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    From a recent visit. Windy, blustery, and scenic. Photogenic area, also. GB
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    Your Lightroom Queen newsletter Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Hi Michael! It's time for your Lightroom newsletter! Adobe's been hitting the headlines for the last few weeks for all the wrong reasons. There's no doubt that Adobe frequently shoots itself in the foot, but it's also quite fashionable to hate Adobe right now, so let's just bypass all the drama and stick to the facts. In this edition... The Photography Plan prices have NOT changed Adobe is not threatening to sue its customers Lightroom updates - including a new slider! New names - again Recent blog posts The Photography Plan prices have NOT changed There were some reports that Adobe was doubling the price of its Photoshop & Lightroom plan, from $9.99 a month to $19.99. Did you receive an email direct from Adobe, saying they were doubling your price? Or did they take twice as much out of your bank account? No, because it wasn't true. It was just a bunch of websites spreading misinformation and making people panic. Adobe was testing whether new customers would sign up for the $19.99 1TB plan if the $9.99 20GB plan wasn't easily available. It's a form of market testing and practically every company does it because they're incapable of mind reading. Supermarkets rearrange their shelves regularly for the same reason. People have been saying "see, we told you they'd lock you in then raise the price" for 6 years now and it still hasn't happened, other than currency variations. Will the prices for existing customers go up a bit someday? Probably, because everything else costs more than it did in 2013 when they originally set that price. The coffee I'm drinking right now costs way more than it did 6 years ago. $9.99 was a bargain even back then, so it's remarkable that Adobe hasn't changed the price - but it hasn't happened yet. Adobe is not threatening to sue its customers Adobe's lawyers sent out a scary sounding email to some customers last week warning them to upgrade their "unauthorized" software or risk legal problems, and that's also been broadcast by various websites. Adobe undoubtedly needs a lesson in writing friendly emails, but it's not as scary as they made it sound. You may have gathered from the press that Adobe is involved in a legal dispute with another company. There is a slim chance that people continuing to use the old "unauthorized" software could be legally pursued by that third-party, so in order to protect themselves and their customers, Adobe is recommending that subscribers upgrade to the latest versions. For a start, this issue does not affect perpetual/standalone licenses. Adobe has recently tidied up its website, but Lightroom 6.14 is still available for download from https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/creative-cloud-previous-version-apps-download.html#2015apps and if you can't find your disc/download for older versions, they're still available from customer services. Most subscribers are not affected either. If you're a subscriber and you're using Lightroom Classic or the new cloud-based Lightroom, you don't need to do anything. If you're a subscriber and you're still using Lightroom CC 2015, just uninstall it and install Lightroom Classic. You get all the new features that way too! If you're on a really old operating system that can't run Lightroom Classic, then it's time to consider upgrading your operating system, because you're paying for new features that you can't use! But in the meantime, if you want to stay 100% safe, uninstall Lightroom CC 2015 and reinstall it from the CC app. It's listed as 6.0 under Manage > Other Versions. Lightroom updates - including a new slider! Now onto the good news! All of the Lightroom apps have just been updated and you will LOVE the new Texture slider! Moved in a positive direction, it enhances medium size details in a photo, giving a three-dimensional appearance without affecting the overall contrast or increasing noise. It’s particularly good for landscapes, nature photography, and B&W photography. In the opposite direction, it smoothes skin while retaining the skin’s texture, giving a much more natural result than negative Clarity or Sharpening. It's my new favorite slider! Lightroom Classic also has a new Flat Field Correction tool, it retains the original filename, and import from a memory card should now be faster. You can read a summary of the Lightroom Classic improvements here. One notable new bug has been reported, which causes problems when exporting to a network drive/NAS. It's being investigated here. The Lightroom cloud-based ecosystem now has a cloud trash, Defringe tool, bulk editing on Android, and new invitation-only web galleries. You can read a summary of the changes to the Lightroom cloud service here. I've already updated both Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro and Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ with all of the information about these new features. If you have a current Premium Membership, you can download the latest version of your book from the Members Area right now. (And if not, here's the shop - go buy your copy!) New Names - Again! You may notice the CC’s have gone missing from the names of all of the Creative Cloud apps. This is not a Lightroom-specific change. Since all of the apps are now part of the Creative Cloud, the extra letters are redundant. This means the current apps are now simply called Lightroom (the family of apps that stores your photos in the cloud) and Lightroom Classic (the traditional folder-based desktop app). Lightroom 1-6obviously retain their old names. We're adding the icons to our blog posts and books, to make it easy to identify which version of Lightroom we're all talking about. Recent Blog Posts Did you miss these blog posts? Moving Lightroom to a New Computer – New FREE eBook Why doesn’t my Lightroom version support my new camera? How do I find and move or rename my catalog? How do I move only my photos to another hard drive, leaving the catalog where it is? The Photography Plan IS still available at $9.99 What’s New in Lightroom (Cloud Service) May 2019 release? What’s New in Lightroom Classic 8.3 (May 2019)? Talk again soon! Victoria & Paul VISIT THE WEBSITE LIKE ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW ON TWITTER Copyright © 2019 The Lightroom Queen, All rights reserved. You're receiving this email because you either purchased one of my books or you signed up using the form on my www.lightroomqueen.com website. 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    Finally! I got a picture of a Pileated Woodpecker from our deck. Overcast and flat light, but for once the bird stuck around long enough for me to catch it in a fleeting perch on a dead branch. They normally zoom by into the brush next to the house, or alight just long enough for me to imagine that I hear Woody Woodpecker’s famous laugh before they fly off. Not the greatest picture, but a small personal victory
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    I wish Lightroom would go solo at Adobe. I'd happily pay $5 a month for it sans the abortion of logic called Photoshop. 😵 [runs and hides]
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    The real estate work continues... Am about to take on a new client soon who also want me to do video (ack!). Here's a few frames from a wonderful home I shot last month. I absolutely fell in love with this place. From the corner looking back at the kitchen, living area and bar. Kitchen area Master bedroom What I liked most about the place was the way the owners have used the open spaces and also furnished them with rustic pieces made from reclaimed wood. This is a style I can really identify with.
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    I feel like I'm getting to grips with the Z6 (and adjusting Nikon's weird blue hue to my personal preference).
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    From my 2014 trek. Thank you for looking. 1 Ama Dablan 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Everest 10 Everest
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    Nikon Z6 & 105mm f/1.4. Thank you for looking.
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    The same scene, this time shot with a Nikon Z6. The Z6 image (edited from Jpeg, as are the X100 images above) has clearly more dynamic range. And the trees have leaves now!
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    Really great images Dallas, you've found your forte imo.
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    I have a 12TB G-Technology Thunderbolt 3 drive I use to collect stuff from other drives as a backup. This 12TB is then backed up to the cloud. It is handy to have the capacity but even it being Thunderbolt 3 it is limited by the 7200RPM drive inside of it and not a speed demon. You can buy the same drive in USB-C (up to 10TB) for less than half. I have 1 clone of each drive I use, the important stuff also gets sent to the the Drobos and the 12 TB, which is synced to the cloud. All the data took a while to upload, but even having 3 physical copies of each does nothing if my house gets burned down or broken into, therefore the off-site backup was mandatory. All of the above is a pain in the ass, time consuming and somewhat costly, but the peace of mind is worth it. This is the one I got: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=email&A=details&Q=&sku=1360172&is=REG But honestly this one should do just fine for archival purposes: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1333859-REG/g_technology_0g05678_professional_desktop_drive_power.html
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    Wanted to shoot snails for some time they keep moving Appreciate any suggestions
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    An excellent image, great composition with inclusion of a supporting element (the signpost) which adds meaning to the main subject and theme. The image is imo strong enough to warrant a 3:2 crop.
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    If Adobe would add the Patch Tool to Lightroom I would have little need to work in Photoshop. I concur with Dallas, as I do almost 100% of my work in Lightroom and only use Photoshop for its excellent content-aware tools for touch up work. In the end, $10 USD is a bargain for both programs IMHO.
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    It doesn't matter. For $8 you can buy 3 cables that will make the drive work with no issues. Then, whenever you update your machine to USB-C the drive will be compatible as well: https://www.amazon.com/Rankie-USB-C-Charging-Transfer-3-Pack/dp/B01JRY0VE4/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_pm?crid=192L4NS0ZLM0C&keywords=usb+c+to+usb+3.0+cable&pd_rd_i=B01JRY0VE4&pd_rd_r=8ec87610-da3a-4da5-ae30-4a43caa08503&pd_rd_w=7JRKD&pd_rd_wg=IODoy&pf_rd_p=5cc8abfe-8f78-4f34-b19f-d09d6ea0dca4&pf_rd_r=4DYP620AH0JMX7ECTA8J&qid=1558122122&s=gateway&sprefix=usb+C+to+USB+3%2Caps%2C221 I use that same drive on my USB-C less MacPro as well
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    Really really nice images! I guess using a wide angle with a small aperture gives you all the necessary depth ? Do you fix the vertical lines in post or put lots of attention to have the camera really level? maybe both? Whatever the technique the results are superb
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    From Wikipedia: The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, province of Utrecht. Completed around 1425, it combines land and water-gates, and is part of the second city wall of Amersfoort, which was constructed between 1380 and 1450. The gate was built between 1380 and 1425 as part of the second city wall. The whole wall was completed around 1450. The gate was attacked in 1427 during the siege of the city. This attack was repelled. The gate was opened and closed every day by the appointed raddraaiers, "wheel-turners". A minimum of twelve wheel-turners were collected morning and evening by several guards. It was an extremely dangerous task; if they did not begin walking simultaneously, then one could fall, dragging the rest along with often fatal results. Before the gate could come down, it had to be raised, to pull out the iron pins that held it in place. Only then could it come down. While the gate was going down, walking in the wheel grew ever easier and faster, and many people stumbled and broke their limbs. The koppelpoort was also never breached. The Koppelpoort was given its current appearance during the restoration by Pierre Cuypers in 1885 and 1886. Among other things, Cuypers removed a step between the two gates and replaced it with a slope. From 1969 to 1993 a puppet theater was situated in the gate. The latest restoration was completed in 1996. It was carried out very cautiously, and with respect for the old building materials. For this the town of Amersfoort received the Europa Nostra Award. Fujifilm X100
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    Also, in camera JPG isn't a good indicator of what data is actually available to process. Basically those JPG's are a "canned" interpretation of a scene by a computer inside the camera. It's what you can do with a RAW file on your own computer that really gives you an indication of useful sensor DR.
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    General scene from a recent visit. Neither of the cars in the picture made it to quantity production. As Mike would say, PVL.
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    There's a hill in Holland after all? (well, I use the term hill" rather liberally in this context).
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    I agree. Your images presented on these pages leaves what I am seeing in the majority of Melbourne real estate publications a long way behind. I guess that is why you are getting gigs to photograph the better listings - you have been "discovered". Good stuff. 👍
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    This is from my last shoot of the day today, a very modern home that had been properly staged for me (this makes such a difference!). Taken from a little further back (just noticed the rings on the ottoman - will need to fix that and re-upload). En-suite. Master bedroom.
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    You have made some very compelling points there Mike. So the rooster lives!
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    Dallas, I can see why you like it.
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    Walking the streets of San Jose, California.
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    No Charles, just the cable car.
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    Hi Mike, If this can help you, here is a short review about the Olympus Pen-F that I have done some time ago. Have a good day, Daniel M The Olympus Pen-F: Compact, classic and competent The love of rangefinder style camera The Olympus Pen-F with the M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 as a fine all-around combination. It is true to say that I always have a special crush for any rangefinder style film or digital camera. It has and still represents the traditional way of seeing a (real) compact camera in my sense. All those models are usually fun to work with and can generate very original photo material. When Olympus had introduced the Pen-F I was charmed by the look of the product and now I began to discover its special abilities as a strong but funny photo device to experiment. The Olympus Pen-F has its own standards and cannot be assimilated or compare to other D-SLR style (or centered viewfinder) models. There is that modern camera style debate regarding SLR versus rangefinder categories that you can translate today by the choice of on-axis and off-axis (from the taking lens) viewfinder. Moreover rangefinder style cameras tend to be assimilated to compact and discrete devices nor that DSLR style camera have been associated as the center element of a complete and extended photographic system which is using longer telephoto and wider lenses and faster motorized advance film options. The best illustrations of those two “schools” are present in all major line of mirrorless products available from Fujifilm, Olympus or Panasonic cameras and lenses. It replicate in this digital era the same pattern observed in the past with the Leica film camera offer with the M and the R lines. With Olympus you can choose between the Pen and the OM-D lines. Accordingly their Premium and standard zoom lenses fit perfectly with the Pen models and their larger zoom and Pro lenses combine well with the OM-D series. Olympus EP-3 Pen series predecessor During the past decade I have the chance to use both Olympus series models including the earlier EP models with the add-on viewfinder (a bit similar to the ancient Leica film I-G series). You can refer with my previous blog-notes on these models such as the EP-3 or the OM-D E-M5 (first version) or the most recent ones concerning the OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Both rangefinder and SLR styles have their own advantages. OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5 are really all-weather devices with enhanced grips useful when combined with bigger faster lenses or external bigger flash units. The battery autonomy is greater and the viewfinder in the case of the E-M1 Mark II is clearly more confortable with its wider view. For many assignation works the OM-D series will get my preference. But for urban, travel or everyday spontaneous subjects the Olympus Pen-F is a perfect on-hand camera. The Olympus Pen-F Doing on the spot photography with the Olympus Pen-F is unbeatable because of its compactness and its own discretion. On travel and urban surrounding it is a strong advantage. And the Olympus Pen-F is far less intimidating regarding people or animal (domestic) photography. Using the silent mode option (electronic shutter) represent another strong advantage of the Pen-F if you are facing more quiet or calm conditions and subjects. It is already said that the Olympus Pen-F replicates many aspects of the ancient rangefinder film cameras. But in that sense the past ergonomic solutions of the analog film era may also apply to the actual digital devices. On the Olympus Pen-F some traditional dial functionalities have been transformed such as the On/Off interrupter that simulate the traditional film rewind knob and the front special effect dial which is recalling the old slow shutter speed selector of the time. You can also use the traditional screw-in shutter release cable as a remote trigger unit. The Olympus Pen-F is a slim and compact camera. Its “Pavé” design (like a slender decorative brick size) will dictate a less confortable and secure sense of handling. In three words there is “no protuberant grip” to rely and the use of a wrist or shoulder strap seem to be an obligation for the everyday user. There is also the possibility to add the Olympus ECG-4 optional grip. The slim design of the Pen-F is especially suitable for the combine use of the small Olympus (or Panasonic) fix or variable focal lenses. Examples of these fine optics are the Olympus M.Zuiko lenses such as the 12mm F2.0, the17mm F1.8, the 25mm F1.8 and the 45mm F1.8 lenses or the 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 zoom as an all-around optic. A lot of bigger lenses are fully compatible with the Pen-F but the handling of the camera will suffer a bit accordantly. Except for the On/Off interrupter all the important dials and function buttons are located on the back & front of the Olympus Pen-F right hand side. This disposition facilities greatly the right hand control of the camera and liberate your left hand for a better handling of the taking lens especially in regard of the manual focusing (and zooming if available) option. As usual for Olympus cameras many functionalities may be directly available after prior setting (via menu interface) of the control knobs and push buttons. Most manufacturer default setting are logical and nicely presented although it may be altered at will in regard of your specific requirements. EVF / Back live screen The “look through” electronic viewfinder (EVF) will give a well definite picture with a very short time lag not really noticeable if you are concentrate on your subject. As usual the more high contrast rendering compare to the final image output registered has to be considered. The Live/Review back screen is also very well definite and can be relied as a good reviewing tool. It has also the great versatility of pivoting in almost every way. Interface and Quick menu Olympus interfaces are by tradition very extended and complete but the numerous accesses to the different setting options can be confusing and will ask you to invest on the learning curve of the menu. Many default setting are excellent and can be use right from the start. Furthermore the quick menu mode synthetize the most important factors usually chosen for the camera setting. There are also the Custom modes setting (C1; C2; C3; C4) that are very handy for the photographer who want to switch on the spot to a complete different setting. My suggestion is to experiment gradually the Olympus Pen-F and get use to its multi-possibilities. On a short note I have found that in many cases the multiple way (by going through the menu or the quick mode or even the direct dials and function buttons) of doing the same adjustment can be a bit confusing. As for many other Olympus models, it is suggested to bring an extra battery considering the limited autonomy of the BLN-1 battery pack. Shooting by using only the EVF can extend significantly the life of your battery pack charge. You just have to reverse the LCD screen to use this option. Flash options No in-board flash has been incorporated to the Pen-F. A small external Olympus FM-LM3 optional flash is included with the camera package and can be used as an emergency fill-in flash or as a commander unit of a multi external Olympus flashes arrangement. Otherwise you can rely on a more powerful and versatile unit such as the Olympus FL-600R that is powered by its own 4 size AA batteries. Image Output By using the 20MP image captor similar to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II or to the Panasonic Lumix GX8 the image quality has been optimized on the Olympus Pen-F. The extra resolution compared to the previous 16MP sensor will give an additional marge of manoeuvre for post treatment ability with a less visible lost of definition. In some case like monochrome picture taken on high ISO setting the difference can be notably appreciated. If monochrome represents most of your photo projects the Olympus Pen-F (like many Olympus M4/3 format models) will fulfil your tasks very nicely. The Pen-F offers you a lot of different pre-program color configurations plus the possibility to create your own color bias and record it into its different custom menu. Using the Art filter options is another way to experiment different picture renderings. In that sense there are no real limitations for the photographer creativity. The whole M4/3 format digital system has reached a great maturity. Action photography with the Olympus Pen-F ? Spontaneous photography as street or urban or travel subjects are well deserved by the Pen-F as everybody seem to agree easily but that perception differs a lot when you are speaking of action or sport photography. Many just points out a restricted ability of the camera to properly autofocus on moving subjects. Moving (often erratic) targets present a challenge to all autofocusing system and there are only a very limited camera models that can properly answer that demand like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. So in the case of the Pen-F action photography is not the ideal situation to use it… but it can be done by setting for example a pre-focus area on manual position. For sure anticipation is fully required to do so but it got the advantage to more carefully plan our final picture composition. So with certain restrictions and more skill asked from the photographer part the Pen-F can fulfil the bill. At the end the Olympus Pen-F can be rightly assimilated as a perfect second very compact camera on hand for the sporty photographer. (Conclusion) In brief the Olympus Pen-F may represent the summit of their Pen series evolution simply by the fact that it reunite the slim design with the electronic viewfinder (EVF) like the ancient rangefinder film cameras. The Olympus Pen-F is complete in its features and performs very competently with the latest 20MP image captor. Although I did not intent to use the video aspect of the model the Olympus Pen-F is a very competent and compact still digital camera. Because of the compact size of the camera and the lenses that suit this volume (like the 12mm, 17mm, 25mm or 45mm) the Olympus Pen-F is very easy to bring all-around with you and is a very fine picture generator. It can fulfil many different photo projects on an everyday basis. Its 20MP image sensor will give very high quality output at the same level of the “Pro” OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The versatility of the Olympus Pen-F is on the side of its compactness: easy to bring, reach, show, shoot and share. Post-scriptum on the Olympus Pen-F Olympus Pen-F with M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R lens There are many lens-body combinations available with the Olympus Pen-F. For sure the best image quality results will be obtained by using the Premium (prime) and Pro series lenses. But you can also explore a more modest approach with small zoom lenses such as the Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R lens model that is very affordable, compact, versatile and will give very good pictures. It can be a small lens that facilities greatly spontaneous photography practice. Since my introduction to the M4/3 format with the Olympus EP-3 I have selected the M.Zuiko 14-42mm II R lens as an ever ready “everyday” on hand optic on several occasions without being deceptive by its output. It represents a king of normal trans-standard zoom lens. Its major flaw remains its very small maximum aperture and it is difficult to really extract your subject from its surrounding by using a shallow deep-of-field. But on the other hand it can be a fantastic contextual lens that will allow you to compose beautiful urban scape for example.
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    Hi, These are the flyer and press release of my first exhibition in Italy. It would be very cool if you guys of Fotozones could come, although I will not due to a professional restriction (I'll be working offshore). Dallas, sorry if this invitation is not permitted in this forum or if it is misplaced. I could not find a better place to post it.
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    1908 Thornton Pickard ½ plate camera, Ilford MG IV paper negative, ISO 3, 16 seconds @ f/32.
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    For those interested in migrating Apple Aperture libraries to Capture One I created this video that illustrates the process and details what metadata and organizational structure is migrated into Capture One. Here are some notes I made while testing this process over and over again in preparation to make the video. What Aperture Library information is imported into the Capture One Catalog Image files are imported into Capture One by reference Aperture Color Labels import correctly to Capture One Color Labels AA Color Labels – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, gray CO Color Labels – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple NOTE: AA purple translates to CO pink, AA gray translates to CO purple AA Duplicate Versions become CO Variants All keywords and IPTC metadata come over (flattened due to an Aperture deficiency) All ratings come over What Aperture Library information is NOT imported into the Capture One Catalog Flags – suggest filtering for flagged images in AA and add special keyword Custom Metadata – Move custom metadata field information to standard IPTC fields Keyword Structure – Aperture keyword field does support nested keywords Image Stacks – Capture One only stacks variants of the same image (Versions) – I recommend making an album of each stack if you want to preserve it. Aperture albums are imported as Capture One albums. Books, Slideshows, Light Tables, Web Journals, Web Pages Organization of Aperture Libraries vs Capture One User Collections CO creates a top level Group (Folder) with the name of the AA Library that was imported All AA organization structure is imported and placed within this top level CO Group Aperture Projects become Capture One Projects Aperture Folders become Capture One Groups (Folders) Aperture Albums become Capture One Albums Aperture nested Folders become Capture One nested Groups CO creates an Album in each imported Project containing all images from corresponding AA Project How do Aperture and Capture One Differ Aperture associates images with Projects Capture One associates images with Albums Aperture Versions can reside in different Albums Capture One Variants are kept together in all Albums AA Stacks are not retained in CO does not have an equivalent CO Stacks can only stack all of the variants of a single image Selecting a Folder in Aperture WILL display all the images it contains Selecting a Group in Capture One will NOT display all the images it contains How are Aperture and Capture One Similar Selecting a Project displays all the images in all the Albums it contains Capture One Projects cannot contain other Projects Changing Inspector / Tool Tab panels does NOT change browser/viewer Full Disclosure: I am a Capture One affiliate. I earn a small referral fee if you use my affiliate link to purchase subscriptions, licenses, style packs and bundles.
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    A while a go I asked about scanning old slides with a flatbed vs. using a DSLR for duplication as I had sold my slide scanner a few years ago. Silly me had forgotten to scan the 1999 South Africa trip before selling it. All answers pointed to using the DSLR so here are some observations: Input is from Fuji Sensia slides in Reflecta frames (In contrast to the US, it was very economical to shoot slides in Europe in the '90s, I could get a roll of Sensia with development and framing in proper frames (not cardboard!) for less than $5). They had been stored in boxes in magazines holding 100 each. The boxes are not airtight, so some dust was to be expected. The sturdy frames made it easy to insert them into the copy adapter. I obtained a used ES-1 slide copy adapter and BR-5 step down ring from Mike Gorman (thanks Mike!). The step down ring is needed to mount the copy adapter onto the AFS 60mm macro lens. Even with the ES-1 in the closest position, the slide will not fill the whole frame, so I get 20MP or less (too lazy to really calculate it). If I remember correctly, the adapter was desinged for a 50mm or 55mm macro, not a 60mm. I initially wanted to use an LED panel as a light source, but it was too weak to provide illumination for F11 at safe shutter speeds, so I only used them for focusing and the key light source was an SB800. F11 at ISO 100 with the flash near the lowest power setting. WB set to flash. On very dark slides (sunsets) I increased the ISO to 200 (too lazy to change the flash output, I could set ISO with a mouse click). I fired the flash with a radio trigger (Pocket Wizard). I used qDSLRDashboard to tether the D750 to my PC and set Capture One to monitor the incoming folder. I used a rocket bulb blower to clean the slides before putting them into the holder. Initially I used live view on with AF all the time, but that turned out to be a huge battery drain. With F11, the DOF is sufficient to fix the AF once and be done with it. So I ran this blind. In contrast to using a slide scanner or the Epson flatbed, the setup kept me busy at all times, constantly exchanging slides and then pressing the shutter (via mouse click on computer). With a scanner there is always a significant wait time between the scans (it was several minutes with the Canon FS4000), especially if you use multi-pass scanning with an additional dust removal scan. In the end, the total time spent to get all slides scanned is significantly less with the adapter than with the scanners. I used exiftool in batch mode to change the capture date in the resulting NEFs to approximate the date the slides where shot. The flatbed Epson V550 Photo is not much worse than the Canon FS4000 slide scanner I owned previously, but faster and does not require a SCSI connection. The difference between 3200ppi and 4000ppi is pretty much irrelevant, both show the film grain. So what's the verdict on using the DSLR with the copy adapter? Vervet Monkey in Krüger Park, 1999: 100% screen shot of DSLR copy on the left and Epson scan on the right (the scan would need sharpening). Color: Much easier to get accurate colors with the DSLR than with the scanner, even when using IT8 calibration targets. Accurate is still subjective of course, you get the exact color of the slide ;-) Sharpness: The DSLR wins, but not as definite as with color, the scans need more sharpening than the NEFs, but sharpen ok. Highlights: With the DSL there is much more headroom to fix highlights than with scans. Exposure was set so that there where no blown highlights in the copies. Noise/Grain: Both methods show the film grain, but depending on the scanner the scan can be noisier. I have no noise with the DSLR, only film grain. And still no perfect tool to remove it ;-( I guess I need reprofile my old copy of Noise Ninja. So far it was too drastic. Dust: Well, without ICE (the infrared dust scan) there is dust even after fastidiously using the blower. But it is only noticeable in relatively bright areas like the sky and quickly dispatched with the spot remover of Capture One. F11 makes dust bunnies on the sensor easily visible, so this lead to a sensor cleaning session... Cost: If you get the copy adapter used, the cost is negligible. Film scanners are quite expensive used and one needs to sell it after use, way too much hassle.
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    Handsome indeed. He has probably been turned into someones roast dinner by now.
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