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On article Skylum teases AI Sky Replacement filter for Luminar 4.0 (110 comments in total)

Ah!!!! More fake photography tools, just what we need! I particularly like that the colors are all super saturated in all the different fake skies as they would look abnormal otherwise. What we really need though is a camera that takes the photos without us having to be there at all! I am so sick and tired of having to spend endless hours outside away from my computer and sometimes even away from a good signal for my iPhone!!!!

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2019 at 15:34 UTC as 15th comment
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Michael Engelen: Adobe is a company. Adobe has to make profit. Adobe is making profit. Mission accomplished for the shareholders.
So why these negative comments? If you don't like the software that Adobe provides, well, then don't buy it. It you think the money Adobe is asking for their software is too much, well, then write your own LR or PS (tell me when you are done with it...).
I have the strong feeling that the people who complain just want the quasi industry standard image software for free. Why is that? Hundreds of people worked hard to create and market this software--don't they deserve to be paid well? And if you say that the pricing model is not what you like ("things were so much better in the past"), well, then I can tell you that I don't like it as well. But I also don't like the pricing models of Amazon prime, Netflix, my water supplier, my energy supplier and many others. So I have to live with it or change the service provider or quit the service that I get. So do the complainers.

George Orwell had folks like you in mind when he wrote 1984. The "well if you don't like corporate greed go without" mindset is what led to software companies being able to craft User Agreements that basically absolve them of any and all responsibilty to their customers. When the goal of PROFIT is King, and when we live in a country whose government has totally abandoned their citizens to corporate greed comments like yours are music to the corporate ear. I'll bet you think the drug companies should be able to charge whatever they want for life saving Epi Pens as well?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 11:04 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: Always amazes me how many people who have not accomplished anything even remotely close to what Steve Jobs has. Go on and on about what a loser he is. What is more they are usually typing in a forum on a product he made happen. In this case even his photographer is getting hit.

I would agree with the post that pointed out that Jobs real genius was in selecting and promoting items with great sales appeal. As to his overall character... If you really want insight into who Jobs was and how he treated others watch the documentary:

Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine

My guess is the greatest photographer in the world wouldn't be able to get you thinking Steve resembled Mother Terresa!

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 21:56 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1623 comments in total)
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DCSteve: Standing "on principle" is fine, unless the product is a useful tool. I'm using LR Classic on the subscription model, as I have a for a few years. It works great for me. I love LR mobile too. I don't mind paying $10/month to ensure that the product is regularly updated.
BTW, I switched from Aperture to LR and it was relatively painless. If I have to switch from LR to something else in the future because Adobe discontinues Classic, I'm sure it will be fine too.

Let me guess, you still put lost teeth under your pillow expecting cash in its place the next day. And there's a bottle of Coke and some cookies in front of the fireplace every Dec 24. In short you are an Adobe, Apple, Microsoft dream come true!

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1067 comments in total)
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Thoughts: Impartiality is missing from the title.

It is a professional DSLR, not everyone needs a DSLR and not everyone needs a professional body. Don't push!

Hate to rain on your parade but "boosting keeper count" will inevitably decrease image value when the marketplace begins to overflow with high quality images. Simply put when technological improvements make getting "keepers" easier pro photographers best start looking for another way to make a living.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 14:17 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1067 comments in total)
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jorepuusa: All cameras can do those things. But Then You should know how to take pictures.
I was in LA olympics in IOPP and shot for instance 100 meters run (Carl Lewis). I was shooting slide and the sun was low and behind athletes. Manual focus, manual exposure 300 / 2,8. Five frames until finish. Body and legs and hands positons good for clients.
All sharp cause they HAD TO BE for international delivery.
Cameras do not make PICTURES, cameras make only pictures..photographers make them if they know how. Most cannot. Now we all pros are unemployed cause amateurs shoot s...t for free.
So sad.

I totally agree with you. When cameras get so good that every hack can make "saleable" images from time to time professional image makers are headed for trouble. Simply put in our materialist culture "value" is almost inevitably tied to "scarcity" thus when technology supersedes skill the value of images made by the skilled is negatively impacted. Add to this scenario a horde of folks eager to see their name in print and you get the magazine editor I spoke with recently. When she responded excitedly to a photo project I'd proposed I followed up by asking her what their page rate was. Her response? "Oh we don't pay for photos we just give photo credits." I just can't wait to see where the current image blizzard resulting from the camera phone craze will lead us...

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 14:11 UTC

You are pulling our legs right? A hideous 3 stop overexposed "lawn" that looks more like an abandoned gravel pit adds to your coverage of a wedding? Next time bring an extension ladder, lean it against a tree or light pole, and use a camera that you can control. The plus of this apprroach is you don't have to spend thousands on additional equipment and squander counteless hours reading tech manuals written by people for whom english is a 32nd language and can instead concentrate on the creative aspects of photography. And then, of course, you will also avoid aggravating anyone within 1,000 yards of the photo site with the grating noiseof a drone...

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 11:40 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

The real "problem" with phone photography has nothing to do with the technical aspects of the camera related capabilities of the specific phone. The real problem for people serious about photographic images (please note that I didn't say "Photographic Equipment") is that the proliferation of throw away garbage images produced by people with absolutely no training or ability will lead to the numbing of public appreciation of photographic images produced by skilled photographers. Some, myself included, will say that phone photography has already achieved this effect. This in turn leads to turning a once respected artform into yet another ho hum, been there/done that victim of technology.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 11:28 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies

Absolute empty, meaningless, staged crap! One can only wonder what Capra, W Eugene Smith, and others from Magnum's past ranks would think..

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 10:35 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (295 comments in total)
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ste1: Usability? I wonder how good/bad ist really is with those top-notch models. I've got a D750 in 2015, my first full-frame camera, and I am still shocked about how inconsistent the menus and settings work. Just one example is that a “green reset” will set your camera to mediocre image quality. Another aspect that annoys me is the insufficient manual, which in places talks to you like an idiot (aim, then shoot), but is quite poor about more difficult questions (how to best manage settings).

Some time ago I've compiled a review(ish) article [1] about the things that annoy me most. In case anyone wanted to compare this with the usability of the professional models I'd really be interested in your opinion!


All manuals written by people for whom English is a 36th language are terrible! The best all-round source for Nikon users are the manuals by David Busch. Once you are familiar with the lay of the Nikon land the best source for How To Use the myriad features is Steve Perry!!!! His recently released e-bookon Nikon autofocus is far, far, far and away the best explaination of Nikon autofocus I've ever seen. Far more than an explanation of menus and settings the book gives you detailed instructions as to how best use them in your shooting day. More than 400 pages long the book is an enjoyable read and leaves you far more capable of taking advantage of your autofocus system.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 14:35 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (889 comments in total)
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Sangster: To me EVF is like the WYSIWYG innovation in word processing. OVF is like WordPerfect for DOS for those who recall the keyboard template glued above the function keys.

Oh! For the good ole days of Word Perfect when the little chart on my keyboard contained only a mere handful of KeyBoard Shortcuts! Ever used Photoshop Lightroom on an WYSIWYG iMac? It takes a keyboard cheat sheet twice the size of the entire keyboard to navigate!

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 13:51 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (889 comments in total)

Allison, I've got great news for you! Buy yourself a Nikon D7100 for a couple of hundred bucks and you'll be all set! If is equipped with a wonderful level gauge that works faultlessly in both landscape and portrait mode and although it doesn't feature a viewfinder as good as its bigger brother full-frames it's more than good enough.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 13:24 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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sirhawkeye64: Gee, I wish they'd update and "fix" the 70-300mm zoom for full frames. It's an OK lens, but I always thought images were soft and that the lens wasn't very sharp. But this version they're referring to is for the crop-sensor bodies. I just wish Nikon would re-do the 70-300 version for the Full frame bodies.

My guess is you either have a bad copy or I have a good one. I've shot thousands of wildlife images with my full frame 70-300 Nikon zoom and it's the best lens I've ever used. Tack sharp, great focusing, and a VR system that has allowed me to shoot hand held images down to 1/125"! What more could you ask for?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 17:29 UTC
On article Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review (126 comments in total)

I own 2 D7000s and 1 D7100 and have shot more than 100,000 images with them. Great cameras all! I do think that the D7100 is a significantly better camera than its predecessor, however. More accurate focusing when shooting wldlife, especially birds in flight, is one of the greatest improvements I've experienced. I also love the new artificial horizon feature that allows you to see the hash marks whilelooking through the viewfinder! One thing that has proven troublesome for me is the decesion to delete the plastic LCD screen protector featured on the D7000 as the reduced height now allows my nose to constantly contact the white balance button resulting in bizzare changes to white balance when using the main command wheel while looking through the viewfinder. All in all a great camera!

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 11th comment

If you want to take a look at some really high level adventure photography check out the work done by Galen Rowell back in the 70’s and 80’s! Being there meant a bit more to Galen than flying by a mountaintop and photographing some yo yo paddling his kayak over a waterfall. Galen was not only a skilled photographer he excelled at every outdoor adventure sport he covered and was an expert in so many fields that to call him a Renaissance Man would be an understatement. I own more than a dozen of his books and as many times as I've read them I never cease to find within them something new and inspirational.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 04:01 UTC as 3rd comment

I'm still searching for the photo of the messenger...and at $250 she better be blonde with a nice rear end and be able to speak Italian!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 14:11 UTC as 19th comment

What he heck have they done to DPReview? Using my iPad 2 every time I click on a link on this page Safari quits and I'm dumped back to the desktop. Worked fine just a few days ago...

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 11:04 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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Aroart: I live in NY and know quite a few high end photographers ..I feel realy bad for people who spend their money on these workshop tutorials when the best way to get in the high end portrait business is to work for an established photographer. Their is so much more to photography business than just posing and creating photos, which is only 20% of an established studios work ....This business takes true grit to make it . I've seen many extremely talented photographers work day in and out and barely get bye. . Only the ones that truly love it and have a strong work ethic and business mind get past the hurdles ... I have seen countless tutorials for free on CreativeLive which I love and learned alot but I often ask myself if this photographer is so successfull in their trade why are they spending their time teaching and asking us for money..

The notion that there are "purchasable" shortcuts to becoming a skilled photographer while certainly appealing is of course absurd. And attempting to copy a successful photographer's style via taking a workshop with her/him while a great way to spend money while helping support someone who perhaps has real talent probably won't result in much more than diluting your own style. Dedication, the willingness to master basic skills (like spelling?) and thousands of hours of producing images are the real route to success. Cheaper too!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 10:49 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (398 comments in total)

Here it is, the first semi-review of your next camera! Now when you note that there are 23 different control buttons on the back of the camera it might make you a tad nervous... Not to worry, however, MIT is currently putting together a course on How To Operate A Nikon D5 that will get you up and running in less than 4 years! All together there will be 12 individual classes offered:

The first year's offerings will be:

1) First semester: Intro to the Nikon D5 101: You will be instructed in Opening the box and removing the packing materials in this introductory course meeting for 2hrs on MWF.

2) Second semester: Getting the camera ready for use: Helpful hints on attaching the carrying Harness, inserting the 25 different batteries, booting the computer, etc meeting for 2hrs MTWTFS with occasional workshops on Sun afternoons at the discretion of the professor.

Well you get my drift, the overwhelming complexity of this camera might be OK for left brain types but the rest of us????

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 16:00 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
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