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Phil Robinson

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  1. In the last two weeks I have barely taken a still photo (one day in London, not very productive). I have discovered video and am really enjoying it. Mostly wildlife, will it sell? I hope so and I'm willing to devote more time and effort to see if it pays off.
    I'll be going to London again next week to lurk in Downing Street with the Nikons but bumble bees and wagtails have made a very pleasant change.


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  2. It's fiddly and time-consuming but you can use pseudonyms. If you have hundreds/thousands of images you want to change at once, you can make up a new pseudonym and as you amend them, assign them to the new pseudo. That will immediately be reflected in searches in Image Manager and you can do the next 500, put them in the new pseudo, and so on. When you're finished, put them all back.

  3. In the olden days, the rule when shooting hand-held was to use a shutter speed at least as big as the focal length. So 500th sec. for a 400mm, 1000 for a 600mm. Image stabilization has made this rule largely redundant as far as camera shake is concerned, but it hasn't stopped birds moving. I use a 500/600mm and rarely go below 500th sec out in the field. With a very lazy/tired bird, you can go a lot lower.

    Assuming you have a decent lens, f6.3 should be fine.


    Just had a look at your recent pics and you seem to be doing fine as it is.

    One thing I can suggest is adding the location to your captions - country / state. It can be useful to potential buyers (and nosy fellow contributors)

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  4. 3 hours ago, Alamy said:

    Around 17 million of the 260 million images for sale on Alamy are marked as exclusive to us.

    This suggests (very strongly) that retaining the 50% for exclusivity would have minimal effect on Alamy's total income (c1.3%) compared to a huge (20%) reduction in the income of photographers who have decided to give their work exclusively to Alamy as well as having put a HUGE effort in the months since the last percentage change into making sure their portfolio was correctly marked as exclusive.

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  5. 25 minutes ago, gvallee said:


    Thanks Phil. I actually redid the roo to give the puddle the shape of Australia as an afterthought. 

    You'd think that one would have real potential as a generic 'Australia' image for tourism. But, like the other 255m images, someone has to find it first...

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  6. 47 minutes ago, gvallee said:

    I only do digital type of art. I can't show you easily, they are all over the place on my hard drive.

    I have a few Out of Frame composites on Alamy. They have never sold but are a lot of fun to make.











    These are great - especially the kangaroo. There must be a market for this kind of thing, but it is hard to know where. That's the problem with art.


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    A combination of lockdown / bad weather / boredom drove me to try a bit of graphic design. It was aimed at the print-on-demand mugs and t-shirts market but I uploaded some here too (all under pjrdigital) 
    It has so far been financially unrewarding, to put it mildly, but it kept me off the streets for a couple of weeks.

    I've been writing some music too - with similar results.


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  8. I find Sun/Times uses are usually reported the following month - occasionally the same month if used in the first week or so.
    You have a choice to use an agent or sell direct. Selling direct brings in more money per publication and pays more quickly.
    If you have contacts with all the papers and are happy to do all the work yourself, stick to working that way.


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  9. Je crois qu'il faut titrer et ajouter les mot-cles en Anglais. Alamy fait les traduire en autres langues (plus ou moins) pour ses distibuteurs etranges, mais il faut initialement ecrire en Anglais, malheureusement.

  10. 5 hours ago, gon2foto said:

    I just had a record sale, for me. Are you ready? You probably should sit down for this one.   10.......cents. 

    The only way I can beat that is if I have to pay the "buyer".

    I've been submitting for ten years and sales have been a bad joke this last year and it can't just be Covid.

    I don't like to boast but I've had several that were bigger than that.


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  11. In a way lockdown has helped with not being a rut - though maybe I'm now just in a different one. Formerly travelling to London twice a week to photograph things - when things were a thing - I had to find new things to photograph. Wildlife, studio stuff, experimenting with Redbubble print-on-demand-arty-stuff, graphic design rather than using a camera. I have always been thinking that I should diversify and lockdown gave me an opportunity to try out new ideas - even writing music (no, not a great success).
    Things are now sort of back to normal and I'm back to my old rut, though the novelty hasn't quite worn off yet. 
    I do think I have enough pics of people wearing facemasks now....

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  12. On 02/05/2021 at 05:13, Chuck Nacke said:

    the people uploading to Live News are not professionals who know how to edit, or they are just trying to move too fast?

    The agencies are, again in my opinion, just sloppy.



    I think the people uploading to live news are a very varied bunch ranging from those without a clue to some real professionals who do an amazing job - with the rest of us somewhere in between.
    Assuming there is always someone checking submissions to see what is worth pinging out quickly to the papers (I would like to think) and editing captions/choosing which image to put on top, they could presumably keep an eye on the duplication.

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  13. 3 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:


    Hey Phil, I had to go back and look it up, I could not remember at all.  So the question was about the birthrate in the U.S.A.  So I guess the Gummy Bears represented human babies!  The funny thing is that the contributor did not have in his keywords anything about babies, children or the like....so I guess the The New York Times had the idea of Gummy Bears and to then search for them.

    I appreciate your effort. I can start worrying about something else now.

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  14. Can the news feed please be checked regularly for duplicated submissions.

    There are certain agencies who seem to submit everything two or even three times. It clutters up the news feed and looks very unprofessional.

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