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Phil Robinson

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  1. Is it essential to register your work with the uS copyright office to use people like ImageRights? If so, how do you go about registering 20,000 images on your harddrive?
  2. Thanks Russell. I suppose I might have to switch to a different program, which is a shame. I'm surprised Nikon haven't provided some sort of answer as it is clear from several problems that this is a widespread problem. I'd have thought they'd care more about their software reputation.
  3. Hi I think there was a thread on this in the old forum but I'd like to ask again. I use Nikon ViewNx2 software for captioning and keywording. A while ago, after long periods of use, the images started turning completely black. The problem could be cured by rebooting the computer, which was a pain but worked. The problem is now becoming much worse, and this morning I can't use it. I first load it and can see the images but as soon as I do anything else, they turn into black rectangles. I have downloaded the newest version, cleared the cash, uninstalled the old version of View, defragmented the hard drive and everything else I can think of. I've found the same problems on a couple of forums, so I'm not alone, but nobody has provided an answer. Has anybody found a solution?
  4. Another aspect of making Alamy Googlable is that many of their distributors already are, notably those in India, Canada, Israel and Japan. Alamy images DO show up via those sites, which means any Google-generated sales will come through distributors, meaning less money for the photographer.
  5. Before I abandoned film, I used a Mamiya 645 and had a 50mm shift lens for it. I sold all the other gear but kept the shift lens. I haven't used it much but it has come in very useful on a number of occasions. It is especially good for stitching panoramas. Shift it off centre one way then flip it round the other without having to move the camera at all. The images stitch together perfectly and easily as they are in effect parts of the same image. It's hardly a wide-angle, but using the above technique gets much wider pix than a single exposure. I had to cobble together an adapter from an old Nikon extension tube and a redundant Mamiya 2x converter, and it's only manual of course, but I'm glad I hung onto it.
  6. Just because only one is marked as a fail doesn't mean the other 24 have been checked and are OK. They probably haven't been looked at - certainly not all of them - so resubmit them, but only after a very careful check, as advised above.
  7. I have a Unilock 30 head. I don't use it that much, except on a monopod sometimes, but it is very well-built and locks absolutely solid and very easily.
  8. I still use Genuine Fractals 5 - it's years old but works fine and I've never had problems with QC as a result. It's very good, but there are limits and I have rejected a few images that had to be pushed a bit too far. I find it works very weel with scans too, though they rarely need to be enlarged.
  9. I don't know about Canons, being a Nikon user, but I must say how important I find it having two cameras with more of less the same controls. I have a D300 and a D200, which are the same to use, with a couple of minor differences. I also have a D5200, which is a great camera, but very different from the other two where controls are concerned. Being able to change settings without thinking is very useful. "Something smaller, less conspicuous" - maybe not.
  10. 31 sales in a 30 day month. Nice to average more than one a day. Best month for over a year both for sales and money.
  11. When you look at you sales via the pseudonym summary, the total sales and zooms are shown, but the stats do not take account of refunds. If an image has been sold, then refunded and resold with a change, it shows up as two sales. Could the refunds not be included?
  12. Had a sale today which had in the details; "Includes web use;Chevrolet PRINT" Anyone know what this means? (It wasn't a picture of a car, by the way) Phil
  13. Are we talking about gross or net? Net, it's been about 75c for me over the last couple of years, this year is a bit lower, so far.
  14. I think people are always more willing to talk about poor sales than good. Perhaps those selling well are too busy out there taking photos to contribute to the discussion......
  15. February was my worst month for years (since June 2009), March wasn't great, April and May were much better, June is doing very nicely (so far five times what I made in Feb). The trend is looking good.
  16. My first sale - the Spirit Hotel in Bratislava. Amazingly, I was staying there again and on the internet (in the lounge behind that big roundish window) when the sale was reported.
  17. No results for the search "tennis player bribe". I'm off to Eastbourne next week - I shall have to keep my eyes open. ("tennis cow dung India" - another search with no results. Might have to go further than Eastbourne for that one)
  18. Does anyone notice patterns throughout the month? NU sales usually appear around the second week; I notice sales to Japan tend to be at the end of the month. Any others you've noticed?
  19. As always, when people say how good a month is, I'm having a bad time and when they complain about lack of sales, I seem to have a good month. First half of June is pretty good with a few 40-60s and three 3-figure sales. Can we have more threads complaining about bad sales please?
  20. When they first appear, it seems to be the first image uploaded - but later I find it changes, once someone has had a look at them.
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