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Robert M Estall

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  1. I used to operate as an agency to some extent. I was approached by quite a few photographers but was hardy ever tempted. They had to fit with my specialities and I had to like them. The ones who really got my goat were the ones who thought they had just the one amazing shot which was going to excite me and the buyers. They were usually pretty delusional
  2. Betty, in The States you use the term Canadian Bacon which doesn't mean it comes from Canada but from the pig's loin and is pretty much what we call Back Bacon in the UK. The American version is usually trimmed a bit more than the UK cut. It's so long since I lived in Canada, I can't really remember how we referred to these two versions of cured pig. Our village butcher offers fairly lean dry-cured streaky cut a little thicker which Is currently my favourite
  3. A belated Happy Birthday! I had reckoned you as just about mid-eighties but didn't know you are bang in the middle. Raining outside? We are damp down here in Suffolk but not awash as up in the North-West. Pret A Manger are thin on the ground in this region but I'm glad to hear they put a human face on the sandwich bar scene. In answer to Alan, no I don't send the heating grant back as I don't think that would reach the folk needing the help, but I do send it along to Homeless groups who I reckon are heatless as well as homeless. Came pretty close myself many years ago.
  4. Its an annual fee, but you get a lot for it. News, long sports events, some drama series' documentaries & more with no advertising breaks. on BBC channels It's a whole different viewing experience!. The current scheme runs out 1st June 2020 so, yes, Ed could apply and have a free license 'til then. He would have to apply and prove he's over 75. They might well check the electoral role! If he's just wanting to watch the news once in a while, he may ask if it;s worth the hassle.
  5. Completing the electoral form enables you to vote in local as well as national elections and is useful for things like jury service call-ups except you are past the age so this wont apply. You do have the option to opt out of the open register which means the police and credit checkers can see you but the public who might buy a copy of the list can't access your details so you might not appear on quite so many mailing lists Until this year, you were eligible to a free TV license because you are over 75, but that seems about to change, so watch this space seems best advice. It doesn't seem to figure in the current election proposals but we haven't had the whole of the manifests yet. Personally, I don't think I should get a free ride, Jane is somewhat hooked on Scandi Dramas and we do natural history and stuff like Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You in the evenings as well as the News. We're in a position to pay so we should.
  6. TABan, your link just takes me to the Blurb page bot doesn't find your book for me. My wife is an artist and she put several Blurb books together as a sort of portfolio. They were a little over 20 pages as I recall. I was pretty impressed by the quality of the print and the paper. And you could order just one copy or three or ten. Delivery was pretty quick as well.
  7. This thread has run and run, mostly I think because Paul & Flo have responded to suggestions. But it has become clear that THEY WILL NOT EDIT and THEY WILL NOT LEARN HOW TO ADJUST THEIR HUGE FILES. Looking over their current portfolio on Alamy, this is a collection of holiday snaps, albeit fairly exclusive holiday locations. But all those bear shots from Brooks Lodge; they will be up against top shots from Natural History photographers! Sorry, but it is no contest! I can't think what your collection of 35,000 might look like. Let me take you roughly through my figures: Over 50 years as a professional photographer after handing over the originals to several Travel Companies who commissioned me with the details of many hotels and tours I was left with perhaps 500,000 transparencies from a few books and self commissioned shoots. I edited out the exposure bracketing originals and the odd dubious focus shots as well as just duff ideas. That left me with 75,000 which I carefully captioned and filed away systematically in hanging sheets. Every one had a small printed caption label attached to the mounts. I sold rights directly to publishers from these files as well as submitting to agencies long before Alamy was born. The world went digital surprisingly quickly so I decided I had better catch up on the technology and set about digitising. It would have been pointless to scan all those 75,000 (there were lots of repeats and similars so that I could distribute to lots of clients) so a big edit was required. I selected under 5000. They were scanned to about 50 megabit TIff files compressed using LZW lossless compression leaving files of about 25 megabits At this point we have numbers which are far more manageable than yours. That file is a mere 373 Gb. Fits with ease on my internal 1 TB hard drive and backup 3TB G-Tech firewire drive and fills less than half my second 1 TB backup drive which lives in the barn. From this fairly selected set of images, Alamy has grossed sales of $164,096 over about 12 years. Sales over this current year will be more like $4,000 which isn't so great, but is a welcome little boost to my retirement funds. I have a very nice little Pentax K-5 which is portable and discrete and produces about a 50 mb file for just occasional contributions to Alamy I hope you put some of that deer on the menu. I'm fond of a nice pink bit of venison; the village butcher manages to get hold of some culled from local forests.
  8. For sure Michael, a session or two with a digital savvy pal isn't going to solve all their problems but if they can make a start, they may see a learning path opening. You don't have to be an expert to get reasonable results. Some seem content with a very basic grasp, others learn complex moves. I might point to Jeff Greenberg who seems to have gone missing from the forum. He uploaded phenomenal quantities and resisted developing post production skills other than basics. Personally, I think he took that approach to an extreme but it seemed to work for him.
  9. Take a couple of shots of your cat as well. But seriously, a portfolio of 1 isn't going to take you far, nor is a portfolio of 3. They might have made an exception if you were Cartier Bresson. He liked to be pretty selective
  10. Flo and Paul need help getting a grasp on this whole subject of size and file format. It's remarkable how often this crops up on this forum, so they are not alone. It's not that complicated, but the explanations seem to sound far more complex than it really is. I'm 78 and I just about get it and there are a good few with more miles on the clock here. There is no way 'round it you just have to learn at least the basics.They need a pal or fellow photographer to sit down with them at the computer and just demonstrate a bit. They must have some basic software which has enabled them to convert the NEF files in camera to TIFFs. The Nikon D810 is a big body and probably overkill, but that's what they bought, presumably so they could use the old lenses they were used to. These big full frame cameras are just about as big as my old Pentax 67s and I really wouldn't want to return to dragging that kind of kit around. On the subject of software, there are free systems out there like Gimp and the cut-down version of Photoshop at about $100 would be more than enough to cope. Lightroom is fairly cheap and liked by lots of photographers. Once you get the hang of the basics, cropping and adjusting is a revelation. Even without becoming expert, you can tidy up a lot. You might even enjoy it! Back in the early days, I submitted 50 megabit files from my scanner on DVDs but Alamy won't want those now
  11. This is really a matter of editing; most pro snappers are pretty selective, then there are those who just flood their portfolio with shoals of similars. I really don't get it! 3 sounds enough as a workable rule, 5 on occasion. I remember Susan Griggs who ran a very prestigious agency in London who didn't do similars at all; she selected just the one usually. Neither did she do dupes, so if the original was out with a publisher, it was well and truly out! We all owe Susan a word of thanks. She was instrumental in getting the law changed back in 1987 so that photographers automatically owned the copyright in the work they produced
  12. A collection of 35,000 might edit down to more like a couple of thousand. I had 75,000 and only selected about 4,000. Back in film days I used to keep lots of alternatives but that is really not a suitable approach to digital conversion. If you are scanning Kodachromes, check very very carefully for secondary shadow or ghost outlines around things like twigs or rooflines. It's a special fault scanning those emulsions. My Nikon LS 9000 had a special mode for Kodachrome which mostly solved the problem. It is a slow process, just take your time. Chances are, your files will just about pass QC but there may well be a few fails. By all means ask for archival status.
  13. Yes I'm not very confident about my suggestion of establishing a buying habit as a good thing. Back in the day when I did a lot of selling as a tiny agency, my pricing policy was the very least I would grant a license for was £50, lower than that the student or perhaps charity was you have to persuade me to let you have it for free, but the license would be very restricted. So the concept of license was established but silly low pricing was not. Unfortunately we have moved on a long way.
  14. The student license for peanut (just the one) has come up before. Perhaps it's a good idea to pay something rather than just ripping it off, but why in perpetuity? Did the student really dream up that term at the union bar?
  15. I do piers, very occasionally I sell a pier shot, but I have no Hastings Piers so am not guilty of stealing your thunder. But I feel your frustration!
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