Dyn Llun

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  1. personal websites

    Ah, time flies. I was counting back incorrectly because i mis-dated the time that Documentary Photography moved to Caerleon which was all set up with Macs then. They were well up on that then. You are right, but it was certainly very early on so 1993 might be right. I know I did a basic html course as there wasn't anything else at the time. So it's 23/24 years anyway.
  2. personal websites

    I have had my own website for over 25 years. Way before you could buy 'of the peg' site templates. Bought my domain name, got some webspace, free at that time when you bought internet connection and an e mail account. There were no web design programmes so had to learn basic HTML and write it myself. Now I update and amend with Dreamweaver, taught myself the basics, but my (very) basic HTML skills are still useful from time to time if I want to tweak things. I don't sell from my site or POD sites as folks who want my work, (not stock), don't want an inkjet print but a proper chromogenic print or an archivally processed silver gelatin print if B&W. My site is just information and shows a range of my projects and publications and my prints sell through the galleries and dealers that handle my work. A website is useful to point people to and as a guide to your work. If I was starting now I would probably 'buy in' from one of the template providers or hire someone but I quite enjoy fiddling with my site from time to time. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  3. Presentations galore

    Yep, so-called 'presentations' is the new 'personal use'. Clients have twigged that they can get a full size image to do what they want with for peanuts. I opted out of 'personal use' with many others because 90% are absolutely no such thing, no matter what anyone says. I don't have a problem, per se, with a genuine 'presentation' use, provided the client gets a presentation size file, just big enough for Powerpoint or similar, not a full-size file. Luckily for me I can do without $10 sales, especially when the right fee for what they are used for is probably 10x that. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk
  4. Personal use sale

    Maybe I'm overly suspicious and cynical but I would guess that client realised they can get a full size image to do whatever they want with for peanuts and for ever if they click 'personal sale' when they licence it. Having paid for two at editorial rates they probably decided 'buy two, get one (very) cheap' was a good option. Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk
  5. Absolutely. Better fun than clay pigeon shooting.
  6. Antique camera makes a mint

    I have some Leica stuff that I bought s/h to use as my own personal kit many, many years ago when I was a young photographer that's now worth very silly money. Some of it I still use so its value to me is not in money but use.
  7. What was your original equipment?

    Very first camera (aged 11) was a Brownie 127. My Dad rigged up a simple darkroom at home with an enlarger made up of bits so I could develop and print. Started work at 15 (1962) and Ii acquired a Kodak Retina and an old battered Rolleiflex. Where I worked (Cardiff University) we used Leicas and quarter plate cameras for technical stuff. I became a fashion/advertising photographer in 1967, (after seeing 'Blow Up'), and acquired a whole load of stuff bit by bit that I used for 'commercial' work over the years. Nikons, Mamiyaflex TLR's, RB 67's, Hasselblads, 5"x4" & 10"x8" monorails etc. etc. Plus I added to my own Leica stuff over the years for my 'personal' work. Nowadays 90% of my work (not stock) is on a 10"x 8" field camera with 9% on one of my film Leicas. The other 1% which is stock on digi Leicas. Buying Leica stuff very early on was a fantastic investment, as even very early Summicrons etc. (even very old screw mount), work really well on the latest digi bodies. Big, no huge, investment when I was young and poor but over the years, in the long run, given the amount of service given, a bargain. They will see me out. Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk
  8. Might we just stop using reds and greens

    Yes, it's a shame. I suspect many of the people who flinched at his strong, honest but always knowledgeable, constructive criticisms, have never met a picture editor, gallery director, or a grant awarding committee. You sometimes need the protection of the skin of a rhino in armour!
  9. Contact with the user?

    I always put my contact details on here as I think it's courteous to identify yourself and as Arletta has said, some people may wish to contact each other for advice etc. I know that quite a few people here contact me with photographic matters not necessarily related to Alamy or stock and I'm happy to help when I can. Seems fair in the spirit of professional co-operation. I'm easy to find via Google anyway and I get many enquiries from all over the world from students and experienced photographers about stuff and I always try to respond and help if I can. Not sure if Alamy approves or not as they removed our signatures. I'm sure they will let me know if not. Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk
  10. Photography and art

    Thank you! Diolch yn fawr! Spend a lot of time in n.Wales as it happens. We have a cottage in Snowdonia, bought from the proceeds of a very successful exhibition. Proof that some photography does pay! Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk
  11. Photography and art

    I think everyone knows that stock photography in its accepted, editorial, Alamy sense, is only a miniscule part of my work. Most of my income from photography is from sales of prints through galleries and dealers that might be described as art galleries. So, you could say that I produce documentary work but publish and sell it in an art context. I am talking about proper archival gelatin/silver if B&W, or chromogenic if colour, photographic prints of course, not inkjet stuff sold through FAA and similar. I think of myself as a documentary photographer who happens to exist, successfully, mainly in the art world. Sometimes I push the boundaries of 'documentary' a bit but my mindset and photographic rationale is firmly there. A recent and developing set of work might illustrate that. http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/platinum.html I have made platinum prints for some years, the new work is the artichoke series. As you can imagine, given the work and expense involved they sell for premium prices, as indeed do my traditional silver prints to the right collectors through the right channels. I don't see the two things as contradictory but complimentary. I'm sure there are many here who have work that might be 'marketable' in other contexts. In many ways it's like stock insofar as I select the subject matter and the projects I work on, then get them published and/or exhibited but sell original prints not reproduction rights. In that way, prints of my various bodies of work become 'stock'. Some gaining greater credibility and collectability (and price), over the years. Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk
  12. Is this an infringement?

    Or, as Sir Les Patterson might say, "technicolour yawn".
  13. frame supplier

    Apologies for the terrible typos! Typed in a hurry!
  14. frame supplier

    Yes, the perspex looks fine. Just be careful cleaning it. Soft cloth and antistatic solution works fine. I only use it in certain situations and prefer glass but it's fine for when you are not in working with a top notch gallery who may be not be handling your work in a true professional manner. I avoid those dealing with those places but sometimes use the perspex when I'm asked to contribute to charity exhibitions etc. which may be organised and hung by volunteers. Not being snobby, happy to contribute to worthwhile causes, just realistic!
  15. frame supplier

    Most of my framing is undertaken by bespoke framers or the gallery hosting my work and therefore expensive. However, I have also used these people for odd things and they were fine: Ezeframe.co.uk for plain black stain, (looks better than painted black), decent quality and good service. Not the cheapest but the quality will show. My advice: bad idea to use cheap frames in an exhibition. Always shows and folks notice. Order online and they are delivered. Perspex not glass as they are delivered by courier. You will be able to use again and again if you are careful in hanging and packing. Hope that's a help. Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk