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  1. Completely agree with Alan PC, I believe I started this conversation and have since retreated from using Affinity, instead going back to Aperture, which I know. Seems many folk fall back on having used Photoshop. I never did. The workbook I bought but it does not even discuss how to start until half way through the book! yes, there are a lot of videos, but what Affinity has missed is to clearly, simply and easily explain, like to a child, one, two, three, How to Start. This is the weakness of Affinity for me, it did not and has not made it easy to learn, thus, any adjustments I make are done on a system since discontinued by Apple. Yes, I will try again, but Affinity is NOT for a newbie, and Affinity has dropped the ball for intro to the system, my guess is because all the advisors and designers are so far advanced they cannot comprehend the needs of a beginner.
  2. I shoot RAW so I get more latitude in developing. Affinity I am just starting, bought the book, etc. Still at the starting gate. But, I don;t understand what happens or why or what I lose by shooting in RAW and then using Affinity? Used Aperture before, still am. Before I invest a bunch of time in Affinity, please explain what happens to my RAW image being edited in Affinity and whether I have the exact same info and latitude? Thanks Stuart
  3. Hi Second posting, same question, first posting below, surprised no response, maybe my settings are off and/or I am doing something wrong, but I ask again please, how to include © symbol and copyright info to photos? Also, the only way to add a new thread that I could see sent my question apparently to iPad Requests, Forum where I did not and do NOT intend to be posting. I do not have an iPad, how and where to post to General Questions, and why was my inquiry diverted to iPad? Thx, Stuart -------------------- How to add © Copyright to metadata? SF Charter Boat posted a topic in iPad Feature Requests, Suggestions and Feedback Hello, First post, been wandering since Aperture gone, starting to use Mac Photos and Affinity and beginning with the tutorials. Photos does not have a © copyright option for name, year, url, etc which I could find, unless adding it to "description". Is there an option to include copyright info into metadata on Affinity? This is a critical piece of information needed to be embedded in photos, so it will be included automatically. Please advise. Thanks, Stuart
  4. Very Newbie here, but find the group very open and encouraging of participation. Just sent you what I feel is needed, and lacking, for me, a basic How to Start series.. Cheers Stuart
  5. Do you have a Beginning Tutorial, Step One, then Step Two, etc? All the fancy custom how to stuff seems to be the standard for it seems most of the folks on this forum, intermediate to advanced. AF does a poor job just getting people started, am still at the gate, mostly due to me, but would like to have a concise, clear what to do to start. Do you provide this? thx Stuart
  6. Please do not be embarrassed, I am in the same boat. I find it very difficult to get a Beginning Tutorial that moves into the next very basic start. The people seem to be experts without a real consideration that some of us, speaking for myself, need fundamental, crawl, walk run progression. Maybe this program has super cool tools, but it is lacking in getting beginners on the playing field. Unfortunately, I am still reverting to Aperture. Wish the powers that be would consider those of us just starting.
  7. Crawl, walk, run. Thanks everyone for your time and explanations. Just saw the above linked, tutorial video and can see what it can do as a start. Will shoot RAW, and go to Develop. Now to begin on the tutorials, look forward to it.
  8. Many thanks, look forward to starting!
  9. OK, got my marching orders! Will shoot RAW. And make adjustments in AF. You say, to set white balance, exposure and shadows/highlights before I hit Develop button? Since I have not gone through that process, assume these options are clear and available to choose? Many thanks
  10. Thanks for the classroom, explanations and patience! I just want to get as much range as possible when I go to my adjustments. My belief was that RAW provided that. Now I am learning that when the file is saved to another format that file becomes a "narrower dynamic range". So the question for me is, (besides learning the process), what difference does it make whether I shoot in RAW or JPEG Fine if both are going end up, probably, as JPEG? -If RAW is used , does the extended latitude I had in adjustments have a different image than had I shot the same photo in JPEG Fine? Is this extended adjustment ability even visible by being transferred to a lower quality export? -I just want to have as much range as possible when I do my adjustments and I don;t care what setting the image is created on. If I can dig deeper into the shadows and have more highlight details, that is what my end goal is. If all the RAW material cannot be translated, why even shoot RAW? Again, appreciation to all, I just want to be clear when I start with the camera, so when I start the AF tutorials I am not still at the starting gate trying to figure out the RAW thing. I find that there is a very supportive community behind AF and look forward to beginning the tutorials, I want to make sure I have as much information on the image as possible to make the adjustments. Thanks
  11. Thanks all for explanations and time! Obviously, I am not a technical person, and, from what has been written, there are many RAW developers. I don't even know what a sidecar is. All I would like to understand is, am I losing any of the shadows or highlights, ie 5 stop latitude plus and minus, which I get when shooting in RAW and converting to a RAW developer in AF? Maybe I am not getting it, but if I can shoot in RAW and have five stops either way, I would like to know if that data is transferred to whatever RAW Developer I am using and then still have five stops either way in the adjustments stage? My understanding is this is more than JPEG offers, so that is why I shoot RAW, I get a bonus of extra latitude more so than shooting JPEG originally. Possibly I just can't get it, but if I can't retain this latitude from shooting in RAW to making adjustments, why even shoot in RAW? Or, research another tool where I still have the five stops avail when I go into adjustment/development? I don;t care about Digital Management or library. I would like to know if during the Development process from RAW, I lose the five stops either way that I had in the original? There is something I simply am not getting and is not clear: I understand, I think that RAW must be converted, but in that process do I lose the exposure latitude? If so, it seems I either find another editing system or else why even shoot in RAW if I can't take advantage of its benefits?
  12. "..Pressing the "Develop" button may & usually will discard a variable amount of information, but it depends on the adjustments & settings you use in the Develop Persona to develop the information into an image.. -How much is "VARIABLE AMOUNT"? This is the key to my posting and question. I understand some will be changed by adjustments and original will probably never be exactly the same as after adjustments, but this is not my concern. -does this happen if the original is JPEG? If JPEG is 500, then it is 500 after entering Develop, right? Just a numerical example. I am still not getting a definite piece of information which says, for example, your original RAW footage of X quantity will remain X quantity under a different name once entered into Develop. Or, your original X, is now in Develop as Y and is half the size. Or....?
  13. Apologies, but this is too complicated for my old and non technical mind. Please pretend you are answering a 5 yr old. Let's say, for example, I shoot a RAW photo in a room looking out a window, no fill flash. I have more stops both ways, outside highlights and inside shadows than shooting JPEG.. Maybe five each way. Also, assume this photo is 5000 units of whatever information. Now, I go to "Develop Persona" in AF. Do I still have the 5000 units to work with and adjust AFTER I have entered Develop and begin adjustments? Have I lost any of the ranges in highlights and shadows that I had in RAW? If so, how much? Lastly, do I lose anything after the adjustments have been made when I export them? My main concern is losing the RAW latitude when entering Develop. Does it become a JPEG, or what? Whatever the new AF name for it, do I still have the 5000 units to work with, assuming I am not cropping? The answer is either no, you do not have the same amount of information, and if that is the case, how much do I lose? Or do I have all the information to work with and it is just a renaming process? Thanks Stuart
  14. Thank you for the explanation on the process. My question is what information do I lose from shooting in RAW to the Develop Persona for adjustment? This is what I don't understand. Aperture has RAW but they pushed that boat from shore. Others have it. My consideration is why shoot RAW if AF can't use all the information? Or, why use AF? Why should I learn a tool which diminishes my original information? I am inquiring about what I feel is a simple question, maybe not phrased or asked in the correct technical manner, but, basically, what do I lose, if anything, going from RAW to Develop? And then, exporting it in a non RAW format? Thanks Stuart
  15. Bought the $45 book and it starts by saying " the projects in this book assume you have a working knowledge of the interface" and continues to the next page, (nine), Master the Core Skills headline and first sentence is " ...also assume you have mastered the core skills..." etc and refers to page 85. "assume, assume..." Please, do not assume, the who organized the book. Or make it clear it is not the book for which to get started. This is illogical, frustrating and confusing to me. I would expect a crawl, walk, run sequence, but, no, the developers "assume" too blanking much to provide a one, two three approach. I am an absolute beginner in Affinity, Aperture was sent out to sea and I am still clinging to it. Understood, there are many Affinity videos which get good reviews, but, again, the index of the topics listed as the first topic here show different places to start, thus my request, which I feel needs to be addressed by the organizers: Please show me the most basic introductory video, (since the book investment is wasted until I am up to speed), then the next, and the one following and let me skip the ones I may know. Is there not a numbering system for the videos when one starts? Then, later, I can certainly understand going into more depth with the various tools, but it seems that the folks are so well advanced that they do not understand or put much effort into the very basic beginning steps. So, is there an index of sorts, a Start Here, then Next Step, etc. in the videos? Is there a Beginning I, II, III system or something which I can use as a basis for starting the tutorials? Thanks, Stuart PS is there a way to see the Affinity users in my area to maybe contact them and get together to learn/teach?
  16. SF Charter Boat

    How to START in Affinity?

    OK, back to photo editing, involved in other parts of my life, now to, hopefully, feel confident to start the process. BUT, probably because of my end, I do not understand, though others have participated on this very helpful forum, what I feel to be a basic question. Was at the Apple store today, downloading my photos from my iPhone. I also have downloaded in Aperture RAW photos. Affinity apparently does not do this, and I am wondering what I am missing and/or if I should try another editing app? My understanding is if I shoot in RAW I have maybe five stops latitude on either side. Do I lose this extended range when I start using Affinity? Am I losing any potential information which can be used when I start the adjustment process in AF? If so, why use AF? Or, why shoot in RAW if I use Affinity? I do it because my understanding is RAW give me more information to adjust. Can someone please give a simple, clear explanation to my apparently limited understanding? Thanks Stuart
  17. (Split by Moderator from this source thread on Affinity Photo Video Tutorials) Am a Beginner Beginner, viewed the first tutorial Question: Before I begin any adjustments or editing of an image, am I to go to File., then Save As before I begin work on the image? It would be good if the guy did a re cap at the end of the tutorial, a "this is what I just told you" So, I am still not clear on even how to begin. Is this File, Save As, basically a duplicate that I can work on and the original is saved? Again, the developers in my opinion need to get over the assumption that we are at their level. I need a very basic one, two, three, and it seems each method of instruction is light on the Very Beginners area. Thx Stuart
  18. Twice in this series of responses I have gotten the raw 'snobbery' reference and then extended darkroom parallels. I had a darkroom in New York in my studio, converted it to storage and sent my stuff out to high end printers, I did not want to shoot all day and be in the darkroom all night, charging the client for any prints and processing, with a mark up. So, I am baffled by whatever opinion people may have of raw, if a format offers me more information than jpeg and is called DUNG, fine by me. I just want to start in Affinity, and have not yet, waylaid by essentially no information if one shoots in raw. Look it up in the book that I paid $45 for, I was perplexed, now I sorta get that I can import to Develop in raw, but then have to jump to another persona to use the juicy stuff, and how to label stuff and keep the original I am still trying to figure out. The video Tutorials have no index, very weird to me. Why NOT? And the four or five raw tutorials (who knows there could be more, did not feel like going through 29 pages of multiple subjects), did not go into why or how or what process raw is being used in Affinity, rather more into its Develop adjustments. Basically nothing in the book either. The whole process is heavy loaded into Intermediate or Advanced, this is a bummer for me. I am about to try and pay for Eager Learner tutorials, I feel the Affinity stuff is too fancy and negligent for a basic, beginner. For example the book starts with "we assume" a few times, then I have to go to page 82 to start? Shows where the priorities are. I have said too much, everyone has been very helpful, thanks, but I do not feel what Affinity offers a beginner is useful. If it had been, I would not be here whining and winging. So, off to Eager Learner or other sources, hopefully I will get it, and will be back soon...:) Cheers Stuart
  19. Is there an Index or Search for the over 200 Affinity Tutorials on Vimeo ? Is the same on Youtube, and does it have either a Search or Index window? How to find a particular subject on the tutorials? Thx
  20. Hi All, With much gratitude for the time and explanations, wow, can't wait to get to a simple question with a simple answer. Will review all of the above once more, AND I found Affinity tutorials on raw, which I will watch. There is no "Search" link on the tutorials, WHY NOT? Moderators, does this not seem logical, can you please pass it on, reasonable to be able to look something up, maybe I missed an Index? Nevertheless, I have my homework to do, and look forward to begin the process of adjustments Great group on this Forum, thanks! Stuart
  21. "might (choose to) lose certain things coming out of it" your statement above OK, rephrase my question, do I lose ANYTHING in any part of the process from my raw information when I enter, process or leave Develop in Affinity? Yes, if I export it to jpeg, got it, but my concern, which I have not understood the answer to, is during any part of using Develop is my image degraded, loses pixels, whatever? And if so, by how much? thanks, Stuart
  22. Steve, and Ed, am sitting in your grand daughter's kindergarten class and they are all looking at me like I am a moron, "...what's wrong with this guy? doesn't he get it?..." Lots of information, thanks again for your time and consideration. Since everything is now theoretical, much of the above will not make sense until I actually begin the process. The adjustment (of photos) process I feel will be relatively straightforward, learning location of tools, sliders, looking at brush options etc etc But I do not yet get the entire raw transformation in Develop. Understood that the original is and will stay in raw, but once it goes into Develop is anything at all lost in it quality? This is what I need to have answered please. If not, fine, it is a renaming or something process but none of the ingredients are lost. Is this correct? I just want to make sure ALL the raw information is transferred to Develop and I have the full amount of the raw info to use, no matter how it is termed. If I do lose something going into Develop, then I either have to shoot a different way or use a another editing system. I wish Affinity would clearly explain this, maybe they do and I have not seen it, but it seems like one of the most basic considerations to explain to beginners, again, thanks for your patience and sharing Stuart
  23. Steve, Thanks for your time, consideration and explanations! My understanding is shooting raw takes more space, granted, but it provides more latitude in adjustments. I do not understand what happens when my raw pix go to Develop Persona. Are they converted to jpeg? Do I lose the extra two stops either side of my original exposure? If I do not have the latitude because Affinity converts it, why shoot raw, or why use Affinity at all? Is all the material there just under a different name? I just want as much information to work with and if I have a lot from the camera and Affinity reduces it, then I am working with less than with what I started. Nor do I understand when the Save As happens? My, possibly incorrect, understanding was to start with it, and to re name it in some manner, thus preserving the original? This takes place at the beginning of the process, right? Besides being very complicated learning how to even start this program, now I am confused by the whole raw conversion process in Developer, I had not even thought this would be a consideration, so I have to try and figure out now what this really means to me, or whether it is just a re naming process without losing anything...? Cheers Stuart
  24. Alfred, Thanks for the clarification on Save As location determination and raw response. Next, am a bit confused-if I shoot in raw, which is what I would guess most people do using Affinity, and Affinity "does not save or export raw formats", then are you saying the , for me, exposure advantage shooting raw is negated by using Affinity? This does not make sense to me, if I have an advantage shooting raw, the Affinity manipulation and export is not done in raw? Nor can I "save or export to raw formats" ? Obviously, I need expiation/instruction on what appears to me an adjustment/manipulation system restricted to JPEG? Confused but thanks for time Stuart
  25. Steve, thanks for your time and the response. First, you have given me an option on how to label a Save As, ie Yosemite A, Hawaii A, 747 A. That clearly distinguishes for me a modified from the original. But, if I am importing in Photos (Mac), and editing/making an Affinity Save As, will these new versions be stored in the same ( I guess) place with the original? How and where to store the Save As images-since this is what it is all about, for me, anyway, modifying and adjusting the image. I just want to know if I have to do anything more after I go to Save As, which I will be doing with everything on Affinity? Secondly, I shoot in RAW, and your second paragraph discusses JPEG. I do not feel there is enough information for me to determine how/why/where the Affinity process works with these two formats. I have about five stops extra shooting raw, why is this a separate category? Do I have to do anything different if I want to adjust in raw? If so, where are the modified Save As, Yosemite A, for example, images stored, and are they stored in raw? Yes, I get it that I must do a very slow dance, but I had hoped to be able to find a process, whether video, book or tutorial, which could walk me through from the very beginning. I used Aperture, liked it, then Apple pushed the boat from shore, so there are a few skills, and I used to be a New York professional photographer and DP on films, so there is a visual background, but not a computer based Let's Get Started simple explanation for Affinity.. Patiently plugging along, want to get the basics down before I even begin the adjustments...... Stuart
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