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Russell Watkins

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  1. Alamy are between a rock and a hard place on this matter now -- when they give us the "updated" contract terms, will it be regarded as sneakiness or incompetence? Those are really the only two options.
  2. I had my tongue in my cheek and I agree with your general premise. However, the big proposed change in the new contract is that should Alamy be sued for any reason in a case involving one of our images, we agree to underwrite Alamy's legal costs. And this is on the backdrop of the new contract also seemingly giving Alamy the right to override the restrictions that we place on our images. So I'm looking forward to Alamy's response to our legitimate concerns over these contract terms.
  3. The problem is, they kinda do. They have bought up newspaper collections and other agencies. It might be that they see small fry photographers with small ports as a bit of a nuisance and would rather devote their efforts on the larger (i.e. massive) contributors that they have. And who are already likely on sweetheart deals.
  4. I agree that they will be deleted on the 30th June in actuality, but I was highlighting where the confusion came from. Under normal circumstances, a deletion means they're still available on Alamy for 6 months and you're told this when you delete them (I think). The problems of talking at cross-purposes on an internet forum.
  5. I think they're talking about the situation when you manually delete images - they stay "available" for 6 months after the deletion.
  6. A thought occurred to me -- are those of us who are contemplating leaving Alamy also contemplating leaving their iPhone-based sibling "agency"?
  7. I was including that as a reason for it feeling like constructive dismissal.
  8. Since Alamy are changing the contract and have given 45 days notice, you can inform Alamy at any time in that 45 days that you wish to close your account as you do not accept the new contract terms and they will remove all your images just before the new contract comes into force.
  9. It's looking more and more like constructive dismissal of us small fry.
  10. What we need to help us make the decision are pithy slogans on the side of a bus.
  11. Nearer £6K (just over £1500 per 30 credits). Not cheap but you can do it part time and you can do one 30-credit module per year, if you like. You need 360 credits for a bachelors degree and that will involve some 60-credit modules so in that case, you'll be paying the region of £3000 per year.
  12. There's quite a range of courses. I've been doing a mix of computing and maths/statistics modules and in the future, I'll be looking at arts/humanities subjects. But anyway... Coooeeeeh, Alamy...
  13. Yup they do. And they're part of UniDays so I get educational discounts at places like Apple. I've just bought a little printer with an educational discount from HP using my OU email address too.
  14. Bugger. Since my early retirement, I've been an Open University student.
  15. My Mac herd (2020 Mac Mini (Intel), a just-retired 2012 Mac Mini that I used solely for my music studio but couldn't be updated to Big Sur, and a late-2013 rMBP) all run beautifully since I rid myself of Adobe. Adobe just takes over your HDD and puts its files everywhere. It always has a service or twelve running in the background, contacting Adobe servers, chewing up CPU cycles and occupying large chucks of RAM. My photography is now run through Capture One Pro 20 (although I'm thinking of retiring that as they are a bit spendy for upgrades), NeoFinder (cheap as chips
  16. Nearly 40% of my sales are wildlife/nature shots. Mostly primates and birds but also pachyderms. There's only a couple of repeat sellers in there too.
  17. I was lucky enough to meet Keith on an Alamy course in Cirencester a few years back. A dry wit and a man really in charge of his craft, a craft he obviously loved. Taken far too soon. Gorffwyswch mewn heddwch, butty. You'll be missed.
  18. Thanks! It was picked up on here a few months back. Of course, I bought the book but haven't read it yet. The image is DHMD88, some scruffy peeling wallpaper from when I was renovating my house.
  19. FWIW, I use a normal neck strap but hang the camera on my (right) shoulder, not around the neck, with the camera "turned in", i.e. the lens pointing towards my lower back/bum rather than pointing away from my body. It minimises the camera swinging about (for me - might be my big bum, mind). Perhaps give that a go before shelling out for another solution?
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