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Phil Robinson

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  1. You probably mis-captioned a fire hydrant as 'definitely not a fire hydrant'.
  2. I would like to think a bit of discretion will be used. If you get a bank robbery in progress or the prime minister being struck by lightening (sorry, is it just me?) then filing within an hour should be not only possible but common sense. I and others here spend a lot of time hanging around College Green in Westminster waiting to pounce on unsuspecting politicians and sometimes hang around for two or three hours before filing the images. I doubt that Alamy would reject the first ones I took that morning because they were taken more than 61 minutes ago. As has been mentioned above, the guidelines say "aim" to file within an hour. I think that has always been the case.
  3. Thanks - that pic of Boots get used somewhere every time they get in the news
  4. I asked for an explanation of this, mentioning that I would post the reply on the forum. Here it is: "This is part of our new simplified popular pricing licenses that we have been testing with market addressable customers. These have proven very successful for both customers and contributors. Customers are entitled to use the image in each of the mentioned uses but from our experience, customers do have a specific use in mind and won't be using it in each area, it simply makes things a lot easier and simpler for customers looking to license images on an ad hoc basis."
  5. That's only happened to me once or twice, but the last time was on Thursday - and I was sitting next to another photographer who uploaded at the same time and her pics didn't appear either. When uploading live news I NEARLY always wait until the images appear before leaving the cafe or wherever and going out to take more photos. This time I didn't, and didn't find the problem until I was on the way home. Uploading has been very slow recently and, it seems, a bit less than reliable. I sent a submission via FTP on Friday. Hours later it hadn't appeared, so I sent it again and, of course, now everything is there twice.
  6. If it said "one of the following" it might be OK, but it says "one of EACH of the following" which is ridiculous. If it's a misprint it needs to be changed very quickly.
  7. I had three of these yesterday: Country: Worldwide"Usage: Business use, One of each of the following uses: Personal use, presentation, internal communication, student project, reference for artist, personal website, personal social media, personal print or card, business website, small book (up to 1000 print run, excluding cover use), small magazine/newspaper (up to 1000 print run), a digital marketing campaign. Worldwide license. Excludes advertising.Start: 21 March 2019Duration: In perpetuity" One of EACH - not one of the following. "Use for as many things as you want all over the world forever" If the fee was $12,000, OK. It wasn't.
  8. All of it, every time. If you have a lot of similar images to do, they can often be done in bulk anyway, with a few tweaks.
  9. If the camera strap is long enough it's easy to just grab the camera and use it like that with the strap still over the shoulder. I tend to have the telephoto over the right shoulder and the second camera either over the left or more often the old amateur 'round the neck' style, especially if I'm walking along getting very wide-angle not-looking-through-the-viewfinder street shots, which I usually am when wandering around London.
  10. I've never seen the attraction of camera straps that attach to the tripod bush on the bottom of the camera. I imagine the camera must bounce around much more. I see nothing wrong with the strap that came with the camera, fixed to the two lugs provided for the purpose, over the shoulder as Russell describes above. Can anyone enlighten me?
  11. After two really bad months, February was good - better than average - thanks largely to a surge on the afternoon of the 27th. High hopes for March - lurking around Westminster in the last weeks seems to be paying off.
  12. Whereas I've had a really depressing last couple of months, and this one is looking MUCH better.
  13. Have a look right at the bottom of the page (not 'joking' as such - it is there on the one I looked at. Good use of the phrase 'pulling my leg' from a non-native speaker though!)
  14. Would that be the Microstock site that feels the need to put a link to the Modern Slavery Act on their homepage?
  15. It's certainly worth going through to check for those exclusive images. I had one today for $119 which I had managed to get round to, so I got the 50%
  16. I shoot what I think will sell, (and a bit of what I enjoy photographing, that I hope might sell) based on experience of which of my 36,600 pics on file have sold and been zoomed (though sales are more important) over many months/years. Of course up-to-date info is useful, but I don't suddenly become a novice with no idea what to photograph because some statistics aren't updated. Yesterday I was the only photographer in Downing Street as ministers and potential defectors came and went. I wasn't there for fun (it wasn't) but because years of experience told me that was the place to be and I doubted that had changed in the last three weeks (one sale found so far, in The Sun unfortunately).
  17. AIM is very useful and I hope the information is available again soon, but I don't find myself suddenly at a total loss as to what to photograph because I haven't seen the zooms for three weeks. I'm still getting sales and years of recent experience aren't wiped out after a month without statistics. Having said that, yes, I'd like to see measures back soon.
  18. My dad still has that original 1959 'More Of Tom Lehrer' album - we grew up with it (and yes, I know all the words)
  19. Also 8 at 1.25. NU. To a commercial site with 20 million visitors a month. Opt out in April.
  20. No, I don't think you can. You could try contacting Alamy and asking them to do it.
  21. Interesting to hear that many clients get in touch with Alamy researchers to find images for them rather than searching the website - and that the categories in AIM are used mostly by those Alamy staff - I'll keep filling them in.
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