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  1. Slide Copying

    Why are you not shooting raw? Echo everything Harry says and it's not just for Velvia but any slide film, indeed any film. I am just setting white balance in Lightroom by eye and experience based on the type of LED light I am using. I think the simplest approach is to set import defaults or presets and just take it from there. Creating camera profiles for a set up like that would probably be pointless. As for my recent dabbling with the Nikon ES1 adapter with extension ring and old manual focus 55 Nikkor Micro on a D810, I am impressed with the results I am getting. When downsized to 3000 x 2000 the images would almost certainly pass Alamy QC which my images scanned on the LS4000 almost certainly would not. I am amazed at the ability to recover highlights and shadows and to generally process the raw file in Lightroom - I definitely recommend you shoot raw. I ran a brief test on turning the slide and flipping it and there is no difference that I can discern whatsoever with my setup when both files are processed with the same raw parameters. Given that I am looking at some seriously large files shot with a super old lens, then anything ought to show up. Happy to post high res files for downloading if anyone would like to see. So yes I think it is probably absurdly pedantic - nothing wrong with that of course.
  2. Slide Copying

    Ok apologies you are correct. I misread what you said about enlargers. I‘ve had 2 Nikon and one Minolta scanner (way back around the turn of the century) all 35mm and all had emulsion facing down (including the Minolta think). I wonder if copying on the emulsion side and inverting is really any different. I will test this later with my Nikon ES1 slide copier which I finally put into action this week. My LS4000 died almost simultaneously after years of disuse. It started up, did a preview scan and then apparently gave up. The computer is not seeing a scanner connected.
  3. Slide Copying

    Simply not true. Emulsion side (matte side) is always down (closest to the paper) in an enlarger and shiny side up. Otherwise you would be looking at or printing an inverted image. Same in any slide (film) scanner I have ever used or if copying slides by photographing them - emulsion side down or faces away from the camera, shiny side up or towards the camera. I don't know about flatbed adapters as I have never used one - perhaps that is different.
  4. One Lightroom Catalog or Many?

    I've never seen Lightroom have a problem with keywords and 22,000 images is not a very large catalog. It is probably something to do with autofill and likely to be normal behaviour. See the Catalog Prefs - Metadata tab - Offer Suggestions from Recently .... You could try unticking and see if it stll happens. Also always a good idea to occasionally optimise the catalog.
  5. Competition Rules

    Yes good point and I wasn't even thinking about releases for anybody or anything in the pictures, just the photographer's rights. As for creative, this is incredibly confusing as used as you say in advertising and stock. Fully released would be a far better term. It's like DPI - a misnomer used extensively throughout the world of photography - why not call it what it is - PPI. Is it eats shoots and leaves or eats, shoots and leaves ?
  6. It probably won't make a difference but it is worth having I think. I think it sticks fairly rigidly to whatever protocol browsers are supposed to follow.
  7. Competition Rules

    There is always a problem with the term commercial. To some it means any form of monetary transaction, to others it means advertising use. If in this case the society was using the image to gain new membership, then that could be interpreted as advertising for monetary gain. OK it is not likely that anyone would have a problem with that but why not be absolutely explicit and avoid ambiguity? Another term that is really confusing is creative as is evident from Alamy's use of the term in relation to the search engine and image categoristation.
  8. Have you tried a different browser (Firefox if you are using Safari)? It might not have any effect but it can do.
  9. One Lightroom Catalog or Many?

    Glad it helped. Moving files in Lightroom is a good way to do it but not essential. If it can't find a file or folder, then a question mark will appear and you can just point LR to the new location. You can back up the catalog an external drive by simple drag and drop or by setting it to backup to a non-default location in the catalog prefs. I use the drag and drop method frequently.
  10. One Lightroom Catalog or Many?

    Maybe I'm wrong but I wonder if you are perhaps a little confused as to what a catalog actually is and the difference between a catalog and an archive of files. I'm not sure what the real problem is or whether there is one as you are just saying it is too big but not saying why that is problematic. If Lightroom is running slowly then that might be a reason for starting a new catalog but at around 100K images I don't think that should be a problem in itself. A catalog is just an advanced database really and doesn't contain any files, just information about the files. As long as you can access the information easily, the size of the catalog should not be a problem and should not really be a reason for splitting it up, especially if you like having everything in one place as you say. You can keep files on multiple disks which do not have to always be connected to the catalog disk. I have one big catalog of 79,000 files of my landscape and general stock work, The files are on two separate master Thunderbolt drives as well as being backed up on other drives and the catalog is on an internal SSD. I don't have an automatic online backup. My tips for organisation are: have good metadata associated with the images so they can be found rapidly and Lightroom has a very good and fast search engine for that purpose. I always advocate keeping as much of the info independent of the catalog so I set "automatically write to xmp" as always on so it writes the metadata for raw files to xmp sidecar files (other files have the metadata embedded). If the catalog corrupted then I still have all the metadata. In addition I don't think it is a good idea to rely on Lightroom or Adobe specific feature such as labels and ratings. I think they are very handy when trawlling through pics from a shoot but I always use keywords in addition as these travel with the files and could be read by other software. I do have other catalogs for various purposes (clients, tests ....) but that is another story related to the purpose of the images really. The main point really is that catalog size should not be in itself be a problem as long as you have reasonable metadata.
  11. Competition Rules

    Glad to have helped. I use something similar for my client work where I am not seeking full model or property releases but want to use images to promote my business. I think it is better to be explicit myself. It is not a lot of trouble really to add in a brief clause along the lines I suggestted. I certainly would not submit an image to a competition where the terms were the organiser could do what they liked with the picture and I think a lot of photographers would feel the same, regardless of whether copyright has to be assigned in writing or not. It also makes the society look rather lax and careless with regard to photographers's rights. I am not in any case just referring to Alamy but thinking more generally and I would be wary of making any image exclusive with any agency if I had given someone the right to do whatever they choose with the photo.
  12. Competition Rules

    Hold fire. I'm still going with the good old fashioned rational argument approach if I disagree with someone. There seems to have been a red arrow epidemic lately and somebody has been firing them unfairlyat spacecadet it seems. Presumably the red arrow slingers are lacking the ability to present a rational argument. I have to say though I disagree with spacecadet in his assessment. If you agree that somebody or some entity can do anything they like with a picture, then you do not have any comeback if they sell it or license it. There may never be an intention to do so but that doesn't mean it can't happen. I would consider wording such as: By entering the competition you agree to allow the society to use the images for marketing, advertising and promotion of the society through any media, for example, but not restricted to, printed publicity material such as magazine or newspaper advertisements and articles, websites, social media, blogs, displays, photographic competitions and exhibitions. Images will not be sub-licensed or sold in any form without the photographer's permission. Copyright remains with the photographer. The inclusion of social media brings up Facebook's small print but Alamy have said that Facebook and Instagram are ok as far as exclusibity is concerned.
  13. It's not just about RAM and processor these days. Video RAM is also very important for fast processing and Lightroom and Photoshop and can be. a drawback with laptops. However, you probably can't go too far wrong maxing out everything I guess. Certainly 32GB of RAM is wise and I think the only MacBookPros that have that at the moment are the 15" ones. I have a 2014 13" which was top of the range when I bought it and it is still going strong. You might save a few $ going for an external portable Thunderbolt rather than paying big $ for more internal SSD storage. The portable by G-Tech are fast and light enough to be portable. It was actually me that brought up the subject of Eizo monitors in the other thread. Eizo is the gold standard for photo editing nowadays. My recommendation is the EIZO ColorEdge CG277 27 inch Monitor - a thing of real beauty but not cheap. The quality is truly astounding and a lot better than the equivalent BenQ. The Eizo does have a built-in calibrator but I have the same X-Rite as Wim mentions as it does a better job. I would not go for 4K for photo editing at 27 inch.
  14. PC upgrade

    I have one with the built in calibrator but I find I get best results using an X-Rite external device with the Eizo software. I am not sure why but I think it may be partly because the built-in one reads from a corner of the screen. I wouldn't make a built-in calibrator a buying criterion for that reason although it is a lot better than not having a hardware calibrator at all. What amazes me is the variation not just between calibration devices but also between different monitors on the same computer with the same device. I continue to strongly advocate color management, and I could not live without it but I have to admit I don't entirely understand it
  15. PC upgrade

    I recommend a wide gamut 27 inch Eizo for excellence. They are expensive and would put you well over budget even if you were to save a lot on your computer but they are really worth the money as everything about them is truly excellent - build quality, image quality, even appearance. If that is out of your price range then the wide gamut BenQ SW2700PT 27 Inch is very good for the price. I see a lot of photographers spend lots on camera gear, lenses and even computers and then skimp on the monitor. Given that many (probably most) don't even print their work any more, they are never going to see it at its best or anywhere near its best. A beautiful matte monitor really makes a difference.