kbdkbd

Has a website at http://www.kevinbdawson.com
Joined on Mar 8, 2013
About me:

I am a self-taught photographer based in Toronto Canada. Photography has been my passion since I purchased my first SLR film camera for high school.

A network analyst by profession, I take photography very seriously and devote to it a considerable amount of thought and time. My technology training made it easy for me to become proficient with the technical aspects of photography, and I have been able to dedicate a good deal of time to studying composition, photographic and visual art. My ultimate goal is to be able to communicate my artistic vision to viewers of my work, and I hope that studying art will enhance both my conceptual approach and my communication skills so that I can better express my ideas.

My inspiration is derived from what I see around me, from my response to my surroundings and the work of traditional artists. I am at a stage where my artistic goals and vision are continually evolving, and I expect that, to some extent, this will be the case for the rest of my creative life.

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kbdkbd: one can never “quit” 500PX. You cant permanently delete your photos either. i tried two years ago. thought I would be smart and delete all my photos and then close the account. i even sent an email to support asking them to make sure my account was closed and my photos were removed from their backups. they answered back and it is absolutely done. a year later i said lets do a search and see what remains... nothing from me showed on the site! i then tried to login with my old credentials, and bam!! Welcome back we missed you! ALL OF MY PICS WERE BACK, AS WELL AS MY LIKES AND SCORES AND FOLLOWERS!!!

“You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave!”

You are misunderstanding ... if you ever login again using the same credentials you originally used after deleting all your pictures and closing your account, 500PX will immediately reinstate your account to the way it was before you deleted anything and closed the account, that includes reinstating all your privacy settings and making the images public again if they were to begin with. It's like you ever left.

When I say ever, I mean at least a year after I closed the account. In that year before I logged in again I couldn't find any reference to my work via 500PX search as a non registered user.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 23:17 UTC

one can never “quit” 500PX. You cant permanently delete your photos either. i tried two years ago. thought I would be smart and delete all my photos and then close the account. i even sent an email to support asking them to make sure my account was closed and my photos were removed from their backups. they answered back and it is absolutely done. a year later i said lets do a search and see what remains... nothing from me showed on the site! i then tried to login with my old credentials, and bam!! Welcome back we missed you! ALL OF MY PICS WERE BACK, AS WELL AS MY LIKES AND SCORES AND FOLLOWERS!!!

“You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave!”

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 03:35 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon patents fingerprint reader for cameras and lenses (191 comments in total)
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Sports Shooter: You guys are .... so negative !!
For a pro this feature is fantastic!! It may reduce the cost of gear insurance.
I have no doubt that in the menu you should be able to disable this feature , same like on a mobile phone . What a great idea

do you really think an insurance company ever "reduces" the price of insurance? lol

give you 5% off of a quote they totally make up that you can't compare? Then next year bury it in an increase that more than makes up for it? Sorry... just had to say it.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 12:34 UTC

Oh sure, now they do something about performance after they cut off support for perpetual license version.

Oh well.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 18:00 UTC as 115th comment
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Clint009: What it will happened to the ”futur old version" of Nik Collection after the released under the DxO Photo Lab in July (approx)?
I don’t want to buy a new software to get that Nik Collection! I’ve already paid $150. for that collection.

Astound,

Yes DXO has the NIK user database of original purchasers. I received a welcome email from them on Dec. 22nd that they pulled from my original NIK registration. By doing this I assume they know who the original NIK purchasers are. If they plan to offer any special incentives is not mentioned in the email (which is the same as the message in this DPR story at the top.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 13:20 UTC
On photo Antelope Canyon in the stone challenge (10 comments in total)

This is one of the best Antelope Canyon shots I've seen. Lots of tonality, and varied colours. Congrats!

http://kevinbdawson.com

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 16:10 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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locke_fc: Yes, well, thanks for that last update, and then **** you, Adobe.
Here's where we part ways.

That was present in 6.x for a long time, and not really a bomb. I'm talking about the ones that may be present in any "final" updates that may tick away for a year or two or phone home waiting for a trigger that disables ability to continue to use the standalone version, or will nag the crap out of you to subscribe. It may already be in 6.12 I don't know. But I'm stopping at 6.12 it works good enough for me. Only time will tell though. Adobe has proven they can't be trusted... so better safe than sorry. In the meantime I'll keep an eye open for something else and probably start the whole non sub to forced sub with the new one all over again.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 12:55 UTC
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locke_fc: Yes, well, thanks for that last update, and then **** you, Adobe.
Here's where we part ways.

I am suspicius of any "last update" from Adobe... you never know what time bomb code could exist in it, or nagging to subscribe. I'm stopping at 6.12.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 16:13 UTC
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D200_4me: I doubt LR6 would be incompatible with new versions of Windows anytime soon. I'd say it would almost certainly be compatible with whatever the next major release of Windows is and that would give you several more years of use. I wouldn't want to use LR6 that long though with the added step of converting files to DNG before importing.

Also keep in mind that there is always more collusion than competition these days from mega corporations. Just look at the cable companies, cell phone carriers, car companies, food producers etc. The big push these days is to push cloud storage and charge for it.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 02:00 UTC
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D200_4me: I doubt LR6 would be incompatible with new versions of Windows anytime soon. I'd say it would almost certainly be compatible with whatever the next major release of Windows is and that would give you several more years of use. I wouldn't want to use LR6 that long though with the added step of converting files to DNG before importing.

That is not what the MS roadmap states for Windows 10. It is to become a Software as a Service OS, and they clearly define this to be a pay as you go OS by 2025. Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, and it is destined to become a thin client that is connected to and rely on Microsoft's Azure Cloud computing platform to function. At the present time that is the roadmap, unless there is a huge backlash from business and consumers about doing this. But its looking like people are already on the fast track to going cloud and Windows 10 S is the first iteration of the coming change. Make no mistake UWP (and Apple's equiv) is driving all software developers to change from a standalone installed application model to a cloud based Software as a Service model that requires subscription. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain, as seen by Adobe's obscene revenue growth. I want my data and apps in MY possession, I'm not happy about this either.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 01:52 UTC
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D200_4me: I doubt LR6 would be incompatible with new versions of Windows anytime soon. I'd say it would almost certainly be compatible with whatever the next major release of Windows is and that would give you several more years of use. I wouldn't want to use LR6 that long though with the added step of converting files to DNG before importing.

I bet this is no different on Apple products as well. While Adobe may seem to be playing hardball with this subscription/cloud model thing (and I really disagree with it), the more I've thought about this, the more I beleive they are being backed into a corner by MS and Apple. These OSs are destined to be cloud based/Store based apps, and are converting to "As a Service" models that will require monthly fees to use. http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-to-devs-again-heres-why-universal-windows-platform-matters/

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
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D200_4me: I doubt LR6 would be incompatible with new versions of Windows anytime soon. I'd say it would almost certainly be compatible with whatever the next major release of Windows is and that would give you several more years of use. I wouldn't want to use LR6 that long though with the added step of converting files to DNG before importing.

Probably the biggest problem will be when Microsoft turns off support in Windows 10 for software that was built on the old .NET and WIN32 models only to support the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP). No doubt Microsoft has already read the riot act to Adobe and all others that they have to switch all of their products over to UWP (since Windows Store will be the sole distribution method for all apps) or face not being supported on Windows future versions. Cont...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: So what did Google actually benefit the photography community all the time they owned Nik?

They took Snapseed which was what they really wanted, then they branded the rest of NIK Suite as Google NIK, made a few updates to the NIK Suite for about a year then ceased updating and made it free to all.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
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RedWattlebird: Adobe are bunch of crooks that come across as very dishonest.

I do not trust a word they say.

This is quite unfair on photographers that paid thousands of dollars to Adobe over the years, plus the incalculable time and money to learn their unintuitive software to an acceptable degree...... and then find themselves trapped with only a subscription service. This is after it was implied that LR was going to be available as a standalone software only recently. They will now stop maintaining it in two months.

After we fattened Adobe's pockets, we are dumped. Switching brands is not as straight forward when you have your images and edits locked in a propriety catalogue.

I will NOT give Adobe another cent. I will for the time being download a pirate copy until I find a suitable alternative.

probably not something you should be broadcasting on the web.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 11:49 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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junk1: I wish they'd follow Microsoft's scheme/model - most companies are not going to pirate SW, so Microsoft earns a fortune from them. MS sells Office very affordably for home use which makes it very hard for competitors to displace MS Office.
Adobe will get corporations to subscribe no mater what model Adobe chooses, but they risk losing millions of hobbyists, and building up competitors with new customers.

They are following Microsoft exactly, or rather vice versa. Office 365 is a subscription service, you can't buy it outright anymore. It's $99/year or $9.99 /month. MS is also desperately trying to force business to go to Office 365 as well, and remove them from the perpetual Software Assurance model.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
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EDWARD ARTISTE: And this, is what COMPETITION looks like.

Capture one should by them and turn it into a powerhouse, make adobe think twice

This just in... Adobe buys MacPhun for an undisclosed amount. News at 11. ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 02:21 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: I don't understand why this should worry the current stand-alone LR owners . It is not like it will shut itself down on Dec. 31st ... . In my opinion Adobe is shooting in its own leg with this move by repelling new users , but Adobe sure knows better ....

And sooner or later the older standalone version will not work with operating system updates.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:15 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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Pontoneer: I have to disagree strongly with all this negativity .

I started with Photoshop when it was in its infancy .

I didn't purchase every version of PS , and I was glad my employer paid for it .

Because of the expense , software piracy was rife , and this was no doubt a problem for Adobe - no wonder they worked hard to make this as difficult as possible .

In time , cameras , computers and OS were upgraded - these upgrades were EXPENSIVE - hundreds of pounds each time , and if you didn't do it then you couldn't install the ACR for your new camera ; Adobe had you where they wanted you .

When CC came out , I was delighted : two industry standard pieces of software for less than the cost of a couple of beers a month - no dreaded expensive update every two or three years , and the latest version of ACR or whatever always to hand .

I think it is one of the biggest bargains in photography since we were given eyes , and I wonder at people who poo poo it .

I agree it is a bargain. It's like crack actually. It's the cost of the ransom that worries people the most. Specifically what is that ransom going to be tomorrow? And there is a great disparity of the cost/month between countries that does not add up to the difference in currency exchange... just because Adobe can charge what they like for that country to have their products.

Everyone is free to decide if the Adobe way of doing things is right for them or not. At this time the overwhelming opinion is that most people feel they have been forced into a corner and or trapped to some extent... at least until another vendor steps up to the plate... then the cycle will start all over again.

Oh and as far as piracy of Adobe products goes, one only has to look and see that the existing pay as you go model has been defeated since about the 2nd day it came out.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:08 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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kbdkbd: This is a sad turn of events, but an expected one. I have 6.12 perpetual, and both sets of 5.x an 6.x CD installs. I plan on staying with the 6.x version for as long as Windows 10 will tolerate it.

The thing that has always worried me about upgrading Lightroom from 4.x to 5.x to 6.x is the "upgrade of the database". This upgrading of the database probably prevents reverting back to lets say 5 once you've moved to 6, so from this day forward I don't want adobe touching my working version ever again. Today I just disabled the Creative Cloud app in startup permanently and stopped and set all the Adobe update services to disabled as well. The CC App already had an update waiting for the new "LightRoom Classic" which scared me and I don't want them modifying my last known good version. So far Lightroom still works just fine. We'll see if it's depends on phoning home or not to continue to work.

Thanks 2step. I beta tested the Windows version a few months back. It was lacking quite a bit of the functionality compared to the MAC version. Is this still the case or are they on par now after the Windows official release? I don't have a MAC but a friend does and I was able to compare them side by side.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 11:27 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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kbdkbd: This is a sad turn of events, but an expected one. I have 6.12 perpetual, and both sets of 5.x an 6.x CD installs. I plan on staying with the 6.x version for as long as Windows 10 will tolerate it.

The thing that has always worried me about upgrading Lightroom from 4.x to 5.x to 6.x is the "upgrade of the database". This upgrading of the database probably prevents reverting back to lets say 5 once you've moved to 6, so from this day forward I don't want adobe touching my working version ever again. Today I just disabled the Creative Cloud app in startup permanently and stopped and set all the Adobe update services to disabled as well. The CC App already had an update waiting for the new "LightRoom Classic" which scared me and I don't want them modifying my last known good version. So far Lightroom still works just fine. We'll see if it's depends on phoning home or not to continue to work.

Lightroom is now in the same mode as NIK as far as I'm concerned. Use it for as a long as I can until it doesn't work anymore. Shame really.

Hopefully another developer will stand up and create a decent integrated catalogue with import tools to suck in the undocumented Lightroom database. I would have moved to something else a few years ago if there was a real solution.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 11:17 UTC
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