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  1. Anything in the D800 family is a major upgrade over the D700 which is a fantastic camera but limited by the size of the files it produces by today's standards. If you already have Nikon-compatible lenses, can afford a D810 and are not worried by its size (similar to the D700) then don't even think twice.
  2. You asked 7 questions in one post. That is a barrage indeed by my estimation but no insult intended. And it could take some considerable time to (re-)answer all of those questions.
  3. Thanks DD for pointing that out. I try to avoid insulting people here and on the internet in general. It's all too easy to be misinterpeted but being misquoted is something else again. Now that would get the adrenalin flowing.
  4. Sorry Jill but that is simply not true. Firstly, the basic guidance from Alamy is to turn off all in-camera sharpening. See bullet point 5 in the following http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/digital-camera-images.asp Secondly, in-camera sharpening can be very severe and may cause all sorts of problems down the line. The fact that apparently a lot of people do it, and get away with it, doesn't mean it's right and it is certainly not what Alamy is saying.. The absolute advice from Alamy is no sharpening whatsoever although they don't appear to object to a small amount of capture sharp
  5. Yes that is a good point. Most of my stuff is landscape and is sharp front to back and I know exactly what I am doing when I focus - I use hyperfocal distances with lens barrel markings tested myself for high accuracy. I use the viewfinder for composing but not for focusing my landscapes - great as well because my eyesight is not as good as it used to be. If it's not sharp, then it is because of blur in the scene or camera shake. I failed a few QCs in my early days, mostly due to my own sloppiness, but the sinbin is an efficient if very annoying teacher. Alamy has trained me to obsessively hig
  6. I'm sure that many cameras produce good to excellent quality jpegs and I'm sure that many still don't but that is not really the main point. Without going off on a long discourse which I can easily do on this subject, raw gives far more options in post-processing. Shooting jpeg only cuts off many options at source. I'm not saying that shooting jpeg only is the reason for the demise of spacecadet at the QC stage, but it is certainly worth considering among other things. I know if I started failing QC, then I would be quite dismayed but I would rapidly examine all the likely causes and try
  7. It isn't. I had a new body 6 months before and had hundreds of images accepted from it before the current problems. If it's not the gear, then it must be technique, either taking or post-processing. Alamy may have raised the bar a bit but not so much that an experienced photographer like you should fail frequently as you have been reporting on the forum. If it's not your gear, then maybe it's time to try shooting raw. With Lightroom properly set up, it doesn't take any longer to check images and do some basic post-processing than for in-camera jpegs.
  8. I remember having heard about more than one experienced, professionel photographer moan about the raised bar, delivering SoLD images repeatedly in the admission batch. Earlier you would probably be able to make a living without delivering tack sharp focused images all the time. Professional, digital image agencies made an end to this. Frequently was the operative word here. An occasional fail is understandable but repeatedly failing indicates that something is seriously wrong, either with equipment and/or technique. Any experienced photographer (pro or amateur) should be able to de
  9. I would also question the professional forum assertion. Alamy has a great mixed bag of photographers from full-time pros, part-timers, retired pros and all manner of others with varied knowledge and skill levels. I don't think it's an issue sharing technical knowledge - it's more a matter of time answering questions, especially a barrage of questions as from P_D_R which have been discussed in full very recently. One thing is for sure though- this forum is not the place to learn photography. Before submitting on Alamy, one should have the basic skill level to take and post-process an imag
  10. What exactly is the problem you are having?
  11. I think you are being a bit pessimistic here. As long as you keep the raw and xmp sidecar files, then you should have no problem opening them in 2025. At worst, the DNG converter will do the job on your current raw files and, if you are really worried about it, convert to DNG now and save the DNGs. Avoiding stuff that is Lightroom specific such as colour labels is key. I think the main problem will be making sure that the physical media on which images are stored stays useable.
  12. It's human nature just to report on the negative - most people don't write about the stuff that works. In my experience, I've had 1 out of about 6 Seagate portable drives fail bit that was dead on arrival and I got an immediate refund. I've never had a problem with the others. I've had about 10 WD portable drives (mostly WD Elements) and I've never had one fail - except for the one that dropped on the ground. I was using portables mainly for lightness and ease of offsite backup. My most recent backup scenario is using 3 4TB G-Technology USB3 drives - very robust drives in metal casing - t
  13. Ok I've no idea then. Alamy dashboard is working fine on my Mac in Firefox and Safari. The reason I said this was I think there was a security problem with Flash a few weeks ago and Firefox was blocking it and giving a message about an outdated plugin..
  14. If you go to Tools - Add-ons - Plugins, you should see Shockwave Flash in a list. Is it set to Never Activate?
  15. Smart collections are way better - you can't delete or remove an image from a smart collection unless you change the criteria in the keywords or other metadata. Essentially they are saved searches which permit very rapid image finding.
  16. I use one catalogue for all my images which reside in multiple folders based on high-level location (e.g. England, Ireland, Spain). I use folders only for ease of back-up. I have detailed location info in the metadata (xmp for raw files and embed directly in images for psd and jpeg. I use smart collections based on various criteria held in the metadata or keywords (e.g. Alamy, Spain, Black and White etc) to find images as well as the Lightroom filter system which is pretty good.
  17. Yes - all I meant was to apply a small or moderate amount of sharpening and see if it snaps into focus. Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpen in PS at say 50, 1, 0 should give a good idea if an image is sharp or not. I actually prefer to judge image quality in PSCS6 than Lightroom or ACR because the graphics are so much better and faster. I've recently started doing a lot more close-up stuff and need to check images very carefully because of limited depth of field. One part of an image may be sharp and another not so with the new graphics in PSCS6 or later this can be a really fast process. You could
  18. Don't be afraid of the equations, they are made more scary because of the big numbers. I was also concerned a little about even whether to post this and whether I would be teaching my grandmother to suck eggs. However if you need to crop an image it is better if you know what the limits are and you won't know that without doing the maths. Just substiture your own cameras file sizes where I have put mine and you I'm not afraid of equations. I did maths to degree level back in the 70s and I've been into digital imaging since the 90s. But I am aware that a lot of people are afraid of maths and
  19. Forgive my skepticism but I think that those who struggle to understand file size requirements are going to blow brain fuses looking at your equations. I think the main problem over time has been the confusion between file size and image size (as JohnB has posted while I type). Image size is called pixel size by Adobe and in the general literature.
  20. If you are shooting raw, then having remove ca turned on in camera will have no effect. Definitely turn it on in Lightroom if shooting raw. It is a magic button (although apparently not so good on longer lenses according to a recent post). As far as your question about sharpening is concerned, why not email member services and let us know here what they say. The guidance is very clear but it does seem to be a very grey area. I don't apply any sharpening and I've had one qc failure in 5 years (and that was due to incorrect focusing using new kit). If I am in doubt and to test if an ima
  21. If that is the definitive answer, why does Alamy still have the following in its guidance ((http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/digital-camera-images.asp) Turn off all in-camera sharpening RAW files should be checked for correct exposure, colour cast, etc, and any adjustments should be made at this stage. When converting from RAW, ensure all sharpening is turned off - it’s applied by default in Photoshop. I did see a post on the forum a few years ago where somebody from Alamy did say that default LR/ACR capture sharpening was acceptable or words to that effect. But why have this gui
  22. Luckily for me, my archive of over 500,000 negatives starting with my very first when I was 11 are all still perfectly printable. Just as well, as prints from these are now keeping me in the manner to which I am accustomed - which is a very well manner indeed thank you! A major museum-type institution is also negotiating the purchase of my archive, 'before I pop off', to have after I have gone to the great darkroom and they only want my negatives and any existing prints. Digi files are of no interest for all the reasons stated on this thread. Firstly, congratulations on your success
  23. No problem for me . I think the biggest problem with these resurrections is that the question the new poster asks actually gets lost and often not properly answered.
  24. That is why it's always a better idea to start a new thread rather than regenerate an old one, moreover if it is not really directly related to the original post. The original thread was about how people annotate images on their own storage systems, yours was about Alamy. Not harmful but definitely confusing.
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