koolbreez

koolbreez

Lives in Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
Works as a Photojournalist
Joined on Sep 29, 2010

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On Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed article (57 comments in total)

I find it disheartening that Giottos is never considered in their reviews. Probably because they are too much of a challenge for any of those reviewed. The Giottos VGR8265-M2N will give any of these a run for their money, and it has the added feature of one of the legs being able to be removed for use as a full size mono pod, something none of these offer. The center column can be reversed for the lowest shooting capabilities, and in normal set-up reaches a little over 66". With its Arca compatible quick release ball head, the Giottos brand shouldn't have been left out of these reviews. This unit meets most every situation a traveling photographer might run into, and should have been featured.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 16:19 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (163 comments in total)
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Prognathous: The only thing you need to know: the $10 photography bundle is a trap.

Quote from Adobe's membership contract:

"The price of your one-year commitment (as reflected in the monthly installment amounts) may change for your next annual renewal, and we’ll provide you notice of a change by email"

In short, nothing but a teaser price. Get ready to pay through the nose as soon as you've created enough project files and can't properly open them by anything else. Good luck being Adobe's hostage.

They do state that at the end of the first year you are automatically renewed at normal price, which now is $19.98 a month, and it would be automatic at one full year renewal payment, so actual cost will double after the first year, and be billed for the full year, not billed monthly.

There is also no mention about how the LR license is treated at the end of the first year, or if it upgrades throughout the first year for free.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 04:41 UTC
On Seven photographic hacks, one short video article (34 comments in total)

I've used the string before, but never from both feet. Another steadying DIY device I've used quite a bit, is a small fat bean bag, and a short 12, or 18 inch bungee cord. Place the bean bag on the post, fence rail, tree, or whatever you find, then the camera goes next, keeping the bean bag between the object, and the camera, then strap it all down with the bungee cord wrapped around everything. The bean bag makes it possible to steadily adjust the direction the camera points, rather than depending on the angle of the post. Finger pokes to the bean bag do wonders in adjusting the direction the camera points. This works real good on round, or irregular surfaced posts, and trees, but the bean bag has to be fat so it doesn't flatten out in the middle leaving nothing except cloth between the camera and the supporting object. Focusing is best achieved by going manual, then use remote shutter release, or the camera's timer.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 10:36 UTC as 23rd comment
On Judge strikes down fine against drone photographer article (127 comments in total)
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racketman: Amazon will be hoping the appeal by the FAA is unsuccessful assuming they intend to go ahead with their drone delivery service.

In the case of the drone falling out of the sky, in all likelihood the person hit, or finding it just got himself a new toy, not the case with the truck.

For these drones, and the cases I foresee coming up very soon are invasions of privacy issues. Photographers already have shooting boundaries defined by what they can see from a public location standing, but how will this be interpreted with drones that can shoot from higher altitudes, but still not cross the established fence, or property line?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 10:12 UTC
On Getty and Flickr to cease partnership article (19 comments in total)

This eliminates any chance in the future to make money with your images on Flickr. I suspect this is fallout from the recent buyout of Getty by the original owners, or a signal of quality fall-off in Flickr uploads.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 08:25 UTC as 10th comment

Don't overlook the term "net revenue". Getty currently takes 70% from its photographers. Couple this with a 50% split after that by EyeEm supplying them, just as a photographer would, and the net revenue gets pretty small.

There are much better avenues out there to sell images through. Getty is banking on a contributor accepting pennies on the dollar, rather than a perceived nothing because they don't know the other higher revenue selling outlets.

For news images, and owned by Corbis Imaging, the other giant in the stock market, is Demotix. When an image is sold by them, Corbis doesn't take a cut off the top, the contributor gets an actual 50% split.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 02:10 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (209 comments in total)
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raztec: A well researched comparison of all the different action cameras would be far more useful than a simple hands on review of one camera which can be found by the dozens on the internet.

I personally like the ISaw series of action cams over the GoPro, both for contrast, cost, and battery life. I wish they would be compared here. Mounting hardware is interchangeable.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
On Hexapoda - But Different challenge (52 comments in total)

What a crock of SH*T. Who in their right mind decides after the challenge is long over, and voted on to disqualify all the images he doesn't like? Your crack dealer sold you some bad sh*t.

Get off the drugs dude. You wrongly penalize us for YOUR f*ckup. If you can't keep up then get off the bus dude. Someone should bust your crack pipe so you can at least think straight.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 04:23 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (349 comments in total)

It's interesting that even though the K-3 did good, three times as many people actually bought the Nikon D7100. I have to wonder why it was not rated the best of the year if more people in fact bought it than any other DSLR? More people bought it than those that even wanted to buy the K-3.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 15:40 UTC as 4th comment

If the IQ is up to par, and the VC works good, this will make a nice addition connected to my Nikon D7100, set on the 16mp 1.3 crop setting, essentially making it a 300mm-1200mm at F5-6.3 and then in focus at 2.7meters away, decent macro shooting comes to mind at a good working distance. Now that is a respectable "reach out and grab it" wildlife optic. It even makes it more enticing at 1680mm at F8 with a 1.4 tele-converter attached, although manual focusing hand held might have to be completely reconsidered depending on the VC quality...hehehe.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 15:56 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
On women doing men's work challenge (9 comments in total)

How to do this without being racist or pornographic will be a real challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 17:15 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

If you truly want to correctly analyze the shot, then you should first look at where the natural light is coming from, and what exposure would be needed to keep salvageable highlights in both faces, without using flash, and thus not risking an accident to an eardrum if the cleaner flinched. Using fill flash in this situation was deemed too dangerous from my standpoint.

Shooting one shot from the hip to avoid disturbing the subjects does not always result in tack sharp focus, as this was not a posed shot, and had a high risk of injury to one of the subjects if incorrectly executed.

A close exposure setting in this harsh light situation was more important, to have a chance of salvaging detail in the RAW file. This setting was too good to pass up on my part. As an older working photojournalist I make very limited pp corrections.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Ad campaign: Rage challenge (4 comments in total)

What does this pay for usage rights?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 21:28 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On A Place to Call Home challenge (8 comments in total)

Please don't discriminate, crabs are arthropods too, and deserve the same recognition as the wasps get, even though they can't fly...hehehe.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 15:39 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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AlanG: I fly RC multirotors. And some of the new brushless gimbal camera mounts are made for GoPros only. That form factor has become kind of an industry standard which makes the setup and use of these gimbals much easier than if they have to accommodate various shapes and weights.

I much prefer the ISaw 2 over the GoPro 3 black, both for battery life, and contrast. The ISaw can interchange with all GoPro mounts, and costs 1/2 the price. There are lots of YouTube videos comparing the two, some even in split screen comparisons. I haven't had a chance to get the newer ISaw 3, but the specs look good. I have never had problems with the ISaw 2. The only non-interchangeable part is the waterproof case itself, as the ISaw's lens is not center mounted like the GoPro, but the cases of each mount on all GoPro adapter mounts. Looking at the two side-by-side the only visual difference is the way the lens sits on the camera, one side mounted, one center mounted. The ISaw 2 also does real good in low light situations.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 05:34 UTC

One category a lot of people fall under, and not addressed in the article, is "The Dreamer". One significant characteristic of the dreamer is a lack of money that can be used for new camera purchases, so for any upcoming purchase for this individual extensive research and comparison is carried out, and contributes to the dreamer name once a selection is decided on, and before the spouse knows anything about it.

The camera selected becomes an obsession, with the buyer going to great lengths to obtain the money needed for this once-in-a-lifetime purchase, and not always with the wife's full approval. A $1000+ is a lot of money for a toy to a lot of people.

The other significant trait about "The Dreamer" is the complete love for what was finally bought. There is no way anything will ever be found, or admitted to, to not be exactly what was wanted, and expected. The choice will be fully defended.

I have met lots of people like this over the years, and I imagine many of you have too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 17:03 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
On Teton Gravity Research posts gyro-stabilized 4k video article (25 comments in total)

They only bought the system, they did not develop it. As an educated guess I would say it costs more than the helicopter it is attached to, by quite a bit. I would venture to put that GSS in the 7-8 figure price range, and that might be underpricing it. Way out of reach of everyone, except a very very select few in the movie industry, and then only one, or maybe two for now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2013 at 02:48 UTC as 6th comment
In reply to:

Wolfgang Fieger: Sorry, but...

The average take in a cinema movie is a mere 15 seconds. The longest takes you could watch are in some nature documentation videos, where you could find single takes with a few minutes. I really never ever saw a movie containing takes longer than 5-6 minutes.

So what is this discussion about? This topic has no matter for movie making.

The average take in a movie has nothing to do with the intent of the 30 minute limit, it has to do with the illegal copying of movies inside a theater. Those run a few hours, and that is the recording threat. The average camcorder is low quality for pirating of movies, but the quality of still camera/video recording is superior, to the point of reaching DVD quality, and thus a huge threat to the movie industry. It has nothing to do with the length of a take in making a movie, it is all about recording that movie during its premier showing.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2012 at 13:12 UTC
On 'No Future in Photojournalism' Interview: Dan Chung article (278 comments in total)
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moimoi: Fortunately, there is still room for photojournalism...I disagree with Chung's comments as he suggested that photojournalism is a dying breed. The fact is that photography and video are two complementary medias, but I doubt that one dies for the other. There are simply captured moments, for which video will never be able to replace photography.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-16979784

This article probably aims at putting some dynamic into the discussion photography vs. video, but nothing more.

If photojournalism has no future, then the world photography as we know today will be very boring indeed.

Chung did not imply photojournalism was dying period, he stated that as a way to make a living photojournalism does not do it by itself, he had to expand his revenue sources to make a living.

This is because everyone has camera with them nowdays, and supplies photos to news agencies. This has greatly reduced the amount of money being paid for the same photograph that was being taken 10 years ago, or in some cases even less.

This first became the case in the stock photography market, and has now flowed over into the photojournalism market. There is no longer the prices being payed for a photo as there used to be, so much so that it is extremely difficult to depend on photojounalism as your sole source of income. That's all he's saying. He's not saying photojournalism is dead, quite the oposite. There are more photojournalists now than there ever were. They just aren't depending on it as their sole source of income.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2012 at 00:18 UTC
On CES 2012: Sony stand report article (25 comments in total)
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Richard Katakuri: Can dpreview.com ask Sony when the 5N twin lens kit and Nex-7 will be back in stock please? Silence from Sony is rather frustrating!

Sony's NEX5N, and NEX7 manufactoring plant in Thailand was involved in the flooding, and is not expected to be back in full production until April/May of this year. It was under 2 meters of water for 2 months. That is why all the back orders, and lack of stock. Manufactoring is still shut down completely while they clean up.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 04:11 UTC
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