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  1. https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/4393xb/the-governments-fanatical-work-obsession-makes-it-deaf-to-criticism-on-poverty one of mine of Amber Rudd in Downing Street
  2. AIM Uploader working?

    I have had trouble uploading today - several attempts to get some live news pictures loaded.(Which is frustrating when you are in competition with other photographers) The upload just stopped on a couple of occasions. The problem is, particularly when out on location, to know if it is the signal, the laptop, the network or something else.....

    I do not “do” comps. My specialism is live news and I cannot claim to be a great photographer. But, I take the view if newspapers etc are willing to pay for my photos against considerable competition then I must be doing something right. Some economist said the greatest arbiter of taste is the marketplace.
  4. You can’t take photos here (again) It may just be me but, three times today, while photographing locally, I have been challenged and told what I can and cannot photograph. I attended a Victoria Cross monument unveiling. I was told three times I could not take photographs of a group of school children. On the third occasion, the “organiser” of the event told me I could not take this group. I replied, politely, that while I had no intention of taking photos of this group there was nothing legally to stop me doing so. She replied that if I did take their photos she would make me leave the event. I pointed out that as this was a public space, and I was on the pavement she could not tell me to leave… What was more annoying was that a little while later the school concerned tweeted several pictures of their children at the event, on a public tweet. Then I went to the Ford central office in Warley, Brentwood which announced it is closing. Quite a big deal as over 1,500 people work in the offices. So while taking pictures, on the public pavement; up comes a security guard to ask what I was doing and to see some identification. I pointed out, politely, that I was in a public space and why was he asking for identification. He was very nice; but said he had to check in case I was up to “no good”. I did show him my press card and off he went. I know I am being over sensitive but it is a little annoying to be constantly challenged. A couple of weeks ago I covered a major disturbance at a televised boxing match locally. I photographed the police in riot gear controlling the event. Some “fans” took exception and tried to break my kit. The police intervened; but then put me in a corner with two officers and told me I could not move from that spot or take any more pictures. Again, | fully understand the “why” but it is getting difficult just to do my job…….
  5. Live News Laptop

    Thank you for all your advice and suggestions. In the end (and I am typing on it) I went for a Thinkpad X1; after much research and taking consideration of your comments. I upgraded to a 512 SSD and an I7 processor. It is lightweight and has a battery life of 8 to 10 hours. I tried it out "in the field" in Downing Street today - but as always there were a few things to get used to - including having to re set up Photo Mechanic. But it is about three time as fast as my old laptop and the extra battery life will allow me to file more live news stories from the event rather than waiting to get home. I got it in a sale so paid under my £2,000 budget - and I will put it on my (expensive) camera insurance tomorrow! I think a lot depends on ones experience with a particular brand. I have used Dell for years, but the Thinkpad ticked my boxes on this occasion. I agree with the comment that it would have been nice to try it out in a shop; but I do not trust currys/pc world and around these parts there is nothing else! The next big test is on Sunday as I am in the press pen, photographing at the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, London; there is a lot of pressure to get photos in quickly. (Although I know some good live news photographers do not agree). Thanks again for your comments and advice
  6. You can’t. Take photos here

    Colllege Green is a public space, although it has a special status in that it is controlled by by the House of Commons Black Rod. The only time control is exercised is times of high political drama such as General Elections and State Opening when it is only open to Journalists like me with press passes or included within the parliamentary estate security zone. But his is rare and not the case yesterday.
  7. You can’t. Take photos here

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ianandmj/status/1052665785448054788 while working in London I saw some photograpic activity on College Green, the grass area across from the Palace of Westminster. I saw a female golfer being photographed so I took a few shots. Up rushed the PR people “you can not take photos, this is a private shoot”. I politely pointed out it could not be “private” in a public space. More PR people moved in. They asked for my name and identification. Being polite, I obliged. “OK” said the PR, I am closing the shoot”. I pointed out I already got my pictures. Had they not made such a fuss I would not have checked out the shoot. The intelligent thing, if they were really bothered would have been to buy the pictures from me. It turned out that apparently she was one of the worlds leading lady golfers with a new fashion range.... not very sensible, if the shoot was that sensitive to hold it in the middle of the day between the Palace of Westminster and the snack bar where a lot of press photographers hang Out between events. for the benefit of my learned friends, I have not put the photos into stock etc. Just a nice little story....
  8. Live News Laptop

    I am looking for recommendations for a new Windows Live News Laptop. This is to take to jobs, mostly in London, so I can rapidly process, using photo mechanic and lightroom, large numbers of Raw files. (I always take far too many pictures) It must have a long battery life, a lot of RAM and a fast processor. A good screen would be useful; however I tend to use the histogram more than processing by eye. A large, fast hard disk would also be useful. something solidly build that can take a bit of knocking around would be good. Keys that light up would again be useful but not essential. I would not use the laptop for anything else I have a budget of up to two thousand pounds. Recommendations would be appreciated.
  9. Alamy News have just confirmed that I had a (small) front page picture in The Sun of the Prime Minister.
  10. Thanks very much; I am sure he was not really checking out Claire Perry's ministerial portfolio.... I was pleased The Times used it several other PA/Reuters etc photographers got the shot as well and it was the subject of some amusement on a very long day in Downing Street, thanks again. Ian
  11. One in The Times yesterday https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hold-your-nerve-on-brexit-theresa-may-tells-cabinet-cv6drwxn5
  12. Have you found any Alamy images September 2018

    Thanks very much. Missed this one.... ian Times 25th London 24th September 2018,Sajid Javid MP PC, Home Secretary appears to check out Claire Perry MP Business Minister , at 10 Downing Street, London Credit Ian Davidson/Alamy Live News - Image ID: PPBP
  13. Online (Cloud) backup and Carbonite

    Matt, thank you for this recommendation but it appears to do the same thing as carbonite. If you delete a file on your computer it is only held on the cloud for thirty days.
  14. Can anyone recommend a good cloud backup. I have been using carbonite for about three years but found out to my surprise (and I guess it is my fault) if you delete a file from your computer the cloud backup will only hold the file for fourteen days! The entire idea of having a cloud back up was so that I could delete files from my computer to free up space and keep the deleted photos in the cloud. Fortunately, I also back up to a 5Tb Seagate backup plus drive (although their backup software is appalling bad) so I have not lost anything important. Can anyone recommend cloud storage that operates a proper archive system and an external backup drive that works well in a busy photojournalist environment where I can take several thousand raw files in a busy month.
  15. Crowdspark/NewZulu

    I am sorry New Zulu/crowdspark went under. New Zulu's London office recruited me in to photojournalism and the rest, as they say, is history. They do owe me some money - but fortunately not much but I have a friend who is a London Photojournalist/videographer who got a lot of his earnings from them and has lost a great deal of money. He is trying through the NUJ to get it back. It is a good job we have goold old, solid Alamy behind us now.