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  1. I try to always use the location from which I took the picture in the Alamy location field and in the metadata for my own system in Lightroom. You could take a picture of a mountain, for example, from tens of km any side so using the mountain as the location can be meaningless, moreover if you are embedding GPS data in the metadata, which I have started to do where possible. I'll have the name of the mountain in the caption and the keywords.
  2. It's quite the opposite - total control is what you get in manual mode - the other modes are the more likely hit and miss ones. With manual, you take a meter reading, set the controls and take your pictures without worrying about the camera changing the settings if you move it. Of course it is important here to understand the metering process and the metering mode used is probably just as pertinent here. I expect many of the people who said they use manual also use spot metering - I do almost always. This allows one to take an accurate reading from a particular small area of the scene and hold
  3. Just to be clear on what I meant, I was only referring to images such as straightforward architectural shots or scenes with buildings where it is a simple matter to correct the verticals in software. I am not frowning on shots like the one above, which is a perfectly good shot, could not be taken any other way and the effect is intentional (for aesthetic reasons). But there are a lot of building shots here on Alamy which could be improved very easily by a minute's work in LR or PS.
  4. You need to allow space when taking the picture or take more than one and stitch. The correction can sometimes cause slight deterioration of the image quality but is usually not noticeable.
  5. I've been recently pondering asking this question myself. As one who strives (but frequently does not achieve I hasten to add) technical perfection, I think unless it is intentional or cannot be done any other way (as in the case of the image above), then converging verticals look sloppy, as if the photographer can't be bothered. It is so easy to correct most images in LR or PS now - a few minutes work at most. I don't know what the buyers think - that would be interesting.
  6. It seems incredible that the people producing an ad like this would use a library image of a person in such a context without checking it out really thoroughly. Surely ads like these call for commissioned shots only with the models knowing exactly how they would be used.
  7. If you shot raw, then the best way I think is to use the noise control (particularly the color noise control) in Lightroom under the Detail panel (LR4) and make sure you are not applying any sharpening. Alternatively in PS you could select the sky and apply a slight gaussian blur or similar to the sky area only - no need to use layers for this but you could make a copy of the background layer if you want to make sure it is non-destructive.
  8. I'm not familiar with the Spyder so don't really understand what you meant. As I said, I'm far from being an expert in colour management. I certainly didn't mean what I said to be in any way offensive to you so I hope you didn't take it like that - it's so easy to be misunderstood through this medium.
  9. Does ME's CS6 book have any practical suggestions/advice on this issue of iMac monitor? Sung Yes. Get the brightness way down and hardware calibrate is fundamentally what he is saying. A bit too much for me to condense here. The CS6 book is available as a Kindle download for around £17. I buy a hardcopy one about every three versions of PS to see what he is saying as he is very clear and knowledgeable. I don't claim any major expertise in the area of monitor calibration by the way. It's one of those things I got a practical working solution for years ago but have too much else to thi
  10. Not really I have to say. I hope you are using a good sunblock . Everything I have ever read (e.g Martin Evening's excellent PSCS6 book) about modern Apple displays and personal experience suggests setting the brightness very low. EDIT: I should add that your Alamy images look fine on my Apple display which I have at lowest possible brightness.
  11. That is definitely the case. The camera histogram is not important if shooting raw. The histogram that is important is the one in Lightroom or whatever raw converter you are using. I hardly ever use anything but manual exposure for the stuff I shoot which is mainly static (landscapes mostly) except for changing light. I would be happy with a manual exposure only camera if Nikon made an FM2 equivalent with sensor quality as in the D700-800. There is so much latitude now with exposure when shooting raw on many modern cameras in that it is possible to recover highlight and shadow detail that
  12. Yes I just checked and I'm seeing the same. Must be a problem on Alamy's side. No daily keywording session today then - what a disappointment.
  13. I'd agree it's not a very good editor but editing is not its main job - LR is really an image management database and raw converter with some basic editing capabilities. I think it's very good at what it was intended to do and not the best at some of the additional things that have been added to it.
  14. Probably not necessary, sometimes i like everything to be perfect although not always possible, i normally get away with cropping a little but this is not always practical depending on image composition. This all started with me along time ago when i was viewing images from a Digital Mamiya 645 where the images were sharp from corner to corner and was then frustrated that my full frame Canon could not achieve the same. In fairness i never have had images rejected for edge or corner softness, never the less it would be good if it was possible to have a completely sharp image. Pau
  15. Given the number of images you have on Alamy you are obviously an experienced photographer so you probably know all of what to do anyway but here goes. Use the optimum apertures for your lens-camera combos. Test for the optimum aperture with practical subjects - e.g buildings or the like at different distances where you can see any falloff in sharpness. Focus carefully - if you use hyperfocal techniques, then check the lens-camera combo in practice, don't just rely on barrel markings or tables. Edge sharpness can be more senstitive to slight changes than centre sharpness I find. Needle
  16. John. Were the images you were forced to remove solely of buildings or were there general landscapes on NT properry without NT buildings as well?
  17. Looking at their website it's certainly not very clear - I mean in relation to whether or not a permit is required on any NT property.
  18. Does this relate just to property with buildings or is it all NT land? If the latter, then it is incredibly restrictive - large sections of the UK coastline for example.
  19. Perhaps the poll question and options are not phrased as tightly as they could be but the idea still comes across. Maybe it would have been better to ask: "Do you think it is better to sell an image regardless of the amount obtained? Yes anything is better than nothing. No all my images are worth at least (pick a number say $20) and I don't want to sell for less than that. It depends on the image. I voted option 3. It's surprising to me how few people have voted for the third option as the difficulty in creating an image should surely be a factor here which is presumably what is meant
  20. I recall David K saying on the old forum that iMac screens are too bright even at their darkest setting. If your screen is too bright, then your images would appear dark on a well-calibrated monitor. I'm using a dual monitor setup with a Mac Pro. One of the monitors is an ageing 21-inch Apple with the brightness turned down as low as possible and gamma as high as possible in order to match my other monitor. Your Alamy images look slightly too dark to me as if the histogram has moved to the left but they are not too contrasty to my eye - the highlights appear a bit muted in fact - but not a lot
  21. I'm not defending the low prices paid by the newspapers by any means - they are insulting. But many newspapers are really struggling because circulation of print papers has dropped so low and they have not adapted fast enough. I never buy a paper anymore and I would guess that most contributors here don't either. Time was I would buy the Guardian several times a week. The Guardian lost something like 50 million last year - I read that on their free website of course.
  22. I know exactly what you were trying to say without offending me. That's ok I don't get offended. Someone with a P&S could have taken the shot, and they did and used it on the schools FB page. I then went out that afternoon and took this. It's not a HDR, it's just been processed that way in LR. It was a single exposure. I just like to work a lot on my images sometimes. It's a total throw away image. That's why it's Flickr, I don't really like the image, I just wanted to take it. It's the principle of them taking it that has annoyed me. " I wouldn't kill the day job yet if I were y
  23. This isn't intended in a negative way so please don't take it as such. It's intended as a positive criticism. In another post you say that you have only been into photography for around a year so there are undoubtedly some gaps in your knowledge of the technical side. The first thing that hits me about this picture is that is interesting but it does not look professional. Why? Well, the building is leaning because you have tilted the camera - otherwise known as converging verticals and very easily corrected in Lightroom or Photoshop. I would also wonder why it was necessary to use HDR on a sce
  24. My last sale was a 4 figure sum as well: $ 31.40 Aside from the fulltime pros who haven't got the option to give up, I think the advice to never give up is fine as long as one is actually enjoying one's photography. It may sound a bit simplistic but for me I really do get real fulfillment from photography (emotional and intellectual) and that is why I do it. It doesn't matter what type of photography you are doing as long as it's enjoyable to whatever degree. If it's not, then it probably is time to give up - and this probably applies to the fulltimers as well - there is nothing so sou
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