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Sheila Smart

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  1. None of my images are RF and for this reason:  In 2005, I licensed an image of a pink frangipani (which I took in our garden here in Sydney) to an international paper  manufacturer for placement on their tissue boxes here in Australia.  At the time, I did not know the difference between RM and RF as I had not got into "stock" photography at the time.  Four years went by and I was kicking myself that I thought I had licensed the image RF but one day, I checked out my invoice to them and this is what I found "To licensing image of  frangipani on tissue boxes for one year" which made the license RM.  So I sent them a very polite email advising them that they had not renewed the license for the past three years and I attached my account for $4,500 (with bated breath).  I received an apology and they paid my account promptly.  They also renewed the image for the following three years.   Now I keep track of RM licenses on an Excel spreadsheet!

     

    So if you think that the license could be renewed such as on travel brochures, websites or even book covers, then choose RM.  If it's one off then probably choose RF but to be safe, I would always choose RM.  

     

    Sheila

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  2. I haven't uploaded anything to Flickr for months now and will probably delete my work when I get around to it.  I never belonged to any "rar rar wow wow scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" club and so received few comments.  Several times I had to contact Yahoo because of passing off of my work on fellow Flickrites photostreams.  There was much anger at the new CEO of Yahoo who stated that there were "no professional photographers any more as everyone had a camera in their phone" - that went down like a lead balloon.  

     

    I guess the last straw for me was when I, amongst many others, were banned from the Getty/Flickr forum for our views on the nefarious Getty/Google deal.  

     

    Sheila

  3. Thanks for all the advice.  It's a very small start up business and she didn't want to register the logo as a trade mark.  She just wanted to use the outline of the silhouette and in hindsight, I am grateful in these "saw it on Google and thought it was free" days that she contacted me at all!  I suggested two terms, three years or five years and she accepted the latter. 

     

    Sheila

  4. I received a request today for a quote for one of my images (a silhouette of a bird) to be used as a logo for a company. The prospective client saw the image on my website and contacted me direct.  In my response I requested the usual - duration, exclusivity, etc etc but then I started to think about if they were anticipating registering the logo as a trade mark which opens up a whole different can of worms!  If they were not going to pay for exclusivity, how were they going to register MY image as a trade mark?  

     

    Has anyone come across this before?  Thoughts would be much appreciated.  This will probably all fall over if its just a time waster but for future reference, it would be handy to know what to do.  

     

    Sheila

  5. Hi Sheila,

     

    I have been using the RX100 for a while now but have not tried the digital zoom. This is because I did have another camera with that option but was not happy with the results.

     

    Can you let me know what you think of the results you are getting with this model on digitally zoomed images please?

     

    Allan

    Hi Allan

     

    It's actually an optical zoom rather than a digital zoom.  Digital zooms are normally rubbish whereas this optical zoom is excellent.  Here is an shot I took on the first day of testing this P&S.  This is Manly Aquarium on normal

     

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    and the second taken from the same spot, using the optical zoom

     

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    Not a bad outcome for such a little camera!  

     

    Sheila

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  6. I recently watched a Sir Michael Parkinson Masterclass where he interviewed British war photographer Don McCullin who is now in his late seventies and it was a fascinating insight into the war photographer.  Here is a piece from the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2012/dec/20/don-mccullin-documentary-video

     

    If it were not for photographers like McCullin, Australian Neil Davis who was killed in Thailand after surviving the fall of Vietnam and many other photographers who have died over the past fifty years covering wars, the world would be ignorant of what really goes on and would have to accept the sanitized reporting of various governments around the world.  

     

    The debate on various other forums seems to centre on whether he Photoshopped the image and overlooking the two dead children which surely is  what this image is all about - that the completely innocent are always the victims of war.  Are we all to be ostriches with our heads in the sand and not publish images which upset our comfortable lives?  I take a lot of images of street people but I treat them with the same dignity as I would my friends and family.  

     

    Here is a quote from Don McCullin:  "Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture.  You do not go away from here without carrying a huge burden, if you are a decent human being and you have a conscience.  I photograph the humble, the anonymous, who are spontaneous and mirror all of us".  Don McCullin Sleeping with Ghosts:  A Life's Work in Photography.

     

    Sheila

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    Any tips on using this P&S for him (and, ahem,  me!)?

     

    Cheers

    Sheila 

     

    Well, here's a very useful little gadget you can use with the RX100 (or any other point & shoot camera): the GorillaPod Micro 250

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe (ordered my Sony RX100 a day ago :) )

     

    Thanks, Philippe.  I had one of those years ago when it was supposed to support a DSLR but my Canon was too heavy.  You have got me searching for it as it would be ideal for the RX100.

     

    Sheila

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  8.  

    Great suggestion Ed.

     

    Still the small specks do give a good sense of scale.

    The all important question nowadays is: can this one make it into the Creative section? Because I'm pretty sure that will boost sales a lot.

    And having to declare there are people in this shot - but no releases may well make that impossible.

    So here's the catch: better picture or better sales. I guess that's probably democracy at work there too ;-)

     

    wim

     

    Yeah, nobody on a street in Sydney? It would look like a scene in On the Beach Part 2. What time did you take that, Shelia?  

     

    It was taken at 11:35 am in the middle of summer (February) of "the Rocks" end of George Street - probably most of the people were escaping the midday heat by being in the pub on the left.  Your comment regarding the movie On the Beach reminds me of the famous alleged quote by Ava Gardner who said that Melbourne was the perfect place to shoot the end of the world - my apologies to Victorians :) .

     

    Sheila

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    Guardian Online, May 8, ice cream in Rome, D3X3W5, Paula Solloway  (Alamy credit only)

     

    John, I've sent a Report to Alamy regarding someone giving your post a red negative.  It's time that Alamy stopped this nonsense!

     

    Sheila

     

    Don't like your chances of getting Alamy to agree Sheila . . . as many of us now know, the easiest way to get a neg vote is to even slightly disagree with one particular contributor . . . but to get a red vote for going to all the trouble of finding, identifying and posting details of other contributors' work is bizarre.

     

    I think those who find and post details of found Alamy pics deserve public kudos, not anonymous vetoes.

     

    dd

    I fear you are right.  I posted a thread asking that Alamy to remove these silly buttons and it promptly disappeared - the thread that is!

     

    Sheila

  10. I cringe when I have to type Sydney Harbor Bridge in my keywording or take the u out of every word which ends in "our" (colour, neighbour etc etc) but that's the way it is if you want to license images worldwide.  Looking at my Statcounter on my website, it would appear that only about 10% of the world can spell the word "aborigine"!

     

    Sheila

     

    (and I won't dwell on the inability to spell "definitely" on any forum anywhere!

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  11. It's often said that you should put Yes but No release if their mother would recognise their children.  Well, I would bet that no mother would be able to recognise the folk in this image even with a microscope and that is why I put No persons and just got rapped across the knuckles by Alamy!  I appreciate that there may be legal ramifications for non-released images but this example makes the rule really silly. 

     

    Sheila

     

    PS  Expecting red card!!

    Yep, got the red card which just shows how much time some folk have got on their hands.  

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  12. It's often said that you should put Yes but No release if their mother would recognise their children.  Well, I would bet that no mother would be able to recognise the folk in this image even with a microscope and that is why I put No persons and just got rapped across the knuckles by Alamy!  I appreciate that there may be legal ramifications for non-released images but this example makes the rule really silly. 

     

    Sheila

     

    PS  Expecting red card!!

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    I used Chrome for the old forum and also the new forum and I have not changed settings in Chrome but I still have to log in every time I use the forum after closing Alamy.  So its not the browser.

     

    Sheila

     

    Sigh...another red card just for stating a fact!!!  

    You need to explain that!

    Sheila's post about using Chrome (quoted above) attracted a negative vote.

     

    dd

    Vote! you mean people can vote if they don't like your post? WOW that's PC gone mad..... good thing I have no intention of posting a lot I'd be very negative, Sheila, I'm with you as I ditto'd long live the freedom of speech:angry:

     

    David

    Careful, David, you might risk the wrath of the somewhat moronic voter!! Maybe Alamy should advise these sort of folk to get their head back in! Maybe the red negative should be linked to the presently anonymous "voter" who at the moment, don't have the guts to openly disagree with the post!

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  14. I used Chrome for the old forum and also the new forum and I have not changed settings in Chrome but I still have to log in every time I use the forum after closing Alamy.  So its not the browser.

     

    Sheila

     

    Sigh...another red card just for stating a fact!!!  

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  15. I used Chrome for the old forum and also the new forum and I have not changed settings in Chrome but I still have to log in every time I use the forum after closing Alamy.  So its not the browser.

     

    Sheila

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