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  1. Congratulations! Job well done! I remember that milestone... took the wife out to dinner.
  2. Thomas, Gambo makes solid kit, I used their old gear head back in the day with a 4x5, it worked well and was rock solid. The PCH looks very interesting. What camera are you using it for? Medium format? Please lets us know what you think about if you get it.
  3. Sorry to hear about your bad experience with the Lumix LX3. For me the LX3 is the perfect size for backpacking and it has a filter adapter ring so I can use a polarizer filter, a must have. Granted I only use the LX3 on sunny days but once you profile the sensor using a Color Checker the output is quite good. I have many sales with the LX3 here on Alamy. I have been looking for a replacement for the LX3, but all the very compact cameras don't have a filter adapter ring to mount a polarizer filter and protect the telescoping lens elements. I can highly recommend the Fujifilm X100 now replaced by the X100F. A fixed focal 35mm equivalent FOV with very nice analog controls and great user interface.
  4. Sorry I have no experience with Cambo PCH gearhead but that won't stop me from sharing my opinion... 🤣 If you are looking for a specialized geared head for architecture work I can highly recommend the Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head with the Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release. Down side is it does not do verticals very easily, you need and L-plate for your camera for easy verticals, it is slow but VERY precise. Another plus is it is very compact, probably not the best do it all geared head but for getting the camera level and plum it's the best... IMHO Hope this helps,
  5. Been looking at everyone's Instagram images, shout out to everyone who shared. lots of great images!
  6. https://www.instagram.com/vibbily/ @vibbily Dedicated to my stock photography
  7. Mark, What a great shot! Instead of trying to get this one image past QC I would recommend that you submit more "mundane" images that are technically "perfect". After you have a few successful submission try submitting the lighthouse image in another batch of images, kinda sneak it in if you follow me... QC is very picky until you have a proven track record of "Good" submissions. There is no "best" setting to pass QC but as a guideline start with low ISO, close down 2-3 stops from wide open and shoot at least 500th of a sec. Of course this does not work with all subjects but it's a start. For me interesting content is more important then a technically perfect image of a boring subject. Best of luck, David
  8. The subject will determine how the histogram looks. Subjects with lots white like snow scenes will have the histogram on the far right. Dark subjects will have the histogram on the left , so always having the histogram "hump" in the middle will only "muddy" or underexpose the image. Hope this helps,
  9. I am getting very concerned that measures not functioning is a sign of some greater problem with the Alamy database. Not hearing an explanation from Alamy only feeds my worry... I have had 8 sales reported this month, this seems "normal" for me.
  10. For me the Fujifilm X100 was a game changer back in the day. It really reinvigorated my love of photography with it's analog controls and it's fixed focal length lens (35mm Full Frame equivalent) the ideal focal length IMHO. As a plus NOBODY thinks your a professional photographer when you use this camera. The image quality is more than enough to Alamy QC. I would suggest you try out the new Fujifilm X100F if you can. Hope this helps, David
  11. I was half way through an upload when the FTP sever stopped working and now I cannot reconnect to server. Anyone else having issues with the FTP upload?
  12. James, Thank you for reconsidering your position and then making an offer I can enthusiastically accept. That said there are other issues that also need your attention such as refunds, RM licenses that are actually in effect RF in terms of use and duration. Abuse of personal and presentation licenses by unscrupulous clients... Thank you for reestablishing my trust in Alamy and I look forward to a continued profitable relationship. Best regards and a Merry Christmas, David L. Moore
  13. Photographers are a curious lot... We have egos big enough to ask to be paid for our view of the world. Yet at the same time egos so fragile they can be toppled by a slight breeze. We measure approval by the the money we make, likes on social media or just a kind comment. But if we just chase those external justifications how do we developed our inner vision? This what I struggle with. I for one can swing from feeling competent to a hack who pushes a shutter button... Alamy devaluing our work does not help.... my ego
  14. Julie, Nice write up on the Fujinon X200mm f2. I just got back from the 3 day Fujifilm Festival in Venice CA. Great workshops and loner program were I was able to try the X-T3, X-H1 and my personal favorite the Fujinon X200mm f2. On the last day they had a photo walk along the beach with talent so I was able to try the lens out. All of the images are straight out of camera with no post processing. The models above were posed by Michelle Turner as she shared posing tips and strategies. For all Fujifilm shooters I would highly recommend going to the next Fujifilm Festival if you can. I was able to speak with the top guy who runs the photo division and offer him my opinion on the current equipment as well as what to release in the future. Having that type of access is amazing. Plus tons of technical experts, clean and check, free prints, loaners and great workshops. As for the Fujinon X200mm f2 It a superb piece of glass! IMHO If you can justify the purchase I think it would be money well spent.
  15. It also has RED, GREEN and BLUE colored output. It is pricey but I'm a flashlight nerd
  16. I have use a VERY bright (4200 lumen) LED flashlight indoors for supplemental fill by bouncing it off ceilings and walls. I have also used it for light painting and as a normal flashlight... You do need someone to hold it as it does not have a stand mount. Here is what I have used Fenix LD75C As an aside, I just wasted 30 minutes trying to post example images without any luck. First from Alamy and then images hosted on my web site... What's the trick?
  17. For stills you get much more "power" from a strobe/flash. If you are doing video then you need a constant light source such as a LED lamp. I see the cost of an Rotolight LED is around $400.00, this amount is enough to get a couple small strobe lights, stands and simple modifiers. Modern digital cameras have good high ISO performance so you don't need a lot of power. Here are some resources for you. dpreview - Studio and Lighting Technique Lighting Rumours FLASHHAVOC.com Godox strobes are popular and are a good value (not sure in UK). I use their AD200 daily (work days) for over a year and they have be fantastic. Bear Bulb is a must for me and it was a deciding factor when I chose the Godox AD200 but they are on the pricey side. Hope this helps, David
  18. Well done. Looks like a great day to ride bicycles!
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