Bill Brooks

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About Bill Brooks

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  • Location
    Toronto
  • Interests
    Photography, Outdoors, Hiking, Travel, Reading, Philosophy, Shoveling Trouble

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  • Alamy URL
    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={F0453AA0-D41A-421F-B4D6-F125791B632D}&name=Bill+Brooks
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  • Joined Alamy
    03 May 2004

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  1. Annoying aspect of refund

    It is common practice in the stock photo industry to issue a refund if an image is billed, but then not used by the client, or if the usage changes. There is no time limit on a refund, and never has been. Publishers will sometimes put a book together, get billed by a stock photo agency, but then delay or cancel the book. In that case publishers would get a refund. Cancellation or delay of a book may be do to an inability to finance the printing, a poor initial response from booksellers, or an unpublishable manuscript. Sometimes the publisher changes the use of the image resulting in a cancellation of the original invoice followed by a rebilling at a higher or lower amount depending on the new usage. Sometimes the final content of a book is fluid until the book is on press. The same general conditions for a refund can apply to other non book publishing projects such as advertising or news.
  2. Images sold in January

    AX2CFB Editorial royalty free. $$ Mrs Brooks on Nevis, Leeward islands. Always travel with your wonderful patient spouse, a selection of hats, and colourful beach towels. Maybe even a Hawaiian shirt or two.
  3. Competition Rules

    I am amazed that two forum members would agree with, and support with green arrows, Richard's personal attack on spacecadet. After reflection, even Richard does not agree with himself. Good on Richard for making amends in a following post. Good on spacecadet for trying to be helpful.
  4. State of News Photography Survey.

    Here is a interesting survey of the state of photojournalism in 2018 . One interesting upward trend seems to be shooting stills and video on the same shoot. Maybe news photojournalists should be thinking more about 4K or even 8K video, so they can take hi rez stills from their video.
  5. Favourite photos uploaded January 2019

    Very cold, no snow, heavy overcast in Toronto last week. So delve into the archives for elements, and do some photoshopping.
  6. Hmmm, time to slash my image collection

    I only shoot when there is some direction to the light. A soft grey sky is OK as long as there is some direction to the light, and I can take an image that excludes or down plays the sky. The problem is that we are taking a 3D view that we see, and recording it as 2D. All subjects will flatten themselves out when going from 3D to 2D. A good well lit image looks 3D even when it is recorded as 2D. If there is a direction to the light, then subjects will look rounded. There will be a highlight side and a shadow side, even if the effect is restrained. This is a 3D clue within our 2D image. The worst light is from a heavy overcast sky producing directionless light. Under those conditions I find something else to do other than photography. Get out the photoshop and combine old images. If I am on the road I will move on and change hotels. If I do not want to move on, I will do my laundry, take time for a good meal, scout locations, wait for night shots with artificial light, etc. I do not shoot news which is another thing altogether.
  7. artwork, context, and exclusivity

    All my images converted to "only at Alamy" by Alamy, and then a few copies of historic paintings in the public domain, and other non exclusive images, unticked by me. Decision made. Will make it work. Time to move on.
  8. How to mark all images "exclusive"

    Here is the body of an email I just sent to <contributors@alamy.com> Please mark all of my images "only available on Alamy”. That is all images in my account XXXXXX@XXXXXX.com, including all pseudonyms. There are no similars, to my Alamy images, for sale at any other stock photo agency. There are a very small number of copy images of historic paintings that are in the public domain. I will revert the “only available on Alamy” designation for those copy images, as soon as you make it. Bill Brooks Check it out !!! https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/billbrooks/favourites.html
  9. Commission Change announced in email

    here is the body of an email I just sent to: Alamy <contributors@alamy.com> Please mark all of my images "only available on Alamy”. That is all images in my account XXXXXXX@XXXXXX.com, including all pseudonyms. There are no similars to my Alamy images for sale at any other stock photo agency. There are a very small number of copy images of historic paintings that are in the public domain. I will revert the “only available on Alamy” designation for those copy images, as soon as you make it. Bill Brooks Check it out !!! https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/billbrooks/favourites.html
  10. Commission Change announced in email

    Keep in mind that a contract is only an agreement between people of good intentions as to how they will conduct their future business. No one can predict the future with any accuracy. They can only guess. If they try to nail everything down to the nth degree the contract will be too restrictive. It will work against both Alamy and the photographer. In addition if there is a serious lack of trust, by either party, then no contract will ever suffice. The new Alamy contract is the fairest and most generous contract in the stock photo industry. It is very clear and easy to understand, but only if you read the entire contract a couple of times, not just the amendments. If the contract does not work for either party, then it can be terminated by either party with 45 days notice.
  11. Commission Change announced in email

    Ladies and gents, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? All of my questions about exclusive have been answered in the new contract. It is very clear to me.
  12. Cheap slide scanner

    Initially I used a Nikonscan 8000 but when I purchased a Canon 5d and a Canon 100mm macro lens, I used Re Ray's and Spacecadet's method for 35mm to 4X5. The Nikonscan only did up to medium format. Better dynamic range, sharper, much faster, regardless of original size. Here is a digital copy from a 4X5 transparency using Re Ray's method .
  13. Hi Edo I have migrated between Mac computers, but have Betty's problem with cobwebs. There is lots of information here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8007540 Initiate migration assistant on both machines so they can see each other. Turn on sharing. Be patient, takes a long time for migration etc. Bill
  14. New photos from old archive photos on a cold overcast winter day.
  15. NON-exclusive search option in AIM

    I hope there is a clear definition in the new contract as to the Alamy meaning of "exclusive to Alamy", or "only available at Alamy". What kind of exclusivity are we granting? For instance if I copy a well known, out of copyright historic painting, and upload the digital file to Alamy, can my particular upload be exclusive to Alamy when other legitimate copies by other photographers are at other stock photo agencies? How about taking identical peak action images with a crowd of photographers all uploading to different agencies? I have been in photographer crowds when shutters sounded like machine gun fire. This shot for instance from a crowd of about 60 professional photographers there to photograph a called off surfing competition. The conversations between machine gunning waves was all around which stock agencies were the best.