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I have a headache... and "Happy Birthday, Wullie" (not related) - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
March 17th, 2006
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I have a headache... and "Happy Birthday, Wullie" (not related)


Some things always take longer than you think... spent a lot of money on a new laptop just so I can process RAW files and use the new Photoshop CS2 program.

The "upgrade" that I bought won't work... have to have had TRUE Photoshop before, version 5.5 or higher, and I had Photoshop Elements 2.0.

Damn... do I really want to go through all this just to use RAW files? Are they really that much better? I sent an email to that effect to my teacher, who's the one pushing them. I hate being in this position where some people think RAW's are god's gift to photography, and others don't even bother with them. But I need to start doing the right thing ASAP! And I have to decide whether or not to return the laptop within a week. *bangs head on desk* I hope my teacher can give me some good advice... he's the one who started all of this with raws in the first place. Either way... I'm sure I'll lose money if I have to return the computer (15% re-stocking fee).

And I really need to download my RAWs so I have chips free for tomorrow! GRRRRRR...



In other news - a couple of people would like to download the special on Oor Wullie that Billy narrated - but I couldn't find who I downloaded it from! If you're reading this, could you please come forward and let me know if they can still download, and where??? Thank you very much!

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From:magickalmolly
Date:March 18th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
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Zoni has the download here: http://zoniduck.livejournal.com/108707.html

If it's expired, let me know, and I'll YSI it to you. :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 18th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
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Zoniduck - thanks!!! *G*
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From:ninquelosse
Date:March 18th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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Oh honey. *sends computer woe support* I'm sorry CS isn't working out properly.

...My brother has implied that it's not terribly difficult to 'find' programs running free on the internets, but I think it involves ftp-ing or somewhat. In this case, when the person who sold the upgrade to you didn't confirm that you actually HAD Photoshop to begin with, you'd be justfied in sharing a license. My two cents. But that may be because I've had a glass of wine.

What were you working with before RAWs? Just curious.

*hugs*,
e
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 18th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
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jpegs. Apparently, a RAW file is the actual raw sensor data; it's completely unprocessed. So each file has to be processed before you can even see it as a thumbnail. The only way that I knew of before to do it was to open each one, one at a time, in Photoshop, and it then converted it to jpegs anyway - so it didn't make any sense.

Apparently, you can do exposure changes, white balance changes, etc. on the RAW files, and it works better than if you do it on the jpeg. Eventually you change it to a jpeg or tiff, since those are universal.

Lotta work!

The program I want costs about $700; the upgrade would have been only $199.
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From:green_ghost
Date:March 18th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
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But you are shooting with a Nikon digi right? Can't you just use the proprierary software that came with your camera to process your .nef files? BTW, Photoshop offers limited support for Nikon .raw files, because Nikon wants to retain their .NEF format. You will probably find you have a lot more options utilizing your Nikon software than you will using PS. My friend just bought a D70s and was dismayed to find that Photoshop does not fully support Nikon (when I open a .raw [I use a Canon Rebel] I get full functionality. When she tries to open the a Nikon .nef some of the options are missing).
Adobe & Nikon

Supported cameras
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 18th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
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I only just learned about them. With my D70 I got PictureProject software, but it doesn't appear to have any options for manipulating RAW files or processing them (that I can tell). My teacher mentioned some Nikon software and I thought that maybe it was in the Picture Project software and I just hadn't found it... but that wasn't the case.

I can open up a RAW file, one file at a time, on my Photoshop Elements software. It's slooooow and laborious. And I believe it actually converts it to jpeg, so - no advantage whatsoever.

Do you use RAW's? Know anything about them?
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From:green_ghost
Date:March 19th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
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Yes, I only shoot raw. If you go hunting way back in your journal, I remember making a lengthy post with examples about it. Basically, a .raw records more information, and there is more flexibility at the back end to 'fix' it... luminance, hue, sat etc. But it also means increased processing and time... it depends on what you want to do with them, and if you are inclined to be all fiddly with things. Google 'raw vs jpg' and you'll get a zillion articles with differing theories. I don't shoot a lot, but I like to know I have the flexibility if I want it.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 19th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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You probably did. I took some raws of puffins in Scotland, but, with Photoshop Elements 2.0 you have to open each one up once at a time.

I've got to look back over my notes to see which programs do the processing in batches...
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 18th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
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You got it from me. I still have it on sendspace
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dv8q91
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 18th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
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I thought I saw it on your journal (but had trouble finding it again) - thank you so much!
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From:pearltook1
Date:March 21st, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear you're having photo problems. It seems to be an area of working on computers that readily lends itself to problems. I've had a long stream of problems realated to working with my photos both on the PC I used to have and I'm still having things go wonky with the iMac G5. I hope you get it all straightened out soon :) Your photos are always so lovely :)

Thanks for the guidence to the links for Oor Wullie. Billy is a fantastic narrator!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 21st, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! And, yes - he really did a great job as the narrator - *G*.
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From:pearltook1
Date:March 21st, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Ach! I forgot . . .

You mentioned you have a friend who was curious about if the River Ramblers ever come to Indy. I asked Duane about that, he said they have been over that way in the past and would be happy to again. It is more a factor of having a venue interested in having them perform. So, if she knows of a club, bar, festival etc. that might be interested in the Ramblers, I can send along Duane's number and it can go from there :) They are in process of doing a live CD :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 21st, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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OOOO! Thanks, I'll let him know! *G*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 21st, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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This was my friend's response:

"You should get me the River Ramblers web page, and I'll submit a request to Bean Blossom. It may not work, but it couldn't hurt. I really like them. "

They don't have a web page, do they? And they were really thinking more of a club, I'm sure. But I'd be glad to give my friend your friend's number, if that's okay! Just warn him - my friend (Tim) can talk your ear off about bluegrass!
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From:pearltook1
Date:March 22nd, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
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First Ros, thank you for being a messenger :) Most kind of you. Please pass this along to Tim.

Hi Tim,

The Ramblers don't have a web site. I would do one for them but I don't know html and all that and they deserve a good quality site.

You need to talk to Duane Patterson, he is the band leader. At one time my husband was hoping to help them with bookings, but his job became more demanding and he doesn't have the time. Because of that, however, we know that they are very interested in doing festivals, much more so than clubs or bars. Bean Blossom would be awesome!! Duane grew up in Rosine, KY where Bill Monroe was from. As good as they are musically, their stage presence is even better. They are very entertaining and have great repor (sp) with the audience.

My husband said to tell you if you want their CDs, they have 3 available, we will send you one of each of them free of charge. We don't even charge postage :) My husband likes to help them out when he can and this is one way he can do that.

Call Duane at his cell # 217-415-2856 or at the shop he runs, Strings and Things # 217-528-3414. Tell him you heard about them round about wise from Sandy Richardson (that's me).

I'm so glad you like their music and I sure hope you can get them a spot at Bean Blossom.

All the best,

Sandy
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 22nd, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
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Wow - that's great! I just sent it on to Tim; can't hurt! *G*
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