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Chuck Nacke

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About Chuck Nacke

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    Boston, MA, USA
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    Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad....


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  1. After another five years of doing assignment photography, I am launching into scanning old chromes. Not sure how long I can sit at the computer, spotting and correcting 20+ year old chromes, but we will see. I am a photographer and will always be a photographer, curse? I am having some issues working with VueScan and wish there was better support for the software. Mike, I do most of the cooking and enjoy it. Chuck
  2. Flo and Paul, Thanks and again I apologize for my post. NOW let's get real, I do not and never had an unlimited budget to produce digital images. I also spent ten years in several of my basements around the U.S. working on scans from film images that I have shot on assignment for magazines around the world. Over the years I've worked with all of the major photo agencies except for one, starts with M. I once shot an assignment on film for G and the editor wanted to know why I did not have the images online within an hour...... I would politely suggest that you buy a book on Photoshop and Lightroom and get a subscription to Adobe Cloud, the simple one, just Photoshop and Lightroom should cost less than $10.00 per month when you pay annually. Next you need to learn to edit. I have a degree in journalism and worked for the major news magazines for decades. I think that I know how to edit and when I shot an event or person for Live News I keep it under 20 images and usually under ten. When I go into my current basement to select images to scan I select the images based on current events, what is already on Alamy and on other libraries. Keep in mind that it takes me at least a day, use to be days and weeks per image, to finish an image to upload to Alamy. That is why my main account still has less than 1,000 images after 16 years and yes I do have a few turkeys, but I am running at over 70 licenses a year on Alamy. I'm currently having a problem with running my CanoScan FS4000 in VueScan Professional. The bottom line is scan well, using the best equipment that you can afford, caption and keyword better. It will pay off in the long run, NOT THE SHORT RUN. Sincerely, Chuck Nacke
  3. Flo and Paul, I do apologize for a previous post. I am sorry and I was rude. But the bottom line is that if you wish to contribute to a "commercial" Stock library you will need to learn a professional way to prepare your images. I really do have thousands of 35mm Kodachromes in sealed boxes in my basement, I was a beta tester for Kodak. Chuck
  4. I am with Robert. I do not care what you have done and where you have been. LEARN DIGITAL IMAGING or go away. Deleted. Digital licensing is not a hobby, Alamy is not a hobby, Deleted. P.S. bet I have more K-14's in my basement then you do. Chuck
  5. Don't really think that the Pacific Image scanner is the right tool for the job, just my opinion. Workflow: Mine has never changed. Scan at 4000DPI (CanoScan FS4000 and Vue Scan) to 16bit TIFF, do my correcting, spotting, etc. Downsize slightly, go to 8bit and save as JPEG. I do keep all retouched and captioned 16bit TIFF's, in folders specific to the subject and JPEG's uploaded in a Alamy folder. I do all work in aRGB color space. On another note, It appears to me that once uploaded to Alamy as a JPEG, the previews on Alamy appear to gain contrast and git a tiny bit darker? I have about 75lbs of Photoshop / Lightroom books and have read most of them going back to PS 3. I do keep Scott Kelby's Lightroom book on my desk and go to it often. Chuck
  6. Oldest rule in the News Photo book "Don't think about it, Shoot it...." LOL we all live and learn. Chuck
  7. Brian, I had a reason for waiting for more than a decade to scan and upload these and yes the Hermitage still looks pretty much the same. I've also been busy shooting commercial work for the last five years and I've decided to go back to just scanning the slides I shot for the last 40 years. That is why I was asking about the look of the images that I scanned this week, using VueScan for the first time. So far I am impressed with VueScan working with an old CanoScan FS4000US. Best, Chuck
  8. Brian, Because Film was all I had in 1994. Chuck
  9. Brian, Did not mean to put you down in any way. I've just had to learn from books and Google. Wish I had the time to sit in a class and I am sure yours are worth sitting in. I never meant to infer you were working with a "Pacific Image Scanner." FYI Brian, If you have a minute could you please take a look at my most recent images from the Hermitage. They were shot on RDP at +1 and were scanned with a CanoScan FS4000US using VueScan as 16bit TIFF's before dropping to 8bit JPEG's. Most of these were single pass, but the White Hall is from a 3 Pass, all were done without IR or Noise Reduction. Thanks, Chuck
  10. It is easier than taking a class, buy books, I have a stack of them going back to PS 3, still only one for Lightroom, but that will change. If you want to license images, you will need to make digital images that people need and can not just make on their own. Also I do not believe that the Pacific Image scanner is very good, but it is what you have. P.S. I have 20 WD 1TB external drives sitting above my desk and by this time next year it will be over 30. They are cheap to buy online and I keep it to 1TB because if one fails I am not at a total loss. I've had more drive failures with my internal drives then I've had with WD externals. Chuck
  11. Hen, Really like the image: 2A6FDJ1. As others have said Alamy is a marathon not a sprint. Your image prep appears to be spot on and your IPTC info is good. Stick with it and in my opinion stay away from Micro. Best, Chuck
  12. LOL... But doesn't TASS distribute via Alamy? I don't miss Moscow or KOI fonts. Chuck
  13. Interesting subject, but I don't call it "digitalizing" I say scanning. While I have been using F mount (Nikon) equipment for the last 20 years, the only film scanners I have owned and worked with were Canon, FS2710 and for the last ten years two FS4000's. With the 4000's, scanning a 35mm chromes at 4000DPI I get a full frame image at over 5700 X at about 130MBs, in 16bit. I do not use any digital retouching during the RAW scan, but do use Bicubic Sharpener in Photoshop (PS) to slightly downsize the finished image before dropping it to 8bit color and saving it as a 300DPI JPEG, the finished JPEG is always over 5,000 by at 300DPI in aRGB color space. Last week I got out one my CanoScan FS4000US's and could not make my old Windows XP machine which had a PCMCIA slot working so I had to buy View Scan Professional software, $99.99 US, and run the 4000 using a USB connection. I had written before that I always used the 4000 with an Adaptec 16bit PCMCIA card. To my surprise the 4000 ran perfectly in View Scan using a USB connection and I am back scanning old 35mm chromes, mostly FUJI RDP. I do still use PEC-12 to clean chromes. I do not scan mounted slides, I always remove them from the mount. I would guess that currently about 50% of the images that I have on Alamy are scans from RDP or Kodachrome 64 or 200 slides. I will also add that during my 16 years of contributing to Alamy I have had one QC fail because I burned to wrong size to the disk, back in the "Good Old Days" of mailing a CD to London. I also spent some time going back through the licenses I've had with Alamy and found that over 50% have been images scanned from slides. Luckily my agents and the magazines I worked for kept my film caption envelopes with the slides, but I do spend a lot of time researching caption information on the web and trying to find current news to include in the caption (IPTC) information. Lastly, Over the weekend I scanned two chromes, RDP, and was able to finish them in hours, not days like it took me ten years ago using CanoScan software and PS 3. I do run the RAW scans through Lightroom (LR) for color and cropping and then dust spot in the current PS, I am running Creative Cloud on a Windows 10 machine and it is much faster finishing scans now. I do know that a lot claim to get good results photographing 35mm slides with a modern DSLR? I bought an old bowens Illumitran, but my D800's would not fit on it and I could not make the Nikon duplicating attachment work to the quality that I get from the 4000 film scanner. This winter I am planning to launch into scanning a large story that I did in the early 80's where I shot on Tri-X, Not sure how that will go? Flow and Paul, What scanner are you using? Chuck
  14. Tim, All I can say is: "If you need to ask, you should not be out there." I covered all the large fires in California and Nevada in the 80's. Ruined one vehicle (rental). The current fires move faster and are more dangerous then the fires in the 80's. Let me say this one more time: "IF YOU NEED TO ASK, DO NOT GO OUT THERE." I've had the soles of my boots get so hot I could not stand in them and my camera straps melt. My opinion. Chuck
  15. Another day in Paradise.... No big deal, but at least they caught it quickly and sent a correction. Yea I got the same message and another hours latter about the mistake. It is not like any of us have made mistakes? Chuck
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