Recently the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 opened it doors. Come to the Ruhr area and have a look what has been made from one of the biggest industrial regions in Germany.
There are many things to discover for us photo-afficionados, have a look at these websites:
Recently I gave some of my old dias (24x36mm and 6x9cm) to a professional scanning service that has good references. The scans were made with an up-to-date Nikon scanner at 4000 dpi and saved in maximum quality JPG (12).
DT refused most of these scans and told me, that there were distorted pixels. As I looked more closely at the images I found that DT was right and the question emerged what to do against this loss of quality. Do you have some tips for me?
PS: I do not own Photoshop, but Photoshop Elements, and I am not an expert in digital image manipulation.
Distorted pixels is a code word. It means they hate your picture. It means your picture is not crisp and sharp enough, many possible reasons for this: bad lens, bad lighting, jpeg artifact, maybe camera moved who knows. This is a refusal you can not argue with because nobody knows what it really means. I googled the term and it shows up only at DT. Don't worry about it. Load up better ones.
Some days ago I used German keywords to find some interesting images. As I read the image descriptions I found that they made absolutely no sense (my native language is German), on the other hand the English descriptions of the same pictures were fine. Now I wonder if this is likewise in the other languages provided by DT and if the automated translation service is such a good way to get really good translations? What do you think of my idea, that everybody was allowed to keyword in his or her native language (instead of the automated translation service) additional to the obligatory English keywords?
You will never find a perfect translation for all the languages! If the search engine starts allowing foreign languages search most of the photographers who don't speak that language will have less chances to show up! If someone uses an expression in Chinese & your keywords in English & German didn't match of course, your photos will hardly sell. Hope I made my self clear! Cheers :)
I confirm that I tried searching my pictures in French and was not successful, although the words I used were quite simple - really easy for a program to translate. Definitely something to chew on, as having a good translation system would mean a lot more additional sales for DT and the contributors.
Today I will enjoy maybe the biggest blockbuster of the year, "Avatar" in my favorite cinema. With my GIRLFRIEND! Yeah! I think we will have much fun. Finally, my hope is, that my images sell as well as the tickets for "Avatar" *smile*
I watched in 3D last December. Wow the graphic and animation is absolutely awesome. Can't get any better. When looking at the loading islands, you have to keep telling yourself that it is not real. Would love to see an before and after shot to see what is real and what is not.
My girlfriend just asked me if I would like to take some photos of her hands... now I am brainstorming about the gestures and the light set-up... if I come to make some good shots maybe I will load them up to DT :-)
As you all know, keywording takes much time. Is there anybody who knows if there is an software that does this time consuming item automatically? Or a software that can generate and save complete sets of keywords for re-use?
To minimize the unnecessary time spent on keywords, I just apply 10-15 keywords per image. If the image is refused, then great!- I didn't waste time applying a bunch of keywords to the image, which was refused anyway. If the image is accepted, then I re-apply a more detailed collection of keywords. If this is still too time consuming, you might consider the keymasters program.
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