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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. I had a few of those today as well. Probably the same buyer and I expect others will have the same. I wonder what the any size bit means in relation to website display. Anybody got any idea who the buyer is? Country: Worldwide Usage: Non-Editorial Electronic and web uses Media: Corporate website, single design Industry sector: General business services Image Size: Any size Start: 01 August 2013 End: 01 August 2016 5 years multiple web use incl. personal screensaver use Yup, those are the ones. No idea who the buyer is. At least they are coming in batches, which softens the blow
  17. I had a few of those today as well. Probably the same buyer and I expect others will have the same. I wonder what the any size bit means in relation to website display. Anybody got any idea who the buyer is? Country: Worldwide Usage: Non-Editorial Electronic and web uses Media: Corporate website, single design Industry sector: General business services Image Size: Any size Start: 01 August 2013 End: 01 August 2016 5 years multiple web use incl. personal screensaver use
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
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