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  1. On 07/04/2020 at 06:58, Bryan said:

    Cheers Iain !


    Times online 7th



    Carnforth, Lancashire, UK. 4th Apr, 2020. the M6 North of Lancaster is almost deserted as the general public heed the advice to stay at home. Delivery lorries made up a high percentage of the traffic on the Motorway Credit: Keith Douglas News/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2BCGEY6


    Thanks for that spot Bryan. One of those images where I was in two minds whether to upload it as I expected the subject to be already covered.


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  2. 1 hour ago, geogphotos said:


    Before my health problem and certainly a few years ago I would easily walk 20 miles - would that be allowed now even if a circular walk?



    Curtain-twitchers seem to be having a great time reporting neighbours on new police 'hot-lines' for taking more than one walk a day etc



    20 miles circular walk - see the legislation. Yes.


    Curtain-twitchers - yes, a lot of them about. Give it a few weeks though and the tide will turn.

  3. "I don't see anybody arguing with that and the News photographers, we all understand, are getting on with they work reporting what is happening and no doubt trying to keep themselves and everybody else safe"


    Presumably they fall under 'reasonable excuse'  2 (f)


    (f) to travel for the purposes of work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not reasonably possible for that person to work, or to provide those services, from the place where they are living; 

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  4. 36 minutes ago, MDM said:

    Sounds like a great plan. Let things become more  critical and then deal with it. The time to put out a fire is when it is starting not when the house has burnt down. The fire is already burning and we will be in the Italy situation within a few weeks. The guy in the video back there was right when he said people don’t understand the meaning of exponential. When the Premier League suspend football you know it’s serious and time to act. 


    It's not about letting things become more critical, it's about lowering the peak of cases to a level where (hopefully) health services and others can cope.  


    The experts are saying that shutting schools down is symbolic but not effective in controlling the spread. In fact it may make things worse by exposing more vulnerable groups. 


    What would you suggest we do instead?


  5. 2 hours ago, spacecadet said:

    That's apparently part of the reasoning. Health workers with children at home aren't health workers anymore.


    …. or the shop workers, the delivery drivers, the people who keep the electricity on, the phones working, and the internet running, and everything else that we just take for granted.


    My understanding is that we're 10-14 weeks away from the peak, so if drastic measures are implemented now they'd have to be in place for 5 or 6 months. On that timescale, many things that can be put off for a few weeks become more critical.


    The virus hides away infecting other people before showing signs of any symptoms in its victim. Keeping it out of the UK would have required truly draconian measures that would not have been accepted by the general public. Just think of the way the media reported hard done by passengers stranded on a cruise ship out in Japan.



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  6. 21 hours ago, Allan Bell said:


    Just to keep the record straight Mick it was you, Doc (Kumar), Keith Douglas and I at the first meeting. Julian joined later.


    Keith moved up north later and has not been to a meeting for some time. In fact he does not seem to post on the forums any more.





    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!





  7. 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!

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  8. On 11/10/2019 at 09:42, Joseph Clemson said:


    The accounts of Videoloft (formerly Manythings) show a loss in the year up to June 2018 of nearly £1 million (previous year a loss of £1.12 million).  I think the £782,612 dividends is from Alamy's accounts rather than VideoLoft. 


    In any case I don't usually associate a loss of some £2 million pounds over 2 years as being a 'solid financial performance', but then again I'm a humble freelance photographer not a multi-million pound business owner or financier.


    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?

  9. 1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

    I see taking photos with my iPhone as a complication. It's certainly not a way to simplify things.  


    Let's say I'm walking around and I see a possible stock image. Do I capture it with my phone or my Sony? Both? I see this as a conflict, a way to complicate my shooting. It seems counterintuitive. And . . . I don't know, but my guess is there's not much money in phone photograph. ???


    Now Live News I'm sure about. I will not be shooting or submitting any Live News. 


    Marianne, I've solved the problem of uploading at this hotel; it works in the morning but not at night. 


    I see taking photos with my phone as a complication too. Mainly because there's still no support for Android phones.

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  10. 49 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

    I was just trying to simplify it with a minimum 3000 px , it doesn't seem to be getting through though

    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.

  11. 39 minutes ago, MDM said:


    I  can never understand why this size thing is problematic for experienced photographers. In Photoshop the pixel dimensions are clearly displayed in MB in the Image SIze dialog box as well as the Info panel. Lightroom gives the size in MP so if it is showing 6MP then it is over the 17MB limit with a simple x3 multiplication. I know the x3 isn't exact bit it should be sufficient in the vast majority of cases.


    I can understand of course why novices don't understand the relationship between pixel dimensions and file size on disk but surely that indicates that they have a bit of background work to do to bring their knowledge up to scratch. This has to be the No 1 FAQ on here and it never goes away. 


    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. 


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