Matt Random

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HRC2016: I've always seen these products as making things more complicated than they need to be. A problem in search of a solution.

Now there are more problems.

I guess I'm the problem since this solution is exactly what I was looking for.

I generally just use a wrist strap (PD Cuff) for any Sony RX1 / Fuji X-100 / Leica Q type cameras. But sometimes I like to go to a sling (PD Leash) when I want my hands free.

For my ILC I go between an unpadded sling strap (PD Leash) and a padded sling strap (PD Slide) depending on what lens I'm using.

I also prefer to not have any strap attached when I'm using a tripod.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 16:42 UTC

I was really happy to hear about the switch to thinner cords since both my cameras aren't very heavy and use the eyelet type connectors.

The only anchor connector that I have had show signs of wear is a V1 that I use as a zipper pull for the laptop compartment on my backpack. The braided layer has worn through, but the inner core is still holding up.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 15:32 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

I was thinking I'd start watching these to familiarize myself with CC and watch how it develops since I'm worried that CCC will start down the path of being deprecated with the 2019 update cycle. But, wow, I had a hard time watching the new folks for the minute. I guess I'm getting too old.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 13:48 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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miksto: For all the whiners around that complained "subscription removes incentive to innovate" we see throughout the last year some of the most significant product developments by Adobe proving the whiners wrong. And it does make sense. Incentive is in keeping your product relevant so that more people stay on subscription. Subscription or not the basic dynamics of being paid for staying relevant to your user base is still there. People come and people go based on relevance
Well done Adobe!

We see arrival of AI to the scene making things better and more is to come, performance improvements and great new features. It is not often that I find all new features useful FOR ME rather than not useful but with Adobe over the last year it is totally the case for me.

D'oh! My last reply should not have had the @. Not enough coffee yet.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 14:40 UTC
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miksto: For all the whiners around that complained "subscription removes incentive to innovate" we see throughout the last year some of the most significant product developments by Adobe proving the whiners wrong. And it does make sense. Incentive is in keeping your product relevant so that more people stay on subscription. Subscription or not the basic dynamics of being paid for staying relevant to your user base is still there. People come and people go based on relevance
Well done Adobe!

We see arrival of AI to the scene making things better and more is to come, performance improvements and great new features. It is not often that I find all new features useful FOR ME rather than not useful but with Adobe over the last year it is totally the case for me.

@Caplanner: It will be interesting to see what happens to the subscription numbers over the next year. I think this quarter probably includes an uptick in subscriptions from people who were waiting for LR7. I suspect some of those went to subscription since it was now clear that it was the only way to get any future updates.

To continue to please the Street Adobe must now maintain the record revenues and that means keeping the subscribers - and hopefully continuing to grow the subscription base. I do hope that they continue to improve the products since I'm still a LR user, but I'm worried about what will become of LR in the next major rev that is probably coming at the end of 2019.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 14:03 UTC
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miksto: For all the whiners around that complained "subscription removes incentive to innovate" we see throughout the last year some of the most significant product developments by Adobe proving the whiners wrong. And it does make sense. Incentive is in keeping your product relevant so that more people stay on subscription. Subscription or not the basic dynamics of being paid for staying relevant to your user base is still there. People come and people go based on relevance
Well done Adobe!

We see arrival of AI to the scene making things better and more is to come, performance improvements and great new features. It is not often that I find all new features useful FOR ME rather than not useful but with Adobe over the last year it is totally the case for me.

You are seeing the development now since many people are jumping ship. Adobe has finally woken up.

A lot of this is to catch up with the competition. The AI does seem like a differentiator.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 20:42 UTC
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Can someone tell me how the DAM compares to LR? The need for quick culling, rating and keywording while still being able to do quick edits at the same time is what keeps me bound to LR.

BTW, I plan to download the trial version. But I want to wait until I'm in a better position to make the most of the 30 days.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 16:23 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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Bobthearch: What I found the most frustrating with 2017 and 2018 Beta versions, the flaws and performance issues were so darn obvious, On1 should not have needed bug reports and emails to tech support to identify them.
If something doesn't work right, leave it out of the program until it does. And don't hype new features that first need months of fixing to work as advertised.

I think it is that the application is multiple tools bolted together. I'm always jumping between develop and effects looking for stuff.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 00:05 UTC
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Matt Random: Has Sony dampened the shutter sound or does everyone in a tri-state area still know when you take a picture?

I found the a7ii to be loud and it got me plenty of dirty looks when using it in a crowd. In fact that is one of the main reasons why I stopped using it.

I always had EFC enabled. The silent (electronic) shutter is only good for static or slow moving subjects.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 20:46 UTC

Has Sony dampened the shutter sound or does everyone in a tri-state area still know when you take a picture?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 18:50 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies

Does the X-H1 have TIFF export?

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 18:36 UTC as 45th comment
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babart: This would be ever so great......IF.....DXO would update to allow Fuji raw files to be processed in DXO software. Maybe DPR can persuade them, as I'm certain the new NIK package won't be available separately.

They may keep NIK separate since things like Viewpoint and Filtering Pack are separate products that also work as tightly integrated plugins for the flagship product.

I wouldn't hold you breath for Fuji. If they haven't done it by now, I don't expect them to ever do it.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
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TonyC5D: Last time I tried it there seemed to be no "history" panel. Without this it's a non runner for me so interested to see if this is included now.

I think the history panel is still on the coming soon list. I use the history panel extensively in LR. I will often use it to see if I'm going in the right direction with the last few adjustments. It is just so much easier than trying to turn off adjustments or doing a series of undos followed by the same number of redos. The history panel is also useful for seeing if I applied one of more presets since this isn't obvious from looking at the current state of the slider.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 03:38 UTC
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Nyck: did they fix De-Haze tool?
tried beta and don't like "halo" effect for lot of filters. at least on my photos :-(

I noticed the halos as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 03:32 UTC
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Spad16: Looks like you still haven't quite got it about the Slide. The Capture is a nice enough mount for a GoPro, I have one, it works fine, but is a bit uncomfortable, I'm sure the new one will be better.

But it's the Slide thats important, it's simply the best camera strap there is. The reason for it's greatness, that you never mention is the slippery material, and probably the anchor points contribute too. I can't really see the point of attaching to the bottom of the camera, maybe somebody else does. The brilliance of the idea is that you attach the strap on the ordinary side strap attachments, and it works like an ordinary camera strap, except it never sticks, you can get the camera up to your eye in an instant, thats why it's called slide, it slides!
/Neil

I've found that connecting one end to a side lug and the other end to the bottom allows the camera to snug up to my side when hanging there. It is also very easy to get my hand on the grip and the camera to my eye.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 00:15 UTC
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brycesteiner: I see in comments people don't want to leave Lightomb because they have their catalogs of images. My question:

Why do people keep their images in massive catalogs? Why not just make each shoot or job it's own catalog and then switching to another program is no problem. You still have the old pictures, you still have the old program to edit the old catalog, you still have the old RAW files. What stops you from just switching to a new program for your next shoot?

Do you go back and edit the wedding pictures from 3 years ago (or another shoot)? For me I don't go back and edit (maybe cropping) if someone buys the picture. I print the JPG made at the time of export. After I export my pictures and I'm pretty much done and the catalog itself isn't a huge loss if something does happen (I still backup, but I'm not afraid to try something new even though it may not be compatible with old catalog). I might try the RAW file in another program just to see what I can get but that is it.

I'm an enthusiast that doesn't get near enough time to process the photos I've taken.

LR is part of my workflow in that the shoots come in, get culled, processed and then exported to JPG. I think export the shoot as a separate LR collection for archiving. It is the JPG repository that is my true photo library. However, I'm so far behind that my LR catalogue has years and years of shoots in various states of completion.

That and the fact that most all of these LR replacements don't offer Fuji film simulations is what is making it hard for me to switch from LR.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 15:27 UTC
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keepreal: I wonder if this software is designed for serious work or to appeal to prospective buyers. The idea that armed with a myriad of filters, one can make a masterpiece out of any raw image (pun intended) just like that is appealing, but I have my doubts, even if some are intelligent rather than passive.

I suspect one needs the understanding of and expertise with something like Photoshop and the investment of many, many hours to gain the skills to do that by applying consecutively between one and a few transformations, more often than not with local editing rather than always making changes to the overall image.

So is Luminar a collection of filters with a little bit more or a lot of quality processing tools plus the bonus of filters, a few of which occasionally may actually be useful?

What do you think?

There is also a filter called Curves which is a tone curve control with the usual RGB, black point, white point, etc.

I've not used Instagram, but I think that Luminar's Presets are probably closer to the idea of an Instagram filter. Luminar's Presets are still traditional presets in that they set sliders that you can then refine.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
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Smitty1: It looks interesting.. but I'm not sure I trust MacPhun anymore than Adobe...

They announced the new version of Aurora for Windows in a presale with a discount, say to buy now if you want to take part no trial no beta no nothing but a blind purchase.. then say if you are not satisfied we will refund the purchase price. Hokey but ok I can just wait until the software is released to give it a try... but nope I cannot.

Because the software is released officially.. I go to download the trial, click the button to download the trial, download and install the trial.. first run it tells me I have 0 days left to trial. hahaha

I contact support.. Macphun support tells me the trial isn't ready yet.. but here is a link to a discount to buy the full version. I click the link it takes me to some generic website landing page.

MacPhun doesn't have their act in gear yet.

What is up with this new trend of preordering software or upgrades? Just doesn't make sense to me. It is not like there will be limited quantities of the SW available upon release.

There is a small discount and some other freebies, but it just seems odd to me.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
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mattsuess: I was never a fan of when Adobe went subscription, guessing (and guessing right) that new features would be far and few between. What's their incentive, when they have cash rolling in every month from anyone? I am definitely not crazy about the Cloud either. Will be interesting to see how this plays out as photogs realize there actually is life outside of LR as there are other options out there already or coming soon. I've been a fan of C1 for a while but had to start a 2nd catalog because the first takes forever to open now. I know Macphun has been working on a DAM for Luminar for some time now and they just released a video the other day giving a first glimpse of it. Won't be available until 2018, though based on the video it looks pretty interesting. https://player.vimeo.com/video/238362995

I'm eager for the Luminar DAM to arrive. I can get some really amazing results out of Luminar in a very short amount of time. However, I tend not to use it much since I've never been into the notion of a single-photo editor. I take too many photos and just can't bring myself to culling the lot down to a handful of good ones and editing each one to perfection. Yes, I keep a lot of crap photos and try to convince myself they are good ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 02:11 UTC
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PascallacsaP: I can’t help thinking that a product labeled “Classic” has no future.

Except that Coke Classic only came along after Coke tried to cram the new formula down our throats. It was a reversal on a bad decision and the new Coke eventually went away. I believe that the Coke Classic naming is no longer used. In this case the 'classic' won out.

Coke Classic is the only example I can think of where the 'classic' label didn't end up denoting something that is destined to go away.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
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