their Premium Access scheme. Quite a lot of sales for a low 2-digit figure with licensing times of 4-7 years... which kind of makes it RF anyway.

Nowdays, Corbis will just refer you to Veers, their own RM section hardly sell anything. I know a few of really prolific suppliers to the Corbis RM and they hardly see anything worthwhile.
No matter how you twist and turn it, when it comes to RM, the actual Getty-housecollection, is the place to be in. They do sell indeed.

lagereek

« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2012, 01:35 »
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talking about Masterfile, are they still alive or what ? i haven't heard a single positive feedback about them since a long time.

Oh they are about alright and have some really impressive names and stuff. They are a bit differant, like to keep things close to their chest.

« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2012, 11:15 »
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Back to the topic of making money on RM, i read on this forum the other day that there's a guy who has 80,000 photo's on alamy.   Ok, that's alot, but it does present some great possibilities.  He doesn't really edit his photo's, and just posts and keywords them.    I suppose if you have some talent, go to some interesting places and post THOUSANDS of photo's to alamy, you can make some serious $.   I know it's alot of work, but isn't preparing each individual photo for MS alot of work?  I'd rather take  more photo's and not spend my life in photoshop personally.    but i could be wrong, i am not making any $ off my work yet.   I think i may try the "throw alot on Alamy" method, if they let me.   

« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2012, 13:05 »
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... I know it's alot of work, ...
If you want to be successful (or want to make a decent amount of money) it's always going to be "a lot of work", no matter if your produce quantity or quality...

antistock

« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2012, 23:03 »
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Back to the topic of making money on RM, i read on this forum the other day that there's a guy who has 80,000 photo's on alamy.   Ok, that's alot, but it does present some great possibilities.  He doesn't really edit his photo's, and just posts and keywords them.    I suppose if you have some talent, go to some interesting places and post THOUSANDS of photo's to alamy, you can make some serious $.   I know it's alot of work, but isn't preparing each individual photo for MS alot of work?  I'd rather take  more photo's and not spend my life in photoshop personally.    but i could be wrong, i am not making any $ off my work yet.   I think i may try the "throw alot on Alamy" method, if they let me.   

yes, he's Jeff Greenberg, he often writes in the Alamy forum, he reported 5-600 sales per year on alamy.
it's a lot but it's also a very small payout if you think he's got 80K images in store !

his pics are basically snapshots straight out of the camera, he probably just set Auto Levels on photoshop, save the file as JPG, and upload to alamy.

he's definitely showing us that there's indeed a market niche for his obscure subjects but i wonder how long it takes to do all the keywording !

antistock

« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2012, 23:11 »
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I suppose if you have some talent, go to some interesting places and post THOUSANDS of photo's to alamy, you can make some serious $.   I know it's alot of work, but isn't preparing each individual photo for MS alot of work? 

it all depends on the location.
images about UK seem to be the top seller, and my Thailand pics are outselling my ones made in vietnam/burma/laos/cambodia  on a ratio of 20:1 !
china is doing ok too.


 

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