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  1. I just had an interesting talk with an artist who's works include a sculpture located in downtown Chicago. I have a few images of this work on Alamy. The artist contacted me with concerns that the images of his work might be used commercially. I responded that since the images are listed as not having a property release, this isn't likely. However, he pointed out that when one views the images on Alamy, all use options are available, even for unreleased images. And, he said an image of the same sculpture by another photographer was recently licensed for commercial use. This isn't a good th
  2. Sadly, this took place in front of our house this morning. A neighbor thought the car was suspicious and called the police. The guy was shooting up, and you can see the tracks on his left arm. Hopefully, he gets help. Unfortunately this isn't uncommon as folks going into Chicago to buy come to our quiet streets to use as we're immediately west of the West Side. It might also be a reason burglaries are fairly common here.
  3. I'm not sure how this got captioned as being in Illinois. I wish it looked like this.
  4. By color flare, I think SC means purple fringing, which isn't CA. I commonly see it in tree branches against a bright sky with lenses that otherwise have low CA. Lowering exposure a bit helps.
  5. Nice two page spread came in this month. This is at the far southern end of the state and is actually closer to Birmingham, Alabama than it is to Chicago.
  6. Is there a way to apply the restriction for personal use to all images in a portfolio as a batch? Edit: Never mind, I didn't see the existing thread.
  7. I use Sophos on the Mac as well. It's free. It frequently finds Windows malware in email attachments, but so far has never found a Mac specific threat, which hopefully means I've never gotten one.
  8. Haha.... yeah, I watched this the other day, very good I'm beginning to think the EosHD guy doesn't like anything. He thinks the new 80D video is so bad he won't put it up in his review. I've looked at some samples and although the 6300 shoots 4K and down-sized to 1080P it looks a bit sharper than the 80D's video, the 80D isn't that bad.
  9. The earliest two versions of the 18-55 lacked IS if I'm not mistaken. The later ones with IS are better optically, although the early ones weren't terrible.
  10. Seems to make great pictures, but it also has issues. http://www.eoshd.com/2016/03/sony-a6300-review-rolling-striking-image-but-nagging-issues/
  11. The RX10 weighs a kilogram. Not exactly light. My SL1 with both 18-55 and 55-250 kit lenses weighs less.
  12. Given the Sigma 18-200 and 18-300 Contemporary lenses as well as the Tamron 16-300mm lens get fairly decent reviews, perhaps one would be better off with a low to mid range APS-C body and one of these rather than the Sony, unless 4K video is something you really want. Zooming is manual, so no slowness problem and with APS-C SLRs being as cheap as they are, especially if you skip the latest and greatest, you save money as well. You could always carry a fast prime as well, for low light situations. It still wouldn't be much of a burden.
  13. I was reading a Huffington Post article a few years back, ironically on my iPad while having my morning coffee. It was about Caribou Coffee pulling out of the Chicago market because they couldn't compete. It actually took a minute or two to realize the photo, taken on Michigan Avenue, was one of mine, from a year or so before. The article isn't available anymore, but here's the shot. And of course, one of the keywords is "competition."
  14. Here's further info, so here in the States they're being explicit about it: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-birgitt-peterson-trump-rally-met-0313-20160312-story.html Not sure I believe her explanation. As someone with some Jewish heritage, it's really disconcerting seeing this in my country.
  15. This is on the news feed and it's from one of my hometown papers. The caption reads that a Trump supporter argues with protesters. Argues? ARGUES? It's pretty bleeding clear what she's doing, so why not just say it?
  16. My understanding is that Alamy News is interested in "Picture of the Day," type shots, which could be anything.
  17. A bit off-topic for my friends north of the border (and everyone else too). Go to Youtube and search: Canada Announces 2016 Presidential Candidacy It's hilarious.
  18. Let's not forget John McCain's 2008 acceptance speech at the Republicon, oops, Republican Convention in front of a projected image of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, except it was really a stock photo of Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood. http://www.wired.com/2008/09/john-mccain-acc/
  19. I thought I'd pipe in here as I mentioned that I now usually shoot jpeg in another thread. I have never had a QC fail because of a jpeg artifact. I do have occasional failures due to not paying attention. If you look at my Alamy file and can actually tell which photos started off as raw as opposed to jpeg, have at it. I use raw when shooting inside under mixed or tungsten light or when shooting an assignment for a client. Canon's auto white balance is sketchy with tungsten light sources, usually erring on the warm side. I'll also shoot raw when carefully shooting landscapes and other subjects
  20. There's a recent post on TOP apropos of this: http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2016/02/does-sharpness-matter.html
  21. This one recently sold, used here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150912/ISSUE05/309129992/can-middle-managers-in-the-police-and-fire-departments-get-a-haircut I've never had a motion blurred shot rejected, but I always mention it in the caption/keywords
  22. 90% of the time, I don't need raw, so I shoot jpeg. We're not talking high art here, we're talking stock photography. Clients don't care. If i go out with a tripod to shoot fine art landscapes, I shoot raw or raw + jpeg. But shooting raw while walking around a city just isn't necessary with most cameras. Honeymonster, you'll find many photographers are a dogmatic lot. I encourage you to find your own way. You may end up agreeing with me or you may not. Whatever works for you.
  23. Interesting and sad. http://priceonomics.com/the-tragic-data-behind-selfie-fatalities/
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