Mick Flynn Images: Blog https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog en-us (C) Mick Flynn Images | all rights reserved | all moral rights asserted mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:41:00 GMT Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:41:00 GMT https://www.mickflynnimages.com/img/s/v-5/u84797584-o467141952-50.jpg Mick Flynn Images: Blog https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog 103 120 Timelapse of the MSC Kwangyang https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2018/2/timelapse-of-the-msc-kwangyang Timelapse of the MSC Kwangyang

Timelapse Peacock Island, Benidorm, SpainShipping and fishing vessels around the bay in Benidorm, including the passing of the MSC Kwangyang

MSC Kwangyang?

Yes, it just happened to pass by on the horizon line at the end as I was shooting another timelapse, this time with my Canon 6d DSLR.

I was hoping that the clouds would change into a storm front and become more dramatic, so I chose that particular view with Peacock Island near the horizon line, and, nothing much happened!

For this timelapse, I took 940 images in RAW with 5 seconds between each one using a 75-300 EF lens and the Magic Lantern Intervalometer which is loaded on startup from the SD card.

It was mid-afternoon so there isn't a problem with big changes in exposure, allowing me to use ISO 100 for quality with an f-stop of 6.3 which is about the sweet spot for this particular lens, and a fast shutter of 1000th of a second as it was on a tall tripod at full zoom in a breeze.

These RAW files are imported into Lightroom with my user preset which has a couple of small tweaks to correct the very bad CA and fringing I get with this particular lens.

A couple more adjustments and then I load them all into the slideshow module and export them with a watermark, compiled using a 24fps preset to an mp4 movie file.

I will be shooting more time-lapses before we leave Spain, hopefully with more interesting content, and I will be experimenting with loading a sequential sequence of jpegs into Hitfilm Express and making a movie that way.

How do I know it was the MSC Kwangyang? Easy, I am so nerdy that I like to look up the passing ships whilst we are in this part of the world and look at their route etc using the Marine Traffic website which allows you to track shipping worldwide.

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Getting your settings right with the Sony RX100M3 and an iPhone 5s https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2018/1/getting-your-settings-right-with-the-sony-rx100m3 EDIT: Click here for an update at the bottom of this post with my correct settings to prevent the problem.

On a recent excursion to the Skywalk at Santa Pola, Alicante Province, Spain to shoot some pictures for stock I only used the Sony RX100M3. I'm familiar with the camera and popped off a few shots to upload to my stock portfolio on ALAMY.
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It was mid-morning and the light is pretty poor, particularly looking out to sea, so the best shots were to be had in the opposite direction.

The best way to achieve better results was to put the RX100 onto a monopod and use the wifi remote control feature to take some shots from high up to give a better scale to the view, and also to avoid the harsh light a little.

When I used my other Sony camera, the RX10 in conjunction with the Sony Playmemories 'smart remote control' software I didn't have any problems getting the results I wanted, but the setup with the RX100, for me, is not very intuitive.

Anyway, I set it up, and after hoisting it aloft I took a few pics using my phone as a remote control which I was fairly happy with.

On our return, I imported the pictures into Lightroom for editing and captioning and suddenly noticed that the ones from the monopod were missing!

It wasn't a big problem though as I had them on my phone didn't I?

Well, yes I did, but the phone had only saved them at a just over 1600 px on the long side, so, unfortunately, not good enough quality for stock sales, and this type of image is not suitable for upsizing as it would almost definitely fail Alamy QC, which would put me in the doghouse, and so far I haven't had a QC fail with them since my initial submission back in 2013 which was my first of 361 uploads to date.


The pictures below may look pretty, but the quality is only fit for screen viewing.

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So, when you use the Sony RX100M3 with the apps on the phone, check and test to make sure you will be saving to the phone (I shoot RAW and JPG) and also make sure that the size setting for your phone is on 'original size'.
I never had any problems using the camera/phone software when I had the Sony RX10, but with the RX100M3 I even struggle with setting up my phone to the camera by wifi to use it, although that may change when I go back to Android... I'll let you know.

EDIT: Correct settings for saving full size JPG to phone and full size RAW/JPG to camera at the same time.

BEFORE connecting to the camera there is an option of copy image size on the phone version of PlayMemories... I choose original.
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After connecting with the camera, the full view of PlayMemories will be showing, then, choosing menu gives you more options including the option of 'size of REVIEW image'. 

That is where I was going wrong.
IMG_20180131_125557IMG_20180131_125557 IMG_20180131_125607IMG_20180131_125607 I was assuming that REVIEW meant a preview size on the screen, it doesn't, it means that the file will transfer to the phone at whatever you choose, and I had the menu setting as 2M.

IMG_20180131_125624IMG_20180131_125624 The image now saves on the phone as a JPG at full size and on the camera at my chosen settings which are RAW+JPG.

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Photo-bombed by Bats at sunset https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2018/1/timelapse-with-sony-rx100-mk3 Time-lapse with Sony RX100 MK3.

I took a pew down by Benidorm Harbour the other night and set up a tripod with my little Sony RX100 MK3 to capture the sunset.
I was using the software which is available from the Sony store and was quite happy with what I was seeing in my viewfinder.
This was taken over about an hour, it's 600 frames shot as RAW only, but there is a choice to let the software do a video instead.

Benidorm Harbour sunset, Spain.Time-lapse of the view from Benidorm Harbour with the Sony RX100mk3. One hour and 600 frames for 26 seconds of footage.
The RAW files were imported into Lightroom, where I edited them and then compiled them at 24fps 1080 HD (not shown at that quality here) using the slideshow module.
If I go back down to the harbour I would probably change the composition, and maybe use my Canon 6d instead, but I'm quite happy with the result from the Sony.

My only problem was, that as it started to get darker we were surrounded by bats! They can be seen throughout the clip as specs, and the only way to get rid of them would have been to edit each individual frame which they were on, and, with 600 frames it would be quite a chore.
If this had been a commission, I would have course gone through every frame.

Here are some frames with them on (size reduced for speed of loading).

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Dust Bunnies https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/12/dust-bunnies The dust bunny trouble with using a camera with a mirror and interchangeable lenses is a long standing problem, even after cleaning the sensor.

Here's an image which, although not particularly interesting is one I wanted to work on.


I wanted to use a small aperture of f22 for this shot to slow everything down as I didn't have a neutral density filter, and that's where the trouble starts because a  small aperture shows all the dust bunnies.

At a glance, there's only a couple of dust spots visible, but once I look at the top half of it in Lightroom.

dust2dust2 Every one of those stands out like a sore thumb at 100% and not only does it fail my own QC, it would fail Alamy QC, and get me  a short uploading ban.

This is what it looks like as I remove, or clone out the spots.

Then, a little more work and I have the finished image.
It's not a keeper for me unfortunately, as it is, as I said earlier, a bit boring, but it's all good practice.
Dust bunnies will always be a problem with DSLR mirrored and even mirrorless cameras even with the utmost hygiene practices and care whilst changing lenses, and, for me, it's why I may go the way of mirrorless compacts (think the full frame Sony RX1, RX1R) when I next change my main gear.


Canon 6d 10 seconds ISO 100 @ f22. Poniente beach and Peacock Island, Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain.

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Making a time-lapse with LR 5 https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/12/making-a-time-lapse-with-lr-5 It's blustery weather where we are, so I've been having a little timelapse fun to pass the time.

This video was saved at 1080, but would have been faster loading at 720.


Timelapse taken in Moraira, SpainMade using a Canon 6d and the LR5 slideshow module


The Camera was set up on a tripod with manual settings, except for auto ISO, all the frames were shot in RAW using a plug in intervalometer set to one frame every 10 seconds up to a total of 300 frames which takes about half an hour.

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They were then imported into Lightroom where a few adjustments on one frame are made such as cropping to 16:9 and then copied to the rest using auto-sync.

Further settings are decided in the Slideshow module, then the whole 300 are exported at 24fps to give me a 10 second MP4 movie.

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I could have also used the built-in intervalometer which is included as part of the Magic Lantern software which I also use on my Canon 6d.

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus makes the news again. https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/11/bradford-telegraph-and-argus-makes-the-news-again
The latest story on the Hold The Front Page website...  

More journalists to lose jobs at the Bradford Telegraph and Argus

It can't be great reading for students who are hoping to be journalists when the Newsquest group are shedding eight more jobs whilst proclaiming on their own website...

We are a media company with a difference. We are committed to bringing a voice to your region. We invest in passionate teams of journalists in cities, towns and communities throughout the UK, delivering authoritative news that our readers trust.


In case you think they are short of money...

"Our parent company is Gannett Inc, the largest news publisher in the US. Gannett is listed on the New York Stock Exchange."


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Night shooting with Canon 6D https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/10/night-shooting A little bit of night shooting at the campsite yesterday evening, ideally I would have shot a little earlier whilst there was some light in the sky, but I forgot and left it a little late for these test shots.

Canon 6D assisted by Magic Lantern.

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I'll be re shooting these scenes hopefully when we get a nice clear evening, and I'll have to change the angle or shoot earlier for the last picture as the whites in the reception building have 'blown out', and I was unable to recover detail from the RAW file.

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An early Christmas present for my photographer friends. https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/10/an-early-christmas-present-for-my-photographer-friends It's only a week or so now before we head south to the Costa Blanca for our winter holiday (we don't take any holidays in summer), but before we go I have an early present for my photographer friends, or bloggers, in fact, anyone who is considering setting up their own website

I now have a referral code available for anyone who wants to get a discount on a new website subscription, which can also be used with any other discount promotion.

How can you take advantage of a discount promotion plus the discount from my referral code?

  • In the trial account, click on any links for 'Become a Member'. Then choose an annual plan.
  • Enter a promotion code in the GIFT OR PROMOTION CODE field and click Apply.
  • Another field will appear where you may enter my referral code and click Apply.
  • If the codes are valid you will see both listed and the discounts will be applied to your subscription.


The referral code is mickflynnimages, or simply click this link... TO START THE PROCESS


My own website is the pro version which gives me the option to fulfil orders for prints/products and also digital download licences for editorial clients. 

Enjoy the autumn...

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New Spanish website for Alamy images sales. https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/10/new-spanish-website-for-alamy-images-sales A welcome addition from Alamy of four new language sites for their stock library starting with their Spanish version here.

Madura mujer británica en sol de invierno un disparo selfy utilizando un monopie selfie grandes como un palo con una cámara Sony RX10

Madura mujer británicaMadura mujer británica en sol de invierno un disparo selfy utilizando un monopie selfie grandes como un palo con una cámara Sony RX10 This is a great addition for me as I spend winter in Spain and it may help to open up the market for Spanish editorial sales, and it's not just for Spanish images; this one is from near Hitchin at a Lavender farm but is also translated into Spanish.

En Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Reino Unido. 18 de julio de 2016, Gran Bretaña se deleita en el sol del verano, los visitantes elegir la lavanda y disfrutar de las altas temperaturas en los campos cerca de Hitchin. Crédito de la foto: Mick Flynn/Alamy Live News

Here's one I did as a live news image for summer.En Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Reino Unido. 18 de julio de 2016, Gran Bretaña se deleita en el sol del verano, los visitantes elegir la lavanda y disfrutar de las altas temperaturas en los campos cerca de Hitchin. Crédito de la foto: Mick Flynn/Alamy Live News

Hasta luego mis amigos.
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Henlow Bridge Lakes Tribute Festival 2017 https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/7/henlow-bridge-lakes-tribute-festival-2017 Last weekend saw the second annual Henlow Bridge Lakes Tribute Festival here in Bedfordshire, which was a great success with beautiful summer sunshine throughout the two days of the event.
The comperes were Alan Collins and Becky Phillips, with the main tributes being...

Madness (The Los Palmas 6)

The Blues Brothers (On a Mission)

Blondie (Atomic Blondie)

Abba (Gimme Abba)

The main acts were supported by the ever popular 'SwanVesta Social Club' who had a fantastic set on both days with their Cuban/Latino dance party extravaganza.
There were also appearances by local acts 'Something Else', 'Corruption', 'Acoustic Al', Becky Phillips, Cath Flynn with the Henlowettes and Alan Collins providing wacky entertainment for both the kids and the grown ups throughout the weekend.

The weekend was so busy that I never stopped working long enough on my main job to be able to shoot the acts properly, but I did get a few pictures of the happy crowd, the staff and an odd band picture.

Next years Festival dates are July 6th and 7th 2018 with the lineup yet to be announced, but it promises to be bigger and better!

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Banned from my local! https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/5/banned-from-my-local I recently blogged about the T&A Camera Club, and also the article from the NUJ which gave the reason for it, and now I have been punished!

I feel very strongly about my local newspaper, The Bradford Telegraph & Argus which is using local photographers for FREE content via their Facebook 'Camera Club' as part of the NEWSQUEST incentive to get free content for all their publications.

The group is offering a share of the £9,000 prize for the ones who can get the most FREE copy and images in their centres.

It does not bode well for any young people who were hoping to make a living from Journalism in the future.

Other publications pay for content (I've had six published for payment in the last month alone) so any 'photographer' on my friends list who is providing free content for 'exposure' is free to unfriend me, because if YOU value your work, you should put some actual monetary value on it.

BTW I commented on their 'Camera Club' group and was promptly banned, and have now been fully blocked from the T&A Facebook page after leaving a critical comment on their latest article about all their new free content from the 'Camera Club'.


If you want your children to be journalists, don't buy any NEWSQUEST publications as their multi million pound company are cheapskates!

I'm not in Yorkshire right now, I'm down south... 


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Drone photography. https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/4/drone-photography I have taken the plunge, well I will when I get my hands on the drone, by purchasing a 3DR Solo quadcopter to use as a training UAV before deciding whether to go bigger and buy one which can house a camera suitable for commercial images.

The stock library which I supply has stringent QC controls and most of the cheaper drone/camera combinations have unsuitable sensors, so it would need to be a big price jump to go fully commercial with one.

The other stumbling block is the cost of CAA training and testing for the required permissions, which are very thorough and quite expensive.

Just a reminder here for anyone who found the post whilst looking for drone info.
If you hire someone without the necessary permissions from the CAA they will not likely be insured and will be shooting illegally if they are charging you.

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Love to see your pictures in print? https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/4/love-to-see-your-pictures-in-print It is very flattering to see your pictures in the newspapers and magazines with your name at the side of them isnt it?

Well here's your chance to join a Facebook group which wants to share your 'local' pictures for free! Yes, it won't cost you anything, and it won't cost them anything either, and the beauty of it is, (for them) that they can use it right across the NEWSQUEST group, also at no cost to them.

"Send your snaps of everything from community events large or small, new angles on familiar places or even breaking news if you find yourself in the middle of the action."

Yes, they even want you to post your pictures from live news events, and let's face it, it beats having to employ professional photographers or actually pay for stock or news images.

Newsquest now employ more sales people than journalists.
This is from my local newspaper , but it looks like it is being rolled out at all the NEWSQUEST titles.

Join the new Telegraph & Argus Camera Club to see your pictures in print and online


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This is not sour grapes.

I get published a lot in magazines and newspapers, not always with a credit, but always with a licence paid, sometimes via this website, but more often through the ALAMY stock library. It's a long game for me, but if your young student son or daughter are at University with the intention of following a career as a photo journalist then they certainly won't be getting employed by the NEWSQUEST group as they roll out their Facebook 'Camera Clubs' across the country.

I have been banned from the Telegraph and Argus group as I was critical of their agenda, so, I don't have access to the terms and conditions, BUT, it seems that they may have full control of the images you 'supply' to them via the group, and... if you get a money shot, expect THEM to keep the money whilst they share it through the NEWSQUEST group and maybe even further syndicate to other publications.

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There are many ways to share your pictures on the internet for pleasure, ie Flickr, but if a publication wants your image, they WILL pay to use it, unless you become one of the glory seekers who provides free content to them!

The other problem with this kind of 'picture farming' is that, in the event of your picture becoming an orphan, being used where you don't want it to be used there will be no chance of an infringement claim using companies like Pixsy.

Remember, you can't pay bills with exposure and kudos is not a currency you can spend or deposit in a bank.

Thanks to Mark from Alamy who found the relevant TOS for me (I wouldn't make a good detective would I?)

Comment from Mark... "Free and sub-licensable, basically. (6) is about syndication, so not only giving it away, but giving away rights to sell it as well. Phew."




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Is this really what people want when they show off their pictures on a Facebook 'camera club' page?


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mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) copyright crowd free content infringement media newspaper newsquest pixsy publishing sales sourcing https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/4/love-to-see-your-pictures-in-print Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:58:10 GMT
Here we go again with blatant Image theft.. https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/1/here-we-go-again-with-blatant-Image-theft Believe me, I don't sit around all day waiting for people to take my pictures and use them for their own profit, but, it still astounds me that journalists simply don't seem to think there will be any penalty if they help themselves to an image off the internet, with not the slightest attempt to qualify the ownership of the intellectual property.

Most of my photographic output goes directly to stock, but some of it is shared on social media, by choice but with no licence for use by anyone else.

The ones shared on social media are usually on facebook on closed groups, and despite what people thinking and saying that Facebook can do whatever they want with your images it is simply not true.

I retain copyright and do not allow licensing of my images when I share them on Facebook, so, if you take them for a commercial venture you are infringing my copyright and stealing my property.

Now, if you were to just share them to a local history group on facebook I might not be bothered as I am in such groups and I enjoying seeing pictures, particularly old ones, BUT, if you then take those pictures and put them in a publication without even asking permission, then I will chase for compensation and removal.

This brings me to today's infringement, a national newspaper has printed an image of mine as part of a story; the reporter joined the closed Facebook group and used some picture from there, one of which was clearly posted by me, and, he didn't even attempt to contact me for permission even though it's not a time sensitive major news event, it's just a fluffy piece for a red top.

So the questions are...

Would I have given permission for use?
No, not without payment as it's already available for commercial use via Alamy (I posted it as part of a live news upload).
Is he within his rights to post it without permission?
No, not without permission, even if he tags it as copyright Mick Flynn (it's actually tagged 'Facebook'), it's still IP theft.
Will I pursue the infringer?
Yes, Pixsy is on it already.

Please, fellow photographers don't let commercial concerns steal your content If you are happy to give them content for free that's your choice, but if they steal it... make them pay.

Stay tuned.

It wasn't this picture..

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mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) IP abuse compensation copyright copyright theft facebook images media national newspaper pixsy rights social stealing theft thief https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/1/here-we-go-again-with-blatant-Image-theft Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:29:34 GMT
Roundup of 2016 for Mick Flynn Images https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/1/roundup-of-2016-for-mick-flynn-images Firstly, it was a nice start to 2017 with a front page cover on the January Dalesman Magazine, and a quick settlement of an image theft (more about that in a while). I have also licenced pictures via my website to the Bradford Review and two other regional magazines, as well as some nice Alamy sales.

My prints have been selling steadily with interest mostly the Monochrome Mill Town images which were featured on the Big Screen in Bradford City centre throughout summer and in the American Trucks series , with these two images proving to be the most popular.
Kenworth truck speeding on highway with motion blur and no driver visibleKenworth truck Back alley or road with Victorian housing in Bradford, West YorkshireVictorian housing in Bradford, West Yorkshire Alamy has continued to sell licences for me with 46 for 2016 published in the UK, Canada, France, Spain and Serbia, with many only being disclosed as 'worldwide', so they could be anywhere. Titles where I've been published in the UK via Alamy have included, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, The Metro, Yorkshire Life, Director Magazine etc etc.
I hope to continue selling editorial during 2017 and must work hard on my keywording, as well as my photography skills (even after 30 years).

I also settled an infringement yesterday of an image that was used in an on-line 'newspaper'. This is probably the last time I will chase an infringement myself as I'm sure the thief just didn't 'get it' when he admitted sourcing the photo himself and offered credit for exposure, plus coffee as payment!
I settled for him buying a regular web use licence via Alamy, BUT, I won't do it again, as so far this year Pixsy have handled most of my infringements and all have been three figure sums, because they won't settle for an infringer buying a normal licence when they have been caught out, and, of course if someone shoplifted from your retail store, the consequence would not be just to pay for the stolen goods, would it?
The shame is that the guy will still think I am an asshole, but, when someone steals his web designs or indeed his own web content (he has a media business) he will also think they are assholes.

Excuse the language, I get angry about copyright theft by commercial enterprises and publishers who really should know better.

Onwards and upward for my photography this year as my personal life has been far from peachy in 2016 and it's unfortunately out of my control.

I can be followed on my Facebook page here, which is where my most recent images are posted. Alamy images are here, and my 'arty' stuff on Pixels is here.

Good luck to all my photographer friends for 2017.

Benidorm, Spain at night.The old town, Benidorm, Spain.Benidorm, Alicante Province, Spain. Night time looking over the old town from the RH Victoria Hotel.


mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) Alamy copyright infringement image theft https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2017/1/roundup-of-2016-for-mick-flynn-images Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:51:58 GMT
Images we find on the internet are free, right? https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/11/Images-we-find-on-the-internet-are-free-right If you are a publisher of a magazine or newspaper it's surely Editorial 101 to check sources and provenance of all your content before you go live, isn't it?

Would you enter a supermarket, take some goods without paying, then put them on your own shelves to sell?
Of course not, you're honest right? 
So, why do we still see images being infringed when they (the infringing publishers) can either employ a professional photographer to take some shots, or buy a licensed image from a stock library like  Mick Flynn stock and editorial images at Alamy

One such publication has just had to pay for the illegal use of one of my images to the value of over $400 (USD 212.50 to me) because they didn't even try to contact me for use.

Thanks Pixsy, yet another successful result for us both.
I look forward to good results for the rest of the outstanding infringement cases you are handling for me.

It wasn't the picture below, but was a very small image of a bar and restaurant used in an online directory.
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mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) copyright image infringement payment pixsy theft https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/11/Images-we-find-on-the-internet-are-free-right Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:18:20 GMT
Can you afford to let people post images on your site? https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/5/can-you-afford-to-let-people-post-images-on-your-site I have a collection of images on Flickr which are almost the same as my website images here. Some of the images have a little copyright notice on them, but all of them have a copyright notice on the bottom of the page, thus... © All rights reserved

This means that it's not ok to simply take an image and post it wherever you like, 'because it was found on the internet'.

Over the years a few of mine have ended up on different websites without permission, and although it is annoying to see blatant infringements, it has been difficult and time consuming to stop it.

That is until PIXSY.COM was brought to my attention.

It's easy to use pixsy.com, you simply show them the address where your images are, and they look for those images around the web using reverse image searching software. You are then presented with pages of matches, some of which are just similars, but many of which are your own pictures on unauthorised websites.

My first success with them was settled within a few weeks, it was a small images taken from Flickr and used on a US travel website. Pixsy take 50% commission and send the rest to your bank account, in this case I received a tidy sum with no effort on my part.

Another image which they found was a copy of one of my Flickr pictures which had been painted by a British artist and sold as their own. Pixsy don't pursue this kind of infringement, but thanks to them finding it I was able to chase them myself for a licence and settled for £250 after a short interchange with the artist.

Today was a nice day as I received a payment for $373.09, which is my 50% of the sum settled by Pixsy.com on my behalf.
This particular settlement came about because someone took one of my pictures from Flickr and posted it on a commercial forum and claimed it was their own image, so, unfortunately it has cost the forum owners a few hundred dollars for not knowing it was posted without permission from me.
My main photography income is from stock licence sales via my prefered agency, Alamy.com, but even those images get stolen from genuine licence buyers, so Pixsy will become invaluable for me in the future in tracking and pursuing people who think any picture they 'find' on the web is free to use!

Some of the matches can be wrong, and some cases can take a while to settle, but so far they are doing very well by me, and with some more outstanding cases in the pipeline from big companies I am looking forward to some more windfalls.

All my images are copyright, so unless I issue a licence or give permission to post them on Social Media (I willingly share some pictures on Twitter and Facebook, so there is no problem if you share the link), you might expect a legal challenge from Pixsy in the future.
Licences are not always an expensive option, especially as an alternative to paying for an infringement.

Granum Show and ShineGranum Show and ShineClassic Cars, Custom Cars and Hot Rods at the Granum Show and Shine in Alberta, Canada 2011



mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) image theft infringement intelectual ip pixsy.com property theft thieves https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/5/can-you-afford-to-let-people-post-images-on-your-site Tue, 17 May 2016 21:37:00 GMT
Treat yourself to a 10% discount from my France Gallery images https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/4/treat-yourself-to-a-10-discount-from-my-france-gallery-images Chateau Chenonceau, Loire Valley France.

Chateau Chenonceau from the airChateau Chenonceau from the airThe Château de Chenonceau, (also spelled Chenonceaux) is a French château spanning the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France.

The estate of Chenonceau is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. The bridge over the river was built (1556-1559) to designs by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme, and the gallery on the bridge (1570–1576) to designs by Jean Bullant

An architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance, Château de Chenonceau and its gardens are open to the public. Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited château in France.

The château is classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture.


The image above was one of my best selling prints last year, and also sold a few times as an editorial image in the British and French press.

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mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) aerial chateau chenonceau france loire microlight microlite river tourism tourist town uav ulm valley https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/4/treat-yourself-to-a-10-discount-from-my-france-gallery-images Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:18:04 GMT
Summer exhibition 2016 https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/2/summer-exhibition-2016 Mick Flynn on the BIG Screen

My summer exhibition is in the UK this year comprising two three minute slideshows which will run every day until August on the BIg Screen in Bradford city centre, my home town.

The subject is a small selection of my contemporary high contrast urban/industrial black and white shots from my Monochrome Mill Town collection.

Many thanks to Julie and Jo at Bradford UNESCO City of Film for putting this together.


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mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) @bfdcityoffilm Big Bradford Screen UNESCO West Yorkshire city film media mill monochrome of town ‪#‎bfdcityoffilm ‪#‎mickflynnimages‬ ‪#‎mybradford https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/2/summer-exhibition-2016 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:01:12 GMT
Image sizes for Alamy stock photographs https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/2/image-sizes-for-alamy-stock-photographs Almost every week there seems to be a post in the Alamy Forum in which a new contributor is struggling to understand the Alamy submission requirements for file size.

The website info is quite clear...

Q. What file size do I need to upload?
A. We need a JPEG file size of over 17MB when uncompressed (this is likely to have a compressed JPEG size of 3-5MB). Opening a JPEG in an image program such as Adobe Photoshop will show you the uncompressed (open) file size.


This still doesn't seem to answer the questions which are posed in the forum, so the best solution is to always use this small standalone App from Braeside Communication Services. Download here... AlamySizeCheck



As you can see, it shows the compressed size and also the uncompressed size. It will show a warning if the file size falls below the threshold.
The two files shown in the image above are fine to upload to Alamy.



A donation to David Anderson would be nice.

mick@mickflynnimages.com (Mick Flynn Images) alamy alamysizecheck alone app check size software stand standalone https://www.mickflynnimages.com/blog/2016/2/image-sizes-for-alamy-stock-photographs Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:40:18 GMT