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Phil Robinson

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  1. I haven't done much, but I would certainly agree that for closeups, moving the camera causes far fewer problems than refocusing the lens, which can change the size of the in-focus part of the subject, causing huge problems especdially when you are using more than two or three images.
  2. Not doing as well as Ian above, but after the worst two months for years (Jan and Feb) March is a lot better - below average but OK, and still a few days left.
  3. I'm not convinced that "post positive results" is the best title for this thread at the moment
  4. I had one a couple of days ago. It happens to me about one in every 20 subs - usually cleared within a couple of hours. I think it's a very good thing to still be subject to random checks. I know for a fact that my standards would start to drop if I knew everything was going to go straight through.
  5. I've always uploaded JPEGs at quality level 12 - apart from live news at 10 or 11, and then only if I'm in a cafe with slow WiFi. Seems this may have been a good idea. Back in the olden days, Alamy wanted TIFF format and I suppose I assumed that level 12 would be the best to send after they changed.
  6. On the plus side, given my (our) recent experience, the chances of them actually selling via Age are almost zero.
  7. I just got in touch with Age to cancel my contract. I stopped sending them images months ago and after regular, acceptable sales they rapidly went downhill and were zero for the last three months. Looks like I'm back with them. I can't find my images there by searching my name/pseudo, but if I search for images by keyword they show up.
  8. Other agencies I have dealt with mostly 'report' sales when the payment has cleared. That can take months. Alamy let us know when the uses have been invoiced, which is unusual, and is the reason why we sometimes see those annoying refunds. People on here complain about refunds but there would be an awful lot more disappointments if we were notified every time a potential customer downloaded something for potential use. I think Alamy have got the balance about right.
  9. I think you may have been in The Street, hoping for the exclusive.
  10. They have suddenly started coming up in large numbers in Google image searches. I was with RH years ago and left because they increased their percentage. Looks like I'm still with them - and getting even less.
  11. One week a year I become a sports photographer. I don't have the D5 and 400mm 2.8 that most of the others do so I try to take different stuff, as a change from the racket-head-on-ball shots, hoping they will sell. They rarely do. My week in Eastbourne is never very profitable, but it does make a pleasant change.
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