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  1. A stitch in time

    Interesting approach but this assumes that all media brands are more or less the same and equally reliable which is not the case in my experience. The idea of buying the same brand from different places to ensure different batches is something I have never thought of before. G-Technology drives are the best external desktop drives in my experience. They come in metal casings and are very robust. They are a bit more expensive than some other brands but not massively so (maybe 30% or so) and I think it is worth paying the extra for them. So far I have found them 100% reliable. I have had other brand desktop drives fail occasionally. G-Technology also do Thunderbolt drives for Mac which is what I use as my main working drives for image processing, backing up onto G-Technology USB 3 drives. They are almost as fast as internal SSD drives which are way more expensive. G-Technology portable drives are very expensive and I have been using Western Digital portables which have been totally reliable to date.
  2. Wedding Images

    That is a truly amazing photo. Well done to Jack Kurtz.
  3. Wedding Images

    The guy is either longing for a coke or thinking about getting religion or both and she looks as if she is waiting for a bus. Not so much divorce as disconnection - perhaps the early stages of divorce - it's all down hill from here.
  4. Converting slides

    Not familiar with old Russian kit or anything old Russian for that matter. Now if you had said dog quality. I actually upgraded my gear to shoot dogs - well that was one of the reasons I keep telling myself. It does take some serious kit to shoot a running dog and get near 100% hit rate.
  5. Converting slides

    The Nikon D850 I presume.
  6. The higher end Tamron lenses are very good optically but I don't know about the cheaper ones. I would second Robert's suggestion of looking at prime lenses as these are relatively cheap and often excellent optically.
  7. A stitch in time

    And needless to say you all have at least one offsite data backup (hard drives and/or cloud) as well in case of fire or theft. Equipment and professional indemnity insurance don't bring back data.
  8. A question of size

    The simple formula for practical purposes is Size in MB = 3 x Size in MP. So a 6MP file is 18MB (for an 8 bit image).
  9. You are right about new processes in later versions being unreadable by earlier versions. As far as I am aware, the subscription license allows you to open, read and presumably export files but you can't make any changes as the Develop Module is disabled so I would still be able to read and export raws. I keep all my layered PSDs in any case and would only ever likely rework a small number of raws down the line so I'm not worried. I think I would only quit the subscription if there was a very good non-Adobe alternative and Adobe were to enforce a cloud subscription for file storage which I can't really see happening as it would effectvely cut a huge chunk out of their professional market. Finally, I always kept up to date with Photoshop and Lightroom so the cost is actually less than I used to pay with 18 month upgrades. Photoshop has advanced massively over the years and it has been well worth it to me keeping up to date.
  10. I've been thinking how best to do this to show a valid comparison as it is very easy to remove (luminance) noise but it is important that it doesn't cause softening of the image so there needs to be some way of measuring that. In other words, I could give you a raw file (no problem with that) and you could remove the noise but it remains subjective as there is no real way of saying how efficient the NR is without looking at sharpness and overall image quality as well. I'm thinking and will be back on this.
  11. You know if you have bought a Mac in the last 4 years or so, you will have Numbers (Apple's own spreadsheet program) installed free with MacOS. It is actually a very good spreadsheet program and you should have no need for any freeware programs mentoned if you already have it on your Mac. I rarely bother with Excel now although I have a 2008 version.
  12. Metadata

    It's not about you editing or adding anything. The camera EXIF data is not editable (by normal means at least). It has among other things the make of camera and the exposure settings. If you look at the Metadata Panel in Bridge, there is a tab called Camera Data (Exif) and it should be in there. How exactly are you generating the JPEGs? Please outline exactly what you are doing or it is impossible to give an informed answer. I am guessing you are using ACR and saving as JPEG without including the EXIF but I am guessing. I am also guessing that Alamy want to check the camera EXIF data on first submissions.
  13. I don't know why that is. You might want to try the Lightroom Forums as there are some real experts on there. I know my way around but I am not an expert like some of those guys (and girls). You can probably extract the raw conversion data from the JPEGs if you exported it with them but it would be tedious to do it manually. Perhaps there is an app to do that. Ask on the Lightroom Forum
  14. Or is it poor practice to not learn fully how a program works before using it, especially for something as important as image processing for a photographer. It's in the online help, the manual and there are several good books on Lightroom.
  15. Actually I had to check that by reading the manual and then trying it to be sure of my answer and the answer to your second questions is yes (but you should check this for yourself). Of course it works just the same as before in answet to your first question. From limited testing it does appear to save all the metadata plus LR-specific stuff such as labels and ratings to the catalog as well as to the xmp. However I think when you are saving to xmp then it is unnecessary to worry about whether it saves to the catalog as well as long as you are backing up the xmps. It is of course sensible to back up the catalog itself with the preview file as well as it could take a long time to regenerate those in the event of loss. By the way, there is another way. You can actually manually save to xmp as well instead of setting the preference but it is very easy to forget to save. Just select the images in Library module and hit ctrl-S or cmd-S on a Mac.
  16. That is not necessarily true depending on your Catalog preferences. The default is to store all edits, metadata etc in the catalog but this is a really bad idea as evidenced by what appears to have happened here. It is much better to save the settings for each raw file in an associated sidecar xmp file - this is a tiny text file which simply contains all the importnat info including the metadata. To set this, go to the Lightroom Menu - Catalog Settings - Metadata Tab and click the 3rd option. Believe me it is far better than storing everything in the catalog for the reasons here as well as others (e.g. independence of Lightroom and Adobe in fact down the line for one thing)
  17. You may have corrupted the catalog clsoing it in the middle of an operation. Try optimising it in the first place and see if it recovers it. Otherwise I have no suggestions.
  18. Personally I'm unconvinced that LR sharpening and NR is significantly better than PSE. I'm surprised at that as the differences in noise reduction are very noticeable between working ona raw versus a PSD or TIFF. I will post something on Dropbox when I get time and you can download and check what I am saying. If LR had some sliders that allowed alteration of the amount of NR or sharpening based on the local luminance level so that shadow areas didn't need treating separately I might change my mind LR does have this in the most recent version - color and luminance masking for local adjustments - very useful. But it can also be done anyway in older versions by performing local adjustments on different areas of an image. Finally, I'd be very happy to pay £10 a month if Adobe didn't disable the software if you stop paying. If they had a contract term that said something like "After 12 months of continuous subscription you are allowed to cancel your subscription. You will be able to continue using the software at the Version / revision applicable at that time but will not receive further updates". I agree but there is no choice really if you want the latest and it is worth the £10 a month for sure. But I am keeping my perpetual version of LR plus my Photoshop CS6 indefinitely. The key thing is to make sure you write all raw conversion data to xmp.
  19. I don't thing Lightroom is stupid at all. I think it is an excellent program and I find it absolutely reliable. It used to be slow but the recent versions are very decently fast on a good computer with plenty of RAM. But I make sure everything is fully backed up before I do anything major, like transferring the catalog to a new drive. I find that it is best to move folders and files within Lightroom than to try to move them with the OS though. I have the same main catalog for several years now through from LR4 to the currrent Classic version with about 75000 images currently plus several other smaller catalogs for various purposes. The only problem I had was my own stupidity when I forgot to set Automatically write changes into XMP on a set of images in a new catalog from a client shoot and subseqently deleted the catalog so I had to redo everything - about 100 images. That was a pain but I cursed myself rather than Lightroom and of course I learnt from my mistake.
  20. You can't restore the catalog unless you backed it up so that is out. If you can see the folders in LR with a ? on them when you expand the Folders Panel, then there is no problem but it seems you have already done that so you may have no option. I don't know why LR would do that unless the catalog is corrupt. Perhaps try optimising the catalog first. Is it possible the file names have been changed in the copying? Probably not. If that doesn't work, then I guess you would have to re-import or better start a new catalog (if catalog corruption is the cause). If that is the case, hopefully you have the Catalog preferences setting to Automatically write changes into XMP so that at least you have the xmp files which hold all the raw editing info. Otherwise you have will need to redo the raw editing. In any case, it sounds like you are not making regular external backups by simply copying files and catalog to an external drive or cloud storage. Bad idea.
  21. Metadata

    I think they are looking for the camera data with your first submission. You can't add this back in. It should be embedded in the file and visible in Bridge metatdata under Camera Data (EXIF) unless it is a scan, you have copied and pasted the image into a new file in PS, for example, or created the JPEG in some way that removes the EXIF (Lightroom has such an export option).
  22. File Numbers

    There is a difference between what you see when you search in the AIM as against what you see when simply browsing. When you search, you need to click on the little zoom button at the top left of the thumbnail and the original file name as well as the Alamy image number will be visible at the bottom of the zoomed image.
  23. I am not going to convince you and if you are happy with what you are doing then that is fine. But just to summarise my arguments. There are some operations that are much, much better done on the raw file than on the converted version (16 bit or otherwise). These include highlight and shadow recovery, noise reduction and white balance. These can be global or local but the conclusions are similar. It is simply not possible to get the same results working on the converted file and the differences are frequently not slight but are in fact very significant. The second aspect here is the time taken to convert files and work on them in Photoshop (whatever version). It is simply much, much faster to use the radial (or grad) filter in Lightroom when processing images for raw conversion than to do this in Photoshop. In some cases, depending on the image, it may be possible to batch process them by synchronising local adjustments across a set of images. Ultimately I think it is worth paying the tenner a month to have the full benefit of Adobe CC. Of course the perpetual version of LR6 still has many features of the now LR Classic but it misses some very useful stuff and there have been some excellent advances in Photoshop CC over PSCS6.
  24. Not on a raw file though and that is very important both in terms of the quality of the edit (better to work on the raw) and workflow expediency. You can selectively lighten/darken/sharpen/soften/noise reduction/white balance etc on small and large circular or elliptical areas before conversion. Yes I use the radial filter for all sorts of stuff and it is indispensable.
  25. Just checked this. Lightroom 6 introduced the radial filter but it wasn't available in the standalone version of ACR, only the CC version (ACR 8 I think). I was using LR6 and PSCS6 at that time when LR6 and ACR started to go out of sync. It was a bit later that LR6 and LRCC started to go out of sync.