ppage

ppage

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Joined on Apr 28, 2003

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Iloveaircraftnoise: People need apps to remind them when the sun sets and where the milky way shines?

This really is a sad indictment on humans in the digital age.

I take your point. I remember a couple of friends arguing a few years ago about whether the moon waxes and wanes from left to right or right to left and thinking at the time that not that long ago any 10 year old would have know the answer to that from personal observation.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 14:03 UTC
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Kona Mike: I'll bet Adobe will NEVER lower a subscription price because of 'fluctuating foreign exchange rates'

As a Canadian subscriber I see my monthly charge vary from month to month depending entirely on the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar. Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 17:18 UTC
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Steve in GA: So, are the comments below representative of what we can expect whenever a DPR subject even lightly touches on politics?

If so, perhaps DPR should remember that Internet anonymity allows and encourages extreme vitriol in comments. Maybe it would be better for DPR to confine its articles to photography, and leave politics for CNN and FOX.

To captura: What WILL make it like Nazi Germany is people being afraid to speak out. If we do that we'll be as much responsible as anyone else for whatever comes next. That's what it means to live in a democracy. We are responsible for what our governments do. We have both the right and the duty to make our views known if our representatives are enacting policies with which we disagree because they do so in our name.

And for that matter, if the new administration wants to go after anyone and everyone who has ever posted something negative about the next President, they won't have time to do much else.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
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Steve in GA: So, are the comments below representative of what we can expect whenever a DPR subject even lightly touches on politics?

If so, perhaps DPR should remember that Internet anonymity allows and encourages extreme vitriol in comments. Maybe it would be better for DPR to confine its articles to photography, and leave politics for CNN and FOX.

So are you saying that because the event is Trump's inauguration, the Nikon 360 broadcast, which certainly seems to be what the DPR story is about, should be censored?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 00:44 UTC
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Stollen1234: this will be fantastic event..you will be proud watching this..its a great event.. Nikon will also be fantastic..they are doing great and they promise to create more jobs in the USA . grea fantastic guys at NIKON. did i mention Fantastic Great And proud hahaha

For MikeFL: i'm pretty sure Stollen1234 was being sarcastic.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 00:41 UTC
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Diswantsho: On my Windows 10 machine I get an error message when I select "Show Focus point". The error message is
"An internal error has occurred: Couldn't open file <path to image>-metadata.txt"

There is no such file on my disk as my Lightroom metadata are stored in *.xmp files, not in *-metadata.TXT files.

I assume there probably is an extra dependency (e.g. on exiftool or something) that I also need to set up... ?

Also, making a keyboard short-cut to use instead of navigating the LR menu would be very convenient.

Please ignore my previous response to your message. I'm not using this new plugin; I'm using "Show Focus Points".

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:23 UTC
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ppage: Just tried it and it works very well for my Canon 70D (using Lightroom CC on Windows 8.1). In the panel on my right, in addition to the usual information about the camera and lens used, and exposure information, it gives me a lot of information about focusing modes, distance to subject, etc. And in that information I see "Total number of AF points: 31. Valid AV points: 19". The 70D only has 19 autofocus point, so does this mean the 70D actually has 31 autofocus points and that Canon has disabled 12 of them for marketing reasons?

Please ignore this message. While reading about the plugin last night I saved the link mentioned by someone else to "Show Focus Points" and that's what I installed... and I'm obviously pretty happy with it.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
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Diswantsho: On my Windows 10 machine I get an error message when I select "Show Focus point". The error message is
"An internal error has occurred: Couldn't open file <path to image>-metadata.txt"

There is no such file on my disk as my Lightroom metadata are stored in *.xmp files, not in *-metadata.TXT files.

I assume there probably is an extra dependency (e.g. on exiftool or something) that I also need to set up... ?

Also, making a keyboard short-cut to use instead of navigating the LR menu would be very convenient.

I've also configured LR to store metadata in xmp files. The plug-in works very well on my Windows 8.1 machine with a photo that I have just imported to LR and not developed, so I don't even have an xmp file for it yet. I've been testing the plug-in for the last couple of hours and have noticed that I will sometimes get an error message about not being able to open a file, but if I close the plugin and try it again immediately on the same image, it works.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:17 UTC

Just tried it and it works very well for my Canon 70D (using Lightroom CC on Windows 8.1). In the panel on my right, in addition to the usual information about the camera and lens used, and exposure information, it gives me a lot of information about focusing modes, distance to subject, etc. And in that information I see "Total number of AF points: 31. Valid AV points: 19". The 70D only has 19 autofocus point, so does this mean the 70D actually has 31 autofocus points and that Canon has disabled 12 of them for marketing reasons?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

What about disabling texting from behind the wheel of a car? Now THAT would be very socially responsible!

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 16:23 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
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John _ Finn: An Irish photographer has tweeted that the update has disabled his Nik software plugins. Has anyone else had problems?

The Plug-ins folder for the previous version of Photoshop was not deleted by this upgrade. I got Topaz Denoise working again just by dragging the shortcuts in that folder to the Plug-ins folder for new version... after which I just deleted the last version of Photoshop from my hard drive.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
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rrccad: I'm starting to think that it's either dpreview or that photographers on the whole are turning into crotchety old geezers that bitch whine and moan about everything. heck half of them can't seem to carry anything over 1lb, and I'm sure soon that will be subbed with a cane the way some are going on.

all of which makes me scared :/

a cool tool - and now we'll be swamped with overdone simulated fog images ;)

(however I have to admit, I can think of a few photos i want to try adding haze to just to see how they look).

My sub for LR/PS is around 9.95 per month. LR is a rather useless for me (can't handle IR RAW's and can't handle Sigma), but 10/month for PS with continual upgrades? did you ever see the sticker price of PS before?

if you can't afford it, really, leave your sniffling somewhere else.

it's getting pretty nauseating.

Shhhhhh... I agree, it's a great deal for $9.95/mo, but let's not let Adobe find out or they might raise it. I'm not sure what my cut-off point might be but I know I'll will have one. It's not the price of any single item that will cause the problem so much as the cumulative nickel-and-diming by everyone.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On article Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography (154 comments in total)
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Adrian Harris: SAFETY (or lack of it) is the one word that springs to mind. I would like drones only to be legal if they have propeller guards fitted.

Spinning props make a nasty mess of the face. I can not believe that companies sell drones without them. I hope the manufacturers of 'guardless' ones do get sued.

PS. I am all for drones, they are a great idea, but choose safety, else all sorts of stupid laws will be forced on us (as if we haven't got enough restrictive laws as it is.).

There is another aspect to safety that needs to be considered. Last week someone who didn't know any better used a drone to take a video of a passenger jet landing at the airport in Vancouver. I think we can all appreciate the consequences if a drone got sucked into an engine. The RCMP are planning to lay charges if they can identify the person.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 14:29 UTC
On article DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game (47 comments in total)
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paulski66: Wait...under way in Brazil right now? Is the U.S. in it? Crap! Does anyone know if it's televised or anything?!?

If you're close enough to the Canadian border almost all the games are carried live on the CBC. The problem with soccer from the point of view of the American networks is probably that the play goes uninterrupted during each 45 minute half, so there is no opportunity to stick in a billion commercials.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 19:07 UTC
On photo In to the bubble in Fabiola Viviano's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

You are really an excellent and an imaginative photographer and I am almost glad that you assigned the label "landscape" to this photograph because had you not done so I never would have stumbled on your work. I really love what you do. But that being said I hope you won't be offended by this suggestion: for the benefit of everyone who looks at the online galleries do you think you could try to be more accurate when you assign labels to your images? This one has 14 labels such as "landscape", "house", dog", etc. etc. and almost none of them apply to this truly amazing image.

Most sincerely and respectfully yours,
Peter

Link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 18:56 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Award-winning wildlife photos capture candid moments (46 comments in total)
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Omexis: I never knew monkeys could fly on a mat in a snow storm

That's not a snow storm, that's the Orion Nebula!

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 21:34 UTC

I know I'm going to get some negative feedback for pointing this out, but contrary to all the B.S. that every business spouts about the happiness of its customers being its first objective, the first objective of any company is to maximize profit. Photoshop is a very mature product and more and more people are skipping one or two generations because there just aren't enough new useful features being added to warrant the upgrade. At some point in the not too distant future, people may not upgrade at all because feature bloat adds very little in terms of value. So the box sales are a dead end for Adobe; it needs a guaranteed source of income to pay its expenses, which are probably enormous. This is also why Microsoft is moving in that direction with its Office product line. We may not like it, but having Adobe go belly-up in 5 or 10 years isn't desirable either. Adobe is responsible to its shareholders first and to its customers second. This is how capitalism works, end of story.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:18 UTC as 181st comment | 5 replies
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here 2 infinity: Just went on the website. It's not there under membership plans. the cheapest is still 19.95 that I could see.

It's not yet available. As mentioned, this is to be launched on Sept. 17, along with Lightroom 5.2.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:04 UTC
On article 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) (352 comments in total)

Good helpful article. In following the link to the page comparing Photoshop CS6 to Elements I discovered that Elements really has limited support for 16-bit editing; that's a deal breaker for me. It's not possible to tell from this article which packages are strong in this area and which aren't, so more careful research to be done when the time comes.... which it will, because I WILL NOT get locked into any kind of subscription for my photo editing software.

Another package that MIGHT be worth looking at is Picture Window Pro. I used it years ago before going to Photoshop. It has evolved a lot since then and I will definitely look at it again when I start considering alternatives.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 03:40 UTC as 148th comment

The poll doesn't address my main concern: losing control over when updates to my software are made.

1. I can't imagine anything worse than being under pressure to get something done and suddenly discovering my software's interface has changed.

2. I don't like the idea of software bloat forcing me to upgrade my hardware when I'd rather put it off.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 04:09 UTC as 198th comment | 6 replies
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