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closeup of pug puppy dog sitting in front of blackboard sign with hand drawn chalk question marks
Monica Click / Alamy Stock Photo

With over 70 thousand active Alamy contributors and hundreds more registering each day you can imagine the sheer volume of questions we answer on a daily basis. Most of them are standard but occasionally we get the odd one that makes us ask “really?!”.

What’s the meaning of DSLR? – A very important question, second to the meaning of life, the universe and everything. I wonder what Douglas Adams and his super computer would come up with if we asked? (For those of you who haven’t heard, read or seen Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy you might want to move on).

Do I need a model release for this common pigeon I just photographed? – I’m not sure whether this person had already tried and failed to get this pigeons signature before asking this question (I like to imagine they had), but no, surprisingly you do not need a model release for a pigeon, or a squirrel, or a badger or any other woodland creature. On the subject of model releases though (we’re getting serious now) you do need one for every person in the shot if you want to sell commercially (for advertising rather than editorial). Cropping or Photoshopping their faces out doesn’t get you out of it. Even if its just someone’s hand, its still attached to their body, unless of course you’re photographing Thing.

Pigeon fancier holding his pigeon in his hand
Zak Waters / Alamy Stock Photo

Can I donate my eggs to you*? – It’s safe to say this person was definitely in the wrong place and we declined her generous offer.

*Disclaimer* We do not buy, sell, or accept any of the products that appear in our images. I’ve lost count of the number of emails we’ve received that say, ‘glad to hear you’re in the market for vaginal speculums, bullet proof vests, hand flags, mining equipment…’ the list goes on. Sorry, you all heard wrong, we are not in the market for any of these things.

What is an Alamy? – I would love to tell you that it’s some sort of cryptid creature, sort of like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, but alas, it’s nothing, it doesn’t mean anything and it doesn’t exist (I’ll let you draw your own conclusion on the Sasquatch and Nessie). If it did exist though I imagine it to look something like this…

MEXICAN AXOLOTL
Avalon/Photoshot License / Alamy Stock Photo

I wonder what a Getty is…

Do you know Adele*? – Someone asked us this very excitedly in the hopes that, because we’re English, we’d know her and be able to introduce her to them. Now if I was BFFs with Adele, I’m not sure I’d be sat here writing this blog. Sorry to disappoint everyone who was hoping to meet her, but you’ll have to get in line, behind me.

*Disclaimer* We also don’t know Tom Hardy, David Beckham or The Queen.

Feb. 12, 2012 - Los Angeles, California, U.S - British singer Adele poses in the press room with her six grammys including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year for '21' at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February
ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

There’s no such thing as a stupid question though right?

  • Stephen Power

    There’s definitely such a thing as a stupid question. Here’s mine: when will I join the 100K club. 🙂

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