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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    C1 – Price Increase?
    on: December 7, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Hi Oliver,

    I’m pleased that there is competition to Adobe based on the general principle that competition is healthy for sustaining product quality and economy. And changing from Adobe to any other image editing software is not necessarily all that expensive or troublesome – learning time, no doubt, but not terribly challenging. All that said, I have not found a serious reason to migrate away from the Lightroom/Photoshop package I am now “renting”. It does everything I need and a lot more in one reasonably integrated (though imperfectly) package. Nor have I seen “financial locusts” swarming around the Adobe package. They have not increased the price, at least here in North America, since the day they launched the Photography Bundle some years ago, while at the same time these products have become more efficient and more feature-rich with every update. I have to believe they are keeping their shareholders happy, but at the same time I think there is much their customers should be happy about as well. So far, at least in this case, overall it seems to me like a generally good story.

    As for Capture One, well fine, they have their own strategy – perhaps they are trying to wean their customers off the traditional perpetual license model, and if it satisfies both them and most of their customers, so be it, the inevitable has happened there too. As you say, everyone’s doin’ it. 🙂

    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: C1 – Price Increase?
    Reply #1 on: December 6, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Oliver: The subscription model is good. I’ve been using it for years. The annual sum of the monthly charges is much cheaper than what we used to pay for upgrades of Photoshop and Lightroom. The service has been reliable, and you don’t lose your photos or previous edits if you stop subscribing and revert to your most recent outdated indefinite license version. I really don’t see a downside to this despite all the arguments and controversies I have read in the past. I think most people have accommodated themselves to the “new reality”.

    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: ACR 15.0 and Lr 12.0 updates
    Reply #2 on: December 1, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    I am wondering whether anyone printing with an Epson SC-P5000 has yet upgraded to Lightroom Classic 12.01 and what their experience has been.

    After upgrading Photoshop to 2023 version, the computer, whether through Lightroom or Photoshop failed to transmit print data to the printer on an Ethernet connection. Thanks to advice from Epson Prographics Tech Support, testing in Terminal indicated that the IP address timed-out the moment the printing system tried to access it. I had not touched any of this since the time I started using Ethernet, which I did because with then current Epson driver 10.91 USB was not supported between that printer and the Mac Studio Ultra. Neither I nor tech support know why this is happening and whether it is attributable to the Photoshop upgrade, or if that was just coincidental.

    Anyhow, in sleuthing the problem this time, I noticed that Epson has now updated the SC-P5000 driver to version 12.62 which I installed (would be nice if they would notify users when new drivers are published and what issues they address). It did not fix the Ethernet problem, but it did fix the USB problem, so I am now back to printing on USB rather than Ethernet. Given the experience of the past year with printing problems coincidental with software upgrades, I have become somewhat reserved about jumping into new stuff just because it’s there. I’d be most interested in hearing of any recent experience with the latest Adobe software and this printer. I am on MacOS 12.6. Will not dare touch Ventura until quite a period of 3rd party testing provides enough data to know whether it is safe to use – testing that the industry itself should cohere on providing for still-current peripherals, such as printers. I do not believe that better inter-company coherence on technical compatibility and product testing would infringe on anti-collusion law, but that is for them and their lawyers to address and work around.

    Meanwhile, like all of us, I need to rely on lessons of experience from the community.

    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: 50 Empty Boxes for Epson Legacy Paper 13×19 inch
    Reply #3 on: December 1, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    As there was no interest this item is withdrawn.

    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: Sony a7r V — Am I Upgrading?
    Reply #4 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.