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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.
  14. British Museum Amber and Steve Trafalgar Square
  15. Neither have I - maybe they've just given up on us (I just looked at two of mine from Tuesday and noticed I managed to misspell 'MP')
  16. One I've just noticed - "Butterflies in Belarus". Ironically, there is a chance they actually are almost newsworthy, as they are Painted Lady butterflies that will have migrated from Africa, and that is a story every year. Shame, therefore, that there is no mention of migration in the caption - or even the species of butterfly. How do these get through???
  17. I do sometimes, especially headshots of people if I have better ones available. I do often go back to files I sent as live news and put more effort into the processing to get better quality images for stock, if I think they are worth it - then delete the news ones.
  18. Report it by all means but don't get your hopes up. I am a big supporter of Alamy but their Unauthorised Use department is consistently the most disappointing part of the business. Expect to get a message in a couple of weeks saying they sent an email but didn't get an answer so there is nothing more they can do.
  19. Thanks for finding that - there's been a lot of interest in photos of my extensive collection of Interrail tickets this week.
  20. That's most of them these days.....
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