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About M.Chapman

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  1. It can be useful to help find usages to create a pseudonym that gives no hits on a Google search. Then, if an image is published with a credit line including your pseudo, or if an image is mentioned in the Alamy found images thread, it's easier to find. I spliced two words together to create made up words for my pseudos. Mark
  2. If most of your images are editorial (and that's the "safer" default option anyway) you can set your Alamy default to Editorial. Then, although you can't automate the process, there's nothing to stop you putting something like untickditorial in your metadata tags for any non-editorial images before upload. Then after they have passed QC you can select all your non-editorial images at once in AIM by doing a search for untickeditorial, then select all that passed, then untick the editorial flag and then tidy up by deleting the tag untickditorial from all of them at once. This would save you having to set them individually. Mark
  3. Don't you find you get "stitching artefacts" in the RX100's auto panoramic stitched images? No matter what I try I often get "vertical ripples" (especially in foliage) towards the top or bottom of the frame where small features are repeated three or four times. It's worst when I hold the camera in vertical format and pan horizontally. I've tried various panning techniques and speeds (including trying tripod mounting and rotating about the lens nodal point), but have never managed to eliminate the possibility of these defects. They aren't noticeable when viewing the whole image, but are visible when looking at 100%. As result most of my Sony RX100 MkIII auto-stitched panoramas never make it to Alamy for fear of QC failure and I've reverted to taking several stills and combining in PS or LR which I find gives me much more reliable stitching, but is more tedious. The other advantage of using LR and PS of course is that the result is a 16 bit uncompressed images allowing greater flexibility fo tonal adjustments etc. whereas the Sony - Auto-stitched are 8 bit jpgs. Here's an example crop of the ripples at 200% (not the clearest example as I'd already binned those...). I've put a ring round the most noticeable, but once you know what to look for, then there are quite a few more to be found in this crop Mark
  4. I took a full backup and installed Mojave a while back on my 2012 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. I didn't like Dark Mode at all and I could no longer set dark menu bar in Light mode, so I quickly swapped back to High Sierra. I didn't notice a performance hit, but then I have plenty of RAM and SSD. I really didn't see any great advantage to Mojave, just gimmicks. Mark
  5. Yes Photoshop Elements is fine for photo editing for Alamy. The main limitation I found was the lack of automatic CA removal (which Photoshop and LR offer) and some adjustments only work in 8 bit mode, but that's not a problem if you adjust levels/contrast etc. before switching to 8 bit mode. If Adobe double their CC subscription prices (see rumour in other thread) I may well go back to PSE. Mark
  6. https://petapixel.com/2019/05/02/adobes-10-photography-plan-gone-from-site-cheapest-is-20-month/ Mark
  7. The official Sony AGR2 grip is self-adhesive. I've no idea if it's easy to remove, I've never tried and wouldn't want to remove it anyway. It just feels like it should have been there right from the start. You can see what it looks like when fitted by looking at the pictures on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sony-AGR2-Attachment-Grip-Black/dp/B00KOUIBRU/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=sony+rx100+grip&qid=1556775290&s=gateway&sr=8-3 NB. If you fit this grip the camera will no longer fit in this Sony case. https://www.amazon.com/Sony-LCJRXF-Premium-Jacket-Black/dp/B00KOUIC0Q/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=sony+rx100+case&qid=1556775594&s=gateway&sr=8-3 So don't buy both! Mark
  8. On my Sony RX100 Mk3 I can save one complete set of settings. The official manuals are available for free download online if you want to take a closer look at the functionality. For example here. https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/compact-cameras-dsc-rx-series/dsc-rx100#manuals Update: - Correction you can save 3 complete sets of settings in M1, M2 and M3. Mark
  9. If you take a look at many magazines and travel guides, featuring landscape photos, then yes they often use more saturated images. The latest range of TVs also seem to deliver eye popping colours. Before long the real world is going to seem awful dull.... Mark
  10. The question in current Alamy image manager (AIM) "Is there any property in the image" so the answer is simple and is yes. Just tick Yes and then tick No release. The old version of AIM used to ask "Is there property in this image that requires a release", that was more complex and was often interpreted as you have said, but that ambiguity has now been removed with the current AIM. Mark
  11. Poor month for me. 4 sales for $55 gross $23 net (1 was a distributor sale) from 4,300 images on Alamy. I got more net revenue from just 200 images I have on a MS site.... Mark
  12. Yep, broken here too. (Chrome on Mac OS High Sierra). Mark
  13. Indeed, but if I wanted to also reliably pass Alamy QC (as requested by OP) I'd still go for the Sony RX100 (which easily passes QC) over my Canon G10 which I found risked SoLD Alamy QC fails under anything other than bright sunny conditions (although that was in the days of the Alamy 48Mb and 24Mb minimum sizes). I suspect that downsizing to 17Mb could potentially avoid problems. But the images from my RX100 usually look OK without downsizing. Mark
  14. I've owned a number of Canon G series (G10, G12, G15) but swapped to Sony RX100 Mk III in 2017. Canon menus are much easier to navigate IMHO and Canon G series are often better for macro shots (closer focussing) and they feel more sturdy. But the Sony is smaller and its IQ beats any of the G series I've owned by a significant margin (less noise, less CA and sharper at edges of frame), it also has a pop-up EVF which can be useful when shooting in bright sunlight. It never ceases to amaze me the quality of images my Sony RX100 Mk III can produce. Mark
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