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  1. I look at the corners of the image to determine if downsizing is required. This is mostly if I use my A6000 with the 10-18mm w/a zoom at the wide end. Remarkably, my RX100M3 is mostly sharp at full size even in the corners. A built in good Zeiss lens will always have the correct distance from lens to sensor to produce consistent results even with a smaller sensor. On sharpening, I never sharpen in Photoshop. I need to sharpen in Camera Raw as an unsharpened Raw image would fail. The pre setting in ACR is 25 in any case. I give it some help if required especially if a lot of luminance needs to be removed in shadowy areas. There is a failure in Alamy QC relating to pictures "without definition". Hard to image many RAW based images passing without a little assistance from "Contrast" and/or "Clarity" in PS. Who knows how much sharpening the camera manufacturers add to their JPEGs to make the images look attractive.
  2. I used the Pana LX2/3/5 as pocket cameras a while ago and they all passed Alamy although not officially approved cameras. Got fed up with the 10Mp sensor. No cropping and jumped for Sony's RX100 when released. Changed to the RX100M3 when available as I liked an EVF and preferred 24mm as a W/A starting point. It is so good that I have not even considered an upgrade to M4/5. For a fuller pack I now use the A6000 with Sony 10-18, 16-50 and 55-210 zooms. Covers everything I need at a quality that passes Alamy with ease. Went to Sony DSLRs as I was used to Minolta and never regretted this move. Sony is now in the forefront in terms of quality/weight. What I mean is that you get better quality per pound of weight compared with all competitors. Sony will continue to pull away from the pack. Just look at the A9. Wow.
  3. The captcha appeared again today after raising my blood pressure yesterday. This time it simply decided to freeze after I apparently selected the right squares with road signs. Would not go away at all. I then refreshed and re-entered my password. That seemed to have shocked the captcha as I got in as in the good old days (before yesterday). Must be a plot to do it on a bank holiday saturday so as to prevent a wave of complaints. I like the comment about GOOGLE and the EU rules about a pre warning. What good does it do if Alamy can just go ahead anyhow after having warned us? As a matter of principle I don't like GOOGLE shadowing me and sending me useless advertisements.
  4. My NEX-6 performed well and never had a problem with QC. The EVF was a bit dark and I did not like the old NEX software, having been used to the A series from my DSLRs. Bought the A6000 when it came out. The EVF is much better for viewing and it has the SLT software. This is a great camera, but I find that the 24 Mp sensor is too big for my Sony 10-18 wide angle zoom, which I use a lot. By that I mean that the image needs to be downsized to around 4500x3000 because of corners being a bit soft on the lens. My 55-210 zoom can handle its 24 Mp at full size. For in between I tend to use my RX100M3. That camera can be uploaded at full image size except at excessive ISO. Whilst I appreciate that modern single focal lenses mostly are superiour to zooms I hate the idea of trundling around with a bag full of these to cover the 15-315mm (35mm speak) that my light weight kit can cover.
  5. I experienced the torment this afternoon trying to get in to upload some images. I had 15 attempts before I got in an in the process developed high bloodpressure. There is something wrong with this CAPTCHA configuration. Impossible to determine cars or no cars, road signs or no road signs etc. It went on and on and I was beginning to think that eventually I would be declared a robot and denied access. Why are we not warned and why are the images not clear as to what they are and are not? Can a robot actually figure out how to answer if the images are clear and not ambiguous? This is nonsense and belong to the "smart" people coming up with something they can make money on and create more trouble for the rest of us. There is a simple remedy. My bank will only allow three attempts to log in and then shutters down. If alamy has evidence that robots try to get in surely this is based on a bombardment of thousands of passwords. Why don't they simply limit attempts to five tries and then shut down. Then we will have to contact Alamy to have the account opened or something like that. I appeal to Alamy to get rid of this application Monday morning by 10.00 a.m.
  6. I subscribe to the LR/PS Cloud set-up, but have given up on LR. I use my own designed image storage system so it is a pain to select images in LR. I just go straight to Camera Raw with my raw files and do things like image distorsion corrections, tone and lulminance there before opening up in PS. Here I might do Auto Tone as well as shadow/highlight and retouching. I will finish off with 100% inspection. For my purposes there is nothing in LR I can't find in Camera Raw.
  7. Congratulations M Chapman for having made an excellent choice for a "walk about" camera. I started with the M1 and switched to RX100M3 when the view finder and 24mm wide became available. I still use Aperture on auto and adjust the shutter through ISO settings. Have not moved on from Minolta X700 despite numerous cameras in between. Have set to Adobe RGB - always. If using ISO above 400 I often downsize to 4000 on long side to be on the safe side, but all full size images have passed without a problem. I find that noise (as luminance) can easily be removed in Camera Raw and a little extra sharpening added. I never sharpen in PS. Would not trust the green dial setting as I like to control DOF because of my type of shooting. Sharpness reduces in corners with higher ISO settings but I have had ISO 800 cleared without any problems. Due to age my kit bag now consists of RX100M3 as well as A6000 with Sony 10-18 zoom, 16-50 pancake and 55-210 zoom. Frankly I can't remember the last time I used the 16-50 because the RX100M3 takes care of that range. The A6000 has the 10-18 zoom fitted and then switches to the tele at the rare occations I need a longer length. This provides me with quality cover almost ubroken from 15 to 315mm in good old full frame speak.
  8. I seem to remember that Alamy had a rule that more than five similar images in a submission led to a rejection. Maybe no longer in force. I do mostly architecture, landscape and travel photography. I try wide angle, upright and different angles as well at time of year. I also try images with and without people as buyers have different requirements. With all types the subject changes over time. New buildings and layouts etc. so I try and renew wherever possible. I often leave the old ones as some buyers are looking for historical images for illustrations. As is well known, stock photography is a numbers game and often "less likely" sellers are the ones to be licensed. it is all about perception and guesswork. I often think I have been too critical in what to photograph - things looking great - rather than take it and hope for the best. Looking at my sales figures, there is no doubt in my mind that quantity, quality and variety matter. Problem for new entrants is that the fees earned do not justify commercial photography involving time and expenses. It really is now a hobby or side show to paying commercial photography.
  9. Can't remember all the cameras I have sold, but my favourite film camera was the XD7 as the first with both Aperture and Shutter priority settings as well as manual. When both gave up I had to soldier on with the A700 replacing shutter priority with a Program setting. Currently use A58 for my heavy A-mount lenses (rarely due to age) and now use the Sony A6000 mostly with Sony's 10-18 mm W/A zoom and 55-210 zoom. Keep the 16-50 zoooom in the bag as I tend to haul out my trusted Sony RX100M3 for anything in betwen these two zoom lenses. The RX100M3 is just so good. Rarely do I need to reduce the actual 20Mp image size for Alamy. That happens for the A6000 now and then. I just think that the 24Mp sensor is too good for the zoom lenses or I am too critical as I have not had a rejection for ages. Long may it continue. Wondered if I was right to invest in Sony at the beginning, but I am convinced now they are the leaders of the pack - at least as far as quality in a small packet is concerned.
  10. "I have tried each vesion of the RX100 since Mk2 - I would not buy a camera without a viewfinder. Unfortunately I wear glasses and when I use the RX100 vf it pops in and goes out of focus." - Martin Wilson. I have the RX100M3 and I love it. I also wear glasses, but when I use the EVF I simply remove the glasses as you can adjust the view finder and focus without glassses - at least I can.
  11. MDM Thanks for your explanation above. I will try that tomorrow. I have actually also complained to Alamy about this inconvenience compared with the previous set-up, which I found easy to use, and I will post the response if it makes any sense. I really don't understand how Alamy could treat this key function, to be able to copy and paste keywords, with such disdain. There should have been an easy way to do this in AIM and it should have been explained in the PDF.
  12. Tried to read through this thread, but had to give up half way. Noted though that a lot of contributors regretted the inability to just copy and paste a group keywords from an old image to the new one. I for one do not like any of the methods proposed in the thread. Essentially I can live with the new AIM, except this lack of simple transfer of keywords in a real downside as far as I am concerned. I noted that to my great surprise nobody from Alamy bothered to read the thread and perhaps offer to try and fix this problem. It should be possible for a solution to be provided whereby you simply copy the keywords you need and paste them into the new tags space. If you select multiple images for pasting all the keywords should appear in all the selected images and then you should be able to go into the individual images to fine tune. I note that I can actually copy and paste in the caption fields. Why not keywords. If that problem could be fixed I would be happy with the new set-up. This discovery issue is a real laugh. I have over 8500 images and sell several every month. I only have 55 at a green rating and I cannot understand why. We were cautioned against too much keywording as it could affect our rank and page placement. Now it is a quantity issue to get into the green area rather than quality. Weird.
  13. Just got the new Image Manager as a total surprise. Trying to find out how it works, but one important action defies me. I cannot find out from instructions or otherwise how to move multiple keywords in one go from an old image to a new one with multiple common keywords. It looks as if I will have to move these one by one unless someone can come to my assistance with a method. If I copy keywords from an old image to the new tags field they simply don't show up. Very frustrating and time consuming if I have to do it bit by bit. It was a doddle to do it in the old set-up. Another issue is that when I captioned an image the actual caption is not in view, but the counting shows 115/150 so there must be something there. Does anyone know how to make the caption visible? It looks to me as if this change adds a lot of exttra work to the keywording if there is no way to transfer common keywords to new images. I have had a look but cannot find a previouse topic on this. If there is one I apologise and request that I be given a reference. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  14. The "ups and downs" of lust for new cameras and lenses. I stuck with my X700 Minolta camera for a long time until Sony came out with their R1 with the fixed Zeiss 16-80 zoom. Great camera at the time with a lousy viewfinder and crap high ISO, but no dust on sensor. Held back until the A700 was launched and bought it with the now interchangeable Sony/Zeiss 16-80mm zoom and then piled on lenses as well as A350/550/580/A58/NEX-3/5N/6 and then RX100/RX100M3 and A6000 for good measure as well as E zoom lenses. Now I look at every new release A77II, RX100M5 now (I think) and A6300/6500 and wonder what next month will bring. I look at my main cameras RX100M3 for carry about and A6000 for dedicated photography for Alamy and wonder what is wrong with these. Nothing I conclude and will continue with these until they give out. For my type of Alamy work I have reached a plateau and any improvements are so marginal for me that it is not worth spending the money.
  15. Richard, I cannot believe that QC will reject film scans per se. I have had many such scans accepted and cannot recall a single rejection even of 35 mm Ektachrome 100. That was when the minimum size was 48Mb. I used a Minolta X700 with Sigma zoom lenses dating back to the eighties. So If you use "modern" equipment i.e. from nineties and use a decent dedicated film scanner for 35mm and a quality flatbed scanner for 6x6 there is no reason for rejection if processed in PS. I used Konica/Minolta's Dimage Elite 5400 with original software but Nikon also made excellent film scanners. A couple of years ago I re-scanned some slides and these passed as well when digital was well established. With 17 Mb now the floor good film scans should fly past QC without any problems. You need to look out for dust etc. and use Digital ICE for dust removal. Does the job without degrading the image. I wonder if other contributors have submitted 35mm slide material recently.
  16. Bryan: "Me neither, I am currently recoiling with horror at the introduction price of the new Sony 6500, body only £1500. Given the relatively limited life of a digital camera you need a return on investment from stock of perhaps 20-25% to justify a purchase. Would a new camera body bring in that additional revenue? Only if the existing camera snapped, methinks." A6500 is better than previous models for high end video and apparently no heat problem up to 2 X 29.5 minutes in succession. Better sensor, but marginal improvement. I have the A6000 and frankly, with the lenses I use - E mount 10-18, 16-50 and 55-110 mm - I don't think the lenses will do justice to the sensor image improvement. My images habitually pass QC at full size. I only downsize in dull weather and excessive shadowing where luminance is difficult to erase completely without collateral damage. For Alamy, with the diminishing returns per image due to unit price and excessive volume of images on sale, I would not invest in new equipment except for equipment write-off. 80,000 new images a day is around 25 million added a year and rising. In year 2020 they could be at 200 million images or thereabouts. On the Fuji medium format I suspect that Fuji has joined the lengthening queue to use Sony's CMOS sensor. Maybe that is where the Bayer sensor comes from.
  17. This issue has been discussed repeatedly over the years. That Nikon P510 has a sensor "1/2.3-in. type CMOS; total pixels: approx. 16.79 million" which is just about as small as they get and also seems to be discontinued. You will never get through QC with that camera. Try somewhere else or get a decent camera. I suggest that you aim for a minimum of 1 inch sensor and preferably APS-C. If you cannot afford a new camera, e-bay will have plenty of second hand cameras that will enable you to pass QC as long as you can master the preparation stage with a decent program. If the images don't look reasonably sharp at 100% you won't pass. Look at the "How to sell images on Alamy" instructions and particularly the Guidelines.
  18. Bryan, I have a NEX-6 and thought that the A6000 viewfinder was inferior just looking at the specifications. In theory that should be the case. Sometimes reality has a different answer. I purchased the A6000 when Sony offered £50 cashback and was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually like the A6000 viewfinder better. It is brighter and fast. No complaints on that score. The A6000 is just the job for Alamy and my Sony zoom lenses have handled the 24Mp well. Also good to have the Sony A series menu rather than the NEX variety. Don't see any reason for buying a A6300. A "better" camera with a lot of improvements I don't need. The A6000 will do me for a long time - in fact until it packs up. I don't see any improvements Sony can make that make my A6000 and RX100M3 obsolete for my purposes.
  19. An interesting question (for me) in relation to lighter equipment relates to Alamy's decision to abandon their banned camera list and rely on QA only. I once enquired if Sony's HX90V would be acceptable and the answer was predictably NO. In view of their changed attitude has anyone tried to submit pictures through the usual upload taken by such formerly "banned" cameras and/or a top level smartphone? I would be interested in knowing as I would think that by using latest PS Cloud it should be possible to adjust a sunlit and well exposed image from such a camera to pass at 17Mb. Even although the HX90V only outputs Jpeg at 18Mp I would have thought that doing most of the work in non destructible Camera RAW a good result could be produced as long as one remained within say half its reach to 720mm. HX90V would be an excellent lightweight companion to Sony's RX100M3 with same size and also the EVF retractable viewfinder.
  20. Interesting to note the numbers possessing an RX100 of different versions. Personally I purchased the RX100 when it came out and switched to M3 last year because I like the 24mm wide lens and the viewfinder. The number of lost pictures because of sun on the rear screen became too many. I am blown away by the quality of the images from this camera and see no reason to invest in an M4 model. Over the years I have gradually retired Sony DSLRs A700/350/550/580 and sold them all on ebay. Only retain one A58 with a variety of lenses. Rarely used. To add options to my photography I also own a A6000 with Sony zooms 10-18, 16-50 and 55-210 which give me almost unbroken 35mm coverage from 15 to 315mm reach. The weight of these plus spare batteries is bearable and much lighter than the DSLR stuff and they do well on a 24Mp camera. So that is the end of renewal unless a total loss occurs. I joined Alamy at the start and as a hobby has managed to upload in excess of 8000 images with steady sales, but with 50,000 contributors and falling unit sales values it is difficult to make it a business unless you are into tens of thousands. Furthermore almost any camera can now meet QC requirements at the 17Mb file size and entry is now cheap. As stated above, a second hand RX100 can be got for £200 or less. When I started with film we sent in CDs with 48Mb min. in TIFF. Needed investment in expensive camera and lenses as well as a dedicated film scanner. Changed times.
  21. Trying again to get my first comments uploaded, this time using Mozilla Firefox rather than Win7/IE11. This is an interesting issue. I have also been "gripped" by the pixel peeping disease. I think rightly or wrongly that Alamy have tightened their requirements, but at the same time I have wondered at the reduction in file size from 48Mp TIFF to 17Mp Jpeg (and now apparently saved at level 8). I use mainly the Sony A6000 with Sony zooms and RX100M3 for wherever I go. These are excellent cameras an I still wonder at the quality of these 1" sensor images at 100%. There is only one issue where I downsize. During winter months a lot of shadow protrudes into the images and getting rid of the luminance in these dark areas without affecting sharpness too much is a challenge at full image size (at least for me). There I would typically go for 5000 on the A6000 and 4000 on the RX100M3. Never below 24Mp. If the image does not look "right" at 100% at min 24Mp opened it goes into spam. I still submit saved at level 12. With an image uploading in around 30 seconds I go for max. quality.
  22. I have my RX100M3 with me wherever I go. Great camera. I use it as my old X700 set to A with the wonderful addition of AF. For my type of photography, control of DOF is important although easier with APS-C size and higher ISO (without affecting quality). Looked at RX100M4 and decided I did not need the "improvements". With storage so cheap I always shoot RAW & Jpeg, particularly in winter. Sometimes use the Jpegs in summer, but find that Sony Jpegs are a bit "rough" compared with the RAW you can manipulate in LR and PS Cloud. Really no excuse for not using LR/PS now considering a cost of £8.57/month (here in UK).
  23. interesting discussion. Using mainly Sony A6000 with Sony zoom lenses and RX100M3 for walkabout I rarely find a need to downsize except when having a degree of shadow to be lighten up a bit with the shadow slider in PS. Difficult to get totally rid of luminance even from RAW without affecting sharpness at 100% so a little bit of downsizing is in place then. I might go to 4000 on RX100M3 or 5000 on A6000 both on long image side. Not had a rejection since May 2014 and that was for other reasons. I often wonder what level of quality would pass and looking at the new guide lines I think I am probably too cautious, but better that than having failures.
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