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  1. Some historian of the future is going to look through Alamy images and come to the conclusion that people were really neat and tidy in the early 21st century, and there was hardly any litter on the streets
  2. Betty: The SD cards from your D800 will, but not the CF card (I bought an RX100 for my wife, and we share SD cards - haven't used her camera much though ...)
  3. I've just noticed something crazy, which will answer your question, Sung: search for 'Cheshire countryside prints' in Google Images, click on the first one, and you'll come to this page: http://www.google.com.au/imgres?safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=1mF&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbnid=HPVzcKA5y9sFZM:&imgrefurl=http://fineartamerica.com/featured/cheshire-countryside-david-hill.html&docid=V9f0hgVh1g5xPM&itg=1&imgurl=http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/cheshire-countryside-david-hill.jpg&w=900&h=597&ei=bEW
  4. I bought an iPad a year or so ago, and wanted to like it. However, I had similar frustrations to you, Edo. Rather than simply being able to drag and drop documents across from computer to iPad, I had to go through all kinds of weird, unintuitive steps just to get a few PDFs onto it - rather painful when in a hurry. It turned out to be the most frustrating computer I've used - and I've used a fair few, since the late 70s! I understand that Android tablets have a lot more flexibility - you can plug USB memory straight into many of them, you can access the file system to drag and drop things
  5. Funny story, Stephen! As for distortion, this article makes interesting reading: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/01/you-can-correct-it-in-post-but. In summary, correcting distortion = loss of sharpness, and sometimes distortion correction is necessary. But - most mid-range zooms seem to have bad distortion at the wide end. It's interesting that the old 20mm f2.8D came up - that was going to be my next question! Edo - I know you are very keen on this lens. It's a pity that Nikon don't seem to be in a hurry to update these very useful small older lenses. But the other one that I'm serio
  6. Yes, I find that the corners are rather soft at 24mm (24-70m f/2.8) with D800. Sung Thanks very much, Sung. Is that the Nikon or the Tamron? And thank you also, Petr. 28-300 probably doesn't go wide enough for me, I'm afraid, but I had heard that it's practically as good as the 24-120 f4 - which is very impressive, considering the much greater zoom range (or not so impressive for the 24-120, depending on how you look at it)
  7. Thanks, Jules! I'm beginning to get more confident about the 24-120, with two votes of confidence in it now. Maybe I'll end up with both lenses ;-) Decisions, decisions ...
  8. Thanks, Edo. Wise words as always. I remember you saying elsewhere that your copy of the 24-120 was a good one, and your recommendation to go refurbished. Unfortunately I've yet to find refurbished anything on sale here in Australia - it's always been a bit of a mystery to me where to get them from! Anyone using the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 on a D800 (or even D800E)? All insights greatly appreciated!!
  9. Thanks - I appreciate that the 24-70/2.8G is a great lens. But what I'm looking for is something with VR - honest, I do have good reasons for wanting this feature ;-) Anyone with experiences with the Tamron (or the Nikon 24-120 f4)?
  10. Me neither. I've tried the 'if you vote for mine I'll vote for yours' games and apart from now not being last in searches (as I was when I first uploaded images), it hasn't done me any good in the three months or so I've been there - not a very productive use of time. But maybe I just haven't been there for long enough or uploaded the right kind of photos (mostly I've just uploaded straight stock, but I'd probably be better off giving photos a more arty treatment; HDR seems to do well there). The other thing to consider is that there's no upside. I've had a four figure sale and a good numb
  11. My new D800 works absolutely wonderfully with my favourite lenses – primes and my 14-24/2.8. But I should really get a mid-range zoom for times when using primes just aren’t practical, such as when I’m with someone who can’t wait for lens changing and such. What I’m looking for is flexibility combined with sufficient quality to pass Alamy QC without drastic solutions such as resizing down to 24mb - which would probably get almost anything shot with good technique on the D800 onto Alamy!. My research indicates there are two candidates, which all have strengths and weaknesses (I’ve excluded the
  12. Recently been to a wedding in Stafford. Now that is an exotic location. Allan One up on me ;-)
  13. Annual pricing sounds like a good idea, but I'd suggest a bit of research first. If they're a professionally run and well-established company, you probably have little to worry about. But if they've only recently started, you might want to try to get as much money as you can up front (e.g. initial fee plus annual fee from the first year onwards, or all up front) - something like 70% of start-ups fail in the three years. And even if it's an established SMB, I'd ask some probing questions about how they keep track of IP licences - many have no idea how to do this, and if they get taken over by a
  14. Most software allows the use of the ctrl-z shortcut to correct mistakes and slips of the finger (it undoes the previous action). Unfortunately this doesn't work in Manage Images (although other short cuts, such as ctrl-v for paste, do). I've lost count of the number of times my fingers slipped and I lost the keyword I was cutting and pasting from, say, comprehensive keywords to main keywords! Is this just a Windows problem, or is it a problem across the board? Dealing with this would be very helpful in improving efficiency and productivity.
  15. There is an LR plugin that allows you to type in the comp keys, ess keys etc and submit images from within Lightroom. It doesn't work for me though as I re-name my images on export - it relies on the names within LR and within Alamy being the same. I'm sure others will chip in with the name of it. Otherwise, copying and pasting keywords between the fields is part of the cost of doing business with Alamy (if you consider your time to be a cost, that is).
  16. Earlestown, half way between Manchester and Liverpool, for a family wedding in August. Anyone call that exotic?
  17. I geotag but mainly to ensure that I can provide accurate caption and location information. I manually put location information into key words and Alamy's location field, so that buyers have easy access to the full information there. I've no idea whether the GPS information stays in metadata for the buyer to access; unless Alamy can tell us, I guess we'd have to check with a buyer to find out. I did have a GPS unit, but that broke so now I use my phone to produce a GPS track (using the MyTracks app on an Android phone) which I then attach to the photos in Lightroom. It's slightly more has
  18. Agree. This would be a very useful feature in getting a handle on the kinds of images that are successful on Alamy (without having to keep manual records of zooms etc). It would also be useful to be able an image's search history and find out (a.) which search strings it had appeared under, and (b.) which of those in a had resulted in a sale or a zoom. This would help in culling unproductive keywords - which would help to keep searches in Alamy relevant. David
  19. I'll add my vote to that. In an ideal world, it would be illegal to remove copyright info from images. If only we lived in an ideal world!
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