Tim Ayers

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About Tim Ayers

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    23 Oct 2003
  1. You may recall in my previous post "Colour Calibration", I was unsure about using calibration, well since then I have got an xrite Colormunki display and calibrated my monitor. My question now relates to my editing, which is AdobeRGB RAW capture run through Lightroom with final tweaking in Photoshop. I believe that Ligthroom has fairly simple controls i.e. in my case AdobeRGB in and out, but I think Photoshop requires the RGB working space to be set to the latest monitor calibration is this correct or should I leave it at AdobeRGB (again in my case) Thanks for your advice, Tim
  2. Colour calibration

    Thanks for all your replies It seems that I should be involved in colour calibration to some extent or other, so I'll not waste anytime
  3. I have been happily contributing to Alamy for a long time now and (like you) take a lot of time and care when producing images, just recently I thought it would be nice to use the best of my photographic work to decorate my home. After researching prices it seemed like the most cost effective (affordable) method was Photobox, what I got back was generally a quality article but the picture was very dark, now although I realise that Photobox is far from the ultimate in accurate reproduction it's not bad and when I look at there website they state all there printers are RGB calibrated. Well as a result I thought can you please look at my Alamy images and check they aren't too dark, and secondly do I need to calibrate my monitor as I don't think most people (including the bulk of photographers) do. I just want to take photos. Technically speaking my PC monitor is 7 or 8 years old and my PC has an integrated graphics card which is not great and may not be good enough for colorimeters to use.
  4. Image numbers in new layout

    Hi everyone I'm a more than a little confused by the bewildering amount of numbers that are flying about the new ALAMY IMAGE MANAGER format, on the top of the image selection (central) area and with all filters cleared it says 4,523 images and with all on sale selected it says 3,636 and when I select not on sale it says 0, however on the top of the MY SUBMISSIONS (LHS) bar it says 4,254 images. Can they all be correct? Thanks Tim
  5. Capture sampling to my mind would be in-camera sharpening which is set to zero. But, and I'm not sure about this, I believed that somewhere LR gives the option for export sharpening which also should be set to zero. I will be exporting to 16 bit tiff in photoshop and I sometimes apply a very small amount of smart sharpen (100%, 0.2 and Lens blur) to the full sized final image.
  6. Thanks I've learnt a lot about the best way to handle processing in LR, I'll try and build an fairly mild import preset that I can 'develop'. How do you deal with image sharpening, I believe export sharpening is set separately and should be zero and how do you handle noise reduction in LR.
  7. I've been a very long time user of Nikon Capture (latterly with my D800) and now I'm moving to Lightroom. I believe my "Landscape" (Vivid) Nikon Camera preset will not be read, therefore which settings would you recommend to give my photographs a similar look (contrasty and colourful), obviously as a serious photographer I believe this is realistic and pleasing to the eye. Thanks for your time
  8. Alamy Infringements

    I've had five Alamy Infringement message emails so far this year and in each case I've responded 'chase' but as yet there has been no obvious results. Is this a new-ish thing and should I just allow them a more realistic time to do their job? Thanks, Tim
  9. Property releases

    When can I state that Alamy do not need a property release, I've read Alamy FAQ guidelines and I'm familiar with "editorial" usage, as you will be aware picture agencies range from very strict to a fairly lackadaisical attitude to this. I just need to know when I can take a picture in a public place without a property release, for instance do I need a release for every private house, flat or vehicle? Are there any general guidelines you go by? Thanks very much for your thoughts.
  10. Just looked at my pics, to clarify - I do not submit if lots of perspective correction is required, unless I can submit without any correction at all.
  11. When I'm out in the field (or city) I use the camera tilt indicators in my D800 viewfinder, but when I get back most pics seem to need up to a degree of rotation correction, then I will subtely correct for perspective in PS. I agree with Geoff that close to vertical can look more realistic and better. If more than mild perspective correction is required I don't submit the photo. I would be interested to know if all this PhotoShop correction (rotation and perspective) is a recipe for loss of quality.
  12. Critique please

    Thanks for all your comments It seems I really must review my keywording (especially regarding a certain Heron), diversify my subject matter as much as possible and take more people photos. John I agree that 2015 so far has been a less than stellar year for sales. Thanks again, Tim
  13. Critique please

    NY Cat I believe ardea egretta are general latin names for the two main families involved Egrets and Bitterns (according to Mr Google), yes I too don't have the specific knowledge to identify it accurately (mind you it seems from Geoff it may simply be a grey heron). Red Snapper I see from Alex Segre I need to try taking more photos of people in London not just things (buildings/cityscapes).
  14. Critique please

    Keith Yes 10-20 zooms, the views are in the low thousands Keith and John I've tended to concentrate on London and they are OF not IN cos I like nice clean vibrant photos which usually means not many people and of course not many people also means less releases required. I've started to try and diversify a bit with Paris, but yet again it's a very competitive arena. Thanks again for your thoughts
  15. Critique please

    As you can see I've gradually built a library of about 3,500 images. I have sales and view performances that based on the figures I've seen on this forum are very poor, my views are usually 10-20 and my sales are about 4-7 (usually low value) per month. If you would give me some guidance as to where I'm going wrong it'd be much appreciated. Thanks Tim