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  1. Dream job for someone. Beware the link, it will lead you to the Guardian 😎
  2. I'm thinking Crocodile Dundee now - call that a knife? 😎 OK I am not an expert on types of knives but anything that gives a bit of leverage, is strong enough not to bend and to be able to pop the jar but slim enough to fit just between the lid and the glass. .
  3. Edo - by far the easiest way to get a lid off a jam jar is to pop it gently with a dessert spoon and then it should twist off with no effort. Knives, forks and teaspoons don't give enough leverage but a dessert spoon is perfect for the job. My wife taught me this one.
  4. Yeah maybe I am misunderstanding how it works as I tend to think of colour wheels as a primary colour grading tool for video similar to what you can do with the Basic panel in combo maybe with Curves but less powerful whereas it is being presented as an advanced split toner. I only tend to use toning for monochrome images. Anyway it's very interesting and i am looking forward to it being implemented. Thanks for posting. EDIT: I am used to the colour wheels in Final Cut Pro X which may be different from the Adobe Premier version.
  5. It is interesting alright. Colour wheels are another way of manipulating images. They don’t do anything new or different from what you can do in Lightroom already but offer an alternative approach to reaching the same destination. I only came across them when I started editing video this year in Final Cut Pro and I tend to use them first when starting on a new video edit before maybe doing more refined curve edits. I am not sure if I will make a lot of use of them in Lightroom for my images but I think it is a good move. I would like to see more integration of the video and stills editing tool
  6. And the sunsets are not too bad either - Dursey, Beara Peninsula, West Cork Fuerteventura semi-desert landscape Gran Canaria sand dune
  7. I agree about the camera copying being a lot better than the LS4000. I just got the scanner fixed (it was not expensive) to see how it would compare and it is not really in the same league as my copying setup (D810, Tamron 90 and ES-1 adapter with extension tube between lens and ES-1). Dynamic range is really important with slide copying and the camera is far better at holding detail in the highlights and shadows, moreover because I can shoot raw which also gives much better white balance. It is also much faster as you say. I will use scanner for a while for testing but might eventually sell i
  8. I think a lot of people nowadays have a reasonable idea what MP means (not talking about British politicians - that is far more complex) as a lot of or even most people are coming to photography through phones and camera quality on phones is a high priority selling point. And a lot probably know that bigger MP does not necessarily mean better quality. As for the second bit, it could be true but I think it is more likely that Alamy know that someone on the forum will answer the question. I don't bother any more. I just came in here to correct some factual errors as things got more
  9. The important parameter is not the pixels dimensions themselves but the product of the dimensions: so it is the length x height and preferably for simplicity (length x height)/1,000,000 to give the result in megapixels. If we were talking about land, then we would be talking about the area of a field (so hectares or acres). It doesn't matter if it is a very long thin field (panorama) or a nicely proportioned out of camera one (3x2). I can't see the product in MP in any of those places - they all give the individual dimensions (I don't have Capture One) OK it is a very simple calcul
  10. It is when you understand it like many things in life. A big problem is the use of imprecise terminology. I do understand it very well. It does definitely need tearing down and rebuilding. Incidentally a good analogy to talking about print sizes without quoting resolution would be to give someone a map and ask them to calculate distances without providing a scale. So it might be 6 inches or 15 cm from London to Manchester on the map but without a scale it is meaningless.
  11. It's at least a couple of day's work. I would do it but not for free. I would have to check out the various different types of software as well and do screenshots. Call it a good week's work.
  12. There are several reasons why print size is a complete non-starter as Harry has said. Basically, print size is completely meaningless without quoting the resolution in pixels per inch or pixels per cm. So not mentioning DPI (actually strictly speaking that should be PPI) makes the whole idea even more meaningless. What is the print size of a 6MP image? What is the print size of an 18MB image? How long is a piece of string? In addition, as I have already said above, quoting the proportions as inches, cm, pixels, picas, miles, light years is completely misleading as there are no set
  13. I think my use of the word mad reflects my Dublin origins. There it means poco loco, a bit wild, as a mheabhair, or it did when I was growing up - a compliment of sorts, reflecting perhaps an acceptance or even admiration for the risk taker. 😎
  14. Do you mean live news pictures rather than editorial? If so you have to request live news access which means filling in a form. They are very strict about the format and content of captions and other metadata. I see John has replied so I will stop there,
  15. My intentions in providing an opinion were to be be supportive. In private communication, I have been giving Edo what I would consider to be support in the recent past - trying to help him with his wifi problems for one thing. In my estimation, the risk of making the journey he is talking about is not insignificant at all for a man of his age with medical problems that he has declared openly here. Covid-19 is indeed extremely serious and potentially fatal, particularly in elderly people. If he goes I wish him the best. And I wish you the best too.
  16. Whatever turns you on I guess. I am guessing you are in your early to mid-60s so the risk is a lot less serious than for someone in their mid-80s. The rule of six has about as much basis in real science as the hypothesis that having Uranus rising at the time of your birth will lead to a volatile personality. It is one of the most ridiculous things the government has come out with. Dog help us if there is a dog (sorry wrong thread). Edit - we are a long way from normality, a long, long way.
  17. Perhaps you should ask the people who are providing erroneous information. A megapixel is 1,000,000 pixels and that is simple fact. I read years ago that the moon thing is an optical illusion. That is fascinating. I don't understand it. There is definitely a dog. It keeps me awake at night barking. There is also a cock. It wakes me up before dawn crowing. I must sleep in between.
  18. OK how about poco loco then Edo πŸ˜€. It's not only the train (and there are no guarantees about how many people will be on that or how well it will have been cleaned). If you are staying a few days then presumably you will be in a hotel and eating out a lot. It just increases the risk - the more people you are in contact with the riskier it is and the virus is really rampant again. As for politics I doubt that even the most ardent Tory would argue that the government has handled the pandemic in a rational and sensible manner. Same for your country of origin but even worse, way way wo
  19. But it is good advice in this case. I would say Edo would have to be absolutely mad to travel on public transport given his age and the medical conditions he has mentioned here in the past. The confusion here over what is advice and what is law is a reflection of what is happening out there and is a damning indictment on the government's continual mishandling of this crisis. Bojo was blaming the public for not following the guidance yesterday when he doesn't even know what the guidance is himself. It is far too convoluted and complicated for the general public and there have been
  20. Exactly. I agree and that is what I am saying. The guidance is entirely based on Photoshop which a lot of people don't use nowadays. The actual proportions don't matter though - they could equally be 4000x1500 or 6000x1000 as long as they are 6,000,000 pixels which will easily clear the 17MB bar (3x 6,000,000). You can set Lightroom to give the size in megapixels. The idea of an open file size is meaningless in Lightroom. If it was up to me I would rewrite the guidance in very simple terms for Lightroom and Photoshop users. I don't understand why Alamy have never done this.
  21. True and we have been saying this for years. The guidance is way out of date and lacks clarity in the description. Having said that, it should really be obvious to anyone with a basic knowledge of digital imaging what it really means. It is not rocket science as the man said more or less and then went on to make a dog's dinner of his explanation which is the only reason I bothered to post. I decided quite some time back not to answer questions about file size and Alamy QC having answered such questions numerous times and still Alamy does nothing to properly update the guidance. Now where is t
  22. Fortunately it is not on the compulsory reading list.
  23. Actually that is incorrect. You seem to be tying yourself in knots. Not clear where you got that info but it is definitely wrong. Life is much simpler than that. A megapixel is simply 1,000,000 pixels. What I think you are getting confused about is the definition of megabytes and that is where things get confusing. In the past a megabyte was defined as 1,048,576 bytes but that has been deprecated in recent years for simplicity and a megabyte is now considered by most to be simply 1,000,000 bytes. They now use the term mebibyte for the older 1,048,576 bytes. See the fo
  24. I did a little experiment this evening and found that there is virtually no depth of field effect on dust and scratches with my ES-1 and Tamron 90 setup. In fact I found that using apertures smaller than f11 (f16-f32), thereby increasing depth of field, was more effective at reducing marks or dust on the film, as the sharpness of the lens decreased. Of course the image quality was also significantly degraded at these small apertures. One thing I did notice was that reversing the slide had an effect. In the case of the slide I photographed, scratches were a lot less obvious with the emulsion si
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