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Phil Robinson

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  1. 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)

  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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???

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  5. 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.

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  6. On 08/08/2019 at 10:22, AlanW said:

    Cheers Iain 👍



    The Times - online




    BRD3TJ   PjrStudio   Interrail Ticket - Global 15 day pass - with map and Traveller's Guide



    Thanks for finding that - there's been a lot of interest in photos of my extensive collection of Interrail tickets this week.

  7. 1 hour ago, Chuck Nacke said:



    I would like to add that I do think that it is up to all of us to

    edit or select carefully what we upload.?


    Part of the current problem with digital photograph is that

    photographers to not know how to select images.



    I would totally agree. 

  8. On 02/08/2019 at 16:19, Chuck Nacke said:


    I must start by saying that in my opinion, just showing up and photographing what everyone else is

    photographing is a waste of time......... 


    ............. it is not enough to me to make an image (s) and see it licensed once as "Live News."

    It is only worth the time an effort to see it licensed over and over for decades. 

    I'd agree with that - to a certain extent. Experience shows that spending an hour or two in Downing Street on a Tuesday morning can be worthwhile, even if there are another six of the usual suspects (including Ian) there. Unfortunately, though live news sales can pay for all that standing around, stock sales of the same images (to newspapers for $6 a time) later bring in VERY little these days and shouldn't really be seen as a justification for being there.

    However, the vast majority of my income still comes from general stock and for me a morning in The Street is usually followed by an afternoon elsewhere in London, taking the sort of stock that brings in most of my sales. 

    If I can get a shot of a cabinet minister that pays the train fare (and more, hopefully) I usually go home with a few dozen more shots that I add to the portfolio.


  9. Hi Ian - tempted not to try any 'advice' as I'm usually standing next to you trying to sell the same pictures....

    Like you I now have a growing collection of the same people walking out of That door (though most of them won't be doing it any more since last week) - and tennis players from my annual trips to Eastbourne.

    I have been trying to edit them. A lot look VERY similar and, while they get used for live news occasionally, once they become stock I really don't think I need so many. I've been going through, person by person, picking the best ten or so and deleting the rest if they don't offer anything different. Hopefully that will mean the ones potential customers see first are likely to be better and more likely to be picked.

    At least, that's the plan. Some way to go yet.


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