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  1. I have some model released images that are not to be used for 'sensitive issues'. Does this mean I will have to remove them, or will there be a 'sensitive issues' restriction? While I love that the restrictions are being simplified, IMO the sensitive issues one would still be required.
  2. I just picked up a secondhand iPhone 4s, in mint condition, for £75 from a reputable dealer. Works a treat and runs the latest iOS. Although the latest Apple phones cost a lot, they soon drop in price when a new model comes out, and they are very durable compared to many of the competitors' offerings. Yes you can pick them up quite cheaply if you shop around and you only want something to run the app, rathr than something all singing and dancing to the apple's latest greatest hits. If I'd even realised that I could use the fancy ipod touch that I have..... I didn't even give it a thought that I could use the ipod touch - I forgot it even had a camera! You can have too much in the way of gadgets! I can't bring myself to use an ipad to take photos in public, sorry. Just no.
  3. I went Apple last year, after several years on Android. At first I loved Android, but for the last couple of years I hardly used my phone for any of the reasons that I'd bought a smartphone in the first place. Reason? Too many apps that wanted access / control in the system area. Pop-ups. Adverts. The disturbing feeling that I couldn't trust the phone / apps and that my phone wasn't really secure. Having google grab all my contacts every few months was more than irritating, it was worrying. I am a fairly long time critic of Apple, even though I have had their gear too. The main reason I now have an iphone is that Apple check every app that is developed for the iphone or ipad. All apps are scrutinised to make sure that they are not sending your bank details to Hackerbstrd1@youshouldbemorecareful.com, or at least they were when friends were submitting apps to Apple. I don't think that Apple apps are any quicker to develop, they are just subject to Apple checking them over to make sure they work, they are secure and they are not going to break your phone. No one really does that with Android, as far as I know. Another reason was wanting to have a go at Stockimo. However, there is no way that I would spend hundreds of pounds extra on a phone if the only reason was to use the stockimo app. I haven't actually made any money whatsoever from stockimo, but I enjoy doing it and uploading - it is all so easy and not the drudge that submitting to Alamy can be. The money is not irrelevant, however I have never owned a smartphone that cost me less than £500, so I don't really see the iphone as terribly expensive in comparison to what I've bought previously. They are ALL expensive brand new and if you want any decent amount of space on them, then the iphone is a shocker. Having said that, after years of working in IT, I am committed to buying the best I can at the time in order to future proof as much as possible. And I LOVE my iphone. I am happy that google can't have the level of access they had on my Android phones. I'm still not an avid fan of Apple, but credit where it is due.... everything just works. So, for me it is not simply a question of how good the iphone camera is - there are arguments that their camera is way behind others' efforts, but it is all about ease of use and peace of mind. For the OP - if your friend is going to buy an Android, you could do worse than buy her iphone from her on a second-hand, reduced price basis and see how you like it.
  4. Get someone to hold a European flag with Edinburgh Castle in the background.
  5. There are many who would argue that point . . . dd That would be those who have never experienced the hairs on the back of their neck stiffen when a real live pipe band strikes up. + 1 They're just not Tam's bairns....
  6. Bog-all. I only have 58 up though. I am consistently getting better ratings than I used to, but no sales so far. I expect I'll have to upload a whole lot more before I see any sales.
  7. Not really Brexit, but check http://www.whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk/ The film festival is on then and Leith festival is on until the 19th. You might also like to get some pictures of the building of the new Forth road bridge, it is really literally coming together now and looks spectacular. There will also be graduation ceremonies at Edinburgh University on 23rd and dates around then, which give great opportunites for pics of happy young people and parents against the stunning backdrop of the Quad at old College........ Elton John (are we allowed to mention him?) is playing Edinburgh around that time too.....
  8. I asked Alamy about an image on a blog recently. I can see why they won't chase it, so I sent two messages to the blogger myself. I got no reply, so this week I sniffed around and did a whois and found that the blog is hosted on Amazon EC2. I sent a DMCA letter to Amazon via their form and hey presto, the blogger has now contacted me and apologised and removed the image. I have said I still want paid. It's not a lot of money, but it should be MY money. That aside, amazon have contacted me tonight to say they have taken action and I notice that the blog is no longer available. I believe the hosting company have to investigate and take action where appropriate, otherwise they can also be held responsible for copyright infringement. I would have thought that that would apply to twitter also. I didn't expect them to take the blog down now that the image has been removed, I expect it will take the blogger a bit of effort to sort it all out - might have been easier to just reply to me in the first place or - here's a radical thought - BUY the licence instead of using my image with the Alamy watermark on it..... I used the letter on this page as a template: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/07/06/sample-dmca-take-down-letter/id=4501/ edit: spelling errors
  9. My batch submitted on 24/3 just passed this afternoon. It's usually a couple of days at most, but people are probably on holiday just now. Whatever (waves hand like not-bovvered teenager - only vaguely teenager bit left).
  10. I've voted 'much better' because I joined in 2014 and I got my first sales in 2015.
  11. Lisa - I have been meaning to thank you! I was struggling to get any iphone images accepted a while ago. I watched the first few episodes of your guides and that gave me a new perspective on what to upload and which treatments to make. Straight away I got acceptances and now have a few images accepted onto Stockimo. No sales yet, but it's fun to do. I will watch the rest of the series, but so far it's better than I was doing on my own - so thank you very much edit: typos
  12. BBC website article for St Andrew's Day, http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151125-celebrating-scotlands-wildlife-by-land-sea-and-air: Thistle -The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland for centuries (credit: WILDLIFE GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo) Scottish Wildcat (no, not a selfie!!!) Scotland is the last remaining stronghold for Britain’s last truly wild cat (credit: Stephan Morris / Alamy Stock Photo) Red Squirrel - Around 75% of the UK’s red squirrels are found in Scotland (credit: Lorraine Yates / Alamy Stock Photo) Bottlenose Dolphin - The Moray Firth is one of the best places to see bottlenose dolphins in the UK (credit: Terry Whittaker / Alamy Stock Photo) Minke Whale - The minke whale is the commonest of the baleen whales seen around Scotland (credit: Terry Whittaker / Alamy Stock Photo) Atlantic salmon -The minke whale is the commonest of the baleen whales seen around Scotland (credit: Terry Whittaker / Alamy Stock Photo) Golden Eagle - There are now over 400 pairs of golden eagles in Scotland (credit: Blickwinkel / Alamy Stock Photo) Scottish Crossbill - Scottish crossbill is the UK’s only endemic species of bird (credit: David Whitaker / Alamy Stock Photo) Capercaillie - Male capercaille gather to show-off at lekking sites (credit: David Chapman / Alamy Stock Photo)
  13. Fine - zips etc., are good. Lightweight, but strong fabric. Have used ours loads of times both here and abroad and have had no problems. Wheels are fine and a section unzips from the back and tucks under the wheels when using as a backpack, so your clothes don't get dirty from the wheels. I think they are very good for the money. We have the bigger ones, but I could see me buying the smaller one for short trips and using it as a daypack - the big ones are fine on your back, but you still want a daypack for out and about when you get there. I think we have bought at least five of these for ourselves and kids and they have been pretty well used, with no complaints. I've had mine about four years, I think. They are not Louis Vuitton, but then I'm not Elton John! Edit: I notice they are saying they are usually £59 - not in my experience - always around £34 for the biggest one.
  14. I have for years taken great pride in surviving the Ryanair 'one bag' rule! My other half and I have bought pull along carry-ons that convert to backpacks and they are supposedly guaranteed to fit in Ryanair's size tester. Lastrega, Do you maybe have a link? wim http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cabin-Max-Approved-Lightweight-Backpack/dp/B005C3QKF4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1442405689&sr=8-2&keywords=cabin+max There are different sizes / prices, so search 'cabin max'.
  15. I have for years taken great pride in surviving the Ryanair 'one bag' rule! My other half and I have bought pull along carry-ons that convert to backpacks and they are supposedly guaranteed to fit in Ryanair's size tester. We liked them so much we have bought them as presents for several relatives. I manage to take enough in those bags to last me two weeks on holidays, along with my camera etc., I was pleased to see that Ryanair are now allowing an extra bag, however that extra bag also has a size limit and it's pretty small - none of my handbags would qualify. In response to your post - I just wanted to add my tip. We last flew Ryanair in June. We queued up at the gate and held our breath as to whether our carry-ons would make it into the cabin or go in the hold. Just as I handed my boarding pass over, three guys pushed to the front with their priority boarding passes and were allowed through with their carry-ons. At this point, the check-in guy pointed to my carry-on and said' Sorry, we've hit the 90 carry-on bags limit, that will have to go in the hold'. It was ok, I was prepared for it. Actually, at that point you are still allowed two cabin bags and you can stuff as much as you like in the bag that is going in the hold. Then my partner stepped forward and was ready to hand over his bag, but the guy just waved him through. The difference? I was wheeling mine and he had his converted to the backpack and had it over his shoulder. So, the carry-on in the hold rule seems to be for WHEELED carry-ons. Or it was that day. If your carry is a backpack, you may avoid the hold storage.
  16. John, I don't use 'sniper' tools, but I put my max. bid in the max. bid box and wait until 5 seconds before the end and then hit the bid button. Also, people seem to stick to the round number they have in mind, so don't use a round number or 'whole' dollars. If you are thinking of paying say $50 for an item, then bid $50.61 or $51.38, the odd dollar over or the pennies won't hurt you much on bigger amounts, but they can make all the difference to winning the auction. If you know your price, then fine. If you need to get an idea of what an item will go for, then only look at ebay auctions and not 'buy it now' prices. Discount any ridiculously low prices and also any stupidly high auction prices and take an average of the others. If you don't win the bid this time and the seller is a dealer in camera gear, contact the seller and ask them to let you know if they get the same item in again and they can negotiate a price with you before they list on ebay and have to pay ebay fees.
  17. Link still not working.....................
  18. Yeah, there's Viagra and Alprazolam. One of them has something to do with memory, but I forget which one.
  19. Don't forget standardizing the amount of toppings a pizza could have is very very important as well, if not slightly more important Ah, before standardising the amount of toppings, there would have to be a ten year investigation and a 5 + million euro report to inform any decision on what constitutes a 'pizza topping' and other relevant details. Other research and reporting would have to first be carried out to define which details would be relevant. Questions that would need to be considered: Is cheese in cheese crust pizza an actual topping? Is a cheesy crust pizza considered to be an actual pizza, or some other sort of cheese-enhanced baked goods? Does the tomato sauce constitute a topping, or is it just taken for granted that it should be there and, if so, does it need it's own weights and measures rules regarding the amount of tomato sauce per inch wide of pizza? Do we need to abolish the practice of measuring pizza in inches wide, since most of Europe officially use cms? Do we treat cheese the same as tomato? i.e. do we say that the cheese will be there anyway, so lets not count that as a 'topping'? Does this mean that we are only talking about toppings that are additional to the cheese and tomato? Does that mean they are 'additional toppings' and the 5 million euro report will have to be re-rewritten at a cost of 3 million euros. What about pizza that is only the base material and drizzled with olive oil and garlic? What is a drizzle measurement? Will that 'pizza' now come with, for example 25 ml of garlic infused oil? Will the garlic have to be measured separately? Would the Italians insist on researching / writing the report as the experts with the longest experience of pizza-making, or would they be exempt on the grounds that asking them to contribute to such an exercise would be to further stereotype a member nation and cause untold offence? Will the standardisation apply across ALL pizza suppliers, or only those supplying frozen pizza to supermarkets? Or, will it apply to freshly made pizza only and therefore not apply at all to the supermarket ones, unless they are not frozen? Will the standards apply to all pizzas in all restaurants / tavola calda joints / bars/ cafes etc., or will they only apply to pizza places where their sole enterprise is pizza making? Again, this may introduce anomalies over whether a pizza parlour becomes something different if it also sells ice cream and / or coffee etc., Will a pub selling heated-up frozen pizzas have to comply, or only if they declare on the menu that they are heating up frozen pizzas? Will the world laugh when it's discovered later that the pizza photos were taken in a tourist restaurant in Japan? Will there be separate rules for different types of toppings? e.g. will we standardise on number of olives per pizza width inch (cm?) or will we weight the olives and have jars of halved / quartered olives available to make the exact weight. Do all cheese toppings (that are 'additional toppings' to the initial dollop of cheese on the tomato sauce) have to be standard? i.e. some cheese is much stronger than others, so would it be desirable in the first place to have all portions of cheese the same size? If so, would that size be very small to allow for only adding a small amount of strong cheese? Would an exception have to be made for mozzarella or other very mild cheeses where you would have to add several 'additional toppings' to get the desired effect? Would there be a limit on the amount of toppings that can be applied to a pizza base before the balance of topping to base becomes inverted and the product is no longer a pizza with 'extra' toppings ('extra' would have to have a couple of chapters to define what that is) but is now an entirely different product which consists of toppings with a pizza dough style base (which would probably need a different set of standards on how thick the base should be to qualify etc.,) Would the purchaser of the pizza (and that may have to be defined, or it may be referred to in other legal docs) be entitled to certain redress? How would they know that the pizza toppings did not conform? Is it enough to say 'It didn't taste very cheesy?' How would the amount of cheese be measured to prove it was a standard amount, once the pizza had been cooked and the cheese melted. Does this mean that the cheese must be a standard weight before cooking and also a standard melted weight? Does this mean that only certain cheeses that conform to these restrictions may be used in a 'standardised topping' pizza? Is it 'minimum' size of portions? Or exact standard sizes ? Some people may be upset that standard size could turn out to be much smaller than what they already get. Should the standard size be based on recommended healthy living advice - would this mean that the healthy living advice would have to be standardised and not changed every other day when some phd student publishes his / her latest research on whether bananas are better for monkeys than humans etc., Will there be a category of pizza that does not need to conform because the purchaser (as defined elsewhere) wants additional toppings (defined elsewhere) and requires that the pizza is 'bespoke' and accepts all risk that there may be variations in flavour (if indeed a pizza will still be required to have any flavour) etc.,Will the report have photos as examples and, if so, will they have been licensed from a business based in an EU member state? Then there is the question of whether it would actually 'benefit mankind' (suppressing the need to do a 'tut-tut' there). Will the standardisation legislation be enforceable in law or will it be more of a guideline? I don't know the answer to any of this, but it will take a lot of very clever people a very long time to complete this list, before they actually start on the report that will take years to research and write. After several hundred million euros have been spent on the subject, legislation might slip quietly into law because only the guy who proposed it and couple of his mates turn up to vote it through, thereby allowing most of the countries in the EU to completely ignore it as they do the laws on number of people allowed on a moped and whether said moped should be driven along the pavement (define 'pavement', do the same reports and laws and then ignore those safety requirements too). Oh yes, I forgot, the pizza topping standardisation was just a suggestion for something else to waste time and money on, rather than the Freedom of Panorama hoo-ha. Well, you can see why 'they' (we) would rather deal with the photo issues than try to tackle pizza toppings...... Edit - yes, I know it went slightly off the original topic. I have signed the petition, by the way.
  20. This probably won't help with queues etc: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32447603 Michael
  21. As far as I can remember "in theory" taking pictures in Sistine Chapel was not allowed. In reality, you will see. . Yes, your are right - lots of people snapping away, so lots of flashes etc., and the 'NO PHO-TO' shouted every few minutes over the hubub..... not a serene experience and I personally have not bothered to try to take any photos in there partly because it would just be too much bother to get anything close to a good photo. Mostly because I am too busy just looking at the frescoes in amazement. I wouldn't dream of missing it out!
  22. I am going back to Rome in a few weeks too, really looking forward to it. Here are my top of the head notes for Rome: I haven't encountered any problems with taking photos there. Very strict about no photos in the Sistine Chapel, but I wouldn't evn bother there. They don't stop you anywhere else in the Vatican museums. Rome is so busy with tourists, that everyone seems to be taking photos and even people with big fancy cameras don't stand out much. There is a flower market at night near the Termini station, very nice, but very dodgy just a few steps away from the stalls. As with all big stations in major cities, the Termini attracts a lot of people who just seem to hang around in groups and give the impression they are up to no good. At ticket machines for the metro, you will often get young girls crowding around trying to help you with how to operate the machine. I haven't had any problem with them, I've given them a few coins, but am aware that they might not be just being helpful! Keep some change in your pocket for toilets - they have them in stations etc, but you need to put money in a machine to get in. You might also be approached with the old scam of having stuff on a board or tray and while they distract you with that, there are little kids trying to get into your pockets / bag under the tray. And the usual rose sellers who will try to place a flower in your hand and then want a fiver for it. And who will follow you for hundreds of yards, trying to force a flower into your hand, if you are not very firm with them. (Scottish firm, in my case!). Oh and the other old one of trying to get you to sign a petition against drugs or whatever and then demanding that you 'donate' ten euros....... Hmmm. Mostly the same scams you have to watch out for in lots of big cities. If you don't want to buy a weekly ticket for the tube etc., you can buy daily tickets for about 4 euro, (it was the last time) and that allows you to use the buses and the metro all day. It expires at midnight on the day you bought it, so is not really 24 hours! You must remember to validate this either in the machine on the bus, or automatically when going through the barriers for the metro. The metro can suddenly be shut through strikes, we encountered this on a Friday night and it cost a fortune in taxis to get back to base. The difficulty for me was that some stations still appeared open, so I assumed the closed ones were for maintenance..... Not so. The Vatican museums / St Peter's are not open on Sundays for tourists and close early afternoon on Saturdays as far as I remember. Check their website, they sometimes have other days closed for certain events. Long queues are to be expected as they X-ray all your bags before you get in. My tip for visiting museums etc., is to have lunch early and go or to have lunch in the museum. I've frequently found that the entrance queue to the likes of the Vatican museums is fairly short around 1 pm, when everyone else is sitting down to lunch. It's fairly easy during the day to find quite reasonably priced sandwiches etc., if you just go a few steps off the tourist routes. Even along the Tiber near the centre, there are little cafes up side streets where the locals go - just like at home. They even do deals on a panini, can of juice etc., at lunchtimes. Near the Trevi fountain we left a bar before ordering as I realised that 3 small bottles of beer and two glasses of wine was going to cost 54 euros! Insist on getting the menu and checking the prices before ordering. Some restaurants are very prickly about credit cards and debit cards and might insist on cash. Weird, in this day and age, but it has happened to me, so I check first if I want to use my debit card. Italians do not think it rude to stare at you, but they are quite happy if you stare back! They make a big effort to look good, want to be seen and love a compliment. Have fun!
  23. Same here - I got in at the very bottom of the page... Story of my life.
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