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  1. I am glad you solved that because I really couldn't figure it. Well done for owning up to a mistake as well - many people wouldn't.
  2. There is probably not a lot of advantage in submitting huge files (uncompressed image (pixel) size of about 192 Mb I calculate for yours) for Alamy so I would recommend making life simple and just submitting downsized versions. I'm using a D800 which gives file pixel sizes just over half of that (around 106 Mb). I make sure that these do look pretty sharp at 100% before I submit them - if I'm in doubt I'll downsize a bit which makes them snap sharp but I never apply any sharpening. Generally I submit at full size but I don't think I've sold an image yet because of its size - a lot of stuff so
  3. Ed - I don't think this is any different in Mountain Lion. Go to the View menu in the finder and cliock Show Status Bar. That should do what you want.
  4. I would wonder how time effective copying really is if you have to spend a lot of time afterwards digitally cleaning the images - not only will there be spots on the slides but there is also the usual sensor dust problem. Digital ICE is highly effective. And film can be bulk-scanned with the right gear. Using a RAW processor is not an issue either way as you can run scanned TIFFS through Camera RAW. The dynamic range will already have been lost in the original simply because slides have such a tiny range in comparison to a modern DSLR . I think the real issue here could be quality - is
  5. I would wonder how time effective copying really is if you have to spend a lot of time afterwards digitally cleaning the images - not only will there be spots on the slides but there is also the usual sensor dust problem. Digital ICE is highly effective. And film can be bulk-scanned with the right gear. Using a RAW processor is not an issue either way as you can run scanned TIFFS through Camera RAW. The dynamic range will already have been lost in the original simply because slides have such a tiny range in comparison to a modern DSLR . I think the real issue here could be quality - is
  6. Don't get me wrong - I'm not telling you off - but it may be a little unwise to make sweeping statements about particular ethnic groups or nationalities on a public forum like this. Immigration is a very thorny issue in Italy and indeed many other parts of Europe these days. Suffice to say that pushy pedlars targeting tourists, regardless of where they come from, are really annoying and can be threatening which certainly doesn't help tourism. It's the mountains for me.
  7. Part of the Ryanair list of prohibited items: Blunt Instruments: any blunt instrument capable of causing injury, including tennis rackets, baseball and softball bats, clubs or batons - rigid or flexible - e.g. billy clubs, blackjacks (truncheon of leather covered lead with flexible shaft), night sticks & batons, cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey and hurley sticks, lacrosse sticks, kayak and canoe paddles, skateboards, billiard, snooker and pool cues, fishing rods, martial arts equipment, e.g. knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, num-chucks, kubatons, kubasaunts. Althou
  8. I often feel vulnerable in big cities, carrying expensive gear around which could be easily removed. It's certainly not just Rome. I would like to visit Vesuvius but Naples has a bad reputation for tourist muggings. Similarly, Barcelona has got a bad reputation in recent years. When I visit Dublin, my native city, I am always watching out if I have camera gear on show but there I have a reasonably good idea of where not to go and how to not behave like a tourist. I hate giving in to fear of being mugged but common sense needs to prevail - a sad fact of modern life, undoubtedly related to pover
  9. That sounds great Phil. I'll email you to the address on your website.
  10. That bag would exceed the Ryanair and standard dimensions for many airlines. Maybe the guys weren't eyeing up your cameras. I have a fond memory of being in Rome in the early 80s, crouching down on a street corner taking pictures of a lizard. I had long curly hair at the time and got beeped and whistled at by some guy passing by. His face when I turned around would have made a lovely picture - unfortunately I didn't get time to shoot - his machismo or whatever the Italian equivalent is was deeply offended.
  11. The mention of Conns Cameras rings a few old nostalgia bells. I used to buy darkroom chemicals and paper there years ago. Just had a look at their website and it looks like a very good shop in fact. Price of the Lowe Pro is reasonable at €99 (about £70 here from WEX before post and packing), factoring in the exchange rate and the higher vat in Ireland. Enjoy Dublin. I'm hoping to be enjoying the visual and other delights of La Gomera and La Palma soon.
  12. The grey card technique is be a good starting point and is great for studio work, but a note of caution for outdoor work as it will remove the warmth from a sunset (for example) and so can completely change the atmosphere of a shot (in the same way that Auto WB does). True. It wouldn't work for everything but, for a lot of the stuff that Gervais does (daylight shots in straightforward lighting), it might be useful. Gervais - grey cards are readily available on the web (see Amazon). The reason I mentioned monitor calibration is that it is important for whoever is advising you, assumin
  13. Fortunately I can manage within 10kg for most of my kit, bodies, lenses, flash. Tripod, reflectors, and a few other accessories go in hold bag. With Ryanair you can't get away with carrying camera around your neck, they insist everything has to be in the bag...Big pockets can be a help for some items I was about to say the same. You would risk the 60 euro excess with your hand baggage placed in the hold if you carry cameras around your neck. Besides, it would be a rather uncomfortable flight if you kept them around your neck and you probably would not want to put cameras loose in the overh
  14. That\s the one I was referring to as well above - it's a great backpack. For the sake of correctness, I quoted dimensions from the Wex website but gave one internal dimension (it must be the heat here in eastern England going to my head). I should have said 25.8 instead of 23 cm for the lateral size. If you fill it, it moves out sideways so maybe that is how you are getting 31 cm. In any case it is well within the Ryanair limits. Incidentally, Easyjet have recently reduced their cabin baggage size below the standard 55 X 40 X 20.
  15. This may not suit Phil but it's what I've started doing recently so may as well post. I have a very neat Lowe Pro 300 which is a mere 23 X 17.4 X 44.5 cm, which fits two pro camera bodies with small primes plus small laptop, cables, backup drives, books and maps etc etc. It's my field bag for mountain walking. This fits neatly into my hard ultra-light Samsung bag (same size as the Ryanair spec) which cost about 4 times the Lowe Pro because it is so light. And there is room for various extras in the Samsung. It comes in at less than 10kg which is also important as Ryanair sometimes weigh the ba
  16. I would recommend, where possible, to take a small gray card around and take one shot including this in the same light as you are shooting. All shots in similar light should have the same WB. Looking at the stuff you do, I think you could easily do this. Then all you have to do is use the eye dropper on one image, synchronise the rest and you should have well-balanced images. As Chris says, you may need to recalibrate your monitor - use a hardware calibrator to remove subjectivity of judgement.
  17. I noticed that but it's probably accidental. Apparently it is easy to do when using forum on a phone. I'll give you a greenie to counteract it.
  18. Hmm... took a bit of hunting but the only bit I found on the subject was http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/image-submission-checklist.asp which says "Maximum uncompressed file size of 200MB." Curiously the uploader checklist itself omits any 200MB max size checkbox. The only other thing I have found on the subject is: http://discussion.alamy.com/index.php?/topic/11-submission-guidelines-and-file-size/ posted in Feb 2013 which says "Remember, we do not want a Jpeg 24MB in size as that would be ridiculously large when uncompressed (opened)!" I assume from MDM's previ
  19. Firstly it is essential to distinguish between the pixel size of the file and the file size of the jpeg on disk. The Alamy guidance in relation to maximum file size refers to the latter (file size on disk) whereas the guidance in relation to the minimum file size refers to the former (pixel size). The pixel size is determined by, for example, checking the image size in Photoshop or can be calculated from the cropped file size dimensions in Lightroom (3 X width X height). The actual size on disk of a jpeg depends on the image content - images with a lot of detail are always larger than those
  20. Actually the D800 with a 50mm1.8 Nikkor is quite a light bit of kit (for a professional quality DSLR) and should be a supersharp combination. In the right circumstances, the images should be so sharp that small crops can make usable images. It is quite feasible to use it handheld at high iso for highish shutter speeds and get very decent results. Getting sufficient depth of field with this combination is a lot more tricky, especially indoors at close subject distances, given the reduced depth of field of the D800. Downsizing the images would help increase apparent depth of field. So while the
  21. The pseudonym field is no longer searchable in the standard search so this shouldn't happen now. There was a very recent blog post about this.
  22. I doubt that this will happen as it would require a lot of new programming to implement and I imagine that it would be very expensive for Alamy to do so. As things stand we are just seeing thumbnails, not the high-res versions, in Manage Images. For it to be any real use - ability to see very small parts of images to be sure the specs are people for example - they would have to re-design the whole interface so as to connect with the high-res versions. I don't think this is likely to be a priority for Alamy. It's easy enough to have Lightroom or the like open on your machine when keywording and
  23. It's just a consequence of the Alamy model - as long as it is tecnnically flawless by Alamy critertia, it can go on sale (notwithstanding the fact that they only check a subset of images on each submission after the first). This is why there are huge amounts of poor quality images on Alamy in terms of composition, cropping, lighting, exposure, aesthetics, etc etc. Content of the image is not considered apart from the basic rules. It's up to the buyer to sort through the results of a search and discard the rubbish. It's a pretty good model really but it would be much better if many contributors
  24. Maybe too late for tonight's nightmares but you really shouldn't lose any sleep. Firstly, the updates are optional. Only update if there is a feature you need. Secondly, Ed is talking about Windows (no dll files on a Mac as far as I'm aware). All the previous updates are available from Adobe so on a Mac it is very simple to go back to an earlier version if there is a problem with an update. Normally just delete the new version and reinstall the older one. Just make sure you have spare copies of your catalogue file and previews before running an update. That is the most important thing.
  25. To judge sharpness effectively, it needs to be examined at 100%. Posting a full size D800 image online would be fairly demanding bandwidth-wise. To judge depth of field online in this way, you would need to post a front to back sliver of a full size image. I would suggest that you perform your own experiments as this would allow you to get a real understanding of what you can do with the camera. What I did was place a series of objects such as boxes with writing on them, books, bricks, garden furniture etc at measured distances of 1 metre apart and then do some series of pictures at differ
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