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  1. Australian Geographic 5 March 2021


    Marine Stinger or Sea Wasp (Carybdea marsupialis), highly venomous, dangerous jellyfish, Kapstadt, South Africa

    Contributor: Helmut Corneli / Alamy Stock Photo 

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    Marine Stinger or Sea Wasp (Carybdea marsupialis), highly venomous, dangerous jellyfish, Kapstadt, South Africa Stock Photo

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  2. 20 hours ago, MizBrown said:

    If I'm remembering correctly, the paid version of Capture One for Sony has more ways to sort and group photos.  The Express version just has one catalog, but I use LR Classic for that, haven't yet explored Bridge tagging templates.  Best for more complex distortion issues, especially people on the edge of wide angle shots, in my experience is ViewPoint from DXO.  Wait for sales for any of these after doing a trial of them.

    Thanks for the tips Miz Brown. Viewpoint from DXO sounds good. I've got a few of those wide angle images with a person on the edge of the frame stretched out as if they are in a crazy mirror. 

  3. 20 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

    I've watched a couple of introductory videos, and the learning curve looks pretty steep (for me anyway).


    What I have found in Affinity video tutorials John is that several different people may approach the same task differently to essentially get the same result. I've tended to just persist until I find a video that makes the most sense to me and is the simplest version of how to do something before going onto anything more complicated.


    For example, I'm quite competent now doing straight forward perspective corrections, but with images with more complex distortion issues I'm still figuring out the best way to handle them. I'm going to have to watch some more videos for these issues.


    I'm using Capture One Express for Sony too so Affinity is basically for any additional tasks I can't do in CO or in the old Aperture software I still use with my Nikon (will be upgrading software when I get a new Mac).


    I'm particularly looking forward to doing some panorama stitching. All the best with it if you purchase it. It's $38 here in Australia so I was happy to give it a go.

  4. 27 minutes ago, MDM said:

    I don't use Affinity but It's very simple Sally as it is similar to Photoshop with fewer options. What they mean with shrinking and enlarging is downsizing and upsizing - that is decreasing or increasing the number of pixels in the image. it has nothing to do with file types. 


    You are probably not going to be upsizing so just use Bilinear when downsizing which is probably what you will be doing most of the time.


    Ah, thank you Michael! That makes sense. The terms bilinear and bicubic etc were a bit confusing to me.

  5. 32 minutes ago, Tony ALS said:

    Hi Sally, I have also just taken the plunge as I couldn't resist the half price offer and hope to improve the quality of my images by using Affinity.

    I have to say that for someone who has never used any software to improve images before the choices of how to use the system are overwhelming.

    It's obvious I need to spend time watching some of the tutorials so that I know where to start at least.

    Earn real money working or spend time doing something I enjoy but doesn't pay the bills, that's the choice!

    As others have commented on another thread, your owl image is superb which will sell, sorry licence, many times I expect.

    Have a good day which is just ending at the time I am posting this I guess.


    Thanks so much Tony about the owl picture! Yes, there are so many options in Affinity. I know what you mean about having the time to learn everything. I think I have to just take one step at a time, learning task by task. I think once you have learned how to do something everything speeds up, but the initial learning can be a slow process. All the best with it and happy to share knowledge on it at anytime. And yes, it is nearing the end of the day here, coming up to 8:20pm Perth time.

  6. 1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

    Bicubic always used to be the recommendation when the choice was relevant. I don't think LR even has the option anymore.

    Thanks Mark. When they talk about shrinking and enlarging images, I am not sure if they are meaning going from a more detailed file to a less detailed one, such as TIFF or RAW to JPEG and vice versa, or exactly what they mean?


    The bilinear option seems to have worked fine and produced good JPEGS anyway. It also showed as the default option on an Affinity tutorial I watched on exporting. So maybe I'll just stick with that for now but research a bit further as well to confirm.

  7. Hello Affinty Photo users.


    I've just started using Affinity Photo which I like so far. I've been using it for perspective correction (I will be using it for other purposes too but not up to that yet). I just went to export my first JPEG from a TIFF file to which I have applied perspective correction.


    Several options appear for the kind of resampling to be used. The one for Bilinear resampling was already ticked and the quality option already showed as Best Quality. The options that appear for resampling are:


    Resampling methods

    The following resample settings are available:

    Nearest Neighbor—simple resampling which has the fastest processing time. Use for hard-edge images.

    Bilinear—algorithmic resampling for use when shrinking images.

    Bicubic—algorithmic resampling for use when enlarging images. Resampling is smoother than Bilinear but has a slower processing time.

    Lanczos 3—complex algorithmic resampling which gives the best results but with the longest processing time. Available as 'separable' and 'non-separable'; the latter gives marginally better results, but is slightly slower than 'separable'.


    I went with the default option of Best Quality and Bilinear and it has produced what looks like a pretty good JPEG image which is 16.5MB in size. However, I am not sure what the advantages/disadvantages are of the other export options and I'm not sure I fully understand the meaning of each. I noticed if I select other options other than Bilinear that the Best Quality Option disappears.


    Of those of you who are Affinity photo users, what is the resampling method you usually use for export and do you change it for different purposes? By going with Bilinear and Best Quality is this the right thing?


    Many thanks in advance!

  8. I already found a couple for March, so here goes...


    Scientific American March Issue 2021


    Long-finned pilot whales surfacing in the outer Beagle Channel of Argentina

    Contributor: Michael Greenfelder / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: KH1EBN

    Long-finned pilot whales surfacing in the outer Beagle Channel of Argentina Stock Photo


    Sail-World 1 March 2021


    Red sailed boat sailing near Wall Holm island. Ullswater, Penrith, The Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, UK.

    Contributor: Andrew Findlay / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: H0P88M

    Red sailed boat sailing near Wall Holm island. Ullswater, Penrith, The Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, Stock Photo


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  9. 6 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Perhaps you could have a joint project with your brother. You provide a montage of stills/timelapses/videos or whatever and he puts the sound on it? I've done it amateurishly with timeline in Photoshop and it was a lot of fun. 



    Thanks Gen. That's really nice to see your montages. I used to write music myself and from a young age I actually thought I'd love to write music for films. So I've always been interested in audiovisual combos. Yes, doing something with my brother would be good. He is the expert on the technical side of sound stuff. Timelapses are something I'd like to try. My Nikon D5200 does actually do them but I've never gotten around to giving it a go.

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  10. 6 hours ago, Jansos said:

    The dérive as Guy Debord would call it! Aimless wandering works well for me, too!

    Thanks John. That's interesting, the whole area of psychogeography, including the feeling and history of places. I once visited a large shopping centre I didn't know well. On leaving the building my car was in the carpark in front of me. However, all of a sudden I found my legs turning left instead and I was drawn along a different path. It was a walkway with vines growing over it. It then went through an area of more shops and businesses. Then I found myself going down steps, and then all of a sudden I was at a lake with a waterfall that I had no idea was there. I thought, "Why was I drawn here?" It feels like the conscious brain that organises daily tasks switches off and a more intuitive self takes over. I often get like this when in nature. It's definitely an interesting way to do photography. So I quite like setting myself assignments ahead of time for stock photography, but I love intuitive wandering as well.

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  11. 5 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Sally, my extensive travels taught me one thing (among others): don't have expectations, don't have pre-conceived ideas. It was particularly obvious when I travelled 3 months on my own in Brazil. Sometimes I was getting really excited about the next destination and it was a let down. Conversely, I would turn up somewhere merely because it was on my way and was enchanted. There is a danger of over preparing a trip. Of course a rough itinerary is needed not to go blindly to a region in the wrong season for example. Good thing other half and I are flexible because on this trip, we've been totally blown off our initial plans, first with flooding, then bushfires, then Covid. It turned out we loved the unscheduled places. 


    I know you've been through personal grief recently but trust me, the sun will shine again. You have a strong hobby that makes you happy and it's very important. I see too many people having zero interest in anything really. I even heard 'retirement is monotonous'. What?? It is what you make it be. Concentrate on your uplifting arty side. I hope we can meet one day if I ever make it to WA. 


    Aww thanks Gen. I'd love to meet if you ever make it here to WA. Yes, having a meaningful, creative hobby is so important. I just had dinner with my brother earlier and I was saying I think about photography everyday and even if I don't have my camera with me I'm looking at the light and the things around me in terms of photography, and he said he thinks about sound recording and mixing everyday, because that is his passion. And yes, it helps to remember that the sun will shine again, even if it's a bit of a struggle at times.


    I'm glad you have been able to enjoy all the twists and turns and unscheduled places. May you continue to have many more enchanting discoveries along the way, which I'm sure you will!

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  12. I started such a list when I first started doing stock photography. There were many ideas, from events, locations to still life ideas.


    Now the lists are in my head. However, if I think of a location I will do some research. Sometimes I use google street view to get a sense of the orientation of things relative to where the sun will be or what are the best angles and subjects based on different weather scenarios. However, when I get to a place sometimes things seem different, and what I thought would be a good photographic opportunity doesn't seem so good after all. Instead I find other unexpected opportunities that I wasn't even thinking of. I recently had to visit the Department of Transport and thought while in that location I'd also walk around the area with my RX100 and get some images of local scenes, businesses etc. Not much was jumping out at me though. Instead I ended up photographing the froth on my coffee at a cafe where the barista had artistically created the head of a monkey in the froth! So I think in the end it's a mix of some planning with serendipity for me.


    I also enjoy just wandering and discovering along the way and would just love to do what Gen is doing. As I've been feeling lost recently in life generally I have spent a few days just wandering in my car and on foot and followed my intuition without any real plan, thinking things like "This road looks interesting, I'll just see where it goes". I've discovered new things this way and photography has been like a therapy that focusses me on something creative. So I do enjoy exploring without a plan as well.

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  13. New Scientist 26 February 2021


    Students at lunch time Wantage Hall Reading University student self service restaurant

    Contributor: Peter D Noyce / Alamy Stock Photo

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    Students at lunch time Wantage Hall Reading University student self service restaurant Stock Photo


    New Scientist 25 February 2021


    Wooly Mammoth

    Contributor: Science Picture Co / Alamy Stock Photo

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    Wooly Mammoth Stock Photo


    New Scientist 24 February 2021


    Cute business cat wearing glasses reading notebook (book)

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    Cute business cat wearing glasses reading notebook (book) Stock Photo


    New Scientist 24 February 2021


    Computer chip in the motherboard, closeup shot, top view.

    Contributor: Sergii Gnatiuk / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2BT5RY7

    Computer chip in the motherboard, closeup shot, top view. Stock Photo



    New Scientist 24 February 2021



    Contributor: Geoffrey Robinson / Alamy Stock Photo

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    New Scientist 17 February 2021


    Male lion carrying one of its cubs - (rare occurrence)

    Contributor: Stephan Schramm / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: KWT37M

    Male lion carrying one of its cubs - (rare occurrence) Stock Photo


    Magnet Icon Sign Symbol in Modern Flat Style. Vector Illustration

    Contributor: Yulia Gapeenko / Alamy Stock Vector

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    Magnet Icon Sign Symbol in Modern Flat Style. Vector Illustration Stock Vector


    New Scientist 12 February 2021


    Hypothesised ninth planet, illustration. Planet Nine is a hypothesized massive planet, first proposed in 2014, that is speculated to orbit far out in the solar system. It has not been detected formally. Instead, astronomers have inferred its presence from

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    Hypothesised ninth planet, illustration. Planet Nine is a hypothesized massive planet, first proposed in 2014, that Stock Photo


    New Scientist 8 February 2021


    Flowering grass with departing pollen

    Contributor: Jürgen Kottmann / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2E117XR

    Flowering grass with departing pollen Stock Photo

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  14. 10 hours ago, gvallee said:

    The trip to Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef yesterday was out of this world. I am still under the spell.

    First we went snorkelling over the reef, then did a glass bottom boat ride where we saw turtles, then a walk on the island where a colony of white-capped noddies are currently nesting.

    Wow! Another jewel in the crown of Australia.

    Shame I can't upload my GoPro pictures to Alamy, I like them.




    For those into marine biology, our guide informed us of an interesting fact... The beche de mer, or sea cucumber, has a fish that lives in its bottom and darts out for prey. If no prey, the fish consoles itself by nibbling the sea slug's internal sexual organs. Charming postal address....


    Love the GoPro images Gen. The colours are fantastic. Yes it is a shame you can't upload them to Alamy. The story about the sea cucumber and its tenant is hilarious 😂  

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  15. 7 hours ago, Olivier Parent said:

    Thanks a lot Sally!

    Most of the time, we are allowed to shoot during the first 3 songs without flash, that's the general rule. Sometimes only the first song. And sometimes only one specific song during the body of the show. You may drive/walk/wait for hours and only get 2-3 minutes of shooting so it is important to know how you are going to make the whole thing profitable. Capturing fast moving subjects in very low light can be tricky but that is part of the fun! Full frame sensors really shine in that area. On the other hand, capturing a decent image of someone standing behind a microphone that hides half of his face can also be tricky 😂… The problem with big concerts is that, between the security guys in front of you and the security barriers behind you, there can be 20+ photographers in the pit trying to get a picture, which considerably reduces your ability to place yourself where you want 😄 (and also reduces your ability to sell your images afterwards…). Having 2 cameras/lenses helps a lot! Having identical camera bodies with identical settings is also a thing to consider when you need to be quick. The harness also helps your back, shoulders and neck when you carry your gear something like 12 hours a day for several days (festivals, reportage…). If you do not work for a local newspaper or a magazine, you may have a hard time getting an accreditation for large venues. And be aware that a lot of bands do not allow independent photographers at all nowadays. You also may be asked to sign a paper granting the artists with all the rights on your images, "in perpetuity and for the entire universe"… Or to have them validated before you can use them. The nice thing with big concerts is when you know the photographers around you and some become friends. When all are nice and respectful of each other, everything becomes a lot easier for everyone.

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    Thanks for the info Olivier. Being vertically challenged (short) I think I might get squashed in the pit at a big gig 😬  Although, as you say, it is nice if the photographers have got to know and are respectful of one another. I think I'll just practice honing my skills but won't get up to your level of professionalism anytime soon. If I was to be carrying gear around at a festival I would definitely consider the harness. I've seen a bird photographer using a harness before for a telephoto lens. It must be tough if you know you only have 1 to 3 songs to get some decent images and it would make you be ultra prepared. Anyway, look forward to seeing more of your concert images 😀

  16. 9 hours ago, Olivier Parent said:

    Thank you Sally!

    Concert photography is not the easiest thing to do these days… 😉

    Most of my concert images (like this one of Asaf Avidan) have been taken with my good old 80-200 f:2.8 (something like 30 years old and very noisy screw drive Minolta lens). I love that lens. Fast, accurate, sharp, nice bokeh, great colors… Lightroom gets rid of the chromatic aberration in most cases. The barrel is all metal so it is virtually indestructible and it can also be used as some kind of weapon if needed 😂. I also have the much more recent Tamron 70-180 f:2.8 which should be a nice alternative to my aging Minolta but will probably not last this long…

    For concert photography, I always put the same gear in the bag:

    • 2 full frame cameras mounted on a Blackrapid double breathe harness (one with a telephoto in the 70-200 f:2.8 range, the other with a wide angle lens)

    • 80-200 f:2.8 for "portraits" (maybe the Tamron in a near future)

    • 24-70 f:2.8 to get the whole band, or the stage, or musicians when they come close enough

    • 16-35 f:2.8 for the public or musicians that I expect to come very close (especially some rock / metal bands who are known to play with photographers)

    • 15mm fisheye f:2.8 to get unusual perspectives

    • 85 f:1.4 because sometimes 2.8 just ain't enough…

    • Ear protection / accreditation / lens hoods!!! 😅


    Your concert images are outstanding Olivier! Sharp and clear with no visible noise and capturing fantastic expressions and actions. It makes you feel part of the action looking at the photo, almost as if you could walk into the image and actually be there. Having had a go at it recently I can really appreciate that it isn't easy to achieve those things in concert situations with often limited light. I can see why the harness is a good idea and having two camera bodies. Great to know about your different lens options for different scenarios.


    But yes, not much opportunity for this kind of photography at the moment. We are very lucky here with mostly no community transmission, so I was able to attend a concert on the south coast recently. We still had regular reminders over a loudspeaker to socially distance though. It may be a while yet before big concerts at large venues happen again. I saw U2 at a large stadium here in Perth in November 2019 with about 50,000 people. That now seems like another lifetime in a parallel world.


    I think the awesome thing about concert photography is capturing a performer in full creative/expressive flow. It's amazing to capture those moments in time.

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  17. 1 hour ago, Olivier Parent said:

    Asaf Avidan performing live.



    I love your live concert images Olivier. It is something I would like to try more of. Do you have a particular lens that you use most often, such as a 70-200mm? I actually used my Tamron 90mm macro lens to take some recently as it is a fast and sharp lens, but need to do more work to get up to your standard of images. I'm dreaming of a Nikon Z or similar in the future. There is meant to be a very good 70-200mm f2.8 for the Z but also very expensive!

  18. 3 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

    Love the owl.



    Thanks Allan. I'm sure the surprised expression is him or her seeing their reflection in my camera lens. I took this image 10 years ago. I had been through a very bad time and meeting this owl felt like encountering a guardian angel. Then following my Mum's death last November I had a family of them come and roost here for weeks. One was calling last night so they are still around but the noisy babies have finally grown up and are making adult noises now. They seem to always appear in my life just when I need comforting 🦉

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  19. 20 hours ago, John Gaffen said:

    Thanks Sally I managed to make it work by the drag and drop method, although getting the two windows up side by side proved a bit difficult!  

    I find I can just pick it up in one tab and then drag it to the other, if that makes sense? So when I first pick it up I'm only looking at the Alamy website. I drag it into the next tab and then put it where the cursor is in the forum post. So you don't have to be seeing both windows simultaneously. You just have to keep your finger on the mouse and then drop it where you want to put it.

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