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About Essexps

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    Photography and Cricket. Also enjoy reading history and travel.

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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={28A2D383-F14B-408A-9F51-315E490A1F84}&name=Chris+Lawrence
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    28 Feb 2008
  1. I don't see that as a problem providing the lecturer isn't exceeding the narrow purpose you provided the image to him - Alamy isn't an exclusive Agency, you can licence through other Agencies or yourself freely. However, there might be some (fairly rare) scenarios where you might have difficulties though, for example if someone contacts Alamy and enquires whether they can have exclusive use of an image, perhaps because they want it for an advertising campaign and you don't know exactly who is using an image or for what purpose and potentially miss out on a lucrative sale.
  2. What was your original equipment?

    First sensible camera I had was a Ricoh KR10 super in the mid 80s and some Pentax prime lenses. Was happy with that for family shots etc and had no inclination to upgrade till digital came along. Started with a Canon Bridge (model escapes me) but within a few weeks moved to a Canon 350D and then a Canon 40D. Earliest shot I have on Alamy is from my canon 40D as in those days there was a 48Mb minimum. Chris
  3. Shooting from non public places

    Isn't this another area where technology and social media is blurring definitions. There are plenty of people earning revenue from video blogging, much of that seems to be in non public places. What's the difference between taking a still and offering it for Licence on Alamy and putting a videoblog on the net that get thousands of hits and payment to the blogger? Not sure if it happens yet, but even if you post an image purely for personal use, I suspect that the big tech companies can or are developing the capability to piggy back advertising on it if they recognise the environment? Also in the UK, there can be problems knowing what is public and non-public property. Much of Docklands isn't public property and I believe the area round the London Eye isn't either. As a further thought, I wonder whether in the near future we might begin to see images where faces and number plates have been blurred - like Google do? Probably been discussed before, but didn't see any threads when I searched blurred faces.
  4. Have you done your legacy images?

    I must try to find some time for a concentrated attempt during the winter, but as a stop gap I've been trying to do these based on Alamy Measures. I look at each image that had a sale or a zoom and correct those and any that got viewed at the same time. Depending upon time I try and pick another 1 or 2 search terms and do those as well. Missed a trick in not doing all the sold images, but thanks to Bryan will do that as a priority now.
  5. How was your August 2017?

    3 Sales in the last couple of days meant that I had 7 sales in total, average month.
  6. Not sure if it's relevant now with Super Tags, but I used too try and use the field to add to the caption if I didn't want that element searched for and appearing when the searcher probably didn't want to see it. For example, if a well known landmark is in the background and helps add a little context, but not visible enough to warrant appearing in a discrete search for the landmark and possibly undermining CTR. Now I try and cover the scenario with Tags and Super tags.
  7. Curious to know people on the forum decide on where to go for stock trips - is it on the basis of careful cost/benefit analysis, or is it more based on opportunity and/or personal desire to visit? Nowadays, with the cost of transport and parking etc, even a day trip in the UK needs some consideration as to cost vs likely sales. A couple of days abroad is a significant call against my limited stock budget and I recall a trip to Athens a couple of years ago that was blighted by wet weather and few good images. When I was in full time employment, often my employer would be factor in where I was going as I was often able to tack stock taking opportunities on to business trips. However, now I'm retired, all trips are fully at my expense. This has had the effect of causing me to re-evaluate opportunities in my local area, but I still feel the urge to get away a few times a year exclusively for Stock. Nowadays, for stock specific trips I look to visit places where I can feel confident of getting 80-100 usable images per day (weather permitting), which keeps me pretty well on the well beaten track with the obvious downside of knowing that these areas are pretty well covered already. Can getting off the beaten track as a deliberate policy pay dividends - perhaps fewer usable images but more chances of a sale?
  8. Lovely summer day here in South East England - blue skies, fluffy white clouds. After a couple of weeks of pretty indifferent weather used the opportunity for a stock trip into London. Went to the Moorgate/Barbican area. Used to work there 30 or so years ago. The Barbican residential area looked much as I remembered it but really surprised at how much Whitecross Street market (apparently one of London's oldest) has changed. Used to be a traditional street market, now a thriving lunchtime food market. Good trip - don't know why its taken me so long to revisit.
  9. How long do you think it will be . . .

    The main reason I shoot mainly geographic stock is that it's changing all the time, particularly if you shoot with people or everyday objects as part of the context. However many images there seems to be of a location I can't see that some buyers will not want one that's recent - although images from quite a few years ago still seem to sell. I'm off to London tomorrow, will visit places I've been before but I know I'll get fresh material.
  10. Sold earlier this month - taken close by Borough market, London:
  11. Thanks for the feedback. Looks like it might be worth getting back in to FF in a small scale way. Regards Chris
  12. The C word

    Hi I know it's still only August, but taking a break from processing to look at booking some further trips this year whilst fares still low and am thinking I would like to do a short Winter City and Christmas Market trip. Not done any of these before - what would be peoples recommendations for location? Quite fancy Vienna as I can get a flight from my local airport, London Southend. A quick and dirty search on all Alamy for %Christmas Market% shows the following results: Christmas Market - 36 searches. Cologne, Bath, Prague, Strasbourg and Vienna all on 10 searches. Berlin and Birmingham on 8 searches. Are there better alternatives for the time/fares for a December/January stock trip? Does snow make a difference to winter city photo sales? Chris
  13. Hi I changed over to M43 about 5 years ago for a variety of reasons and sold most of my FF gear except a couple of small primes which I hung on to. I'm prompted to ask about image preparation for FF sensors by a post in a recent M43 thread asking about visible dust spots. My abiding memory of shooting with a Nikon D700 was the amount of time I spent cleaning up dust spots especially on blue skies, even though I had the sensor cleaned regularly. I had several irritating QC fails when I missed one from large batches. Since changing over, I almost never have any dust spots to clean and now that Olympus bodies auto correct for fringing, I almost never have any CA to clean. This my my image prep very quick simple. At the time, I remember reading in several places the reason for the lack of visible dust spots was that M43 can be shot at smaller f numbers with ample depth of field and dust spots only a problem at higher f numbers - which you often need on FF to get sufficient depth of field to avoid SOLD fails on QC. I usually shoot around 5.6 with M43 and have been pushing that to F4 recently with the Olympus 12-40 and there is plenty of sharpness/depth of field to avoid SOLD fails. I rarely shot below F11 on the D700, often f16 on busy street scenes. Am contemplating a full frame camera again for some personal projects. If I took it out on local shoots for stock - can I expect to return to dust spotting and de-fringing on most images? Or was my FF technique below par in what was then my early days on Alamy and thus the cause of the time spent de-spotting and de- fringing? Chris
  14. Olympus M43

    Hi I've been using an EM5 for several years and can confirm that all the Olympus cameras you mention can provide good enough files to pass Alamy QA. On my PC, the search bar is in the top right of the forum page - a small grey box in the black bar. Chris
  15. At the moment I'm 10% down is Sales, but revenue is holding up. Like many, I'm hoping for a good end to the year and to match/equal last year - last year was the best ever for me in both volumes and sales