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  1. Thanks for the link, I hadn't heard of it before. I see that post is from May 2009 so very early in the production run, i imagine they must have fixed it during production as it's not coming up much on Google, unlike the D600 which they had to recall. Maybe I've just been lucky.
  2. I've never heard that? I've had one for ages and never read that and certainly never had any oil spots, nothing comes up on Google for me. I know the Nikon D600 did have a problem when it was launched and that could be returned to Nikon for a fix.
  3. A P5 I think, you could buy one here: https://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/rover/p5/aetv92648711 Someone's gone to a bit of trouble to set that one up, looks like a bit of an advertising shot, or perhaps they're just very proud of it.
  4. I also have a 5D Mk II, I've never had it professionally cleaned and it's fine. It's going to depend upon what is on the sensor though, is it just dust which can be moved around with a blower or is it smears from oil or possibly pollen? I've never needed a 'wet' clean but for dust I never had much luck with a blower brush either which just seemed to move it around. I can recommend a VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly but it doesn't need to be one of the later versions with the built-in LED light as really you do it blind anyway. The trick is NOT to use it like a brush, you whizz it to get it charged and then just stroke it once lightly across the sensor and the dust is attracted to it, then whizz it again to get rid of that dust and charge it again, repeat as necessary. In practice once or twice is enough. I also use their 7x Sensor loupe to see what the problem is. These products are expensive new but often much less so off the popular online auction site.
  5. I remember very early on in the pandemic reports of an internal memo to members of one of the major UK professional photographic associations to the effect that it needn't necessarily be all bad news for them, essentially that the risk of losing loved ones could be a bonus to the portrait business, an opportunity..... I don't think I've got any illusions as to how long this might go on for but nevertheless it was chastening to see that re-scheduled date for 15 months hence. However the organisers have presumably lost a considerable amount of money already and would be risking more losses by planning for March 2021 and having to postpone again. Contrast this to the travel and hospitality businesses lobbying to get things back to normal, to bring down social distancing to 1 metre and abandon the quarantine before it has even begun. 1 metre would essentially mean 0 metres in practice. I know these are dire times for those industries, and for many on here, but it doesn't mean they can create their own custom version of reality.
  6. Photography Show now cancelled for this year and re-scheduled for September 18th - 21st 2021, 'Virtual Festival on September 20th & 21st this year. We're really sorry to say that this year's show at the NEC will not be going ahead due to continued uncertainty around hosting large events. BUT, we're pleased to announce that for the first time ever, we'll be hosting The Photography Show & The Video Show as a virtual festival on Sunday, 20 and Monday, 21 September 2020. While we're pretty disappointed not to be making the annual trip to Birmingham, we're really excited about taking the show online and we think it's a fantastic opportunity to try something new, and show off photography and video in a different way to our 'norm'. The event will be free to attend from the comfort of your own home. Further info coming soon... Next year, the show will return to its home at the NEC (18-21 September 2021) and all entry tickets and passes booked and confirmed for the March 2020 event will be valid. If you are a ticket holder and would prefer a refund, you can request one here - but we hope you'll stick with us. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you in September, virtually! Kind regards, The Photography Show & The Video Show team
  7. A short guide to photographing protest - by David Hoffman via The Photographers Gallery: \ https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/viewpoints/photographing-protest-david-hoffman-and-lívia-bonadio
  8. Yes, of course, thanks, wasn't thinking it through. Might try it in that case.
  9. Given that meanderingemu's pictures went up OK it's hard to think what this other variable might be since presumably yours don't have the Photosphere xmp data, don't show significant distortion or stitching errors and are 'Equirectangular'. Somehow I've managed to be given 5 star upload status so I'm reluctant to take any risks of having images rejected even by an error so hopefully you'll hear back from Alamy as to what was causing your initial rejection.
  10. It's just possible that the likelihood of your (our) pictures being used is affected by the fact that you haven't been uploading. No-one knows for sure but it could be one of the factors that affects the position of your pictures in the search results. I think I've noticed it for myself but it could just be paranoia. I certainly haven't always followed the advice but from looking at this forum I think the best course is to keep on uploading regularly, even small amounts, and to keep refining and improving the keywords and captions of your existing images.
  11. It's a testament to their quality for sure, don't know how that Sony crept in. Weightlessness would be a big advantage with the D5.
  12. Not much wildlife in space hopefully but Nikon seem to have found favour on the International Space Station: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cameras_on_ISS
  13. Yes, that would be a huge obstacle for me as well, I suppose you could tape it over.
  14. Don't be discouraged! That course seems to cover all the right areas and if done well should give you a very good grounding, not too expensive either, some people charge that for 'portfolio reviews'. I can understand that you need a suitable camera to make full use of the course though I'm still not sure that fixed lens is the way to go. I mentioned Micro 4/3 because the cameras and lenses are smaller and lighter than their APS-C equivalents and you wouldn't have to try quite so hard to make sure the images get through QC as you might with the Sony RX-100. See the Alamy page for an idea of sensor sizes, the Sony has the 1" sensor: https://www.alamy.com/blog/alamys-rough-guide-to-digital-cameras I'm hoping that someone that knows and uses the Micro 4/3 system can recommend a camera and suitable macro zoom lens for you. If you don't mind buying secondhand then a camera and lens from a few years back will still be fine for Alamy. If you don't take the lens off then it becomes a fixed lens camera (!) until you accumulate the knowledge and skill to maybe get another lens or two. David Tipling, the illustrious bird photographer, uses Olympus Micro 4/3, at least he does now. https://davidtipling.com/
  15. Well I'll start the ball rolling, I know the Sony RX100 range is excellent from what people say on here but be aware that in the main these are experienced professional photographers who know how to get the best out of it and avoid stretching the boundaries of what it is capable of. Couple that with the fact that wildlife and macro photography are both pretty demanding areas skill-wise and so it's going to be down to you to learn those skills with a camera system that is flexible enough to accommodate them. I think I might be looking at a Micro 4/3 camera system from Olympus or Panasonic, I've seen great wildlife pictures taken with them, but APS-C 'crop' sensor cameras would come a close second. A single lens that is good for long telephoto (bird close-ups?) and macro is asking quite a lot.
  16. That's good to know, I was going to upload some 2:1 images so I'll do the same, might be good to email them again with your findings if you haven't already.
  17. No change for me, perhaps you could give a bit more detail about operating system etc., and whether Chrome is up to date.
  18. I imagine that you'll get some very informed and informative responses on this though high end Eizo monitors come in above your budget I think. BenQ have been producing monitors for the professional photographic market so are worth considering. I seriously think that you should budget for a calibration device though, whichever monitor you get. The X-Rite I1 Display Pro won't disappoint. I use a couple of Dell Ultrasharps which are pretty good if calibrated, probably very similar in quality to older non-Retina Imacs.
  19. I don't think Alamy actually say what aspect ratio is required for an image to appear in the panoramic filter so I tried looking at the least 'panoramic' images in a general but wide-ranging search using that filter (UK landscapes I think), I came across one that was exactly 2:1 but none less than that so I suspect that is the threshold. However we can all upload images of any aspect ratio providing they are above 6MP so I don't think that can be associated with your problem. I've not uploaded any 360 degree images, or any panoramics come to that but I've just looked at the Alamy guidance page here: https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/guidelines-for-submitting-images/ One of the criteria is that the images have to have an aspect ratio of exactly 2:1 so I wonder if you've fallen foul of some bug in their upload software. You'd think that it would look for 'Photosphere XMP metadata' first (whatever that is). Quote: 360-degree spherical panoramic images These images are usually several pictures stitched together to create a 360-degree, spherical image that is fixed around a central point. You can upload 360-degree images to Alamy, provided they fit the following criteria: The images must contain Photosphere XMP metadata. Projection type must be Equirectangular. The image must have an exact 2:1 aspect ratio, as it’s uniformly mapping 360° horizontally and 180° vertically. Maximum compressed file size of 200mb. The image must be free of stitching errors and have little optical distortion, with uniformity in luminosity and colours.
  20. Thanks for the link, they do their videos very well. It's not so much about where the images are stored, more that it seems that Capture One doesn't work as well as a database, or digital asset management system, as Lightroom does, or that's what I've read anyway. The more images there are in a catalogue the more it slows down, Lightroom is I believe much better. Hard to tell if it would affect me though. Here in this official Capture One page the photographer says "When I was using Lightroom, I had every image I’ve shot since 2000 in a single catalog, but Capture One Pro does not work well with this many images in a single catalog, so it’s best to split images into multiple smaller catalogs." He then had to break his catalogue down into smaller separate catalogues by year in Lightroom in order to create the same separate smaller catalogues in Capture One. https://learn.captureone.com/blog-posts/get-your-lightroom-catalog-into-capture-one/ Also here on the DPReview forum someone got a reply from Capture One that ""We recommend keeping catalogs to under 35k images to keep loading times to a minimum. Previews are generated when images are imported, but additionally any adjustments and metadata to the files are logged to the cocatalogdb file, which can take considerable time as well." https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60292314
  21. I was impressed by the amount of resources also, however I currently have all my digital images, including scans, in the same catalogue because I find it convenient to select from any source for a particular application. I used to keep them separate but ultimately found it a nuisance switching between them, LR works brilliantly for that. However I gather that from their own video that C1 doesn't like many images in a single catalogue and isn't designed to be used like that. Not sure what the realistic maximum images in a single C! catalogue is before things start to fall apart.
  22. I use Lightroom but I've always wondered if C1 (Express or more probably Pro) might be a suitable replacement so I watched some of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1041&v=IqaZoskYy4w&feature=emb_logo They do seem to have quite a lot of videos and they are obviously keen to show how easy it is to switch from Lightroom or Aperture. The video seems to suggest that the catalog automatically creates 'Smart Previews" and you can choose how large these will be depending predominantly on your screen size so I suspect that this is where most of your 500 MB is going, that's only 1.67 MB for each of your 300 images after all.
  23. When you say advert do you mean one of those Google algorithm things that appear to describe exactly what you are looking for? I've no idea how they work or how they're paid for but I'm a little surprised if Alamy are actually advertising their National Trust images given the sensitivity. Strangely by random clicking on the first few pages of the 97,756 images on Alamy that came up in the search for 'National Trust' I found several from regular contributors on this forum but none from the actual National Trust Photo Library, who seem to have 45,687 images on Alamy currently. Most of these front runners could have been taken from outside N.T. properties, but not all of them. Some were from the National Trust for Scotland which might have a different policy. No, I wouldn't join the National Trust, partly due to their photography policy which Spacecadet has described succintly and partly for their high-handed attitude to locals at a property near my home.
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