Luke Kaven

Luke Kaven

Lives in United States New York, United States
Works as a Researcher/educator, music producer, photographer
Has a website at http://www.lukekaven.com
Joined on Mar 11, 2004
About me:

Researcher/educator
president at Smalls Records | www.smallsrecords.com
Featured artist in the HDRI Handbook by Christian Bloch (2nd Ed)

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On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1048 comments in total)
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Carsten Pauer 2: Is there a Reason why the fresh Nikon D4S has less DR as a 6 Years old FinePix S5 Pro ?

It doesn't. Go see DxOmark for RAW DR.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1048 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: So the D4s is slighly better than a 3 year old Canon 5d3 which sells for well under 1/2 price - wow - must change all my kit - NOT. Guys don't be suckered - BOTH Canon & Nikon could bring out VASTLY better cameras for the same or less money - but won't as they wish to DRIP FEED us improvements and get us to keep updating our kit. Only fools with money to burn follow their lead - and don't give me the 'pros update all the time to stay ahead'. Rubbish - real - I have to make money - pro's are VERY careful about spending money….

Yes, I like to shoot in dark places where nobody else is able to shoot. The darker it is, the less people think you're actually taking pictures of any meaningful sort. You can get people in unguarded moments even when they know you're taking their picture. Try it. Every time Nikon improves their low light response, I find new things to do. Think I'll keep the D4 til the D5 comes out this time around.

I've done album covers at ISO25k. They look great. These are just shots

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 15:55 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (548 comments in total)

Note: you are advertising the wrong lens in the "buy" link. Following the link gives on the predecessor to this lens, which is obviously at a much lower price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 18:14 UTC as 155th comment
On AJA enters cinema camera market with 4K Cion article (28 comments in total)
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Thematic: Before anyone rants - this is a stunning value (as is the new BM cam). S35, Global shutter and a form factor perfect for its intended market. Fantastic work if they can get to market fast.

Great boost for indie filmmakers. A lot of features packed into a nice package for a friendly price here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:59 UTC

I commend the editors at DPR for taking a step towards incorporating artistic content of merit. This site has enormous potential to become a leading destination for photographic art, including both new works, and classic works from history. It is encouraging to see more content of this kind.

Whatever one's reaction is to the images presented today, they are thoughtful and thought-provoking. We better ourselves through this engagement, both as photographers, and as people.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 19:59 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Am I missing something here? article (636 comments in total)

I think you are right when you say that this camera is not aimed so much at the American market, but weighted much more heavily towards the Chinese middle-class market, which is Nikon's biggest growth sector today.

A fair characterization of this camera might be as an upwardly mobile compact system camera, for educated middle-class consumers. Typically buyers might be a dual-income couple with no photographic training, but technical training. They would enjoy owning quality-made lifestyle accessories from a major brand.

I don't think this is a design for the American market. It would be nice to see an APS-c mirrorless from Nikon that could go the distance even with serious photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 04:24 UTC as 230th comment | 2 replies
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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EricAotearoa: All right boys and girls, wipe those smiles off your faces. We are here to be serious. This is no place to have fun or enjoy yourselves. You! that boy over there, wipe that smirk off your face. You, at the back, pull down those colourful photographs. How dare you have a sense of humour. If anyone here thinks they can setup and take photographs outside the square, you are sorely wrong. You, the ugly actors, come over here for six of the best. Now behave yourselves or I'll technically execute you in a conceptually awful way.

Hate to think what some people here would think if they got to listen to The Goon Show, I'm sorry I'll read that again, or Around the Horn, or watch The Goodies, Monty Python, Morecambe and Wise or The Two Ronnies. Just no sense of the absurd. Minds set in straight jackets.

The Goon Show was brilliant and funny. This photo essay isn't in nearly the same league. It's thin on inspiration. It's too bad because there are talented and funny artists out there who deserve the column space.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 05:33 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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Luke Kaven: I have to put aside 'herd spirit' here. With so much good or just plain enjoyable work out in the world, I'm at a total loss to understand why the editors picked this series. It's neither very creative, nor very funny. It isn't even good 'lite' fare.

With all the audience strength you have, you could be an editorial powerhouse. Consider the possibility of being one, seriously.

I don't mind the absurd or playful. It's really on the level of fundamentals that these weren't good photographs. I'm all for fun, but this was a stiff attempt at being playful.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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misha marinsky4: To the grumpy crowd: lighten up.

Spending a day with some of these commentators, is like spending a day with Debbie Downer.

For those outside the US:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/debbie-downer/n11825

Sorry, sometimes the pictures just aren't there.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 02:08 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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jadot: This is awful, conceptually, in execution, and technically. The models are terribly bad actors, it seems, and the results are ugly. I read a comment which said: "looks like they had a lot of fun" or some such thing.
So what? How the krap does that make this abysmal "project" have any value at all in the world. All it tells us is that any idiot can take a picture with a camera and call it art or whatever they like because it's in focus. And that's only because it exists.
It's not big and it's not clever, and it's not funny either.

And he's quite right. It's awful work.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 01:58 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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Luke Kaven: I have to put aside 'herd spirit' here. With so much good or just plain enjoyable work out in the world, I'm at a total loss to understand why the editors picked this series. It's neither very creative, nor very funny. It isn't even good 'lite' fare.

With all the audience strength you have, you could be an editorial powerhouse. Consider the possibility of being one, seriously.

Schoolyard bully shows up with an excrement joke. Too bad.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 01:56 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)

I have to put aside 'herd spirit' here. With so much good or just plain enjoyable work out in the world, I'm at a total loss to understand why the editors picked this series. It's neither very creative, nor very funny. It isn't even good 'lite' fare.

With all the audience strength you have, you could be an editorial powerhouse. Consider the possibility of being one, seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 09:31 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies

A typo in the interview.

Your copy has: "we developed our own MFT measurement tool which uses our Foveon sensor"

I'm pretty sure he is referring to "MTF" (modulation transfer function) rather than "MFT".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 22:56 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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Jeremy Park: geeze how long did it take Phase and Hasselblad to work out CMOS sensors are better for flexibility of shooting ( something most non-studio based photographers need ).... now, if they could only work out that they are way over charging for it.

I think Sony are actually making these pretty economically. It remains to see whether the camera makers are going to charge a premium (P1/Hasselblad), or compete on price (perhaps Pentax). If a big Japanese camera maker gets into the game, it could disrupt this traditionally boutique market significantly.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 23:18 UTC
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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Jeremy Park: geeze how long did it take Phase and Hasselblad to work out CMOS sensors are better for flexibility of shooting ( something most non-studio based photographers need ).... now, if they could only work out that they are way over charging for it.

It's not exactly double in size. It's 33x44. Double would be 36x48.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 19:30 UTC
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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Kaelis: PhaseOne... I'm still waiting for a Full Frame you know, don't take the same road as Pentax please, I'm tired of waiting for bigger sensors !

The cost of making this chip is a function of the size, not the number of pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 19:28 UTC
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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jtan163: Is the video 60p?

No video. The readout isn't nearly fast enough for video.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 19:26 UTC
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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PicOne: So.. the appeal is so one can print bigger right? They must be out there, but who orders eg. 36" portraits of themselves from their wedding day? I can't imagine having to live with a huge portrait that includes myself hanging in my living room, looking at this day after day..

Otherwise this 50mp Sony sensor is about equiv in density to 30mp on a FF dSLR which puts it right about where the industry is.

It isn't all about printing big. There is a range of high-frequency detail that is retained during downsampling over another camera with fewer pixels. Details such as hair, skin, foliage, etc, are better revealed even in a web-sized image.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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Bervilat: So, this will be actually worse for base iso landscape photography?

The Exmor is nearly optimal for read noise at base ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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Ulfric M Douglas: A lot of commenters seem to be missing the point : this is the first medium-format CMOS sensor commercially available, and we should simply be discussing what that concept brings, rather than film-vs-35mm-vs-D800-vs-ETC.
You will now be able to use your medium-format kit at decent high-ISO, fast frame rates and ... soon ... live-view leading to better integration with LCD/EVF, focusing techniques and even video.
Bring it on! It will get cheaper and more featured too. It's another option while the CCD tech should continue alongside.

Agreed. Though I think there won't be a high frame rate with these chips. You might get 2-2.5fps. The Exmors read out slow, which is why they look good. And black frame subtraction is both mandatory and automatic at all shutter speeds.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 19:16 UTC
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