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  1. I cannot see how to link an image which is not on Alamy.  When I use the Image icon, I get the message "You are not allowed to use that image extension..."  Has Alamy removed the ability to do this.  Also their How to upload image instructions have disappeared or am I missing something!

     

    Cheers

    Sheila

  2. Sorry, can't help you there as I don't shoot Jpegs and my husband (who does shoot Jpegs) would not know dpi from his elbow!! I cannot see anything in-camera which would change this and the online manual is of little help.  It's interesting that RAW files are sent to ACR as 240 dpi which of course can be changed to 300 dpi and then all other RAW files following will be subsequently changed to 300 dpi but that doesn't help you!

     

    Sheila

  3. Sunshine Coast Queensland from end June to early Sep for me. Two - three day drive each way. Hardly exotic but it's a nice place to spend a winter. Plenty of photo ops. And besides I grew up there, so it's a bit like going home.

     

    Ken

    Escaping the Melbourne winter, Ken? If you get a chance, pop up Mount Warning.  Great views from the top on a clear day.  I got a great snap of Mount Warning at sunset - so great that real estate agents in Tweed and Byron keep nicking it!  

     

    Sheila

  4. Thanks all. Excellent advice. So much so that it may give me the option to carry only one lens around.

     

    I'm not concerned with CA (I used to be). As stated LR4 or ACR is superb at correcting any problems in that regard, as well as very good noise control. I'm also not all that worried going for F4 max aperture, higher ISO and LR4 has fixed that. Same with IS. My problem is not camera movement so much as subject movement for my main use. If in doubt I shoot off a few quick shots in succession and if movement is a problem then I usually get at least one keeper. I know this is not the best solution, but it works for me. And for serious landscape, a tripod always.

     

    So I might hire a 24-105 for a week or so to give it a try. It's a bit short and I'd love to own the 70-200L F2.8 II but the weight is a problem as a carry-round all day. I'm used to getting in close with the 17-40 but acknowledge that having some extra reach is worthwhile. If the 24-105 works out I might even consider selling the 17-40, althought I do love that lens. If I can get a solution which means that I avoid changing lenses in the field then I've found it saves a bit of grief with sensore dust.

     

    As to studio work, I mainly use the EF-S 60mm F2.8 macro or EF 50 F1.4 which I use with the 7D and my old 550D. Both so sharp they damages the eyeballs.

     

    My wife also has a 7D with a Tamron Lens SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [iF]. I'm impressed by its IQ and my wife loves it. It never leaves her camera.

     

    Thanks again for the great advice. You have got me thinking.

     

    Ken

    Ken

     

    The 70-200 f/4 L IS is much lighter than the f/2.8 version.

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    I've just started seeing my work appearing on FAA. I have a Getty contract and it seems that they are marketing work through them so I'll be interested to see if:

     

    1) There are any returns, and

     

    2) If image abuse starts increasing as there is no watermark on the FAA site and those images are at a very nice size for people.

    Jools

     

    Have you elected to have an FAA watermark?  All of mine are watermarked at bottom right which, of course, can be removed or cropped which would land the infringer in a heap of trouble should they be pursued in court.   Getty was not at all transparent in placing contributors work on FAA (plus other print on demand sites) and nor did they justify why they undercut FAA/Getty contributors in  pricing.  

     

    Sheila

     

    >I can't elect that Sheila as it is Getty putting them on there not me. It's annoying as it's an avenue I was considering. Wondering whether to consider it with some work I have outside of Getty.

     

    I would take it up with Getty regarding the watermark.  You can always place your own work which you have with Getty on FAA (which Getty does allow contributors to do as its outside their exclusivity) and compete with their prices!  You will get very little return from Getty in any event so its worth the time uploading to FAA and undercutting them which makes a nice change!  

     

    Sheila

  6. My RX100 will be here in two days. I'm excited.  Is it true no manual comes with it?  Sheila, David, what memory card are you using with it?

     

    There is a manual but the online manual is far more detailed. The SD card my husband uses is a Sandisk Extreme III 4GB - not large but he only shoots Jpegs and its just a "point and shoot" he can take on his motorbike trips at the weekend. 

     

    Sheila

  7. Hi Ken

     

    In that range, you cannot go past the Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS or if you want to spend more, the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS.  I have had both versions of the 70-200 f/4L and non-L and there is little difference between the two.  I had this lens for many years and only sold it a couple of years ago to a friend who was looking for this particular lens and I had already bought the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS (which I bought when I came second in a comp on Facebook sponsored by Digital Camera Warehouse..but that's another story).  There is, of course, the Canon 24-105 which I never liked as it suffers bad CA - well, mine did although others swear by this lens.  Here is a link to my 5DII and the 70-200 f/4 L IS http://www.pbase.com/sheila/canon_70200_f4_l_is_with_5dii  

     

    Sheila

  8. Awhile back, I was in contact with Mark Corran of Briffa when I sought his opinion on a UK infringement and he was most helpful and gave advice on copyright infringement BUT ...it is really expensive to pursue an infringement in the UK as generally, UK solicitors have a high hourly rate (in comparison to Australia and the US) and they don't act on a contingency basis due to the possible awarding of costs issue in the UK.  To pursue a matter of about 1,500 pounds would risk a whole lot more if damages were not awarded.  So I gave up and the guy is still probably using my images to this day.  

     

    Sheila

  9. I've just started seeing my work appearing on FAA. I have a Getty contract and it seems that they are marketing work through them so I'll be interested to see if:

     

    1) There are any returns, and

     

    2) If image abuse starts increasing as there is no watermark on the FAA site and those images are at a very nice size for people.

    Jools

     

    Have you elected to have an FAA watermark?  All of mine are watermarked at bottom right which, of course, can be removed or cropped which would land the infringer in a heap of trouble should they be pursued in court.   Getty was not at all transparent in placing contributors work on FAA (plus other print on demand sites) and nor did they justify why they undercut FAA/Getty contributors in  pricing.  

     

    Sheila

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    Using Win 7.  I still can't get Windows Explorer to display thumbnails for the RX100.

     

    I believe it's something to do with a CODEC but haven't a clue where to find the right one or where to load it into.

     

    Any (layman level) suggestions appreciated thanks.

     

    John

    John

     

    You can download the driver from Sony http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=DSCRX100&LOC=3&session_id=c9df33d34d94a02cfc6e7acb876ba372#/howtoTab

     

    As I use ACR to process my RAW files, I had to update my CS6 which, surprisingly, worked!

    Sheila

     

    Thanks Sheila

     

    I tried the link and it reports that the required files are already part of Win7.  All I get with my RX100 RAW files in Windows Explorer is a logo but not a thumbnail of the actual image.

     

    John

    I did a search of my Chrome history and this is the link I actually successfully used http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/download/vista_raw/ (I think!!) 

     

    Sheila

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    The most I place on the largest size available (depending on image size of the file upload) is $250.00 (which is what I receive) and the buyer pays FAA just over $400.00, depending on the medium, so folk will pay to see your art on their walls.  And, David, you would be surprised what sells on FAA.  For US$30 per annum you also get your own website and a widget to place on your blog/website linking to your work on FAA.  When uploading images, you can use your Twitter and/or Facebook page to announce the upload.  Also when you sell an image, you can also do the same.  I must say it's about the only time I use Twitter or Facebook :)   Abstract and mono are quite good sellers and FAA do deliver outside of the US.  In the first three months of this year, I received approx $800.

     

    Sheila

     

    I checked out your FAA website, Sheila. Lovely images. I can see why you are doing so well on FAA. Just wondering, have you been able to trace any of your sales directly to Facebook or Twitter posts? I don't particularly like inundating "friends" and "followers" with advertising, but I do occasionally post announcements. These usually bring a flurry of visitors that soon peters out. Also, none of the images that I've "announced" have ever sold. My FAA sales literally seem to come out of the blue.

    Thanks John.  I have just placed a Statcounter on FAA so hope to find out where they buyers come from and what they looked at.  I have no idea if any of my sales come via FB or Twitter.  

     

    Sheila

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    Looks an interesting site. I have had for many years a 160-image collection on theimagefile in the UK, which offers a similar kind of fulfilment, with never a single sale. Thousands of views at all sizes. It's nothing like as fully featured as FAA and I do not think it has any customers - for stock downloads or any other use. How much do you actually make from wall prints through FAA? Not that my views of obscure towns in Scotland are likely to end up on US walls.

    David I can sympathise. I just cleaned out my RedBubble portfolio having only made small amounts over a long period. It is a similar site to FAA but doesn't seem to have any customers. I often liken it to a farmers' market that no-one knows about and the stallholders end up selling to each other. FAA looks pretty good though and sounds promising from earlier comments.

    Ray

     

    I am about to dump RedBubble entirely as I am tired of seeing my work unwatermarked on infringing sites where the metadata indicates that it was lifted from RB as they refuse the watermark large thumbnails.  Over the past couple of years, the work they promote appears to me to be juvenile pop art and posters and they have removed completely away from fine art photography or anything half decent! 

  13. The most I place on the largest size available (depending on image size of the file upload) is $250.00 (which is what I receive) and the buyer pays FAA just over $400.00, depending on the medium, so folk will pay to see your art on their walls.  And, David, you would be surprised what sells on FAA.  For US$30 per annum you also get your own website and a widget to place on your blog/website linking to your work on FAA.  When uploading images, you can use your Twitter and/or Facebook page to announce the upload.  Also when you sell an image, you can also do the same.  I must say it's about the only time I use Twitter or Facebook :)   Abstract and mono are quite good sellers and FAA do deliver outside of the US.  In the first three months of this year, I received approx $800.

     

    Sheila

  14. Using the RX100 makes me actually miss my old Canon 20D purely because of the fill in flash.  While I do have a 580 flash, its cumbersome and takes up far too much room for the small amount of time that I actually use it.  One minus with the Sony flash - why did they place it on the top left which is where I actually hold the camera.  Why did they not place it in the middle!?

     

    Sheila

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  15. Using Win 7.  I still can't get Windows Explorer to display thumbnails for the RX100.

     

    I believe it's something to do with a CODEC but haven't a clue where to find the right one or where to load it into.

     

    Any (layman level) suggestions appreciated thanks.

     

    John

    John

     

    You can download the driver from Sony http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=DSCRX100&LOC=3&session_id=c9df33d34d94a02cfc6e7acb876ba372#/howtoTab

     

    As I use ACR to process my RAW files, I had to update my CS6 which, surprisingly, worked!

    Sheila

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