deep7

deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Puddleglum: Why are they still selling it in the App Store a day later? What a mess.

I doubt that is true, though business is business. The existence of Pixelmator is good for Apple though and I suspect there is some collaboration for the software to integrate so well.

It will be interesting to see if "Photos" talks well to Pixelmator as an external editor. Might be helpful for one or two Aperture users, depending on how they use it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 07:28 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Puddleglum: Why are they still selling it in the App Store a day later? What a mess.

Well, it works in iPhoto, Preview, even Pixelmator and probably other software, so that would be a major turnaround in how OSX works, which is unlikely.

The problem will come when you need OSX12 or 13 or whatever iteration to have RAW support for your latest greatest camera but Apple finally decides at that stage that Aperture will no longer be supported . That will be some way off for most of us.

Anyway, Apple have said that the new software will provide RAW support, so the point is moot.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 19:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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mark moe: I like that Sony is weather sealed... I like tropical vacations and rain is a factor. I like its ND feature a lot too.

The extra zoom of the Panasonic does mean as much as the above to me.

And if you need a ND filter on the Panasonic, you can put one on and still have more money in your pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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vFunct: Lightroom is awful and simply not as good as Aperture. Lightroom focuses on garbage features like Lens Correction, when the features like metadata workflow is FAR more important to a professional photographer than any "lens correction" ever could be.

No client in the world has EVER cared about lens distortion & correction. They don't even NOTICE it. So why the hell does Lightroom even include that as a "feature"? They should be trying to get their metadata workflow to be as good as Aperture's.

Really, Lightroom is only for high-end amateurs and other prosumers. It really isn't a professional calibre photo tool like Aperture is.

Meanwhile, looking over the Photos demo from WWDC, it does look like it's more Aperture than iPhoto, so that is a sign of relief. Also, it looks like we'll be able to move the Aperture database over to Photos, so that probably means it has Aperture's feature set, maybe including stacks and so on... dunno... we'll see.

" Aperture was the best DAM solution by a long way"?? I keep reading this but just don't get it. Aperture is such a mess for managing photos - unless you ONLY want to leave them in the Aperture library and never get to them any other way, which sounds like a recipe for disaster. Even then, it's messy. Not knocking Aperture, it has its strengths, but the digital asset management side of it is one of the strongest reasons I never made the move from Lightroom, despite trying many times. (I'm less of a fan of Lightroom with every new complicated/slower "upgrade" so regularly check out my options).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 01:59 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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vFunct: Lightroom is awful and simply not as good as Aperture. Lightroom focuses on garbage features like Lens Correction, when the features like metadata workflow is FAR more important to a professional photographer than any "lens correction" ever could be.

No client in the world has EVER cared about lens distortion & correction. They don't even NOTICE it. So why the hell does Lightroom even include that as a "feature"? They should be trying to get their metadata workflow to be as good as Aperture's.

Really, Lightroom is only for high-end amateurs and other prosumers. It really isn't a professional calibre photo tool like Aperture is.

Meanwhile, looking over the Photos demo from WWDC, it does look like it's more Aperture than iPhoto, so that is a sign of relief. Also, it looks like we'll be able to move the Aperture database over to Photos, so that probably means it has Aperture's feature set, maybe including stacks and so on... dunno... we'll see.

Software based lens correction is, more and more, being designed into modern lens designs. For good reason too, you end up with much lighter lenses. If your software can't keep up with that, it's archaic.

Sure, some professionals will always prefer lenses that don't require correction but their proportion of the client base is getting increasingly small, like it or not. Personally, I am over the moon with the quality I am getting out of a tiny, modern package and would no longer consider going back. I NEED a raw converter than allows lens correction...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Puddleglum: Why are they still selling it in the App Store a day later? What a mess.

RAW support is part of the operating system, not the programme.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 20:00 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: iPhoto is one of the worst pieces of software ever developed, and I speak as a UX (User Experience) and software engineer. 1. A few years after it was launched, it managed to lose over 400 of my precious photos. And because they were being backed up, and the way the bug erased the images, I never got them back. Many others reported odd bugs too. 2. More recently, as part of a huge multi year archiving effort (& to escape it's bugs), I exported thousands of priceless photos & scans from iPhoto. Only later did I discover that EVERY SINGLE portrait oriented photo had been mysteriously cropped such that only about 5% of the photo was saved. I lost another 500 or so images & no idea which ones! 3. The UX is awful & inconsistent with Aperture, a superbly designed app, the very opposite of iPhoto. So why don't Apple do the reverse and make Aperture their default main photo/video app? Seems they are dumbing down to appeal to the idiots that buy iPhones purely to Snapchat & Instagram. Tragic!

MrTaikitso: That's a strange post. iPhoto is designed to be really easy to use - and is. Aperture is very confusing to use, which is the opposite direction to where Apple think they are heading (they only think they are heading there because, in the last few years, their "simplifying" has made life quite a bit harder!). Either way, making Aperture a default photo/video programme is never going to happen!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 00:51 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Puddleglum: Why are they still selling it in the App Store a day later? What a mess.

Because they haven't stopped the programme, only further development of it. It's what the story says above!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 00:44 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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VadymA: Can somebody clarify what happens with all Aperture adjustments to RAW files (like brushes, curves, cloning, etc) when converting to another application, like Lightroom etc?

I always export my RAWs after edit, then import the exported files back in again. That way, if I abandon Lightroom, I've lost none of my hard work (I don't delete the original RAW files but store them separately). I'm not sure if that is easy to do in Aperture but I think it unwise to rely on non-destructive edits as a long term storage option in any programme.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:36 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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nrantoul: Man, this really sucks. I've got several years worth of work on Aperture, 4 separate libraries and an heavily invested in Aperture and its wonderful controls.
Thanks, Apple.

They haven't said you can't use Aperture, not that it's no longer going to be available. If it works for you now, nothing changes!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:32 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Stewart McKInlay: As there is no mention of the new Photos for OSX being able to manipulate photos like Aperture we can only assume a dumbing down as suggested is happening. Most of us who enjoyed Aperture will feel sorely let down. But as usual Apple will expect loyalty from us!

If you look at the screenshot above, you will see that there is definitely some manipulation available and it could be better than iPhoto.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:30 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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deep7: While I personally have struggled for years to get my head around Aperture (it just seems a total mess, compared to Lightroom or even iPhoto), I do feel sorry for the many photographers whose brains are wired in a way that allows Aperture to make sense, because they no longer have an upgrade path.

On the other hand, that might be a good thing. Each new version of Lightroom has got more complex and runs slower and slower. I would have stayed on Lightroom 1.4 (very snappy) except Adobe force an "upgrade" with every new camera purchase. At least Aperture users can now get very comfortable and stay that way for years! After all, Apple aren't actually dropping Aperture just yet and, even if they do, it will still work for some time after that.

My real worry is this trendy talk about the "cloud". If I used a whole months internet allocation for uploading photos, I would only get a third of the photos on my hard drive shifted. Even that would take ten solid days. The whole idea is nuts. Great for temporary synchronisation but absolutely not a good idea for storage of vast libraries!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)

While I personally have struggled for years to get my head around Aperture (it just seems a total mess, compared to Lightroom or even iPhoto), I do feel sorry for the many photographers whose brains are wired in a way that allows Aperture to make sense, because they no longer have an upgrade path.

On the other hand, that might be a good thing. Each new version of Lightroom has got more complex and runs slower and slower. I would have stayed on Lightroom 1.4 (very snappy) except Adobe force an "upgrade" with every new camera purchase. At least Aperture users can now get very comfortable and stay that way for years! After all, Apple aren't actually dropping Aperture just yet and, even if they do, it will still work for some time after that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:48 UTC as 89th comment | 3 replies
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Jun2: I will continue to use Aperture. Don't really need further support. It works fine for last year or two without much update.

Aperture is not like Lightroom. You don't have to get a new version to get RAW support for a new camera. That comes with the operating system. Plug-ins will work for a long time too. Apple aren't killing Aperture yet, just stopping development of it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Benarm: *champagne bottles popping at Adobe headquarters*

Maybe just lemonade bottles. People who like Aperture can still use it. People who don't already use Lightroom or Capture One or whatever else. So the eighteen people who will now make a protest move to Adobe won't make Adobe hugely richer...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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Esign: I find the colors very pleasing to my taste, better than the blue-grey standard of most other brands. And color is the most important feature. But the lenses could be better. I would really like to see samples shot with a top Olympus or Panasonic lens.

I can't be bothered hunting them out but I recall seeing photos here shot with the excellent Olympus 60 macro.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 07:10 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (179 comments in total)
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LarryLatchkey: The first sentence represents quite an America-centric perspective ;)

It may well have been quite true only ten years ago...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (179 comments in total)
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Kipplemaster: Small cameras like this should have USB charging. I believe this is the only m43 camera which does, which would be a very big selling point for me. I like DNG RAW too.

A "giant pain .. travelling with a bunch of different chargers"? I travel a lot for work and don't find that. Laptop charger, maybe one for my phone (or I charge it off the laptop but, unlike my camera, I can still use it while it's charging). For a short trip, I don't even take a camera charger, just a spare battery, though modern camera chargers are just not that big anyway. No pain involved.

Each to his own but to say a camera "should" have USB charging is very narrow! You still need your power supply and cable...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (179 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This might be the best Kodak branded ILC camera since the DCS-14n SLR over 12 years ago.

And that was an $8,000 camera!

It might be capable of better images than the DCS-14 series too!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 09:25 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (179 comments in total)
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forpetessake: "12-45mm f/3.5-6.3" -- really? Making such a dim lens with such a small sensor makes no sense. It's f/12.6 FF equivalent! Even the old film days P&S Olympus soap boxes were brighter. This Chinese company is nuttier than a fruitcake.

What rubbish. You would have to stop your 35mm format lens down to f12.6 to get the same depth of field but you can shoot this zoom at f6.3 quite happily, which is not anywhere near as dim as f12.6. It's perfectly usable in many situations, especially with the decent sensor and built in stabilisation. If you want faster, m4/3 provides a huge range of options, duh. That's the point of interchangeable lenses!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 09:20 UTC
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