bigfatron

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hammarbytp: I'm trying to think of a good reason why anyone would want to do a 17 hour exposure.

Can't wait to tell my wife on days out "just one more shot, the exposure was a touch out on that one"

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:36 UTC
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Cjar: A lot of adjectives but does it have flip locks for the legs or those tiring twist locks.
Spikes?

Says clasp-style in the description and the pictures also suggest that's the case.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 19:52 UTC
On article Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop (83 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Does Paintshop pro have non-destructive and nested layers yet? I consider these fundamental for pro useage as a cheap substitute to Photoshop.

I used to use Serif Photoshop which had both and had so much potential to be a half-decent replacement for Photoshop but for some useability/UI issues, slowness and ancient bugs going back 10 years that had never been fixed and were infuriating. Serif evidently didn't practice the Microsoft principle of "Eat your own dog food" as their marketing people would have gone nuts, as I did.

And is it multithreaded yet? By that I mean, is it using the full capability of the microprocessor.

How long ago was a "few years"? I've been using it for masking (and grouped/nested layers at that) and so on since about version 9. Not 100% of effects can be applied in a non-destructive manner but there are just over a dozen adjustments that can be applied as layers (I think PS has around 18?). It is one on the best things that's not full Photoshop for bitmap level adjustments. 95% of my stuff never needs more than Lightroom so I have PSP around as a cheap tool to do the other 5%.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 UTC
On article Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop (83 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Does Paintshop pro have non-destructive and nested layers yet? I consider these fundamental for pro useage as a cheap substitute to Photoshop.

I used to use Serif Photoshop which had both and had so much potential to be a half-decent replacement for Photoshop but for some useability/UI issues, slowness and ancient bugs going back 10 years that had never been fixed and were infuriating. Serif evidently didn't practice the Microsoft principle of "Eat your own dog food" as their marketing people would have gone nuts, as I did.

And is it multithreaded yet? By that I mean, is it using the full capability of the microprocessor.

Its had layer support for years. It also went 64 bit a couple of releases ago (they still bundle a 32 bit build for plugin compatibility).

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1568 comments in total)
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Scales USA: •16 fps continuous shooting (with metering and focus fixed at the first shot)

The usefulness of this feature is mostly lost on me. Why would I want 16 FPS for a still subject or one where lighting does not change.

1 in focus shot plus 15 oof shots does not sound worthwhile.

As to sales, I don't have any actual sales info, so it may be a best seller or a bust. It does have some nice features, but 16FPS with no change in focus is not one of them.

I thought the focus stacking support was quite limited? Certainly there are some things you can do with it but fixed AF definitely limits its applications.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1568 comments in total)
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Scales USA: •16 fps continuous shooting (with metering and focus fixed at the first shot)

The usefulness of this feature is mostly lost on me. Why would I want 16 FPS for a still subject or one where lighting does not change.

1 in focus shot plus 15 oof shots does not sound worthwhile.

As to sales, I don't have any actual sales info, so it may be a best seller or a bust. It does have some nice features, but 16FPS with no change in focus is not one of them.

"Baseball batter, pitcher
Tennis serve
Football kicker
Cricket batsman..."

Surely you'd have to be the referee/umpire to be close enough to shoot those @70mm equivalent?!

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
On article Shutterdial offers Flickr searches based on EXIF (21 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "subject, focal length, shutter speed and aperture.".

Q1. why no ISO?

Q2. by "subject". HOW?

Regarding Q2, possibly flickr's recent and horrific auto-tagging project.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 08:03 UTC
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ryan2007: I am curious about forum rules when it comes to commercial advertising.
It is one thing to review a product vs placing a link to ask/pledge money. How is this not in violation of said rule. What exactly is the grey area here.

Here is a quote from said forum rules and it specifically mentions Kickstarter here?

Commercial advertising.

Commercial website linking or advertising is not allowed, if you wish to advertise on the site please contact us. This rule includes owners of other digital photography websites promoting themselves on the forum. You will be banned and have all of your messages removed. Other things we consider spamming that will result in removal of messages and a possible ban: never posting anything but links to your own site, soliciting votes / support for your entry in a contest, soliciting contributions (be it for charity, a Kickstarter project or a survey). If you wish to post such content please contact us first.

This isn't the forum though.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 21:55 UTC
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Schweikert: Tough sell. Photographers will blow money on cameras and lenses but are cheap when it comes to gadgets which are just as easily home made.

A Canon rear lens cap is $7 + hot glue and velcro. DIY will out sell this product.

The concept is solid though.

Or rather than sell the entire cap, just sell packs of pre-cut velcro discs with adhesive backings.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On article Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L (229 comments in total)
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Cdog: 11mm zoom? This is the second worse decision Canon has made recently. (see the 5DF-ail.

Can't wait to see how distorted the foreground objects will be and how ridiculously tiny the background will be. This is the perfect lens for NYC apartments. Literally nothing else.

Being an owner of the Sigma 12-24 II then I can tell you 12mm is alot of fun. Yes you get some odd distortions but that's precisely what I bought it for because it produces some unusual/interesting shots.

And thats a big old bit of kit despite not being a stop slower, so no surprise this Canon one is a beast.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:03 UTC
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ArminH: I would love to buy PS CC - But I'll NEVER rent it!

Its about as good a plan as potentially being left with no software if the rental price rises to an unacceptable level in the future. It also offers you the flexibility not to upgrade if none of the new features are of any worth to you. Even on the old licencing model an awful lot of people only upgraded every couple of versions of Photoshop, and an awful lot of people are still quite happily getting stuff done with the pre-CC releases.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:26 UTC
On article Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens (244 comments in total)
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zorgon: I've noticed on the sigma website, the weight has gone from 470g to 'TBD'. I thought 470g was too light for a lens of this size.

Half a kilo sounded about right to me given its dimensions and amount of glass.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

Interesting to note that the deal has now been extended to Dec 8.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 13:11 UTC as 10th comment
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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Timur Born: I talked to Adobe's German shopping line today. According to them you get to rent Photoshop, but *own* Lightroom 5. The drawback is that when LR 6 arrives you have to buy an upgrade, just like anybody else.

Too bad, I would have been more tempted if I knew that I'd get two versions of Lightroom for about the same price that I'd have to pay for two upgrades, with Photoshop CC on top (owning LR4).

As I said, i'll wager that you'll get your CC version of Lightroom updated to whatever comes out during your subscription but once you stop paying that CC version will stop running and all you'll be able to do is install the version 4 that you own outright now. Think of your current LR4 and the copy of LR5 you get with CC as two entirely separate things.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 13:10 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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pumeco: Well, some good news here I reckon, looks like Adobe are cracking even quicker than we thought.

I noticed today that their dummed-down "Elements" range has fallen to half the price of what they were (less than half in some cases). The Photoshop/Premiere Elements bundle for example is down from £120 to less than £50.

I'm guessing that so many people are ditching them and choosing the pay-once alternatives, that Adobe have decided to try and beat those packages by tempting you into their relatively underpowered Elements stuff.

That's what I reckon, anyway.

Let's just hope people won't fall for that one, either. When it comes to choosing between Corel Photopaint X6, Serif Photoplus X6 or Elements, remember who ALWAYS had fair prices and those who did not.

Adobe DID NOT - so please support the ones that always did. Keep this up and like any business, they WILL come crawling with their tail between their legs with the customer back in control.

IIRC Elements and Lightroom usually get a temporary major cut this time of year. I bought LR4 for instance on about a 30-40% off deal last year. So I wouldn't read too much into it. I remember seeing the Elements combo on Amazon Black Friday deals for about £50.

If they were genuinely 'cracking' then the $9.99 CC deal would be permanent and with some genuine future commitment and not expiring on Monday.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:28 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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Prognathous: Adobe: The price is $9.99 a month for the current year, and then $19.99 a month in subsequent years.

(Source: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3581971)

I'd get use out of it (I use it in my day job so am quite savvy with it) but it was just a question of whether I'd get additional extra out of it over and above what i have now to justify such an open ended commitment.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:40 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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Prognathous: Adobe: The price is $9.99 a month for the current year, and then $19.99 a month in subsequent years.

(Source: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3581971)

I've heard that it shouldn't go up too off Adobe staff via FB, but if that's the case then why not officially state that through more official channels? Much like their support people repeatedly saying 'this is the ongoing price' doesn't sit well with this whole thing being a time-limited offer. Its a toe in the water at a different price point on Adobe's part given the initial reaction to CC (especially those who don't make proper income using Adobe tools). Which way things go I don't think they entirely know themselves yet.

So if in about 12 months it doesn't go up more than pence/cents for this years deal-takers on renewal then i'll probably look at it again then. As it is I've got LR4 (haven't quite been able to justify upgrading that quite yet) and I don't do enough stuff often enough outside of that to quite justify springing for Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 21:26 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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pumeco: To all of you who thinks this is ok, it isn't, and in the simplest way possible, here's why:

It is NOT ok to continually pay for a product you will never own. Other than blatant greed, I cannot, no matter how hard I try, see any reason you should not be allowed to keep the product once your subscriptions have covered the cost of the retail product.

If you can think of even ONE reason you should not be allowed to keep the product you had covered the cost of, then I'm all ears!

People need to get a grip and stop talking crap. I could pay, say, £600 for a Photoshop licence before, and therefore there is no reason I should not be able to keep my licence once I covered that £600 in subscription fees.

What they are doing ought to be illegal, it is NOT a phone service, it is NOT a product that can ONLY work through a subscription model. They should offer a choice, or, allow you to keep your licence once covered but stop the updates if you stop paying your subscription.

END OF

With rented property you do in some cases have some restriction on rises in rent and you also have a healthy market of alternate property if someone starts taking liberties.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 20:31 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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Bob Meyer: I have to laugh at all the criticism of Adobe. If you don't like it, don't sign up. Nobody is holding a gun to your head.

I have to laugh at those people who say it's "wrong," especially those who tell me what is good for me. It's neither right nor wrong. It's a business decision. If it generates more income for Adobe it's "right" for the company and it's shareholders. Adobe isn't in business to make you happy; it's in business to make money. And what's "right or wrong" for you doesn't matter to me; I'll make up my own mind, thank you.

The only real problem I have with this deal is that it's bait and switch. After 1 year Adobe jacks the price back up to their normal rate, anf you're screwed.

They haven't committed to any such thing. I've had conversations with Adobe where their customer services say it 'might' stay at that rate forever (even a suggestion it could go 'pay what its worth') but there has been no hard contractual commitment of the sort. TBH if they committed even for a couple of years I would've already signed up. However, what they're not saying is what's putting me off.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 20:02 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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The Scurvy Dog of PR: This just in! And why I can no longer trust Adobe to do the right thing. Who knew they still have not notified everyone of their security breech of a month ago? http://www.electronista DOT /articles/13/11/25/up.to.138.million.adobe.cc.accounts.violated.by.data.breach/

I've certainly never been told about the account hack by them but oddly I now get spam to an address that was only ever used for an Adobe ID account. How odd.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 19:25 UTC
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