Steven Blackwood

Steven Blackwood

Lives in United States Milwaukee, AK, United States
Works as a Library
Joined on Sep 19, 2001


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On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)

I was one of those that voted for the Olympus and I don't own one. It was the one camera this year that actually looked like a new product (even with its retro styling). It just looked innovative with its fast touch focus. The "contest" between the OM d Em5 and the Canon M was quite revealing.
Yes, the Canon and Nikon entries are more powerful cameras in every way. OTOH, the Nikon was actually the less practical camera because very few of their lenses can actually resolve the pixels of the 36mp sensor.
I owned the 5d Mark iii for awhile and its a lovely machine but I finally got fed up with the inferior flash system that Canon utilizes.
Anyway, Kudos to Olympus!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 03:33 UTC as 449th comment | 3 replies
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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Mapel: It have to be in a square format? (It says minumun 600x600 max 2048x2048)

They mean 2048 on the longest side.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 16:08 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)

This contest is not going to get many entries because of the onerous rules regarding getting permission from identifiable persons in the photo.
"May I 'connect' with you? Yes? Well, first sign this release. It's for a contest. The prize? The grand prize is $5000. What? You want a cut if I win? Well, I guess I needn't 'connect' with you. Next?"
Yeah, this contest wil get lots of entries.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 22:57 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
On Manhatten moment in the Movie scene re-creation (B&W only.) challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent choice for this scene.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2012 at 03:26 UTC as 1st comment
On Psycho in the Movie scene re-creation (B&W only.) challenge (3 comments in total)

This is really clever!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2012 at 20:54 UTC as 2nd comment
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Mssimo: They should just send us a roll of black tape.

No, but, strangely, it will be beige.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2012 at 22:19 UTC
On Facebook buys photo sharing service Instagram for $1bn article (144 comments in total)
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tkbslc: So they are going through all the trouble of an IPO to raise 5 Billion and they blow 1 billion on Instagram already?

Does Instagram even have a revenue stream?

Good question. How is this going to make money for FB?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2012 at 18:19 UTC
On First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 article (183 comments in total)
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Peter Nelson: With the advent and advances in m4/3 I have to say that I am not interested in another FF Pro DSLR fror anyone. I have two (2) FF DSLR's, a Canon 1DsMkII and an older Kodak SLR/n FF. I have an even older Nikon D1H Pro Camera as well. I like the IQ from all three. But, I am tired of the weight and size. When are Nikon and Canon going to realize that the day's of these large cameras are over due to advances in electronics and sensor's.

Nothing wrong with the mirror less format. (They have to change the name. Calling something by what they DON'T have seems silly)
However, the IQ doesn't and likely never will compare to the larger sensors. At some point they may have FF in a smaller package but the lenses will always be large. The size of the bodies serve partly to balance that factor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 00:58 UTC
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Simon_rooster: the strange thing is that the co-shooter is only paid 200$ :-)

But shooting is generally the ONLY thing he or she does. When the Wedding is over, the job is done.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 16:28 UTC
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fransams: If you are a Pro, and photograpy is your job, you should have to work at least about 1800 hours a year. Then you can do about 50 weddings or other orders per year. So US$ 1500.- is more realistic. There is no reason why the client should pay for an 8 month holiday each year.

And if the Pro would not be a Pro, would he/she not have a car, a computer and internet?

Wow, I bet you pulled that 1800 hours out of your a**.
That $50000 that she makes is before taxes AND before her business related expenses. Plus, she indicated that she takes other jobs the rest of the year. Also, living in Erie PA, it would be impossible to do more than the 20 or so jobs she does, due to weather concerns.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 15:36 UTC

Does this have IS?
$1700 seems awfully high for a camera body only which doesn't have the added cost of a mirror and a flapping shutter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 21:00 UTC as 130th comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom article (383 comments in total)
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fmian: Since when does 'quality' and 'superzoom' belong in the same sentence?
Apart from that one...

+1 on that, brother.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2011 at 03:56 UTC
On Video Interview: Vincent Laforet article (52 comments in total)
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shaocaholica: I really like where the industry is headed but Reverie was pretty crappy. I don't know why they keep talking about it.

Full manual controls did come later in May of 2009.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2011 at 20:31 UTC
On What we want in a macro shot - POV and special scenes article (25 comments in total)

Where does this guy find these critters? Bravo!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 01:23 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Veteran in the Sad, but true... (b/w only - pls read the rules) challenge (1 comment in total)

This is one of my favorite pictures ever. Too bad it didn't win the Challenge. Hard to describe its appeal; it is just so expressive.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2011 at 00:16 UTC as 1st comment
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maddogmd11: Interesting. While I don't expect the ACLU to state them there are reasonable limits also; which a photographer should understand. If I am in a public park and start photographing children, while totally legal, it is only reasonable to anticipate that some parent may take exception to having their kids photographed.

The same is true at some other public venues. If I decided I wanted to camp out and take lots of shots of a nuclear plant I would HOPE that someone would at least question why.

Lastly they do not address the commercial use of photographs of people which falls under different rules even if taken in a public place.

In short I think it is great for photographers to know what their Legal rights are. They should also understand that sometimes legitimate questions can and in fact should be asked and they should not be offended or surprised.


Ha hah hah hah hah hah! Well-said!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 22:54 UTC
On Big burger ;) in the Breakfast in America challenge (1 comment in total)

Looks like lunch!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2011 at 16:14 UTC as 1st comment

Yeah, like you can tell voters how to vote.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2011 at 04:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Content commenting system launched article (129 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: Registration is a simple, free method (in this site's case) of requiring a minimum commitment on the part of visitors. It should be required for anyone wishing to contribute to the site's content in any way. The democratization of the internet should carry responsibility so that someone cannot denigrate or misrepresent a product simply because it only came in yellow or took two weeks to deliver!

Agree that registration should be a requirement.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:28 UTC
On "The Afghan Girl" in the Flattery: Imitation challenge (33 comments in total)

There was no attempt to hide the fact that this was an imitation. There i really no problem here. In fact, what mitigates this entry even more is that, while the photo captures the 'look' of the original, no attempt was made, or even possible, to capture the fear and anguish, not to mention the age, of the Afghan Girl.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2010 at 19:36 UTC as 11th comment
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