MadManAce

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Instagram alienated the photography community the day it was sold to Facebook. IG was once a great tool to get new clients. Each month I could count on 2-3 from IG.

Now, it's been years since I have even gotten a lead from IG, let alone a client.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2021 at 14:57 UTC as 8th comment
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aftab: Looked at the examples on ON1's website, seems like more fine detail is removed compared to Denoise and Deep Prime. Of course, one can't be 100% sure without a side-by-side comparison. Between Denoise and Deep Prime, Deep Prime is better, it has the best balance between noise removal and detail preservation, best color preservation, and produces the most natural-looking results. Rarely, Deep Prime introduces 'detail' that wasn't there. On the other hand, often Denoise leaves noise in parts of the image being unable to differentiate between noise and detail and the result often has the 'noise reduction' look.

To those that think Deep Prime is slow, try forcing it to use GPU. Should be faster with mid to upper-tier GPU than even the fastest CPU. GPUs are made to handle these types of processes and are not just another CPU dedicated to graphic-intensive tasks.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2021 at 16:01 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN 'Art' (170 comments in total)

I own the relaunched Sigma 35mm 1.4 with the built-in adapter. At the time I bought it, I knew it was not up to the standard of the more recent Art lenses, but the CZ 35mm was too subpar for the price premium. The Sigma still a decent lens except for AF in low light. Sigma claims the new one is better, but I am sure the Sony will be better still. So I just ordered the Sony GM, the price is not ridiculous, and the performance is top-notch.

I now have 4 Sony lenses and 4 Sigma lenses. Sony's for when AF in low light matters most, Sigmas for when not so important. I love the Sony quality/price ratio on prime lenses; I just wish I loved the camera layout as much.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 21:41 UTC as 16th comment
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Tom Schum: I have owned Exposure X6 for a month now. I bought it for the grain tool. If you are interested in doing your own film emulations, this is the best grain tool out there, so far as I know.
It's "content-aware", unlike most, allowing independent control of added grain in highlights, mid-luminance areas, and dark areas. I would like to see more control over more parameters than this grain tool has (and I haven't mentioned several other parameters that have sliders already), but so far this grain tool is far better than anything else I've seen.

RNI just uses LR grain control. The slider mentioned is just the overall intensity of colors. I too have used Exposure to add grain to blown skin highlights. Handy for prints.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2021 at 17:37 UTC
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AstroStan: Maybe I read the write-up too quickly but I don't see an assessment of Data Management (database) functions and scope. Any comments on that issue?

Very basic filter by stars and labels. No where near LR.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2021 at 17:32 UTC

Exposure 6

+ speed
+ advanced masking
+ intuitive keyboard shortcuts
+ layers for those that like them
+ the fake bokeh can give believable results if used correctly
+ useful PS plugin
+ affordable
+ local adjustments

- noise reduction
- Digital Asset Management (DAM) is even worse than C1 and that is saying something
- local adjustments work well, but time-intensive compared to LR. Not a big deal if only editing a pic or two, but it is when editing an event with 500 in a tricky lighting situation
- batch paste (adjustments) can get tricky with layers. For example, if the image I copied has layers, and when some files in the batch have layers too, it will superimpose the layers on top of layers.

Overall, I think it's a great alternative for many Adobe haters. Unfortunately, for me, it's just another plugin that I use sparingly.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2021 at 17:26 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Gone but not forgotten: Adobe Flash is no more (169 comments in total)
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Hoxton Bridge: Wow, so much hatred for a piece of software I barely noticed...

Funny is the hate for the flash ads that popped up back then. Today we still get them but just in a different flavor and run any ad-blocker and 1/2 the internet shuts their doors to your browser. Damned if you do damned if you don't. I would not mind ads if they were smaller and more subtle but they are just in your face.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 21:47 UTC

I've been kicking the tires on DXO software for year's but I never committed to buying until now. The Prime denoising has never impressed me because I saw too many artifacts and it killed too much detail. In its newest version, I can safely say that this is the best denoising by far. DXO has great color and lens corrections. It's not a very DAM and local tools are just okay. My thoughts are that I will run the images through here and export the dng files to LR for the final touch.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2020 at 17:32 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sony a9 II review (1280 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Amazing camera, but how is lack of lossless compressed RAW not a con when the competition has been offering it for probably a decade or more?

MikeRan:

Unfortunately, my tests say otherwise. Much to the detriment of my wallet I had to but four 128GB cards so my images don't lose out in quality. But uncompressed RAWs run into buffering issues much sooner and take up unnecessary space on my SSD drives. Unnecessarily driving up my cost of ownership.

I am very much annoyed that I have to do one or the other when I should be able to get both a long continuous rapid-fire without buffering so soon and lossless quality. Like every other camera, Nikon gives users all 3 choices, Fuji gives the two better ones, Canon only has the best (lossless compressed), Sony decided to give users the worst 2 out of 3 choices.

So I will continue to complain about this and the invisible grey focus square, I am not sure why DPR never mentions this when they have talks with the leaders of Sony Imaging.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2020 at 17:58 UTC
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dgumshu: I use Exposure X5 and would have to disagree with some of the comments in this article. I’ll start by saying I do very much enjoy working with X5. It does the majority of what I need to do very well. I use it more than Affinity, ON1, ACDSee, C1, Luminar and others. Some are better at certain tasks than others.

First of all, it may be faster than Lightroom, but Culling is not blazingly fast. I would rate it as average. ON1 is much faster at Culling, but slower at other tasks with a horrible UI.

The comment made about the X5 interface in the article is a matter of personal preference. I find the interface to be very user friendly and much much better than the other programs I have/use. It’s much like Lightroom as mentioned, but I find the workflow to be much faster. In comparison to Affinity, X5’s UI is a godsend. While Affinity is a very capable program, and I do use it, it’s user interface is draconian and more complex than it has to be. Thank you Exposure Software.

A few years ago I did a comparison between PS, AlienSkin BlowUp, and OnOne’s. BlowUp was in between PS and OnOne. With OnOne being best. I recently tried Topaz on some people photos and I thought it did a horrible job.

I’m never impressed with Topaz products. TheIr noise reduction and enlargers always create the worst artifacts. Imagine how Adobe Lightroom handled Fuji X-Trans sensors a few years ago, now multiply those “worms” two to ten times depending on the settings.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2020 at 17:26 UTC
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cekbakalim: That is basicly the most useful thing I have ever seen on DPR.

$29.99 worth of useful, well that's the most I would ever pay for such h a product assuming it's intuitive.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2020 at 20:27 UTC

The new lens is obviously sharper in the corners. I bet people that made the excuse that soft corners don't matter because the magic happens in the center where it matters will appreciate the newfound sharpness.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2020 at 17:54 UTC as 46th comment
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MadManAce: Given how many people complain on DPR about the subscription model. I wonder if the complaints about speed are real? I know many stayed with LR6 or left to competitor, could the complaints just be people reminiscing when LR was freaking slow. I have noticed large strides in speed improvements the last year or so, all adjustments are now instant and exporting has improved 2x - 3x or more.

Runs smooth as butter on my Ryzen 3900 12 core Desktop and not too bad on my 2017 MBP. That was not the case for the MPB in 2017.

paytonfrost: Any change that gaming laptop is an MSI? I know someone that bought an MSI Stealth gaming laptop with an Nvidia 2060ti and it underperforms likely due to poor airflow and throttling.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2020 at 19:34 UTC
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MadManAce: Given how many people complain on DPR about the subscription model. I wonder if the complaints about speed are real? I know many stayed with LR6 or left to competitor, could the complaints just be people reminiscing when LR was freaking slow. I have noticed large strides in speed improvements the last year or so, all adjustments are now instant and exporting has improved 2x - 3x or more.

Runs smooth as butter on my Ryzen 3900 12 core Desktop and not too bad on my 2017 MBP. That was not the case for the MPB in 2017.

My Catalog has 163996 photos and I use Smart Previews only on files that I am actively (150-6000) working. I see no point in keeping those on the old stuff, on the occasion I go to my older work, I do so without smart previews.

On the rare occasion that I work on the MBP, I export a working catalog, when done, I import the changes. But like I said this is rare because I rather use my iPad Pro for most away editing unless prolong travel is involved.

If someone is experiencing issues with the latest version, it is likely antiquated hardware like old 5600rpm Hard Drives or slow CPUs. Using NVMe and SSD will make a huge difference in speeds.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2020 at 18:38 UTC

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Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2020 at 18:37 UTC as 12th comment

Given how many people complain on DPR about the subscription model. I wonder if the complaints about speed are real? I know many stayed with LR6 or left to competitor, could the complaints just be people reminiscing when LR was freaking slow. I have noticed large strides in speed improvements the last year or so, all adjustments are now instant and exporting has improved 2x - 3x or more.

Runs smooth as butter on my Ryzen 3900 12 core Desktop and not too bad on my 2017 MBP. That was not the case for the MPB in 2017.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2020 at 16:47 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
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(unknown member): My x570/Ryzen build is ready. But concerned somewhat about heat generated from these, stability, and long term longevity as a result.

I have a 1st Gen Corsair PCIe-4 NVMe that is 2-degrees warmer than my Samsung PCIe 3 NVMe when fans are on quiet. When the fans are higher it is 2-degrees cooler. It is likely caused by there position or maybe the heatsink doing a better job dissipating heat with more airflow.

Regardless, I've read that the reason for the slightly higher temps on 1st generation PCIe-4 cards is that that they are using older controllers at max capacity. But that future generation PCIe -4 cards will have newer more efficient controllers, is this one, I don't know. But it likely judging by the improved speeds. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase since it is cheaper than current PCIe-3 Samsung and the temps are comparable.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2019 at 22:58 UTC
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MamiyaMax: I am amazed at the snide comments about the his choice of camera and questions of the quality of his work. Obviously many here are too lazy to simply view the incredible body of work on his website, and instead would rather attempt, and fail, to post to try to appear clever. Wait, I guess I am not amazed.

@MamiyaMax 100% agree with everything you said

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2019 at 14:54 UTC
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Androole: While I have no interest in these TRs, which honestly don't make sense for normal consumers (even professionals), I am seriously considering upgrading my old i7-3770 to a Ryzen 5 3600 or 3700X at some point.

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Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2019 at 14:47 UTC

I updated earlier today. This is the biggest speed improvement in years! I edited a few photos with many many local adjustments and everything was instant. Win 10, AMD 3900X, NVIDIA 1080Ti, 32gb DDR4.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2019 at 18:24 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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