grahamdyke

grahamdyke

Lives in United Kingdom Southampton, United Kingdom
Works as a Software Engineer
Joined on Aug 9, 2004

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On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)
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Durandalfr: LOL, people spit on the nokia 808 for having a small bump on the back and not being as flat as GS3, how people cannot put such a big phone into their pocket and blahblahblah. Now you have an hybrid phone/camera with an ugly degigne and miraculously, maybe because it's samsung's, pocket can now contain that king of design. People are brainless.

Not brainless if you always carry a phone and a compact camera. I doubt people who bought the Nokia 808 ever carried both.

This will appeal massively to men who do and who have slightly larger pockets, or women who do and always carry a handbag, pretty much all women then.

The video quality will be great but of course image quality will be, well like a compact camera!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:47 UTC
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: What a wasted opportunity. Everyone knows by now P&S cameras take about the same level quality of pictures of smartphones. With super zooms only being a good idea in theory but under-utilized, and having about the same pixel density of a smartphone, you aren't really getting too much in terms of photos you're going to want to keep over having the standard S4. I think the S4 lens is a single element F2.0 24mm equiv. The lens on this beast, even slower. Too bad they didn't do anything bold like put a MFT sensor with a pancake zoom lens. That may have been exciting.

10X zoom, 1080p30 video, ok would have liked 1080p60, but thats ok, and a proper Android phone. This is perfect for gigs, concerts and festivals, no more fafing with phone and camera, great.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:38 UTC
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)

This is genuinly gona kill the compact camera market for the likes of Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic cos they don't make phones, Sony may be ok if they can get it in gear!

I would have bought one if it came out 3 months ago, but just jumped on the TZ40. I had to replace my broken TZ7 and my current Samsung Galaxy Ace Mk1 could really do with a refresh. Would have been perfect...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:30 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On Samsung Galaxy Camera in-depth review post (84 comments in total)

Ok so if I buy one I will have to carry a Phone (needs a sim for 3G/4G) that can't make calls, or texts, but can take good photos and video (Galaxy Camera) and a phone that can make calls and texts, but can't take great pictures, or video (Galaxy Phone).

I guess Samsung will just wait for someone else to jump first then!!!

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 21:22 UTC as 9th comment

It's a music festival camera, long zoom, stealth looks, great video, best SR, shame it hasn't got a tilty screen though...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 20:58 UTC as 28th comment
On Canon Powershot N first impressions article (112 comments in total)

I bought the Powershot TX1, crazzy camera, there was never a TX2 and I doubt there will ever be an N1/2/3.

Again same comment as for the Samsung Galaxy camera:
"Shame it's not a phone as well"

When's someone going to catch on at Samsung/Canon/Nikon/Sony/Pentax?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 21:24 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Canon Powershot N first impressions article (112 comments in total)
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tommy leong: can this do self portraits?
the entitlement generations MUST have....

Thats a NO!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 21:17 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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fuego6: What isn't mentioned... and the one item I don't like about LR... is its inability to understand a drag/drop or "open with" from another application of OS. I love the catalog feature.. but - if an image is already cataloged in the database and I drag it onto LR (or use Open with.. LR), LR should be smart enough to find the path from the image and just show you the image in its database (edits and all)... not require you to re-import the image and force you into the importer... STUPID!!

If they could just make this change, then I could use LR as my main database/editor and use other tools as well as ways to locate and edit images on my system...

I know I can use ACR for this.. but - ACR doesn't save RAW edts so they would not appear for images without them...

Come on LR... make the move!

Not sure why LR would not find an existing cataloged image if you dragged and dropped the same image on LR again? If you perform this same action in Elements Organiser, it will not reimport the same image, but gives an error message telling you that the image already exists in the catalog, even if you have moved the image.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 10:01 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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RichardTerrio: Am I confused, or maybe I just missed it, but I see no mention in the article or in the comments about the granddaddy of all image cataloging software, Photoshop Elements. This SW started decades ago with Photoshop Album now known as PS Elements 11. I have over 40,000 images cataloged with an average of three tags per image. I can’t imagine how many unique tags names I have but it is well over 1,500 I’m sure. Everything I shoot is dumped into Elements. From Elements I launch PS CS6 for editing.

Sounds like you have a very similar setup to mine, with the exception that I do use LR as the editor, but have retained Elements Organiser as the cataloging software.

The main reason for this is the complete mess that LR makes of importing an Elements catalog with over 40,000 images in. Gone is the brilliant hierarchical tagging structure that you had in Elements, in favour of an old fashioned flat keyword structure. It may be in a database, but man it aint pretty...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 09:50 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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Jim-S: Hi folks. Here's another question about catalogs. We're a commercial studio handling lots of large layered files, and our workflow consists of capture software, editing software (PS) and an asset manager (Iview Media Pro). Am I correct that there would be no way to use LR in a networked environment, where images are initially edited at one workstation, and later edited on a different computer? I have always assumed that the way LR maintains a catalog prevents this. Have I missed something?

Well you could use Lightroom in a networked environment actually.

When you install lightroom on the first workstation just create the new catalogue on a networked filesystem, one that is currently shared by your server, or NAS box.

Then for all the other workstations during the install when LR asks if you want to create a new, or use an existing catalogue, just point it at the catalogue you previously created on your network drive.

The only caveat being that I'm not sure how The LR database manager would react to the same image data being accessed/updated from two different locations at the same time, if that ever occured on your system.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 09:28 UTC
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 article (69 comments in total)
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grahamdyke: The Clone/Heal tool is still unusable in Lightroom 4.3, no change there!!!
That stupid circle, why a circle?

Once you place the heal/clone circle eventually the copy circle appears, about 30 secs later after much thrashing. The heal/clone circle then takes another 30 secs to update, then I want to move it, aw just forget it, I haven't got the time, life is too short, I've almost lost the will to live!

This is on a Core 2 Quad (4 x 2.4Ghz) CPU PC with 4GB memory and the caching correctly set up on a 2TB 6GB/s media HDD.

Why on earth did Adobe implement this ridiculus solution for Lightroom, when they already had a perfectly good Heal/Clone tool solution in Elements editor, one that you can actually paint with. They could have just ported it straight over!!!

Another Lightroom rant: Why is there still no Perspective/Distortion tool to go with the Crop tool so that architecture images can be corrected???

Thanks graybalanced and boramz, I will take a look at your suggestions and maybe make some changes :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2012 at 15:50 UTC
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 article (69 comments in total)
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Sam Carriere: Did anyone else spend 45 minutes downloading a humongous "Adobe Extractor" file that doesn't open -- or do anything?

Right click the file, select properties and then click the Unblock button and it will run ok.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2012 at 12:45 UTC
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 article (69 comments in total)
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grahamdyke: The Clone/Heal tool is still unusable in Lightroom 4.3, no change there!!!
That stupid circle, why a circle?

Once you place the heal/clone circle eventually the copy circle appears, about 30 secs later after much thrashing. The heal/clone circle then takes another 30 secs to update, then I want to move it, aw just forget it, I haven't got the time, life is too short, I've almost lost the will to live!

This is on a Core 2 Quad (4 x 2.4Ghz) CPU PC with 4GB memory and the caching correctly set up on a 2TB 6GB/s media HDD.

Why on earth did Adobe implement this ridiculus solution for Lightroom, when they already had a perfectly good Heal/Clone tool solution in Elements editor, one that you can actually paint with. They could have just ported it straight over!!!

Another Lightroom rant: Why is there still no Perspective/Distortion tool to go with the Crop tool so that architecture images can be corrected???

No you have misunderstood about the perspective correction. I know ther is a wonderfull lens distortion panel in Lightroom, this can not be used to corect an image for architectural perspective, unlike the tools availible in Elements Editor.

The PC is running 32bit Vista and so is limited to 4GB of RAM, 8GB is not an optiion, without moving to 64bit OS and this will clobber many other applications that I use, requiring them to be updated, more cost.

All the equivalent Clone/Heal tools work just fine in Elements Editor with no lag and for me their implimentation is far superior to those in Lightroom.

Have you tried both?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2012 at 12:39 UTC
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 article (69 comments in total)
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grahamdyke: The Clone/Heal tool is still unusable in Lightroom 4.3, no change there!!!
That stupid circle, why a circle?

Once you place the heal/clone circle eventually the copy circle appears, about 30 secs later after much thrashing. The heal/clone circle then takes another 30 secs to update, then I want to move it, aw just forget it, I haven't got the time, life is too short, I've almost lost the will to live!

This is on a Core 2 Quad (4 x 2.4Ghz) CPU PC with 4GB memory and the caching correctly set up on a 2TB 6GB/s media HDD.

Why on earth did Adobe implement this ridiculus solution for Lightroom, when they already had a perfectly good Heal/Clone tool solution in Elements editor, one that you can actually paint with. They could have just ported it straight over!!!

Another Lightroom rant: Why is there still no Perspective/Distortion tool to go with the Crop tool so that architecture images can be corrected???

I'd say that Lightroom is NOT a stand alone editing solution, you are always going to need another editor in order to complete the job.

In fact I think I may just go back to Elements Editor, I still use Elements Organiser anyway, as it's hierarchical image organisation is far superior to Lightroom's flat file approach.

Adobe should have just put the few good bits there are in Lightroom straight into the Elements Editor and be done with it, no need for yet another product.

We've all been conned!!!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 21:33 UTC
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 article (69 comments in total)

The Clone/Heal tool is still unusable in Lightroom 4.3, no change there!!!
That stupid circle, why a circle?

Once you place the heal/clone circle eventually the copy circle appears, about 30 secs later after much thrashing. The heal/clone circle then takes another 30 secs to update, then I want to move it, aw just forget it, I haven't got the time, life is too short, I've almost lost the will to live!

This is on a Core 2 Quad (4 x 2.4Ghz) CPU PC with 4GB memory and the caching correctly set up on a 2TB 6GB/s media HDD.

Why on earth did Adobe implement this ridiculus solution for Lightroom, when they already had a perfectly good Heal/Clone tool solution in Elements editor, one that you can actually paint with. They could have just ported it straight over!!!

Another Lightroom rant: Why is there still no Perspective/Distortion tool to go with the Crop tool so that architecture images can be corrected???

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 21:28 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies

No phone = No buy...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 13:35 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

Can someone explain why Samsung/AT&T did not give this device the ability to send and receive voice calls? In otherwords why is it not a phone? Im comletely baffled...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 09:17 UTC as 14th comment
On Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 11 article (68 comments in total)
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VeryKross: Really, the killer combination remains Lightroom 4 + Photoshop Elements. Use Lightroom as your organizer and [absolutely killer] RAW converter and you can then easily jump from LR to PSE with images that you want to do deeper editing with (layers, etc.). This gets you an amazingly solid workflow, stellar RAW processing, and a powerful advanced editor for a fraction of what the full Photoshop CS costs.

VeryCross, thats exactly the wrong way round :-) The killer combination is Photoshop Elements + Lightroom 4. Use Elements as your organiser and Lightroom as your editor.

This gives you the best hierarchical photo organiser on the market and avoids Lightroom's flat file keyword only structure, which is a mess at best and a real blast from the past. And like you say you get the best editor in Lightroom.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 20:02 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix S800c Android camera first look article (103 comments in total)

Why did Nikon not just add 3G and have a phone as well? Completely barmy, still need two devices...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 09:52 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Lightroom 4 Review article (469 comments in total)
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grahamdyke: I am a long time user of Photoshop Elements 5-9 and occasionaly CS4-5.
I work in computing, software engineering and previously PC support.
My PC is a Core Two Quad (4 x 2.4Ghz), with 4GB Memory, 7K2 SATA drives and Vista (ok).

After having used Lightroom 4.1 for about 6 weeks now, I have never used any previous version, I am generally happy with whats on offer, BUT there are several major problems:

1. Adobe appear to have spent far too much time designing the little curly scrolls and giving the user options to configure them! Not sure how this enhances the editing experience. This was clearly to the detriment of enhancing performance, which is where they should have spent the hours.

2. The Spot Healing/Clone Tools is completely unusable in terms of performance. If 4 cores and 4GB of memory are not enough, god knows what is? Answers please Adobe.

More in the next post...

8. Oh dear no Panorama stitching either, so you will need to go back to Elements, or CSX to do that operation and while your there do all the spot healing and cloning that you need to do! Lightroom does have Elements and CSX configured as alternate editors, but the process is painfully slow and when using the panorama feature in this way it invariably crashes, so much so that its just easier to load up the images in either Elements, or CSX in the first place.

9. So now I have to double up in lots of different places and of course this means I now have two, rather than one completely bloated Adobe application running at the same time, no wonder its bloody slow.

10. My advice would be if you rare currently using Elements Organiser/Editor and have more than 100 images, just keep using it and forget Lightroom. The enhancements really are not worth the change.

11. Alternatively use both and go get an 8 core/16GB PC with 15K SAS drives, or SSD's.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 15:22 UTC
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