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Phil Robinson

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  1. Until February I was working in a school, and acted as school photographer. I took pictures of kids at sports days, in school productions, and sometimes in classroom settings. The paranoia surrounding child photography is staggering. All photos I took had to be checked by the head of Child Protection, any pictures I took were supposed to be edited only on school computers and saving anything onto a personal hard drive was out off the question, in theory, and anything intended for any use that might be seen by the general public had to have written permission from the parents. Photographing children in a recognisable school uniform is covered by the Data Protection Act (as it makes public where they go to school). Even though I am still in touch with many teachers there and have a CRB check, I wouldn't attempt to go in and do commercial photography which includes identifiable students.
  2. Hmm, not so sure. I suspect I would get a lot less careful with my submissions if I knew they weren't going to be looked at. Perhaps the compromise would be to stop checking the most reliable contributors, but not telling them.
  3. In my experience of retail (Waterstones, funnily enough) the markup on cards by the shop is huge. The shops probably get 60% of the retail price (unless things have changed a lot) leaving 40% for the supplier, who has to cover production, marketing and distribution costs. Book authors get around 10% - and it takes a bit longer to write a book.
  4. Also waiting since the weekend. I'm pretty confident about the images so hoping it's 'something else'.
  5. I'm pretty sure there isn't. I think I looked into this a while ago. Long before that, however, I got a call from Alamy asking me to change my pseudo (I only had one back then) as it had a .com at the end, and that was against the rules. I told them what I wanted it changed to and they did it for me. That, however, was no doubt an exception and I doubt they'll start doing it on demand, (especially if it's to a pun on the rear ends of sheep).
  6. I have four different pseudos, according to subject matter, with very different Alamyrank ratings. I find that subjects with a lot of competition on Alamy, like travel, understandably get a lot of views but few zooms. My other subjects, however, which face a lot less competition, have a much better CTR, better sales and therefore a better rank. Deciding how to split your work up really depends on whether you see lumping all your subjects together as pulling up the rank of your less popular images or dragging down the most successful.
  7. I quite agree - buildings taken more or less straight on and almost vertical look much better tweeked.
  8. The fact is that we are used to angles converging when we look up at things. Straightening buildings a bit to get parallel verticals is OK on many shots, but when the viewpoint is obviously from below, our eye expects the verticals to converge. Try straightening the verticals on that image of the church and you will feel worse than dizzy. I'd happily send that one to Alamy - it's a good shot of a church highlighting the welcoming open doors - something that wouldn't have been as prominent if taken from a distance with a longer lens.
  9. Phil, I've posted the name of the buyer on that $1.00 sale somewhere on here in the past. It is/was the Telegraph of London, on their Website. Ed If you mean the Telegraph newspaper, that totally undermines my faith in the system and, it has to be said, Alamy. If the Novel Use scheme has been used to license images to national newspapers for that amount, then we have been deceived an I am extremely disappointed that I ever signed up to the scheme. If not, I would be grateful to Alamy to clear up the confusion.
  10. I only had about 40 sales in the second quarter to make the top 500. I had 85 in that period and didn't make the magic 500 (unless my email is delayed). Maybe it's done on a $ basis.
  11. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot+wildlife Credits to: Christopher Jones, Simon Hathaway, David Wootton, Andrew Cawley http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/commentisfree+media/marketingandpr Anatolii Babii, Jeffrey Blackler,
  12. A) It's the head and compound eye of a fly - and very good too. That's interesting stuff, but a graph of Alamy turnover would be the real clincher. The best statistic we have for measuring trends is our own income per image, so it would be very interesting to see if our graph corresponds to Alamy's. Thanks for the work, though, the trends are useful to know. (Edit - the sarcastic face was supposed to be a 'B' followed by a ' ) ' but was corrected by the automatic face-checker.) (Edit 2 - check out David's amazing chicken photos!)
  13. Again about the newspaper scheme. Is it regarded as a success or is there any acceptance that it is flawed? If flawed, can it be changed for the better without alienating the papers who have signed up and are presumably delighted with what they are currently getting for their money?
  14. I doubt that still happens - I have always been a member of the train set rather than the jet set anyway. As for horizontal/vertical, I find most of my landscapes are vertical and most of my portraits are horizontal. I try to do both in the studio, though I must admit the majority are horizontal - the camera is more stable on the tripod that way. And I think you're right about light images being more commercial - apart from very expensive watches photographed on wet slate (for a change)
  15. Studio is certainly more productive for me than 'travel' (ie - going out the front door). It's cheaper - apart from buying things to photograph - and sales per image / views per image / zooms per image are much higher. When photography was just a hobby I used to travel as a tax dodge - the standard of hotels I stayed in depending on how much I had to 'invest' to avoid a tax bill.
  16. I got the 10 millionth (no prize) but there was something organised for 30 million. I'm sure there'll be a press release at least.
  17. The 40 millionth image is going to register in the next few hours - does the contributor get a cake?
  18. Ed Rooney: "I did drop out of the Novel Scheme when they sold one image (large on a prestigious site) for $1.00 " That's interesting. I have always rationalised my use of the NU scheme with the assertion by Alamy that the sales were to markets that would not undermine their other business. I would be very interested to hear where this NU image was used!
  19. Alamy's success or failure is going to depend ENTIRELY on the quality of its search engine and results. As long as the best images come first in searches, they (we) will continue to be successful. Alamyrank and its future development (possibly on an image- as well as contributor-based system) must be the single most important factor in the company's future.
  20. "The best response to the state of the stock market is to look at it straight, without all those negative feelings, and to start from there." That's really the only way to do it. Complaining about prices isn't going to change them. And unless you are huge major player in the market with thousands of unique images in your portfolio, pulling out of a market will have no effect, even if anyone notices. If enough people (i.e. a very large percentage of contributors) put the same restrictions on their images, it might have an effect, but most likely the effect would be Alamy losing customers. I don't like low prices any more than anyone else - and I agree with Sheila about that sale to China, I would rather have gone without the money on principle - but the market is as it is and I'm afraid doing things on principle might make you feel better but if nobody notices, it won't actually change anything. Having said that, I do buy more expensive free-range eggs on principle, knowing that my tiny contribution makes no impact whatever on the factory chicken market - but I need those $3 sales to pay for the ethical eggs.
  21. Here's a worrying one: http://www.theguardian.com/media/organgrinder/2010/apr/12/newspapers-future-online-authority B72Y25 Ian Francis, but credit given as: Photograph: Alamy/Public Domain Public domain???
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