Wildieswife wrote:Regarding OH's N***n (spit) it could be worse - he could have a C***n (double spit), in which case he'd turn into one of those C***n toters who swan about reserves sneering at anything else. I have experienced it many times........... doubly so as I'm a woman "Poor little thing - thinks she can take pictures, bless"
David Kilpatrick wrote:Hi Pat - you sound like a dedicated photographer, and several members I know contribute to photo libraries though a couple of our best have departed for other camera systems. I find Sony/Minolta/Alpha excellent for macro and nature, but I've never had much luck on Alamy with anything except specific shots. For example, I'm guaranteed a sale every year if not a few from a couple of snaps of a cluster of giant puffballs which appeared in the garden eight years ago. But no other fungi so far have sold.
Picture editing is something I care a great deal about. The position on the page, the scale, the ordering, the reading direction, the colour harmony and narrative of pictures has always been a priority in our magazines. Then I sell f2 to EC1 and I see for example in the latest issue a DPS portrait where the 'art director' has placed the subject's eye right on the fold, in the gutter, totally destroying the shot - and they do this all the time. I've still got my name at the front of the mag but I have nothing to do with the layout!
Having said that, I learned in newspapers and from some of the best art directors around, and learned to work fast as well. When I had staff they were never under pressure, they often had a day to lay out and edit a feature, not the 30 minutes we used to work to for Photo Technique magazine (48 hours from galley proofs and pix to a finished magazine, working in an office in the print shop). That was Jack Schofield as editor, and he'd just finished a stint working for Bob Guccione on Penthouse as his first job. Three and a half weeks selecting the contents, half a week creating the magazine.
bakubo wrote:I have never understood how people get so emotionally attached to huge, multinational, impersonal corporations and their brand name. In my experience they are all quite good and each have their own advantages and disadvantages. I just think of them as the other party in a financial transaction -- the same as when I buy a washing machine. They treat us the same. The only bit of "loyalty" any of them get from me is what comes from having lenses and accessories that only work with their brand of camera. Anyway, we all don't think alike though and that certainly keeps things interesting.
David Kilpatrick wrote:As for the 'proper camera' thing, I have a choice and I also get to see what are supposedly the best results from many professionals using Canon and Nikon. I know my own standards, and although my pictures are pretty ordinary, on the technical side they are generally better than anything short of medium format work. Last year I had to pick four images for 2m x 1m prints, from top award winners. I had 300 to pick from and it was next to impossible to find four good enough; one was from a Hasselblad 16mpixel back, the others from Canon or Nikon full frame 12 or 21 megapixels. Not one was as sharp as my normal Alpha 900, A55, A580, NEX-5 or A77 output at the same size.
So, hundreds of working professionals are using what they consider to the best - yet hardly any of them ever get an optimum result. Therefore, I presume they would not even be able to discern why I use the Sony gear I do. And statistically they wouldn't be able to tell the colour difference anyway unless they're female (much better colour perception) or the sharpness difference unless they are male (much worse colour perception but often higher visual acuity - more rods, fewer cones). Therefore I never get into discussions of C v N v S etc, as I'm assuming that if the other party really thinks Sony is any way inferior they probably don't know how Sony performs - and likely also have little idea how they own gear performs!
mvanrheenen wrote:Enough with all the unkniwn abreviations already! Figuring out what you are talking about is giving me more headaches than all my Wordfeud games combined! Just kidding
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