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On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (197 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Has he added a shadow/highlight slider yet?

HowaboutRAW - you are repeating incorrect information. Shadow/highlight does not produce a result that is reproducible with just Curves. Curves is a simple in/out curve: one value in, another value out per pixel. Shadow/highlight, as implemented in most software, does detail and edge detection with varying outputs based on localized content.

"Learn to use Curves" is not a helpful answer since Curves alone cannot reproduce Shadow/Highlight results. You would need at the very least to create multiple curves and masks for different tonal ranges.

Shadow/Highlight is based on research like the following:
http://people.csail.mit.edu/sparis/publi/2011/siggraph/

That is nothing like Curves.

I am not saying either S/H or Curves is better than the other, since that is not true either. In many cases, the best solution is to use both features together...since neither can fully replace the other.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (197 comments in total)
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RSColo: I think there might be more contributions if people could make single one time donations. Think about all the complaining about the Adobe subscription model. I couldn't find any way to make a one time donation on the Patreon page.

Hey Alex, thanks for pointing that out, I stand corrected. This is a great opportunity to clear up confusion.

Some money is being asked for by individual GIMP developers. This article is only about Øyvind Kolas asking for monthly donations to support his work.

But the general GIMP project also asks for money. Those can be one-time donations through the GNOME Foundation, further down the GIMP page link.

Anyone who uses GIMP, especially out of dislike for commercial options, should give money to support GIMP development, unless their goal is to not pay anyone.

But as with so many things GIMP, the financial end lacks unity and cohesiveness, which leads to extensive user confusion which does not help the GIMP cause. If you give money to GIMP, make sure you understand who and what it is you are supporting. If you want to support the project in general, go through the GNOME Foundation. If you give through the Patreon link in this article, you're supporting one GIMP developer.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (197 comments in total)
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RSColo: I think there might be more contributions if people could make single one time donations. Think about all the complaining about the Adobe subscription model. I couldn't find any way to make a one time donation on the Patreon page.

In a way, Alex's response just illustrates the general problem with GIMP. The way you make a one-time donation is not up front to be easily found by most users, but it is there if you want to geekily dig deeper into an option way off to the side, buried deep in some github commit...obscurely invisible to all non-geeks, just like the way a lot of GIMP works.

This also puts light on the problem with one-time donations: They are often not sustainable. Patreon is not Kickstarter where there is one goal and one amount. Those who use Patreon need long term help. They don't need a wave of one-time donations that only last a few months and then the money is out again.

Funny thing is, the GIMP developers came to the same conclusion as Adobe, Microsoft, etc: The most helpful financial stream is the one that's the most constant: Monthly payments. As much as we all might oppose subscriptions, it is revealing that even the open source community has chosen to ask for monthly payments too.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 01:13 UTC

This warning goes hand in hand (no pun intended) with the advice to not post your airline boarding passes (the info makes it possible for someone else to go online and log into your flight as you), or pictures of your keys (keys are known to be easily be fabricated from photos).

I was watching Antiques Roadshow last night, and thought that it is only a matter of time before a crime ring applies facial recognition software to recordings of that show to get the names and then home addresses of the persons who own the most valuable items.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 00:27 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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mick232: I am not sure if we'd even call that a "nice to have" feature.

If Adobe wanted to "hijack" their own DNG, they wouldn't have done things like submit DNG to the ISO for inclusion as an international standard.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
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mick232: I am not sure if we'd even call that a "nice to have" feature.

If all cameras saved to DNG, that would be "really really nice to have." No more waiting for converter software to reverse-engineer the proprietary formats with each new camera!

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 02:00 UTC
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AKH: Apple was hardly a pioneer in the world of computers.

Anyway, nice to see these articles with a review of these old cameras.

AKH...to extend your argument, then, you would say that since democracy was invented by the Greeks, America never brought anything significant to world politics...

(Xerox inventing the mouse didn't do a thing for computing, until Apple integrated it into a mass market operating system.)

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 23:49 UTC
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AKH: Apple was hardly a pioneer in the world of computers.

Anyway, nice to see these articles with a review of these old cameras.

Well, AKH, if that's how you define pioneers, then nothing of note has been done by anyone in the last 50 years. But that approach is flawed, because it ignores all pioneering innovations that brought computing to the masses. Because of all the wonderful things that the pioneers you named did do, it was all ivory-tower stuff that did not affect the man on the street one bit.

Apple, on the other hand, at multiple points in its history, did things that pushed computing into the hands of millions more humans. Just to pick one example, how much longer would we have had to wait for Microsoft to move beyond MS-DOS commands had Apple not shown everyone that mouse-based computing is much more accessible to the masses? I, for one, would not try to perform Photoshop-like image corrections using commands like the "pioneers" of computing would have been comfortable doing.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 00:27 UTC
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AKH: Apple was hardly a pioneer in the world of computers.

Anyway, nice to see these articles with a review of these old cameras.

Apple has a well-documented, 40-year history of being a pioneer in the world of computers.

The Apple I (1976), Apple II, Mac (1984, with GUI and mouse), and iMac (first mass market USB ports) are all examples of computers Apple created that no one else was really doing at the time. You can say others were doing them in some labs, but no one was selling them mass market.

Microsoft had to radically alter what Windows was about after the original Mac came out, and Android completely redid what they were doing after they saw the iPhone came out.

The iPhone was pioneering because it was only 12 months before that everybody say a futuristic TED demo of a technology called "multi-touch". No one thought it would be in a product any time soon, and while Microsoft was trying to make it work in their furniture-sized original Surface, Apple put multi-touch in your pocket. That's pioneering.

Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all came out on the Mac before they did on Windows.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
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Lee Jay: Someone wake me when phone cameras have an optical range of at least 24-100 equivalent before cropping, optical stabilization that actually works, and ergonomics that don't completely suck.

I used to think like you, and you are right about the zoom advantage and the larger sensor advantage. But now that I can shoot raw on my iPhone, after evaluating the results, I'm finding it less and less necessary to carry my current enthusiast raw compact zoom with me. I used to hate smartphone JPEGs, but being able to shoot with the Lightroom Mobile camera in Pro (manual) mode straight to DNG had removed many of my objections.

Stop and think about it for a moment. Many of the world's greatest photos were taken with a simple compact film camera with a fixed fast medium-wide angle lens. By coincidence, those are the same attributes of a smartphone camera. There is no reason it cannot be used for "random, general use."

I'd still like a one-inch sensor compact for general use. But I'm finding harder to justify that it is worth the additional $700 over the smartphone camera that I have.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:02 UTC

DPReview, one of the reasons I turn to you is the assumption that you are not a rumor site. I may be a happy iPhone user, but I don't need DPReview repeating shaky speculation from a Japanese blog based on a Taiwan supplier via MacRumors, of all sites...can we stick to the real news please?

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 01:57 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies

Magnus3D, while some Android devices do have accurate screens, wide gamuts, and gamut choices (not to be confused by real profiles), the fact is that each device is an island compared to iOS. Android has no system-level color management, while iOS recently brought over the color management used on the desktop Mac systems. Without system level color management, you have brilliant devices on which the applications know nothing about true colors and are frequently inaccurate and oversaturated when you switch an Android device to wide gamut. On iOS, applications hook right into the system color APIs so colors stay under control.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 01:55 UTC as 25th comment

Picked up one of these when the original run was being deep discounted, I think I got mine for around $200 instead of the $800 list. Even though I've always been an SLR guy, this camera is a lot of fun at parties! Or at least, it was for the first few years when you could still get the film. Of course I don't use it anymore, if you can't print anymore it's not good to take along because it's so huuuuuge and low-res compared to any other point-and-shoot today.

Unfortunately, Wikipedia says "The Impossible Project has stated that they cannot produce 4x5, Type 100, or Type 80 films, Polaroid 500 film and I-Zone film even if they wanted as they do not have the production machinery. These were disassembled along with the factories that used to produce the film when Polaroid filed for Chapter 11."

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 00:45 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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graybalanced: Despite all of the flak that smartphone cameras get here on DPReview, especially the iPhone, when you account for Apple's consistent efforts to implement and protect security and encryption on all their devices, it turns out the iPhone is one of the most secure cameras a photographer can possibly use right now.

@naturetech, by trying very hard to trivialize this issue to the tired old joke about selfies, food, and dog photos, you're essentially trying to argue that the iPhone is not used by photojournalists, NGO and relief workers, and not used by activists, citizens, or others photographing world events. You're also arguing that the use of an iPhone to create the cover of last week's Sports Illustrated did not actually happen.

By doing so you are arguing that you do not understand the use of smartphones, or the issues and implications around encryption, and not contributing to any kind of solution.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 03:51 UTC

Despite all of the flak that smartphone cameras get here on DPReview, especially the iPhone, when you account for Apple's consistent efforts to implement and protect security and encryption on all their devices, it turns out the iPhone is one of the most secure cameras a photographer can possibly use right now.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 01:29 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies

$99 a month...a lot of people paid $99 just once for their phone with a pretty good camera on it...

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 00:58 UTC as 218th comment
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StevenE: Sad as it is, it was war. And not just any war, but a world war and an attack on American soil. The Japanese, the Germans, and the Italians were all treated this way. Espionage was a big concern.
BTW ... most people express heightened "empathy" for the woman mostly because she's young and pretty. I think the photos are important and moving, but the virtue-signalling in the comments here is not compelling.

Thank you, SteveE, for using facts to counteract the all-too-common false equivalencies that are distorting public discussion today.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 00:17 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016 (102 comments in total)
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rew: I'd say:

1) LX10
2) RX100 mV
3) G7X mII

That said, I'm still thrilled with my LX100 from 2014 and haven't considered anything else.

For me the LX10 wins. I never bought the LX100 because it's too big for most pockets.

The LX10, G7X, and RX100 are more pocketable so they get my vote. And if I'm going to carry a bag, I don't need any of these, I'll grab the m43 or DSLR instead.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 00:46 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016 (102 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: These elections are rigged. What you don't know I mean in my favor. I'll deny it afterwards and grab 'em by the lens mount people!

It's not rigged if my camera wins!!

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
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icexe: So is "Reference View" just a fancy way of saying that you can now view two different images side-by-side?

You could always view different images side by side with Compare or Survey, but once you entered the Develop module you'd lose those views because those are Library module views.

Now you can show two images side by side while you are editing in Develop. That's the new part.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 00:43 UTC
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