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Everything posted by Duncan_Andison

  1. Hope your enjoying that new laptop!! While I like the 15 (which I was using as my main computer when I bought it) I'd be tempted to stick with the 13 for the reduction in weight and bulk.... they're very light in compared to the 15 :-)
  2. Cheers... yeah, we don't eat much meat.... red meat virtually never. About once or twice a year..... chicken, turkey and fish aren't quite so lucky though :-)
  3. I think you've misunderstood. You register an interest in the paid version and they send you a link for the free one in an email. No money exchanges hand at all
  4. You need to go to the download page, enter your email to be updated about the new paid for app. Once you do this you will get an email with a link to download the free version.
  5. High Sierra has potential to be very good and.... quite unstable depending on the hardware. I was running 10.13.2 Beta 6 for a while on a 2015 dual graphics MacBook Pro and the current Mac Pro. On the Mac Pro it seems to run very well with Adobe CC, Capture One Pro 10, Affinity Photo, FCP X and Motion 5. The CS6 installer would not work however but, if the software was already installed when updating, it would work fine. Just didn't like the installer app. The MacBook Pro was a different storey though. Random reboots, beachballs and lag were common. The software (as with the MacPro) seemed to work, as in it loaded and ran ok but was subject to lag and beachballs and random intervals. After running the 10.13.2, as well as earlier versions for a couple of months, I've now returned to Sierra. I'm normally one of the 1st to run new OS X's but this time, I'll be waiting till end of 1st Q 2018 before trying it again, just a little too unstable at the moment. Its probably best to set it up on a bootable USB drive first to give it a good testing before disturbing your existing system. That said, it has great potential. When the lag wasn't there it was very quick.... they just need to do some fine tuning! Edit. With regards to Nik Software. If you have problems, re-install it after removing the existing copy from the system. Just use the uninstall app that comes with the software. After that you shouldn't have any problems. When updating to High Sierra it can mess with an established installation but it does work if you re-install it.
  6. I haven't used Sony's 85 1.8 but I do have the Basis and can confirm it's a beautiful lens. Lovely colouring and micro contrast in a weather sealed light weight form and is sharp as hell wide open. I wouldn't replace it even for the G Master. I also use it with the A7rii.
  7. I'll post occasionally.... but after working on photography / videography all day it's nice to look at non work stuff. I try not to frequent forums of any type while I'm working.... I'm trying to become less distracted.... there are so many ways to fail at this
  8. yeah, submitted a separate list of ISBN numbers but obviously not enough to make a big difference.
  9. Yes.... preparing for the worst :-( It does seem that agencies think it's theirs to claim and those dam pesky image creators keep trying to take it from them! They'll not be happy until they take it all in exchange for a credit and a pat on the back ;-)
  10. Yeah.... although this bit doesn't sound quite as good. "Although DACS received the majority share of the monies available, you may notice a proportional decrease in your overall royalty payment. This is because the overall monies available this year to visual artists from the CLA has reduced from previous years. Also, other visual representative organisations were eligible for a share of the monies this year. However, every claimant is still guaranteed a minimum royalty of £25. "
  11. Nope. Getting close to the end of September now!
  12. It's been months rather than weeks now. The only way I can get in is if I clear cookies everyday. That means I have to go through about a dozen or more captchas at other websites JUST because Alamy can't be bothered to correct their problem. Not very professional.
  13. Exactly. Staff responsible for buying pictures at companies also cannot JUST install a new browser to get around the problem. The companies IT department have to do it and often they won't as it does create extra work to maintain it company wide. The last place I worked at had an old version of Explorer and it took an age to get them to update it, never mind installing a new browser. Most end users don't have privileges set up to install so they can't go behind IT's back to do it either!!
  14. Well, that's it.... I can't login at all on 4 computers, iPad and laptops. I guess I'll just have to sit here and wait for the wind to change before I can login.
  15. What they don't appreciate is some browsers are very inefficient on the Mac. Chrome, for example, has a tendency to send too many wake-up requests. Far exceeding the 150 per/sec max. Normally this isn't an issue when using software that has a lower CPU/Ram requirements, however, Final Cut Pro x needs as much of it as possible when working in 4k. If google (and X-Rite) happen to go into a Wake-Up frenzy when you're processing a 4k file then bang (most of the time)...... the beach ball of death appears and you lose complete control of your Mac and have to force a shutdown. This happens all the time with a top spec dual graphics card MacBook Pro. I no longer have chrome installed and will never install it on my work computers with FCP X. So, the lazy response of, use a different piece of software as we can't be bothered to fix the problem, is not an option for me. Clearing cookies (for separate reasons) often caused the "Never ending Catcha cycle" to begin in my experience. A professional company should have no problem in providing a HTML5 compliant website. I have zero problems with Captcha on every other website..... just here.
  16. This morning I could login, this afternoon I couldn't..... then it logged me out of both forums and my alamy.... I've been allowed to login to the forums again but still no go for My Alamy ...... for the love of god Alamy, sort it out.... or, employ someone who knows how to fix it!!! This is a daily routine and it's becoming tiring... I hope to god customers are not having the same problems!
  17. +1 ...Yeah.... I started here and built a port here first before building a micro port as well. Two different markets that do well on two different styes of imagery. How long does it take for an image to sell, depends on when that person needs it!
  18. 100%. Never submit RF stuff from Micros as RM here, big no no. Besides, Alamy tend to provide a hybrid license agreement and you can get just as good fees for RF as RM. While I have a large batch of stuff to send here which is elsewhere, I do have an itch to get out for a while and shoot stuff solely for here.... I keep promising myself that ;-)
  19. I take and sell a lot of imagery on Micro, I do upload them here as well and they do sell here as well for nice amounts. BUT, I upload micro content here as a "Catch All". If micro content sells here, great if not, no problem. It's selling where it was intended to sell and at the price I expect it to sell at (small and large sales). Quite happily live off the income that I make there. However, I also have a lot of images just here, editorial work and it is a different style to micro stuff. To be honest, I enjoy shooting for Alamy (editorial) without micro in mind and I have neglected it for a while..... dare I say, I'm missing shooting it as well :-) It's a different mindset from staged shoots etc for the micro market. More relaxed and even engaging.... more "Photography" and less design/staged. Anyway.... upload you micro stuff here but don't expect it to sell the same way. There will be those that see it here and go elsewhere to buy, others will just buy it here. What you need to do is shoot for Alamy to see improved sales. Look at what sells here and take those findings out with you and upload what you shoot yo Alamy only. Work around a 2 port mentality, them and us..... or us and them You can have both but they are very much different!!
  20. Well, looking at the Colour and 100% crop on a retina screen and I'd say they're slightly soft. So, as high pixel density screens have a tendency to make things look sharper than they actually are (such as Apple's Retina screen), then I'd say this would look SoLD on a standard screen. A lot of people process and work with Retina, 4k or 5k screens these days that are between 21-27" in size. Effectively it crams more pixels into a smaller area making you think an image is sharper than it actually is. For this reason I have a separate monitor that is 2560x1440 at 27inch which gives you the right pixel density to be able to judge sharpness. Not saying that this is what's happened here but it is something to be aware of!
  21. Not limited to Chrome, Safari for me... I've had to download Firefox to use if I want to login to Alamy.... don't use it for anything else. Another annoying thing. When you're viewing the Forums and want to return to the Main Alamy site, you used to be able to click on the Alamy logo at the top (radical I know) and it would take you there. Now, it just takes you to the main forum screen..... the same as clicking on "Forum Home". They seem to be introducing more bugs than ever. I dread to think how many new clients (or even existing ones) have just given in with the login screens when creating / accessing their accounts!
  22. Still happening here as well. Safari just won't work with Alamy's application of CAPTCHA. And it is just an Alamy thing, other agencies use CAPTCHA and I can login just fine their but not here. If clients are experiencing the same thing (verify to login to account), they may just go elsewhere.
  23. +1. I used to love using my Fuji cameras but it was a constant fight to control the patterns. I used C1 and it was recognised as one of the best to use as it gave better control over sharpening and NR. In the end, I decided to compare it to an old A7r with one of their 16-35. The Fuji gear was up for sale not long after that. In the end I settled with a Sony A7rii. For general stock and everyday camera I use an Olympus OMD EM1 mkii with a Pro 12-100 lens. No problems with detail or NR anymore. Also have the 12-40 & 100-400 and they all provide excellent results It's not just excess sharpening. Fuji (even with the X-T2 & Pro2) carry out a lot of NR in camera that can't be fully turned off in software. They acknowledge this and gave a little extra in the menu to tone it down a touch but, still not switch it off entirely. Take excessive NR, smoothing (apparently this is favoured in Japan etc) and add sharp lenses with additional sharpening in software and it can be a recipe for disaster. The ones it effected most were landscape shooters. I did have Pro1, XT1 (two of) and an XE1 with 23,35,56,60, 10-22, 16-55 & 55-140. The 55-140 was there best lens by far. But once I seen the light (detail) of other sensors it wasn't enough to keep me. If anyone was looking for a great one lens stock solution at the moment, I'd recommend the Olympus OMD EM1 mkii with the 12-100 (24-200 ff). Being able to handhold for up to 4 secs (1-2 at 100mm) means I can take shots in dark cathedrals and still not be over iso 500. I mainly use my Sony gear for studio or landscape work but I prefer the ergonomics and shear speed of the Em1 mkii. It is also the first camera that not only handles weather but can take a dunking and a real beating and still survive... comfortably.
  24. The only thing I have running is an Ad blocker but, that's not new and this just started to happen this afternoon and had been working ok this morning and prev days etc. Just Safari that's affected at the moment, FireFox seemed to be working ok.
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