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Jul 22, 2019 12:44:57   #
xptom wrote:
Has anyone had experience with Luminar from Skylum?

Luminar had upgraded to Luminar 3 (stand alone) then they came out with Luminar Flex which is a Plugin to Lightroom and Photo Shop - the Flex is one outstanding program.
Go for it.
Jul 22, 2019 12:41:16   #
jrichter wrote:
What are the advantages to switching over to a mirror less camera from a DSLR? Thank you!

I had a Canon APC - 70D canon and 5D - Full frame with all the different lenses. Sold the whole Canon system for the Olympus E-3-Mk II -
Wight was one consideration along with size, of both the camera and the lenses. Compare the MACRO lens for the Olympus to the Canon - world of difference is size and weight. Do that for any DSLR camera vs the Mirroless and you can easily see the difference.

But even more than that. Depending on what type of shooting your do, the Olympus offers more features than any other mirroless brand or DSLR camera. Nothing else on the market comes close to the Olympus. I also have a Sony A6000 - nice camera (my first mirroless) but it is not weatherproof. Olympus lenses and camera top the A6000 by a long shot.
Jul 20, 2019 13:42:03   #
Of all the Mirroless the Olympus OMD -E-M1-MK II - has more features than any of the other brands of mirroless, by far. Get the PRO lenses if your budget can afford it. The Sony A6000 is a good walk around camera, but it is not weatherproof like the Olympus.

I have both the Olympus and Sony. Sold all my Canon gear.

I love the Olympus. Fugi is OK - but doesn't do what Olympus can do.
Jul 18, 2019 13:37:07   #
This might help to understand the value of RAW images.

This comes from Daily Photo Tips:

Did you know that the file format you use can play a huge role in the overall quality of your images? Often overlooked, the way in which your photographs are recorded and stored can significantly affect the look of your final product.

Many novice photographers stick to JPEG formatting – however, professionals often opt to shoot RAW images. Why? Here are just a few reasons:
• Photographers can edit nondestructively with RAW file access. When editing a RAW file, you’re actually “writing” instructions on what adjustments should be made once the photograph is ready to be exported to a more manageable format. In other words, edits do not actually have an effect on the integrity of a RAW file, eliminating any fears of overwriting edits or losing access to an original image.

• RAW files have a larger tonal range as well as adjustable color space. RAW files simply capture more data than JPEGs. While an 8 bit JPEG retains 256 brightness levels, a 14 bit RAW file can retain up to 16,384 brightness levels, resulting in smoother tonal transitions. Because of the extra information the file format contains, it’s easy to make adjustments to details like white balance quickly and efficiently.

• More detail = higher quality prints. One of the major downsides of shooting RAW is the format’s massive file size. However, this allows for larger, in depth prints later down the road.

• With RAW files, photographers can restore details that might otherwise be lost. If you have a tendency to over or underexpose images, it’s possible to recover details from RAW files that might otherwise have been lost in a JPEGs limited tonal gamut.

• RAW files allow users to maintain complete control over the appearance of their images. When shooting JPEGs, the camera automatically processes image files on its own. You know better than the camera what adjustments you’d like to make to an image, and your computer’s processing capabilities far surpass those of your camera.

Adobe has two products that can handle processing RAW images:
• Lightroom allows users to import many RAW images at once, then make live edits using the Develop module. The software also allows presets that will automatically make predetermined adjustments with the single click of a button.

Photoshop allows for more in depth edits for individual photographs. Using adjustment layers to exemplify tonality, sharpness, and color, photographers can make precise changes to perfect their images.
Jul 17, 2019 12:28:08   #
trapper1 wrote:
I wanted to upgrade from my Canon point and shoot so after performing due diligence, I decided to buy a Nikon 5600 despite never having owned a replaceable-lens camera, my ultimate goal being macro photography. The camera having duly arrived, I am certain I am in over my head. The vast amount of potential activities and all the bells and whistles and the PDF manual delineating how to perform them have served to make me wonder if I should return the 5600 and opt for a Nikon 3500SLR which I have been assured is a far more simple camera for my intended purposes. Would appreciate thoughtful opinions on this subject.
I wanted to upgrade from my Canon point and shoot ... (show quote)

Take a look at Creative Live - and check out an outstanding instructor by the name of John Greengo.
He does offer a very comprehensive video courese onthe Nikon 5600. An it is on sale for $17.00
Here is the link:

I think you will find this very helpful. Take it one video at a time. Watch it with your camera in hand.
Jul 2, 2019 19:18:05   #
Recently someone posted on help taking pet photos. A lot of good advice was given. I tried to find that post but of no avail.
I ran across this web page that had some good advice so I thought I would pass it on.
Jun 10, 2019 13:59:37   #
Feiertag wrote:
I bought a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet yesterday.

Do you have one of these that you use for your post-processing (Lightroom and PhotoShop).
Did it take you time to learn?
Are there any tricks that you can offer to a rookie?
I have 30 days to decide if I want to keep it.


I have the Small version and have not used it yet. That, being said. I have seen a lot of tutorials and the instructor was using the WACOM tablet exclusively and really liking it. It does have a learning curve just like any device or piece of software. I attended a workshop and one of the fellows has one and just loves it. Matter of fact he has the large WACOM with the screen -wooo. He was doing a demo- with a mouse and keyboard shortcuts and was really having a hard time. So- its what you get use to. I just need to take the time to learn the WACOM - Those that really use is - really like it. Therefore, don't give up so soon.
May 22, 2019 12:34:16   #
cdayton wrote:
Ditto for Shutterbug - I have done 10 books with them and like the quality. Watch for frequent sales.

I have used Shutterbug myself. You can catch a sale and save some $$$
Mar 31, 2019 12:37:08   #
Have not attended any of his courses, but have had some of his books. In my opinion, his babbles on way too much and doesn't get the point. I don't have that much time to waste to sift through babble.
I either sold what books I had of his on AMAZON or just trashed them.
Too many other really good photography writers out there.
Mar 28, 2019 13:50:05   #
Fotoartist wrote:
I've never seen so many in one small city. Time is limited. I will be going to Alligator Farm of course, also.

If you're going to the Alligator Farm, go to the rookery and use a long lens and get some great shots of the migrating birds.
Mar 27, 2019 12:18:15   #
I have some of his tutorials and yes he does tend to talk a bit fast. That being said he offers a lot of good information and presets (if your into presets)
I found a guy by the name of Ben Willmore on Creative Live has some really good Photoshop courses. He is an excellent instructor. Worth looking into and checking out other Creative Live videos.
Mar 21, 2019 12:17:30   #
I don't see where anyone mentioned post processing. Even if you don't get the perfect image "in camera" assuming you are shooting RAW - you can do a lot in PP. Even if your a bit underexposed you can really come up with a great image. Just don't overexpose.
Have fun.
Jan 8, 2019 10:11:41   #
Largobob wrote:
Have you checked the Pawn Shops? Just a guess, but this may be additional support for building a border wall and eliminating sanctuary cities???

Really!!!!! And how do you know that is was taken by someone from south of the border???? Guess again.
Dec 22, 2018 09:08:20   #
If you shoot RAW - (which is a very flat image) you need to do some post processing. End of story
Dec 20, 2018 08:59:36   #
I have downloaded LR on my laptop years ago. I have the subscription version. My laptop has 4GB RAM, 450GB hard drive running Windows 10 - 64 bit processing. I was running Windows 7 - but upgraded to 10 when it was FREE.
I have never had any problem running Lightroom. Just a little slow with only 4GB RAM. It sounds like you have an internet connection problem, dropping off when you are downloading?
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