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Lost interest in photography? Not excited anymore?
Friends,

this year of 2014, I've barely picked up my camera - shameful, as my new grand-daughter is 6 months old!

Earlier this year, I went through a 1-2 month period of depression, something I've never experienced before. I think it was brought on by losing 2 elderly friends who passed away within a week of each other. Most of my hobbies just went out the window during that time.

However, I believe my passion may return shortly, as my wife and I went for a walk along the coastal path near Broad Haven. It's been a lovely evening. The sea was calm and in my opinion, the lighting was superb. My camera of course was at home. I probably wouldn't have got an amazing image anyway. Though I shall return to the location soon.

I love photography, but at this present time, not as much as most of my fellow members.


PS, I used to belong to a creative writing class, until about 3 years ago. I gave it up, because I feel my imagination has deserted me - not a nice feeling at all.


Frank.

18 21/09/2014 - 10:20 PM
By LensYews
Canon 7D mk II
Friends,

so 7D Mark 2 is with us. How many current 7D owners will upgrade? I most definitely will not. Due to health issues, I haven't really picked up my 7D this year. I haven't really used it - I reckon I've probably forgotten how to use it.

I haven't even upgraded the software for it, though I intend to one day. All I'm really interested in is landscape, some micro shots of flowers and family photos.


Frank. PS, it's definitely a lovely toy!

In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2
39 21/09/2014 - 10:09 PM
By Overread
Is it safe?
Friends, because I suffer with my back, and recently been diagnosed with heart disease, I wouldn't entertain such a thought! I also have a 7D and the 100-400mm zoom. I wouldn't trust myself to put my equipment at risk. What is a camera bag for? Grin



Frank.

In Accessories | Page: 1, 2, 3
10 14/08/2014 - 9:06 PM
By justin c
canon ink or compatible
Friends, in my own very personal opinion, I would stick to the manufacturer's ink - why not? Shop around say Amazon or 7Dayshop, you can still save money.

While I was in business, I once tried compatible ink on a cheap HP office printer - what a mistake!



Frank.

13 12/08/2014 - 5:20 PM
By ckristoff
7d weird shutter count
My 7D shows strange image counter numbers. I just simply ignore this and move on! Grin


Frank.

6 20/07/2013 - 6:18 PM
By ckristoff
When was the last time you used your film camera?
Last week I put a roll of film into my Eos 3. The battery I bought years ago, still works!

I've got plenty of film in my drawer, no need for fridge in my opinion.

I also have some Ilford black & white film, HP4 I believe. When I get to use it, what company would develop it please? It's been a while since I used film.



Frank.

309 19/09/2014 - 2:33 AM
By pablophotographer
Bus stop Photoshop prank
Hello Pete,

thank you for sharing that, it has brightened up my day!

How can they do such work so fast?


Frank.

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16 18/06/2013 - 9:10 AM
By ckristoff
Do todays digital cameras have too many gimmicks?
Perhaps it is also down to how old you are, how you were brought up and how much of a technology geek you are.

I've got a 7D, but haven't got a clue about half of its functions. Not through laziness, I might add. Due to bouts of illnesses and operations in past 2 years and the amount of stress at work, my camera is still like new. I've only taken 8000 photos with it.

My simple answer is, yes. Cameras today are a little too fancy and full of gimmicks; are dslr's in the market to compete against iphones or tablets? Built in GPS - why? I have a separate gps device. I haven't used the video function on my camera yet, although I intend to one day.

I've still got my old Fed 4L camera, which I intend to get out one day!



Frank.

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31 02/09/2013 - 9:19 AM
By Evertonian
What camera 650d, 7d or wait till next year and the reported 70d?
Friends,

I have the 7D, and I think it's a beauty.

My 3 'L' zooms that I have, I purchased the same time I bought my EOS 3.

My question therefore is, are my 'L' lenses capable of lasting me for next 10 years or so? When does a camera like the 7D become obsolete? I don't intend replacing it for about a decade.

In any case, just because the financial bods, suggest the recession may be over, is that a good enough excuse to splash out on equipment?

Just my opinion, of course!Smile



Frank.

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15 10/11/2012 - 9:02 PM
By LesJD
When was the last time you used your film camera?
Friends,

I'm afraid I last used my EOS 3, many years ago, when I purchased a 450D. Currently using a 7D.

I must get out the Eos 3, as I have several films, probably out of date but perfectly usable.



Frank.

In Film cameras | Page: 1, 2
309 19/09/2014 - 2:33 AM
By pablophotographer
Canon EOS 6D !
Hello Ade,

I'm with you, on this one.

If your 30D still performs and gives you the results you require, surely there is no need for change.

I believe my current 7D ought to last me for years. I don't understand all this need for change, or upgrades.



Frank.

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10 09/10/2012 - 12:45 AM
By bledzo
Canon EOS 6D !
Friends,

whether it's in the news section or not, I most certainly will not be buying one!

Is the 6D necessarily better than the 7D? Even after upgrading the 2 lots of firmware updates?

What's the big deal about full frame anyway?

My Skoda is no Ferrari, but it can still take me places!!Grin



Frank.

10 09/10/2012 - 12:45 AM
By bledzo
Hasselblad announces partnership with Sony in a bid to expand and develop its product portfolio
I believe that Hasselblad do not need to lower their standards, in the direction of a DSLR.

For Sony on the other hand, it could be a valuable partnership.


Frank.Smile

23 23/09/2012 - 8:35 AM
By Steppenwolf
Camera RAW
Hi Slowsong,

the way I find upgrades for DPP, is to simply find the latest Canon camera, I believe currently it's the 1DX and simply download DPP from there.


Frank.

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79 27/10/2012 - 1:39 PM
By Fencer
Camera RAW
Niknut,

thanks for your reply.

In my own scheme of things, I've never looked at ACR. Since I have the original edition of CS, there's no way it would cope with my 7D.

I've since bought paintshop pro X4, which I'm in the middle of experimenting with. I'm still trying to understand DPP. I'm starting to use the video tutorials for DPP. Just need to get my head engaged with the project in hand. I've also purchased an e-book for DPP, so I may yet get to grips with the wonderful world of photo processing!


Frank.

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79 27/10/2012 - 1:39 PM
By Fencer
Change 7D for 1D mk. IV...arguements for and against
Hello Malc,

congratulations on your forthcoming birthday!

Do you mind me asking - don't you love your 7D anymore?


Frank.

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
15 02/09/2012 - 10:15 AM
By saltireblue
Camera RAW
Hello Niknut,

why don't you like DPP? For starters it is designed for EOS cameras.



Frank.

In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2
79 27/10/2012 - 1:39 PM
By Fencer
Paintshop Pro X4 query
snapbandit,

thank you for your help in this matter. I'll have to print off this thread, then it might sink in.


Cattyal,

once again thank you. I really DO want to understand how to enhance my images. My family believe I can sell my photos as is. I know that I can't - they need some polishing up, that is all I require.

Trial and error is what I'm usually afraid of, but I must knuckle down, with the wonderful help of my EPZ friends.


I've just uploaded my first photo for many, many months!


Frank.

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7 14/08/2012 - 9:27 PM
By ckristoff
Paintshop Pro X4 query
Hello Cattyal,

thank you for your superb reply.

As far as software is concerned, and photo enhancing in particular, I'm really useless at this sort of stuff.

I aim to learn as much as I can - if my brain is in 'helpful' mode!Smile



Frank.

7 14/08/2012 - 9:27 PM
By ckristoff
Paintshop Pro X4 query
Rayme330,

thank you so much for your reply.

Is there anything EPZ can't do?Grin



Frank.

7 14/08/2012 - 9:27 PM
By ckristoff
Paintshop Pro X4 query
Hello Friends,

can you help me please?

How on earth do I resize an image in PSP, in order to allow me to upload a photo into my EPZ portfolio?

I can set the resolution at 72 pixels and set the image size to 600 or 700 wide, but I'm afraid I don't know how to figure out how to enable my image to be at the recommended
70k - 100k file size.

I know how to do all this in phtoshop CS, the first edition, but the software is so old it's developed a fault " cannot save for web ".

If PSP has a similar function, I'd be very grateful if someone could help an old geezer such as I. Smile



Many thanks, Frank.

7 14/08/2012 - 9:27 PM
By ckristoff
7D firmware
Hi Cole,

thanks for the news.

I'll get the update soon as I can.

I've always done firmware updates by connecting my 7D to the pc via USB. Same way I upload photos via EOS Utility. Couldn't get the hang of card readers, so don't use them.



Frank.

39 08/08/2012 - 1:21 PM
By cheddar-caveman
HP Deskjet 2050
The william,

thanks for that!

I've looked again at that set-up sheet. Lo and behold, inside the main flap, there is a lighter grey flap that needs to be in the upright position!

As soon as I lifted that up - the printer, she prints!!!!Grin

Sorry for the confusion - I'm here to entertain!Smile



Frank.

In Printing | Page: 1, 2, 3
5 18/07/2012 - 9:55 PM
By thewilliam
HP Deskjet 2050
Hi Ken,

er, doesn't the software do this automatically?


Frank.

5 18/07/2012 - 9:55 PM
By thewilliam
HP Deskjet 2050
Hello Friends,

I've just installed my new office printer, a HP Deskjet 2050.

My main problem, I can't for the life of me get it to print - not even a test print page!!

What can I do?



Frank.

5 18/07/2012 - 9:55 PM
By thewilliam
Canon 7D firmware update.
Friends,

does anyone really care? I was intrigued like everyone else, when the firmware was announced, but I'm not in the market for any new camera. To be honest, I haven't fully exploited my 7D yet, so I still have a lot to look forward to.

Before anyone slags me off, this past year or so, I've have minor operations to both eyes. So if you can't see, you can't even point and shoot! Would be interesting mind!Grin


Frank.

21 22/07/2012 - 3:48 PM
By staituk
Indoor Clouds
Er, lonely as a cloud...... anyone?Smile


Frank.

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5 25/05/2012 - 5:18 PM
By ckristoff
Selling your soul ????
Better still folks, send in one of your worst photos and blur it into oblivion - then they can do what they like!!Grin


Frank.

9 27/05/2012 - 11:51 PM
By pulsar69
Selling your soul ????
I would think the obvious conclusion would simply be don't enter competions! Grin


Frank.

9 27/05/2012 - 11:51 PM
By pulsar69
Complete madness but a bit of a laugh.
Hi ikett,

why cringe? If the camera ain't yours - who cares?Grin

Of course, I don't treat my 7D in such a fashion; it's good to know how tough it is!Smile Only an idiot would think of barbecuing a camera? Totally avant-garde, methinks! Ha ha! Grin



Frank.

4 16/05/2012 - 12:20 PM
By ckristoff
Full frame trend
To Straycat,

considering I'm aged 54, going on 55, I believe that I 'grew up' decades ago.

In my own experience, living and working within a family business, self-employed, left little or no time for any fun and games. At the time, photography was only 1 of several interests that I had. It's only in the last 7 or 8 years that I've attempted to take my photography a little more seriously. And software is simply a part of the computer age, that simply drives me up the wall. If I can't do it - I simply ignore it. If my photos turn out crap, then it's possible that my composition may be out ( although I doubt it ), or my exposure settings are wrong.

Just like an idiot abroad - I'm thick; simples!Smile I enjoy my membership on this forum; I've received lots of help and advice, for which I'm really grateful.

I may be wrong, but I get a strong impression that photographers, don't seem to freely share their techniques, as if it's a trade secret. On other forums, such as cars or guitars, I seem able to find a huge amount of help, without any bother. At least that's how I see it.

Anyways, Sunday lunch is calling!Wink


Frank.

66 03/05/2012 - 11:30 AM
By Carabosse
Full frame trend
Hello Carabosse,

my sentiments exactly! Usually when I post a controversial opinion, I tend to get slagged off.

Do I care? Why no, boyo - I'm from Wales!!! Once you cross that Severn Bridge, you can leave ALL that troubled water behind!!!Grin



Frank.Smile

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66 03/05/2012 - 11:30 AM
By Carabosse
Full frame trend
Excuse me friends, but what exactly is full frame trend ; and does it really matter?

My introduction to digital photography was the 450D, which I loved. In my opinion, it gave me prints as good as my Eos 3, which I still own.

Now that I have the 7D, a beautiful toy, that I readily admit, I haven't fully exploited, I don't feel I'm missing anything in my photography, because it ain't ' full frame '. Nor do I take part in the race for shots per second or whatever it is. I intend to own this camera for several years - because my wife says so ! Grin

In my photographic abilty, what is holding me back, is my age, as my brain slows down; and my lack of understanding post processing software.



Frank.

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66 03/05/2012 - 11:30 AM
By Carabosse
Canon 7D Error Code 01
Hello Friends,

have just spoken to a Canon Service Centre, who quoted a repair for my lens, of approximately 211. Not too bad - far cheaper than buying a new one methinks!Grin


Frank.

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7 27/04/2012 - 4:25 PM
By ckristoff
Canon 7D Error Code 01
Hello Friends,

thank you all so much, for your kind replies, I really appreciate it.

Mr. Robinson, your comment really calmed my fears.It's probably a coincidence, that the lens played up when it did.

After posting my question, I checked my other 3 zooms, and they all worked perfectly, which is marvellous! At least there's no problem with the camera. So I can at least carry on using my other lenses as normal.

Once again, thank you for your help in this matter. Once I get home, I shall contact a Canon repairer.


Frank.

7 27/04/2012 - 4:25 PM
By ckristoff
Canon 7D Error Code 01
Help Please!

While on the Isle of Wight, earlier this week, my 7d, sporting an 'L' zoom 24-105 lens, developed an error code 01, reading, coomunication between the camera and lens is faulty. Clean the lens contacts. I thought I tried to clean both contacts of lens and camera body, using a lens cloth, but it's made no difference. I can take photos at the widest setting, but as soon as I zoom, I can't take a photo, and the error message appears.

I visited a Jessops store on the Island, who tried again tried to clean the contacts with a lens cloth, but still the error appeared. They took off my lens and put on their own 50 mm lens, which worked well. I failed to ask them to try a zoom lens.

Now for the rest of the story. While staying at a hotel in Portsmouth, I idiotically failed to realise, that I had left all my photo gear in the boot of my car!
THis of course would cause condensation, I'm assuming.

My question is, have I caused dire faults with my gear?

I thank you in advance, for helping an old codger like me!



Frank.

7 27/04/2012 - 4:25 PM
By ckristoff
HP 940C
Hello Redsnappa,

thank you for your reply.

I think I have tried that, but perhaps I need to take a deeper look, as the function I used didn't use much ink or paper.


Frank.

2 28/03/2012 - 9:40 PM
By ckristoff
Paintshop Pro X4
Hello Vince,

thank you so much for your kind reply - I really do appreciate it.

You have to understand, that I'm simply 'not with it' when it comes to using software. It will take me some time to get used to things. I think PSPx4 is a really good programme; I just need to be a little more adventurous I suppose. But when I'm in idiot mode, I can always rely on the help of my EPZ friends!Smile


FRank.

2 28/03/2012 - 9:37 PM
By ckristoff
Paintshop Pro X4
Hello Friends,

I'm attempting to make use of my recent purchase. I've only managed a few image tweakings so far. When I attempt to print a photo, it all seems strange to me. I have a Canon i9950 printer. On CS, I'm able to access the full menu of my printer. In X4, I only seem to have a limited selection of options for the i9950. I find this odd.

On CS, I can access a printer profile for my A4 Fotospeed paper, with good results. The other day, while printing snapshots, I came across a printer profile produced by my Spyder 3 software, which again produces ecceptable results.

My question is, how do I arrange within X4, to access the same full menu range for the i9950, as I'm able to with CS? Do I have tell X4, what my printer is, or to manually enter any printer profiles I need; and how would I do this?


Second question - my 7D is set to Adobe RGB, but it seems X4 only seems to use sRGB, can it be changed for Adobe RGB? Or should I simply set my 7D to sRGB and be done with it? I ain't a pro, so it ain't too important.



Frank.

2 28/03/2012 - 9:37 PM
By ckristoff
HP 940C
Dear Friends,

my office printer the 940C has developed a fault - or it may be a faulty colour ink cartridge? At present, it prints out a lovely pink colour, as opposed to the normal black print. Any colour image is almost tinted pink.

I'm loathe to buy another colour cartridge for this printer, in case I'm left with the same problem! Is there any way someone could advise me on how to clean the printer head, as I was advised to do on my i9950 last year? I've gone through all the maintenance routines for this printer, with no difference at all.

As last resort, I could probably replace this printer with the 930C, that is connected to my spare computer.



Frank.

2 28/03/2012 - 9:40 PM
By ckristoff
5D3 - review by Jeff Ascough
Friends,

I'm only joking. Having been in the grocery trade for decades, I used to dish out the damn stamps!!Grin


FRank.

13 11/03/2012 - 1:23 PM
By Carabosse
5D3 - review by Jeff Ascough
How many Green Shield stamps do I need to save up??!!!! Ha ha!!Grin



FRank.

13 11/03/2012 - 1:23 PM
By Carabosse
To Understanding DPP
SmileHello FRiends,

can anyone help me with my dilemna?

I'm currently at my son's home, practicing grandfather duties.Smile

I shall be home tomorrow night. I'll be expected to print photos furiously, for next weekend's visit. I can still use ps, but I'd like to make more use of PSP.


FRank.

27 06/03/2012 - 10:38 AM
By ckristoff
To Understanding DPP
Friends,

i'm getting very confused!Sad

Last night I had a play with Paintshop pro X4. I opened an image that I had already carried out the minimal amount of processing that I currently do on Photoshop CS version 8; mainly clicking on all auto functions - which is ALL I know.

With the image open, I went through the Edit Menu and looked at all the functions along the top taskbar. I came to one called Photo Enhancement, and practically clicked on all the buttons on there. I adjusted a few slider controls and was amazed on the immediate improvement of the photo I was looking at. THis is NOT to say PS ain't good - I'm the one who ain't good at using it, or afraid of using it. Which brings me to current problem.

How do I print the image I see on screen in paintshop pro, to print on my i9950 printer, which as far as I can tell, comes up with limited functions. Also how do I get the printer to print the image onto Fotospeed paper, using the printer profile, the same way I see it, if I use PS? I opened up PS and wouldn't you know it - the resulting print was horrendous, a deep red overall colour!!Grin Now I ain't going to waste it, I'll keep it as it is - a science fiction work of art!Grin

THe printer profile I have for the Fotospeed paper, does it need to be programmed to paintshop pro? Does paintshop pro need to know what my printer is?

Sorry for being dim; it's just because I am.


I'd like to thank you all in advance for any replies you may give, I appreciate it. Tonight my wife and I go to Newport Gwent, to see our newborn grandson, whose birth is imminent!



Frank.

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27 06/03/2012 - 10:38 AM
By ckristoff
One is a grandad!
Hello Friends,

my wife and I are all excited!

Later on today, we shall be proud grandparents. We shall see the happy family later on this evening.

My camera battery is fully charged - just need to remember to put my gear in the car!Smile



Frank.

15 02/03/2012 - 1:31 AM
By Ade_Osman
Is the wait over?!
It's only a game dude!

It takes a boyo to appreciate noone was robbed! Although I perfectly understand your concern, having watched it on the news! I don't do rugby.


Liverpool FC winning the League Cup Final, is something else!Smile Wooooooo-hoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Grin I hate penalty shootouts! Especially as I only watched the first half!!



Frank. ( From Wales - where else?!! ).Grin

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2
34 28/02/2012 - 3:07 PM
By LesJD
Has anyone ordered a Canon 1dx?
" Fixing red eye with a mono conversion "

I would consider that to be a pretty non-aggressive way to get a black eye.Wink


Frank.

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33 28/02/2012 - 4:50 PM
By Carabosse
The end of print
Friends,

I've just seen this thread and I'm totally overwhelmed at the reaction to these Kindles etc.

Well, I'm a grumpy old geezer, who likes nothing better, than to sit down and relax, with either a good book or magazine to read! I accept technology is forever moving forwards. But what is wrong with being able to buy a book from someone like amazon, for 1p, pay the postage and wait for it to come in the post? To me, that is Heaven on earth!! Grin

Yes, I love snail mail and always will.



Frank.

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444 05/01/2013 - 1:04 AM
By StrayCat
7D firmware update warning.
Friends,

if the firmware update doesn't interest me, I simply ignore it.

Anyways, what's wrong with leaving the camera in exactly the state it left the factory gate?


Frank.

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16 02/03/2012 - 11:23 PM
By glsammy
What do you drive?
Hi hollkj,

nice motor! I once had a Fiat Punto HGT in metallic orange - totally wierd! Changed it after 10 months for a Multipla - oh yes! Otherwise I would have lost my driving licence! Grin



Frank.

71 11/02/2012 - 5:19 PM
By kaybee