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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. 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.
  2. Well, I'm just a week off my 65th Birthday so I'm one of the old guys! I do contribute to Stockimo too though!
  3. Fields left blank under the " Optional" Tab, in image manger, also have some impact on the, discoverability, this could be a factor in your case.
  4. Mine were grayed out Steve and I had to re-apply. I'm waiting on the result, it may be some time!
  5. I hope you will give fair consideration to photographers like me, who often want to submit images taken under difficult circumstances, that would otherwise not pass the QC criteria. I have sold quite a few images submitted in this way, for instance at indoor car shows and music festivals where lighting is poor. I note that you have a second category of reportage or archival, which I have applied for. If I could not submit images taken in poor conditions I stand to loose quite a few sales and consequently so does Alamy too!
  6. Same here. This must be across the board for all photographers, including myself, who have previously contributed to live news. I think the 1hr deadline is too tight for most on here. I did not try to reapply for access to the news feed, but I did apply for the reportage and archival route, this is because Ioften, I am shooting subjects where the conditions are difficult (low light etc), so they cant be submitted by the normal route because they would not meet Alamy QC standards! I have had quite a few sales with this type of image and I certainly don't want to loose the opportunity of uploading and selling them, whatever the time frame might be!
  7. 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,
  8. 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.
  9. I use a program called SpyHunter, which can remove adware, trojans, ransomware, worms, viruses, rootkits, potentially unwanted programs, and other objects.
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. Yes, Don is a bit of a legend, I was very impressed with the documentary about him.
  13. 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?
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