Alan Gallery

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  1. The best way to see Manhattan is from Brooklyn Heights and along the waterfront there - consider walking in across the Brooklyn Bridge. Roosevelt island via aerial tramway. Staten island ferry is a free photo platform for views into lower Manhattan and harbour sights (Long lens and good luck with light) and be prepared to sprint around to the departure gates at the Staten island end unless you want to spend time at the terminal there. There was a spot in Greenwich Village that give classic views into the midtown tall buildings that you might recognise from any number of establishing shots from movies and TV from an earlier age, but that is obscured by a recent building. Times Square is way busy and almost impossible to work but Naked Cowboy shows up from time to time. Eats around there at best north of the square up 7th with more choice and less crowds if you walk a few blocks. For real non glitz NY vibe neighbourhoods and parks - even Tomkins Square Park (where 90% of bodies turned up in NYPD Blue) is OK. Other Boroughs are available.
  2. Even all the old Ford Crown Vics are gone from Manhattan at least. It's Toyotas, Nissans and a few domestic models all of which are low emission. Even the gift shop at the Museum of New York only has Prius toy taxis.
  3. Alamy Financial Results for 2016 now available

    Then is it not time that Alamy went back to the 60% to photographer and 40% to Alamy split?
  4. Has anyone ever sold any of your first four submissions?

    Half of the earliest batch sold well for prices that now we could only dream of and some sell still and one still gets not to bad prices.
  5. Having a clear out - magazines

    BJP is what I think you mean -- try googling BJ mag....................
  6. For info - over enthusiastic security

    Effectively the security guards left their posts went into a public place and interfered with a member of the public going about their lawful business. They have no right to do that as they have no powers of arrest and there in nothing they can legally do. All they have to do is call the police and ask them to investigate and if they were concerned that is what they should have done. Even if the photographer was on the port property all they could have done was tell the photographer to leave on pain of trespass even then they have no right to detain anyone. I keep a few loose to hand out to the needy, a copy on my phone and laminated one in the back of my bag.
  7. Alamy .... what are they cooking?

    Even though my Alamyrank took a dip two cycles ago I am getting more sales and some semi respectable prices. My own site is selling more as well at good prices. Proper paying businesses see micro sites as well dodgy and unprofessional so paying a bit more at Alamy is not a problem for them. The Federation of Small Businesses has been promoting a better approach to copyright and the message that not having a licence for all the IP on ones website exposes ones business to legal action and damage to reputation. It is time to remove those images from the micros because even if Alamy is doing better it and we all, could do much better without those images on micros were not cannibalising the market.
  8. Proof of ownership

    Point out that a "statement of truth" is sufficient for the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and provide them with statement of truth along the lines of: This is a statement of truth. I declare that the image (ref. No, XXXXXXXXXX) as seen at my website (Link) is my intellectual property. Signature: _____________________ Date: ___________________ The good news is that the defendant is spending money on a solicitor and they are therefore taking the matter seriously and will cost them more in the end. It is hard to say if the solicitor actually believes that a RAW file is needed as proof (If you don't have the RAW they then claim that you are not a real professional)* as it is one of the standard approaches infringers use as a counter to a claim (apparently there are more people making spurious copyright claims that infringers sic). The other good news is if it goes to court the judges at the IPEC are sick of reading all standard infringer arguments as seen on the internet and it does the infringers case no good. *even if you have the RAW just don't go there it will just encourage them to pull more stunts. Good luck
  9. Alamy chasing infringements

    Mark is perfectly right and as he is speaking from direct experience of the process that lends a significant authority to what he has stated. There is a difference between a speculative invoice of the Getty ilk and a claim reasoned and properly made giving the infringer an opportunity to seek advice and make a counter offer. As long as a claimant follows the procedure laid out in the guidance to the IPEC Small Claims Court there is no problem claiming for the normal fee for use plus uplift for various types of flagrancy from the outset and getting it as a judgement. The Webb case is only exceptional in the level of uplift applied to each instance of infringement. Normally at least 100% of the base fee for unauthorised reproduction with the other grounds for flagerancy dependent on how well the case is made.
  10. Pseudonym question

    Gina ask member services if they can change the name on your main pseudonym to the one you want -- I am sure that they will be able to do that. They are very helpful. Doing that will not affect your ranking where as creating a new pseudonym and moving all your images to would mean that the images will have a median rank.
  11. It's an ill wind....

    If Alamy are challenged by a company like network rile or national trust by all means suspend sales of the images. But on the basis that those making a challenge accept responsibility for any loss of sales until they make clear what basis they are making a claim with reference to the CDPA 1988 or the relevant legislation in the jurisdiction for which the claim is made and Alamy have time to assess the viability of the claim. I suspect that the NT cull was totally unwarranted and that the NT could not, or simply did not want, to make the distinction between truly commercial use and editorial. Alamy should review the NT claim and if shown to be unwarranted seek damages for lost sales.
  12. 'Network Rail' the rail transport company

    It has been reported by... ....that Netbork Rail made a mistake in demanding that editorial image be removed from Alamy, Phnat suggest that contributors contact Alamy and ask for editorial images to be restored. I cannot post a hot link sorry.
  13. 'Network Rail' the rail transport company

    Remember the over run on works in January 2015 that caused such problems in London that got the CEO of network rail in front of a select committee of very annoyed MPs. Its is more about suppressing of the legitimate reporting of matters of public interest and erasing the photographic evidence from the record. If you want to write to your MP and complain I suggest you use these points.
  14. Old rare subjects still selling at comparable rate and not only on Alamy if that any use. New stuff getting priority on rare subject is still leaving me on the second page at worst so I am not so worried. It seems that selecting New over Creative and Relevant in searches brings up pages and pages of spammed similars with almost no variation in some cases (I thought Photoshelter searches were bad for that). A feature that is going to discourage use of the New button. Subject knowledge, tight key wording and understanding how the same image will appeal to different markets (who may use specialist terms or local place names for instance) will win out. Sorry I cannot contribute as fully as others as I have not submitted anything for over four years.
  15. IPTC Editor for Android Phone

    press IPTC is an android app that seems to do everything you want -- £14 or so.