ThomasH_always

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On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

This is cute how the steam raises from the cup! I just wish we could see how much of the highlight on the counter could be recovered in Capture One or in After Shot...

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 13:40 UTC as 2nd comment
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Lifting shadows is ok, but why to lose so much substance in the sky?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 13:34 UTC as 1st comment

I think the police shooting, happening yet again, is not the worse aspect of this case: We have actually a grand jury of "peers" deciding that this is justified. And that is really scary.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 14:22 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
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Jefftan: funny to see so many defend price rise
are they paid by Adobe or are shareholders?

price increase from already very high level
hard to see why real customers would defend it with inflation claim

look at their record profit today, real reason is greed

I won't blame someone trying to pirate Adobe because they are not playing fair

Yes, After Shot is the former Bibble, a popular converter. Also, Corel has the Paint Shop Pro, what is Photoshop equivalent. I posted recently a link to youtube video showing an image processed in parallel identically by both programs.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 15:00 UTC
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sandy b: So a couple of years ago it was all, "they are doomed, I will never support them". Obviously the average CC user doesn't hang around DPR.

I continue to happily pay the same small fee for the dozens of hours I use their product every month with having to shell out big bucks everytime I bought a new camera.

We kind of repeat ourselves here: read through what's at stake. Of course it makes sense when you re a professional and use products for dozens of hours. My company does basically the same with the Cloud Model, and SaaS services for businesses.

I will still repeat for you: Take your camera, have that rare moment in front of you and press shutter. Oops, we have a problem. Message comes out: The subscription to your firmware 1.02 has run out, your credit card was denied. Place payment. You rush to your PC or tablet, (you just got a new credit card with a new expiration date) but a message comes "call 800-555-5555, the license for your OS has run out, payment was denied."

We have right of choice. I for once would NEVER lease a car, I purchase it. Like now: I am off Adobe and I love Capture One.

The popular Camera Store even mentioned this unholy trend among the worse trends of 2017. And lastly here: Adobe lied to customers that they will maintain Lightroom as product .

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 14:11 UTC
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Bill Ferris: I see the "Adobe is evil" clown show is still running. Have you tried an aluminum foil hat?

Mighty many people seem to be "whining". You should sit down, read through what the issue is, maybe you will grasp what's at stake. I do not use Photoshop, I never will. Do not want pay for it $120 annually, its $1200 in ten years.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 13:55 UTC
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Blaklynx01: Has anybody considered how rent-a-software (if that is THE future of all software) can impact your use of your PC/laptop/pad, etc? And maybe your life?

You rent software ABCXYZ for $xxx per month. Now you're unemployed. What luxuries do you give up? Coffee at Starbucks? (it's only two a month, right?) Chocolate? Beer? Wine? If unemployment gets severe, then what?

Imagine giving up your subscription(s) one by one like a monthly magazine. Potentially, you can't use the PC at all.

Some say "outright cost more than renting"... but you know what, I see high value in controlling my assets rather than be dictated to by companies that don't give a sh*t if you're employed or not. Try asking for 'extra time' or 'grace' if you're out of work. God forbid you don't end up with a severe injury and cannot work and money is short.

If you own it, employed or unemployed, you can still use it. If you think renting is the best, then good luck to you.

I'd rather my PC doesn't become a boat anchor.

I think that your thoughtful observation is just one more argument in the mosaic of arguments, which will be entirely ignored by Adobe.

I could re-re-re-iterate several other arguments. Let me just recall the hypothetical "firmware rental" scenario. Your camera does not work anymore, please punch in credit card number to renew. Open your laptop, oops, dead, renew your OS subscription. Oops, the email also does not work, do it again, renew.

And so on, and on and on.

This is Un-American. One guarding principle is Right of Choice. You want to subscribe, or to lease car instead of owning it, fine, choose so. But have an UNSHAKEABLE right to purchase. This is a basic, MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT in our society since its beginning. We NEED AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION.

Adobe case is simply as serious as that. They have betrayed American principles of decency. And that makes them outcasts, outlaws in my book.

I am outraged.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 06:55 UTC
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Jefftan: funny to see so many defend price rise
are they paid by Adobe or are shareholders?

price increase from already very high level
hard to see why real customers would defend it with inflation claim

look at their record profit today, real reason is greed

I won't blame someone trying to pirate Adobe because they are not playing fair

No you did not, Jefftan said it. Our post overlapped. I would say, that would be obvious.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 13:52 UTC
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Rick DeBari: I have said this before. If all digital camera manufacturers would simply offer the option to save RAW files in-camera to the universal DNG RAW format we would no longer be dependent on paying monthly subscriptions to get RAW updates for new camera models. They could still include multiple in-camera file-format save options as before, ie Nikon RAW NEF, Jpeg, TIFF, etc. But give us the DNG as an in-camera option. Some camera makers are doing this already (Pentax, Ricoh, Leica.) Magic Lantern is working on firmware which creates in-camera DNG files for Canon DSLR's. Having this option in new models of digicams would be an excellent selling feature!

I completely agree: The situation as it is, indirectly increases cost of cameras, because every camera maker develops their own raw format and maintains their own software division. This also constantly invalidates any 3rd party software. We need a flow of updates handling meanwhile hundreds of pairs 'camera/model. '

Here is a thought: A building code forces the use of a standard power socket. We need law makers to issue a code forcing EVERYBODY to support some standard raw file format. And a common battery, when we are at it. The battery-o-mania with the following hurricane of chargers and cables is a symptom of the same sickness.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 13:50 UTC

This shows why they do not care about the protest. Shareholders are happy. The "few good men" resisting the trend are irrelevant.

Adobe is like Google: When we search online, we say "we google something". When we read about image processing, we say "we photoshop the image." This gives them the aura of invincibility, and hurts competitors, such as Paint Shop Pro (Corel). Foremost the professionals flock in to Adobe, and stay with them. An army of followers step into the same software, about which so many books and online sources exist. That quasi monopoly will not be broken. Even Apple resigned their Aperture, and they are on the run these days.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 13:31 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Mortal Lion: Finally I understand why they call it creative cloud. It's a creative way to suck money out of their customers. It's obvious this is working well and that's why they creatively increased prices.

If you believe that this is "a protection", you are mistaken. I would predict that in the vast expanse of Russia and China someone will crack the "cloud handshake," create a "creative adapter" faking it, and that will be that: People will get the software for $10 and add the adapter to walk away with it.

The point here is, that "renting a software" by forcing people into it, is wrong. My wife "rented" Microsoft Office to write 2-3 letters. Than once the $99 paid period was up, she paid it again to my indignation, to write another letter. Open Office is enough for me, heck even my company. This entire trend is wrong, and great many people will not succumb to it. I even call it "un-American." The popular Camera Store named it among their list of "worse trends of 2017."

What if camera makers will start to "rent firmware"? Press the shutter, nothing happens. Enter credit card number to renew that firmware.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 13:23 UTC
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Bill Ferris: I see the "Adobe is evil" clown show is still running. Have you tried an aluminum foil hat?

You use one, isn't that enough?

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 13:11 UTC
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Mortal Lion: Finally I understand why they call it creative cloud. It's a creative way to suck money out of their customers. It's obvious this is working well and that's why they creatively increased prices.

The way to a steady money flow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2anU4t67wI

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 13:30 UTC
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Jefftan: funny to see so many defend price rise
are they paid by Adobe or are shareholders?

price increase from already very high level
hard to see why real customers would defend it with inflation claim

look at their record profit today, real reason is greed

I won't blame someone trying to pirate Adobe because they are not playing fair

I must say, I differ in my opinion here: To pirate anything is not right, and is not legal. Walk away from them, vote them out by using your wallet. This is the legitimate way.

Having said that, I am predicting that their "safe server" connecting to your computer will be hacked someplace in the vast expanse of Russia or China, and that will be that. In all the sudden people will get the software for $10, fake-connect by the mean of some adapter, and keep using the product.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 13:24 UTC

All what is to know about the money sucking scheme of theirs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2anU4t67wI

But partially the blame is on the miserable PR work of the competitors. For example, for a decade or longer we have the PaintShop Pro, formerly Jasc (I used to own it), later owned by Corel. This example video shows that at least some of the "photoshopy" works can be also "paintshopy":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUHc5ryMXIM

I never work on images in such complex way, thus I do not know exactly how much of the functionality is really covered, but this example surely looks impressive. And the price is right, should you do such involved image manipulations on only rare occasions. I will NEVER enroll to any money sucking scheme, such as Creative Could.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 03:28 UTC as 11th comment

If you mark green/red cells in your comparison table to indicate the best/worse value of a feature, and indicate the focal length of the ZS200 with green, than maybe you should also indicate the aperture of this lens by 'red' (worse of them all) or indicate the Sony and Canon f/1.8-2.8 by 'green.'

It is simply obviously a matter of choice made in the model design: Either we opt for a short but bright zoom (Sony RX100, Canon G7X2,) or we target the classic "travel" photography by offering the long zoom, for which we have to pay a price in the value of the aperture. It is the obvious compromise, we cannot escape the laws of physics.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 13:44 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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tom1234567: so customers with standalone version can whistle they get left behind as per

Adobe rip off,
NOW we see how Adobe treats customers they try to force them to upgrade to the
pay monthly version, or they get no updates.
shame on you Adobe.
CUSTOMERS SHOULD WAKE UP AND LEAVE ADOBE WHAT MORE PROOF DO WE NEED.
YOU CAN NOW SEE HOW ADOBE TREATS LOYAL CUSTOMERS,
its all about shareholders with them customers are 2nd priority

Tom G Scotland

I think that many people who use Photoshop for sophisticated work are enticed by the $10 monthly in lieu of (what) $600-700 stiff purchase price for a license. But if you do not use Photoshop, you simply pay for a product which you do not use. For me the price for LR would be effectively bumped by close to 300%, add to it the risk of losing your work when you stop paying. The CC is $120 annually, $1200 in 10 years, assuming Adobe will keep the same price.

Remember, most damaging expenses are the repetitive small amounts, which we ignore. Go for a coffee and a latte for $10 a day, its $3500 annually, and $35,000 in ten years. This is how Starbucks and Peets can afford so many cafes in best locations. Adobe tries to mimic this scheme, at our cost.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 15:54 UTC
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ThomasH_always: Isn't Lightroom canceled? The LR 6.14 was the last one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2anU4t67wI

Available only a "software for rent", one of the most ugly anti user trends of our times. We need an Executive Order here, something to protect consumers. I am learning Capture One, its really fantastic!

In this context lets also mention the true alternative to Photoshop: The PaintShop Pro. I used to have one when the company was Jasc. Now for many years its a part of Corel. If you are not a professional, and make complex image processing only on seldom occasions, just look at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUHc5ryMXIM

and go to their web page for more details. https://www.paintshoppro.com/en/
The price is right. Corel has also in its suit the AfterShot, what is a further developed Bibble raw converter, but I am still most taken by C1. The results are simply magnificent and I am getting used to the interface.

Adobe offers this bundle only in order to prevent that anyone would venture away from Photoshop, a quasi monopoly in professional image processing. I hope they will be sorry for their antics.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 15:21 UTC

Isn't Lightroom canceled? The LR 6.14 was the last one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2anU4t67wI

Available only a "software for rent", one of the most ugly anti user trends of our times. We need an Executive Order here, something to protect consumers. I am learning Capture One, its really fantastic!

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 14:49 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
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Franz Weber: A normal tree can perfecly withstand some people climing on it’s branches. So the problem must be somewere else.

I suppose there is way too much moisture beneth the roots. So if you realy want to protect the tree, go and dry out the lake.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. To me this lake and some tree is bo-o-o-ring as boring gets. When I think of a lake scene, I instantly think of something like Lago di Garda, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Constance or Lake Lugano. But that's me, I see beauty in a grand historic domestication. We have here a Lake Tahoe in the relative proximity. That one is to me also boring to an extend that I see it a penalty when my wife wants to go there. Some trees, mountains and green painted casinos, to "blend in". Poverty all around otherwise, intermixed by a sprinkle of hidden in the trees obscene expensive empty residences. Oh my... I wish I would not be here...

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 14:33 UTC
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