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Stillbase

Welcome to my portfolio page. I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer living in Monmouth.
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  • for Tianshi_angie - Many thanks for the suggestion - I've now got fully functioning Nik software in CC again. Phew.
  • Kingbee. - Don't worry about the Nik software running on Elements 13. I've run the package very successfully on both Elements 10 and 12 and this year I downloaded a trial version of Elements 14 and ithey ran OK there as well. But I am having problems with them on Photoshop CC and would like to know if anyone else is.
  • I dislike zoos (animal jails), but Dudley Zoo is really worth visiting just to see the buildings (the castle and the wonderful Tecton reinforced concrete structures).
  • Ask the RFL
  • I have loaded Adobe Elements 12 on both my pc and my ancient laptop, but, in both cases, had to register it with Adobe before the program works. Unfortunately my laptop will not speak to the internet for some reason or another, which means that I get a message saying that Elements 12 must be registered with Adobe before it can be used (even though it was purchased legitimately). So I have had to re-install Elements 10 on the laptop for which registration is optional.
  • I agree with both of the above.GrinGrinGrinGrin
  • Hi Nick, I was (wrongly) put on a similar diet some years ago. My experience is to make sure that you are regularly tested for calcium levels in your body as mine had dropped to a very low level and I now have to take a supplement to boost it. Sorry can't help with the recipes, but finally having been (correctly) diagnosed with coeliac disease some years later I can sympathise with your problem when eating out but I find that the more reputable restaurants are very co-operative, but you must be prepared to accept a (sometimes) very restricted choice. Best of luck
  • The best way is to look at the reviews of the lens on the internet (Google Nikon 55-300), then make a decision.
  • Raw files contain and retain more information than jpegs, so often you can recover a blown out sky (for example) from a raw file where you can't from a jpeg. Plus the fact that every time you edit a jpeg file, its size reduces because it throws information away when saved. So if you edit a single file enough times (please don't ask me how many), the picture gets to a point where it deteriorates and looks horrible, whereas RAW files do not deteriorate irrespective of how many time you edit them. Think of raw files as a digital negative and jpeg as the print.
  • I'm prepared to be proven wrong but I'd imagine that furniture polish is sufficiently innocuous that you could use it sparingly on a camera

    I think furniture polish may contain silicones and experience shows that they can tend to creep all over the place, so I would keep them well clear of a camera.
  • What bothers me about all this is that the Government has allowed trialling of driverless cars. They are also controlled by software. If we can't get a simple website stable (no offence meant to ephotozine, it happens to all websites as well as aps), what chance do we have with controlling cars.
  • Could it be dirty contacts on the lens?
  • I have also uploaded Photoshop CC 2014, but have gone back to using Photoshop CC. I'm not convinced that 2014 is stable yet and I keep getting messages that I have a dll file missing and other strange things happen. I think that we, the customers, are being used as testers and I will not use it until Adobe update it (in other word issue bug fixes) and it becomes more stable.
  • I agree with Paul Morgan. I've been on this deal for 6 months and have no complaints at all - it's allowed me to play with Photoshop (I'm not really interested in Lightroom) which I would not have been able to afford if I'd have to pay 600-700. I have a small problem with the download software, but Adobe fixed it immediately I contacted them.

    Like many I'm concerned about a big price hike after 12 months, but I also have Elements (I bought it before the Photoshop deal was announced) and I try to use them both together to see just how well Elements will perform compared to Photoshop. I've been very pleasantly surprised just how good Elements is compared to its big brother and how many "hidden" functions it does have, particularly those revealed with the Elements XXL plug in. Yes of course there are things missing, after all Elements is only one tenth of the cost of Photoshop, but if Adobe impose an unacceptable price rise in 6 months (when my 12 month contract runs out) I will bite the bullet and switch back to Elements.
  • Mr Lobsterboy Sir

    You are a genius. It works. Many many thanks.
  • My computer (windows 7) has, after two years, decided that all drop down sub-menus will open on the left hand side of the primary drop down menu instead of the right. It is doing this in all of my programs and its very annoying.

    Anyone know of a button I can click (presumably in Windows) to reset the computer back to normal?
  • If you want to own a photo editing package, there are several on the market for less than 100 and once you have bought it, it is yours. But if you want the very best with every conceivable bell and whistle most of us will ever need, or wish to go into digital art, then it has to be Photoshop. But unless you manage to get a second-hand version from ebay for example (from CS6 downwards), Adobe will only let you rent it. Currently the combined Photoshop/Lightroom package costs me just under 9 a month. I will be interested to see what that rises to in 10 months time.

    For the last 10 years I have also been using Photoshop Elements and the latest version I have is 12 (I bought it before the Photoshop deal was announced). Even with my Elements experience I have found the full Photoshop to be a steep learning curve and every time I find a new feature in Photoshop, more often than not it is there in Elements as well.

    If Adobe put up the PS/LR package prices at the end of this year I will go back to Elements, which along with the NIK and Topaz filters I have bought seperately can do virtually everything I will ask it to do, but only in 8 bit, not 16 like PS.

    Also investigate Lightroom which you can own.
  • It just shows why the UK called "Treasure Island"! Manufacturers of all shapes and sizes have been doing this for years.
  • Sorry, I don't understand the question. If you could be more explicit about what you want to know, I may be able to help.
  • DS Colour Labs
  • Why do you feel you want to upgrade?
  • I have had the 18-135 for many years and used it on a D50, D300 and now a D5100. It's non-VR (Nikon have just produced an 18-140VR lens). The 18-135 is a lens that I have bought a replacement for many times, but in the end it finds its way back onto the camera because its sharp and the 18-135 range is great for a walkabout lens. At the moment it has been replaced by a Sigma 17-70, but I notice its found its way back into my camera bag and will once again probably end up on the camera. In other words its a very useful lens for the sort of shooting I do (landscapes, cityscapes etc).
  • At this time of year it usually means that the next version (PSE 12) is about to be released.
  • Thanks redhed17 for a considered reply and also for the reference, which IMHO clarifies the whole histogram discussion.
  • Convert No2 to B&W?
  • As long as you intend to enjoy it, as you clearly do, take no notice of what anyone else says.
  • Hi Jester I decided to "rent" CS6 from the Adobe creative cloud which was automatically upgraded to Photoshop CC in June. I decided to give it a try for the year to finally decide whether or not I needed all the bells and whistles or whether elements would be sufficient for me. I am now in the 5th month and the jury is still out, but I suspect that at the end of my trial I may well feel that Elements will do all I want. However, interestingly enough in spite of the upgrade CS6 has been left on my system so I have 2 versions of Photoshop. Hmmm I wonder if I copy CS6 to ...............

    I've also tried Lightroom twice on the free monthly trial, and I must be the only person in the country who doesn't like it - its just camera raw with a few other bits added.
  • If you don't photoshop (or post process) your camera will.