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Phil Robinson

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  1. 5 hours ago, IanDavidson said:

    I photograph the vast majority of cabinet meetings in Downing Street, as I did on Tuesday.  Because of the large number of attendees at cabinet and the objective of not submitting too many news photos, I am a bit selective who I photograph to those Ministers I think are "news worthy".   The one minister I did not photograph  on Tuesday was Alun Cairns who resigned today.....


    I got several today of that prime minister who will be resigning tomorrow (fingers crossed)

    You were missed - you had something better to do?


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  2. 23 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    Alamy said this themselves- if you don't want to take my word for it you could ask MS yourself. Removing captions and keywords is a breach of contract because it makes the collection unstable- what if someone has an image in mind and then can't find it because you've removed the tags?


    I take it to be covered by s4.10 of the contract


    You will ensure that all Metadata including without limitation captions, keywording, descriptions and Pseudonyms, rights management or other information pertaining to the Images is and will remain accurate and factually correct


    Metadata are hardly "accurate and factually correct" if they're absent.




    Yes,  that does make sense. Thanks. I think adding "better updated version available, see 2HK4NSV " as mentioned above is the best plan. 

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  3. On 18/10/2019 at 10:56, spacecadet said:

    Alamy deprecate the removal of tags in case someone has the image on their lightbox, and it's actually a breach of contract. I was ticked off for recommending it a while ago.

    If you need a duplicate image removed, member services will do it- just send them the pairs of image references.


    This has been interesting to read. I can't find anything in the contract about changing / deleting captions and tags once images are on sale. I do it rather a lot. Can anyone point me to the relevant info?

  4. On 09/10/2019 at 08:29, IanDavidson said:

    I highly recommend the Nikon D5.  Most of my news work is fast moving and low light.  The D5 works well in low light and shoots at 12 frames per second.  Costs about USD 6,000 plus lens.  Downside is that it is very heavy, loud and large so no inconspicuous Street photography.

    I'd say the downside is the $6000

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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  7. 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)

  8. 4 hours ago, ACC said:

    I’m 53. I did O Level photography at school and have loved it ever since. My daughter is doing GCSE photography and has spent the afternoon preparing “contact sheets”. . She looked blank when I explained how negatives (wot?) used to come into CONTACT with the photographic paper. Her teacher might not even remember that.


    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.

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  9. 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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