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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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
  5. It can depend which country, but generally, no. Tick the relevant box on the image manager and don't tick the RF box.
  6. 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. 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. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. I agree, it looks natural. However the crop shows some compression/colour space artefacts in the form of purple blotches.
  13. 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, tw
  14. It is calibrated with one of those dongle things that hangs down over the screen, yes. There's a new idea for keywording it anyhow. Too far off topic now though aren't we?
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