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John Gaffen

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About John Gaffen

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    Lewisham, London
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    Used to love skiing, before I got too old and too poor! Obviously, I am into photography big time and run my own, one-man, photography buisness! I also like to try my hand at digital art and sometimes drawing with a pencil or rotring pen. I do a bit of running/jogging, mainly in local parks. I'm into films and I am currently, the official photographer at the Misty Moon Film Society, at Flatplanet in Soho and The Cinema Museum, where I get to meet and photograph a wide range of "stars of ther silver screen".


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    06 Jun 2005
  1. Others have probably already answered this already , I am a Canon user, but I would use a mid-range zoom (e.g. 24-70 or 24-105mm), over a prime. I only use L-series Canon Lenses. the 24-105 is the most useful lens I have and can cope with most situations. In general, the wider angle you shoot, the softer the edges of the frame tend to get. I have always worked with a full frame sensor and the best quality Lens I can afford. In addition, this type of Lens can cope with a large range of lighting conditions when paired with a camera back which has a good ISO range. I only need a longer or wider lens when conditions demand, The 24-105 is my ideal walk around lens,
  2. Did not see that you already know about this program, it does take forever if you scan all you data files, but you can opt out of this on the custom scan setting. I have found this program very helpful in removing malicious software in the past. it was one of the only programs which actually cured my problem.
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  4. No sales reported (I'd made at least 8, this time last month), no statistics no measures. No reply from Alamy either to my query, not happy!
  5. Contrasts on you first sale, I'm very impressed at the number of images you have managed to upload, since joining Alamy only a year ago
  6. Yes, Don is a bit of a legend, I was very impressed with the documentary about him.
  7. A little discouraging, because this year I really feel that I have made genuine progress in the stock industry, with Alamy specifically. Both in terms of growing my portfolio, gaining insights into the market, branching out into new areas not covered particularly well by other photographers, and creating a specialism in certain subject areas, that some clients will seek me out for. So I am hoping, as I approach semi-retirement, that my huge investment in time and effort will not be wasted! Time will tell if Almay's move to again reduce the photographers commission will pay off, both for us, the contributing photographs and Alamy itself. Since I have all my eggs in one basket, so to speak, It worries me that this will happen again in the future, and we will see yet further reductions in the commission rate to its contributors?
  8. Well, I've already exceeded my gross revenue for the whole of last year and my sales numbers are still pretty healthy, (54 so far this year), although, they have slowed a bit in the middle of this month
  9. Well, a camper van is a lot more practical than a sports car!
  10. HI Jay, Not visited this forum for a considerable time, I admire your life style, I was thinking of doing something similar myself, particularly as I am approaching retirement age. But I though of buying a sports car and touring around the UK visiting all the remote places I'd never been before!
  11. Alamy measures still down this morning. I'm not used to being deprived of my daily fix of views and zooms (and the occasional sale too!).
  12. Pathetic, with just two low value sales. Does not justify the hundreds of hours of work I put in over the last four months
  13. Slow for me, just one medium sale so far with views and zooms very low too! My wife says its due to it being the end of the financial year! perhaps April will be a bumper month?
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