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Keith Douglas

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  1. I recognise the structure, seen it many times when in the Lake District but can't remember where. HELP! Allan Bridge House, Ambleside.
  2. Express Online, 5 January 2015, under report "80mph gales to bash Britain: Flood fears as storms sweep in this week" One of Keith Morris's Expect more later this week if the Express headline turns out to be correct
  3. I'm fairly new to Alamy, so relative to 2012 (0 sales) and 2013 (2 sales), 25 sales in 2014 was a big improvement! I went from 1900 to 3400 images on sale over the year.
  4. Alamy are pretty clear on the requirements for minimum file sizes, namely that the image needs to have 6 megapixels. If you are in doubt about whether the image is large enough, forget about file sizes and what the software says (which only seems to add confusion). Multiply the width of the image in pixels by the height of the image in pixels. If the number you get is equal to or more than 6,000,000 then it's big enough! In Windows Looking at file properties will tell you the dimensions in pixels, I'm sure there's something similar on a Mac. It's also not too difficult to work out the minimum pixel sizes for some common photo ratios, e.g. 3000 x 2000, 2450 x 2450
  5. I submitted a set of 5 photos to Alamy and to another news agency. Both of them were successful in getting photos in the national press (some print, some online, some both) - The Times, Metro, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Star. Seperately, I sent the images to my 'very local' paper, and it was them who gave me the 'no budget' response. From the 'other' agency, a photo went via a Cambridge based news agency into the Cambridge News print edition. I wait to see what the outcome is concerning payment for that placement, but that aspect has clearly become a bit messy! Hopefully the national newspaper placements and payments should be more straightforward. Keith
  6. Thanks Jules. Yes, I was surprised to see it in the Cambridge News, given the response I've had before to photos I've submiited to them. This is not the paper that gave me the 'no budget' response that started this thread, by the way. It will be interesting to see what happens about payment. It's slightly complicated because it went via another news agency who contacted me for the details. That's how I was credited as an 'amateur photographer', which I would say is correct, as I don't earn my main living from photography.
  7. Thanks for all the replies and advice! You will be pleased to know that I haven't succumbed to giving my work away free this time. However, in a rather interesting twist, the photo has appeared in another, slightly less local, daily newspaper, that is owned by the same group. I'm expecting to get paid for that one! (Yes Jules, you are right!) I'll reply to some of the other posts later. I particularly liked the constructive suggestion about how to work with local newspapers. On the question of whether a photo of the sun coming up is newsworthy, if 4 national newspapers and one local one are prepared to pay for it and put it in their NEWSpapers, then it must be! :-)
  8. I have just had an image of a sunrise, taken at Godmanchester on 14 December, published in the national press, two via Alamy. I've offered the photos to my local newspaper for a pretty low fee, but they've declined, saying that they have no budget for submitted photos. Should I say "OK, you can have it for nothing", with the possibility of a credit plus some exposure? Or do I say "Tough, photographers need to be paid, even if it is a pittance?" I'd be interested to hear about other people's experience with the local press. Am I wasting my time trying to get them to pay for photos? Keith
  9. I am waiting from the 8th as well.If they don't get through today, there's always the hope of the Saturday morning club, which I seem to have rejoined in the last few submissions. Just passed QC!
  10. I am waiting from the 8th as well.If they don't get through today, there's always the hope of the Saturday morning club, which I seem to have rejoined in the last few submissions.
  11. Started with Alamy in 2012. 2 sales in 2013. 24 sales so far in 2014, so looking up!
  12. "It would seem that a few CCTVs would substantially reduce this sort of thing" ... Even more effective would be not leaving bait on the back seat!!
  13. Thanks to everyone who has showed us their QC failures. Particularly in the area of SOLD or CA I find it good to be able to re-calibrate my own assessment of what is acceptable and what isn't. Peter's coin and note was particularly informative. If I had a similar photo I would have probably allowed it, incorrectly, to pass my own QA, as I would have looked at the coin and the larger letters on the note and seen that they were in focus. Now I have a much better idea of what to look for I would fail it. Hopefully this continuing education will help me to keep on the right side of QA for a bit longer!
  14. Allan; I have sent you a PM. I am fairly flexible as I work in Cambridge. Key questions are i) Time of day - lunchtime? evening? ii) Type of venue - pub? coffee shop? outdoor photo opportunity(!)?
  15. It might be worth emailing the Alamy News Desk - I've always found them very helpful.
  16. Sorry I won't be there, it's a long swim for me too. I would be interested in meeting other togs in the UK if they are ever in my area or if I am in theirs. Just wanted to say that your image on this forum reminds me of Shirley Temple. Allan How about a meetup in Cambridge, Allan? Anyone else in that area?
  17. I suffer from the same problem as the OP, and the advice above is excellent. My approach is to use the RX100 for most street photography and only use the DSLR where it's expected that there might be photographers with long lenses - e.g. sports or cultural events. One thing that I've wondered about is having an answer to the question "Why are you taking my picture?" Saying "I'm taking it for stock" is only likely to invite further questions about exactly what you are going to do with those photos (to which there is no real answer!). Would it be better to say "I'm taking photos for an article on xyz that may or may not get published" ? It might also help the photographer as well to answer, in advance, the question about what that photo might actually be used for?
  18. Mail online, 30 Sept: "New supermarket fuel price war as Sainsbury's slashes 5p off a litre of petrol"
  19. Yes, I'd find it useful, so let me know if you find one / create one and I'd be keen to join.
  20. I can't remember asking to be able to submit to Alamy News, so I went back through my emails, and the mystery is solved! I must have just joined at a time when they were actively seeking new contributors - April 2012. "Dear Contributor, We are expanding the number of contributors who are able to submit images to the Alamy News Feed. Because of your good QC record and recent activity on Alamy, we have switched you on for the web upload route for news, sport and entertainment images. .. .."
  21. Actually if you are registered for News upload (even via web news upload not FTP) you have 600 characters for Caption and very specific IPTC data requirements (completely different to stock). I use the web news upload frequently as I haven't asked for FTP yet but I am registered for News - see My Alamy for those that haven't registered. News guidleines including metadata: http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/news-picture-guidelines.asp Do you need to be registered for News Upload via the Web Interface? Don't you just caption the images and upload them in a similar way to Stock Uploads? Not certain what you are asking but if you click the UPLOAD button you will get a choice of news upload or stock upload. That's if you have been approved for news. The more serious news reporters can get the use of FTP. Paulette That was my understanding, but some people seem to suggest, on this and other threads, that to do News Uploads via the normal Web Interface you need to apply and be accepted. I didn't apply, it was just available!
  22. Actually if you are registered for News upload (even via web news upload not FTP) you have 600 characters for Caption and very specific IPTC data requirements (completely different to stock). I use the web news upload frequently as I haven't asked for FTP yet but I am registered for News - see My Alamy for those that haven't registered. News guidleines including metadata: http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/news-picture-guidelines.asp Do you need to be registered for News Upload via the Web Interface? Don't you just caption the images and upload them in a similar way to Stock Uploads?
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