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About IanDavidson

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  1. 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.....
  2. 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%.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. How do you edit? I find the phone screen far too small...
  7. An update on my laptop. Back today but in order to get it to work I have to reinstall Windows 10.... Why they did not do that is beyond me. Exceptionally poor customer service after nearly two weeks to repair. The Thinkpad X1 Carbon 6 gen is an outstanding laptop that could almost have been build for photojournalism but sadly their support, which is expensive, is appealing poor. Avoid like the plague or Covid 19 if you prefer..., Lenovo is part of IBM, you would think they would know better!
  8. Thanks for this. I have an IPad Pro so this may be an excellent backup solution. I do hate to think of the cost of an iPad XQD card reader though. Having thought about it for 2 seconds I could find a way to link to the camera.
  9. My experience with PA photographers is that they file direct from the camera using voice captions, to a picture desk in, I think, Poland. Thus I can understand the lack of keywords.
  10. Without wanting to go off (my own) topic. I often find that having filed “from the field” I reviews the images and think “I should have send that one instead”....
  11. Philip thanks for your response. I will have a think about this solution. It did bring it home to be how much faster a modern high spec machine is. On the old laptop it took nearly two hours to edit and file two stories rather than about 15 minutes on the high spec machine. That is why I gave up on the other stories.
  12. I don’t think there is a good answer to this however. As a news photographer I have a high spec lightweight laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad X1 6th Gen). This allows me to file within the hour window from the field. Sadly it stopped working two weeks ago. Fortunately I had purchased an extended warranty. But, due to covid they would not come and repair on site and I had to send it off. Overall I have lost two weeks work at a key time in UK politics. I did have the old laptop as a backup. But, it is big and painfully slow. Yesterday I did five covid related stories, but the laptop was so slow I ended up only filing two. And, the old laptop has stopped working. Getting to the point, how do others have a contingency in these situations? I don’t think I can afford a second high spec laptop just as a spare. The other minor niggle is that they had to reinstall the SSD so I have lost everything. I had backed up the photos but it is going to take a lot of work to reinstall Lightroom and, more importantly set up photo mechanic with all the templates, code replacement lists etc that I had set up over the last couple of years to speed up workflow. At least I have learned to take a copy of these for future failures....,
  13. I watched some of this. It may work in an American context but not so much in the UK. I have undertaken security training in the UK and the approach is different. I would also note that I have had no problems with the British police (I know some who have) who generally know the rules regarding the press. situational awareness get in take the shots and get out. Keep moving while being aware of crowd dynamics and hot spots. Know your exit routes and “safe” areas. Maintain a low profile with non-aggressive body language. Always have an exit plan. However, everyone will have their own views.
  14. The dangers in London are clear. I was at the BLM demo in Whitehall yesterday and got some photos of British police (the best in the world, Tom Robinson) taking the knee outside Downing Street (since published in the Telegraph). Fortunately I got out before the trouble started....
  15. Ian, that is not the fault of the photographers. There is nothing we can do to influence how our pictures are used. I had one of my pictures used in an article attacking a politician who is a friend of mine. Fortunately he saw the funny side. Like you I do find it funny when I am standing with my D5 and a 600mm lens and someone says “what are you doing” or “are you taking photographs”.
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