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Alamy takes an extra slice of commission

No sooner than I join they want to take extra money from the money I haven’t yet earned. Ok so its taking more from what I hope to earn but still an extra 5% of my future potential earnings. Alamy are however dropping charges for cheques or paying in other currency but I’m sure they will gain and the photographer pro or otherwise will be loosing out.

More info here on the changes. Is there a better way to try and make money from a photography hobbie I wonder?

Alamy ups commission

Alamy views but no sales

So its been a few weeks since I was accepted in Alamy but as yet I’ve not sold anything. I can’t say that I’m surprised its not easy to get someone to buy your shots and with a catalogue of over 14million images there is a lot of choice for most subjects.

But I have got some views and what seems to be as important as the image itself is how you tag the images. Put something simple in and a few phrases and you aren’t going to get anywhere. Up to now I’ve only put 50 images up but I’ve already got 26 views but unfortunately no zooms. This is when someone zooms your image after searching to look at it in closer detail.

If I’m going to make any money at all from it I’m going to have to put far more images up and ensure that the quality of the images are excellent. You get ranked in part by how often your images get searched and then zoomed. There is a little more to it than just that but like google if you want your images to appear at the top of the search you need to put some effort in.

So its time to get some more images and expand the as yet small portfolio of images and up the quality and be more distinct with what I upload. Going out and taking more shots sounds great to me and is a part of the reason I joined in the first place to make me thing more about what I’m taking.

So if you join Alamy, quality of image and the tags is very important and if the subject hasn’t been taken before then maybe its your image they will buy if they need it.

Can I make money out of a Photography hobby?

Well thats the question but whats the answer. Well I guess we will see as I’m going to try and find out. I’ve had a good look round and have decided to join Alamy.

Its primarily used by professionals and agencies to sell images. Now some (Pro’s) aren’t too happy that people like myself might be trying to make a few pennies on a hobbie that they love and whilst I can see their point lets see if anything that I take will actually be bought.

I’ve filled out the inital application and have uploaded my first images which thankfully have been accepted. You aren’t meant to play about with sharpening or much like this and the upload and resizing process is a little strange but I will explain more about that another time.

Now I just need to wait for the money to role in, but I’m not holding my breath.

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