Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:28PM
I have recently upgraded my camera and computer. I am using a Nikon D7000, 24-70 2.8, and Apple iMac and Lightroom 3. I'm shooting exclusivley RAW. My submissions are being rejected 100% lately. I'm trying to figure out where I am going wrong. I have pictures in my portfolio from a D70 JPEG that are selling well. Is this set up reasonable for processing images for upload to iStock? I'm wondering if the iMac monitor is somehow showing me a different picture. Not sure what the inspectors use. Anybody know how the pictures are inspected? Do the inspectors pixel peep at 400% Any info that you can provide would be most welcome
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:06PM
I shoot with the D7000 and use iMacs and MacBook Pro for editing with no problems. The thing I find with the Macs is that they are way to bright.
I have mine turned down. If you are using yours on full birghtness you pictures may actually be too dark. Check out this - http://www.blevinsphoto.com/monitor.htm You should just be able to see a little difference between the last two black areas.
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:33PM
Critque forum will help you understand what's going on with your rejected images etc...
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:25PM
I use an iMac and Lightroom 4 to process D800 files. I second the comment that the default brightness setting on the iMac is way too high. I turn mine down to around 50% and calibrate the monitor with a Spyder 3.
Definitely make use of the Critique Forum. What are the general reasons for your rejections?
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:26PM
I am posting to critique forums. Thank you. Can anyone suggest a reasonable workflow to convert a RAW file to JPG using Lightroom 3
Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:13AM
"Can anyone suggest a reasonable workflow to convert a RAW file to JPG using Lightroom 3"
I'm mainly a vector contributor but I do submit photos too, using a Nikon D90. I found my acceptance ratio shot up once I started to use Nikons Capture NX2 software instead of Photoshop. I get very few rejections using it and it's very intuitive to use. I use Photoshop occasionally as the editing cpabilites are more advanced, but 99% of the time NX2 is all I need. Should you try it and like it (there's a free months trial), don't buy from Nikon, it's much cheaper on places like Amazon.
Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:34AM
I can see you have some topics in the Critique forum too but if you think you are having a fundamental problem with your workflow and you think that is too blame then check the settings in the programmes you use.
I use an iMac with no problems at all. The screen brightness is set in the middle. I use Adobe RGB color space both in camera and in PS and upload in aRGB as well I shoot raw and convert in PS.
AFAIK inspectors would look at image at 100% and if there are any problem areas look closer at those. I don't think they have any "fancy kit" just experience at looking at 1000's of images
Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:04AM
Convert your files to 16 bit TIFF and do all adjustments there ( if you need to perform more advanced or sophisticated work functions that are not available in RAW) when done save as JPEG.
Posted Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:15AM
I tought I might have problems with my monitor some time ago, so I opened a thread about how people calibrate their monitors. You might want to have a look at it:
Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013 8:10PM
I also use an iMac to work on my D800 files. I would second the thought by CHBD for you to save all of your iteration in Tiffs and then just make a jpg copy of the final version. I also liked the simplicity of the Nikon Capture NX2, but found it crashed when working with very large files so I would save a tiff periodically and reopen the file. The Nik Viveza filter also gives you some of the same functionality.
Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 6:23AM
I would go along with using Capture NX2 to convert to a tiff. Watch out for Picture Control adding sharpness even if you have it set to neutral it still adds sharpness that you have to set to zero.
I also use an iMac but have never calibrated the monitor.
My workflow is:
Shoot with D700 or D4
Transfer with Nikon Transfer
Select keepers in Nikon View
Convert to TIFF in Capture NX2, remember to switch off sharpness
Edit in CS5, sometimes using Nik Color Efex Pro
Save as jpg
Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 1:25AM
Yes! iMacs, are too bright. Turn it down about 60-70% and then calibrate with an external calibrator, Colormunky from x-rite or something similar.
I work with an Eizo-CG and an iMac-27. I actually prefer the iMac, much more fun to work with.