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Orange Elephant

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  1. I use Alamy Measures daily to review & adjust my image tags to make the more relevant. The page however has not updated since 7 February.


    Is there something I need to do to force an update, or has the page now not used?

  2. Interesting topic.


    For the past few years, I've been using backup to USB drives (1 offsite, 1 onsite) & also Crashplan. Within the past few months, Crashplan pulled out of the consumer market & now only offer their business version. Which seems basically the same, except 3 times the price. They offered an upgrade process which didn't work at all for me & that, combined with my findings that Crashplan had a drain on my pc performance & also the security risk of a Java app, made me drop Crashplan. I tried Backblaze, but didn't like the lack of granular control. I tried to test Carbonite, but it wouldn't install - it seems that if your use Dreamweaver then this affects the install scripts for Carbonite. So I'm back to just using USB drives at the moment, I'm still keeping a watch on the market.


    It may be worth a mention that backup is not the same as synchronisation. Dropbox, Onedrive etc are synchronisation. Get a virus, accidentally delete a file, the change is synchronised to the cloud & then to any other devices you have. Backup keeps a separate copy, but you need a backup system which keeps maybe 3 versions of the file. (Carbonite does this) Otherwise a virus or corruption could simply overwrite your good backup copy.

  3. Hi John, much as the others have said really.


    The Pap image is a little blurred on the subject, so that's not going to get through a regular QC. News, maybe.


    The other portrait images have a lot of noise. Looking at them all in your link, noise is the main issue on all of them, with some of your portraits up to ISO 3200 & very little if any noise reduction. Your D3100 is a fine camera, the 18-135 zoom is acceptable, but it's worth bearing in mind with a consumer zoom that they often loose image quality at their max zoom length. With a crop camera, diffraction starts to creep in after f11, & you have a few shots at f14 - which with the noise & max zoom, only adds to the softness. Nice lighting though.


    As Geoff mentioned, just mask the sharpening & deal with the noise & they may be ok.

  4. Hi Larry, welcome to Alamy! :)


    Disappointing that you didn't get an email, I find that generally Alamy are very good with notifications, although sometimes they may look like spam & get blocked somewhere along the way. The Olympus VG120 is a lovely point & shoot camera, but I'm really not sure that it's a suitable professional camera Larry, the sensor size is a little small.  Perhaps you'd like to post one of the images here, so that we can check & give some thoughts & advice?


    Olympus camera & lenses are very good,  perhaps something with a larger sensor such as an OMD EM10 might be worth a look? It's a great camera for the money. If you're in the UK, Olympus offer an excellent "Try & Wow" system where you can borrow a camera free for a day. Check their website.




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  5. 2 hours ago, Bryan said:

    I've just encountered the latest Alamy security device, that which requires the user to input a number that is read out by a barely decipherable robotic voice. My PC is not set up for sound, I have to make special provision to hear the message, and, while I acknowledge the need to protect access, this method is VERY INCONVENIENT!   :(


    At what point does this appear Bryan?

  6. I have a D810 & don't have any big sensor spot problems. If I've been shooting with a zoom lens on a windy day, I may notice a couple of spots here & there, but I just clean the sensor. I use Photosol swabs & eclipse fluid. My wife's D610 gets less spots, but she generally uses primes. My sensor cleaning process takes about 20 mins with before & after test shots - not a big deal. I have to clean about every 6 months or so.


    Interestingly, a friend has a Nikon J5 & she managed to put a finger print on the sensor while changing lenses. It seems easier to do on a mirrorless if you're not careful. The fingerprint was pretty hard to clean.

  7. On 23/07/2017 at 10:29, steve harling said:

    Hi all

    Got a bit of an issue with a new body,a d810

    a raw, uncompressed 14 bit file is coming out at 71.6 mb, when edited and saved as a jpeg its being shrunk to 734.5 kb !!! in nx-2, its too small to use.

    the raw uncompressed file on a d700 is coming out at 18.2 mb for the same scene, when edited and saved as a jpeg its size is 4.1 mb, more like it !

    i aint the best when it comes to computer/ file stuff, what am i doing wrong here with the d810 settings, i would expect the saved jpeg to be a lot larger than 734.5 kb !

    if anyone can shed any light/ help here much appreciated



    Steve, are you still having issues? I also have a D810 & use Photoshop/Lightroom CC which costs about £7 per month. The Nikon software is very basic.


    I'd be pleased to help if you still need it.

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