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  1. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/reflections-van-eyck-and-the-pre-raphaelites Oh, to make this event suggestion for NaughtyGoat loosely connected with the forum. I'm suggesting it for 'Keyword' and "Your lens will be 'fine' because someone from AFP might even get stuck in traffic - its all well and good having the best equipment, but its much better to be there" etc practice. I like Munch too. My favourites include Bosch, Holbein, Monet and Rembrandt.
  2. As I've mentioned before, in other forum posts, I try to keep things relevant. However, I mostly contribute to the live news feed, so I consider myself to be recording archiving stories, as well as photos (ok, not the whole story and by the time the photograph is in the archive, its just the image). Think about, for example, Theresa May. You can legitimately use the following to tag your images... Essential: Theresa May, Theresa May MP, Prime Minister Main: Politics, Politician, Government, Institution, MP, Member of Parliament Comprehensive: Party Politics, Conservative Party, Conservative and Unionist Party, Tory Party, Conservative, Conservative and Unionist Tory, Office of Prime Minister, UK Prime Minister, Prime Minister of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, Gulf Cooperation Council Summit 2016 I don't really bother with the location, unless its specific place like 'Downing Street'. The location will not only be obvious from the city/country location field, but the caption too: 'Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Leader of the Conservative Party and Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, speaks at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit on Wednesday Dec. 7th, 2016, Manama, Bahrain. <Secondary information about the summit if you feel like it/have space>. However, most editorial clients are either going to look for 'Theresa May' to attract attention, use as a visual aide or to break the text up. A politics textbook might show a picture of a 'Prime Minister' or 'Prime Minister of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland' (in this example, but its just as applicable to other countries and/or roles) with the caption of 'Theresa May, Prime Minister of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2016-Present/[year when she steps down]'. I get that you can tag in 'Former Home Secretary', but the time to tag her with 'Home Secretary' was when she was Home Secretary and I don't really going over the past and saying 'former this, former that' - think of things in the present. If its an official visit during a disaster/disaster recovery, you can add the disaster as a tag too since its an ever-changing/on-going story too (retrospective editorial articles/pieces might look for 'David Cameron' AND 'Storm Desmond' AND 'Official Visit' AND 'Victims' because the piece is about 'UK politics has changed since Storm Desmond' with the caption reading: 'The UK's first PM, former Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaking to the victims of Storm Desmond. The storm caused such a backlash of public opinion against an unelected elite running government that HRH Queen Elizabeth II introduced the Office of Prime Minister to make Government electorally accountable and responsive'. Its a bit of a silly example, granted, but its just a figurative example of how your photo of the UK's PM might be used. Tomorrow I'll be using... Essential: Preston Combined Court Main: Society, Law, Law and Order, Court, Combined Court The Preston Combined Court stands on Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016 in Preston, United Kingdom. Tina Rothery, who has been convicted for trespassing on Cuadrilla owned land, is appearing at Preston Combined Court to refuse payment of the fine which is the sentence for the conviction. Essential: Frack Free Lancashire, Tina Rothery Main: Society, Law, Law and Order, Court, Preston Combined Court, Economics, Economy, Industry, Business, Cuadrilla, Environment, Energy, Fossil Fuel, Oil and Gas, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking Tina Rothery, a member of the Frack Free Lancashire campaign, arrives at Preston Crown Court on Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016 in Preston, United Kingdom. Tina Rothery, who has been convicted for trespassing on Cuadrilla owned land, is appearing at Preston Combined Court to refuse payment of the fine which is the sentence for the conviction. Essential: Politics, Demonstration, Protest, Rally Main: Society, Law, Law and Order, Court, Preston Combined Court, Economics, Economy, Industry, Business, Cuadrilla, Environment, Energy, Fossil Fuel, Oil and Gas, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking, Frack Free Lancashire, Tina Rothery People participate in the 'I Am Tina Too' demonstration, in support of Tina Rothery, at Preston Combined Courts on Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016 in Preston, United Kingdom. Tina Rothery, who has been convicted for trespassing on Cuadrilla owned land, is appearing at Preston Combined Court to refuse payment of the fine which is the sentence for the conviction. If the following people turn up... Essential: Politics, Demonstration, Protest, Rally, Ali Abbas Main: Friends of the Earth Comprehensive: Society, Law, Law and Order, Court, Preston Combined Court, Economics, Economy, Industry, Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Business, Cuadrilla, Environment, Energy, Fossil Fuel, Oil and Gas, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking, Campaign Group, Frack Free Lancashire, Tina Rothery Ali Abbas, a member of the Friends of the Earth, participates in the 'I Am Tina Too' demonstration, in support of Tina Rothery, at Preston Combined Courts on Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016 in Preston, United Kingdom. Tina Rothery, who has been convicted for trespassing on Cuadrilla owned land, is appearing at Preston Combined Court to refuse payment of the fine which is the sentence for the conviction. Essential: Politics, Demonstration, Protest, Rally, Pete Abel Main: Friends of the Earth Comprehensive: Society, Law, Law and Order, Court, Preston Combined Court, Economics, Economy, Industry, Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Business, Cuadrilla, Environment, Energy, Fossil Fuel, Oil and Gas, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking, Campaign Group, Frack Free Lancashire, Tina Rothery Pete Abel, a member of the Friends of the Earth, participates in the 'I Am Tina Too' demonstration, in support of Tina Rothery, at Preston Combined Courts on Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016 in Preston, United Kingdom. Tina Rothery, who has been convicted for trespassing on Cuadrilla owned land, is appearing at Preston Combined Court to refuse payment of the fine which is the sentence for the conviction. Essential: Politics, Demonstration, Protest, Rally, Conor Dwyer Main: Friends of the Earth, Renewable Energy Alliance Comprehensive: Society, Law, Law and Order, Court, Preston Combined Court, Economics, Economy, Industry, Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Business, Cuadrilla, Environment, Energy, Fossil Fuel, Oil and Gas, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking, Campaign Group, Frack Free Lancashire, Tina Rothery Conor Dwyer, who works with Friends of the Earth and the Renewable Energy Alliance, participates in the 'I Am Tina Too' demonstration, in support of Tina Rothery, at Preston Combined Courts on Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016 in Preston, United Kingdom. Tina Rothery, who has been convicted for trespassing on Cuadrilla owned land, is appearing at Preston Combined Court to refuse payment of the fine which is the sentence for the conviction. Essential: Politics, Demonstration, Protest, Rally, Martin Porter Main: Greenpeace Comprehensive: Society, Law, Law and Order, Court, Preston Combined Court, Economics, Economy, Industry, Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Business, Cuadrilla, Environment, Energy, Fossil Fuel, Oil and Gas, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking, Campaign Group, Frack Free Lancashire, Tina Rothery Martin Porter, a volunteer with Greenpeace, participates in the 'I Am Tina Too' demonstration, in support of Tina Rothery, at Preston Combined Courts on Friday, Dec. 9th, 2016 in Preston, United Kingdom. Tina Rothery, who has been convicted for trespassing on Cuadrilla owned land, is appearing at Preston Combined Court to refuse payment of the fine which is the sentence for the conviction. The people looking for picture are looking for something and they're not stupid. If tonnes of irrelevant images that they have to wade through to find the one image they want, they're not going to come back to Alamy. I've not character checked, but that can be done whilst not/taking this advice and the tags can be easily changed.
  3. Hey folks, Thanks for this. First of all, I'm now shooting raw. It means less frames, but hopefully I'll be better for it. Secondly, to those who asked about what I was asking... Its more that I was looking for tips and pointers. I'm not very good at explaining things as I usually get muddled up in knots, especially when its asking about something I'm unsure about and don't fully understand. I like to be very precise. In a way, I suppose that I was looking for reassurance. Thanks for the tips and the grey card is something I can definitely get. As regards a calibrated monitor that's something for the future, but thanks for the suggestion. I check my photographs on camera first, but put them in lightroom and make my final decision there. I did chimp my test photos and noticed on Saturday that there was a slight yellow tinge on one (5260K) and a very slight blue feel when I set Kelvins to 5880K. I eventually decided on 5560K. However, on Black Friday I was mostly photographing using 5880K - being in the shadow a lot of the day, I went for the compromise between what I go for on a summer's day and what is said to be correct for an overcast day. It felt right, but I didn't have complete confidence that I was right. 3130 is what I've used for stage lighting during a politician's speech and an author's 'in conversation' event. Again, its something that felt right, but I didn't have complete confidence that I was right (as I gain experience I say to myself: 'This light is like that light from the other event when I photographed @ xK and the photos turned out ok'). I just wanted to know if more experienced/better photographers or people with more knowledge than I had any knowledge to share as its the consistency I'm looking for. At times, I've seen Light Temperature/White 'Balance' as a compensation or correction. Thanks for those who have given advice.
  4. Huh? Newbie Twat me was asking the forum 'which lens should I get' - for my un-interchangable lens camera.... So I'm getting some filters instead now. I wanted my camera to zoom in further, without losing the quality. Am otherwise very happy with the rx100. I had accidentally bought a Nex 6 without the right (kit) lens first. Rather liked it though. Will probably try to get one for my next camera. I am not worried about having a small budget or buying second hand. My £200.00 second hand rx100 is good enough for (the strict) Alamy. I agree it's the skills of the photographer that matter more. Though there must be a good few things expensive equiptment can enable you to do. We'll have to make some money from photography! There are so many things I haven't got around to photgraphing yet. Like you say, you could spend months in just your own area. I also have no interest in photographing things that don't interest me. For people that like it, it's probably a never ending process, so definitely should be enjoyable. I haven't done much research on architecture yet. Just like the look of buildings and am judging each scene individually. You like my goat! I adore the pre-raphaelites firstly. Dante Gabrielle Rossetti is my all time favourite. Also love Klimt, Munch, Mcintosh, etc, etc. I can sit looking at paintings for hours. Great to hear your opinions. Vickie. I didn't realise that camera was a bridge camera. That probably makes me sound at least a little bit silly.
  5. I didn't realise that light temperature changed with the lenses, but thanks for letting me know about that.
  6. Hi, How are you doing? I've started using Kelvins (the K setting on Nikon) for photographing. This is partly to force myself to think as much as photograph, so I ask myself about how to photograph, so I ask questions of myself and my ability rather than just splurge until something sticks in order that I become a better photo/videographer and reporter. Its also to do with my slight snobbery of not using the default settings. I originally used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_temperature#Categorizing_different_lighting. Whilst I found it useful for an initial guide its too general. What advice or reputable guides do you have or would you recommend? I know there is no 'right' or 'wrong' in an absolute sense and sometimes, like on Saturday, I can sort of work it out. However, I am still unsure in situations, like shadow. Its more a general guide that I can use, rather than all the science involved, that I'm after (I don't mind some science as that can be of help and allow me think for myself in situations where its not obvious). I've also photographed in situations where its not an obvious light source (the lightbulb in an art isn't mentioned, so I've just gone for what 'looks right'). Thanks in advance.
  7. Matt Dunham of Associated Press (who probably give their photographers the best of the best equipment) has talked about having to photograph William and Kate Windsor with a 800mm lens on hot day. He said that he was worried about heat haze and the worry of missing their 'first' kiss as a married couple (on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, echoing Prince Charles and Diana). The best lens to buy, is the best lens you can afford to buy for the camera you use. I bought a D610 with the lens which came with it. The D750 wasn't much more and had other things like wi-fi connectivity, but didn't have the lens. Picassa then decided to put a white line on the right-hand side of all my RAW files (I had to crop all my images, so it was a time consuming exercise), so until I could afford lightroom, I used jpegs instead. What element of architectural photography are you interested in? If its the design, then I would say a lens which allows you focus in on that - probably a telephoto lens. However, there are other aspects to a buildings. For example, how does the building interact with neighbouring buildings? How does the building interact with the wider (usually city) landscape? For these you'll probably need wide angle lenses (I've heard it said that 24mm is the 'trade' lens width for architectural photography). A zoom lens will probably have this all covered. How does the building change over time (day/night, the seasons, in different weather conditions etc)? What about the inside structure of building? This is probably even more important when you're photographing subjects like architecture and wildlife, when at some point, you'll have to travel to the subject and be in all sorts of weather conditions. I started out with a Nikon D40 photographing trains and gigs (and the very occasional protest) largely for myself. I now mostly photograph politics and economics (occasionally social topics too), so most of my equipment is geared towards travel, reading/watching news on a regular basis. All of these topics can involve buildings - even more generally, in the UK there is the Palace of Westminster, protests about housing can include a picture of a house from the area to provide context. All countries have government offices and parliament buildings, even if they aren't democracies. I had two photographs used on The Guardian's 'Wildlife Photos of the Week'. The equipment I used was a Nikon D3 and 50mm D lens. One was from my back garden, one was from no more than about 5 mins walking distance. My most commercially successful interest in those topics is the economics of climate change. I've photographed Baron Stern, Nigels Farage and Lawson (in different contexts, but still, they deny climate change), demonstrations, stock imagery of power stations, petrol stations, pylons/power lines, local environmental studies (like my local Heaton Mersey Common) or beaches in the North-West of England, I've even photographed artistic expressions of the environment/climate change. Some of the photos have been published. You don't need to be the best, or even have the best equipment. Its better to adapt to what you have. I don't really like photographing demonstrations just because of my anxiety. I'd like to do more about the finance (and business) of new environmentally/climate change concious (energy) firms. There's Sara Bell's Tempest Energy, there's Howard Johns' Solar panel business and many more besides. Its an intellectual curiosity as much as anything. It would also be good to photograph other activists, less well known than Russell Brand, Anne Power or Vivienne Westwood, like Asad Rehman - he might be appointed to the head of FotE which might be news worthy for the more specialist publications, like Carbon Brief. He might run for political office (the whole '#BreakingNews: The Green Party are elected to government and Asad Rehman becomes the first BME Prime Minister' or The Guardian does what they usually do when this sort of thing happens 'Asad Rehman, the UK's first BME PM - A life in pictures'), to illustrate an article about FotE and to illustrate the obituary of a person who is interesting in their own right. Its why I photographed Deyika Nzeribe, just in the unlikely event he is elected GM Mayor - okay, the night of the election is probably the most likely to be used, but action leads to hope (with that and other photos, I might be able to get accreditation because it looks like I'm interested in the photographic opportunity and have a chance of photograph being used). I envisage a time when I'll be spending more money on plane tickets and such than on equipment. Its the same for all equipment. Its all well and good being recommended the best (usually by the companies), but if you can't create photographs with it, what's the point of having it? Also, a lens' capability is sometimes offset by the camera's ability to interpret what's there (so the better Nikon lenses will be best used with the better Nikon cameras). I'm not sure what level of photographer I am, but if I had a Nikon D5, I would also want the best lenses for it (okay, there's the weather sealing, the body style and weight that come with it), but until I have the money to buy a (well, multiple) D5 or D810 (or just the best Nikon available at the time) with the best lenses, I'm quite happy to use 'keen amateur' cameras and lenses for photographing stories like the Rally for Aleppo - protests rarely change anything, but I actually learnt something at the event so it was good just to be there. I also contribute more news than stock, so again, I'm coming at it from a 'what does the picture say' angle, rather than worrying too much about the technical elements (to some extent, some of the technical elements are beyond my control, but its always good to have an understanding of how to overcome this). I've used a D3 (with 50mm D lens). I loved that combination. If I do get some equipment, it will probably be a passport and fashgun. However, I am trying my best to understand light temperature/white balance. I get that stock has more technical needs, but they're not so different (its just a photograph's technicality is prioritised over the photograph's moment). I bought a camera to record and archive. Some of the most important/interesting photographs of European history have been recorded on cameras nowhere near as good (in terms of functionality) than even my first DSLR. A member of the Glasgow University Photo Society said. I left when the talk was about (photographic) resolution, rather than revolution and contributed to the University newspaper (rising as high as photo editor). It was partly because of the photography I had done, other work rather than meticulously checked every photograph, at 100% for the tiniest of defects (and it was only a University publication). All of this is to say that there are no hard rules when it comes to which topics to photograph, no hard rules about where to photograph topics and no hard rules about how and, with what to use to photograph a topic. Its better to just buy the best you can afford. Sorry if this is of no help, but I've said it like this to say (hopefully politely, if not clearly or kindly) there is no point worrying about the equipment. Good picture you're using for your profile btw - 'The Scapegoat' is one of my favourites and is displayed at the Manchester Art Gallery (if you're interested).
  8. I think in terms of 'what' to keyword, its probably better to give a practical example from an anti-fracking rally I photographed. For Bianca Jagger, I used the following for Essential Protest, Demonstration, Rally, Bianca Jagger Main Politics, Chair, Founder, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador, Council of Europe of Goodwill Ambassador, Amnesty International, Amnesty International (USA) Comprehensive Environment, Energy, Alternative Energy, Gas, Economics, Economy, Natural Gas, Fossil Fuel, Fuel, Economics, Economy, Industry, Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Society, Law, Human Right's, Council of Europe I just entered them like 'Economics, Economy, Industry, Environment, Energy, Alternative Energy, Gas, Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Society, Law, Human Right's, Bianca Jagger Human Right's Foundation, Bianca Jagger' in Lightroom, but changed them on the Alamy system (I also do this because the process doesn't separate multi-word and one-word tags, so I reorganise the tags with commas). All of the general protest photos were tagged: Essential Politics, Protest, Demonstration, Rally Main Environment, Energy, Alternative Energy, Gas, Economics, Economy, Natural Gas, Fossil Fuel, Fuel, Economics, Economy, Industry, Shale Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking You can pretty much break every single cation in to the following general rule (different agencies will have slight variations, but the general principle is basically the same): (Name of expected person to be attending), (positions held by the person/why the person matters), (action of subject) in (Location, State/Country of the action) on (Date of the action). Bianca Jagger, environmental campaigner, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Council of Europe of Goodwill Ambassador and Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International (USA), attends a protest against hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking', on November 12, 2016 in Manchester, England. People demonstrate against hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking', on November 12, 2016 in Manchester, England. This is all pre-prepared in a notepad file (at least) the day before an event. Its actually quicker, having made the preparation, for me to cut/copy and paste a list of tags than it is to select from the list of suggested tags I've used before. Sometimes, I borrow from previously photographed events too. For example, if I have photographed an MP speaking, then I can use the general tags for someone else and their specific tags if its the same person, but at a different event. I've photographed events where someone has cancelled and its been someone else, but its a simple case of name replacement. Besides, that is the exception rather than the rule. Its harder to pre-prepare for breaking news (obviously). Perhaps that's when you can use Lightroom's keyword suggestion tool. However, this is due to me contributing more to the Live News Feed, so I like people to click in and not only 'see' what is happening, but be informed too since events rarely happen in a vacuum. Also, do bare in mind, that I am someone who likes to archive and look at the connections between genres or topics. I suspect that some people are more at the stock end of the market and so probably will have a different set of tagging and captioning priorities.
  9. Just wondering when its right to edit/not edit? When do people edit? Is it to draw out a particular effect? To improve an element of the image (exposure, clarity, reduce the shadows, increase the contrast in isolation)? I only ask due to my inexperience with editing software. Its been partly due to my purist perspective of 'get it right on camera' as well as always being desperate to upload post-haste.
  10. Ace! A similar situation to me... https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/05/mental-health-services-young-people-nikki-mattocks(I used the 'self-timer'). #Selfie!
  11. Reuters usually put restrictions on images, like: "Editorial use only. Not to be used in political campaigns." Take the image used on Nigel Farage's "Breaking Point" (http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/20/sayeeda-warsi-quits-leave-campaign-over-hateful-xenophobic-tactics) campaign poster. Its from Getty Images, apparently. Getty complained about the use of the image being used on that poster. Using a Reuters-style restriction stops that happening in the first place. I know one photographer who puts a "This image is not to be distributed or syndicated" restriction on images. Personally, I'm of the "If you don't want it distributed or syndicated, don't upload it" school (old-fashioned, I know). Still, there are sensitivities which is why you can put a Reuters or a "Not to be edited" (like 'do not crop' 'not to be altered' (replacing a 4 with a 5, for argument's sake) or 'do not add cartoon impressions' (devil horns or angel wings etc)) type restriction. Its one way to make sure the image is used with responsibility or that you have the image used in line with your personal values. If, say, a publication used one of my images to illustrate bare-faced lies about someone/something/an organisation I've photographed then I would put a restriction in the box which would hopefully stop that same publication from using that, or another, photograph of mine. However, in all likelihood, a publication like that would probably ignore the restriction. Basically, what I'm trying to say, is that the restriction is up to you and can be about anything you'd like it to be. I'm just not sure about the restriction's legal force. However, the restriction box gives you that option of, like I say, making sure you have sales in line with your values. You can make sure a publication/organisation/campaign will not be associated with using your work. I would say this, though, that if you're worried about the potential fall out of an image, its best to play it safe and not upload in the first place as images can also be shared on social media. They can be used to denigrate someone, with them having to be written about. How people use my images is not really something that worries me. My defence is "I was honest about who I am, what I'm doing, who for and, more to the point, I wasn't involved with the article or share you disagree with." I take the view that photo agencies record, newspapers edit. As Matt Limb said, its probably an exclusivity deal thing.
  12. Sorry, Ed, I didn't realise you were telling me what I should and should not be uploading. What should I be uploading? One common problem for people autism is that, regardless of someone's tone, communication is taken on a literal level. Since we're covering different topics, on different sides of the Atlantic and all the differences that entails (this is not that, rather than better or worse) I figured: Probably sensible advice from someone who might have an agenda, but the sentiment is echoed by other people so its not totally wide of the mark. No-one else has said "Ignore Ed" or someone from the upper echelons of Alamy has said: "Hey! Ed, leave that kid alone." Even if there is an agenda, how does your success exclude my own? I just decided that, given the time I have, why wait? If I'm going to delete something, it might as well be now. I've been looking for things to photograph and I thought: "Do it - its not the end of the world if Alamy care or don't want me doing this, they'd raise it as an issue. Afterall, I've only an MEP, Labour Party members and activists. If it were David Cameron then maybe I'd have more of problem of doing it. Better to make a mistake by doing too much, than too little. At least now I can learn than think 'What could have been'." I want to challenge myself. Sometimes its easier for me to communicate through email, forum and instant messaging services than face to face. Its that which makes me feel more lonely when I'm out than when I'm home. Its something my few friends understand. I remember Alamy saying that sales are made by me having something unique that they want... The law of supply and demand says I have to provide what they want at a price they are willing and able to pay. I know about HCB's decisive moment, but I was humorously speculating about what he might say about my frame selection. I've often deliberately misquoted him when other photographers have said "I'm not sure about..." Just because I have health problems, doesn't mean I don't have a sense of humour or a personality. I put a lot of pressure on myself to upload promptly, to upload before midnight and certainly before the 24hr deadline (for live news). I just worry that if I let a couple slip through the initial net, then edit after, then I have more chance of nailing the deadline. When I saw the live news feed with x images, even I thought: "Maybe that was a little excessive..." You're right about anticipating the 'decisive moment' and, again, its something I need to work on. I chimp and have missed *so* many photos as a result. Its something that I'm not doing as often as I learn more about the technical side of things, then I'm becoming more confident in what I produce. However, colour/light/white balance is something else I want to learn about. People have also said that I have a good eye for stock photography. That's do with my photos being boring, generic, not very newsworthy and unoriginal. That's partly to do with me wanting my photos to be perfect, its partly to do with worries about someone else might think of my work. I just do what I can. Whenever I contribute to a new place, I start off at the bottom. Some of what I said in my introduction is true, but I didn't fully open up because I thought it would be too heavy. The reason I've deleted accounts on social media and photography websites etc is because I can't deal with the feeling of failing. I'm genuinely frightened of failing and having to explain that failure. Its an insecurity. For me, something is a failure, or its a success. Its not "You did well, but could have done better" or "You did really well there and its not your fault for having commercial success." Something is my fault because I did it. It is just pass or fail and I have higher standards than just "Yeah, cool photo." Its not only about Alamy accepting my contributions, but about people accepting what I do. If and when I feel I've failed, my reaction is to 'burn' any connection to that failure. Failure, its like a permanent stain on me, on my character and something which will only be used against me in the future. Its also logical that if I fail on situation A I will fail in situation B. With autism there is a binary way of thinking. "This OR that", not "A little of this, a little of that." Its true that there is no all or nothing, but the logic, the binary thinking is something which goes on intellectually in my head. I have obsessional phases about certain topics I cover. At the moment its culture, next week it might be politics, a month or two later it might be the environment or business. Its not your problem, or my fault. I don't expect you understand because its difficult for me to explain. However, the problem is real. It was last month I realised that diversity matters (I've long thought diversity as something which is 'good', well meaning and fair, but in practical terms, meant very little). Openness and diversity leads to new ideas, new ways of solving problems. Also, diversity shows "You can make it too" - its not "You will make it", but that "You can make it." Nor is it to be used as a "We're better than you" and then "Oh no, you're not" "Oh yes we are" like it was some big pantomime. Like Matthew Taylor said: "Action leads to hope." As people who have supervised my work before: "The more you do, the more you make." I would have had to move on from NurPhoto eventually, so now that I want to do something different, I thought "Now or never." I'm not going to explain this, as again, I feel people might use it against me. In order to work at things, do what I can. The situation at NurPhoto was dragging both me and them down, so I figured to move on. I learnt early in my life that if I have the problem, then maybe I should go rather than make another victim. I can make this a fresh start that can lead anywhere - on up the Alamy ladder or to a higher status photo agency. I could have gone to Andalou or somewhere else, but as I mentioned, I chose Alamy. I also felt guilty about leaving before, even if I might have needed to. I feel guilty about leaving NurPhoto, but again, in order to grow or progress, in order that I don't stagnate, in order that I don't go backwards, I might need to. How do I grow or progress without trying something new, something different or exposing myself to the risk of failure? However, if my work isn't wanted or needed, Alamy can reject it, then I can find somewhere else. I just would rather be told by someone in the hierarchy. To be perfectly honest I was subtly saying: "I know what you're saying, I've seen the same from Joseph. I'm learning about photography, I'm learning to be more confident in myself, in my own work. I might be mentally ill, autistic, but I'm not stupid or ignorant." Extra pressure is something I don't need, or want.
  13. Thanks Ed. Don't worry about it, I know I should cut down on the number of images I submit initially (others have said the same). I've started cutting some of the photos, so there should be less in the searches when the system is uploaded - I've also been editing previous submissions that haven't gone in to stock archive as of yet. As I say, I've relied too much in the past on there being an editor who will help me make decisions about which jpegs to archive and which to bin. Sometimes I get attached to a particular photo and I'm like "I don't want to get rid of that" which is a sentiment that spills on to the previous/next photograph. I also try to judge each photo on its own merits, the person in the frame and what else there is. However, from http://tinyurl.com/j6kxawc I see what you mean. Its accepted and appreciated advice. I hope to be putting your advice (and Joseph's) in to good effect tomorrow. I'll be photographing Justin Cronin as well as doing a pre-EU referendum story (on Thursday, I'll be reporting the *actual* story). I still have no idea what to photograph - I'll just see what is available and what I can do. I'm still learning.
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