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Bigstock.com / BigStock free photo library
« on: February 25, 2009, 04:25 »
Has anyone put this facility on their own personal web site?

Any experiences with installing it, or with it in use?

Is it a good thing (that is, for us photographers) to promote?

I'm toying with the idea of putting it on my own website.

Yaymicro / Yay! ...
« on: February 13, 2009, 13:21 »
... I've sold something.

About time too.

Cameras / Lenses / Canoneers - Your advice please
« on: December 13, 2008, 09:32 »
A friend of mine wants to buy a telephoto lens for his 14-year old daughter for Christmas, and is asking my advice.

He regards me as the fount of all knowledge with regard to things photographic   :-[   but I'm a Nikonista so I'm not completely up to speed with Canon possibilities.

Can anyone recommend anything? She's using a Canon EOS 400D

Thanks for your help.

General Stock Discussion / What would you do?
« on: November 30, 2008, 07:13 »
You are standing on a bridge over a jammed up highway, photographing the line of cars that's inching forward slowly. Your camera is on a tripod and you're using a long lens, so it's attention-getting.

A driver, below, stares up at you curiously as he begins to pass beneath the bridge. As he's looking up, he fails to see the car in front has stopped and runs 'crash!' into its rear end.

No one is hurt - it's a low-speed collision -  but both cars are quite badly damaged and steam comes out from under the bonnet of the rear car (he's obviously punctured his radiator.) The occupants of both cars get out and start discussing the crash beside the road.

What do you do?

General Stock Discussion / 10 to 60 in six images
« on: November 24, 2008, 04:04 »
Check this one out ... six photos from the French edition of Vogue.

Same model in every one.

Off Topic / Generating a bar code
« on: November 21, 2008, 16:24 »
This is a bit of a specialist topic, and only peripherally connected to photography, but does anyone on here know how to generate a bar code from a given number?

I have been given an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for a book of photographs and poems of mine that I am self-publishing, and I need to print it as a bar code on the back cover.

Any idea on how to do it simply and cheaply without going to a specialist agency or buying software that I'm only ever going to use once.


General Stock Discussion / Do you chimp?
« on: November 09, 2008, 15:26 »
Chimping is scorned by Serious Photographers. It's seen by them as a mark of the amateur.


But be honest - this is an anonymous poll - do you engage in it?

General Stock Discussion / I'm lucky
« on: November 03, 2008, 16:31 »
A few days ago a 15-year old schoolboy called Fabian Sabbara was stopped and searched by the UK police for taking a photograph of Wimbledon Station (in South London). He was doing it as part of a project for his GCSE Exams (a UK national qualification) and was dressed in school uniform at the time.

Here's the photo he took ...


About a year ago I was standing outside Wimbledon Station in almost exactly the same place, raised my camera and ...

Guess I'm lucky no police were around.

(Read the news article about it here, and I comment a bit more on my blog here.)

Canon / Extensive Review for Canon Powershot G10
« on: November 03, 2008, 12:55 »
... as a little backup p&s camera to carry everywhere and be unobtrusive, I'm tempted by the G10.

Read this review on Luminous Landscape, where it was put head-to-head with a $40'000 Hassy.

If you've already got a G10, sounds like you've got yourself a bargain.

General Stock Discussion / Artbreak
« on: November 01, 2008, 15:00 »
Has anyone any experience with this site?


They accept photographs and seem to have some interesting stuff ... not so much junk on sale, as there is with some other sites.

General Stock Discussion / Hot off the press ...
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:46 »
Great news! For me, anyway  ;)

After nearly 2 year's work my new book has been published today.

You can take a peek inside by clicking on its cover here

Okay ... so most of the tips in it are probably known by all you gals and guys on here - though I'll wager it's got one or two you don't know - but I wrote it with the beginner in mind.

Hardback, 200 pages, fully illustrated in colour, I think it's a bargain at less than 10 (even cheaper on Amazon). But then I'm biased  ;D

For the photos in it that are not mine, the publisher has used stock sites - principally Fotolia and Dreamstime. I've included the photo credits page in the preview (the link above).

If you see your name there drop me a message and I'll happily send a copy of the page with your image on.

Off Topic / Recommend a magazine?
« on: October 23, 2008, 06:39 »
I want to buy a year's subscription to a UK photo magazine for my niece who's getting really keen on photography.

Trouble is ... I don't live in the UK so I can't browse through the bookstalls.

Can anyone recommend a good UK photo magazine for a keen beginner?


General Stock Discussion / Any botanists on here?
« on: September 22, 2008, 14:34 »
Is there anyone with a bit of knowledge ... okay, rather specialised ... who can help me identify this plant?

I know it's Broomrape. But which species?

It was growing in western Switzerland, on limestone soil, under beech trees.

Any plant experts who can help?

Photoshop Discussion / Low frequency/High frequency
« on: September 03, 2008, 05:34 »
I was reading a photo magazine and one of the articles referred  to 'low frequency' and 'high frequency' images.

I thought I was pretty well-versed in photography, but I have no idea what those terms mean.

Can anyone tell me what's the difference between low and high frequency images?


Alamy.com / Something's up with Alamy
« on: September 01, 2008, 12:41 »
I've just been trying to work on my images with Alamy. Something seems to have gone wrong with their site. I just get a string of error messages.

I know they did some work on the site yesterday (Sunday). Maybe it's connected.

General Stock Discussion / Economic slump and its effects
« on: August 30, 2008, 02:17 »
In an interview in a UK newspaper this weekend, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) warns that the economic times faced by Britain and the rest of the world "are arguably the worst they've been in 60 years". To deepen the sense of gloom, he adds: "And I think it's going to be more profound and long-lasting than people thought."

How will that affect us? Will sales of images slump too as businesses/publishers/newspapers/magazines cut back on costs?

Or will they remain buoyant as advertisers/editors/etc desperately try to drum up new custom?

One aspect in favour of this 'industry' weathering the storm is its global nature. For example, just this morning I learned that I'd sold an image in South Korea. The global span of stock makes it different to other more localised industries.

Any other ideas?

(P.S. you can read the article here:


Crestock.com / A sale here, a sale there, and then ...
« on: August 23, 2008, 03:22 »

Suddenly I sold 4 images in one day on Crestock. I'm getting perilously close to my payout level.

Excitement mounts.


Cameras / Lenses / Nikon nuts ...
« on: August 21, 2008, 02:10 »
For those who are into Nikon, what model do you use?

I've put the Coolpix models as a single category as there are way too many to give each one an individual box. Maybe, if you use one you could state the model in a separate post.

I have also given a maximum of 4 votes as many photographers have more than one camera. That should cover it, don't you think?

I've just signed up with Phototshelter, and got a few images accepted. No sales yet, but I live in hope.

However I see that if you want a payment from them, are not a US citizen, and do not live in the US, you still have to complete some sort of a tax form - W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding.

Anyone know anything about this? I'm a British citizen living in Europe and have never been anywhere near the States. I don't see why they want personal details from me. What business is it of theirs?

Cameras / Lenses / Anyone know anything about batteries?
« on: July 08, 2008, 10:16 »
I bought myself a spare Ansmann battery for my Nikon D3 (EN-EL4 to be exact) and the d**ned thing doesn't work in the camera.

It charges up okay in the charger (which seems to indicate that the contacts are all right) but the camera remains completely dead when I put it in. I've even tried 'calibrating' the battery. No joy. The camera works perfectly with the official Nikon battery.

Does anyone know if Nikon have sneakily inserted some electronic thingummy in their batteries so alternative brands don't work? (Like some printer makers do with their ink cartridges.) I can't find out anything about it in Nikon information, other than 'only use Nikon batteries', which is what you'd expect them to say.

Or anyone got any other suggestions? I returned it to the supplier and they sent me what they claimed was a replacement (but how can you tell ... it was in the same packaging) and it still doesn't work.

Or any other words of advice - other than stick with the official batteries. I know I shouldn't have tried to economize. Won't do it again. Promise.

Off Topic / If you go down to the beach today ...
« on: June 29, 2008, 08:12 »
... you could be in for a big surprise.

It's not just thieves who may be eyeing your gear.

Some of our 'colleagues' are getting a bad name ...


Cameras / Lenses / Looking for a good backpack
« on: June 24, 2008, 12:14 »
At the moment I carry my gear in an old and rather battered-looking ordinary backpack, everything wrapped in its own padding/bag to stop it rattling around, filters in he side pockets, etc.

Summer's a'here in Europe, and I'm looking for a decent dedicated backpack to carry the camera body with medium zoom fitted, a wide angle lens, telephoto, flash, small portable storage unit and various other bits and bobs (spare battery, cards, filters, etc.)

I don't need space to carry a laptop as I don't have one.

However, I do want a bit of extra space for carrying a rain jacket, water bottle, etc, as I walk in the mountains a lot. Facilities for carrying a lightweight tripod would also be useful, but not essential.

Can anyone recommend a make/model? Please note, I live in Europe (Switzerland) so US-specific models will probably be out of reach for me.

Dreamstime.com / Hilfe! (That's Help! in English)
« on: June 22, 2008, 05:10 »
I'm probably being totally dense here, but does anyone know how to get Dreamstime in English again?

They've obviously set up some sort of system which identifies where you come from.

I live in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and it now comes up in German (which I don't speak) whenever I log on.

(Side gripe - why does most of the world assume that Switzerland = German language? Significants parts of the country speak French and Italian too.  >:(  >:(  >:(  >:(  >:( )


Pop down to south-west England and pay a visit to the Creative Growers Association. You could find just what you need there ...


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