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  1. Thanks for the tips, Betty and others. Yeah, I will probably lean toward one of those Sidekicks.
  2. Hi Betty, Off topic here, but I am glad I found you and I wanted to ask you which tripod head you found to be ideal? You mentioned this a few years ago here in the topics, which I can not locate. I'd like to get your recommended one because ball heads I had in the past had a tendency to flop over unexpectedly if not tightened enough. And if I had tightened them enough, I might miss a shot because I would be trying to loosen the head just enough to maneuver the lens as the golden photo opportunity vanished. Anyway, if you could provide me that tripod head name again, I
  3. Speaking of the large Retina Mac screens, I bought one as I jumped into Mac from Windows about four years ago. Never looked back. All fantastic. One great advantage of having a large screen like this is that you can see the clarity that major editors use in evaluating your photos. Before I was using a smaller screen with Windows, and basically could not judge the degree of quality that is expected. Just a shot in the dark. About ten years ago I did have a request from National Geographic for some images before I switched over from Windows to Mac. I thought I had the right imagery,
  4. After looking through this thread and others, just wanted to say it's amazing how we photographers have evolved into computer gurus over the years. All great stuff, and amazing what we can now do, but it never ends! Wrt to Macs vs Windows, like the 'masked' MDM (like that!) above alludes, Mac at least for me is the dream ticket. Life before with Windows was an incessant string of new problems and 'issues' (and unclear pop up boxes that essentially said there's a problem but no solution) that absorbed so much of my time, it was easy to forget the main function of being a photographer!
  5. This seemed like a pretty good deal at Costco. The 5T Seagate external hard drive is on sale for $99.99 from $120, and not only, there's attached a coupon worth 2 months of Adobe CC.
  6. I'm in business! I downloaded the free seven day trial for Illustrator. My first genuine vector illustration is now up, accepted and for sale. Took about three days to create just one, but from learning by doing, online tutorials and the helpful advice here (thanks) future illustrations should be much easier.
  7. Thank you both Jill and Sprocket. Yes, I will try Illustrator since I already have the CC and can at least get a free trial to start.
  8. I just had a great idea on how to easily make millions at this business, and thought I'd mess with vector illustration a bit. So I had a few fundamental technical questions for anyone who would be kind of enough to answer. I do understand the basic concept of how vector files work as opposed to raster files. And I've gone thru a few informative, online tutorials. But I'd still like to know if "vector files" created in Photoshop CC using "paths" to design shapes can be saved as EPS files that are perfectly compatible with Alamy standards. (assuming all the technicals are perfec
  9. Thanks for all the replies. When the opportunity arises, I will be much wiser and prepared. And yes Blind Pig, I will be sure to be in great sprinting shape!
  10. To take a photo of a wild African elephant for a photograph, I do wonder what exactly is a safe distance, from either on foot or a vehicle? I know in Yellowstone National Park it is advisable and legally required to stay at least a hundred yards ( about 90 meters) away from a grizzly bear, plus I personally would recommend at least 200 yards when hiking in open country, or avoid the area altogether. My philosophy on this is that animals need their space, and they don't mind you if you stay in 'your' space. Intrude though, and it can be a problem. Basically, if they 'want' their photo taken, th
  11. One $125 sale in October, but three November sales already for total $150 gross today alone! Keywording attention lately may be paying off.
  12. No leads I know of. I imagine that in the future we could "digitally sign" a unique code into our camera equipment as we buy and sell legally, that goes in conjunction with serial numbers (some national or international registry like with auto registration numbers), so it would be worthless to thieves?
  13. A while back, we discussed the hazards of being robbed of camera equipment, especially in San Francisco, but in this case and a couple of others not very long ago, photographers visiting San Francisco were not only robbed of their equipment, but murdered too. I imagine most big cities pose similar hazards, yet this place, Twin Peaks with the great views of San Francisco , where I too have photographed, is close to home. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/state/article161929978.html
  14. Awesome Vincent! Switch to Button Mode. I just tried it. That's even better.
  15. Nice shot, Autumn Sky! Aully, don't talk like that! No need to be discouraged or intimidated or whatever. If you have the passion, the 'bug', all those 'technicals' will come as you hone your photographic eye. The major camera manufacturers have been working the technical angle for the last hundred years to make operating a camera easier and easier. Oblige them and conquer this beast! Ultimately though, the 'artist' in you is what counts, not so much the technician. Know the fundamentals of course (f stop, ISO, shutter speed, proper exposure, learn what's sharp, and so forth), and use
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