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  • Thank you Justin and Jack,

    I don't have lightroom. I've never used level adjustments, although I understand the over/under exposure in camera. I've made myself familiar with AV and TV mode. I also know about sharpening, although I probably don't know how to fine tune it. The majority of post processing is way over my head, I don't understand it much.

  • Hello friends,

    it's been almost 2 years since I've taken any serious photos. 2015 has been very unkind to me, as regards my health.

    So, I feel I've returned back to a beginner stage, as I've forgotten some of the functions on my camera. What I would like to be able to do during 2016, is getting to grips with my camera, and learning manual mode, rather than my default 'P' setting. Also I need to learn how to use LiveView, as I've never touched it before.

    In the current issue of EOS magazine, there's a brilliant article on manual mode, which is very interesting. My question is, once I've discovered how to use manual mode, in order to get a decent photo, is it necessary for me to use PaintshopPro? In my simple understanding, if a good exposure is achieved, why bother messing about with photo editing? You can guess I'm not good at editing.

    I look forward to your replies.

  • Hello Cuffit,

    I'm really sorry! Yes, I did indeed receive your PM. I apologise for not replying to you. I'm not normally like this.

    I still have my part-time job, grandchildren and my wife to keep happy. They are all concerned, but I do try to keep in good spirits. On occasion I get what feel like mood swings, but I don't think it's that. Sunday morning I woke up feeling really great and generally happy. Yet, after lunch, my mood changed, to sort of feeling miserable. So I slept a couple hours. Later the feeling of heaviness on my mind didn't clear, although I enjoyed watching what was on TV. Sometimes I can't seem to get motivated to do chores around the house, almost like a feeling of helplessness. Rest assured, everyday is different. Normally I'm a very happy chappy. Of course hearing about would affect anybody.

  • Hello Friends,

    I apologise for not replying sooner, but I've been a bit down this past week, but I'm over it now.

    Last Sunday, my wife and I travelled to London to see a urologist, at Princess Grace Hospital. My aim was to ask her, if I am a suitable candidate for any treatments such as HIFU, Cryotherapy or NanoKnife.

    We met the nice lady at 9am Monday morning and I handed her a thick file of Urology notes from my local hospital. She read through them making notes. It turns out that I'm not a suitable candidate for any focal treatment, simply because of my existing heart disease, plus it turns out that my prostate is about three quarters full of cancer. So there we are. Although Monday was a nice sunny day, my wife and I had a miserable trip home. I couldn't even be bothered to read a paper or magazine, so I tried to sleep instead.

    The urologist sent me a letter back, which arrived on Friday. Her details were really pleasing, as my current medical team haven't been in contact. One urologist told me that I had an aggressive small cell cancer. According to the London doctor this is not so. It now seems I have a normal type cancer ( it's still cancer ).

    So as I'm already on hormone therapy injections, I'm doing ok, and I wait for radiotherapy. So I have been advised correctly by my medical team - the only problem is, they're not good at communicating any information.

  • Hello Friends,

    thank you for your continued replies. I'm not ignoring any of you, I've been busy doing other things, really encouraged by my wife and son.

    I'm not going to wait for Mr.Fenn to return from holiday. My son told me in no uncertain terms - get on the phone to London! I've been given details for London Urology Associates, over 3 weeks ago. So I finally telephoned them and made an appointment for Monday morning. So tomorrow, it's on the train to London town.

    The Urologist I need to see, is still on holiday, but I'm meeting with a couple of his colleagues, armed with all the Urology notes and MRI scans from our local hospital.

    I shall get back to you with any news.

  • Friends, thank you all so much - I never expected such a quick response. Members of EP never fail in their friendliness and support.

    I hear all of you, I really do. I've seen a private urologist already, and I'm in the process of making another appointment to see him. My problem is I'm too much of a nice guy, but I have it on good authority from a business friend, that I'm already speaking to 1 of the top men in South Wales. My son preaches to me every night, go phone someone else in London. That's all well and good, but I'm not ready for that just yet. Surely a few more weeks won't hurt?

    In past couple weeks I've spoken to 3 local men who have prostate cancer, one was diagnosed 6 years ago. I said nothing to him, but he's looking damn good on it. He's advised me on some dietary changes. I actually love broccoli soup, with tomatoes, onion and garlic really wonderful. I read on one cancer website, of a gentleman who eats broccoli soup daily, probably for lunch. He swears that it has helped him to keep his cancer at bay.

    Another man I spoke to, went to London to have a Cryotherapy operation to his prostate. I believe it involves keyhole surgery, where a needle is inserted into the prostate, it zaps argon gas onto the cancer cells, and this kills them apparently, they're thawed out and I suppose they get sucked out! He hasn't had the results of this operation yet, but he's confident that it will work. I shall be asking my consultant whether this would be suitable for me.

    Thank you all once again!

  • Dear Friends,

    I've waited over a month to pluck up the courage to post this message. My Topic Title isn't exactly accurate - the truth is I haven't picked up my camera much at all, during the past 18 months or so. Of course I do the odd family snapshots - I have 2 grandchildren. Plus, if I'd totally lost interest, I wouldn't be here now. During last 2 months, I've had some bad news regarding my health, but I'm doing ok, I'm trying to stay strong.

    I was recently diagnosed with a rare form of aggressive small cell prostate cancer. I've seen a private consultant regarding this, but he's difficult to get hold of, he's already on a second holiday! I'm waiting to hear from his secretary to arrange a second meeting with him, just to get to the bottom of where I stand with this dreaded disease. At the first meeting he suggested radiotherapy and chemotherapy; then in a later email, something changes, so I no longer need chemo - what? How can such important information suddenly change in just 3 weeks? I've had letters copied for me by my GP, must it's mostly in medical lingo, which I don't understand.

    Yesterday, a very nice nurse from Carmarthen, phoned me at work yesterday, and she's the only person who has managed to explain to me in Queen's English, that apparently, the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate, which is good. But because I also have heart disease, I would not be able to endure an operation to remove my prostate, as I could either die on the table, or suffer a heart attack - all cheerful news!Sad

    Some of you would rightly say that picking up my camera, would be a great means to rekindle my hobby and take my mind off stuff - I fully agree. I've already begun hormone therapy, having had tablets for three weeks, and I had my first injection about 3 weeks ago. One side effect which is annoying, is that I feel cold. My hands are cold as I'm typing this, and even my arms are cold, and I'm fully dressed, I've been wearing a thin pullover all summer, well it feels more like autumn to me! Bottom line is I don't like cold weather of any kind - and yes I know there are thousands of people going around in tee-shirts and shorts, I'm afraid I'm not one of them.

    Worry not, I'm generally in good spirits with a smile on my face. Life is still worth living. Who knows, Liverpool FC may improve on last season!!Grin

  • I have just taken a brief look at the links you've provided. They look very good! Of course, I should have thought about youtube myself!

    Hopefully I can make sense of these tutorials, photo-editing is not my strong point. Patience methinks!

  • Friends,

    thank you ever so much for your replies. I apologise for being late in acknowledging your help; I haven't been very well lately. Haven't touched my PC, since I last visited EPZ.

  • Dear Friends,

    do any of you own this software? Where can I can find some good tutorials on how to use it please?

    Thank you, Frank.
  • I've got a roll of film currently in my Eos 3, but I haven't finished using it yet!

    Indeed, all my Canon 'L' lenses were bought, while I was using the Eos 3.

  • Hello Lemmy,

    thank you for your kind words.

    I'm beginning once more to "see photos", as I drive around in my car. The big problem is my camera is at home. I hear what you said about your circumstances, but I don't think I would be happy with a compact portable camera - I don't mean to they're no good, it's just me being silly.

    I've already wasted a wonderful summer, through being busy with work, but it's time I picked up the camera once more.

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • 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

  • 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!

  • My 7D shows strange image counter numbers. I just simply ignore this and move on! Grin

  • 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.

  • Hello Pete,

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

    How can they do such work so fast?

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Hello Malc,

    congratulations on your forthcoming birthday!

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

  • Hello Niknut,

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

  • snapbandit,

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


    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!