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  1. Just spit balling here. For those of us who have been members for a good number of years, most (if not all of us) have duplicates, near dupes and technically poor images made with primitive cameras that we would never upload today. Most of these clunker images haven't received a zoom even one time, let alone a sale. (just speaking for myself now). Yet we cling to them in the hope that one day, the sun will shine upon their under-exposed face. Given the vast numbers of images available through Alamy, would it make sense if we would be asked to cull out our losers, say 5% every year for 5 years, or some such formula? Wouldn't a cleaner, better catalogue benefit all of us? Just a thought. I know....me first.
  2. As a new Alamy contributor, I have a number of questions and I am learning as I go so let me thank each and every person who responded to my first query about discoverability. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a solid consensus. One would think that it would be to everyone's advantage to be able to understand "the system." Here's another conundrum. When I submitted my first sets of images, I got the distinct impression that several of my photos were declined because of the camera used to capture the image. In my book a good photo is a good photo whether or not the equipment was high end. I don't think that QC liked the fact that some of my shots were taken with a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS (bridge camera). Listed in their FAQ/Guidelines is the following statement: "We only accept images from DSLRs or equivalent. We don’t accept images from mobile phones." Wouldn't it seem that if all other technical qualities were met, that a shot taken with a bridge camera would be acceptable? Once I submitted those taken with my Nikon D3300 and Fuji X-T2, my images were approved. Have other contributors had similar experiences? Any thoughts?
  3. I'm struggling to decided whether or not to submit this image. It show's the aftermath of a festival honouring the local Saint which culminates in a massive beach party. I quite like the spirit of the image, though the quality is not great. WDYT - any chance of it passing QC? https://www.flickr.com/photos/photorussell/15767374174/ Thanks in advance for your feedback.
  4. I need some input from those of you shooting the Sony A7 mirrorless camera, if there are any on the forum. I currently use the Fuji X system, (X-T1 & X-E2). I primarily use the 18-55mm for everyday use and the 35mm f1.4 and 60mm f2.4 for close-up work. I love my Fuji's and the image quality they produce, but, I am having a problem with camera shake. This is accentuated by the fact the cameras are small and Fuji uses an APS-C sensor. I am coming from full frame Nikon. For close up shots with my Nikons I used the 105mm VRII lens. Fuji does not have OIS in any prime lens and the OIS on the 18-55mm is not very good. It actually adds shake to any image shot over 125th/sec, in my experience. So, I am considering buying the new Sony A7II with IBIS. I realize the lens selection is rather limited at this point but they have what I would need, (24-70mm f4, 16-35mm f4, 55mm f1.8). I am perfectly happy with using those lenses for the type of stock photography I wish to do. My question, though, is what do you think of the image quality? I have read that the A7s is perhaps the best low light sensor on the market right now but that is not the sensor in the A7II. I have looked at a few examples, on-line, of A7 RAW files but most do not seem to be properly exposed. Perhaps this was done on purpose to expose noise and the short comings of the sensor. I'm not sure. Believe me, I do not have "GAS". I am not thrilled about changing systems again. I love my Fuji's but I am finding myself taking up to four (4) shots of the same image, hoping I get one sharp. And, I am trying to use 1/500th sec as my minimum shutter speed, but that is not always possible. Any input will be welcome. I do plan on renting the A7II and the 24-70mm f4 lens from Borrowlenses next month but would still welcome the input.
  5. Hi Apologies if this is a bit off topic. The image below is from a friend's brand new Nikon D3100. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_xHw2wh-IzRM3RJZS1kaXVwMFk/edit?usp=sharing This is his second D3100. The first had terrible pink areas in the highlights of the images. He's just sent me his latest pics - and I spotted the same problem, albeit greatly reduced. I've circled these to how the places. Any clue as to what is wrong? I have no experience with Nikons whatsoever. My feeling is that this would fail QC. Exif says: Shutter 10/400s [is that 1/40s?] Exposure program: normal program f5.6, ISO 100, 55mm focal length. No strobe. Thanks Rob
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