PIX 2015
Bill Bentley

Bill Bentley

Lives in Canada British Columbia, Canada
Joined on Sep 13, 2004


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WACONimages: Where is the haze removal function in my bought/payed copy of LR6???

That was a huge failure Adobe to leave that out and only available for the monthly subscribers. No way I ever gonna do that.
I didn't find/read any documentation that the Haze Removal function weren't in the full payed single copies of LR6

I do almost all of my editing in LR4. It's way more than just an image organizational program. Plug-ins from Nik and OneOn take it to another level as well. I'm rarely in PS6 except for special functions.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 21:00 UTC

Some nice images Jeff. One suggestion for shooting flowers. Would one be able to achieve some semblance of bokeh using this kit by backing up a bit and zooming in more? When you were at 7.9mm (P1000173.acr.jpg) and 11.9mm (P1000190.acr.jpg) not too much separation. You started to get a bit more when you backed off to 24.8mm (P1000367.JPG) although the background was further away from the subject. I think you really started to see some potential at 92.7mm (P1000408.JPG) though. I would try around 150-200mm if space permits.

I would frequently use my Canon 70-300mm IS at 200-300mm on a crop sensor Canon to achieve maximum bokeh effect. Of course distance from background plays a role, but you'd be surprised at what nice effect you can achieve by zooming vs. closeup.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 22:13 UTC as 9th comment
On MindShift introduces BackLight 26L Photo Daypack article (24 comments in total)

This has some interesting features and good space. The one thing that jumps out at me though is the size and material of the neck strap for the front flap. Being that thin, it will dig into your neck. You will be supporting more weight than just the front flap so the forecast calls for pain I think.

I still love my LowePro Slingshot 200, which is great for day outings. But the Backlight would definitely carry more gear and be suited for weekends or extended travel I think. Especially with the tripod carry feature that the Slingshot lacks.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 21:49 UTC as 7th comment
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Jabs767: Great shot with a very minor point.

Why is it that a lot of non-aviation specialist photographers shoot prop-driven aircraft at too high shutter speed thereby freezing that beautiful blur of a prop with a contrasting coloured tip that would otherwise describe a beautiful coloured arc?

Having a frozen prop detracts from what otherwise would have been a FANTASTIC shot. Sorry!

Moose Peterson is one of the preeminent American aviation photographers. Exif data on a number of his images with propellers in motion show a SS of somewhere between 1/50 and 1/100. Planes are tack sharp front to back.


Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 22:26 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (470 comments in total)
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travelshots_dpr: That means with the next camera generation my time with ACR and Photoshop will be over, at least with RAW processing. I won't enter the cloud. I have already bought and installed Capture One 8 Pro; now it is time to practice with C1 to be familiar with it when the comfortable RAW support for my CS6 ends.

C1 already has a subscription model in place. How long do you think it will be until they follow in Adobe's footsteps? I'm guessing just around the time you are comfortable using the program.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
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munro harrap: The last time I tried this off-cloud trial of Photoshop it refused to work, saying I had already had it and needed to buy. I shall now attempt again, will let you know if it works... Do hope I dont have to be online all the time I'm working...Dont want my stuff getting to Adobe for free!! Does anyone?

There are things I fail in. I do not understand updates. Surely a competent designer is able to write down what we need globally, all of it, and then simply write all those needs and all those adjustments into Photoshop, or Windows, or Apple OS, or a Nikon, Canon, Pentax or Sony camera? Surely.

I agree there are technological advances in hardware, but in software? So far the only reason , me the old PJ has for even wanting Photoshop over Lightroom is they refuse to allow LR to sharpen at 0.2 pixels, forcing us to use 0.5 at least. Not an update then at all, a commercial tyranny.

munro. I do not like the subscription model any more than you do, however your post has a few flaws.
1) It is already well documented that you do NOT need to be online 24/7 in order to use CC. It will periodically ping the Adobe server to make sure your account is up to date though.
2) You do not understand updates? The world revolves around updates. Things are always being improved upon.
3) Software updates are probably more prevalent/important than hardware upgrades these days. Anything digital is essentially useless without software. One small example is how Google were able to significantly improve the image quality coming from the Nexus 5 camera through a software upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 15:08 UTC
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Mark Rosen: Just puchased standalone LR6. No haze elimination. Please bring this to LR6!

@rockclimber87 LR6 was just very recently released. You don't think this feature was well in the works before it's release? Is it a big, must have feature? No. Adobe are just using it as a tiny stick to whack those who refuse to adopt their cloud subscription. This type of behavior actually drives me further away as a potential subscriber.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
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Barend: I want to buy software and install it on my computer. No cloud for me, NSA knows allready enough :-))
If LR is not supported anymore I go find an alternative.

@ PKB. Maybe I am mistaken but I have read elsewhere that the new features (such as Dehaze) are NOT available in the newly released perpetual version of LR6.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 14:41 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 sample gallery updated article (42 comments in total)
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Bill Bentley: I look to the skies for low light sensor evaluation. For me, it appears ISO1250 is the maximum without needing to employ noise reduction in PP. I can live with that. For me, I'm usually on a tripod and ISO100 in those conditions anyway.

Absolutely! And trail mix too. :-)

Seriously though. To shoot the blue hour, you are usually anywhere from 2-45 seconds, so a tripod is essential.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 15:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 sample gallery updated article (42 comments in total)

I look to the skies for low light sensor evaluation. For me, it appears ISO1250 is the maximum without needing to employ noise reduction in PP. I can live with that. For me, I'm usually on a tripod and ISO100 in those conditions anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 15:11 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery article (140 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: I admire dpreview overall, but doesn't this seem small potatoes compared to the really interesting new lenses out there (some fast wide zooms, some terrific fast primes, etc.)? I mean, you complain that you don't have the resources to get reviews done faster, but now you have time to check out a f/1.8 50mm? Hmmm. Am I alone on this?

@Photomonkey I think the two cat images in the gallery go to show that cat loving FB'ers can actually step their game up with this lens. Look at those eyes. Those eyes! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 15:37 UTC
On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (32 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: I'm not into phones that much a photographic tool just using my Nexus 5 when I have forgotten the camera.

The one thing that would tempt me to charge my phone is one with a higher capacity battery. My phone is fine for day to day use when I am in work where I can plug it into the laptop to charge but i'ts not much use if I can't find a power source at some point if I have been using GPS etc.

So whenever I see a phone with a larger battery that grabs my attention. The trouble is they all seen to be phablet sized.

Why can't manufacturers put a top spec phone together that isn't a phablet more often?

It's the battery technology limitations at the moment. Some new fast charging technology lets you get to about 75%+ charge in about 10-15 mins now. But I'm sure that will affect the life of the battery. But if the phone allows for battery removal, and the batteries are not too expensive, then this may be the way of the future. Kind of like the Tesla car battery swapping stations.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 16:11 UTC

Wow. Such big music for a macro solution.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 21:16 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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The Squire: I always imagined Richard was more of a pop-to-the-cafe-for-a-latte-on-my-singlespeed sorta guy.

I think DPR need to have Von Wong pay a visit and make this hipster Victorian thing a reality.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 16:24 UTC

T6s looks nice enough. But when, oh when, will Canon finally drop the Rebel name? Just go with 760D worldwide for crying out loud.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:52 UTC as 240th comment | 4 replies
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AD in KC: OK I really don't get this. It's a camera that sticks to your phone? So your phone is what then, the viewing screen and controls?

The phone is never physically connected. It only acts as remote controller. In image #1 you see two pieces. The back half is the camera attached to the lens.

I have no idea how you would handhold this and then control it with your phone at the same time though. Obviously on a tripod it's easy, but who wants to carry a tripod with this all the time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:06 UTC
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Esign: Gloomy, boring, predictable – except for the horse, but this shot is unbalanced and should have been cropped and the horse placed slightly to the right of a vertical center line. Don’t mind the backgrund, this is a horse portrait.

In the horse image the light is falling to camera right. That light and the shadow of the horse adds to the image. Cropping as you suggested would take most of that away and add in more of the shadowed area to camera left. That would be a mistake in my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 22:10 UTC
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DonDown: I was silly to try it - total waste of money.

But the effects could be ok for 12yo girls.

Me too. Camera function was beyond useless.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (316 comments in total)
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chriscotec: A solid mirrorless system is probably vital for a manufacturer to stay at the top now. I'm afraid Canon and Nikon have been shuffled from the top to the bottom of the pack. It is difficult for them, as they are both heavily committed to their ageing DSLR systems. The lens systems they have will work on mirrorless bodies but they are not optimally designed for it. The allowance for the mirror depth makes the lenses creates optical challenges that just aren't there for dedicated mirrors lenses. The whole setup is much bigger than it needs to be. The'll work for now though. I work with a large Canon system, built up over many years but I am using my Panasonics on all video and more and more still shoots because of the performance to size ratio.

Canon hasn't released a significant pro camera for ages. If the next isn't a mirrors one, I think they can expect a much bigger sales drop. Nikon too.

@ sushieater
Your comment is a common one, and is frankly elitist and tiring. Thousands of creative images are made each day using cell phone cameras. And millions of crappy ones are made too. It's the same for any style of camera though, DSLR included. They are all just tools. Anybody can put paint on a canvas. Some just know how to do it better than others.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 23:47 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1487 comments in total)

This article speaks exactly to me. I bought Canon 350D back in 2006 and bought the Canon EF 70-300 IS USM as soon as it became available with the thought of moving to FF in the future. I then bought the Canon EF-S 60 macro to complete my kit at the time. When I upgraded to the Canon 650D I bought a used Canon EF-S 10-22 since I was getting into more landscape shooting.

Tomorrow I will be picking up a Canon 6D body (bought last month with rebate). So the only lens I will have to use with it is the 70-300. But I fully expect to be able to sell the 10-22 and 60 for close to what I paid for them and put the money towards the excellent Canon EF 16-35 f4. In the future I plan to add a EF 50 and EF 85 f1.8 as well. This should serve me well for quite a few years I think.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 18:46 UTC as 398th comment
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