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  1. Not dangerous if you are wearing a gas mask - the fumes are toxic by all accounts. The gasmask went on ebay just before they found asbestos in some of them. You didn't sell the spacesuit as well though I hope. I pull part the plastic casing and then cut, crumple or tear the disc inside. I have done that once for one. But I need a WMD to deal with several hundred.
  2. Not dangerous if you are wearing a gas mask - the fumes are toxic by all accounts.
  3. It is legal to transfer a Photoshop license to somebody else as long as you transfer all related licenses (upgrades from the initial license). I don't know if an older Photoshop license would be worth anything now though - probably not. In relation to getting rid of the physical media holding old software and data, I have boxes of old CDs and DVDS with images and data files which I mean to put physically under the hammer (protected by something to gather the shards). I do this in the garden - not recommended for apartment dwellers. Hard drives are much more difficult to destroy. Hammering
  4. In simple terms and from personal experience, a raw image shot with a good sharp lens (say a 50mm prime Nikkor) on a D700 (12MP) and a D800 or D800E, unsharpened and viewed at the same size on screen (i.e. the D800E image downsized to 12MP), the D800(E) image will be significantly sharper. Printed at A4 size, there is not much in the difference as far as I can tell and I've not printed bigger but I would be happy to bet that there will be definite differences visible at A3 and bigger. I should add that A4 prints from the D800(E) do have an incredible amount of detail and have that larger
  5. I think all forms of digital sharpening use contrast differences between adjacent or nearby pixels as the basis of method but I am certainly no expert on this. Martin Evening (Lightroom 4 book) describes the Clarity slider as a hybrid of two techniques for contrast enhancment, one of which uses local contrast enhancement using the Photoshop unsharp mask filter set to low amount and high radius.
  6. The Clarity slider is a form of sharpening as far as I know (I'm not an expert on the intricacies of the process but it is described in the manual as "like a large-radius unsharp mask". Sharpening gets debated every so often on the forum and it's not entirely clear what the answer is from Alamy's point of view. I believe, from an Alamy post in a thread on this a few years ago, that a small amount of what is called Capture Sharpening (see Martin Evening's book for a very good description as well as a few interesting pages on the Clarity slider) is permissible and I think that a small amoun
  7. Great you took the advice and see such benefit (actually I think I was the only one to suggest Lightroom ). So here is a second piece of excellent advice . If you can afford it, buy Martin Evening's Lightroom book - it is the absolute learning and reference tool. If you read that and use it, you will soon be back here confidently answering questions from seasoned photographers as well as beginners. And my other piece of advice is take it easy with getting your revised images back on Alamy. You may improve them even more if you use the Martin Evening book. There is no hurry. Learn th
  8. Lightroom (from version 4) and ACR (from version 6.8) have the magic remove CA button which works incredibly well. No need for sliders or Photoshop plugins. But it won't work very well on pre-sharpened in-camera jpegs.
  9. You should probably have started a new thread rather than bring this one back from the dead as it can be confusing (looking at fotoDogue's post which seems to be answering the OP). Anyway, that aside, given your interests in architecture and landscape, you have got to think full frame. The D700 is almost 7 years old and, while it is a lovely camera, it is limited by its 12MP maximum file size. The good news may be that the D610 is available for £1,199 from several UK retailers (e.g WEX). I've not used one but word has it that it has similar excellent image quality to all of the recent ful
  10. Yes actually. Even on my monitor they look fine. But I agree with Arletta that the light is flat in my images. So I think I have to manually adjust Brightness & Contrast rather than clicking 'Auto adjust brightness/Contrast' on Photoshop Elements 13. Your images are definitely not too dark. I have my monitor calibrated quite dark and most of your images look fine in that respect. My strongest advice would be to get hold of Lightroom rather than Elements, shoot raw and learn how to convert raw images. Auto brightness and contrast adjustments are way too coarse a tool for a s
  11. Well I think that is a great shame and a big loss. Geoff is one of the most knowledgeable and intelligent people on the forum. I must say I enjoyed my discussions with Geoff and he made me even more pedantic than usual making sure what I said was accurate.
  12. The creative section needs a complete rethink and subsequent revamp but I don't think it is a priority for Alamy. Judging from a few searches on my Irish images, certain agency images appear to qualify as creative simply because they are submitted by a particular agency and are presumably royalty free (so can be used by creative professionals for advertising). Many of these images are obviously old scans from slides with poor image quality and would be very unlikely to even make it through QC if they had to take that route. And there are some weird ones. A search for Dublin Bay yields ove
  13. You could just import the lot and then use the filter by file type to show only the JPEGs, then select all and delete or move. Or copy the lot from the card to the computer drive, sort by type and move or delete the JPEGs.
  14. Well that was painless. I would not have had any idea what was in the picture had you not explained it. Best of luck.
  15. I'm afraid I don't know but I don't think it is anything to with Alamy as such. Maybe try clearing the Cache in Firefox if you haven't already done that.
  16. No problem here using Safari or Firefox on a Mac. It must be on your end but I don't know why this would happen. Maybe try clearing your browser history.
  17. That is incorrect. There is an automatic 200Mb limit. Anything larger will be rejected during upload but will not cause a QC fail.
  18. Keep in mind that you are missing out on some very useful or even essential features (i.e. once you start using them and realise what you've been missing) of full ACR by sticking with the Elements version. Adobe lists these as: The Tools Photoshop Elements does not have: Color Sampler Tool Targeted Adjustment Tool Spot Removal Adjustment Brush Graduated Filter Image Adjustment Tabs Photoshop Elements does not have: Tone Curve HSL / Grayscale Split Toning Lens Corrections Presets Snapshots There are some serious tools in that lot which do not require a steep learning curve. GIven the
  19. See here.... http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Windows This is not the ideal solution as you have to run all your raw images through the DNG converter (extra step in workflow) and then open them in your existing ACR or Lightroom version. This means you may be using an old version of the raw converter - not an issue at the moment if using LR4 as the raw converter is pretty much the same as LR5 (note that is the converter not the additional tools etc of LR5). The raw converters have improved significantly over the years so you would be potent
  20. If it does work in Elements 11, then you should be able to install it by opening the downloaded zip file and the contained file (double clicking) - exactly what you do depends on whether you are on Mac or PC but it should be very straightforward. However, I would be somewhat surprised if the latest ACR works on an older version as this is not the normal Adobe way of doing things and it should install as an auto-update if compatible. You can workaround this by using the DNG converter to convert your raw files to DNG and then open them in the older version. However, this is not really a desi
  21. Clearly distinguishes those like yourself who are actually making a living from photography from those of us who are not. The fear of subscription is natural I think, as there is a worry about perpetual payment and likely price increase as against a one off payment. And if you stop subscribing you lose the program. Me, I'm totally tied into Photoshop and cannot imagine life without it. My entire image collection is in PSD format, many layered and with alpha channels, along with the raws. So one day I will subscribe again - I did last year in fact but found little enhancement for my wor
  22. Points taken. I was really focusing on Callie's query about the differences between ACR in LR4 and 5 and I don't believe there is much if any difference between the converters themselves. I fully agree with the "Never understand why people spend thousands on gear fixation and baulk at spending a few quid on getting better software??". Too much time is wasted using old software (and indeed hardware). That is why I would advocate anybody using pre-CS5 to upgrade PS as it us vastly improved under the covers. And there are also significant image quality improvements in addition to time saving
  23. Geoff is the ACR in LR5 better than in LR4? I was under the impression that it was the same, which is the only thing that makes me not bother to upgrade but instead wait for a LR6 in the hope it has some more major improvements. AFAIK, LR4 supports ACR7 LR5 supports V8 - raw conversion is better. Process version 2012 is misleading. http://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/whats-new.html Noise sliders, spotting tools improved.... Never understand why people spend thousands on gear fixation and baulk at spending a few quid on getting better software?? This could get peda
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