Joe Gaul

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    22 Feb 2005
  1. Optionals

    I can't say if they make any difference now but they may in the future, and as the current image manager makes it really difficult to find and edit previous submissions I'd rather do it as I go.
  2. I try to keep iso as low as possible for fireworks to reduce noise and aim for an exposure time of 8-16secs to capture a few bursts. Obviously on a tripod and prefocussed.
  3. QC

    I once forgot to crop an image after correcting verticals in Photoshop and must have flattened the image with the underlying uncorrected layer. Quite rightly the submission failed and I never made that mistake again even when editing under the influence. Buyers need to rely on Alamy quality. Learn and move on, it's nothing personal. Good luck with future subs Joe
  4. National Trust

    Had a couple of files removed some time ago after one of the irregular NT trawls. I then removed NT annotations on any other files that could have been taken anywhere eg. wildlife, flowers etc. Now I always shoot properties from public land and state this in the caption.
  5. Upsizing question

    Hi John. I'm presuming the scan is from an original neg or transparency. Is there any way you could have the original rescanned at a higher resolution? If not genuine fractals used to be the way to go although I haven't tried it. My recent film scans from 35mm transparencies have been downsized due to quality issues rather than upsized; probably depends on final usage. Sorry I can't be more help.
  6. Some time ago my Canon 20d submissions began failing Alamy QC to such an extent that I stopped submitting to Alamy for a while. Submissions from the 20d were accepted elsewhere. I believe the problem was that with advancing technology files from older cameras need to be low ISO, preferably base, as noise which was once acceptable no longer is. My advice would be to shoot in raw at base ISO whenever possible, ensure your monitor is calibrated and check at 100 percent at least once before submitting. The 20d is now often used as a backup or with a complementary lens to my main camera when shooting live news and the files are passing again. I hope this helps.
  7. "Personal Use" Licence Refunds

    Due to my small portfolio I don't get many sales and very few personal use sales. Touch wood, I have no refunds to date but if I did notice a pattern of refunds I would leave the personal use scheme. My opinion, for what it's worth, is that there should be a no refund policy on personal use due to the difficulty with policing.
  8. Negative Scanner

    Have been using a Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 quite happily until the transport mechanism broke and I can not find anyone to repair it. As I still have a few thousand transparencies to scan am currently considering the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE, but may use it with the VueScan software. Anyone using the Plustek? Or perhaps tremendous knowledge Wim could give some guidance which would be much appreciated. As the Minolta is not supported any more I used an old Windows XP laptop for scanning but never felt confident enough to submit recent scans to Alamy for fear of QC failure affecting my ratings; however they have been submitted to other places and are selling.
  9. Travel Camera?

    If you are considering the Canon because you have existing Canon lenses then a look at the new mirrorless M50 may be worthwhile. Any existing lenses could be used with the canon adaptor. I use the Sony RX100 Mk2 as it is my constant companion but would not be confident enough for it to be my only camera on a trip. The Sony 6000 is available at bargain prices at the moment and the Sony 6300 (and if you can afford it the 6500) are excellent options, but what glass do you use with them?
  10. What formats do you shoot in Raw Or JPEG

    Tried Raw + jpeg. Went back to Raw only in both Canon and Sony.
  11. Printing photos at home or in the office

    I rarely print photos these days, but when I do I use the A3+ Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mk2. Always with genuine Canon inks as I have found third party inks to block the print nozzles. Also use an old Canon A4 i560 for general documents. I usually print photos at A3 or A3+. Haven't had the drying problem.
  12. Workflow advice please

    I certainly don't class myself as a clever person but can make some workflow suggestions. If space is a problem then is it necessary to shoot both raw and jpeg? Why not raw only? Try using the free Adobe raw converter to convert your raws to dngs on import, this should also save space. My personal workflow is DXO (as a raw converter) to lightroom (which I am not a fan of) and finishing off in Photoshop. As has been stated above there are many ways of achieving the same result and it is just finding one that is right for you. good luck Joe
  13. A small jubilee.

    Sorry to hear of your illness. Try looking at the threads of what has sold to get a better idea of the needs of a mainly editorial agency. As others have suggested I would cut down on the number of similars and imagine where an image you are taking could be used.
  14. Flippin' 'eck - anyone used a Lens Flipper?

    Similar are available at 7dayshop for around £20. I now try to avoid changing lenses in the field due to sensor dust issues.
  15. Sony RX100, a6000 and Lumix LX100 questions

    The 6000 is great value for money with an aps-c sensor in a very compact camera. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a good compact and reasonably fast, say f4, zoom apart from the Zeiss which gets mixed reviews for it to be used as a general purpose walk around camera. I'm currently using the 100 Mk2 to complement Dslrs and find it generally good enough for stock. Also just put some landscapes from it on a pod site. Hope this helps. Joe