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  1. Firstly, congratulations Keith. A great achievement.


    Secondly, this has evolved into an interesting topic on the order of keywords.


    I've just done a quick survey running through searches that utilize quotes enclosing phrases. As mentioned above quotes certainly do greatly reduce the number of returns compared to the same but unquoted phrase.


    So I then had a look at the number of searches where quotes are used to enclose a phrase. Looking at the first 600 searches in All of Alamy, I only found 1 search that used quotation marks around a phrase.


    This is a quick test only but, if this is the case, then I'm wondering whether it is really worthwhile spending countless hours revisiting existing images currently online to bring potential phrase words together.


    I may be missing something here so any thoughts would be appreciated.




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  2. Hi John and Steve


    I too have a RX 100 MK 3. I find the image quality generally quite good but nowhere up to the standard of my 5D III with L glass. But I did not expect to have that sort of quality. With the RX100 I always reduce image size when uploading to just above the Alamy minimum. I shoot in raw and post process in LR and occasionally PS CC.


    I would be interested in your RX100 workflow. Do you accept The RX JPEG output or shoot in raw only. The noise at anything above 100 ISO is a concern to me, so do you have any comment on noise treatment.


    All said though, the RX100 is a great carry around that certainly attracts no attention whatsoever in general street shots where so much of our editorial potential exists. The weight relief on my aging back and shoulders is a bonus.

    Regards Ken

  3. I've got the 17-40 F4 and love it on APS-C cameras, very sharp but it became a small problem though when I moved to FF 5Diii. The 17-40 was a tad soft at the edges. I finally pulled out the credit card and bought an EF 24-70 F2.8 and haven't looked back. What a fantastic lens - very sharp across the frame and at all apathetic and focal lengths. I'll keep the 17-40 for APS use, but the extra money for the 24-70 F2.8 was well worth it.



  4. To transfer between any IOS devices eg. iPad, iPhone, and to/from any desktop desktop or laptop (either PC or Mac) try the Simple Transfer App from the Apple App Store. Costs under $4.


    Here's the developer website. http://rambax.com/simpletransfer that explains how it all works.


    Works like a charm when on a home wi-if network and the transfer is very quick, and avoids having to use the cloud if you don't want or need to.


    My simple workflow.


    1. Take image(s) on iPhone.

    2. Use Simple Transfer to send to PC.

    3. Make adjustments in LR or Photoshop CC, save image as Jpeg.

    4. Transfer saved image to iPad or iPhone using Simple Transfer and upload to Stockimo.


    Very simple and very quick.


    It's even easier to send between IOS devices using Simple Transfer.


    All Exif data is retained so original iPhone EXIF data is still with the image even after processing with LR or PS.



    P.S. A free trial version is available.

  5. My M3 arrived yesterday.  This my first RX100 so can't comment on the M1 or M2.


    But I just tried the M3 and it did indeed work OK on Manual and Auto ISO.  Choose M on the top dial, set shutter speed and aperture, then use the function button and set ISO on Auto.  I swept around the room and ISO varied as I took pix in varied light.


    This is a useful feature which I use quite often on my DSLRs (7d & 5DIII).


    So far I'm very impressed with the RX100M3's IQ.   Just have to get used to the tiny size, controls and menu system and I'll be a happy chappy.



  6. Interesting article regarding a push to establish right to privacy when photographing in public places.





    While written in an AU context the article mentions that UK, Canada and NZ have already passed such laws.


    I haven't formed a view yet as both sides of the argument have some validity.


    My hope is that any laws passed on this topic are sensible and balanced. An ultimate unbalanced law would mean that much photography in public places would be illegal unless model releases were obtained, which of course would be impossible for the vast majority of photographers.


    Then there is the public interest test. Is it in the public interest to take photographs of a parade? Could be, likewise with a demonstration. But what about pedestrians simply walking along a sidewalk. Is there any public interest in that case.


    The only certainty is that it is a very complex issue, and it is being seriously discussed.


    Any other views, and/or experience with the laws passed in the UK, Canada or NZ?



  7. I don't think this is going to work in Getty's favour. Who's going to embed a link to the image using "Getty's image player" on their website when


    • Getty can replace the desired image with a brief pop up advertising image at ANY time in the future? This will put decent editorial sites off using this mechanism.
    • Bloggers can easily screen grab an image (from Getty or anywhere else) and paste it into your blog without any of these constraints, unless of course they care about copyright, which most bloggers don't.
    I think Getty just shot themselves in the foot. As soon as they try exploiting the pop-up advertising images it will backfire on them badly as users perceive their web-site content is being hi-jacked. Unless of course Getty want to pay them for any "click throughs" to Getty or wherever the advert takes them.
    In some respects I agree ie. many bloggers will not want their blogs contaminated.


    But many others, perhaps the majority, won't give a toss. Most likely these will the ad-hoc bloggers that are rarely looked at anyway. They are not the sort of blogger that will pay for an image, so nothing lost there. The bloggers that may be concerned about the Getty "initiative" are those that are serious and have already monetized their blogs.


    I can't see many newspaper or serious company sites wanting to let Getty control their content. But, who really knows.

  8. Has any body used both and if so, would appreciate detailing your experiences with IQ, weight, non IS v IS, and any other issues?


    There is quite a difference in price, but that is not my main concern -rather the better image quality but with lack of IS on the F2.8 verses perhaps lesser IQ but with IS on the F4. Loss of one stop on the F4 is not a particular issue with me.





  9. I agree. My wife and I travel extensively. We almost always take a tour bus to start with and then decide where we want to go for a closer look. Works most of the time. Most European cities have good value tourist buses but, in Asia, that is not always the case. However, overall, it is usually good value in an unfamiliar city.


    The other thing to keep in mind are the guidebooks available such as Lonely Planet. These guides generally give a good background to the features in most obscure places. Unfortunately, you also find that the sites you see are the ones already well covered on stock sites.


    We also now look for areas where we can take images of ordinary people doing ordinary things, but with a local flavor.



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