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About IanDavidson

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  1. Iain, I think you are correct. The announcements appears to be moving Alamy into a key position as a specialist editorial stock agency. What I am unclear about is where that leaves Alamy news shooters? I have no idea....
  2. This should drive more customers to Alamy but also means more competition, particularly for news shooters.
  3. Tweet from Alamy Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, has joined our library so you can tap into the latest and greatest imagery across news, politics, entertainment and sports. Keep your content fresh with Reuters iconic imagery Live news anyone?
  4. Thank you, that is a good idea. I have been thinking of a D850 for a while. I dropped the idea of the D6 as there is insufficient difference from the D5 to warrant the purchase. I did see a You Tube video of the D6 with the new lens and the results were stunning, so if I ever win the lottery (and more than the £1.50 I won last week).....
  5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR Telephoto Zoom Lens Product Code: 3240450K Approximately £9,500 I would have purchased this had I not had some doubts about the long term future of Live News.
  6. 4Country: United KingdomUsage: EditorialMedia: Newspaper - nationalPrint run: up to 750,000Placement: Inside and onlineImage Size: 1/4 pageStart: 04 June 2020End: 05 June 2020Any placement in paper and online. One use in a single editorial article used within the print and digital versions of a single publication. Digital usage includes archive rights for the lifetime of the article $$$ Not quite sure why I got a red arrow for this... No matter
  7. This week I shot some images in a couple of gyms as they prepared to open. When I checked today I found dozens if not hundreds of PA Images on Alamy, on the same subject. It looks like I have some new, inevitable, competition on Alamy.
  8. I also use Google search like this "ian davidson alamy" -alamy.com -shutterstock.com -picfair.com -flickr.com This removes most unrelated photos. To be honest you will not find many. I am published almost daily in newspapers and newspaper websites (on average 4 times per week) I am lucky if I find 10% of my usage. The other approach that can work is to either Tin Eye or Google image search is to check all photos that are zoomed. Just be happy with your sales.....
  9. You may find that photo mechanic is the solution. Although designed for news and sports photographers, for you the opening, ranking and culling is Super fast. , You can download a trial version. It is not totally intuitive but it does not take long to learn and integrates fine with editing tools. It increased my workflow bu over 50%.
  10. I find it very hard to believe a 14% weekly increase in customers. That would equate to an enormous number of buyers. One wonders how they measure this and. Strongly suspect an arithmetic error. I could just about believe 1.4%. In addition, What percentage have they “lost” - the “churn” rate. Don’t get me wrong I strongly like Alamy and am grateful to them for the sales but I just find the concept of 14% without a similar churn to be difficult.
  11. Ed, unusually I disagree with you. One of the several things I like about Alamy is that news pictures drop into stock. This week, one of my old Brentwood FC pictures was purchased for a book published in Greece (Go figure). I do get my news pictures, which are more than 90% of my work zoomed frequently. My zooms have remained steady, mostly due to my Dominic Cummings pictures but my searches have dropped by more than 50% recently.
  12. Thanks, I did not know that, although all the UK support is appears to be undertaken via IBM The kit is, until this (apparently well known) fault good, it’s the service is crap. When you pay nearly £2,000 plus extended warranty I have the old fashioned belief that Lenovo should sort the problem. But I guess that is me being old and cranky
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