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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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  1. Thanks Jon, I've taken the plunge now!
  2. Can anyone tell me if they have images shot from a DJI Mavic Pro 2 photography drone, passed Alamy QC please?
  3. Jon, Please could you tell me if you have got images taken with the DJI Mavic Pro 2, through Alamy QC? I am very interested in this drone and in taking up the challenge of getting involved with Aerial photography. I know I would have to get CAA qualified first.
  4. Hi Ed, Yes I tend to do the same as regards similar' s (e.g. limit them to 2 -3), I will upload the same shot in different orientations, sometimes, in case clients want the choice. But I will certainly take the same shot/ view under different light /weather conditions. I will also, sometimes re-visit a subject to see if I can improve on my first efforts. I sometimes exceed this rule if I am capturing someone in the public eye, as I see these images as potentially more commercial
  5. Yes, I was considering doing a course to get my CAA licence, but I probably need to have my own drone before I book up. Since it also involves flight training. I think the RX sensors are similar to the one on the DJI Mavic Pro 2?
  6. I am thinking of entering the aerial photography game for stills photography. I see the DJI Mavic Pro 2 as an entry level machine. I know it only has a 1" CMOS sensor, which falls below Alamy's recommended minimum sensor size (which they see as 4/3rds). Does anyone have any experience with this drone? Have you used this drone to capture images which have passed Alamy QC? As this is the main use I want for my aerial images, so if the quality is not good enough for Alamy, I would have to think again. Upsizing to a professional level drone, from the DJI Mavic 2 is quite an expensive and frankly confusing business.
  7. On holiday until the 6th, so no uploads until then!
  8. Third best year by total revenue and best year, for number of images sold.
  9. Mostly a wimp, except if I'm covering an outside media accredited event, in which case I have to take it on the chin! I will occasionally venture out on snowy, frosty or misty days, for a good seasonal image. But like most Brits, I find grey cloudy conditions to be mostly uninspiring, The possible exception being when I'm photographing cars, which sometimes benefit from the lack of reflections in lower light conditions. I do like large puddles after heavy rain, as you can sometimes get interesting reflections in them.
  10. Over the last week or so, I've had images passing through QC almost instantaneously, the first time I've ever experienced this on Alamy. Today, things appear to have reverted to the status quo, e.g. 24hrs or more. No, they have gone through in about 30mins this time!
  11. I would just die for a 0.49 sale in November! (just joking of course), but things seem to have gone awfully quite on the sale front, must be the election, or something!
  12. I've no experience with the 100 - 400, but I do have a 70 - 200 which I sometimes use with a Canon Doubler, which extends it out to 400. Something I have found very useful is a monopod, which does provide extra stability and gives you more keepers, than with a hand held rig, Takes most of the weight off you too!
  13. Nothing Yet in October, seems a bit slow, but I cant complain too much, as this year, my sales have been quite high up this point!
  14. David, A year is not long in the stock industry, as it takes a considerable time to get noticed, particularly in a large agency like Alamy, with many thousands of photographers contributing, and millions of images to choose from. I have found stock to be a numbers game, with the more images you have online in your portfolio, the more chance you have of selling. It is not only about numbers, of course, its also about what you shoot. My advice is to cover a wider range of subjects, people photography is always important, so is variety. Topics in the public eye, news related issues, politics, celebrities, etc. Another good strategy is to get known in one or more specialist areas or subjects. So clients know where, or who to come to, for certain images.
  15. Fixation every time for me! They also clean the outside elements of any lens attached to the camera backs you bring in. For a small charge they will do this for other non-attached lenses too.
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