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  1. That is called irony (attempted). Your quote needs the full context. In other words, I don’t think that national stereotyping is harmless, certainly not in the context I was referring to.
  2. Don't hold your breath just yet Mark. Time is not on my side at the moment. The fisheye effect makes it pretty limiting for raws. When I mentioned it, I didn't realise it was only possible to shoot raws in wide (fisheye) mode although I think it could work as a cheap camera for underwater stills photography. I wouldn't dream of shooting landscape or using it for general purpose photography. I got it for action or fast motion video and it produces decent if quite noisy results. As I said the stabilisation is incredible. Really it is a camera designed for the adventure sports enthus
  3. Did a search out of curiosity and this seems to be quite a common issue caused by shutter shock. There are a few threads on the DPReview forum about this. A recommended solution seems to be to use EFCS (electronic first curtain shutter.
  4. It used to be 180 days before the new contract. Presumably you are getting the old message although it should change as I have images pending deletion with the 90 day message, even ones I deleted before the new contract came into force.
  5. Not had time to take any proper pics outdoors with the GoPro but it seems that it will only shoot raw in what they call wide lens mode, which gives a fisheye effect, so is rather limited for stills as it produces serious distortion. I don’t know how good the JPEGs are in terms of noise which would probably be the main factor in determining whether they would downsize well and be sufficiently noise-free to pass Alamy When I get a chance I will take some outdoor shots to check out its capabilities. I got it for action video as the quality of the stabilisation is amazing.
  6. The RX100-n controls are fiddly enough in the hand never mind in a bag. I doubt that the weatherproofing is too great either if it did get wet. Best of luck with that.
  7. I don't know as I don't have an older version to compare with but it seems to me that I am having to go a long way to the right with the exposure (or white) slider to see highlight clipping at all so maybe they have made it less sensitive. The shadow clipping seems normal though.
  8. Looking at the guidelines, they say to refer to a blog post which is over 3 years old - a long time in the world of digital photography. So I guess the official line has not changed on cameras with tiny sensors although perhaps it needs updating given the quality that is achievable now when shooting raw with a tiny-sensor camera. I suspect the requirement to use a DSLR or equivalent (that phrase needs updating given the rise of mirrorless cameras in the last few years) is to try and maintain a certain standard of contributor (enthusiast photographer baseline at least) but things are changing a
  9. There is no requirement to include metadata after the first submission. I don’t know but I get the feeling they are less concerned about the camera used nowadays- maybe I am wrong. I haven’t tried it as I have no reason to do so but I would if I had an image that I really wanted to upload. I notice that the Olympus Tough-6 has the same size sensor but max image size is 12MP.
  10. I was basing my comment solely on actual image quality. I haven’t tried submitting a still from a Hero 9 but I can’t see any reason why a carefully processed raw would fail on the basis of image quality alone. Do Alamy even have a suitable camera list any mote? I will take a few pics at some point and upload them to Dropbox to demonstrate.
  11. A GoPro Hero 9 might be another option. It has a 20MP sensor so there is a lot of room for downsizing. With care in post-processing raws, one could submit images that should easily pass Alamy QC.
  12. I use Lightroom but I had a look at ACR to see what you are talking about as it has changed to be more Lightroom-like. a. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard - I can't see a button arrow either but keyboard is probably quicker anyway than clicking a button. b. Works for me. c. There is a button with a down arrow at the top right as well as on individual thumbnails. This opens a big dialog box that allows you to save with various options and save as a preset as well. If you save it as a preset, you can right click to save with that preset.
  13. I'll take your word for it Mark. I'm coping well without these in-camera exposure indicators anyway as the highlight recovery on the Nikons I use is exceptional.
  14. As Edo and Phil say, the controls are very fiddly and the menus vast. However, given the size of these cameras and the quality of the images, they are mini-miracles of modern technology. The trick is to spend time learning the various features and then customising the controls so you have minimal adjustments to make when out and about. The cameras are highly customisable to personal requirements.
  15. Logically that is the only way it could work. The camera doesn’t know what software you will use to convert the raw image so it gives you its own interpretation based on an in-camera profile used to create a jpeg. It is the same with the camera histogram. When you know your camera and its capabilities, you can expose accordingly. The important thing for me is not to totally blow out highlights so if in doubt I will knock the exposure down a stop or two but I still aim to expose to the right as much as possible. I never use these exposure aids when shooting raw stills.
  16. Another advantage of electronic over optical viewfinders is that EVFs are much safer for the eyes when shooting into the sun. I still prefer optical viewfinders but am used to electronic now as well. When switching from electronic to optical it is important to remember that it is no longer wysiwyg and to use the meter. I've forgotten to do that a few times.
  17. I buy G-Technology drives and have yet to have one fail. I reformat them every so often and get new ones as well as I get more files. I also have offsite storage for the important stuff.
  18. Yes it is way way cheaper to store raws on hard drives.
  19. JPEG storage is unlimited but you pay for raw storage as far as I know (maybe over a certain amount). I never used raw storage on Zenfolio.
  20. If I sell prints, I get clients to list what they want and deal with them myself rather than through direct web sales which are handled by the host. Clients get links to their galleries and can download their images themselves if that is part of their package. That is different from selling direct downloads (effectively licensing images) which I don't do. One thing to keep in mind when comparing prices is that SmugMug give dollar prices and take exchange rates into account when charging. My package was $102 but they charged less than £80 (I can't remember the exact amount).
  21. The D850 (Nikon DSLR) has an electronic shutter option.
  22. I have no experience of Photoshelter but have with Zenfolio. I would suggest that SmugMug is also worth checking out as an alternative to Zenfolio. They are similar in many ways but SmugMug offers a Power plan for less than £80 a year which is very good if you don't need to sell or license directly from your website. I switched from Zenfolio Pro plan (was £192 last year) to SmugMug Power plan earlier this year and am very happy with it - own domain, unlimited JPEG storage, private passwordable proofing galleries for clients, very fast. Zenfolio only have the starter plan and then the Pro plan.
  23. If video is the main thing, then you could think of the Z6 II instead and save quite a lot of money. For technical reasons beyond my present understanding, the smaller sensors on the 6 cameras are deemed better for video. Still image quality is effectively indistinguishable from the 7s. Good win today 😀
  24. A foot in each Nikon camp at the moment. Reasons for going mirrorless: 1. Weight (although when you stick big lenses on a mirrorless body, the weight advantage is minimal or non-existent) 2. Video - Nikon's Z mirrorless cameras have much more advanced video features than DSLRs. The simplest advantage is that you can use the viewfinder when shooting video but there are others such as the ability to shoot raw video. 3. Nikon has reached a plateau with its DSLRs. The D850 is the best DSLR ever made and would be very hard to surpass so all the new development now is with the Z
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