Eric Brody

Eric Brody

Lake Oswego, OR

Photographing since age 9 when my uncle showed me a print coming up in developer!

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  • Eric Brody
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    High contrast waterfall
    on: December 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    It’s art, it’s not wrong or right. Each of us can saw what we think, how the image makes one feel. How one deals with what is essentially a technical glitch, not having the desired filter, is up to the artist. One option is to walk away, another is to say, “i’m here,, I’m going to try to make an image.” Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’d change a few things myself but the image is an interesting look at the classic waterfall photograph.

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    Eric Brody
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    Re: Replacing Photoshop – what works?
    Reply #1 on: December 5, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    You could get rid of the “damnable” (your word not mine) Windows 10 and try a Mac. That would effectively end your concern about viruses (I’m only one person and this is an anecdote, and I shouldn’t say this as to not tempt the gods, but in 30 years with Mac’s I’ve not had a virus, nor do I use antivirus software). Your fear of being hooked up to the internet is well founded own the Windows world, I’m told. I’ll not try to convince you to use Lightroom, though it is a remarkable piece of software, not perfect but impressively useful. I’ll also not try to get you on the Adobe subscription model either but I have found it to be both helpful and economically reasonable. A frustrating fact of digital photography is the pace of change. If one paints, one can use the same tools essentially forever, not so in digital photography. I sympathize with you but urge you to start to rethink what you want to do with your images. The two you posted are pretty cool. I don’t live where combines rule but it must be interesting to watch them in action. I know nothing of alternative programs. I spend enough time just trying to keep up with the ones I use that I’ve not had a chance to try alternatives. Best of luck to you in your quest.

    Eric

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    Re: 16″ MacBook Pro
    Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    I too have the 6 core “trashcan” with 64GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. My photos are stored on a RAID in an OWC Thunderbay box. Not at all sure that I have any reason to get a new machine, but that has never stopped me before. I suspect much of our information is old, as in obsolete. I have many friends who are superb and highly critical photographers who do fine with the iMac screen, including calibrating it. The iMac has user installable memory as well, though not a user accessible drive. I agree that the mini is not the answer either. For now I’m sticking with my 2013 Mac Pro. The new Mac Pro is for serious (rich, or someone else is paying for it) people, not “ordinary” still photographers like me. Lloyd Chambers (love him or hate him, take your pick) just did a blog post in which he postulated that the new 16″ MacBook Pro is finally the “do everything” laptop, usable for travel, and plugged into a dock, allows use of any monitor, including your Eizo (and my NEC). I like having my laptop separate from my desktop so will no go down that road, but for some, (maybe you?). It might be a solution.

    Good luck.

    Eric

    Eric Brody
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    Re: advice about Mojave upgrade
    Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Wayne,

    I appreciate your response to my concerns. I agree that Lloyd sometimes goes a bit overboard with his criticism, eg “Apple core rot,” but sometimes there are hidden gems. He always makes me think even when I disagree with him. Even pro-Apple sites like Mac Rumors have said that both Catalina and IOS 13 were rushed to market and that caution is advised. At this point I’m running Mojave without any problems and awaiting the next dot iteration of IOS 13 before I commit my phone and iPad to it. Like many, I’m selectively cheap. I buy great cameras and lenses, and lots of hard drives for careful backup but hesitate to buy the new Office because I don’t do much with it, though I prefer Excel and Word to Numbers and Pages, possibly because I’ve been using MS Office on the Mac forever.

    There appear to be at least two schools of thought on Apple “upgrades,” those like me, who are cautious, and those who plunge right in, like Kevin and perhaps you. I suspect there’s no absolute truth to either. Thanks.

    Eric Brody
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    Re: New series Epson Printers!
    Reply #4 on: October 4, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I suspect a LOT of “serious” amateurs would be interested in a 17″ version of these printers. I’m currently using a 3880 and will do so until it dies, essentially no clogs, lovely prints. Were it to die tomorrow I’d get a P800 in an instant. (I hope I haven’t tempted the printer gods). But, I’d pay a fair amount for a low clogging, instant ink switching 17″ printer. For some reason, ink switching and the concurrent waste of ink makes me nuts, out of proportion to the actual cost, and has since I got my first Epson. I’d possibly be a Canon user were it not for the fact that I really like to use Quadtone RIP for my black and white images. Since these printers are all new, it’s not at all clear if Roy Harrington will be willing/able to do whatever computer magic he does to make QTR work on the new machines with more and new inks.