Dan Tong

Dan Tong

Lives in United States Chicago, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant, Photographer
Joined on Jan 3, 2003
About me:

Olympus 2100UZ
Minolta Dimage 7i
Canon S400
Canon EOS 300D

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On Connect post Toshiba making Lytro-like lens for smartphones (13 comments in total)

I would have liked to find out whether they licensed the Lytro technology or developed their own version to avoid licensing fees.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 19:01 UTC as 2nd comment
On article The Lightroom catalog (304 comments in total)
In reply to:

rambler35: I believe Adobe made a big initial mistake by using the term "Import".

So often we hear of people being deterred from using LR because they think the word implies that somehow an extra copy of the file is always being created and/or moved to some special LR location on the HD.

I suppose the phrase "Make Lightroom aware of where the file is located, or being placed, on your hard drive" would have been more accurate (but wordy!) description of what is happening.

Trouble is, that like Adobe, I can't think of another word or simple expression which could be used instead of that slightly misleading word "Import".

-- Richard --

manage or index

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 07:15 UTC
On article The Lightroom catalog (304 comments in total)
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Pythagoras: how is this better than picasa? free software integrated with my email and websharing that has allowed metadata (tags) for years. as well as multiple organizing options and simple editing tools.
this is a real question. i haven't used lightroom, and i want someone to explain to me why i should use lightroom instead of picasa.

As far as organizing your images it is not better, it's just version of a data base and in my opinion not all that good.
However the editing power of Lightroom is very good. I don't care for enforced database management so I'm happy using Photoshop and one of several other image management programs with database management features which supplement Photoshop Bridge.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 07:13 UTC
On Connect post 500px expanding into the cloud (34 comments in total)

A very good and even handed review of this site, but it would be extremely important to discuss the licensing issues, that some commenters have brought up.

Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 17:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)
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Ron Outdoors: I'm don't see a mention of video quality.

Also, the page menus, usually on the right, are not there. Makes it a little hard to navigate. Maybe I'm missing the video page.

These days video features are, in my opinion, so much a part of the versatility of these smaller cameras that leaving it out is a terrible mistake.

Imagine a review of smartphones with little or no mention of still and video capabilities, even though the primary function is telephony.

As for the navigation for this review, once again, you have chosen for your convenience not for the viewers convenience.

Your new article system may make publishing these articles more convenient, but if the reader would like to re-read a section of the review without having to hunt page by page for a particular camera she/he is out of luck.

Does it take all that much work effort to have a table of contents for each camera and the conclusion section?
Do you think you have done your best to make the presentation excellent?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 19:44 UTC
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Cane: So funny watching all the old men enthusiast brick wall testers in here get their adult diapers in a wad when someone comes out with a product like this that's obviously not made for them. "What, your not taking pictures the same way it's always been done! This is blasphemy!"

Eat your apple sauce, this isn't made for you. And here's a shocker, you don't make up the target demographic for anything except maybe medicine and adult scooters, and especially most camera products. College and high school kids that aren't camera nerds far outnumber you. This is for them. They can have fun with this and anything new to the camera market isn't a threat, it's an asset. You don't have to buy it for it to succeed. You will be long gone by the time this is mainstream.

I don't think it has to do with age, but more with brains.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 21:09 UTC

Even if you have no interest in buying a Lytro camera you have to be impressed by the technological breaktrough that it represents, as well as how fast it went from the laboratory to an actual commercial product.

It's also a good indicator of the stupidity and arrogance of many of our posters, who smirk and insist on airing their ignorance whenever Lytro is discussed.

It reminds me of the many inane comments about other early digital camera innovations which these like minded "geniuses" dismissed.

It is often associated with the attitude that "If I have no interest in it (fill in whatever) then it is of no interest to anyone else and it is just plain dumb".

I can imagine a not too distant future where Light Field technology is used to make films and the director and editor will be able to change the DOF as well as some of the perspective after the film is shot.

Enjoy,

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 21:07 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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nicolaiecostel: Lytro is a joke. A cellphone takes better pictures. Just watch the DigitalREV review on youtube, it's a cracker :)

It's a joke only to someone who is ignorant and does not even know it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 20:54 UTC
On article Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers (54 comments in total)
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Camediadude: I came here just to gaze at the girl.

I agree wit h S. Dilworth to some extent, especially after the rather inane tutorial by M. Evening we had recently.
There is no question that a pretty face captures my attention pretty quickly, so that serves the marketing of such books very well. But would it not be more interesting to do something a bit more creative? rather than the usual high fashion look. Isn't the goal of great photography to be creative rather than Slave to Fashion? : )

So, even though I agree w S. Dillworth, I think he goes a bit too far.

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 23:39 UTC

A truly creative image. It's great to have the story of how it was done. I also enjoyed his comment on how it reflects the difference between the Powered (or Powerful) and the Powerless.

The more I look at this image, the more I appreciate it the angle of view, so dependent on the height, the framing angle (focal length & distance), the color tone, etc. Clearly you will not find an image like this on microstock : )

Iwan Baan is one photographer who, based on this example of his work, well deserves his success.

Thanks,

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 23:26 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On article Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers (54 comments in total)

I have an earlier version of Martin Evening's book (CS4 I think) and although chuck full of detail, a lot of new features are really far better served with video tutorials, even though for review a written summary is better than having to search through a video. I note that on-line materials, available to purchasers, include video tutorials, but have no idea how much.

I have been really impressed with the CS6 tutorials found on lynda.com, which costs $25 per month, or less if you get a longer period of subscription. I found a ton of material that I did not know about and found very valuable. There are free video's that you can try in each section, so you can judge for yourself.

At this point I find I get a much more out of video tutorials than when I simply read information on a page with anything that is a bit more complicated than the very simple stuff.

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 03:47 UTC as 23rd comment

The modularity is a really important feature too which, as far as I know, only RED was pushing at these price ranges ($15k and under).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 01:03 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera (137 comments in total)

Easycass,

Nicely done with some great ideas.

Thanks,

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 22:16 UTC as 12th comment
On article Announcing connect.dpreview.com (250 comments in total)
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Isca: The snobbery of the "real" photographers using "real" cameras is astounding. The best camera is the one that you have with you, ever heard that phrase before? I've been shooting a photo a day for 6 weeks, many times when the other 3 "real" cameras are at home. The iPhone forces me to look at subjects differently so I welcome this refreshing direction that dept has taken (this post typed on my Canon 5D Mk 2).

Re: Wetsleet

I think larrytusaz makes some good points, eve though your point is well taken.

Ever talk to real chefs? You could not take their "tools" away from them without a fight. They have their favorite knives, pots and pans, blenders, etc.

The rational view is that both GOOD EQUIPMENTt and TALENT are necessary. You don't need the world's newest and fanciest equipment if you have talent, but some achievements will be out of reach with inadequate, crappy tools, just as without real talent the world's best tools will not help the un-talented create anything really worth discussing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 04:06 UTC
On article Announcing connect.dpreview.com (250 comments in total)

Interesting but disappointing tablet review!

The Specs fail to include connectivity (hdmi, usb, plugin storage upgrade type and max capacity). These things need to be spelled out clearly including for example if hdmi port is standard or micro etc.

It is not difficult to collect this information -although in rare cases, sometimes manufacturers web sites, may to some extent hide this information. However, any reviewer who actually has hands on access simply needs to look at the product. Is the reader supposed to run around and waste time to collect this information?

I'm afraid this is the kind of inexcusable oversight that you see in the typical advertisements or specs on "know very little" print and web ads and catalogue pages.

Anyone who would like to upgrade storage, or would like to connect an dSLR or some other camera needs to know this information.

I would therefore downgrade these reviews, regardless of the rest of the review quality and thoroughness.

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 03:59 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On Connect post Tablets for photographers: Best options for on-the-go workflow (145 comments in total)

The Specs fail to include connectivity (hdmi, usb, plugin storage upgrade type and max capacity). These things need to be spelled out clearly including for example if hdmi port is standard or micro etc.

It is not difficult to collect this information -although in rare cases, sometimes manufacturers web sites, may to some extent hide this information. However, any reviewer who actually has hands on access simply needs to look at the product. Is the reader supposed to run around and waste time to collect this information?

I'm afraid this is the kind of inexcusable oversight that you see in the typical advertisements or specs on "know very little" print and web ads and catalogue pages.

Anyone who would like to upgrade storage, or would like to connect an dSLR or some other camera needs to know this information.

I would therefore downgrade these reviews, regardless of the rest of the review quality and thoroughness.

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 03:08 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply

This is very interesting and practically useful. Good Standards make it far easier to make intelligent comparisons and choices.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 04:54 UTC as 13th comment
On article Quick Review: Apple iPhone 5 Camera (115 comments in total)

What does the X-axis represent in the graph:

MOST POPULAR CAMERAS in FLICKR COMMUNITY

Surely it must be time, but what units?

Please avoid this common mistake of not giving us the most basic and must have information to really understand what information is presented.

Thanks,

Dan

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 22:37 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon (216 comments in total)
In reply to:

BeanyPic: Here's the perfect DPR commentators camera - A 101 Mps FF sensor, 551 all cross type focusing points, 25 FPS, 4K at 350FPS, full built in audio control, Full titanium body with full water proofing, 500% VF and a 10 inch LCD screen and ISO which goes to 1,000,000 without any digital noise All for £100.

The problem is we live in the real world, not the fantasy world most people who comment here live in....

Oops you forgot to say that is it pocket size with an LCD screen that scrolls open for fully articulated 5" HD res display.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 21:47 UTC
On article Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon (216 comments in total)
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stromaroma: Looks like a nice camera but I probably won't buy it. I have a D300 and D7000 and no need for FX. The D400 may interest me though, for wildlife. My D300 is so loud it scares away wildlife, that's gotta change. Plus video would be nice.

What I am disappointed about with Nikon though is its entry level approach to the N1 series. As a rep in Britain said months ago, "We want enthusiasts and pros to be buying our DSLR's". Well Nikon, why don't you give your customers what they want instead of telling them what they want? Has it not occurred to you that many pro's don't want to lug around DSLR's all the time?

"Many of us are travel photographers and we want small, small, small! We want DSLR performance minus the mirror and large sensor, it's that simple."

Try Prayer to overcome the laws of physics : )

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 21:43 UTC
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