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  1. 9 hours ago, Cryptoprocta said:

    It's a Bank Holiday on Monday over most of west-central Scotland at least, and for as long as I can remember it's been a Friday-Monday school holiday, meaning a lot of parents take the long weekend off work.

    Edinburgh however has Victoria Day, the previous Monday to everywhere else. I remember when I was a student in Edinburgh, most of the shops were also closed that day, and it was said that Glasgow and Edinburgh had different holidays so people could shop in the other city.


    Aye, the holidays across Scotland are ridiculously complicated. When I worked in Fife, the holidays were different to Edinburgh. They are different yet again further North. You only have to look at the list in Wikipedia to see how complicated it is.


  2. On 07/05/2018 at 14:10, Dyn Llun said:

    Disappointing yes, but, I'm afraid, absolutely typical of amateurs playing at photography. Or as I prefer to regard them, 'pretend professionals'. The one thing they can't take is constructive criticism. What they do and how they work is always right. 

    A bit harsh, perhaps. I consider myself to be both an amateur playing at photography and a pretend professional, and I expect there are plenty of others here like me. I think I’m doing OK considering. Only one QC fail shortly after starting, and none in a year now with thousands of photos uploaded.

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  3. I went on my annual trip to the Isle of May and Bass Rock nature reserves. The seabirds are a bit behind with egg laying so they are all frantically mating. I saw Arctic terns, Herring Gulls, Guillemots all at it.  Just beginning to upload some of the photos.






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  4. 59 minutes ago, Matt Ashmore said:

    The blurb says (here: https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/guidelines-for-submitting-images/?section=3):


    Use a DSLR camera (or equivalent)
    Cameras that don’t meet this specification won’t produce images good enough to pass our QC checks.



    I believe what it really comes down to is the sensor, and more to the point, how big the sensor is.

    Apparently the Canon M3 has a APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS sensor managing 24 megapixels. I would think that this would be good enough.... but don't quote me on this! ;-)


    That’s way bigger than my Panasonic LUMIX G7 sensor (4/3 (17.3mm x 13.0mm) 16MP which I have used for all of my photos.

  5. It seems to take about 5 days before the Google search engine finds photo uses.  So I spotted one of mine plus some other Alamy Live News images from May 18th in The Scottish Sun here



    I can't find any of the others; it may be that they haven't gone into stock now.


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  6. 12 minutes ago, John Richmond said:

    The best I can do is to say it's probably an old hardy hybrid variety. Hundreds of different ones were bred in the 19th and early 20th Century and it's very difficult to ID most of them without the original labels.

    I thought that might be the case. I searched for a label to no avail. Thanks anyway.

  7. 3 hours ago, Michael_Jacobs said:

    A few months is not exceptional!


    if you think about it, a client downloads an image and uses it... confirms usage 3 months later, the distributor confirms the sale to Alamy another 3 months later and they get (sometimes) months to pay the bill... At least 3 to 6 months, in my experience sometimes up to 7-8 months after usage???


    Still don’t understand why Alamy doesn’t allow downloading watermarked images and only fuml size image w/o watermark on sale???

    These were Live News images used by The Sun, not normal stock images.

  8. On 09/05/2018 at 09:43, John Walker said:

    I've just passed the 5000 images milestone.  :)


    At least 95% were taken on a Sony RX100 M1 or more recently a secondhand Sony RX100 M3.  I have no other photographic equipment and just use Adobe Elements 14 for editing.  Most were taken on days out/holidays which is where the small Sony comes into it's own.  I can snap away while out with family and friends without disrupting the day or appearing rude.


    Anyone considering one of these cameras should look at my portfolio by clicking on the total images figure on the right.


    Stock photography on a shoestring maybe, but I have sales every month which are a useful boost to my state pension.



    Congratulations on your milestone. There is definitely something to be said for a small camera (mine is a Panasonic LUMIX G7). Not only easier to carry, it is much less obtrusive. I only get questions from people if I have a tripod set up or am using a long lens. I can be in the vicinity of professional photographers without attracting attention. It also helps being a woman though I think :)

  9. 8 minutes ago, TeeCee said:

    Local newspapers will often to tip you off as and when something happens in exchange for a few free shots these days - they often have no staff photographers and zero buying-in budget, so a tit-for-tat deal works to their advantage. You can always say you're too busy if the story doesn't sound it's worth the effort, and on the odd occasion it might pay dividends.

    My local newspaper has an octogenarian taking free photos for them, which he does out of his own generosity.

  10. 6 minutes ago, Iain Masterton said:

    The local newspapers get all the leads and stories first. We all play catch up for alot of the time...but they don't have the worldwide wire distribution that Alamy has...;)

    Just saw your tweet about Clara Ponsati. I happened to be walking past the Sheriff Court that day after going to a class and saw the crowds gathered there. I spoke to a photographer to ask who she was. Possibly it could have been you. I took some photos too, naturally.

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