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Phil Robinson

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  1. 9 hours ago, David Pimborough said:


    I quote from Wikipedia



    United Kingdom

    Many British stamps are "Crown Copyright", that expires after 50 years and puts the stamps in the public domain. (See Crown copyright.) This also applies to the stamps of the various territories of the British Empire prior to their independence.

    Following the privatisation of Royal Mail as a separate legal entity in 2012 the copyright of new British stamps has been held by Royal Mail in its own right, so in general no stamp may be uploaded."


    and from the royal mail




    So if the stamp is public domain a 100% photo of the stamp is not in breach of copyright


    However different countries have different rules


    I am careful about which countries I upload - not British or US for example - and mark them all as editorial only, but I was wondering about Alamy's view of what constitutes a 'work of art'.

  2. I tried diversifying into video - which meant looking for a new agent.

    When I found one I discovered they sell short clips of music as well.

    So I bought a cheap manuscript composing software program, dusted off my O Level harmonising skills and started writing string quartets and piano duets.

    There's half an idea to link them with suitable video footage one day to make a complete package - if I ever write anything suitable.

    I do it at weekends mostly, so I don't feel like it's getting in the way of doing something that might actually make some money one day.

  3. This month I've had more $$$ sales than I can remember for years. Normally the first half of the month is quieter for me and I always keep my fingers crossed that the floodgates will open in the last week. This month has been great so far and hopefully, when the newspapers report, it will get better.

    I hope I'm not sounding too smug or boastful - I just want to point out that these things go up and down and it's impossible to deduce a trend from a couple of months' sales. 

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  4. 1 hour ago, John Mitchell said:

    Poor keywords / captions seems to be a growing problem on Alamy. Not sure what can be done about it, though, as Alamy doesn't have the time or inclination to police contributors.


    In theory the ranking system does deal with this.
    I have always thought that the way the search engine decides which images are seen first is THE MOST IMPORTANT feature of the whole Alamy business.

    I'm not sure how this works now - it doesn't seem to be as straightforward as it used to be.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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?

  8. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 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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  11. 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)

  12. 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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