SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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SirSeth: Has anyone else tried Affinity with Sony RAW? I tried on Win10 64bit with a 6-core AMD and 16GB or ram and it was agonizingly slow. The worst part is that recovering highlights and shadows was the worst results I've seen. Exposure compensation was almost as bad.

So besides the speed thing, is this a Sony RAW thing?

I agree. The Sony partnership seems to have paid off for all involved.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 00:40 UTC
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ajamils1: Slide and Slide Lite look exactly the same as before. Am I missing something ?

slimmer clips, added cushion, smoother textures. Not much more you could do to already premium products.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 00:57 UTC
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Mnweni: I want to like Affinity Photo but raw development is a problem. For my kind of landscape photography and I suppose for most others, effective shadow / highlight control is vital. Searching online it seems others have the same problem.
Serif has posted videos on workarounds but they are not very effective and certainly not intuitive.
I use an image that really tests a program in this area. Only Lightroom and Capture One do a decent job. All the others I've tried are poor in comparison. They include Luminar, DXO Photolab, One1 Photo Raw 2018, After shot Pro 3.

Then again, maybe I'm not very skilled in using these programs but how hard should it be?

Thanks Tom. I'll look into it. What RAW have you used with ON1? Do you know how it handles Sony and Fuji? I know Fuji files can be tricky with some processors.

Since posting I did try Capture One and now have less incentive to try and fix anything. I would also lean toward the perspective that if ON1 is fussy with graphics cards, then it's ON1 that needs to be fixed. ;)

But Capture One is fast and the results are better than LR which I found very impressive. The program is an ace and well worth the money, especially for Sony shooters. ($50). I was looking forward to ON1 building up to release. I think it is priced well and the interface looks very nice. May still try and see why it doesn't like me.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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SirSeth: Has anyone else tried Affinity with Sony RAW? I tried on Win10 64bit with a 6-core AMD and 16GB or ram and it was agonizingly slow. The worst part is that recovering highlights and shadows was the worst results I've seen. Exposure compensation was almost as bad.

So besides the speed thing, is this a Sony RAW thing?

I tried Capture One after trying Affinity, ON1 and a few others. It's only $50 for Sony users and is fast and the results are better than anything--even LR. I'm sold.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 01:07 UTC
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SirSeth: I tried it just now. First impressions are very negative. I first tried opening 36 raw files from a shoot. OK, this is not how the use the program. I had to restart my machine cold boot. Took a very long time to open just 1 RAW from my A7. First tried to bring up shadows. What the heck, it looks horrible!? What is going on with this? It's pegging my 6-core CPU and 16GB of ram with Win10 at nearly 100%. I also tried a trial of ON1 PhotoRAW and it kept crashing my machine. (Same as last year when I tried v.2017. Hope Luminar is better because I don't want to do LR CC.

Great Scott! I just tried Capture One Pro and wow, not only is it very fast on my system, but the results are superior to anything I've seen. This is an easy choice. While I could mess with Affinity, ON1 or Luminar, as a Sony user, Capture One is a deal at $50. The all camera support version is $300 but $150 for university students and that beats a LR by a mile for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 01:05 UTC
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SirSeth: I tried it just now. First impressions are very negative. I first tried opening 36 raw files from a shoot. OK, this is not how the use the program. I had to restart my machine cold boot. Took a very long time to open just 1 RAW from my A7. First tried to bring up shadows. What the heck, it looks horrible!? What is going on with this? It's pegging my 6-core CPU and 16GB of ram with Win10 at nearly 100%. I also tried a trial of ON1 PhotoRAW and it kept crashing my machine. (Same as last year when I tried v.2017. Hope Luminar is better because I don't want to do LR CC.

Very good questions. I wonder the same. I'm not sure if Affinity results would have to do with being designed for Mac or just the slowness of the program on Windows. Maybe they didn't test with as much hardware in the Windows ecosystem because the Mac ecosystem doesn't have as much hardware variance? Not sure what is going on with ON1.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 19:37 UTC

Has anyone else tried Affinity with Sony RAW? I tried on Win10 64bit with a 6-core AMD and 16GB or ram and it was agonizingly slow. The worst part is that recovering highlights and shadows was the worst results I've seen. Exposure compensation was almost as bad.

So besides the speed thing, is this a Sony RAW thing?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 14:23 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
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BostonBoy: This morning I spend several hours on the V1.6x Trial SW. Like many others I’m looking at an Adobe replacement. Offering LR as CC only going forward has put me over the edge. After DxO, Capture One, and specialized solutions (such as Phocus) I’m looking for several things as a non-professional user: a) moderate rich functionality for ALL my RAW files, b) contained cost, and c) a solid go-forward path (not necessarily with a Digital Asset Mgmt Solution as I have a clearly structured WF and file system archive.

I just developed X-Trans and Bayer files from 3 modern cameras (D850, XT-2, X1D) with very pleasing result. Could this really be my new “grand unified solution”?!

I will keep testing. Judgement is still out, but it certainly piqued my interest.

Interesting. DxO not working well with X-Trans is disappointing. I'm thinking about picking up an XT-1. How does Capture One work with X-Trans? I found Affinity to be very slow on my system, but besides the speed, the results with Sony RAW from my A7 were very poor. If the results were better, it may be worth trying to figure out what is causing the slowness.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 14:20 UTC
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SirSeth: I tried it just now. First impressions are very negative. I first tried opening 36 raw files from a shoot. OK, this is not how the use the program. I had to restart my machine cold boot. Took a very long time to open just 1 RAW from my A7. First tried to bring up shadows. What the heck, it looks horrible!? What is going on with this? It's pegging my 6-core CPU and 16GB of ram with Win10 at nearly 100%. I also tried a trial of ON1 PhotoRAW and it kept crashing my machine. (Same as last year when I tried v.2017. Hope Luminar is better because I don't want to do LR CC.

Entoman - Thanks for the suggestion. If Affinity or ON1, while not running, cause conflicts with other programs that try to run, then they are definitely not worth consideration. I think this is very highly unlikely. I can reimage my machines but it's a hassle when I don't believe that is the problem. It would be easier to test on a different machine with different hardware. (And of course it is easy to suggest that other people re-format). I've been a system admin and worked with hardware a lot. Affinity's results look horrible with Sony RAW and that is not my machine. ON1 crashing on machines that runs everything else and have specs high above system requirements is not a straightforward easy fix. Programming in compatibility across all hardware is complex.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 14:12 UTC
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Mnweni: I want to like Affinity Photo but raw development is a problem. For my kind of landscape photography and I suppose for most others, effective shadow / highlight control is vital. Searching online it seems others have the same problem.
Serif has posted videos on workarounds but they are not very effective and certainly not intuitive.
I use an image that really tests a program in this area. Only Lightroom and Capture One do a decent job. All the others I've tried are poor in comparison. They include Luminar, DXO Photolab, One1 Photo Raw 2018, After shot Pro 3.

Then again, maybe I'm not very skilled in using these programs but how hard should it be?

Similar experience. I tried On1 and Affinity. On1 crashes my system and Affinity is painfully slow. But the worst thing about Affinity is that the exposure slider and highlight/shadow recovery are like slinging oatmeal at my photo. I was appalled! How does anyone find the results even passable? Maybe it's my A7 files and other RAW formats are better suited to the program? My 6-core AMD and 16GB of RAM were acting like a dual core and 4GB of RAM with both of these programs. LR and DxO are quite fast. DxO does pretty decent with most of the sliders I've tried. Only edited about a dozen shots so far. Will try Capture One.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 04:09 UTC
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SirSeth: I tried it just now. First impressions are very negative. I first tried opening 36 raw files from a shoot. OK, this is not how the use the program. I had to restart my machine cold boot. Took a very long time to open just 1 RAW from my A7. First tried to bring up shadows. What the heck, it looks horrible!? What is going on with this? It's pegging my 6-core CPU and 16GB of ram with Win10 at nearly 100%. I also tried a trial of ON1 PhotoRAW and it kept crashing my machine. (Same as last year when I tried v.2017. Hope Luminar is better because I don't want to do LR CC.

The system requirements for Affinity are very minimal. Windows 7 or better, 2GB RAM, Less than a gig of HD space required.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 03:47 UTC
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SirSeth: I tried it just now. First impressions are very negative. I first tried opening 36 raw files from a shoot. OK, this is not how the use the program. I had to restart my machine cold boot. Took a very long time to open just 1 RAW from my A7. First tried to bring up shadows. What the heck, it looks horrible!? What is going on with this? It's pegging my 6-core CPU and 16GB of ram with Win10 at nearly 100%. I also tried a trial of ON1 PhotoRAW and it kept crashing my machine. (Same as last year when I tried v.2017. Hope Luminar is better because I don't want to do LR CC.

@Asser I tried DxO this morning. It runs stable and as fast as LR. It was immediately intuitive without any orientation and the results look good. This is a definite option for me.

Maybe my system is just finicky with program architecture? But if LR and DxO work as they should, what is wrong with ON1 and Affinity? BTW, I tried a Serif Program several years ago and it also ran like a dog, I was hoping for a new experience. But again, maybe it is just me.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 14:42 UTC
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SirSeth: I tried it just now. First impressions are very negative. I first tried opening 36 raw files from a shoot. OK, this is not how the use the program. I had to restart my machine cold boot. Took a very long time to open just 1 RAW from my A7. First tried to bring up shadows. What the heck, it looks horrible!? What is going on with this? It's pegging my 6-core CPU and 16GB of ram with Win10 at nearly 100%. I also tried a trial of ON1 PhotoRAW and it kept crashing my machine. (Same as last year when I tried v.2017. Hope Luminar is better because I don't want to do LR CC.

Interesting and good feedback. To clarify, only ON1 is crashing my system. Affinity is just really slow for me and produces results that look like I tossed a bucket of oatmeal on my photos. If exposure and shadow recovery produces such results, it's just not going to work. I've used LR 5.1 for a long time and it has never crashed or even seemed to tax the system much although I'd like to see previews faster, it's totally manageable.

Are you guys running high end graphics cards too? I have a non-gaming regular old graphics card that I think is 1GB. Is that why my processor is running at 99% just to open a photo in Affinity? My RAM was never over 50% usage.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 13:49 UTC

I tried it just now. First impressions are very negative. I first tried opening 36 raw files from a shoot. OK, this is not how the use the program. I had to restart my machine cold boot. Took a very long time to open just 1 RAW from my A7. First tried to bring up shadows. What the heck, it looks horrible!? What is going on with this? It's pegging my 6-core CPU and 16GB of ram with Win10 at nearly 100%. I also tried a trial of ON1 PhotoRAW and it kept crashing my machine. (Same as last year when I tried v.2017. Hope Luminar is better because I don't want to do LR CC.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 04:18 UTC as 18th comment | 16 replies
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Interim: Take down a drone, shoot down an owner, repeat actions on the next occasion or two and the problem is solved.

If we could do the same with bigoted morons online we would be all set. Oh dang, I just condemned myself. ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 12:53 UTC

"Adobe: Yes, an Update is Available... elsewhere."

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 15:04 UTC as 97th comment
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I love the northwest, it's girls and guys, the float planes, and conifers. Dog people are less charming, but I can forgive that.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 14:58 UTC as 88th comment

Possibly, but who would want pictures of the inside of my pocket? Or my carpet? Or the top of my table? Or ceiling? Or even my face? And who would orchestrate and collect that or sense when a picture might be interesting or informative? Apps want data on users so they can target advertising--huge troves of data for what people do online is worth billions. But secretly recording me? Where's the incentive? Privacy is worth fighting for in legislation, but big brother fears about technology and conspiracy theories usually just don't make a whole lot of sense. Just deny permissions or don't use apps that need access to your souls. No one really needs yay to post on social media and as soon as you do, you have no privacy.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 14:55 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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SirSeth: Do you think an A7iii is on the heels? That's what I was expecting next. What would Sony hold back to differentiate? Maybe dual SD, battery, and 36mp without the FPS of the A9 or resolution of the A7Riii?

Just because I listed dual SD, increased battery life, and 36mp doesn't mean those are the only things I consider important. If they were I would indeed look at the K1. My top priorities are actually compatibility with my lenses--all of them--and a quality EVF with focus aids and WYSISYG. Price, compactness, build quality, video, and pleasing (to me) IQ are next. So mirrorless is really the only compelling option to me despite the K1 having dual cards, sealing, a resolution bump. Maybe the worst thing about Pentax is I don't like their starting point with IQ. Probably the K1 is different, but the last DSLR I owned was a K5iis and I hated the default IQ and wrestling the heck out of every RAW file to get something near pleasing to my eye was the worst. The things I liked about the Pentax were overwhelmed by the bad. So, I'll likely never go back to Pentax even if I were to go back to DSLRs which would be incredibly backwards imo. Just to explain.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 19:09 UTC

Do you think an A7iii is on the heels? That's what I was expecting next. What would Sony hold back to differentiate? Maybe dual SD, battery, and 36mp without the FPS of the A9 or resolution of the A7Riii?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 14:16 UTC as 160th comment | 5 replies
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