Bill Brooks

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  1. I merge in photoshop 6. Adobe says a 40% overlap but you can’t count clouds, clear skies, gently moving water, as part of the 40%. There is no hard similar detail between different exposures in these areas to get a grip on. Depending on the image, the software may not need 40% but your example is a poor auto merge candidate because there is not enough overlap, and the subject matter is difficult to merge anyway. I always take a lot more images than required by the 40% overlap. Usually shoot a 60% overlap for more certainty. MDM thanks for the ACR merge tip. In this shot the sky and moving water information were useless for merging, so the shooting overlap was more like 80%. The buildings and sky merged OK in photoshop. The moving water did not, resulting in much water retouching.
  2. How to recover this situation?

    You need to start all over again with your keywording and captioning. It looks like you are gang keywording an entire shoot with the same keywords, some keywords therefore are irrelevant to particular images. Think like a client. If you have Italian food being made in Bolivia, “Italy” is not a good keyword because the images will come up in a search for someone looking for images only of Italy. This will count against you. You only want your images to come up when the client is looking for the specific subject matter in the image like “Italian food”. The Mali raw cereal balls may be made on a dirty street in Mali by poor people, but the image itself does not show “dirty” or “poverty”. Only caption and keyword for what the image actually shows. A “report card” is not a “classroom”. "classroom" is too wide ranging, eliminate it as a keyword. You have a lot of Italian dishes, but you do not keyword the name of the dish. Lasagna, pizza, etc Keyword and caption for the 4W. When, Where, Why, What, and sometimes How, should be in both the caption and keywords. Keyword according to Alamy instructions here.
  3. summarize what sells in 25 words or less

    Images that communicate. Recording is not enough.
  4. I ran into the same problem with Portfolio but fortunately I am on a Mac and I keyword in Bridge. My archives consists of .DNG, TIFF, or Photoshop files. I did all the metadata keywording and processing in Bridge or photoshop. Bridge can save the metadata and the processing data for each file in the header of each file. There is no big all in one Lightroom processing file, or Lightroom sidecar files using Bridge or photoshop. The metadata is embedded in the actual file. This means you can use the OS to move files around, and not loose your Keywording or processing data. I have the entire archive on one 6 TB hard drive. In the mac OS I just do a search by keyword, or file name, or any other parameter, on the 6 TB hard drive. The mac OS opens a separate window containing OS generated real time thumbnails of all of the images that match the search parameters. It may be 10 or it may be 1,000 files. You can use the OS to make the thumbnails any size you want. If I highlight a thumbnail and then give a <Command i> it brings another window that shows all of the metadata embedded in that file except for the processing information. I often cut and paste the keywords and captioning from this old image file, to brand new, just being keyworded files, if they are similar. If I want to see the thumbnail enlarged I just highlight the thumbnail and then press the spacebar to see the image enlarged to full screen in the Mac OS. If I want to do further work or Keywording I just copy the file to a different drive and open it in Bridge or photoshop. When finished I move the file back onto the 6TB hard drive, The system asks me if I want to replace, I say yes, and the file, complete with changes, is back in the archives. Remember all of this searching, thumbnail generation, copying keywords, is done in the Mac OS. You will need a fast computer. Depending how you have worked on your files, and the type of files, you may be able to also do this in Windows. I think this is why they abandoned the stand alone version of Portfolio. There was no need for it.
  5. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Yanluo, The Chinese king of hell so angry his hair is standing on end.
  6. Images Sold in January (max one per day)

    Overdone subject matter, but this shot just keeps giving.
  7. How to travel light?

    It was always impossible to back up film on the road, and as an old film guy I am comfortable not backing up, or looking at, digital images when on the road. My trips are always under 6 weeks. I do not do any processing on the road, as I want to either spend my time shooting, or sleeping and eating between shoots. It is a film approach. I carry an iphone for telephone and email only. I do not carry a laptop or tablet. Memory cards are cheap, about $1 per gig, so I carry a lot of of memory cards and do not back them up on the road. I just fill up one memory card after another. I take notes by photographing location signs or writing out the info on paper and photographing that. I prebook accommodation from home, so no need for a laptop to book accommodation while traveling. I use my carry on allotment to carry lenses and cameras only. My largest lens is a 70-200 F4. I travel with my wife who uses her carry on for our personal items. My camera case is not a wheel on, but a smaller case that will fit under the seat in case the overheads are full, and the airline are asking to gate check a wheel on. Tripod in checked baggage.
  8. In 1992 I started out using exabite tape. Then I migrated tape to recordable CDs as soon as they became available. I then migrated the CDs to DVDs as soon as recordable DVDs became available. Then when hard drives fell in price and became more reliable, started to archive on both hard drives and DVDs. So I have a archive on each of 2 hard drives and a third offsite set on DVDs. It is probably time to look at migrating to something else for the DVDs. The problem with a third offsite hard drive for the DVDs is that I know it would not be kept up to date. Georgphotos has suggested the cloud, and that might be the only solution for the DVDs. My concern would be uploading the 2TB archive initially, and the long term financial viability of whoever I used in the cloud. Archiving is a work in progress, but worth it.
  9. 3 archive sets. 2 sets on hard drives at home. I set on DVD offsite . 2 TB Archive on 6TB external hard drive copied by SuperDuper over to a 4TB external hard drive. Both onsite and permanently connected to computer. I hold finished Archive in progress shots on boot drive until I accumulate approximately 4.2 gig and then burn to DVD. Once burned to DVD, then add to to 6TB external hard drive, then delete from boot drive. Then move DVD offsite to sister-in-law’s 20 minutes away. Entire Archive on DVDs at sister-in-law’s.
  10. RM and RF for the same image

    I think this is a rule created by well meaning people on photography forums, but not necessarily an agency rule.
  11. Worst photoshop job ever!

    Internet feeding frenzy by insecure people. Have some empathy, I am sure we all have made mistakes in both photography and life that we would not like plastered all over the internet. Some of these sites that feature photographers mistakes, make their money by selling photography lessons. Think about it.
  12. Winter

    We also get an ugly winter in Toronto, however sometimes you can turn a winter negative into a positive. The hoarfrost in this shot is created by humid conditions created by a sewage lagoon. Guaranteed hoarfrost in the immediate vicinity of the sewage lagoon, when none exists elsewhere. Hold your nose. The sea smoke in this shot of overwintering Canada Geese is caused by the water warming effect of the nuclear power station just outside the image. Guaranteed sea smoke close to shore on a very cold day.
  13. Landscape vs portrait

    I always try to do a quick flip of the camera and get both a portrait and landscape shot, as in this case. However sometimes it is not possible because of subject movement, or I am just lazy, so I will crop a portrait image out of a 50 megapixel landscape as here. The 50 megapixel landscape here: The 22 megapixel portrait crop from the 50 megapixel landscape here. I did flip the camera to portrait mode after shooting the landscape version but the resulting placement of the canoes was weak, so I deleted the in camera portrait shots. Recently I went through my 50 megapixel landscapes, that were not shot as portrait, and cropped some of them to 20 megapixel portraits. You can see the cropped landscapes on the first page of my portfolio if you go there. I think it is a worthwhile exercise because a buyer quickly looking at several hundred images for a portrait format may not readily see the portrait within the landscape.{F0453AA0-D41A-421F-B4D6-F125791B632D}&name=bill-brooks&st=12 This solution requires a high resolution camera and probably RF designation.
  14. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    I give you life !!!
  15. There is a lot of movement of large image collections from agency to agency, newspaper syndicate archives to agency, museum to agency, going on in the stock industry. All tags, not only Alamy tags, are a problem for agencies moving big collections. Many of these collections rely mainly on extensive captions. A large collection, with only captions is not going to do extra work to Alamy tag/supertag the several million images in their collections, if they move images to Alamy. So I think the extensive caption will become more and more important to all agencies, because it is easy to transfer between all agencies without extensive extra tagging. My policy has been to get as many supertags written into the caption as possible. Then do the 10 Alamy supertags, especially tag phrases as supertags, and as many other regular Alamy tags as possible. I am willing to throw in the thesaurus for regular tags, to achieve green status, as long as the words are relevant. This covers most Alamy bases. The extensive caption also prepares my collection if I move my RF images to another agency. I think the best solution for all, would be a machine intelligence that could parse information from an extensive well written caption. Maybe this will happen in the future, or is happening today. The stock industry is ever changing. Experimentation is normal. Therefore nothing can be certain, including the future of tags/supertags/caption. We can only speculate.