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Richard Coombs

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  1. Jools, I agree with your observations, and your opinion. Your post speaks for a lot of us I'm sure. I've been with Alamy since 2006, overall, its been a reasonably good ride. Sure there have been some contract changes and reductions in licensing and commission rates, but then I have seen the same with other agencies that I deal with. I had only been with Alamy for about 12 to 18 months when I became very aware that they are, a law unto themselves! However, they have consistently sold my pictures and paid me on time, every time. They have answered my questions and corrected som
  2. I have refrained from comment so far because my view is, and has always been "it is what it is" there is nothing I can do about it. This step has been coming for a long time, clear for all to see surely. I shall continue to contribute to Alamy albeit with less enthusiasm, whatever the commission rate is. The legal aspect is a little unsettling to say the least, I am making changes to my collection in order to avoid any awkward situations. However, at the end of the day, if anyone wants to sue me, go right ahead, because "you can't have what I aint got"
  3. Colin, I haven't found anything of any use to me yet!!! It would appear to me to be an "incremental" upgrade from Catalina. There's always something useful for some people, but for me, not really. I use Adobe CC, Capture 1, Safari, Mail and Microsoft Office. They all look and work as they did with Catalina, High Sierra etc. Rich.
  4. MizBrown. I'm thinking along the same lines. Apple aren't doing themselves any favours. As much as I dislike Microsoft Windows, it "might" make more sense in the future. I'll review things when my iMac eventually goes to meet it's maker!
  5. Hi Carol. Sorry its taken me a while to reply. It was a surprisingly short time. I wasn't watching the clock but I think it was around 30 to 40 minutes. I know what you mean about the black screen, I just walk away from it for 15 minutes or so and do something else! All the best. Rich :0)
  6. I updated as soon as it was released, no problems.
  7. Interesting point Ed. I love B&W and did a lot back in the days of film. I've converted quite a few digital images to B&W in various editing programs, by and large, the results haven't been too bad depending on the colour original. The more colour, the better the result I have found. Take a look at Sebastiao Salgado's latter day work. Apparently he's converting files taken on Canon 5D's and getting pretty close to his famous film shots from back in the day. Sorry, I have no specific links, but a bit Googling with bring it up.
  8. For what its worth to anybody, I've just updated my 2019 MacBook Air to Catalina, and alls fine. Lightroom and Photoshop are opening faster than they did with Mojave, in fact there would seem to be an all round speed improvement with all apps. Yes, there seems to be a "glitch" when saving TIFF's out of PS, not a big issue with me and Adobe will sort that in due course. I wonder if some of the more irritating issues that are being seen are showing more on pre 2019 machines(?) I am using a 2019 iMac which I don't intend to update until next year because some of
  9. I took a few shots with the lens at 200 today, and I definitely would not want to submit to QC. I reckon 135 might be the limit for me.
  10. I got the chance to use the RX100 Vl today for the first time and yes, I agree with Ed and wiskerke, it is an extremely good and capable camera. And Ed, yeah, I do love it! Yackers 1 Cant comment on the Vll, I did look at one in the shop but couldn't find a reason for the extra 200 quid. I normally use a full frame Sony A7lll and opening up the RX files in Lightroom was a bit of a shock, but with a bit of fiddling about, applying a sharpening figure of 60-65 and using Ed's Luminosity figure of 40 followed by downsizing a little in PS, I ended up with images that I am ha
  11. Interesting thread! I have just bought the RX100 Vl a couple of days ago, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. My intention was to use it for other agencies/libraries that I supply but, having read the comments here, plus looking at Ed Rooney's pictures, I am reconsidering its purpose. Can anybody tell me what sort of maximum ISO level it will stand for Alamy submission? I usually draw the line at 1600. Ed Rooney, some of your food shots must be 800 to 1600?
  12. Hi Mark. I am sorry to hear of your problems. I'm in my 60's now and thank the Lord, pretty fit but, trudging the streets laden with camera bodies and lenses is becoming a thing of the past, the back and legs just won't do it anymore! Having realised this a couple of years ago, I took to photographing things around the home, mostly food items in a cheap light tent I bought off eBay under the pergola on our patio just outside the back door. Three steps, and I'm in position. Subject laid on an A2 cartridge paper sketch pad, job done. Here's the rub my friend. All pic
  13. Yeah, slow here as well. Happens rarely in my experience. They might be updating their systems perhaps.
  14. Interesting set of facts and figures there Wim, thank you very much for taking the trouble to post that. I have to admit, I hadn't even thought of some of those points> certainly worth factoring into any decision.
  15. That's an interesting, and mostly considered set of replies. Thank you all very much for your input. Firstly, this was certainly not intended to be any kind of Canon vs Nikon debate. As I stated in my original post, no way am I going to give up my iMac desktop for post, but, with advancing years and long standing lower back issues caused by the bravado and stupidity of youth trying to emulate Barry sheene, I cant sit for long periods at a desk, gone are the days of working my way through 20, 30, 40 or more pictures into the early hours of the morning. I hav
  16. Whilst I wouldn't dream of giving up on my beloved desktop iMacs for PP, I'm wondering how many people are using Laptops for PP these days. When I first signed up to Alamy back in 2006, laptops were a big no no! For various reasons they just weren't suitable. I do a lot of post on iPads, but not for Alamy. The results are fine for the other agencies that I supply and the type of work they accept, but I think QC would throw a fit if I tried submitting the results to them! I'm particularly interested in anyones experience with MacBook's as I am not a fan
  17. alphaomega, thank you for an interesting reply. Based on your experience I might give it try. It would be interesting to know if anyone is submitting scanned images.
  18. I was a big fan of Fuji, I thought the original X100 was superb once they got the bugs out of it. I have had both X Pro 1 and XT 1 and hate both of them!!! Fuji and their X Trans sensor are the reason I have opted out of the digital rat race and gone back to film. Armed with my old Nikon F2's and Hasselblads I am once again enjoying photography stress free. And, selling a great deal more pictures I might add!!! Although sadly, not through Alamy as QC are unlikely to accept the scans, which is a shame.
  19. I recall this question coming up on the old forum, shortly before it closed. I believe the answer was that it could indeed be done. But as Ed rightly points out, MS is the first port of call, they'll be able to help you I'm sure.
  20. This sounds good! Especially that Flash has been abandoned, perhaps we can now keyword in Safari on iPad. That would be the biggest and best improvement for me!
  21. I may be wrong, but Alamy seem to be unique with this "approved camera" thing. I'm supplying, and selling pictures through other agencies taken on a whole load of gear that Alamy would never accept. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to supply Alamy with images from what they consider to be "suitable" cameras if thats what suits their model. But, when I'm supplying images shot on a 1958 Zorki 4 on transparency film that expired in 2004 and they are selling and reselling again and again with other agencies, and for more money than Alamy have ever made for me, I can't help but wonder if they are miss
  22. Original Fuji X100, not the X trans versions! Fixed lens, but doesn't get any better.
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