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  1. Guardian, Weds 2nd June https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/02/tory-run-darlingtons-20000-rebranding-has-labour-in-a-blue-funk Darlington Market Hall and Clocktower: the town’s signage could soon be turning blue. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy Image ID: 2CAT188
  2. As a fairly new contributor with a small portfolio on here that's slowly getting larger I've resisted putting images anywhere else, sticking with Alamy for the 50%, despite utterly awful sales during the lockdowns over the past 12 months. My thinking was that I'll stay exclusive & sales will get better - they have improved a lot since the end of March, but this new commission structure now feels like a kick in the teeth, with no incentive to remain exclusive anymore. How many contributors actually earn over 25k? I'd imagine it's a pretty small minority?
  3. I've been using FastStone for the past year or so, (faststone.org) - though its Windows only. no mac version Works with RAW files, Great controls for lifting shadow areas, rotate/autocrop by increments, Good batch processing as well. Cloning isn't as good as Photoshop, but is ok for odd spots, and sadly it doesn't do IPTC data. But otherwise excellent for general editing. Free trial, $35 licence I'm still inputting IPTC data with Photoshop at the mo, I could do with a simple prog to do that, though I have just installed photomechanic & we'll see how that goes
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/12/spring-cold-snap-hits-as-england-relaxes-covid-lockdown-restrictions Commuters make their way to work through a spring snow blizzard in Wimbledon, south-west London, on the first day the coronavirus restrictions are lifted in England. Jeff Gilbert/Alamy Live News Image ID: 2F86NBP
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/11/the-dream-ticket-a-sleeper-train-to-europes-cities-may-soon-be-on-track New night services in mainland Europe have inspired the idea of sending sleeper trains from London St Pancras, above, through the Channel tunnel. Photograph: Travstock/Alamy Image ID: B7PM1E
  6. It's worth trying the FTP route as I could never get the Alamy uploader to work, never had a problem doing it by FTP Settings for FTP are here: https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/how-do-i-send-you-my-stock-images/?section=4
  7. Benbo make some of the most versatile tripods, often the first choice of wildlife photographers. Similar ones are made by Uniloc I've had one for 20 years and it's still good, and spares are available if required. And there's usually secondhand ones available. They have independently adjustable legs so can be set up in all sorts of ways, on uneven ground, at funny angles and so on. Brilliant bits of kit
  8. Could be, or a more complex model where they incorporate it, reduce the number of images available and offer Getty paid images linked in as part of the platform "if that wasn't quite what you were looking for here's some similar ones from the Getty library" - for a fee. As Getty has higher standards than Unsplash they could easily justify a huge edit purge with work that doesn't reach their QC standard
  9. Interesting half hour spent searching, Pixsy & Copytrack have both found a couple of the same images but there's very little overlap between the two. In particular the Montpellier image I just posted in the "found pics March" thread appears to have been grabbed off the Sun/Mirror pages and been used all over the place, inc a Youtube news vid 😒 This was all picked up by Pixsy, but not by Copytrack. Looks like it's worth using both
  10. I'm just forwarding the links to Alamy for the moment. They did eventually get me extra £££ last time I had to do this when "Cold War Steve" used one of mine for a web post, then I saw he was making £££'s from prints & had only licensed it for web use. It did take them almost a year to chase it up, though that was 2020 so everything went a bit haywire anyway...
  11. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6834130/montpellier-stabbing-man-75-slashed-throat/ 3 Alamy images, first one of the police van is mine ( 2AX1443) - a reminder of the importance of grabbing unforseen events - I was walking back to the station & the road was blocked due to a gas leak, so I hung around whilst police & gas workers arrived and got a whole load of photos. Now they come up on the first page for an image search for "police Montpellier" 😊 (It's also in The Mirror but was the only Alamy image used there) Other Alamy images: Church of Saint-Roch Manf
  12. I've been using copytrack for a while and found a few images of mine in use. Since I saw your post I added Pixsy last night as I'd not heard of it before - and I've already found 2 matches for one image! One is a very recent newspaper one, so I expect that to be notified soon. The image hadn't been zoomed either, just viewed. Chasing them up with Alamy now. Thanks 😊
  13. Thanks. Not enough are good enough now, had some flood damage, plus my awful darkroom skills back then meant quite a few are too poor to use 😞 I've taken a bit of a gamble and bought a couple of personal collections (with copyright of course) and started to scan those as well for archive, seeing as I can't shoot much else at the moment
  14. Reading this thread with interest as I was unsure if sales got updated on Mondays like the zooms etc, went onto my account - and - a Saturday Sale! 😊 Only £ presentation, but it is the second sale of one of my old archive images from the 90's I've been scanning during this lockdown, so it's a good sign
  15. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cycleway-anger-at-drive-to-shut-queensbury-tunnel-t38zm730f Cycleway anger at drive to shut Queensbury Tunnel Horse riders in the Headstone Tunnel, part of the Monsal Trail Eric Murphy Image ID: DW01BJ The entrance to the cressbrook tunnel on the monsal trail ACORN 1 Image ID: E4GKJK
  16. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12474511/emergency-plans-perfect-storm-no-deal-brexit-coronavirus-second-wave/ CBB16A cgwp.co.uk Credit: Alamy EGR0AP Malcolm Fairman Credit: Alamy 2B8KHT6 Sam Mellish Credit: Alamy Live News 2C845W8 VX Pictures Credit: Alamy Live News
  17. Is this work you have scanned & uploaded? Do you want to destroy it so other people can't use it & sell the images If you have material you want to scan and upload it's worth using a commmercial scanning service. I've had work done by https://www.saturn-films.co.uk and it's very reasonably priced and good quality. Also, as geogphotos says, there's an active market on Ebay for slides, and at general auctions. I've watched lots of slides go for what I consider to be staggering amounts when you can't reasonably check condition & subject matter properly before the auction star
  18. Thanks for letting us know. I'll write to the NUJ as well when I'm back. Only been on the Green a couple of times, but you never know who you will encounter there. Caught a chance meeting between Alistair Campbell & Andrew Bridgen last time. They didn't have much to say to each other...😊
  19. My first year, only started in May though & still working out what direction works... 10 sales, $414. Quite pleased overall, though no December sales 😞
  20. I've used PS for years, found a thing called FastStone about a year ago and now use that most of the time - far better than PS for basic edits imho - really good for lifting shadows & tweaking contrast, and has an excellent rotate tool. It's free/pay a donation type of thing. Fast, simple and does RAW files. It doesn't do captions for news sadly, so I'm still using PS for that - unless someone can suggest anything better - would really like to be able to do them in bulk. Instead of buying the new monthly subscription PS there's loads of the older versions on Ebay, I think the last on
  21. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/29/remarkable-high-as-scottish-temperature-record-is-broken Suilven mountain in Sutherland, where the Foehn Effect is contributing to warm temperatures. Photograph: LatitudeStock/Alamy
  22. I've found a few images of mine that were used by newspapers with Copytrack, that google search and Tineye didn't pick up. Following other folks advice on here led me to Copytrack, I've been uploading my zooms and news submissions there. Not found any illicit use yet though...
  23. There's a brand of sock in the UK called "Heat Holders" - I was working at a showground all day on cold concrete floors, put some of those on & had an instan transformation - warm feet! They are quite bulky though, but way better than the usual 2 pairs of socks. Disposable gloves with fingerless Thinsulate over the top, batteries in an inside pocket. And a hat! Never ceases to amaze me how many people in the UK walk around in quilted jackets, gloves, scarves, and no hat!
  24. That's useful to know, thanks. Didn't realise he was a 'repeat offender'... Really grates as I like his work, and no doubt he would be outraged if someone ripped his work off. I already got screencaps of the relevant pages and sent them to contributor relations. He's got a book out apparently - with a signing in Bristol on election night, at the MPF forum for "providing a platform for emerging photographers to share and discuss their practice" Maybe I should turn up and discuss image payments with him in front of the audience 😂 https://www.martinparrfoundation.org/events/col
  25. OK, Update - been in contact with Alamy and they have said: "I can confirm there is a relevant licence by this customer, but the licence they have purchased doesn’t cover how they are using the image. I am therefore going to pass this onto our infringement team who will contact the customer and ask them to purchase the correct licence." The site in question is "Cold War Steve" - website is coldwarsteve.com He's a "collage artist and satirist". I suspect there could be more Alamy images on the site, it shows several of his creations being sold as prints. He also ha
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