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#62829 Editing Photos... and Receiving Comments

Posted by Malice on 15 June 2019 - 09:17 AM

Why not?


The nerve cells in the retina have their own methods to perform signal processing, this "raw" image is sent to the brain, which then works with the data to create the image we "see".

#62815 Editing Photos... and Receiving Comments

Posted by Malice on 15 June 2019 - 12:26 AM

There are no unedited/unprocessed images. Every digital camera uses built in algorithms to turn the recorded data into an image. Especially the smart phone cameras do that. A lot of the perceived image quality is based on the software used to create these images.


Even the human eye uses things like light sensitivity adjustments and processing algorithms to turn the light falling on the retina into an actual image. And that's before the brain kicks in and performs its own picture enhancements.


So, saying a picture is edited is like saying, "hey, you used light to take that picture".

#62011 Unlike myself who is is Old, but has absolutely no Glory. :))

Posted by Malice on 01 May 2019 - 12:10 AM

Since I have been mentioned in the previous reply, I sort of feel compelled to comment, too, but I don't want to turn this into a political debate.


So, I'll just summarise my thoughts like this: "all my love and respect goes towards people, not national symbols".


You know, especially where I come from (geographically), flags and other national symbols have been used and abused by horrible people to do unspeakably horrible things. And as if that wasn't bad enough, at the moment this method is returning.


My apologies, if I came or come across disrespectfully, as no disrespect whatsoever is intended.

#60502 Need camera/carry on bag for European trip

Posted by Malice on 17 February 2019 - 02:13 AM

One thing to keep in mind, when using a backpack, is to have a comfortable strap attached to the camera, because removing/storing the camera in the backpack gets tiresome pretty quickly. So most likely it will stay out for longer stretches of your "expeditions".

#59146 D7100 not turning off, but fully functional

Posted by Malice on 11 December 2018 - 01:03 PM

Have you tried removing the battery, waiting a little and then reinserting the battery?


And welcome to the forums!

#59077 Nikon Rip You Off

Posted by Malice on 07 December 2018 - 01:46 PM

I understand this but how is a less than a £, $ or Euro part going to cost more with VAT than a brand new lens?


The mechanisms of cheap mass production and (service) supply chain management.

#58790 Creating a backup direct from my d500 & d610?

Posted by Malice on 25 November 2018 - 11:45 AM

Both the D500 and the D610 offer two slots for memory cards, right? Can't you create backups right in the camera this way, as in saving the same exposure to both cards in the same format?


If this works, you could load up on memory cards instead of using another device that needs cables and electricity to work. Even if you run out of memory cards during the trip, they're probably easier to come by than another hard drive that works without a computer.


Depending on your travel arrangements and internet access, transferring everything to the iPad and than upload the pictures to a cloud storage service like Dropbox might also be an alternative (or an additional way of keeping everything safe).

#58064 Dust inside the camera/Nikon D500

Posted by Malice on 09 October 2018 - 11:48 AM

Depends on how many working hours went into the repair.


If it's in the range of 1 or 2 hrs, I'd expect an amount like this for a skilled technician. You also have to consider the cost of the spare part(s).

#57932 D3100 Grainy Photos

Posted by Malice on 30 September 2018 - 01:16 AM

Are you shooting JPG or NEF (RAW) exposures?


If you are using JPG, are you using the highest resolution for those?


What are the settings for the printer? Or asking in a different way: is the problem as severe, when you watch the photos on your computer screen?


I also have a D3100 and yes, sometimes I do struggle with noise, but not to the point where people are not recognisable anymore.

#57551 nikon NEF files not supported when downloading

Posted by Malice on 10 September 2018 - 01:07 PM

Another way to get rid of the automatic download to iPhoto is to start the application "image capture" when the card is in the card reader. Then click on the small triangular arrow on the lower left of the application window and adjust the settings there for which program should be opened when connecting this camera.

#57043 Landscaping photography

Posted by Malice on 18 August 2018 - 03:43 AM

Just as a quick heads-up, be prepared that taking pictures at the (ultra) wide end is quite different from using the longer focal lengths. Also when it comes to landscapes.


At least for me, it's some sort of constant struggle using the Sigma 10-20mm on my D3100.

#57042 Planning for a trip to Greece and Italy - what lenses to take

Posted by Malice on 18 August 2018 - 03:10 AM

 What am I missing (...) ?


Good insurance?


Which of these lenses (or cameras for that matter) do you own already? From your post it's not totally clear, if you're looking to buy or if you're just putting your travel bag together.


And why would you want to double up on 24 mm and 85 mm? Do you have any special plans that you will need those primes on top of the zooms?

#56926 Hi diddley doodey neighbourini...

Posted by Malice on 06 August 2018 - 03:19 PM



Excuse me for being so blunt or maybe ignorant or even rude...


Literally or figuratively?


I mean, I'm somewhat colour-blind and find this to be quite a handicap sometimes in respect to photography (and many other small things in live), but I can't really comprehend what this would mean, if you're being literal about "blind".


Sincere apologies for any offense and hoping that I'm just not getting you're English sense of humor (which actually is sort of expected from a german...). 


(...feeling bad already, but too curious not to hit "Post")

#56923 Watersports

Posted by Malice on 06 August 2018 - 02:16 PM

Very well done on the "Big Brawler".


Maybe next time you should be on that miniature helicopter... ;-)

#56922 How to detect correct lens function

Posted by Malice on 06 August 2018 - 02:13 PM

Hi and welcome to the forums!


Most probably it would be helpful to know, which lens the camera came with actually. There have been different kits for the D3100, so there are different lenses that can be called "kit lens".


Apart from that, at least when you use Nikon's own software (e.g. Capture NX-D) for editing the images, you should also be able to have a look at the settings you used, when you took the exposure.


Also, the way you're describing your results, it sounds a little like you let the camera choose which focus point(s) to use. If you for example you switch to P-Mode, you should be able to adjust this behavior by pressing the "i"-button and moving to the focus area selection with the arrow keys. There you can select if the autofocus should try to pick the best spot from an area or just use a single spot for measurement. 


If you're not sure, if focus has been acquired, you can also switch to the AF-S mode (single focussing action) and switch on the camera "beep". So, every time focussing is finished, the camera will respond with a short beep... and the shutter won't release until focus actually has been acquired.


If you haven't got it along with the camera, getting the manual might be a good idea, to look these things up:



E.g. the focus modes are explained on page 55 and the focus area on page 58.