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About AndrewP

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  1. Infringement claim - UK Small Claims

    Yes, if you claim against the publisher, and by definition they are the ones doing the 'publishing' which causes the infringement, then they can sort it out with the person who sourced the image. All this actually goes back to what's taught in schools. All pupils have access to Google and find photos to use in their school work, this then continues in college/university. When they then get a job and are asked to find a photo for a report/brochure/website they go straight to Google. That's when their boss gets sent a copyright infringement claim and in all the years the person has been sourcing photos from the internet through education they've never once been told about copyright.
  2. Infringement claim - UK Small Claims

    He may have a contract for freelance work that includes an indemnity clause for the work he provides to the publisher. This is a similar story where people still assume everything on the internet is free and don't think they should pay to use it (a 4 minute listen):
  3. And because the 90% like to fly near airports and crowds then us 0.1% get hit with regulations.
  4. Infringement claim - UK Small Claims

    I've only used the Small Claims Court for non-payment of an invoice for commissioned work but the process is very straightforward. You could always send an invoice to the infringer with a deadline to pay and then use the court route.
  5. I’ve never understood why the regulations allow a drone to be flown so high and far from the operator. If I had one then I’d only want to go 20m up and 50m away at the most and that would be enough to give a good viewpoint for an establishing shot. Perhaps there’ll be a comeback for elevated mast photography which doesn’t need a pilot licence to operate.
  6. Royal Wedding - worth the hassle?

    At the height of the Northern Rock crisis I walked passed a queue of people outside a branch. It was sunny day, the road was on a hill and gave a good angle, I had my camera with me. But I didn't take a photo. It would still be making me money today!
  7. Royal Wedding - worth the hassle?

    That would have made a good shot for Live News!
  8. accreditation for event

    There are many reasons why Live News were not able to help you obtain a pass: Alamy may have already arranged for another photographer to be there. Alamy can’t risk their brand reputation by using a photographer with no history of submitting to Live News. Assuming you asked for a specific event, it may be something they don’t want covered. Alamy are not able to issue a ‘get me into any event’ press pass, only help you with specific events one at a time.
  9. Dust on sensor...

    I use 3 different methods beyond the in built camera cleaning and it all depends on the type of dirt you need to clean off. Before starting, take an out of focus photo of a plain sky at f22 and swipe the camera as you shoot to blur any distant birds or insects in the frame that you may think is a dust spot. I then mount the camera on a tripod at eye level. If the dirt is not circular then it’s probably just dust that isn’t fully stuck to the sensor, maybe a loose fibre. It’s likely to be easy to remove with a Visible Dust static brush. The thing looks like an artist paint brush and you spin it to create a static charge then brush across the sensor. If there are just two or three spots of dust then I’ll use Dust Aid which is a rubber block which you press onto the sensor then pull away. If there’s a light sprinkling of dirt right across the sensor then a wet sensor swab will remove 95% of it in 2 or 3 attempts, it always takes more than one go because the first attempt just loosens the dirt for the second attempt to then remove it. The trick is to be generous with the cleaning fluid. For a major clean then I’ll often do a wet clean followed by Dust Aid followed by Visible Dust, they all have a purpose. In between each stage of the clean I’ll take another reference photo of the sky and then I can scroll between the previous frame to see how I’m doing. You will never remove every single spot so you need to decide what’s acceptable and also depending on where they are in the frame. If you’re only shooting stills then cleaning the lower half of the sensor is more important as that’ll be the sky. If you’re doing video then it all needs to be clean because dust in the lower half of the frame will show up if you’re panning. I would never use a bulb blower because all you’re doing is blowing the inside contents of the rubber bulb into your camera.
  10. After a great deal of time reading the forum I thought it was about time I signed up. A very brief intro about me is that I'm featured in Part 4 of the $100,000 club.