Steve F

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  1. I did a free online course with Shaw Academy last time this offer came around through Alamy. It was for web design (I'd agreed to do a website for someone when I was temporarily unemployed). The course was great, I was very impressed. I ended up signing up for their monthly subscription where you pay a fixed fee and can do any courses you want. Not so good - I decided to quit the pay as you go arrangement after a while. The understanding was that I could just write to them to do cancel my monthly debit. Well, I didn't get a reply to my messages, I just started getting bombarded by marketing emails. There is no email address for Shaw Academy on their website and the phone number doesn't get answered - the only way to contact them is via filling out an online form. I talked to my bank to get the money back and cancel the direct debit. Money kept coming out - my bank said the only way I could stop it was by cancelling my credit card which I duly did. So in summary; great course, atrocious customer service. Of course, maybe I've just been the unlucky one......
  2. Hi Jeff, I don't know what they'd call this in the States. But we would use the term 'overpumping' in the UK. So something like: "Overpumping of riverwater (or groundwater?) through a ribbed metal outfall pipe as part of the temporary works to protect new foundations from undermining during the construction of xyz....."
  3. Releases guidance please

    Hey Starsphinx, yes, that would be my understanding and is the basis I work on, but I stand ready to be corrected! Steve
  4. Releases guidance please

    Hi Colblimp, You're correct, no you don't have to list as royalty free. I wrote that you can list as royalty free. "Stop giving..." what on earth are you talking about??!
  5. No views

    Hi Liz, Welcome! Nice pictures. It really is a numbers game at Alamy. You will probably need hundreds of pictures up before you make your first sale, as compared to microstock. But the prices Alamy gets are generally a lot lot better than microstock. Don't worry about views so much. You're more interested in zooms by Alamy's larger clients - you can find this on Alamy measures at the bottom of your dashboard. Note that zooms by clients often don't translate into sales, it just helps your ranking. And lots of pictures sell without being 'zoomed'. I think I made my first sale after 6 months. Note that sales often take 3 months to be reported. My sales have been going up quite well now I have almost 2000 pictures. Good luck. Steve
  6. Releases guidance please

    Hi, There's a lot of threads on the forum about this. But briefly: If you have any people or property in your image and you don't have a release, then when you fill out the optional information for your photos, they will automatically be assigned as rights managed. If you have no people or identifiable property in your picture, you can list it as royalty free. Some people say it makes a difference to sales which one you label your pictures as. However, Alamy seem to often be doing licenses that combine aspects of both. Some people tend to list all their images as rights managed. Property: is anything with a logo, or identifiable as belonging to a particular company, or a particular make of something, or someone's house that is recognisable. Even a part of someone's hand in a photo that cannot identify the person counts as people being in the image under Alamy rules. Long story short, you can upload your pictures without releases, including crowds in the street or buildings, and they will automatically be listed as rights managed if you fill out the optional info. Steve
  7. Moving from Nikons to Sony A7III

    Hi, I've been using the A7iii for a couple of months now. I am very pleased with it. Very compact and unobtrusive. Silent shooting. I have the Sony F2.8 35mm (really small, great for street photography), Sony 90mm F2.8 macro and the Sony 24-105mm F4 as a general walkaround lens. The image quality is excellent with all of the lenses - I haven't noticed any of the image quality issues you mention above. Autofocus is very fast. Dual memory card slots. You don't need to get fast lenses (e.g. F1.8) with this camera either because the dynamic range and ISO quality of the sensor is so good. This can save a lot of weight and size with your lenses (although the lenses are often not too much smaller than DSLR lenses I have to admit). You get in-body stabilisation with the Sony and a lot of the lenses are also stabilised meaning it is great for handheld shooting. Some negatives - the screen doesn't flip out to the side or top to allow you to do selfie type shots or so you can see the screen from the front of the camera. Apparently the body is not too waterproof although the lenses are dust and weather sealed. I was shooting 4k video recently and the camera overheated and briefly switched off every 20mins to half an hour, although it was quite warm outside. Other than these things, I can highly recommend it. Nikon had just announced (and released?) two mirrorless cameras. One has specs similar to the A7iii although I haven't looked too much into it. I would assume they wouldn't have got everything right with their first generation mirrorless camera - Sony mirrorless are now 3rd generation. Also, the mirrorless lens selection for the Nikon is a lot smaller than for the Sony, although you could get an adapter for your existing lenses. I wouldn't want to use an adaptor though, it kind of defeats the purposes of going mirrorless for the compact size. I hope this helps. Stephen
  8. Portfolio updates

    Hi Chris, you could try emailing the Alamy team, but in principle, no. That's why the delete box asks if you're really sure Other images not appearing either means they're still in QC or you've added them for sale in the last 24 hours and Alamy hasn't updated its search engine yet. Steve p.s. or it could be Alamy having problems, there's an 'images not being added thread in 'ask the forum'
  9. Camera insurance with a twist - Brit in Europe

    Hi everyone, thanks for the useful replies. I will try and get quotes from UK companies. @wiskerke: good tip about making sure they let you make money from photography. Re. cost of equipment - I just got the new Sony A7iii. It's a full frame mirrorless with 2 memory card slots and £2000. So yes, significantly cheaper than full frame offerings from Nikon and Canon. Sony lenses do tend to be a bit more expensive though. It's a great camera; apparently a lot of people are switching over from the other brands and using their lenses with adapters. Indeed, Nikon and Canon have just announced that they're bringing out their own full frame mirrorless cameras. They're a number of years behind Sony in mirrorless terms though so I'm curious how they'll compare. @spacecadetRe. UK being a third country. I'm a Brit living in Austria married to an Austrian, I'm trying really hard not to think about Brexit!! And the possible complications about potentially moving back to the UK in the future....
  10. Camera insurance with a twist - Brit in Europe

    Thanks, I was pretty sure the UK would be considerably cheaper. Hmmmm... No I can't afford to replace it all and my wife would kill me!
  11. Hey everyone, I've just spent (what for me is) a small fortune on a new camera and lenses. I thought it would be prudent to insure them because I've, ahem, kind of thrown a camera across a football pitch in the past! And this is where the fun begins. I'm mostly living in Austria these days and insurance companies here just generally don't want to know. They're not really into speciality insurance - small market and all that. I did get one quote for €470 per year for an insured value of €6,000. Includes theft, accidental damage and replacement with the new cost, not used. It seems somewhat extortionate to me, but then I've never bought camera insurance before. I don't think I can use UK insurance companies because I'm not resident there. So.... Is this expensive? Is anyone in the same boat. How many people insure and how many risk it? Cheers, Steve
  12. First sale of the month, and in keeping with the Australian theme, also to an Australian newspaper. First time to I've sold to an Australian newspaper (or anything else to the Aussies come to that). Has Alamy just opened an office down under?! An American M41 Walker Bulldog at the Four-à-Chaux site of the Maginot Line at Lembach, Alsace
  13. Introduction Hello

    Hi Bear, Welcome! The Alamy database normally takes 24 hours to update so your photos should show as being on sale from tomorrow. Steve
  14. Lens is on order (still out of stock!) That's right, keep giving me positive confirmation once I've already ordered
  15. Thanks for the tip, it would be a cheaper setup. I do use sigma and tamron lenses with my current sony. I'm stacked about going full frame though and I'm going to try and stick to native glass so I don't worry about potential focus problems.