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    #fossils and fair use

    You may have already checked this, but Wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive list of online public domain photo archives. You might be able to find what you're looking for in one of them. Pixabay seems pretty good.
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    #Fossils and fair use

    Thanks everybody - for some reason there seems to be precisely nothing like a good fossil photo in all those archives. On with the begging letters...
      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2013 edited
    #Fossils and Fair Use

    Just a thought - if you provide some info on exactly the sort of photos you're looking for some Whitechapellers with more museum access than yourself might be willing to go and take some snaps for you. I know I'd be happy to help out.

    (Gives me an excuse to pay a visit the city's museum, which I haven't done for far too long)
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2013
    #fossils and fair use
    Do the museums have photo archives?
    If so will they be happy for you to use them?
    It may be worthwhile getting in touch with their outreach team. If you credit the museum they'll probably be only too happy for you to use them as it spreads the word about them.
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    Ooooh now that's a genius idea, I think it's time for a new thread

    @Scrymgeour, that's a good plan too, the idea of making this a WC collaboration sounds like a bit more fun though :D
  4.  (10882.6)

    Hi all and thanks for the YouTube/Firefox recommendations - in the end it was a Greasemonkey (the FF extension, rather than our esteemed colleague) script that got me running again.

    Now I have a harder problem.

    I'm trying to get a Colorspan Giclée Printmaker FA drum printer c.1998 up and running, because it can do things that newer printers can't. The RIP keeps telling me it can't print due to "Ink Mismatch" but I'm certain the inks and profilers I have are a) genuine and b) as functional as can be expected under the circumstances. The manual I have is the operating manual for the printer, and the troubleshooting guide seems not to be online anymore.

    Does anyone here have either some experience with these old monsters or a copy of the troubleshooting guide? It's a long shot, but those seem frequently to defy the laws of physics around here.
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2013

    Helloooooo folks,

    I'm shooting snowy awesome in RAW but I want to get more definition out of the snow (it tends to get VERY bright and wash out any of the cool shadows and shit in the snow). I have no idea how to do this efficiently and without generally making the snow darker. Halp?
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2013 edited

    The way I've done it, although I can't remember if my shots turned out terribly well, is to put the camera in spot or centre weighted metering, set the exposure compensation to +2 and then meter off the brightest part of the snow. So, if you're using centre weighted you point the middle 1/4 or so of the viewfinder at the bright bit and then either hit the exposure lock button or switch to manual exposure and set it to the values given by the meter.

    This technique works for just about anything. White is about +2, the palm of your hand is about +1, middle grey (whatever that is) is 0 and black is about -2. I've used it to photograph photos of stage productions using spot metering, although with my Nikon dslr camera white tended to be nearer +2.6.

    Of course, after posting I just realised you're talking about processing, not shooting. I should have spotted that from the hashtag really...

    Probably you want to set the white and black points then use curves to adjust the contrast without moving the white-point again, which is what the contrast controls will do.
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    Failing that, have a look at the Shadow/Highlight tool. It can totally mess things up, but I have used it to get detail out of apparently blown-out image areas sometimes.
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2013 edited

    If you're doing landscapes try using HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques. It involves bracketing by 2 or more stops then combining the exposures to get more detail in the highlights and shadows. There are a lot of free programs that can do it for you automatically but if you've got photoshop from about CS5 that has it built in.
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2013

    Ahhhh, thanks all! I have been shooting with just the auto-no-flash setting on my crappy DSLR (if I use manual with my current lens it often refuses to focus? I don't know. I hate the lens that came with my camera but it's the only wide angle lens I have so far). Masking things out seems to be working the best. I did a quick and dirty job with the shadow/highlighting tool and have been playing around with some of the curves. I tried the HDR but it made things look a weeeeeeeee bit too plastic, but I might come back to it later if I feel like it.

    Way better for snow definition. Now I need to just be less fast and loose with my layer selections.
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2013
    HDR can often look wrong but a bit of work on the settings can do wonders. The photoshop version is particularly good.
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2013
    I wish someone would make a really awesome guide to good HDR and fucking awful painful-to-look-at HDR. I'm starting to hate 500px because of how often a shitty HDR photo makes it onto the Popular page.
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2013
    @allana, KILL KILL KILL. Seriously. I hate shitty HDR SO MUCH.
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    Yeah, me too, and there's so bloody much of it out there. It makes my eyes itch.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2013 edited

    I'm trying to find the collected volume of Sid The Sexist comics from Viz magazine. It might be called The Big Pink Stiff One; I don't exactly recall. If you know where I can lay hands on a copy, or if you have one that you'd like to sell, give me a shout.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2013
  7.  (10882.18)

    @Oddcult: I already own The Joy Of Sexism. It's a volume of assorted sexist humour, not the Sid cartoon collection. Thanks, though.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2013
    Ah, okay. Don't think I've seen that, then.
  8.  (10882.20)

    Recommend stuff for me to read. Please. I'm dying here, just one fix, help me out, I'm jonesing. I don't drink anymore. I don't even drink coffee. Reading is my last vice. Fiction only, I have plenty of relevant NF for the hours of sanity in the day. Stuff that's available for Kindle preferred. Based on the following list, can anyone suggest what I read next?

    OK so in the last few months I have read:

    A Serpent Uncoiled and Contract by some guy called Spurrier
    Gun Machine by that Ellis bloke
    The Long Earth by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett
    The Hank Thompson Trilogy and The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
    All of the Laundry Files books by Charles Stross
    All the Felix Castor books by Mike Carey
    All the Sandman Slim books by Richard Kadrey

    cmon, guys, look after me here, I'm beggin ya