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Alter Native Photo

A revolutionary travel focused photography agency. With our international network of photographers and videomakers we offer photo and video services to business and privates around the world. Alongside a wide range of photographic tours , workshops, photo expeditionsas well as tailor made experiences.

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AlterNomad F.A.Q.

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AlterNomad F.A.Q.

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Welcome to our AlterNomad F.A.Q. page

There are no stupid questions.

Mostly of the time you just need a little push in the right direction.

We hope our support will help you to get there.

WHAT CAN WE HELP YOU WITH?

ALTERNATIVE

About AlterNative

What's AlterNative?

AlterNative is a travel photo agency.

We connect freelance photographers around the globe with clients.

We are specialized in travel and destination photography but our photographers have different backgrounds and skills, meaning that we are able to cover a big variety of services.

What type of services do you sell?

  • Photographic tours:

from one day up to 14 days

  • Photographic workshops:

from one day up to 7 days

  • Photographic expeditions:

1-3 weeks

  • Private tours:

based on existing tours (same photographer, same location, same calendar)

  • Tailor made tours and workshops

On request

  • Personal photo services:

destination weddings, private holidays, honey moon, travel and cultural related events, engagements etc…

  • Business photo services:

Services (photo, video, aerials, editing…) for companies, N.G.O., institutions etc.

Photo services

Can I get an example of a standard photo service?

There isn’t a standard photo service.

What do you mean with "Online services"?

We offer online services for those who want to improve their photographic skills without stressing about time, 100% customizable and a lot cheaper than a traditional workshop.

In details:

Portfolio reviews: our photographer will analyse our client photo portfolio and it will base on it a 1 to 1 online meeting based on requests and needs.

Online tutoring: 1, 3, 5 or 10 hours of 1 to one online meeting where one of our professional photographers will work between theory and practice, on the customer’s work.

What do you mean with "Business photo services"?

Photo, video and drone shootings for business trips, commercial shootings, corporate meetings, conventions or events: we can arrange the package that suits the client’s needs, goals and budget.

What do you mean with "Personal photo services"?

Destination weddings, honeymoon, holidays with family or friends… We offer private reportage, video, photo books and destination shootings for couples, singles, families or groups.

We can also arrange private and customized tours and workshops.

Tours, workshops and expeditions

Can I get an example of a standard tour?

There isn’t a standard tour!

Let us expand on that, though. We like to say that as a company owned by photographers if we were not running these tours, we’d want to be participants on our tours.

We have high standards, just like you. We love adventure, just like you. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the next gourmet meal, you guessed it… just like you. We also want to have incredible moments that are shared with like-minded travellers with a passion for photography. We want to visit historic sites, marvel at natural wonders, view epic art, take part in local culture, and celebrate life along the way.

How many people for each group?

The maximum group size for all tours is 8 partecipants. However for in location workshop it may be up to 15, depending on subjects and requirements.

Private tours & tailor made experiences are based on clients request.

Expeditions can be different as they depends on other factors.

Some cases will involve also local guides and photographer assistant and/or tour manager (mostly for expeditions).

By the way our online shop is built to tell you how many rooms are left for each product.

Remember that we can also arrange private tours and workshops for groups. In that case just call us and we will arrange it for your clients!

What is an expedition how is it built?

Only AlterNative Photo designs a photo expedition in partnership with its travel agencies and local tour operator.

They are a minimum of a week up to 22 days; usually intense and intensive experiences and they require particular skills, knowledge and physical conditions.

Only main photographers can run expeditions.

What is a photo tours how is it built?

We offer daily and multiple days tours, up to 5 days.

AlterNative Photo designs multiple days tours in partnership with its travel agencies and local tour operator. We can or cannot includes accommodation but we never includes flights.

What is a photo workshop and how is it built?

We offer daily and multiple days workshops, up to 5 days.

Our workshops are designed by photographer for photographers or for whom wish to improve their photography skills. They can be based on a specific genre of photography (example: underwater photography) or they can be focus on improving specific techniques (example: long exposure photography).

AlterNative Photo designs multiple days workshops in partnership with its travel agencies and local tour operator. We can or cannot includes accommodation but we never includes flights.

How do you choose photographer for the expeditions?

AlterNative Photo choose one (or more) main photographer, once per year, its expeditions in base on: previous experience, clients reviews, level of activity within the company and required skills.

AlterNative might choose with the active photographers if there are none main photographers available.

Do your tours include airfare?

Our daily or multiple days tours don’t include any airfare for both, photographers and clients.

If needed we have travel agents partners and they can take care to help in booking flights and accommodation.

ALTERNOMAD

New to AlterNomad?

What's AlterNomad?

AlterNomad is a project sponsored by AlterNative. It’s a community, a place to share our passions and to spread the love for travelling and photographing. There are 2 programs within the AlterNomad project:

“Share the love” and “Mind in travel”.

What's share the love program?

“Share the love” is a program for brand ambassadors and social media influencers. It’s based on a collection of points and it works earning points, completing missions.

Visit share the love page.

What's "mind in travel" program?

Mind in travel is a proposal for agents and professionals. Selling AlterNative services open up doors to discounts and bonus.

Visit mind in travel page for more details.

How much does it cost to be an AlterNomad?

Zero! Nothing! It’s totally free to become an AlterNomad and to maintain the status, for both programs: “mind in travel” and “share the love”.

Contacts and sharing

How can I reach you out?

You can always send us an e-mail at: staff@alternative.tours

How can I stay up to dated about AlterNative and AlterNomad?

Once you’ve been selected you’ll have access to a private group on facebook.

We will use your e-mail address to send you the important news .

Why should I write articles for the blog?

You don’t have to but that’s a good way to make people knowing you, building your image and your credibility.

Let people know what you are good at, share your knowledge about the destinations or about photography.

And let everyone see and read the best moment of your last tour.

This is the best way to encourage people following you in your next photo adventure!

Which contents can I share?

You can only post original contents, result of your own work.

The only possibility for uploading photos, videos and articles into our AlterNomad blog is by e-mail. staff@alternative.tours

You can only upload media for your blog articles.

You can directly upload photos and video on our facebook page and our AlterNative instagram.

To see which kind of contents we are keen to share please visit our AlterNomad blog.

How do I upload an image or video?

The only possibility for uploading photos and videos into our website is by e-mail. staff@alternative.tours

You can only upload media for your tours and your gallery.

You can directly upload photos and video on our facebook page and our AlterNative instagram.

Who owns the copyright of my photos?

By submitting a photograph to AlterNative Photo you warrant that you are the owner of the image, that you alone own the copyright, and that you have obtained any necessary third-party releases.

What is not ok to upload?

  • Any NSFW (not safe for work) images.
  • No medias in which you do not have copyright.
  • No medias in which you do not have license and/or all the releases.
  • No images that are under a conflicting or restrictive license elsewhere.

SHARE THE LOVE

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Why should I share the love?

Being an AlterNomad means that you are part of an active community, sharing our identity, latest news and believes and/or letting people travel with us. But it also means of having access to our products to a discounted rate.

If you are a passionate social media user you can enroll to our share the love collection of points, to earn gadgets, equipment, discounts on products, free photo tours, free travel and more.

What AlterNative does for me?

Special discounts for you and your friends, free photo tours, workshops,holidays, gadgets and much more!

Visit share the love page to see the benefits in detail!

Who can partecipate?

Brand ambassadors, social media influencers and enthusiasts.

If I work with AlterNative, can I work in other places too? Is AterNative exclusive?

As long as you respect our terms and conditions you can work with as many companies as you like.

How can I leave AlterNative?

You can leave at any time, you just need to don’t have any tours scheduled and to communicate your decision at staff@alternative.tours

Once you’ve emailed us, we’ll check your payment situation.

Missions

We have 15 missions + the secret ones.

You have to complete a mission in order to complete the following one.

You will find all the details about our missions on our secret group.

Once the mission is complete we update your points rate.

Visit share the love page.

Prizes

When you reach a certain number of points you can get amazing prizes signed AlterNative and AlterNomad.

You don’t need to “spend” your points, you just need to reach that stage so you don’t loose your rate. We also have special prizes dedicated to our best contributors.

Visit share the love page.

I've reached a certain number of points: how can I get my prize?

Require your chosen prize, sending an e-mail to staff@alternative.tours

MIND IN TRAVEL

What selling AlterNative means

Why should I work with AlterNative?

There are loads of reasons why AlterNative is a great company to work with, here are just a few of them:

  • You are free to decide when you want to work
  • You are free to decide where
  • You are free to manage your clients as you are used to do
  • You can get discounts on our services, for you and your clients
  • Good rates
  • You don’t need to struggle about finding and dealing with the photographers
  • We care, we really do. – we’re ethical and philanthropic
  • We reward our best contributors in terms discounts, profits, free tours and other prizes
  • We have a great support service for our contributors
  • You could have the chance to partecipate at our exhibitions
  • You can get discounts on some of our partner’s services

Visit mind in travel page for more details.

What AlterNative does for me?

AlterNative offers you a personal coupon code and you’ll get 20% discounts on our websites. You’ll earn the 10% on each sold and the 5% of each affiliate sold.

Visit mind in travel page for more details.

If I sign up to AlterNative how long does the contract tie me in for?

Our contract lasts 2 years, after the parties can decide to renew it or suspend it. Anyway we don’t tie you into a long-term contract. If you want to leave, you just need to don’t have any tours scheduled and to communicate your decision at staff@alternative.tours

If I work with AlterNative, can I work in other places too? Is AterNative exclusive?

We’re non-exclusive so that means there are no restrictions and you can work with other companies as well. The only thing that is exclusively to us has to be the work you submit to us and to our clients.

If you do choose to work with others, just make sure they’re non-exclusive too. And make sure to be available to work with AlterNative too.

How much does it cost to work with AlterNative?

Zero! Nothing! It’s totally free to became an agent and to maintain the status.

How many services and experiences should I sale?

You choose!

Depending on how much time you want to dedicate to AlterNative.

How can I leave AlterNative?

You can leave at any time, you just need to don’t have any tours scheduled and to communicate your decision at staff@alternative.tours

Once you’ve emailed us, we’ll check your payment situation.

Payments and rates

How much money I’ll get?

You’ll earn the 10% of what you sale, excluding taxes and an AlterNative commission.

Should I pay tax on my earnings?

It depends on your personal tax situation, it’s best to check with your local tax office or your own accountant if you’re not sure.

How and when do I get paid?

Once the sold is done you’ll be paid after the customers confirmed they have received what they expected. If the clients cancel the booking and ask for a refund you’ll not earn on that sold.

Once you reach a minimum of 200 euro of sold you can send us an electronic invoice. Once we have received your invoice we’ll transfer the money into your bank or paypal account within 15 days. The transaction can take up to 7 working days. (not including public holidays or weekends), depending on the eventual international transactions.

How do you build your prices?

Our prices are simple and transparent:

Photographer rate + costs & expenses + AlterNative commission  + marketing and selling costs = final price.

How do you calculate your commission?

AlterNative commissions are calculated in base on the involvement of AlterNative in each project.

What can I do to increase my profits?

There are many thing you can do for increasing your chances to improve your status and get more profits.

First of all we believe that your reputation is at the top.

In order to build and consolidate your reputation we allow you to write contents for our blog, you can also use your own photos for that, keeping all the rights.

A strong presence on our social media channels is another important part. Always post news and media from your tours and activities, share stories and interesting facts about places you are going to in your tours and help other with your skills and tips.

If you feel like you would need more suggestions feel free to write or call us directly!

Quality control

What is a Quality Control?

A quality control is a process by which entities review the quality of all factors involved in production.

  • Elements such as controls, job management, defined and well managed processes, performance and integrity criteria, and identification of records
  • Competence, such as: knowledge, skills, experience, and qualifications
  • Soft elements, such as personnel, integrity, confidence, organizational culture, motivation, team spirit, customer caring and quality relationships.

Quality control emphasizes testing of products to uncover defects and reporting to management who make the decision to allow or deny product release, whereas quality assurance attempts to improve and stabilize production.

How do you do quality control on my work?

The first, indirect, way is made by customers reviews and feedback.

The second, direct, way: one of our staff member will test your services una tantum. The member in charge of quality control may also be a blogger, a journalist, a travel agent, brand ambassador or any person who has experience and knowledge to cover the role at the company discretion.

The member assigned to the quality control will always identify him/herself at the beginning or in the end of the contact.

How long does it take to find out if I have passed quality control?

24 hours on average for the AlterNative quality control.

We will communicate with you if we will receive negative or ambiguous reviews.

How will I know if I have passed or failed Quality Control?

We’ll send you an email as soon as your work have been checked to let you know either way. We might ask you to schedule a skype meeting.

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CONTACT US

Use our dedicated e-mail address:

staff@alternative.tours

Or the contact form below.

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