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Keith Douglas

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  1. Started with Alamy in 2012. 2 sales in 2013. 24 sales so far in 2014, so looking up!
  2. "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!!
  3. 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!
  4. 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(!)?
  5. It might be worth emailing the Alamy News Desk - I've always found them very helpful.
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. Mail online, 30 Sept: "New supermarket fuel price war as Sainsbury's slashes 5p off a litre of petrol"
  9. Yes, I'd find it useful, so let me know if you find one / create one and I'd be keen to join.
  10. 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. .. .."
  11. 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!
  12. 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?
  13. Richard, I think you are perpetuating the confusion! Julie said: "I thought it was clear from the start that only images taken on the phone should be filed to stockimo..." to which you replied "Looked pretty clear to me Julie, i.e. we want pictures taken on an iPhone please" Isn't the correct statement that i) Images should be taken on a mobile phone and ii) Images should be uploaded via the iPhone or iPad App... ... which opens up the possibility for us 2nd class Android phone users to contribute to stockimo, albeit by jumping through a couple of hoops!!
  14. Three slightly different takes on the visit of the Tour de France to the UK: Awaiting the start in Cambridge (taken on 1 July) On the road to Paris. Early morning, stage 1, Grinton Moor near Richmond, before the crowds arrived. A policeman tackles stage 1 on his mountain bike, with support from the spectators on Grinton Moor:
  15. 7 sales for $688 gross. Mainly due to some Live News sales going back to April. Amazingly I've made the top 500, although I expect it to be a brief visit!
  16. I had one as well last month About £2 to me after deductions! Country: Czech Republic Usage: Editorial Media: Magazine - Print only Print run: up to 10,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 1 page Start: 01 April 2014 End: 01 May 2014 Online Rights Included.
  17. I had some Newspaper sales (my first ones) at the beginning of April. The Times and Daily Telegraph sales were reported within a month.Sales to 4 other papers haven't shown up yet, but it sounds like I am doing well to have received what I have!
  18. Ride a door's width from parked cars ... or on the pavement! Please adjust your dress before leaving. Canada Only:
  19. Best ever month by far for Stock (3), Live News (4) and by value, with more Live News sales still to be reported.
  20. I think there may be two separate aspects to this. The store is privately owned, which allows the owner to decide who is allowed to enter and on what conditions. That might be why the press pack remained outside. The second is the question of whether members of the public have an expectation of privacy when in the store. In that context is the store a private or a public space? I'd say it was a public space.
  21. So far, my best month ever by far! Things do seem to be picking up for me. Three sales so far this month, after 5 sales in 2 years, so hopefully I've reached the turning point. I'm also looking forward to the sales from a dozen images that made it to national newspapers from Live News earlier this month.
  22. I had previously submitted News photos successfully, but I was doing a test upload last week from another device and with some different software and I got the "Unable To Process - resubmit media" message. I'm pretty sure that it was because I only had the caption field filled and not the Headline field as well. I copied the caption to the headline and it went through fine. I've found Alamy to be very helpful on this. It might be worth doing a test submission of one or two images, as they suggest. I just put the date and then "Test Upload, please ignore" in the Caption and Headline fields, so it doesn't end up on the Live News page!
  23. I now understand what you are saying Linda, and I agree with you. The section at the top under Releases, and the link off to another page, says what I'd expect it to say, and puts the onus on the user of the image to ensure that they have the necessary clearances. But that statement "A company with more than 10 people can use the image in marketing materials..." seems to say that Alamy are granting permission for marketing use, when they have no control of what that use might be.
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