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A question for Alamy contributors on this forum.

Other than one spectacular success (by my standards anyway) I've not really had much interest in my Alamy stock. I don't have many live images on the site - maybe around 50 by the time I've finished tagging some invisible pictures tonight.

I have my content set to rights managed. I have perhaps a couple of hundred more decent images to upload.

I have no problem getting past quality control, but that obviously doesn't guarantee a sale.

It could be that I just create bland and irrelevant pictures of course - but - giving me the benefit of the doubt, is 'rights managed' the best way to go?

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If you've got fewer than 50 images on there and you've sold one,....... you're doing bl**dy well!

The comments I've seen on the user forum suggest you need to have 1000 or so loaded before you can expect much.
 

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If you've got fewer than 50 images on there and you've sold one,....... you're doing bl**dy well!

The comments I've seen on the user forum suggest you need to have 1000 or so loaded before you can expect much.
Ha ha - I only had about 20 on at the time and one sold for $350+. I had abandoned the idea and forgotten I even uploaded them. I appreciate that this was almost certainly a case of the right image, in the right place at the right time, amongst hundreds of millions.

Just a fluke.
 
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I have been with Alamy since my film days and you really need 1000's of images in stock to really see any benefit from it now a days. Honestly it is getting to where you need tens of thousands of images. I basically only do rights managed, that is where the money is at. For images that don't get accepted to Alamy I put up as royalty free on bunch of micro stock sites.

Something to keep in mind about rights managed. Legally you can only put them up on one site, you can't put them up on multiple sites as rights managed or royalty free. Well, technically you can but you can get yourself into serious legal trouble if you do. The reason is when someone buys a rights managed image over a royalty free image is they want to know every place that image has been used. So if you put an image on Alamy and say an insurance company buys the image for an ad and Alamy tells them the image has never been used prior. But you put the image on say Getty and some other insurance company (even worse say a porn product) used the image in an ad and after using the image the company that went through Alamy finds out about a prior use. This is going to fall back on you and you will be in a world of financial trouble. Will probably also get sued by the company that went through Getty as well.

So when submitting rights managed photos only put them up on one site to keep yourself out of legal hot water. If doing royalty free, put them on as many sites as you can to increase your chance of selling them.

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I have been with Alamy since my film days and you really need 1000's of images in stock to really see any benefit from it now a days. Honestly it is getting to where you need tens of thousands of images. I basically only do rights managed, that is where the money is at. For images that don't get accepted to Alamy I put up as royalty free on bunch of micro stock sites.

Something to keep in mind about rights managed. Legally you can only put them up on one site, you can't put them up on multiple sites as rights managed or royalty free. Well, technically you can but you can get yourself into serious legal trouble if you do. The reason is when someone buys a rights managed image over a royalty free image is they want to know every place that image has been used. So if you put an image on Alamy and say an insurance company buys the image for an ad and Alamy tells them the image has never been used prior. But you put the image on say Getty and some other insurance company (even worse say a porn product) used the image in an ad and after using the image the company that went through Alamy finds out about a prior use. This is going to fall back on you and you will be in a world of financial trouble. Will probably also get sued by the company that went through Getty as well.

So when submitting rights managed photos only put them up on one site to keep yourself out of legal hot water. If doing royalty free, put them on as many sites as you can to increase your chance of selling them.

my two copper pieces,

Phocal

Thank you for this. I value your opinion.

I understood the exclusivity side of rights managed, so that's fine. I had perhaps better try to up my game and start uploading more regularly.
 

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appreciate that this was almost certainly a case of the right image, in the right place at the right time, amongst hundreds of millions.
Yes this. Also often times the "right image" will be something mundane/boring, not that fabulous art image you spend 20 minutes setting up to shoot and another 2 hours on the computer editing it. When I find my images have been used somewhere without my permission, it is almost always some generic image that fits in well with a keyword or subject of a blog, news article, or some company web site. They often just want a photo to go with the topic not necessarily a great one.
 
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