Slynky

Slynky

Lives in United States McDonough, GA, United States
Works as a IT / Graphic Design
Has a website at http://www.pursuing-art.com/
Joined on May 6, 2005

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On Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad post (131 comments in total)

Hehe, imagine everyone's surprise after they are hooked into cloud storage, subscription services, monthly payments/updates, etc. and the internet access providers all decide to collectively start charging by the GB (instead of unlimited internet access).

ALL of this "repackaging" into monthly payments by various companies is nothing more than a disguised price-hike that also gives companies a more steady money flow.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:54 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app news story (210 comments in total)

As an infrequent user of photo-processing software, I can't afford to be put on the rotating rental model (greedy) Adobe has migrated to. How many other people are in this same "boat"? Hopefully enough to leave a dent in their profit.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 13:47 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Editorial: Why Some People Hate Comments (And Why We Don't) news story (288 comments in total)

"I sympathize with this point of view."

"What I've learned about commenting"

I? Who wrote the article? Damned if I can figure it out...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:42 UTC as 98th comment | 5 replies

I have a different take on the images above and believe the "tweaking" has not crossed the ethical line.

I believe the camera can only capture an image--reflections of light--and therefore has no soul. In the examples above--especially the first one--the editing has allowed the viewer to not only see what was physically captured "on film" but to also "feel" the mood of the shot. This "mood" is what I feel the photographer has brought to the image that the camera failed to capture.

Often I have been at a location and been overwhelmed by what I was viewing but when I looked at what I captured at home later, I was underwhelmed. Editing allows one to recapture some of what it was really like.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 23:52 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies

These days, laws are (it seems) usually made to give more rights and leeway to the corporate world at the expense of the individual (who will never have the wherewithal to seek redress).

It's simple really.

Citizens are commodities.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:20 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe Photoshop CC: What it means for photographers news story (1879 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: I have the feeling that Adobe turns out to be the Microsoft of imaging business, they may be on the way to lose contact to the majority of their customers. Adobe should take the Windows 8 disaster as a writing on the wall.

Cloud computing has its pros and cons, I expect most software providers to move to CC. For us in Germany, as an example, this could be a disaster, since our grid is vintage and our telecommunication companies don't invest. At the latest if many people here start to edit their videos using cloud, the whole net will break down... I am not sure which countries in the world are in the same situation but this may cut sales potential for Adobe seriously. And will China allow free CC traffic with Adobe's servers? Including "critical" image material? Wouldn't bet on it.

I use Photoshop CS6, LR 4, and other Adobe stuff, and I will definitely will make up my mind about leaving Adobe's ship on the long run. Clever rats always find other good ships ;-)

...The future events for Adobe could be quite interesting.

As for me, I've been a paying customer since Adobe PS 4.5 and Pagemaker. I've been a member of NAPP for 10 years. I won't be sending any further money their way. I can't believe I will be the only person on this earth who will feel that way. Now, it just remains to be seen if the remainder of people who stick with the more expensive model will supply enough money to Adobe to make up for disappearing customers like me.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 UTC
On Adobe Photoshop CC: What it means for photographers news story (1879 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: I have the feeling that Adobe turns out to be the Microsoft of imaging business, they may be on the way to lose contact to the majority of their customers. Adobe should take the Windows 8 disaster as a writing on the wall.

Cloud computing has its pros and cons, I expect most software providers to move to CC. For us in Germany, as an example, this could be a disaster, since our grid is vintage and our telecommunication companies don't invest. At the latest if many people here start to edit their videos using cloud, the whole net will break down... I am not sure which countries in the world are in the same situation but this may cut sales potential for Adobe seriously. And will China allow free CC traffic with Adobe's servers? Including "critical" image material? Wouldn't bet on it.

I use Photoshop CS6, LR 4, and other Adobe stuff, and I will definitely will make up my mind about leaving Adobe's ship on the long run. Clever rats always find other good ships ;-)

You make some points I agree with.

All users will have to decide if the price is worth it.

For my part, I would have more respect for a company if they just were honest and said..."We aren't making enough money so we are doing this to increase profits while at the same time making updates available for you at a faster pace." Instead, corporate "spin" is used to make it look like Adobe isn't greedy with comments about how piracy is one of the big problems.

I understand Adobe is a "for-profit" business and that's fine. But, even as individuals, we still run under a budget. Adobe raises the price to a point where it makes serious hobbyists take a long hard look at their tool set and costs and either gives in or jumps ship (to use your analogy). Hopefully, some company will realize the disenfranchised Adobe users would like something to fill that void. GIMP might get a "facelift" and new life. The old Paint Shop Pro might see an increase in sales. Something new might come along.....

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 UTC

I don't use the CS enough professionally to warrant subscribing monthly. I might use ID and Acrobat Pro many times a year and IL a few times a year. Photoshop is the most-used. But, unless I need something special, I use PS less and less because LR can handle photo tweaking well enough.

SO...

They can count me (other others like me, probably) out of their future.

You can't convince me the restructuring is nothing more than a way to increase profits. And as far as pirating goes, I would imagine there's no way to stop that anyway, so, please, quit with the BS excuses.

The only question I have now will be to watch and see if someone else will step in and take away part of their base.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 15:43 UTC as 234th comment | 6 replies
On Beautiful spring challenge (12 comments in total)
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EXX: <master yoda mode>Hmm, not a very pleasent story this is. </master yoda mode> ;-)

On the other hand, now that everything is exposed and out in the open, it think this challenge is the safest to take part in! Everybody is on guard and really putting things under the microscope, so any cheating willl be noted at once.

Not sure why you would say that...

Let me make it simple for you:

HE is running the challenge;
HE has multiple login IDs;
HE enters the contest himself and then logs in with all his different IDs and votes a lot of 5s for his photo and then .5 for everyone else.

Now, who would be the person who might be able to do something about cheating voting? The HOST who is already dishonest?

LOL

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2013 at 19:24 UTC
On Beautiful spring challenge (12 comments in total)

At this point, there is a chance for a host with limited or no scrupples to (1) create a challenge in which s/he already has a photo that fits well within the theme, then (2) enters said photo into the challenge with one of the additional accounts and then, finally, (3) uses untold other accounts to vote on it to make sure it wins.

And there you have it !

Why would anyone enter a challenge hosted by a person who has cheated in the past with multiple accounts? My guess is that they just don's know.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2013 at 12:15 UTC as 5th comment

Got my attention. Will have to keep an eye on this project.

No mention of any kind of time frame for production...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 14:38 UTC as 15th comment
On Connect contest winner announced! post (44 comments in total)
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keaggy220: I noticed earlier this year, after looking at several years of contest results, that western photographers have zero chance at winning the NG photo contest. Is it because western photographers are subpar compard to developing and eastern nation photographers or because western photographers are choosing familiar subjects? Or is it for some other reason? I bring this up because westerners were shut out in this contest as well.

It just might be that (us) Westerners already think we're the best at everything and therefore give less effort to producing an award-winning photo. It just might be that (us) Westerners are a minority when tallying up our numbers in the world population.

I think the winning photo was spot on. The others are deserving, too.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 13:11 UTC
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westcoastmatt: DPreview, I love you guys but this article insults me. It says "this guy has time to waste". I don't. But even though I don't have time, I'll provide some constructive feedback here.

Unlike many DPReview readers, I'm not a pro shooter or even a proper "enthusiast". I don't even own a DSLR. And yet still this article is beyond useless. I clicked through thinking "oh, ok this will tell me the best apps for my iPhone to adjust white balance. Maybe it will tell me the difference between adjusting white balance in an app while shooting, vs adjusting it post shot with an app". No dice. This article just said "Adjusting white balance makes the colours different". wow.

Might unsubscribe to DPreview if this is the new standard :(

"This article just said "Adjusting white balance makes the colours different". wow."

That's a bit over-simplified. I'm much more than a novice and I found the article to be useful (especially for beginners wanting to move beyond pointing and clicking their cell phone cameras). As to content, It touched on white balance difference between Android and iOS, posted some useful examples, and even suggested thinking "out of the box" for creativity.

It was a short article and took just a few minutes to read. You must be really busy and important. (now, just where IS that "NOT like" button...?)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 11:30 UTC

Interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 12:18 UTC as 27th comment
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Eric Hensel: The 5n has the same video button issue, and the bracketing improvement would be nice as well

I'm guessing Sony has decided 5N users are more amateurish in practice and don't care about such things as better auto-bracketing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:05 UTC
On Welcome to Connect post (35 comments in total)

Ahhh...

For some reason, this "white" design is a welcome relief from the "black" design that DPR has had for so long. Mind you, I don't dislike the darker design of the "original" DPR but this just seems nice and bright. :)

I plan to hang around and see what's going on. Not a professional but started in cameras in 1971 and invested in a Canon F1 in 1973. Given that kind of history, you might think I'd turn my nose up at the very hint that camera phones are a photographic tool worth integrating and consideration.

Good luck !

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 12:18 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Google acquires Nik Software with focus on mobile users news story (66 comments in total)

Oh well. So much for that software bundle...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 15:13 UTC as 7th comment
On Time to move on in the Creative Composites challenge (16 comments in total)

This is very nice work !

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:39 UTC as 12th comment
On Shadow Only (please read the rules) challenge (3 comments in total)
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Mutaz: too many rules, I feel like in a school, and why we are not allowed to use watermarks ?

Sorry you feel that way. But I find rules necessary in order to keep all the entries on the same level. Or near it.

Posting rules about cheating shouldn't bother you (unless you plan to cheat).

Size rules help voters save tiime voting.

Adding identifying marks to the entries is just one of the ways people use to find an edge in voting--hoping people will see and recognize who's photo it is and therefore, vote on theirs. It would be kind of pointless for DPR to keep the entrants identity hidden and then allow the entrants to just put it on their photo, now wouldn't it ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 16:16 UTC
On Footpath (please read the rules) challenge (2 comments in total)
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rinse cycler: I scored a dsq because the path was "too rough". It was rough but showed a genuine mountain trail used by thousands of pilgrims every year, and was almost straight out of the camera. If the power of photography is to show the world as it is, go figure.

I'm sorry you feel / felt this way. I studied your entry two different times. The first time, I wasn't sure so I let it sit. Hours later, I took another look at it.

I felt it MIGHT be a path (but one I surely wouldn't want to walk on it...the rocks were very uneven). It was difficult to get a good grasp on the scale of it but looking at the plant life beside it, it only looked wide enough for 1 person to carefully pick his way along it. Then, the more I looked at it, the more it looked like a worn down wall.

Yes, the tops of the rocks were worn down. From shoes and boots? Or from weather? Was it a wall or a path?

Ultimately, I came back to my description and decided to disqualify for the simple reason that I specified it must be an obvious footpath and if I had spent that much time trying to determine if it was a path or not, then it wasn't obvious.

Best regards

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2012 at 23:50 UTC
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