kdaphoto

kdaphoto

Lives in United States Portland, OR, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.kdaphoto.com
Joined on Sep 20, 2004

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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1500 comments in total)
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Artpt: I appreciate how relative and absolute values play a role in product marketing...

"D810 is 25% faster than its forebears"

Awesome!

"5fps maximum shooting in FX mode (compared to 4fps in D800/E)"

Oh....

Not designed specifically for sports. Is that concept too difficult to comprehend?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:11 UTC

Sure, competition has leveled the playing field, that was inevitable. But here's why I'll upgrade.

1. I have iPhone 4, so it's time.
2. I use it for much more than the camera (I'm a professional photographer), the camera is good enough for my purposes
3. All my equipment is Apple, so it works well together. It was a conscious choice to switch to Apple years ago. I got tired of dicking with equipment to make things talk to each other, sync properly, dealing with anti-virus software, and all the other downsides of windows. It was cutting into my productivity.
4. These are tools not religion or my ego. Right now, the Apple environment works best for me. If something better comes along for the complete package, I'll switch.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 17:34 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Bad Weather = Good Photography article (77 comments in total)
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Mr Fartleberry: I learned a long time ago not to waste my time and film on these sort of shots. Even today very few RAWs from trips get processed afterwards shooting in cloudy/rain conditions. I use my time better running into town and getting a real meal.

Then again maybe you can buy those zillion bags and rain covers thru Amazon if you think someone wants to buy your pictures of occluded misery.

Hmm. Living in a place that has plenty of overcast and rainy days I have learned that there is plenty to shoot and you can get wonderful results. The ovecast can yield very saturated colors and give a very different look to your images. Too bad you've closed your mind to learning and insist on what you consider perfect conditions to shoot. You have no idea what you are missing.

For me photography is about learning, flexibility and compromise. Working with those and using them to your advantage is what makes an exceptional photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 04:08 UTC

If they have a real product in 2014 they should offer a generous upgrade path for those who purchased the original. It is a novelty and targeted for early adoptors (like me) to play with. But yes, in the end it wasn't very useful and it has been a pretty blue paper weight for quite a while.

Of course, my first if is a big if. We'll see.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 01:50 UTC as 32nd comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

Great article. Mr. Britton has summed up very well thoughts I've had regarding my DSLR. While I do still need it for work (for now), I haven't upgraded it as quickly as I used too. The quality from my D300 is still there for my professional needs.

For fun, I am shooting a lot of pinhole, and have taken my Hasselblad 501CM out of it's case along with my Roliflex. Shooting film again has been terrific because the process is different (slower) and I love the results. Plus, it doesn't weigh as much as the DSLR.

Am seriously considering mirrorless rather than another DSLR. Just need to play with closeup to see the results. My shoulder would appreciate the change, but my acupuncurist may miss me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 22:43 UTC as 184th comment
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D1N0: When they keep pro at $25.- they won't sell many ad free and doubler accounts. Does paying for no ads also mean that other people won't see them on your account pages? I guess that would be useful for some users. Others can simply use an ad blocker. And who needs more than a TB anyway. Just make different accounts when you are a compulsive uploader of images nobody really wants to see.

By the way. Flickr is not an exclusive mobile service, so when you mark it connect a lot of people won't see the article, because they opt out of connect. Should be under "other news"

D1N0, the $25 Pro account is availble only to those who already have it. They stopped selling them. The conssion was made when people complained, so they are letting those with the Pro account keep them at the same rate. So the Pro account won't affect sales of other acocunts.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 00:28 UTC
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (115 comments in total)
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Eleson: Weird discussion.
Who are you all accusing of breaking copyrights?
- The person on fb that orders a print of a picture that you have agreed to share to them?
- Or the print service company that offers the service to print a provided picture on an item?

Think before you share. Or just be happy that someone liked a picture you took anough to spend some cash on printing it.

Eleson,
I don't understand why you think this is weird. It's the law, and both the person ordering the print and the comapnay taking it illegally and printing it are breaking it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2013 at 22:41 UTC
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martindesu: I can't be alone in thinking that your iPhone screen there looks akin to that presentation speaker, who connects his laptop to the projector and then the audience is at mercy to his terrible and cluttered desktop. iOS is stale.

Apple don't want to give control to the end-user. That's why there is no such thing as a simple file management system on iOS. iOS needs addressing, before it could ever become viable for photo shoots. Apple don't like SD cards either, so there's another "no". RAW files in the cloud?

I cannot even begin to estimate the cost of any Apple-made camera or attachment, as they overcharge on everything. They are where they are today, due to enormous profit margins. I see people complaining about the price of a regular mirrorless camera lenses... an iLens would be crazy.

Android's open nature makes it ideal for companies and consumers alike. Apple's walled garden is all good and fun, but I suggest having a proper peak over that wall. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Too bad the Apple vs Whomever war still rages on. Get over it. These are all tools and you choose the tool that works best for you. It's not religion. And it seems that all the Android evangelists ever point to is the "lack of accessible file system". So what! I can't say I've ever felt that I was deprived on my iPhone because it doesn't have one. I can find everything and have never lost anything on my iPhone.

Regarding the "this post is silly" opinions, pundits are supposed to get silly from time to time, it's in their job description. If you don't have people musing about what could be then we would never have the pace of change we have. It's about ideas people! And you don't get good ideas if you don't put a bunch out there to see what other think.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 23:23 UTC
On Exhibition Review: 8x10 By Impossible article (85 comments in total)
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magneto shot: let it go guys.... embrace the new dawn. typewriters are long gone....

Tell that to all those behind the resurgence of vinyl records.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2012 at 22:26 UTC
On Exhibition Review: 8x10 By Impossible article (85 comments in total)
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nawknai: Finally, hipsters have a new type of film that they each discovered before his/her friends ever heard about it.

This is no more genuine than Instagram, so I don't see the point. Just use Instagram. This is just another example of the "bad is good" counter-culture hipsters trying to replicate a look and feel that existed in the past because of limited and imperfect processes and technology. Anything like this is going to be inauthentic anyway, as you're only getting these results by intentionally creating "bad technology". This is not a question of digital vs. film. This is more about film vs other film. In fact, compared to real Polaroid film, this is awful. It's like beta release of Polaroid film, before they perfected the recipe.

I'm a 52 year old professional photographer who doesn't wear skinny jeans but does use instagram a lot. By your definition I'm a hipster. I think you need to work on that definition.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2012 at 22:15 UTC
On Instagram 3.0 update adds mapping feature article (31 comments in total)
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kodachromeguy: I guess I do not get it. What do people do with all these photographs? Do recipients really want to receive oddly-filtered and modified pictures of their friends all day long? Do they really want to see how JoeJoe ate a taco or Buffy bought a new thong? Do you have time or interest to go through someone's album?

Do you get any social media?if you do you should understand instagram. If you don't, well, that would explain it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 15:04 UTC
On Instagram 3.0 update adds mapping feature article (31 comments in total)
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facedodge: Here's the deal... Instagram encourages and elevates lazy photography. It saturates the internet with mediocure shots of food with antique filters and poorly done gaussian blurs.

Photographers view Instagram the way musicians view Justin Beiber, the way TV stars view Kim Kardashian, the way doctors view chiropractors, the way classical artists view modern art. That is to say we respectfully commend their success, but also disapprove of the implied association. We take offense when a friend or loved one says, "you're a photographer, you gotta check out this person's facebook page. They are really good" - Only to see shots of fruit and chain link fences with high contrast and sepia monotones.

In my opinion, Instagram is a fad that will leave an everlasting residue in the market place. Sadly, one click instant over-processing is here to stay. Canon, Nikon, Sony et al will likely incorporate Instagram like features into their point and shoots and entry level dslrs.

Have you scene that Nat Geo, in their iPad version of the magazine, has a section of Nat Geo on Instagram? Photographers share photos while on assignment. They don't seem like the type who have no self respect and are looking for affirmation. No, the problem with you and instagram is you. Stop fearing it, it won't bite.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 15:03 UTC
On Instagram 3.0 update adds mapping feature article (31 comments in total)
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facedodge: Here's the deal... Instagram encourages and elevates lazy photography. It saturates the internet with mediocure shots of food with antique filters and poorly done gaussian blurs.

Photographers view Instagram the way musicians view Justin Beiber, the way TV stars view Kim Kardashian, the way doctors view chiropractors, the way classical artists view modern art. That is to say we respectfully commend their success, but also disapprove of the implied association. We take offense when a friend or loved one says, "you're a photographer, you gotta check out this person's facebook page. They are really good" - Only to see shots of fruit and chain link fences with high contrast and sepia monotones.

In my opinion, Instagram is a fad that will leave an everlasting residue in the market place. Sadly, one click instant over-processing is here to stay. Canon, Nikon, Sony et al will likely incorporate Instagram like features into their point and shoots and entry level dslrs.

There you go again facedodge, running at the mouth. Why do you fear instagram so much? Fear is the only logical reason you turn into a snobby petty tyrant when you talk about it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
On Instagram 3.0 update adds mapping feature article (31 comments in total)
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Third Eye Focused: There is too much snobbery in this. On average the instagram and Iphone groups on Flicker have the same ratio of good to poor images as any "camera" group. A few terrific images, many average and poor ones. I note that "Leica" groups are particularly replete with dull and uninteresting stuff. It's a photographers eye that matters not the camera or medium.

facedodge, I am a professional photographer, I use instagram, and I have plenty of self respect. I don't respect those who make blanket statements disparaging a large group of people. It shows that you really don't know what you are talking.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 14:57 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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MiamiStephen: Please, unshackle your readers from having to cycle through all of the pages to get to page 5, and then cycle through all of them again to get to page one. This new format is the first "improvement" that fails completely. I'd rather read a review of a film camera.

For all that complaining about advertising, it would be wise to remember that the advertising is why you get these great reviews and can read this information withou paying any money to do so. Publishing online is expensive. And these people deserve to make a living just like everyone else.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2012 at 15:12 UTC
On Leica M-Monochrom preview (449 comments in total)

Is it just me or do the full images never download? So far all I can see are pixelated previews and a perpetually spinning icon showing they are still downloading.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 21:12 UTC as 155th comment | 1 reply

Such hyperbole, extreme views, and misinformation used to be the domain of political pundits. Based on many of the comments here, it's sad to see that it has come down to camera fans. Do we really need a partisan divide based on camera brands?

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 20:56 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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Guidenet: There are huge computers in modern cameras. These computers have operating systems and applications just like your home computer. When a new operating system for Apple, Windows or Linux is released, we can expect a few crashes here and there until it gets ironed out. It's fairly normal. Even with huge beta periods and a lot of testing, computer bugs crop up after release. Nobody likes it, especially the releasing company. No matter how un-rushed you are to market, it happens.

There are two types of errors; syntactical and logical. Syntax errors are usually all caught in beta and other testing. This is where you made a grammatical error in your coding. A logical error is much harder to find. It will only crop up when that logic is tested. It might mean a series of events simultaneously triggering another series of events where something in the middle tried to divide by zero.

Finding these bugs is not that hard and pretty trivial to repair. I'd buy one today without issue.

tkbslc, Cars cost how many tens of thousand of dollars and they still are delivered with problems. It is a fact of life that products based on multiple microprocessors operating together will have bugs. The number of possible combinations of situations is huge, testing all is extremely difficult if not impossible. If you think you can do it I would like to see how you do. This is a problem that will be fixed.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 20:52 UTC
On Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad article (43 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Hmmm....I think it's time for a large touch interface for replacing the mouse on a PC especially on photo editing tasks.

Wacom has the Bamboo pen for iPad and it works great. Tho I haven't tried it with this app, would be curious to see how it works. But I thin this is for those who need quick edits for the web. Beyond that not so much.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2012 at 18:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Lytro Light Field Camera review and video article (309 comments in total)
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realityChecker: ...Part 2

So beware technology hypers', you just go ahead and tout all you want about the futuristic line like.... "just imagine digital photography 20 years ago, blah blah..."....but here, the fundamentals are different. This is a giant lens projecting on to a VERY small sensor as far as I can see, (if you know more please tell me, I'd like to know) but this to me seems like shooting f128 all the time, so OF COURSE everything is in focus. Now, if you took 500 lbs of glass and shot it at a 12MP, I'm sure you could get everything in focus too on that sensor as well. But I'm only interested in shooting at f 2.0 at 12fps so you won't get my dollars. Otherwise, enjoy! :))

Why are you so threatened by this product/technology?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 16:33 UTC
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