• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

25 Forum reputation = neutral

About IanDavidson

  • Rank
    Forum newbie


  • Alamy URL
  • Images
  • Joined Alamy
    10 Nov 2015

Recent Profile Visitors

1,227 profile views
  1. Royal Wedding - worth the hassle?

    I sometimes break stories before the local media; Twitter is a good source of breaking news, i.e "why is the police helicopter hovering over my house" . I have also trained my wife and children to let me know if they see a news story. My son recently spotted an illegal traveller encampment being set up and gave me a ring...... The local paper has only one contract photographer and a lot of local stories do not get any cover - for example at the local elections there was no local coverage of the count. A pity, a good local newspaper is essential for asking questions of those in poower.
  2. Royal Wedding - worth the hassle?

    Most of my work is news based, but for the reasons outlined above I am giving the royal wedding a miss. There will be hundreds of photographers trying to get shots so the chance of sales are small while the costs of getting to and staying in Windsor are going to far outweigh any potential sales. i have heard some ridiculous sums of money being mentioned for press pen, vantage points etc. As noted, some of the pros I know are having to be in position the night before and sit all night in the hope of a possible shot.... Yes, some pictures will sell and sell well, but they will tend to be the regular royal photographers who will have the best vantage points and a detailed itinerary and guest list (with mugshots). I agree there may be some scope for preparation and novelty shots - but again every photographer and his/her dog will be going for those. Having said the above as one photographer said to me there is the simple thrill of just being there - and that I can understand....
  3. accreditation for event

    I have a little sympathy with the OP. I remember when I was offered a staff photographer job with a news agency and turned it down (a fair choice give they. Made most of their photographers redundant shortly therefater) to freelance for them. I “expected” notification of events accreditation etc. I found out the hard way of the slog to get a national press card and even harder slog to find out about events let alone get accreditation. I still send off emails to event organisers ranging from “The Army in London” to fashion pr’s and never get a reply. Although I was “chuffed” recently when I applied to a music festival, offering to get an assignment letter only to get a very nice email from the promoter saying “no need for a letter, I know your published work well and you would be most welcome” together with the requested press pass. But, it has taken a few years to get there....
  4. Contributors playing the Live News system?

    This issue has got me thinking. Most of my work is live news. Normally I select and edit a small group of images and upload them. Yesterday I covered the Story about the lady who had compensation and an apology from the PM for rendition In hindsight I would have been better submitting one or two images quickly followed by the rest a few minutes later. I will give that a try next time. My other “problem” with live news related to speed of turnaround is often when I later review my images I realise I could have selected better images. But I guess that will come with experience...
  5. Favourite images uploaded - May 2018

    Fatima Boudcher who won an apology and compensation from the UK Government for her rendition; I was in the right place at the right time for this
  6. Amber Rudd resigns

    Amber Rudd resigns As Home Secretary. My picture from her last Brexit cabinet meeting on Thursday
  7. Ranking, views, zooms

    Kelv, Betty is spot on. This forum is full of great advice like hers. I have just under 5,000 images but my zooms and sales are low because I shoot 85% hard news for Alamy Live News so have a very specific buyer sub set compared with stock - but I can earn good money from a photo that is used. I am not a brilliant technical photographer like many here ( I will keep learning!) but news photography requires a slightly different approach. The advice that I have picked up as per Betty is quality, quantity and variety. A common question is "what sells" and the answer is almost everything! I am sometimes amazed at photos I sell. One key, as Betty has indicated, is to think about what the buyers might want rather than what you like. There appears to be two types of shooter in stock on here. One is the fireman approach, Shooting a lot of photos across a wide range. The other, just as successful, is the sniper who shoots a much smaller number and whose portfolio is in the low thousands, but they are very selective, prune out their portfolios frequently and are very focussed. Keyword and captioning are also key. I spend more time keywording and captioning then re keywording and captioning than I do taking photos - although in my case this is because hard news photos change context over time so have to be re keyworded. Zooms and sales, unless you are in the top 20% of contributors who get 80% of sales can be very erratic, - feast and famine so do not become disheartened by long periods of drought. The other thing that I have found useful is to look at the portfolio of those who are successful (and if you follow these forums it became obvious - togs like Reg Snapper). This is not to copy them but to look at quality and viewpoint from those who have worked out what the buyers want and how to supply them. I also look closely at their key words and captions so I can improve on my approach. I find all this a fascinating learning journey . Good luck....
  8. Taking shots of a BBC film production.

    Sorry to make several contributions on this topic - but it is one I am frequently involved in. I take news photos in Trafalgar Square occasionally and in Parliament Square at least weekly. The powers to stop this are in statute but I have not seen them used. The Royal Parks are a bit different. I have taken news photos in Royal Parks but I am aware that some photographers have been stopped by Parks Police. An interesting area is the rear of Downing Street which is technically in a Royal Park and some of my Downing Street photographer colleagues have been stopped taking photos and some have got the very expensive Royal Parks Photographic permit to allow them to do this.
  9. Taking shots of a BBC film production.

    In terms of the police the College of Policing includes this in their guidance: Reporting from a scene Reporting or filming from the scene of an incident is part of the media’s role and they should not be prevented from doing so from a public place. Police have no power or moral responsibility to stop the filming or photographing of incidents or police personnel. It is for the media to determine what is published or broadcast, not the police. Once an image has been recorded, the police have no power to seize equipment, or delete or confiscate images or footage without a court order. Where police have designated a cordoned area, the media must respect it in the same way as the public, unless a media facility within a cordoned area has been authorised by police. The best possible vantage point for media should be considered, providing it does not compromise operational needs. I have only once been threatened under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for taking photographs (of David Cameron) and that was years ago. I made a complaint and got a sort of apology from a senior officer ("I would not have dealt with the situation in the way the officer did had I been at that scene")
  10. New contract clause 4.11.

    So I am photographing a football game, take a picture of a goal and cannot name the person scoring.....
  11. Taking shots of a BBC film production.

    I have found problems with photographing TV filming. On one occasion a few months ago they sent a runner to stand in front of me so I could not get shots and it became a rather amusing cat and mouse game as to who could move faster......
  12. Images Sold in March (Max. 1 per day

    My photo in The Daily Telegraph online edition
  13. Have you found any Alamy images in March 2018?

    My photo in The Dail Telegraph online edition
  14. Good taste and photojournlism

    I had another interesting ethics question last night. A serious road traffic accident caused the closure of a major road. Sadly, it turned out this morning that a pedestrian was killed and a driver has been arrested for causing death by dangerous driving. In the end I decided not to send the photos to Live News - but not on an ethics ground but simply because they are unlikely to sell. But, should I have taken the photos in the first place? I was given a hard time by a police officer who clearly disproved of me being there. He even told me I should not publish the photos until a statement had been issued by the police. - Which is of course not true. I take the view that if the photographs are in the public interest they should be taken, with appropriate restraint. The same issues arose over pictures of the Grenfell Tower. i guess it is really up to each photographer and the particular situation.
  15. New GDPR legislation

    I doubt if you would get a lawyer to comment at this stage on the impact on photography. It will take a number of legal cases before the interpretation of the GDPR in relation to photography becomes clear. Currently journalists and news photographers have a specific exemption under the Data Protection Act (Section 32 of the top of my head) from DP provisions. This specific exemption is not contained within the GDPR – but it is likely to have application until the UK Government publishes specific enabling legislation – which is unlikely anytime soon given Brexit. It should not be forgotten that freedom of the press in enshrined in the Human Rights regulations and in most recent court cases there has been a careful balancing of the rights of the individual against the rights of freedom of the press. The issue of stock photography is a different issue and I would expect this to be an even more difficult area. This is particularly the case for the photography of children where it appears that the regulations say that children under 16 (or perhaps 13) cannot give consent to having their photography taken. On a similar theme, implied consent, may, in some photographic situations, not be enough. Interesting times. Having said the above I am aware of only a very small number of cases where photographs and photography have had specific issues over data protection. Of course the caveat with this statement is the subject of super injections where we do not know if photography/photographers have been subject to injections as revealing the existence of these injections is contempt of court. A few years ago I was served with an order under an Act of Parliament and it was a criminal act to reveal that I have been served with that order. I see the GDPR photographic issues as a fairly low probability– although perhaps with a high impact…. In fairness the judicial system, at least in the UK, has been good in keeping a balance between legitimate journalism and individual rights.