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Phil Robinson

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  1. 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?
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The 40 millionth image is going to register in the next few hours - does the contributor get a cake?
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. "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.
  9. 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???
  10. Jeff, I hope you took a shot of the billboard and submitted that, licensing a photo of one of your licensed photos would be a great story And he could make more money by suing himself for copyright infringement!
  11. After months of letting it languish unchanged, I have just redesigned my website. I just think you can't NOT have a website these days. Mine has gone minimal and is simply to attract attention to the links at the bottom directing people to Alamy and other places. It's a good point made above about the email address - it sounds better if you have your own .com and if I tell someone I'm a photographer and they ask, do I have a website, I don't want to have to say no. I have no idea how much business it generates, if any, but it's not a huge expense and it's good for my friends and family to keep up to date with what I'm doing if nothing else.
  12. You mean you opted out around April 1st - which is the only time of year one can opt out? No, that's NU - you can opt out of newspapers any time, I believe.
  13. My mum was reading a magazine once, shortly I after I had returned from working in the Czech Republic, when she said there was an article about a town in Moravia. "Have you been there?" she asked, showing me the picture. "Yes" I replied, "and I took that picture."
  14. Elena Baltacha (yes, a British tennis player celebrating something).
  15. I find checking at 200% counter-productive. I can't judge an image when viewing at more than one pixel per pixel.
  16. Thanks Ed, that's very helpful. I apreciate the effort. I also follow local news, TV and radio, twitter, as well as Googling endlessly - I was just hoping to find everything in one place. Being lazy really, though Ed's link to the individual Boroughs' sites is going to be a big help - especially Westminster. Thanks again
  17. I had my first fail (SOLD) for ages a couple of months ago - the submission had been uploaded in the week I had my eyes tested and got my first ever reading glasses. No coincidence, I suspect. I must admit I have been much more impressed with my own work, and my camera lenses, since I started wearing specs at the computer. It's something to think about.
  18. Does anyone know where to find a good comprehensive list of upcoming newsworthy events (marches, protests, demos, memorial services, etc) in London? I know of several different places for film premières, and the Met Police have a site listing upcoming demos, but only those which are likely to cause traffic disruption. Bits and pieces can be got from various newspapers and local TV news, but it's a bit hit and miss. I have been up to several events recently and got some good pictures (and, more importantly, sales) but I have equally been frustrated by only hearing about such things afterwards on the news. Anyone know of a single good source of info on upcoming newsworthy stuff? (Sorry it's Londoncentric. That's where I'm based - any other regional sources welcome too)
  19. For some time now Alamy has had a German language website, but I have yet to hear of a direct German language sale - mine have been via distributors. I did go on (at length) at the time about the problems of translating keywords and the consequential false results in searches. Has anyone had a direct German sale?
  20. 50% of my sales over the last year have been through distributors, including some of the biggest - and some of the smallest. The best come from Japan, so if you're thinking of opting in selectively, I'd certainly include Japan.
  21. I had one in the Metro last month - it said circulation 'up to 2 million'
  22. Now that is a good idea. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks. (edit) However, if you then do a search from that page, you get results from the whole of Alamy - if you search from your link page the pics are all yours.
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