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ray-ray

Lives in United States USA, TX, United States
Works as a IT Professional / Graphic Artist
Has a website at http://www.rayalstrom.com
Joined on Nov 28, 2002
About me:

Nikon D5100
Fujifilm X100
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm HS50EXR

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ZAnton: Have this program on my office computer. Extremely, epically stupid and unlogical user interface.
Although I am pretty fluent with PS, I spend 2 hours TRYING to do very simple things. Finally I used a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and PowerPoint instead.
The other day it took me 40 minutes to paint dots on the map (print screen) to show the way from a railway station to the office. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to save it (it saved only the BG layer). Failed.
Same evening at home, I did same thing with PS in 2 minutes.

It seems that they were thinking like that:
"PS has this button bottom left - we'll make it top right! "
"PS calls this function "resize" - we'll call it "pixel count variation""

I will admit that I've found that those individuals that had first gotten their feet wet with Adobe, be it Photoshop, Illustrator - even InDesign - are the ones who seem to have more difficulty with PSP. The problem lies in methodology. I'm simply stating that having a thorough understanding of the methodology of both programs, I find PSP to be more logical. Not everyone's brain works the same, though. Apparently, I'm not alone in my observations because there are many PSP forums and usergroups with people more talented than myself.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 04:57 UTC
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ZAnton: Have this program on my office computer. Extremely, epically stupid and unlogical user interface.
Although I am pretty fluent with PS, I spend 2 hours TRYING to do very simple things. Finally I used a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and PowerPoint instead.
The other day it took me 40 minutes to paint dots on the map (print screen) to show the way from a railway station to the office. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to save it (it saved only the BG layer). Failed.
Same evening at home, I did same thing with PS in 2 minutes.

It seems that they were thinking like that:
"PS has this button bottom left - we'll make it top right! "
"PS calls this function "resize" - we'll call it "pixel count variation""

Just because you're unfamiliar with the software is no reason to bash it. I've been with PaintShop Pro since version 1 and have used every iteration up to and including X7. I've all but abandoned PS. I teach both PS and PSP to novices and whether it's because I favor PSP over PS or not, almost all my students tell me later that the learning curve for PSP is much simpler. I'm an IT Professional by trade and photographer. I make money at both. I post process my photos exclusively in PSP. Over the years I've taken the occasional ribbing from PS purists who boast that PS runs circles around PSP. That leads to the eventual challenge where I eventually prove that I'm able to achieve almost any effect in PSP that they can in PS. In the end the results speak for themselves. PSP is an amazing photo editor and extremely powerful once you learn its features. BTW, I have Topaz Labs effects and Google NIK Efex Collection running successfully in the 64 bit version of both PSP X6 & X7.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 02:30 UTC

DPR stands for Digital Photography Review. The fact that these analog images appear on your computer monitor technically renders them digital, which qualifies them as appropriate for DPR inclusion. Personally, I love the set. Good job, John Keys.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 20:43 UTC as 27th comment

The fact is, the digital age has changed and everything heretofore has gone out the window in regard to intellectual property. We've seen this time and time again with digital music and digital imaging suffers the same plight. The days of original tape recordings and original negatives have faded into history. The onus is on the artist and photographer to accept the fact that the rules of the game have changed. It's way too easy to copy, manipulate, alter and otherwise pilfer digital files. You can't count on everyone being honest, because history has proved that not everyone is. The primary reason for protecting one's work is to protect the revenue it potentially can generate. That being said, new ways are going to have to be discovered to guarantee the revenue stream.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 00:46 UTC as 94th comment | 6 replies
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (86 comments in total)

What a cool idea. I've got to have one of these! ...said no one ever.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 04:35 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

It's like a Ford Pinto with Cadillac trim. I think I like it. No, maybe I don't. Yeah, it's retroishly eye catching. The more I look at it, the more my eyes hurt. The all black version disguises a lot of the ugly. I think the bottom line is, if I won it in a contest, I'd probably like it. Maybe.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:40 UTC as 1001st comment

Regardless of political leanings, this was still a fascinating tour and gorgeous photography. Nobody gets to see a lot of what North Korea looks like. I thank Aram Pan for the glimpse. Of course there's abject poverty and of course a country like North Korea doesn't want it seen. However, this is a start. A small sampling of a tightly restrictive, closed society. I applaud Mr. Pan.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:24 UTC as 16th comment
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (353 comments in total)
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borisz: I would also recommend the lesser known, but very good Zoner Photo Studio Pro (actually ver. 15), quite similar to ACDSee

...and there's always the venerable - still free - FastStone Image Viewer. Still very popular, still very underrated, still quite powerful and still feature-rich.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 01:02 UTC
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Style: Bravo Fuji!!

Wow. Add me to the impressed category. I never really had a big chip on my shoulder about the performance or menu system on the X100, so this firmware update really impresses me. First thing I noticed was a much more responsive - and accurate focus - especially in macro. I love being able to assign functions to fn & RAW. My X100 has always taken great photos, albeit a challenge to get them. This latest firmware revision seems to make it much less of a challenge. Thanks, Fujifilm.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:03 UTC
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pastorthomas: Fujifilm cameras are not worth fussing over. The SD15 is another fine example why Fuji doesn't make cameras for ease of use. They make them to get you to think that you don't know jack about how to use a camera. The SD15 was really frustrating to use. Not consistent with its exposure, and yes, you had to process all the images to get anything out of the camera. Now comes this Fujifilm FinePix x100 camera that wasn't made for ease of use, even though it's basically a point and shoot camera. There is no rhyme with the reason why they have done some of the things that they have done with the new x100. It will sell only because it is nostalgic not because it is a good camera. Put a high price tag on anything and people will think that the product must be good. But then the saying goes, "there is a sucker born every day," and Fujifilm is banking on that with this camera.

Despite listing every "con" imaginable, there is one thing the X100 does and that's producing gorgeous images. Since released, I've looked through hundreds and hundreds of images posted by X100 users and the eyes don't lie. It is what it is. If you want it, get it. If you don't want it, don't get it. No need ridicule Fujifilm or anyone who gets an X100.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2011 at 02:52 UTC
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