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Capture One’s NEW License Options (Terrible)on: January 22, 2023 at 2:06 pm
C1’s support for local adjustments and masks makes a move decision a little more complicated. I plan to hold on to my current C1 license and move to LR / PS for new work. I do find PS mask options more flexible and have always done all of my finish work in PS.
On the road less traveled....Re: Capture One’s NEW License Options (Terrible)Reply #1 on: January 19, 2023 at 9:01 pm
The cost of the software isn’t an issue for me. As a former IT manager of a software development group, I agree that nothing is static in the world of software. Giving up software updates also means no access to RAW profiles for new cameras. I am simply trying to fully understand the implications of both C1 options and the consequences of a significant change in my workflow.
One of the real values if C1 is the ability to make targeted adjustments using layers and their masking options are also pretty good. All of this makes the decision more complicated. Each of us has a different mix of needs / desires that we have to weigh in making a decision.
On the road less traveled....Re: Capture One’s NEW License Options (Terrible)Reply #2 on: January 19, 2023 at 7:43 pm
Kevin helped a very long time ago when I first entertained the idea of moving my RAW processing to Capture One. Recently I have been impressed with what is possible in ACR (Adobe camera RAW) and have considered moving back to an Adobe environment given all my finish editing already happens in PS. The recent message from the C1 folks is confusing. I read it last night and set it aside to think about it. So, Kevin’s article is very timely.
I am seriously considering a move away from C1. I have a perpetual license so I should be good in terms of access to images I processed in C1. I appreciate and value the comments that have already been submitted and will be monitoring this thread until I make a final decision.
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Re: Kevins’ review of the Epson ET8550…..Reply #3 on: May 18, 2021 at 9:18 pm
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Kevin, your report is very encouraging. Nan’s first response was:
OOOOOO!!! This is what I have been waiting for. Keep me informed.
Looks like we are going to have a new printer fairly soon. Appreciate your quick test update. The ET8550 does look like a game changer.
On the road less traveled....Re: Kevins’ review of the Epson ET8550…..Reply #4 on: May 18, 2021 at 4:57 pm
Kevin, I too look forward to your hands on review. My wife does most of the color printing in our house so I will be monitoring your update for her. As L Berle has noted, this is a smart environmental shift but I suspect the cost savings for consumers will drive a good deal of the consumer decisions. What ever the consumer motivation, this is a good decision by Epson.
On the road less traveled....Re: Sony a1 and 200-600mm G lens Photographing WolvesReply #5 on: March 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Thanks Kevin, great article and impressive images. I had good luck with the Sony 200-600mm lens in India last year photographing tigers and leopards. 600mm just wasn’t enough reach for snow leopards. I really appreciate the animal / eye focusing update on the A1. The focusing results evident in your images are very encouraging. Beautiful animals.
On the road less traveled....Re: Should I Buy Luminar AIReply #6 on: February 26, 2021 at 9:15 pm
Seems very appropriate for the topic and I like it.
On the road less traveled....Re: Kunstmatrix AddendumReply #7 on: February 22, 2021 at 10:49 pm
I too enjoyed this article. Like others I have an interest in this concept. At the moment, it appears the developers are focused on a niche audience. This has far greater potential as a mass market service but it will require thinking far outside the current box. A limitation of 5 MB per image for example when I can upload images over 50 MB to SmugMug with no limitation on the number of images. I do like the focus on quality.
With a large percentage of the public exposed to the use of technology like zoom, we are experiencing a period of mass education about the use of and benefits of current technology. What this project needs is an infusion of cash and a sense of a larger opportunity.
On the road less traveled....Re: The New Sony a1Reply #8 on: February 14, 2021 at 10:26 pm
After doing a fair amount of research, I placed an order for the A1. Most of my next 4-5 trips are heavily geared toward wildlife and the improved autofocus, burst shooting and low light performance will be an improvement over my existing gear. When the dust settles, my main cameras will be the A1 and an A7R IV. I also expect to realize some benefits from the Sony G Master lenses I have. Looking forward to some decent weather (less rain) and getting out and doing some shooting.
On the road less traveled....Re: Luminar AI DiscussionReply #9 on: December 22, 2020 at 8:29 pm
I have been part of a discussion hosted by Skylum in early November. This gave me early access to the release code around Dec 10th. In the beginning, I had high expectations. I have had very good results with AI products from Topaz solving problems with noise, sharpening and upscaling small images. I use Luminar 4 in a very limited way but have had problems with the sky replacement and have reverted to Photoshop where I have more control.
Like Kevin, I use Capture One for all my RAW processing and then export to Photoshop for final polishing. In this context I use plug-ins from Skylum and Topaz. After experimenting with Luminar AI, I have concluded it is designed to be attractive to people new to photography or are interested is fast easy results. It does not support layers or offer anything approaching Photoshop’s options for selections. Skylum has also changed their licensing. When you buy Luminar 4, you get a license for two computers. With Luminar AI, you get a license for one computer and have to pay if you want to use it on additional computers.
People like Kevin and Ignacio have convinced me the real art in photography happens after you take the picture. Processing is where the magic begins and like many endeavors, time and a slow thoughtful process enhances the final outcome. I need to live with an image for a while, reflect on what I have created, explore different versions and consider the story I am attempting to convey. Sometimes this takes hours but often the reflective process can take days even weeks.
Until now, I have recommended Skylum products to new photographers because I like their products. New releases tend to come quickly and they have been very affordable. With Luminar AI I sense the company is making a fundamental shift in their marketing strategy. I like AI as a tool that makes my work easier. However, I do not want to sacrifice control and flexibility that other tools already offer. Layers, masks, selection options are examples of my workflow tools that I am not prepared to sacrifice.
On the road less traveled....Re: One Iceberg, Many Looks – New ArticleReply #10 on: March 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm
Mark, I use Luminar ‘s sky replacement fairly often. On my last trip to India we managed to work in a quick trip to the Taj. The sky was deadly dull so I used Luminar’s sky replacement and PS CC to add the sky to the reflection. The link below shows the result. I also did a sky replacement on the sunrise shot of the Taj but that version has a lot of noise and I need to rework it.
On the road less traveled....Re: One Iceberg, Many Looks – New ArticleReply #11 on: March 27, 2020 at 7:40 pm
I too enjoyed the creativity expressed in these images. Experimentation is an essential part of the creative process. Awareness of the tools others are using and seeing the results expands our thinking about what is possible. So this article is appreciated and helpful on many levels.
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