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Rich Wagner

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About Rich Wagner

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  1. I am new to Alamy as well, and after 4 successful submissions after the initial 3 test images, I had a submission of 200 images rejected based on "noise" in one image. I assume that all other images need to be re-uploaded, correct? I will make smaller uploads, since "noise" is rather subjective, and I will group those difficult images into their own upload. The noise when shooting wildlife at dusk is not the same as shooting in broad daylight or studio flash, even with a D850 Nikon. Ouch. Crank up the noise reduction and lose detail, or allow the end user to decide how much "noise" is too much? I can't imagine the grainy Nat Geo images going through this "QC." I wish there was some objective measure... to know the threshold of acceptability.
  2. The CA issue is a big problem for those of us who use long, fast lenses, even with LR/ACR's new CA ("Defringe") tools. Some recent parrot shots of mine taken in Cuba with 800mm of lens come to mind... From the author of the code: The new Defringe controls are designed to fix axial (longitudinal) CA, color aberrations due to ghosting or flare, and color aberrations (thin fringes) due to charge leakage, which affects some CCD sensors. Some context on axial/longitudinal CA: - It can happen anywhere in the image (not just image borders). - It affects nearly all "fast" (wide aperture) lenses, typically most visible at the wider apertures (e.g., f/1.4 thru f/2.8). - Fringes become less visible as you stop down the lens (e.g., more visible at f/2, less visible at f/8). - Fringes are usually most visible just in front of or just behind the plane of focus. - Fringes typically appear purple/magenta when they’re in front of the plane of focus, and appear green when they’re behind the plane of focus. - Even at the plane of focus, high-contrast edges (especially backlit) may show purple fringes due to flare. I have detailed instructions on how to use the tools from the author of the tools if anyone is interested. They work well, but they definitely cannot always remove all longitudinal CA. This becomes an issue when there is simply no other way to get the shot. (And of course you don't know you're going to get it when you're shooting!) Sometimes I think the quest for technical perfection gets in the way of good photography. Is technical perfection always a prerequisite to the use of the shot, even when the technical "problem" is something the photographer has little control over, and the shooting conditions are uncontrolled? Does most of the public see it, or object? Who is the intended audience - QC guys? Sigh... <repeat>Shoot, edit, submit </repeat> I'm in the process of re-connecting with Alamy. I disconnected years ago when several submissions of previously published images were rejected for QC reasons that I thought were ridiculous. They were accepted by other agencies (and have sold well!). So as others have voiced here, I think a backup plan for submission is essential. Hopefully with D800E's and good lenses, good technique, and Magic Dust I won't end up in SinBin... for long. --Rich
  3. The saga continues... After discovering my images on Lattice this week (early Feb 2015) and after being invited to "curate" collections, I discovered the watermarking issue on large images, as described above, as well as the fact that I had been auto-enrolled and needed to opt-out. I was unaware that this problem had been ongoing since the rollout in October 2014. I was assured by Photoshelter that they are "working on an update to address the problem." When I asked when it would be released, I was told, "After meeting with the product team this afternoon, we can't offer up a timeline for watermarking still, but updates will likely be made within the upcoming months. We are actively working on making the change, but it will require a bit of time and resources on our end. To reiterate what xxx mentioned, the watermarks will display on all individually viewed images, and it will include both the image copyright and a shortened URL back to the image, which will serve as a useful, persistent link to your image wherever it appears. Our ultimate goal with Lattice is to help your images get discovered by new audiences, and we believe that we’ll be most successful in doing so if the experience of viewing a board is clean, immersive, and all about the images themselves. " Caveat emptor if you subscribe to Photoshelter. I've opted out, and I'm about to migrate my library to Alamy. Long overdue. I had put together a great collection on Lattice on Birding Cuba from my three trips in the past two years, but I'm sure not going to give it away to large image screen capture of non-watermarked images... Things are bad enough with smaller, watermarked images! --Rich Wagner
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