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Gary Poole

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In Topic: Lightroom vs ON1: Should You Switch?

29 March 2019 - 12:20 AM

I've been playing with ON1.  I'm decided to try because of it's a layer capability.  I prefer a perpetual license to Adobe's subscription only licensing.  Because I not gone the subscription route,  my comparison is with Lightroom Classic 6.14

 

My initial observations in the comparison are:

  • The camera profiles for my D810 seem to differ significantly from those in Lightroom.  The Lightroom profiles seem to match Nikon's fairly well.  I've been trying to duplicate some of my favorite images that I've processed in Lightroom.  An example in this image processed with Lightroom

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All I did in Lightroom is was use the Camera Standard profile and increase the shadow and saturation sliders.  I've been unable to duplicate the golden color of the mountainside or the contrast and saturation of the sky with ON1.  With ON1 the mountainside is yellow, regardless of the ON1 profile I choose.  The color temp and tint settings are the same in with both programs.

  • ON1 seems to encourage the use of "filters" to modify image appearance instead of adjusting the the built in controls of the Develop module.  Filters add the flexibility of having opacity and blending  modes to the other develop controls.  Filters in ON1 are similar to effects in Lightroom but there are many more ON1 filters.  ON1 builds presets on top of the filters, with several filters each with their own sliders, opacity and blending mode are combined in a single preset. This gives a tremendous amount of artistic flexibility when processing and image, but playing with all this flexibility can take a lot of time.  In the example above I only spent a few minutes in Lightroom to get an image I liked.  I've spent a few hours trying and failing to get as good an image in ON1.
  • I find the Print module in Lightroom very convenient.  It takes care of the image resizing and sharpening and the printer profiles almost painlessly and produces in my opinion a very acceptable print.  In ON1, all the resizing, sharpening have to be done explicitly and desperately for each different print size produced.  The printer profile for the paper used must also be applied as a separate processing step.
  • ON1 can be used as an add in to Lightroom in much the same way that many users go to Photoshop for processing that they can't  do with Lightroom

I can't see myself moving from Lightroom to ON1.  IMO the ON1 raw conversion for my D810 is inferior and the printing is in ON1 is much more complex.  At the present time the only time I will use ON1 is when I need layers.  I will start in Lightroom and use ON1 as an add-in instead of Photoshop when I need to do something beyond the capabilities of Lightroom.


In Topic: Interesting Article About Slow Shutter Speed In High Speed Flash Photography

14 February 2019 - 08:00 PM

This is an extension of the basic theory of flash photography.  When you use flash there are 2 exposures:

  1. The ambient light exposure.  This is controlled by the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  This is the image we would get without flash.
  2. The flash exposure.  This is controlled by aperture, ISO, the flash intensity and duration, and the square of the distance of the subject from flash.  The flash exposure is very fast, 1/1000 sec or less, depending on the flash settings.  The only shutter speed requirement is that it be slow enough so that the shutter is fully opened when the flash fires.  On most cameras this is 1/250 or 1/200 sec. and slower.

These 2 exposures are superimposed on a single image.

 

As the author of the article demonstrates, if we set up our camera for a very small ambient exposure, the ambient part of the image goes black and the only visible exposure is caused by the flash.  We do just the opposite of this for fill flash.  We set the camera for the ambient light and slightly underexpose the flash exposure.


In Topic: New - Adobe Enhance Details

13 February 2019 - 10:05 AM

Photography Life has a first impressions article at https://photographyl...enhance-details


In Topic: Selling the D300-mixed feelings

17 January 2019 - 09:49 AM

So you had yours lR converted too Gary.

I thought converting my D300 would breath new life into a good friend after it was replaced with the later generation.  Unfortunately I never got excited with about using IR.  Choosing the standard conversion is probably the least exciting of the IR options, so that probably has affected my opinion of IR,


In Topic: Selling the D300-mixed feelings

16 January 2019 - 11:14 AM

My D300 story is similar to yours.  I'd been dragging my feet on going digital ever since Digital Darrell took the portrait that I use as my avatar with his D2X.  I could see every hair in my beard!  That was the picture that convinced me that digital had overtaken film.  But the price of the D2X was beyond my budget and besides it was too big.  I got tempted by the D200.  It's size and price were acceptable  but it's AF was a step backwards from my F6.  When the D300 was announced it covered all my objections:  it was about the same size as my F6, its AF and Matrix metering were both a step up from the F6, and the price was half of a D2X.  I ordered my D300 within 24 hours of its announcement.

 

I immediately fell in love with the D300 and I don't think I've used the F6 since.  I wasn't tempted to upgrade it until the D4 and D800/D800e were announced.  Having just received a nice inheritance I ordered a D4, and a few weeks later a D800e.  Thanks mom for your very nice gift to me.  Now the D300 sat on the shelf.  About a year later I sent it to Life Pixel for IR conversion.  I opted for the standard conversion.  Unfortunately I've never really been bitten with the IR bug, so the D300 spends a lot of time on the shelf with only occasional use.

 

I don't think I'll ever consider selling my D300 though.  I have to many good memories of using it.