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  1. Richard Whitcombe

    this is bullying! why images are not accepted

    Its a rare case of reviewers being right. The title is utter rubbish. Rather than call it bullying, learn from it and adjust.
  2. Richard Whitcombe

    Best editing software photography, Lightroom or Photoshop

    Id go for that, LR provides the same camera raw engine as PS (even if that engine itself is a bit dated these days). What it also provides is a full metadata, images management and cataloguing workflow that makes location and editing multiple images very very efficient. Far more efficient than say Bridge. If you're dealing with a few images at a time and low volume then yes the benefits of LR are going to be minimal. If you;re dealing with large numbers of images and need to quickly compare, select the best and export the final product in a small time frame LR wins easily. For example with me, in my day job i have to get out of the water, clean and dry my camera housing, remove the camera, get the photos from the camera onto a laptop, sort through the rejects and keepers, perform basic editing on the keepers, export them and have them all ready on a slideshow before the customers have finished their showers so typically 15-20 minutes for 100 or so images at times. There is simply no way i could do this using a PS/Bridge combo. I do use PS for images that require specific noise removal, anything with layers and so on but for 95% of the images, the LR raw engine and workflow is all i ever need.
  3. Richard Whitcombe

    Best editing software photography, Lightroom or Photoshop

    Id go for that, LR provides the same camera raw engine as PS (even if that engine itself is a bit dated these days). What it also provides is a full metadata, images management and cataloguing workflow that makes location and editing multiple images very very efficient. Far more efficient than say Bridge. If you're dealing with a few images at a time and low volume then yes the benefits of LR are going to be minimal. If you;re dealing with large numbers of images and need to quickly compare, select the best and export the final product in a small time frame LR wins easily. For example with me, in my day job i have to get out of the water, clean and dry my camera housing, remove the camera, get the photos from the camera onto a laptop, sort through the rejects and keepers, perform basic editing on the keepers, export them and have them all ready on a slideshow before the customers have finished their showers so typically 15-20 minutes for 100 or so images at times. There is simply no way i could do this using a PS/Bridge combo. I do use PS for images that require specific noise removal, anything with layers and so on but for 95% of the images, the LR raw engine and workflow is all i ever need.
  4. Richard Whitcombe

    DJI Spark - anyone using it for stock?

    Rather than movement you need to remember its a tiny, lightweight aircraft, if you look at them in the sky coping with thermals, gusts of winds and so on they do bounce around in all axis so the gimbal is mainly there to counteract that sort of turbulence rather than the drone itself moving.
  5. Richard Whitcombe

    "Easy Release" Model Release App for Apple or Android phones

    Been using it for years. It works.
  6. Richard Whitcombe

    Best editing software photography, Lightroom or Photoshop

    Lightroom makes the whole asset management and metadata seamless in one package and the raw editor is sufficiently powerful enough to not need photoshop 95% of the time. I only need photoshop when i need to do specific noise reduction or layers etc. That said, they both come together as a package so provided you're paying for them you get both so deciding isnt really an issue. The downside with Adobe in general is its RAW engine is fairly dated these days. You can pull a lot more detail and tones out of the same file with Capture 1 and other newer editors BUT most images dont require this extra detail for the average person. ACR also fails dismally to match the camera profiles (on Canon at least). Its Camera Landscape for example is hideous and looks nothing like the JPG or the result from Canons own software. Its also very limited in the amount of tint you can add in white balance which for my ambient light underwater shots means i need to first export it via DPP then edit the TIF. They DO need to update the raw engine now they seem to have addressed Lightrooms previous massive issues with performance. In reality though, LR/PS combo is more than most people ever need and works well enough. As for Gimp, you get what you pay for. Its awful when you compare it to proper software.
  7. Richard Whitcombe

    Suggestion for new category

    Environment i'd agree with. Its very useful on AS. I end up having to use Nature or Industrial on here and its not really ideal in either of those. Aerial is a possibility as well. That said, i dont like categories at all (lots of places are axing them). They do complicate the submission process. Maybe they can introduce a "stolen from someone else" category given the recent issues on here...
  8. Richard Whitcombe

    Why my pictures are not selling yet

    You'll find that IS advice if you can be bothered to read it (clearly you can;t...). Giving an honest appraisal highlighting the flaws that need to be corrected is not insulting - its reality. A question was asked and several honest answers were given. And as per usual for the question that gets asked several times every single week, the original poster simply vanished presumably aftering being disillusioned and not becoming a millionaire overnight with 8 mobile phone images.
  9. Richard Whitcombe

    gallery page is having huge problems

    It was a weekend. Nothing will get fixed on a weekend.
  10. Richard Whitcombe

    THIEVES THREAD UPDATE - WEEK ENDING JAN 20 (100+ total)

    With the advent of Unsplash and Pexels as well as directly affecting stock sales it gives theives a very easy source of income. Take an image from there, upload to SS, profit.
  11. Richard Whitcombe

    THIEVES THREAD UPDATE - WEEK ENDING JAN 20 (100+ total)

    About the same time they stopped reviewing images.
  12. Richard Whitcombe

    THIEVES THREAD UPDATE - WEEK ENDING JAN 20 (100+ total)

    Correct. That photo is on Pexels and Unsplash so it was taken from there and uploaded. A lot of those ports ONLY have that photo. Im betting those are all the same person with different names. Holding portfolios for when one gets nuked again. They're not even bothering to upload atrocious phone snapshots initially any more. That or SS has been hacked and QC bypassed somehow.
  13. Richard Whitcombe

    THIEVES THREAD UPDATE - WEEK ENDING JAN 20 (100+ total)

    Ape House uploaded in May 2017. All the others are in that theft golden age band from October and November 2018 uploads. So its likely Ape House was the original uploader. So thats 4 more suspiciously indian sounding names to add to the growing list.
  14. Richard Whitcombe

    THIEVES THREAD UPDATE - WEEK ENDING JAN 20 (100+ total)

    Saroj Korana is on the first page list twice - once for newest, once for popular. Is a thief but only needs one entry.
  15. Richard Whitcombe

    THIEVES THREAD UPDATE - WEEK ENDING JAN 20 (100+ total)

    This is another Indonesian (the other one someone actually managed to talk to a while back). Its amazing, travelling to all these places and taking 1 photograph only at each before moving on. Such discipline. Such talent. At least this one copied the descriptions too so it doesnt read like a 6 year olds. Latest update last week so this one is still active. Hes even got our old friend Nikola Kosvic in the similars (The lake is big, blue and white)....And that leads onto the next guy using that and other stolen pictures:- https://www.shutterstock.com/g/SAROJ+KORANA?sort=newest Stolen images (mostly flipped and cropped, but none original). All these people are connected, they've obviously all downloaded or been given the same "shutterstock image starter pack".
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