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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={B11D7378-D8DF-4AC4-97F1-AF4D9D272A71}&name=Ian+Davidson
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    10 Nov 2015

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  1. News images watermarking

    An interesting discussion about watermarking news images in publications to stop other news organisations using them. https://mobile.twitter.com/gordonrayner/status/1095986617767157760 This is the big people talking, Times, Guardian etc. A little surreal but news photographers do get a mention towards the end. could this become a trend.....?
  2. Metro Credit

    See this that I posted, seems to be a general issue This below is from The Metro. It is my complete caption with an Alamy add on. I have never seen this approach before. I hope I get paid!!!! https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/01/man-fined-refusing-show-face-police-face-recognition-software-8425143/romford-essex-uk-31st-january-2019-metropolitan-police-trial-live-facial-recognition-technology-outside-romford-station-the-police-cameras-scan-passers-by-and-check-them-against-a-watch-list-i/ and https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/01/man-fined-refusing-show-face-police-face-recognition-software-8425143/romford-essex-uk-31st-january-2019-metropolitan-police-trial-live-facial-recognition-technology-outside-romford-station-the-police-cameras-scan-passers-by-and-check-them-against-a-watch-list-i-2/ another poster tells me this is fairly normal. It may be linked to a non human news generator...
  3. Why do people take pictures at crash scenes?

    I think you have to differentiate, as the BBC article does, between news photography and social media. As a news photographer I take news photographs. Very occasionally I take accident pictures. https://mobile.twitter.com/ianandmj/status/976547686311694337 I do so carefully to avoid anything distasteful. However in this snowflake world almost any news picture will upset someone. I also take crime scene photos of murder, rape crimes etc. Again, some would say intrusive. However, at the last stabbing scene I attended, a neighbor had videoed the scene for social media with what could be considered far more intrusive footage than the “Forensic officers attend...” that I took. I also took pictures outside a bar where an alleged murder had taken place, of two young women lighting tea lights at a makeshift shrine (with their agreement). I have a responsibility as a news photographer under the editors code and the the organisation publishing has a responsibility not to offend public decencies. There are two key questions.. What is “news”? And what is the responsibility of news photographers to take photographs? i would refer you to the excellent book “Pictures on a page” by Harold Evans that has an excellent discussion on this subject.
  4. Strange usage/caption

    Chris, thanks. As long as I get paid. It does seem very lazy!!!!
  5. Marketing Livenews

    It may be worth tweeting some of the Alamy images. If you use relevant hashtags and use the .@ approach to the relevant magazines twitter feeds they will see the coverage. If you include a link to the relevant Lightbox you will make the picture editors job very easy and hopefully lead to sales.
  6. Live News - where are my images sold?

    Hi Benjamin the postings are correct. It is not possible to identify all news sale outputs. I sell a fair few news images every month I can only source about a third. I run regular google searches “ian davidson Alamy” -alamy.com (excludes Alamy database). I also find that running a google search on the subject and my name works. For example I covered the disorder in Whitehall yesterday during the Kashmir protest, so I search “Kashmir ian davidson”. You will get lots of false positives but I have picked up a lot of my work using these approaches. The people who who run the “images found in... “. In this forum Do a really excellent job and it is worth checking frequently (as well as being an excellent guide to what is actually selling). However a a lot of published work is not credited My “high” was a Sun front page photo - it was Not credited but Alamy sent me a note. Photos in print will not show up on an online search so it is all a bit hit and miss. It may be possible to use a cuttings agency if it is really important to you but these are expensive and will still miss uncredited. best of luck ian
  7. Strange usage/caption

    This below is from The Metro. It is my complete caption with an Alamy add on. I have never seen this approach before. I hope I get paid!!!! https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/01/man-fined-refusing-show-face-police-face-recognition-software-8425143/romford-essex-uk-31st-january-2019-metropolitan-police-trial-live-facial-recognition-technology-outside-romford-station-the-police-cameras-scan-passers-by-and-check-them-against-a-watch-list-i/ and https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/01/man-fined-refusing-show-face-police-face-recognition-software-8425143/romford-essex-uk-31st-january-2019-metropolitan-police-trial-live-facial-recognition-technology-outside-romford-station-the-police-cameras-scan-passers-by-and-check-them-against-a-watch-list-i-2/
  8. Dry January

    As we often say on College Green; "do I stay or do I go?" I note that Downing Street was decked out for Chinese New Year today; another missed opportunity for me, although I have had the same (old) Downing Street picture published twice on the 30th - including The Guardian online so swings and roundabouts. on topic; I note that nearly all my sales are now reported in the last two or three days of the month
  9. Images sold in January

    http://www.execreview.com/2019/01/iod-chief-steps-down-just-two-months-before-brexit-day/ quite an old picture from Downing Street and in the Guardian! https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/30/iod-chief-stephen-martin-steps-down-with-two-months-to-go-till-brexit-day
  10. Dry January

    Phil about average for number sold, several of our friends in Downing Street, a couple of Brexit demo pictures: but revenue above average some good mid $$ prices. Keep up up the struggle...
  11. Are Your Zooms Falling?

    It is sales that are the final arbiter. I am 99% a live news shooter so I do not expect lots of zooms. With millions of photos on Alamy and, it would appear, a frequently changing algorithm, it is almost impossible to separate the noise (randomness in some people’s definition) and signal to carry out meaningful analysis. Alamy is right, keep taking quality pictures that the customer wants, and accurately keyword. There is no secret.
  12. Live News images disappearing

    Sally, I have the same. Sometimes, at the weekend they just take a bit longer
  13. The Pros and Cons of Culling Our Collections

    For me the issue is trying to think what the customer may want or like; this is often very different from what I like. I have often sold pictures that I do not like, but clearly someone does. It is the same when out shooting. I will photograph something although I do not like it very much. Also when taking live news pictures I try to add a couple that will have a stock use/shelf life.
  14. State of News Photography Survey.

    https://www.worldpressphoto.org/sites/default/files/upload/the_state_of_news_photography_2018.pdf
  15. Charity work

    It is getting more and more difficult. On one hand thugs who don’t like me taking pictures and on the other hand the police who (normally politely) ask me to stop as I am aggravating the situation. I am covering an event tonight where there will be public disorder and I have advised the local police that I will be working the occasion. Last week covering the Brexit demos outside the House of Commons, one officer was hostile towards the media covering the event and “moved us on” for causing an obstruction. Most police are fine but some still views us on a spectrum of a nuisance to aggravating the situation and “the enemy” But I do worry about the thugs more.