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  1. Foresightnews planner

    Has anyone used Foresightnews for their news coverage planning and any idea of costs? I subscribe to another service, but it is expensive (thousands per year) and not brilliant. For photographers. I hope Foresightnews msy be better but I doubt cheaper
  2. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    P529ME World Cup fan disturbances in Brentwood Essex in the Police Federation mag page 10/11
  3. Dangers of photographer

    I too agree with Chuck. However, at least in the UK, there is an issue with reportage. Most of my local papers no longer employ photographers and many local events do not get coverage. As an example, I recently covered a local ceremony – a flag raising for Armed Forces Day. One of those speaking was a ninety year old veteran who, I was informed, was attending his last “parade”. I doubt if the image will sell, but to me it was important to record that event. Likewise I cover the local holocaust memorial event when we have someone who survived the holocaust as a speaker – but these people are sadly dying out (the speakers at the two previous events have sadly both died and at least in once case my photographs were used in the obituary) so I hope my photographs make some very small contribution to the story. Some people have, understandably, criticised the fact that I have put myself at risk covering the disorder following the world cup games. But I believe it is important (particularly if England win!!!!) In the last couple of events there has been one other, different photographer. In both cases they gave up after ten minutes due to crowd hostility. If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound…..? I have been re-reading, for about the tenth time Harold Evans (former Editor of the Times etc) book on photojournalism, Pictures on a Page, and although even the second edition is old (1997), (and difficult to find a copy) he has some trenchant comments on the nature of photojournalism truth and history. With particular reference to Chuck’s comments; on the recording of history from the great and the good to events at the local school. Although my journalism training was brief and too many years ago to relate, I do understand the context of journalism and in particular photojournalism (and Evans makes excellent points on this issue) I wish I was a better photojournalist, but have some consolation in that I enjoy the learning process and constant striving to improve, even after a few years, and the fact that I am recording events that otherwise would go unrecorded.
  4. Thanks, I spotted it and have amended, I have very recently started using photo mechanic and clearly have not quite got the hang of it... Thanks for letting me know
  5. I am going to Pride in London as an accredited photographer tomorrow. It was interesting to note that there are over five hundred accredited media. I guess a fair percentage of those will be Alamy contributors; not to mention the unaccredited Alamy togs taking images from the crowds. Thus unless you are one of Alamy’s favoured few then the chance of sales must rank very low. There are currently over eighteen thousand Pride in London images on Alamy. I am going, with my daughter, as we have a lovely time and I do get some good pictures and I also provide a selection free to Pride in London to support their excellent work. I will be rushing back for the inevitable disturbances locally following the world cup game – all in a day’s work. If you are going to Pride in London and see me say hullo……….
  6. Slow/disappointing month

    Malcolm, same outcome (although not at your level of sales ... yet) Interestingly, 90% are Downing Street shots, most to national newspapers, (although with the newspaper scheme $ or $$ rather than $$$) although normal PU for Andrea... I got some of ner bending to pick up dropped cabinet papers - I wonder if our friend will go for those? One Graduate fashion week sale.
  7. Thank to Wim’s tip I found another usage I was very pleased with. My photo of the winner of the London Marathon was used in the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards program in an advertising feature. (as were a couple of other Alamy photos.)
  8. Slow/disappointing month

    I am not sure what you mean by "yokes" but yes that is what I am talking about. Quite small and slim so can fit in a camera bag easily. Internal aerial and a microSD card, at least in the one I have. I use PAYG but I think contract may be better as topping up "in the filed" can be difficult.
  9. Slow/disappointing month

    You may want to consider investing in a "mifi" a mobile hotspot. It tends to be more reliable and, perhaps cheaper (if sending numerous images frequently). The mifi is fast both in operation and depending you your network coverage, fast speeds. The other side advantage is with my wife and children. If we go for a long journey in the car I take the mifi and they can all log in and use the signal.
  10. Dangers of photographer

    It is not an agenda but an expectation. The past two “celebrations” have resulted in the police having to close the High Street, deploy public order tactics, including a police dog, on standby and made arrests for assault and drug possession . Last week police were pelted with bottles and glasses and forced to retreat until more police arrived. I have spoken extensively with local police command and they and making robust public order contingencies for Thursday. I have spoken to local pub owners who have had their licence put at risk due to the disorder. I spoke to local shop owners who had to close, (in one case sheltering frightened families) I have received over fifty tweets from people apparently involved in the disorder (I recognise their picture or they state it in their tweet) containing vile abuse, most of which is unprintable. I took many pictures of families and fans enjoying themselves until the disorder broke out but the pictures used were more newsworthy. Had I taken video the racist chants, again unprintable would have bee apparent. As the saying goes, you had to be there. It also appears, from talking to locals that some of the disorder is preplanned, the provision of smoke bombs for example and the charge down the High Street at the end of the game linking up groups from several locations did not look spontaneous. I am not the first person to use the term “preplanned”.To quote one local, “the High Street was left looking like a war zone with a carpet of broken glass, vomit and worse”. There are several videos on YouTube etc supporting this narrative, some with comments supporting the disorder. I spoke with a photographer in Downing Street yesterday who knows the area who said she was not surprised as there are a number of far right groups in the area who are using the World Cup celebrations. I was not aware of this. If true, it would explain a lot of the issues outlined above, but I am not in a position to comment. So not an agenda but an expectation based on personal experience and considerable research. I will not be there on Thursday as it has been made clear I will not be “welcome” (in my own High Street) and my picture has been widely circulated on social media. I have thought about the valid comments above, I have a lot of respect for KM/reg etc but I think I stand by my comments given the behaviour of those involved their subsequent actions and my own research. I would be happy to be proved wrong as Brentwood is normally a nice town. We will see what Thursday brings.
  11. Good tip, I just found one of my pics in the Daily Express that I was not aware of (or have been paid for)
  12. Dangers of photographer

    Chuck. i suspect I may have misinterpreted your comments but I am not “a kid with a camera”. I am nearly sixty years old.....
  13. Dangers of photographer

    I often post photos from local and native nail news stories I cover as part of my marketing. I have been doing this for years with no problem. Sadly, I am close to deciding to give in to the mindless holligans and not cover the inevitable disorder on Thursday post match. I coverd this yesterday https://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?pv=1&stamp=2&liveData=1&imageid=4CF26881-55F8-4900-826A-5D92C2B77A95&p=undefined&n=undefined&imageType=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=0&srch=foo%3dbar%26qt%3dIan%20davidson%26aoa%3d1%26news%3d%26sports%3d%26entmt%3d%26Videos%3d%26bb%3d4%26md%3d%26dt%3d%26gid%3d%26destxml%3d%26imglst%3d%26orderby%3dDT%26newsseq%3d%26userid%3d%7BB11D7378%2DD8DF%2D4AC4%2D97F1%2DAF4D9D272A71%7D%26rand%3d1529985299170
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  15. Dangers of photographer

    Sally, this is the key question, freedom of the press of give in to the uneducated hooligans...