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  1. 9 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

    I will admit that I can not understand how an average automobile accident or house fire qualifies as Live News? 



    Admittedly, these are not ‘hard news’, but then neither are eg ducks in a pond, weather pictures etc etc but they fill newspapers (in the UK at least - I have no idea about papers elsewhere) so do qualify as live news.

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  2. 1 hour ago, vicky allum said:

    I love this photo Sally, i think Black and white can give a  photo a different perspective on things , if that makes sense, i like to take a lot of B&W photos maybe i should try uploading some, good luck with your sales.

    Thanks Vicky. However, the advice generally is not to upload black and white versions since the customer can easily convert to B&W if they wish. I’ve only done it a couple of times for some of my archive images. I have had at least two photos sold which were converted to B&W by the customer: One was in The New Yorker which does everything in B&W. Another was an archive image in colour from the 1950s which was converted to B&W.


  3. On 04/01/2020 at 11:21, Sally said:

    This will be the first time I am visiting the show. Free entry, so why not? I’ll be there on Monday 16th. Anyone else likely to be around for a meet up?

    I’ve made a horlicks of my diary and now can’t come on the Monday so will be there Saturday/Sunday. I had hoped to avoid the bigger crowds at the weekend, but heyho. Anyway if anyone will be there over the weekend, perhaps we can have another meet up then.

  4. 15 minutes ago, John Richmond said:

    #2 is Pachystachys lutea, lollipop plant.

    #1 I'm not entirely sure about but leaning towards a Clerodendron, possibly wallichii.

    You are a star, thanks. The first is a climbing plant if that helps.

  5. 2 hours ago, AlbertSnapper said:


    Sadly there isn't always a rainbow.

    I went there in 1996, and there was hardly any water flowing at all. Don't know if it was the dry season.

    I do remember being in a greasy spoon cafe eating a cottage pie in Vic Falls, and thru the window I saw an elephant trundle pass along the road !

    Yes I imagine it has been used recently because the falls are down to a trickle again. Great place, but we didn't stay in the town.

  6. 21 minutes ago, Thomas Kyhn said:


    I ended up with an enormous amount of keywords after using the Alamy bridge Lightroom plugin (my own fault, as I stupidly transferred all keywords from Alamy back to Lightroom), and I've spent many hours deleting unnecessary keywords from my Lightroom library. As I had to go through the keywords to find the ones I wanted to delete, using the minus button would have required a lot of scrolling up and down.

    Yes, the fetch options in the plugin take a bit of figuring out. What I have learned to do regularly is first to Fetch using ‘merge’ which merges with any existing keywords, then Fetch again using ‘replace’ which removes the unnecessary repeated keywords. Then of course it's easy to do a purge of keywords not used by any images.

  7. 46 minutes ago, Thomas Kyhn said:


    I'm not quite sure I follow you here. If you have a long list of keywords and you want to delete keywords further down the list, you have to first scroll down to highlight the keywords, and when you do that, i.e. scroll down, the top section of the keyword list – where the minus button is located – disappears from view, so you have to then scroll back up to the top of the list in order to be able to click the minus button.

    Ok I think I see what you mean. I don’t find the scrolling difficult, but then I have my keywords in a complicated hierarchy so not necessarily everything is showing. The alternative is to search for those keywords you want to delete in the bar then you will only have them showing in your list so less scrolling involved.

  8. 18 hours ago, Thomas Kyhn said:


    You're right! I wasn't aware that it worked with the minus button, I always used the Delete option in the contextual menu, which for some reason only deletes the last of the selected keywords. In any case, if you have a long list of keywords and you want to delete some further down the list, you'd then have to scroll back and forth between the minus button and the keywords in question. As a workaround I usually group keywords to be delete under another keyword I want to delete and then delete the latter.

    No, just highlight the individual keywords holding control and then click the minus button.  

  9. 18 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    Marianne, I'm sure that you know this but just for clarity you don't have to create virtual copies for the same image to appear in different collections. You probably have your own reasons for doing so though, so that they have different (_copy) filenames perhaps.

    The only reason I'd do this is I wanted to delete an image on Alamy and resubmit a newly processed one so I can have different Alamy references.

  10. 2 hours ago, Starsphinx said:

    Its not as fast and uses thumbnails.  In less time than the LR import screen forms thumbnails Photomechanic has generated full sized previews so you can inspect for sharpenss at 100% before deciding to import.

    There is also the variables, which I really miss having in LR - in Photomechanic I can set it to create text of things that change without me doing anything - say {imn3}-{idy0}-{iyr4} to generate the date - these variables cover hundreds of things and can be used in any field.  You can also create and unlimited number of code replacement lists with unlimited code replacements on each so you can generate a complete description or title or whatever with minimal typing after just taking a couple of seconds to specify which list or lists you are using.  So I can have a list for team A, one for team B and one for common situations  - I specify I am using those 3 lists and type /A10 sh o gk B1 sc/  and get Brian jones of town united shoots at opposition goalkeeper Fred Brown of town rangers and scores (those are not actual code replacements just an example but you get the idea).

    I just find Photo mechic far more flexible and faster - not to mention it is not tied to one piece of editing software.  It does not matter if I am using LR, PS, Illustrator or even just Paint I can catalogue arrange view etc from Photo mechanic in seconds. 

    Using the two in conjunction works best for me. If I have a lot of images to import or need to do it fast for a news thing (and can have pre-written my captions and other metadata) I use Photomechanic first, but the search functions and keywording are I think better done in LR.

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  11. On 10/01/2020 at 10:37, Thomas Kyhn said:


    I use Lightroom too, and I am happy with it in this regard, except for a few quirks, such as not being able to delete multiple keywords at the same time.

    Not entirely sure what you mean by this but you can delete more than one keyword - in fact you can delete all if you want. Highlight the ones to delete then click the minus symbol in the top bar.

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