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Feb 22, 2019 13:31:04   #
TBerwick wrote:
I used to have a UV protectant lacquer spray that I used on photos which seemed to do a pretty good job. I'm wondering if something like that would protect either of those prints? That's pretty extreme degradation on the refilled inks. Not sure the spray is available any more.

I use UV glass on limited edition prints.
Feb 22, 2019 12:54:56   #
Feb 22, 2019 11:50:55   #
larryepage wrote:
Understood. And I realize that as an actor, you are accustomed to having your work reviewed, whether you would invite it or not. But my wife and I have learned never to pay attention to reviews when deciding to see a movie or stage production. Their views and opinions match ours significantly less than 10% of the time.

I specifically remember the time that we saw "Stomp" in Seattle close to 25 years ago. The reviews had been pretty lukewarm, and we knew enough to realize that it was quite different from anything we had seen before, so we were not sure exactly what we were getting into. For some reason, though, we got downtown very early and happened to pass in front of the theater just as the matinee crowd was leaving. What struck us then, and what I can still picture, is that every single person in the very diverse group coming out of the theater was smiling. From that moment, it did not matter what any critic might have said. And we no longer had any concerns about the money we had spent on our tickets or the time we invested to attend. And we had a blast. (Yes...we saw "Blast" a few years later also. Loved it, too.)

So no, I do not believe that any critic is in any real way a valid curator of "art." I do not intentionally read their reviews, and I do not base decisions of what to see or hear based on what they write. Lately, in particular, they tend to like a lot of trash and drivel. Don't need their opinion or input.
Understood. And I realize that as an actor, you a... (show quote)

If you cannot find a reviewer you agree with, look for one you always disagree with. That reviewer is a 100% accurate guide to finding things you like. If they hate it, go see it.
Feb 22, 2019 10:55:19   #
GPS Phil wrote:
One of my friends and mentors taught me a wonderful lesson, if I sent him a picture he would start out telling me what I did right. There would be times when that alone would be difficult, but he wanted me to remember what I did right so I could repeat it, and that I would be encouraged to keep trying. He would end the e-mail with one thing that could be improved and explain the easiest way to accomplish that. His example of kindness and patience was possibly the best lesson of all.

One of my friends and mentors taught me a wonderfu... (show quote)

Mentors are awesome. One of mine (in theater) told me that you can learn a lot more form seeing a bad play than a brilliant one. Both the problems and learning to see them teach you lessons you cannot get from a well executed work. A truly brilliant photo would probably get a lot of positive reactions and a few comments regarding what was liked. But if truly well executed, you should not be able to focus on how it was done but just what it is.
Feb 22, 2019 10:50:10   #
Apparently it works differently and to a greater or lesser extent depending on the RAW format. The FUJI format seems to work differently with it. See:
Feb 22, 2019 10:45:22   #
RRS wrote:
Sure looks good to me and pretty good for an old guy to be able to hand hold such a long , in mm, lens. Very sharp and nice DOF. I'm still thinking about that lens, thanks.

LFingar wrote:
Call me an old guy again and I'll throw my walker at you!

As long as RRS stands out of range, say three feet or so, he should be safe.
Feb 22, 2019 10:42:51   #
DaveD65 wrote:
That was six years ago? I bet the newer refillers on the market today are much better, maybe time for a retest. I have two similar canon printers set up; one with factory ink and one with after-market. I'll repeat your test and see what happens.

Look forward to hearing from you in six years! Maybe just add to this thread!

Edit: I am not being sarcastic. I really am interested in seeing how it goes.
Feb 22, 2019 10:33:50   #
larryepage wrote:
I have been puzzled for years around the conflict between photographers' seeming continual struggle to have their work accepted as art and their ongoing willingness to publicly and many times brutally criticize each other's work.

I'm not in any way saying that it is not helpful to provide good commentary, but that when hurtful comments are communicated in a public forum, they are much more a discouragement than an encouragement, especially to newer members of the discipline. It may be said that, "it has always been thus," but that does not make it right. And the anonymity of any forum such as this makes the effect worse, because there can be no face to face communication to work through thorny discussions. Further, there is not a way here to really even know whether someone has the knowledge and experience to offer valid commentary.

I am a member of a local photography club and am slowly learning whose opinion I might value and whose doesn't matter. There are maybe three people on this site whose thoughts about one of my photographs might matter to me. There may eventually be a few more, but not right now. So I rarely post here.

In my mind, the "right" to provide meaningful commentary can come only from a position of trust. It can be quite difficult many times to have a lot of trust here.
I have been puzzled for years around the conflict ... (show quote)

This seems to be based on an assumption that having "work accepted as art" and a "willingness to publicly and many times brutally criticize each other's work" are somehow mutually exclusive or at least in "conflict".

Having works criticized is part of the artistic process. Art and criticism exist together and move art forward. Always have always will.
Feb 22, 2019 09:05:40   #
mlj wrote:
I am trying to find a user friendly way to remove the background of an image. For example, I want to remove the background of a photo of a dog. Quick tools of PS is not very friendly. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

It might be easier if you posted a sample of a typical picture you want to work with.
Feb 22, 2019 08:57:55   #
jerryc41 wrote:
No need for negative comments on anything posted in the Photo Gallery. We have Photo Analysis for that. The Gallery is where people can post random shots, not present their finest works of art. Posting negative comments will result in fewer people posting. You may have noticed that many people posting for the first time said they were nervous about posting because they thought there would be harsh comments.

I agree. The Gallery is where you "Show off your pics and/or ask for general critique." Note the word "or." So, if they do not ask for your opinion, do not give it.
Feb 22, 2019 08:22:08   #
Sreno wrote:
Being new to more than point and shoot, I'm wondering if any of you pros or semi pros would recommend taking accredited, online, photography courses? Is it a waste of time? I'm not looking to make a career out of it. Being medically retired, I just want photography to be more than a hobby and less than a job. Thank you for your time and answers.

A lot of this depends on how you learn best. While we are not locked in to a learning modality for life, most of us have a mode in which we learn best. I tend to be kinesthetic and learn by physically doing things. But I can also shift to visual, mathematical and logical mode at times. So, using an online set of lessons along with hands on practice works for me. Going to a class and listening for an hour and later going out and doing assignments based on it, not so much. Too much time between the lesson and the doing. However, if you tend toward aural, verbal or social then classes and photo clubs might be just right for you.

A note for the young. You can choose to train yourself to use different learning modalities if you want.
Feb 22, 2019 08:15:28   #
Paul B wrote:
I have a Canon 60D which is used frequently. This camera is now about 12-15 years old. It seems to work fine, has no obvious defects (apart from the rubber grip coming off) so my question is: Is it worth getting the camera serviced after this length of time or rather, wait until it obviously does need something done. I guess in many ways its a personal thing like servicing a vehicle but what are the recommendations, if any, with respect to this.

Many Thanks


How much are you willing to spend to have a 12 year old camera? Keep in mind that the D60 can be had for less than $10 online. The 60D (which is not 12-15 years old) sells closer to $300.00 used.
Feb 22, 2019 08:05:11   #
AzPicLady wrote:
While courses are fine, I have found that doing a LOT of shooting and studying the results gives you instructions. Finding someone to critique your work honestly as you progress helps also. Keep records of how shots were done, what worked and what didn't.

I generally agree with a caveat. Practice and study IS what leads to success, but it must be informed practice and study.
Feb 22, 2019 08:02:46   #
Danny Nash wrote:
Hello everyone! I’m interested in hearing your opinions on using the 1.4 III extender with the 70-200 2.8. How well does this combo work together?



Which 70-200 2.8? If it is the early one, there is no advantage to the III over the II.

But in general you would be at f/4 which is fine for wildlife. In fact, if you go with the 2X you would could shoot at f/5.6 and 400mm, which also works well for wildlife. I abandoned my 150-600 in favor of a 70-200 2.8 and a 2x. It is just more versatile and compact. I found I rarely shot over 400mm anyway and what I did was not satisfactory, as I shoot handheld.
Feb 22, 2019 07:56:31   #
LFingar wrote:
<sniP Just hang onto your wallet with both hands!<snip>

Very good advice. Hang on to your wallet with both hands. Otherwise you might loose it before you get to the store and then you would not be able to buy lots of stuff!!!

GAS is good!
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