mmcfine

Lives in Australia Bondi, NSW, Australia
Works as a Designer
Has a website at www.migo.com.au
Joined on Jan 14, 2012
About me:

I would like to make the world a better place....ye right...-)

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On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (294 comments in total)
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mmcfine: simply put. Adobe aims at the professional market (always had) and as a professional there is simply NO alternative to Adobe. Period. This has nothing to do with performance, features or price. It's mostly due to tight integrations and leader in print/ digital standards. For hobby and home users who do not make money out of photography you can simply use the free software that was shipped with your camera or the abundance of semi-pro apps like Affinity.

Guys, relax, I am not judging anyone. If I was a pro photographer I too would have looked at alternatives. I am not hooked on Adobe. For only photo editing/ archiving I don't mind using Mac Photo even but when it comes to agency workflow it's hard to escape Adobe.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 06:23 UTC
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (294 comments in total)
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mmcfine: simply put. Adobe aims at the professional market (always had) and as a professional there is simply NO alternative to Adobe. Period. This has nothing to do with performance, features or price. It's mostly due to tight integrations and leader in print/ digital standards. For hobby and home users who do not make money out of photography you can simply use the free software that was shipped with your camera or the abundance of semi-pro apps like Affinity.

@vadims,
thanks for checking on me before you comment. I didn't know one needs to 'investigate' another person just to post a comment. However I am not a pro photographer but been working in design for more then 25 years connecting with hundreds of freelances and media pros globally and if you think that an agency can run on apps like Affinity for quick sharing, turnarounds and ROI then you wrong. I don't like Adobe, Apple or any other company making trillions on our backs but until a true alternative will rise I have no option but to 'gel' with the devil.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 15:30 UTC
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (294 comments in total)

simply put. Adobe aims at the professional market (always had) and as a professional there is simply NO alternative to Adobe. Period. This has nothing to do with performance, features or price. It's mostly due to tight integrations and leader in print/ digital standards. For hobby and home users who do not make money out of photography you can simply use the free software that was shipped with your camera or the abundance of semi-pro apps like Affinity.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 05:05 UTC as 54th comment | 8 replies
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)

I seriously don't understand what 'beginners' means anymore. Does plastic and scene modes constitute a beginner's camera? Not long ago 'professionals used far less competent cameras. I am not an Oly user but won't see why not buy a 'cheap' body to use with good expensive glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 02:17 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
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mmcfine: Another solution is to have 'intelligent' sensors or software that will enable us to set exposure for specific parts of the sensor. Basically in mirrorless cameras one can set the bottom part (or shadow range) to use ISO 400 while the top at ISO 50. This is the same as dark room exposure techniques but done digitally directly on the sensor.

@jyiu986 This is one great example. thanks for sharing. Like I said, it will just be a matter of time until these types of software will be available in cameras as a standard or add-on setting.
Once you remove a mechanical shutter from the exposure triangle you basically have the freedom to electronically expose light to various regions of the sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 01:03 UTC
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mmcfine: Another solution is to have 'intelligent' sensors or software that will enable us to set exposure for specific parts of the sensor. Basically in mirrorless cameras one can set the bottom part (or shadow range) to use ISO 400 while the top at ISO 50. This is the same as dark room exposure techniques but done digitally directly on the sensor.

@Leonp, did I mention the word 'problem' in my comment?

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 09:50 UTC

Another solution is to have 'intelligent' sensors or software that will enable us to set exposure for specific parts of the sensor. Basically in mirrorless cameras one can set the bottom part (or shadow range) to use ISO 400 while the top at ISO 50. This is the same as dark room exposure techniques but done digitally directly on the sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 04:49 UTC as 19th comment | 7 replies
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cdembrey: I've seen no reason to replace my Canon 40D. When all your photos go on the web, 10Mp is enough ;-) It's great to not have G.A.S.

@Geoflys
The 40D was my best Canon and I wish I kept it instead of 'throwing' money on useless upgrades over the years. However if you already have Canon glass and have been using APS-C for years then what's the dilemma? Get the 80D for $789. It's a no brainer. Why to move to a complete new system?

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 23:31 UTC

why do you use the word 'upgrade'? it's not an upgrade, downgrade or sidegrade... it's just another device with some shared components. FF is no longer an 'upgrade'. get over it.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 00:30 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (449 comments in total)
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herein2017: I signed up for DPR just to make this comment. I fully intend on getting this camera when it drops to $1500.00. I specialize in fashion, lifestyle, portrait, and real estate photography, I also do real estate, architecture, and venue video tours, this to me is the perfect camera for my video virtual tours for the following reasons (in order of importance);
1) My entire existing camera ecosystem will work with it (flashes, remote triggers, battery grips, lenses, mounting plates, tripods, etc)
2) It is light enough to pair with my Zhiyun Crane and Ronin M gimbals
3) It will do 1080P@60FPS which means I can do slow motion video
4) In an emergency situation it can be used as a backup body for my 5D4

So what if the DR isn't perfect and it does not do 4K, that stuff only matters to pixel peepers. I have never had to recover shadows from -6EV or had a customer not hire me because of 4K. Composition, proper lighting, and a reliable camera body are way more important in the real world.

@armandino
While I agree that the competition might have 'better' features/ performance the price is also significantly higher and for a different market segment. What other FF cameras are out there at the same price point?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 02:31 UTC
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Joed700: Wow, Sony has come a long way. Back then the Nikon F3 was the choice for NASA to deploy into space and now it's Sony. Great job!

Yes @smhain. I agree. 'they' chose Sony or maybe Sony paid/ partnered with the Japanese Space Agency. I have no problem with Sony I think it's a great choice. What I am saying is that there are many if not hundreds of imaging devices out there (try Telescopes and expedition modules) that use anything from bespoke to P&S cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 03:54 UTC
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Joed700: Wow, Sony has come a long way. Back then the Nikon F3 was the choice for NASA to deploy into space and now it's Sony. Great job!

It's a Japanese rocket sending supplies to a space station not a human carrying space module landing on the moon. If you search 'photos/ videos taken from space' in Google you'll find various cameras and equipment used by agencies and individual astronauts.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 00:21 UTC
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goodgeorge: I am still quite surprised how many beginners spend so much money on Photoshop while we have Affinity for a few bucks or GIMP completely for free.

For beginners who want to make a career our of photography and the arts or share files with professional services, PS is unfortunately a necessary tool to know.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 23:37 UTC

no need to invent new regulations. Come to Australia. We have regulations from wall to wall covering any dumb-ass across the globe. -)

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 01:55 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (449 comments in total)
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herein2017: I signed up for DPR just to make this comment. I fully intend on getting this camera when it drops to $1500.00. I specialize in fashion, lifestyle, portrait, and real estate photography, I also do real estate, architecture, and venue video tours, this to me is the perfect camera for my video virtual tours for the following reasons (in order of importance);
1) My entire existing camera ecosystem will work with it (flashes, remote triggers, battery grips, lenses, mounting plates, tripods, etc)
2) It is light enough to pair with my Zhiyun Crane and Ronin M gimbals
3) It will do 1080P@60FPS which means I can do slow motion video
4) In an emergency situation it can be used as a backup body for my 5D4

So what if the DR isn't perfect and it does not do 4K, that stuff only matters to pixel peepers. I have never had to recover shadows from -6EV or had a customer not hire me because of 4K. Composition, proper lighting, and a reliable camera body are way more important in the real world.

Exactly. Nicely put.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 00:47 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (449 comments in total)
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mmcfine: I use both the 80D and 6D1 and no, I won't buy the 6D2.

I must admit that I mostly use the 80D for video and internal office shots for social media and web so I don't really look at DR however the 6D together with the 24-105L lens produces nicer more pleasing photos (might be the L lens not the sensor). In terms of daily use I do think that the 80D is just easier to work with due to the tilt/ touch screen, better focus and headphone for video.
Overall I think people are going a little bit crazy with DR and ISO. There are far more important factors to look for.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 00:41 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (449 comments in total)

I use both the 80D and 6D1 and no, I won't buy the 6D2.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 02:16 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

Both are tools and as a tool it needs to feel right for you, do the job well and be reliable. For me PC never felt right and had more reliability issues. However both did the job well as long as the OS, drivers and software where 'in-synch' which for me works better with less headache when using a Mac.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 03:58 UTC as 218th comment
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mmcfine: Define slow? I've been using LR since version 1 and never felt that it was slow for my needs. Yes, it might take time to add many hi-res raw files but that equals to adding Gigabytes of data from any 'heavy' source. The advantages overshadow the weaknesses of LR for me. There are no flawless applications out there of any kind.
Nonetheless good on Adobe to address performance issues even if it sounds too late for some.

Cool. I use 'Standard' and remove previews every 30 days ( I think it's the default setting). I only care about 1:1 when I use the Develop mode but just for skimming through photos the standard is enough. I think LR creates 1:1 in the background regardless of the import setting so maybe that's what causes LR to run slow.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 05:04 UTC
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mmcfine: Define slow? I've been using LR since version 1 and never felt that it was slow for my needs. Yes, it might take time to add many hi-res raw files but that equals to adding Gigabytes of data from any 'heavy' source. The advantages overshadow the weaknesses of LR for me. There are no flawless applications out there of any kind.
Nonetheless good on Adobe to address performance issues even if it sounds too late for some.

Hi SHood,
I am running LR on a five year old i5 MacBook pro 13" and my photos are stored on a NAS drive and I don't experience any lag when moving quickly from one photo to another. What preview settings do you use? and how often to you remove rendered previews?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
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