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Joseph Clemson

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  1. Daily Telegraph website 18-06-14 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/10909403/British-homes-are-the-smallest-in-Europe-study-finds.html (may require subscription to access) RTImages BNKHFF Credited to Alamy only
  2. Daily Telegraph website 28-06-14 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10931553/Councils-to-be-forced-by-law-to-bring-back-weekly-black-bin-collections.html (may require subscription to access) John James AN1FY6 Not credited
  3. I noticed the other day that the My Alamy summary page rounds up the account balance (mine has been showing $25 for yonks, but is really $24.51). It's only when you click on the view your account balance button that you can see the accurate figure and I guess it's this figure the payment due will be based on.
  4. On the BBC website, magazine article 'The Faceless men' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27903827 (may not be accessible outside the UK) CBW A1TH1J credited Alamy only.
  5. I don't know that there has been a re-rank but I notice today my test images are one page further up than when I last checked, a few weeks ago. It would be bizarre if I had improved my rank because since the last re-rank I have had no sales at all and a CTR which has fallen consistently below the Alamy average. Like losdemas, I can't help but wonder if I would be better off back among the also-rans.
  6. Thanks for the input from everybody. I'm fast coming to the conclusion that no one solution ticks all the boxes for my needs and whatever solution I choose will involve compromise one way or the other. I checked out some Zenfolio sites on a tablet and found it was desperately slow, especially going to a zoom of an individual image. Photodeck sites seem very quick and elegant at the same task. However, I still don't know how important a good tablet/mobile version of a website is or is going to be for stock and print sales. Anybody got a crystal ball? Zenfolio is also attractive to me fo
  7. PD and PS are American, are they not? How could an EU directive apply to sites hosted outside the EU? They set the cookies, not you. My understanding is that the law applies to the website owner. I am based in the UK and if I set up a website in my name then it will be my responsibility to comply, even if the suppliers of the services which power my website are based outside the EU.
  8. Thank you for the pointers to Zenfolio. It looks promising and I'll assess in more detail it along with the other options. I was interested to see that Zenfolio have addressed the issue of complying with EU law in respect of obtaining the consent of site visitors for cookies to be used on their computer. As far as I've been able to ascertain, it isn't possible to comply with this EU legal requirement on sites based on either Photoshelter or Photodeck. If I am wrong I'd be grateful if someone could correct me as I am reluctant to create a website which is not legally compliant. At the momen
  9. Thanks for the comments to date - I much appreciate you all taking the time to comment. FTP is not important for the way I work, so doesn't really come into the reckoning. Photodeck sites seem to handle tablet and mobile browsing better than Photoshelter and that seems to be be increasingly important as more and more internet access is done that way; or is this not so significant with the purchase of prints and with professional stock buyers? Fewer people seem to use Photodeck but I'm not sure if its because people haven't come across it as much as Photoshelter, or if they have co
  10. I'm doing the groundwork for setting up my own website to sell prints (primarily to the UK market), licence RM images and, at a later stage, licence my video library. I've read quite a bit about Photoshelter on this forum and elsewhere and can see it has many promising features. However, I'm also interested in Photodeck which offers similar facilities. Anyone here with comments on or any experience of them, and has anyone any experience of their UK print fulfilment facility through One Vision Imaging Ltd.? Thanks Joe
  11. I have no idea of evidence as to whether it will help sell my pictures, but I usually take a comprehensive approach and put as much information in the Description field as may be feasibly useful to a searcher. I tend to work on the basis that a picture editor may stumble across the picture using a generic search term e.g. 'parish church' and, in the case of one of mine, will be able to see its name and location, date of building along with a brief history and any notable features. I do this in the hope it may add some value to the picture and maybe tip the scale in my direction if competing w
  12. If anyone is thinking of using either of these programs as a means of producing stock video, you will need to consider the output formats available. Perhaps the most commonly used format in stock, though by no means the only one, is Quicktime MOV saved with with a Photo-Jpeg codec. I know that Lightroom 4 doesn't save in that format. I don't know about Photoshop. The other thing I find is that video is much less forgiving in applying colour correction than still images - it doesn't take much to introduce visible noise or artefacts which may render clips unacceptable for stock submission.
  13. Looks nice. If it works well and the sales match the looks I will be very happy indeed.
  14. I understand your difficulty there and I find the same problem in dealing with rolling hillsides, especially when shooting video and panning. However, I tend to take more architectural shots than landscape or gardens, and I sometimes find that working with a known vertical object in the image (especially if it's near the centre of the image) is my best guide to getting the image to appear level. Even in places with no buildings, I imagine there are very few locations where there are no vertical objects or lines at all which will guide the orientation of the image.
  15. On my Canon 60d there is an electronic spirit level which appears on the screen when the info button is pressed several times. I tend to use this as it seems more accurate than the physical kind built into the tripod. Normally though i don't refer to either and I rely on a visual check of the image on the LED screen or viewfinder. If I am unhappy with the finished result I rotate the image a little in post-processing (RAW, Lightroom) and also adjust vertical distortion if that is apparent.
  16. For myself I'm not sure I will find much use for one in still image work as I rarely do anything which involves long exposures in daylight. Video on DSLR is another matter altogether as getting correct exposure on a bright day with a wide aperture is impossible without the ND filter.
  17. I'm also considering getting a variable ND filter. I haven't yet made up my mind, but I suspect that a set of fixed filters will give a better quality than a variable filter which costs the same. I found this review of variable filters, which goes into some detail, which might be helpful to you http://www.learningdslrvideo.com/variable-nd-filter-shootout/
  18. If I'm walking I much prefer it to be outdoors with a camera in hand. Anyway, I find it hard enough getting the cursor in the right place to clone out a dust spot when I'm sitting down, let alone when I'm jogging at the same time. Chuck has the right idea - get away from the computer for a while. Away with these barmy ideas on mixing incompatible activities - next thing you know someone (not Google surely) will invent a computer screen you can have with you when walking about, to help you to bump into things in the street
  19. Stock photography is mostly fun and problem free, but can be something of a minefield if the shooter is not at least a little clued-up. There is no one source which says what can and can't be done but you might find the article below helpful in at least highlighting some of the possible issues you need to be aware of. http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk/photography/Legal/Access_Rights.htm
  20. Once a buyer's has licenced an image they are generally free to modify it to suit their own purposes, as long as the terms of the licence agreement are not breeched. I'm sure other more experienced voices will pop in here, but I think the main exception to this would be the licenceing of an editorial image where no cropping or editing is permitted IF it would make the image misleading in some way.
  21. The only realistic option is to indicate that you have no model releases available and designate the image Editorial Only, Rights Managed. If it is editorial you should not alter the photo significantly in post processing and this would include cloning out surplus people. Images in public places with no people can usually be sold with no release for commercial use, but you need to check the location first. Many buildings have copyright limitations on them and some apparently public places have restrictions on commercial photography - Trafalger Square and some parks in London are an examp
  22. I'm using my Canon 60D to shoot video, though the question applies to photographs as well. I have to shoot video at 1/50 shutter and I want to keep the aperture between about f5.6 and f11 to avoid a fall off in sharpness. On bright days these settings mean I can't avoid over-exposing. It looks like I'll have to use ND filters to get the correct exposure. I hate using filters as it is just one more thing to carry around and to fiddle with when setting up the shot, so my question is, which type of filter do you find least troublesome in the field - screw in type or square type on a holder?
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