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  • #26876

    gray8059
    Participant

    I just started the download of that video – look forward to it! I was confused by one comment in your written introduction: You say that “in Photoshop the RAW processing happens before you open the image”. That is not longer true in Photoshop CC which I use. The RAW processor is implemented as a filter and I can use all the adjustments you describe inside Photoshop, and continue to make adjustments as I edit.

    On the other hand, I only process one image at a time. I can see how a completely different workflow is needed for your story-line image sets!

    #26877

    Hywel
    Keymaster

    Ah! Apologies, I didn’t know that, thank you! The last version I have of Photoshop is CS4, which still used the RAW processing preload system. Good to see Adobe making improvements.

    (I still hate their user interface designs with a passion though, hence the lack of Lightroom/Photoshop in the tutorial 🙂 )

    As you say, the BIG difference between photoshop and the parametric image processors like Aperture, Lightroom and Capture One is the ability to cut-and-paste adjustments between different images, which produced a time-saving of at least a day a week for me when these programs first appeared.

    Cheers, Hywel

    #26878

    Sablesword
    Participant

    [grumble] I’m looking forward to seeing this, but I’m in limbo right now. I am (or was) on yearly automatic renewal, and I made sure that my credit card info was updated – and then my bank “helpfully” declined the charge and informed me of “possible unauthorized activity.” I call and told them that the charge was authorized, but apparently the damage was already done.

    Right now I’m waiting to see if it can be fixed from the Gametime end.

    #26880

    Hywel
    Keymaster

    Hi Sablesword,

    Let me know if Gametime can sort it for you. I temporarily stopped the annual option for new signups after the ATVOD tap on the shoulder. I HATE not delivering what I’ve promised; I didn’t want anyone signing up for a long-term membership in case I had to make big changes on the site right away.

    I was just thinking I should reinstate the annual membership as it doesn’t seem like anything drastic is happening under the new regime at least for the moment. Let me know if you can’t get your existing membership renewed and I’ll bump up my plans.

    Best regards,

    Hywel

    #26884

    Sablesword
    Participant

    OK, the yearly membership options have gone live, and I’ve renewed. Thanks, Hywel.

    I’ve download what I’ve missed over the past 12 days, and will have to take time to look them over.

    #26887

    Sablesword
    Participant

    Now that I’ve had a chance to watch the post-processing tutorial: Thumbs up.

    It reminded me a bit of the “booking a fetish model” video, in that it mostly covered thing I’d had already figured out, or had blundered through in a non-standard way. But there were some good hints that I didn’t know. Also, I’m looking forward to part 2 because I haven’t figured out about “cloning” and retouching flaws.

    Also, even though video is not usually my favorite form of tutorial, Hywel made it work for me. Maybe it’s because our minds work alike in some important ways. (The focal-lengths video also worked for me, whereas the booking-a-model video had me wishing for a text transcript. Sorry, Ariel, but my mind works more like Hywel’s than like yours…)

    FWIW, the program I use for dealing with RAW (Nikon .nef) files is Raw Therapee, plus Fast Raw Viewer.

    #26888

    gray8059
    Participant

    I just recently gave Adobe Lightroom another try – I use the CC version and it has some rather amazing features, including a healing brush that it very easy to use! If you have not found them already (and if you are using Adobe products), check out kelbyone.com — it is a subscriptions training video site that has some really good stuff!

    #26890

    Hywel
    Keymaster

    I really wish I got on with Adobe products. They are one of the few companies actually in the software business, they release a constant stream of updates and they’re much less prone to suddenly drop a product than hardware companies like Apple.

    BUT… I just can’t get on with their user interfaces. A gnomic, microscopic icon in light grey on medium grey, stranded in the corner of a huge monitor with an even smaller disclosure triangle to click to access even more mystifying icons.

    And in Lightroom the unforgivable software sin of exposed modality- organising images and editing images is done in a different mode, essentially a completely different bit of software, WITH DIFFERENT KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS. (And different image development tools which don’t carry over to the develop module properly).

    I honestly don’t think anyone at Adobe has tried editing a thousand images in their products. They’re great for editing single images, but for mass production they suck so much.

    I know I’m at one extreme end of the Adobe vs Apple interface design philosophy, but I just don’t think there’s any justification for modal keyboard shortcuts.

    It’s a shame, because Lightroom is the obvious successor to Aperture, on paper. But in practice I can get better results, more quickly and in batch using Capture One.

    And Aperture is so good that I’ll likely keep all my current Mac production hardware on Yosemite just to keep using it.

    Cheers, Hywel

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