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Keith Douglas

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  1. We voted as the UK. The decision was a UK wide one. Once we've left I doubt the Scots will vote to leave the UK and be left in some sort of limbo at the edge of the EU. But if they want to that's up to the next generation of Scots to decide. Both can be true (1 and 3). UK and NI do not plan to have a hard border. If Ireland/EU want one then that's up to them, but the EU have previously said that there wouldn't be one. It will solely be a decision for the UK Government whether there are checks on goods coming from N Ireland into the rest of the UK. I can't see that happening. Scaremongering? Looking for problems rather than solutions? It's interesting that despite the apparent importance of the border in Ireland we haven't heard a thing about it since 12 Dec 2019.
  2. Read the book. Understand why the Euro should never have happened, why it did, why it's been a disaster and why it will continue to be so. Then come back and tell me that I am uneducated. Democracy is alive and kicking in the UK. We've had a referendum where people voted, we've had two General Elections where people voted, we had European Elections where people voted. Eventually the politicians appear to have got the message - Brexit it is. It's what we voted for. That's democracy at its most fundamental. You may not like the answer but to say that it's a problem with democracy is just plain wrong.
  3. Successful businesses are those that can adapt to change and seek out and take advantage of new opportunities. I think we'll find that there will be a growing number of businesses and individuals who will seek out the new opportunities that Brexit will bring. There will also be a shrinking number of businesses and people who will continue to say that it's all a disaster and Brexit is to blame for their failures (when in many cases it won't be). Forecasting future economic growth is an inaccurate art (I deliberately avoided saying science). Things change, businesses and individuals respond to changes and the economists forecasts are soon inaccurate and have to be revised. So to say that GDP, for example, will be +x% or -y% in 10 years time because of Brexit needs to be taken with a large amount of scepticism. The same applies to saying in 10 years time what the GDP would have been had we not had Brexit. Nobody will actually know because we can't run two real world scenarios to get a comparison.
  4. Really? You're just carrying on with the same old smearing of people as being ignorant and not knowing what they voted for just because they didn't have the same opinions as you. The voters have told you what they think of that attitude to others. Choose to continue to ignore it if you wish, but I think that the electorate have got wise to it. Have you read "Eurotragedy, a Drama in Nine Acts"? It will tell you all you need to know. You'll see the lies, fake news, alternative facts, and the erosion of democracy at the heart of the European Union Project.
  5. Hi Allan. I'm still up North! I keep an eye out for the date of the next Cambridge meetup in case I am in the area, but so far the dates haven't been in synch. I have made a few posts on the forum, but Alamy and stock photography has taken less attention from me over the last few months as I've had some non-photography paid work to keep me busy! Keith
  6. 84 sales for $2186 gross. Slightly down in revenue from 2018 but that's the 6th year that my gross sales have been just over $2k. I increased my number of images by 21% in the year. I had intended to do more, but a fall in my sales from August onwards, combined with time being spent on a couple of more lucrative, non-photography income streams, led to a reduction in my submissions in the last 4 months of the year. Happy New Year!
  7. It seems to me that the Alamy Stock business on its own is doing OK despite the pressures that we know about. Of course, with a turnover (and cost of sales) that's relatively flat and with the number of images continuing to increase that isn't great news for contributors. But it could be worse. It will be interesting to see what happens with Videoloft. Can it be turned round into a profitable business? How much more money will Alamy have to put into it, and are they prepared to do so?
  8. I see taking photos with my phone as a complication too. Mainly because there's still no support for Android phones.
  9. I think you need to get a pension forecast which will tell you how much you will get as a state pension at retirement age, and whether that is the maximum that you can receive. It's not just based on the number of years that you have paid NI. The maximum state pension you can receive is not the same for everyone either!
  10. 7 sales for $149 gross. About what it has been since Feb, apart from July.
  11. But you can't simplify it with a minimum of 3000px on the long side. Some images that pass the test will (correctly) fail the Alamy criteria. And some images that fail the 3000px test would have passed the Alamy test. And we're not just talking about at the margins of a few pixels. 2450 x 2450 would pass the Alamy test. 3000 x 1500 wouldn't pass.
  12. I don't understand why it's so problematic either. Perhaps Alamy just need to say that the image needs to have at least 6,000,000 pixels and forget about the confusing 17MB requirement. There again, it may not stop this still being the number 1 FAQ! There is no fixed relationship between image size in pixels and file size on disk for a JPEG, so anybody looking at the file size of an image they are about to submit is going to be little wiser about whether the image is big enough. On the other hand (in Windows) look at Properties -> Dimensions and it will tell you what you need to know.
  13. If the size constraint is more than 6,000,000 pixels, which I believe it is, then it's 3000 x 2000 (3:2) or 2450 x 2450 (1:1) or 2829 x 2122 (4:3)
  14. Just had one of my images used in an article in the Guardian about Lancaster (UK, in the North West, about 60 miles north of Liverpool, a port and city with a maritime and slave trade history, buildings that reflect the wealth at the time etc). Many of the issues mentioned by John covered in the article. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/sep/13/lets-move-to-lancaster-lancashire-grander-than-you-might-think
  15. I wouldn't. They've already said that they won't permit sale of your images. They're only going to come up with some waffle if they don't have a case, and you'll have alerted them to what you want to do!
  16. In that case I don't see how they can stop you taking photos and selling them. It's a public place. They might not like it or want you to but that doesn't give them any right to stop you. There may be issues with audio, including the audio component of any video, for copyright reasons, but I'm guessing there.
  17. Do you have to pay to get into the festival or can anyone just turn up for free?
  18. My recollection is that the Editorial tick box was introduced at the time that the RF option became available (about the same time as the new Image Manager perhaps?). Before that you could only arrive at RF if you said that you had no property or models in the image OR you said that you had but you uploaded releases for any property or models. Otherwise you would end up with an RM image. It was understood that RM images were Editorial only. So, are there now three cases: 1. RF where there are no releases required OR all releases are available. Customer can use these images Commercially (but subject to the context and the content of the Releases). 2. RM, which are for Editorial Only anyway. Ticking Editorial box has no additional effect. Single use of image. 3. RF Editorial, which means that the Customer can use them for Editorial purposes only but as many times as they wish for a single fee. As others have said though the photographer has no control of where and how the image is used. All the photographer can do is to provide accurate information about whether releases are available. It is up to the publisher to decide whether a particular image needs additional consents. I can , for example, envisage situations where the use of an RF image might be outside the scope of the releases that are available.
  19. When the Tour de France visited the UK in 2014. Unfortunately, the bridge was washed away in the floods in North Yorkshire at the end of July 2019. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/2647860-grinton/5#pinnedpost_5d64cf305dff7f065f827d7e
  20. 8 sales for $342 gross. A big improvement from the previous 3 months. Included two PU refunds with reinvoice for 4x the PU fee. Keith
  21. Here's a more positive outcome. I had a couple of Personal Use sales back in January. The images didn't seem to be the sort of thing you'd put on your wall (a hospital sign and an ambulance outside A and E) so I queried it with Alamy. Yesterday both sales were refunded and two new sales added at four times the original PU fee. So well done to Alamy in sorting it out.
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