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Sheila Smart

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  1. I agree with DD that Aussies like to claim Kiwis (bless 'em) when they become famous and its rarely reciprocated but at least the Aussie cricket team is more or less Australian unlike the English cricket team: Eoin Morgan - Irish Boyd Rankin - Irish Kevin Pieterson - South African Jonathan Trott - South African Matt Prior - South African Ben Stokes - Kiwi Nuff said (and wait for the sledging!) Sheila (ex-Pom)
  2. I am always amazed what people will pay on eBay. I have used eBay to sell both camera bodies and L lenses and the bids go way over what I was anticipating almost to the point of what they would pay for new gear. My gear is always in good condition as I look after it but to pay a couple of hundred dollars less than new beats me!
  3. I have never quite understood that line from Cohen! By coincidence, I have just sold a poster to a German buyer last week via Artflakes for 10 euros, my first sale there since I joined about six months ago.
  4. Hi Paul Sydney has avoided the heat so far which cannot be said for Adelaide which had temps in the mid 40s C a few days ago. For the first time since Christmas Day, we had some rain which hopefully will ease the scores of bushfires burning in the south west of NSW.
  5. Google Search by Image is in a class of its own. Tineye does search the web but on a much smaller scale and they rarely, if ever, update their index to remove images which are no longer appearing on the various sites.
  6. We all feel strongly about this subject and both Linda and I pursue infringers on a daily basis, either ourselves or via our IP lawyers but...putting a name to an "image theft" on a public site like Twitter is asking for a law suit especially if one finds that they have actually paid for the image but the various agencies are tardy in reporting same. Linda is using the softly, softly, catchee monkey approach by attempting to contact the source directly. Last year I found one of my images on a book cover and long story short, I found that the publisher had licensed the image and had paid the
  7. Martin, for some reason your comment is viewed by one sad, anonymous tosser as so outrageous that they gave you a red arrow . . . sheesh . . . Fixed with a greenie. dd Actually, I make a point of negating uncalled for red arrows so those "sad, anonymous tossers" will eventually give up or have the courage to out themselves!
  8. Try here http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=26829 Sheila
  9. Quick - 2.2 million hits on this topic - time to put links to our work to take advantage of the popularity of this thread! Sheila Smart (exhibited in three countries, world renowned photographer, willing to work for a reasonable fee, ex-Getty (that should interest them!!) - all offers considered!
  10. One year is still inexcusable in my opinion. Perhaps one should pop into a newsagent and pick up a copy of The Times and suggest to them that you will pay for it when you feel like it, say twelve months time, as you have so many other items to pay for and will get around to it some time soon. I have never understood this slack attitude of newspapers who demand instant images but then have group memory loss about actually paying for them. A shake up from Alamy management is long overdue.
  11. For the first time ever, I was THAT close to giving a red arrow to Jan's first post but as Jan has taken the "road to Damascus", I welcome her to the forum. Unfortunately, like others have already advised, in my opinion she has missed the boat as far as "stock photography" is concerned. Uploading images which are sharp, well exposed and no dust bunnies and using good gear is the easy bit! Obtaining fair and reasonable prices for images is the hard part. Sheila
  12. And this is how most Sydneysiders will spend Christmas Merry Christmas from Godsown. Sheila
  13. Google has announced a new tool (for want of a better word!) for artists and photographers http://www.google.com/opengallery to display their work. Is this a good idea or just another Google way of getting your images nicked or am I being cynical!? Sheila
  14. I received the same but I have just advised them again that all of my restrictions (worldwide, editorial, editorial websites) will remain because I would rather not license my work for next to nothing. As they refused to let me know how much the client was going to pay for a restricted image should I remove the restrictions, I told them that the restriction stays. I probably "lost" about ten bucks! Sheila
  15. I generally state in an invoice to the infringer something like the following: "Fee for unlicensed use to date of [description or title of image] on your website (or whatever) : $[ ]" Sheila
  16. I search one particular image on a daily basis with Google because it gets infringed so much (and it is registered with the USCO thanks to Carolyn Wright's suggestion) but I have also found that if I add a couple of letters to the search box (if there is text in the box), I get a great deal more results. This particular image usually gets around 100 results but if I add "pd" to the search box after "children swimming underwater", I get approximately 460 results. I have no idea why the difference. Before anyone asks, I added "pd" because the metadata of the original image had "pd" imbedde
  17. Excuse the large watermark (this image has been nicked many times!) but this has been licensed very well on G (when I was a contributor) but not yet licensed on Alamy. Its not your "run of the mill" image of the SOH and that is probably why it has been successful.
  18. Definitely nasturtium - grows as a weed here and is good in a salad (apparently!). Sheila
  19. "Selfie" originally emanated from Australia which has a somewhat quaint (for want of a better word!) habit of adding "ie" to common words such as barbie (barbecue), Chrissie pressie (Christmas present), pollie (politician), tradie (tradesmen) etc etc. When I first arrived here 40 years ago, it drove me crazy but after a time, I found myself shortening words too. It's slack of course but reflects the laid back lifestyle of Aussies - there you go, there's another one! Sheila (yeah, I have to live with that name too!)
  20. Apologies if members have heard this before but...if I had licensed an image as RF to a paper manufacturer which appeared on tissue boxes here in Australia for five years, I would have been $8,000 worse off! My rule of thumb for those who don't know which to choose is this: If you feel that the image has the possibility of being renewed time and time again on a project, then choose RM. If you feel its going to be a one off, then probably RF. That said, I only license RM. Sheila
  21. Our national broadcaster tried that on with me awhile back but I pointed out to her that the ABC had a budget for her salary, her producer's salary and the web developer's fee so why did they think that photographers were expected to donate their work gratis? Got no response! Sheila
  22. I recently quit AGE because they licensed one of my RM images via Getty US Office for single figure euros. Sheila
  23. I have little to say about Getty (that is repeatable here!) but they do show the name of the licensee. Sheila
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