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Keith Douglas

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  1. I had a photo of flooding that was used in a national newspaper. A councillor decided to lift it and use it on Facebook to advertise a meeting that he was organising. He didn't bother to ask me about using it so I pointed out to him that he was infringing my copyright and he took the image down. Had he asked I might well have given him permission to use it. I got a lot of flack from a couple of locals for being so mean …. but it's got to be done!
  2. To cause further confusion, I must challenge your statement that "The conversion from MP to MB is a trivial x3 for 8 bit files". In fact one Megabyte is actually 1024 x1024 bits = 1048576 bits. So, to convert from MP to MB you multiply by 3 and then divide by 1.048576. So, an image that is size 3000 x 2000 is 6 million pixels which is 17.166 M bytes (which is where the 17 Mbytes comes from) . There's a simple method of dealing with this which is to multiply the height of the image in pixels by the width of the image in pixels, and if the answer is 6,000,000 or more then the image is large enough. I really don't understand why it needs to be made more complicated than that. Those who fully understand pixels, bits, bytes and are confident that when Alamy say 17 Mbytes they mean slightly less than a 3000 x 2000 image (I'm not), can squeeze out a few more pixels, but I think that the 6 million pixels rule of thumb is much more practical.
  3. Thanks for spotting one of mine in The Times, Bryan. [Keith Douglas UK Weather: Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, 25 October 2015, F504YM ]
  4. 4 sales for $172 gross. Slightly below average. Zooms were well down in the first 3 weeks of August and only picked up towards the end. With a refund and three small sales, I started the last day of August with a negative gross figure. A single $188 sale on the last day turned things positive.
  5. 9 sales for $316 gross. My best month in over a year, helped by two $100+ sales.
  6. Tried a couple of times this morning to upload via the Web Interface. It just stuck after uploading one image. I switched to using FTP. The files uploaded OK but 30 minutes later they're not yet visible as 'Image in QC' in the Image Manager.
  7. Up, and best month this year so far. 7 sales for $241 gross.
  8. Thanks for the spot Nigel - Venus and Cupid sculpture on Morecambe Promenade.
  9. 6 sales for $129 gross. Hoping for better in March (although there's no sign of it yet!)
  10. 6 sales for $81 gross. Disappointing, particularly as 4 of them are single figure $ sales.
  11. 7 sales in December for $259 gross. About average for me.
  12. 84 sales for $2064 gross. Volume up 8% from 2016, revenue down 9% I'm reasonably pleased because moving house , and to a new area, has caused some disruption and a need to generate new contacts, find new locations for images etc. Feeling positive for 2018.
  13. You can find them in Image Manager as soon as they are on the Live News Feed, and make sure that they are ready to go live. I think that just adding keywords is the minimum you have to do as the other mandatory fields (Title, Caption, Pseudonym, Licence type) will already be filled. Because of the way that Live News images drop off the page, and the fact that images only get transferred over to be available as stock once a day, I think there can be a gap of a few hours while the image is in neither view. I had a request from a local newspaper for an image (I suspect they wanted it for free) so I wanted to send them the link to buy it from Alamy. It was no longer on Live News, and I had to wait until it appeared under stock a few hours later.
  14. If you have been contributing images at a regular rate for many years then you will have far more images beginning with D than you do images beginning with, say, J. This is because the later letters are being used up much more quickly as the rate of addition of images to Alamy has increased over time. Therefore, if sales are distributed evenly by age of image you would expect to see a much higher number of sales of your images beginning with D than you do sales of images beginning with, say, J. The corollary of this is that if you are seeing the same number of sales of your images beginning with D as you are of your images beginning with J, your older images are actually doing much less well than your newer ones! I estimate the D to J ratio to be roughly 4:1
  15. 4 sales for $62 gross. A poor month after my best month of this year in October. That's how it seems to go.
  16. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Strengthens data protection for individuals. Comes into force on 25 May 2018. Although I am aware of GDPR because of some other work I do, I'd not given it much thought in relation to photography until I saw this: According to the European Commission "personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address." Note the inclusion of "a photo" (my highlighting). Thinking about it further, a photo, and its associated metadata, can contain a lot of personal information - where someone was, when they were there, what they were doing, who they were with etc. Add keywords and a caption and there's potentially more data. As in most things, these regulations will have no impact in the vast majority of cases. But will a disgruntled person in one of my photos, taken in a public place, be able to use GDPR to get the photo removed or worse?
  17. Vulcan - last tour of Northern Britain Gentlemen and Players Thinking Soldier
  18. If you changed it to RF, it wouldn't surprise me if it was snapped up pretty quickly and the (one off) RF price would be lower than the (multiple) RM price you've received to date !
  19. BBC News website. "Automated checkouts 'miserable' for elderly shoppers" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42052234 Image ID: ECFD1B , cropped Photographer: Justin Kase zsixz
  20. Well done Steve and Kumar, two great images and a close contest.
  21. Yes, I downsize most of my images to have the longest side 3600 pixels.
  22. I'm still using a Mk1 RX100 that I purchased 4 years ago. Great little camera and I haven't had a QC failure with it during that time (that's probably tempting fate!). I use it as a general purpose camera that I have with me if I'm not out specifically to shoot photos, and I don't really test it at the extremes of settings of ISO, aperture etc. I have a Nikon DSLR that I use for more challenging situations or where I prefer having a viewfinder, e.g. for sports or action photographs.
  23. I'm just looking through "Light, Gesture and Colour", by Jay Maisel (a book I would recommend), and I came across this quote, that I thought was particularly relevant to this thread: "You cannot just say water, snow or trees [or horse]. Once you understand how many different aspects each one of these subjects has, you will appreciate the variety possible in the execution of each subject".
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