Octane

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Joined on May 9, 2004

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Draek: 'Liking isn't helping'... and neither is running an ad campaign.

This message would've been much more powerful had it come from actual volunteers being interviewed rather than an organization wasting their time and resources photoshopping images to convince *other people* to actually do something.

I agree, an ad campaign is almost exactly the same as 'like and share' on Facebook. You try to make people aware, but you're not doing anything.

I also find it telling that 1/3 of the article on that blog is listing the creators of the campaign.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 02:11 UTC

There is always a place for both. Without 'liking and sharing' on social media, many serious issues would not be noticed. Creating awareness is the first important step.

But it's also true that 'liking and sharing' alone doesn't make a difference. I often feel people like and share things on Facebook to make themselves feel better. 'Look how much I care about this and that'.

There is people who click 'like' on charities on Facebook. And then there are people who are out there and actually get stuff done.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 02:10 UTC as 36th comment
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makofoto: Just so you know, ENG lenses, Electronic News Gathering zooms have had built-in 2X extenders for ever

Those lenses were designed for a much smaller sensor and HD (= 2 mp resolution). Apples and Oranges.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 17:01 UTC
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smb 2: A Nikon 200-400mm f4 is roughly $6700. 1.4 TC, $300.
For four grand I can miss a few shots while I change the TC.

@ Juck, so professionals using the Nikon 200-400/4 are not professionals?

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 16:55 UTC
On article Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC (397 comments in total)
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Octane: It's not 'cloud based'. In fact it has nothing to do with cloud storage or cloud based computing. Adobe just calls it that way for marketing reasons as it's a cool term right now.
What it really is, that you don't get a copy of your software, instead you have to buy a subscription plan to be able to use their software. They increased the price significantly (after the initial discount) and they give you no option to choose if you want to pay for a certain update or not. To use the software you will have to continue to pay from now on until the end of the days. You don't have the option to say, OK I'm happy now I will continue with what I have for the next 2 or 3 years.

All this talk about 'cloud' is nonsense, because that's not at all what Adobe is offering. It's a forced subscription plan that is very one sides and not to the end user's advantage.

Reg, I was talking about Photoshop, the software. No one cares about added on cloud storage. I have plenty of (mostly free) cloud storage with Skydrive, Dropbox, Sugarsync, box.net, google, Amazon, Flickr. The issue is the subscription only plan.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 20:36 UTC
On article Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC (397 comments in total)

It's not 'cloud based'. In fact it has nothing to do with cloud storage or cloud based computing. Adobe just calls it that way for marketing reasons as it's a cool term right now.
What it really is, that you don't get a copy of your software, instead you have to buy a subscription plan to be able to use their software. They increased the price significantly (after the initial discount) and they give you no option to choose if you want to pay for a certain update or not. To use the software you will have to continue to pay from now on until the end of the days. You don't have the option to say, OK I'm happy now I will continue with what I have for the next 2 or 3 years.

All this talk about 'cloud' is nonsense, because that's not at all what Adobe is offering. It's a forced subscription plan that is very one sides and not to the end user's advantage.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 15:01 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On article Forum updates (68 comments in total)

Is the 'thumbs down' button back? I found it very helpful

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 5 (252 comments in total)

Just tried to log in to my Adobe account so I can upgrade LR. Right after logging in, I was presented with a new agreement and the only option was to accept/agree.

Here an encouraging quote from the agreement:
"Collection of Subscription Fee. You agree that, in the event Adobe is unable to collect the Subscription Fees owed by you to Adobe for the Services, Adobe may take the steps it deems necessary to collect such Subscription Fees from you and that you will be responsible for all costs and expenses incurred by Adobe in connection with such collection activity."

Whatever Adobe. I'm never ever going to do any of your subscriptions!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 05:33 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)
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Valen305: My favorite line is "Hey, you're invited to the party...can you bring your camera and take a few photos?". So I say "Of course!", but show up without my DSLR camera, eat all their food and drink like a sailor. When they ask "where's your camera?" I pull out my iphone - "Oh, you wanted me to bring my professional camera? I only use that dreadful heavy thing for paid gigs."

Hahaha! Good one.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 17:47 UTC
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)
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electrophoto: I'm self employed.... and yes I've heard them all ;) countless times.

people come up with the weirdest reasons why they should be worthy to get work for free or next-to-nothing.
Usual answer: no, but no thanks.

In the beginning 15+ years ago I would try to explain, try to reason, spend the time... these days I just politely, but quickly tell them that they don't get anything for free from me.
otherwise: waste of time.

good point! You want to spend your time with and on the clients that pay you, not with those that try to get you for free.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 17:43 UTC
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)
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paulwright: Yes I've heard all those lines just about word for word. Aren't they shameless mongrels? You have to maintain your credibility and walk away. If you take a deep breath and maintain the viewpoint that in the long run it's best to be reassuringly expensive you'll have a long successful career.

I occasionally do jobs for Charities, NGO's and "Good Causes" but except for extraordinary exceptions I'll never do the job for free. Each project is assessed based on the apparent prosperity of the organisation and charged accordingly, often at around 50% of my standard rates.

The only things I'll do for free are not really free, it's an exchange/barter situation.

Exactly, preserve your reputation. And as you said, i have done jobs without getting payed for, but received something else in value that was roughly equal or even worth more to my biz.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:20 UTC
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)

This sums it up brilliantly! Go Harlan Ellison!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: "This is your chance to get noticed by working free for our well known company!"

"More work will follow... hopefully paid..."

"This is a great offer from us... we'd like to support you..."

"We are doing you a great big favor..."

"Of course, all your images will belong to us, the copyright holders..."

What you feel inside...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyW8C8xvpUk

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:04 UTC
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)
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frobertv: I am an architect and regretfully our profession can only survive by working for free. Its about exposure to the market. Architects with a starting firm work for about 95% for free in the first 5 years at least. Think of competitions and so on. Work fro friends and family, all for free or paid so bad you rather did for free.
I also worked as a architectural photographer. For years for free at first untill people started paying me.

The fact is all succesfull pro's did much of their work for free to get started. Succes comes from seeing what work for free will do you good sooner or later and what is just waisting your time. The fact that the work does not pay now means nothing yet.
But its very true that there are harmfull cliënts you should learn to avoid. One common feature they have is they seem to have plenty to spend.
Francois

The more you work for free, the more your name gets out there as 'the guy that does it for free'. You ruin your reputation before you build it up.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:01 UTC
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)

Haha, yes I heard it all, in every possible variation. True professionals don't have trouble laughing at such 'offers'. The problem are those who are struggling or those who are just starting out. They often fall for this because they hope it will lead to better jobs in the future.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 23:53 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies
On article 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) (442 comments in total)

I just love the title of the article! Hats off to DPReview!

Link | Posted on May 19, 2013 at 18:16 UTC as 52nd comment

Hey buddy, can hold your phone with the LED light on? Thanks! Ok and you, can you do the same from the other side? Awesome, OK let's take the shot.

Let's use the word 'social' and let's use technology that every major camera manufacturer had for decades already. Let's patent it! OMG we are so creative and innovative at Apple.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 04:38 UTC as 13th comment

Here is a thought. So far Adobe has limited support to the latest RAW support to the most recent version of Photoshop and Lightroom. BUT at the same time it always kept it's DNG converter available up to date and free. Unless they completely go crazy and abandon their free and open DNG format, this option should be available in the future.
For those who will stay with their current version of Photoshop but still want to use the latest cameras, they can use the latest version of the DNG converter, convert all raw files to DNG which then should load fine into older version of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 07:50 UTC as 98th comment | 3 replies
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Digitall: I think the DPR should pause with news from Adobe for a while. At this time, Adobe is not welcome in the community, and I am not what I say, but they are the facts that confirm that. And should offer alternatives to Adobe products and thus also help people find the alternative to the image editing more conveniently.
There may be users dedicated to Adobe products, but there are many others who dispense Adobe and wish to find alternatives, and others who may never have used Adobe products. Help people first, your readers. Just an opinion.

That would mean DPReview taking sides with the consumer rather than the vendor. I highly doubt we will see that happening.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 04:45 UTC

Whatever, Adobe! Sure you keep Lightroom out of the cloud but instead of adding features into Lightroom you add them to CC only software. Lightroom is already obviously not what it could be to make sure photographer still need Photoshop. Just look at the limited adjustments you can do with brushes/gradients. A lot of effort has been put into modules that are secondary (slide show, book printing, Map), but nothing that would overlap too much with Photoshop to make sure photographer still buy that.

In my humble opinion, Adobe's promise to keep Lightroom a standalone package is almost meaningless as it doesn't say anything about how much they are going to add into the standalone version. I bet in a few years most of Adobe's new feature development will only be available through CC based products. IOW this promise is meaningless.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 04:25 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply
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