kaphinga

kaphinga

Lives in United States Atlanta, GA, United States
Joined on Oct 4, 2014

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I used to enjoy the various versions of Luminar occasionally until I discovered that they strip out *all* of my metadata. Titles, keywords, captions, copyright data ... Poof! Gone! I am diligent about tagging and describing my photos on import, and Luminar strips it all away. And, no, I am not going to retag and re-catalog everything every time I make an edit in Luminar.

I don't care especially about being able to edit my metadata in Luminar, but Luminar's obliterating the data that is already there is totally unacceptable. I am not spending another dime on Skylum products until they figure out how to save existing metadata.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 17:16 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On photo Large White in the High ISO [New shot] challenge (11 comments in total)

Terrific shot. Congratulations!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2021 at 15:15 UTC as 3rd comment
In reply to:

embie: Congratulation with the third place on the podium, a very nice shot !
Thanks for participating

Thanks, embie! This is the first time I have entered a challenge.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2021 at 12:19 UTC
On photo First Snow in the moving snow in early year challenge (21 comments in total)

Congratulations! Great image!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2021 at 00:40 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On photo Azure Kingfisher in the A big year - birds 2020 challenge (7 comments in total)

Congratulations! Another incredible shot. I always look forward to seeing your work.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2021 at 14:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo lunch in the Reptiles challenge (19 comments in total)

Superb image, Trevor! Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2021 at 00:29 UTC as 15th comment
On photo Fly in the Fill the frame challenge (6 comments in total)

Crazy good shot! Would love to know more about how you did it --- lighting? extension tubes? ....

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2020 at 21:08 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Blooming Heather in the PURPLE challenge challenge (13 comments in total)

Congratulations! Gorgeous image!

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2019 at 03:30 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On photo Peony in the Flowers up close. challenge (29 comments in total)

Awesome shot! Congratulations!

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2019 at 16:55 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (89 comments in total)
In reply to:

frankje: Maybe another way can be: give yourself a photographic task: make a photo of a car, a flower, a house ... Restrict yourself to the given task.

I find it helpful sometimes to choose something simple --- a roll of toilet paper or a pair of scissors, for example --- and then photograph it 100 different ways. The first couple of dozen photos will be pretty ordinary, but then one has to get creative to keep coming up with new ways to compose a photograph. Magic starts to happen when on forces oneself to keep going after the easy initial shots.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 22:56 UTC

The iPhone reinvigorated my love of photography. This tiny machine that is with me all the time taught me how to look for good light and how to be more careful with composition. And it showed me the potential of post processing. I am a better photographer because of it.

The renewed joy of photography that the iPhone brought prompted me to explore more "proper" cameras, both Micro 4/3 and FF. Sometimes the iPhone is the right tool, and sometimes another system is the right tool. Every system has its uses, and every system has its compromises. I embrace them all.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 02:45 UTC as 59th comment

Great to know! TPE is a terrific app, and I plan to buy the 3D version as soon as it is released.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 22:56 UTC as 6th comment
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kaphinga: I just bought Luminar. Here are a few first impressions

What I like:

* Some of the filters are nice in small doses. "Accent" and "Color Contrast", in particular, produced some nice results. They also have a nice array of options for structure, and microcontrast.

* The filters are nicely described, with examples of what each one does.

* The clone stamp tool is nicer than Lightroom's.

* Layer and brush options are nice.

What I don't like:

* When I save a file, it overwrites my original by default. I haven't found any option to save automatically to a different file, as I am accustomed to doing with Lightroom or DXO.

* I haven't found a white balance adjustment yet. Admittedly I was working off a jpeg, not a raw image. Maybe there is a white balance option in the raw converter.

* It runs slowly on my late 2013 Macbook Air with 4 GB of RAM.

Overall Luminar is a keeper. I doubt it will be my everyday workhorse, but it's a nice tool to have available.

It takes about 10 seconds for me to load an image. I will admit, though, that I am not using the beefiest hardware around. Once an image loads it's much snappier.

Lightroom will continue to be my everyday go-to, especially for culling and cataloging, but Luminar and DXO have both earned a spot in my workflow for problem images.

It's a darned shame that the demo images are so overcooked because that will most likely scare a lot of people away. I am finding that many of the filters are useful as long as I don't get carried away. And it's easy to use, too.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 17:29 UTC
In reply to:

kaphinga: I just bought Luminar. Here are a few first impressions

What I like:

* Some of the filters are nice in small doses. "Accent" and "Color Contrast", in particular, produced some nice results. They also have a nice array of options for structure, and microcontrast.

* The filters are nicely described, with examples of what each one does.

* The clone stamp tool is nicer than Lightroom's.

* Layer and brush options are nice.

What I don't like:

* When I save a file, it overwrites my original by default. I haven't found any option to save automatically to a different file, as I am accustomed to doing with Lightroom or DXO.

* I haven't found a white balance adjustment yet. Admittedly I was working off a jpeg, not a raw image. Maybe there is a white balance option in the raw converter.

* It runs slowly on my late 2013 Macbook Air with 4 GB of RAM.

Overall Luminar is a keeper. I doubt it will be my everyday workhorse, but it's a nice tool to have available.

Thanks, I see the White Balance now.

I realize that I can rename a file manually. DXO and Lightroom, however, default to giving my saved file a different name, which makes it less likely that I will overwrite my original. I am quite sure that it won't take long before I inadvertently hit Command-S in Luminar and blow away my original file.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 18:29 UTC

I just bought Luminar. Here are a few first impressions

What I like:

* Some of the filters are nice in small doses. "Accent" and "Color Contrast", in particular, produced some nice results. They also have a nice array of options for structure, and microcontrast.

* The filters are nicely described, with examples of what each one does.

* The clone stamp tool is nicer than Lightroom's.

* Layer and brush options are nice.

What I don't like:

* When I save a file, it overwrites my original by default. I haven't found any option to save automatically to a different file, as I am accustomed to doing with Lightroom or DXO.

* I haven't found a white balance adjustment yet. Admittedly I was working off a jpeg, not a raw image. Maybe there is a white balance option in the raw converter.

* It runs slowly on my late 2013 Macbook Air with 4 GB of RAM.

Overall Luminar is a keeper. I doubt it will be my everyday workhorse, but it's a nice tool to have available.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 20:41 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
On photo Venice at Night (handheld from a boat) in kaphinga's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
In reply to:

dmi: Nice one! My wife and I just returned from our first trip to Venice and we were absolutely amazed by the beauty. That church was a highlight.

Thanks so much! Glad you like it! Yes, Venice is indeed magical, and I was fortunate enough to make two trips there last year.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 22:34 UTC
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