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  1. The SSD is fast storage media. The key is what type external case/dock is used to house the drive and what type interface is used between the SSD external case and the computer. Old USB 1 & 2 is slow and will waste the inherent speed of the SSD. Newer interface protocols like USB 3+ have considerably faster data transfer speeds: Then there is Thunderbolt 3 which has 40 gb/sec data transfer speed capacity. https://www.howtogeek.com/449991/thunderbolt-3-vs.-usb-c-whats-the-difference/ Putting your image editing s/w on the SSD will certainly speed it up - but only if the SSD is used with a fast connection protocol. Otherwise the SSD's speed is wasted. If you buy a new laptop it should have newer USB 3+ and maybe Thunderbolt 3 interface ports and perhaps it's own internal SSD with the computer's operating system installed on it. Choose an SSD external housing that supports the fast protocol ports of the new laptop.
  2. Read many comments on other forums and watched YouTube videos of SS contributors groaning about the recent planned changes. Many SS contribs apparently are "flipping the switch:" that turns off sales of their SS images but leaves their portfolios in place. Waiting to see how the shoes drop I suppose. I guess that's one way to not cut off their noses to spite their faces - at least not just yet.
  3. I suspect there is probably also an unmentioned desire to "thin the herd".
  4. Another thing I noted in the C1 video was a suggestion that catalogs with large numbers of images loaded within the catalog or managed outside the catalog could be accessed faster if it was located on fast storage media such as an SSD. Having a catalog of many thousands of images on a slow external 5000 rpm hard drive connected with USB 2.0 isn't going to be very responsive.
  5. I watched a C1 webinar video last night on their Cataloging. It seemed to tell me their Catalog doesn't actually contain the images - only information about the images. They could be on different drives, etc. I don't recall hearing about any real imitations but maybe I missed it or misunderstood. I've used LR cataloging for years but doubt I've taken full advantage of it's capabilities. C1 Cataloging as demonstrated in the video made somewhat more sense to me with how it could aide in organization. https://learn.captureone.com/webinars/get-organized-with-capture-one/
  6. I'm in the early stages of migrating from a dying old iMac with PS and LR over to a new Win 10 PC and I've been eyeballing Capture One as a possible candidate to replace LR & PS. Found that Capture One has a bunch of webinars, tutorials, and blog on their website that cover C1's tools, techniques, including C1 catalogs and sessions that are quite good. https://www.captureone.com/en/resources
  7. It's been over a month since Alamy joined PAMG. Is it premature to expect some communications with Alamy's customers & contributors from the new ownership/management on their vision and plans for Alamy going forward?
  8. Wife and I shopped local supermarket last week and I took X-T2 along for a few images: Toilet paper aisle.
  9. My Alamy portfolio has not been updated with new image submissions during the past past week or so? is it just mine? --- OK - never mind. The portfolio sorting was not set to show most recent first.
  10. I quit using Apple's mice years ago - mine ate batteries too fast. The battery cover on my wife's iMac mouse is even difficult to unlatch. I unplugged mine and use USB mice on both my IMac and Dell W10 slim desktop box.
  11. I should note that the Thunderbolt dock I chose utilizes standard off-the shelf SATA storage devices. No special Thunderbolt drive required - just any common SATA SSD or HDD. What I'm using: https://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series_RS5212-overview.htm Note that an Apple Thunderbolt cable is required.
  12. My mid-2011 iMac is a 21.5" wide-body model with a CD/DVD drive and Thunderbolt, Firewire, etc. ports. Thunderbolt ports are small and not obvious on back chassis unless looking specifically for it. I never used the Thunderbolt port until my old internal HDD began causing crashes. I then discovered that the Thunderbolt's high-speed interface was very suitable for booting MacOS and running storage drives. Considerable info on internet/YouTube on Tb docks and booting/running off Thunderbolt Firewire too slow except perhaps for data/backup. The chassis even runs cooler. After the occasional reboot I use Disk Utility to unmount the old internal HDD volume. This will power the internal drive down after a while and allows the chassis to run cooler.
  13. Removing iMac's glass display panel is not really for the faint-of-heart. Some special tools are needed as well as model specific special pre-cut double-sided adhesive gaskets used to bond the glass panel to the chassis. Or pay a repair shop or Apple to remove panel and replace HDD. If the internal HDD is/has gone bad - there is an easier way. Most of the iMac's in at least the past 8-10 yrs will have a Thunderbolt port on back of the chassis. Thunderbolt is a 2 channel 10 Gb/sec/ch interface. I purchased a 2 bay external Thunderbolt dock, Thunderbolt interface cable, and 1TB SSD. Plugged the SSD into the dock along with a big HDD for data. Installed MacOS on the SSD as the boot drive. This bypasses the internal failing HDD without need to remove the display panel. Works great - my mid-2011 iMac much faster.
  14. Perhaps true if a newly QC approved image's License Type in AIM is initially selected as RM. My experience is if a newly approved image's initial default license type of RF is used then the lack of a property release will auto check "Sell for editorial only".
  15. In addition Affinity Photo needs to come up with an equivalent to Lightroom's copy and pasting of selectable "Develop" settings from one image to additional images. That feature is too much of a time saver to do without in many cases.
  16. Alamy's own guidance has an example image that tells us the truck manufacturer would need to sign a release if not an editorial image. "Property is not just limited to buildings, it’s anything identifiable that’s copyrighted/trademarked e.g. logos and branded items. This release must be signed by the property or brand owner." "In the example below, you’d need a property release from Pepsi and Coca-Cola and the manufacturer of the truck:" https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/model-property-releases-stock-images/?section=7
  17. What I do for cars or any property without a release is in AIM under the Optional tab mark the question "Is there any property in the image?" as "Yes". That will automatically mark and put the image on sale as ""Sell for editorial only".
  18. It opens OK with Brave browser which is recognized for privacy and security and has internal ad-blocking.
  19. Interesting read regarding censorship by a large well known image agency at request of China. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/chinese-censorship-or-work-elsewhere-inside-shutterstock-s-free-speech-n1144211
  20. My eyes certainly are not what they used to be thats for sure - and I don't have a 4K or Retina display - just an old iMac. At 100% zoom I pan around an image to check mostly for critical focus, sensor spots, noise, etc. My QC results have been good with this technique over the years. 100% seems to catch everything it needs to so it's not obvious to me that zooming more would provide any increased benefit - thats why I'm curious if others magnify more and why for their QC checks. "Just because I can doesn't mean I should" comes to mind....
  21. I always check at 100% which seems to be what most others use as reported in this forum - also Alamy suggests 100% as well I believe. Is there an advantage in zooming to 150% for image checks for Alamy submissions?
  22. Definitely solo most of the time. Occasionally wife is along but she's competent with photography and so is understanding.
  23. Another reason for me not to upgrade from 10.11 El Capitan
  24. Agree. In Texas our diversity is likely more than in your area of Scotland. But even here IMO media is over-representing it. It's gotten to the point that many feel it's being thrust unwanted into our faces as a form of social engineering and normalization that does not represent reality.
  25. This one is epic.... "The fastest way to make money from your cameras is to sell them."
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