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Everything posted by David_Buzzard

  1. I used to calibrate my monitors about once a year, and there was hardly ever a change between them. I upgraded to Mac's with Retina monitors which didn't support my old Spyder, so I haven't calibrated the monitors on them, and haven't had any issues with colour or density.
  2. Life is way too short to be using Nikon software. It's slow, dated, and has a terrible user interface. Do yourself a favour and get the Adobe photo package, which is Photoshop and Lightroom for US$ 10 per month. Adobe will send you upgrades as part of the package. Most of my work is done with Photoshop, but for larger jobs, Lightroom is great. If the D810 aren't opening in LR, you probably need to upgrade the software. It's probably a version that's older than the D810 model, so it's not recognizing the files.
  3. I travel across the US border from Canada all the time, and my advice is not tell them anything unless they ask you directly. If they do ask about your gear, tell them you're an avid amateur photographer on holiday. Unless you're bringing a case of studio lighting, I'd be very surprised if they questioned that. I live in a resort town and I see tourists walking around town with Nikon D5's and other high end gear as that as a working pro I would never be able to afford. As a pro, I get asked if I'm bringing equipment into the US for work, and my standard answer is that I'm just u
  4. Can't log on my Mac running Safari 10.1. Firefox works.
  5. You've got a ton of digital noise and processing. My guess is that you're editing JPG files and getting built up compression artifacts. You should always shoot in RAW, and make sure the long exposure noise reduction is turned on. You can also make panoramas (I think) and HDR images in Lightroom that keeps them in the RAW format, which I think works a lot better. You're also getting some flaring around the light sources. Sigma's make pretty good lenses, so maybe it might be a not so great quality filter, or even one that's got a lot of wear on it.
  6. I have the X-Pro1, which has the same sensor as the XT1, along with the 18-55mm zoom. I really like it, and find that I keep it on hand all the time. My normal working cameras are the Nikon D3 and D800, so the X-Pro1 feels like a ping pong ball in comparison. You take a bit of a hit going from a full frame to a APS sensor, especially in low light, but it's fine for most things. The little 18-55mm is a surprisingly nice lens. It's well made and solid, and the image quality is pretty good. It's kind of slow for low light, but it's not really a deal breaker. They may have upgraded th
  7. I've had a load of photos in QC for two weeks. Normally they go through in a day or two.
  8. Monopods are great for heavy lenses, as long as you only need to pan them side to side and not up or down. That's why you see them with sports photographers on the sidelines football and baseball games. The ones with feet are doubly useless because they really don't go side to side very well.
  9. Is it just those photos where you're getting it, or is it on all the photos you take with the camera? If it's just that set of photos, it's probably some kind of random lens refraction. If it's on all your photos, then it's probably time send it in to get the sensor checked.
  10. I was in South Africa in 2015 and found it was cheaper to get a study aluminum tripod in South Africa than it was to pay for the extra baggage weight fee to bring one with me. I picked one up for less than $100 USD, which I ended up giving it away to a local photographer when I left. It actually worked pretty well, are it is in a thunderstorm in Kruger Park.
  11. I noticed that, the vector graphics box confused me. Still those shots are illustrations.
  12. Adobe Lightroom has a mobile version, but I've never used it. You could probably keyword your images on that. Personally, I'd be packing a laptop for that work.
  13. My feeling is that you have a RF image with an editorial only restriction, that's going to really restrict your sales, so better to just leave them as RM images. You have to have signed legal permission to use someone or their property in an advertising photo.
  14. Those are illustrations, not photos, so I think you're in the wrong category. Alamy has a category for illustrations, but from the dialog box, they require vector graphics for them, not JPG files, so you're probably going to need a program like Adobe Illustrator.
  15. As soon as you start adding Photoshop filters and effects, editorially speaking, you're crossing the line from photograph to photo-illustration, so that's something to keep in mind. Newspapers and magazine have their own graphic designers, so the market for already done illustrations is probably fairly limited.
  16. If you already have an APC Nikon set up, then stay with that. Image quality comes down to sensor size more than any other thing, so you don't want to go to a smaller sensor camera. We have a Nikon D3200 in the office which takes pretty good photos, but it's really cheaply built. If you want to move up to full frame, a used D700 in good shape would be great. A lot of people really like the D750 as well. I have a D800, but the files are huge, and it's kind of slow and sluggish for day to day use.
  17. I'm with Chuck there, we're both a couple of old hands. Shoot what you you like and what interests you, make it look good, and you'll sell images.
  18. I've said this before, why would you sell your work for $1.00? You can't get a cheeseburger at McDonald's for that, so that's the value you're putting on your work. All I can tell you about Vancouver is my own experience. I sell the occasional Skyline photo, but even the really good ones don't move that often. I can't even get my own newspaper to run one of my Vancouver photos, they'd rather buy one for a buck from Shutterstock. The stuff that has sold, and sold a lot, are things like the Chinatown night market, the downtown eastside, the arts scene on commercial drive, etc. I'd l
  19. First thing, get yourself a copy of Adobe Lightroom, or preferably, Adobe Photoshop. The photo bundle for both is $10 US a month and that's a deal for what you get. Life is way too short to be putzing around with Nikon software. Second thing, turn off the JPG setting on your camera. The imaging software is using the JPG's instead of the NEF's, and you've probably got it set to a lower resolution version. Unless you need shots directly out of the camera, you don't need the JPG files and they just confuse things. By using JPG's, you're basically knee capping your camera.
  20. I'm hesitant to call BS on that's guy's micro stock sales, but I'm close. At $.25 a shot or however much you make off micro stock, that's like 4,000 sales a month. He's also taken 25 trips in seven years (I wish I could afford to travel like that). It's not that theres anything wrong with his work, it's just looks the same as tons of other photographers selling micro stock. As a BC based photographer, Vancouver is pretty well covered. It's a pretty small percentage of my sales. If I had any advice for you, it would be make a list of everything about Vancouver that would be of intere
  21. I've been a professional photographer for a really long time, and to be honest with you, it's harder and harder every year to make a living. Most of what I provide for Alamy are out-takes from my commercial and newspaper work. Basically, to make any money, you need experience, thousands of dollars in equipment, and time to build experience and a client base. As for stock photography, unless you have a library of tens of thousands of images (and those have to be professional quality), it probably works out a to few hundred bucks, every couple of months. It took me eight years to build up
  22. With crap like that going on, you wonder why newspapers are dying. If they're just running the same photos you would see in someone's Facebook feed, why would anybody see any value in that?
  23. I've seen some pretty nice photos from the DJI Phantom 4, but it is a pretty small sized sensor, so who knows. One thing to keep in mind is that governments are bringing in new regulations in a big hurry. I was looking at buying a drone, and then Canada announced a new set of very strict regulations. Basically, you can't fly a drone within 9 km's of any place where aircraft land or take off, which with the amount of helicopter traffic in Canada, is most of the country you can access without a 4x4. I've heard a few guys say they're just going to sneak it, but recently a photographer
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