Steve:

I have a question concerning the following from your posting JPEG Degradation

(Concerning your question, and yes the answer might be useful for anyone who shoots in jpeg.  Jpegs are different than tiff files as you noted because tiffs are ‘lossless’ and jpegs are not.  What this means, is that each and every time you open a jpeg, edit anything, and then save it, you are degrading the quality of the original file.  The old Xerox “copy of a copy” analogy comes to mind.)

Understand that if you edit a jpeg and save, it suffers some degrading. But if just copy a jpeg from one folder to another does it also degrade the quaility??

Rickster

 

Hi Rick –

Yes, you have a good understanding of this subject.  Also realize tiff’s are 16 bits and jpegs are 8 bits.  This means for any type of editing, the 16 bit tiffs will contain more data which is always an advantage.

No, a copy of a file will suffer no image degradation.  In fact, many jpeg shooters immediately make copies before they open the files, and then work with the copies for editing and other chores.

I hope things are going well for you.

Steve

 

Steve

How would a person turn off "Auto sort" in the galleries. I would like to place them in a certain order. When added now they go to a Alpha sort.

Thanks

How would a person turn off "Auto sort" in the galleries. I would like to place them in a certain order. When added now they go to a Alpha sort.

Its great having you 2 hours away.

Rickster

 

Hi Rick –

If you go to “Manage” you’ll see where you can drag and drop your albums in any desired order.  Auto sorting is enabled as a default sort order for uploading.  The only hitch in the system is that when you add a new image to the album at a later time, then the entire album resets back to ascending order.  We can’t get around that with Microsoft’s current SQL.. but maybe in the future.

I hope this helps

Steve

 

Hi Steve 

thinking about it . i am intrested to made a water mark on my pictures .its ok you will put your water mark on my pictures. i contribe to bangkokimages site and i am glad i do it.but if someone will take my work /steal its disterbing. really bad when someone take your work and enjoy the fruits .you wrote about it in the past. can not agree more.

Eyal 

 

HI Eyal –

You should know that the watermark Bangkok Images adds to the images in the user galleries are not part of the file, they’re “layered” on top of them as they appear to the viewers, but they’re not attached.

If you want to use your own they can take many forms and different ways of doing it.  I wrote this tutorial for watermarking in Lightroom.. which I find the easiest overall method: Watermarking and Framing Your Images in Lightroom

And keep in mind Lightroom has their own watermarking now, which wasn’t available when I wrote the above article.

Keep in mind there are many watermarking programs and utilities.  They differ in price, capability, style of watermark, and ease of use.  

Let me know which watermark type you’re interested in and I’ll see what I can dig up.

Steve

 

Dear Steve

I am a bit confused about this as I have not before heard of this site and it was only forwarded to me by a friend living in Bangkok also. I too live in Bangkok.

I would like to ask you about SHIPITO. (read our review on Shipito.com here) 

I will have some photography gear sent to me and would like to verify this company is legitimate. I would hate to see my purchases lost. A seller from eBay will only ship to a US address.

Thanks in advance for your reply, 

Ronn

 

Ronn -

I never had that experience with Fedex/UPS.. but I do know the  customs/duty goes through a special area with different employees and the duty/customs can be a lot more.. and they do open packages.  Choose the USPS Express.. and pick it up from your local post office instead.  I know it's a  pain to go find your local post office, but once you find it. It's easy from there.

Steve

 

Steve Thanks.

I have checked these guys but there seems to be some sort of problem. I always get shipping rates for DHL or FEDEX and those are 50% of what the guy shipping directly to me would charge.

I find no reference to USPS at all on their site.

Thanks though for the quick response before. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Ronn

 

I have checked these guys but there seems to be some sort of problem. I always get shipping rates for DHL or FEDEX and those are 50% of what the guy shipping directly to me would charge.

 

Ronn -

You might want to contact them via their email contact and ask.  See the attached jpeg.  You can see it's all I used.  It's actually quicker than fedex/DHL/UPS in most cases because USPS has more routes, USPS would get the package to me in 3-4-5 days consistently, fedex/dhl/ups (they all use each others planes/routes) would sometimes get it in 3 days, sometimes 6.. 

The biggest difference was that fedex/ups/dhl would deliver to your home and collect the duty/vat at the door.. and they had a special 'path' worked out with Thai customs to do it fast, but the duty/vat would always be checked and high.  USPS uses the normal 'path' all regular mail services use, which means the busy crowded path.. things don't get looked at too closely unless they stand out in some way.. and the package must be picked up at your local post office and duty/vat collected there.  

I found, that sometimes this longer path would result in the USPS shipped item taking longer overall than fedex/usp/dhl would have taken, but only a day or so.  For the  most part the time till the package was in your hands was the same (on average) either way.. but USPS would be cheaper for shipping fees (roughly 10%) and not looked at by duty/vat people.

And yes.. all these shipping rates are very good, often less than half of what it would cost some retail businesses or if you walked in and shipped it.  I know from owning several businesses, that my shipping rates would fall by volume.  The more I shipped, the cheaper the rates they'd offer so I'd use them over the competition.  This is why places like Amazon can ship things so cheaply.    Hell, I walked into a brown store (UPS) last week to send a 3 pound box 12/12/12 inches.. and they charged me $30 for ground!  I was floored because I was so used to my reduced biz rate from before.  I took the same box to USPS and they shipped it for $4.86..

Sorry to be verbose.. but these service is very good.  They pass on their shipping discounts to the customer and I've been very happy with them.  If you're happy with fedex/ups/dhl then great.. but if you want to pay a bit less in shipping and don't want the duty/vat people looking too close at your package.. and you don't mind going to the local post office to pick it up.. use USPS..

Steve

 

Steve,

If you have a few minutes this lazy Monday afternoon I have a question for you.

Wife is wanting a DSLR camera, either the Sony A55 or the Nikon D5100.

I am leaning towards the Nikon but not sure why. Perhaps the name.

She likes the Sony A55 because it is lighter weight, better video, lenses are cheaper because the image stabilization is in the camera and has had great luck with all the Sony products we have used in the past.

Any comments would be very helpful.

Rickster

 

If you have a few minutes this lazy Monday afternoon I have a question for you.

Wife is wanting a DSLR camera, either the Sony A55 or the Nikon D5100.

I am leaning towards the Nikon but not sure why. Perhaps the name.

She likes the Sony A55 because it is lighter weight, better video, lenses are cheaper because the image stabilization is in the camera and has had great luck with all the Sony products we have used in the past.

Any comments would be very helpful.

Any comments would be very helpful.

Wife is wanting a DSLR camera, either the Sony A55 or the Nikon D5100.

 

 

Hi Rick –

Did you know the new A77 24mp DSLR with 12fps is available for pre-order, which means it will be on the shelves soon?

I’m leery of 24mp’s on a crop sensor, but impressed at the same time with it’s features.

Sony or Nikon or Canon.  A few years ago I’d have told you to avoid Sony DSLR’s, that they were too new and not yet refined.  Well, since then they’ve made rapid progress and are now the new 800 pound gorilla in the room.  This puts them up there with Canon and Nikon for consideration.  Sony’s are feature rich and well refined at this point.

When looking at a DSLR you might want to consider the entire system offered by the manufacturer.  Bodies, lenses, flashes, remotes, all of it.  If you know you’ll only be buying a single camera then just pick the most desirable features at the best prices.  But if you think this might be the start of a growing hobby then you’ll want to look at the “system” supporting the camera and also the history of the brand and their current financial outlook.

With that said, I’d lean towards the Nikon as well because they’ve been on a recent trend (over the last 6-8 years) of revamping its entire lineup, all with first class gear.  Their D7000 is especially nice for a crop frame.  I wouldn’t hesitate to buy either one, the Sony or the Nikon, if I thought it would be an only camera, or the only one every once in a while.  Have you looked at the Canon T3i?  Superb in its class.

The Sony A77 offers the most pixels (significantly more), almost twice the frame rate, and much more.  I’m not a fan of in-camera stabilization, I find it works great with small mid-range zooms, but it’s not nearly as effective in the >100mm range, and his is more pronounced above 300mm.  

Are there any particular features you’re looking for?  Often, someone will like something better “just because” and will show more enthusiasm towards the hobby if they get what they want.  Wife’s can be that way about such things.. 

Let me know what you decide?

Steve

 

Steve:

Well we did it. The Nikon D 5100 with two lenses, camera bag, 4 GB chip class 10 and a load of reading material. $1000 from Cosco plus tax.

It will keep her busy for a while learning how to use it. I just hope she can get pictures as good as the dragon fly shots. Those were taken with the $250 Sony DSC HX5 and are very clear.

Thanks for the advice.

Rickster

 

Well we did it. The Nikon D 5100 with two lenses, camera bag, 4 GB chip class 10 and a load of reading material. $1000 from Cosco plus tax.

It will keep her busy for a while learning how to use it. I just hope she can get pictures as good as the dragon fly shots. Those were taken with the $250 Sony DSC HX5 and are very clear.

Thanks for the advice.

 

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