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  1. 9 hours ago, MDM said:


    All the info specific to your machine will be in the manual (available online and sometimes comes as an electronic version with the Mac if you don't have a paper version). You can see what is already installed by going About This Mac in the Apple Menu and choosing Memory. The type of memory and the speed is specific to each model. If there are say 4 RAM slots, then you will have them in pairs and the two sticks in a pair have to match exactly. For example, if you already have 2x4GB, you should have two empty slots so you can put an extra 2x4 or 2x8 in but you have to put in pairs and they have to match (in other words you can't put one 4GB and one 8GB). How much you can have in total will be determined by the machine.


    There is a company called Mac Upgrades based near Cambridge who have excellent for customer service. They sell parts for all ages of Macs, many of which are difficult to get. They have a facility on their website where you can type in the serial number of your Mac and it will tell you what is compatible. Alternatively I would recommend Jigsaw 24. They are a Mac dealer in Nottingham and they also have excellent customer service. I buy my stuff from them rather than direct from Apple. They were way cheaper than Apple for buying extra memory at the time I bought the Mac.



    Cheers, ordered and awaiting them.

  2. 1 hour ago, Robert M Estall said:

    If you go to the Crucial site it will offer to analyse your system. The main benefit is it will see how your RAM slots are configured. The most likely configuration will be all four slots with 2 GB so that to upgrade you will have to lose 2 x 2 of your existing RAM That takes you down to 4 GB and adding 2 x 4 GB only increases you to 12. But if you have 2 x 4 GB and two empty slots, your new 2 x 4 will take you up to 14. My 27" iMac is a little earlier than your fusion drive model and it will take a maximum of 32 GB. I would be surprised if your model won't take 8 GB RAM chips. I replaced just two of my slots with 8 GB chips taking me to 20 GB and have never had any problems. My guess is that the cost in The US would be about $100. Kingston is one of the other main brands. The main benefits will be the ability to keep lots of applications open and ability to work on huge files if you have a big sensor and use lots of layers. General speed is less likely to show a big boost.


    In the 27" iMac you open a little panel just under the apple symbol and pull out the chips and slide in the new ones. It's not such an easy DIY task on the 21" and you may have to take it to a repair shop. Apple don't like you doing it yourself as they charge a LOT more for these upgrades. The term "Rip-Off" springs to mind.

    I've got the same problem and need to get some more RAM for my 27" iMac.  An earlier reply seemed to suggest that if there are 2x4GB already, it's best to stick to anther 2x4GB, but other information I have read suggests you can put whatever you like in, as long as they are the same, eg 2 x8GB.  Which is best, or does it simply depend on cost/speed needed?

  3. Updated, or so I thought to the second update of High Sierra on my iMac. Closed down my computer as we were away a few days. Fired it up upon return only to discover that it wouldn’t do so, as OSX was “ missing or damaged”. Finally managed to get it going again, but this appears to be a common problem given the number of threads on other forums about it. So it may not be completely bug free. 

  4. On 18/01/2018 at 19:17, Justin Case said:

    All you need to know about Tone Curve in Lightroom

    That one is probably a bit beyond me, but it’s useful to understand what the panel does. I’ve now looked at some of the earlier videos that I missed about the Library module, learned a couple of little things I didn’t know. What struck me is whether it’s possible to have a crib sheet for all of the shortcuts mentioned in the videos, as it’s hard to remember them all!

  5. 37 minutes ago, Jill Morgan said:

    I have been trying to decide whether to use the Adobe Portfolio that comes with the Photography subscription.  I know it never hurts to have your images out there on as many platforms as possible, but wonder if it is worth the time an effort. I have a website at the moment (I use Piwigo) but am always considering upgrading to something like Zenfolio, etc.


    Anyone using the Adobe Portfolio, and if so, what do you think of it?



    I signed up with Zenfolio just before Xmas. Ive made a start on a website, and so far am impressed with the flexibility of what it can do. I can give you a code for a 10% discount if you decide to go with it. 

  6. 13 minutes ago, dmj said:

    Three right from Steven Fry (bald with orange handkerchief) is Matt Dawson (ex rugby player) then Vernon Kay (TV presenter), his wife Tess Daily (also TV presenter), don’t know the woman, then Geoff Boycott in the beige suit (ex cricket player)

    Aha! I knew someone here would know this stuff. Thanks very much. 

  7. Well the photos are now on Alamy. I’ve been told that the person who owns the field had already contacted the police, who apparently came yesterday and moved them to a barn to await the attention of a wildlife officer. Here is one of the photos. Not too gruesome I hope.



    I realised I did already have a dead animal in my portfolio, which I had forgotten about. It’s a dead chicken hanging as a warning to dog owners to keep them on the lead.



    Whether dead animals are saleable remains to be seen :)

  8. 48 minutes ago, Robbe Nagel said:

    Hello there,


    Roughly 30 minutes ago, I received an e-mail that my photos have passed through QC (this is my first time).
    I filled in the required title and tags for these photos and now they are marked as 'On Sale'.
    But when I go to my dashboard, these same photos are still marked as 'Not on Sale', neither can I find these photos on Alamy.


    Does Alamy need some more time to process them to put them the website and everything is fine or am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks in advance.


    However, if they are still marked as 'Not on Sale' then either you've missed putting a caption on or you have fewer than 5 keywords.  That is the minimum for them to go on sale, and without those they wont be on sale, even when the system updates in 24 hours.

  9. 14 hours ago, Bryan said:

    The two Categories in the Optional fields of AIM offer a range of choices, but it's not clear to me how they will be used. I can't see where they appear in a search,  maybe big customers have additional search fields, or are they used by Alamy sales staff? Or perhaps they will be introduced in the future?


    I am having some difficulty in selecting the most appropriate categories for some of my images, and feel that some additional guidance would be useful. For example does "Archival or Historical" merely apply to photos taken in the past, or is it appropriate for very old buildings?  Travel covers a multitude of sins,  and we also have Transport. A list of examples against each category would be good, with maybe some suggestions on what would not be suitable under each category.


    If we are to make full use of these categories and retrospectively complete the fields  it would also be useful to be able to select only those images which are deficient.

    Agree with all of that. As I have said in other posts before, Alamy doesn’t really provide enough information and examples to help contributors. 

  10. On 13/01/2018 at 10:13, Justin Case said:

    Hi Sally, great to hear you found it useful.
    Let us know how it works

    Works great. We have had some really dreary dull (we’d call them ‘dreich’ North of the Border) days recently, and today was another. I took a few photos and used the Prolost dehaze (up to +14), and the resulting clarity is brilliant.

  11. On a walk the other day I came across two dead deer, lying about 15 feet apart from each other in a field.  No apparent injuries or signs of attack, but their eyes had been pecked out.  A mystery how they died, and apparently together.  Little deterioration on their bodies.  I took some photos, but am not sure whether to upload them.  I cant quite see what they might be used for.  But there are some photos of dead animals on Alamy, though more typically in relation to road kill. Any thoughts about whether to bother uploading or not?

  12. I dint think the quantity matters, as long as you are happy with your processing skills. After one fail early on, I think I know what not to upload. 


    I uploaded mixed photos to being with, but I found it a messy way to view photos on AIM (though I know you can use search to find photos), so now I tend to upload a group of photos that are coherent, eg taken in the same place or for Live News,  regardless of how many there are, or if it’s very large, I will split it into two groups.

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