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Gervais Montacute

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  1. iMac Pro always shut it down at the end of working on something unless I'm going to start using again within a short space of time. MacBook Pro usually shut it down if I'm not going to use it for quite a while, or just close the lid if I'm going to use it say, in the next 15 minutes or so.
  2. Running 10.13.6 (HighSierra) on both Macs. Should be OK to go to Mojave for most photographic applications by now. I have problems and usually wait a while because of audio software.
  3. For grim death, especially if someone is going smash me in the face with their shoe.
  4. I have a Nikon D800 and the 3 holy trinity lenses. Awesome camera and even more awesome lenses. But most of the time I use either a Fuji X100 or a Sony RX100 MkII. Only get the the big Nikon gear out if there's something planned. Generally I'm not a planner when it comes to photography because there's not enough time in the day. I can't recommend either of those two smaller cameras highly enough. Easy to use, quirky in some ways and not that expensive in the second hand market.
  5. Well that's very kind Ed and Martin, but I am really not able to put the time in. It's a very hit and miss affair with photography. If I wasn't doing the other job, I would certainly go at it in a much more professional way. And get to travel! I do however understand where the guys that have an enormous library of images are coming from. The difference for me is when I get a photography sale, it's a fun surprise. It's basically like a little kid would be probably. With music sales I don't get that. I expect sales every day. I expect to see software show usages around the world every day. I don't get any fun from that. If I don't see that, I get irritated. It's a different thing. Plus there's pressure to do that from publishers. No so with this agency. The second you are more interested in the money, rather than the doing of it, the fun tends to go out of it. I have to write albums of music every year. I don't have to take photographs. It must be the same with the majority of people that contribute to the agency. So, the photographers that have invested huge amounts of time and money into raising a 20K -100K image count are probably expecting sales every day and so they should imo.
  6. I'm an amateur when it comes to photography here because I don't do enough or make enough money to be regarded as anything else. However, I get the rules and have 3 stars and treat the agency with respect. Ergo, in my case, photography remains more of a fun pastime as opposed to what I do for a job otherwise.
  7. When I read the headline I thought someone had been taking photos of that funny little pixie that runs the Green party.
  8. Noise will creep in with the RX100 if you're not careful. It's a quirky camera imo. I would just experiment a lot with settings.
  9. Out of interest, which lenses do you use with the D800?
  10. I would agree with that second sentence, but coming from PS, I didn't find LR intuitive at all, quite the reverse in fact, particularly the sections associated with the database. I suspect this puts a lot of people off, which is a pity because it is a great tool, once you know how to use it. Yes I will qualify it by saying that I got into using Lightroom at around it's 4th iteration and I remember going through a ton of photographic magazines and many YouTube videos as part of the learning process. I would recommend that to anyone that is going to start using LR for the first time and experimenting a bit as they go. Nowadays, the process is very quick per photo, but I wouldn't say I was any kind of LR power user. Depends on what a user wants from an image and how in depth they feel they need to go for the final processed image.
  11. Lightroom is a very intuitive software program to use. Once you get used to it, the whole process is very quick IMO.
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