Octane

Octane

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On Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system article (145 comments in total)
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Ivan Lietaert: Very impressive, but not entirely new: the Nikon 1 cameras use a similar technology (with a limited number of AF pixels in the sensor).
Still, if this works with some fast lenses (f1.4), it is going to be revolutionary.

Just curious, how does splitting up each pixel into two, which makes each half the size, higher quality?

I love the idea that the AF is on the actual image sensor as it once and for all eliminates any front/back focusing issues, no matter what causes them. It'll be interesting to see if this sensor design causes a compromise on image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 04:08 UTC
On Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system article (145 comments in total)
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Octane: The smooth focus adjustments are great for the kind of video they show. But let's keep in mind every shot was carefully planned and executed to make this new AF shine.
Normal people don't shoot video that way. They sit in the audience of their kids recital and shoot the stage, they are at the edge of the field shooting their kids play football or follow their kids around as they play or do random things. Most people don't plan the video they shoot. I think more 'relatable' shooting scenarios would be helpful to see.
I also don't think holding an SLR + zoom lens with extended arms in front of you (so you can see the LCD) is a good way to shoot video.

Yes tons of people shoot this way using SLRs, but it has nothing to do with ergonomics. It's simply convenient and cost effective to have one camera to do both. It allows you to use high quality lenses and large sensors (=good image quality) for video. That advantage has nothing to do with the fact that it's not an ideal way to hold a camera in that way for a while.

Let me see how you hold an SLR with a 70-200/2.8 one foot in front of your face with one hand and, follow a kid running on the field, and try to use the other hand to tap the "freaking" screen. Or hold it like that for 30 min shooting a stage show.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 18:46 UTC
On Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system article (145 comments in total)

The smooth focus adjustments are great for the kind of video they show. But let's keep in mind every shot was carefully planned and executed to make this new AF shine.
Normal people don't shoot video that way. They sit in the audience of their kids recital and shoot the stage, they are at the edge of the field shooting their kids play football or follow their kids around as they play or do random things. Most people don't plan the video they shoot. I think more 'relatable' shooting scenarios would be helpful to see.
I also don't think holding an SLR + zoom lens with extended arms in front of you (so you can see the LCD) is a good way to shoot video.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 05:50 UTC as 21st comment | 6 replies
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Draek: 'Liking isn't helping'... and neither is running an ad campaign.

This message would've been much more powerful had it come from actual volunteers being interviewed rather than an organization wasting their time and resources photoshopping images to convince *other people* to actually do something.

I agree, an ad campaign is almost exactly the same as 'like and share' on Facebook. You try to make people aware, but you're not doing anything.

I also find it telling that 1/3 of the article on that blog is listing the creators of the campaign.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 02:11 UTC

There is always a place for both. Without 'liking and sharing' on social media, many serious issues would not be noticed. Creating awareness is the first important step.

But it's also true that 'liking and sharing' alone doesn't make a difference. I often feel people like and share things on Facebook to make themselves feel better. 'Look how much I care about this and that'.

There is people who click 'like' on charities on Facebook. And then there are people who are out there and actually get stuff done.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 02:10 UTC as 36th comment
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makofoto: Just so you know, ENG lenses, Electronic News Gathering zooms have had built-in 2X extenders for ever

Those lenses were designed for a much smaller sensor and HD (= 2 mp resolution). Apples and Oranges.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 17:01 UTC
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smb 2: A Nikon 200-400mm f4 is roughly $6700. 1.4 TC, $300.
For four grand I can miss a few shots while I change the TC.

@ Juck, so professionals using the Nikon 200-400/4 are not professionals?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 16:55 UTC
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC article (398 comments in total)
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Octane: It's not 'cloud based'. In fact it has nothing to do with cloud storage or cloud based computing. Adobe just calls it that way for marketing reasons as it's a cool term right now.
What it really is, that you don't get a copy of your software, instead you have to buy a subscription plan to be able to use their software. They increased the price significantly (after the initial discount) and they give you no option to choose if you want to pay for a certain update or not. To use the software you will have to continue to pay from now on until the end of the days. You don't have the option to say, OK I'm happy now I will continue with what I have for the next 2 or 3 years.

All this talk about 'cloud' is nonsense, because that's not at all what Adobe is offering. It's a forced subscription plan that is very one sides and not to the end user's advantage.

Reg, I was talking about Photoshop, the software. No one cares about added on cloud storage. I have plenty of (mostly free) cloud storage with Skydrive, Dropbox, Sugarsync, box.net, google, Amazon, Flickr. The issue is the subscription only plan.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 20:36 UTC
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC article (398 comments in total)

It's not 'cloud based'. In fact it has nothing to do with cloud storage or cloud based computing. Adobe just calls it that way for marketing reasons as it's a cool term right now.
What it really is, that you don't get a copy of your software, instead you have to buy a subscription plan to be able to use their software. They increased the price significantly (after the initial discount) and they give you no option to choose if you want to pay for a certain update or not. To use the software you will have to continue to pay from now on until the end of the days. You don't have the option to say, OK I'm happy now I will continue with what I have for the next 2 or 3 years.

All this talk about 'cloud' is nonsense, because that's not at all what Adobe is offering. It's a forced subscription plan that is very one sides and not to the end user's advantage.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 15:01 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On Forum updates article (68 comments in total)

Is the 'thumbs down' button back? I found it very helpful

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 5 article (253 comments in total)

Just tried to log in to my Adobe account so I can upgrade LR. Right after logging in, I was presented with a new agreement and the only option was to accept/agree.

Here an encouraging quote from the agreement:
"Collection of Subscription Fee. You agree that, in the event Adobe is unable to collect the Subscription Fees owed by you to Adobe for the Services, Adobe may take the steps it deems necessary to collect such Subscription Fees from you and that you will be responsible for all costs and expenses incurred by Adobe in connection with such collection activity."

Whatever Adobe. I'm never ever going to do any of your subscriptions!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 05:33 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)
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Valen305: My favorite line is "Hey, you're invited to the party...can you bring your camera and take a few photos?". So I say "Of course!", but show up without my DSLR camera, eat all their food and drink like a sailor. When they ask "where's your camera?" I pull out my iphone - "Oh, you wanted me to bring my professional camera? I only use that dreadful heavy thing for paid gigs."

Hahaha! Good one.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 17:47 UTC
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)
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electrophoto: I'm self employed.... and yes I've heard them all ;) countless times.

people come up with the weirdest reasons why they should be worthy to get work for free or next-to-nothing.
Usual answer: no, but no thanks.

In the beginning 15+ years ago I would try to explain, try to reason, spend the time... these days I just politely, but quickly tell them that they don't get anything for free from me.
otherwise: waste of time.

good point! You want to spend your time with and on the clients that pay you, not with those that try to get you for free.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 17:43 UTC
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)
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paulwright: Yes I've heard all those lines just about word for word. Aren't they shameless mongrels? You have to maintain your credibility and walk away. If you take a deep breath and maintain the viewpoint that in the long run it's best to be reassuringly expensive you'll have a long successful career.

I occasionally do jobs for Charities, NGO's and "Good Causes" but except for extraordinary exceptions I'll never do the job for free. Each project is assessed based on the apparent prosperity of the organisation and charged accordingly, often at around 50% of my standard rates.

The only things I'll do for free are not really free, it's an exchange/barter situation.

Exactly, preserve your reputation. And as you said, i have done jobs without getting payed for, but received something else in value that was roughly equal or even worth more to my biz.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:20 UTC
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)

This sums it up brilliantly! Go Harlan Ellison!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: "This is your chance to get noticed by working free for our well known company!"

"More work will follow... hopefully paid..."

"This is a great offer from us... we'd like to support you..."

"We are doing you a great big favor..."

"Of course, all your images will belong to us, the copyright holders..."

What you feel inside...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyW8C8xvpUk

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:04 UTC
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)
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frobertv: I am an architect and regretfully our profession can only survive by working for free. Its about exposure to the market. Architects with a starting firm work for about 95% for free in the first 5 years at least. Think of competitions and so on. Work fro friends and family, all for free or paid so bad you rather did for free.
I also worked as a architectural photographer. For years for free at first untill people started paying me.

The fact is all succesfull pro's did much of their work for free to get started. Succes comes from seeing what work for free will do you good sooner or later and what is just waisting your time. The fact that the work does not pay now means nothing yet.
But its very true that there are harmfull cliënts you should learn to avoid. One common feature they have is they seem to have plenty to spend.
Francois

The more you work for free, the more your name gets out there as 'the guy that does it for free'. You ruin your reputation before you build it up.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 00:01 UTC
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)

Haha, yes I heard it all, in every possible variation. True professionals don't have trouble laughing at such 'offers'. The problem are those who are struggling or those who are just starting out. They often fall for this because they hope it will lead to better jobs in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 23:53 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (451 comments in total)

I just love the title of the article! Hats off to DPReview!

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2013 at 18:16 UTC as 48th comment

Hey buddy, can hold your phone with the LED light on? Thanks! Ok and you, can you do the same from the other side? Awesome, OK let's take the shot.

Let's use the word 'social' and let's use technology that every major camera manufacturer had for decades already. Let's patent it! OMG we are so creative and innovative at Apple.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 04:38 UTC as 13th comment
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