Friday, 27 April 2012

UPDATE: IPTC data and contact details

It really is unfortunate that Alamy sometimes cannot clearly explain what it means. In the blog post IPTC data was explicitly named as being where you ought not to put your personal contact details. Now, I know that most professional photographers do put their details there to prevent their images being orphaned. However, the point is, it really doesn't matter as far as images placed on Alamy matters, because they strip all the IPTC data out and replace them with Alamy's contact details. That didn't strike me until I downloaded a couple and checked the file info.
So what Alamy seems to be concerned about is stuff in the other, display fields - keywords, captions and description etc. Why couldn't the nice people in Alamy just have said that. My apologies to all for the fuss engendered.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Contact details in Alamy images IPTC data

I think it is probably more than possible that most of us have included copyright and contact data in our Alamy images IPTC data. I know that for most of the time I have been submitting I paid little or no notice to IPTC, but over the last couple of years, with all the scares about online piracy and illegal use of images I have a standard routine which includes my name, address and phone number in the IPTC data when I'm finishing up an image.
This, of course, is contrary to the terms of my contract with Alamy, which completely slipped my mind as, I'm sure, it did with many others. Alamy is conducting a sweep of all the images to automatically remove these but are stating that there is no guarantee that other annotations may not be affected. That's a worrisome prospect.
Here is the link to Alamy's post.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Nikon 1 cameras

UPDATE:  A kind reader has alerted me to the fact that Alamy has restored the Nikon 1 cameras to it's recommended camera list, as of the 17th April. Very interesting...... I suppose it means that some contributors managed to push the cameras too far, but many others effectively showed that the cameras were very capable of satisfying QC requirements.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Photoshop and Lightroom (2)

It appears that I might have been wrong in my assumption that my computer may not be capable of handling Photoshop CS6 or Lightroom 4. My workflow dedicated computer is running with an Intel Core 2 Duo chip which is actually not as old as the Pentium 4 and more powerful that the minimum required. So says my son, the software whiz, and who am I to doubt him?
Back to my quandary - do I upgrade to Photoshop CS6 or become a convert to Lightroom 4? When I get over my back operation, I should probably download trial versions and try them out.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Nikon V1 and J1

Nikon V1 and J1, the new CX format camera system which was unveiled just a short while ago quickly appeared on Alamy's recommended camera list. Unfortunately for those who went for it, it seems that Alamy has changed it's mind. Today I was checking whether Canon's G1x had appeared on it yet, when I noticed that there was no sign of the Nikon cameras. I think that this is unprecedented - as in, a camera being removed from the list.
So far, it still looks as only sensors of 4/3rds and upwards in size will satisfy Alamy's QC requirements.
Check update above.