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 on: Today at 06:55:27 AM 
Started by bambanx - Last post by eronald
I AM the machine.

I think we need a sound-track for this post Smiley


 on: Today at 06:51:50 AM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by jjj
Actually it's more like Great Britain ("Britain" is considered to be just England and Wales)...Sorry to have said "England"...I know better. It's 20th Century Great Britain that is to blame for the re-mapping of the middle east...
Britain/Great Britain - there's no difference. Here something to explain possibly the most confusingly named area on Earth. Great Britain despite what nationalist types like to think, simply means large Britain as it's a mistranslation of Grande Bretagne, as opposed to the smaller area Bretagne in France now known as Brittany.
So to be precise, the UK is to blame for some of the recent mess in the Middle East, as is the US albeit in different ways.

 on: Today at 06:51:03 AM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by Ray
What jews underwent in the past has simply nothing to do with the current situation. Zero. Wink

That doesn't sound right, Bernard. Surely the present is always conditioned by the past. It's called 'cause and effect'.

On a grand scale, as homo sapiens, we are a result of millions of years of conditioning and interaction with our environment, a process called evolution. On a smaller scale we are conditioned by the customs and culture we are exposed to from birth onward. There is even conditioning that takes place in the womb.

A Muslim is a Muslim, and a Jew a Jew, because he/she has been brought up as a Muslim or a Jew. That's conditioning of the past.
If in addition the child has had personal experiences of war and atrocities, or is exposed to family stories involving brothers, parents, uncles, grandparents, great grandparents and so on, who have been exposed to atrocities, then that's further conditioning which can result in attitudes of prejudice and hatred, which in turn can influence actions in the present.

Isn't it now accepted by historians that World War II was largely the result of the unresolved problems of World War I? There's a 'cause and effect' link. The political punishment from the Treaty of Versailles led to economic and social unrest, humiliation and anger in Germany, which in turn led to a rise in Nationalism, or Nazism.

 on: Today at 06:49:54 AM 
Started by Robert Ardill - Last post by Robert Ardill
I have been using Qimage as my go to printing software since 2003 and have never had the temptation to move to Photoshop or Lightroom. Lightroom is my go to software for processing my raw files and I have used since the initial Beta version. I have Photoshop CS 6. To match the resizing options in Qimage you would have to use the likes of Perfect Resize 8 (formally Genuine Fractals) as a plugin for PS CS or Lightroom at a cost of $150.
Qimage's user interface is different to Photoshop or Lightroom and takes some getting used to but then it is designed mainly as a Print Processing Program and its quality output simply great. You can edit, sharpen, crop, noise reduction whatever without altering the original file. Choose print dimensions, size, final print sharpening and send to print without ever creating any intermediary files.
If I use Lightroom for processing the raw file I can send a tiff via "edit in function" apply any further edits and print options an go.
Actually its the only software program which I use that is keeping me from moving to a Mac system.

Thanks for that Denis - it's really why I'm looking at QImage again.  Cropping/resizing etc., for print is a pain and if QImage can do as good a job as I can in Photoshop/Lightroom then I would certainly give it a very good try!


 on: Today at 06:47:29 AM 
Started by bambanx - Last post by Chris Livsey

I wonder whether even for a beginner it doesn't make sense to just buy a machine

I AM the machine.

 on: Today at 06:46:29 AM 
Started by Chris Calohan - Last post by Chris Calohan
Simple subject, simple exposure, simple edit

 on: Today at 06:45:21 AM 
Started by Dave (Isle of Skye) - Last post by Dave (Isle of Skye)

This does not mean that I don’t think this image is an amazing image, I do and it is, it is just that for me, it has now become like one of those grating Christmas songs from the 80’s, that I seem to have to endure each and every year, to the point where ramming the pointed end of sharpened pencils into my ears seems like a well thought out and reasonable solution. This image of the Afghan Girl does that for me now and in spades, which I can only assume is because I have seen it just too many times, on the net and in magazines and on TV and billboards etc, to the point where if I never ever see this image again for the rest of my life, I could and would die a happy man.

Here is an interview with Steve discussing his ‘Afghan Girl’ photograph, the interview proper starts around 16 minutes into the video.

I apologise profusely Steve if you happen to read this, because I am sure you did not create this amazing image just to make my eyeballs melt and who knows, in maybe a hundred years or so, this image will be justifiably classified in the same league of artistic endeavour as the Mona Lisa, but for now and for me, Aaarrrggghhh! Pleeeease make it stop!!!!  Shocked


 on: Today at 06:45:18 AM 
Started by Robert Ardill - Last post by Robert Ardill
Robert, have you tried a 100% LR workflow from ingestion to Print using all of LR's capture sharpening, output sharpening, softproofing and resizing capabilities? If so, what did you find wanting about it that you need to go all these other steps?
Hi Mark,

Lightroom is great, but there are many things that are more easily done in Photoshop than Lightroom (and vice-versa), and there are some things that cannot be done in Lightroom but can be in Photoshop.  As just one example, it's very difficult to sharpen in Lightroom with an edge mask - with a great deal of time and effort I suppose one could do it with the adjustment brush, but it's a very inefficient way of doing it.  On the other hand, it's something that can be done in seconds in Photoshop, using an action.

I tend to work with both Lightroom/ACR and Photoshop together: initial development in Lightroom, then Photoshop with a raw smart object so that I can continue to use the nice ACR adjustments (including sharpening) while having the full power of Photoshop (or I use the Camera Raw Filter); I also use Lightroom to manage all of my pictures, including the ones that have been developed in Photoshop, and I use Lightroom for web, printing, slideshows, map etc.

There are times when I do nothing to an image in Photoshop - but to keep my workflow consistent I still use the Lightroom/Photoshop/Lightroom workflow.  I certainly wouldn't do this if I was a wedding photographer, say, as it would be ridiculously time-consuming ... but I'm not.  I'm a landscape photographer and my ratio of developed images to raw images is tiny.


 on: Today at 06:44:29 AM 
Started by JV - Last post by Chris Livsey

 Grin Grin Grin

 on: Today at 06:32:21 AM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by stamper
About 150 years ago - or more - white settlers in America began colonising the west and in doing so displaced the Red Indian native from land they owned for thousands of years. When the Indians fought back they were murdered and placed into reservations where a close eye meant they they couldn't leave or they would be punished. Does anyone see a parallel between this and the Gaza crisis? Is this why the USA back the Israelis? Do the two countries have the same determination to conquer? Undecided

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