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graybalanced

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cdembrey: If Leica had it's own Raw format, the problem would be solved. Simple as that.

The kidz in former Eastern Block countries write the best viruses, get a team from east Germany to write a Leica Raw file. An exclusive camera deserves an exclusive Raw.

We don't need more raw formats. If more cameras would save directly to DNG, we wouldn't have to wait for raw format updates, and DNG would be better tested so that problems like this wouldn't happen as often.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
On Getty Images announces Instagram Grant post (28 comments in total)
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They call me Hans: Underrepresented community seems kinda vague...is that on purpose?

The Getty page linked to says "emerging voices, outside the mainstream media" if that helps.

It probably wouldn't help for them to be more specific. If they said "underrepresented female photographers" you'd get 500 DPReview posts saying "That's discriminatory, what about underrepresented male photographers?" Probably best that they said it the way they did.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: The problem with pouring on exposure without clipping the highlights is just that. It's great when you have your D800 on a tripod, mirror locked up, and are meticulously focusing your Zeiss lens. You are crafting the perfect image.

In practice, when doing anything where time is not unlimited, setting the camera to just touch the right without going over will result in the exposure going over, and clipping. At least that's been my experience. Better to expose less and if unavoidable, pull up noisy shadows than try to recover highlights that don't exist.

Of course, I grew up with film, where 400 ASA was fast so I don't use incredibly high ISOs since they're too noisy.

The concerns about clipping are to some extent (pardon the pun) overblown. I've read that the histogram and clipping on most camera LCDs is calculated based on sRGB unless you have changed it to Adobe RGB, which means the histogram on many cameras is conservative either way. This has been true in my experience. If a highlight looks a tiny bit clipped in camera, chances are it is not clipped at all when looking at the raw data in the raw processor.

I agree that to be on the safe side it's a good idea to back off from obvious clipping, but I don't think it's necessary to back off very much because you then start wasting the valuable high bits, which I hope DPReview will talk about in the second article.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 23:49 UTC
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graybalanced: Like a lot of giveaways, you must first add this pack to their shopping cart, and then you can't download what's in the shopping cart unless you have or create a VSCO account with your name and email address.

This might matter if you're concerned about leaving behind your contact info for a one-time download.

@Eric Hensel - that was assumed. :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
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graybalanced: Like a lot of giveaways, you must first add this pack to their shopping cart, and then you can't download what's in the shopping cart unless you have or create a VSCO account with your name and email address.

This might matter if you're concerned about leaving behind your contact info for a one-time download.

Hey, I'm not bothered so much by requests for just an email address, that's easy to get around. But when VSCO wants you to create an account, that requires a password. First of all, it's more work. Second, it's one more account database that can be hacked (the other day I received a message that someone tried to take over my account in a vendor support forum that I needed only once, but of course I had to create an account just to ask that question.) Not that big a deal for me, but there are lots of people who use the same password everywhere, and they should be mindful of spreading that password around for a one-time download.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 01:56 UTC

Like a lot of giveaways, you must first add this pack to their shopping cart, and then you can't download what's in the shopping cart unless you have or create a VSCO account with your name and email address.

This might matter if you're concerned about leaving behind your contact info for a one-time download.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 23:31 UTC as 17th comment | 10 replies
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Michael Uschold: For those of you wondering whether you want to get the CC version or upgrade, here are some numbers. This is most relevant for those who already own a desktop version of LR, like to upgrade regularly and cannot or do not want to pay for a PS desktop version.

LR5 came out June 9, 2013, which is 681 days (22.37 months) before LR6 came out. It was only 461 days or 15.14 from LR4 to LR5.

1. CC: LR + PS $9.99/month

2a. Desktop: LR5 to LR6 average cost was $3.53/month ($79 / 22.37)
2b: Desktop: LR4 to LR5 average cost was $5.21/month ($79 / 15.14)
2c: Deskt op: LR4 to LR6 average cost was $4.21/month ($158/ 37.52)

So if having PS is worth $5.78 or so per month ($9.99 - $4.21) and you like small monthly payments, it may be worth considering PS + LR CC.

I generally don't like subscription software, but these numbers kind of surprised me. I don't happen to need PS, but for those that do, price does not seem to be a significant deterant from getting PS + LR CC.

"But you can't change once you are tied to CC catalog and PSD image formats and your skill set."

I don't agree. If save the catalog data back to the images, they're in IPTC format and (a lot of it, like keywords and captions) can be read by non-Adobe applications.

The files themselves, RAW, JPEG, PSD, TIFF, can be read by many applications. Some even edit Photoshop layers.

Most of the Photoshop alternatives mimic Photoshop, same with the Lightroom alternatives, so it isn't that hard to transfer your skill set.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
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larryis1: I need to get a boxed version so I get the backup disc as well for the upgrade pricing of $79. Anyone know where to purchase a boxed version of the software?

Regards, Larry

The download is the installer, so it's always fresh and intact. It saves you the step of having to copy the installer off the disc to back it up.

If you must have a disc, major photo stores like Adorama and B&H are advertising LR6 box availability now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
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KingOfAtlantis: Had a little play around in LR CC since I own the subscription. I usually use Capture One Pro. I must admit, I am very novice at LR but first impressions compared to C1 is that I have far less control and all my options are crammed into a side bar that I have to scroll or close and open tabs. The Ui feels unnecessary. More like a Smart TV start screen instead of an editing workplace. I want to be able to use LR CC well though so I will give it the benefit of the doubt for now. I just hope I can learn these weird shortcuts easily. I really thought, being Adobe, the shortcuts would reflect off Photoshop. Why doesn't C crop, why doesn't cmd 1 zoom 100% etc.

SFXR - load up multiple pics in ACR, then click the little menu button thingy to the right of where it says "Filmstrip". That is a pop-out menu with the new commands on it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
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Fred K: Doesn't work with Mac OS 10.7.5. Requires OS 10.8 or above. What a pain.

frenchtraveller is correct, the Adobe GPU FAQ says 10.9 or later is required if you want the GPU acceleration.

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/lightroom-gpu-faq.html

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 00:10 UTC
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Sabatia: I started digital imaging more than twenty years ago via scanning slides and film with a high-end dedicated scanner. I loved Adobe because I got so much joy out of creating collages and printing my images on my large-format printers. Now I feel that they've lost their souls, with money being their only reason for existence. I feel sad for Adobe employees.

I think you'll find most people go to work to make money.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 00:07 UTC
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moga: I instaled it on my machine as a trial ( windows 8.1 x64) but it doesn't start. Any idea why?

This seems to be widely reported. The fix is apparently to to to the Creative Cloud desktop app, sign out, and sign back in.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 00:06 UTC
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GiovanniB: Capture One is the natural successor to Aperture IMO. However, because I use a certain LR PlugIn, I've switched to LR about a year ago. However, the UI of LR is horrible all the way. Thus I'm considering moving to C1 even if this needs more manual work and maybe adding MediaPro.

It goes both ways. There are a number of things LR can do that Media Pro can only dream about, which is what ultimately drove me away from MP. About the only thing I wish LR did that MP does is be able to have multiple catalogs open at once.

I admit that I should take a closer look at Capture One though. From what I hear there is stuff in there I'd like.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
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summicron: looks great. what do i do with my current 3880 and inventory of spare ink cartridges??

What's the problem? I'm going to keep using my 3880. It works great, and it isn't like Epson is cutting off its ink supply.

This new P800 looks great too, but do you really see much that would cause a 3880 user to switch printers? I don't see any reason for us to buy this new printer as long as the 3880 works and is supported. Did you notice that the new printer is a lot noisier on the spec sheet?

Just keep enjoying your 3880, that's what I'm going to do.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 23:28 UTC
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Wurzle: I would try Phase one capture one for a very good alternative to adobes criminal way of making money.

Wurzle: "Phase one let you upgrade without charging the earth"

Lightroom upgrades are around $79 last time I checked. That is less than some people pay for mere plug-ins.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 00:13 UTC
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GiovanniB: Capture One is the natural successor to Aperture IMO. However, because I use a certain LR PlugIn, I've switched to LR about a year ago. However, the UI of LR is horrible all the way. Thus I'm considering moving to C1 even if this needs more manual work and maybe adding MediaPro.

I was a user of Media Pro for years and years. Finally got fed up with its limitations that never got fixed as the program got passed from iView to Microsoft to Phase One (who still haven't improved it), so I moved on to Lightroom where I am much, much happier.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
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KingOfAtlantis: Photos is a viewer not an editor lol. I don't care about filters :P

There are both basic and more detailed editing tools in it that you can use while ignoring all of the filters. But, that would require reading the article.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 00:10 UTC
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Edymagno: Did they fix Mail constantly crashing? if not, They can SIUTA!

I keep Mail up constantly, and I haven't seen it crash much on Yosemite or Mavericks. Better check your system...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
On Linkedin announces lynda.com acquisition article (28 comments in total)
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straylightrun: What the? What a sellout.

Uh...I'm not clear on which moral principle are they supposed to be supporting by not selling a company that makes money purely based on today's software being too complex to learn out of the box?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 22:24 UTC
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RichRMA: Anyone know what the lifespan is for an SSD drive used for continued back-up of files?

@Impulses - Yes, the theoretical max of USB 3 is around 625 megabytes per second but most real world reports seem to be pointing to typical throughput of under 200 megabytes per second for USB 3. That is less than half what my SATA SSD is capable of. I did find a couple reports of 400+ megabytes, but it's clear those are in the minority and you need to pick the right controller to have that happen.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 22:19 UTC
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