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    A heads up for people upgrading to Yosemite. There are currently issues with WIFI connections. You are likely to experience either painfully slow internet or, complete drop outs of access. Works fine if hardwire connection is used. This will affect things like TimeMachine as well as internet access if you are connecting via WiFi etc.

     

    Within the first few days, this issue has earned a lot of space on the internet so hopefully, it will be resolved soon.

     

    No problems here using wifi or ethernet - runs at 20 Mbps (as it should be). Likely to experience problems may be a bit too strong a statement. It would be interesting to know what proportion of users are affected.

     

     

    I said likely due to the fact that there are 1000's of people suffering from it. It made the news. If you check the Mac forums, threads were into 20 plus pages after the 1st day. This isn't bashing Mac, I am a big user of their gear.... imacs, macbook pros etc. A quick search reveals the extend of the problem.

     

    Edit, there are a few temp fixes but normally, the problem comes back after a few hours. There are no problems with Ethernet (wired) connections.


  2. A heads up for people upgrading to Yosemite. There are currently issues with WIFI connections. You are likely to experience either painfully slow internet or, complete drop outs of access. Works fine if hardwire connection is used. This will affect things like TimeMachine as well as internet access if you are connecting via WiFi etc.

     

    Within the first few days, this issue has earned a lot of space on the internet so hopefully, it will be resolved soon.


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    Similar here, 60 - 30 and for the last few weeks it has ben dropping like a stone and zero for the last week or more. But fear not, we are all imagining it and there is nothing wrong..... they've looked at a lot of data  :D

     

    Someone obviously felt hurt by my comment (even with the smilie) and chucked a red my way.... I wonder who?

     

     

    Have a compensating greenie from me!

     

     

    Cheers Martin.... and others  :)


  4. Similar here, 60 - 30 and for the last few weeks it has ben dropping like a stone and zero for the last week or more. But fear not, we are all imagining it and there is nothing wrong..... they've looked at a lot of data  :D

     

    Someone obviously felt hurt by my comment (even with the smilie) and chucked a red my way.... I wonder who?

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  5. Oh, a word of warning. If you buy this trigger and try to use the instructions..... don't!

     

    Visit this YouTube Video that will show you how to set it up in seconds. Manual = Crap  :D

     

    If you have problems getting the flash to accept the right group name, Press the middle two buttons (Mode and WiFi symbols) and the group icon will flash on the flash, you can now use the directional buttons to select the right group letter.

     

     

    Edit. If you have a 603 II trigger/receiver, you can use this as a shutter release if set to TRX mode. All you need is a connector to plug in to the shutter release port of the camera and into the YN560-TX trigger. I used the one I have for Hahnel Giga T Pro release trigger. This way takes away the need to have another piece of kit strapped to the top!


  6. Thanks for that. I love Yongnuo products.I've had 4 of the II and III flash units for a few years and they are much better than the pricey Nikon and Canon units I've had.

    I've found recycle time is quite fast,especially if I dial it down 1/4 or 1/8 especially at events.

     

    L

     

    Yeah they are really good.... a steal when consider you can get them for about £40 at Amazon. The remote trigger has a nice illuminated display and build quality seems to match the 560 iii. Nice piece of kit for £25 (ebay). 


  7. For this of you using these flashes and would like a remote trigger that also controls them in manual mode, they have now released one.

     

    YN560-TX

     

    This allows you to control upto 6 of these flash units directly from the trigger sat on top of the camera, saves the legs going backwards and forwards all the time. Looks real nice piece of kit for £24-29 depending where you look. 

     

    For those thinking of using it on an X-T1. While it looks big compared to the camera it is lightweight and doesn't obstruct the viewfinder etc.

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    Thank you Alamy!

     

    Extensive testing is expected and the norm of course. However it is easy to overlook something in the course of software development. Or even monitoring.

    Given the mistakes in the handling of quotation marks in contributor keywords (splitting into phrases at the wrong positions) on the new pages demonstrates your point admirably.

     

    I've had no zooms since the changes, but that could be just bad luck!  :(

     

     

    Yeah, I must be having the same bad luck. As you say, it wouldn't be the first time their Extensive Data has let them down. I'm on the same number of zooms per month when I had 1500 images.... zooms seem to be disappearing. There are some prominent contributors saying the same thing here so surely Alamy must look into this, something isn't right somewhere. Whether it is measures reporting or, customers walking but something has changed.

     

    I wonder if they used Champion Challenger analysis when implementing these changes and compared the results against a control group. Standard practice when altering scorecards or algorithms to see how small changes alter the results. A "Deepdive" or "Vertical Slice" analysis is also a good way to make sure the changes you make only affect the parts you want them to effect. We used to do this all the time when I worked in Banking.... they wouldn't sanction a change without it.

     

    Hopefully though, they didn't just apply the wet finger tip in the air to determine which way the wind was coming from  :P


  9. Just a heads up about the new service they're offering, "Lattice". 

    You may have seen the email but just in case you hadn't seen the bit on the bottom, it says that if your images are part of the scheme, they will be displayed without your watermarks.... they also look rather large! I've opted out as I don't need to make my images any easier to nick than is already possible. You are automatically opted in. Opt out is under account details. 


    "IMPORTANT: Lattice optimizes image display without using watermarks on images. If for this or any other reason you do NOT want to allow your images to be added to Lattice boards, you may choose to opt-out completely. You’ll find this option in your PhotoShelter account settings, here."


  10. I have used PhotoMechanic for many years as it works well; not surprising as it was designed originally for news photographers. I put all the keywords in the main keyword block and then it is an easy job to cut and paste from there to the Alamy (non-standard) keyword blocks in Manage Images. I add metadata esp copyright stuff and keywords as soon as I download from my camera cards (on my laptop if on the road)  and before converting/adjusting/cleaning. Often use PM to create a quick draft web (esp for my blogs) or email copy when it doesn't need a fully polished image or time doesn't allow.

     

    I quite like LR but hate how it decides it knows best about my keyword order so I am in the process of going back to Capture 1 Pro as my post-production software. For a while C1 did not handle metadata or work well on my old PC so I switched. But metadata handling has been ok for a while now  now and I have a new faster computer which means it works fine. I don't think I would want to do more than an odd keywording tweak in it though.

     

    After you mentioned PM to me a couple of weeks ago, I bought a Structured Keyword Database for the UK as a good starting point (About £24.) I'm now in the process of adding all UK mountains, valleys & Glens etc to this as I keyword my files. It is great for making sure all alternative/Gaelic  names are added automatically and that if I type in a mountain name, it gives me the option to select Crag, Stream and nearby summits as well. Speeds things up massively.

     

    The most important thing fore here is that you can manually sort the keywords into the right (ranked) order. As Martain says, you can then copy and paste into the right box from there. I supply works to a few agencies that Rank keywords so it saves a lot of time if you can just do it once before you upload files.


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    Thanks very much, Linda. I'm not familiar with Capture One. How good is it?

     

    It's the best OOTB raw convertor in most people's opinion. Certainly I would say it's superior to ACR. I'm still on v7 Pro and but don't use it for most work because I need to have an LR workflow for clients. 

     

    Considering how cheap the full fat version is, if you are going to use it...buy the pro version. Their blog has loads of tutorials on using it.

     

     

    +1. 

     

    I don't like their keywording system but now I've found Photo Mechanic and that it integrates well with C1 Sessions, I don't really care anymore.

     

    I've been playing with C1 Pro v8 for the last couple of weeks and for me, the key selling point for the new version is the much improved Shadow / Highlight tool and improved speed. C1 v7 would flatten the mid-tone contrast quite a bit when recovering highlights but not in C1v8. 

     

    I'll upgrade from the C1v7 pro  when I get to the end of the 60 day trial of C1v8. 


  12. Anyone tempted by this new incarnation of the X100.

     

    I am.

     

    Yes, it would be nice but I'm going to wait until the price starts coming down or pickup a X100s.

     

    Can't justify buying a new one at the moment as I have just had a juggle around with my X gear. Sold the X-Pro1, 14mm & 18-135 and now have a 2nd X-T1 with the 10-24mm.

     

    I wasn't really happy with the quality of the 18-135 (my version anyway) so rather than gathering dust, moved it on. I'll go to using the water proof cover for the lens if it's wet.

     

    The 10-24 appears to be very, very good!

     

    For me the X100s/t would be for high speed flash sync, silent operation so either version would do I guess! 


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    Top 500 is very nice but…
     
    I think it would be to everyone's benefit, including Alamy's, to put all of the top 500 in the CREATIVE division, and at the top of the image sort order.
     
    Then being in the top 500 would have more significance. It could be a reward for doing well, and give number 501- 30,000 a real incentive to do better.

     

     

    Wouldn't work. 

     

    What happens if the top 500 were Editorial or News or they had a few real good sellers but the majority of their images were not "Creative". It would just kill off the Creative category altogether if you lumped all their work in together. You would then have people saying, "How the hell is this in creative" :-)

     

    Edit. Creative does not just mean "Good Image". You can have a superb Editorial / News shot that would not be used as a creative image within advertising due to the lack of MR or PR. 


  14. Thanks again, both.

     

    I have used PM5 in the past but I rely heavily on a catalogue so I dropped it, in spite of PM5's strengths with metadata. 

     

    As a workaround though, I use an app called TextExpander that makes it easy to do "Code Replacement" type actions for captioning and keywords and it works whether I use LR or Aperture or whatever.

     

    I'll take a look at that as well. If I go down the route of a separate keywording tool, it does mean I can then use any Raw Processing application. My gut feeling is I will stick with C1 as they do do a lot of things right..... just not withe metadata :-(


  15. In PM you can create structured keywords with synonyms, easiest to do in a text editor like Wordpad or Notepad. You can do it entriely within PM: http://wiki.camerabits.com/en/index.php?title=Working_With_IPTC_Metadata

     

    Amongst others I created all the UK counties and French Departments  with their major cities, regions etc in a text file and uploaded it. Here is an article about keywords. And an example from top of my file:

    Art,

        Public,

            Mural,

                Graffiti

                    {graffito}

                        political

                        tag

                    Trompe l'oeil

                        {realism}

                        {realistic}

     

    In structured keywords if I choose Trompe l'oeil I get the synonyms (realism, realistic) then all those in the hierarchy above (graffiti, mural ... art. if I choose) including their synonyms. It is smart as well so if you select two or more from different places in the same hierarchy PM does not duplicate common parents. You can make multiple selections - say geographical location and topography. Beauty is you get consistent keywords. Mistake I made was to get too clever and try to be too comprehensive, I am about to rationalise it to the parts I use frequently, e.g. my home town.

     

    But you could also use code replacement but the structured keyword is the intended way of creating a taxonomy of keywords. I use code replacement for sports by setting up competitors from the entry list/ programme in advance then enter \code\ and get event and/or name, team, country, ... in which ever field, usually caption instantly. Invaluable when under time pressure to get news stuff unloaded and with minimal errors.

     

    Oh forgot to add you can create pull down lists for many of the fields such as photographer, category, location fields - I have the counties of my stamping ground predefined. They are usually single valued but you could set it up as "North Yorkshire, North Riding" for example

     

    Excellent info, thanks for this. I need to sit down and work out a potential new workflow and Photo Mechanic could well deal with the Keyword side of things!

     

    Edit. If I could give 100 greenies I would. Really like this software, very powerful. I will continue playing with it for the next week or so but I will probably buy it!


  16. Now if CameraBits could plug ACR in to PM. Just thinkin ... ;)

     

    I use PM for everything except raw conversion for stock libraries and prints. My web images are usually created straight from PM. The beauty of PM is that it does a few, fairly basic things, extremely well. It does not try to be all things to all users. (They have been working on a new product, a cataloguing system, for ever and have even stopped talking about it!)

     

    Do you know whether you can create presets for groups of keywords? For instance, one group could be mountains and associated words, click/select mountains and all the associated words are added as well?


  17. Thanks for the info, Duncan and Martin.

     

    Is there any plug-in functionality yet (i.e. Nik)?

     

    They confirmed not on the Phase One Forums....

     

    Also, the healing / clone is not up to much. You can only use one reference point per layer when cloning/healing. This effectively means one layer per alteration with a max of 10 layers. A couple of others have already pointed this out and that it is not really effective compared to LR5 and PS.

     

    I've processed the same file with both versions and exported  it to Tiff. Zero difference between them. I'm going to stick with v7 until either

     

    a) They stop supporting it for updated OS's.

    b ) I add a new / additional camera and it's not supported in v7.

     

    I'm still going to look further into PM as this may end up being a requirement in the future, looks a fairly solid application.

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  18. I agree about the keyword alphabetization - even LR does it. Adobe say there is no sequencing defined for IPTC - TRUE so why the **** force one! I think the software engineers must have OCD and want it all nice and tidy.

     

    I look at Media Pro every couple of years as a possibility for a DAM tool. Then I delete it!

     

    Haha.... yeah. I'm going to give v8 a try in the trial version to see if I can make use of the keyword system and find out whether all the other tweaks they've added are worth it. I'd prefer to have just one piece of software to process and manage my images. If it proves to much of a pain, then I could always use PM as a keywording tool.

     

    Incidentally, my X-T1 eyecup turned up the other day.... the one that protects the eye sensor more from sunlight. Seems rather nice!

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