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1 / Opting out of China in distribution scheme?
« on: September 20, 2022, 23:55 »
I have opted out of China in distribution scheme last April but had again tens on sales to China (China,Editorial website) for a couple of cents each.  I have also opted out of Novel use.  These sales were all dated 20 September 2022.  Any idea what is going on? 

2 / How to opt out of penny sales?
« on: March 29, 2022, 01:05 »
I just had about 20 more sales for 12 cents gross.  They were all distributor sales netting 3 cents each.  Country is not disclosed and there is no info whether these were novel scheme sales.

It is soon April and that is the time period to opt out of various sales categories.  There is novel scheme sales to consider, distributor sales and sales to different countries. 

I would like to opt out of all those penny sales without losing any good sales. 

I plan to opt out of novel scheme and China + Russia.  But the 20 distributor penny sales from yesterday did not disclose a country.  I think that is deliberate from Alamy.   

What would be the optimal strategy here?

3 / Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: December 04, 2021, 02:42 »
Just had a huge sale, my share is 7 cents.

The deal is this:

Usage: Editorial, Use in syndicated editorial news features, single context only. Includes archive rights in-perpetuity.
Media: Newspaper - national
Print run: Unlimited
Placement: National
Image Size: up to full area

Duration: In perpetuity

Alamy was acquired by PA Media 2020. It is part of PA Media Group Limited, a private company with 26 shareholders, most of whom are national and regional newspaper publishers. The biggest shareholders include the Daily Mail and General Trust, News UK, and Informa.

So 7 cents, unlimited print runs in perpetuity for all shareholders of PA Media.  Includes archive rights in-perpetuity...



Image Sleuth / Selling POD stuff, are there any rules?
« on: December 25, 2020, 05:11 »
Here's an example of one of my images being sold as prints, phone covers etc.  No watermark, no reference to any stock agency, no reference to artists or licenses.

Would you consider this legitimate? 

This image has never been sold as EL and I am not selling it on any POD site. 

This is not the first time I have found my images sold in dubious sites, as wall papers, wall art, towels etc., but usually there is some trace of a stock agency licensing the image.  This time there is none.

So how can you tell if someone is selling POD stuff of your images legally or just stealing from you?  Are there any strict rules for this kind of use of images? 

edit.  Searched a bit more Amazon for this image of mine and  found several other brands and sellers using this image in similar ways.  Google image search does not find these but if I search for the title of this image I have in Alamy I find several sellers in Amazon.   Like this one

All are recently launched and all are under different brands.  Some are private persons and some are companies.   



Cheking my mails from Adobe I find that the last mail I received about the bonus program 30 Mar 2020 informs that the new bonus program starts at February 2021.

I activated my old bonus program during September 2019.  So it ended this September and I have to pay until the new program starts at 2/2021? At least my old subscription was activated by Adobe and I was charged on Creative Cloud Photography with 20GB for October. 

Or am I missing something here? 

6 / June so far
« on: June 01, 2020, 03:47 »
The new percentage based scheme started today. 

I just had my first June sale, a subscription for 0.36.  That's been my subscription fee in May too.  In the new scheme I am at level 4.  That's 30% share.  So 30% share is  0.36 too?

A bit surprising.  How is your June sales developing?

7 / iStock connect/fixed usage sales?
« on: April 21, 2020, 05:08 »
Checking March income statement for espgetty I see that I have made about 20 dollars from various items reported in connect summary statement.

Most of it comes from items under fixed usage fees. 

Connect.txt reports these sales one by one and I have about 4000 sales there (all or most of my portofolio in iStock).  The data in each of these 4000 sales is the same: Getty, California, 0.02683, 0.15000, 0.00403. 

So Getty has sold all my images as fixed usage for 2.7 cents and I am paid 0.4 cents per image totaling about 17 dollars. 

There is no information about the buyer nor have I found any explanation for the term "fixed usage fee" or the nature of these sales. 

I was under the impression that connect sales were view based royalties from embedded images.

I have not been active in espgetty for a year and might have missed some info about these fixed usage sales. 

I wonder what this is all about.  Anyone else having similar fixed usage sales?

8 / How to delete a photo from iStock?
« on: January 03, 2017, 13:42 »
I needed to delete one image from iStock.  So I created a contributor support ticket specifying the file and asked for deletion.  I also gave valid reasons why this one file should be deleted.  It has been a couple of weeks and there is no response and the file is still on sale.  Is there some other way to get the file deleted as contributor ticket doesn't seem to function? 


Newbie Discussion / Copying keywords from Shutterstock?
« on: June 03, 2015, 00:58 »

I have so far keyworded my photos after submitting to Shutterstock, but started just to keyword before submitting by editing IPTC data.

I tried to copy keywords from my already accepted photos from shutterstock, but run into troubles.  This is what a copied set of keywords look

cold, freezing, form, natural, white, new, sample, seasonal, hol
celebration, frosty, icicle, black, ice, abstract, macro, snowfl
hoarfrost, season, stiffened, decorative, cool, design, color, w
weather, crystal, frost, decorating, background, snow, nature, p
structure, glass

There seems to be an issue with line changes.  Is there a way to copy keywords from shutterstock without messing the set of keywords? 

Thanks in advance.


Hello all,

I was just recently accepted for Shutterstock and have now uploaded my first 100 photos.  So far I have been editing the keywords in SS after uploading the photos to SS.  I am planning to submit also to some other microstock agencies and don't want to do the keywording individually for each agency.  So I need some software to do the keywording before uploading, but don't know how to accomplish this.

I was told that Lightroom would be a good software for this purpose, but my computer has 32 bit Windows and new Lightroom needs 64 bit Windows to install.  I tried keywording in some software I have already installed in my computer, like ZoomBrowser, but the keywords entered in ZoomBrowser did not show after uploading the photo to SS.  Is there a good free software that gets the job done?  Or if I need to buy a software how do I know that SS and other agencies accept the keywords entered with this software?

Any help much appreciated.

Thanks very much in advance, Henri

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