Robert

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  1. Canon 6d mk2 reviews by Alamy photographers

    What's wrong with your 5D III? I'm still using the original 6D and it's still as excellent as when I bought it. Might consider upgrading if a mirrorless version comes along offering some genuine advantages, but otherwise plan to continue using the 6D until it dies a natural death. I find investing in lenses is usually a better use of money, although a Canon mirrorless might bring a new system with it, so it might be worth holding out even on those.
  2. Street art/mural confusion

    I had a vague recollection of a recent case where a museum lost its claim to copyright over its photos of out-of-copyright paintings it owned on that basis. I can't find it now, but there is lots online supporting this argument on the basis of the UK legislation.
  3. Street art/mural confusion

    There was a case recently which decided that a slavish copy does not have its own copyright as a photo, but it can still infringe the copyright of the original work. Agreed, Alamy goes further than the law suggests, but that's because there are so many untested grey areas that they don't want to pay the lawyers' fees to test them in court when threatened by artists' lawyers (DACS being particularly aggressive).
  4. Street art/mural confusion

    Some confusion over copyright here. A 2D depiction (i.e. head on photo) of a 2D work of fine art (e.g. painting) is potentially a copyright breach, depending what use is made of the photo. Use in an article of artistic criticism, for example, is fine. But putting the photo on a website or selling it may not be ok. Taking it at an angle with a view of the surroundings is more of a grey area, but still potentially in breach, as the legislation is unclear. If a small element in a scene rather than the main interest, it's unlikely to be in breach. The test is the purpose of the photo - does it use the artwork to make money, which the artist could conceivably be entitled to? Sculptures, buildings and works of "artistic craftsmanship" in publicly accessible places are exempt from this - not from copyright altogether (e.g. you could not sell a copy of the sculpture), but from copyright infringement through photography. As someone noted above, copyright lasts 70 years from the death of the artist, so beyond that it's fine. Within that, you would need a property release. Proviso - I'm not a lawyer, I just read the law - and this is UK law - French law for example, gives copyright entitlement in photos of buildings to their architects.
  5. Property Release - Demolished

    It can depend which country, but generally, no. Tick the relevant box on the image manager and don't tick the RF box.
  6. portfolio critique welcome

    They look fine to me. Some are quite niche subjects so buyers will be rare. Others more mainstream, but then are they the best images out there on those subjects? Search for yourself to see the competition and work out how to be better than them.
  7. Alamy claim for DACS on my behalf

    I found this out a while ago, as I also make a DACS claim. I don't remember ever being given a choice about it. Apparently you can still claim for non-Alamy images, as I do. However, it's not clear from the contract whether Alamy thinks it owns any rights to DACS payments for images that may be on sale with them, but not sold through them; the contract seems to suggest it does. If offered the choice, I would opt out.
  8. Customer search activity

    There's a random element added in searches to prevent one contributor's images appearing together. So what you see when you do your search may not be what the customer saw.
  9. Plainclothes police stop

    I've been stopped by police quite a few times. I generally think that since they have to record the stop, I must be helping them to balance out their figures so they don't look as if they're profiling by race. (This occurred to me after I was stopped in an area of tower blocks almost entirely populated by black and other ethnic minorities, notably very many Muslims). I do wonder what attitude they would take to me if I happened to have dark skin, however.
  10. Copy space as a tag

    I use the copyspace tags, but have not had one single view that used that as a search term, so I don't think there's much point.
  11. I do - as Wim says, IPS display (Dell XPS) and calibration. But problems arise with differing environments - e.g. if I'm in a sunny position I give up trying as it throws your perception of the display off completely. Other things to be careful of - power saving settings when on battery (check advanced options to switch off any power saving on the display, as it affects brightness and contrast); display settings (it took me ages to discover that a default setting for 'vivid', I think on the Intel graphics control, which was artificially boosting some colours).
  12. What do you do for storage?

    I back up files and Lightroom catalogue to an external HD with another identical HD, which I keep in a different location, and sync them regularly with Microsoft SyncToy. Hard drives can often die randomly, so the back up needs its own back up, and this also solves the problem of fire or theft.
  13. Weekend uploads

    Correct. They usually catch up by Monday evening.
  14. I agree, it looks natural. However the crop shows some compression/colour space artefacts in the form of purple blotches.
  15. I've had this on exporting to JPEG (and if subtle enough Alamy do seem to allow it through). But not in RAW. It suggests that your camera is compressing the RAW file, something that is known in other Sonys. However it could be a software/colour space issue. What software are you using? Check what the working colour space is; ProPhoto is usually recommended for editing and is used in Lightroom (although Adobe RGB would show the effects on the output file better). Then take steps to reduce banding by keeping the sky colour within the available gamut - back off saturation, tweak white balance, tweak the HSL sliders until it looks more natural. You can also add colour to smooth out the bands, or a small amount of local fine grain to 'dither' the colour across them.