BurkPhoto

BurkPhoto

Lives in United States Charlotte, NC, United States
Works as a Training Content Developer
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Joined on Feb 11, 2005
About me:

I have trained sales people and photographers for a major school portrait lab... I create training content (text, images, graphics, video, curricula) for hire.

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On Am I missing something here? article (623 comments in total)

Nikon and Canon are both missing the mirrorless boat. The Olympus and Panasonic offerings are much more ingenious and mature.

Even Sony, with their a7 series, has a better approach. Why haven't Nikon and Canon seen the light and given us mirrorless full frame cameras that are a cut above everything else?

The SLR design was never right for digital. I even hated it the first time I picked up a Canon SLR in August, 1968. That stupid mirror blacked out the finder during exposure, and I've been ticked off about it ever since...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 01:37 UTC as 28th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Ivan Lietaert: According to eoshd.com, the GH4 will cost $1,999 and the Interface Unit will cost the same.
As it happens I ordered a GH3 today (the whole kit), and I 'm having mixed feelings now. For what I do, I don't need 4K (right now) and I certainly don't have the funds for a 4K capable editing station and the expensive memory cards and storage etc.
What do you think, should I send back the GH3?

Keep the GH3. Build your lens kit. In a couple of years, 4K will start to become more interesting.

It will be at least five years before 4K starts to gain real traction in the mainstream. Remember that cable TV is dying!

Internet video is the new rage, and consumption on small screens (smart phones, tablets, and laptops) is growing rapidly. 4K requires WAY too much bandwidth for current network channels to support it in any major way. Give it time...

Some will say that 4K is needed to produce original content. Maybe in Hollywood, but that is another world for most video producers.

You can easily use your GH3 for another few years.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 21:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Cristian Mihai: My Macbook Pro ( not that is important here! 16Gb RAM with 2 SSD SATA 3 linked at 1Gb/s ) but with the normal Graphic card CANNOT play the 4K sample videos normally. 4K will force high end computer sales, storage, cloud space, etc...I

For 4K editing, get a Mac Pro (the new trash can design) and don't look back. It was designed for 4K video work.

The real sweet spot for this camera is commercial advertising agency use in TV ad production.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 21:15 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Filk4k: It would be great to have GH4 heart inside AG-AF101 body. Or maybe Panasonic is already cooking a new camcorder AG-AF4k, just a thought.

Calm down... This is a HYBRID camera: Stills plus video. It is not a video camera with stills tacked on; it is supposed to be a balanced combination of the two.

ND filters can be screwed onto the front of most m43 lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 21:10 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I sometimes wonder what has happened to photographers' eyes. Look at the demonstration videos of 4k you see, designed to show the highlights of the medium, and they render people's skin as robot like and plastic. They are great for plastic, glass, reflections, and metal. We have got to a point where we accept digital artefacts unquestioningly, including the rather inhuman quality they impart to humans.

We always recognised film stocks had a quality. We now kid ourselves it's about "reality" rather than the intrinsic qualities of the medium. Electronic is not necessarily better than dye and light.

Years ago, I filmed a love story for television and faced immense pressure not to shoot it on film but video. I fought back and chose film. It makes skin look like something you would want to touch. Which helps love stories.

It's too late now. That ship has sailed. But it is saddening to me that all we can do is throw about big numbers and not actually LOOK at the mess they give us.

Film is dead. Long live film for those fanatics who can make a go of it, economically. You can have it.

Cameras like the GH4 will enable the rest of us to do a credible job of commercial video production for hybrid photography, training, advertising, promotions, "film" class projects, and even short "film" productions.

Trust me, your knowledge areas of lighting, lens selection and usage, audio production, and storytelling are far more important than whether you are using film or digital technology.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 21:03 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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cknapp61: For those of you not shooting a Full Frame DSLR and routinely making 16x20 inch prints or larger, I suspect these "toy" tablets with "crippled" "Apps" instead of real software (layers, masking to replace green-screen backgrounds, fine editng at the pixel level, etc.), are sufficient.

For reference, in additon to shooting with a DLSR, I still shoot B&W film 35mm-4x5 inches, develop it myself, and make prints up to 16x20 inches in my traditional "wet darkroom" as I have done since the mid 1970's. For some, quality in a no-compromise propsition.

Sounds like someone is about to move your cheese.

Film is dead. RAW is for rookies. Prints are going away, except at the VERY high end of the market, where inkjet rules.

http://www.hybridphoto.pro

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 19:53 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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Fred Dominic: Actually, the new ipad air with 128GB of storage is quite a useful portable computer (and only 1 lbs!), so for a photojournalist on the road, taking pictures and sending them in quickly, there is much to be said in the ipads (or any such tablet for that matter) favor.

I agree, however, that there needs to be RAW import and processing. Does anyone know if there is a RAW engine that runs on the iPad? That is what I was hoping to find when saw the post title. If its not there yet, my prediction is that 2 years from now, it will be common.

RAW is for rookies. PRE-Processing in-camera to JPEG output is fast becoming the new discipline for the most knowledgeable professionals, since it reduces labor involved in getting images onto the Web and into paying customers' devices.

For more information, check out:

http://www.hybridphoto.pro

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 19:47 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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globethrottle: I just don't get why people buy ipadz at all. when you get a full featured PC working as a tablet like the lenovo yoga, for the same money.

Yeah, but you have to put up with Micro$lop Windoze.

People buy Apple gear for the *entire integrated ecosystem* of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Macintosh, and the App Store/iTunes Store/Apple Store environments. It's much more user friendly and understandable to non-geeky people.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 19:41 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)

Apple sells an adapter for digital cameras and SD cards that you use to transfer photos from a digital camera to the iPad.

Alternatively, you can use a camera with built in WiFi , or an EyeFi card, to transfer photos and videos to the iPad.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 19:37 UTC as 8th comment
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Not sure about this one. They could have a winner, if the lens (zoom 24-50mm, f2.8-4.0) is fixed and the body is size of LX7. With m4/3 sensor it would be a killer! Now it's just another Panasonic.

http://hazeghi.org/mft-lenses.html

This link shows why m43 is an important camera format. 45 lenses and counting... With a range of body styles to match nearly any preference.

If I had about five of these lenses and a GH3, I'd get this new pocket wonder to use for more casual work.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 02:15 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)
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Dames01: Great little camera. Will be interesting to see how good the lens is...

I wonder why I don't hear anyone screaming at the price like they did when the Canon EOS M came out...

Yeah, the M is a disappointment. the GM1 can access 45 or more lenses in the m43 universe. Link below.

http://hazeghi.org/mft-lenses.html

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 02:04 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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ArcaSwiss: 16 Megapixels seems so passé

Why do you need more, unless you make huge prints?

90+% of all imaging is going onto the Internet or is used as video output these days.

I get that newbie gear snobs like to make fun of sub-20MP cameras, but the game is seldom won with megapixels...

There are many reasons why some of today's top pros are using mirror-less cameras, including m43 units. Chief among them is the ability to switch instantly between still and video capture, or to record stills while capturing video.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 01:55 UTC
On 17 signs that you were alive before digital photography article (149 comments in total)

I used every single one of those things at one point or another. I still remember the awful smell of that Polaroid black-and-white print coater! I remember the smell of a fresh lamp turned on for the first time in a slide projector, too. Oh, and the smell of Tri-X film as I put a fresh 100-foot roll of it into my bulk loader.

I don't miss any of these 17 items, though. Film was a great development in the world of photography, but with all the excellent digital equipment around today, there is little reason to use it any more, unless you're taking an art class from a misguided school that persists in insisting you learn film photography (sigh...), or you just have to have a view camera for the swings and tilts.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 02:13 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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Eskilsson: If this is about "most bang for the buck", I would have Panasonic G5 instead of G6. In the matter of image quality, it`s hard to see some difference between thoose...And the G5 is a lot cheaper now..

If you care about recording video at all, the principle reason to get the G6 over the G5 is the addition of the external microphone input. No self-respecting videographer would use the mics built into one of these cameras for anything but background ambience.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 02:23 UTC

There's a reason they call her the chief Yahoo. Sometimes one can be TOO decisive and kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

The concept of pro photographer is changing, however, as photography has been democratized by the Internet, digital cameras, sharing sites, and smart phones. It's not the profession with significant barriers to entry that it once was.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 00:11 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (416 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: It's ENORMOUS! Why the hell would you buy an M4/3 camera when it's as big as an APS-C DSLR? I have an OMD and for this reason alone the GH5 is no competitor (no IBIS either...)

Best reasons to get a GH3 (SeeRoy, the GH5 doesn't exist) are to shoot excellent video and stills with the same kit of lenses, with bulk and weight of about 1/3 that of an equivalent dSLR rig, at 1/3 or so less cost.

Pixel peepers will no doubt complain that APS-C units are slightly better, and "full frame" 24x36mm cameras are a good bit better, but the advantages are marginal for most uses and users.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 23:36 UTC

The 12-35 and 35-100 f/2.8 fixed aperture zooms replicate the Canon and Nikon 24-70 and 70-200 mm angles of view on full frame.

I'd want both those lenses and the 25mm f/1.4 Leica by Panasonic, plus a 14-140mm and a 100-300mm zoom for a full kit.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 19:41 UTC as 1st comment

For what it will do, the GH3 is worth full list if you are a serious videographer. If you also need great stills, it's worth more.

It is important to explain how this is a HYBRID camera. The term means "a blend of different media." Not even dxo understands that.

Those of us who use photography, video, audio, and computers to create content for training, advertising, and inspirational purposes will love this camera. It can handle all our image and video capture needs.

I can see having a complete m43 system based around a couple of these (for multi-camera video jobs), the 7-14mm, 12-35mm, and 35-100mm zooms, plus perhaps the 14-140 zoom for video, a 100-300 zoom for nature, sports, and wildlife, and a couple of fast primes for low light work.

I used Canon and Nikon gear from my teenage years thru adult life, and a pro career. I could use the GH3 for everything now. A kit weighs about 1/3 as much or less than the equivalent capability from Nikon or Canon, and costs about 40% less.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 01:08 UTC as 27th comment | 12 replies
On CP+ 2013: Panasonic interview article (202 comments in total)

An audio in jack and a headphone jack on a GX2 or G6 would be nice...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 02:41 UTC as 12th comment
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