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Phil Robinson

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  1. I used to shoot RAW backed up with JPEGs on the second memory card. When doing live news I used the JPEGs but now I just do RAW for everything, news included. It's an extra 2 seconds to get the file open and if I need a bit of exposure or contrast adjustment I do that in RAW first before converting. I know time is of the essence in filing live news, but I'd rather have better quality images going through two minutes later. Most of my 'news' sales come later as stock anyway rather than next day newsprint and I like to spend more time getting better quality stock to replace the ones I did in a hurry on a laptop in a cafe in Westminster.
  2. Well this one's had a couple of sales recently - I quite like it.
  3. I suspect most Germans who have used the German language website will have soon reverted to the English one - or a German distributor - after pulling most of their hair out. The translating software used for captions and keywords is brilliant for comedy but not for accurate information - or business purposes.
  4. Buy a cheap fisheye lens and shoot from the hip. Fast shutter speed, f8, a hundred random photos, 3 or 4 of them will be good.
  5. Is it about BIT depth? I use Elements and you have to change to 8 bit to use the transform tool but grown-up PS might be different. I know If I try to save a file in 16 BIT in Elements it doesn't give the JPEG option. If I change to 8 BIT, it appears. (Edit - I see MDM above has said the same thing)
  6. I still do invigilating at the school where I used to work full-time. GCSE and A Level Photography are now exams in Photoshop - the kids hardly go near a camera. It's all rather depressing.
  7. Statues and stained glass windows. (If you were down here I wouldn't mention it, but if you promise to stick to Liverpool.....) Having had a look at your stuff, I see you're doing statues already. They do well for me.
  8. Glad you found a way of sorting it out. I've recently abandoned the habit of taking JPEGs alongside RAWs. Processing in the field takes a couple of extra mouse clicks but I'm much happier with my workflow.
  9. Well done. It's a nice shot and getting any sales at all with only 196 images on file is quite an achievement.
  10. Yes, this happens a lot, and it's why I was very disappointed when they stopped displaying the keywords in alphabetical order. They were a lot easier to find then, but it didn't last long.
  11. Thanks Paulette. I stood there for a while waiting for that - thankfully so did she.
  12. I've seen other photographers post Live News images on twitter, with a medium-sized preview of the image. When I use the Twitter posting thing, I just get the caption and the link to the image written out. What am I doing wrong?
  13. I've seen a few of mine on TV - payment times and amounts vary widely. Most TV programs these days are not produced by BBC or ITV but smaller independent companies. Have I Got News For You pays a lot better than Pointless.
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