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  1. 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....
  2. 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....
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Ballroom dancing

    There is an international Latin and Ballroom dancing competition near where I live. I have had agreement from the organisers to take photographs. I have never undertaken dance photography before. I have a couple of questions. Having checked on Alamy these type of images do not seem to sell well, if at all, so the first question: is it worth my time (although I am assuming the experience will be worth it). Second, the lighting in the hall is poor and flash is not allowed. My camera (a Nikon D5) is good at low light but some noise is inevitable; does this mean that I will not be able to use them for stock in any case?
  10. Mauritius holiday – stock photo opportunities

    Bill Thanks, I will take your comments on board when planning my photo trips
  11. Sales floor?

    An interesting discussion. I suggest there is a further question as to at what point of falling sales and faster falling prices is the decision made to give up?
  12. Seeking Opinions on New / Different Camera

    I think the issue of challenges is on the increase. As suggested I try to look confident and professional, I am lucky that I have a UK National Press card which helps. Sometimes I have to remind private security and council officials that it is not, generally illegal to take photos on public property _ and that includes children. (Although I am aware of the sensitivity). I have a Nikon D5 with a 70”200mm lens so a touch noticeable....
  13. Unauthorized use of Alamy Photos

    I use Pixsy. The pricing seems similar. I have the same issues over timing and that many organisations that steal my images are in places such as China where copyright appears unenforceable. I was amazed at the number of my images being used without payment. Flickr seems to be a key source for individuals to use to steal images. Geoff is right. It is a big gamble, are you going to make the upfront costs back from recovery?
  14. Comments about your equipment from strangers

    This has got to be my strangest one.... on the Tube after LFW and these two very drunk l adies really wanted me to take their photos
  15. Verboten or Tricky Subject Matter

    Geoff, there are two potential answers to this, I think. The first is that (and am no lawyer). By entering the Royal Parks you are agreeing to their terms and conditions so there maybe a form of contract (offer, acceptance, valuable consideration). This can also be applied to St Katherine's Dock -you are granted a licence to be on their land that does no include commercial photography. Again, potential breach of contract. second issue for me is I have a national press card. That can ve revoked and should I lose that it would be very difficult to undertake news photography in London. So, while unlikely, the Parks Police could object to my card if I break the rules. A not completely unrelated issue. I was granted press accreditation to a high security event. Then (my mistake) I took photos of an anti war event and asked to be put on their mailing list for future events. Three days later my Press accreditation for the high security event was revoked. Sometimes freedom of of the press is somewhat constrained...