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  1. Thanks for the advice. I'll have time to try the Capture One Pro version with my Olympus and compare it to LR as I had to send the Sony back because the mode dial broke so I'm awaiting replacement. I still love the little Sony in terms of photo quality and weight but did find it ironic that I had just met up with someone who bought some of my Nikon kit and had gotten home to a gorgeous sliver of moon in the night sky, took out the camera and found the dial button would not release. B&H were great about it and Sony was apologetic (I called them first since their customer service was still open hoping there was something I'd missed after scouring the manual and the internet) - both agreed I should get a replacement and that it was hopefully a one-off problem of misalignment - my Olympus seems sturdier as were my Nikons of course, but I'm still looking forward to getting a new replacement camera sometime next week. With gray skies predicted for several days after we had summer weather last week, I can try to be patient.
  2. I just can't imagine trying to upload and organize all my Photoshelter images somewhere else, so even if I didn't break even I don't think I'd give it up. I used to get a lot of assignment work from my site when that was my main focus, and I've had galleries reach out to me via my site, so that seemed worthwhile on its own. And I like how it looks. I don't want to build a new site. For what you get - unlimited archival storage - I think that alone is worth it. And they also attract some good clients (along with those trolling for freebies or trying to sell you photo editing LOL). My most recent direct license was this past November for a quarter page image in the January Coastal Living magazine, the third or fourth time they've licensed from me via my Photoshelter site since 2011. They licensed one image from me via Alamy a couple of years ago for just under half of what they've paid me for similar uses via Photoshelter, but I'm guessing that's because they were licensing a bunch of images and I'm happy to get decent pricing no matter where it comes from. As to the OP's question: I had an odd book license here (of the same lighthouse Coastal Living just licensed - coincidentally - though from a different trip) anyway, the book image was used full page inside and again on the frontispiece, so I got two licenses. A couple of years later there was a new edition (it was in a travel book, so frequent new editions make sense) and as I was searching around to fill out my DACS form I found it was used again without a new license so I contacted Alamy and was told that notwithstanding their one-time use reporting, the 2 licenses actually covered all new editions. Again, bulk sales may be different than one on one. I had one image in the running for an exclusive book cover for a year via Alamy and the quoted price was $750 or $950 - so you just never know - prices vary so widely. Asking their budget is the best place to start. Good luck!
  3. Awesome camera as noted above. Do you use the Capture One Express for Sony? Do you find it better than Lightroom?
  4. I just got the Sony A7RII Monday night, spent much of yesterday afternoon reading the manual and then ran out to catch the tail end of the blue hour and shot handheld using Auto ISO - something I never use - even at ISO 6400 the detail in the shadows and lack of noise was astonishing! OMG, I love that little camera already - and with a 35mm Sony Zeiss f/2.8 prime it's comparable in weight to my Olympus. I also played with my 50mm f/1.8 legacy film lens on my Olympus and it was gorgeous, so I am firmly in the mirrorless camp and putting my Nikons on the block. My only regret is that I didn't opt for the A7RIII since it can use a sync cord for strobes (I have a pair of Elinchromes), a swiveling back screen (which I loved on my D5100 - traded in to B&H toward the Sony as part of their trade-in sale) - I hate the half-assed pseudo swivel screen - same PITA as on the Olympus - it gets caught up with the tripod quick release plate - even the one from the mini tripod I bought, the 3 also has better battery life (though putting my camera in "airplane mode" I shot for an hour last night in nearly 30 degree F weather after having the camera on much of the afternoon playing with the menu as I learned how to use it and still had 65% left, along with the spare battery at 100% in my pocket), and something I really love on the Olympus, a touch screen on the back. I didn't think I'd miss the touch screen but last night even without a tripod I kept trying to hit the screen forgetting nothing would happen. I didn't think it was worth spending an extra $1000 for the 3, but now I'm thinking perhaps it is. But I love the Sony. Of course, the fact that it won't operate below freezing given that it is February and I live in New York puts a bit of a crimp in my style. Then again, even my workhorse D700 would lose battery power pretty quickly in the cold. My Olympus actually managed pretty well when we were down near zero degrees F earlier this year - well, the batteries lasted longer than I did, anyway. So, I'm happy with the combo - the Olympus just seems like a sturdy little workhorse - I still remember those ads with a Vietnam war photographer and his Olympus OM-1 since my EM-1 resembles its older brother. My 17mm lens has next to no chroma - so I look forward to the 12-40mm - though the next thing on my wishlist is now the Zeiss Loxia f/2.8 for the Sony. Gray and miserable here today but hope to get out with my tripod at sunset later this week. The winter sky over the Hudson River can be awesome. Rick, the IBIS in the Olympus is terrific - better than the Sony I think. I rarely use a tripod with the Olympus - so I messed up last fall when I put the camera on a tripod and forgot to turn it off. Getting older, it's nice to be able to handhold for longer than I could in my teens and 20's.
  5. Thanks. I wrote the articles for a site that caters to microstockers, so the comparison was part of the assignment. I have a few duplicate photos here and in my small 350-photo portfolio on one of those micros that have been licensed here and there, but over the years I've had several zooms here that sell on the micros instead. I was quoting an Alamy client but yes, I suppose that advice could go either way depending upon your experience. Personally, I don't see the point of dumping an entire micro port on here and cannibalizing sales, but then I haven't tried it and your experience may differ. No link to your blog post or I'd check it out.
  6. So many but a couple that stand out from my "pre-photographer" days - I can still picture both scenes in my mind's eye: The first, back in the 1980's early on in my NYC lawyer days, I was headed along Park Avenue one early morning toward my office and in the window of a fancy restaurant stood a chef in full hat, etc. while just below on the ground outside was a homeless woman sleeping in her layers of clothing, meagre possessions beside her. Poignant and so perfectly composed. I hadn't used my camera much in ages at that point, being single and working 60-80 hour weeks, and on the spot decided it was time to get it out again and signed up for a class at ICP. Around that same timeframe, on a trip to Mexico while visiting a friend in San Diego, I had my camera when, at the end of the day on our way back to California, we drove through the desert. It was my first ever trip to the desert, and after taking a few photos of the cacti, it unexpectedly began to snow and of course my friend David and I were both out of film. My husband and I visited the Anza-Borrega Desert a few years ago, the American side of that desert, on a trip to San Diego. Our car was the only one in sight as it got dark. Really dark for miles. Looking through the sunroof the stars were amazing, so we stopped and just laid on the hood stargazing. I had my D700 along and plenty of CF cards but decided to enjoy the romance of the moment rather than fiddling with my camera. I knew whatever photos I took wouldn't do it justice.
  7. Welcome Brian! I'm a freelance writer as well as a photographer and I just wrote a series of 3 articles for Alamy newbies. You can find them here here and here I hope you find the advice helpful. (P.S. I give you guys - my fellow long-time forum members - kudos in #3)
  8. Sorry, should've answered your question first. I went back and counted sales since I got the Olympus and despite having many times more images from my Nikons at 16:9, about 3/5ths of my sales have been photos taken with the Olympus - and there are sets from the same location where some were the 4:3 ratio and others 16:9 - I don't think it has affected sales. I've licensed both portrait and landscape images in the 4:3 ratio. I find the 4:3 ratio pleasing since it's nearly square - I'm not really sure why. I also like that I can set different ratios in the camera and when I import into Lightroom, even if I just shoot RAW, the photos will be pre-cropped, but I can still get the full RAW image back if I want - a good way to know if the photo will allow for cropping to a size you like - I shoot square images for calendars and will often use that feature for composition to get a lighthouse or a landscape that works well as a square, but will process the uncropped image. I haven't used the 16:9 ratio for the same reason as you - don't want to loose the megapixels - but you could use it for composition and then just sync them all and un-crop.
  9. Me too - except my Subaru is silver. Green's a good choice. Funny story -I almost got the blue - but the silver looked so nice. Drove it out to Ohio with my daughter a few days after I got it and took a photo of the license plate so I'd stop trying to get into the wrong car. Even with NY plates there were too many "similars." A month later, at the doctor's office, I kept trying to get into "my car" there was even a water bottle like mine in the cup holder. Finally a man came up to me doubled over laughing. He pointed out that mine, which was beeping to open, was a row over. I can no longer count the times I've parked next to an identical car. I'll never get a silver car again (my last one, a Ford Escape I had for 11 years, was red. It's still in my driveway 3 years later according to google images. ) Great little SUV - tons of room and drives like a car. And those seat-warmers are a life-saver since I don't have a garage. And my little Olympus fits nicely in the center console as well. My new AR7II arrived at my husband's office today (they needed a signature and since I had a hard drive left in a puddle a few weeks back, I've decided it's safer to send there). Can't wait to try it out. But that 12-40mm Pro lens is on my wish list for the Olympus Rick. Once I sell the Nikons I should have enough room for all my camera equipment to fit in one backpack with room for a change of clothes as well. If I could trust the low light over 800 for landscape work rather than just for editorial images, I'd stick with the Olympus as my only camera system. Other than high ISO performance for landscape work, it's perfect, although I'm still getting used to the fiddly menu - it does too much and sometimes I click the wrong button and need to dig deep to get my preferred settings back. I've been playing with some legacy manual Olympus lenses from my film days - my first and only SLR is the OM-1 - and the bokeh on my 50mm is lovely as is the dynamic range - better than any of the digital lenses I have. I just pointed it at a lace curtain in a sunny window, used focus peaking, and the fine detail and dynamic range were great. So, Anna, if you can swing an Olympus - even a lower end model like the OM-5 or OM-10, I'd say go for it. You won't be sorry.
  10. I did a quick check and several of the Olympus EM-5 and E-10 models are on sale for around $800-900 with a lens - and some of the Panasonic Lumix models are on sale for under $600 with a lens. The RX100s have a higher MP count, but with a fixed lens it has to be very high caliber to give you a clean photo at 42MP - I'm curious if those who have the high pixel count RX100 models feel the need to downsize the photos to get clean images especially in shooting on other than bright sunny days? If this is going to be your main camera and the prices are comparable, I'd opt for a system where you can add lenses rather than a fixed lens, because it gives you room to grow. Although I got a bad 7-14mm lens, I've tried others at PhotoExpo and the pro lenses you can upgrade to are truly amazing - I've heard nothing but raves about the 7-14mm too so I know it was just a dud and not the lens - the 17mm, 25mm and inexpensive 40-150mm (which I've seen on sale fo as little as $100) are all very sharp and clean. No issues with chroma on the 17mm and the 40-150mm gives nice reach since it's a 300mm equivalent and nice and sharp throughout the range. It also weighs noting. Just my two cents. Full disclosure I have never tried anything in the RX100 range to compare. But I tried several Panasonic mirrorless at PhotoExpo 2 years ago and was impressed. I use a tiny 11" wrap around my camera and I can fit the Olympus with the 17mm f/1.8 or 25mm f 1/8 in my pocketbook (the non-pro versions - tack sharp and fast) . In body image stabilization works great and if you want to shoot square photos, say for instagram, you can set it up and if you are shooting RAW or RAW + jpeg, you will get square photos in Lightroom, but you can hit crop and you will be able to undo and get the full horizontal version for Alamy. Good luck!
  11. I love my little Olympus OMD E-1 - light and great photos, not a single fail since I got it back in 2014. In fact, I took it and my Nikon D700 to the Grand Canyon and until you pixel peep at 200% in good light, the difference is surprisingly small. The newer Pen-F is about half the price and even lighter. I'd suggest checking it out. In silver it looks gorgeous and weighs less than a pound. I had ordered one last week, but cancelled my order for reasons totally unrelated to that camera. In fact, it is supposed to be better in low light than the one I have. Olympus is having a lot of sales these days - and I highly recommend them - even the 40-150mm budget priced zoom is super sharp - a few people here recommended it when I bought the Olympus and it weighs so little. The OMD E-5 is also less expensive than the E-1 and the newer ones are supposed to be even better in low light - the original E-1 I have is good in low light - I never downsize and I have never failed here with it - it's only when I compare it to the D700 in low light that it's not perfect. But here's one in low light with the Olympus that I took as a straight jpeg with the inexpensive zoom the day I got the camera - I was woken up by a fire two doors down from me. I shot this at around ISO 12,500 at 2 in the morning with my brand new camera - no post production just a straight jpeg from the camera: The only reason I ended up cancelling the Pen-F is that in late January, I ordered the Olympus 7-14mm pro lens. I must've gotten a bad one because the chromatic aberration and COMA were so bad I couldn't fix them in LR nor in DxO Lab - I finally shot the same photos with that lens and my 17mm and found the 17mm was fine but the 7-14 was a disaster. Very disappointed. I was ready to exchange it for another one, and ordered the Pen-F to round out my MFT (micro four thirds) collection, but then the Sonys went on sale and I decided to go in a different direction and ordered the Sony A7RII from B&H. I am hopeful that it will replace my D700 - giving me a full frame camera that is great in low light (that's where the Olympus can't compete with my beloved D700) and weighs significantly less. I plan to use it with a couple of primes - I got a 35mm and have my eye on the Zeiss Loxia 21mm manual focus lens as my next purchase, once I sell off my Nikon equipment. Obviously the A7RII isn't a budget priced camera, though I got a great sale price - and it is heavier with most of the full frame glass, which is why my plan is to use it mostly with wide primes and keep my Olympus, but I digress... So, back to the OP's question - sorry to digress - another nice thing about the Olympus is that you can use Panasonic lenses with it as well - you can also look into the Panasonic MFT cameras - they have several that are reasonably priced and I hear nothing but good things about them. I was thinking of getting one as a backup until I was tempted by the Pen-F - which is still on my wish list. Although I went in the other direction and opted for the Sony full frame, as I mentioned, I plan to stick with the smaller MFT cameras too since the Sony full frame, though light, can get heavy when you start adding their zooms and other large glass - even some of their primes are heavy - though much lighter than using a large Nikon or Canon. Once I sell enough to pay off my Sony, I'll probably get the 12-40mm for the Olympus - or the 12-35 Pany - not sure which is better, I hear conflicting things. . Bottom line, if the Sony can replace my Nikon, it will be my "heavy" camera - I'm convinced mirrorless is the way to go. Like Chuck, I turn 60 this year, and between herniated disks in my neck from two accidents and a wrecked back from a car accident, pushups might help me carry my D700, but I'd rather go with lighter gear. If anyone is looking for Nikon gear in excellent condition, my D700 has only 28,107 actuations and I have the amazing 24-70-mm f/2.8 and some other nice lenses I plan to sell. You can PM me on twitter @campyphotos or contact me through my website http://www.mariannecampolongphtography.com since the PM feature here is gone if anyone's interested in the gear - or if you have questions about the Olympus. Important for the OP: There are so many choices these days, it can make your head spin. I'd just suggest that getting a mirrorless system where you can upgrade by adding more lenses (I think some of the suggestions here are excellent point and shoots) will give you more room to grow in the future. It's tough to sell old equipment at a fraction of what you paid for it when you want to upgrade, (and really tough to sell cameras without interchangeable lenses), so IMHO, it's better to get equipment that gives you room to grow. A pocket camera is great to have as an extra - I still toss my Nikon P7000 in my bag when I travel as a great little backup - but as your main camera, I'd get the best mirrorless you can afford and slowly add lenses.
  12. Most stock sites permit you to sell your work as fine art. It should not be a conflict unless one of your RM images is licensed for some exclusive use which would not permit it and in that case Alamy would contact you first for the exclusive licensee, even then it would most likely not conflict with selling fine art including POD mugs, etc. However, if you license your work through any other site including a POD site, all RM images much be RM and RF must be RF - the prices can vary unless you are with a site that sets a minimum, I'm just discussing Alamy here and they let you license your images at any price point. I have tried to keep my best selling fine art work as RM here - and some of it I don't license at all - I've been in a fair number of gallery shows and sell my work that way, but I also sell a fair number of my travel and landscapes as fine art on POD site, so those are mostly RM here and I tick the box "Don't sell for personal use including single copy, non-retail wall art prints" so they aren't sold for less through Alamy's fine art offering - Images that were RF before Alamy added their personal use/fine art offering are still RF as are some I have on traditionally-priced RF sites since the license has to be the same. I have the occasional personal use sale of those RF images here but I hope those who are searching fine art sites aren't looking here. If you are going to license images as stock, there will always be that risk, but the bottom line is that you are allowed to sell here and on POD sites and they can be wither RM or RF here - it's your choice.
  13. I paid to have even my blog set to be secure . You'd think Alamy would do it. I worry about how safe our photos are when I hear things like this. I noticed that it wasn't secure on Chrome - Safari doesn't show anything. I wonder if it keeps new customers from signing up - that would be a big concern. Just doesn't make sense to me why it's not totally secure.
  14. I don't know a lot about flowers but when I was a little girl I helped my grandmother in our garden and she gave me my own little plot where I planted zinnias. Definitely a zinnia - not sure what type but a zinnia.
  15. I like my Wacom Bamboo - not sure if it's the large or the medium one - it's my second, I had a small one years ago and have had this one since 2011 a big improvement over the first generation - the pen works well - much better than just using my track pad (I hate a computer mouse - my right shoulder used to ache after hours at the computer until I got a Magic Trackpad instead of a mouse with my iMac). I find that the tablet makes using the clone stamp and healing brush easier and so much faster - and for any painting and other digital work on my fine art images, it's great.
  16. I deleted about 300 out of around 800 images from Alamy over 2015-2016 - no idea if it was worth doing. I have so many duplicates on my hard drives and many images that probably should have been culled ages ago, that I think it's worth purging a bit, since if I do go back through old shoots as I often do to find the hidden gems, which I have done, or to process shoots I never really got around to working with, I realize having a lean and mean portfolio will probably save me a lot of time and effort in the long run. I'm shooting far less now than I used to, trying to pretend I just have a few rolls of film rather than unlimited hard drive space. Just ordered new 6TB and 4TB hard drives to replace aging drives - backup space isn't endless. So I'm purging what I've can from my main backups before I fill the new drives - though I may give up part way through - it takes eons just to go through 1TB, never mind many. I used to just keep buying new drives when the old drives filled up, but eventually I realized that with 10 TBs of backups it becomes really tough to find what you want. I'm just going through my main catalog. I figure it's not worth purging the old multiple mobile backup drives. I'll just keep them as extra backups because the time it would take to review and cull them all is just too great. Half will probably fail before I could get through them all.
  17. Thanks again to everyone who replied - and glad the topic was helpful to others. It looks pretty easy on the 27" iMac and I'm thinking that since the Apple site says the max is 16GB for my particular machine with a max of 4GB in each slot - and since I checked my memory slots before starting this topic and saw that I have the top two filled with 4GB each (rather than 2 in each of four slots), I'll get another 8 - I think 16GB RAM should be good for the remaining life of my computer. Apple says they need to match and it looks to be around $80 from crucial. I just wish the 8GB RAM in my MacBook Pro was upgradeable - it's 4 1/2 years old and under memory it shows two slots and says under Memory upgradeable: "no" so I'm guessing that it means that it isn't, even if I got someone to open this machine up. With a 500GB hard drive on this one, it runs pretty fast, and I do my major editing on the iMac anyway. If anyone knows something different, lmk. Thanks again!
  18. Thanks. Yes, I have two empty slots left for 2 x 4GB RAM. I have my catalog on the 1TB second internal hard drive and with the photos on an external 4TB thunderbolt drive, processing my 16MP photos in LR and working with Photoshop open as well, using Nik filters and other plug ins in both LR and PS at the same time, and it's been blazing fast with 8GB RAM. The internal hard drive has a SATA internal connection so it's the fastest place to keep my catalog since I don't have enough room on the internal 251GB SSD. An external SSD hard drive would be fast, but doesn't seem to be necessary. The programs all run off the SDD. I think upping the RAM to 16GB (for about $80) seems like a pretty inexpensive solution to speeding up my work once I upgrade my camera. Thunderbolt is faster than USB 3, and my iMac doesn't have a USB 3 slot - it's the old TB1 with USB 2 and firewire 800. I think that having kept all my photos on an external drive from day 1 probably also helps keep my computer humming along, I'd guess less wear and tear on the hard drive though I really don't know. Desktops are much more stable than laptops, so I'll probably be replacing my MacBook before my iMac. I might experiment and make a small single shoot catalog on the SDD for what I'm working on and see if the speed is better. i know working on my MacBook with its 500GB SDD is faster than my iMac - though not drastically so, but it also has faster RAM - both 8GB but the MacBook has 1600MHz vs 1333MHz. It's certainly fast enough now for my 16MP D5100 and OMD-E1 and my 12 MP D700 and other assorted small cameras.
  19. You'll probably be back to 20/20 or close before you know it- or in my case I went from 20/200 to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other - a big improvement in any case (and that's 20/200 before the cataracts). Scary how fast they can suddenly seem to develop but great how easily they can be fixed. I'd advise taking it easy and giving yourself a little time (a couple weeks) to heal before spending a lot of time outside in bright sunlight. I pushed hard the first time and ended up with awful migraines for months afterwards, so I gave myself a little time to heal with the second eye.
  20. Thanks James. I was reading that Crucial was the best place to buy it from. I wish my internal SSD was larger - Since I'm using iCloud, it now decides what really goes in the cloud and what stays on my SDD, so it's just impossible to load the catalog there - besides, with Smart Previews my Catalog is huge. I could get a large external SDD with a thunderbolt cable for my catalog (my iMac doesn't have the much less expensive USB 3.0 unfortunately). Just worried about buying pricey thunderbolt drives because I've heard that the thunderbolt to thunderbolt 3 adapters (which I'd need for a new machine eventually) don't work very well. Alternatively, I could set up separate catalogs for each shoot and run that off my SDD and then import them into a larger catalog later.
  21. I bought legacy Nikon lenses on ebay when I started out - one that I love from a photographer selling his gear - who sent me a check for $6 afterwards because he forgot to actually buy the insurance when he sent it (unbeknownst to me) and was reimbursing me, and one from B&H via ebay - all great. The first lens I sent to someone the photographer recommended to have it fitted so it would work with my old D70. And my Sigma 50-500mm which is the sharpest lens I own (only rival is the pricey Nikon 40-150) was bought refurbished from Adorama. I'm planning to sell off much of my Nikon kit and wish you were in the US. But yes, if the seller is reputable, you can get a good deal.
  22. I've got a mid 2011 27" iMac that is still zipping along nicely - since I do just about everything on my laptop other than work requiring a large monitor. It has 8GB RAM 1333 MHz DDR 3 and a 3.4 GHz i7 Intel processor ADM Radeon HD Graphics Card, and dual hard drives, a 251GB Intel 6 SSD and an Intel 6 1TB HDD. That SDD was pricey at the time but best decision I ever made. Anyway, I'm thinking of upgrading to a 24MP camera so much larger RAW files and wondering if I should get two more 4GB RAM cards (or whatever they are called) to fill in the two empty slots and upgrade it to the max 16GB RAM. It looks fairly easy to do. Will I see a big increase in processing speed and is a machine this old worth upgrading? I'd love thoughts from the tech minded and anyone else who has done this sort of thing before. I believe all the other components are conducive to the max speed I can get from this machine, and it was designed to take up to 16GB RAM. I run my LR catalog off the HDD (the SDD is too small) and have a 4TB (soon to be replaced by a 6TB) external drive for my photos attached via thunderbolt cable - v 1.0. Has been fast though working on my 500GB SSD MacBook Pro with 8 GB RAM and a 2.8 GHz Intel i7 is a bit faster - the RAM on that is 1600 MHz - so thinking the SSD and the faster RAM both help but I'm really clueless as to what does what and I read conflicting things on the Internet, so pro advice is welcome. Any thoughts on how I'm running my LR catalog welcome too. Thanks much!
  23. I have updated my laptop this past week - well, actually, for the first time, it seems my Mac did it for me - but I'm guessing I hit a button as I was nodding off or something - anyway, it's a MacBook Pro Retina 13" late 2013 (I downsized my laptop to make traveling with it easier). I haven't updated my 27" iMac (mid 2011). Sometimes the Nik filters are working - if I make one or two changes - either through LR or, if I'm in Photoshop, Color Effex was fine the first time, but then I could only get it to work sometimes and not up in filters, but using that annoying little floating thing. Define and Vivenza work most of the time, but in Color Effex if I do more than two things at a time it crashes - so all my saved presets are toast at the moment. DxO bought the Nik filters and are supposed to come out with new ones that work with Adobe products in mid-2018. Meantime, I downloaded a free trial of their software -nowhere as great, IMHO, as the Nik film emulators but they do have some interesting editing options that start from scratch with your RAW files - though I did not find that I could get the look I wanted without further work in Lightroom. They are supposed to have the U Point technology but it's a learning curve to figure out how to use the software and I'm only about 4-5 hours (one day) into it. I had hoped I could just bite the bullet and buy their Pro set of filters and other software to replace the Nik filters but I need to spend more time with their program first before I decide - I've read other reviews and found I'm not alone in finding the Nik film emulators to be the best. I've used Silver Effex for my fine art work and Color Effex for everything for years and I am really at a loss. I'll have to look into those work arounds or maybe I can open Tiffs in PS 5 and use them there. What a PITA! I hate the fact that all these companies seem to be aimed at the consumer market and are leaving us pros out to dry but at least DxO is working on integrating the Nik technology into their software - however, I don't know if it will be the same. I tried the DxO lighting fix (something I used to use in Nik Capture NX Pro which stopped working for me many OS updates ago) and was disappointed - but I haven't figured out how to access the U Point technology that is supposed to be integrated into the DxO software so maybe it will work - but right now I think that LR works much better to adjust lighting etc on RAW files. I really want Color Effex and Silver Effex back. Glad DxO bought it so hoping by mid years these issues will be moot. I can get it to work if I do no more than two steps at a time. slow going for sure.
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