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  1. London Fashion Week

    Thanks for the comments; as you suggested, I thought I would give it another try. Just preparing the kit.... https://www.iandavidsonphotography.com/london-fashion-week-2017-ss18
  2. Adobe Photoshop and Banknotes

    I did apply to the Bank of England for “permission” to photograph bank notes for stock. My advice would be “Do not bother”. The process took a long time and when the images were finally agreed, meeting their requirements, their usage time limits made the images useless for stock. They clearly have no idea about the stock images market and, given the large number of micro stock UK currency images, most people do not go through the process.
  3. Cold in Downing Street

    It has been so cold in Downing Street, London, this week that the photographers have taken to running up and down the press pen to keep warm, and some of us are at an age where that is not a good idea!
  4. Live News forum

    May I suggest a “Live News” forum. There are some very dedicated “full time” contributors as well as a large number of occasional contributors. (Weather watchers?); The requirements for live news are subtly different to stock photography. It would also be useful to exchange tips on equipment, sources, events and similar shop talk. It would also raise the profile of the Live News service for buyers.
  5. London Fashion Week

    Does anyone else on here cover London Fashion Week? I have applied for accreditation again (my 4th year) but always debate on if I should do this. It costs £65 to register (and there are two lfw's per year) but there is no guarantee of getting in to shows as many of them are invite only. I also apply to Fashion Scout that runs along side had actually has more interesting shows/Celebrities. https://www.iandavidsonphotography.com/london-fashion-week-2017-ss18 I do not sell a great number of photographs - I guess the specialist photographers have this market well covered. I also cover the demonstrations that take place outside as well as the Fashionistas who try to show off their designs outside the event venues. https://www.iandavidsonphotography.com/single-post/2017/09/26/Beauty-and-the-Beast-–-London-Fashion-Week-September-2017 It is good fun, if stressful and highly competitive - and I am not sure it makes financial sense..... What do y9ou think?
  6. Holiday

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all. Let us hope the photography stock market prospers.... for or the first time ever I am spending Christmas with my Mother in law in Mauritius. About 28 degrees... I got some nice pictures of a Christmas tree on the beach etc. happy holidays
  7. Down Time

    Sadly, I will be working every day over Christmas - but then I am in Mauritius....
  8. Dangers of photography

    I was told it was wrong to photograph one of our own in difficultly (we are quite a tight knit group in Downing Street). I did respond by point out that the “man down” was not identifiable in the photo. Also the tog posted photos of his injury later so he was clearly not too bothered....
  9. Dangers of photography

    He is fine; but I got a right telling off from another Downing Street photographer for posting this. I guess that is why there were not more pictures....
  10. GDPR - impact on photographers?

    For news photographers rather than stock, there are some fairly wide protections and disapplications of data protection regulations. I think we are likely to see the rich and famous try to use data protection to prevent publication. If someone really wanted to make the argument in a stock photograph then there may be an issue. However, as you rightly say, in th vast majority of cases it will not be an issue. in terms of enforcement it will be interesting to see how hat works in practice. I guess a complaint to the data commission (at least in the UK)
  11. Dangers of photography

    A photographer fell and broke his nose and his camera in the media scrum in Downing Street last week. At least there were plenty of first aiders
  12. I think we have to be aware of the pressures on QC. Alamy gets thousands of images a day. Although only a sample per batch is checked that is a lot of photos to be checked. No doubt(?) the checking is part automated it is still a lot of detailed work under time pressure - I would not last an hour! I am not just being nice to QC, I have had my share of fails, but I take the view their house their rules. As noted above, when potential errors are drawn to thei attention they do react. It is a highly competitive business and I think Alamy does well to hold standards and as much as it can in a challenging market, prices.
  13. Mauritius holiday – stock photo opportunities

    Thanks for your responses. Mauritius is something of a luxury destination. However, we are visiting my wife’s family at Christmas. I will check out Google images, thanks for the advice. I intend to fully enjoy the holiday... However, Mauritius has some stunning scenery and is a loverly holiday destination so it would be amiss of me not to get the cameras out. Thanks again for the advice.
  14. Email about accreditation. What does this mean?

    Adrian, without more context it is difficult to answer your question. Are you applying to provide people at the event with photos or for news/stock? It is not uncommon to get these emails. In fact some event organisers do not reply at all. I had a major national event last year where I was invited to apply for accreditation only to get an email after an application for accreditation to be told the event was full up. I got accredation for London Fashion Week, but a lot of shows have Photographer access by invitation only. You end up making large numbers of applications and often thr PR company will only reply if successful, or, perhaps worse, your accreditation arrives the day before the show when you have already scheduled shoots. In my mind there are two issues, first photographers are lower in the PR/media pecking order now due to vbloggers, camera phones etc and second many event organisers do not know how to manage media. I covered a big national event this week. I had to chase for accreditation and on arrival there was no facilities, information or even space. I lost a celebrity visit photo opp there as there was no media information. (A cleaner knew, but not me...) It iappears to me we just have to be persistent but at the same time go with the flow and accept that on occasion it is not going to work for us and move on to the next event.
  15. Ballroom dancing

    Thank you for your comments. I will be using a 70-200mm F2.8 and a prime 50mm F1.8 Interestingly, I was just looking at the DxO OpticsPro 11 Elite which is highly rated for noise removal but seems to be quite expensive as I already rent Lightroom and Photoshop. I know that ballroom photos do not appear to sell well by undertaking an image search inside AIM. I know this is not conclusive but it is indicative. I thought given how popular Strictly is and in general the popularity of ballroom there would be a market - but, not for the first time, I appear to be wrong. I will give the event photography issue a try to see if that works. Thanks again