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Rudy Umans

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  1. Good luck Kate! Great you get to work with a small start-up!
  2. There was a time that microstock actually contributed to the craft of photography for beginners and experienced contributors alike. Many contributors' photography actually improved thanks to microstock and Shutterstock was at the forefront of that phenomena for a long time. Today It just makes me sad that it seems to be the complete opposite and microstock seems detrimental to the craft, which is a shame. Software and computer technology don't help either, but those are things that make the craft different, not worse. Nevertheless, it would be sad if basic photoshop techniques are calle
  3. Shutterstock Terms of Service & License Agreements Scroll down to part 2. If you need more or something else, you will have to contact Shutterstock (I would as a buyer here: Shutterstock Help Center)
  4. There was nothing advanced about my posts frankly. My 16 bit recommendation could prevent problems that would need to be corrected otherwise, which would become, in turn, a lot more advanced actually than going to: image>mode>16bit Correcting banding or halos for example is a lot more advanced than not getting them in the first place and images with banding or bad halos would be rejected here (yes, even for $0.10), so in that regards, my posts were very appropriate The only disadvantage could be that some plug-ins don't work in 16 bit. Other than that, not sure what the bi
  5. I post something for everyone that comes here. If it doesn't apply to somebody, it might apply to somebody else. But since you seem to like to shut me down (as usual frankly and without even reading my posts), you have the chair Pete. Sorry Steve, but I suddenly remember why I don't post that much anymore
  6. That "some day" to create a great image just for the joy of it could be today! Microstock as we knew it, is not coming back so today is as good as any other day to pick up where you left off before the microstock era. What might help to get your groove back is to have a theme. Just pick a theme like doorknobs or bridges or whatever you like The other thing you could do is what many other, especially young, people do is go to your favorite auction site and buy a film camera. You can get those for cheap and they give you a great sense of self in your photography.
  7. The exposure is ok, The images are a little flat and could use some more contrast. You could use the curve tool for this. the curve tool in photoshop - YouTube
  8. I thought frankly none of us were. There was the impression that Steve started this thread for people who want to learn something that is worth more than $0.10 If it was just about microstock, this thread might have been a lot shorter. Go to IMAGE >ADJUSTMENTS>AUTO and maybe some cropping and/or cloning and done Somebody would have replied with Yes, but....., which would have been debated over 5 pages or so and that would have been it. Fortunately, this thread turned out into something more interesting and helpful for beginners, seasoned pros, and people in between.
  9. 8-bit vs 16-bit Image Editing - YouTube A Shocking Reason to Work in 16-Bit! - Photoshop Tips - YouTube
  10. Don't you worry about a thing! You are doing just fine. As a matter of fact, you're doing better than fine, you're doing great! English is not my native language either. ( which is Niederlande) Since I live in Miami, FL for over 30 years now and I speak a little bit of German (Survival German and it has been a while I needed it, so don't get your hopes up, but still...) I might be able to help you if you need a technical term to be translated into English. Just PM or email me. btw, sometimes it is better not to get too technical. Sometimes it is better just to explain the bas
  11. If I save an image as a Tiff file it is for editing purposes only and if I go through the trouble I want the biggest and best file possible, so no compression for me and since it is only a temporarily file, size doesn't matter. Besides the JPEG, I save my RAW files and negatives for archival purposes. If you convert a RAW file, a sidecar is created that saves all the changes you made. Except in DNG where the original image file and the sidecar are incorporated into one with an overall smaller file size. So, if file size is a concern, DNG might be a viable option. The final JPEG plus the RAW f
  12. Steve, You're welcome and don't worry. there are enough people here on these forums that are proficient enough in PS to mess you up! and very few people are Photoshop experts. I am certainly not. I know for the most part how to process images. Especially B/W. (My favorite technique are Luminosity Masks and my Photoshop UI doesn't look like a normal UI, but we save that for another day.) But I know people that are truly masters in creating composites and surrealistic masterpieces where I go like, how in the world...... Just saying I guess we can be experts in bits and pieces
  13. Ok. Since this thread came up in another thread and this is an interesting thread, much more interesting than Artificial Intelligence (AI) is much more Artificial than Intelligent or something along those lines, let's pick this up again. AI rejections teach us nothing and this thread hopefully does. That's the beauty of photography and design, no matter how seasoned and established one might be, learning never stops. it's an ongoing process I actually read the whole thread sort of, all 15 pages, and a few things haven't come up yet or I missed them. The first one I want to touch
  14. When we signed up we agreed to be a research guinea pig from time to time and I am pretty sure this is one of those times. Although I do think that the rating has nothing to with the quality of the image itself, but more with the salability of the image for the intended market, I am wondering if only the owner of that account/portfolio can see that or if it's public. Nevertheless, if it's public, I will immediately delete all my pictures minus one.
  15. Yes. Nice video and it makes my case for the versatility of monolight style lights and softboxes / light modifiers
  16. not a video expert either, but I do a lot of studio work with vintage (pre-WWII) cameras with no electronics. So I have no choice than to use Continuous lights I bought a kit from GVM. These are 80 watt and daylight balanced. The Godox equivalent is 60W and more is better in this case. (They have stepless dimmers) These light also get a lot get better reviews than the Godox ones For my Flash photography I use Godox Bare bulb speed lights, which are fantastic. (not for video obviously) Instead of using the umbrellas, I purchased another (very nice btw) softbox from Neewer, which
  17. Good thing there is an abundance of alpacas and virgins in the Himalayans....... Anyway. all I know is I met my goal last year of 27, 368 with no salt at all, let alone that fancy smancy pink stuff, Who uses that in a fast food joint?
  18. You are like going to a GM dealer to ask what Ford to buy because GM sucks I think you should ask your question on a more neutral site like MSG or something
  19. What do you mean "Bland"!! Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about! Learn how to cook and know how much salt to put on your own plate before you start accusing people for not putting any on theirs.!! And just so you know, according to Mihai (I think) you can only put max. 2.35 Mg. salt on your plate otherwise things might get too noisy! How about that?? Still too bland? Not bland enough? Just another failed attempt trying to be funny. Sorry
  20. Even though you are right about the D750 vs, the RX100, it is a little bit comparing apples with oranges unless you are able to put your D750 complete with a 24-70 lens into your tight jeans pockets of course.
  21. https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/topic/101660-useful-small-camera-article/
  22. I guess the main advantage of Sony's, incl. the RX100 series are the Zeiss lenses. Best lenses on the planet in my modest opinion. Some of their lens designs from over 110 years ago are still relevant today. Leica "R" lenses have the best bokeh in my experience, but they use the same Schott glass as Zeiss (Dr. Schott worked for Zeiss at the time)
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