Chuck Nacke

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About Chuck Nacke

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    Boston, MA, USA
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    Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad....


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  1. Colour calibration

    Tim, Just went through "HELL" with my 7 year-old desktop and a Windows 10 update, but I don't think that is your issue. For the record Microsoft was great helping me solve the problem (11 hours on the telephone with support). I am currently running or working mostly on an old Dell 8300 that I upgraded from Win 7 (64bit Pro) to Win 10. I am also now using a Dell 24 inch UltraSharp monitor and the Dell monitor has never worked great. I do use a Spyder 5 for calibration. After looking at the first page of your images on Alamy I would say that your "Calibration" issue may be from your Gamma setting? I did not see a lot of shadow detail. I am certainly no expert on calibration, just my observation. Chuck
  2. Sun flare, advice please

    Betty, The picture I viewed does not work, in my opinion. There may be ways to fix it? Chuck
  3. George and all, I know there are many SONY fans, but I have come to hate SONY, even though I worked directly for SONY Records. I only use NIKON DSLR's and yes I know that SONY unfortunately makes the sensors in the current NIKON's. I only shoot NEF (RAW) and do my 16bit conversions to TIFF in Lightroom, then to 8bit JPEG's for upload. The only QC fail I have had since 2003 was one image that I cropped too much and it was under the old requirement of 48MB. Did I say that I hate SONY...... Chuck
  4. To the OP, For as long as I can remember, keeping in mind that I have a decade more experience with Alamy, if one image in a submission failed they all failed. Chuck
  5. A note about Gitzo and Manfrotto. in the 1980's I bought a Gitzo studix with a Gitzo ball head, I still use the ball head, I paid $875 in 1984 and the head it came with it also had a lifetime warrentee and one reincarnation. I did send the tripod back to Carl Heitz several times for repair.Then Gitzo's US distribution was bought by Manfrotto and after ten years in Moscow, RU, Manfrotto told me that they wanted $300 to repair one of the broken legs on the tripod.... I do not buy any Manfrotto products new and even though I have a used Gitzo Studix, that I bought used from a private party. I will never buy a new Gitzo or any new product from Manfrotto. Chuck
  6. That is why I will not touch a SONY camera,,,,, I hate SONY for too many reasons, PS my post has little to do with reality, just my own opinion........
  7. What about an actual Alamy micro-use licence?

    Sorry to strongly disagree with the OP, but creating more venues giving away images is not in Alamy's interest of any of Alamy's contributors. In my opinion, BAD IDEA.
  8. Don't think many understand what I wrote about workflow. I do a lot of commercial studio work which is why I shoot a color chart. With a product I do not know what is 100% white, 255 255 255 what is 100% gray 153 153 153. If I am working with 7ft Octadomes, 4600k, 22 inch white beauty dishes, 4800k silver umbrellas, 5,000k to 5200k etc, many times I can have a 12ft Octadome, umbrellas, reflectors and strip lights. All will contribute light at a bit different color temperature. The only way to prep a product image correctly is to have a color chart as a reference. The workflow I've described allows me or anyone to work quickly to produce a color correct aRGB image. Doing a custom white balance also gives a consistent file to work from in the studio. When doing existing light work or fill flash I use AWB most of the time. Also, there is a lot that can be done in LR, that is not easily done as well in PS.
  9. Not telling anyone how to process images, but... I work 90% of the time with NIKON 800's, shoot RAW or NEF and now import all to LR. Then export as TIFF's @300DPI in 16bit aRGB color to PS. I save all NEF files to external drives and make my selections to finish at 12 JPEG's to upload to Alamy. The only time I would drop an image to sRGB is when I am doing WEB ready files for a client. Using this workflow allows me to go back to any set of images and my able to retrevie any image from any shoot and work on it to the highest resolution and color possible. I am also suprised to see people saying that there is no need to do a color balance when shooting RAW? In the studio I do a custom white balance and shoot a color chart at the start of every session. Shooting the color chart allows me to have accurate color temp and tint settings for all finished images. My DSLR's, monitor and PS and LR are all set to work in aRGB color.
  10. no sales

    Andre, You have been given some good advice and I agree with most of what others have written. I do have a few things to add: I personally do not like RF and I hate Micro. Over the years I have worked with the largest photo agencies around the world and most of them are currently out of business....I have been licensing images via Alamy for more than ten years and I can honestly say that I have 100% trust in Alamy. The stock photography business has been through a tough decade and it is my opinion that Alamy has done the best they can for their contributors and for Alamy. I must add, again my opinion, that you are shooting yourself in the foot by having your images available on Micro as well as Alamy. I have looked through a number of your images and in my opinion they are very good, bit over over processed. Your captioning is awful and makes your images almost un-licensable. P.S. Alamy licenses over a decade old film scans frequently and I spend hours researching my captioning and keywording before I upload them to Alamy. Best,
  11. Thanks Rick, what you wrote makes sense to me. I really miss my NEC, but new NEC monitors are just too expensive....
  12. I will put in another good word for the NEC monitors. Mine lasted for six years. I have another question, when I replaced my NEC with a DELL Ultra-Sharp I can not get my video card to run the monitor as well as it did the NEC?
  13. Live news

    Gerard, I would strongly dissagree about speed over quality. In my opinion Alamy is not a "News Wire Service." Yes there are times when speed counts over quality, but in the long run a poorly processed news image might sell once or twice when it is in the news, but a well shot, well captioned image that is processed well and illustrates an issue that is in the news today and will be in the news for the next decades can be licensed over and over. Sorry, but I've always had a thing about poorly executed news photos.
  14. Equipment talk

    Since switching to all D800's I also bought a lightly used Sigma 120-300 f2.8, the version w/o IS. The lens is amazing at all focal lengths and from f4 to 11. I also have the NIKKOR 600 f4, decades old, and since buying the 120-300 I have not used the 600 once. The problem with really long glass is that it is very heavy and anything in the air will make your images unsharp. Using the Sigma at 300 on a D800 I have enough image to crop 50% and still have over 3000 by at 300DPI. The other nice thing about the SIGMA 120-300 is that I can carry it all day and use it w/o a mono or tripod.
  15. Falling sales values

    Bill, I've been contributing to Alamy for a bit more time than you and over the years I've been annoyed by the occasionally low license fees and pleasantly surprised by the larger ones. FYI I have seen the fees rising in 2016 and 17, but still not close to the fees from a decade ago. regen, I do take offence to your post, I do not take pictures of butterflies or flowers. I have spent 30 years working as a photojournalist for the worlds largest magazines and thanks to Alamy some of those images still appear in many of them. Alamy has been one of the most honest agencies I've worked with and I am offended by your post. So which one of the 5 in your list are you? To all the rest who know me, It is my firm belief that Alamy has attempted to do the best that they can for their contributors. The stock business has been very difficult and many of the major agencies and libraries are no longer doing business, many have reduced their contributors percentage to a level that I would not agree to. I still contribute to Alamy, nuff said....