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  1. 40 minutes ago, Brasilnut said:

     

    Great way you've put it. I would add that if you put stuff on micros then here on Alamy should be also RF.

     

    Some clients won't shop around for cheaper prices or the business account is only linked to Alamy. That's good news for us contributors. 

     

     

    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 ;-)

     

     


  2. 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 :D You can have both but they are very much different!!

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  3. 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!


  4. 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!

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  5. On 05/06/2017 at 6:04 PM, Allan Bell said:

    Alex I used to use the XT1 with various Fuji lenses some time ago. After problems with some lenses and returning them to Fuji for service, one under guarantee and another out of guarantee, and receiving them back worse than when they left me. Then doing battle with Fuji to get them replaced. Well to much hassle.

     

    Also I found their sensor to give peculiar results, as David above mentions, with images which contained trees and/ or grass taking on a distinctly painterly effect which could not be corrected in software. Possibly something to do with the sensor having a different pattern of photosites and extra green sites over the typical Bayer array.

     

    In the end I sold all my Fuji gear and bought into Nikon and Sony.

     

    I did like the arrangement of dials on the XT1 body though, more reminiscent of the old film SLR's.

     

    Allan

    +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

    On 07/06/2017 at 8:24 AM, Callie said:

    the problems with foliage seemed to me to be down to excess sharpening. It was certainly something I noted when I first got the camera - this is something also discussed at length on the fuji forum. The files need very little sharpening. In Lightroom the detail and amount sliders particularly need to be low - just checked one of my recent files which has a lot of foliage, my detail slider is down at 14, sometimes it is lower than this. No painterly effect in evidence at all.

    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. 


  6. 26 minutes ago, losdemas said:

    I think that this problem is unique to certain users. I have never had a VISUAL recaptcha at all. Do any Alamy contributors with these issues have third party cookies blocked? Are you using private browsing? Try safe mode in your browser as a first step. Lots of posts about this in the Mozilla forums. 

    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.


  7. It seems they've added a new verification system...... that's not working! Just goes round and round and round asking the same questions but never logs you in!

    I swear down, if I have to click on another box with a sign or a vehicle I think I'll........ go for a pint :-)

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    Ok, it seems to be an issue logging in with Safari, Firefox works ok. Definitely some compatibility issues that need to be address by the web developing team.


  8.  

    Just 2 sales this year but small amounts of money. Can someone tell me why here is supposed to be better than microstock then ?

     

    Most importantly to me is pride. I'm a good photographer, it's about the only thing in my life I am confident about, and I deserve to be paid more than a few pence. I refuse to give my hard work and talent away for peanuts. If you're ONLY in it for the money and don't care what you actually get paid per photo, maybe Microstock is better.

     

    One decent sale on Alamy could get you the same as 1000 on Microstock. I know which I'd prefer.

     

    Geoff.

     

     

     

    ?!? Err yeah, pride don't pay the bills  :D

     

    At the end of the day, this is the day job and the first and most important thing to think about is whether it is paying it's way. I have 2 ports, one that is here and one that is there..... the here includes ones that are there but not the other way round. There makes me a lot more money than here. I'd need to earn over 6k p/m here to be close (excl distributor sales).

     

    Alamy is still worth it though, normally make a few hundred a month here but I look to sell the right work in the right shop so I can pay the bills, feed the family and keep a roof over my head. I'd strongly recommend keeping an open mind with regards to new technology, agencies and marketing techniques otherwise it's easy to be left behind.

     

    Of course, if you don't need the money or it's just some extra pocket money then fair enough.

     

    The music industry still sells cd's, mp3 files and vinyl, but that isn't the future. Subscription is where it's at and is taking off very quickly. If an artist or recording studio ignored this then it could prove costly. I'd imagine the cost per track on this business model will be a lot lower but, they'll be reaching many more people who wouldn't have listened to there material if it wasn't for the subscription model.

     

    I'd love it to still be all based on vinyl sales etc but while its making a bit of a comeback, it isn't where the big money is now and it will never return to it's peak. It's glory days are over and the world we live in now is changing a lot faster than it used to.

     

    Personally, I still buy some CDs but I listen to far more CD Hi-Def stuff via Tidal these days and found a load of bands I'd never been aware of before.

     

    With regards to the OP..... yeah, this month has started off poor  :D

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  9. While the terrorism threat is 'severe',

     

    I feel that any photographer taking photos of public places should be prepared to identify themselves.

     

    What if the woman in question hadn't asked for I.D and just turned a blind eye and then a bomb exploded in the town hall a day or so later?

     

    I think she would have been in for a reprimand.

     

     

    I agree, however, in this instance I would only give my id to an acting police officer. I think the main issue of concern is that the initial person did not make it clear that they were not an "Official Police Officer". I know from past experience and being advised by the police afterwards that it is illegal to impersonate a police officer... or as in this case (and my experience) not make it clear they're not a police officer. It also turned out (the person who stopped me) didn't have the power to do that either. The police actually took the guys details so this could be brought to their attention..... as well as their superiors!.


  10. Not many small camera stores here these days, I don't think there is a single one in our local City of Newcastle, where there was once a collection to choose from. I think it's a similar story in Oxford, where I once tried to buy a lens cap or something similar.

     

    While I have tried to support local stores in the past, they can rarely compete on price or range with the Internet sellers. It's not just photo gear, we're going to end up with boring high streets full of coffee and charity shops, competing with estate agents and hairdressers. 

     

    If you can get to the Metrocentre, the lads there will get one out of the box or untether one. I often go there as they'll order in stuff to let me try it before buying it. From memory, they have quite a few Sony camera's and lenses in store.

     

    Edit .... Might be an idea to say "Jessops" at the metrocentre :rolleyes:

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  11. The price is slithering down, and makes the a6500 look very expensive at £1499. Is it worth paying an extra £700 to get in body stabilisation? Probably not, in my view. Maybe Sony intends to drop the a6300? Will the price fall further, will the pound fall further against the dollar, decisions???

     

    The difference in IBIS between the A6300 and A7rii was noticeable and definitely a nice to have... but, is it worth paying more than double?!? (compared to A6500) I don't think so. Touch screen and bigger buffer are the other two main differences and the touch screen isn't the best implementation apparently. Even though I really do like IBIS, I'd struggle to justify that increase, the A6300 @ £700 looks like a bargain and it's a nice camera that has very good AF. Pop that EVF up to the 120 refresh rate and it looks stunning. Solid build to it, I don't think you could go far wrong with it.

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  12. One of the older 21.5's would be ideal (last ones before they stopped been up-gradable, i.e. not the really skinny ones). Easy to change memory and, not to hard to change hard drives. Just need a suction cup to remove the front glass. I've got one that I upgraded to 24gb and installed an SSD drive to replace the standard one and it is a fast machine for photography.... not enough for 4k video but more than enough for A7rii stills.


  13. I went ahead and ordered the Colormunki Smile from amazon UK since I had the £100 gift voucher to spend and nothing to lose really. I still even have £15 left after purchasing the Munki!

     

    Anyway, I'll report back in a few weeks regarding the ColorMunki's effectiveness (or lack thereof). Hopefully, I'll be smiling. If not, the Munki goes straight to craigslist...

     

    Thanks for all the helpful feedback.

    I'd imagine it will work just fine, it's just that you can't tweak the output. When using Advanced settings, it states D65 white balance is the recommended so easy mode will use that.... it will either use 120 cd/m2 brightness or, native brightness of the screen. In either event, you'll be able to alter this from the monitor itself. And.... most importantly, it will be better than not having it at all, it will colour balance your screen which is what you want :)


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    Just checked out the features of the Smile compared to their ColorMunki Display (which I have, just over £100).

     

    The main issue I noticed is the lack of advanced mode (with the software included). ColorMunki Smile offers Easy Mode only but ColorMunki Display gives Easy & Advanced. The advanced allows you to set the screen brightness & white point i.e. D55 or D65 etc. Advanced allows you to check for screen flare and gives you ambient light monitor as well. The main thing I like is having control over the brightness and colour point and also being able to tell it to colour match another monitor, handy when using a system with 2 or monitors.

     

    If you don't need or want the additional controls, I'd imagine easy mode in ColorMunki Smile will be the same as ColorMunki Display.

     

    That's interesting. Given that the ColorMunki display has access to the advanced mode, I wonder what the difference is between the X-Rite ColorMunki Display (£139 on Amazon) and the X-Rite i1 Display Pro (£199 on Amazon) is? The hardware looks very similar.

     

     

    Wex UK is cheaper, £119 for the ColorMunki Display.


  15. Just checked out the features of the Smile compared to their ColorMunki Display (which I have, just over £100).

     

    The main issue I noticed is the lack of advanced mode (with the software included). ColorMunki Smile offers Easy Mode only but ColorMunki Display gives Easy & Advanced. The advanced allows you to set the screen brightness & white point i.e. D55 or D65 etc. Advanced allows you to check for screen flare and gives you ambient light monitor as well. The main thing I like is having control over the brightness and colour point and also being able to tell it to colour match another monitor, handy when using a system with 2 or monitors.

     

    If you don't need or want the additional controls, I'd imagine easy mode in ColorMunki Smile will be the same as ColorMunki Display.


  16. Finally I decided to update to El Capitan, especially now Sierra is available.

     

    How long does it take to download and intall El Capitan?

     

    Do I need to disable 'sleep' so that the mac is on all the time before download?

     

    Many thanks

     

    Sung

     

    Edit:  I added the second question.

     

    Depends on your ISP speed and hard drive installed. 30 minutes or so for me, 200+mb download and SSD drive but it will vary drastically depending on network speed and hard drives installed.

     

    Incidentally, I've been running El Cap on my main Mac Pro and Sierra on my Macbook Pro and there've been no problems at all with Sierra.... Adobe CC, Capture One, Photo Mechanic, FCP X, Motion 5 etc etc.


  17. It's interesting to see that the DxO scores for the Sony SEL 55-210 ($350) and the ones for the much more expensive ($1350) Sony 70-200 F4 on the a6000 aren't a heck of a lot different.

     

    P.S. You can say that a little bird told you.

     

    I've used both. The 55-210 was used when I had a Nex7. Loved the weight and size but there was a tendency to miss focus a lot, ended up with a lot of SoLD shots. It manually focused just fine.

     

    This may have been corrected by FW, both camera and lens but was one of the reasons I shifted from Sony To Fuji 3 years or so back. If it has, I'd love to hear as I would give it another go but if not, I'm not interested in adding lenses that can't be trusted 100% or increase work processing to correct/rescue photos.


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    I've got the 6300, very nice but I will probably change it for a A7iii when they come out, just for sensor consistency with the A7rii.

     

    Unless you need 4k video, fast AF with no blackouts on continuous focusing & high refresh rate, I think the  A6000 will be a very good alternative, especially at that price! I have to admit, I've been well impressed with the AF speed with the A6300, impressive locking/tracking. That said, if you don't need that you won't miss it! Save the money and buy some nice glass to add to your collection!

     

    Interesting. Not sure whether to wait until the a6300 price comes right down or hang on for rather less time and buy an a6000. In the meantime the NEX is doing OK.

     

    "Nice glass" remains a problem for the Sony APS/C cameras - the company is obviously putting its resource into FF. I would like a better replacement for my 19mm Sigma lens,  a half decent longer telephoto, and a really good quality walk around zoom, but none appear to have been forthcoming. 

     

    An old, or not so old, ex rangefinder manual 20mm might be a possibility, but they don't come cheap!

     

     

    I use the FE lenses with the A6300, I don't have any APSC lenses at all. I think you can adapt Canon lenses to it but to be honest, I don't muck around adapting lenses. Prefer to use Sony ones for speed etc. A little run down...

     

    Sony Zeiss 16-35 works well as a 24-52 lens, sharp to the edges. Performs better at the long end on the A6300 than it does on the A7rii fast to focus and has IS.

     

    Sony 70-200 f/4 spends a lot of the time on the A6300 and focuses fast, I used it on a few bike ride events. Good IS built in.

     

    Sony 55 f/1.8 and the Batis 85 are both amazing lenses that perform as 85mm & 135mm on the A6300. The Batis has IS.

     

    The Loxia 21 is ok on it in terms of IQ but you don't have any stabilisation on the lens or camera, but at 21mm, not a massive problem.

     

    Sony Zeiss 35 f/2.8 makes for a very good 50mm/ish lens an no weight at all. It is tiny!

     

    Sony G 90mm macro extends the reach of the macro lens on the A6300 and performs really well but, I still tend to use it mainly on the A7rii. It has built in IS.

     

    The 55mm f/1.8 & 35mm f/2.8 are really worthwhile lenses for the A6300, even if you have no plans at all for going FF, amazing IQ.

     

    If I was you, I'd be tempted to leave it a little longer, let the problem of sensor shortages clear up (due to earthquakes) as it has pushed up the price of all their cameras, including the A6300.

     

    Differences between A6000 & A6300 as mentioned are mainly better AF speed and tracking, 4k video, EVF refresh rate, resolution and no blackout option plus, full metal body. The AF on the A6000 is supposed to be good so if you can live without the others, that will be a good option.


  19. I've got the 6300, very nice but I will probably change it for a A7iii when they come out, just for sensor consistency with the A7rii.

     

    Unless you need 4k video, fast AF with no blackouts on continuous focusing & high refresh rate, I think the  A6000 will be a very good alternative, especially at that price! I have to admit, I've been well impressed with the AF speed with the A6300, impressive locking/tracking. That said, if you don't need that you won't miss it! Save the money and buy some nice glass to add to your collection!


  20. Interesting decision and maybe a warning shot across the bows for those of us looking into exploiting footage. I always had the feeling that part of Alamy's apparent reticence to open the flood gates was partially to save us from ourselves. Having agents let you piddle in the wind is not good contributor relations.

     

    I do feel for Inchiquin, though.

    Making nice money from footage elsewhere. Glad I went for it, really boosts stills income.

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