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  1. Thanks Miz Brown!

     

    Yes I noticed a Godox flash being mentioned in a list of potential options for Nikon. It was the Godox Thinklite TTL TT685N Camera Flash High Speed 1/8000s GN60 Compatible for Nikon DSLR I-TTL II Autoflash.

     

    It does seem like a good, affordable option.

  2. I'm considering to take up a volunteer opportunity to photograph an event for a local charity. It will be at a function room held indoors. All my photography up till now has been either outdoors or still life images taken indoors using a tripod (using natural light and or inside light sources but not a flash).

     

    My knowledge about flash photography is limited, so I thought I would ask those who do use a flash what their recommendations for an affordable but reasonable quality flash might be? I've started to have a look at options and a mid-level option that seems like it could be good is the Nikon SB-700, but there are cheaper ones again that may be perfectly adequate.

     

    I would be looking for something that can provide a diffuse light that is suitable for indoor portraits, both posed and candid. My camera is a Nikon D5200. I would most likely be using my Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens which I think is about the focal range I would need. I understand that more powerful flashes are required for telephoto focal lengths, but in this case I don't think I need anything especially powerful.

     

    So just wondering if anyone has any advice on this topic? Thanks in advance.

     

    (I realise now I probably should have posted this in the technical thread, but as it is already here and I can't delete it I'll just leave it here for now.)

  3. NME 26 March 2021

    https://www.nme.com/news/film/minari-child-star-alan-kim-joins-awkwafina-sitcom-nora-from-queens-2909040

    ALAN S. KIM, MINARI, 2020, ©JOSH ETHAN JOHNSON/PLAN BA24

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    ALAN S. KIM, MINARI, 2020, ©JOSH ETHAN JOHNSON/PLAN BA24 Stock Photo

     

    NME 26 March 2021

    https://www.nme.com/news/tv/netflix-supports-uk-indie-more-than-british-broadcasters-survey-reveals-2909061

    A man points a TV remote at the television which displays the logo for the Netflix on demand video streaming service (Editorial use only).

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    A man points a TV remote at the television which displays the logo for the Netflix on demand video streaming service (Editorial use only). Stock Photo

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  4. 4 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    How wonderful. He detoxed.

     

    Yes, it reminds me of being a kid, before the advent of all the digital devices we have now. We climbed trees, disappeared for hours exploring on our bikes, made and built things with our hands. It is a changed world and I think there is much to offer from detoxing and reconnecting with our surroundings and ourselves. In fact, as I type this, a boobook owl (the most common owl species around here) has just started the wind up noises before beginning his or her nightly 'boobook' call. The moonlight is beautiful outside, so I'm going to go out there and hang out with the owl and moon for a bit before heading to bed.

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  5. 1 hour ago, NYCat said:

    The trouble with that sort of ship in the US is that they play loud music and want you to have FUN. Quietly listening to the sounds of the sea is not possible.

     

    Paulette

     

    Paulette, your comment reminds me of a story I read a while ago about a guy who chose to travel for 5 weeks on a cargo ship with only some books to read and leaving all his digital devices at home to experience a digital detox. I just refound the article from ABC news https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-14/digital-detox-at-sea-changes-robert-hassans-life/11685666

     

    So instead of all the distractions of a typical holiday cruise, he just had himself and the wide ocean. No one else spoke English on the ship and he read his books quickly. He started discovering things in his memory he had completely forgotten and he found his sleep patterns became more natural. To quote from the article:

     

    There he spent time "watching the sky changing, the sea changing, the colours changing, the stars coming out, the dawn coming up, the sun setting and all the different things in the unfamiliar space of the industrial ship".

     

    I actually really like this idea. While a typical cruise may be full of lights, music, dinners, shows, dressing up etc, his experience was the complete opposite and he could just become one with himself and the elements.

  6. On 20/03/2021 at 05:03, Ed Rooney said:

     

    My god, that bird looks like Winston Churchill.

     

    Ha ha! 🤣  I should have attached a speech bubble with "We shall fight on the beaches..."

     

    I once knew a cat who went by two names, either Winston or Churchill. He lived on my brother's street and was much more like a dog. He was a big fluffy thing who would go up to complete strangers and roll onto his back for a tummy rub. He was later run over by a car and lost a leg but it didn't dampen his spirits at all, and he still galumphed up to people on his three legs for tummy rubs.

     

     

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  7. 5 minutes ago, John Gaffen said:

    A Peugeot 205 T16 Rally car on display in "The Pinnacle of Rallying" section of the 2016 London Classic Car Show. 

     

    A Peugeot 205 T16 Rally car on display in "The Pinnacle of Rallying" section of the 2016 London Classic Car Show. Stock Photo

     

    Country: Worldwide
    Usage: Editorial
    Media: Editorial website
    Industry sector: General business services
    Image Size: Any size
    Start: 01 February 2021
    End: 01 February 2026
    Finland, Editorial website

     

    Made $2.29 after commission!  its a good thing I'm on a pension and semi-retired

     

    Great about the sale John! I'm guessing though you meant to post this in the Images Sold in March thread, as you've put it in the Alamy Images Found in March thread. Easy to get the two confused.

  8. New Scientist 10 March 2021

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933252-800-how-to-make-fabulous-pizza-using-slow-science/

    A man with his hands rolls out homemade pizza dough, lying on a dark baking tray and illuminated by light. Cooking at home.

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    A man with his hands rolls out homemade pizza dough, lying on a dark baking tray and illuminated by light. Cooking at home. Stock Photo

     

    Power Technology 1 March 2021

    https://www.power-technology.com/features/staff-picks-potential-energy-game-changers-for-2021/

    A field of solar panels in La Rioja, Northern Spain

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    A field of solar panels in La Rioja, Northern Spain Stock Photo

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  9. I think I may have gone a bit overboard with the saturation on the lighthouse and that some detail is lost in that. But I was wanting to create a bit of a dramatic effect of the red lighthouse against the blue dusk. The image is of the North Mole Lighthouse at Fremantle Harbour.

     

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  10. 23 hours ago, lennystan said:

    Hi Sally R, 

    thank you ever so much for your tips and advice, never thought about connecting keywords together this I will definitely change - what a great advice! will look at my images again and brighten underexposed images for sure, somehow I missed this very important point, thank you for this so much.

     

    Yes you are right about those abandoned hospital images, they are soft, had a way around and discovered this place by the end of a day light with light rain, had no tripod with me and failed to take sharp images -  really wanted to have them online as I never managed to come back to this area and perhaps won't have a chance to do better in a future either, but I completely missed the chromatic aberration there so thank you for pointing this to me will try to fix it somehow and look for this issue in now images. 

     

    You're welcome Lenny. All the best and hope sales will come your way soon.

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  11. Hi Lenny,

     

    I think your primary issue is likely to be only having 122 images uploaded. You will need quite a few more and to keep uploading consistently over time. Your images are varied which is great.

     

    Several images are a little dark and could do with being brightened up a bit. They may need to be a bit punchier to capture the eye of a customer browsing. Also, a few look a tad soft to me such as the one of Bangour Village Hospital Church, 2C0Y02B. This one is not in the best light either, though I realise you can't always control that factor at the time you are there. I can also see a hint of chromatic aberration in the trees on this one, and also in another of the same building, 2C0XYYF, where it is around the edges of the building. In most software you can correct this, either automatically or manually depending what you use, and Alamy actually want us to correct for this. The ones of people doing things, such as the Slovakian dancers and ladies preparing food, are great ones to have for Alamy.

     

    The captioning and keywording generally looks good to me on the images I looked at. However, one thing I'd suggest with keywording is putting some of the words together. For example, in the one of Mill 3 and 4 at New Lanark Mill Village, image 2BX7EC3, the words '18th' and 'century' are put as separate tags. From what I understand (and please someone else correct me if I'm wrong) it can be beneficial to have them together as this might reduce the chance of your image being a false positive in customer searches, which is better for your Click Through Rate. You could also put it without numbers as 'eighteenth century'.

     

    Also, in the image of Kosice International Airport,  2BYP1W5, I think you mean to say in the caption that the main building is on the right instead of the left. This image is a bit too soft as well and a bit too dark. It is another one where you could put a couple of keywords together such as 'passenger' and 'terminal' as 'passenger terminal'. In this image there is no individual passenger or any people featured, so 'passenger' on its own could lead to false positives.  I can see you have put some words together with some of your keywords.

     

    In some cases it can help to have plurals as well. So, for example, you might want to have 'buildings' as well as 'building' as some customers will search for 'heritage buildings' or 'buildings in New Lanark'. By having the plural there it will bring up your image for people searching in this way.

     

    So I would say brighten up your images, look out for softness and chromatic aberration, where it is logical to do so put some keywords together, and upload many more!

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  12. Sydney Morning Herald 5 March 2021

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/the-upside-of-being-interrupted-at-work-20210304-p577v8.html

    Businesswoman on stairs in a modern office

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    Businesswoman on stairs in a modern office Stock Photo

     

    Australian Book Review March 2021 no. 429

    https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/current-issue/960-march-2021-no-429/7383-david-mason-reviews-dearly-by-margaret-atwood

    Margret Atwood, author of "The Handmaid's Tale", talks to Caroline Edwards about the scientific background to her writing. at New Scientist Live 2017

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    Margret  Atwood, author of   "The Handmaid's Tale", talks to Caroline Edwards about the scientific background to Stock Photo

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  13. 21 hours ago, NYCat said:

    I've never seen a kookaburra but remember singing about them in Camp Fire Girls in California. A nice happy rousing song. That's a lovely photo.

     

    Paulette

     

    Thank you Paulette. I imagine the song might have been Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree. They can be cheeky birds and have great character. I was once with a friend in the outside area of a tavern and about to bite into my hamburger when one flew down and took the meat straight out of it, much to the hilarity of onlookers.

  14. Australian Geographic 23 February 2021

    https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/travel/2021/02/find-your-freedom-in-australias-coastal-wilderness/

     

    White Bank (also called Seal Island) is home to a family of Australian Sea Lions in the Easter group of the Houtman Abrolhos. The Houtman Abrolhos isl

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    White Bank (also called Seal Island) is home to a family of Australian Sea Lions in the Easter group of the Houtman Abrolhos. The Houtman Abrolhos isl Stock Photo

     

    Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia

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    Houtman Abrolhos Islands,  Western Australia Stock Photo

     

    Sunset on the coast of Cape Range National Park in Western Australia.

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    Sunset on the coast of Cape Range National Park in Western Australia. Stock Photo

     

    green turtle and diver coral bay western australia

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    green turtle and diver coral bay western australia Stock Photo

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  15. 3 hours ago, spacecadet said:

    Thanks. We all need a larf.

    Thank you Space Cadet. We do all indeed need a laugh! I think this was a young one. I photographed this one on the south coast, but we get kookaburras up here in Perth too, often cackling away at dawn or dusk.

  16. 11 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

    Regarding tutorial videos, I'm working through this chap's course on Affinity Photo. There are 30 episodes, beginning with the absolute basics. I like his calm presentation. It's refreshing not to be yelled at, as often happens on YouTube.

     

    Thank you John. I have watched one of his tutorials already when I was looking at perspective corrections, and his was the one I followed as it was easy to understand and as you say a calm presentation. I'll definitely be looking at more of his tutorials.

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