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    Beginner Advice for wedding photography

    And don't forget rolling up to a wedding and finding out the groom and best man got into a punch up the night before with both sporting cut lips and black eyes - the wedding where the mother of the bride was screaming at the groom "I hope you're proud of yourself you bas***d"! - the wedding...
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    Switch to Panasonic good idea or not worth it?

    Now that is what I call AWESOME: Schlichte Raubfliege (Machimus rusticus) Weibchen an ihrem Schlafplatz by Achim Kluck, on Flickr
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    Beginner BEST WAY TO LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY ?

    I started at school using a box brownie my family owned and 120 film. When I left school I worked for 5 years and 1 week at Kodak in Harrow Weald so got a huge grounding in everything that could go wrong with films etc. And a few things that coud go right! Got a C&G first class in Industrial...
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    Beginner BEST WAY TO LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY ?

    And YouTube and the internet were? OMG I've missed so much!:LOL:
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    Beginner BEST WAY TO LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY ?

    And after all that did you take a photograph? How did it turn out?:)
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    500px Data Breach on "Deleted" accounts...

    Deactivated normally means that the account is dormant, not totally deleted, so can be re-activated if desired at any time (or the bill is paid!)
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    Something is always left out. But when someone is described as "one of the UK's leading photographers" I expect something far better than the type of photographs that could be taken by a child with an instamatic camera. Boring, mundane, OOF, underexposed are not terms which you expect to apply...
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    OMG :LOL: Pretentious? Moi?
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    Here are some examples of his "work": http://visualarts.britishcouncil.org/collection/portfolios/the-raft-of-carrots I described his work as "crap" - I should have said "pretentious crap" Please explain to me the artistic merit of these images?
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    I do understand the subject, far more than you do obviously.
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    I have no problems with anything different and do not see it as a "threat." I have seen and done more different things in my life than you could possibly imagine living as I'm sure you do in your own comfort zone.
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    Of course I will - I have a pair of eyes.
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    I noticed however that the broadcast didn't actually show a single example of his so called "art", except a montage of rapidly shifting stuff at the beginning which might have been some of his work. Perhaps because most people would, like myself, view it as crap?
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    Because if you get people to accept that crap is somehow good they soon lost the perception of any art as anything other than crap.
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    I'm not upset about them I just think they are crap and certainly not as noteworthy as some commentators seem to think.
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    Martin Parr on the sofa with...

    Jem Southam - is he taking the p**s? The Painter's Pool is a load of crap - I've thrown out better - and a lot of the rest look like the kind of thing we might take when we first got a camera! No wonder I'd never heard of him!
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    Canon 70d disappointment

    Well I have a 1D Mk3 and it's excellent - in fact unless there is a physical or electrical problem with a camera almost any DSLR with a decent lens will produce great shots - it's all up to the guy at the back. It may only be 10MP but that's an advantage as far as I'm concerned - at 800 ISO the...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    of course I can - I'll get straight on that as soon as my Z800 has finished.
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    Mmmm nice photo - is that JPEG by any chance?:LOL:
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    Well regardless of all the negativity about it, and especially the use of terms like RAW and PhotoRGB the simple fact is they have NOT been prosecuted or, as far as I know, even reported to the relevant authorities, either here or in America, for false advertising. And in America the FTC really...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    I am going through the process of putting thousands of images through this software and have discovered something that seems to support Topaz' claim: "JPEG to RAW’s machine learning models expand the sRGB colorspace to ProPhoto RGB, which is even better than a regular RAW file! This works so...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    No doubt at all in what you say about better input BUT: https://petapixel.com/2017/10/31/website-uses-ai-enhance-photo-csi-style/ https://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-brain-ai-pictures-blur...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    Well Hal has been fed on millions of images and has learned. But if you want to believe in what has been true for years, please do so. But just remember - "do what you've always done - get what you've always got" And unlike quite a few who criticise this program without even trying it, I am...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    Really? Well I have used Neat Image in my workflow for many years because it was a good noise reduction system, which any images which need NR would be put though first. And they could be batch processed. But it needed special "profiles" needed of each camera at every ISO the camera could use...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    Well autonomous cars are now on the roads in America: https://www.wired.com/story/waymo-self-driving-this-week-cars/ And with these new programs my old 350D and 40D etc have a totally new lease of life. But you're still thinking in human terms. Hal (which is what I mentally call the AI's...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    When it comes to AI things are now totally different. Since every pixel is influenced by the nearby pixels the AI can infer what was there even when there is nothing there - think of Conway's Game of Life. And if detail is missing it can be recreated since the AI has learnt on millions of...
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    Well apart from recovering lost detail in a JPEG it also reduces noise almost perfectly, as shown on my Flick site. And you can batch process hundreds of photos all at once. A few years ago I took about 3,000 photos at Millstreet Horse Show in Ireland but accidentally under exposed most of...
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    Google Drive/Docs or OneDrive

    You can also get 50GB of free cloud storage here: www.mega.nz
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    JPEG or RAW - a new look.

    All I will say is the simple fact that if you haven't tried it you can't judge it.
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    Greetings from Austria

    Excellent shot there Amadeus - Kudos!
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