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Full Frame Canon or Nikon?

Quote: Its amazing how information is dripped in. Wink

It's being dripped in because I was asking for an opinion about which camera to buy and ended up with loads of questions I didn't anticipate, and some comments that weren't welcome....and a lot of helpful advice too from generous folk.

37 17/10/2014 - 6:39 AM
By GaryInSoCal
Full Frame Canon or Nikon?

Quote: Mike, anything and everything will wear out.

The entry-level camera bodies and kit lenses aren't designed for heavy or prolonged use. This is why we professionals pay a lot more for our "professional" lenses and bodies!

Well yes, my thinking too......I have a Canon 50D with a Tamron 18-270, I had a Sigma, but somehow lost it.

Camera is 6 years old, 50,000 photos taken, 90% of its life in the tropics, mould issues, dust issues, sleeps the night in a dry box (mostly)......

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37 17/10/2014 - 6:39 AM
By GaryInSoCal
Full Frame Canon or Nikon?

Quote: Much easier now that what you are going to be shooting is apparent.

What lenses were you using before? You mentioned Tamron.

You can probably solve the autofocus issues and image quality issues just by getting some better faster glass.

A 24-105L for situations where you don't want to change lenses. A nice fast prime lens for gorgeous portraits when things are more relaxed, or a nice wide angle for landscapes and cityscapes, busy markets etc

For speed and for toughness also consider a 1 series camera, depending where you travel it might be possible to buy a lot cheaper than UK price. There are some used bargains in camera shops (with guarantees) they are built like tanks

Um...the Tamron Lens I bought came highly recommended 18-270 with a piezo drive Di II. The Camera is 6 years old, has spent most of its time in the tropics (I don't live in the UK, and will buy my new camera somewhere in the Far East). It lives in a dry box, but on extended treks it has had mould issues etc.

I'm quite happy with my 50D, however I have a love of B&W Street Photography and plan to make a book of photographs and poems.

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37 17/10/2014 - 6:39 AM
By GaryInSoCal
Full Frame Canon or Nikon?

Quote: If you tell us what you want to photograph and what your budget is perhaps we can give some guidance.
Each manufacturer has FF bodies which are very good at some things but not as good at other things.

Similar to what is in my profile already - street photography. Looking for faster AF. My budget, up to $2,500 for the camera, plus lenses.
Looking for a very versatile lens as making frequent lens changes is a challenge in many of the places I travel too - lots of dust and/or very high humidity.

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37 17/10/2014 - 6:39 AM
By GaryInSoCal
Full Frame Canon or Nikon?
Thanks for the comments about cameras guys. Some of you have asked what I like to shoot. Well, I'm about to spend 3 months traveling in India again, going to many of the pilgrimage sites, some at dawn, to get both landscape and my usual people shots.

I've wanted to upgrade as the auto-focus on my current camera after 50,000 photos is no longer up to scratch, despite regular maintenance by a professional cleaning and maintenance camera shop.

Additionally, I did a small expo on invitation and sold some photos, however, the clarity of many of my images was not suitable for larger prints. Thanks.

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37 17/10/2014 - 6:39 AM
By GaryInSoCal
Full Frame Canon or Nikon?
I'm about to switch from my third Canon camera in 8 years to finally going for a full frame camera. My Tamron lenses won't be compatible with either brand, which is a bummer.

How do I choose? I'm not technically minded so sometimes wading through spec lists is just mind boggling. Niko seems to be jumping ahead but i have brand loyalty to Canon. Advice? Opinions.

If I am going to spend a lot of money, I want it to be the right purchase. Thanks.

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37 17/10/2014 - 6:39 AM
By GaryInSoCal
Triple Word Association
Boston Tea Party

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24931 11/12/2014 - 9:04 PM
By tomcat
Triple Word Association
Starting to wander

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24931 11/12/2014 - 9:04 PM
By tomcat
Thread of confusion.
Bin Laden? Oh my! Is he working as your local dustman now then? Er...sorry.. Environmental Services Consultant....tsk, must remember to be more PC....well, I'm sure it has better prospects than blowing up things...

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2655 01/12/2014 - 11:27 AM
By mikehit
Remember when.........
I remember gathering around the radio to listen to the BBC world service, listening to the chimes of Big Ben announcing the time in London, then listening to The Archers...I was 8 and living in Malaya at the time...I can still hear the voice of the announcer....' This is the BBC World Service coming to you from London'..the news was so dry and factual....

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1015 23/06/2014 - 2:15 PM
By Evertonian
Quotations
There's only one thing worse than people talking about you behind your back, and that's people not talking about you behind your back - Oscar Wilde

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437 19/10/2014 - 9:50 PM
By StrayCat
Triple Word Association
Having a............think

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24931 11/12/2014 - 9:04 PM
By tomcat
Triple Word Association
bugger, that was four words...oh dear, it's getting worse..

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24931 11/12/2014 - 9:04 PM
By tomcat
Triple Word Association
and three large leeks

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24931 11/12/2014 - 9:04 PM
By tomcat
Quotations

Quote:
its not written in english,they wrote it in Gaelic as to not offend peopleSmile

So Gaelic speakers are not people? Is that the conclusion? Smile

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437 19/10/2014 - 9:50 PM
By StrayCat
Quotations
Yours in not to seek love, but to seek the barriers you have against it - Rumi, Sufi Poet

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437 19/10/2014 - 9:50 PM
By StrayCat
Guest Editors
Hi Pete,

Sorry to do this, but I have an unexpected trip to India to organise in addition to leaving for Dubai on Monday, I'm up to my eyes in visa applications etc....I am unable to fulfill my obligation this week. Great pity, although I do have time today and tomorrow, Friday - Sunday look impossible...

My apologies,

Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors

Quote: Sorry yes, 13 to 19th is the full week so that's fine.

Cool, so sign me up...I look forward to the bashing for awarding 'unworthy' pictures etc,etc..... Smile
Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors

Quote: Needs to be full week to be fair. Let me know which one would be better.

Isn't 13th - 20th a full week? That's 8 days by my calculation?

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors
Yes, 13 ok, except I will be flying on the 20th to Dubai, so my last day would be 19th?
Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors
Hi,

I'd be interested in having another go at GE, second week off February would be good for me. My last GE stint was Dec 2010.
Thanks,

Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Work Review

Quote: Hi i need your help please as i believe i am a fairly good photographer but since being on this site i have seen what in my opinion has been really bad work regularly get more votes than my work, So i am beginning to think that i may be deluding my self??????? Please be honest Smile

I've been a member for three years and have seen my work improve...however, I've rarely had more than 30 clicks, never had an EC or GE, I did once get a Photo of the Day, about 2 years back....

I'm aware of the click clique...some really, really mediocre work getting 40 - 70 votes and some first class photographers getting totally overlooked, even by EPZ staff....Sadly, I think some of the really mediocre people actually think that they are good photographers because they get so many votes...however, that is not to say that everyone who gets a ton of votes is mediocre, many of them truly deserve 70 - 100 clicks..

I tried being a GE for a week a year ago, got fried here in the forum...apparently I gave too many votes away according to some.

In general the genres that get votes are:

Landscapes
Clique photos

When I was a GE I learnt that there are some really, really good bird photographers here...I had previously not given them much attention as it was not the genre of my interest.

It is not the clique that bothers me so much, but the fact that some really, really excellent work is overlooked for the EC selection and I think that is because their work is not shortlisted for consideration by the clique click crowd, so that is a hole in the system....some people here have had their work published in magazines and barely scrape by with 8 votes and not recognised by the EX team either...

I'm here for the love of photography and even though the click clique still irks m at times, I'm more or less over it...mediocrity seems to abound everywhere, not just in the world of photography.

Jonathan

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80 25/01/2012 - 12:56 PM
By crystalmemories
Auto Focus Problems
Hi,

I use a Canon D50 with a Sigma 18-200 lens. Both are 2 years old, have taken 7,500 images to date with the equipement.

I'm wondering if anyone has had a problem with degredation of the autofocus? When I first bought the camera my images were pin sharp, now, not so. Does autofocus degrade after a while? Is the the lens or the camera? Are digital cameras supposed to be taken in for a 'service' once every 5,000 pics or so? I'm furstrated...sometimes it works, other times, no so.

Any tips appreciated.

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6 17/02/2011 - 9:36 AM
By LenShepherd
Guest Editors

Quote:
I did find something on here very disturbing tho and think I should bring to staff/Pete's attention...

I was about to award a GEA to BURNBLUE, but after reading is bio i decided against, this is why, to quote is own words....



Well, I thouht it was photography we were voting on, not whether or not we like a person or their opinions....I think you'e just proven BURNBLUE's point!
So you don't give an award because you didn't like what he said?? That's biased and not based on photography and it clearly puts you in the camp of overlooking excellent photography because you like other people more....

'He doesn't desrve it' ......well, in my opinion he is a first class travel photographer and his images could easily be on the front cover of National Geographic...

Just another opinion,

Jonathan

1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Where did you find your love for photography?
I discovered my love for photography whilst travelling in China in 2008. I kept on borrowing my travelling companions camera so often that he got so annoyed by this and bought me my first camera when we left China via Hong Kong. I'm now on my second camera since then. - Jonathan

24 13/12/2010 - 10:11 PM
By DarylH
Guest Editors
Ok, job done, but unfortunately not complete. Tremendous problems with power cuts and failing internet connections, stayed up until 0300 twice to try to plough through them all. Sorry for not looking at 100% of the pitures. However, it has given me a new refreshed view at e-photozine, lots of talented people out there, man of whom barely scrape by with 3 or 4 clicks on superb photos (imho). I enjoyed the bird photogaphy, totally new for me. Best wishes to the next GE - Jonathan

1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors
Goodness what a week, what with power cuts, the internet going down once every couple of hours.....staying into the wee hours just to get the job done, trying not to skip over images....I agree with a previous comment, there are a LOT of really good bird photographers on this website, I just didn't know how many. I am bored with the snow pictures. Unseasonably cold here in Mexico too, should be 30c, but was only 21 today, the locals are wearing jumpers and scarves...poor things...Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors

Quote: I do feel that the current Guest Editor is taking the piss and devaluing the whole system of awards on this site.Already today his awards approach the 20 mark
There is no limit. If the GE feels they're valid they could give out 100. One of the criticism I receive is that I don't give out enough or I don't give them to the right ones. No matter what anyone does there will always be a too many, too little, too biased, etc etc opinions...lets just respect the GEs' choice.

Thanks for the response here Pete. If you feel the need to give me any feedback, please do so...but I appreciate your support. As mentioned above, my criteria is 'does the image hold my attention' do I keep on wanting to look at it. This GE opportuntiy has been a real blessing in having to look at all images, as I've seen some images in detail that I perhaps under normal circumstances not click on - there is a great deal of good work out there IMHO, I'm enjoying it. - Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors

Quote: Dear Pete,I did last Weeks GEA's and took it quite seriously.I was particularly impressed as always by the very high quality of the bird photographers and feel that I could have given a few extra GEA's.However in the interests of sanity and to make the Awards I gave have some value I restricted the number I gave each day to about 5.I do feel that the current Guest Editor is taking the piss and devaluing the whole system of awards on this site.Already today his awards approach the 20 mark.

This almost suggests that I'm not taking this seriously, and quite the opposite, I feel I am adding value to some of the great work out there. We simply have a different perspective and I don't believe I'm 'taking the piss' at all - quite the contrary. We simply have a different criteria perhaps - Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors
Wow, I didn't expect anyone to complain about too many awards. I stand by each picture I've awarded, each held my attention for different reasons. Tomorrow may be different.

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors
Wow, this is my first day as GE. Lot's of pictures to plough through. The great benefit is that I've discovered some photogrpahers I didn't know before and have added them to my favourites list. I'm taking time to also appreciate images that are not usually in the genre that I'm attracted to, although I do have to say, I'm already bored with all the snow pictures...Already on day one I'm appreciating many different types of work, I hope my awards reflect that. My choices are mostly around what holds my attention - Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
B&W weekly challenge
I would love to see a weekly B&W challenge - Jonathan

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260 06/04/2011 - 10:29 PM
By Sandgrouse
Guest Editor Bias?

Quote: Thing is - a friend has been upset by this whole thread as her images were used as an example, a little unfair IMO.
Have a geat weekend everybodySmile


Well, I seem to have ruffled some feather by posting this topic and I've read all the different views on whether or not votes, awards etc do matter. Well, I'm sure that many people joined this website because, like myself, are passionate about photography. I'm out with my camera almost every day and over the past 2 years I've learnt a lot from from look at other people's photographs and some people have been generous enough to give me good feedback and suggestions via private messages, all of which has helped. There are many people here who' s style and quality of photography I aspire. I simply began to notice that, in my opinon, a lot of mediocre work seemed to get a lot of votes and some it awards too, and that some of the photographs that gave me a complete WOW and an emotional reaction seemed to be overlooked. As I aspire to better and better quality pictures from all perspectives - art, quality, capturing the essence of of something etc, I felt that the job of the website was to teach me through being able to review over and over again photos with high numbers of votes and espescially awards - bu it seems that that is not the case. Since joining and buying my first camera in 2008, I'm now on my third, I've played with lots of different genres and styles and it would appear that I've devloped a taste for mono people pictures, even though my profile has a lot of landscape pictures.

I do realise of course that everyone has different tastes, of course, that what makes us unique, but I simply questioned the quality of one picture that was given a lot of recognition compared to one I felt was not looked at much - it seemed imbalanced to me. And therefore, for beginner pohtographers such as myself, I perhaps naively thought that high votes and recongintion equated to a standard to aspire to, even taking into consideration differing tastes and fashionalbe trends.

For the most part, landscapes don't do that much for me, but at times my response is 'Wow, how do they do that? I wish I could produce a beauty like that'. So I go off with my camera and try again and very often what I think looks great when looking at the lanscape looks very different once it is on my computer screen.

Anyway, as a result I've taken up the suggestion of being a Guest Editor for a week and no doubt I will choose some photographs that will have some people frown, scratch their heads, get annoyed or hopefully even smile.

As for the comment above, it is impossilbe to use examples without the owner of the the photograph being known, so that is regretable.

My apologies for offending or hurting anyone with this forum topic.

Jonathan

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98 22/12/2010 - 10:57 AM
By ketch
Guest Editors

Quote: Thanks Fran for your week
What do I do now?
Jonathan
Just turn up on Monday 6 Dec bright and early and you will have an extra button under the photos to project them to GE Awards. Go through each pic and award those you think are outstanding. Continue through the week looking at every picture and until Sunday at midnight. We give you an extension through Monday to pick Sunday's.


Please be aware than I am 6 hours behind UK time, which means I can start at 18:01 my time, being 00:01 in the UK on 6/12......but then I will need to sleep at some stage... Smile

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors

Quote: I would be open to do 4-10 January.....unless there is something earlierGreat thanks Jonathan

We have these weeks in December?
6-12 Dec
13-19 Dec
20 - 26 Dec
27 Dec - 2nd Jan

OK, 6- 12 December is cool....have friends coming for two weeks later in December, one of the many plus points of spending my winters away from the UK Smile
What do I do now?

Jonathan

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editors

Quote: .
This was the outcome on a thread about EC choice here I've linked to page 10 where the GE bit starts to unfold.
To volunteer you must be available for the whole week and look at every photo. You must then select the ones you think are the very best of the uploads and give them your award.

Still available - 4th-10th Jan and any week after.

Please express your interest and discuss the feature in this thread.

I would be open to do 4-10 January.....unless there is something earlier

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1883 13/02/2014 - 12:38 AM
By annettep38
Guest Editor Bias?

Quote:
If you are unhappy with the GE award, this is THE perfect way for you to get happy - ask Pete to get you on the rota, show us what we should all be doing and where we are going wrong!


Well, I don't think it is a question of 'should' or what is 'wrong' - I'm merely begging the question and I'm certainly not convinced that I would do a better job, except I wouldn't vote on a picture just because I like someone, and I'm not saying that this is what happened in the example I gave. Perhaps my taste in photography is not within the norm, which is ok too.

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98 22/12/2010 - 10:57 AM
By ketch
Guest Editor Bias?

Quote: I've learnt a lot since being here

Unfortunately you have obviously not learned the big secret. That is that ePz is populated by humans and humans are not perfect. You also haven't learned to enjoy the site in your own way, let others enjoy it in theirs and don't get stressed about things you don't like. Smile

Ian

When it comes to regular voting, I totally agree with you, but, it is a photography website and I tihnk that the Editor system is supposed to be there to encourage good photography.

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98 22/12/2010 - 10:57 AM
By ketch
Guest Editor Bias?
I am constantly dismayed at how some really first class photograpy is overlooked on this website, it really feels like a farce.

This picture, totally overlooked:
http://www.ephotozine.com/photo/1687763/addfav

And these in my opinion, just look at bad quality of the large version, is given an award by a Guest Editor?

http://www.ephotozine.com/photo/1612108

http://www.ephotozine.com/photo/1685170/large

It seems that some people gain recognition, not for their craft or skill, but because they use this website as social website more than a photography website.

How can it be a fair website when some people who's photograpy is worthy of the National Geographic are overlooked and others are rewarded for taking snapshots?

I've learnt a lot since being here through communicating with supportive photographers who are willing to share their feedback generously but I constantly see imbalanced voting, which there is nothing anyone can do about, but when Guest Editors jump on the biased social networking bandwagon it calls into question the credibility of the website.

Annoyed,

Jonathan

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98 22/12/2010 - 10:57 AM
By ketch
Problems with importing from Canon EOS 50D
Hi All,

Every time I import pictures from my Canon EOS 50D into my Windows 7 Toshiba laptop the system runs CHKDSK afterwards and sometimes my wireless connection is diabled. It seems that my laptop does not reconise my camera as an external device that can be 'disconnected' in the usual way, via software, so my only choice it to either remove the USB or trun off the camera afterwards.

When I was in asia earlier this year, I imported lots of photos just about 7 days a week, this I am sure was the cause of my hard disk crash.

Has anyone has this issue? I've sent emails to Microsoft, Toshiba and Canon, but none have replied after 2 weeks!

Help!! What am I doing wrong? Any advice gratefuly received,

Jonathan

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1 18/10/2010 - 2:47 PM
By frispy
Canon EOS 50D import problems
Hi All,

Every time I import pictures from my Canon EOS 50D into my Windows 7 Toshiba laptop I need to run CHKDSK afterwards and sometimes my wireless connection is diabled. It seems that my laptop does not reconise my camera as an external device that can be 'disconnected' in the usual way, via software, so my only choice it to either remove the USB or trun off the camera afterwards.

When I was in asia earlier this year, I imported lots of photos just about 7 days a week, this I am sure was the cause of my hard disk crash.

Has anyone has this issue? I've sent emails to Microsoft, Toshiba and Canon, but none have replied after 2 weeks!

Help!! What am I doing wrong? Any advice gratefuly received,

Jonathan

1 18/10/2010 - 4:25 PM
By frispy
How do you get people voting/commenting on pics?
There is a lot of mediocre work on this site that gets a high amount of votes, mostly because I think it is a 'I like you' vote, I've seen some shockingly bad photographs get 50 or more votes, and some really good ones get little to nothing.

126 26/06/2010 - 12:18 PM
By Jarmara
High Humidity
Thanks for the responses, much appreciated...so option 3 it is....Jonathan

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4 07/06/2010 - 3:56 PM
By sherlob
High Humidity
Hi All,

I'm currently in China and it is both hot and very humid, so much so, walls are wet!

Anyway, I've given up using my UV filter, or any other filter for that matter as it keeps in steaming up...however, I'm not too keen on having an unprotected lens either.

So, consiering my options here and I'm not too sure which will work best and be best for my Canon D50:

1) Leave the camera on my balcony (in the shade) so that it is alays the same temeprature as the outside weather

2) Keep in in my airconditioned room so that it has a chance to dry out, but the cold camera creates condensation instantly.

3) Same as 2 but simply take my camera outside half an hour before I want to use it?

Suggestions?

Thanks,

Jonathan

4 07/06/2010 - 3:56 PM
By sherlob
PhotoEditorX?
X3 version 13.

Yeah, I've tried that, it simply makes everything dark or over exposed....I've 'reset' the settings so many times, I simply gave up. Before I 'upgraded' and paid to do so, it handled RAW images perfectly well....so, I'm frustrated..

6 29/05/2010 - 10:57 AM
By cattyal
PhotoEditorX?
Hhhm.....but photoshop is so expensive and I've grappled to use trial versions with any success....

6 29/05/2010 - 10:57 AM
By cattyal
PhotoEditorX?
Hi,

Is anyone using PhotoEditorX? How is it?

I'm currently using PaintShop Pro from Corel but don't like how it automatically adjusts my .cr2 files and I've never got the hang of Photoshop.

Thanks,

Jonathan

6 29/05/2010 - 10:57 AM
By cattyal
NEW Photography Choice Gallery & Voting System (BETA)
I feel that the voting down system is a terrible idea, the voting system isn't really a clear indication of a 'good' photograph either, some pretty mediocre, even terrible photographs sometimes get lots of votes, and in my view based on the popularity of the person who uploaded it rather than their photogrpahic ability. Also, there is a strong bias towards landscapes on this website. I spend a lot of time browsing profiles of some really good photographers (in my opinion) who barely scrape in with 4, 5, or 6 votes whilst others can get 30 votes for an uninspiring picture of a potted plant.

I will definitely never vote anyone down, a 'down' vote is simply not to vote in my opinion, simply don't click.

Jonathan

883 23/01/2011 - 6:59 PM
By DRicherby
Eugene Terreblanche found dead......

Quote: there is clearly still a massive racist problem there.
So approximately 700 out of 49 000 000 people turn out for his funeral and you class this as a massive racist problem?

Yes, there is still a racist problem in South Africa. A white man living in SA for 5 year I was stopped almost weekly by black police officers, had my car searched, asked for bribes, had trumped up traffic charges laid against me - which were always squashed or I simply challenged the single officer on the spot. I've been ignored in government buildings trying to get permits by black staff etc, when I say ignored, I mean that literally....staff putting their heads down or simply walking away, or just ignoring me when I spoke to them. Racism is alive and well in SA!

Most people in the UK use the word racism to describe something that a white person does to a non white person. Racism, is racism, is racism, and black racism against other tribes, the indians, the chinese and the coloureds in S. Africa is very evident and seemingly supported by Zuma and is predecessor Thabo Mbeki.

I left S. Africa after having attended too many funerals in 2007 and after having survived two armed robberies and the murder of my friends and dogs.

The ANC is not that interested in democracy, really not at all, look into the state sponsored harrassment of Helen Zillen, a white Jewish elected politician. They simply could not stomach that a white woman was elected by the pupulation so harassed her, arrested her and refused to attend her governmental meetings.

This is Africa, glad I am no longer there, even though I long for the land I once had, the African sky and red earth. Cry the beloved country, the trauma continues. And no, whites don't deserve what is happening to them - something that has been said to me by well meaning politically correct Brits. The Black on Black crime is incidentally far worse.

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39 29/04/2010 - 10:18 PM
By janeez
Voting system!
Oh dear, the voting system....when I fist joined I made two conclusions in error....the fewer votes, a really bad photo, the more votes, a really good photo. I then went through a period of vote chasing....meaning uploading the kind of images that I thought would get votes...sometimes it would work...but it was an illusion.

If you look carefully at the website, you'll see some pretty dire photgraphs gettting a lot of votes, and on further study, you'll notice that the person's who placed the dire photograph is a very active voter...so tit for tat going on.

I've also been amazed that some really top class photography often recieves little to no votes.

The voting system is not, im my view an indication of what is a good photograph. There are some really first class photographs that do deservedly get a lot of votes, a hundred or more, and well done to them..it's deserved.

Nowadays I upload what I like and what appeals to me, after all, I am sharing my vision of the world as I see it through my lens and noone else's.

Recently I uplodaded a photo called 'Retro', it was a portrait. I processed the picture to make it look very 1960's....it got one vote along with a comment of ' a little over saturated'...well, it was supposed to be a 1960's retro look, and all photos then were oversaturated..so, it goes to show, it's just an opinion.

I vote for what I like, not for who I like.

I've always steered away from offering critique, it seems senseless to me, so I comment on what I like about a picture or not at all, unless the person has specifically asked for critique, and then again, there are many photographers on this website who have far more experience and talent than me so I leave it to them.

If it's fab I'll say so, if it's drab, I'll keep quiet.

The challenge section is also an issue. Often photgraphs are uploaded to challenges that do not follow the guidelines and end up winnig the challenge...go figure...perhaps we have all forgotten to read.

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20 05/04/2010 - 6:26 PM
By jonathanbp