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  1. You can convert RAWs to DNGs at the time of importing. It’s a built in function in LR 4, 5 & 6. I’ve been doing that for years. 99% of my RAW files are all DNGs. Sung
  2. High Sierra?

    After I upgraded to High Sierra from Sierra, I had a problem with my CS6 & Nik Collection (CS6 crashed every time I used Nik Collection). Although I found out that engineers from both Adobe & Apple are working together to resolve the issue, I feared that it may still be an issue with aging CS6 which I use. So I decided to revert to Sierra by using Time Machine backup. This link may be of use to you. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-and-macoshighsierra.html Sung
  3. How was your November?

    14 sales ranging from 5.74 to 75.00 In terms of number of sales, already sold more than last year. In terms of total revenue 5.6% behind that of 2016, but still December to go But 15.8% behind 2015 (my personal best year so far), so things remain to see.
  4. Thank you for the links, ReeRay. I came across the same suggestion/solution else where, but when I use Nik filters, which is not that frequent, I, however, like the result editable, so that I can go back to it if necessary. Therefore it was not a viable solution. Sung
  5. I have just finish reverting to OS 10.12 by using a Time Machine backup. It was fairly straightforward and simpler than I feared. As I said, I've never done it before so I was a bit nervous. All my images and 99% of docs I create are stored on an external hard drive, so I didn't have to recover the files I created after the installation of High Sierra, which made the whole procedure much simpler. I guess it is like cleaning digital sensor. Once you've done it, it will get easier second time. Thank you for your tips, MDM. Your input is always helpful. Sung
  6. Yes, it is said on Adobe Help page "Our engineering team is working with Apple to correct the root problem as soon as possible". Sung
  7. Thanks, fotoDogue. I am planning to revert to the previous OS Sierra (10.12) by using a Time Machine backup, as I didn't have any issues with it. I checked out the 2nd option you suggested but the only OS listed in previous purchases is Maverick which I think maybe it is too outdated. I have never done this before, so I was feeling a bit nervous about it. Hope everything goes fine. Thank you again for your advice. Sung
  8. Since I upgraded to High Sierra OS 10.13.1 (from OS 10.12), my Photoshop (CS6) crashes whenever I use Nik Collection within CS6. My short research shows that there is an issue of compatibility between Photoshop CC (and earlier releases) & OS 10.13 High Sierra. Please refer to the following link. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-and-macoshighsierra.html Anyone who uses Nik Collection regularly with Photoshop, please do not upgrade your OS until the problem is sorted out between Adobe and Apple. To solve the problem, I decided to revert to previous OS 10.12 by using Time Machine. I read a couple of articles about How To and it seems fairly straight forward. Has anyone done this before? Is there anything I need to be aware or be prepared, etc? Any experience or advice would be very much appreciated. On Apple’s help page, it says "If you use Time Machine to back up your Mac, you can easily revert to a previous version of macOS if you experience trouble after installing an update. To select a Time Machine backup from an SMB server, your Mac must be running macOS Sierra.". What does it mean? What is SMB server? I would be very grateful for your replies. Thanks Sung
  9. Perhaps RRS BH30? I know you said you don’t want any Acar style but if you purchase BH30 with screw knob as opposed to lever release, you can buy Arca style quick release for USD10-20 on Amazon. It has solid grip and is really well made. Sung
  10. The concept of Capture and Output sharpening was pioneered by Bruce Fraser in early 2000s who passed away many years ago. The 'Detail' panel which we see in Lightroom was already incorporated in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) in Adobe Bridge CS3 (or earlier?, I don’t remember. Please correct me if I am wrong.) By Capture Sharpening (recovering lost sharpness through digitisation), images becomes use-neutral, i.e. they are ready to go into any direction, that is, printing or website display, etc. In case of printing, you then apply output sharpening according to print size, printing method, paper stocks, etc before you print. (Sorry have I just repeated what Pete Brigwood said?) I only have a Fuji X100s, so I can’t try what Pete Bridgwood suggests but since CS3, I have always applied Capture/Output sharpening whenever I need to print. Perhaps as Mark said it is not for Alamy submission, but it is necessary when you print images in my opinion. I am not an expert so any correction would be welcome. Sung
  11. DACS

    Received the payment today. Approx £20 less than last year. Also a bit disappointed as I, too, provided ISBNs for the extra. Edit) My payments increased year by year for the last 4 years but this year slightly down even with the extra. Sung
  12. Thank fotDogue for the information. Since my thread on Tuesday until your reply, as no one responded, so that I decided to ask MS. The following is their answer. Hope it provides a bit clearer information. "Only the images you have restricted (by ticking Don't sell for Person use..... box in AIM) will be opted out of the distribution pool. All other images that are not restricted will still be included." Sung
  13. I had been offline for a few weeks. I uploaded some images. The images passed the QC and I started keywording. I noticed that, in optional section, there is now a tick box for 'Don't sell for Personal Use....' . Does it mean that now I can opt out Personal Use 'image by image' basis even if I still subscribe to Distributor Sale? Sung
  14. DNG files do work with LR4. I always convert all the raw files (nikon, fuji, sony) to DNGs. I've been doing that for a long time. I had no problems with LR4. (But now I use LR6.)
  15. Earlier this morning, only Alamy Ref were shown under the thumbnails (you can see both mine & Alamy's when zoomed). A few minutes later, now I see both my numbers and Alamy's under the thumbnails. What's going on??????? Is it just me?