Stefan Stuart Fletcher

Stefan Stuart Fletcher

Lives in France France
Has a website at www.photoblog.com/revenant
Joined on Dec 24, 2009

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On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (144 comments in total)
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TomasJacko: Amazingly interesting item reviewed, thank you, but:

It seems to have slipped your mind, today again, to put online your - I'm certain long ready - review of Canon 1DX.

Such absent-mindedness must be annoying also in ordinary life, am I not right?

Really, do think of it tomorrow, ok? It's just one click..

How can you be so crass and unfeeling? This is an important item that requires a carefully weighed and weighty review. It's not some piece of junk FF flagship camera that's been out for ages... :-)

I say DPR should reallocate its editor's resources to the serious stuff: diffusers, third-party grips, Sony memory stick cards, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 15:13 UTC
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Part 2 - Adjusting Images article (87 comments in total)

Thanks for another clear and informative article. I use some of the alternatives mentioned in this thread, but I think your approach offers a level of control in PS which I will find very useful.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2013 at 08:23 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)

Thank you for a very informative tutorial, clearly and simply explained.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2013 at 08:03 UTC as 20th comment
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (353 comments in total)

After reading this article and some of the comments, I have this image of children on a see-saw. There's one huge, fat kid on one end (guess who...) and a lot of smaller, lighter kids trying to pull the other end down. At this point, usually an adult steps in in case someone gets hurt. It doesn't look like this is going to happen for a while.

Thanks for the list. The "alternatives" don't seem to be able redress the balance for now.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 14:09 UTC as 94th comment | 2 replies

What does the knob beneath the name plate do? (Just to the left of the built-in extender)

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 12:43 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply
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bunyarra: How can it be more in £ than Euros? Irrelevant but odd ...

Not if you're buying in the Eurozone (my case), although I couldn't afford it anyway unless the same number was stated in drachmas...

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 12:40 UTC
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Stefan Stuart Fletcher: We're getting a Hobson's choice: all or nothing, in other words, no choice at all. It's just like mobile phone operators who keep their compulsory multi-year plans deliberately incomprehensible to obscure comparisons and make sure that every subscriber pays the full price for a service never used to the full.

The one difference is that there is some competition, so you can "easily" change mobile service providers (although that required laws to prevent cartel / anti-trust practice). This also forces operators to innovate to retain clients. There is no viable alternative to Adobe at present. It doesn't need to innovate. Everyone loses.

Of course I agree with your overall statement, but I would argue that the entire history of software business and design is predicated on building up based on others' ideas: Microsoft and IBM, Microsoft and Apple, Adobe and [insert favourite victim here]. The list is long and will grow longer...

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 23:25 UTC

We're getting a Hobson's choice: all or nothing, in other words, no choice at all. It's just like mobile phone operators who keep their compulsory multi-year plans deliberately incomprehensible to obscure comparisons and make sure that every subscriber pays the full price for a service never used to the full.

The one difference is that there is some competition, so you can "easily" change mobile service providers (although that required laws to prevent cartel / anti-trust practice). This also forces operators to innovate to retain clients. There is no viable alternative to Adobe at present. It doesn't need to innovate. Everyone loses.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 23:13 UTC as 312th comment | 10 replies
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Karl Summers: The Cloud will save me a ton of money on upgrades and new versions. I embrace the technology unlike many dinosaurs here. Sucks to be you.

I'm happy it saves *you* money. I hope you did the math and checked it against all your upgrades and needs fulfilled by each one of them. In my specific case, the math comes out heavily in Adobe's favour, not mine. I suspect many of the people here complaining are in the same boat, but there are others like you, so Adobe must be pleased to have one happy customer.

Ultimately, providing a service is about giving what most people want. I don't think DP forum contributors are a completely accurate representative sample of all Adobe users, but even so, they probably represent the majority. It doesn't make us "dinosaurs" (whatever our nationality!). It just makes us discontented.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 23:07 UTC
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

The "CC" bit means "credit card".

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 08:25 UTC as 569th comment
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

I really hope Adobe gets hell from camera and other hardware manufacturers. This move directly impacts their sales. They may be more effective in persuading Adobe to revise its position than any amount of complaining from us. I'm glad I have PS CS6 and LR4. They will have to do until a solution is found because I won't be "upgrading".

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 07:49 UTC as 584th comment

I'm not particularly impressed by the result. It could almost be called "wannabe roadkill photography". Unfortunately, I can't do better (even if I had a more effective technique) because French law makes this absolutely and completely illegal. French privacy laws regarding prior consent from models are quite clear on the matter.

Even if they weren't, the results do not justify the hassle. It clearly isn't "studio" lighting, just bad outdoor lighting and drive-by shooting has sinister connotations. Surprise is not spontaneity.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 08:38 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply

Drool...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 19:05 UTC as 48th comment
On Breaking the Rules article (142 comments in total)

Thanks for the article and interesting pointers. I have some doubts about the value of the overall approach. Making/breaking a given "rule" doesn't make much sense when all the others dictated by good post-processing are scrupulously adhered to. It's a bit like saying Formula 1 drivers "break" speed limits...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2012 at 16:44 UTC as 48th comment
On Fashion Shoot: Tips from a Pro article (82 comments in total)

Thanks to Martin Evening for these general pointers. They are a little too vague to be much use, but this is not the writer's fault; how can you condense decades of experience meaningfully in a few hundred words?

I hope Mr Evening takes another swing, this time perhaps for real beginners, i.e., not technical dummies but photographers venturing into fashion photography (not necessarily on a full-time professional basis).

I don't think the article is bitter or disparaging. I *do* think we all learn more from our mistakes than our successes and if someone wants to share his, so much the better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 16:19 UTC as 14th comment
On Lightroom Photo Import article (117 comments in total)

FWIW, you can use multiple catalogues which can be stored anywhere, but LR has to quit before opening a different catalogue. This may seem messy, but one approach is to create a different catalogue for each client (wedding photographers might find this handy). However, if I had to use the background from wedding client 1 with the foreground from wedding client 2, I can't locate them in a single LR session if I put clients in separate catalogues. I therefore have to use Bridge.

I'm a long-time LR user and have always welcomed Evening's informative books, although I wish he could spruce up his writing style! I find it a little heavy-going.

(and in re-reading my comment above, I find it eerily Eveninesque...)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 11:47 UTC as 20th comment
On Is Instagram 'debasing photography'? article (291 comments in total)

It isn't so much an article as a harrumph and could have been signed "Disgusted, Tonbridge Wells". I imagine the same kind of luddite rant was heard at the invention of colour film.

And here's my disclaimer: I don't like Instagram and almost never use it, but I do have it on my phone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 09:30 UTC as 81st comment
On Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers article (98 comments in total)
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gsum: I'm unfortunately an occasional user of CS4. Could anyone tell me whether they have fixed the following problems in CS6:
1. Have Adobe finally managed to implement the RH mouse control to, for example, enable the setting of a clone point without having to simultaneously dab the alt key whilst pressing the LH mouse control?
2. Does the overlaying of images for stitching or stacking now work properly?
3. Does PS6 manage to stitch more than two images correctly and in less than half an hour on an i5 machine?
4. Do the stitch projections now work.
5. Have they provided a NX2 style selection pen to replace the almost completely useless lasso tool?
I'll carry on using PTGUI, NX2 and Corel until these problems are fixed.
BTW I'm not trolling. I'm genuinely disgusted that Adobe can ask 650GBP (or 250GBP for an upgrade) for such half-baked software.

1. There are some RH mouse options, but the alt/opt key is still required for the clone source
2. Yes
3. N/a
4. Yes
5. No

These answers are my experience and yes, I agree that PS is overpriced.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2012 at 07:48 UTC
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jgardia: Hi!
I understand that DPReview is a US centric site, but do you think you can also put the dimensions and weight in metric values? You know, for the other 95% of the world...

I'm sure it can, but not when posting a third-party press release intended for the 5%.

So can you: convert ounces to grams by multiplying by 28.35. Convert inches to centimetres by multiplying by 2.54.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 06:46 UTC

One day, an electronics firm will say: "we f*cked up; we're sorry; we didn't do it on purpose; here's the fix".

I'm not holding my breath.

Instead, this release is so full of self-aggrandizing CYA statements that I have difficulty believing any of them.

I hope Fuji owners experiencing this problem get it fixed soon with or without all the doublespeak.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2012 at 22:52 UTC as 84th comment
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