Mark D Segal

Mark D Segal

Toronto, ON

Mark has been making photographs for the past six decades and started adopting a digital workflow in 1999 first with scanning film, then going fully digital in 2004. He has worked with a considerable range of software, equipment, materials and techni...
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Hahnemuehle Torchon Paper Review

Hahnemuehle Torchon Paper Review

Shortly before last Christmas, I received a greeting card saying that it was printed on Hahnemuehle Torchon paper. I really liked the texture and feel of the paper, as well as the photo printed on it, and I realized that though I...

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Digitizing Negatives with a Camera – Revisited

Digitizing Negatives with a Camera – Revisited

Digitizing Negatives with a Camera: Revisited Introduction: My previous article about this subject co-authored with Todd Shaner and published on Luminous-Landscape.com, explored alternative techniques for processing colour negatives photographed with a camera (mirrorless or DSLR). This article delves more into the technical...

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    Sony a7r V — Am I Upgrading?
    on: November 4, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    As an a7R4 owner I too can’t think of any compelling reason to trade it up for the new model. But looking at it from the manufacturer’s end, I wonder what the economic projections are in the corporate planning departments to contemplate issuing new models in current conditions. The camera market is really saturated, there are still supply-chain issues affecting delivery of all kinds of components being used in electronic devices across the board and consumers are wary of major expenditures given the economic uncertainties the whole world is going through. It just doesn’t seem to me like the right time for it, but they most likely know more than I do, or think along different lines.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.

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    Re: For Once A Silver Lining
    Reply #1 on: November 2, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    This is great news Kevin. No doubt you will be expending a huge effort getting it all set-up exactly the way you want it, but once done should be a wonderful resource for all things photographic. Good luck with it going forward, and I hope to visit when times are better.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.

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    Re: The Move – Onward To Something New
    Reply #2 on: November 1, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I remember the freight elevator in that building – and a lot else; brings back memories. A shame you had to move out. I hope the next chapter will be at least as good.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.

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    Re: Capture One No Longer owned by Phase One?
    Reply #3 on: October 30, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I don’t know whether you are a troll or you really mean this, but if you mean it you could do yourself a favour by firstly informing yourself about the facts and then putting together a fact-based, coherent story. I was tempted to ignore this rubbish, but as I was named I decided to review a few salient factors:

    (1) The 10 bucks isn’t just for Lightroom, it’s for Lightroom plus Photoshop and these applications are increasingly well-integrated for working inter-actively on the same image.

    (2) Adobe produces upgrades (beyond “dot releases” for minor bugs) with new features, some of which are significant, about every year to 18 months.

    (3) Under the perpetual licensing model that existed before the transition to the subscription model, these upgrades costed about $250.00 for Photoshop and $100 for Lightroom. So figure under the old model that those people who wanted their software to be always up-to-date paid about $350 per 12 or 18 for the privilege. That put the monthly pricing-equivalent in the range of $30 to $20 per month, but nowadays with the subscription model we are paying USD 10 per month. That’s why I said from a pricing perspective this is a good deal.

    It is true that with subscription model you need to keep paying to have fully functional applications with all the latest features working. But that was also true for the perpetual licensing model, unless at some point you wanted to get off the train and spend the rest of your photographic existence with one version of an application that becomes increasingly dated as the years roll onward, and for sure at some point in time incompatible with your up-dated operating system. That is what this whole argument boils down to, and it is, trust me, time-worn and threadbare by now.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.

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    Re: Vero – It’s About Time
    Reply #4 on: October 25, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Hum…ya gotta download an app for the computer? Really? Can’t do it in a web dev environment? I realize device apps are the thing cause web browsers on phones and pads kinda suck, but one wondering about an app ONLY ecosphere…

    My experience was that in order to get an account I had to set it up on my iPad or iPhone first – I did the iPad, and then once set up with a username and password, I downloaded their desktop beta to my computer and logged into the account I created in the iPad, so now I can use it from either device. Seems quite flexible.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.