saiko

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keeponkeepingon: lol. Y'all still use google?

Because of irritating stuff such as this and regionalization/search bubbling I rarely use google for searches.

Instead I use duck duck go . It has a nice image search and a "view image" that takes you directly to the image file and a much cleaner interface.

If for some reason I don't like the duck duck go search results I just end my search with a !g or !i (the later takes me directly to googles image search).

What other non-google non-bing options do y'all like?????

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=dpreview&t=hg&iax=images&ia=images

I started using it little more than a year ago... it has improved a lot. The search result is almost as good as Google now. Very rarely I use Google - only when I don't find something on Duckduckgo or need to use Search-by-image.

Hope it adds Search-by-image soon.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 18:05 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I have no issue with someone who works WILLINGLY in the sex industry, but absolutely do not condone forcing anyone into it.
I live in Bangkok and know many working girls, but here the girls are free to do as they please. Unfortunately, the police and bar owners take advantage of the girls, as corruption is rampant here and runs very VERY deep. Equally unfortunately, poverty is the driving force behind many CHOOSING to work in the sex industry. However, there still exists girls who are sold into the business and forced to work against their will.
The only real solution is to eradicate poverty. Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep.

@MyReality : You are asking me to read 'Unbiased History' - could you select *one* of the things I said above that you think is not factual. I will show the the proof using Western sources (as you seem to have pretty low opinion about the non-Europeans).

Also, hope you are not thinking I am blaming you as an individual - that's not my intention at all - none of us have control over when, where and what situation we are born in - goodness exists in every society so does the evil - we need to embrace history objectively not sugarcoat it so that we don't don't make the same mistake in the future - that's my only intention.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 09:28 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I have no issue with someone who works WILLINGLY in the sex industry, but absolutely do not condone forcing anyone into it.
I live in Bangkok and know many working girls, but here the girls are free to do as they please. Unfortunately, the police and bar owners take advantage of the girls, as corruption is rampant here and runs very VERY deep. Equally unfortunately, poverty is the driving force behind many CHOOSING to work in the sex industry. However, there still exists girls who are sold into the business and forced to work against their will.
The only real solution is to eradicate poverty. Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep.

@MyReality: I think you meant Maharajas, Maharishis are ascetics without any material wealth whatsoever. In Europe also monarchy held absolute power over the land and the peasant until the monarchy were thrown out or made 'constitutional' - and that happened not so long ago. Indians also got rid of it's Maharajas as soon as they managed to get rid of the Europeans from their land. And now monarchy or landlord is left India unlike many European countries.

The Britishers created an education system to create clerks and mediators for the colonial lords - for the greater good... English language definitely helped the Indians - but but that was not the intended aim - Britishers didn't go to India to make India and elsewhere, they went there to extract (aka loot) resources just like any other European colonial powers.

It is a bit rich to exploit, oppress, torture, enslave and loot a people for 200 years, and then take credit for the fact that they similar parliamentary system.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 09:09 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I have no issue with someone who works WILLINGLY in the sex industry, but absolutely do not condone forcing anyone into it.
I live in Bangkok and know many working girls, but here the girls are free to do as they please. Unfortunately, the police and bar owners take advantage of the girls, as corruption is rampant here and runs very VERY deep. Equally unfortunately, poverty is the driving force behind many CHOOSING to work in the sex industry. However, there still exists girls who are sold into the business and forced to work against their will.
The only real solution is to eradicate poverty. Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep.

MyReality: India had many Princely state but no feudal system. Feudal system was installed by the Britishers who helped them to collect tax and extract wealth. India got rid of the feudal system right after its independence in 1947 ... please look it up yourself instead of repeating the same misinformation. UK is still feudal with it's dukes and duchess not to mention its 'constitutional' monarchy..

"Generally, the west creates useful knowledge, it does not take it" - wow! Do you know where did something as elemental as the number system that you use came from? who invented zero? who invented algebra? Who invented quadratic equation? - I guess for for your the answers would be either Europe or these are just not that useful :)

Yes, Japan committed atrocities against China and Korea, but the scale is nowhere comparable to European conquests and inquisitions... in terms of the brutality and scale of plunder and genocide the only competition of the Europeans are the Islamic Invaders.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 18:39 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I have no issue with someone who works WILLINGLY in the sex industry, but absolutely do not condone forcing anyone into it.
I live in Bangkok and know many working girls, but here the girls are free to do as they please. Unfortunately, the police and bar owners take advantage of the girls, as corruption is rampant here and runs very VERY deep. Equally unfortunately, poverty is the driving force behind many CHOOSING to work in the sex industry. However, there still exists girls who are sold into the business and forced to work against their will.
The only real solution is to eradicate poverty. Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep.

@MyReality : Economy and society (that includes law and order, education etc) are intricately linked (unless it's fueled by something artificial and unsustainable like petroleum in the Middle East). The Renaissance and Industrial Revolution pulled the West out of the dark age - both were fueled by loot, exploitation and the destruction of what has became the 'third world'.

The local education system in India was destroyed by the British along with it's industries... the feudal system (aka Jamindari) was installed by the British to facilitate the loot. Some people whine about China stealing knowledge - forgetting how much the West has learnt and appropriated from the rest of the world.

People from the 'third world' countries are sending their kids to the West as the West is still reaping the benefit from the hundreds of years of loot, one of which is its education system. But given the rise of Asia it will probably get reversed.. people may start sending kids to China for education!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2018 at 11:48 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I have no issue with someone who works WILLINGLY in the sex industry, but absolutely do not condone forcing anyone into it.
I live in Bangkok and know many working girls, but here the girls are free to do as they please. Unfortunately, the police and bar owners take advantage of the girls, as corruption is rampant here and runs very VERY deep. Equally unfortunately, poverty is the driving force behind many CHOOSING to work in the sex industry. However, there still exists girls who are sold into the business and forced to work against their will.
The only real solution is to eradicate poverty. Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep.

@MyReality - I had to step in as Godspeak implied that that the condition of the poorer countries are so because of their inherent immoral nature.

It is a bit rich to exploit, oppress, torture, enslave and loot a people for 200 years, and then take credit for the fact that they have laws and education.

In the 17th Century the entire Europe had a share of around 10% of world economy. Britain had less around 2% share... at the same time both India and China had a combined share of more than 50% of the world economy (25-29% each). This is the when the first world colonizers arrived in India. When Britain left India in 1947 it had 25% of the world GDP and India was left with less than 3%.

China and India are not growing because of the legacy of the 'first world' but despite of it. As the loot has stopped for half a century, its hard not to notice the decline of Europe, esp the UK ...The world is now going back to the state before the loot and exploitation by the 'first world' began.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 13:35 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I have no issue with someone who works WILLINGLY in the sex industry, but absolutely do not condone forcing anyone into it.
I live in Bangkok and know many working girls, but here the girls are free to do as they please. Unfortunately, the police and bar owners take advantage of the girls, as corruption is rampant here and runs very VERY deep. Equally unfortunately, poverty is the driving force behind many CHOOSING to work in the sex industry. However, there still exists girls who are sold into the business and forced to work against their will.
The only real solution is to eradicate poverty. Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep.

MyReality: Well, I don't want to discuss 'politics' here on DP review, but the condescending 'third world' comment by GodSpeaks forced me to.

**Europe was always "first world" compared to the rest of the world** - that's enlightening!

During the British colonization India's share of the world economy declined from 25% in 1750 to 2% in 1900 - this is documented by Angus Maddison (if you know who that is) not some 'third world' Indian.

According to you the Indians, Chinese, Africans just begged to be exploited - and the British (and other upright but naive 'first world' people) just fell for it!

If anyone is interested about a short take on what the British did to the India, may want to watch this 15min speech at the Oxford Union https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7CW7S0zxv4

By the way, tea didn't grow in India - it was brought by the British and cultivated by force (just like indigo, which resulted the first Indian holocaust by the British in 1770 that killed at least 10 million).

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 18:53 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I have no issue with someone who works WILLINGLY in the sex industry, but absolutely do not condone forcing anyone into it.
I live in Bangkok and know many working girls, but here the girls are free to do as they please. Unfortunately, the police and bar owners take advantage of the girls, as corruption is rampant here and runs very VERY deep. Equally unfortunately, poverty is the driving force behind many CHOOSING to work in the sex industry. However, there still exists girls who are sold into the business and forced to work against their will.
The only real solution is to eradicate poverty. Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep.

"Something third world countries are loathe to do, as corruptions so deep." - These so called third world countries were colonized, looted and exploited for hundreds of years to create the so called 'first world'.

Bengal - which was divided by the British into Bangladesh (where this particular story of brothel comes from) and Indian state of Bengal used to be one of the most prosperous and futile places on earth with the finest cotton (muslin originated there), shipping industry etc. when the Europeans arrived - they not only looted the land and destroyed the local industries but also caused multiple genocides and holocausts during their rule of 200 years - the last holocaust (that killed 4.5 million people) was committed by none other than the 'first world' hero Churchill...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 17:58 UTC
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katastrofa: The clash of the tragic subject matter and dry, technical description of the photos made me literally sick.

Very surprised that not many people are talking about it.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 17:37 UTC
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Jim in AZ: I am so lost when I try a video editor :(

Hit Film Express is pretty easy to learn too...

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 16:33 UTC
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GodSpeaks: Groan, another subscription. At least, at this point, they still have the perpetual license also. But I have to wonder, for how long. Remember adobe's subscription creep.

Anyway, who cares. DaVinci Resolve has a free version and that is one heck of a piece of software.

Lot of people like Adobe Ransomware...

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 16:19 UTC
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Jim in AZ: I am so lost when I try a video editor :(

Or you can use DaVinci Resolve - professional software and free, even for commercial use.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 16:14 UTC
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Mike CH: Before that whole rent vs. ownership discussion starts again:

You have never, even in the past, as a consumer *owned* software. You have, at the most, owned a *license* for perpetual use. And the media on which it came.

so? what are trying to convey?!

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 16:11 UTC
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Fakultativ: Meanwhile, Apple is still selling the iPad with 128 GB maximum storage.

More importantly - people are still buying it like hot cake...

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 18:09 UTC
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saiko: I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

Nobody is forcing one to give away all her/his photos - if giving away few good photos for free promotes one's work and bring them new professional assignments, sitting jobless and blaming amateurs is nothing but the incapability of these so called 'pros'.

By the way, I lived in Finland for few years, I know about the job situation there - I know people who finished design school without job and design student joining medicine... but blaming the amateurs for their unemployment is a bit silly.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 14:07 UTC
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AstroStan: Well thought out and nicely expressed.

Don't get discouraged by the negative comments Samuel - it's a great model for promoting one's work and your piece is honest and well written - it will be very helpful for many photographers.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 12:39 UTC

I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 12:33 UTC as 38th comment | 17 replies
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PaulSnowcat: It is very sad to see how many people turning against the idea. Personally I find this idea to be just great!
What I've learned from my life is that money kills everything, Make your hobby a job and you'll loose your hobby. I've made this once, and I'm not going to do this with photography.

Photography is my hobby. I do it for more then 20 years and I have some experience so I guess I can produce some nice pictures. Right now they are just sitting on my HDD. Why not let people use them if they want? I've joined.

Looks like people who are making money with their photo are upset - after all Unsplash is threatening their business... so for them it's difficult to comprehend the pure joy one can get by giving away what s/he loves.

Unsplash would have happened today or tomorrow - one can't stop the natural order of things... but it doesn't mean professional photography would end - it's just that one can't make money selling sh**y photos any more...

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 12:15 UTC
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fmaxwell: Adobe's switch to a subscription model for it's products seems to have accelerated development of inexpensive, or even free, alternatives that are extremely capable. I purchased Affinity Photo (Mac version) for $49.99 and I'm very, very happy with it. Darktable looks promising.

I doubt that the revenue effect of Adobe's subscription model will be positive in the long term. Not only do many individual users balk at annual subscriptions, so do many companies. They don't want to make an open-ended commitment to undefined annual payments lest they lose access to their applications and data -- especially since the pricing and availability of apps can change at the whim of a vendor.

Adobe Pagemaker used to be 'cutting edge' at some point of time before Indesign existed - nobody would have believed then that Adobe would discontinue it in the future.
Same thing happened with many other products that Adobe bought - they killed Macromedia Freehand (which was superior to AI in many ways) and Fireworks. Imagine those events in the subscription paradigm...

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 08:53 UTC

Nikon Z mount diameter = 49mm
Nikon F mount diameter = 44mm
Looks like Nikon F lenses will be fully compatible (with adapter of course) with its new Z mount - that's a good news for people with lot of F mount lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 13:37 UTC as 72nd comment | 2 replies
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