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Russell Watkins

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  1. Not sure if this is a "Search" function rather than a "Manage Images" function but proper implementation of keyphrases. Batch appending of keywords & keyphrases Keyword and keyphrase limit rather than character limit. (Plus what others have posted).
  2. Indeed. An observation though, if I may. If we're going to use greenies for shortlisting, we may as well use greenies as the voting mechanism. For me, it should be either-or. Either the judge shortlists and we have a vote via the poll OR the images are posted and participants vote with greenies. And if we're voting with greenies, no votes should be cast until all entries are in. Please don't take this as me criticising Ed as I'm all for new approaches and ideas. As I said, I am making an observation. At the end of the day, nobody's died and it's just a bunch of snappers
  3. Thanks Peter, I've now had a chance to look. I've nothing to add to the above other than to echo that the decision was harsh but fair. As far as depth of focus calculations are concerned, they're based on "acceptable" degrees of blur - the laws of physics dictate that only one infinitesimally thin plane is truly in focus and technically, even a mm behind or in front of that plane is out of focus. It just becomes a matter of whether it's perceptible or not. In this case, it obviously was. Having said that, I'm surprised that you're getting a DoF of 72mm with a macro lens shooting at
  4. As an appendix to the above, there are a few DAM gurus (like John Beardsworth) who deprecate the use of keywords for sorting in this way.
  5. As Paulette says, different people have different needs. I actually have an aversion to colour labels so using virtual copies for sorting based on colour labels isn't part of my workflow. Like you (apparently), I prefer the power of non-exporting keywords for any workflow sorting into Smart Collections. However, I know may way around quite a few photographic apps well enough to think outside the box when others have different needs. And Foreign Export asked specifically about colour labels so that's what I answered, although I mentioned keywords too. But otherwise, I agree with yo
  6. For future reference, if you want to apply different metadata sets to the "same image", just create however many virtual copies you need and you can apply different colour labels, stars, flags, keywords, whatever to each virtual copy.
  7. No, I'd just take the photo. It is easier to seek forgiveness than permission.
  8. Was she the same one who ate Vegemite and peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon?
  9. 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.
  10. 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+...
  11. A few animals from me... . . A Guillemot with its lunch... . . A Snipe... . . A Grey (Gray) Seal pup... . . And Seahouses Harbo(u)r, Northumberland...
  12. 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.
  13. Spoken like a man from the land of Downunder . What can I say? I'm a man at work.
  14. A bit like Marmitee. Allan Marmitee - you either luvee it or haytee it. I prefer Verjimmertee, anyway.
  15. Apple have started naming their OSs after places in California - it started with Mavericks. This is Yosemite National Park
  16. Yes Geoff you're correct for swappable drives. Default for internal disks is NTFS in Windows. Sorry for the confusion.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 thi
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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 a
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