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  1. Many thanks for all your extra comments. I downloaded Bridge for free on my new Mac as I can add Metadata details that way from Tools. Will look at Affinity Pro- seems best option. LR still working on my laptop so when out and about can use this. Best wishes and stay safe. Adrian.
  2. Hi All, Thanks for you replies. I phoned Adobe this afternoon and was told I could not use the 2016 Lightroom 6 that I had purchased on my new I Mac as it runs Catalina. I could downgrade my operating system on the Mac and then use the Lightroom or use the Lightroom on a PC on Windows. I still have an old MacBook Pro that I use when out so will have to put up with this. Or buy Luminar. Not sure that I have the ability to use Darktable. Best wishes to you and your families at this difficult time. Adrian.
  3. I found this review of alternatives too. https://shotkit.com/best-alternative-to-lightroom/
  4. Hi Again, Thanks for your replies. Think I will stick to Lightroom. Amused at: "doesn't look like it has had much editing" Well that's told me MDM. I am shooting Raw. The Lightroom that I have is 6. I am trying to avoid subscription editing software. Welcome to any further ideas about buying software. Best wishes, Adrian.
  5. Hi Folks. I have a new Mac and was using CS5 student/teacher edition but Adobe's license per month is not something I want to use. I have Lightroom an a laptop and was about to put Lightoom on to my new i Mac but checked out editing software and saw Luminar as a one off payment option. So now I am not sure if to buy Luminar 4 for the I Mac as a Plug in for Adobe & Apple products or Luminary's 4 as a stand alone product. Or do you recommend something else? Kind Regards, Adrian.
  6. I just submitted 3 pictures and have the same problem. They state 3 passed but 'image in QC' over the top. How long did it take to get them moved on to be key worded ?
  7. Many thanks for your advice. Best, Adrian.
  8. Sorry to ask this as I am sure this has been gone over many times: When I send in photos I add a caption and key words. If I had left out the name of the person in the key words do I put the name in the key words too or leave that out as it is in the caption? Also is a name e.g. Theresa May a one word key word ? I find most of my pics are orange on the slider but I think have plenty of key words but apparently little discoverability i.e. not Green. How useful do you find Supertags? Should Theresa May be a Supertag? Joke there but a point too. Best, Adrian.
  9. I agree with you about quality framing. I was at the R.A. Summer Exhibition a 5 or 6 years ago and I bought my partner a print by a famous artist illustrator. Framed it would have been £180 more. The frame was the cheapest pine frame I have ever seen. Utter con I thought. I decided to find a good framers and match the frame to a significant colour in the print. Some think it is part of the value of the print to have the original artist's frame. The picture would have annoyed me seeing an utter con for the frame. Anyhow, I love the print and more so because we chose a quality frame together.
  10. Pleased you had a good outcome Graham. I was emailed today to say that accreditation will be still be given when asked for but how do I send in pictures if accredited to an event? Do they open up the Live News feed to me for the event only?
  11. Me too. I notice the re-application requirement is to upload a PDF of picture sales 'tear sheet'. Given I exclusively sell through Alamy and they don't let us know the publication then this is a hard task. I also have an NUJ card. The 1 hour requirement discussed does limit the time taking pictures and what if while editing a bigger name appears on some stage? Best, Adrian.
  12. I have done everything suggested and politely too Vpics. Told person on holiday. My point is that it is better to be frank and not use euphemistic email replies. Best wishes, A
  13. Hi Allan and Saltanpepa, Yes I applied to 2 events and received this reply to both from company A. I also did my own application directly. One place said company A had spoken to them and had placed a photographer, another said they had added me to their list as a photographer for the event. I'm now wondering if I turn up to the event, on the one I now have access to, there will be another photographer from the same place. Yes, I did ask company A but was told the person who sent out the emails was on holiday. I think it looks bad on the company if a photographer gets this email and has to discover from the event's media person the company they tried to get accreditation through has already placed a photographer. It wastes the time of the event's media person replying when they are super busy in the days running up to the event and they may also think the photography company is not letting their photographers know what is going on. Be honest is a good idea for all in my view. Kind Regards, Adrian.
  14. Hi All. Have you received this in an email? 'We are very sorry we are unable to assist you in applying for accreditation to this event at this time.' In your experience what does it mean? Also if you think it is a euphemism for 'we have a photographer thanks for the job', why does the sender not state that? Kind Regards, Adrian.
  15. I was also ripped off by Trout and Salmon magazine for £30. They used a photo of mine I sent in to them of a famous spey caster, Scott Mackenzie at the CLA Game Fair on 27th July 2008 and sent me £15. I didn't cash the cheque immediately i.e. a month went by. I put the cheque in my bank but it bounced. I spoke to Trout and Salmon and they said they had changed their bank and they wouldn't send me another. Next year to advertise the Game Fair my photo was used again. I complained but no money was sent to me, so effectively I missed out on £30. This is how annoying some magazines can be. As I fish I buy Trout and Salmon magazine so I feel I really was being fleeced.
  16. Yes, vpics. I even have a picture of the photographer on the day, Well his back. Seen him before and - can't remember his name. It was on 10th July 2011 at the height of the phone hacking scandal when photographers were waiting for Murdoch to emerge with Rebekah Brooks from Murdoch's Mayfair apartment. I went up a passageway at the back of the Stafford Hotel and found James Murdoch sneaking in for a meeting with his father. I then went round to St James's place to see the photographers and told them I'd got pictures of James and then Telegraph guy asked for the pictures. I gave him my SD Card and he said he'd give me £20. Later Murdoch emerged with Brooks so the James shots were less of interest. Still a deals a deal. I should have held my hand out.
  17. Hi Snap. Don't think I've sold to the Telegraph. Actually a Telegraph photographer downloaded my pics of James Murdoch, offered me £20 then didn't cough up. I find The Sun good payers. My Corbyn pictures have done well with The Sun. It must annoy Corbyn but they are not gargoyle photos and he looks quite dignified. Who says The Sun only want Labour leaders with a bacon butties slobbering from their mouths. Best wishes and hope you get paid. Adrian.
  18. Tweeted it. Damn cheek. Had GuidoFawkes (owned by News Corp) rip off a picture I had of Steve Coogan, Tom Watson and Peter Jukes (Jukes Live Tweeted Phone Hacking trial). I drove Jukes to meet them and set up picture. I told Guido Fawkes they had to pay £300 to each of us which we would then donate to charity. No reply other than they took picture down. I remember Murdoch whinging, quite rightly, about Beeb and other broadcasters using his newspaper stories for free with very little adaptation. He said he phoned them up and they deleted the story. Local Croydon website ripped off a picture of mine too. Don't mind them as they are skint. But did say go via Alamy please next time -might be as little as £15. Best wishes and keep the thieves out of your hard earned images. Adrian.
  19. Hi Matt, Robert, Gvallee and MDM, I appreciate your help. I like to keep compatibility i.e. Nikon but their battery pack is literally a pack to take AA batteries. I want a Pack that you charge up from the mains e.g. a Quantum device I assume. Perhaps I'm wrong about this. One further question I notice some photographers are selling 2nd hand Quantums on E-Bay. Avoid as too risky or do they tend to go on and on? Best wishes, Adrian.
  20. I'm on page 6 and was on page 6 in August. St james's park photo 20 lines down. Actually not sure what the benefit of this is. Anyhow. Best wishes, Adrian.
  21. Hi All, I looked a few years ago at an external battery pack for my flash and Quantum was the make to go for. Instead I ended up stuffing extra Eneloop batteries into my pockets. I went out last Saturday and, although at an event for personal reasons, was asked to take some pictures and the battery power was a bit low so 2nd and 3rd pictures were dark. Not the first time this has happened! So I've decided to get an external battery pack. What do you recommend and what do I need to buy to go with the pack? Also I'm on a budget so not paying £455 as I see the Quantum Slim lightest pack seems to be. I use Nikons and have an SB900 and SB800. Best wishes to you all. I hardly use Forum now. I did a lot 4 years ago and folks here were great. Adrian.
  22. Hi. Geoff's right about the value of software. It is undervalued by some photographers and our cameras lose far more money. However, cameras can still take photos whereas my CS5 won't allow me to see my D7000 pictures because I cannot fully upgrade. I have an old Nikon D200 somewhere that I expect takes good photos and likewise with a Pentax K1000 film camera. Also, somewhere we have lost, or not worried about, what it is to take a photo correctly in camera. Using film we were more cautious about what we took and how we composed and getting the light right. Mechanically we cropped too. I only ever had one enlarger - so didn't upgrade that. Many of the best pictures of the past were taken quite simply e.g. consider Jane Bown's kit. However, I do recognise the latest technology is being employed to stretch the possibilities of what we can take that previously would have been a darkened blur. All very interesting posts so far. Best wishes, Adrian.
  23. BTW I also agree with Trevor 'It is one thing not to upgrade and miss out on improvements etc, but at least you still have an old software to continue to use, with this subscription plan you have nothing.' Especially as the money for photos is very low at the moment. Best Adrian.
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