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  1. I'm reminded of some questions I've had while processing photos of a granddaughter's graduation in a large hall. I've shot images in generally dark locations, and of other granddaughters in figure skating shows, etc, and used different techniques. I've decided that--"it depends". For just generally dark locations, I've just cranked up the ISO. For the figure skating shows, what seems to work best is manual control, for exposing the best-lit areas (shows with spotlights and other concentrated lighting). For yesterday's graduation in the DC-area classic graduation setting (DAR Constitution Hall), with pretty good general house lighting and a spot-lit stage, I decided to go with ISO 6400, -1.0 exposure control, and Program mode, to account for the variations in lighting and the overall general darkness. For post-processing, I get the exposure to what looks good to me, then do noise reduction and sharpness. I'm satisfied with the results from the graduation (using a Sony a6300 and 18-105mm f4). I should say that I sometimes use negative EV in these situations so that the camera doesn't try to make the scene look like daylight. Questions: What are your general techniques for dark venues? When noise reduction will be required, what's your sequence of Clarity and Sharpening vs NR? thanks Bill
  2. Hi Miles, and welcome. I didn't notice that anyone has mentioned this--you can enter your keywords (tags at Alamy) and caption in Lightroom, and they will be populated into those fields when you upload to Alamy. Most people do such keywording/captioning during postprocessing, partly so that they can upload to other agencies without too much duplication of effort. I noticed that you have several images of a replica fort, and all of the captions refer to a statue, although only one of the images has a statue. I don't know whether you captioned in Lightroom or in the Alamy Image Manager, but I'll go ahead and point out something about using AIM: it's a common mistake to accidentally leave more than one image selected when you're making changes; the changes then are applied to all the selected images. This can be a handy feature if a number of images have the same elements, but it can also be a pitfall. Just remember to deselect an image when you're done with it in AIM. Bill
  3. To expand on Spacecadet's reply: Look up "image sensor format" on wikipedia and look at the graphic on the right comparing sensor sizes, and the chart farther down. Your new camera has a 1/2.3" sensor, which is in between the 1/1.8" and 1/2/5" sensors on the graphic. It appears that the smallest sensor size to produce acceptable images on Alamy is currently a 1" sensor, available in many cameras. As you see above, many Alamy photographers are enjoying the light weight and results of the Sony RX-100, mostly the mk III model. Your sensor has about one-fourth of the area of a 1" sensor. Also the huge range of your 30x zoom lens can't measure up to the more normal ranges of most of the 1" sensor cameras.
  4. Tiny p&s sensor, 21x zoom, so, no. Unless your friend can figure out a way to get them onto S********o.
  5. There are lots of threads like the "Travel Camera?" one below. Generally they boil down to the Sony RX100 III (one-inch sensor, noninterchangeable lens, but used by lots of people here for a small camera), the Sony a6xxx series (APS-C mirrorless, interchangeable lenses), and a few others. I've been using the Sony mirrorless since giving up my Canon full-frame a few years ago, no QC problems.
  6. I mean that, to my eyes, the a6000 screen appears to be as when it was new, after four years of use in a variety of climates. But I wish I had put a protector on the NEX-6 screen; it's a mess. No guarantee; your mileage may vary.
  7. I've used Craig's List, I believe to good advantage. I always met the individual in a public place and dealt in cash. Of course, that only works if you live in a large enough metro area.
  8. Never put one on, been using the a6000 for four years, no problem. Can't say the same for the NEX-6, which also never had a screen protector, but should have.
  9. Hope they won't delete the images I have of "Kilroy was here" cartoons engraved into a couple of discreet locations on the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.
  10. My CTR had dwindled too, but it's well up now due to a sudden rash of zooms. They're all on the same subject, but hey, they all count the same.
  11. Last year I got an a6300 and 18-105mm Sony for my wife for when we're both shooting--she prefers a little longer than my 16-70. So far though, we've just used it for a granddaughter's track and cross-country. Good image quality for that. And it has internal focus and zoom.
  12. This subject can be confusing because some of the words are used for different purposes; the essence of the confusion is that "image size" is not necessarily the same as "image file size." If you open an image in Photoshop, there is a note on the bottom left margin, "Doc: nnM/nnM", that gives you the uncompressed image size. For instance, I just opened one of my 12.7-megapixel images, and that marginal note says "Doc: 72.8M/72.8M". So the uncompressed image size for that one is 72.8 megabytes. To add to the confusion, Photoshop calls that "Document size." For the same image I'm using as an example here: raw file size = 14.8 Mb jpeg file at PS baseline standard = 3.59 Mb 8-bit TIFF file = 72.8 Mb --This will also give you the uncompressed image size 16-bit TIFF file size is twice the 8-bit file size. Or as Mirco points out, 6 megapixels or more will do it.
  13. From the title, I thought maybe there had been a papal election.
  14. GoPro cameras have point-and-shoot size sensors. That's likely the problem here. Images from some higher-end small-sensor cameras used to occasionally get accepted (e.g., Canon G series and others that had good lenses). The current consensus seems to be that anything under a 1" sensor will probably be unsuitable.
  15. Same here, I've never downsized, only occasional cropping. Usually shoot 24 mp.
  16. Mine is to figure out the best times to go to the gym to avoid all the new people who will be there for 3-4 weeks on account of their New Year's resolutions.
  17. Hey Ed, I'd like to hear you sing "Johnny McEldoo" after you've had a jug of punch yourself.
  18. I had one this month for print and digital, one-time use only, with a duration of 50 years.
  19. And here around DC it's going to be an unseasonably pleasant near 60 F tomorrow (53 today). Been cold otherwise, though.
  20. +1 It took me a good while to figure out in which quarters I had taken shots in the Old City in Jerusalem, or sometimes what the heck I was looking at. While shooting, I was hanging back or drifting off to the side rather than listening to the tour guide. (also sometimes found out what he had not bothered to show us )
  21. When you do that look-ahead, you can see a sale a few hours before it's posted to Account Balance or Sales History. It still works, if you choose the last available date (and also select Date of Invoice in the dropdown). One of many obsessions you can get into around here.
  22. My 2017 has now exceeded my previous best year (2008) for number of sales. On the gross revenue side, I am at 39% of my best year for revenue (also 2008).
  23. I have not done any legacy work, but this year I've sold more A images than any other, as usual pretty much in line with the distribution of my collection.
  24. Now that you mention it, I see that I've had five Presentation Use this year, all for the same price, except for the one that came in yesterday at about half the others.
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