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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-29-2020, 08:39 PM  
B&W processing plug-ins etc.
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 5
Views: 678
I use Affinity Photo and the NIK plugins. I think the plugins open up a world of creative options, but there's a learning curve. Yes, they are not inexpensive, so I would suggest watching some NIK tutorials on YouTube (there are many) to see if they are something you're really interested in.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-30-2019, 02:44 PM  
Capture One Pro 20 on pre-sale (deal available)
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 40
Views: 2,633
10k is low end (budget-wise) compared to their own camera, and you make a good point about Phase One purchasing Pentax. I donít understand how Phase One can sell enough 60k cameras to be profitable (maybe Capture One is where they make their money?) and it seems like the right owner could do a lot with Pentax.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-30-2019, 12:07 PM  
Monitor for photo editing
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 13
Views: 1,326
Follow up on my monitor question... I got the BenQ SW2700PT, but after a few days sent it back. It was a strange experience from the start. Initially, the colors seemed very good, but I noticed the greys were not neutral (too warm), so I used my Spyder 5 to calibrate, and thought I'd download BenQ's calibration software (since they recommend using it). I went to BenQ's website, as indicated on the supplied paperwork, but came to a non-existent page. So I Googled "BenQ monitor calibration software" and found a different link, this time it worked so I downloaded the software. (The same thing happened when I tried to register the monitor - I had to use Google find the registration page, and then the "Register" link did not work.) At first, the software would not run - it started and then a box popped up with some error message, clicking out of the box closed the program. So I calibrated using the Spyder software, which worked, but the results were odd (again, the greys were not neutral). I ran the Spyder calibration several times and got slightly different results each time, until I got a result I could live with. The next day, after restarting my computer, I tried the BenQ calibration software again - this time it ran, but there are 2 options: one advanced and one more brief. I tried the advanced first - it took at least 15 minutes and when it finished the screen was a bizarre range of pinks and purples. So I ran the calibration again, this time using the other option, which worked ok, but the result was different than I got with the Spyder software. After the calibration, it offered an option to verify the calibration, which I selected. There were 2 parameters, both of which reported as "Failed". I ended up going back to the Spyder calibration profile that I liked the most, but I still had no idea if the monitor was anywhere near correctly calibrated with all of the different results. Over the course of a few days I submitted three support requests to BenQ, and while I did get automatically generated emails indicating that my requests had been received, to this day I have not received any responses to the questions. Finally, I noticed a dead pixel, so I contacted B&H and sent it back.

I waited a while to consider other monitor options, and ended up getting a Viewsonic VP2768. It's an IPS 4k monitor that has 100% RGB, but not 100% Adobe RGB, and cost less than the BenQ. It supposedly comes pre-calibrated and the colors are great, and look like they should so I haven't bothered to calibrate it yet (although I will at some point). To be honest, I really missed the 4k. I really like this monitor.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-17-2019, 09:35 AM  
Monitor for photo editing
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 13
Views: 1,326
Thanks very much for the helpful replies to my monitor quandary. I ordered a BenQ SW2700PT 27" 16:9 Photographer IPS Monitor (should have it day after tomorrow). What it came down to is price (this is at the upper limit of what I can spend, IPS screen and full Adobe RGB gamut. I decided that those factors were more important for photo editing than having 4k, so I'll know in a couple days, but it's good to know that some of you use and recommend this monitor.

If you're interested, the background is: I've been using a 27" Samsung 4k monitor for the past couple years. I was in Costco one day and fell in love with it because it was so much sharper and larger than the monitor I was using at the time (10 y/o 17" Dell). While I did love the sharpness and abundant screen real estate, a few drawbacks became apparent: many programs currently do not display well (IMO) on 4k, as the fonts and icons do not scale up and are tiny and hard to see, the TN screen (as opposed to IPS) is extremely view-angle dependant, so if you move your eye-level up or down, the part of the screen you're looking at changes saturation and lightness, and when I calibrated it I found that it only displays something like 77% Adobe RGB and 83% sRGB. All of which make it a poor monitor for critical photo editing (i.e. if you want to edit for printing). You live and learn. With the BenQ, I'm giving up 4k for 2k, but gaining the full color space and wider usable viewing angle. I don't think I'll miss the 4k (hope I'm not wrong about that), and I hope the additional colors make my editing more accurate. In a way, it's a relief to lose the 4k. I use the Nik plugins a lot, and the most recent update made some of them compatible with 4k, but not Viveza, which (when used through Photoshop) still has nearly unusable micro text in the UI (Oddly, it works alright in Lightroom). I'm wondering if having fewer pixels to display will free some resources on my display card and speed performance...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-15-2019, 05:03 PM  
Monitor for photo editing
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 13
Views: 1,326
Thanks, Paul. Good information.

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Interesting, I had already looked at that monitor on BH. Iím also looking at its little brother: BenQ SW240 24.1" 16:10 PhotoVue IPS (also 99% Adobe RGB), thinking that I could live with 24Ē to save a couple hundred, assuming that itís as good as the 27Ē.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-15-2019, 03:03 PM  
Monitor for photo editing
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 13
Views: 1,326
I hope it's OK to ask a hardware question here...

I'm currently using a 27" 4k monitor that is not an IPS screen, and only displays something like 77% Adobe RGB. It's sharp, but the non-IPS screen changes saturation and tone with every movement of my head, and 4k is also annoying because many programs don't work well with displaying tiny fonts and icons. Since I edit photos mainly for print, I want a 99% Adobe RGB monitor and to make it affordable, go to a 2k monitor and possibly give up 27" for 24".

Any thoughts or advice on monitors you've tried and recommend would be greatly appreciated.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-30-2019, 07:48 PM  
PP question: do you boost the color?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 23
Views: 2,219
As Bob Ross always said, itís your world - you can make it any way you want it to be. Clicking through presets is a good way to get ideas of whatís possible. Our edits change over time as we evolve artistically.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2019, 08:38 AM  
prime, prime, everywhere a prime...
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 12,048
Views: 617,237
35mm f2 on K-1 mk 2. One of my favorite lenses.
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2019, 05:06 PM  
Who here is a "Sven" fan?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 6
Views: 708
I look forward to the Clearing of the Air Lanes every Saturday evening 😁😁😆
Forum: General Talk 06-23-2019, 05:34 PM  
Who here is a "Sven" fan?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 6
Views: 708
Are you referring to Svengoolie? If so, I am a fan.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2019, 11:42 AM  
Lens Decision for new K1
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 32
Views: 2,935
Check out this YouTube video by Ben Evans:















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The real point is that in his comments, he compares the Sigma 35mm f1.4 to 3 Pentax lenses (28-105 included), and has a Google drive link to photos comparing all of the lenses. I think the 28-105 fares quite well.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-28-2018, 09:43 AM  
The Best Photo Editing Software
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 41
Views: 4,800
I've spent a lot of time the last couple years trying decide on the right photo editing software (for me). I've used Lightroom since v.2 and I like it a lot, as well as Photoshop for some things, but I really dislike Adobe. I've had a few occasions over the years when I've had to contact their (outsourced) customer "service", but every time I have come away from the experience more frustrated than before, and feeling like they didn't understand (or care about) my problem. On top of that, they install about a dozen Windows services (I assume the same on Mac) on your computer that sit in RAM and monitor what you do with "their" software.

I have downloaded several 30-day trials and ended up buying three: Affinity Photo (a very good, and improving, Photoshop sub but not a workflow solution), ON1 (IMO, the most complete photo editing solution available incorporating Lightroom and Photoshop features), and DxO Photo Lab 2. I bought ON1 a couple years ago and although it was capable enough, the workflow didn't flow for me, so I just didn't use it very much. The new 2019 version is a huge step forward, and I could probably be happy with it alone. But before 2019 came out, I had already looked into DxO, and just loved it. I spent a LOT of time doing editing comparisons using the same 2 test photos, which represent typical editing issues, with several programs and have yet to find anything that can surpass, or in many cases equal, the image quality of an image edited in Photo Lab 2. Also, in every interaction I have had with each of these companies (support or otherwise), I felt like I was dealing with an actual employee of that company who understood me. However, these are smaller companies with fewer resources than Adobe, which frustrates a lot of users because they can't make updates to their software fast enough to suit. Also, Capture One is really good, but very expensive, and I got a vibe from them of arrogance and "corporate distance".
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-20-2018, 04:43 PM  
Anyone tried On1 2019 (or upgraded) and likes to share their experience?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 15
Views: 1,581
Thanks for posting that list, Paul. While working with James at ON1 support on a seemingly unrelated issue, my missing lens profile issue was fixed as well. Only 2 of my Pentax lenses are on that list, but it's good to know that they have profiles, anyway.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-19-2018, 09:16 PM  
Greetings from Finland
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
Welcome!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-19-2018, 06:16 PM  
Anyone tried On1 2019 (or upgraded) and likes to share their experience?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 15
Views: 1,581
All of my Pentax lenses were purchased new witnin the last 4 months, and are commonly used among Pentax users, so I would expect profiles. DxO makes their own profiles which they create from lens and body combinations. PhotoLab 2 has calibrations for all of my Pentax lenses on the K-1 II body.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-19-2018, 03:59 PM  
Anyone tried On1 2019 (or upgraded) and likes to share their experience?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 15
Views: 1,581
A notable and egregious omission in ON1 is lack of profiles for Pentax lenses (at least the 5 Pentax lenses I own). So, no automatic lens corrections. I prefer DxO PhotoLab, but I think ON1 is very good in many ways.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-19-2018, 08:55 AM  
Luminar 3 with Libraries is out
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 18
Views: 2,099
I agree with you regarding RAW processing with Affinity Photo, however, they have a beta v.1.7 out now which has improved that significantly. They claim to have re-written the RAW processor, as well as a lot of the adjustment algorithms. I don't see a difference in the U.I., but I can tell it is different under the hood, and I think 1.7 is a really solid program now. Affinity's biggest gaffe IMO is lack of any semblance of a file/asset manager. They have something in the works, but aren't saying when it will see the light of day. But if you use Luminar (or ON1, or DXO, etc.) for file management and RAW editing and still want to have a Photoshop-type program available (without paying Adobe), I think AP fills that role very well.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-18-2018, 09:28 PM  
Luminar 3 with Libraries is out
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 18
Views: 2,099
Affinity Photo is a great PS replacement and is on sale for $40 right now. Combine that with Luminar and you will not miss Adobe.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2018, 07:17 PM  
the limiteds do they live up to the reputation and why
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 381
Views: 41,815
Well aware of itís mixed reviews, I bought the 43, which arrived today. I only had time for a few dozen shots around the house and yard. I looked at them in Lightroom and DXO PL2, but my impression is itís a friggin fantastic lens.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-17-2018, 10:02 AM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 110
Views: 8,224
I'm getting a handle on it now - thanks for your work. I've done some experimenting with the local adjustments in PL this morning and it's going quite well. The more I use PL the more I like it.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-16-2018, 07:18 PM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 110
Views: 8,224
I was thinking of ďnegativeĒ adjustments as a ďminusĒ control point in a Nik plug-in, to remove an area from the adjustment. In PhotoLab it doesnít work the same way as Nik.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-16-2018, 03:49 PM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 110
Views: 8,224
:lol: I think I fit in here :lol:

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Exactly right, and as a new user that's frustrating. But while there are some frustrations, I'm inclined to cut DXO a good deal of slack. I think they're a small company, with limited resources, making good products (IMO), and have a lot on their plate. They have a user feedback forum (to which they actually listen and respond) and use customer feedback to prioritize what they're working on. Also, I have contacted their user support a few times and gotten a helpful response (from a person) very quickly. The one time I contacted Adobe for help, I got an auto-generated suggestion that I post my problem on a Lightroom forum :mad:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-16-2018, 08:38 AM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 110
Views: 8,224
I did buy the Elite version (both PL and Filmpack). It's always the Elite version that has the features I want...

I only minimally utilize Lightroom's asset management features. I think for pros who manage hundreds of thousands of images it's a good system, but I don't need it. I've only had PL a few weeks and haven't spent any time yet on figuring out their Library feature, but I think it will do what I need.

The control points in PL work somewhat differently than in the Nik plugins, and I'm still getting a handle on masking out areas where the adjustment is not wanted. There is an online help file explaining it (somewhat), but an in depth video would be very helpful.

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I have watched the Kohl videos, but it would be nice if there were actual courses on DXO products, going into more depth. I have access to Lynda, which has dozens of in depth courses on Photoshop and Lightroom, and even a few on Affinity Photo and Nik plugins. I'd really like to see something like that with PhotoLab and FilmPack.

As for the "theme", I've only been a Pentax owner for a few months, and DXO user for a few weeks (after many years of using Nikon and Adobe products), so what have I got myself into :eek: :lol:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-14-2018, 07:19 PM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 110
Views: 8,224
I recently purchased PL 2 and Film Pack, and purchased Nik several months ago, so I'm banking on DXO's survival. As for the Adobe "fleece" model, I am not happy with that situation, but I will admit to loving Lightroom, having used it since v.2. But for about the past year I've been looking into alternatives to see if there's a life outside of Adobe that I can adjust to. PL comes close, but there are issues, such as an almost complete lack of decent tutorial material. Fortunately I think PL is pretty intuitive, but there are areas such as implementation of control point technology from Nik that I'm still trying to fully grasp (they don't work quite the same as in the Nik plugins). And for now, Lightroom is the only software that is a viable host for the Nik plugins (I have Affinity Photo but Nik does not work properly with it). If DXO would integrate the Nik plugins, and Affinity Photo continues to mature (for the things that PL doesn't do) I could drop Adobe.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-03-2018, 08:41 PM  
Hi from Panama
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Hi Javier, Iím new to Pentax too. I got a K-1 a couple months ago and I love it and the Pentax lenses I have. I hope you like yours as much!

Bart
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