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  1. A 30 second Google search confirmed this: SPA= Sanus per Aquam translated as Health through Water. As a word spa could be derived from the Latin "spargere" to scatter, sprinkle or moisten" I frequently use the search engines for my keywording if I am unsure. HTH.
  2. I note that Glover & Howe are "underwritten" by the Sterling Insurance Group; any broker is only as good as the insurance company they represent luckily Sterling have a good record in the trade particularly in the settling of claims.
  3. I confess to having yo-yoed from despondency (e.g. when Alamy dropped the commission rate) to elation when an image sells for loads of £££££s; sometimes boredom or demotivation sets in when sales are lacklustre, in the end I guess everything else being equal sales can be periodic or not depending entirely on your mix of images; if indeed a collection largely consists of "scenic" or "touristy" shots then there are going to be times when buyers aren't looking for those pictures. In the end some of the best advice I have received in this forum is to try to have as much variety as possible in a collection with keywording as excellent as can be; after over 5 years in this business and towards 5000 images I feel that I am only beginning to get it something like nearly right. G'luck, Peter.
  4. The guidance on here for submitting your first four images has always been a conservative view: take your images in excellent light using the optimum aperture for your lens (some call it the "sweet spot" often around f/9) using a tripod and obtain technically excellent images which you then check over with a fine toothcomb for errors such as CA, sensor dust etc. After many submissions you get a feel for what QC may or may not fail and then you can become more adventurous but still staying with QC criteria. Peter
  5. Thanks for the link; absolutely hilarious critiques maybe from people who have been believing camera club judges far too much .....
  6. The mileage allowance is £0.45 per mile up to the first 10,000 business miles pa not £0.44. I am sure that Alamy contributors who hold down full time jobs with HMRC must be reading this thread with wide open eyes and great interest. Peter.
  7. I wonder that one of two of the posts have put you off? ..... pity! G'luck, Peter.
  8. If there is one thing that we photographers love to do is to vastly overcomplicate matters grrrrrrrr. "De minimis non curat lex" UK law does not concern itself with trifles and a few quid is not going to start a full blown HMRC investigation; so back to basics: tell HMRC what you are up to asap; do keep records in order that you can justify everything you may enter into your books be it income or expenses; if you have any doubt and can't yet justify the expense of an accountant ask the Revenue, they can be very informative; if you have a doubt and wonder if something can be claimed ask the Revenue! Do enrol on HMRC's self employment and self assessment courses; I found both very helpful; finally the word that came up time and time again when I attended my courses was "reasonable" I would also add "justifiable"; when I upload my 2012/13 self assessment very shortly to the Revenue if necessary I can justify every figure. I am NOT an accountant; my opinions are just the result of my experiences with the Revenue, loads and tons of research and a very useful long relationship with an accountant. G'luck, Peter.
  9. I wish you all and all at Alamy a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year. Thanks to all those who were a great help to others especially those who took the trouble to post published images. Peter.
  10. Undoubtedly everything else being equal your heirs will enjoy the income until your collection withers on the vine; all your images on HD(s) Ctrl A ..... "DELETE"
  11. I was contemplating buying the 55-200 for my X-Pro 1; thanks to the mixed opinions I won't bother; sorry Fuji you have lost my business especially with respect to:
  12. The Fuji system (I have an X-Pro 1 and X100) is great in terms of file quality and so intuitive and easy to use; I am also delighted that Fuji are supporting discontinued models as I didn't rush to upgrade to a X100s; very many thanks for the updates.
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