Vik2012

Joined on Dec 21, 2014

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Vik2012: It's very clever stuff and a good example of how technology is rapidly advancing to process, what is being captured live, in context.

I still wonder why the largest mainstream camera manufacturers didn't devote more effort and resources to the software in their devices. We had to be thankful that they put most options in a logical menu. :D

Apple had invest in the technology too. They built up what they have now.

My point referred to the lack of investment by large camera companies in software when they were the only photo tech show in town and looking at future options for growth.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 23:08 UTC
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Photoman: Cheaper to buy a Pro Cine camera than the Pro Max???

The phone reception on a pro cine camera is terrible :P Don't get me started on installing apps to do anything you can think of.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 23:05 UTC
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FuhTeng: You asked a question in the headline, therefore the answer is, as always, no.

So the type of processing we see in Cinematic Mode won't revolutionise mobile cinematography?

I don't entirely agree.

We are talking about mobile cinematography, as the headline says...

This type of processing of video in a contextual way is definitely something that introduces big changes in how one can shoot and edit their movies. Revolutionising even.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 23:04 UTC
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Victor Stan: Sadly, even the word "cinematography" has lost its true meaning. Every kid on youtube with a GH5 calls themselves a film-maker, some even have the nerve to call themselves cinematographers. But it's not their fault, marketing is running rampant in western societies with little to no rules or regulations to what someone can publicly say.

So how would you change that? What definition would you use and why would we need to adhere to it? Just asking.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 22:25 UTC
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Camillo: I feel like blockbuster video. Like photographers are on our way out. Business has gone dry and the more people get punchy good enough images out of phones the less we will see new PRO cameras as the less people feel they need a photographer. Yiou can argue about light and shadows but the market is all but at the end of an era.

If you can prove me wrong please do. I don't think Ill answer cause my day job is a killer. But Ill do my best.

When creativity and an eye for a good photo is needed, a skilled creative photographer will still be required.

There are still many good portrait and landscape painters out there selling their work long after the camera came along to make more "perfect" images.

But the days of a type of photographer, whose only real value added was ownership of good gear, might be numbered.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 22:18 UTC
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Mikho: "Cinematic Mode allows you to adjust the aperture, or f-stop, to change the depth-of-field after you've shot your video". If that's what Apple publicly promises then it's a total marketing lie and intentional misrepresentation. Apple would better call that "auto-blur algorithm". Since it's the only thing that actually happens. There are no changes in focus, dof, or f-stop. Blur isn't equal to depth-of-field. That's why there is a "blur" tool and not a "depth-of-field" tool in editors. That will effectively be a gimmick and will do a terrible job in real life — not in a carefully staged marketing video to sell an unbaked gimmick feature — making IRL videos being cringy and fake. Even photos with algorithmic blur still look obviously fake. Have you ever seen a blurred around the main object photo from a phone and thought "what a great depth-of-field"? It's always cringy and looks like a blurred background in a Zoom call.

Apple state on their site: "Just start recording and Cinematic mode will hold focus on your subject while creating a beautiful depth-of-field effect all around them."

They are calling it an effect, which is fair.

They also refer to changing the "blur" afterwards.

So, what's the problem? Why the phoney (pun intended) outrage @Mikho?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 22:13 UTC

It's very clever stuff and a good example of how technology is rapidly advancing to process, what is being captured live, in context.

I still wonder why the largest mainstream camera manufacturers didn't devote more effort and resources to the software in their devices. We had to be thankful that they put most options in a logical menu. :D

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 20:32 UTC as 134th comment | 3 replies

Skylum seem determined to confuse people... How many more names must they sell their editor under? Luminar 4... Luminar AI Update 4... Luminar Neo with AI...

Seems the DPReview link above is incorrect at the moment. Remove the DPReview part at the beginning of it.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 16:21 UTC as 42nd comment | 6 replies
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Simon97: Have we met the end of the blurry UFO photo?

:D I'm afraid the UFO photo pranksters will still find a way to blur their UFO beyond recognition.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 20:36 UTC

A very interesting and informative read. Thanks.

I wonder if that oldest preserved Daguerreotype still life includes an even older Daguerreotype hanging on the wall :)

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 22:43 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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SELEES: They really need to come out and explain the version number going backwards as it is confusing. We were all on 1.9X and now the update is 1.10? Great software however, and I applaud the new faster versions.

I suspect they are planning to finally charge us all an update fee for Version 2.0 when it arrives, which I am more than happy to pay. But given this update is now called 1.10, I assume there will be a few more iterations before Version 2.0 arrives.

@Nicolaso. Capture One didn't jump to 21 as a version number. The 21 is just the year tagged on to the name.

Capture One 21 is actually version 14.3 at the moment. You will see that in the app where they have their version number.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 21:32 UTC
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SELEES: They really need to come out and explain the version number going backwards as it is confusing. We were all on 1.9X and now the update is 1.10? Great software however, and I applaud the new faster versions.

I suspect they are planning to finally charge us all an update fee for Version 2.0 when it arrives, which I am more than happy to pay. But given this update is now called 1.10, I assume there will be a few more iterations before Version 2.0 arrives.

@SELEES I hope to see a version 1.100 Freebie minor upgrade numbers all the way while getting valuable updates :D

Never be in a rush to see a major version release number, as those usually come with marketing and upgrade price tags.

The other main software reason for releasing an update under a new major version is to denote incompatibility with previous versions.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 03:50 UTC
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moimoi: Spying becomes easier and easier ;-)

@ZilverHaylide. Ah, you just need a hug maybe.

So much anger and paranoia about a phone you don't have to use if you don't want to.
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Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 03:41 UTC
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reinipic: I confirm to all the former writers here: greatest respect to Affinity!!!
Fact is how Vik2012 said: "they don´t reinventing the wheel". They work on the existing software remove bugs, and make the software more fluid.
I´m working now since 5 years with all Affinity products on Mac and ipad! Never ever had the smallest problem and hope the best for the future. Pull off one's hat guys. Thank´s a lot for the great work. Greets, reinipic

@peterwr, they would be competing with the free version of DaVinci Resolve if they did. That's a tough challenge given DaVinci Resolve's industry standard colour grading, effects, audio features, editor, etc.

The DaVinci Resolve free version is already superior to the Adobe alternatives for many when it comes to video editing/titling/FX.

You get the full Studio version of Resolve free with the excellent Blackmagic Design cameras too. In any case, it is not expensive and not subscription.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 22:01 UTC
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onlyfreeman: "...smartphone users want a larger display and don't want to deal with a punch-hole camera or a notch. The only way to avoid these designs is to utilize an under-screen camera..."

I think the popup design was best solution in my opinion, sadly phones with this design were hard to find or just too expensive.

I can see why the popup design might not be favoured by manufacturers.

The fewer moving parts the better. The fewer compromises to dust and water protection the better.

Also, the popup designs that I have seen appear somewhat fragile for a device that is designed for robust daily use.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 19:08 UTC

I have great respect for the Affinity suite guys at Serif. Their products are top class.

Their software is innovative, but not reinventing the wheel when it comes to many of the workflows, tools and shortcuts we had been used to with other software.

Yeah, Adobe, YOU are now becoming just an alternative for many new designers and digital artists who prefer their software from customer focused - not shareholder focused - companies.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 18:54 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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moimoi: Spying becomes easier and easier ;-)

@ZilverHaylide They are watching you for sure. Hiding under your bed almost certainly... and entertained by how hilariously angry your comments are. Oh!! Just a second... I heard a rustle in the wardrobe... It's OK... just an old Soviet spy who fell asleep there.

Spying is as old as civilisation. The person spying on me deserves a pay rise, as I'm not up to anything I need to hide. It's tiresome to hear the same unfounded spying allegations with each new device launched. If there is something there, prove it. Deal with it. But stop with the FUD.

As for "The Guardian", I will pass. There is no education to be found in the newsletter of any political group posing as "the media".

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 18:37 UTC
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moimoi: Spying becomes easier and easier ;-)

Pop on a tinfoil hat and you'll be perfectly fine against spying by all of them.

You know those spies find you particularly interesting? :D

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 23:59 UTC

Well done and well explained.

Of course, there are fans of condensation and bubbles out there who may expect the classic sweaty product shot. But I think it was one good way of doing it and I liked the no nonsense explanation.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 20:53 UTC as 20th comment

These are indeed nice. I do look forward to the day that no one really cares whether a good photo is taken with a traditional camera or a camera built into a phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 21:37 UTC as 35th comment
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