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Robert M Estall

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  1. I've got a bedside DAB and an FM in my office next door. Both are tuned invariably to BBC Radio 4 which is where we find Desert Island Disks (Cat Stevens this morning) I know they reach me a couple of seconds apart which is OK, no need to stand on the small landing between where I can neither sleep nor work. The FM in my small Camper does have an on/off button and I have to be careful to turn it off or it will drain my battery in a day or two. I usually have a spare for the times when I am in someplace remote, but hooking up the cables is a bit of a pain. I have a simple mobile which I use only as a telephone. I think it can do more but I don't bother. It drives my wife nuts! When we are out she often asks if I have it turned on. The answer is usually YES but as the only people who have the number is herself and our son who is likely to be in the back seat there is little point. And Vodaphone who will pester me with offers if I make a call and they realise I am alive. It's a cheapskates special; It's free until I make a call, then it charges me £1 and I can make as many calls as I want for the rest of the day. The battery lasts a week! Lots of on-line sites require updates, the only ray of hope is my Bank who employ voice recognition and no longer ask me to answer security daft questions. About a year ago I called them up and after a couple of the daft questions announced that their system had listened and I would not be questioned again as they would automatically recognize me in the future. Amazingly, it works!
  2. over 95% of my portfolio are scans made on a Nikon LS9000; mostly 35mm which produce a 54 MB file, the rest from 6x7 which produce a file needing reduction in dpi. That was a £2000 scanner. The Imacon was much more expensive and could squeeze a little more detail out of the transparency but was a lot slower. The special trick of the LS9000 was a setting for kodachrome which dealt pretty well with the fringing problem. I don't know if that is a problem with using a camera to scan. There is a special place below reserved for the scoundrel at Nikon who opted to cease software support for all those scanners they sold over a period of perhaps ten years. It left the door open for Vuescan but that's no excuse. As the OP has no images on Alamy, we have no idea if they are in any position to grasp what we are responding. There are numerous scanning services of varied quality. Most of the cheap ones are a waste of time. None of them do a good job of captioning and keywording no matter what they claim. That you always have to do yourself.
  3. As I plan to keep a viable archive even in this digital age I always do basic keywording in Photoshop adding © credit so that set of files could be a coherent source in the future. Some of the images go back 50 years and are still selling to-day. There is always the chance the images I create to-day may have a good long life. One of the photographers I used to represent had such appalling handwriting that after too many attempts to get him to help me identify some of the subjects, I just sent it all back. Good photographs but, in effect, unidentified so useless.
  4. Rights grabbing has been going on for a very long time. A publisher or packager would have a person who's job was contracts as long as I can remember. Not to be left to photographers and picture researchers over a tipple in the pub. They were never push-overs! For the most part, they took the view that I was only doing my job by holding out for best terms and it was vital to not get in any sort of temper. Terms like "in perpetuity" and "through-out the universe" started appearing twenty years ago. I'm afraid it will get worse, not better.
  5. Slippers are a serious subject if you live in a draughty old house with brick and stone floors like this place. Heavy slipper socks for fireside, damp proof for nipping out back to collect dog droppings, and something getting on for shoes to pop out the front door to buy a fish or two from the bloke who comes 'round in van on a Tuesday morning. Jane took a dislike to one pair calling them pervert's slippers. Couldn't see it myself, but they had to go. Recycling an old pair of trainers isn't the greatest look, but, if it works for you, why not? Losing a set of long loved kitchen knives would be hard!
  6. Gosh, I had completely forgotten about about those little whisker curb feelers. Haven't seen those for years
  7. Chuck, we all admire the eye watering standard level of compensation in the US ( as long as you have registered the copyright) I assume you always go for the full amount in order to protect the ruling. You used to have a fairly high standard figure for lost transparencies back in the days of film. The UK usual figure was £400 and I never settled for less but pointed out that they were getting off lightly compared to US. Unfortunately that doesn't apply in these digital days; I used to do a nice trade in that area. Good records were the key!
  8. Simon Croft knows his stuff all right, but there a few things first: Do you have any history of charging clients for the kind of use your infringer has made? You can't just pick a figure out of the air. Before you make any approach, take screen grabs so your infringer can't just delete and pretend it never happened.. Is your infringer in the same country as you? If you are in Spain and your infringer is in UK he is likely to consider it unlikely an action originating in Spain is going to gain much traction. So, yes, they are likely to ignore you. There are some photographers who have become pretty expert in this business and make good money pursuing infringers. They are doing us all a favour! There is almost a cult of people who think copyright is a kind of scam dreamed up by photographers and big-assed agencies like G.
  9. Many years ago I sported big long bushy sideboards and flares. I don't think it was ever a good look and I'm sure I had left it too late. Hands up another never viewer of the Kardashian show' No, I don't think I will be tempted by catch-up or re-run TV. I quite like some buskers but they are a rarity in Sudbury which is my nearest town
  10. It used to be possible to make a living out of stock photography though most professional photographers looked to make more of our income from assignments and the stock was likely to be what filled in the quieter times and build up a collection for some future revenue. That worked pretty well up until, maybe ten years ago. Habits die hard or perhaps we just like to keep our hand in. Maintaining this crumbling pile and garden can fill a lot of time before I succumb to daytime television. So far I've made 59 sales for 2020 which is still a little better than pin money but let's not kid ourselves that is making a living.
  11. I don't think Jim ever made much from photography, but sold advice well. As far as he was concerned there was only America which works for some but is a pretty limited view
  12. I remember my early days in Canada when the shops had not a lot to offer and we didn't have a lot of cash for "fancy stuff" But Canada does go for seriously strong and aged cheddar. Mother was a terrific hoarder and she would save the dried up corners of cheddar (which didn't seem to go mouldy) These were grated finely and that's what we used instead of parmesan. These were post war years and we had to make do as best we could.
  13. Back in the days of film, I had a lot of kit. One day I realised I could do 95% of my work with a Canon F1 body, a power winder, my 24mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8 lenses. So I bought a nice little bag and stuck to that most of the time. Too late, i'ld already knackered my left shoulder. In the digital age I have something similar but smaller housed in a mini backpack. This summer, I've hardly left the village except for outings to the seaside avoiding the popular beaches. We have only one village pub open which attracts all those loud louts which works well for me as I top up my home glass of Shiraz or Famous Grouse. The frequent trips to the bottle bank have to be made under cover of darkness. Never had a pet gull, but there once was a crow who went for walks sitting on my shoulder some of the time.
  14. long wait for a plump sale B12PG3 for a bit over $900. Banking sector. There are over 800 pix on Alamy for Tabernas with pretend gun slingers among other things, but mine was shot before the whole place turned into a sort of theme park. Tried to drag the image in but it wouldn't budge I've always said, if you have a decent sized collection of well edited images, you ought to win a nice fat fee once in awhile. One a year won't affect the yearly takings a huge amount but encourages that not all sales are tiddlers. Sadly, it seems impossible to predict what and when.
  15. The In Perpetuity duration could only affect the chances of Alamy selling this photo as an exclusive rights sale. Basically, that is for an advertising buy-out for a year or two. I don't wish to diss your image but this is a vanishingly small possibility. Don't Lose any sleep over it. The term really came into play about twenty years ago from rights departments of private TV documentaries. There was often added nonsense about "all territories throughout the universe" and "all media now known or yet to be invented". The virus has spread!
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