Jack A. Zucker

Jack A. Zucker

Lives in United States Cleveland, OH, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.jackzucker.com
Joined on Nov 16, 1999

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On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)
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pellinger: Adobe could easily use this periodic on-line license checking simply to prevent piracy and ensure users have purchased their software. That could work perfectly well with minimal inconvenience and still allow users to decide when to stick with superseded capability indefinitely (at no further cost) and when to pay for an upgrade. As it is Adobe are just being unreasonably greedy and will certainly deter many potential customers.

no because the pirates will figure out how to disable the monthly check just like the currently disable the key check or make keygens. It's not preventing anything of the sort

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 13:42 UTC

the dealbreaker for photographers is the screen resolution.

As much as I hate ios, apple and their proprietary/closed architecture I'm considering an ipad because the screen blows away *ANY* other tablet out there. The asus Transformer HD is pitiful by comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2012 at 01:16 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)
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Count Biscotti: Most maufacturers appear to be a little lost at the moment.

Technology is set to sweep their feature sets away leaving a world where the sensors are better than the lenses and most everything you really need can be had for a few hundred bucks, probably at Walmart. Good news for customers, bad news for formerly premium manufacturers like Hasselblad.

Sony seems to be the on-going winner having a firm grasp on the technology and the consumer marketing headspace.

sony is not clearly the winner. Citations please? As far as I can tell, the Nex series does not have any significant market penetration compared to the rest of the mirrorless cameras and their UI is a disaster.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 16:31 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)

He can respond all he wants. It's still just a $1300 Nex 7 in a designer cover.

$6500?

Check the review http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Hasselblad-Lunar-First-Impressions-Review.htm

What a joke. This reminds me of when they were faltering during the infancy of the digital age and they responded by offering their standard cameras in yellow and red faux-leather coverings...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 16:30 UTC as 37th comment
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Jan Kritzinger: My only complaint is that the lens is slightly bulky for the body form factor - give us a 23/2.8 APS-C RX10 the size of the RX100, for $1k! Come on Sony, Do it!

even if they did, why would you want it from sony? It'd just be dumbed down and incompatible with every well known, standard accessory. I'm surprised sony doesn't have their own custom tripod mount.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 16:56 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha NEX-5R hands-on preview article (127 comments in total)
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guyfawkes: I often have a wry smile when I read comments about the ratio of body to lens size of the Nex series of cameras. In reality, having a manual zoom lens the size of the kit lens makes for a very comfortable handling experience.

In reality, the kit zoom is no larger than many APS-C optics, it is just that a Nex 5 body is smaller than most. It may look odd, but just handle one to see what I mean.

i had a nex 5 and several of the bigger zoom lenses and found it extremely awkward compared to a dslr so I sold it and went back. Seems like a fad to me. The advantages of the small, mirrorless body are mostly lost when you tack on the big zoom lens and additionally, it becomes awkward and lens heavy to hold. Wearing it on a strap is awkward too

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 21:39 UTC

I have taken this course and it's amazing. Clay has a wealth of information on posing and lighting. $199 is ridiculously cheap to spend a day with someone of Clay's experience. I would be willing to take this course several times.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 20:09 UTC as 1st comment
On The One-Light Studio article (94 comments in total)
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MarkJordan: Though I am in agreement with the premise of seeing and creating with one light, I am not sure the images are the best examples of it. So sorry. Regardless, thanks for sharing and getting so many minds to contemplate the fundamentals. God knows we can all use it.

How so? I thought the images perfectly conveyed what the author was writing about.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2012 at 15:51 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers article (154 comments in total)

I should also mention that the program often hangs on startup and even killing the task and attempting to restart fails. When that happens you have to reboot. If you search google and adobe forums you'll see this is a pretty common problem.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 17:54 UTC as 13th comment
On Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers article (154 comments in total)
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Kampbyll Photography: PS is ok , but my view point is very simple , PS to me is an excuse not to buy better equipment , i personally would rather have the best equipment than there is no need to waste my time in PS , i have no need to go to Photo Shop , my pictures look great like they are , and those who waste time there should just upgrade there camera , better yet take better pictures!

Idiotic

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 17:52 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers article (154 comments in total)

Jim,

What plugins don't work? I'm using portraiture, Nik, Topaz and perfect portrait though onone software either didn't work or I need to reinstall it. For the other plugins, all I did was copy the folders over from my CS5 installation.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 17:51 UTC as 14th comment
On Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers article (154 comments in total)

the content-aware move, extend and patch are utter crap. They plain don't work on 21MP Canon 5D MK II files though they seem to work great on web sized images.

And they've wrecked the patch tool. Even in normal mode it doesn't work properly. I have to resort to CS5 when I want to use the patch tool.

I hope they get this fixed before the actual release because it's almost useless as is

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 17:49 UTC as 15th comment

haha, these manufacturers crack me up grasping at straws to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Like i'm going to have my laptop at the beach to transfer pix from underwater to it.

How about a camera with a coffee dispenser?

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 17:47 UTC as 13th comment
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Jack A. Zucker: I'd really love to try this. i cancelled my canon 24-70L lens after reading too many reports of softness. However, tamron really screwed me on a 18-270 which had stuck focus. I contacted their customer support twice and both times received an auto-responder with a promise of a followup which never happened. Not sure I'd trust them for support on a $1300 lens. Buyer beware...

problem is, the issue didn't develop until well past the CC return policy period. It was 3 months old so they should have supported it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 00:30 UTC

I'd really love to try this. i cancelled my canon 24-70L lens after reading too many reports of softness. However, tamron really screwed me on a 18-270 which had stuck focus. I contacted their customer support twice and both times received an auto-responder with a promise of a followup which never happened. Not sure I'd trust them for support on a $1300 lens. Buyer beware...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 00:52 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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Absolutic: Tamron. I've gone through my share of Tamron lenses and I believe it will have typical Tamron's attributes:

1) Sharpness - almost as good as OEM (Canon or Nikon)
2) VC - superior to both Nikon/Canon (although they don't have in that range)
3) Contrast - always inferior to Nikon/Canon. Often yellow cast to photos. But can be dealt with in PP
4) AF - this is a biggie. Tamron has placed Ring AF in their latest 2 lenses (finally) but it just does not work nearly as good as Nikon and Canon AF (and Sigma is faster too). For some - it does not mater, it is silent but it is noticeably slower than OEM.

That is why I think, Tamron needs to price this thing much less, like $700 to make it work.

h0tsauce, IS isn't so important in this focal range.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 22:40 UTC

price is too close to canon. The IS feature won't be enough to cut into canon's sales IMO. At this focal length, IS is not as important. It needs to be $1k to tempt folks from canon's offering IMO unless canon discontinues the 24-70 2.8 MK I

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 22:39 UTC as 43rd comment | 7 replies
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (162 comments in total)

Good article but frankly the jpg compression artifacts ruin the examples. You should consider uploading images with less compression. This is particularly evident in the Iris blur where the "after" picture suffers from such bad compression artifacting that one might mistakenly think the blur effect created the problem.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 16:22 UTC as 66th comment
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (162 comments in total)
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ybizzle: As a guy who has been into photography for many years, I can tell you that these cheap little tricks will never replace the true bokeh effect of a fast lens. At the same time though, it's a nice tool to have for those who can't afford fast lenses and want to simulate that effect in their photos.

Silly posting (about good glass). The point of photoshop is to enhance creativity. Go check out vincent versace sometime. He uses good glass but does stuff in post processing that no single exposure with a 36mp camera and the best glass could ever do without post processing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 16:14 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview (901 comments in total)

Hire a studio photographer and take some real world studio pictures of skin tones, flowers, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 15:42 UTC as 148th comment
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