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Close-up view of burning spiral incense stick with blue smoke going down on dark background. All plans come as a Standard license, and can be upgraded to an Enhanced license at any time. So if we reassure ourselves that too many photos in the world isn’t cause for concern, what about stock photos? Travel is easier, the world is smaller, even more fascinating and wondrous locations are photographed. Mobile photography has emerged and is growing, it’s fresh, and exciting and addresses the need for realism that customers clamour for. Some image buyers will invest more time than others in searching for the right image, but they all want it to be a fruitful experience. In other words, could Alamy provide feedback and transparency so as to encourage the submission of the type of images you would like to have more of? That is very interesting, thank you Alan – especially about diversity in the world of stock images! With 25+ years in the industry and 15 of those being Alamy’s Head of Content, Alan knows the stock photography business inside and out.

Everyone who signs up gets full access to our entire library, including our curated collections. Our Standard license allows you to use images for anything, except large print runs over 500,000+ or for merchandising. Once you have downloaded your image, you have life-long rights to use it under the terms of the license purchased. In fact in 2014 the number of photos taken passed 1 trillion, so now we’ve exceeded a number we can sort of comprehend isn’t it time to realise it’s not slowing down and not just live with it but rejoice in it?
Many blame the narcissistic ‘selfie’ but come on, only vampires don’t sneak a look in mirrors so what’s the problem?
Against a trillion that’s small fry, a small percentage of all photos taken are actually available to licence and use.
Users love that Google can read their mind and deliver the right results at the top of the first page, the actual number of results is redundant.
My observation is that my images on Alamy via a third party agency are virtually all in the Creative search category. If at any time you're unsatisfied with your experience with us, you can cancel your subscription. And if we’re being picky, vampires do look, they just don’t see themselves, the mythological equivalent of not having the camera facing you when in selfie mode. The world is getting more diverse, more complex and many aspects of life simply more ubiquitous.

That’s the challenge for agencies such as Alamy who have fantastically diverse collections of imagery. The stock photography world can become drenched in cliches and new ideas and new approaches are a risk some photographers won’t take.
But when it comes to equivalent images that I have submitted directly virtually none of them are included in Creative. The same evil technology that has spawned more cars on the streets, more life saving medical equipment, more and more websites and more smartphones in peoples hands taking more god damn photos. When it comes to what the customer wants, they want imagery, choice is important for variety, freshness and for inspiration, but photo buyers need the right stuff up top and in front of them.
The best photographers break new ground, embrace technology and change (it’s not so bad after all) and continue to wow us with cool creativity and undiscovered views of our ever diversifying world. I say this even though I do not actually know how to find which of my images are included in Creative ( searching by pseudo throws up a handful but is not comprehensive). Would it not be beneficial, and encourage more the submissions of the sort that you want, if there was a way for contributors to ascertain which of their images have been selected by editing or customer activity for the Creative search category?

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Comments to «How many stock photos to make money»

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