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Russell Watkins

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  1. I wonder if there's such a difference in costs in the US as in the UK. We're gouged on technology over here compared to US prices, at least for the hardware.
  2. I've just ordered the iPhone 6 as my 4S has got a fingerprint on the screen and I can't be bothered wiping it off (not really, the battery control gizmo is futzed, even after I upgraded to IOS8). I now buy my phones outright and unlocked and then go for SIM-only deals. This works out far cheaper than contract although you have to stump up the cost of the phone. It's far more flexible too - if I don't like the 6 I'll just sell it and try something else. I'm all in with the Mac ecosystem though so it's unlikely. Unless I sell the 6 and go for the 6+...
  3. A few animals from me... . . A Guillemot with its lunch... . . A Snipe... . . A Grey (Gray) Seal pup... . . And Seahouses Harbo(u)r, Northumberland...
  4. The Verjimmertee is Aussie. Marmitee is a British concoction. On the peanut butter front, your ex-grilfriend sounds like a woman after my own heart. On the salty, brown, gloopy, yeasty stuff, not so much.
  5. Spoken like a man from the land of Downunder . What can I say? I'm a man at work.
  6. A bit like Marmitee. Allan Marmitee - you either luvee it or haytee it. I prefer Verjimmertee, anyway.
  7. Apple have started naming their OSs after places in California - it started with Mavericks. This is Yosemite National Park
  8. Yes Geoff you're correct for swappable drives. Default for internal disks is NTFS in Windows. Sorry for the confusion.
  9. Yes, you can reformat on your computer. Right click the drive and you will see 'format' as a choice. Jill AFAIK, the default format for Windows is NTFS and for OSX is HFS+ or MacOS Extended Journalled. And that I think is the problem as I outlined above.
  10. I suspect the reason for advising formatting in-camera is that you've no chance of formatting the card the wrong way. Cameras (well, my cameras) use FAT32 formatted cards but there are numerous different ways of formatting memory (HFS+, NTFS, ext3 or ext4 ± journalling etc etc). Your camera won't be able to read or write to any card that is not formatted as FAT32. You can choose which method of formatting to use on your computer but it's a possible weak spot. I think that cameras also write the directory structure (Model > DCIM > Img_Folder) at the time of the format although this may also be written at first write to store an image. FWIW, I leave images on my cards and cycle them once I've got a few backups on my desktop/2x HDD system. They're then formatted every time they're put in a camera. I use 4 bodies and 2 brands so I do this to minimise the risk of screwing things up.
  11. This link describes a nice little trick to give your images some pop. It talks about Lightroom but works for ACR too. https://fstoppers.com/landscapes/give-your-colors-nice-kick-lightroom-trick-38646 I've searched the Alamy fora and couldn't find anything posted previously so apologies if I've missed it.
  12. The "actual number of pixels in the image" includes all red, blue and green channel pixels. A 24 megapixel image doesn't become a 72 megapixel image because you have red, green and blue pixels. A 24 megapixel image will be made up of roughly 12 million green pixels and 6 million each of red and blue pixels. The Image Size dialog will report 24 megapixels (as say 6000 x 4000) for a 24 megapixel image. Multiplying megapixels by 3 because of the 3 different colour channels gives you the physical size in megabytes (not megapixels) of an uncompressed TIFF - the "Pixel Dimensions" header in the dialog is MB not MP. EDIT: It's actually a poor choice of terminology by Adobe - I think we're talking about the same thing.
  13. Don't worry. You are not the first person to get confused by this and you certainly won't be the last. When I find a bit of time I am going to write a short article on this in plain English with screenshots from Lightroom and Photoshop. Even the previous Alamy sticky that Geoff refers to didn't explain it completely in my opinion. The concepts that need to be explained are that the pixel size of the image is 3X the MP size of the image (as quoted by the camera manufacturer for example) and the difference between the size on disk and the pixel size of the image is primarily because saving as JPEG compresses the file on disk. You mean "...physical size of the image..." no?
  14. Lovely shot Russell. Envy you living with a view like that. Hope they do not build on it soon. Allan Thanks Allan. I've moved house since; a year ago today in fact. I'm a mile up the road from there, now.
  15. Shot from my front doorstep one snowy, winter morning: . .
  16. Yes, I saw that Ann. My interpretation of it is, "We acknowledge that forum members are discussing watermarks". I'm not sure whether "...some annoying..." comes before "forum members" but I suspect it does.
  17. I'm out. It's interesting that the question, "Why don't you watermark images?" still hasn't been addressed on the PS Forum.
  18. Thanks again, both. I have used PM5 in the past but I rely heavily on a catalogue so I dropped it, in spite of PM5's strengths with metadata. As a workaround though, I use an app called TextExpander that makes it easy to do "Code Replacement" type actions for captioning and keywords and it works whether I use LR or Aperture or whatever.
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