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John David

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About John David

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    North Wales
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    Photography, travel, motoring, music, computers & technology.


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    05 Feb 2013

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  1. A photographer has been arrested in Kent whilst photographing things to do with asylum seekers, Kent and burning flames. Comments on the "story line" welcome.
  2. To be fair, I have used google reverse image search to find quite a few uses of my photographs. It even found a photograph which had been strongly edited and showed less than two thirds of my original photo - even to me, it looked nothing like my original photo. Technology does have limitations. My very first sale on Alamy was of a local church, used on a page per day calendar. Typically, a calendar publisher wouldn't bother putting each and every page of each and every calendar they sell onto the interweb. Also, reverse image searches run into problems if they have to reverse search pdf o
  3. It's earned me the cost of petrol and the cost of a burger sandwich lunch for my afternoon spent in and around this location. Other photographs have been sold. Criticism welcome!
  4. Geometric minimalism - I'm relatively new to photography and I am certainly no expert. However, as I'm in the learning stages, I often look to beginner tutorials. It seems that geometric minimalism is about having strong "lines" obeying many of the simple photographic composition rules? I'm thinking "rule of thirds", "fibonaci spiral" etc.
  5. Thankyou, Ian, Space and Harry, for the valued replies. I know this thread / topic is quite old now, so I won't labour things by replying individually with separate quotes. Ian, again, thankyou for the valued reply. I have heard of Keith Morris, and I have previously taken on board his theory about staying local. I used to travel Europe. I've traversed the Milau viaduct, I've been to the Ronchamps Chapel, the Cite de l'Automobile in Mulhouse, I've spent dozens of weekends in Amsterdam, I grew to know my way around Paris better than my own home town. Yet despite all this, my very
  6. Thankyou for the great answer. It's good to receive some first hand experience from yourself. Your comments do suggest the importance of carrying a Press Card. Yes, I was basically asking about the likelihood of being stopped and the consequences. I certainly don't earn enough income from my photography to qualify for a Press Card, but of the sales I do have, my editorial photographs are definitely the best sellers. I do know that several have appeared in "coffee table" magazines and I do have some timely newsworthy photographs which have appeared on websites and in print. But, does that ma
  7. I cared to look, and that is why I am here. Fair answer, but not the answer we want. So, if my local Police force have correctly and legally licenced from me, in exchange for money, one of my photographs, I can claim to be a professional photographer? So, when stopped entering into Dyfed, how would you explain to the police man that you are there?
  8. It all depends on where you draw the border between artistry and actuality. I have spent over 5 years living within the shadow of Flint Castle. Did JMW Turner really just happen upon that glorious, orange sunrise which he portrayed on his watercolour which hangs in the National Gallery? Did John Constable include in his famous painting, the passing dog which widdled upon the wheel of the Haywain? Did he?
  9. For keywording, I firstly add the word "editorial" if it is required, then I add the 5 W's. Then, looking for inspiration, I check out a variety of keywording websites. I make good use of the Photomechanic software. It's very intuitive, fast and adapts to my own workflow. I ingest with photomechanic. then import to Lightroom where I make basic adjustments, then I export from Lightroom before making tweaks in Photoshop if necessary. I then keyword / tag / add other metadata in Photomechanic which I use to save my file as a 100% quality jpg, ready to upload via FTP to the stock agencies.
  10. I've followed this topic with interest. In common with most internet forums, there seems to be an awful lot of one upmanship and bullcrop. However, there are some nuggets amongst the waffle. What we probably want to know more than anything else is:- How many professional photographers have been stopped / questioned by the Police. How many professional photographers have been fined. How many professional photographers were allowed to continue their trade. How many professional photographers stopped / fined were carrying a "press pass" and what was the result of showing the pr
  11. I read this topic and thought to myself "Nah, don't be silly, backgrounds don't sell on Alamy because people can buy them much cheaper elsewhere". Before rushing to madly type those exact words as a reply, I had a quick squint at my sales history. It didn't take long, it's quite small - my sales history. 18 month ago, somebody paid over $5 to use one of my photographs of a brick wall, for 3 months in "any placement, inside or cover". This gave ma a warm glow of satisfaction, knowing that my time spent taking a photograph of a brick wall had not been time wasted. Bizarr
  12. Oh, my image? http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid=63444113-A477-4FD9-B40A-7784DA491425 Thankyou!
  13. Chesterfield? _ Oh poop, I moved to North Wales over 3 years ago. Maybe I should look at updating my profile? Anyway, Legend has it that whilst cruising around the doughnut (that is a Chesterfield "thing") the devil took a wrong turn, reached out and pulled the church spire into a twisted, immoral shape. <------ dashes off to update profile. <---- thinks 'so what was my password'?
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