Lives in Belgium Ghent, Belgium
Works as a 80% bored at some office
Joined on Jan 29, 2006
About me:

Mouth watering toys, and a view beyond horizon. It’s portable and perfectly complementing any thinkable activity..


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mike earussi: For those who haven't bothered to read the fine print, by using NIK you give Google permission to use in any way they want any photo you've processed with NIK:

Under Terms of Service:

"When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services."


You sure "store" your work through their services (in this case the "free Nik software" ) on your local hard-disk.
Google could be using digital watermarking technology to tag every file saved by Nik suite.
So you are storing files on your local harddisk which you have licensed to Google and partners.
Graphic files rarely stay at your local hard drive.
Later suppose a customer ask your to preview upload your work to his
You will refuse as Google will receive the file already including rights on your work.
A client could upload the file you sent him to his Google drives. Google recognizes the watermark and claims its rights.
No of course I am not paranoid - but I know halfway how the internet works ;)

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 09:30 UTC
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Lars Lentz: I've used ColorEfex Pro for a long time and it is a great tool. I haven't been able to replicate the same effects with On1, DxO, Lightroom, or AlienSkin products. Happy to see the Nik Collection free for all. Not going to be happy if they don't keep supporting the products with updates.

The posts of Neodp are doing a great lot for me and my opinion.
So thank you Neodp for your write up that contrasts indeed with the "tried it, not good enough and I am too busy to write up what exactly I have tried (to achieve)" people's comments.
Reason why I use Nik software is the control points. I found them genius to use while struggling / loosing time with Photoshop. I learned to appreciate them control points soon after I had purchased my Nikon DSLR D-200 and a license of this software Capture NX.
Thank you for your posts. If you could add info on how control points work in Gimp that would be greatly appreciated.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 04:51 UTC

They key is in "one of the monkeys he was photographing grabbed his camera".
This means the human photographer entitled to copyright did not intend to (ab)use the monkey as an extension tool to his shutter finger.
This excludes drawing similarities to remote triggered camera's by the animal subjects in animal photography where there is creative intention by the human camera owner.
It was the monkey's initiative and the monkey's creativity that lead to the pictures.
And frankly on those 2 shots he looks more intelligent and "into his work" hence entitled to copyright than some of the (iPad) photographers I observe in the street who show no hint of having a clue what they are observing or why they are photographing. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 06:53 UTC as 222nd comment | 2 replies
On photo North Korea - Standing Guard in the Photography in a Strictly Prohibited place challenge (9 comments in total)

Seen the relatively small diameter of the hat she must be a green recruit.
Zorg: do you really believe what you just wrote? If so the said official must come up with quite a good excuse to visit capitalistic toy centered websites. Let's hope no evidence may be required or he/she may need some re-education camp and while they are on it, his/her family as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 21:24 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
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JustFred: Soon we will have artificial eyes. Expect artificial eyes in the near future which will eliminate the need for smartphone's with screens altogether. We will all have our natural eyes removed and have artificial 4D electronic robot eyes installed. We will have smart chips implanted in our brains which will be Wi-Fi enabled and have build in smartphone technology. We will be able to upload and download directly into our brains which will in essence become our main computer thus eliminating all cloud technology at the same time. Camera's will become obsolete as we will be able to photograph with our robot eyes. These robot eyes will be insect like with millions of little receptors. TV screens will become obsolete as we will be able to view TV programs directly with our new eyes. It will be like we are really there because the images are transferred directly into our brain. What we see will be like we are really there. That will be called 4D or total reality.

no need for removal, your robot eyes will automatically not project known privacy campaigners. :)

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 10:27 UTC
On photo The Tunnel to the North Sea in the Street Art challenge (8 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: Great photo but you should have flipped it horizontally. The human eye moves naturally from left to right, which is the opposite direction this photo is leading us.

Interesting remark this: is that for all human's , brain defined, regardless the habitual reading direction?
My eyes first get attracted to the right coloured side with the head first in this small picture.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 08:17 UTC
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Paul Guba: I don't buy a phone because its a good camera. I buy it because its a good phone. It won't be a deciding factor for me. Does it sync my calendar and address book correctly. Is the connectivity good. Is there support for it with other desktop functionality. Is it secure.

The big news really was Apple entering the China market and color may be more for them then our 10 year old kids.

"is it secure" --> good criterium.. last time I checked one needed to Jailbreak the device to run a decent firewall (Firewall IP for iOS) I 'd call it an awesome program which I would like to see on other platforms as well. It's somewhat like little Snitch on OSX and notifies about the phoneing home of many naughty apps.
However, I would never call iOS Secure. It is a honeypot by the NSA most likely and the availability of programs like Viber that send your whole address book (possibly including many contact data of people who prefer secure phones) to a misty location in a single slip of the mind does not add to the security)
If you want not to play part in the fingerprint collection operation by the authorities you have to coop with Nokia Lumia style colors. :D

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 13:12 UTC

"When the iPhone 5 was released last year, Apple was the leader in smartphone photography"

You must mean "leader" by sheer number of users?

Some better informed journalists may argue that the iPhone 5 never beat the photographic quality obtained by the 2010 Nokia N8.

A clear insight on how history is written (sigh)

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 07:43 UTC as 66th comment
On article Sample gallery: Sony's 20.7-megapixel Xperia Z1 (59 comments in total)
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OvinceZ: The market research must have told the phone makers that people didn't want thick phones. So gone was the 808 effort to install a decent camera in a phone. Sony offers more pixels but not stellar IQ. The images look ok in the middle but not on the sides or corners.
There is no way to get quality photos from such tiny cameras.
I guess enthusiasts will have to buy phones for qualities other than the cameras.

Besides, I 'd hardly call the 808 thick, rather ergonomic.
It fits in most of my trousers' coin pocket.

Can't understand this tendency to flatness keeps continuing ... it seems that people are not productive enough to know how to benefit from a keyboard and true multitasking to honour that quad core and 2GB RAM.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 07:44 UTC
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Peter62: "Video killed the radio star"

Smartphones killed the digital camera...

Now you mention Smartphones. Nokia the early king of smartphones virtually killed itself by over using the same strategy that is blowing back to Nikon with the 1.
Before MS took the lead Nokia was its own biggest competitor never to combine the best of their tech in one uber device even hordes of users were ready to throw the double than usual purchase cash at it. Noka N8, camera but no keyboard. Nokia E7 keyboard but no autofocus camera, lack of RAM to assure early obsolescence etc..
Nikkon should re-allign, stop thinking we need their little marketing fantasies and bring out some stuff people want.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 07:36 UTC
On photo Girl lovers... in the Spy: Female challenge (7 comments in total)

Or man lovers that are girls. The girl on the right is intending to photograph the sexy but of the vital young man in front of the wild waves and her friend just jokes about her friends' intentions.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 08:37 UTC as 1st comment
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nikanth: boring.. average composition... over-exposed

Nikanth, easy to say, but y ou don't want to hang around for hours around Fukushima Daichi NPP these days to get a perfect composition. :D

Cute pictures, they drew my smile.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 07:27 UTC
On article Sample gallery: Nokia Lumia 1020 (58 comments in total)

"Our first sample gallery using the 41-megapixel smartphone. "

Make that "a" 41-megapixel smartphone. What where you guys doing when the rest of the world was enjoying THE 41-megapixel smartphone since half 2012?

Worshipping iPhone 8mpix generic camera's + instagram techniques :D

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 08:31 UTC as 14th comment
On article Nokia pushes out its own YouTube Upload app (1 comment in total)

.... is just another indication that the hardware maker is taking imaging seriously. -- ok and how many indications the world needs to finally acknowledge that?
A peer to peer review of current smartphones with old Nokia models like the N95 and N8 would do so well as a refreshment.
Too bad Nokia blew it as a software maker. RIP true Linux phone with superior camera and full user control.
Or not, as the title indicates they just came to release a software update to the Youtube part of their hardware?

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 19:16 UTC as 1st comment
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