lescrane

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On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (892 comments in total)

The answer is YES...we do need buttons and dials if we are doing photography which requires lot's of changes on the fly without removing your eyes from a viewfinder. I shoot birds and wildlife and tried going with a compact mirroless body with few physical controls. It was impossible to coordinate the brain, eye and fingers to start moving things around on a screen or with some combination of buttons. I wound up with a much bigger body that cost more but that's the price to be paid. Oh, yes, cost is a huge factor for manufacturers to cut down on buttons and levers. There's a lot more labor and materials cost to assembling all those buttons vs just having all the controls on a touch screen

Link | Posted on May 10, 2021 at 18:15 UTC as 86th comment

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Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2021 at 15:27 UTC as 24th comment

Does this have any practical use with preparing images for the digital display only?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2021 at 01:51 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
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Psychfilms: Here's a philosophical question for photographers.... Does software like this cross the line between the true art of photography (think 'analog' as the standard) and photography as the basis for a graphic design?

In other words, would you feel comfortable providing a client or galley photographs that you took which were manipulated in the fashion available in this software?

It's a slippery slope with digital. First most all digital cameras 'process' an image in the camera based on its color science and settings (e.g. Fuji's film simulations), then there are simple post adjustments like saturation or contrast. Again the slippery slope of what you see with your eyes that you photograph and what the final presented image looks like. In some ways it's all good depending on your artistic intent. But on the other hand if you are a serious or professional photographer, does something not feel right with such manipulation? Cheers!

Everyone has an idea of what photography "should" be. How ironic for artists trying to set some standards. Maybe we can just call it Digital Art. does that make people feel. better? I see absolutely nothing wrong with using your imagination and the tools available to produce any image that pleases you or your audience. As long as it's not stealing someone else's work

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2021 at 22:20 UTC
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randfee2: I take pride in having achieved a good shot, so this technique is for posers and pro's who don't have sentimental value in their way.
For hobbyists like me, this will never replace the feeling of 'having been there, in that very moment'

I can see myself purchasing this software for shots that need to 'sell', need to look super stunning. For my personal photos, I don't need to fake anything!

Photography is becoming more like painting. Get a rough sketch in the field, finish it on the computer. OK with me. I hate getting out at sunrise

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2021 at 15:54 UTC

I finally downloaded a trial version. I couldn't even enter my information in the opening screen.. All fields frozen. Intel 11th generation laptop processor. Oh well,, I tried. They know about issue,. have known for. months as per "support" forum. Not good.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2021 at 15:52 UTC as 12th comment

Why I won't buy this ( and I LIKE the sky replacement function)
1. Luminar 4 was buggy from the beginning and updates didn't always help.
2. To make matters worse, they finally got it to be functional, but it is not compatible with the latest Intel integrated graphics chip (iris xe). Non functional. Their only solution is to do a registry edit
3. I'd try AI to see if it works with my new laptop (a crapshoot) but Noooh, you can't even download a trial version, you have to pay first, and ask for your money back if you're not happy

I'm getting by w/Adobe sky replacement in PS... I actually found Lumar's easier to use and more flexible...when it actually functioned

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2021 at 01:22 UTC as 16th comment
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Mortal Lion: Ok you replaced the sky and it's reflection. Now I want Bo Derek on that horse (the young Bo Derek mind you!). To work people!

Bo who? (does anyone under 60 know?)
oh yeah, she was a "10"
...I hear she's down to a 3 now

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 04:28 UTC
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amateurphotographer: I recently bought Luminar 4 , solely for their sky replacement function. Which helps me to speed up my workflow when replacing the sky for architecture shoots. I've found some sky issues with Luminar 4 that seems like the AI can't cope with and the outputs are unrealistic. This may be expected under some circumstancing given this early function, but was hoping it was easy to correct. However it seems like there is no full control of the sky replacement in luminar 4. With this photoshop version sky replacement the main thing i see is the layers and masking are in full view, which means you have full control of the sky replacement. Of course we have to see how accurate is the sky replacement and realistic, but at least it's a good function to have and will surely improve with time.

Luminar works well for Sky Replacement but it's a pain in the you know what to use with Adobe. I use Smart Objects in PS, don't use Luminar for anything else. If this AI tool works, Luminar is obsolete for me at least. Normally I sympathize with the "little guy" getting squashed but after Luminar's claim the their new thing is not an "update", plus their shoddy bug filled releases, I don't care. whatever's best for the customer.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 18:19 UTC
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Jer81: As an European I'm watching this new US show from the sideline. I don't care who wins the election and think this 2 political party system doesn't really functions.

But why bring US politics to a international orientated gear website?

How insane, blaming the current US president for rising oceans. He was a real estate mogul, reality show host for the past 50 years and has absolutely nothing to do with the environmental issues that the industrial world has produced as it tries to feed and house and support the poplulation. China, India and others lead the world in despoiling the environment.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 17:14 UTC
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Archirum: What photography is? Another step towards the flattening of creativity.

I don't know how old you are but in the 50s a couple guys in Michigan got really rich inventing something called "paint by number"... paint a "masterpiece" without any talent or creativity. It served a huge need. No harm to anyone, the real artists. still flourished,
The AI/preset craze isn't as bad, at least the photographer has to start with a decent composition. We have been seeing "sameness" in images for years, especially, as others pointed out, with over the top HDR landscapes that almost became t
what viewers expected.
So, if you want to personally be creative, just do your own thing. You can take what comes out of the camera (which of course never really represents. what we see in the first place) or play with each individual slider till your shoulders seize up. I call it freedom

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2020 at 03:02 UTC
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lescrane: Ok, I'm not gonna totally bash Sklylum as I feel I got my money's worth out of Luminar 4 which of course is a one trick pony - AI sky replacement really is game changer for me. Otherwise the package is clunky.
what does seem a bit disturbing is they're calling AI "a completely new product" and announcing they'll only update Luminar 4 for one more year. It doesn't take artificial intelligence to know this is a crock.

Yes, I am an Adobe CC subscriber and really don't mind paying 120.00 a year to get all enhancements and updates w/o the playing the games like Sklylum is playing

please, who ever you are, do your research first. I actually agree with part of what you say. I don't want anything anyone else did in MY photo. MY SKIES. MY CREATION... if you don't want to call it a photograph, you think I care??? I sell canvases all over that were composed and created by me...but oh, my god, I used Topaz Impression to add a painterly look. If you would not do that, ok, that's your take on your work......live and let live.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 18:49 UTC
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lescrane: Ok, I'm not gonna totally bash Sklylum as I feel I got my money's worth out of Luminar 4 which of course is a one trick pony - AI sky replacement really is game changer for me. Otherwise the package is clunky.
what does seem a bit disturbing is they're calling AI "a completely new product" and announcing they'll only update Luminar 4 for one more year. It doesn't take artificial intelligence to know this is a crock.

Yes, I am an Adobe CC subscriber and really don't mind paying 120.00 a year to get all enhancements and updates w/o the playing the games like Sklylum is playing

To Art fascists who think they should define what is allowed I feel sorry for you. Where have you been??? Unless you are a photojournalist who attests a final image being exactly as one saw it, we can do whatever we want to . It's called c-r-e-a-t-iv-t-y. Get it?
Believe me, your reactions are unexpected, especially here,a forum where digital imaging is the main subject.
Someone posted this:
If someone is going to cheat to the extent that they allow AI to determine the composition, cropping, colour balance etc,

You don't understand AI at all. Is changing color balance in LR "cheating"?? What about correcting distortion??? Contrast? All AI does is help you do it.
Don't get in an uproar, but "using Sky Replacement" which you can search on youtube , find many videos by fine photographers, is a skill. You can go build a library of your own skies. Choosing which use for a given image. In PS it's called "compositing"...That's it, go out and enjoy the sky wherever you are.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 18:31 UTC

Ok, I'm not gonna totally bash Sklylum as I feel I got my money's worth out of Luminar 4 which of course is a one trick pony - AI sky replacement really is game changer for me. Otherwise the package is clunky.
what does seem a bit disturbing is they're calling AI "a completely new product" and announcing they'll only update Luminar 4 for one more year. It doesn't take artificial intelligence to know this is a crock.

Yes, I am an Adobe CC subscriber and really don't mind paying 120.00 a year to get all enhancements and updates w/o the playing the games like Sklylum is playing

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 16:58 UTC as 53rd comment | 13 replies
On article Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM sample gallery (471 comments in total)
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Dragonrider: Way too many comments here from folks who have never actually shot with a long lens (or if they did, it was a super zoom with a 1/2.3" sensor). At 800mm, statistically, there is about one day in 20 that you can realize the full potential of a good lens at any significant distance just due to seeing conditions. Further, very few of those days are in the middle of summer. Also, it is almost always necessary to add more sharpening to long shots to overcome atmospheric blur. Many of these shots were at very low shutter speeds (maybe to test the 8 stop claim) with no comment re a tripod. If you do that with a long lens, then it is common practice to shoot a burst and look for a sharp shot (because they won't all be sharp). Even given the limitations of super zooms, the times are rare when you can realize the full resolution of the lens and even rarer as the lens gets better,

true but if you can't either afford or carry the lens, you have no good days. I chose M43 with a 100-400 to save weight. All the money in the world cannot make a 600mm f 4 or even a 150-600 6.3 weigh less. I have to live with less sharpness and the narrow DOF, but my kit goes anywhere with me.. To add....now the FF Canon and DO fixed length lens is another option....

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2020 at 03:01 UTC
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Prosecutor: Off course! As this is no good news for POTUS as he wants to be reelected - So he wants to have things censored and covered up as much as possible.

Especially when it comes down to the actual massacre that is taking place. The number of people dying of COVID19 in the US is much higher than is actually being reported.

The lack of a good healthcare system in the US adds to the total number of people dying, but are not numbered as COVID19 victims.

Good luck opening up America when the infection/reproduction rate is still higher than R=1.

FYI, USA, 3rd largest population in world. Total is greater than UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France combined. We maybe be highest in number (assuming China is telling the truth) but not as high as many other nations in per capita cases or deaths. Raw numbers mean nothing. I'd rather take my chances here than in countries of what will soon be the former EU

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 00:35 UTC
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msstudio: I’m all for transparency, the power of the image and free press, but as a pro I have to stick to the law and rules. The City of New York clearly states: It is illegal to fly them in New York City.

That’s pretty much the end of that discussion, and for anyone question this, NYC is a densely populated place, having a half pound (Or heavier) drone falling from 500’ height on someone’s head can case a head ache if not death.
When we use a drone in professional application (movie shoots), we have a dedicated team of 3 pros operating this, crew gets as far away as possible and we clear everything that’s potentially below the preplanned flight path. Safety first, pretty pictures later. Should apply to all of us, btw.

I witnessed some one get killed by an RC controlled plane in a public place. Shea Stadium, Jet game halftime show, around 1976. You can google it. If you throw a small rock from a great height it can kill someone. it's physics.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 00:31 UTC
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Greg OH: There was a law broken, all right. By the NYPD, violating our constitutional right to a free press.

TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, ...

freedom of the press has nothing to do with breaking public safety laws, does it? Lot's of places so-called press can't go, methods they can't use.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 00:27 UTC
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Retzius: History is a good teacher. Government sanctioned secret mass burials never ends well.

This has been potter's field for years. Sorry, there are unfortunate people who don't get buried at Forest Lawn. has nothing to do with secrets. I suppose you want bury people in front of the Empire State Building or in Central Park. (those are 2 famous places in NY , FYI

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 00:25 UTC
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Dericali: It's a bit depressing when you realise a large portion of people who at least own a camera, who are on a photography website commenting on a story about a photojournalist who had his equipment cancelled while taking photographs that were viewed by million of people around the world, and may be among the defining images of the coronavirus pandemic, don't understand the first thing about photojournalism, it's function or it's purpose.

Or for that matter, democracy.

who cares if he' a "photo journalist?" as if he has no self-serving motives in exposing, what? that people are dying? He thinks he's Woodward and Bernstein?
If he broke a public safety law about flying drones, he should pay whatever the price is. I don't think he's getting thrown into a gulag is he??

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 00:22 UTC
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