Posts by philatphotodune

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philatphotodune says

I have used Neat Image for several years and generally it is simple and quick. More recently I have been using Nik Dfine – it is a better noise reduction system than neat image.

Both are better than photoshop imo

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philatphotodune says

while I am still relatively new to this photostock business, I have also been annoyed at the large proportion of my images that have been hard rejected lately, I think about 2 of 30 of my latest uploads have been accepted. A far cry from the 80-90% acceptance from other large photostock libraries. uploading images is not a 1 minute job and it is disappointing to see our efforts rejected out of hand. All my uploads are from modern dslr cameras, pro lenses, noise reduced and not oversharpened

I believe someone from PD management should be looking into this and reassuring us we are not wasting our time uploading here. Have reviewers been given instructions to be tougher? If images are not accepted here, but are accepted elsewhere and sell on the other sites, then obviously PD will be losing out in revenue.

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philatphotodune says

unfortunately it seems a cut and paste rejection. I have had too many lately on images that other sites accept and sell.

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philatphotodune says

You want the best quality at a reasonable price, go for the Nikon D610 with the 24-85 kit lens. Excellent still photos, reasonable price, good quality kit lens that gives a good range from wide to semi telephoto and video quality as good as a dslr in this price range can give. I will admit my bias I am a nikon guy.

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philatphotodune says

I am new to this photostock business, but all I can say is it is much harder to get images accepted on PD than Istock or other agencies, suggesting the quality should be highest here.

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philatphotodune says

It all depends on your budget, but I would go for a DSLR, either Nikon (or Canon) and preferably with more than just the budget kit lens. The Nikon D600, D5200, or the D7100 will be wonderful and give hours of pleasure and tonnes of great photo quality. Why those two, proven performance, ability to get great glass even second hand, tons of add on extra’s.

Others will disagree of course, but that is the nature of it all

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philatphotodune says

These devices can be a lot of fun. I have a slightly larger “hexicopter” also fitted with a gopro. You can get totally unique shots simply because you can fly almost anywhere. You certainly need good light to get the best quality from the gopro. And yes, jello effect can certainly spoil images with straight lines where you end up with funny jinks and waves in the straight lines. this is caused by vibrations in the flying machine. Isolating the camera using foam, gimbals, is helpful. Keeping the machine in good condition is helpful such as replacing props as soon as they take a knock. If there are no straight lines in the photo it probably is not an issue.

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philatphotodune says

to keep noise low, you HAVe to use a low ISO, like 100 or max 200. Anything else will create some noise. Low light, use a tripod. Even at 200 you may end up with some noise, so programs such as Neat Image of or DFine from NIK will help you reduce the noise. Both are far better than photoshop for noise reduction

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philatphotodune says

I have only joined, passed the quality test first time. I am not sure what you have posted as your trial images, but i would recommend that you don’t post any using the 75-300 lens because of possible shake, noise or chromatic abberations.

Post a variety of subjects, make sure each image is clean and with no noise – best if you submit only images you have taken at 100 iso only. Don’t try to get to fancy with filter work

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